Building a cardboard city at last year’s Bunch Family Salon. Photo by Nathan Taylor.
You know, for all the talk of the wonderful and awful things that Toronto has planned and is planning for its future, it’s easy to forget that far too often one group’s ideas are neglected from that dialogue altogether, shamefully excluded or pushed to the margins of any discussion, dismissed as idealistic, puerile, or childish. That group? Kids. Really awesome kids.
No more! We’re teaming up with Bunch Family as a programming partner for this Sunday’s Bunch Family Salon to help get kids’ great ideas about Toronto out into circulation. You know Bunch: they’re the folks that are “about the inspiring, crazy and creative things that families from all over the place are doing together.” Bunch puts on family-friendly events often—Warhol-inspired dance parties at CiRCA, say—but the grand poobah is always their annual Salon, which, wouldn’t you know it, is all about city building this year. The kids in attendance can “take part in a think tank, design playgrounds, create a wind powered art garden, build a massive cardboard city, go on guerilla green missions, be photojournalists, create public art, and play an urban planning game”; the whole point is to get them “thinking about what makes a city great” so that “we will end up with great cities.”
What’ll Torontoist be doing at the Salon? Forcing children to do our job for us, obviously. Yep: we’re liveblogging the event with the help of the wee attendees—taking their picture, getting their ideas about what they like and don’t like and would change about Toronto, and assembling it all together and publishing it, live, throughout the day, for the whole entire world to see. And then, because the kids are all being provided with cameras to document the event themselves (courtesy of Yahoo!), shortly after we cover the event live with our photos and their thoughts, we’ll be reflecting on it with their photos and our thoughts.
It should be a whole lot of fun. If you’ve got kids, we hope to see you and them for their first taste of municipal development, internet fame, and pay inequity; if you don’t, we hope you’ll tune in to Torontoist nonetheless, to follow our coverage of how our city’s youngest and most adorable members would build a better Toronto for the future we’ll all share.
The Bunch Family Salon runs on Sunday, March 29, from 2–5 p.m. at OCAD (100 McCaul Street). Tickets are available in advance online, at $15 for adults and $12 for kids, or—provided they aren’t sold out—can be purchased at the door for $20. Kids under the age of two get in free, those lucky devils.