Forsythia Festival

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Neighbourhood News April 2022

Hello Neighbours!

It’s here! After a two year hiatus, the Forsythia Festival is back in person, this Sunday, May 1!

The parade will start at 10:30am at the corner of Sumach and Wellesley, and the festival will run from 11am-3pm at Wellesley Park, which was cleaned last week by a dedicated group of Cabbagetown residents.

Wear yellow and come prepared for fun – we have a mechanical bull, a magician, a BBQ and a beer tent! Check out the full schedule of events.

Raffles tickets are for sale ahead of time (email to purchase) and at the festival. 

Spotlight on Sponsorship

The Forsythia Festival would not be possible without our generous sponsors! Over the next few newsletters, we will spotlighting our 2022 Gold Sponsors.

Buds and Blossoms 

Buds and Blossoms has two licensed child care facilities, one of which is right in the heart of Cabbagetown, on Parliament Street.  Buds and Blossoms offers preschool, kindergarten, aftercare, summer camps and a diverse selection of classes for parents and children.  Program curriculum is mindfulness based and child-lead.  Children are engaged while learning something they want to learn and are having fun. The lovely educators and Buds and Blossoms are fun-loving and passionate about what they do! Follow Buds and Blossoms on Instagram at budsandblossoms.cabbagetown and check out their Facebook page.

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre

Founded in 1980 and located right on Parliament Street, the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre has introduced over 300,000 young people to dance through its Ontario Arts Access program, and won the Toronto Arts Foundation’s prestigious Arts for Youth Award for its development of young artists and young audiences. CCDT offers professional productions locally and abroad for all ages, next generation and established artist residencies, a continuity of development programs from age eight to professional, educational outreach, career guidance and community engagement initiatives for dance artists to explore and to showcase their craft. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.


Jane’s Walk

Jane’s Walk is also back this year, running May 6-8th. This free, annual festival of community-led walking conversations was  inspired by Jane Jacobs—a journalist, author, theorist, activist, and proud Torontonian.

 Jane’s Walk festivals take place in hundreds of cities around the world. Jane’s Walks encourage people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours.

Check out the schedule here.

Community Clean Up

Thank you to the local residents who helped to clean up two major parks in Cabbagetown on April 23rd. Wellesley Park and Riverdale Park were both cleaned of garbage and have a fresh look just in time for spring.


NatureScape on Parliament Street

The Cabbagetown BIA has partnered with Councillor Wong-Tam to create a naturescape on Parliament Street, starting July 1st and running 10 weeks. You can read all about it here, and see some of the renderings.

Toronto’s New Tree

The City has announced that Toronto is getting an official tree, and you can vote for your choice. Voting is open until May 10th.

Mother’s Day Baskets from GreenThumbs

GreenThumbs is selling Mother’s Day Baskets as a fundraiser to support 3 local school children’s gardens. Click here to order.

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City/Local News Round-Up – Apr 24 – May 7


Forsythia SprigWe would like to think that if Tony Brady, founder of the Forsythia Festival and the man who started it all, could have seen the streets of Cabbagetown lined with yellow ribbons, chalk drawing of flowers and animals, messages of kindness written on the sidewalks, kites flying in the park and doughnuts dangling from neighbourhood trees this past Sunday May 2nd, he would have been vey proud.

As the provincial “Stay at Home” order dragged on from January-February, February-March, it was clear that we would not be able to hold the Forsythia Festival in person this year. As organizers of an in-person children’s festival, where people are meant to gather together and celebrate the arrival of Spring to the neighbourhood we needed to think outside the box and figure a way to bring some much-needed Spring spirit to Cabbagetown and bring the festival right to the doors of residents for families to celebrate. Thus the Forsythia Festival “Experience Bag” came to into being. 

Instead of setting up tents and tables, we set up a Shopify Store. Instead of ordering supplies for crafts, flower crowns and face painting, we assembled bags with DYI Dangling Doughnut Kits, DYI Kite Kit, a window craft kit and yellow sidewalk chalk. We couldn’t offer you a burger or sausage from Mark at Steak and Chops or a beer from Stout, so instead our sponsors gave us discounts and coupons to include in the bags. We almost had a parade! The Heavy Weight Brass Band was booked…but we really didn’t want to risk a ticket, so instead we gave traditional yellow “twizzlers”, yellow ribbon and a window sticker to decorate your home. No raffle this year….but we did have “Golden Ticket” bags….where a few of neighbours were lucky enough to win an amazing prize donated by some of our local businesses.

An important part of the Festival is that it is free for all to participate. Although we sold “Experience Bags” we didn’t want a single family to be left out due to cost and many people generously purchased bags to donate.

In the end, our numbers looked like this:

  • 260 Experience Bags sold
  • Of those 260 bags, 81 were purchased for donations!
  • 180 empty bags were purchased by local businesses to sell or give away with purchase.

Forsythia chalk on pavement As organizers, we have yet again been blown away by the spirit and generosity of our neighbourhood and local businesses.

A huge thank you goes out to all of our wonderful local businesses who proactively stepped with additional goodies up to help make the festival “Experience Bags” extra special, including “Golden Ticket” prizes and all sorts of coupons and gift cards that could be included in all of the bags.

A big shout out to: 

  • Steak and Chops
  • Stout Irish Pub
  • F’Amelia
  • Epicure
  • Spruce
  • Salt and Tobacco
  • Buds and Blossoms
  • NoFrills

As well as to our generous cash sponsors:

  • TD Canada Trust
  • Royal Bank Private Wealth Management
  • York Search Group

Thanks also to Peter Lovering at Parliament Street News and Doug Fisher at Cabbagetown Neighbourhood Review for all  the coverage and articles about the Festival.

And last, but by no mean least, many, many thanks from all of us on the CRA board to the huge effort put into this year’s Festival by its organizers: Shawna Pereira, Carolyn Jarmon, Katie Tozer and Trish Finkelstein. 

This was truly a 50th Anniversary Festival like no other!

Wishing you an amazing Spring season and remember to mark your calendars for the 51st Annual Cabbagetown Forsythia Festival, May 1, 2022





TPS logoThe Toronto Police Service is requesting the public’s assistance with a break and enter investigation where a goat was stolen.

On Thursday, May 6, 2021, officers responded to a call for a break and enter at the Riverdale Farm, 201 Winchester Street.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5104, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, online on their Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).




CPA logoIn our last newsletter we announced that the Cabbagetown Preservation Association would be running another plant swap this year, as they did in 2020, because they again can’t run the garden tour.  Sadly, due to the ongoing Stay-at-Home order, which ends (hopefully) on the May 20, the plant swap has had to be shelved too. We are all hoping that one day soon this darned pandemic will stop interfering with all the great events that go on in our community.



That’s, right the venerable Cabbagetown Preservation Association, which has been around for nearly 40 years, is now on Instagram! You  can check out all their wonderful and informative posts: @cabbagetownpa. As you can imagine, there are lots of pictures of houses!  




nextdoor logoNextdoor is a social platform that connects neighbors based on their location. The platform allows neighbors within the same geographical area to share information and communicate. It came to Cabbagetown/St James Town earlier this year.

In a post last week a member mentioned people going door to door wearing reflective vests that say “community safety”. They are implying that they are from the city doing the rounds response to reports of packages being stolen and other security issues. It seems they are either trying to sell security systems (or find out what security people have in place for future nefarious activities). Either way, we suggest residents be aware and don’t engage with them.




Dixon Hall logoFor the past 43 years, Dixon Hall Music School has been a warm, accessible, and welcoming place for more than 6,500 children and youth in Regent Park and surrounding neighbourhoods. It has been a space for students to learn and craft their music skills, but more than that, it’s been a place for them to feel at home.   

Dixon Hall’s annual Music for Life gala sustains the operations of the music school, but it had to be cancelled last November due to COVID-19. This year, they have two generous donors who have helped to kick-start our campaign through a pool of matching funds. 

Find out more about this important community fundraiser and please give generously, if you are able. 





fATTOUSH LOGOA new Middle Eastern restaurant/brunch spot/coffee shop/kitchen called ‘Fattoush’ has opened up very recently at 253 Gerrard Street. 

They describe themselves as an online catering company that focuses on Middle Eastern Breakfast Feasts. They believe in offering their customers a healthier breakfast option that is locally sourced and beloved in the Middle East.

It’s got to be hard opening a place like this in a lockdown, so please give them the support they need from our community.

Open daily 8am to 6pm (8am to 8pm Fridays and Saturdays) 

(Editor’s Note: We picked up dinner from Fattoush the day it opened. Really excellent spread including the best falafel we have ever eaten! Super friendly service too.)



Here’s some good news for our local restaurants and all the neighbourhood foodies who have continued to support them throughout the pandemic.

Mayor John Tory announced Wednesday that the installation of curb lane patios — introduced through the city’s CaféTO program — is set to begin on Saturday, May 8, in an effort to avoid delays for participating restaurants when outdoor dining is once again permitted, reports Mira Miller at BlogTO.




A “Garden Suite” is a second, generally smaller, house built in the backyard of a detached, semi-detached, or townhouse property.

In April, 2021 the City released a survey to explore your opinions and concerns about new backyard houses in your neighbourhood.

As the next step in the consultation process, City Planning will be hosting a series of virtual community consultation meetings where residents can learn more, ask questions, and share comments about Garden Suites.  Three sessions have been arranged to provide additional date/time options but the same content will be reviewed at each meeting.

The meetings will be Online and phone-in only. To join pre-registration is required  (scroll to Page 6 for the meeting titled ‘Garden + Suites Study Community Meeting’).




Active TO logoThe following closures will be in place beginning Saturday, May 8 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, May 9 at 9 p.m.:
Bayview Avenue, between Front Street East and Rosedale Valley Road, as well as River Street between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street.

ActiveTO routes will be closed to vehicles and open to people on bikes, as well as to pedestrians. Residents planning to use ActiveTO routes or to visit High Park should do so only with members of their own household and are asked to access them by bike or on foot because nearby parking is limited and there is no onsite parking available.






Toronto has issued a new section 22 order to ensure all education settings are closed to in-person learning in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. The order, which was released on Thursday evening, will go into effect on May 10. Report by Katherine DeClerq at CTV News.



The City of Toronto announced today that it is partnering with Vaccine Hunters Canada to assist Toronto residents in identifying available next-day appointments at City-run immunization clinics. At the end of each day, the City will provide Vaccine Hunters Canada with clinic appointment availability for the next day. Read the City news release.



Canada is expecting to receive more than two million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines each week through June, and an additional one million doses from Moderna next week. With four COVID-19 vaccines now authorized for use in Canada, who will become eligible to receive which vaccines and where can they get it? Report by Stephanie Liu at CTV




Forsythia Festival Local Interest

50th Forsythia Festival – Update

Forsythia Festival Bag frontThe Forsythia Festival “Experience Bags” are a HUGE hit in the neighbourhood. We have close to 200 bags sold and the orders keep coming in!

Everything you need to celebrate the Forsythia Festival at home can be found in the bag including: Dangling Doughnut DYI Kit, DYI Kite Kit, DYI Window Craft, yellow ribbon to decorate your door, anniversary window sticker, traditional yellow “twizzlers”, yellow chalk for side walk art and four Forsythia themed cake pops from Velvet Lane Cakes

Bag Additions From Our Local Retailers

The generosity of our local businesses never ceases to amaze! Additional adds to the “Experience Bags” include:

  • Coupon for 20% off your next order from Mark at Steak and Chops
  • $10 Gift Card from from F’Amelia
  • $5 Gift Card from Erin at Stout
  • Buy one coffee, get one free from Patti at Epicure
  • 10% off Summer Camp from Buds and Blossoms

We’ve also received a number of prize donations:

  • Gift Basket from Patti at Epicure
  • Gift Basket from Kim at Spruce
  • Gift set from Shawna at Wonderkind
  • 2x $50 Gift cards and t-shirts from Sean at Salt n’ Tobacco

Cycle Solutions and Menagerie are also doing a special Forsythia “Gift with Purchase” while supplies last.

The “Secrete Yellow Stone” project at Wellesley Park

Last week we challenged neighbourhood kids to get creativeForsythia Festival Rocks and leave their mark in the park.

They were asked to find and paint some stones yellow, leave a positive message or some pretty art work on the stones then hide their “Secrete Stone” for others to discover in Wellesley Park.

We had some pretty amazing stones painted so keep your eyes open next time you stroll through Wellesley Park!

This is an ongoing project, so parents…get your kids out there hunting for stones to paint and hide.

The Great “Think Spring” House decorating Challenge

Starting this weekend, we are asking the neighbourhood to get their homes ready for Spring by decorating the outside with the colour YELLOW!

Anything goes, the bolder the better.

Prizes will be awarded so let’s get out there and bring some Spring spirit to Cabbagetown!

Start planning your Forsythia Festival Feast now!

Sunday May, 2nd is the 50th Anniversary of the Forsythia Festival.

In normal times, we would be gathered together in Wellesley Park eating hamburgers from Steak and Chops and sharing a beverage at the beer garden sponsored by Stout.

This year, we are asking the neighbourhood to ORDER IN!

Do your own grilling and pick up burgers from Steak and Chops, order a big batch of wings and beer from Stout! Pasta and wine from Famelia! Pizza and beer from Salt and Tobacco? Drink kit from The House on Parliament? Daniel et Daniel prepared meal? Something spicy from Haldi or The Butter Chicken Factory? Sushi or Ramen from Kibo Sushi, Tokyo Ramen or Kingyo? Dessert from Absolute Bakery, Velvet Lane Cakes, Staj+Co!

With so many options to choose from in Cabbagetown there’s something for everyone! 

The Forsythia Festival is the PERFECT reason to support our local businesses and celebrate all that is Cabbagetown.

Please share your photos and don’t forget to use our hashtags:



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City/Local News Round-Up ~ Mar 28 to Apr 9


Since we can’t gather as a group this year to celebrate the arrival of Spring, we wanted to bring the Forsythia Festival to your doorstep!

To make this easy for you, we’ve created limited edition 50th Anniversary “Experience Bags” featuring specially commissioned art work that depicts the Forsythia Festival and the various events held at Wellesley Park.

Each bag includes: DYI dangling doughnut kit, DYI kite kit, tote bag DYI window craft, yellow chalk, 50th Anniversary window sticker, a giant yellow ribbon to hang on your door, four forsythia themed cake pops from Velvet Lane Cakes and two of the ever popular traditional parade twizzlers.

Also offered this year for purchase are limited edition yellow Forsythia Festival t-shirts. So no more excuses for not having anything yellow to wear to the Forsythia Festival!

Purchases of both can be made on the Cabbagetown Forsythia Festival Shopify store.

Forsythia king and queenApril has been declared Forsythia Festival Spirit Month! Keep an eye on the various CRA Social media platforms, as we will be running weekly contests and challenges.

Instagram: @torontocraboard

Facebook: @cabbagetowner

Real prizes will be handed out so get out there and help bring some much needed Spring Spirit to Cabbagetown!

Don’t forget to hashtag any photos you post with: #Thinkspring2021 #ForsythiaBig50

Let’s embrace this month as a neighbourhood and neighbours and make this the BEST (distanced) Forsythia Festival celebration we can.



garbage bagFollowing this weeks announcement by Premier Ford, the CRA Spring Clean-up event will be postponed to another date.  While we were confident this event could be run safely with good observance of physical distancing there is no way we could, in good conscience, continue with it, in the face of these new restrictions.  The CRA thanks all those who planned to participate today and hope that we can share a rescheduled date with you in the near future. 



The CRA recently received an email from Wallace Immen, Chair of the Cabbagetown Heritage Conservation District Advisory Committee (CHCD).

It reports that some homeowners are finding that home insurance is becoming an issue, as insurers seem to be worrying about the liability of a heritage designation. You can read more about it here.



A New Beginning is an art walk across Cabbagetown featuring the workcabbagetown graphic of a selection of local, notable artists. Centered around the themes of community, hope, and rejuvenation, these works are meant to inspire and bring our community together. This community art event, is brought to us by our local BIA and will run through to late Spring.




Spruce Court is a non-profit housing provider that owns and manages 77 apartments in ten low-rise buildings in Cabbagetown.  They are currently seeking to fill a permanent position of Maintenance Worker who must be on-call after business hours if there is a Maintenance emergency. They are seeking a self-motivated, responsible and tolerant individual who demonstrates a broad-based experiential skill set in building maintenance. The ideal candidate will have an aptitude for learning and development given our unique historical buildings and building systems. Click here to view the full job description, required qualifications, and instructions on how to apply. No phone calls please!



Here’s the latest update from Live Green Toronto 



Don’t forget, if you have a photo to share, email it to us along with a caption and/or some background info. 

This week, what else but a few snaps of Forsythia:
















Ontario’s new 28 day stay-at-home order started this week, with changed-up rules regarding what people in Toronto can and cannot do. Lauren O’Neil at BlogTO provides an overview of what’s what.



April 7 – Today, Toronto City Council approved the return of a more flexible and expanded ActiveTO program in 2021. Major Weekend Road Closures will return and include opportunities to expand or adapt locations and dates to support communities as well as planned construction. The cycling network will also be expanded through a new complete street pilot project along midtown Yonge Street.



While in the initial two waves of COVID-19 cases among children and adolescents were low, the recent surge of variants could change who contracts the virus in Canada, reports Christy Somos at CTV News.


Forsythia Festival

The Show Did Go On!

Forsythia festival mascotDespite the lockdown and social distancing restrictions, the CRA still managed to celebrate the 49th Forsythia Festival in style.

Thanks to Shawna King and her crew for making it an event to remember in such troubled times!

Congratulations to the winners of the Virtual” Forsythia Festival Spring decorating draw. You have each won a $100 Gift Card, in support of Cabbagetown business:

  • Epicure- Jen Crosbie
  • Steak and Chops – Radek Zajkowski
  • House on Parliament – Karen + Paul
  • Stout – Trish Finkelstein
  • Blooming Planters – Jenny Stam
  • Salt + Tobacco – Amber Hines
  • Daniel + Daniel – Bronwyn Roe
  • Kendall + Co – Jessica Daussey-Bazielle
  • Spruce – Darina Friender
  • Labour of Love – Christine Ganev

Thanks also to everyone else who joined in the fun too, making our house decorated in yellowneighbourhood ready for the season by decorating their houses in Forsythia yellow! 

We’d also like to make a BIG Forsythia Festival shout out to TD Bank for donating $1000 to the Festival again this year, which allowed  us to purchase the gift certificates for the contest.

Now all we need to do is mark our calendars for Sunday, May 2, 2021 for the 50th Annual Forsythia Festival. It will be epic! #thinkgspring2021

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People dressed in yellowHello Friends and Neighbours,

Yes…we might be tied close to home and yes, we need to be responsible citizens and practice social distancing but…

… as the saying goes:
“The Show Must Go On!”

The Cabbagetown Residents Association invites you to participate in the 49th Annual Cabbagetown Forsythia Festival – virtual edition!

We challenge you to #Thinkspring and show your Forsythia Spirit by dressing up the front of your house in YELLOW. The more yellow the better!

People dressed in yellowWhat you need to do:

Be creative. Think artwork in your windows! Decorations on your door! But just use what you have at home.

Get the kids involved – obviously!

Take a photo of your home all decked out for spring and post it on THE CABBAGETOWN RESIDENCE ASSOCIATION Facebook page or on Instagram with the tag @ctforsythiafestival 

All entries submitted will be entered into a draw for a $100 Gift Certificate to one of our local Cabbagetown businesses. Thanks to TD who donated $1000 to this years festival we have 10 x $100 Gift Certificates to pass out.

All entries must be posted by Sunday, May 3rd. (The official date of the Forsythia Festival)

Let’s make this this 49th annual neighbourhood tradition one to remember.

Go Cabbagetown!

PS: Don’t forget to tag your IG posts #thinkspring2020 as well.

Forsythia Festival

Think Spring! Sponsors needed for the 48th annual Forsythia Festival

Stout Irish Pub and its sister business Cifer Brewery sponsored the 2018 Forsythia Festival beverage tent.

Think Spring: Think about sponsoring!

The 48th annual Cabbagetown Forsythia Festival will be held on Sunday, May 5 and planning is in full swing.

This magical community festival is steeped in tradition and is our neighbourhood’s official welcoming of spring. This is an event free for all to attend and we can’t do it without a little help from our friends.

Organizers are looking for businesses and residents open to sponsoring the 48th Annual Cabbaagetown Forsythia Festival.

Insurance, permits, fencing, porta potties, tents, tables, supplies, musicians, decorations: these all cost money. We are very lucky to live in a community where local businesses such as Steak and Chops, Stout Irish Pub, Weenan General Contracting, Meridian Credit Union, The Sumach by Chartwell, House on Parliament, F’Amelia, Canada Trust, and many more donate money, product and time to make our festival happen. Please check out the full list of our 2018 sponsors.

If you own or work at a business that would be interested in sponsoring the Forsythia Festival we want to talk to you! We also have a few residents who donate individually to the festival. If you are open to sponsoring as an individual, as family, or even as a group of neighbours or street, we would love to hear from you. All donor levels and recognitions are featured on CRA website, If you have any questions our wish to chat further, please contact festival organizers Carolyn Jarman or Shawna Pereira via

Forsythia Festival

Engage Yellow Awesomeness – Forsythia Festival No. 47 on Sunday, May 6

We’ve waited all winter for spring weather to arrive and on Sunday May 6 we will welcome the season with open arms as neighbours gather to celebrate at the 47th Annual Cabbagetown Forsythia Festival at Wellesley Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This annual Cabbagetown tradition has not only grown in enthusiasm over the years, it has grown in size. We are happy to welcome new sponsors MWM Fish Co., which will be setting up an oyster table in the beer garden. Please check out our complete list of sponsors, without whom the Festival would not be possible.

Buds & Blossoms will be setting up a glitter tattoo station and Blooming Planter will be setting up a flower crown-making station. Do come to the festival hungry, as well as thirsty. Our Gold Sponsors Mark Michelin from St. Jamestown Steak and Chops will be there barbecuing his signature burgers (beef and portobello mushroom) and Erin Gamelin from Stout Irish Pub will be on hand to pour you some of her quality craft beer. (And yes, wine will be back!)

The festival will be full of free activities for kids of all ages: there is face painting, a craft station, bean bag toss, parachute game, piñatas, Pizza Pizza bouncing castle, Cycle Solutions bike tune-up station, photo booth, dangling doughnuts, and more.

Back by popular demand is magician Scott Dietrich, who will be holding court with his magic show at noon. While at the festival, do follow the line of green bins to our newest attraction: The Mechanical Raccoon. You read that correctly. You will have a chance to take on Toronto’s unofficial mascot by riding on the back of a mechanical raccoon. Be sure to have your photo taken after and hashtag your friends and family: #Forsythiaraccoon2018

Do bring your refillable water bottles as the City of Toronto’s H2OtoGo will be onsite to supply drinking water. Don’t forget that we now accept credit cards for purchase of food and drink.

Be sure to join us for the Forsythia parade through the neighbourhood before the festivities at Wellesley Park begin. We gather at the corner of Sumac and Winchester streets, starting at 10 a.m. Yellow poms will be handed out and we encourage everyone (pets included) to dress in their best in the colour yellow! Parade will depart at 10:30 a.m., led by the amazing Heavyweights Brass Band, loop around the block, and end at the park.

Come one, come all … the festival is free for everyone to attend and it really wouldn’t be the same without you there. Think Spring!

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Think Spring! Calling for sponsors and volunteers for the 47th annual Forsythia Festival

The CRA’s main community activity each year is the annual Forsythia Festival, set this year for Sunday, May 6, from 10 am. to 3 p.m. This is a free event made possible by the hard work of hundreds of volunteers, led this year by Forsythia co-chairs Shawna Pereira and Carolyn Jarman, and by the generous sponsorship of our local businesses.

Check out our 2017 sponsors – wouldn’t you like to be on this list for 2018? Please read more about how to support the Festival as a donor.

We also need volunteers to help supervise various activity stations at Wellesley Park on the day of the festival. Volunteer shifts are kept short to allow you enough time to enjoy some of the festival with your own family.

We need more than 100 individuals to do everything from face paint, to assist at the food and beverage area, to tie doughnuts to tree branches (which is way more fun than you might think.) We need people to help set up and take down all the tents and activity stations. We even need people to help as marshalls for our Festival-opening neighbourhood parade. If you would like to volunteer, we’d love to have you! Please contact us at for more details.

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Forsythia Festival 2017 – a great day without rain or snow!

The 46th Annual Forsythia Festival held on Sunday May 7 2017 was a truly wonderful day of yellowness, fun and smiles! We are grateful that the threat of rain and snow (gulp!) didn’t deter anyone from showing up for the parade and park activities and that the sun came out during the day to remind us that spring had arrived! We counted over 620 attendees including 116 people who volunteered their time during the day – thank you so much to our wonderful volunteers!

Our special thanks to those businesses and organizations that donated money, prizes and their time to make the festival possible! Please thank them when you see them in the neighbourhood!

Forsythia Festival Donors
Forsythia Festival Prize Winners

If you have photos of the day you would like to share, please email them to us at or via Twitter/Facebook/Instagram with the hashtag #ForsythiaFest. We will put together a gallery of photos for you to enjoy.

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you again on the first Sunday of May 2018!

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