Celebrate Toronto’s Youth
May 1 to 7, 2022

Each May, Youth Week Toronto celebrates youth engagement and showcases the abilities and talents of youth in the areas of civic engagement, recreation, arts and sports in diverse communities across Toronto.

 

Youth Week will kick off with an in-person event on Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m. at the Wellesley Community Centre, 495 Sherbourne St.

Featuring:

  • live performances
  • games
  • overview of events happening across the city
  • welcome from Recreation Director, Howie Dayton

Can’t make it to the in-person event? Join us virtually via Webex.

Stomp Urban Dance Competition/Showcase

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Meridian Hall, 1 Front St. E.

The Stomp Committee, in partnership with TO Live, will be hosting a series of masterclass workshops.

The day-long event will feature workshops on performance, choreography and coaching for competition on the big stage. Workshops will be tailored for dancers and coaches/PFR Dance Instructors.

Workshops

Dance to WIN: Master Technique

Participants: Child/youth – ages 10 to 17, Coaches/PFR Dance Instructors

Themes: Dancehall/Afro-Reggae, Hip-Hop

Dance to WIN: Master Coaching Part A

Participants: Coaches/PFR Dance Instructors can partake in the workshop

Dance to WIN: Master Coaching Part B

Participants: Child/youth – ages 10 to 17

Featuring: Artist Talk-Balk and Stomp Re-Visited (video screening of winning performances from previous years)

Space is limited. Registration deadline: April 27, 2022.

Register Today

If you cannot attend the main event, there are other opportunities available. Space is limited and priority will be given to dancers who are not already registered in the Master Class Workshop at Meridian Hall.
Dance to WIN: Dance Master

Friday, May 6
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Don Montgomery CRC (Dance Studio/Youth Lounge), 2467 Eglinton Ave. E.

Dance to WIN: Dance Master
Saturday, May 7
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Parkway Forest (Dance Studio), 55 Forest Manor Rd.

Register Today

Chop It Like It’s HOT – Preliminary Competitions

12 to 2 p.m. – West Toronto York District
3 to 5 p.m. – Toronto & East York District

Canoe Landing Community Centre, 45 Fort York Blvd.

A great opportunity during Youth Week for youth of all abilities across the city of Toronto to showcase their cooking and baking skills and compete with one another.

Other district competitions take place on May 2, 3 and 4. The final will take place on May 7.

To Register

Email two photos to:  PFRYouthWeek@toronto.ca

In the subject line add: “Chop It Like Its HOT:  Your Name and Postal Code”

More information about the competition can be found on Chop It Like It’s Hot Cook Off’s Linktree page.

All Star Basketball Skills Competition

1 to 4 p.m.
Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre, 220 Cowan Ave.

ResilienTOgether

ResilienTOgether celebrates youth artistic expression through visual and performing arts.  ResilienTOgether is a partnership between Vibe Arts, ArtWorksTO, RISE Edutainment, ArtScape, the Remix Project and 7th Generation Image Makers.

Opening Reception

2 to 4 p.m.
ArtScape Weston, 34 John St.

#resiliencylookslike show and curated visual arts exhibit, featuring work created by pairs of photographers and spoken word artists, curated by Anthony Gebrehiwot.

The exhibition will continue to be shown until May 5.

Trivia Time

2 to 4 p.m.

Youth will participate in various trivia games. To participate in the event, please join via Webex.

Chop It Like It’s HOT – Preliminary Competitions

5 to 7 p.m. – Etobicoke District
Elmbank Community Centre, 10 Rampart Rd.

A great opportunity during Youth Week for youth of all abilities across the city of Toronto to showcase their cooking and baking skills and compete with one another.

Other district competitions take place on May 2, 3 and 4. The final will take place on May 7.

To Register

Email two photos to:  PFRYouthWeek@toronto.ca

In the subject line add: “Chop It Like Its HOT:  Your Name and Postal Code”

More information about the competition can be found on Chop It Like It’s Hot Cook Off’s Linktree page.

Chop It Like It’s HOT – Preliminary Competitions

5 to 7 p.m. – North District
Oriole Community Centre, 2975 Don Mills Rd. W.

A great opportunity during Youth Week for youth of all abilities across the city of Toronto to showcase their cooking and baking skills and compete with one another.

Other district competitions take place on May 2, 3 and 4. The final will take place on May 7.

More information about the competition can be found on Chop It Like It’s Hot Cook Off’s Linktree page.

Get Your Braid On – Preliminary Competition

5 to 8 p.m.
Lawrence Heights Community Centre, 5 Replin Rd.
Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre, 220 Cowan Ave.

Braider competition is designed to showcase the skills of the best youth braiders in each district. Preliminary competition will take place May 3, 4, and 5.

Selected youth will have the opportunity compete where our Instagram followers will weigh in and vote on who should be titled “Youth Week Braider”.

Braider competition finale (Friday, May 6) will take place where the “Youth Week Braider” will be selected.

To Register

Email two photos to:  PFRYouthWeek@toronto.ca

In the subject line add: “Get Your Braid On: Your Name and Postal Code”

Those who have been selected will be contacted by email.  If you have any questions please email: PFRYouthWeek@toronto.ca.

Drag Master Class

4 to 9:30 p.m.
Wellesley Community Centre, 495 Sherbourne St.

Aspiring youth drag artists will have the opportunity to take part in a makeup artistry and dance workshop.

Register Today

Jewelry Designing Workshop

4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Falstaff Community Centre, 50 Fallstaff Ave.

Chop It Like It’s HOT – Preliminary Competitions

5 to 7 p.m. – Scarborough District
Don Montgomery Community Recreation Centre, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E.

A great opportunity during Youth Week for youth of all abilities across the city of Toronto to showcase their cooking and baking skills and compete with one another.

Other district competitions take place on May 2, 3 and 4. The final will take place on May 7.

To Register

Email two photos to:  PFRYouthWeek@toronto.ca

In the subject line add: “Chop It Like Its HOT:  Your Name and Postal Code”

More information about the competition can be found on Chop It Like It’s Hot Cook Off’s Linktree page.

Glow In the Dark Dodge Ball

5 to 7 p.m.
O’Connor Community Centre, 1386 Victoria Park Ave.

Get Your Braid On – Preliminary Competition

5 to 8 p.m.
Don Montgomery Community Recreation Centre, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E.
Elmbank Community Centre, 10 Rampart Rd.

Braider competition is designed to showcase the skills of the best youth braiders in each district. Preliminary competition will take place May 3, 4, and 5.

Selected youth will have the opportunity compete where our Instagram followers will weigh in and vote on who should be titled “Youth Week Braider”.

Braider competition finale (Friday, May 6) will take place where the “Youth Week Braider” will be selected.

Artist in the 6ix

4 to 5 p.m.

Online Art Gala will be held where you will be able to connect with the artists to discuss and or purchase their art work.

https://harthouse-ca.zoom.us/j/82012531370
Meeting ID: 820 1253 1370
Passcode: 021531

Get Your Braid On – Preliminary Competition

5 to 8 p.m.
Regent Park Community Centre, 402 Shuter St.

Braider competition is designed to showcase the skills of the best youth braiders in each district. Preliminary competition will take place May 3, 4, and 5.

Selected youth will have the opportunity compete where our Instagram followers will weigh in and vote on who should be titled “Youth Week Braider”.

Braider competition finale (Friday, May 6) will take place where the “Youth Week Braider” will be selected.

Toronto Youth Cabinet Special Edition Cabinet Meeting

6 to 8 p.m.

Join the Toronto Youth Cabinet, City of Toronto’s official youth advisory body for a Special Edition Cabinet Meeting with guest speaker Randell Adjei, Ontario’s first Poet Laureate.

Join via Webex 

Seeking History in a Digital World

7 to 8 p.m.

Join a panel of staff and youth from Toronto History Museums to explore how history is represented in the digital world, with a specific focus on Toronto History Museums’ award-winning Awakenings program, and Historica’s iconic Canada History Minutes.

Join via Webex.

Bubble Soccer and Wheelchair Basketball

4 to 6:30 p.m.
Regent Park Community Centre, 402 Shuter St.

Get Your Braid On – Final Competition

4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Parkway Forest Community Centre, 55 Forest Manor Rd.

Finale of the braider competition is designed to showcase the skills of the best youth braiders in each district.

Selected youth will have the opportunity compete where our Instagram followers will weigh in and vote on who should be titled “Youth Week Braider”.

ResilienTOgether

ResilienTOgether celebrates youth artistic expression through visual and performing arts. ResilienTOgether is a partnership between Vibe Arts, ArtWorksTO, RISE Edutainment, ArtScape, the Remix Project and 7th Generation Image Makers.

ResilienTOgether Show

2 to 5 p.m.
Toronto Music Gardens, 479 Queens Quay W.

Featuring live musical performances from the partner organizations.

Chop It Like It’s HOT – Final Competition

3 to 6 p.m.
Kitchen24, #200-100 Marmora St., North York

Final competition of youth from across the city of Toronto showcasing their cooking and baking skills.

Tween & Teen Soccer Tournament

2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Parkway Forest Community Centre, 55 Forest Manor Rd.

Desjardins Youth Skills Development  Funding Launch and Panel Discussion – Tuesday May 10 @ Lawrence Heights (37 Varna Dr.)

11:30 – 1:30pm

Launch Event acknowledging Desjardins’ contribution to support Toronto young people, particularly Black, Indigenous and racialized youth through youth jobs, workforce development pathways, training and financial literacy initiatives (Outdoor – 1 Hour).

Panel Discussion for community frontline workers and youth to participate in a conversation with leaders from Community Organizations and Programs on best practices for successful initiatives (Indoors – Limited Space – 1 Hour)

To register please email Craig Milson, Project Manager with Social Development Finance and Administration at Craig.Milson@toronto.ca

Black Youth Gala

6 p.m.
Toronto Reference Library (Appel Salon), 789 Yonge St.

The Toronto Youth Cabinet, City of Toronto’s official youth advisory body will be hosting its inaugural Black Youth Gala, to honour the contributions of Black youth in civic engagement, entrepreneurship, arts, athletics and so many more that have helped to shape the city of Toronto to where it is now. We hope to give youth the opportunity to network across and build together in a safe space.

The Toronto Public Library (TPL) has many events scheduled during Youth Week. To learn more about them, please visit TPL’s website.