HackLab.TO is a community space with a diverse membership, including artists, computer programmers, web designers, and hardware hackers. It is inspired by the philosophies of the global hackerspaces movement which encourages people to socialize, share knowledge, and work together on their projects. Newcomers are welcome every Tuesday night at Unpatched Tuesdays at HackLab’s space upstairs at 170 Baldwin St.

Kensington Market Business Improvement Area (BIA) was formed in 2009 and represents over 240 area businesses. By working collectively as a BIA, local business have the organizational and funding capacity to be catalysts for civic improvement, enhancing the quality of life in their local neighbourhood and the City as a whole. This richly multicultural, open-air marketplace meets all needs: fresh produce, cheese, meats, bread & deserts, bulk spices/nuts/sweets, flowers, restaurants, cafes, bars, live music, local fashion designers & acclaimed vintage clothing, art, music, bike & skate shops, electronics, pet supplies, home-wares, and many specialty items from around the globe.

Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market:
Community – Culture – Ecology. Pedestrian-only streets in Kensington Market, Toronto – last Sunday of every month from May to October. Pedestrian Sundays are homemade – from the signs, to the music, to the giant piñatas, it’s the human touch that sets these apart from other street festivals. Entertainers play for love not money; from the metal band of the baker’s kid, to the jazz of the world renowned sax-playing neighbour.

Canopy of KensingtonCanopy of Kensington:
“A society grows great when a person plants a tree whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” – GREEK PROVERB
Ways you can help!
Free Trees for your Front Yard from the
City of Toronto, (now planning for 2012)
Leaf Toronto will help to choose what to plant for beauty or for shade in your backyard.
Trees Replace Pavement: The Canopy of Kensington Stewards will help local businesses get your yard planted with a tree.
Canopy Steward Volunteers: work in the gardens, trim the trees or nurture the canopy, and suggest places that would love a tree.
If you want help nurture our summer green space with your project or would like to volunteer with KMAC, call or write today!

Sonya’s Park Community Flower Gardens

is seeking volunteers for planning, planting, caring for gardens near Oxford & Augusta. If you’d like to participate please contact

Sonya's ParkSonya’s Park
Kairo Dey and Christine Deuerlein founded the The Green Culture Festival as a celebration of green initiatives in Kensington Market in 2009.  Money raised during each festival is revitalizing Sonya’s Park
in Kensington with Community Flower Gardens. Together with Mark Meister and Steve Pryce, Kairo and Christine continue to nurture the gardens.
Creating gardens has created a more welcoming atmosphere for the community to enjoy the park. We have more families spending time in the park and more breaks being taken among the gardens.
Sonya’s Park Community Flower Gardens has also received money from the
Toronto City Trees and Parks Foundation and KMAC.
You can find them on Facebook at!/groups/79332248381/ and contact them through email at
Volunteers are always welcome!
Get gardening tips, help add beauty to Kensington or simply enjoy working in the garden.

To add your group or organization to our Community listing please send us your information on our Community signup page.