Placemaking Canada - Toronto Gathering (June 11-12, 2023)

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Placemaking Canada - Toronto Gathering (June 11-12, 2023)

Join us for the 4th Placemaking Canada national gathering, June 11-12 at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, Ontario.

By Placemaking Canada

When and where

Date and time

June 11 · 9am - June 12 · 5pm EDT


Evergreen Brick Works 550 Bayview Avenue Toronto, ON M4W 3X8 Canada

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event
Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.


Sunday, June 11
Monday, June 12

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Walk / Roll / Bike Tours

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch and Brick Works Exploration

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Welcome, Introduction, Objectives

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

'Open Mic' Event & Presentations (followed by Networking Activity)

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Building the National Agenda (pt 1) - Workshop Activity

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Rooftop Social in Downtown Toronto

About this event

  • 1 day 8 hours
  • Mobile eTicket


Join us for the fourth Placemaking Canada national gathering, taking place June 11-12 at Evergreen Brick Works in and around beautiful Toronto, Ontario.

This is an opportunity for placemakers and public space advocates to share stories, successes, tactics and aspirations. Since 2015, Placemaking Canada has held national gatherings in Montreal (2015), Vancouver (2016), and Halifax (2019). This will be the first time we have been able to meet face-to-face in over three years.

The two-day Placemaking Canada gathering includes walk, roll and bike tours, workshops and presentations, networking events, and various other activities (you can view a general agenda with approximate times for each component below). All of these activities support three overarching objectives:


  • Providing an opportunity for face-to-face connections between Canadian placemakers (and friends); elevating voices and dialogue between grassroots placemaking and public space organizations.

Learning & Exploring

  • Hitting the streets to explore Toronto’s fantastic public spaces, city-building activities, and inspiring local initiatives.


  • Strengthening the network of local placemakers and building the Placemaking Canada movement.

Double the fun! The Placemaking Canada gathering follows the 11th International Public Markets Conference (organized by Project for Public Spaces) taking place on June 8-10. The two events will provide back-to-back opportunities to engage with like-minded folks and to engage on a variety of topics.

In addition to a roster of exciting day-time events, you’re also invited to a Special Evening Rooftop Social in downtown Toronto, taking place Sunday, June 11 from 6-8pm.


We’re keeping fees low to ensure that the Placemaking Canada event is as accessible as possible. There are a few ticket options to choose from:

(1) Registration-only ticket covers entry to the conference and helps to offset venue and event related costs. Registration-only ticket holders are welcome to bring their own lunch and enjoy it on site during the conference.

(2) Registration + Lunch ticket includes a meal voucher that can be used at the onsite restaurant.

(3) Bursary tickets. A limited number of bursary tickets are available to offset fees for those that might not otherwise be able to participate. Bursary tickets are "pay what you can". Please note, we are unable to offer help with travel, accommodation or other expenses. To inquire about bursary tickets, please email by Friday, June 2, 2023.

All three types of ticket are available for single-day (Sunday or Monday) or two-day options.

This is a non-profit, volunteer-powered event - so 100% of the ticket revenues go towards covering event expenses. A BIG thank you to Evergreen for supporting the work of Placemaking Canada and allowing us the use of their space.


Let’s build the Canadian placemaking agenda together. A big part of our Placemaking Canada events are story-sharing activities. We’ll have open-mic (pecha-kucha style) presentations, walking tours and workshops. If you’d be interested in sharing a story, leading a walk, or showing off some of your placemaking work, let us know! Email our organizing team directly at


Present day Toronto is located on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples.

The site of the former Don Valley Brick Works, our Placemaking Canada gathering takes place on a site lovingly restored and revitalized by Evergreen, a national not-for-profit. You’ll have lots of opportunity to check out this global showcase for green design, urban sustainability and an award-winning, vibrant public space. In additional to the restored facilities, a number of trails wind throughout the site, giving you a chance to explore a regenerating urban ecosystem and take in some beautiful views of Toronto.


The Brick Works are nestled in Toronto’s Don Valley and are accessible by all modes of transportation:

  • Free Evergreen shuttle bus, seven days a week - View Schedule & Pick-up/Drop-off Details
  • TTC #28 Bayview South bus operates 7 days a week. Visit for the most up-to-date schedule.
  • Walk/roll or bike through Toronto’s Don Valley with easy trail access from Castle Frank and Rosedale subway stations, or Beechwood Drive.
  • Car – Onsite parking on site is limited. Please consider taking alternate transportation to the site.


Conference and workshop proceedings will be held in English.

The shuttle bus to Evergreen Brick Works is wheelchair accessible, as is most of the facility; however some of the trails may not be suitable for mobility devices.

We are committed to creating an inclusive and accessible environment for all attendees. If you have any accommodation requests please do not hesitate to reach out to the organizing team by emailing We are dedicated to ensuring your comfort and enjoyment at the Placemaking Canada gathering and will do our best to accommodate your needs.


Placemaking Canada is a network of locally based placemakers, placemaking and public space organizations. Founded in 2015, the organization brings a grassroots, decentralized approach to city-building work – working to link initiatives, amplify local voices, and enrich the Canadian placemaking conversation. A key component of the Toronto gathering will focus on sketching out the next chapter of Placemaking Canada. We hope you’ll join in the discussion and lend your ideas.

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