Join Sidewalk Labs on Saturday, June 16, from noon to 6 p.m. as we open “307,” a new public workshop at Quayside.
We’ve transformed an old fish processing plant and parking lot into an experimental work space — 307 is where we will work every day, and it will be open every weekend to the public. We’re excited to co-create and share our explorations with you as the project evolves.
Who Is Invited?
You! And anyone else you know who is interested in the past and future of Toronto. RSVP by clicking the blue REGISTER button right here on this page.
Come See Explorations-in-Progress
We’re excited to kick off 307 with our first “Open Sidewalk,” a monthly event series designed for people of all ages and abilities that will feature prototypes, performances, workshops, and other activities. Inside and outside we’ll be exploring some of the ideas that could become part of this future neighbourhood and establishing an open venue for community co-creation.
Some of the Prototypes You’ll See at the First Open Sidewalk
- The Dynamic Street tests modular pavement and lights that can be programmed to give more street space to pedestrians, more of the time.
- Building Blocks explores flexible ways for communities to make outdoor furniture.
- Navigating 307, a partnership with Canadian National Institute for the Blind’s ShopTalk program and BlindSquare, tests how Bluetooth beacons for the blind and visually impaired can help visitors navigate an ever-evolving space like 307.
- Plan Your Neighbourhood explores a new data-driven approach to urban planning known as “generative design.”
Participate in Workshops and Talks
Each Open Sidewalk will have a core theme. We’re starting with the topic of Toronto’s history. Some of the performances and workshops will include:
- Future Walks (3:30 pm) is a walking tour by Toronto artist Nicole Hurtubise that focuses on unearthing the histories of Toronto/Tkaronto at sites across the waterfront.
- The Myseum (all day) is the museum of the people of Toronto, and will bring the MyseumCollects series to Open Sidewalk to gather ephemera and stories from Torontonians on urban mobility.
- RWDI and PARTISANS (1:30 pm), leading Toronto-based environmental engineers and architects, will hold a workshop on how historical weather data can help design spaces that respond to nature and the seasons.
- Iris Häussler (3:00 pm), a Toronto artist best known for her fictional works of history, will have a conversation Theory of Everything’s Benjamen Walker on how fact and fiction can creatively come together to reflect upon urban histories and futures.
- All day, Toronto’s fireball DJ/Producer Ticky Ty will be on stage, and the day will culminate in a collaboration between Ticky Ty and First Nations Dancers EJ Kwandibens, Sagatay, and Nicole Leveck.
Eat and Drink
Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be served all day through our Market 307, led by Scadding Court Community Centre. Vendors will include Gushi, Pierogi Me!, and Jammy Dodger. They will have vegetarian and vegan options.
Getting to 307
307 is located at 307 Lake Shore Boulevard East (at the base of Queens Quay East and Parliament Street). There are a number of options for getting there:
- Bus: 307 is accessible by TTC on the 72B Pape.
- Wheel-trans: A designated drop-off/pick-up point can be found on the east side of Small Street, between Parliament Street and Lake Shore Boulevard East.
- Bike Share: We’re thrilled to announce that there will be a Bike Share Toronto station right on site, located at Parliament and Lake Shore Boulevard East.
- More Bike + Car Parking: Parking is available at 333 Lake Shore Boulevard East (enter from Parliament St), right across the street from 307; bikes free, cars $10.
- 307 Accessibility: The front entrance to 307 has an incline ramp and assistive railings. Select washrooms are wheelchair accessible. ASL will be available for the stage programming. Please reach out to our team at firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions about accessibility.
Who Is Behind 307 and Open Sidewalk?
307 and Open Sidewalk are a massive collaboration with many extraordinary new friends and partners from Toronto, Canada, and around the world. The architectural transformation of the 307 building has been led by Lebel and Boulaine and Govan Brown. Daily Tous Les Jours and illustrator Cecile Gariepy are the designers behind the identity of the building and our flexible system for experimentation. The Bowery Project have created the outdoor learning garden. The Dynamic Street prototype is designed with Carlo Ratti Associati Carlo Ratti Associati. The Plan Your Neighbourhood prototype is designed with KPFUI and Daily Tous Les Jours. Plus, Ya Bikes! and Charlie’s Freewheels join Bike Share Toronto at 307’s Bike Station, where you will be able to add LEDs and other colourful, crazy touches to your ride.
Full Program Schedule
- 12:00 PM: Open Sidewalk starts, and Market 307, Bike Station/Hack Your Ride, Ticky Ty’s DJ set and all of our explorations-in-progress open up and kick off
- 12:30 PM: Welcome remarks from Sidewalk Toronto and a blessing of our Learning Garden from Adrian Levesque of Anishnawbe Health Toronto (Location: Stage/the Learning Garden); Bowery Project Pollinator Planting (Location: The Learning Garden).
- 1:00 PM: Myseum Collects: Bicycle Transportation (Location: Myseum Tent); Future Walks: Mobile Community Conversations with Nicole Hurtubise (Location: Meet at the stage)
- 1:30 PM: PARTISANS / RWDI Design Workshop (Location: Inside)
- 2:00 PM: Myseum Collects: Railway Transportation and The Sleeping Car Porters (Location: Myseum Tent)
- 3:00 PM: Myseum Collects: Automotive Transportation and the TTC (Location: Myseum Tent); The Urban Imagination: Benjamen Walker & Iris Haussler in conversation (Location: Inside)
- 3:30 PM: Future Walks: Mobile Community Conversations with Nicole Hurtubise (Location: Meet at the stage)
- 4:00 PM: Myseum Collects: Ferry Transportation (Location: Myseum Tent); Bike Share Toronto Bicycle Safety Workshop (Location: Bike Station)
- 4:30 PM: Bike Share Toronto Neighbourhood Bike Ride (Location: Bike Station)
- 5:00 PM: First Nations Dancers Nichole Laveck, Sagatay Kwandibens, and EJ Kwandibens join DJ Ticky Ty in a dance collaboration (Location: Stage)