regent park turnout toronto Dubbed a “civic engagement circus,” Turnout Toronto is a way to connect the people who want to improve the city with leaders in civic matters and organizations doing good.

Modeled after a job fair, this year’s event will be held at the Centre for Social Innovation, Regent Park, which occupies the third floor of the Daniels Spectrum at 585 Dundas St. E. Swing by between 5pm and 8pm on Thursday April 10th to learn about all the different ways to get involved in your city.

The location in Regent Park makes perfect sense.

“We’re in a neighbourhood going through transition and revitalization,” said Shilbee Kim, the manager of the Centre for Social Innovation in Regent Park.

“It’s a very tight-knit neighbourhood and there’s a strong history here of social justice and civic engagement from citizens and folks coming together for a common cause. We thought of having this event here because it would be a great opportunity and there’d be a great positive response from the neighbourhood itself.”

Some of the civic champions that will be at the event include local organizations such as Pathways to Education, U for Change and Youth Empowering Parents. Altogether, there are 40 civic-minded organizations and leaders from every corner of the city registered including mayoral candidates John Tory, Robb Johannes and Morgan Baski.

The first ever Turnout Toronto was held last year at the Centre for Social Innovation’s Annex location and attracted more than 500 people. Kim says they’re expecting a similar turnout and have already had about 400 attendees confirmed for Thursday evening.

It’s a part of the city that’s experiencing impressive momentum. The area is home to the a number of new streets and new amenities such as the Daniels Spectrum, an arts and culture hub, as well as the award-winning Regent Park Aquatic Centre.

In partnership with the City of Toronto, the Daniels Corporation is behind many of the area’s new structures, including One Park Place South. Currently under construction, the new condo project will rise 29-storeys above Dundas Street East and Sumach Street, the tallest condo to be built in the community yet.

As the downtown east neighbourhood continues its rise, Turnout Toronto presents another avenue for locals, and Torontonians beyond Regent Park’s borders to connect.

“I think the energy and the positive tone of the event can be a unifying force. And that’s why it’s been so successful,” said Kim.

“The fact that our first event in the Annex had over 500 people show up is testament to the hunger and desire for Torontonians to get involved in their city. They’re looking for ways. I think this is a true spirit of Torontonians and what’s to come.”

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