120 Years of Toronto, 1959-2079

Celebrate Our 60th Anniversary this year.



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This year we turn 60 years old, and we're celebrating with a special monthly speaker series. Join us to hear from prominent Torontonians speak about causes and projects happening in our city and communities. There are 9 dates to choose from! So check it out and make sure you come to some or all. Invite your friends too! This is an open and free event (as is parking!), we would love to share these special presentations with as many as possible. See you there! For more information, email office@forestgroveunited.com


 Sylvain Roy  Walter Borden  Curtis Carmichael  Tina Urman  Jennifer Keesmaat

 Renee Linklater  Mike Filey  Tammy Gaber  Alison Au Quartet

Schedule and Details

Sylvain Roy on Mental Health January 18 2019
Homeless People, Dementia & Brain Science

Dr. Sylvain Roy, Ph.D., C. Psych. CAMH, is the lead clinician in the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Assessment Service of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). President of the Ontario Psychological Association, he is a neuropsychologist interested in brain & mental health, disability and homelessness as well as health and social policy.

Walter Borden on Theatre February 1 2019
Theatre: Living The Life I Sing About In My Song

Walter Borden, a native of New Glasgow NS, has been a member of Halifax's Neptune Theatre and the Stratford Festival of Canada. He has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, the African Nova Scotia Music Association (ANSMA) Music Heritage Award and is a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2007, Borden was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award for his prominence as a theater actor.

Curtis Carmichael on Young People Growing up in marginalized communities in Canada March 1 2019
The "Unlikely" Expert: Respecting the Street Corner

Curtis Carmichael is an educator, inspirational speaker, multi-sport athlete

He captured the attention of national media by creating a grassroots movement cycling across Canada.

Leading a $100,000 fundraising campaign he met with groups across Canada to foster an understanding of marginalized communities living in lower income communities across Canada.

Tina Urman on Art April 5 2019
A History of the AGO

Tina Urman is the Director of Novel Inspirations, providing art and literature tours. She has been a volunteer gallery guide at the Art Gallery of Ontario and instructor at the University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies.

Jennifer Keesmaat on Urban Housing May 21 2019
Building the Inclusive City

Jennifer Keesmaat, former Chief Planner for the City of Toronto is a principal in CreativeHousing, an organisation of planners, engineers, architects, developers and landholders committed to building sustainable, affordable housing in major urban centres in Canada.

Renee Linklater on Indigenous Issues June 7 2019
Healing through Reconciliation: Opportunities and challenges for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada

Renee Linklater, PhD is a member of Rainy River First Nations in Northwestern Ontario. She is the Director of Aboriginal Engagement and Outreach for the Provincial System Support Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She has over 20 years of experience working with Aboriginal healing agencies and First Nation communities. She is an international speaker on trauma and healing and is the author of Decolonizing trauma work: Indigenous stories and strategies.

Mike Filey on the History of Toronto September 13 2019
City of Toronto: Past & Future

Mike Filey is a Canadian historian, journalist and author. Since 1975, he has written the column, The Way We Were for the Toronto Sun. He was awarded the Jean Hibbert Memorial Award in 2009 for promoting the city of Toronto and its history.

Islamic Culture in Toronto October 4 2019 TBA

Alison Au Quartet on Jazz Music November 1 2019
120 Years of the Music Scene in Toronto

The Allison Au Quartet most recently was awarded the 2017 Montreal Jazz Festival TD Grand Prix de Jazz, the 2017 Halifax Jazz Festival Sting Ray Rising Star Award, and was named a 2017 Finalist for Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Jazz Artist Award. Allison Au, jazz Saxophonist, Composer and Arranger, earned her first Juno nomination for her debut album, “The Sky Was Pale Blue, then Grey” in 2013, and in 2016 seized the Juno for "Best Jazz Album of The Year: Group" for “Forest Grove.”