The 2013 YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard) Festival will be held on Sat., Feb. 16, 2013

The following information is from the YIMBY website (I’ve changed All Caps headings to Title Case headings):


YIMBY: Yes In My Back Yard Festival

Yes In My Back Yard Festival

Saturday, February 16, 2013, 11 am–4 pm
Toronto Reference Library
Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, 2nd Floor
789 Yonge, Toronto, Ontario

On February 16th, say “Yes In My Back Yard!”

Join us for the 6th Annual YIMBY Festival on February 16th, 2013, at the Toronto Reference Library to celebrate YIMBYism in Toronto!

Browse the Community Marketplace

Meet organizations and groups from around the city who are making Toronto better! Bring the kids along and drop them off in the supervised ArtZone!


YIMBY-ites and Pop-Up Dialogues

Join us in the stage area for lively discussions and presentations about YIMBYism of all types in Toronto! Schedule to be posted soon!

Join the Community Marketplace!

Your group can make a difference. Last year YIMBY! TORONTO included over 45 associations and hundreds of visitors including policymakers and politicians who came to listen to YOU. It was so successful we had to find a larger venue!

Pre-registration is required and there are only a few spots left, so apply for a spot now! The cost to register for a booth in the Community Marketplace is $25 + HST per organization.


  • An opportunity to recruit new volunteers!
  • A chance to tell politicians about your work and why it matters in your neighbourhood!
  • Networking opportunities with community, neighbourhood and advocacy groups and associations.
  • A relaxed, fun atmosphere to showcase your group.


The YIMBY! Festival provides a social space for people and groups involved in grassroots, locally-driven community development to gather, exchange ideas and strategies to effect change, and imagine their future city. It’s a chance to celebrate achievements and identify new challenges and opportunities, in an atmosphere focused on listening, learning and engaging.

The YIMBY festival was founded by Christina Zeidler in 2006 as a result of her work with neighbourhood groups who were responding to widespread unchecked development in Toronto’s Queen West Triangle. She realized that many neighbourhood groups were unfairly labeled as NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yard).

YIMBY is about promoting the role of neigbourhood groups as a positive force for change, who seek developments and projects that enhance the quality of life of the community, and bring the vitality that meets local needs.

This one-day event invites community groups from across Toronto to turn the table on politicians and policy makers, to educate them and each other about the issues that face each community. This is an opportunity for neighbours to meet neighbours, residents to meet politicians and politicians to meet community groups in the spirit of people coming together for positive change.

Find Out More

YIMBY! TORONTO is organized by the Centre for City Ecology. You can phone us at 416-583-5763 or email us at


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