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What’s On at Evergreen Brick Works in May

From the return of the beloved Ontario Artisan Market and Ontario Vintage Market to a brand new Skateboarding Drop-In Program - we have so many exciting activties planned for May.

Drone photo of the Brick Works

Published on April 25, 2023


The Saturday Farmers Market

Farmers Market vendors

From May until October the Saturday Farmers Market will be open from 8am - 1pm. Find both new vendors and many of your old favourites under the Pavilions every Saturday during May.

Are you curious about some of the environmental benefits of shopping at your local farmers market? Check out this story!

The Ontario Artisan Market & Ontario Vintage Market

Vendors at the Ontario Artisan Market and Ontario Vintage Market

Get ready for another season of the Ontario Artisan Market and Ontario Vintage Market at Evergreen Brick Works! Find these markets under the Pavilions on May 7 & 21 from 10am - 3pm.

Ontario Artisan Market connects people in Toronto to local artisans, artists, makers. Shop from a wide range of vendors offering unique, handmade and locally-made products including jewellery, body care, art, clothing and more.

Ontario Vintage Market brings vintage to the city. Vendors in all categories bring fresh and carefully chosen antiques and vintage for you. This includes furniture, lighting, objects of art, fashion, kitchenware and records.

The Evergreen Garden Market 

Less Mess Bags

Spring gardening season is upon us! Need soil for spring planting?
We’ve got you covered!

We have a new Bring Your Own Bag/Bucket (BYOB) campaign happening from now until September at the Evergreen Garden Market, in partnership with Less Mess™! Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Bring your own bag or bucket to the Garden Market.
  2. Fill it up with soil from the Less Mess™ Enviro Bag.
  3. Make a $5/$10 at the TipTap by the dirt station – your gift will go directly towards supporting Evergreen programs.
  4. Get planting!

This is a great way to pick up your soil for the season, while minimizing waste!

The Community Spotlight Program

East of the Don Chorus

Saturday, May 6 - East of the Don Chorus in Tiffany Commons
from 9:30am – 12pm 

East of the Don Chorus is a community choir located in Toronto’s east end. They are a collection of people from all ages and demographics who come together every week to sing collectively. Their goal is to engage and enhance the artistic life of their singers and wider community through the love of singing.

Limitless Productions
Saturday, May 20 – Limitless Productions presents Bolly Yoga - an interactive workshop & performance in Tiffany Commons from 11am – 12:30pm

Founded and created by Artistic Director Ashima Suri, Limitless Productions is an indo-contemporary dance theatre company that uses storytelling to create performances and workshops that lift the spirit and give voice to stories untold. Limitless is excited to bring Bolly Yoga to Evergreen this spring/summer! Bolly Yoga is an engaging community-based dance yoga experience created to bring in some much-needed fun and collective healing. 


Saturday, May 13 - Community mural painting with Julia Prajza in the  Evergreen Garden Market from 12pm - 4pm

Come out and PAINT and be a part of the creation of a large community mural! Join Muralist, Lettering Artist and Designer Julia Prajza in transforming the Evergreen Garden Market into a vibrant and magical scene, full of larger-than-life plants native to the area.
One of our main goals of this program is to amplify and centre other voices, communities and cultures at the Brick Works. Through the generous support of partners like Bank of America, this program will continue to run throughout the spring and summer. We have lots of exciting activations coming up –
stay tuned! 

Weekend Nature Play

The Children's Garden in Spring

With the warmer weather approaching, we can't wait to spend spring days in the Children's Garden! This program is open from 10am - 3pm on Saturdays and select Sundays in May. Here are the May dates: 

  • May 6 
  • May 13 
  • May 20 
  • May 21 
  • May 27

Sprouts: Early Years

Sprouts: Early Years

Our Sprouts: Early Years program encourages you to reflect on and deepen your own learnings while discovering the wonders of nature with your young one. This program will involve young explorers walking in wild spaces, connecting to nature through stories, songs and active play all while getting the benefits of being outdoors and observing the signs of spring!

This parent and tot program takes place every Wednesday from 9:30am-11:00am and is for ages 2-5 but babies in arms are welcome!

Select spots are available for our 4-week sessions and drop-in sessions at Evergreen Brick Works. Our next 4-week session begins May 10!

We want to hear your stories about
Evergreen Brick Works!

Summer Wednesdays at the Brick Works

Have an interesting story about the Brick Works? Perhaps you have an exciting tale from the Farmers Market, or you rekindled a friendship at one of our events or you experienced a rare nature sighting on site – we want to hear from you!

Evergreen Brick Works is rich in Indigenous, ecological, architectural, industrial, historical, geographical and personal history. For years, visitors have come to this space to experience nature, to take part in raves, to visit the Farmers Market, to attend events, for weddings, to learn about the land, to take photos, to bird watch and so much more.

We are going to be sharing YOUR stories as part of self-guided audio tours, on social media, on our website, and more to showcase how important it is for cities to have good public spaces that create opportunities for connection, whether that’s connection with one another or to the natural world.

Here’s how you can participate:

1. Call our hotline at 1-416-596-0249
2. Listen to the guidelines
3. Follow the prompts
4. Leave a message with your story!

Skateboarding Drop-In Program

Skateboarding Drop In Program

First date/time: Tuesday, May 23 from 4pm – 7pm

During our Skateboarding Drop-In Program, we invite you to skate under the exposed beams of the beautiful Koerner Gardens. This program is free and open to all skill levels! We'll have ramps set up and a skateboarding expert onsite to answer any questions you might have, to share his knowledge and fix skateboards if needed.

Please bring your own skateboard!

Jawa El Khash: Nature's Algorithm, 2023


Nestled in and around the historic brick press at Evergreen Brick Works, a series of holograms are bringing the plants and animals native to Toronto’s Don Valley to life. Starting on May 3 with an opening reception, the installation will stay on site at the Young Centre until December 31, 2023. 

The four holograms depict past, present and imagined future ecosystems present at the Brick Works and invite viewers on a journey of discovery and identification. Species like silver maple, rainbow trout, and monarch butterflies offer a memorial of a once thriving natural space and offer a vision of what can be if future generations repair and coexist with the natural world.  

Visitors can visit the installation for free Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Nature’s Algorithm is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. It is presented in partnership with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Garden Circle Volunteer Program

Person gardening

Evergreen’s beloved Garden Circle program offers volunteers a hands-on opportunity to get outdoors into nature and to make a meaningful difference to our many gardens and greenspaces at Evergreen Brick Works.

This season, with kind support from, garden-inspired household cleaning brand Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Canada, volunteers will work alongside experts in horticulture, urban agriculture, restoration and ecology to expand their skills and knowledge in these areas through direct, hands-on experiences.

Let's Grow Together


As a charity committed to making spaces livable, green and prosperous, Evergreen is pleased to partner with Plantables to provide an easier way for Ontarians and Quebecers to try out gardening and improve their green thumb while supporting a more local food system!

If you aren't able to make it to the Evergreen Garden Market this month to pick up your seedlings, order your garden plants online and have them delivered right to your door. Enter code EVERGREEN and 10% of your order will be donated to us!