2012 Human River at Jane’s Walk

Human River, Sunday May 6th 1pm at Dundas and Crawford, in Trinity Bellwoods


This year during Jane’s Walk, take part in a parade and storytelling walk along Toronto’s lost Garrison Creek.


Meet us at Dundas and Crawford, at the north end of Trinity-Bellwoods Park, on Sunday, May 6th at 1 pm. Wear something blue and we will become a Human River, bringing the Garrison Creek back to life.


Join us early for a pre-walk craft and costume party at 12 noon!


There will be stories of Garrison Creek communities past and present, of buried bridges, sewers, of salmon, pelicans, sandhill cranes, of wolves besieging Old Fort York. Come hear about community efforts to bring rivers back to life here and in other parts of the world.


A crew from the upcoming documentary film LOST RIVERS (previously: Under the City) will record the walk as part of their worldwide exploration of the past, present and future of our lost urban waterways.



Download Human River Spring Parade Poster (large jpg)

Download Jane’s Walk Human River Poster (pdf)

Want HUMAN RIVER to resurface?



Join the 2011 Re-visioning Session!

SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2pm @ Christie Pits!


Help the creek  rise again!


Join us to get your Human River ideas, dreams, and wishes represented at our re-visioning session this weekend:


Chistie Pits Park Pavillion


Please forward this post to your water and public space allies.
RSVP or send regrets by Friday (the 8th)

Human River on CIUT 89.5FM Take 5!



Listen to Human River 2009 Coordinator Georgia

being interviewed by CIUT 89.5 Take 5:


Human River on CIUT 89.5 FM Take 5

Aired morning of Sept. 17, 2009 produced by Mieke Anderson



“When you think of historical sites in and around Toronto you

most likely conjure up thoughts of old buildings and

monuments or a site where something was signed or opened

or torn down. Few of us think of our natural heritage. The

Human River campaign – coordinated by Georgia Ydreos as an

offshoot of the Toronto Public Space Committee – is trying to

preserve the memory of one such natural site, the Garrison

Creek. Completely buried by the mid 1920’s, Human River

holds an annual storytelling parade – coming up October 25th

- to explore its past, re-envision its future, and discuss its

current stormwater issues. Reporter Mieke Anderson met

Georgia in Trinity-Bellwoods Park to talk more about the lost

waterway buried beneath their feet.”

2008 Bike Float Workshops!



Tues. Sept. 23 ~ 6:30-8:30pm. Hosted by Bike Pirates @ 1292 Bloor St. W

Sunday Sept. 28 ~ 2-5pm at Pedestrian Sunday in Kensington Market

Tues. Oct. 7 ~ 6:30-8:30pm. Hosted by Bike Pirates @ 1292 Bloor St. W

Join us for one or ALL of our three Bike Float Workshops!

These workshops are a fun opportunity to break out the glue and get to know one another.

Using pop bottles, card board boxes and a variety of other reclaimed materials we’ll work together to create bike floats and parade props for this year’s Urban Water Cycle on Sunday, October 19. Outside of adding fish tails to bike baskets, crafts will include, hand held birds and noise makers.

After the Tuesday workshops, we’ll meander down to a local pub to chat.
Questions? Email contact@humanriver.ca.

Urban Water Cycle Bike Float Workshops: Bike Pirates meet Human River!

~ Materials Donations ~



Have you got extra pop bottles, cardboard and/or paint?

Then you may be able to help us in planning this year’s Human River event!

For our Urban Water Cycle bike parade on Sunday October 19, we will be building bike floats, instruments and puppets during upcoming craft sessions. If you are willing to donate any of the below materials or have the perfect something to add to the creation of a fish bike email contact@humanriver.ca or post a comment.


- 2 litre pop bottles

- Pop cans

- Cardboard

- Chicken Wire

- Paints

- Construction Paper

- Tin cans

~ Urban Water Cycle Inspiration ~



Human River is holding a storytelling bike parade along the route of the buried Garrison Creek on Sunday October 19. During the parade participants will join to create music, explore Toronto’s neighbourhoods and share stories. To view our route visit Human River Bike Route. If you have a story connected to the route of the Garrison Creek, an interest in creating installations along our path or a desire to perform at the event let us know! Email contact@humanriver.ca or post a comment.

Urban Water Cycle ~ October 19



For its fourth year Human River brings you Urban Water Cycle, a storytelling bike parade following the path of the buried Garrison Creek. At 1pm we’ll gather north of St. Clair at the creek’s source before biking its full length, creating music, sharing performances and celebrating the creek’s history. With everyone wearing blue, we will become a human river bringing the Garrison Creek back to life!

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