Registration now open for August and September workshops

July 11, 2023

Registration is now open for new workshops in August and September! Our Beyond Concrete workshops are designed to spark curiosity, cultivate creativity, and shift our focus towards the natural urban ecosystems that surround us.

Register now to book your spot! All workshops in this series are free to attend.

Eco-Art Workshops

Art-lovers and crafters, young and old, are invited to these hands-on sessions, hosted by artists and creative experts at The Bentway Studio (facing into Canoe Landing Park).

Saturday, August 5

Please join us for a Butterfly and Bee exploration walk! Where are the sources of nectar and pollen in our neighbourhood? Where did those creatures come from? Explore these questions and sharpen observation skills to find the best habitat in our neighbourhood.

Saturday, August 19

Explore the environment beneath the Gardiner Expressway and Canoe Landing Park through the use of experimental photographic processes and foraged and found materials. Working with the camera-less processes of lumen printing and phytograms, participants will create ephemeral images in collaboration with the landscape.

Saturday, September 16

This City Sketching workshop at The Bentway is open to people wishing to learn or improve their drawing skills in Urban Sketching. During this workshop you will learn to develop your sense of observation to depict a bit of everything that surrounds you in your sketchbook, including nature, architectural details, and more.

Walking Workshops

Explore the neighbourhood at these active learning experiences on-the-go! Activities include urban foraging, nature exploration, and field recording. Walking workshops kick off at The Bentway western edge, near Strachan Ave.

Wednesday, August 23

Join an immersive and eco-conscious workshop where we’ll forage for native species of goldenrod. Learn about sustainable practices of natural dyeing and techniques of extracting natural dye from the plant to create a one-of-a-kind piece that is uniquely yours in this hands-on experience.

Wednesday, September 20

Join us for a site-specific walk where you’ll learn to make field recordings and use vinyl records to create new soundscapes with Loop Sessions Toronto. Then, learn to join the two together to create a sonic collage inspired by the local urban environment at The Bentway.

Wellness Workshops

Meditation and movement teacher Renelyn Quinicot leads a monthly meet-up series that includes soundbaths, journaling, joyful movement, and mindful breathwork.

Register for the August and September sessions now:

Young woman wearing purple yoga top and shorts sitting cross-legged on the floor. She is holding two tuning instruments with three glass bowls in front of her.

Wednesdays, August 9 and September 6

Join us in a monthly series to experience The Bentway environment as a space where we can gather to pause, ground, reset and drop into our senses together. Each session we will explore different techniques of getting to know ourselves, what we need, and how to nurture this through mindful different activities and movements.

Events at the Eco Library

Join us for family storytime in collaboration with Toronto Public Library: Fort York!

 Saturdays, August 12 and September 9

Join us for family storytime at the Bentway Studio Eco Library Pop-up! Enjoy stories and songs about nature and being eco-friendly in the city as part of the Bentway’s Beyond Concrete summer season. Led by Toronto Public Library: Fort York, these sessions are especially suited for children ages 0-5 with their parents or caregivers. All are welcome.

Also on sale now are Communal Table dinners for August and September! See the full lineup and get tickets here:

 Every Thursday from June 21 – September 14

The 2023 Communal Table season features over a dozen meals showcasing old Depanneur favourites and exciting new collaborators. This year’s Thursday night communal dinners at The Bentway’s Strachan Gate will feature cuisines from all over the world.