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Another Successful Leslieville Tree Festival!
The sun was shining, the sound of music was floating through the air and everyone was smiling at the annual Leslieville Tree Festival presented by LEAF, Councillor Paula Fletcher, Toronto Hydro, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Streetcar, Beaches Jazz Fest and Leslieville BIA.
 

Families, people of all ages, local businesses, environmental exhibitors and many more gathered in Leslie Grove Park to celebrate our urban forest!     

In the months approaching the Leslieville Tree Festival, LEAF’s Education and Outreach Coordinator, Tooba Shakeel, and I were busy coordinating with our partners, exhibitors, volunteers and the Leslieville community to prepare for the big day!  So, when the rain held off and the sun was shining for the festival, we couldn’t be happier to share this very special day with the nearly 500 individuals who passed through the festival!  

Here are some of my favourite memories from the festival:  

© 2017 Emily Peden / LEAF

Some of LEAF’s awesome staff and volunteers ready to set up for the big day! 

 

© 2017 Alan Li / LEAF

Outstanding performances throughout the day by the Toronto All-Star Big Band

 

© 2017 Tooba Shakeel / LEAF

A major new attraction was the 24 foot high climbing wall sponsored by Streetcar. 

 

© 2017 David Slaughter / LEAF

Councillor Fletcher and a very tall Canadian Mountie! 

 

© 2017 Alan Li / LEAF

Our event sponsor Toronto Hydro offered up great electricity saving-incentives!

 

© 2017 David Slaughter / LEAF

Me and Tooba hanging out with Barkley!

 

© David Slaughter / LEAF

Busy at work decorating pollinator-themed crafts! 

 

© 2017 David Slaughter / LEAF

LEAF’s Executive Director Janet McKay leading a tree tour around Leslie Grove Park! 

 

© Tooba Shakeel / LEAF

LEAF’s first #BeesLoveTrees pop-up event!

 

© 2017 Joyce Chau / LEAF

A fantastic pollinator-themed craft made at EcoSpark’s craft station and beautiful face-painting by Masquerading Faces

 

A great big thank you to our event sponsors and partners! Thanks also to additional supporters Tango PalaceRalph Thornton Centre, Canadian Tire and  EcoSpark as well as all of the performers, exhibitors, and volunteers that helped make the day a great success!

 

Emily Peden is LEAF’s Program Assistant.

 

Photos were taken by David Slaughter, Alan Li, Tooba Shakeel and Joyce Chau.

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