Community Conversations


Creating spaces to discuss topics that matter

We are committed to engaging meaningfully with the community. Community Conversations is a new initiative to encourage dialogue and discussions on topics that matter and are of keen interest to members of our community. These conversations will be held in a variety of locations across the GTA: cafés, libraries, community centres and anywhere that constructive dialogue can flourish. We hope to create welcoming spaces where people from diverse communities can gather and share their unique insights and experiences.

We hope to bring together the talents, spirit, energy, curiosity and interests of our diverse citizenry to promote inclusive, and inspiring dialogue on current local and global issues that could include history, ecology, the environment, arts, media, urbanism, health, poverty, current socio-economic and political issues, and a range of ideas and topics that inspire critical dialogue and engaging thoughts.

Complete a Community Conversations Application Form to get started.

Upcoming Conversations

do we have freewill?
Alexandru Manafu
Saturday, May 6, 2017
2:00 - 4:00pm
Studio 303, 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto
Register now for this conversation!

Series on Emotional Well-Being - Part 4
My Mind & Me:
An introductory Mindfulness Workshop for Youth
Host: Marie-Jolie Rwigema, School of Social Work
Date: Wednesday,  May 10, 2017
2:00 - 4:00pm
The Spot (1 York Gate Blvd., 2nd Floor)
Register now for this conversation!

A Conversation based on the Film: MPA - A Utopian Experiment
Host: Megan Davies
Date:Thursday, May 11, 2017
Time: 3:00 - 5:00pm
Location: Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Community Health Centre (1900 Davenport Rd)

Tutti a Tavola!  Italian Food Culture in Canada 
Host: Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano
Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017
Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm
Location: TBD

The Summer of '77: How Emanuel Jaque's Murder Changed Toronto
Gilberto Fernandes
Thursday, June 22, 2017
6:00 - 8:00pm
Gallery of the Portuguese Pioneers (960 St. Clair Ave West)

Past Conversations

Our first Community Conversation event, Youth, Higher Education and Community Engagement, was held on November 25, 2016, at the Gallery of the Portuguese Pioneers in Toronto. Get more detailed information about the topic and speakers.

Date Topic Hosts Venue
April 20, 2017 Stories of Change: Narrative Practices for Critical Justice Work Harjeet Badwall York TD-Community Engagement Center
March 19, 2017 The Greek Immigrant Experience; Then and Now Sakis Gekas Pan Arcadian Federation of Canada House
450 Danforth Avenue
February 28, 2017 In Search of Community Emotional Well-being Wilburn Hayden & Farid Partovi Chaharlangi 2999 Jane Street Community Building
January 31, 2017 A Nation Divided: The November 1916 Battle of Athens and Greece’s Entry to Great War Sakis Gekas Danforth/Coxwell - Toronto Public Library
November 25, 2016 Youth, Higher Education and Community Engagement in the Portuguese Community Maria Dodman & Inês Cardoso Gallery of the Portuguese Pioneers

How Community Conversations Work

Conversation is a powerful tool that connects us and provides a unique opportunity for knowledge sharing, human growth and empowerment, and community building. Community Conversations are public, semi-structured and open to anyone who who is interested in the topic. To host a conversation, all you need are people, a topic and a place to meet!

Our events are held twice monthly during the Fall and Winter semesters, in cafés and community spaces across the GTA, and are approximately two hours in length (exceptions may apply). Each conversation is centered on a particular theme or an interesting question. Conversations will begin with the moderator who will lead the conversation with a 10-15 minute introduction to the topic, will monitor time, and who will gently encourage participation. Conversations may also feature guest speaker(s) to share their ideas, experiences and expertise on a specific topic. Essentially, conversations are intended to spark the exchange of ideas!

Start a Conversation

We are committed to building strong and inclusive communities and welcome the involvement and participation of the broadest group possible. To participate in a conversation, all you need to do is show up and talk. Apply now to host a conversation.

If you wish to suggest a topic, or provide feedback on one of our conversations, we invite you to contact us by email.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do conversations take place?
Community conversations are held at familiar and inviting community locations, such as local coffee shop, café, restaurant, public-park, local library, organizations and community centers.

Why conversations and not lectures, workshops or seminars?
We aim to create an open space for the exchange of knowledge and where everyone is a learner. In these settings, everyone is encouraged to share their perspectives, thoughts and ideas, and not be dominated by experts.

Are conversations free and do I need to register?
Community Conversation events are free. Most events do not require registration; however, when a conversation does require advance registration it will be clearly indicated on our website or on posters announcing the event.

How long are the conversations?
Conversations are usually two hours in length.

Do I have to prepare in advance for a conversation?
No. these events are informal and do not require participants to prepare for a conversation. If you are interested in the topic, all you need to do is show up and participate – share your experiences, thoughts and ideas.

Apply Online

You are one step away from beginning a meaningful conversation. Complete a Community Conversations Application Form to get started. And if you're interested in getting in touch with us,  please email us directly.


Community Conversations Portuguese Learn more about our first Community Conversation event in the Portuguese community.

Please provide your comments on the Community Conversation you have attended.