Yes In My Back Yard Festival

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 11am–4pm
University of Toronto Schools [UTS]
371 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON
[a 2 minute walk from Spadina Stn]

YIMBY 2013

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YIMBY 2011

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YIMBY 2010

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YIMBY 2007

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YIMBY 2014

Join us at YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard) Festival: a celebration of community-based ideas and action in Toronto. The festival is free and open to all, providing a social space for people and groups involved in locally-driven community development to gather, exchange ideas and strategies to affect change, and imagine the future of our city.

At this year's YIMBY Festival, we'll welcome 70+ Toronto-based groups involved in community development, civic literacy, neighbourhood improvement, environmental action, arts and culture, and economic development. The Marketplace area will focus on collaborative consumption, featuring organizations and businesses that are helping to strengthen the shareable economy movement in Toronto.

Throughout the day, visitors can connect with organizations face-to-face, attend panel discussions focused on community development and sharing economies, and take in a series of flash presentations where YIMBY participants will share their current work, ongoing strategies, and new ideas for positive change in Toronto's neighbourhoods.

YIMBY 2014 Presentation Schedule

  • 12:00 noon - 12:45pm: Welcome + Panel Discussion: Community Development
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm: Flash Presentations by YIMBY Tablers
  • 2:30pm - 3:15pm: Panel Discussion: Collaborative Consumption

YIMBY 2014 Tablers

Meet these groups at YIMBY 2014:

Join the Community Marketplace

If you are interested in tabling at YIMBY 2014 Festival or just want more information about the event, please email us at


The annual YIMBY Festival provides a social space for people and groups involved in grassroots, locally-driven community development to gather, exchange ideas and strategies to affect change, and imagine their future city. It's an opportunity to celebrate achievements and identify new challenges and opportunities in an atmosphere focused on listening, learning and engaging.

Christina Zeidler founded the YIMBY festival in 2006 when she realized that many neighbourhood groups were presumed to engage solely in antagonistic relationships and were unfairly labeled as being part of a NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) movement. YIMBY is about promoting the role of neighbourhood groups as a positive force for change.

Toronto has a rich history of civic engagement and community involvement. This one-day event invites community groups from across Toronto to turn the table on politicians and policy makers and to spread understanding about the issues that face each community. This is an opportunity for neighbours to meet neighbours, residents to meet politicians, and politicians to meet community groups, all in the spirit of people coming together for positive change.

Find out more

YIMBY TORONTO is organized by the Centre for City Ecology. Email us at