Announcing our Third Salon – The Immigrant

"Isn’t everyone a part of everyone else?"
~ Budd Schulberg

The Theme

Of the 2.5 million residents who make up the City of Toronto, half were born outside of Canada. With our third Salon, The Immigrant, we explore how the themes of identity, integration, assimilation, inclusion and exclusion manifest themselves in one of the most multi-racial, multi-cultural cities in the world.

The Details

The Location

The Immigrant will be held at one of the most innovative new community spaces in Toronto, the Live Open Market at the Scadding Court Community Centre.  Just opened as of June 17th, this colourful “pop up” market is part of an effort to revitalize and redefine the area, providing small, local vendors with commercial space and breathing new life into the neighbourhood.


Your Host – Ty Harper

As a Toronto radio producer and co-host of OTA Live!, Canada’s first urban variety show, Ty is no stranger to navigating discussion and debate.  Ty was born in Toronto & raised till his mid-teens in Trinidad.

Opening Words – Councilor Adam Vaughan

Our welcome and opening words will be delivered by Councilor Adam Vaughan of
 Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina.  For about 20 years, Vaughan worked as a political journalist and activist, most recently as the Political Specialist at Citytv/CP24.

Speaker – Fabio Crespin

Born and raised in Sao Paulo Brazil, Fabio moved with his wife and son to Toronto in 2008. Moving to Canada was an ideological decision – he was motivated to be part of a more balanced and equal society. He is passionate about transforming society for the better.  Fabio will speak about his new immigrant story.

Speaker – Leonardo Zuniga

Since arriving in Canada in 2004, Leonardo (Leo) has been advocating for the rights of marginalized and oppressed young people.  He also leads workshops around anti-oppression and anti-homophobia issues facing LGBT refugees and has recently joined the "Exploring Intersectionality" Project. Leo will also speak about his new immigrant story.

Speaker – Teresa Toten

Teresa is a speaker and award-winning author of eight books. She was born in Yugoslavia, but left for Canada that same day.  Teresa developed her broad taste in reading and writing because of her non-English speaking mother’s habit of filling shopping bags full of books from wildly disparate sections of the library. Twice nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award, Teresa’s acclaimed anthology Piece by Piece: Stories About Fitting into Canada was highlighted “as an important collection of stories” by CBC radio.

Keynote Speaker – Avvy Go

Avvy (LL.B. & LL.M.) is the Clinic Director of the Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic. Avvy received the 2002 President's Award of the Women's Law Association of Ontario and the 2008 City of Toronto’s William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations.  She also co-founded the Colour of Poverty Campaign in 2007.  Avvy will discuss this campaign and issues of race, poverty and identity.

Special performances

  • B-boys, Quentin Lindsay, Spoken Word Artist Ian Kamau, and TED mashups courtesy of DJ JoonyaT and sets by Circle Research
  • Special 1loveto pop up shop
  • Live JR Inside Out Project photo studio featuring special guest photographers
  • Street art exhibit by Ilana Divantman and Josefa Ruiz
  • Mobile Night Market opens at 6PM – food and beverages will be available for sale

Big Thanks

A very big thank you to the lead sponsor of the TEDxToronto 2011 Salon Series – My City Lives.  Thank you, thank you, thank you; we couldn't do it without you.

Also, big thanks to the following supporters of The Immigrant:

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