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Sun Sep 12: Bicycle parade and music in the park

Please join Maryem Tollar on Sunday, September 12 for a bicycle parade. Meeting at 9:30 a.m. at Broadview and Danforth to organize, Parade starts at 10 a.m. and goes from Broadview to Coxwell. Then cycle back along Dundas to Greenwood Park.

11 a.m. Enjoy the morning with music making and dancing at Greenwood Park. Bring your family, have a picnic and come and talk to Maryem, our Toronto-Danforth federal candidate.

Come to the parade or come to the park or come to both!

RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook.

Sun Sep 12: All-candidates meeting

All-candidates meeting (via Zoom)
Sunday, 2021 September 12, 2:30 pm – 4 pm
To attend, please register in advance at this Zoom link.

Danforth Multifaith Commons

The candidates who will be attending are as follows:

  • Julie Dabrusin, Liberal Party of Canada.
  • Clare Hacksel, New Democratic Party.
  • Elizabeth Rowley, Communist Party of Canada.
  • Wayne Simmons, People’s Party of Canada.
  • Maryem Tollar, Green Party of Canada.
  • Liz White, Animal Protection Party of Canada.

The meeting will be hosted by both East End United Regional Ministry and Danforth Jewish Circle — both partners in the Danforth Multifaith Commons at Eastminster on the Danforth.     Read more »

Debate on the environment

Update: The video of the debate is here:

Toronto-Danforth Virtual Debate on the Environment
Wednesday, 2021 September 8, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Maryem will participate in an all-candidates virtual debate on the environment, one of 100 Debates on the Environment.

Register here to attend     Read more »

More photos, more better

Additional photos by Rebecca Wood.

Sat Aug 28: A walk in the park

Saturday, 2021 August 28, 10 am to noon
Withrow Park, starting near the unfenced playground

Maryem and friends will be visiting Withrow Park on Saturday.

Wed Aug 25: Collecting signatures at Carrot Common

Maryem needs 100 Toronto-Danforth voters to request that she appear on the ballot. We’ll be collecting 150 just to be sure.

Come out and say hello! Come out and sign! Come out and help collect signatures!

Update: The core team has 179 signatures, and several satellite volunteers will be adding more. Signature collecting is done!

68 signatures and counting

Maryem and volunteers (not all pictured) collected signatures of electors today so that she can appear on the ballot.

2021 Candidate: Maryem Tollar

Toronto-Danforth candidate Maryem Tollar head and shoulders smiling

Maryem Tollar, Toronto-Danforth candidate, 2021 election. Photo credit: Cathy Ord.

Maryem Tollar is a renowned Egyptian-Canadian vocalist, known for her world music performances. She has been a public school teacher with the TDSB since 2012. Her music and work have always coincided with her politics. Many projects she is involved with explore different aspects of society. She uses her music as a vehicle for her activism and she has set many poems by Ehab Lotayef to music. Ehab’s poems have many themes including: the Iraq war, issues in Israel/Palestine, human rights issues and freedom and dignity for the oppressed. Maryem believes that there is intersectionality between climate issues and human rights issues. Maryem is a community organizer in the arts and she has used her platform to shine a light on a variety of social justice concerns. In her artistic career, she has received several Juno and Dora nominations and awards for musical projects and theatre productions. In 2019 she won the inaugural Johanna Metcalf Award for Performing Arts. Maryem is married to woodwind player Ernie Tollar and they have 3 children.


Welcome to the Green Party in Toronto-Danforth, the area between the Don River and Coxwell Avenue.

We’re thrilled to announce that our candidate for the 2021 federal election is Maryem Tollar (read her bio here). Please help with donations and by volunteering.

2019 Candidate: Chris Tolley

Chris Tolley

Chris Tolley, Toronto-Danforth candidate, 2019 election

Four years ago I stood on stage during an all-candidates debate as Julie Dabrusin, the Liberal candidate for Toronto-Danforth, promised the audience, “If the Liberals win this election, it will be the last first-past-the-post election in Canadian history!”

They won. And what happened?     Read more »

Nomination contestant: Rebecca Wood

2019 Toronto-Danforth nomination meeting
Sunday, 2019 May 26, 3 pm – 5 pm
Ralph Thornton Community Centre, 765 Queen St E
Our contestants are Rebecca Wood and Chris Tolley.

Rebecca Wood

Toronto-Danforth nomination contestant Rebecca Wood

Rebecca Wood is a fresh and bold voice, fiercely passionate about social justice, the environment and issues of equality. She is a University of Guelph graduate, successful entrepreneur, and mother of two. Wood has called Toronto-Danforth home for fifteen years. She is woven into the community through      Read more »

Nomination meeting

We will be holding our nomination meeting on Sunday, May 26th, 2019. Regardless of whether you’re eligible to vote, we’d love to introduce you to our potential candidates and help us decide who will represent us in this historic election.

Sunday, 2019 May 26, 3 pm – 5 pm
Ralph Thornton Community Centre, 765 Queen St E

All are welcome but only members in good standing as of April 26th will be eligible to vote. If you have any questions about this process, please contact to find out more.

Invite your friends to the Facebook event.

Our contestants are Rebecca Wood and Chris Tolley.

Talk to Andy Trotter

Talk to Andy about your questions and your concerns over coffee and baked goods.

Saturday, 2018 May 26 at 11am – 1pm
The Flying Pony Cafe (blogTO review), 1481 Gerrard St East

Meet the candidates

The Applegrove Community Complex is hosting the only all-candidates meeting in Toronto-Danforth for the 2018 Ontario election.

Tuesday, 2018 May 29, 7pm – 9pm
Applegrove Community Complex, 60 Woodfield Road

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Andrew Trotter

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Andy Trotter owns an Architectural Design Firm in downtown Toronto, is a hockey dad, and son of former Liberal MPP James Trotter from the previous riding of Parkdale. Andy began canvassing with his father at the age of 4 and although he has been a strong Liberal all his life he now believes the Green Party offers the best solutions for many of the economic, social, energy based, and climate problems we face today.

Andy is a member of the Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario with a BCIN. Through his firms he has extensive experience with the Toronto Building dpt. City Planning, Transportation, Urban Forestry, and the Toronto Ravine and Conservation Authority.

Small business, child care, affordable housing, and education are four of his main priorities. Andy has been a small business owner for the past 25 yrs and understands the difficulties of raising children in downtown Toronto and trying to keep a roof over their heads. This city can’t become a haven for the most fortunate. We need to do some serious work enforcing affordable units in all new building development and we need to get serious about rent control. Everyone keeps saying they are going to do something about this and nothing happens we need candidates that won’t back down. Education is the best way to help people achieve better incomes and get ahead. We need to help people of all ages get education, which means we need better day care.     Read more »