Yes In My Back Yard Festival

Save the Date
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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From the 2011 YIMBY Festival:

YIMBY 2010

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YIMBY 2007

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YIMBY 2014

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YIMBYism is Alive and Well in Toronto

YIMBY 2013

Thanks for joining us at the 6th Annual YIMBY Festival held at the Toronto Reference Library

Browse the Community Marketplace

Meet the organizations and groups from around the city who participated in 2013


Join the Community Marketplace

Your group can make a difference. Last year YIMBY TORONTO included over 56 associations and hundreds of visitors including policymakers and politicians who came to listen to YOU. It has become so successful we needed to find a larger venue

If you are interested in being notified to register for the YIMBY 2014 Festival or just want more information about the event, please email us at


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

The YIMBY festival was founded by Christina Zeidler in 2006 as a result of her work with neighbourhood groups who were responding to widespread unchecked development in Toronto's Queen West Triangle. She realized that many neighbourhood groups were unfairly labeled as NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yard).

YIMBY is about promoting the role of neigbourhood groups as a positive force for change, who seek developments and projects that enhance the quality of life of the community, and bring the vitality that meets local needs.

This one-day event invites community groups from across Toronto to turn the table on politicians and policy makers, to educate them and each other 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 in the spirit of people coming together for positive change.

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