Natalie Frijia is a Toronto-based writer and theatre-maker, currently completing her PhD at the University of Toronto’s Graduate Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, and the School of the Environment. She was also a member of Storefront Theatre’s inaugural playwriting unit. Recent theatrical works include: Divine (Indie 6ix, Storefront Theatre); Black Wool Jacket (Regina Fringe); technical direction for the Toronto Festival of Clowns; and stage managing the Canadian Fringe debut of the world’s most famous acrobatic comedy kazoo duo, Philip and Lucinda. Natalie and her bicycle go almost everywhere together: parks, beaches, museums and libraries. Usually her bike has to stay outside, but that doesn’t stop them from attempting joint adventures. Natalie and her bike have traveled down the Pacific Coast, across the Trans Canada, and through the Rockies more often than she’s returned library books on time. Natalie’s favorite place to explore in Toronto is down Front Street East of Toronto, from Union to the St. Lawrence Market, through Leslieville and the Leslie Street Spit, and somehow, finally, ending up on Toronto Island.
Kelly King is a recent graduate from York University’s Masters of Environmental Studies program. While there, she focused her research on ways in which to discuss Indigenous histories of Toronto, as well as settler identities, through community arts practices. Kelly is passionate about creating spaces to discuss history, equity and environmentalism. This will be Kelly’s second season with Walk TO and she is excited to continue educating students while enjoying the many sights of Toronto.
Maddox Campbell is a actor, writer, comedian, and producer based out of Toronto. Originally from New Brunswick, he studied at The University of New Brunswick achieving a Bachelor’s of Arts (English/Theatre) and a Bachelor’s of Computer Science. In 2009, he moved to Toronto to pursue a creative career. Along with doing walking tours, Maddox produces a variety of things under Kicks and Giggles Entertainment label including live improv shows, pub-trivia nights, a radio-play podcast, and a board game. Maddox loves to learn and loves to share what he’s learned with others.
Jayeden Walker is a full time student and part time circus artist. In her artistic endeavors Jayeden practices aerial hoop and silks, and coaches both gymnastics and circus arts. When she’s not dangling from the ceiling, Jayeden is working towards her BA in English and equity studies at the University of Toronto. In her spare time, Jayeden runs a small jewelry company, makes vegan food, and gets lost in bookshops. She is passionate about using education as a framework for activism, and loves having animated discussions with opinionated people. Walking tours give Jayeden the chance to engage in conversations, show off her city, and share all of the random facts she’s memorized.
Shadi Afshar became passionate about the environment at a young age, growing up a stone’s throw from High Park. Since, then, she has lived in all four corners of Toronto, and never tires of exploring new neighbourhoods, parks, and local cafes. She is particularly inspired when local abandoned factories are revived as vibrant public spaces for art, culture, and environmental education. Her travels have taken her through, Canada, Europe, and almost as many regions in France as there are French cheeses. Today, Shadi is a dedicated educator who combines her background in Philosophy, Environmental studies, and Arts-based education with innovative and compassionate educational practice. Shadi is a graduate of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, where she earned her Bachelor of Education, and Master of Arts in Social Justice Education.
Jonathan Silver is a speaker, educator, researcher, writer, urban interventionist and down-to-earth philosopher (MA, University of Toronto). He is passionate about experiential teaching: creating meaningful experiences that result in deep understanding. You can find some examples of that on his website. Jonathan thinks a lot about sensory design and how cities can be made better by improving the way they sound, smell and feel. Jonathan loves exploring Toronto while walking, running and biking. He loves leading tours to share what he has discovered.
Dorothy is an aspiring multilingual, foodie, and grammar enthusiast born and raised in Toronto's friendly neighbour, Mississauga. Wearer of many hats, she runs a non-profit basketball academy, tutors French, and is venturing into Toronto's musical theatre scene. In her spare time, Dorothy enjoys exploring the GTA, supporting local businesses, recording and editing vlogs with her friends and family, and leading the music ministry at her church. Dorothy graduated with a BA in Linguistics and French Language & Linguistics from the University of Toronto, with a focus on morphosyntax, semantics and pragmatics in both French and English. De plus, elle continue à améliorer son français et apprend sa langue maternelle, ilocano (Filipino). Dorothy has a deep appreciation for the rich culture and stories of Toronto, and she looks forward to sharing her excitement about her community with the next generation!
Mike is a drummer and actor based in Toronto with a multi-disciplinary background in music, drama, dance, visual arts, and improv & sketch comedy. Mike enjoys facilitating the process of learning and discovering new things. He values creating and maintaining an inclusive environment where ideas can grow rather than be torn down in fear of judgement. Whether about life, people, or places, he is happy to learn more, share it with others, engaging the imagination of those with open minds and ears. If he's not outside in nature, working on self-development, or on the basketball court, you can find Mike drumming with James King & the Midnight Hours, The Haunted Lovers, and performing in this summer's tour of Tweed&Co's original musical, Hastings the Musical!
Brittany is a recent resident of Toronto, though long time admirer and tourist of the city. She grew up in a small waterfront town in Southern Ontario along Lake Erie and remembers beach bonfires, running in apple orchards, and pulling up to fresh roadside produce stands since before she learned to speak. Having graduated from the University of Windsor with a BFA in Acting and a minor in Creative Writing, she found herself drawn to the "big city" of Toronto to immerse herself in the art scene and is enjoying it immensely. Each area of the city she discovers has vastly unique and different characteristics to offer and nature is so prevalent, making her feel right at home. Brittany loves going for long walks with her big dog to check out all of the parks in the city, trying out brunch in parts of Toronto she hasn't been, shopping at the local markets (Kensington is her go-to), writing stories in cozy cafes, and dreaming up travel plans-- Australia is next on her list, or perhaps a road trip to Canada's East Coast!
Nicole Tollenaar After graduating from University of Toronto, Nikki took off for a couple of years to explore the big, wild world. She taught English in Thailand and Taiwan, where she was able to climb some mountains, ride her scooter across both countries (and visit many more!), eat everything at all the night markets, get lost about a million times, and have some hilarious and lovely times along the way. Nikki is interested in social justice, developmental psychology and creating inclusive and supportive communities and environments. She believes in the shared responsibility of creating these spaces and is enthusiastic about teaching and learning more about Toronto’s past, present and future with you!
Rabib is a graduate from York University's Environmental Studies program. He is very passionate about environmental causes, and is always striving to be as ecologically friendly as he possibly can. When he is not reading ecological dystopian fiction novels, he and his friends like to explore green spaces in Toronto. Living in Toronto the majority of his life, he feels that the city has many unique spaces, and there is always something new to discover while exploring. Rabib is always interested in learning new things about different communities, cultures, and lifestyles, and will always try to assess the environmental impact of different situations and analyze how to help mitigate any negative effects while keeping the positives.