About the Festival
Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of free, community-led walking conversations inspired by Jane Jacobs—a journalist, author, theorist, activist, and proud Torontonian.
On the first weekend of May every year, Jane’s Walk festivals take place in hundreds of cities around the world. Jane’s Walks encourage people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours.
The Jane's Walk festival is largely volunteer-run and donor-funded. Since the festival's launch in 2007, Jane's Walks have been held in nearly 500 cities across 6 continents.
2023 Toronto Festival Organizers
The Jane's Walk Toronto Steering Committee is a voluntary group overseeing Jane's Walk Toronto on the MakeWay platform. Founded by key figures from the inaugural Jane's Walks in 2006, the Committee serves as the global project custodian, facilitating conversations among Jane’s Walk City Organizers worldwide and engaging with Jane Jacobs' surviving family and friends.
They play a pivotal role in guiding the principles and practical aspects of leading a Jane's Walk, showcasing a deep commitment to community engagement and preserving the movement's spirit. Through collaborative efforts, the Committee ensures the continued success and growth of Jane's Walk, contributing to a legacy of community-driven urban exploration.
ADAM ROY COHOON
Jane's Walk Principles
Jane’s Walk is a global movement that operates at a hyperlocal scale. It’s a little different in each city, but these 9 Principles are the common framework for Jane’s Walk everywhere.