Toronto and Vancouver Repair Together Live on October 22!





Did you know this week, October 17 to 23, is Canada’s Waste Reduction Week? It coincides with the International Repair Café Week. In this special week, Repair Café is thrilled to offer our monthly café with a special program at the Albion branch of Toronto Public Library on Saturday, October 22, from 12 to 4 p.m.!

At this café, we will be dedicating one hour to connect with two repair groups in Vancouver, Repair Matters and Repair Café Vancouver, who are joining force to offer a repair community event at Dunbar Community Centre on the same day. Through the video conferencing system provided by The Global Class out of Durham College (Oshawa, Ontario), Toronto and Vancouver will be talking to each other and fixing items together from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Toronto time (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Vanvouver time). This interactive one hour includes two parts: first, demonstrations on trouble-shooting and repairing common broken household items; second, the fixers from both sides work collaboratively on items brought in by participating visitors. We will be livestreaming it via The Global Class site, so you can watch it online. It will be an exciting event. We hope you can join us on October 22!

The link for the livestream page is

For the location of the Repair Café at Albion this Saturday, please visit the Upcoming Events page.

Repair Café Toronto is a grassroots, volunteer group that organizes events where neighbours help neighbours learn how to repair.

Repair Matters is a Vancouver-based initiative that empowers people to take part in repair and creative problem solving.

The Global Class is a Durham College initiative that provides the platform for interactive, high-definition, livestreamed learning events between groups from different parts of the world.

Toronto Public Library provides free and equitable access to services which meet the changing needs of Torontonians. The Library preserves and promotes universal access to a broad range of human knowledge, experience, information and ideas in a welcoming and supportive environment.

I Got It!

On Saturday September 24, Repair Café visited Parkdale Public Library in the Queen Street West neighbourhood. This time, our new 3D printer was set up to give demonstrations on making keychain wrenches. Throughout the four hour event, the fixers were busy working with the visitors to fix their broken household items. We were happy to see that many of the visitors got involved in the repair process and gained a lot of satisfaction from getting their items fixed. In the video featuring our fixer Dave and visitor Fred below, you can see the joy of learning how to fix something yourself.


Video and photograph by Lon Appleby

We would like to thank all the fixers and volunteers for your enthusiasm and dedication. Thank you, Parkdale Public Library and Bike Pirates for your wonderful support!



Photographs by Wai Chu Cheng and Lon Appleby

Don’t miss our next café at Albion Public Library on October 22. For details about the event, please go to our Upcoming Events page. Hope to see you there!