Within our vast business community here in Liberty Village we have several non-profits working hard to improve our lives and make the world a better place. We’re using our platform to highlight these organizations for all the good they do and thank them for all their hard work.

Autism Ontario (formerly Autism Society Ontario), originally founded in 1973, is a charitable organization that represents the thousands of people across Ontario on the spectrum and their families.




The organization speaks to key issues impacting those with autism and their families, and is comprised of knowledgeable parents, professionals, and autistic self-advocates. Autism Ontario is one of the largest collective voices representing the autism community.

Through their work Autism Ontario aims to support and advocate for autistic individuals regardless of their race, ethnicity, invoice, religion, or gender identity. Beyond their advocacy, the organization also provides information, supports research, and provides programs and services all with the collective goal of creating a supportive and inclusive Ontario for autism.

There are many ways to get involved with Autism Ontario, one of those is by participating in events. This October you can get involved by supporting Autism Ontario’s involvement in the Toronto Waterfront Marathon Virtual Race.

They currently have over 60 people registered to run for Autism Ontario as part of the Scotia Charity Challenge. Support Autism Ontario by sponsoring one of the teams or create a team of your own and start raising money while also getting active! Get all the details on the Autism Ontario page on the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon website.

Did you know that Autism Ontario has 25 Chapters across Ontario? Within those chapters you can find local support and opportunities to volunteer.

Connect with Autism Ontario online to stay up to date with their accomplishments, help build awareness and support their mission!

  • Location: 1179 King St. West, Suite 004


CARP, which stands for Canadian Association for Retired Persons, is Canada’s largest advocacy association for older Canadians.

CARP members gain access to a variety of benefits, the fees paid by members help fund the non-profit organization allow them to advocate and push changes on behalf of retired persons across Canada.




Over the years, through their advocacy, CARP has increased the Canada’s Pension Plan (CPP) from 25 % to 33 % of earnings. Increased eligible pension earnings from $54,000 to $82,700 annually. Restored Old Age Security (OAS) Eligibility to 65 down from 67, secured $3 Billion in Homecare Funding, and has reduced Senior’s Drug Co-pays in Ontario and Nova Scotia.

CARP is currently CARP is urging the federal government to address the financial concerns of seniors as a result of COVID-19 which has hit Canada’s seniors with a number of out-of-pocket expenses.

  • Location: 70 Jefferson Avenue
  • Follow on Facebook at CARP


What does IAMAT stand for and what do they do? IAMAT stands for “International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers”. The non-profit organization keeps travellers healthy by helping them plan a healthy trip and award travel medicine scholarships to help improve healthcare in the places we all travel to.

The non-profit organization was established by an Italian doctor, Dr. Marcolongo, who at one point interned in Montreal. He was inspired to create IAMAT when treating a Canadian woman who was travelling Italy studying music.

The Canadian woman did not react well to the treatment, but since Dr. Marcolongo was trained in Montreal, he was able to conclude that a medicine that was harmless to people of Italian descent but was harmful to people of Anglo-Saxon descent and through this realization was able to save a life.

It was then that IAMAT was established with the mission of keeping traveller’s health by facilitating the collaboration between medical practitioners around the world to help travellers.




Today IMAT provides up-to-date health information for all countries and awards scholarships to doctors and nurses in countries where travel medicine is an emerging specialty.

IAMAT can do what they do to make the world a healthier place to travel through donations from travellers.

Follow IAMAT on Instagram to stay informed with their wealth of shared information helping us and the world health.

  • Location: 67 Mowat Avenue, Suite 036


You may already be aware that Jazz.FM91 calls Liberty Village home, but did you know that Jazz.FM91 is non-profit organization on a mission?

Jazz.FM91 is Canada’s only broadcaster and registered non-profit charitable organization dedicated to enriching the cultural, educational and community experience of their audience. The radio station (originally launched as CJRT-FM) originated over 70 years ago at Ryerson University with the purpose of training radio and television broadcast students.

Since then the radio station has gone through its fair share of trials and tribulations. In the 1970s the radio station’s ownership was transferred from Ryerson University to a non-profit corporation (CJRT-FM. Inc.) due to financial constraints. During this time the radio station was supported by the provincial government and donations. 1996 the radio station was forced to become a self-sustaining broadcaster as a result of their government funding was revoked.

It was as a result of these ups and downs that JAZZ.FM91 made it their mission to execute a wide range of initiatives to enrich the cultural, educational and community experience of its listening audience. They did this by creating a 24-hour all-jazz format with programs that were targeted to support emerging artists, education and music therapy.


ENTERTAIN bring the world of jazz to our listeners and deliver a top-quality listener experience

EDUCATE enrich the cultural, educational and community experience of our listeners

INSPIRE foster new generations of jazz musicians and listener appreciation

How does JAZZ.FM91 execute on their vision and mission? They do this through giving opportunities for thousands of promising young students and emerging artists to gain experience in music and broadcasting through workshops, internships, scholarships, and jazz-related content and programs.

AZZ.FM91 relies heavily on its team of volunteers as well as it partnerships with educational intuitions. Want to give back to the jazz community? Simply listen into JAZZ.FM91, donate or join their team of 90 volunteers!

  • Location: 4 Pardee Avenue, Unit 100


Redemption Paws is on mission to help dogs impacted by natural disaster and climate change. The Canadian based non-profit organization is with the dogs every step of the way they personally transport the dogs the make sure the dogs’ trips are as calm and pleasant as possible.

How does the process work? Redemption paws is a foster-based, shelter free rescue, where the dogs are cared for temporarily by highly skilled veterinarians until the dogs are matched with a caring appropriate home.

So before you buy a new puppy consider applying to adopt from Redemption Paws, they are currently looking for home in Toronto and the GTA, this ranges as far north as Barrie, as far south as Hamilton, as far east as Bowmanville (plus Prince Edward County), and as far west as Guelph/Kitchener/Waterloo.

Since being established in 2017 Redemption Paws has rescued and found homes for over 1,300 dogs!

  • Location: 60 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 200


The Word On The Street champions reading and writing in Canada. Formally name Promotions Committee of the Book and Periodically Council, is on a mission to better promote Canadian authors, books, magazines, and literacy. The non-profit organization primarily does this through a large-scale annual street festival held right here in Toronto. 






The Word On The Street festival is held each September, where they host hundreds of author readings for people of all ages, as well as a vibrant marketplace featuring the best selection of books and magazine. 

As a result of the current climate The Word On The Street just wrapped up hosting their very first virtual event this past weekend. The event featured live stream readings and discussions for people of all ages with a range of interests.  

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If you missed their live event on the weekend, there’s still time to participate, in addition to the live streams the organization also took their vibrant marketplace online as well where you can shop a large range of Canadian literature. Enjoy! 


War Child Canada, founded in 1999, gives children in war-affected communities the chance to reclaim their childhood! Through their initiatives, War Child helps children in these countries the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty and violence. 

War Child Canada was founded Samantha Nutt, a doctor who worked with children facing the violence and despair of war. After witnessing how long it took communities to recover from conflict, she created a non-profit organization advocating for children and families in war-torn areas around the world. 

Since the first program 20 years ago, the War Child has reaches over 600,000 people annually worldwide. With each of their initiatives rooted in local, community-driven programs. The organization has also grown with the support from celebrity changemakers including Alicia Keys, Chantal Kreviazuk, Sarah McLachlan and many others. 


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War Child Canada is currently accepting donations to support vulnerable children, women and families who are already recovering from the shock of war and conflict also recover from effects of COVID-19. 

  • Location: 248-67 Mowat Avenue

We thank you Liberty Village for all you do in supporting causes close to your heart. We encourage you to continue to get involved with organizations that help support causes close to you. We also encourage you to share this causes with us on social… we want to hear all about your efforts and help you share the word! #LoveLiberty @LibertyVillageBIA 

A huge thank you to all the non-profit organizations doing good in our world. 


No matter how long you’ve lived in Liberty Village there is always new beauty, art, and culture to discover. With this in mind, we have created a compilation of nine Instagram worthy spots in Liberty Village to discover (or rediscover) this fall. Our list includes everything from coffee shops and bars to murals and nature!

Hustle & Love Liberty Wall

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The two murals featured above may look familiar if you’ve been to the Liberty Market building over the past few years. In June 2016 Lifetime Developments commissioned the two murals. 

Brian Brown, Lifetime Developments vice-president commissioned the murals to help capture both the pride that we have as residents and business owners in Liberty Village as well as the character of the people in the Liberty Village and the essence of our neighborhood. 

The artist Ben Johnston, is a self-taught Canadian-born artist who has become known for his custom typography for advertising, murals, installations and events. Johnston was raised in South Africa and now spends his time between Canada and the US. 

Within Liberty Village, Lifetime Developments owns the Liberty Market Loft at 4 Hanna Avenue, Liberty Market Tower at 171 East Liberty St., XO Condos at King and Dufferin, and the Liberty Market Building. 

Balzac’s Coffee

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Balzac’s coffee has been a staple in our neighbourhood since 2006, the Canadian coffee shop now has 14 unique locations across Ontario, the Liberty Village location was their third location of the 14. 

Along with great coffee, snacks and service, Balzac’s arguably has one of the most instagrammable floors of any coffee shop. The Liberty Village location floor features custom Art Deco tiles inspired by a 1950s café. Beyond the beautiful tiled floors, the café also features an authentic zinc bar from Paris. 

The next time you stop by to smell the coffee, take a moment and take in your beautiful surroundings as well. You might be inspired to create a post or two!

The café is located in the Toy Factory Lofts, which was once home to the Irwin Toy Factory. 

“i don’t give a sip” 

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Our local brewpub and BBQ joint, Liberty Commons, emphasizes its modern day take on a classic fair by adding a bright fluorescent sign featuring the catchy saying “i don’t give a sip”.

The saying is pretty fitting with the brewpub offering a street level Beer Shop with eight taps, featuring their signature beers, seasonal offerings, and lots of rotating experimental brews made exclusively in house. The perfect fix for when you just want to let loose and not “give a sip.”

With all those brews, and the testing and tasting it must take to make them just perfect, we know that they the Liberty Commons crew does give a sip.

Art Mural & Natural Beauty

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The Toronto Carpet Factory is naturally Instagram worthy with the beautiful windows and never-ending vines, add a beautiful mural to that and as well as the changing of the leaves in the autumn and the building become even more ‘grammable.

The mural is at 67 Mowat Avenue and looks like an old floral carpet. The carpet factory and the mural have been used as backdrops for photo shoots and has become a pretty popular for engagement and wedding photos. 

So, the next time you’re walking past the Toronto Carpet Factory don’t forget to look up from your Instagram to potentially capture your next Instagram shot. 

Interior Graffiti

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Organic Garage one of Liberty Village’s newer grocery stores, opened at 42 Hanna in 2018. Beyond the, 100 per cent certified-organic produce, unique packaged food options, BYOC (bring your own container) bulk food section, self-serve teaBOT, and 11-tap draft station of cold brews, Organic Garage is also quite the art piece. 

The stores interior is covered with creative graffiti style art. The piece featured above is just one of the many murals. The walls are also filled with sayings, inspiring quotes, info graphics hashtags, and colourful imagery.  

Before your next trip to Organic Garage, be sure to have you phone fully charged and ready to shoot and click!

Beautiful Interiors

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Brodflour is another design forward coffee shop in Liberty Village located at 8 Pardee Avenue. Brodflour has a very minimalist Scandinavian inspired look with custom furnishings. 

The light, airy and simple design can transport you into another place, inspire the inner interior designer in you and almost instantly make you want to share your coffee shop experience with your followers. 

While the decor is beautiful and instaworthy, so are their drinks, sandwiches, and treats. From their wax paper wrapped loaves and open faces sandwiches, there’s so much inspiration for your IG. 

Fancy Décor 

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Black Sheep is Liberty Village’s first speak easy. The cocktail lounge is tucked away on the third floor of our iconic Brazen Head pub, the space offers a cozy spot with a whimsical ambiance where guests can savor hand-crafted cocktails, local brews or a glass of wine. Their cocktails range from all the classics to innovative concoctions – you can think of it as a modern speakeasy. 

Everything from the decor to their food, and specialty cocktails will have you pulling out your phone. Their decor features lots of rich jewel toned velvets, deep blues, greens and purples, lots of metal accents, luscious plants, as well as decor and picture frames on their walls. Your Black Sheep experience will have you posting to stories and your followers asking where you are!

Warning, their style may give you some decor envy and make you want to redecorate this fall. 

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Toronto, ON M6K 3E3
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Phone: 416-516-1723