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December 24, 2018

In 2018, we learned the blessings and trials that come with bold dreams to explore new roads. The Joyful Project hosted its 4th Annual Concert for Socks, and for the first time it was expanded to a multi-city tour with shows in Downtown Toronto, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Montreal. 

Toronto’s concert was held at the Rivoli on December 6 with performances by local spoken word poet Britta B, as well as incredible musical sets from Jane’s Pa...

April 18, 2018

I haven’t had the courage to find myself this morning. I have been wandering around my apartment aimlessly for hours. Sitting for a few minutes attempting to read a book, then move to the kitchen and washing dishes, playing a song or two on guitar. My thoughts are drifting, unfocused as much of my attention is going to the momentary distractions I am finding. Last night I received news of the passing of a dear friend. His name was...

February 16, 2018

            Twice a week my school convenes together for community gatherings. The topics of these meetings are diverse and often eye-opening. Some days, people will share personal stories or areas of wisdom and other times the conversation will focus on issues that currently impact our world.

Last semester, I was particularly moved by the events of one of these gatherings. Different...

February 14, 2018

22 Things to do this Valentine’s Day without buying stuff or spending money.

We thought it might be helpful to provide a short list of things to do without buying stuff or spending money this Valentine’s Day.  We realize there are plenty of other great ideas that are not included in this list but we do hope it will spark some creativity for you. Maybe you want to enjoy a little self-love this year. This list has a few ideas for that...

February 9, 2018

In the autumn I gathered all my sorrows and buried them in my garden. And when April returned and spring came to wed the earth, there grew in my garden beautiful flowers unlike all other flowers. And my neighbours came to behold them, and they all said to me, ‘When autumn comes again, at seeding time, will you not give us the seeds of these flowers that we may have them in our garden?’

          - Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam...

January 26, 2018

Here is a quick update of what is happening here at The Joyful Project. 

2017 was an incredible year for us. We ventured out to three outdoor night markets, added new fair trade products to the lineup, recruited tons of passionate volunteers, blogged about important things in life, and had our best ever Concert for Socks. Attica Riots, Lakani, and Upper Lakes rocked the house and we collected 1200+ pairs of socks from crowds of gene...

January 12, 2018

Reflections: By someone trying to define community…and is frustrated.

Community. Well, that’s a word that has been spinning around in my head the past couple of days. When I got the topic for this blog post, I admit I was stumped. I have written about community for school and other special projects, but in a broad and maybe even an ignorant sense. The word community is so prominent in everyday life that its meaning doesn’t even regi...

January 7, 2018

With the end of each year comes hope and enthusiasm for what the upcoming year will bring. For most people, the new year is a time of reflection and goal setting, what we like to refer to as new year resolutions. In the Western world this is a very popular tradition. Thousands of people decide to adjust their life, whether it be at work, in their relationships, or with themselves. Year after year there continues to be some popular...

August 25, 2017

       When confronted with the question, “What does social justice mean to you?” one can do worse than turn to the story of the good Samaritan found in Luke 10:25-37. Indeed, this particular passage of the gospel has been well trod. And far be it from me to think that I could contribute anything “new” to this 2000 year long conversation. But that is not really the point of this response anyway. This is a response to a question, a...

August 18, 2017

Trawl through history and you will find the phrase “social justice” tagged to the revolutionaries, visionaries, and esteemed civilizational bricklayers responsible for the freedoms our world enjoys today. MLK Jr., Mandela, Wilberforce. The suffragists, the abolitionists, the free thinkers. People who stood for what is right and fought for an ideal, who suffered for the sake of a cause, and who sacrificed for the good of others.  

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