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Compassion Catalogue | Sept. 9th 2017

Get ready for our main event, the Hearts & Minds Living Library Compassion Catalogue hosted at the Toronto City Hall. Create a narrative in this vast space and enjoy multiple programs going on simultaneously.

City Hall

We are proud to say that the H&MLL Compassion Catalogue Event will be taking place at Toronto’s very own City Hall! Come see how the spectacular interior design is being put to use!

Council Chamber

The main event of the H&MLL Compassion Catalogue is located on the Upper and Lower sections of the City Hall Council Chamber. Every space available will be put to use from the public seating gallery to the Council seating area.

Members’ Lounge

In addition to the lower section of the Council Chamber, the Members’ Lounge overlooking Nathan Phillips Square will be fully utilized! It will be used to hold additional panels as well as the Compassion Catalogue Living Library sessions.


Our planned events for the Hearts & Minds Living Library Compassion Catalogue

Living Library

Our flagship ‘Hearts & Mind Living Library’ event features diverse living books in theme-based catalogues. On Sep 9th, H&MLL Compassion Catalogue is being unveiled at the Toronto City Hall. Come & have one-on-one conversations with our Books. Listen to their life experiences and share yours. Be prepared to have a heartfelt and genuine dialogue. 

Fireside Readings

Come sit by our fire-free “fireplace” to participate in live group readings led by our Bestselling Books. Sign up here to find out what politician, published author and actor is going to be your read. Each of our Fireside Readings is hosted by a different Book. Bring your own blanket and cosy up to come and witness the art of storytelling! Not comfortable on the cushion? You’re welcome to snag a chair!

Compassion Panel

We’re trying to understand what ‘Compassion’ means to the world, to Canada and most importantly – to you! Sit in on one of our ‘Compassion panels’ & explore a myriad of opinions. Listen to our unique lineup of politicians, academics, artists and professionals talk about how their journeys all coincide at compassion in the end. Some of the content discussed may be sensitive and/or triggering.

Comedy Performance

We are committed to gently challenging all stereotypes. Witness this firsthand as our standup comics talk about faith, value and culture by sharing their own personal narratives. Lighten up your day with the hilarious lineup of men and women from the world of laughter. As they speak about diversity with a dose of humour, you might be left howling with laugher. Or at least with a smirk on your face and a chortle… Content maybe disagreeable to some.

Art Exhibition

Enjoy the intersection of art and compassion displayed at our Toronto City Hall gallery. This work is brought to you in collaboration with our community partners. What could compassion look like? The installations you witness are created by a diverse of group artists with a unique diversity of style, culture and demographic. Want to have your art curated for free? Email us today to snag of of the spots. Limited spaces available.

Register (TBA)

Come drop by for any of these events! Registration required for Living Library sessions but feel free to come and enjoy all we have to offer in the Heart of Toronto at City Hall on September 9th. General registration so we can accommodate you better.

Want a sneak peek?

Want a sneak peek? Come to our compassion press event with some of our books and performances at Toronto’s CSI Annex location on August 4th from 7pm – 9pm. Featuring comedy, panels and more! Special thanks to Centre for Social Innovation for sponsoring this event. 


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