CANNABIS CULTURE – After numerous meetings with City of Toronto and Park officials, Toronto Freedom Festival organizers were elated today to receive their permit to use Queen’s Park North on Saturday May 7th.
“We’ve always believed it’s best to work with the city to address concerns rather than in opposition to them,” Festival co-founder Gabe Simms said. “We are excited to have reached a safe and reasonable compromise, and we remain committed to once again producing a unique and exciting festival.”
The Toronto Freedom Festival is Toronto’s largest FREE, one-day, outdoor spring festival, attracting upwards of 30,000 people. Organizers learned in January that their permit had been revoked by Toronto and East York District Parks.
Initially this news came as a surprise, and months later, a plan was developed by organizers to keep the Festival at the park for another year. The plan appeased the concerns of City and Park officials, community stakeholders, and those raised by the Global Marijuana March who rely on the Festival’s infrastructure.
While organizers are pleased with the results of their efforts with the city, they recognize that change could not have occurred without the voice of Festival supporters. Now the ‘Friends of Freedom’ will be called upon to help meet increased demands.
“We are very excited at the recent news,” Festival co-founder Gavin Gerbz said. “We hope festival supporters will contribute and spread the word, volunteer, or give a donation to help us with the demands associated with hosting the expected massive crowd.”
The Global Marijuana March is the flagship event of the Toronto Freedom Festival. Toronto’s March, which is part parade and part protest, is the world’s largest.
“The march has been free of violence and arrests for the last 12 years and we are dedicated to keeping it that way,” March Organizer Neev said. “We are very happy to have the Freedom Festival’s essential infrastructure such as washrooms, food and Marshals.”
The 13th Global Marijuana March will gather at the Festival on the North side of Queen’s Park North at noon, launching at 2pm. The 5th Toronto Freedom Festival runs from noon to 8pm and is FREE to attend. RAIN or SHINE.