These community storytelling workshops, led by Mammalian Diving Reflex Artistic Director, Darren O’Donnell, in collaboration with The Torontonians are part of a larger project called The People in Your Neighborhood, inspired by the classic Sesame Street™ segment.

The workshops expand children’s’ knowledge of their neighbourhood, giving them the confidence to walk down the streets and for adult participants (local shop owners), it improves their understanding of the neighbourhood and the experiences of the young people who live there.

Youth facilitators from the community support younger workshop participants to develop interview questions and serve as the children’s “research assistants”, while they go around meeting and interviewing people in the neighbourhood (primarily local shopkeepers).

Participants are they supported in creating representations of who they met – including drawings, collages, songs, and small monologues that are presented to parents and the wider community in a talkshow type format produced by workshop participants.