Flirting with Democracy

Are you just flirting with democracy, already head over-heels, or heart-broken by our political process? Whatever your status, this is your chance to rekindle your relationship with democracy.


I Heart DemocracyDetails: Join activist Dave Meslin to explore themes of political participation and democratic renewal and ask: How can we increase citizen participation in local democracy? This will be a fun and accessible event to learn about local democracy, ways to get involved, and how we can transform our local political culture into one that is more accessible, inviting and participatory.


When: Fri. Feb. 15 / 6:00–8:00 pm / Reception to follow in the Debates Room

Where: East Common Room, Hart House

Cost: Free / Register here (event full, waitlist only)



Sponsored by the Multi-Faith Centre, University of Toronto


Dave MeslinAbout Dave Meslin

Dave Meslin is a Toronto-based artist and organizer, who’s various projects tap into a hunger for increased citizen participation in local politics among people who are currently alienated from the process—something he has built a career on as the founder of the Toronto Public Space Committee, the Toronto Cyclists Union, the election-participation contest City Idol, and the electoral reform group RaBIT.

Mulit-partisan, fiercely optimistic and delusionally utopian, Dave embraces ideas and projects that cut across traditional boundaries between grassroots politics, electoral politics and the arts community. In his work, he attempts to weave elements of these communities together.


On Twitter: @meslin

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“Dear Democracy…” Letter Writing Workshop

Join us for a letter writing workshop to explore how healthy your relationship is with democracy. From those still trying to find their inner political animal to those that have had their heart broken by politics or have simply lost their spark, this writing workshop will provide creative writing support and good company as you share your true feelings about democracy and the political process.

More information available here.


When: Wed. Feb. 13 from 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

Where: South Sitting Room, Hart House

Cost: Free / Register here


The Fourth Wall

In support of these event, Hart House is also presenting “The Fourth Wall”, an exhibit taking place in the main hall of Hart House from February 11 to 17. This exhibit by activist Dave Meslin asks the question: How can we increase citizen participation in local democracy? Learn more about the exhibit here.


When: Feb. 11–17, all day

Where: Main hallway, Hart House

Cost: Free

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