Green Living Show: April 15-17 In Toronto

Green Folk: Don’t forget, the Green Living Show – the most awesome eco-show of the year – is taking place this weekend, April 15-17, at Direct Energy Centre in Toronto.  This year’s show looks like the best yet, with amazing main stage speakers such as Rachelle Lefevre and Sarah Harmer, fantastic attractions such as the Green Business Forum and the awesome new Green Jobs Forum, and over 400 exhibitors of fantastic eco-friendly products. You can take a break and grab a sustainable bite at the delicious Farm Fresh Fare and even take home some goodies from the new Good Eats Market. (more…)

Green Living Show – Tickets giveaway!

It’s baaaack!

The Green Living Show is on again from April 23-25 at Direct Energy Centre in Toronto. This show is fantastic. It’s Canada’s largest green consumer show, with 400+ exhibits, a wonderful sustainable food court, excellent new vendors, green seminars and more. Last year I found an amazing number of new eco-products that have made it into rotation for everyday use around here. If you’re in the GTA or can make it there that weekend, this is an excellent, informative and entertaining way to spend an afternoon – and you’ll also get fabulous deals on some of your favourite eco-brands.  In addition, the Green Toronto Awards are taking place on Friday.  The City of Toronto’s environmental awards of excellence honour and celebrate the individuals, organizations and companies leading the way to a cleaner, greener and more liveable Toronto.

And hey, guess what? As part of the Green Living Network, I’ve scored some tickets to give away – whooohoooo!  Just reply in the comments and let me know which of the attractions you’ll be looking forward to the most. Leave your comment – and a way for me to contact you – by Wednesday April 14 to ensure I can get the tickets to you on time.

But even if you don’t get a ticket here, don’t worry. Just bring some electronic waste for recycling, and Samsung will pick up your admission ticket. Not a bad deal.

See you at the show!

Green Toronto Nominations are open

Hey gang! The lovely folks at Green Living are looking for the greenest people you know – read on!

Who’s the greenest of them all in Toronto? Nominations are now being accepted for the 2010 Green Toronto Awards, the City of Toronto’s environmental awards of excellence. The City of Toronto, in partnership with Green Living, invites residents to nominate local individuals, companies and organizations leading the way to a greener Toronto.

A winner in each of nine categories will receive an award and $5,000 to donate to a registered charity of their choice:
• NEW! Local Food — leadership in creating, managing and promoting local food.
• Community Projects — volunteers in action to green our neighbourhoods.
• Energy Conservation — systems and technologies which reduce and conserve energy.
• Environmental Awareness — leadership in raising eco-awareness.
• Green Design — leadership in innovative and sustainable green design and architecture.
• Green Roof — leadership in green roof and living wall projects.
• Leadership — individual leadership which transforms our environment.
• Water Efficiency — leadership in managing and reducing water use.
• Youth — Toronto youth (18 and under) leading by example.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 12, 2010. Nominations may be submitted online at

“Torontonians are environmentalists by nature and we celebrate those who are making a real difference in our city,” said Mayor David Miller. “I encourage residents to make a nomination and help us recognize the individuals, organizations and companies that are leading the way to a greener, more liveable Toronto.”

The Green Toronto Awards ceremony will be hosted by Mayor David Miller and Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone on Friday, April 23 on the Main Stage at the Green Living Show, Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Toronto Green Living Show: The aftermath

This is the first year I’ve managed to get to the Green Living Show in Toronto – and it was fantastic. Tons of vendors showing environmentally friendly products for house, home, beauty, baby, food… the list was endless. I had a fantastic lunch at the Farm Fresh Fare area, where you tried samples of delicious foods from diverse and fantastic food providers. I drooled over the selection of wines at the Grapes and Hops tasting area, checked out the speakers at the Green Living main stage, and strolled around tons of great booths.

Unfortunately due to a combination of “huge pregnant lady syndrome” as well as “Why would you shut down the DVP for an entire weekend Syndrome”, I didn’t get to spend quite as much time at the show as I would have preferred. Still, here’s the list of the vendors I chatted with or whose booth I stopped by… and just to show you the size of the show, I by no means visited all the booths, I would say I roughly visited half! The great news is, plenty of them love ecochick too and lots have cool reviews, giveaways, discounts and other fun stuff coming up right here in the coming days and weeks. Til then, have fun checking out the links.

Attitude Environmental Products
Some Things Cozy Home Decor and Gift Items
Booda Bellie Organic Clothing
Green Cricket
Green Bean Studios
En Ville Event Design and Catering
Malivoire wine
Organic Evolution
Sigrid Natural Skin Care
Featherstone Estate Winery and Vineyard
Southbrook Vineyards
Green Platypus
Planet Forward
Credo Bags
ecoLiving Cleaners
Loblaws PC Green
Delta Chelsea
Brick Street Bakery
Ontario Cheese Society
Fenwood farm
The Organic Cotton Company
Childish Notions
Camerons Brewing
Inniskillin Wineries
Winery to Home
Sustainable Gift
Green Beaver
The Stop Community Food Centre
SteamWhistle Brewery
Live Clean
Aromatic Health
Baby On The Hip
Arising – Women in Nature
Green Students Fundraising
Stratus Wines
Bullfrog Power
Forest Stewardship Council Canada
Front Door Organics
Green Earth Organics
AmiDog and AmiCat
Grass Roots Store
Me to We Responsible Style
Retire Your Ride
Healthy Environment For Kids
Mapleton’s Organic dairy

Toronto Green Living Show – You want tickets? We have tickets!

Tickets are gone – thanks for playing!

Hey, ecochick. You busy the weekend of April 24-26, 2009? You gonna be anywhere near the Big Smoke? Then I bet you would love to take in the Green Living Show, being held at Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto. From their website:

There are many reasons to attend the Green Living Show:

* Discover the latest new green products and services from hundreds of exhibitors
* Gain earth-friendly advice and useful information for your daily life
* Play and learn in the Bienenstock Natural Playground and Amphitheatre presented by ING DIRECT
* Taste mouth-watering dishes and artisanal foods at the Farm Fresh Fare presented by Toyota
* Preview unique prototypes and fresh ideas at the Living Green-Ovations exhibit
* Be inspired by celebrities, eco-leaders and local personalities on the Green Living Main Stage presented by The Home Depot
* Learn the secret tips and techniques of top chefs on the Green Living Cooking Stage presented by Samsung
* Sample Ontario’s finest wines and organic beers in the Grapes & Hops Tasting Pavilion
* Take a spin in the latest hybrid vehicles at the Green Living Test-Drive
* Shop for healthy foods at the popular Food & Beverage Market
* Catch a flick at the Planet in Focus Film Screenings
* Get on your running shoes and run or walk 5K in the Earth Run
* Take a break and refresh in the Planet Forward Lounge
* Meet the totally cool, hip, fun, funky ecochick (OK, I added that one).

You convinced? You want two tickets? You’re in luck. I have a bunch of tickets to give to YOU. Conditions for putting these tickets in your hot little hands:

- you can use the tickets (ie you live in TO or can make plans to be there)
- you comment on this post by Monday, April 20 at 12 noon EDT telling me what you’re most looking forward to checking out at the Green Living Show (click the link for more details!)
- you leave me a way to contact you (if you use your Blogger profile make sure there’s an email address in there somewhere, or just leave me your email addy in your comment) so that I can arrange getting the tickets to you if I randomly pick your name.

Good luck – hope to see you there!

The New Issue of Green Living Magazine is available!

Check it, peeps.. the Spring 2009 issue of Green Living magazine is ready for consumption! And as usual, the awesome folks at Green Living have provided you with an electronic copy so as not to waste precious resources. Read up about Canada’s Greenest Cities of Tomorrow, where to put your eco-dollars, 20 Smart Budget Enviro-tips and much more. You’ll also find great information about the 3rd Annual Green Living Show being held in Toronto from April 24 – 26, and as usual all kinds of awesome tidbits on initiatives, eco-products, eco heroes and much more. Download your copy today!

ecochick is now part of the Green Living Network!

I’m very proud to announce that is now part of the Green Living network. As you can see, this means a few small but awesome changes around here!

The Green Living network is part of Green Enterprises, a one-stop environmental publishing, consulting, content, media and marketing company who carries out services as diverse as custom publishing; magazine and book publishing; corporate consulting and marketing; online communications and marketing; event management, sponsorships, fundraising; and green investing. Their publications include the Green Living website and the quarterly print magazine of the same name; the Home Depot EcoOptions magazine; Healthy Home Magazine, and many others. They also put on the great Green Living Show annually in Toronto. They are committed to bringing a message of environmental living and sustainability to all Canadians, and I am extremely pleased and proud to have joined this amazing green network!

So, what will you see here? Up top, you’ll notice a Green Living network bar. From this bar, you can navigate to the Green Living website, other blogs and network contributors in the Green Living network, and subscribe to the free newsletter and digital magazine. You’ll also notice new green, Canadian advertisers being displayed on ecochick (hey, somebody’s got to pay the bills around here!) I’ve been holding out on joining an advertising network until I could find one that was Canadian and would ensure that high-quality, eco-friendly advertisers only would appear on my blog – and Green Living fits that bill perfectly.

If you aren’t familiar with Green Living, why not take a flip through the virtual pages of the Fall 2008 Green Living Magazine. And if you have any questions or comments about the new Green Living network, please feel free to comment or email me at talk at ecochick dot ca.