What we're about

We believe living well is about finding your community.

This is an exclusive group for 50+ (mostly retired) adults in Toronto who want to connect, discover and contribute through experiences hosted by local businesses.

CONNECT

Leave each experience with more friends than when you started. Our small batch groups are limited to 15-20 like-minded people your own age and designed so that you leave with at least one new friend.

DISCOVER

Each experience is hosted by an expert who will leave your mind expanded, and your thirst for new knowledge satisfied. You will learn skills that will impress your kids and friends.

CONTRIBUTE

You will help local businesses increase off-peak demand. This will help them remain valuable contributors to your neighbourhood. Some of the businesses may be trying out new products and looking for your input to improve their offering!

Experiences usually last 90 minutes, are educational in nature and hosted during the day while the city works.

To become a Bloomer apply now! We select applicants who are outgoing and want to stay active. We also accept referrals from existing Bloomers.

Upcoming events (2)

Craft Brewery Tour & Beer Making 101 @ Kensington Brewery

299 Augusta Ave

CA$15.00

Back again by popular demand... Man has been making beer for 7,000 years. Although many techniques have changed since our loincloth days (including better hygiene practices), the basic process has remained the same. During this experience, an expert at Kensington Brewery will take you take you through the six steps of making beer: 1. Malting 2. Mashing 3. Boiling 4. Fermentation 5. Bottling & Aging You will learn about the impact each step has on the end product, that is the colour, smell and taste of the beer. Afterward, you enjoy a guided tasting of three of the beers made on site at Kensington Brewery, a craft brewery in Kensington market. Kensington Brewery Story: Our story starts in 2011, when we set out with a simple goal: brew a hoppy pale ale that would compliment the house-ground burgers at our local burger spot. When our beer was a bigger hit than our burgers, we decided it was time to pursue an adventure in brewing, and pay homage to our home - Toronto's Kensington Market. Our mission was to represent the diverse flavours of our neighbourhood, with beer that reflected the eclectic culture. Growing from the culinary roots that led us into brewing, and our insistence on using local ingredients as both content and inspiration, we have thoughtfully crafted beer that is best enjoyed with food. We’re excited to bring you innovative new flavours, and explore with you the wonderful relationship between what we eat and what we drink.

Performance and Conversation with Award Winning Singer Songwriter Kat Goldman

"Kat Goldman is a Canadian Flower" -Eric Anderson Kat Goldman is one of Canada's celebrated songwriters whose songs have been covered by Grammy-nominated Canadian band The Duhks, and by folk heroine Dar Williams, who did a cover of Kat's song "Weight of the World" on her latest release, "Emerald." During this experience, you will get have the opportunity to get close and personal with Kat Goldman. Goldman will speak about her journey to becoming a singer songwriter, give you the inside scoop on the music business and tell you about her latest project. Afterward, Goldman will play six original songs on piano and guitar. The experience will take place at Free Times Cafe which has hosted over 13,000 performances since opening 38 years ago. Owner of Free Times Cafe, Judy Perly, will also speak to how her venue has adapted over time to remain relevant in Toronto's quickly evolving entertainment industry. Bloomers are welcome to have a bite to eat during or after the experience. The cost of food and drink is not included in the experience, with the exception of a Mini-Latke (a family recipe from Judy's kitchen). About Free Times Cafe (from Blog TO): Free Time Cafe isn't new to Toronto's ever-expanding brunch scene. In fact, owner Judy Perly has been hosting her signature Bella! Did Ya Eat? Klezmer brunch for more than 20 years. Back in 1995, Perly was living in her late mother Bella's apartment in the Bathurst and Eglinton area and she wanted to reinvigorate the now more than 35-year-old Free Times Cafe. Without children of her own, she also sought to introduce customers to her culture. "I'd like to have that feeling of being a Jewish mother," she says. So, she brought Jewish-style food into her restaurant. Outside of brunch, Free Times Cafe features live music most nights of the week. And, it's always open late with a diverse menu featuring bar food staples - think nachos, poutine and burgers - as well as dishes such as matzah ball soup and latkes. But Perly says for her, it's all about Sundays. "It's the joy of my life."

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History of Kensington Market @ Free Times Cafe

320 College St

CA$15.00

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