Saturday, December 20, 2014Mostly Cloudy -5°C
City

50 Essential Toronto Facebook Groups

Posted by Tim / October 29, 2007

Facebook
One of the great things about Facebook is how the platform easily allows individuals, organizations and teams to self-organize around a theme, cause or common interest. The mechanism for this is Facebook's Groups feature and to date there are literally thousands of these groups that have been started and joined by Torontonians.

In an effort to help you navigate among the good, great and the not-so-great, we hereby present our inaugural Facebook 50 - the 50 Essential Toronto Facebook Groups. Our criteria? It's pretty simple. All the groups selected have something to do with Toronto. We've divided them into categories like Music, Arts and Film, Food, Fashion, City and Politics, The Environment, Technology, Sports, Business and Just for Fun. They're not necessarily the most popular - just ones we personally think are interesting, relevant, dynamic or for some strange reason we just can't live without.

Music

Promise Cherry Beach Sundays - Summer may be over but the Promise crew still keeps their popular Facebook group humming with announcements for their warehouse parties and photos.

Toronto Indie - The Facebook group for indie music fans in Toronto. The admin updates the group page with a list of upcoming concerts. An active group wall with members posting links to shows and trying to sell tickets.

I Raved in Toronto anytime between 1995-2003 - More than 4,000 nostalgic ravers have joined this group which means an active group wall with member announcements of shows, parties and DJ mixes.

Wavelength Music Arts Projects - The Facebook home for Wavelength Music Arts Projects. The group page is updated regularly with the latest Wavelength show information.

CiRCA Toronto - Plenty of Toronto clubs have their own Facebook group. So why include this one? CiRCA isn't a month old and already this group has over 3,000 members posting photos, videos, comments, questions and nostalgia about all things CiRCA.

Samba Elegua - The home of Toronto's well-loved percussion ensemble. The group page is updated regularly with their upcoming gigs, photos and links.

Arts and Film

Emerging Arts Professional Network - The Facebook group for the Emerging Arts Professional Network which offers access to a range of professional development opportunities in the arts. Members (now approaching 1,600) post links to upcoming arts and film events, links to artist web sites and notices about available studio space.

Toronto Craft Alert - Find out about local craft gossip, events, projects and up and coming Toronto craft makers .

The Movement Movement - If you want to run through the ROM or MOCCA then, um, it's already too late. But if you tune into the Movement Movement's Facebook Group they'll let you know where they're going to run next.

Toronto Photography Enthusiasts - Watch out Flickr. Facebook is the new photo sharing site. This Facebook group has more than 1,000 members, 3,100 posted photos and an active discussion board sharing photography tips and items for sale.

Newmindspace - This Facebook group administered by the Newmindspace team of Kevin Bracken and Lori Kufner has almost 500 photos posted of Newmindspace events like Capture the Flag, and ongoing discussion of previous events and upcoming ones.

Magic Pony - Toronto's favourite gallery, studio and retail space dedicated to illustration, design, fashion and street culture, Magic Pony uses their Facebook group to keep their fans up to date on the latest happenings.

Instant Coffee - Instant Coffee hasn't yet found a way to translate their popular event email into a dynamic Facebook group, but there's 700 members waiting on standby for when they do.

Toronto International Film Festival Group - TIFF may only happen once a year, but the TIFF Group is busy with year-round film programming. The group wall includes questions about film screenings and tips about what to see.

Toronto Independent Film and Television Professionals - A networking space for Toronto film and television professionals to post film news, job listings and job wanted messages.

Food

Cheap Eats Toronto - The Facebook Group companion to the Cheap Eats Toronto restaurant guide. Administrator Alexa Clark keeps members up to date with links to Toronto food news and events.

Toronto Fine Dining Club - Did we say cheap? How about expensive? The Toronto Fine Dining Club picks their favourite spots (Susur and Scaramouche are tops if money is no object). Members post reviews of their excellent and not so-excellent fine dining adventures.

Toronto Vegan/Vegetarian Group - More than 600 members muse about veggie hot dogs, tofurkey and honey. There's also vegetarian recipes and member tips for going veggie. See also The Toronto Vegetarian Association Facebook Group.

Local & Organic - This Facebook group has a list of Toronto Farmer's Markets and ongoing discussions about eating local and organic.

Wine Toronto - Administered by blogTO's Jerrold Litwinenko, the Wine Toronto Facebook group has regular posts about wine events and producers.

Proud Supporters of Ontario Craft Beer - Discover brewers in the local Toronto area and debate the merits of Steam Whistle versus Cameron's.

Fashion

Toronto Fashion Industry - This active Facebook group is a good source for Toronto fashion news, job postings, model searches, videos, photos and links to events.

City and Politics

You Know You Take the TTC When - It's no surprise that there's a bunch of TTC related Facebook groups but this one takes top prize with almost 14,000 members. There's more than 300 photos and a lively wall and discussion board. Participate in such discussion topics as "is it just me or has the ttc gone crazy".

Toronto Public Space Committee - The official unofficial group for all of those interested in the activities of the Toronto Public Space Committee.

Spacing Magazine - Our friends at Spacing post updates about the magazine but the main action here is the discussion boards and wall covering a range of Toronto public space and advocacy issues.

Open Cities - One of the smallest groups to make our list (only 130 members at the time of this writing), the Open Cities Facebook group is nevertheless an important one. Join the ongoing conversation that seeks to understand how do we as Torontonians work collaboratively and openly to make our city better.

The Annex - All about the Annex. UofT students, alumni and other Annex residents debate the best sushi restaurants, brunch spots and book stores.

The Environment

Ban The Plastic Bag in Toronto - San Francisco has already banned plastic bags from their city. Why not Toronto? This Facebook group aims to make that a reality. So far more than 2,000 members agree.

Zerofootprint - The official Facebook group for Zerofootprint, a not-for-profit dedicated to helping people and organizations reduce their environmental impact. While there's not a whole lot of discussion going on here, there's still some useful tips and links to related news.

Biking Toronto - Includes photos and links to the Biking Toronto web site. Good for upcoming cycling events and eavesdropping on discussion topics like why McDonald's doesn't have a drive through for cyclists. See also the I Bike TO group.

Ultrasound - Toronto Cyclists Union - The Facebook group for Toronto's first membership-driven bicycle advocacy group. The Toronto Cyclists Union was only founded in late September so it's interesting to see them use the group to share ideas and complain about the lack of bike lanes in Toronto.

PS Kensington - Learn how to host a Parking Meter Party. Or just join the group to stay up to date on the latest Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market, Mirvish Village or in a neighbourhood near you.

Technology

CommandN Fans - Will Pate and Amber MacArthur's fan site for their widely popular weekly CommandN videocast. Get links to their latest videos or use the discussion boards to send them a story idea.

WebNation - The Facebook group for Amber Mac's more polished but somehow less fun web show for CityTV/CP24.

TorCamp - TorCamp is ground zero for Toronto's technology community. Participate in discussion topics like "Have you mastered marketing on Facebook?"

FacebookCamp - Somehow it wouldn't feel right to exclude this one from our list of essential Toronto Facebook groups. Members discuss Facebook apps and what they want to hear about at the next FacebookCamp.

DemoCamp Toronto - DemoCamp is one of the original "un-conferences" where developers get together to share what they've been working on, demo their products and meet others.

Sports

Toronto FC - We don't need to tell you what this Facebook Group is for. Toronto FC has more than 3,000 members, almost 2,000 posted photos, videos and a complete run-down of all the losses incurred by Toronto's favourite soccer team.

Official Toronto Raptors Fan Club - More than 9,000 members post photos, video and debate whether the Raptors should keep Juan Dixon.

I Bleed Blue, Toronto Maple Leafs for Life - If there's any doubt what team is still the most popular in Toronto, just take a look at the many Toronto Maple Leaf related groups. This one with almost 20,000 members is the largest of the bunch.

Baseball North (Toronto Blue Jays) - At less that 5,000 members this just goes to show Toronto is a hockey town. But Baseball North is a hotbed for Blue Jays and general baseball talk. Have your say about the discussion topic "Good God We need a REAL Catcher".

Toronto Central Sport and Social Club - The Facebook home to the Toronto Sport and Social Club. If that's not your thing just hunt around and you'll probably find another group for Kickball, Beach Volleyball, Ultimate or your favourite Toronto activity.

Business

Toronto Entrepreneurs - A space for 300 and growing entrepreneurs to get together for networking, pitch business ideas and share links from around the web.

Advertising Club of Toronto - The Facebook Group for the Advertising Club of Toronto is a source for job leads and information about advertising industry events. See also. Toronto Advertising Community and Media Buyers/Planners of Toronto

Just For Fun

Fun Toronto and Fun Toronto 2 - Two Facebook groups as the admins try to find ways around Facebook's restrictions on messaging groups with more than 1,000 members. This group has suggestions for fun things to do every day of the week and links to a whole range of web sites for free and fun activities.

What To Do in Toronto - This group has a list of some Toronto festivals and events. Members help newcomers answer questions like "What street is Chinatown on?"

Actually, I Like Toronto - Administrator Kevin Beaulieu gives plenty of reasons to like Toronto. The discussion board and wall act mainly as a forum for links to Toronto events.

Take More Photos - blogTO contributor Zach Slootsky's Facebook home to his ongoing series of Toronto party photos.

The "Official" Zanta The Man Fanclub....YesYesYes!!! - Everyone's favourite shirtless muscle guy in a Santa outfit has his own Facebook group. Tune in for Dave Zancai's latest musing, photos and YesYesYes!!!

When I was Your Age the Rogers Centre was Called Skydome - Facebook is good for group counseling too. Who can argue with statements like "My dad helped build the SKY DOME. and forever it shall remain just that."

Bonus

In the spirit of shameless self-promotion just thought I'd throw in a 51st pick and mention our own Facebook group which we use to post site updates, news and contest information; as well as announcements about our Toronto Faves Facebook application.

Photo by thephotocrats in the blogTO Flickr Pool.

Discussion

24 Comments

Rachel Lissner / October 29, 2007 at 08:41 am
user-pic
There is a group called "Cheap Alcohol in Toronto" and has a running list of where to get which drinks on which night at which places. Highly recommended.
Adam / October 29, 2007 at 11:18 am
user-pic
One of my favourites for the title/description alone is <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2220901013";>Toronto's Gay Village Creeps Me Out, Yet I Still Go Back for More</a>.
Chris Orbz / October 29, 2007 at 02:10 pm
user-pic
Fun Toronto keeps an updated list of cheap alcohol in the city, so technically this list does cover that. Weirdest thing I've seen on those lists is Ikea...
Kevin Bracken / October 29, 2007 at 04:16 pm
user-pic
Thanks for thinking of us :) We hate Facebook's group limits but we didn't act fast enough to separate our group into two cities before it got too big and out of control! Ack!

But anyway, social networking for the win :)
Kevin Harron / October 29, 2007 at 05:52 pm
user-pic

Under Environment, the group "Friends of the Don East" should be listed.

Since I found them I've been out planting trees every weekend in the valleys.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2260552632
Sally / October 31, 2007 at 12:49 am
user-pic
Thanks for including our Ban the Plastic Bag in Toronto group on your list!!
Linda / October 31, 2007 at 02:08 am
user-pic
Anyone wanting to recycle their old cell phones can check out this group.

maybe next year we'll make the list

:)
Pat / October 31, 2007 at 09:21 pm
user-pic
Although I like the Food and Drink category, it is missing one very important group - Ontario Wine Society members. The group is made up of more than just the actual members of the group and those who are looking to join a wine group are more than welcome to join this one. The main chapter for the Ontario Wine Society is Toronto so I think it definitely applies.
Amber Mac / October 31, 2007 at 10:14 pm
user-pic
Wow! Thx for the commandN and Webnation mentions. We just released a Halloween cN episode (commandn.tv - we're pirates and ghouls talking tech, quite sophisticated really!).

Keep up the awesome work on the blog. Love it!!!
-Amber
Beer Nerd / November 2, 2007 at 12:39 am
user-pic
Nice to see the Ontario Craft Brewers mentioned. Thought I should point out that Steam Whistle is not actually a member of the Ontario Craft Brewers group. You got Cameron's right though.
Dennis / November 8, 2007 at 07:13 am
user-pic
I thought i should share one vitial toronto facebook group
"Toronto Job Network"

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2412484390

Meet with job seeks and recruters around toronto.


Melanie Kirsh / November 8, 2007 at 01:55 pm
user-pic
My group is number 3 in the Music ones!! Thanks!!!!
Jay Porter / November 11, 2007 at 12:02 am
user-pic
Here's My Group... sort of relates to the third group... almost got 500 people

<a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2339199554";>http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2339199554<;/a>

The Toronto Rave Flyer Connection

Over 900 flyers up!!!!!
Gareth Bate / November 14, 2007 at 11:49 pm
user-pic
I think my group is an essential!!!

Everyone's An Art Critic: Toronto

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5908691457

This is a group for anyone who wants to discuss and review art in Toronto and abroad. It is also for general art related discussion.

We no longer need to wait until a critic reviews a show to hear feedback. The critic no longer gets the last word.

This group is open to both formal and informal comments and reviews. Artists are especially encouraged to actively comment on each others work.

Discussion topics might include individual and museum shows, architecture, art events, competitions, emerging themes, influential artists, influential writing, what you are working on currently, what you are reading or looking at, and the art scene in general, etc.

Have fun, and don?t hold back.
Tania / April 13, 2008 at 12:46 pm
user-pic
I'd like to share a fairly recent group with you. Hopefully, it will be on your list for this year under the city category. It's called 'Overheard In The T Dot'. Join the group to view and post funny conversations overheard in Toronto and the entire Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

We also have a website at http://www.OverheardInTheTDot.com.

Ultimate Toronto / August 21, 2008 at 07:00 pm
user-pic
Great list, I've already joined about 5 of 'em.
Victoria Carter / December 12, 2008 at 08:57 pm
user-pic
WE love Toronto!
Our facebook group is ESSENTIAL because we help people BUY SELL and LEASE property in Toronto and the GTA! Why not invest in yourself and in your favorite city?
Join our facebook group and get the inside scoop on Toronto Real Estate, and contact us any time for our help!
Victoria Carter, Kirk Rickman at Century 21 416-298-8200
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2248182502#/group.php?gid=36168500476
Acute Angle / October 18, 2009 at 11:56 pm
user-pic
Some of these groups are no longer active, guys.
Dale / October 13, 2010 at 03:05 pm
user-pic
As a new person in Toronto, the top groups page has been a big help. Hopefully one day, i will come up on the top 50 list.
Dave Nakano / June 14, 2013 at 04:38 pm
user-pic
Mountain climbing is not just an adventurous sport but it is the one and the only healthy free exercise you can ever get. But running properly and effectively requires well balanced and perfectly tailored shoes. Earlier I used to wear a low quality unknown brand shoes and I had severe foot pain, then when I consulted a physicians he told me to buy quality and comfortable shoes and that will solve the problem. To be honest I recently bought these New Balance shoes from an online shoe company known as http://www.walkingonacloud.ca and they are amazing, unbelievable super in quality and you egt the best comfort. They have the best deals today available online. Great quality at low price, made me have a healthy climb.

Dave
Bruce Marshman / June 26, 2013 at 06:42 pm
user-pic
Every area and street are covered in this site devoted to old photos of the city. I never miss the daily updates. https://www.facebook.com/VintageToronto
Omar / August 14, 2013 at 02:59 pm
user-pic
Are you from the GTA or living in this city? Love to network and connect with other awesome men and women from the city also? Then you NEED to join our Facebook group called Toronto social meet and greet. It is the fastest growing Facebook group servicing men/women, 19-50, from all disciplines in Toronto.

Share your thoughts, opinions, discuss important issues, engaging in meaningful and meaningless chatter, network with others, find friends or love, seek/offer advice, upload videos, promote your business, etc.
Omar / August 14, 2013 at 03:00 pm
user-pic
https://www.facebook.com/groups/torontosocialmeetandgreet/ is the url to our group!
Hamed / September 3, 2013 at 11:41 am
user-pic
There is no page For Realestate In Toronto ?!
So i'm gone introducing you guys to my daily update Facebook page about Realestate in Toronto and GTA :
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Royal-LePage-Hamed-Bagherzadeh/357865804283267?ref=hl

and our daily update Website : www.TorontoHomeMls.com

Add a Comment

Other Cities: Montreal