Recognized by the City of Markham, City Mosaic is a one-day MULTICULTURAL ADVENTURE for those who are looking for an OUT-OF-THE ORDINARY experience. City Mosaic provides an opportunity for youth and young adults to embark on a GLOBAL JOURNEY, getting a TASTE OF EVERY CULTURE in the world without ever having to step foot out of Toronto.

Objectives

Explore of the richness of multicultural diversity

Experience cross-cultural interaction

Expand cultural comfort zone and enter the stories of other cultures

Event Details

Date / Time?

May 27, 2017

8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Information Session
May 17, 2017
7:30-8:30pm or 8:30-9:30pm
(Leader must attend either one)

Where?

Kick-off Ceremony:

Mel Lastman Square of North York Civic Centre

For Who?

>>Explorer Division: For anyone who enjoys exploration and wants to get a taste of what Toronto is like.
Eligibility: 14 and above. [Teens of 14 to 16 can join with supervision of 2 adults in the team]

>>Adventurer Division: For anyone looking for a challenge with advance knowledge about the city.
Eligibility: 16 and above

How Much?

Regular: $120/team

Early Bird: $80.00/team
Deadline for Early Bird: April 24, 2017

Deadline for Registration: May 8, 2017

Required 2-4 people to register as a team

Includes TTC passes, event T-shirt and program guide, and light refreshment

*Refund Policy: No refund after May 8, 2017. A written cancellation request is required on/before May 8, 2017. Full refund less administration charge of $25/team will be refunded.

FAQ

Teams of TWO TO FOUR will explore the city to find Toronto’s hidden treasures. Teamwork and friendships will be tested as you search through clues and hints revealing the richness of the city’s multicultural diversity. Through this unique expedition, you and your team will get a chance to connect with and experience the different cultures of our fellow Torontonians. You will be challenged to expand their comfort zones as you decipher the many mysteries of our community. Winning teams will go home with trophies, medals, and great prizes.

TTC passes, event t-shirt, program guide, and light refreshment are included.

City Mosaic is a race that emphasizes on teamwork. That is why we require all teams to register in team and play as team, with minimum of 2 members, maximum of 4. We encourage you to find friends, family or classmates to form a team of 4 for a day of fun!

Your full team is determined by the total number of people you registered for City Mosaic. If you’re a man/woman short…well, you will have to do your best! However, a minimum of 2 members is required for the event, teams with only 1 member showing up will be disqualified.

If you have any new member(s) or replacement, please give us a call, email, and/or let us know by the Information Session on May 17, 2017.

It’s completely up to you on how you want to explore the city! It is not mandatory to visit all checkpoints, but the more checkpoints you visit the more points you can earn. Just make sure you return to the finishing line before time runs out!

NO, because rules are rules!

Just to be clear, other than walking, running, or travelling on the TTC, you MAY NOT use any of the following or similar methods of transportation:
– Taxi
– Cars, motorcycle, trucks
– Bikes, Skateboard, rollerblades, scooters (or the electric ones)
– Uber
– Hover boards

In short, travel ON FOOT or by TTC…

We will provide TTC day pass(s) for all teams. It is up to you on how you want to use it, but we won’t be providing any extra if you lose it.

As much as we understand “things” happen, penalties will be given…Please bring your team spirit along, start as a team and finish as a team!

Everyone loves convenience, but to ensure all participants to have a fair race, we ask that everyone to gather at Mel Lastman Square.

Pace yourself for food and stay hydrated. You also won’t want to miss out the good food around Toronto…AND, “phone eats first”, share the goodies with your foodies on Instagram!

Your pet would be much safer at home than running around with you for a full day. Please keep your pet at home.

Testimonials

From Past Participant

We were running through Toronto and I rarely go downtown, so a lot of these places I have never seen before but because we had a strong desire to win; I barely got to see anything before we had to move on in order to keep up with other teams.

Need better time management or allowance on your end but overall execution was magnificent and I am happy to say my first time participating in City Mosaic was a great and memorable one.

———————-2014 Participant

City Mosaic teach me how to use subway and bus correctly, I even don’t know Little India before City Mosaic. I understand why Canada is a cultural pluralism country after City Mosaic

————2015 SHARP student participant

The event is pretty well planned, the questions are well written (even a bit too long) but can tell that the team did put lots of time and effort into finding the questions first. Minor improvement is to double check the booklet to make sure there is no typo :P good job!

—————-2014 Participant

From Community Partner

VWAT has been a partner with Across U-Hub on City Mosaic for over 5 years. After the first year, we saw the value of introducing CM to our youth, especially our newcomer youth who have just come to the city. Even Canadian-born youth have all learned something new from participating.

Seeing tired (from all the running), but happy (from all the laughing) youth makes it all worth it. I am impressed with the event every year: the amount of dedication, care, and excitement that the youth organizers pour into the event is evident in every activity that is run.

[The] Youth who join City Mosaic build lasting friendships, engage in their community, and have the opportunity to be a part of an amazing youth-led event.

———-Tina Hang, Program Co-ordinator of VWAT Family Services

Across U-Hub has been a long-time partner of Vision Youth, since Vision Youth started in 2001. The City Mosaic partnership benefits the youth in both organizations in term of sharing expertise, interests and friendship. Vision Youth send[s] volunteers to assist in planning the event and encourage[s] our participants to join the City Mosaic.

The game raises awareness of the co-existence of different cultures in Toronto. Participants in the game require physical strength to reach different points in the shortest time, but it also requires a lot of planning to optimize your route to cover the maximum points. I also like the questions to test how observant the participants are. There are a lot of beautiful structures in the city that we missed.

Overall, this is one of the event in the city that I strongly recommend everyone to join in and have fun. City Mosaic is an annual well-organized, well attended, educational and entertaining event in the City of Toronto. The game promotes the Canadian value – multiculturalism – with fun. It is a must go event in the City.

——————————-Eric Li, Chair of Vision Youth