Return of the Open Houses

by on Aug.03, 2021, under Uncategorized

With Ontario re-opening efforts well into Step 3, Hacklab is also making steps towards re-opening to the public. As of Tuesday Aug 3rd, we running a limited form of our usual weekly open houses.

To maintain a safe space, masks and social distancing will still be required while inside the Hacklab Toronto space. But we look forward seeing folks out and being social once more.

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Where We Stand

by on Jun.07, 2020, under Uncategorized

Like many Canadians, Hacklab’s membership has been watching the events that have led to the ongoing protests in the United States and the world, including here in Toronto. We acknowledge and denounce the ongoing systemic racism, white supremacy and police brutality that many Black, Indigneous and racialized communities face everyday that have led to these protests. We acknowledge that these problems exist in Toronto, including in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) community. Hacklab stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the fight against all forms of racism. 

As a maker collective in Toronto, Hacklab is committed to helping build a community where everyone can live with dignity and freedom from fear. While we strive to be a welcoming makerspace in Toronto, we admittedly have fallen short in many areas that have led to gaps in representation of individuals from Black, Indigenous and other racialized communities.

We acknowledge that as a maker collective we need to do more to be an inclusive community. We understand that we need to centre the voices of the many Black, Indigenous and racialized makers of Toronto and the surrounding areas. As part of our actions, we are actively working to ensure these voices are heard. Our commitments include:

  • Expand our outreach to Black, Indigenous and other racialized communities (e.g., by forging closer ties with groups led by and represented by those community members);
  • Identify and reduce barriers for Black, Indigenous and racialized members of the STEAM community to participate in Hacklab as guests, members, and board members; and,
  • Ensure that Black, Indigenous and racialized members of the STEAM community guide Hacklab to actively improve our diversity and inclusion efforts and support ongoing decision-making that considers diverse perspectives through our new Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

We all have to take ownership and responsibility to actively oppose racism within our organizations as well as ourselves as individuals in order to break down systems of oppression and exclusion. We recognize as Hacklab that we draw strength from the diversity of ideas and perspectives. As a community space that encourages people to socialize, share knowledge and collaborate, we recognize that making our own space more inclusive will strengthen our ability to “make things, repurpose things, program things, invent things and make lights blink” for the betterment of our members and our broader community.

Hack The Planet!

– HackLab.to

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Public Events Suspended; Use of Space Discouraged

by on Apr.06, 2020, under Uncategorized

The Ontario Government is ordering all businesses not covered by the updated essential business list to remain closed until at least June 30th, 2020, with the possibility of an extension as the situation evolves. This is to confirm that HackLab.TO remains officially closed until further notice. This means, our public events continue to be suspended, and members should not be entering the space.

We will continue to update you as we receive updates, and we look forward to further growing our online community with all of you via email and other channels until such time as the doors of HackLab.TO are able to be reopened. We encourage you to be supportive and understanding of one another as we continue to get through this novel situation together.

COVID-19 Toronto Public Health Advice: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/

~From your board @ HackLab.TO

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Important Message Regarding COVID-19

by on Mar.16, 2020, under Announcements, Events

Dear Past, Present, and Future HackLab.TO guests,

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic effectively immediately until at least April 6th, 2020 Hacklab will suspend public events, including the open house.

This closure comes in recognition of:

  • public schools being closed for an extended two weeks in addition to March break
  • businesses being encouraged to have employees work remotely
  • and social distancing being implemented in shared spaces in the effort to flatten the curve and halt the spread of COVID-19 virus both in our area and the province.

We are sad to close our doors to all of you during this time as the community has always been and will continue to be a key component of the HackLab.TO experience. Open houses usually held on Tuesday night provide an opportunity for us to connect with the local community, invite new members to join, as well as share knowledge and resources in general.

HackLab.TO is an inclusive maker space advocating for all, so please remember that COVID-19 is a virus and as such it is not specific to one race, nationality, or ethnicity.  Treat each other with kindness, care, and compassion in this trying and challenging time.

We hope to see you all soon and are looking forward to getting back to activities as usual.  Until then, please visit our website https://HackLab.TO for up-to-date information, or subscribe to our twitter feed @hacklabto or facebook.com/Hacklab.TO !

~From your local makerspace HackLab.TO

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Ontario Makerspace Muxer

by on Feb.02, 2020, under Uncategorized

An event for various hacker/makers spaces to host each other and connect the broader community.

This is expected to rotate through various spaces over the year, with Hacklab taking the first opportunity to host.


Feburary 29th, 7PM to Late.
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Open Houses continue through the Holidays!

by on Dec.24, 2019, under Uncategorized

We’re Open! With our Tuesday Open Houses falling on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, it’s a time to be with Friends and Family. And the community at hacklab certainly feels like the best of friends and family. So we’re open, and will be hanging out and celebrating. Your welcome to join us!

Festive Decorations and Cat t sitting in Window

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Junk Independence Day! December 8th

by on Dec.02, 2019, under Uncategorized

It’s everyone’s favorite time again, Junk Independence Day! Rocking Hacklab Toronto, this 8th from 2pm-7pm.

Bring your e-waste and dig through other people’s for treasures.

On previous Junk Independence Days, people have walked away with an iPod touch, a 1TB hard drive, working classic iMacs, bubblejet printers, a Sony mini-DV camcorder, stereo amps, speakers, a desktop computer and even walk/don’t walk streetlights! Not to be forgotten, there are always lots of little chips and bytes for random hacking, too.

Anything left at the end will be picked up on following Monday and responsibly recycled!

/!\ Reminder: Please don’t disassemble items brought in for the Junk Day, if you want only part of an item, take it home, and bring the rest back next junk day. This avoids unfortunate situations were someone brings in a working laptop, and some who really needs it, can’t get it because in between someone else tore it in half for a speaker or a battery.

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Solar Power Workshop

by on Oct.18, 2019, under Events, Projects, Workshops

From tiny solar panels that can power your cell phone to systems with a handful of batteries or panels, Alan will walk you through what he’s learned in his solar power tinkering so far. We’ll have a variety of panels, chargers, batteries and connectors on hand so you can see how it all works. Come by our *new* Hacklab at 1677 St Clair West on Wednesday October 23 at 7pm. The workshop is free and open to anyone who’s interested. Tell a friend to bring a friend and we’ll see you soon!

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Open Houses Resume! Tuesday July 2nd

by on Jun.18, 2019, under Announcements, Unpatched Tuesdays

Oh wow, you folks really want to be back in the space! With the good weather we had a dozen members and 5 unprompted guests at the lab today, making this evening a soft-open! So while we’re still rough around the edges, we happily welcome folks back to our public open houses!

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The Road to Hacklab 3.0

by on May.03, 2019, under Uncategorized

Hacklab has been a rather regular cadence of activity. Our members have been focusing on shaping the upper floor which will serve as our hub, class room, kitchen and lounge area. The workshop and DIY BIO will be in the downstairs. We’d like to thank our member Norm for putting together the following two progress update videos.

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