Beyond the Branch

A Virtual Deciduous Tree Walk in Samuel Smith Park

       Deciduous Tree Walk

Have a look at the deciduous forest in your neighbourhood.  It will change the way you see your surroundings!

By:Jonathan Dionne. Born and raised in rural Nova Scotia Jonathan completed his undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University with a major in biology and a minor in statistics. Currently he is doing his masters in forest conservation at the University of Toronto. Jonathan spent the summer working on a community engagement and urban tree stewardship project within the community of Long Branch. 


Music By Long Branchers!

“In the Mood”

Toronto All-Star Band

Recorded during the pandemic, this video of a Glenn Miller classic demonstrates a high level of musicianship and showmanship.

One of the most exciting bands around, the Toronto All-Star Big Band revives the spirit style and sound of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s – that golden age of the big bands.

“How Can we help the Carolinian Forest”

By: Kelly- Sue O’Connor

Kelly-Sue O’Connor is a Board member for the Friends of Sam Smith and organized the 2020 Samuel Smith Virtual Bird Fest.

“Genuine Hippie”

Dominic Simone Project 

This is another original song by Long Branch resident Dominic Simone. It was recorded in Dominic’s living room especially for the 2020 Long Branch Virtual Tree Festival.

“Saskatchewan Skies” 

Pat Rice 

Pat Rice has lived in Long Branch since 1959.  He is painter and  also an amateur musician and a member of the Drumming by the Lake Drum Circle that operates out of the Martin Luther Church in Mimico.  “Titan” one of the largest Heritage red oaks in Toronto grows on his property.

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Look at what we found in your Neighbourwoods!

Junior Tree Huggers Kids Activities

Etobicoke Master Gardener’s Advice Clinic


Welcome and opening remarks

LBNA Tree Fest Welcome

Opening Welcome

The Long Branch Tree Fest welcome includes introductions from:

Christine Mercado,  Chair of the Long Branch Neighbourhood Association

Mark Grimes the Toronto City Councilor for Ward 3, of which Long Branch is one of the neighbourhoods.

Christine Hogarth  the Ontario MPP for Etobicoke Lakeshore

James Maloney the MP for …

Judy Gibson, Vice Chair of the Long Branch Neighbourhood Association

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Beyond the Branch: A Virtual Deciduous Tree Walk in Sam Smith Park   

Music by Long Branchers !

  • Toronto All-Star Band  ” In The Mood
  •   Kelly Sue O’Connor  “How can we help the Carolinian Forest”
  • Dominic Simone Project       ” Genuine Hippie”
  • Pat Rice “Saskatchewan Skies”


Final tree fest agenda – detailed agenda available on the Welcome page

Future posts will be added starting at noon on October 4.