Our Interest Groups are extremely popular. The only requirement is membership in CFUW North Toronto. The different programs provide an opportunity to pursue a personal interest, engage in stimulating activities and develop friendships.

Our groups are member driven; for some, the group determines the activities and for others, one member takes on the role of coordinator.

Several groups meet in members’ homes, so numbers are limited, but the  formation of new groups is encouraged. If you have an idea for a group with a different focus, you can suggest it at a meeting or post a notice in our Club Newsletter.

Violinist with symphony orchestra performing on stage

Arts

Concertgoers

Members attend four or more concerts during the October to May season, usually at the Royal Conservatory of Music (Koerner Hall) or the U of T Faculty of Music.  Events may include symphony concerts, chamber music and choral concerts.

Art Sparks

Members attend exhibitions at art galleries and museums in the city and visit places of architectural and/or cultural interest. Usually, arrangements are made to have lunch together at a nearby restaurant after the visit or tour. Members must sign up in advance for each outing.

Row of books sitting in a bookcase

Books

International Book Club

The focus is on international authors and/or international themes. One member reviews the selected book which is discussed by the group.

3rd Wednesday evening of the month

Tuesday Afternoons

One member reviews the selected book, which is discussed by the group.

Last Tuesday afternoon of the month

No Stress Mondays

Members bring books they are reading or have read and want to share and discuss briefly with the group.

2nd Monday afternoon of the month

No Stress Thursdays

Members bring books they are reading or have read and want to share and discuss briefly with the group.

3rd Thursday afternoon of the month

Book Exchange

Books are distributed at the October General Meeting and rotated each month. Members read 8 different books and keep the last book they receive. The cost is $30 upon sign-up. Groups are arranged geographically to facilitate easier book exchanges.  Most selections are recent publications. 

There are NO meetings.

A bridge hand, score book, pen and bowl of almonds sit on a table.

Bridge

Bridge For Fun

Duplicate style – spares welcome

1st Monday evening of the month

Duplicate: 2 Table

2nd Monday afternoon of the month

Duplicate: 3 Table

4th Wednesday afternoon of the month

CURRENT ISSUES

The goal of this group is to become better informed about various social and local issues, especially those affecting women and girls. Members choose specific topics for the year, and then arrange small group presentations by relevant speakers.

Speakers have included local politicians and staff of community service agencies; for some staff presentations, the meetings take place on-site in the community.

Previous topics have included municipal housing regulations, shelter and health needs of people who are homeless, trafficking of teenagers, refugee settlement, and legal support for survivors of gender violence.

Since September 2020, the Current Issues group has held joint meetings with the Advocacy Committee on Zoom. When public health restrictions are lifted, we may return to holding separate meetings.

French

Déjeuner Divas

Members converse in French during a lunchtime meal provided by the hostess of the month. Conversation topics are often suggested in advance, allowing for some very interesting material for our discussions.

3rd Wednesday of the month

Seafood dish

Food

Fun with Food

CFUW members in the Fun With Food interest group

An international food group with eight members. Each month, one member chooses an area of the world and presents a research paper that includes a menu and recipes. The group also dines at restaurants two to four times a year.

1st Monday evening of the month

Quick & Easy Gourmet

A group of CFUW North Toronto women dine out as part of the Quick & Easy Gourmet Interest Group

The group meets to cook, dine out or take a course at a cooking school. In December, the tradition is to have a festive tapas evening.

3rd Tuesday evening of the month

Eclectic Gourmet

CFUW North Toronto Eclectic Gourmet Interest Group

The group calls itself “eclectic” because it likes to do a variety of activities around food. The group enjoys a meal at a member’s home twice a year, a fall excursion to an interesting food location outside of Toronto and perhaps a cooking class.

CFUW North Toronto members of the Company of Walkers interest group stand in a park by a creek

Walking

Company of Walkers

Several members of our club have a long association with this non-CFUW walking group. Everyone is welcome, and attendance is flexible. Locations are parks and ravines in various parts of Toronto. Many starting points are accessible by TTC, and carpooling is encouraged. Schedules are available at the start of each season.

Tuesday mornings 10-12am | April to June & September to November