Community and Culture

  • Call for artist and small business space!

    Call for artist and small business space! Earlier this month I spoke with a number of artists, business owners and tenants currently located at 390-440 Dufferin St. The property owner will be redeveloping this site and I have been working with our City staff to provide assistance and resources to the effected tenants during this difficult transition period. There are a number of artists, craftspeople, workshops and small businesses who are looking to rent new space to establish themselves and...
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  • New Mural At Dufferin TTC Station

    Have you heard? There's a new Mural at Dufferin TTC Station! Earlier this fall, our community came together for a mural unveiling celebration of Ward 18's newest mural, located at the Dufferin Station Russett Ave Exits. Painted by artist Ted Hamer and local students from the Toronto School of Art, Sonja Clarke, Stephanie Steele, and Maryam Sadeghpour, this mural adds a colourful touch of new vibrancy to the station, adding to the wide range of fantastic murals and street art...
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  • Adding Art and Creativity to the West Toronto Railpath!

    The first mural of our community's Create Your Path public art project is now complete! Created by renowned artists Bacon and Que Rockford's the artwork is inspired by Indigenous culture and Street Art language. I encourage you to check it out along the north side of the underpass near Dupont and Dundas. The Create Your Path initiative is about transforming the West Toronto Railpath through new public art and the next set of murals will be painted in 2018 at the...
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  • New Road Mural Installed in Bloordale!

    I am happy to share that the new Bloordale road mural is now completed on Emerson Ave (just north of Bloor). Designed by local artist Victor Fraser with the support of the Bloordale BIA and reflecting the diversity of Ward 18, this "carpet for the street" was completed during the Bloordale Cleanup on October 1st. Both community residents and Victor enjoyed this rare opportunity to get artsy in the street and mingle with neighbourhood residents. I invite you all to take a...
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  • Ward18 Talks Artist and Cultural Spaces Survey is Open

    Earlier this month, I hosted a Ward18 Talks panel discussion focusing on the challenges in creating artist and cultural spaces in our city. Together with panelists including artists, cultural organizations, and the City's Community Planning and Economic Development and Culture Divisions, a wide variety of perspectives, challenges and ideas for solutions were shared. In addition to the opportunities to share feedback at the event, I have also set up an online feedback survey at www.anabailao.com/artspaces_feedback  in order to hear from community members...
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  • New Mural Unveiled in Dundas West

    Dundas West is now home to two new murals! Chilean artists Paula Ferrer and Aner Urra together with the producer Rodrigo Ardiles crafted two vibrant new murals with sponsorship from the Lula Music and Arts Centre, in collaboration with residents and visitors during the Dundas West Fest and with the help of students from Alexander/Muir Gladstone Ave Public School. The two projects honour the life of singer-songwriter and activist Violeta Parra and celebrate the contributions of First Nations people and...
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  • Market Gallery Exhibit Highlights Impact of Immigration in Toronto

    The City of Toronto's Market Gallery is showcasing the impact of immigration on Toronto from the 1700s until present in a new exhibit, Settling in Toronto: The Quest for Freedom, Opportunity and Identity, running from March 25 to July 15. The exhibit examines the experiences of new Canadians and illuminates how Toronto has grown and changed over time. The exhibit will use videos, oral histories, artifacts and historical documents to reveal the evolution of Toronto through personal stories of struggle,...
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  • City of Toronto offers free and affordable activities for March Break

    March Break is coming up from March 13 to March 17, 2017 for elementary and high school students in the City of Toronto. The City of Toronto offers free and affordable activities over the March Break. You can find all the programs and details below. Camps March Break camps are a great opportunity for children and youth to enjoy a range of activities such as arts, crafts, music, drama, sports and games. Details are available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/camps or by calling...
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  • MOCA Federal Announcement

    This week, I joined with Federal Minister of Canadian Heritage, Melanie Joly and Davenport Member of Parliament, Julie Dzerowicz to welcome a $5.1 million grant allocation to the Museum_of_Contemporary_Art_Canada (MOCA) through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. This funding will help to catalyze the revitalization of the former Tower Automotive Building (Auto BLDG) heritage-designated building in the Junction Triangle into a new forum for contemporary art. Construction is well underway inside the building and outside to create the new museum, artists...
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  • Theatre Centre Successfully Finishes Fundraising Campaign

    I am pleased to share with you that the Theatre Centre has completed its fundraising campaign. As an important space for artists and creatives in our community, the success of this campaign ensure that the Theatre Centre will continue to play a vital role in Toronto's arts scene. The campaign successfully raised $6.2 million in private and public contributions towards revitalizing the former Carnegie Library in West Queen West and transforming it into an vital local arts hub and incubator....
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