Community and Culture

  • Artist Space in Ward 18

    You may recently have read an article in the Toronto Star highlighting the challenges artists at 224 Wallace are facing to secure work space. With the rapid growth and development pressures our city is experiencing, these challenges are affecting artists across Toronto. Ward 18 this year experienced some of the highest property value growth in the city which has in some cases produced additional financial strain for residents and businesses. With a significant number of artists calling our community home,...
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  • MOCA's Plans in the Junction Triangle

    Last month, I had the opportunity to take part in the Museum of Contemporary Art_Toronto_Canada's (MOCA) announcement of the date of their grand opening, their strategic platform, and what they have in store for their first year of exhibitions. With a new name and an ambitious plan, MOCA will initially be occupying the first five floors of the ten-story Tower Automotive Building (Auto BLDG) in the Junction Triangle at 158 Sterling Rd. As part of the 40-year partnership between the...
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  • Toronto Biennale of Art

    In 2017, Canada is going to be 150 years old and I believe that it would be fantastic to celebrate this with a Toronto Biennale of Art. A biennale would consist of a large-scale, multi-month arts event showcasing the amazing contemporary visual art being created and curated in Toronto, and all across our country. Two local distinguished members of the arts community, Patrizia Libralato and Melony Ward approached me some months ago with this idea and I am happy to...
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  • MOCCA Chooses Ward 18

    The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) has decided to choose Ward 18 as their new home in the Junction Triangle. MOCCA will be moving it's operations to 158 Sterling Road, where it will take over the first two and a half floors of the iconic Tower Automotive Building. The heritage building was built in 1919 and has served an important role in our history. Renovations will take place as early as fall 2015 with a target completion date of...
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  • Short-listed mural artists offer proposals for West Toronto Railpath installation

    Residents view designs, hear about concepts at gathering hosted by StreetARToronto and Metrolinx A few local residents who braved Monday’s wind storm got a sneak peek of potential artwork for an outdoor mural project along the West Toronto Railpath. StreetARToronto ((StART) in conjunction with Metrolinx held a community consultation meeting, Monday, Nov. 24, so residents could view preliminary artwork by the short-listed artists. The art installation would be on the south side of the railpath’s Bloor West entrance and on...
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  • Toronto's boulevard planting creates urban forest on Bloor

    'Summer of the Tree' By Mary Weins, CBC News For urban forester Mark Mullins, 2014 is the Summer of the Tree.   With 169 new trees being planted along Bloor Street West, between Lansdowne and Bathurst, and another 200 trees about to go in on the Danforth, from Woodbine to Victoria Park, the two projects mark an overhaul of the city’s approach to planting boulevard trees. For Mullin, it’s also a banner year personally — the culmination of years of planning...
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  • StART Support Mural Program

    The City of Toronto has launched a new program to help property owners who are victims of graffiti vandalism. The StART Support Mural Program will provide materials for the creation of art murals and graffiti art on walls visible from city streets that have a history of repeated graffiti vandalism. The City will provide exterior paint in a full colour spectrum, application materials like brushes, rollers and paint trays and artistic quality spray paint, available in a variety of colours....
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  • 440 Dufferin an under the radar haven for art and design

    "As City Councillor for Ward 18, I have made the vitality of our arts community a key priority. In May 2012 my office conducted a census/survey at 442 Dufferin. The survey was intended to better understand the needs of the artists in this space as well as provide information to protect and promote art production spaces in Ward 18. I am also working with organizations like Artscape in all new developments where there is a possibility of integrating affordable artistic...
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  • Public Art Project: PATCH to Dress Up Construction Hoarding

    Novae Res Urbis | By: Bryan Baker There’s a joke in Toronto that there are two seasons: winter and construction. Charitable organization Public Art Through Construction Hoarding is looking to make the latter of those seasonal changes a little more enjoyable with artwork on the hoarding around construction sites.
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