Community and Culture

  • 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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  • 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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