Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Toronto Junction Arts & Crafts Neighbourhood: Wise Daughters' Story: Part 1

Screenshot: Wise Daughters' craft market
Wise Daughters Craft Market is a new enterprise at Quebec and Dundas, showcasing the handiwork of local artists and artisans. Nearly half of the 40-odd suppliers are from the immediate area, with more neighbourhood crafters approaching the shop to carry their wares almost daily. The Junction has become a hotbed of arts activity, and I hope Wise Daughters will serve as an incubator for creativity, and contribute to the Junction’s ever-increasing reputation as an artistic (as well as historic and gastronomic) neighbourhood, with its own distinctive flair.

Photo of a group of local artists:
L to R: Rhonda Nolan, Roy Macdonald, Diana Brugos, Rhona Jones,
Carol Barrett, Paula Rossley, Melissa McColl, Mary Breen.
2009 © Wise Daughters Craft Market

In March 2009, I assembled a group of local artists whose work is carried by Wise Daughters so we could share thoughts about “making it” as an artist, about what motivates us, and about the Junction arts scene. I thank Melissa McColl, Diana Brugos, Carol Barrett, Alida Lemieux, Paula Rossley, Roy Macdonald, Rhona Jones and Rhonda Nolan for sparking so many ideas.
Mary Breen, Owner, Wise Daughters
Part 1 - It’s the Story

My hope when I opened Wise Daughters on January 31 – the worst retail time of year, in the worst year in recent memory – was that the poor economy would make people more discriminating in their shopping habits. Instead of buying generic goods, mass produced a long way away under who knows what kind of working conditions, consumers would, I believed, move towards more responsible consumption. Added awareness about sustainability could only create a stronger market for recycled, reclaimed and repurposed goods, such as the shop’s toy monsters made of old sweaters, banjos made of maple syrup tins, and women’s belts made of men’s ties. But what also clearly matters to consumers with a pressing need (real or imagined) to scrimp and save, is to select items with “soul”.

Each object in my shop has a multi-faceted story. There is the story of what it’s made of, and how and where it’s made. In the case of some art pieces, there is the question of what it means, which is, of course, open to interpretation and therefore invites the viewer to participate in the story. Then there is the personal story of the individual artist. Some of the people who create handmade merchandise for Wise Daughters have day jobs and use art as a creative or therapeutic outlet after hours. Others are having a go at making at living at their craft, or do a combination of more and less commercial work to help pay the bills. One can easily see the influence of Wendo van Essen’s weekday gig as an animator in her delightfully silly felt animal trophy heads. Rhona Jones is a gardener, which affords her the opportunity to notice and pick up all kinds of natural and discarded treasures for her beautiful mobiles.

Most of Wise Daughters’ suppliers are not well established artists familiar to craft fans; many have never sold to the public before. This is also where a small element of social enterprise comes in – I carry work by clients of Sketch and Sistering, both community agencies serving vulnerable populations by offering support programs as well as fine arts training. One recent “graduate” of Sketch can hardly keep me in wire tree sculptures. His striking pieces sell as fast as he can make them in his spare time, now that he has found steady employment in a restaurant. Women from Sistering’s Inspirations Studio make gorgeous ceramic bowls that uplift them as well as helping to lift them out of poverty.

Frequently, the object’s story elicits a story in response. More often than not, customers tell me about the handmade traditions in their families, or about the significance of particular scent, fabric or image they come across at the shop. It’s one of the most unexpected pleasures of this enterprise. I feel like a shopkeeper from a bygone era, when people had the time and inclination to converse. I love it that I know that Aunt Eunice the sock monkey was an 80th birthday present for someone, and that the blue and purple necklace flew to England for a Bat Mitzvah, and that the IT guy is enjoying his Super Mario painting, and that Heidi Hoo the stuffed owl comforted somebody in hospital. How many other retailers know not only where their merchandise comes from, but where it ends up?

2009 © Mary Breen
Owner of the Wise Daughters Craft Market

Wise Daughters Craft Market
Local handicrafts and do-it-yourself workshops

3079B Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON, M5P 1Z9
(facing Quebec Ave, just south of Dundas, behind Crema Coffee)
There is ample street parking on Dundas and Quebec.
Via TTC: Junction bus from Dundas West Stn,
Lambton bus (or 15 min. walk) from High Park Stn.

Coming in future instalments... how crafters lose track of time, why those of us with mothers who liked to spray paint things in the 70s are compelled to make stuff, and why we choose to do it in the Junction.

Part 1 - It’s the Story
Part 2 - In the Zone
Part 3 - A Genetic Predisposition
Part 4 - The Junction Vibe

Monday, March 30, 2009

Take a Virtual Tour of the Toronto Heritage Showcase with the Junction Historical Society

Junction Historical Society participation in Heritage Showcase at Toronto City Hall, February 20, 2009Flickr's Slideshow: Heritage Showcase at Toronto City Hall on February 20, 2009
2009 @ artjunction.blogspot.com

The Junction Historical Society recently took part in the Toronto Heritage Showcase at Toronto City Hall. You may take a short slideshow tour of the Heritage Showcase at Toronto City Hall on February 20, 2009, and read comments.

Junction Historical Society Exposition: News
Junction Historical Society Exposition: News
2009 @artjunction.blogspot.com

"Close ups of the Boom Times notice, the map and a poster for our Amalgamation Celebration at Humberside Collegiate Institute on May 1 between 6 and 11pm. We are inviting the Junction and the greater Toronto community to celebrate once again with us as to commemorate our joining the city of Toronto as an equal. There will be community booths with family games, a historical recreation of the original night, which was pretty hysterical in itself, the unveiling of the Community Spirit of the Junction, and dances from a hundred years of Canadian life. What was the event of 1909 is shaping up to be the event of 2009!"
Just a reminder: next meeting of the Junction Historical Society will be:

Thursday, April 2
7:30 pm
Annual General Meeting
8:15 pm
Barbara Myrvold, Toronto Public Library's local history services specialist, presents an illustrated talk about the decorative murals at the Dufferin/St.Clair Branch painted between 1925 and 1932 by George A. Reid, Lorna Claire and Doris Mc.Carthy, and the community-led campaign to restore them.

insidetoronto.com: Celebrating the 100 years after amalgamation in The Junction: Historical society organizing events for May 1
YourHome: A throwback to a simpler life: Barbara Myrvold owns an 89-year-old Arts and Crafts house in the Beach and followed the style's dictates when renovating it. Such houses often feature wide porch overhangs.
Published on Nov 10, 2007 by Alex Newman

Friday, March 27, 2009

April Events and Workshops at Wise Daughters' Craft Market

Screenshot: West Toronto Junction Wise Daughters Craft Market Newsletter: News and Workshops, April 2009
Screenshot: Wise Daughters Craft Market Newsletter, April 2009

Hello craft fans, and happy spring!

Starting April 1, Wise Daughters is pleased to be hosting a 6 part series of interactive home design talks presented by Wo-Built, a local women-owned construction/design company. Perfect for new home owners or anyone contemplating improvements to their living space.

You can come make a sock monkey April 8, conquer your fear of drawing April 18, and get in touch with your inner diva April 26. There really is something for everyone next month! Plus the weekly Sit 'n' Stitch of course - come for great conversation and a chance to finish those projects languishing in your closet.

There are just 2 spots remaining in this Saturday's felt moose trophy
workshop... call quick! We'll keep a waiting list and offer this workshop
again soon. Look for an article about the shop and needle felt artist Wendo Van Essen this week at www.blogto.com.

The April list of Wise Daughters workshops, also available at www.wisedaughters.com.

Mary Breen, Owner

April Workshops - Please pre-register

Wise Daughters is pleased to host a series of 6 interactive talks on home design.
Wo-Built Home Design Series
Wed, April 1, 7 – 9 pm
Solving problem spaces – bring photos of your home and get great design ideas.
Wed, April 22, 7 – 9 pm
Designing with colours, materials and fabrics.
Series continues every 3rd Wednesday.
Fee for each session is $10, or all 6 for $50.

Make a Sock Monkey
Wed, April 8, 7 - 9:30 pm
Hand sew a sock creature using all kinds of embellishments to add character.
Fee $30 includes all materials.

Drawing for the Faint of Heart
Saturday, April 18, 10 am – 12 pm
Forget your fears and learn a different approach to drawing that’s fun, fast, freeing and fabulous. This is for anyone who ever said, “But I can’t draw.” Yes you can!
Fee $35 includes all materials.

Inner Diva Collage Art
Sun, April 26, 1:30 - 4:30
Explore female archetypes, goddesses and divas while you learn collage techniques to create your own inner diva paper doll. Bring photocopies of pictures of yourself, significant objects or inspirational quotes to incorporate into your collage.
Fee $60 includes all materials.

Every Thursday is Sit 'n' Stitch night from 7 - 9 pm.
Drop in to knit, needlepoint, crochet or whatever you like to do, in the company of other crafty people! No charge. Bring a mug for tea/coffee.

Would you like to join a new Wise Daughters book club?
Contact wisedaughters@sympatico.ca , 416-761-1555

For future workshops, see www.wisedaughters.com

Wise Daughters Craft Market
Local handicrafts and do-it-yourself workshops

3079B Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON, M5P 1Z9
(facing Quebec Ave, just south of Dundas, behind Crema Coffee)
There is ample street parking on Dundas and Quebec.
Via TTC: Junction bus from Dundas West Stn,
Lambton bus (or 15 min. walk) from High Park Stn.

The Arts Junction: Welcome Wise Daughters!
By Neil Ross
The Arts Junction: Wise Daughters Craft Market
snapbloorwest.com: 2009 March: Craft Market Grand Opening
"Wise Daughters Craft Market opened their doors for the first time to the Junction community on January 31st. A brand new handicraft store, Wise Daughters features the work of local artisans. The shop also offers do-it-yourself workshops on all sorts of topics for the crafty and creative..."
flickr.com: junctionknitting's photostream
blogto.com: Wise Daughters Will Save the Economy
"...more people are turning to handmade goods instead of mass-produced ones, partially because of an interest in buying locally and responsibly, and partially because arts and crafts are easier on thinning wallets."
Posted by Matthew Hayles
insidetoronto.com: Celebrating the 100 years after amalgamation in The Junction: Historical society organizing events for May 1
"Wise Daughters Craft Market, a new Junction business at Dundas Street West and Quebec Avenue, will be participating in the centennial event by demonstrating crafts community members in the 1900s would have practised..."
sandramuscat.com: New Art & Craft Spot in The Junction

West Toronto Junction: Construction Noise Protest Rally

Unhappy With the Noise, by artjunction.blogspot.comUnhappy With the Noise: GO Transit piledriving work maddens west-end Toronto neighbourhood
2009 @ artjunction.blogspot.com

... reduce the noise and meet with people in the neighbourhood...

We are in the media today. Read the article, write your comments, and come on the rally.

All of the details on the Junctioneer's blog.

cbc.ca: GO Transit piledriving work maddens Toronto neighbourhood
People in a west-end Toronto neighbourhood are demanding GO Transit stop using loud diesel piledrivers in building new tracks until the company can find a quieter way to do the work...
Last Updated: Friday, March 27, 2009 | 11:00 AM ET
Comments 3 Recommend 8
CBC News

breakingprojects.com/junctioneer: Rally to Protest the Noise and shutter happening with the West Toronto Diamond
Rally will be located at 18 Hook Ave. on Friday March 27th at 3pm
The West Toronto Diamond GO Transit expansion construction noise and vibration levels are affecting the residents along the construction path of the work, which is on railway land. The work currently stretches over…
Delcan Project Description: West Toronto Diamond Rail/Rail Grade Separation
Toronto, Ontario, March 27, 2009
GO Transit’s West Toronto Diamond Enabling Works Project, designed by Delcan, receives the Ontario Public Works Association’s 2008 Project of the Year Award in the Structures Category, for projects greater than $10 million.
Improvements will shorten commute for GO Transit users

For release - January 16, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Soviet Cult Films at Margret: The Quality of Esoteric Culture Lifting the Junction to New Heights

Poster: Soviet Cult Movies at Margret by artjunction.blogspot.comPoster: Soviet Cult Films at Margret:
The Quality of Esoteric Culture Lifting the Junction to New Heights

2009 @ artjunction.blogspot.com
Some elements of the cultural mosaic have a unifying effect that comes with the articulate expression of a unique perspective. Such a paradox and a wonderful joy to share. It is refreshing and invigorating as the discussions precipitated afterwards flow out in all directions -- pivoting through time and space -- connecting the most wonderful ideas and information, leaving you feeling expanded, satisfied, reassured, encouraged and optimistic.

Canada and Russia have so much in common, considered vast and cold but teaming with life and variety: challenge and adventure, subtlety and complexity. A conceptual wilderness so light and varied as to offer the space and opportunity to explore and create unique, articulate expressions of individuality, freedom and friendship. The often harsh conditions building determination and honing visions. Fun and excitement invariably bubbling through one way or another. I'm so looking forward to the next series. Many thanks to the Arts Junction, Big Daddy's and Margret for creating this cultural gem for us in the Junction.
2009 © Cara Reeves

The Arts Junction presents
Soviet Cult Films at Margret 2008/09 Season
Opening Night: Kin-dza-dza!
The White Sun of the Desert
Seasonal Classic and Masterpieces of Animated Shorts
Ivan's Childhood
Dersu Uzala by Akira Kurosawa
Lent by Big Daddy's DVD Shop
Venue: Margret Bar / Lounge for the Junction
2952 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Junction Residents Association: News, Events, Webcasts

The Junction Residents Association Newsletter: March 3, 2009, Volume 1, Issue 1The Junction Residents Association Newsletter: March 3, 2009, Volume 1, Issue 1
Read it on the web at breakingprojects.com/junctioneer
Credit: Your Fab VA
JRA Newsletter: March 3, 2009, Volume 1, Issue 1

  • The Junction - A New Town within a Great City: Will the Junction be blended into the urban landscape of the GTA?
  • Free CPR & First Aid Seminar at the Annette Street Public Library on Saturday, March 14 from 9 am to 3 pm.
  • Free Lecture Series in the Junction at the Annette Street Public Library:
  • No.1 The History of West Toronto Junction Fire Station on March 30 from 6:45 pm to 8:15 pm.
  • No.2 David Crighton, an amazing local artist, to share some of his inspirations and techniques on April 27 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
  • Earth Hour Week - calendar of events of the Green13 Group
  • Public Space Community Meeting at Keele Community Centre on May 14, 2009 at 7 pm.
Many thanks to the JRA's Team
Chair: Louis
Co-Chair: Linda
Treasurer/Membership: Renee
Safety: Ruth
Safety: Rob
Urban Development: Martin
Green: Janet
Communications: Robert
Newsletter/Webcasts: Your Fab VA
Wiki: Eleanor

The next meeting of the Junction Residents' Association is:
Thursday, March 12 @ 7:00 pm. at
The West Toronto Baptist Church
3049 Dundas St. West (South side of Dundas St. West, across from Mc Murray Ave.)

Live stream of the Junction Residents' Association meeting you could view on
the JRA Channel<http://www.ustream.tv/channel/junction-residents-association>.

Stream videos at UstreamCredit: Your Fab VA
Expertise To HELP You Manage Your BUSINESS

Here are some of the things that will be discussing:

1. Free Lecture Series and Workshops: Update
2. Urban Development: Update
3. Green 13 and Earth Hour Events: Update
4. Junction Historical Society Pub Crawl and May 1 Amalgamation Event: For Information
5. Public Space: Update
6. JRA Wiki: For Information
7. And a Special Treat - an update on the Rona Noise Resolution!

+ open forum for any other community news or issues

More info:

Please attend it's your/our Junction.

Junction Residents' Association Meeting Tonight LIVE on Webcast!
The Junction Rocks @ the Toronto Web 2.0 Summit

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Happy Birthday Toronto from the Junction

Happy Birthday Toronto from The Junction, by artjunction.blogspot.comHappy Birthday Toronto: 175
2009 @ artjunction.blogspot.com
By Neil Ross

TORONTO CITY HALL Toronto turned 175 today and as Sylvia Tyson quipped, "it didn’t look a day over 100." The day began appropriately enough with a smudging ceremony performed by the Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation. Then the Tories & the Reformers wrestled the challenges of the city’s first council (wasn't there for that event, assume it was "Muddy York Wrestling.") The Queen's Own Rifles re-enacted all of Toronto's battles in a historical skirmish in which no guns were fired and nobody was hurt. Those were the days.

Inside the rotunda the walls were filled with images from Toronto's Visual Legacy: Official City Photography from 1856 to the Present. These photos are an incredible collection and a viewer is immediately struck by the fact that David Crombie and the Queen Mother were exactly the same size. Deputy Mayor Pantalone introduced Mayor Miller who recalled how he came to Toronto as an immigrant boy who came to play soccer and fell in love with the city. He lauded the "best public library system in the world," and spoke of the city's "peace, social justice and relative prosperity." The Mayor was interrupted by the city's Town Crier (another job posting I missed) who invited the Mayor to a debate with the city's first mayor William Lyon Mackenzie, who as everyone in the Junction knows robbed the Royal Mail right outside the Coffee Time Donuts and Dundas, Dupont and Annette.

Then the poets took over the stage as Lillian Allen, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, and Archer Pechawis read poetry especially commissioned for Toronto's anniversary. Lines caught at random: "Beat your SUV’s into plough shares." "A fridge that is Toronto in winter." "Homelessness is us."

The main event for historical buffs was held in the council chambers as the Town Crier predicated when the first Mayor of Toronto debated its most recent (this reporter saw them earlier with microphones in their hands giving a preview for CBC Radio one.) Mayor Miller appeared as himself and Eric Peterson was once again the little rebel William Lyon Mackenzie, a role which he has been playing since 1837: A Farmer's Revolt, the Theatre Passe Muraille classic. I once saw him blow the roof off of Massey Hall as the character in 1987 at an anti-free trade rally. Here he was in fine form telling the anecdote of finding a hat in the muddy streets of Toronto under which was a man, and underneath him a team of oxen.

Mackenzie, a journalist when he wasn't running for Mayor or leading rebellions, characterized Toronto newspapers as "milquetoast" although he took some joy at reading that "someone named Tory is out of a job."
He described the modern Toronto as "huge towering phallic buildings which all seem to be banks while people with nothing are begging for money." This naturally enough led him to urge the crowd to rise up and join him in rebellion.

Mayor Miller observed, "The people of Toronto don't take kindly to their elected officials taking to arms in the streets." Mackenzie shot back: "Has anybody tried it?"

Later, speaking of his ill-fated rebellion, Mackenzie said reflectively, "I was surprised at the turnout . . ." Mackenzie then gave Mayor Miller advice on how to respond to the Ontario and Canadian governments with some very spirited hand gestures, which the current Mayor took to like a natural. Mackenzie, who noted that he had experience stretching over 175 years, "although for most of them I was dead," told Mayor Miller he had attempted to give advice to his predecessor. "He didn’t know who I was and attempted to sell me a couch."

As I left to get a good seat at the Bohemian Embassy Revival, Mackenzie had taken off not only his hat but his wig, but then he always did that.

In the City Hall library, Toronto's Executive Director of Culture Rita Davies, reminiscing of the grand old days of the Bohemian Embassy, spoke of "a city of dreams of possibilities, the city imagined into being." Then she introduced Don Cullen who launched the ground breaking coffee house, named after a slang turn for cold water flat. Over the years, starting in 1960, it had locations on St. Nicholas Street, Harbourfront and Queen Street. The Bohemian Embassy was arguably the most important cultural gathering point in Toronto’s history and introduced some of Canada’s most talented poets and folk singers.

A citizen of the Junction would have been proud that the two poets most lauded were the sadly short lived and brilliant Gwendolyn MacEwen (born at 38 Keele Street) and the man who has been called the quintessential Toronto poet, Raymond Souster who now lives in Swansea but over the course of his life seemed to have lived in just about every house in the Junction. Author John Robert Colombo said that had asked Ray, now housebound at 88, to write a new poem for the occasion. Ray had offered his classic Gwendolyn MacEwen at the Bohemian Embassy. The always persuasive Colombo held out for an original and a few days later received Sylvia Fricker at the Bohemian Embassy (Sylvia Fricker, one of Canada’s most brilliant songwriters, you may recall was once married to a cowboy named Tyson.) The last line of the poem spoke of a low, but clear voice "reaching out and touching as if by magic every lonely heart."

(At the Junction Literary Pub Crawl featuring Junction poet Glen Downie on April 18 at the Annette Street Library at 2pm I will be reading Ray's angry and moving poem, Last Sad Day for our West Toronto Station and Kristen Buckley as Gwendolyn MacEwen will be reading from Magic Cats.)

The night was in many ways a tribute to Don Cullen, who you may remember from Wayne and Shuster, he was the guy who did all the accents. John Robert Colombo quoted Don as saying, "There’s something in Toronto that turns everyone into Presbyterians." Don proceeded to introduce some of his favourite poets and folk singers, most of who began at the Bohemian, which was once listed in the Toronto phone book under "Consulates and Foreign Embassies" and got press in the New Yorker, Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal as a result.

Also reading, singing and speaking were Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison of Sharon, Lois and Bram (no one mentioned the Elephant, but I’m sure he was hanging out and drinking cappuccino with the rest of the bohemians). Greg Gatenby (author of the phenomenal six hundred page Toronto: A Literary Guide and founder of the Harbourfront Reading Series) spoke of the Harbourfront incarnation of the Bohemian in a building full of holes in which you had to kick the snow away in winter and Irving Layton breathed a plethora of icicles onto his microphone. Everyone recalled the Chianti bottles with candles in them.

Introducing biographer and poet, Rosemary Sullivan (author of the haunting Shadow Maker: The Life of Gwendolyn MacEwen), Cullen said that Gwendolyn was a bit like a frightened fawn and he was concerned about her going onto the stage, but then she took over like she'd been doing it for years and her poetry "cleared everybody’s sinuses." Rosemary read Gwendolyn's A Breakfast For Barbarians and her breathtaking tribute to Canada, Dark Pines Under Water. "There is something down there and you want it told . . ."

Nancy White was a surprise guest singing a powerful song called Piping Them Home about military funerals of Canadian soldiers returning from Afghanistan. George Miller, dubbed the Bohemian's poet laureate, read Milton Acorn's works and his own. Dennis Lee, Toronto's first poet laureate read Al Purdy's work and his own. Sylvia Tyson (nee Fricker), Canada's goddess of song, sang a searing and sad response to Stephen Harper (Canada's ogre of repression) and his remark that the average Canadian doesn't care about culture, No Crowd, No Show. The evening concluded with her classic You Were On My Mind.

And they all were, on our minds, these writers who built this city in words.

Happy birthday, Toronto. Or as Don Cullen used to say when handing out pamphlets for the Bohemian Embassy, "Would you like some subversive literature?"

2009 © Neil Ross

The Arts Junction: Happy Birthday Toronto from the Junction, by Neil Ross

Friday, March 06, 2009

Toronto 175 ... the Older the Better

Screenshot: Toronto in 1834 by Owen P. Staples (1866-1949), 1907
Oil on canvas, 121.5 x 304.5 cm.
City of Toronto Art Collection, Cultural Services
Image courtesy: City of Toronto
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In celebration of the 175th anniversary of the City of Toronto explore what the capital of Upper Canada was like in 1834, zoomify the image ... and enjoy the quality of digital image in 2009.
What a journey back in time with an imaging technology of 21st century.
I choose this image for the post just for a simple reason - to start to use Zoomify high-quality images and explore its unique possibilities.

Poster: Celebrate 175: Heritage / Unity / Diversity
March 6, 2009 marks the 175 anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Toronto
Credit: www.toronto.ca/175

Today the Toronto City Hall opens its doors and invites the public to commemorate the City’s 175th anniversary. It's going to be a full day of free programming on the Nathan Phillips Square and inside the City Hall:
  • Three art exhibits will be showcased including an impressive display of archival photographs from Toronto Archives. Additionally, Well and Good and Manifesto showcase street art in all its forms and School without Borders presents My City My Story (MCMS) featuring photography by Toronto youth.
  • Faisal Anwar, a video production artist, will curate an installation in the City Hall rotunda called 360-Extended that uses text or e-mail messages and photos that have been submitted by residents to the My City… campaign online at www.360extended.com or through facebook.
  • Lit City will present A City of Writers for 175 Years and The Bohemian Embassy Revival on March 6 in the City Hall Library. Both presentations celebrate Toronto’s heritage, unity and diversity through literature.
  • Mayor David Miller will launch the City's commemorative book entitled, Toronto's Visual Legacy: Official Photography from 1856 to the Present. Based on the extensive photographic holdings of the City's Archives, the book provides an impressive and visually rich history of 140 years of urban development, municipal initiatives and major civic events.
  • Films that showcase Toronto will be screened and include: Toronto in Silent Cinema, narrated by Mike Filey; 9 Months, 6 Blocks; Tkaronto; Behind the Bohemian Embassy and Let’s All Hate Toronto.
  • Award-winning Canadian actor R.H. Thomson will direct two theatrical performances featuring Eric Peterson as William Lyon Mackenzie, Toronto’s fiery first Mayor. In The First Toronto Debate of 1834: Tories & Reformers Wrestle the Challenges of the City's First Council, students from Toronto schools will play the Aldermen and Councilmen of Toronto’s first Council. The second performance, A Unique Meeting - Past & Present, will feature Mayor Miller in a robust debate with Mayor William Lyon Mackenzie.
  • Permit Alley will feature interactive activities for kids and families with Art Starts and exhibits from Toronto Police, Fire, EMS and the Historica Foundation.
  • Music, dance and theatre will also be front and centre on March 6th. Lal, Maryem Toller, Matt York, Chris Church, Ballet Creole, Shugamai Grace Johnson and other Toronto-based performers collaborate in the finale 1 Love T.O, a celebration of our diversity. Culturally diverse artists from a mix of disciplines create a unique work for the commemoration of Toronto’s 175th.
David Miller's tweets: mayormiller
Twitter's crowd: #TO175
Flickr's search: Toronto 175
The Arts Junction: Happy Birthday Toronto from the Junction, by Neil Ross
360extended.com: The Junction: There are no stories for this neighborhood.

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