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03/27 2015

A Conversation With Arts & Culture


Toronto’s arts community filled St. Lawrence Hall yesterday for an informative presentation by the City’s Arts & Culture Section highlighting the many changes that have taken place since a thorough reorganization of the Economic Development and Culture Division last year.

As Director of Arts & Culture, Terry Nicholson, below, pointed out, “Culture has gone from having one Director among five to having three: Arts & Culture, Film Commissioner and Director of Entertainment Industries, and Museums & Heritage Services.” Furthermore, the Division’s new Program Support section works with all three units and newly appointed Manager, Policy Development,Larissa Deneau, was on hand to outline some of her team’s plans and challenges.


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03/24 2014

Cultural Hotspot Springs Forward

Members of the Scarborough arts community gathered at Scarborough Civic Centre Friday to network and hear about plans for the upcoming Cultural Hotspot program running in south Scarborough (bordered by Lawrence Avenue East south to the lake, Victoria Park Avenue east to Highland Creek Village) from May to October. In the photo above, Ward 37 Councillor Michael Thompson, far right, welcomes attendees and kicks off the meeting.

Launching May 2, the Cultural Hotspot will bring cultural activities, art interventions, development opportunities and legacy projects to the Hotspot neighbourhoods. With an emphasis on youth mentorship and employment, business engagement, community building and artistic excellence, the project seeks to draw new attention to the Hotspot area. This initiative was approved by Toronto City Council in 2011 as part of the Creative Capital Gains Report.

Photo by Ann Brokelman

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09/16 2013

Making Space for Culture: The Last Leg


The City of Toronto wraps up a marathon schedule of public meetings beginning tonight thru October 30: these final 14 sessions will complete a ward-by-ward survey aimed at identifying and securing sustainable cultural infrastructure in all parts of the city.

Called Making Space for Culture, the project addresses Recommendation 1.5 in the Creative Capital Gains report endorsed by City Council in May 2011. What kind of space does your neighbourhood need to make art, music, dance? To film, play, practice and perform? We want to know what’s needed, who needs it, and how we might work together to help make space for culture in your community.

An online survey is running in conjunction with the Making Space meetings, please take a few moments to fill out the quick form. The last leg of meetings are listed below with a city-wide report expected in spring 2014.

Ward 22, September 16, 6-8 pm, Deer Park Library (40 St. Clair Ave. East)
Ward 16, September 24, 6-8 pm, Northern District Library (40 Orchard View Blvd.)
Ward 25, September 28, 10:30-12:30 pm, Locke Library (3083 Yonge St.)
Ward 39, October 2, 6-8 pm, L’Amoreaux Community Recreation Centre (2000 McNicoll Ave.)
Ward 2, October 5, 10:30-12:30 pm, Humberwood Community Centre (850 Humberwood Blvd.)
Ward 7, October 5, 2-4 pm, Humber Summit Library (2990 Islington Ave.)
Ward 29, October 7, 6-8 pm, East York Community Centre (1081 Pape Ave.)
Ward 44, October 15, 6-8 pm, Highland Creek Library (3550 Ellesmere Rd.)
Ward 6, October 19, 10:30-12:30 pm, Assembly Hall (1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr.)
Ward 14, October 19, 2:30-4:30 pm, Parkdale Library (1303 Queen St. West)
Ward 17, October 22, 6-8 pm, Dufferin/St. Clair Library (1625 Dufferin St.)
Ward 38, October 24, 6-8 pm, Bendale Library (1515 Danforth Rd.)
Ward 31, October 29, 6-8 pm, Dawes Road Library (416 Dawes Rd.)
Ward 9, October 30, 6-8 pm, Downsview Library (2793 Keele St.)

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06/5 2013

Making Space for Culture 2.0


The City of Toronto is convening a series of public meetings beginning next week aimed at providing City Councillors with a ward-by-ward priority list that can help guide investments in sustainable cultural infrastructure across all parts of the city.

Called Making Space for Culture, the project addresses Recommendation 1.5 in the Creative Capital Gains report endorsed by City Council in May 2011. What kind of space does your neighbourhood need to make art, music, dance? To film, play, practice and perform? We want to know what’s needed, who needs it, and how we might work together to help make space for culture in your community.

An online survey is running in conjunction with the Making Space meetings, please take a few moments to fill out the quick form. The next dozen meetings are listed below, with the final 12 to follow in the fall 2013; 20 wards were surveyed in 2012.

June 10, 6-8 pm, Ward 12, Evelyn Gregory Library
June 15, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Ward 30, Riverdale Library
June 15, 2:30 – 4:30 pm, Ward 36, Scarborough Village Recreation Centre
June 17, 6-8 pm, Ward 24, Hillcrest Library
June 18, 2-4 pm, Ward 27, St. Paul’s Bloor Street
June 24, 6-8 pm, Ward 26, Leaside Library
June 25, 6-8 pm, Ward 4, Richview Library
June 26, 6-8 pm, Ward 16, Northern District Library
July 2, 6-8 pm, Ward 41, Woodside Square Library
July 4, 6-8 pm, Ward 13, Runnymede Library
July 8, 6-8 pm, Ward 34, Broadlands Community Centre
July 9, 6-8 pm, Ward 17, Dufferin/St. Clair Library

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04/11 2013

Heritage Sector Has Its Say

Stakeholders in Toronto’s small but passionate heritage community filled the Lillian H. Smith Toronto Public Library auditorium yesterday evening to share their thoughts on how to bolster this crucial patch in the city’s cultural quilt. Representatives from the ROM, Toronto’s historic museums, Heritage Toronto, academics and an assortment of historical societies all staked their claim to some of the City’s new investment in arts and culture.

Many participants agreed that of the five priority areas identified in the Creative Capital Gains report, sustainable, reliable funding is key to each of the other recommendations, namely cultural space, access and diversity, creative industry and Toronto’s position as a Creative City.

“City Council’s renewed financial commitment to the cultural sector is a good news story,” said Karen Black (left), manager of Toronto’s Museum Services. “We’re being encouraged to dream big so let’s seize this opportunity to get our wish-list out on the table.”

One more big community consultation is slated for April 18 at Toronto Centre for the Arts in North York (5040 Yonge Street) from 6 – 9 pm; please take a few moments to complete the city’s Creative Capital Investment Survey.