Our community is home to world-renowned artists and an epicentre for the cultural industries. Arts and culture is a staple for our residents and is part of our experience as Torontonians. The cultural industries, including Film and Television, are a significant creator of employment in our community and City.

As Chair of the Toronto Film, Television & Digital Media Board, I am working to ensure that Toronto remains a major player in the cultural sector, and that Ward 14 continues to attract these good, local jobs. Working with artists, residents and businesses, I have worked to ensure our community enlivened with art, and our community is able to attract performances from all over the world.

Click here to learn more about the Toronto Film, Television & Digital Media Board.

East End Arts

East End Arts is a non-profit community arts organization that serves the east end of Toronto. We provide inclusive arts programming and events to our local communities, including youth, newcomers, seniors and priority groups. We also provide professional development opportunities to both emerging and established artists and arts organizations.

Our service area includes wards 14 and 19, which are loosely defined to the north by the Don Valley Parkway and Sunrise Avenue, as far south as Lake Ontario, as far west as Don Valley Parkway, and as far east as Victoria Park Avenue.

The east end is an area that is brimming with artists, arts and cultural organizations, and a wide array of creative communities and projects. The neighbourhoods we serve include Blake-Jones, Danforth Village, East Chinatown, East Danforth, East York, Greektown, Greenwood-Coxwell, Leslieville, O’Connor Parkview, Old East Danforth, Pape Village, Parkview Hills, Riverdale, Studio District, The Beaches, Topham Park, West Danforth, Woodbine Gardens and Woodbine-Lumsden.

Crow’s Theatre

Resonating with Toronto’s civic, community and cultural milieu – Crow’s Theatre at Streetcar Crowsnest adapts and evolves as the social, economic, cultural environment of the city adapts and evolves. Crow’s Theatre is distinguished as a preeminent cultural destination for its far-reaching imagination, ideas, exchange, diversity and grassroots belief in how artists and their work can change and sustain the life of communities. Crow’s Theatre is accessible to people of all backgrounds and ages. Crow’s Theatre is a catalyst in the community focusing on transformative experiences in unexpected places through the universality of the arts.

In our home at Streetcar Crowsnest, Crow’s Theatre is a unique addition to the ecology of Toronto’s non-profit arts scene, filling a long-standing need for a year-round venue in the East End of Toronto. In our third year, Crow’s has quickly become a stimulant for a year-round flourishing arts and events space.

xoTO Schools

The City of Toronto in collaboration with the local screen industry, has established xoTO Schools, a pilot program with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) to enable enhanced access for location filming in 11 pre-approved TDSB properties. The scouting and permit application processes are streamlined for each of these properties, with the program offering a special daily rate card and 72-hour permit turnaround. More information on the program and the 11 sites currently participating are available through Ontario Creates and the City’s news release.

Murals

Ward 14 is full of beautiful street art and murals. You can find them on the sides of buildings, in lanes, along fences and in our parks.

StreetARToronto (StART) is a suite of innovative programs designed specifically for streets and public spaces. Initiated in 2012 as an integral part of the City’s Graffiti Management Plan, StART has been successful in reducing graffiti vandalism and replacing it with vibrant, colourful, community-engaged street art. StART programs encourage active transportation (walking and cycling), make our streets more beautiful and safe, showcase local artists, mentor emerging talent, reduce overall infrastructure maintenance costs and more.

The East End Bridges to Art Project was a project I initiated in 2017 with the idea of painting a series of murals on the rail bridges in Toronto-Danforth. Click here to learn more.

Leslie Barns Art

The artist for the TTC Leslie Barns Public Artwork Competition was selected in 2017. Dean Baldwin will be creating Typha (Cat Tail) and Trajet (Trail), a pair of works that are a tribute and gateway to the Leslie Spit.

Typha, will be constructed of 11,000 lbs of weathered steel including Toronto streetcar railway track and rods bundled into a collection of ‘reeds’, ‘rushes’ and ‘cattails’.

Trajet will depict the discovery of 11,000 year old fossil-like footprints made by native ancestors found in blue clay on the floor of Lake Ontario near Toronto Island in 1908. These ancient footprint trails will be replicated and cast in bronze.

This beautiful new public artwork was something I worked hard to include at the Leslie Barns. It will be located at the corner of Leslie St. and Lake Shore Blvd.

City of Toronto seeks members for Public Art Commission and Design Review Panel

The City of Toronto is seeking members for two volunteer boards, the Toronto Public Art Commission and the Design Review Panel.

Toronto Public Art Commission (TPAC)

The TPAC is a City of Toronto arts advisory body and peer review group, made up of citizen volunteers with diverse backgrounds, that works collaboratively with the City’s Urban Design and Community Planning staff to provide recommendations and assist in the review of public art projects and policies. TPAC members provide feedback about public art plans from private developers as part of the Percent for Public Art Program. Projects include large-scale development, district public art plans, secondary plans, master plans, as well as contributions for private property and/or off-site locations. Members of the commission do not select the final artwork and are not members of any selection juries.

GTA Local Business Districts Gain Support for Public Art!

TORONTONov. 10, 2020 /CNW/ - Presented with RBC Royal Bank, The STEPS Initiative is pleased to announce the winners of the I heART Main Street Art Challenge.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, STEPS supported GTA 11 Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) to develop 41 art installations in collaboration with 20 local artists. Ranging from sidewalk decals to storefront exhibits, installations fostered a sense of community during local economic recovery.

THE BENTWAY BRINGS WATERFRONT SITES TO LIFE WITH NEW ART PROJECT, THE ESSENTIALS

The Bentway commissions three Toronto-based artists for The Essentials, a public art project that asks us to examine what is essential for our urban future

September 28, 2020 – [Toronto, ON] - The Bentway travels beyond the Gardiner Expressway this fall with The Essentials, a series of art projects along the Waterfront that reflect on what we as a community collectively value as “essential” during this period of change, recovery and rebuilding.

BigArtTO turns local landmarks and buildings into art canvases to show love to Toronto

BigArtTO, a City-led ShowLoveTO initiative involving large-scale projections in each of the City of Toronto's 25 wards was launched tonight.

Mayor Tory was joined at tonight's event by local Councillor Shelley Carroll (Ward 17 Don Valley North).

A city-wide temporary public art initiative, BigArtTO will provide residents with opportunities to safely explore city neighbourhoods and support local businesses and artists. BigArtTO will also set the stage for ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021.

I heART Main Street Art Challenge

To support our city and the culture that brings our communities together, STEPS recently launched the "I heART Main Street Art Challenge."  STEPS is providing artists and Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) with the opportunity to increase feelings of trust and community through DIY art installations.

The 42 new artworks currently underway were brought to life in collaboration with 25 local creatives; many of whom identify as emerging or BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) artists who have been impacted by a loss of income as a result of the pandemic.

East End Bridges to Art - Carlaw Underpass Art Concepts

StreetARToronto (StART), a program of the City of Toronto, Transportation Services Division is working with the local community and Councillor Fletcher to install a mural on the east and west sides of the underpass on Carlaw Avenue at Gerrard Street East, as well as the wall facing into the parkette that connects the Carlaw Underpass and to the Gerrard Street underpass. This is the third mural in the East End Bridges to Art series.

East End Bridges to Art – Coxwell Underpass Street Art Project

The City of Toronto invites artists who identify as Indigenous persons to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to participate in the East End Bridges to Art - Coxwell Underpass Street Art Project. The goal of this Expression of Interest (EOI) is to obtain a roster of artists who will be eligible to participate in this project. The goal of this project is to beautify and animate the underpass with a mural representative of the local, historical indigenous perspective. This Expression of Interest is facilitated by Denise B. McLeod. Denise is Anishinaabe (Ojibway) who’s home territory is Sagamok Anishinabek First Nation on the north shores of Lake Huron.

East End ‘Bridges to Art’ concepts selected for Carlaw-Dundas area underpasses

The City of Toronto announced today that street artists Kirsten McCrae and Jason Pinney have been awarded commissions to create artwork on the underpass on Gerrard Street East at Carlaw Avenue, and on Jones Avenue between Gerrard Street East and Boultbee Avenue.

"I am looking forward to watching artwork from Kirsten and Jason come to life at these sites. These are the first two – of nine – that will bring together the rail line that runs through Toronto's east end,” said Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth).

East End "Bridges to Art" Underpass Project

I am very excited to announce the East End “Bridges to Art” Underpass Project.

This is a project I initiated in 2017 with the idea of painting a series of murals on the rail bridges in the Carlaw-Dundas area as part of the Carlaw Dundas Community Initiative.

The Carlaw-Dundas area is a former industrial area that has transformed into a hub of cultural and creative businesses and residents. As part of the larger initiative, a suite of public space improvement projects are being undertaken.

East End Arts leaving Dawes Rd. - Moving to St. Matthew's Clubhouse!

April 17, 2018 Josh Sherman

EAST END Arts, one of six city-funded organizations across Toronto that exists to promote local art, is moving out of its Danforth Village digs.

The group, which began supporting the arts in Wards 29, 30, 31, and 32 in 2013, moved into a third-floor office at the Silver Mill (10 Dawes Rd.) after spending a year above the Linsmore Tavern (1298 Danforth Ave.).

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