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.

Cinespace to transform PortsToronto marine terminal into Port Lands studio space

News provided by Cinespace Film Studios Inc. Mar 02, 2018, 11:00 ET

TORONTO, March 2, 2018 /CNW/ - Toronto Mayor John Tory and Cinespace Film Studios (Cinespace) today announced the signing of a multi-year lease with PortsToronto to occupy and develop Marine Terminal 51 and the Cruise Ship Terminal into film and TV production facilities.

Video of the current space and a designer's rendering of the new space can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/257582603

Toronto council backs 50 per cent property tax reduction for culture hubs

By Samantha Beattie, Staff Reporter Mon., Feb 12, 2018

City council has voted to reduce property taxes by 50 per cent for some culture hubs and creative spaces.

With these spaces facing significant increases in property assessments in recent years, much like businesses on Yonge St, Councillor Joe Cressy (Trinity-Spadina) led the effort to establish a new tax subclass to make operating in Toronto more affordable.

East End Arts January Update

Happy New Year from East End Arts! We have a big list of artist opportunities and local events to warm up your January and kick off your creative year ahead.

Call for Submissions: What's Your Story?: Submissions are now open for Ontario Book Publishers Organization's What's Your Story? Short Prose and Poetry Comptetition for Emerging Writers. There is a $1,000 prize for each winner, and East End Arts will be a parter in presenting an event featuring the local winning writers' works in spring 2018. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2018.

East End Arts Community Consultations

Make your voice heard! East End Arts invites community members to participate in a Community Consultation process to help them #GrowForward. Share your ideas and feedback about arts, culture, and community within Toronto’s east end.

ATTEND A COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

There is a Community Consultation scheduled for each of the four City of Toronto Wards that East End Arts serves (Ward 29-32).

New Mediah Mural in Leslieville!

The newest mural in Leslieville is bringing a lot of excitement to the Queen St. East and Boston Avenue intersection. Located on the side of 1014 Queen St. East, this powerful mural shares the space with a new popular Bike Share station.

The Mural Launch took place on Friday, November 3rd, 2017 at Queen St. East and Boston Ave. Councillor Paula Fletcher was joined by the artist MEDIAH (Evond Blake) and staff from StreetARToronto, Toronto Parking Authority (TPA), Bike Share and Public Realm.

Starting October 10, a New Mural for Leslieville!

 

A year ago we celebrated our wonderful new Leslieville mural by Elicser Elliot at Queen and Jones.

Starting Tuesday, October 10th well known artist Evond Blake (Mediah) will begin another signature mural for Leslieville, this time at Queen and Boston as part of our new popular Bike Share location. The design even has a bike in it! You can see more of his work at www.mediahstudio.com.

Save the Centreville Carousel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Save the Centreville Antique Carousel

Centreville's 110 year old antique carousel has delighted thousands of children for over half a century. It boasts 52 hand carved wooden animals including cats, pigs, ostriches and rabbits and is one of only a handful of Dentzel Menagerie Carousels left in the world and the only one in Canada. The carousel is an important part of Toronto's history and a part of people's histories.

Riverside's New Mural: Tkaranto Past/ Tkaranto Future

 

'Tkaranto Past/Tkaranto Future' is the new mural on the walls of Woodgreen Services at 650 Queen St. East in Riverside. The mural was created by artists Odinamaad (Isaac Narcisco Weber), Chief Ladybird (Nancy King) and Dave, along with Indigenous youth and traditional knowledge keeper Philip Cote.

This vibrant mural speaks to the area's First Nations heritage and is full of messages of celebration and survivance of the past, as well as welcomings and good wishes for the future.

Around the World in East Chinatown: #StreetARToronto

StreetARToronto (StART), in partnership with the Toronto Police Service, asked 22 of Toronto's outstanding street artists to create large-scale murals of world monuments in the East Chinatown (Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street) community to add colour and vibrancy to the neighbourhood, help reduce graffiti vandalism, and showcase Toronto's creative street art talent. StART is a program of Transportation Services' Public Realm section. It is an innovative, public-private partnership designed to develop, support, promote and increase awareness of street art and its ability to beautify the city's visual landscape.

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