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.

Stricter safety measures demanded at electronic music events in Toronto

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Councillor Paula Fletcher is asking electronic music promoters to cover the cost of emergency paramedics at dance parties.

Metro  Published on Wed Jan 11 2017

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Toronto plans IMDb page for film industry boost

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Toronto plans IMDb page for film industry boost

Good Will Hunting. Orphan Black. Spotlight.

The diverse list of film and televisions productions share two big commonalities — they've all won awards and they're all filmed in Toronto.

And the city hopes to boost the profile of Hollywood North still further with the help of the popular website, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).

Carlaw + Dundas New Signature Marker

Update: The new signature marker stands up to media criticism! Take a look at some of the articles that have been written about the our signature marker in Urban Toronto, the Toronto Sun, and the Beach Mirror.

I am proud to announce that we have a winner for the Carlaw + Dundas Signature Marker Design!  Internationally acclaimed Toronto artist and designer Pierre Poussin's obelisk marker will become an iconic feature of the neighbourhood and will help raise the bar on public space design.

New Leslieville Mural

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Thanks to everyone who joined us at the official unveiling of the Leslieville Mural! And thank you to all of our community partners, local businesses, and residents who were involved in selecting Elicser's beautiful updated take on Alexander Muir sitting under a maple tree.  I know this new landmark will be enjoyed by Leslievillians for years to come.

Labour Day Weekend with the City of Toronto

Recreation activities available at City of Toronto attractions across the city during Labour Day long weekend

The City of Toronto will offer a wide variety of activities for residents over the Labour Day long weekend, with many family attractions open.

On Labour Day – Monday, September 5, City recreation centres will be closed and their recreation programs will not operate.

Around the World in East Chinatown!

Around the World in East Chinatown, a neighbourhood beautification project in Toronto's East Chinatown district (Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street East) officially launches today, Wednesday, August 31, thanks to StreetARToronto, a City of Toronto initiative, in partnership with Toronto Police Service, the Toronto Parking Authority, and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce (East Toronto)

Carlaw + Dundas in Leslieville

The Carlaw + Dundas district of our Leslieville neighbourhood has a rich industrial heritage dating back to the late 1800s. Early industries – including abattoirs, cattle sheds, piggeries, market gardens, brickyards, florists and a tree nursery – emerged to take advantage of the easy access to the growing city and Carlaw + Dundas' proximity to the Grand Trunk Railway.

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