ArtworxTO: ALLSTYLE Mural | The Guest’s Shadow | Sacred Fire | Virtual Speaker Series | and more

ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022 is a celebration of Toronto’s incredible collection of public art and the artists behind it, creating more opportunities for the public to connect and engage with artwork in their everyday lives.

Working closely with artists and Toronto’s arts institutions, ArtworxTO is working to address gaps in the collection, such as the under-representation of equity-deserving communities and their histories, as well as geographic areas of the city where there are fewer public art works.

From fall 2021 to fall 2022 the City of Toronto is helping to deliver more than 350 new murals, installations, exhibitions, art events, performances and productions, citywide. This year, explore your city and discover creativity and community–everywhere.

This week’s ArtworxTO Highlights:

ALLSTYLE Mural collaboration on view at ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview (70 Canuck Ave, North York, Toronto). Photo: Anushay Sheikh

New Addition to the Giant ALLSTYLE Mural Collaboration
Check out the new mural additions to ALLSTYLE (2021), a 360 foot long mural collaboration on view at ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview (70 Canuck Ave, North York). The mural collaboration features artists Curtia Wright, Danilo Deluxo, Elicser Elliot, Jacquie Comrie, Kreecha, MEDIAH, Moises Frank(Luvs), Ness Lee and Yung Yemi (Adeyemi Adegbesan).

ALLSTYLE has transformed the blank wall into a colourful explosion of art by some of Toronto’s best BIPOC Street Artists, Graf Writers and Muralists, to express their best selves, cultural identity, and unique style with an aim to unite our communities.

Learn more about the ALLSTYLE Mural


Assortment of picnic shaped lanterns as part of the The Guest’s Shadow installation. Photo: Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky Event

The Guest’s Shadow – Aug 20th
Add your own lantern to the ever growing The Guest’s Shadow collection on August 20th at Grange Park (26 Grange Rd, Toronto).

The Guest’s Shadow is one of a series of light and sculpture installations which appear to be picnics left out in park spaces in the dark of night, made dream-like by virtue of a gentle light emitting from the objects laid out on the gingham cloth. Visitors add lanterns to the ever-growing piece, and take home a matching free kit to make their own lantern at home.

Learn more about The Guest’s Shadow


XOXO Downsview Walk – August 21st
Join Jane Farrow and special guests on Saturday, August 21st for a tour showcasing the murals and installation works featured in XOXO Downsview and ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview (70 Canuck Avenue, North York).

This tour, presented by id8 Downsview, highlights the bold, vital spirit of Downsview. You’ll learn about the compelling and surprising history of music, art, heritage architecture, aviation and performance here – and how it all connects with the present day and plans for the future.

Learn more about XOXO Downsview Walk


Upcycled spray paint cans as part of We CAN Do It. Photo: Carlos Bolivar Photography

We CAN Do It by Juan Cajiao Now On View
The community interactive art installation, We CAN Do It by Juan Cajiao (2022) in partnership with North York Arts is now on view at ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview (70 Canuck Ave, North York). Participants are invited to paint empty spray cans with the theme of environment, culminating in an exhibition at the Downsview Hub.

North York Arts is still collecting empty spray cans to be upcycled in this art installation.

Learn more about We CAN Do It


Sacred Fire by Philip Cote, Anahita Dehbonehie, Nick Blais, Sébastien Heins and Ishai Buchbinder (2022) on view in High Park (1873 Bloor St W, Toronto).

Sacred Fire On View
Sacred Fire by Philip Cote, Anahita Dehbonehie, Nick Blais, Sébastien Heins and Ishai Buchbinder (2022) is now on view in High Park (1873 Bloor St W, Toronto).

For hundreds of years, the Anishinaabe have shaped trees to mark an important route or event. The natural logs that surround you bear QR codes that share Phillip Cote’s words about the prophecy and the journeys it foretells.

Learn more about Sacred Fire


Virtual In My Element: Tero – Earth Guest Speaker Series
Watch the In My Element: Tero – Earth Guest Speaker Series featuring artists Lindsay Lickers and Veronica Jhonny as they discuss ideas of the Earth and its connection to spiritual beings and the need to take care of the “Earth as our spaceship.”

Watch In My Element: Tero – Earth with Lindsay Lickers
Watch In My Element: Tero – Earth with Veronica Jhonny


New ArtworxTO Blog Post
Read the recent ArtworxTO Blog post titled “Passing” authored by Toronto-based musician and designer Johan Seaton. This blog post discusses Passing (2002) by Sylvie Bélanger on view at Bessarian Station (731 Sheppard Ave. E., Toronto), which depicts the diversity of cultures and social identities that one might encounter on public transit

In collaboration with emerging OCADU writers and documentations, the ArtworxTO Blog highlights public art and explores what public art means in the eyes of Torontonians and visitors. Blog posts are published on a bi-weekly basis.

Read the latest ArtworxTO Blog post


Listen. Learn. Act. Zine Taste of Scarborough Map
The third edition of Listen. Learn. Act. features the winning restaurants selected as part of the ArtworxTO Hub EAST: Scarborough Town Centre project, Taste of Scarborough. The map features the very best of Scarborough eats from roti and shawarma to pho and samosas.

Discover more about ArtworxTO hub exhibitions in the third issue of Listen. Learn. Act., an educational toolkit/zine that invites the public to take a deep dive into the conceptual underpinnings of projects and programs at ArtworxTO hub exhibitions. Pick up your Listen. Learn. Act. Issue 003 (May – October 2022) today at any Hub location or download online.

Read the Listen. Learn. Act. Zine Taste of Scarborough


Each week ArtworxTO offers several new programs, exhibits, performances, talks, workshops and more. Bookmark artworxTO.ca and check back often!

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