ArtworxTO: Hub Highlights | Live @ 5 | Emerging Artists | Shape the Future of Public Art | 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:

What’s on at the ArtworxTO Hubs
Visit one of four ArtworxTO Hubs across Toronto. Explore this series of free, temporary exhibitions, projects and events, highlighting the importance of people and placemaking.

Artist Yung Yemi painting a mural as part of the ALLSTYLE Mural on view at ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview. Photo: Danilo Deluxo

ALLSTYLE Mural at ArtworxTO Hub North: Downsview
ALLSTYLE (2021) is a 360 foot long mural collaboration on view at 70 Canuck Ave, North York, ON that creates space for BIPOC Street Artists, Graf Writers and Muralists to express their best selves, cultural identity, and unique style with the aim to unite our communities.


La Migración en los Años 1980s y la Migración en el Año 2020 by Venuca Evanán Vivanco (2022) on view at ArtworxTO Hub South: Union Station (61 Front St W, Toronto, ON)

La Migración en los Años 1980s y la Migración en el Año 2020
by Venuca Evanán Vivanco at ArtworxTO Hub South: Union Station

This drawing on view at ArtworxTO Hub South: Union Station (61 Front St W, Toronto, ON) documents two different cycles of migration in Lima, Peru. The 1980s in Peru were marked by an internal conflict between the Maoist guerrilla group Shining Path and the Peruvian military. Forty years later, the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic affected Lima deeply. High case counts coupled with high unemployment rates and the unaffordability of the city forced people to flee Lima and go back to their hometowns in rural areas.


Scarborough Sounds at ArtworxTO Hub East: Scarborough Town Centre
Scarborough Sounds is composed of seasonal playlists curated by DJ Lewy V which recognizes the unique, innovative and electric sounds of Scarborough musicians. Listen to the curated seasonal Scarborough playlists today. Follow along on Spotify.


Our Home, Our Communities (2022) by MUSE ARTS on view at ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common (250 The East Mall, Toronto, ON)

Our Home, Our Communities by MUSE ARTS at ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common
Our Home, Our Communities (2022) is an art-based community engagement project on view at ArtworxTO Hub WEST: Cloverdale Common (250 The East Mall, Toronto, ON) that explores ideas of what home means and its connection with the earth and its multiple ecosystems. Through a series of workshops, participants have used cardboard boxes and other recycled materials to build a representation of their home.


Tune in for ArtworxTO Talks: Live @ 5 session taking place virtually on April 13th at 5PM.

Live @ 5: Defining a Monument Landscape for the Future – April 13th
Tune in on Wednesday, April 13th from 5-6pm for the latest virtual ArtworxTO Talk: Live @ 5: Defining a Monument Landscape for the Future. Hosted by Rebecca Carbin, this online talk will feature Quentin VerCetty, Jordan Sook, Sandra Laronde and Karen Carter and is moderated by ArtworxTO Hub SOUTH: Union curator, Maya Wilson-Sanchez.

Live @ 5 is a 10-part ArtworxTO-led Talks Series held on the second Wednesday of every month. Artists, experts and community leaders will discuss their recent projects and answer questions from viewers. The series will focus on how art improves and betters our lives.

The ArtworxTO Talks: Live @ 5 series is supported by Stella Artois.

Learn more about Live @ 5: Defining a Monument Landscape for the Future


ArtworxTO Spotlight Emerging Artists Program
View submissions from our most recent ArtworxTO Spotlight award recipients; James Knott and Sidia Atabales-Schnitzler. ArtworxTO Spotlight invites emerging Toronto-based artists to tell their stories. Artists, with five years experience or less, are invited to describe their motivation and the journey taken to currently practice in Toronto. Of these submissions, 52 emerging artists will be selected for the Spotlight, one artist per week for the entire year. Apply to be featured as an emerging artist today. Submit your application before Sunday, May 15, 2022.

This project is supported by RBC through the RBC Emerging Artists Project.

Learn more about ArtworxTO Spotlight Emerging Artists Program


New ArtworxTO Blog Post
Read the recent ArtworxTO Blog post titled “Water is Sacred” authored by musician and aspiring curator, Eric Glennie Windhager. This blog post discusses the Water mural by Toronto’s Essencia Art Collective and its connection to the history of Black Creek and Humber River’s colonization.

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


Help Shape the Future of Public Art in Toronto!
Have your say on Toronto public art and help shape the future! Share your experience with ArtworxTO public art, programming, and events by taking this quick feedback survey below. We want to keep improving the City of Toronto’s public art efforts and programming by better understanding your experiences.

Let us know your thoughts below.

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

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