TOURING TORONTO – Embrace street art culture with graffiti tours, art festivals and daring views on a hip trip to Toronto

TOURING TORONTO – Embrace street art culture with graffiti tours, art festivals and daring views on a hip trip to Toronto

TOURING TORONTO – Embrace street art culture with graffiti tours, art festivals and daring views on a hip trip to Toronto

Dundas West Open Air Museum featured prominently today in “The Sun”, the UK’s widest read newspaper. See the full report here:

Embrace street art culture with graffiti tours, art festivals and daring views on a hip trip to Toronto

 

1628 Dundas St. W

This “Scratching the Surface” mural, celebrating the Portuguese ladies of the “Cleaners Action movement” of the 1970’s and 1980’s, is the work of esteemed international artist Alexandre Farto, AKA VHILS. The mural captures the Portuguese spirit, culture and deep appreciation of art.

A VIP event was held at 1200 Dundas St. W. where honoured dignitaries Mayor John Tory, Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão, José Manuel Carneiro Mendes, Consul General of Portugal in Toronto, Vitor Santos, President of The Barcelos Migrant Association, the Honorable Ahmed Hussen, MP – York South-Weston and our own BIA Chair, AnaBela Taborda, brought greetings.

1087 Dundas St. W

With much love and great fanfare, the Little Portugal Toronto Barcelos Rooster was unveiled at Lakeview Park, on Saturday, September 25, 2021.

A VIP event was held at 1200 Dundas St. W. where honoured dignitaries Mayor John Tory, Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão, José Manuel Carneiro Mendes, Consul General of Portugal in Toronto, Vitor Santos, President of The Barcelos Migrant Association, the Honorable Ahmed Hussen, MP – York South-Weston and our own BIA Chair, AnaBela Taborda, brought greetings.

1212 Dundas St. W

With much love and great fanfare, the Little Portugal Toronto Barcelos Rooster was unveiled at Lakeview Park, on Saturday, September 25, 2021.

A VIP event was held at 1200 Dundas St. W. where honoured dignitaries Mayor John Tory, Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão, José Manuel Carneiro Mendes, Consul General of Portugal in Toronto, Vitor Santos, President of The Barcelos Migrant Association, the Honorable Ahmed Hussen, MP – York South-Weston and our own BIA Chair, AnaBela Taborda, brought greetings.

Dundas West creates Toronto’s first open-air museum

Dundas West creates Toronto’s first open-air museum

Dundas West creates Toronto’s first open-air museum

This article orginally appeared on Kickstart BIA.

At Toronto’s newest museum on Dundas West, there’s no umbrella storage or coat checks, no half-priced admission or well-dressed security kindly requesting you don’t touch the art. Instead, the works are all there in the street, a patchwork of murals telling the story of what and who the neighbourhood is and will be. The dundaswest.museum is an open-air street art museum. And it’s Toronto’s first.

“The city’s changing so fast, there’s so much development,” says Rodrigo Ardiles of the Creativo Arts Collective, which worked alongside the Lula Music and Arts Centre and Dundas West BIA and Little Portugal BIA to create the museum. “We talked to the people from the city and what the community is today – Portuguese, Vietnamese, Brazilian – and everybody really wanted to have a bit of their story stored in this place.”

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Dundas West creates Toronto’s first open-air museum

At Toronto’s newest museum on Dundas West, there’s no umbrella storage or coat checks, no half-priced admission or well-dressed security kindly requesting you don’t touch the art. Instead, the works are all there in the street, a patchwork of murals telling the story of what and who the neighbourhood is and will be. The dundaswest.museum is an open-air street art museum. And it’s Toronto’s first.

1375 Dundas St. W

1375 Dundas St. W

1375 Dundas St. W
Dying Ocean

The Essencia Arts Collective believes that art can be a tool for social change and community empowerment. With members from across six continents, Essencia expresses itself from a unique and global perspective. Having over 10 years experience working in diverse communities around the world, the collective has run artistic projects with youth, first nations, refugees, immigrants, prison inmates, galleries, and festivals. Essencia encourages artistic storytelling, and expresses itself through muralism, street art, graffiti, graphic design, photography, video, music, poetry, dance and love!

By focusing on the four elements (Earth, Fire, Water, Air) and the four cardinal directions, Essencia aims to pay homage to Mother Earth, and to encourage balance, unity, and love.

Artwork Information
  • Title: Dying Ocaen
  • Creation Date: 2013
  • Address: 1375 Dundas St. W
  • Artist: Essencia Collective

ABOUT THE ARTIST


Essencia Collective

“We believe that artistic expression is our strongest tool, and that it can be used as a catalyst for expression and as a forum for dialogue. We can then begin to focus on important global and local issues of our societies, and celebrate cultural and artistic diversity.”

essenciartcollective.com/

This artwork is proudly hosted by Mezu Restaurant1375 Dundas St  West.

Hosts ensure a long life to the artworks by acting as their custodians. If you would like to know more about the Dundas West Open Air Museum hosts program then please contact us at hosts@dundaswest.museum

Embracing diversity through artistic exchange: From Toronto to Valparaíso, Chile

Embracing diversity through artistic exchange: From Toronto to Valparaíso, Chile

Embracing diversity through artistic exchange: From Toronto to Valparaíso, Chile

Through street art, Chileans and Canadians are celebrating creativity and diversity.

Art has the power to tell stories, instil pride and even foster inclusion.

That’s exactly what a recent cultural exchange between Chile and Canada accomplished.

Like Canada, Chile is a country that is home to different cultures, religions and ethnicities. As is true in Canada, there is still more work to do in Chile to ensure that all segments of society are included and have equal opportunities. Alongside local partners, the Embassy of Canada in Chile is showing that communities are stronger when we work together, respect our differences and give everyone the chance to participate.

The Embassy supported the “Creative Cities” exchange project, sending Canadian artists Jarus and Kreecha to the port city of Valparaíso to paint two public murals.

The project was a collaborative effort of Creativo Arts, a Canadian organization directed by Toronto-based Canadian-Chilean cultural promoter Rodrigo Ardiles, local art organization Valparaíso en Colores, and the Valparaíso regional office of Chile’s Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage, under their ‘Emerge Valparaíso’ program.

This was the second phase in the “Creative Cities” exchange between Toronto and Valparaíso, as fostered by Creativo Arts and with support from the City of Toronto and other Canadian organizations. In phase one, two Chilean artists traveled to Toronto and painted murals in the Dundas West neighbourhood. These public art works reflect the diversity and rich cultures of Canada’s largest city and are now part of the Dundas West Open Air Museum, which was launched in June 2019.

“Murals make neighbourhoods feel more welcoming and walkable. They encourage citizens to be creative and foster a sense of identity, belonging and openness. They can also boost economic development and tourism in the neighbourhood”, said Rodrigo Ardiles.

 

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Dundas West creates Toronto’s first open-air museum

At Toronto’s newest museum on Dundas West, there’s no umbrella storage or coat checks, no half-priced admission or well-dressed security kindly requesting you don’t touch the art. Instead, the works are all there in the street, a patchwork of murals telling the story of what and who the neighbourhood is and will be. The dundaswest.museum is an open-air street art museum. And it’s Toronto’s first.

Museum App Now Available

Museum App Now Available

Museum App Now Available

The Dundas West Open Air Museum app is now available for free on both Android and IOS platforms. Download the app and take your own guided tour of the museum!

The app contains information on each mural in the Museum: when it was created, artist details, and any related news. It also features interactive maps to help you make your way around the collection. The app can be downloaded on both Google Play and iTunes. Click on the links below to choose your platform: 


More events:

Dundas West creates Toronto’s first open-air museum

At Toronto’s newest museum on Dundas West, there’s no umbrella storage or coat checks, no half-priced admission or well-dressed security kindly requesting you don’t touch the art. Instead, the works are all there in the street, a patchwork of murals telling the story of what and who the neighbourhood is and will be. The dundaswest.museum is an open-air street art museum. And it’s Toronto’s first.