40 Cameron Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
In Alexandra Park, PATCH facilitated the creation of over 300 sq ft of artwork with Toronto-based artists, JAH and Danilo, and hundreds of community participants. For over two months, residents collaborated on the project from design conception to installation, with local youth participating in capacity building workshops and artwork production.
Reproductions of the artwork will be installed along Cameron Street (just west of Spadina and Queen) in downtown Toronto. This location is an active construction site for the fifteen year revitalization of Alexandra Park, a project led by Toronto Community Housing (TCH) and Tridel Corp, in collaboration with the Atkinson Housing Co-operative. The original works will remain in a community centre, where they can be enjoyed by all beyond the length of construction.
Given the central role of community engagement in this revitalization project, Tridel, TCH and local City Councillor Adam Vaughan wanted artwork that reflected the community’s diverse stories and aspirations, and to build the capacity of local residents in the process.
The project kicked off by asking residents what they would like to see visually represented in the new works. Then PATCH held an outdoor live painting event with the lead artists, where the residents learned about the project and shared their ideas. Over a dozen capacity building workshops were held, involving over 50 young residents learning how to work with aerosols, practiced presentation skills, and informed the works’ designs.
Youth participants were impacted by their experience in many ways, as it gave them a sense of ownership, knowing they can have an influence on how their neighbourhood looks and feels. Life-long resident of Alexandra Park, Labib (age 16), said: “It is so great to be a part of this project. In the future I can look at the art and say ‘I helped create that.’”
Javid’s interest in social innovation drives his expression as an artist-architect. Incorporating a range of techniques, his process can be described as series of experiments in multi-disciplinary platforms. Javid is currently based out of a live-work studio-gallery ...
Danilo McDowell-McCallum is a Toronto based visual artist. He works professionally as a painter, videographer, illustrator, graphic designer, muralist and art mentor.
A graduate of Ontario College of Art and Design, McCallum majored in illustration and also studied graphic design and painting. He has exhibited and curated several group exhibitions, and his mural work can be found across Toronto.
As a visual artist and mentor, he has worked for over ten years with various community groups such as The Remix Project and Under The Radar/The LOFT. Danilo has cultivated his visual sensibilities working as a designer/illustrator with Seedlings Design.
Tridel, Toronto’s most acclaimed condominium builder, is breathing fresh life into a prime downtown neighbourhood. The revitalization will usher in a renewed vitality and architecturally significant modernism to one of the most central and convenient locations in the city. New public parks and private amenity spaces will add to the natural landscape. New connector streets will provide easy access to the city’s main routes. Charming pedestrian pathways will bring convenient city life to your doorstep. Dramatic new condominiums and townhomes will shape this exciting urban experience. This is a rare opportunity to live in a gloriously invigorated community that’s redefining urban life as we know it.
SQ is in the epicentre of downtown Toronto at vibrant Spadina and Queen. Where the best of everything is at your doorstep. Walking distance to higher learning at University of Toronto, OCAD U and Ryerson University. Close to world-class employment opportunities in the Financial District, Bay Street Corridor and major area hospitals. Steps to the offices of innovative new firms and industry leading technology companies. Surrounded by the culture and attractions of the Entertainment District, and the shopping and conveniences of Queen West. SQ is one of the most imaginative and desirable condo ownership opportunities in Toronto today.
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