At the centre of the city we find not only traces of histories that have since dissolved but also clues to what might happen next. This walk explores the art, architecture, and public spaces that quietly tell the story of Toronto's art history. Participants have the chance to stop at look at these sites that are typically rushed by in the chaos of financial district as a way to meditate on how they contribute to the city dweller's experience and how they contribute to Toronto's urban identity. Meeting Point: Henry Moore's "The Archer" in front of New City Hall Stop 2: 241 Yonge Street (Art Metropole / General Idea Studio) Stop 3: 205 Yonge Street ( Former Toronto Dominion Bank aka "Squished Pantheon") Stop 4: 73 Richmond Street West (Graphic Arts Building/Victory Building) Stop 5: 100 Adelaide Street West (EY Tower / Former Concourse Building) Stop 6: Michael Snow's “Lightline” at the St. Regis Hotel Stop 7: Micah Lexier’s “Two Circles” and James Turrell’s “Straight Flush” Stop 8: Berczy Park (Gooderham Building and Luis Jacob's "Jacob's Ladder)
I'm a multi-disciplinary artist and avid urban wanderer who is the founder of The Centre for Experiential Research (CER). CER a non-profit organization focused on getting into the world and experiencing the untapped, and often hidden, wonders of the urban environment. Over the last 10 years I have led experiential walking and cycling tours with the Jane’s Walk Festival and the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA); I have also worked on projects with Myseum of Toronto and the Vancouver Biennale. My work has been published in numerous magazines and journals as well as in my books “A Cube Has Six Sides” (2016) and “100 Ears: Celebrating 100 years of Dada” (2017).
The locations that we will visit on this tour often blend into chaos and speed of downtown Toronto; however, through my years of expertise and rampant curiosity I will shed new light about the details of these artworks and buildings that are not visible to the uninitiated.
This walk will take place in Toronto's financial district therefore guests should be comfortable with walking on sidewalks of busy streets.
Embedded Art History in Toronto