TWO OF THE MANY VOLUNTEER PROJECTS THAT MAKE TORONTO A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE – WAY TO GO!

PROJECT #1 – the Downtown De-Fence Project has a rotating group of volunteers who make it their business to remove chain link fences from residential neighbourhoods.

Dave Meslin, who founded the Project 15 years ago says “I want to feel like a live in a city where people know their neighbours. Fences send the opposite message. Taking down a fence symbolizes a commitment to building relationsships.”

ABOVE – Dave’s before and after photos: “It’s a makeover. It transforms the entire space around a lawn.” For more informaton – http://www.publicspace.ca & email – defence@pigeonhat.ca

PROJECT #2 – The Patch Project, supported by the Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space (STEPS). Developers by law must make 50% of the fencing around building sites available for some form of artwork. A 100-strong crew of local artists have been creating murals, live events and on-site heritage displays in neighbourhoods across the city.

“FUEL” by BAREKET KEZWER, an artist, muralist, graphic designer, curator, writer and optimist. She’S dedicated to making TORONTO more socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. She works with bright colours to get people’s attention and feel joyful about their city.

“POLLINATORS”, supported by OBEN FLATS, was created by NICK SWEETMAN using acrylic and aerosols. It will remain on Gerrard East at Sherbourne Street until a 13-storey building is built behind. The artist even went so far as to replace one panel defaced by taggers (a.k.a. cityscape destroyers).

For more information – http://www.thepatchproject.com

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THE ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO BRINGS BACK THE SIXTIES WHEN ROCK WAS YOUNG

As one of several new exhibits, the AGO is showing a room full of posters from the Donald Muller/Ross Scott Collection. Above – Joan Baez and Bob Dylan – East Coast Tour, March-April/1965′ – is one of the earliest in the collection. It’s by Eric Von Schmidt (1931-2007), a musician, father of folk revival, and credited with discovering Bob Dylan and fostering the career of Joan Baez.

Above – ‘The Doors, August 8, Electric Circus, NYC, 1969′ – was made for a concert that never happened. At a 1969 concert in MIAMI, Jim Morrison was charged with indecent exposure and accused of trying to start a riot. He was arrested and fined $500.  <PHOTOS – Ross Winter>

RUSH LANE IS A MUST-VISIT – ESPECIALLY IN AUGUST WHEN NEW ART MAKES ITS APPEARANCE

In August TORONTO’s mural painters descend on Rush Lane and colourful new works go up almost overnight. Artists share space with garbage cans, kitchen doors, parked cars, delivery trucks and vans – there’s nothing fancy about this particular venue. Below – new art that’s making the scene in 2017.

A giant mural about TORONTO, its wonders and eccentricities from the Ikea Monkey to the CN Tower, is getting a lot of attention.

Protected by the city as a heritage site, RUSH LANE runs parallel to Queen Street West, and can be entered from the west side of Spadina Avenue, a few steps south of Queen.