IN SEARCH OF…

In Search Of… highlights five public art sites in neighbourhoods across South Etobicoke. Enjoy three curated self-guided walking tours featuring the best of Etobicoke’s public art, lakeshore views, alongside tasty treats and other local hangouts. Check out all the sites by completing all three tours, or mix, match, and make them your own!

Join Lakeshore Arts as we speak with local artists, knowledge keepers, and community-builders about some of the most iconic public art sites in South Etobicoke for the In Search Of… series, as part of Local Discoveries, ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021 – 2022, and a City of Toronto Cultural Hotspot Signature Project.

Once you locate an In Search Of… public art site, scan the QR code on a nearby poster to learn more about it and to watch exclusive interviews to gain insight about each location and its impact on surrounding communities.

Illustrated by Daniel Rotsztain

In Search Of…

Enjoy curated content, such as artist talks, walking tours, and conversation prompts for each public artwork along your walking tour. We invite you to explore and enjoy the incredible art found in the neighbourhoods of South Etobicoke. We’ve partnered with artists, knowledge keepers, local businesses, restaurants, and more to create exciting art experiences. Be sure to check out our map and events page frequently as we are adding new events every month. Click the image to explore a public artwork.

ROOTS

Part of In Search of… Humber Bay mini self-guided tour

The Oculus Pavilion, a space-aged rest stop on the Humber River Recreational Trail was designed by architect Alan Crossley, was built in 1959. Follow Alan Colley of Toronto Aboriginal Eco-Tours and herbalist Shabina Lafleur-Gangji as they discuss the ongoing significance of the local ecosystems and share their knowledge about the balance between all living things in our changing world. Explore ROOTS.

SPACE

Part of In Search of… New Toronto mini self-guided tour

The 8th Street Skate Park is a vibrant hub for local skaters of all levels to gather. Join muralist Ian Gabriel and fellow skater and place-maker Jay Phillips of DIY Skate Toronto, as they talk about the importance of art and community in skateboarding. Explore SPACE.

LIFE

Part of In Search of… Long Branch mini self-guided tour

“Lake and Shore: Two Worlds Converging” can be found in the 30th Street Underpass, and was painted by muralists Philip Cote and Nick Sweetman. This vibrant mural depicts diverse local wildlife alongside stark black elements representing clan animals and spirits from Anishinaabe tradition and cosmology. Listen to mural artists as they discuss the importance of showcasing Indigenous voices. Explore LIFE.

HOME

Part of In Search of… Long Branch mini self-guided tour

Luvsumone’s impressive four-sided mural in Marie Curtis Park is hard to miss. This large dream-like piece takes inspiration from the park’s scenery and wildlife inhabiting the lake and shores, and sets them amongst rainbow-coloured clouds. Muralist, Luvs, shares how the importance of public art in activating community spaces, as well as what “home” means to him. Explore HOME.

LOVE

Part of In Search of… New Toronto mini self-guided tour

The beautiful lotus pond mural found at 1 Fourteenth Street was painted by sibling duo, Frannie and Matthew Potts, as part of the Neighbourhood Love initiative. Follow Bareket Kezwer, one of the co-founders of Neighbourhood Love, speaks about the purpose behind the new collective, and why community members needed a public art initiative to connect them to each other. Explore LOVE.


In Search of… Experts and Artists

Introducing the creatives who’ve contributed to In Search Of… project, as part of Local Discoveries. Each artist, community member, or subject expert joined forces with Lakeshore Arts to produce a Q&A think-piece video for each public art site on our map.

Bareket Kezwer, Mural Artist
part of ‘In Search of…LOVE’
Ian Gabriel, Muralist & Graphic Designer
part of ‘In Search of… SPACE’
Luvsumone (Moises Frank), Mural Artist
part of ‘In Search of… HOME’
Jay Phillips, Founder of DIY Skate Toronto
part of ‘In Search of… SPACE’
Alan Colley, of Toronto Aboriginal Eco-Tours
part of ‘In Search of… ROOTS’
Nick Sweetman, Multidisciplinary Artist
part of ‘In Search of… LIFE’
Shabina Lafleur-Gangji, Herbalist
part of ‘In Search of… ROOTS’
Philip Cote, Indigenous Artist
part of ‘In Search of… LIFE’
Zara Rahman, spoken word artist…
part of ‘In Search of… LOVE’
Fumu Jahmez, Dancer & Multi-disciplinary Artist
part of ‘In Search of… HOME’

In Search of… Food

Enjoy a curated food guide by Taste Toronto along your In Search Of… self-guided routes.

Along the Humber Bay Route

Eden Trattoria
Italian restaurant
58 Marine Parade Dr

Eden Trattoria is a classic Italian restaurant. Enjoy their many customizable options along the beautiful Etobicoke lakeshore.

Firkin on the Bay
Pub restaurant
68 Marine Parade Dr

Visit Firkin on the Bay for tasty British pub standards, from finger foods to chicken curry.

La Vecchia Restaurant Lakeshore
Italian restaurant
90 Marine Parade Dr

La Vecchia has been serving Toronto for almost 25 years! Enjoy the atmosphere at La Vecchia Lakeshore while you dine on fresh pastas, seafoods, and other delicious Italian dishes.

Along the New Toronto Route

Cellar Door
Italian restaurant
3003 Lake Shore Blvd W

Cellar Door is an Italian restaurant that offers a fresh take on a variety of pizzas, pastas, and more. While you’re there, pick up some gourmet meats and antipasti for your pantry!

Michael’s West Indian Flavor
Jamaican restaurant
3067 Lake Shore Blvd W

Head to Michael’s West Indian Flavour for a bite of their famous oxtail! While you’re at this cash-only spot, be sure to try their other specialties, such as jerk and curry goat.

Calabrese Pizza
Pizza restaurant
3019 Lake Shore Blvd W

Every Calabrese Pizza starts with freshly made dough and the best ingredients. Aside from pizza and panzerotti, they also offer a variety of sandwiches, pastas, desserts, and more!

Along the Long Branch Route

The Happy Bakers
Bakery
3469 Lake Shore Blvd W

The Happy Bakers is run by a group of bakers who pursued their dream to open up their own shop together. They offer both sweet and savoury baked goods, meals, and more!

Thrive Organic Lakeshore
Organic restaurant
3473 Lake Shore Blvd W

Thrive Organic focuses on providing customers with the best organic, fair-trade, and local foods available. They specialize in providing delicious options for a variety of diets, from vegetarian, to vegan, gluten-free, and raw.

George the Greek
Greek restaurant
3575 Lake Shore Blvd W

George the Greek is a family-owned, authentic taverna that has been serving customers since 1967. They dish up delicious Greek and Mediterranean food, as well as diner classics.


Curated by TasteToronto

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Thank you to our funders and partners

In Search Of… received grant funding as a part of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021–2022, a year-long celebration of Toronto’s exceptional public art collection and the creative community behind it. Working closely with artists and Toronto’s arts institutions, ArtworxTO will deliver major public art projects and commissions, citywide, from fall 2021 to fall 2022. Supporting local artists and new artworks that reflect Toronto’s diversity, ArtworxTO is creating more opportunities for citizens to engage with art in their everyday lives. This September, the City of Toronto invites the public to discover creativity and community–everywhere. Visit artworxTO.ca for full details.

In Search Of… is a Signature Project of Cultural Hotspot produced in partnership with the City of Toronto.

In Search of… is part of Local Discoveries, your one-stop resource to explore ArtworxTO programs provided by Toronto’s six Local Arts Service Organizations (LASOs)- Arts Etobicoke, East End Arts, Lakeshore Arts, North York Arts, Scarborough Arts and UrbanArts. Visit torontolasos.com for all LASOs events as new events will be added every month.