IN SEARCH OF…

In Search Of… highlights six 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 the sidewalk to learn more about it and to watch exclusive interviews to gain insight about each location and its impact on surrounding communities.

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In Search Of… public art

Enjoy curated content artist talks, walking tours, and community prompts for each public art along your walking tour. We are inviting you to explore and enjoy the incredible art found in the neighbourhoods of South Etobicoke. We’ve partnered with artists, 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 public art.

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.

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.

FOWL

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

“Fowl,” by artists Alexa Hatanaka and Patrick Thompson (formerly PA System), submerges the viewer underwater, providing a new perspective on the nearby lakeshore. Walking along the mural, we come face-to-face with sea creatures that each play an important part in our ecosystem. “Fowl” shows us a beautiful world that often goes unseen, and serves as a reminder of the interdependent nature of our environment that we need to respect and care for. Explore FOWL.

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.


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’
Coming soon…
part of ‘In Search of… FOWL’

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.