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September 7, 2017
Toronto mural to celebrate the life of conservationist and filmmaker Rob Stewart
The City of Toronto's StreetARToronto program, with project partners the Toronto Parking Authority and the PangeaSeed Foundation's Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans program, are installing a mural to celebrate the life of the late conservationist and filmmaker Rob Stewart. Stewart was well known for his documentary films Sharkwater and Revolution, which aimed to expose unacceptable practices of the shark-hunting industry.

The mural is being created by renowned Toronto-based artists Birdo and GETSO on the back wall of the Opus Restaurant at 35 Prince Arthur Ave. facing the Green P Parking lot on Bedford Road. The site is in the vicinity of Bloor Street West and Avenue Road.

"This mural will celebrate the life of a notable Toronto resident and remind us that the health of the world's oceans is of paramount importance to everyone," said Mayor John Tory. "I hope this mural will inspire personal reflection and help continue Rob Stewart's legacy."

The mural will be publicly unveiled on Saturday, September 9 at 3 p.m. at 9 Bedford Rd. Free showings of Sharkwater at 10 a.m. and Revolution at noon that day will be offered at the University of Toronto's Innis Town Hall at 2 Sussex Ave.

The Toronto project is being co-ordinated by the City's StreetARToronto (StART) program, an innovative public-private-not-for-profit partnership program designed to develop, support, promote and increase awareness of street art and its ability to beautify the city's visual landscape. It is a proactive approach to reducing graffiti vandalism, adding character and visual interest to city streets, showcasing professional artists, mentoring emerging artists and reinforcing Toronto's reputation as a centre of creativity and talent. StART is administered by the Public Realm section of the City of Toronto's Transportation Services division.

The Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) exists to provide safe, attractive, self-sustaining, conveniently located and competitively priced off-street and on-street public parking as an integral component of Toronto's transportation system.

PangeaSeed Foundation is an international non-profit organization acting at the intersection of culture and environmentalism to further the conservation of our oceans. PangeaSeed Foundation aims to empower individuals and communities to create meaningful environmental change for oceans through ARTivism, education and science. Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans is a groundbreaking public art project created by PangeaSeed Foundation and supporting artists to help bring the beauty and the plight of the world’s oceans to streets around the world.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto is honouring Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at and on Instagram at

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