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November 1, 2017
Toronto's Leslieville unveils new Guidant mural
Toronto's StreetARToronto program has partnered with the Toronto Parking Authority to support a new mural entitled Guidant. Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth) will join partner representatives and Toronto artist Mediah to unveil the new mural.

The official unveiling will take place on Friday, November 3 at noon at 1014 Queen St. E., located at the corner of Queen Street East and Boston Avenue.

“Leslieville has just become a little more exciting with this new art installation," said Councillor Fletcher. "Projects like these infuse art, culture and creativity into a community and also can share an important message."

Evond Blake is a multidisciplinary visual artist who has worked under the pseudonym Mediah for 22 years. Blurring the lines between post-graffiti and dynamic abstraction, his work consists of weaving street art forms with traditional painterly techniques and mixed media printmaking. The artist hopes that this colourful and vibrant mural will inspire community members to look at art and life differently and explore new life pathways. The dynamic line work and energetic components are reminiscent of gears, spokes, bike paths and the energy used in pursuit of reaching our destination.

The Toronto Parking Authority is pleased to support projects such as this that make an important contribution to the community. This beautiful, bike-themed artwork is located next to a Bike Share Toronto bike station.

StreetARToronto (StART) is a suite of innovative programs specifically designed for streets and public spaces. StART programs encourage active transportation such as walking and cycling, and create opportunities for positive engagement among residents, businesses, artists, arts organizations and City staff. By replacing vandalism with vibrant, colourful art work, StART programs make our streets safer as well as more beautiful, showcase local artists, mentor emerging creative talent and reduce overall infrastructure maintenance costs. While based on themes relevant to local neighbourhoods, StART art works and artists also reflect the City of Toronto's motto: Diversity our Strength and foster a greater sense of belonging among all. StART is an initiative of the City of Toronto's Transportation Services division, Public Realm section.

The Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) is a self-sustaining public corporation owned by the City of Toronto. It contributes significant revenues to the City's general reserves while successfully meeting its mandate to provide safe, attractive, conveniently located and competitively priced off- and on-street public parking, required by commercial strips and neighbouring residential areas to survive. Recognized as a world leader in parking technology services, the Parking Authority has been successful in ensuring that businesses in these areas continue to grow and neighbourhoods remain vibrant. The TPA is the proud owner of Bike Share Toronto, a reliable, green, and fun transportation option for residents and visitors to get around in the city.

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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