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May 8, 2003
Project Celebrating High Park Memories Inspires Outstanding Creations by Local Students
  
Culture - The City of Toronto Culture Division's Colborne Lodge and Parkdale
Collegiate Institute, are pleased to announce the unveiling of a new exhibit
entitled The Legacy of High Park: Only a matter of time. This exhibit is the
culmination of a recent oral history project focusing on the High Park area.
During this unique endeavour, students gathered the personal remembrances of
High Park residents and interpreted them, along with their own experiences of
the park, into a number of creative media.

In the beginning, local interviewees were solicited using flyers, community
advertising and word-of-mouth. Approximately one hundred people responded
through letters and e-mails which were filled with information spanning
seventy-five years of life in High Park. These recollections were often very
amusing - others were quite touching. Some of these people were also
interviewed by the Parkdale C.I. students. The warmth and connection
established during these interviews is reflected in the students' accounts.

One facet of the project is the musical segment comprised of a number of
original compositions by students. To get an idea of the superlative quality
of the project overall, visit the school's website where you may hear the
students' inspired music -- www.geocities.com/parkdalemusic.

Oral history is a way of putting a fresh face on the word 'history' by using
real people's experiences as a source for information - rather than historical
written records. It reminds us that history is made of real people's memories
and stories that connect the past with the present.

The Legacy of High Park: Only A Matter of Time will be open to the public from
May 30 until June 12 at the Grenadier Café and Tea House, in the centre of High
Park. The exhibit is scheduled to travel to various locations in the area.

Colborne Lodge, a City of Toronto Historic Museum, is operated by the Culture
Division. Parkdale Collegiate Institute is part of the Toronto District School
Board. We would like to thank the Grenadier Café and Tea House for their
generous support.

The Grenadier Café and Tea House is located in the centre of High Park. Follow
the main road south from the Bloor Street gate. Free parking is available.
Café hours are 7 am to 9 pm seven days a week. The phone number is
416-769-9870.


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