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October 30, 2009
Jameson Avenue residents leave lasting Impressions
  
This afternoon, Mayor David Miller joined Councillor Gord Perks (Ward 14 Parkdale-High Park), Mural Routes Executive Director Karin Eaton, Toronto Poet Laureate Dionne Brand, artist Jim Bravo, photographer Kate Young, and Jameson Avenue area residents to view “Impressions”, a new outdoor street photo gallery featuring the faces and places of Jameson Avenue.

Created by artist Jim Bravo and photographer and Jameson Avenue resident Kate Young, “Impressions” installed over 560 photographs - eight photographs on each of the over 70 tree planters which have been planted along Jameson Avenue from Queen Street West to Springhurst Avenue. Residents along this culturally and economically diverse street overwhelmed the artists with their support and enthusiasm for the project by posing for over 250 passport-style photographs which were mixed with an equal number of contemporary and archival images of the street.

“I wish to recognize artist Jim Bravo, photographer Kate Young and the residents whose community spirit is reflected back to us in the images of this meaningful and engaging artwork,” Mayor Miller said. “I want to congratulate all the partners for improving City services along Jameson Avenue and creating this impressive photographic installation. This project has resulted in a new point of interest in Parkdale and the City’s public space while renewing the sidewalks for all pedestrians.”

“Looking around Jameson Avenue, we can get an impression of the people who once called this place home from the mid-1800s. Each group of residents has left traces of their presence and their stories for others to discover. Today, Jameson Avenue is a popular stop for hundreds of immigrants and connects new citizens to their Canadian-born neighbours, our City and lakeshore,” said Councillor Perks. “I want to thank the hundreds of community members who came to have their portrait recorded for future generations. By examining this photographic installation, visitors and the next wave of residents can see the community of Jameson Avenue today, and through them glimpse Toronto’s diverse and vibrant communities.”

“The Jameson Avenue project was an enormous exercise in community engagement and participation and we are very happy to have included not only residents’ requests, but also their images in the work,” said artist Jim Bravo. “Kate Young and I were overwhelmed by the number of people who had their photo taken for the project and we are very proud to have created one of the largest outdoor photographic installations found anywhere in North America.”

“Impressions” was co-ordinated by Mural Routes with support from the Public Realm Section - Transportation Services. The project forged community spirit and engaged local residents along this densely populated multicultural apartment cluster in the heart of Parkdale in the beautification of their street following extensive construction work by Toronto Water, Technical Services, Urban Design and Urban Forestry. “Impressions” is part of the Jameson Avenue Revitalization Project to renew public space and improve pedestrian amenities, and includes an earlier project where Jim Bravo salvaged and re-used Jameson Avenue’s historical cobblestones to create an accent on the north end of the street.

Mural Routes is a not-for-profit, charitable organization dedicated to the promotion of wall art as a public art form for the general benefit of communities and artists. They aim to educate, engage and enhance communities through public art murals; to share information that will help to elevate the quality and status of mural art.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact: Robert Mays, Public Realm Section, Transportation Services, 416-397-5458, rmays@toronto.ca


 

 

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