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October 19, 2009
WATERTABLE - the City's first permanent multimedia art commission transforms part of the Gardiner Expressway into an exhibition space

Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone will be joined by the Executive Director of Cultural Services, Rita Davies, and artists Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak to launch the City of Toronto’s first permanent multimedia art commission.

This work creates the look of shimmering water on the underside of the Gardiner Expressway, responding to prevailing wind conditions with a massive LED light installation covering more than 500 square meters.

Date: Wednesday, October 21
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Place: Under the Gardiner Expressway on the north side of Fort York Boulevard, west of Bathurst Street, adjacent to the new pedestrian entrance at Fort York

WATERTABLE is the first multimedia work by internationally known Toronto duo Steele and Tomczak, who received a Governor General’s Award for lifetime achievement in Visual & Media Arts in 2005. Their work conceptually and physically interacts with the Gardiner Expressway, Fort York and the lakeshore.

Broadcast media that would like to provide weather or live reports from this location on October 21 are invited to arrive by 6 p.m., the artists will be made available for on-air interviews between 6 and 7 p.m. Please contact Shane Gerard in advance by e-mail or by phoning 416-397-5711 to make arrangements.

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:
Shane Gerard, Senior Promotions & Communications Coordinator,
Cluster A Communications Unit, 647-881-9854 (cell),



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