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September 28, 2009
City, Bell and community groups combat vandalism with art
Toronto Mayor David Miller today joined Shawn Tracy of the Bay Corridor Community Association, artist Lee Sjostrom from 6 St. Joseph House, and Mary Ann Turcke, Bell Canada’s Executive Vice President of Field Services, to celebrate the completion of a downtown beautification project. The project employs artwork by eight local artists to beautify the neighbourhood and combat vandalism of communications infrastructure at seven different locations in the Bay and Wellesley neighbourhood.

"I want to thank all the partners for making this neighbourhood even more pedestrian-friendly through the beautification of the City's public spaces," said Mayor Miller. "Amazing things happen when creative people, socially conscious businesses and local neighbourhoods partner in a smart and meaningful way."

Monday’s event, held in front of the Holland Orthopaedic and Arthritic Centre at 43 Wellesley St. E., featured the unveiling of artwork created by Lee Sjostrom. The painting depicts a quintessential Toronto scene of a bicycle parked in front of an overflowing fruit stand. Sjostrom’s fellow artists - all of them teachers, alumni and volunteers at 6 St. Joseph House - are Rick Barnsley, Dan Buckley, Michael Cavanaugh, Michael Kupka, Patrice Stephens-Bourgeault, Sima Tajdini and Lindsay Veh.

The project was led by the Bay Corridor Community Association, an organization representing residents and businesses in the fast-growing community in the area around Bay and Wellesley. 6 St. Joseph House, a community resource centre, identified the artists and proposed artwork. Bell, which sponsored the project, owns and operates the communications infrastructure that has now been turned into artist canvases. The City of Toronto provided seed funding, and acted as facilitator and project coordinator. Benjamin Moore donated product through dealer Pro Glo Paints and Goodbye Graffiti donated their services in support of the project.

“The Bay Corridor Community Association is committed to building a great urban neighbourhood in active partnership with those who live and work here,” said the association’s president, Shawn Tracy. “Our vision is a green and clean community recognized for its exceptional quality of life. So, on behalf of local residents and business-owners, I would like to thank our many terrific project partners, each of whom helped bring to fruition this truly wonderful community-based initiative.”

“A partnership’s success is measured by what each stakeholder gains at the end of the day,” said Bell’s Mary Ann Turcke. ‘In this case, the artists have an opportunity to showcase their talents, residents and visitors get to enjoy these inspiring artworks for years to come, and local businesses benefit from a more inviting and beautiful commercial district. Bell is very pleased to have the opportunity to support such a worthwhile project alongside the City of Toronto and our other great partners.”

The Bay Corridor Community Association (BCCA) was established in 1995 by three of the first condominium buildings to be built along Bay Street. Today, the BCCA represents over 10,000 residents in the surrounding area and welcomes everyone who lives, works, or travels through the neighbourhood. More information is available at

6 St. Joseph House is a resource centre for individuals who are at a crossroads in their lives. It responds to the challenges of livelihood and homelessness in the community by offering ‘creativity, compassion and community’ through wellness, community, arts and life skills programs. More information is available at

Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers and business with solutions to all their communications needs, including Bell Mobility wireless, high-speed Bell Internet, Bell TV direct-to-home satellite television, Bell Home phone local and long distance, and IP-broadband and information and communications technology (ICT) services. Bell is proud to be a Premier National Partner and the exclusive Telecommunications Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

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: Jennifer Yap, Public Realm Section, Transportation Services, 416-392-9188,



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