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September 29, 2005
City of Toronto's Live With Culture celebration rides the rocket to creativity
The latest event in Toronto's Live With Culture campaign will take artwork and
performance out of the galleries and theatres and bring it to where people
live, work and commute. Eglinton subway station will be transformed into a
culture station featuring visual arts, film and in-station performances. Ten
Culture Cars will travel the city featuring in-car entertainment, ranging from
poetry readings to musical performances.

For the month of October, Eglinton subway station will feature:

Live With Art Installations
  • Michael Awad - A photographic mural of Yonge Street from the waterfront to Finch Avenue. This exhibition is presented by the Art Gallery of Ontario as part of its Wall Works project.
  • Tempermettle - Engineered by the duo Tempermettle (Gillian Farnsworth and Rowena O'Connor), this installation is a synthetic forest populated by tree-like forms and armor clad critters displayed in a natural landscape of grass and bark mulch hills.
  • Cylla von Tiedemann - 17 platform posters will feature a selection of dance photography.
  • Julie Voyce - one stair wrap, two pillars and a floor graphic will feature artwork by the award-winning Julie Voyce.
  • Michelle Gay - 17 platform posters will feature work by Toronto artist Michelle Gay
  • OCAD Student Project - students from the Ontario College of Art and Design will be set up at various locations throughout the station to work on projects (sketching and painting) as commuters pass by.

Live With Dance Performances
  • Heather Hammond - an aerialist, dancer and choreographer - premieres a low-flying aerial dance piece suspended from the rafters in the upper station
  • The El Abrazo Argentinian Tango Co. will perform on the concourse level and offer spontaneous interactive dance lessons.
  • Ballet Jörgen will perform pas de deuxs on the subway platform.
  • Dance Around the Nile presents Egyptian and Sudanese dancers accompanied by flutes and other African wind instruments.
  • Company Blonde - a unique and vital presence in the independent dance scene - blend comedy and theatre with classical modern dance.
  • The Four Chambers Dance Projects was co-founded in 1999 by cutting-edge dance duo Heidi Strauss and Darryl Tracy
  • "Free Dance Lessons" is a renegade contemporary dance troupe which takes the chance to ask the world to dance.
  • Tapper Cathy Duncan will brush, flap, shuffle, ball change, and cramp roll on the subway
  • TILT sound+motion is an innovative dance company devoted to the exploration of current themes and cutting edge choreographic works by some of Canada's most important crafters of dance.
  • ABS Breakdance Crew begs the question "Where did these kids learn to dance like that?"
  • The Chimera Project is a highly contemporary dance company defined by explosive energy, athletic movement and addressing themes that throb in the undercurrent of our society.

Live With Music Performances
  • Members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra will perform classical favourites.
  • Acoustic Reggae Rhythms with vocalists Michael Garrick, Warren Wayne and Floppy will sing familiar Bob Marley tunes plus originals with congas, guitars and acoustic bass.
  • John Gzowski - Award-winning Toronto-based performer, composer and instrument-maker - will perform original compositions.
  • Dubbin' De Vibes with Michael St. George and Motion - two of Canada's leading dub poets - will perform from their work.
  • The Delightful Divas - Canada's funky eclectic a cappella trio - sing jazz, pop and gospel.
  • African Nomadic Rhythms with Waleed Abdulhamid plays with African rhythms from Nubia to Harlem
  • Latin Rhythms with Rodrigo Chavez performs musical styles and rhythms from many areas of Latin America.
  • Ndidi Onukwulu - a new voice in Toronto's blues community - was a finalist in the Toronto Blues Society Talent Search.
  • The Fridge Magnets duo will perform folk & familiar tunes.
  • Autorickshaw is a world music ensemble integrating South Asian tradition with jazz and other popular music forms.

Live With Books
  • An excerpt from the 2005 Toronto Book Award-winning book, "Natasha and Other Stories" by David Bezmozgis, is featured in a floor wrap.
  • A quote from Toronto's poet laureate Pier Giorgio Di Cicco is featured on a 12-foot floor graphic.
  • A visual including book covers and spines featuring Toronto Authors will be used as a stair wrap.

Live With Film
  • Fourth Wall Video Boards on the subway platform will feature short film excerpts.

Culture Cars
  • Ten cars throughout the subway system will be completely dominated with the Live with Culture campaign. These cars would be branded from the exterior with Live With Culture wordmarks. Passengers on the "Culture Cars" will be treated to in-car performances ranging from dub poetry readings to vocalists and instrumentalists.

Metropass: Culture Pass
  • For the month of October, TTC metropass holders will be encouraged to present their Metropass at participating cultural institutions to receive discounts and value added offers. Metropass holders can visit for full details.

"Get on Track with Culture" is one of a series of signature events, produced by
Toronto Special Events, as part of the Live With Culture campaign, a 16-month
celebration of Toronto's arts and cultural communities. Launched in September
with the 40th anniversary of Toronto City Hall and running until the end of
December 2006, Live With Culture will showcase all the arts in Toronto in a
marketing and promotions campaign designed to raise awareness of the vast scope
of Toronto's cultural activities.

To inspire audiences both within the city and beyond to live with culture, a
web portal offering a searchable and comprehensive listing of the city's
cultural events and activities will be launched on October 3. is designed to be the
ultimate guide to Toronto's cultural scene and will be one of the key legacies
of the Live With Culture campaign.

For more information on all Live With Culture events, the public can call
Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit

Media contacts:

Grant Ramsay
Toronto Special Events

Patchen Barss
Office of Mayor David Miller



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