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It’s The Summer Of Public Art #AtTheWaterfront

It’s The Summer Of Public Art #AtTheWaterfront

Looking for something to do in Toronto this weekend? We are so excited about the abundance of public art installations along the Toronto waterfront right now!

We hope you’ll be able to use this list to help plan your downtown Toronto weekend visits with your partner, friends or family! We’re thrilled to be able to help provide free public art for the Toronto community to enjoy.


Olamina on launch day

On August 7th, BSAM Canada revealed the Olamina public art installation at Aitken Place Park. It is greatly inspired by Octavia E. Butler’s Parable series, taking its namesake from the main character of Butler’s novels, Lauren Oya Olamina, and the folktales of the African water deity, Mami Wata.

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BSCAM Canada Kimetic Yoga Series Toronto Waterfront Artist in Residence
Vonnette Forde from Higher Love Yoga

As part of BSAM Canada’s Waterfront Artist in Residency, they have released a Kemetic Yoga Series. The sessions are filmed along the Toronto waterfront at the Westin Harbour Castle as a way to showcase locations in the city that offer a connection to healing energy. The series will have a total of five sessions.

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Harbour Square Temporary Floating Art Project Peacemaker's Canoe
Photo credit: Celene Tang
Led by Waterfront Toronto and located at Harbour Square Basin, The Peacemaker is an art piece by Jay Havens. It is inspired by the story of the Peacemaker which dates back 1000 years. The story goes a Wendat diplomat in a shining canoe sailed from the north shores to bring a message of divine peace to all nations of the world.
“The Peacemaker’s Canoe is pointing to an older history that continues to exist on this land and remains not widely known. Events that have taken place here before the arrival of settlers have helped to shape the world we know today. I hope visitors to Harbour Square Park basin see this shining canoe and are inspired to learn about The Great Law and the story of The Peacemaker.”

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Before rehabilitation work begins on the historic Corleck Building, the Canada Ireland Foundation invited a group of diverse artists to transform the unique property with a series of murals and installations inspired by the miotas (the Gaelic word for myth) and the foundational myths from their own cultures.
Explore the original artwork, view the building’s vintage features, and learn about future plans for the heritage property!


Join The Bentway this summer for Playing in Public, a collection of outdoor and online projects that invite you to rediscover “play” in the city, including elements on Queens Quay West. Explore a neighbourhood-wide program of playable installations, playful moments, talks and audio experiences, all designed to offer COVID-safe fun and the ability to play safely this summer!
Midsummer Mix Vol. 1 sees GTA pixel artist Nelson Wu playfully transform the everyday icons and landmarks of Toronto’s waterfront — from the CN Tower to the Toronto Island Ferry Terminal, Billy Bishop Airport to the Toronto Music Garden — into unique levels of an intimately local video game.

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