BigArtTO projects art into local neighbourhoods

In case you can’t leave your neighbourhood to see art, BigArtTO is bringing it to your neighbourhood.

Projected and illuminated outdoors on local buildings and landmarks.

The city launched BigArtTO last night, featuring free access to more than 200 hours of temporary public artworks created by Toronto artists.

The large-scale projections are to be shown on a weekly schedule covering each of Toronto’s 25 wards, starting Sept. 16 and running to Dec. 5.

“BigArtTO provides residents with opportunities to safely explore city neighbourhoods while supporting local businesses and artists,” Mayor John Tory said in launching the program with Don Valley North councillor Shelley Carroll in whose ward the first event is being held.

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The artworks will play on 10-minute loops Wednesday through Saturday evenings.

Most of the productions are the result of a collaboration between the City, OCAD University and AVA Animation and Visual Arts Inc.

The events will follow Toronto Public health guidelines calling for physical distancing and mask wearing.

Here’s the schedule of BigArtTO events in communities covered by Streeter:


Sept. 16–19, 8–11 p.m.

Davenport ward
“The Elevator to You” by Ian Keteku
Joseph J. Piccininni Community Centre, 1369 St. Clair Ave. W.


Sept. 23–26, 8–11 p.m.

Don Valley East ward
Don Mills Library , 888 Lawrence Ave. E.


Oct. 7–10, 7:30–10:30 p.m.

University-Rosedale ward
Alex Duff Memorial Pool, Christie Pits Park, 779 Crawford St.


Oct. 21–24, 7–10 p.m.

Beaches-East York ward
“Life Preserver” by Alvin Luong
Donald D. Summerville Olympic Pool, 1867 Lake Shore Blvd. E.


Oct. 28–31, 7–10 p.m.

Toronto-St. Paul’s ward
Casa Loma Campus, George Brown College, 160 Kendal Ave.


Nov. 11–14, 6:30–9:30 p.m.

Don Valley West ward
Leaside Memorial Gardens Arena, 1073 Millwood Rd.


Nov. 18–21, 6–9 p.m.

Toronto-Danforth ward
“Interchanges” artist Winnie Truong
Canada Post South Central Letter Processing Plant, 969 Eastern Ave.


Nov. 25–28, 5:30–8:30 p.m.

Eglinton-Lawrence ward
Lawrence Heights Community Centre, 5 Replin Rd.


Dec. 2–6, 5:30–8:30 p.m.

Toronto Centre ward
Equinix Data Centre, Distillery District, 45 Parliament St.

The city’s full BigArtTO schedule can be found online.


The original article has been updated to include the Toronto-Danforth information that was not available at the time of writing.