Canadian Architect


Welcome to Blackhurst Street Walkshop

November 27, 2016
Toronto, Ontario

With Kathy Grant (Ontario Black History Society and Legacy Voices Project), Jane Farrow (Jane Farrow Facilitation and Consultation), and Felicia Morrison (Westbank).

All are welcome to join a participatory walkshop examining how African and Caribbean Canadian heritage can be reflected in the proposed Mirvish Village redevelopment. The area’s layered history includes the development of Bloor and Bathurst as a commercial hub of significance to waves of immigrants and, in particular, African and Caribbean Canadians.

Walkshops are a participatory method of tapping into knowledge and expertise citizens bring to the design process. The input is being captured, anonymized and summarized for public review by an independent third party facilitator. The walkshop summary will be used by the Mirvish Village design team to inform and guide heritage interpretation approaches including signage, plaques, social uses of the site, and more.

This walkshop is an extension of the Welcome to Blackhurst Street exhibition taking place at Markham House. An exhibition that commemorates and celebrates the Black history of Bathurst and Bloor using archival material and original artwork.The exhibition also examines the current state of the community and its future role in shaping our city. Conceptualized as an immersive exploration of black artistry, activism, and entrepreneurship, the installation weaves together elements of visual art, photography, archival documents, video, sound, and found objects from the Contrast Archives, Honest Ed’s, the Mirvish Family Collection, and other sources. Guests are encouraged to submit their own memories/ideas using the hashtag #WelcomeToBlackhurst.

Welcome to Blackhurst Street is made possible by the efforts of Chinedu Ukabam, A Different Booklist, ERA Architects Inc, Monograph Design, the Ontario Black History Society and Westbank.

This exhibition adds to an ongoing series of community initiatives at Markham House supported by Westbank since September 2015. Past community partners include Spacing Magazine, Curbside Cycle, 21 Toys, Charlotte Hale & Associates, Wavelength Music, Contact Photography Festival, Park People, Nuit Blanche and Jayu.

Welcome to Blackhurst Street will run until December 11, 2016.

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