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Friday, March 7th, 2014

VIDEO: The Bathhouse Raids by Christiano De Araujo

Watch this amazing video documenting the creation of one of our murals by Troy Brooks and Christiano De Araujo.

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Friday, November 1st, 2013

‘ELLA’ Graces Church Street!

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After months of preparation and thousands of tiles, today “ELLA” was installed at 389 Church Street. Ella is a ten foot tall mosaic work by Red Dress Productions. Final installation details and grouting for this work will be complete next week.

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Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

South Asian Community Gets Honoured in New Mural

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If you’ve been watching the corner of Church and Wellesley, you’ve likely noticed the large bright diagonal stripes appearing under the four stories of scaffolding. This is the work of Meera Sethi, who has used South Asian textiles as inspiration for her mural. Sethi’s graphic work celebrates the history of the queer South Asian community on Church Street and is set to be completed by the middle November.

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Thursday, October 24th, 2013

The History of Drag Lands at Crews and Tango

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The monolithic scaffolding at Crews & Tango have hidden what is happening behind it. Set to be reveled in three weeks is a mural that celebrates some of Church Streets notable drag performers. Artist Nadijah Robinson designed the mural and is working with well known graffiti artist Elixir to create stylized portraits of drag performers dating back to the 1960s.

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Monday, October 20th, 2013

TCHC Building Gets a Mural on Church Street

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When mural artist Alex Florez was selected as a muralist for Church Street Murals, she didn’t know which building it would be on. Knowing Florez’s work and experience on mural projects in San Francisco’s Mission District, curators and city hall worked together to ensure the building selected was a perfect fit. Her fish, flower and feminine motifs have found a home on Toronto Community Housing Corporation’s  womens’ only building at 389 Church Street. Accompanying this mural later this month will be ‘ELLA’, a ten foot mosaic to be installed on an adjacent wall by Red Dress Productions.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Church Street Mural Project Launch presented by BMO

Where: BMO
492 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario
North-west corner of Church Street & Alexander Street

When: Saturday, October 19, 2013 12:30 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served.

Toronto – On Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. the Church-Wellesley Village BIA and BMO Bank of Montreal are celebrating the launch of the Church Street Mural Project (CSMP), presented by BMO. Join Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and the Church Street Murals Co-curators Syrus Marcus Ware and James Fowler in recognizing the artists for their outstanding artwork and the corporate and community sponsors for their generous contributions.

Generous sponsors to be recognized include the CSMPs title sponsor BMO Bank of Montreal, in addition to Tourism Toronto, StreetARt, Dulux Paints, The Home Depot and Scafoam Canada. Community supporters include the Lesbian and Gay Archives, The 519 Church Street Community Centre and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

“Just as BMO draws its strength from the diversity of our people and our businesses, so too do our communities,” said Jeff Wright, District Vice President, GTA Central, BMO Bank of Montreal. “The Church Street Mural Project offers a visual voice to the LGBTQ community, celebrating the strength of this diverse neighbourhood, while at the same time, recognizing and honouring the exceptional work of local artists.”

As one of the largest urban lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) neighbourhoods in the world, Toronto’s Church-Wellesley Village will act as a central hub for World Pride 2014 events for the up to two million expected visitors. The CSMP will be a visual invigoration of the neighbourhood in preparation for World Pride and will provide a distinctive legacy for the neighbourhood and Toronto.

As one of Canada’s largest outdoor art projects, each mural in the CSMP strengthens the diverse identity of the neighbourhood and offers a visual story of the rich political and cultural significance of the LGBTQ neighbourhood.

Join us on the steps of our title sponsor, BMO, located at 492 Church Street. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet the artists, curators, and our sponsors.
Artists will be available for interviews:

Alexa Hatanaka & Patrick Thompson Alex Flores
Christiano De Araujo
Meera Sethi
Lily Butterland
John Kuna
Tory Brooks
Natalie Wood
Rocky Lawrence Green Nadijah Robinson William Craddock
Anna Camilleri & Tristan Whiston

BMO Support for the Community
BMO embraces and proudly supports the diversity of people’s social needs, ideas and interests. We distribute our contributions over a broad range of initiatives, including education, health care, arts and culture, community development and sports and athletics. In 2012, BMO contributed more than $87.6 million in donations, sponsorships and events in Canada and the United States to groups, organizations and programs that help build and sustain resilient, vital and healthy communities.

BMO has been a long-time supporter of the Toronto LGBTQ community. BMO has partnered with The 519 Church Street Community Centre, Fife House, Casey House, AIDS Committee of Toronto and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

Media contacts:
Office of Councillor Wong-Tam: Sheila Pardoe, spardoe@toronto.ca, (647) 465 – 7068 BMO: Erin Marranca, Toronto, erin.marranca@bmo.com, (416) 867 – 3996

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Hold the date!

Hold the Dates. Oct 19 at 12:30pm for the Church Street Murals Launch! Meet artists, curators & sponsors. Details to follow!

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

One Up, Ten To Go For Church Street Murals!

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Photo by Patrick Thompson

Congratulations to Alexa Hatanaka & Patrick Thompson for finishing their mural!

Check it out on the north wall of Novack Pharmacy- viewable above the Pizza Nova building on Church St. just north of Wellesley. You can see some great process shots here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/patrickevoke/

Artists are working onsite every day, and several other murals are near completion. Exciting changes in the village!

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Volunteers Needed!

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We are still looking for some volunteers to help artists create their work. p

Please consider lending a brush/hand to help create the largest LGBTQ mural project in Canada!

To find out how to volunteer, please email churchstreetmurals@gmail.com

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Artists are working onsite (and off!) throughout the Village! Check out some of these process shots from Red Dress Productions!

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Thursday, August 1st, 2013
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New Blog Post: Artist Spotlight on Lily Butterland

Artist Lily Butterland was asked how she got involved with Church Street Murals, her inspiration for her design and what people can expect once she unleashes her vision on 91 feet of wall. Read the interview here.

Monday, July 23, 2013
Volunteer Information Session at the 519

Church Street Murals has a team of talented artists, and needs your help to promote the legacy of this world-renowned LGBTQ village and ensure that the Village is ready and beautiful for welcoming the world to Toronto during World Pride 2014.

The details:
A number of murals artists need volunteers to help prepare walls, paint walls, and organize worksites.

The murals are being painted from August, 2013 to October, 2013 and a number of enthusiastic volunteers will be needed throughout these 4 months.

You will be connected with an artist and work with them based on artist schedules and your availability.

What you need to volunteer:

  • A desire to beautify the Church-Wellesley Village in this exciting, one-of-a-kind outdoor art project
  • A passion for art and confidence with painting materials (including painting, stenciling)
  • A willingness to work with with LGBTQ artists and help them realize their artistic vision

If you are interested, the Church Street Mural Project will be hosting a Volunteer Information Session and we are inviting you to join!

Volunteer Information Session meeting details:

When: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Time: 7:00 – 7:30 pm
Where: The 519 Community Centre (519 Church Street, Toronto)
Room: 204

RSVP: churchstreetmurals@gmail.com

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