Activate! Weston-Mount Dennis
Join UrbanArts and Canadian artists Dan Bergeron and Gabriel Specter as they explore how Canada’s deadliest natural disaster led to massive industrial and environmental destruction and led to the rebirth of Toronto’s Weston-Mount Dennis area.
When Hurricane Hazel hit Toronto in 1954, it caused damage and devastation almost everywhere but nowhere was the impact more prominent than in the communities on the banks of the Humber River. With no flood controls in place, the river quickly flooded with a current so strong that it swept away everything in its path including houses, cars and people. By the time it dissipated, the death toll in Toronto alone was 81. Two of the most affected communities were Weston and Mount Dennis where hundreds were left homeless or dead.
The Hurricane and ensuing flood were a wake up call to galvanize local authorities to protect our ravine system. The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority was formed in the hurricane’s wake to ensure this type of disaster never happened again. Now, 60 years later, Toronto’s trail system is a vibrant, sustainable green space and is marking a new milestone. The Pan Am Path will connect trails across the city, creating an 84-kilometre, uninterrupted path that unites Toronto from west to east.
On May 30, UrbanArts and Canadian artists Dan Bergeron and Gabriel Specter will unveil a powerful mural that explores the power and energy of Hurricane Hazel and the triumph of art, beauty and progress. It will transform a drab underpass into a monumental, thought-provoking artwork, created through engagement with local residents and youth from the Weston-Mount Dennis area.
The unveiling of this new, important work will take place alongside a community-led event featuring dance, music and food in Cruickshank Park. The celebration is the third stop along the 14-part Pan Am Path Art Relay.
May 30, 2015 | 1PM – 4PM
Check in at Cruickshank Park, St. Phillips Bridge.
2196 Weston Rd., Toronto Ontario, M9N 1K3
For detailed information on event locations, please see site map here.
UrbanArts is a non-profit, community-arts council that enhances neighbourhoods by engaging youths in arts-based community development. It initiates arts activities that bring people together in central-west Toronto and city-wide. For this project they worked with Dan Bergeron, a Toronto-based visual artist whose work provokes reflection on personal identity, social relationships and public space.