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BIG on Bloor – Culture works

Culture Works at the BIG on Bloor festival promises to be one the best organized and even more important, the best arts programed festivals in Toronto this year.

The people organizing this have developed a excellent model  a  re- imagining how best to support a community – both the businesses and the residents though the arts. Given the challenges in the community today their layered involvement  program model has succeeded in archiving a great amount of inclusiveness.  The organizations have succeeded in developing  a real appetite for all concerned parties to work together.  Big on Bloor and Dig in have always been wonderful at defining and combining different perceptions and the relieving  the difficulty of communication and partnership that often occur in the planning and running of community events.

Attending this event  will provide lots of thoughts stimulated by a hugely enjoyable experience.

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CULTURE WORKS – a feature event of the BIG on Bloor Street Festival is a precedent setting street fair celebrating the arts and bringing the best that Toronto has to offer to Bloor and Lansdowne. Major cultural institutions and organizations like the AGO and the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art sit alongside local Garnet/Abrams, annhomanART, Funktion Gallery and many others to offer unique and interactive programming for young and old.


Annex – four corners – 3 fences – 1 garden


This corner in the Annex is interesting as it clearly illustrates the character change a street or avenue can have in relationship to property owners choice of fence type or simply having a fence.  Traditionally in Toronto tall fences on front residential lots were rare and when they were used they were metal fences that one could see thorough.

Looking at the image above you may see how differently   the unfenced home lot relates to the street as compared to the fenced home lots.

The fences above seem to be constructed to create a private side yard, which of course is the property owners right, and there want of more private space in busy city area has be considered.  But how it changes the street scape, completely removing the sense of openness and removing from the general community the street to home drop-back that is so important to casual street meet talks and gatherings. the fences that come right to the street seem to force walkers and persons standing on the sidewalk out onto the street.

The City of Toronto  fence bylaw [link]