REID: On Public Etiquette

It’s not a coincidence that words for people who understand good etiquette – polite, urbane – are derived from classical words for... Read More

Stories, Struggles and Song: Cantonese Opera in Toronto

Cantonese opera is in my genes. Whenever my mother put me and my two younger sisters down for our afternoon nap, she’d crank up the... Read More

Jackie Shane and archive anger

Jackie Shane (b. May 15, 1940; d. February 22, 2019) is gone, and this time it’s true. I say ‘this time’ because after Jackie left... Read More

Alchemy at the Gardiner Museum

A new piece of public art has been added to Toronto’s public art landscape, one that seeks to comfort, cajole, and seduce. This new... Read More

Life on the Line: Light in the Tunnel

(Alex Garant, “Midnight”) For the past month, you... Read More

Remembrance Day: Parsing Toronto’s memorial landscaping

For most of the 20th century, public memorials in Toronto were restricted to the commemoration of fallen soldiers, as well as select... Read More

Public Art Manifesto: Rethinking public art’s possibilities

Works of public art are markers of what a society deems to be important, and the choices we make about what works to erect attest to... Read More