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Dear City — write a public love letter to your Canadian city


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Do you love your city? Or perhaps your feelings are more complex? If you can fit it in 140 characters, we want to share it with the rest of Canada on a billboard as part of a new public art project. Your voice matters. Join other urbanists in a public dialogue about the issues affecting our daily lives in the cities we inhabit.

Tweet a 140 character letter to your city to the @DearCityCanada Twitter account. All acceptable* letters will be displayed on mall screens across Canada for two weeks this June, reaching 5 million people a week. The best letters will be displayed on outdoor digital billboards across Canada this summer, and of course letters will be retweeted via the @DearCityCanada account.

Start your tweet by indicating your city. For example “@DearCityCanada Dear [name of your city] …”

Participating billboard cities: Vancouver, Surrey, Abbotsford, Pitt Meadows, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Kitchener, Hamilton, Toronto, Peterborough, Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Moncton, and Halifax.

Deadline for your letters is June 15th, 2013.

Public space is no longer only comprised of physical structures; it’s now a place where the complex interaction of physical and electronic spaces happens. Public screens  and digital billboards offer new sites for public conversations to happen.

Only letters to the digital billboard location cities will have a chance of being seen in those cities. Other Dear City letters will have the opportunity to be seen in malls across Canada.

(Due to Quebec french language laws, letters to Quebec cities must be in french.)

For more information visit Art in Transit.

Co-Produced by Spacing Magazine and Pattison Onestop.

*We can’t include letters that violate the Canadian human rights act, are libelous or slanderous, give out personal information, or include profanity.



  1. I sent a dear canada tweet but don’t know if you got it so i sent it again I’m new to tweeting so maybe I don’t understand but coulds someone let me know if i did it correctly?

  2. I bet that all other Canadian cities would accept posts in French.

    DearQuebec, I love you but grow up!