East End “Bridges to Art” Underpass Project

I am very excited to announce the East End “Bridges to Art” Underpass Project.

This is a project I initiated in 2017 with the idea of painting a series of murals on the rail bridges in the Carlaw-Dundas area as part of the Carlaw Dundas Community Initiative.

The Carlaw-Dundas area is a former industrial area that has transformed into a hub of cultural and creative businesses and residents. As part of the larger initiative, a suite of public space improvement projects are being undertaken.

Heritage Toronto is also working on a unique heritage plaque district in the neighbourhood that highlights the industrial past of Leslieville and Ward 30. There will be nine heritage plaques focused on iconic buildings, businesses, people and moments in the history of the area. This will be the first district of its kind in Toronto!

The Underpass Project has now grown to include all nine rail bridges in Ward 30 from Eastern Ave to Coxwell Ave. This will also be the only project of its kind in the City which will be rolled out over a number of years. Together with StreetARToronto (StART) we are seeking input from the community.

You are invited to help develop a unifying theme and an integrated approach for the mural installations. The first two underpasses that will be painted are Gerrard and Jones.

Please take our survey to provide your feedback and insight.

You can also attend an upcoming Visioning Workshop:

Monday, May 14th
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre
870 Queen St. East

Tuesday, May 15th
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
The Real Jerk
842 Gerrard St. East

Everyone from Ward 30 is welcome to participate. Please share this widely with your neighbours.

I can’t wait to begin this project and hope to see you at a workshop!