WELCOME TO DUPONT BY THE CASTLE
The artist, Philip Cote, members of the Dupont By The Castle BIA, Street Art Toronto’s Catherine Campbell and Councillor Joe Cressy will be officially welcoming this powerful work of art to the neighbourhood. This mural was supported by an art grant from the City of Toronto and tells the hiSTORY of the area’s PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE.
- MEDIA ADVISORY -
Toronto BIA Unveils Landmark Mural of Local
Thursday, May 10, 2018.
Toronto - On Saturday, May 12th at 10am, the Dupont by the Castle Business Improvement Area will host a media conference to mark the unveiling of a landmark mural by renowned Indigenous artist, Philip Cote. The mural, “The History of The Land,” was commissioned by the BIA and the City of Toronto, and continues the BIA’s tradition of honouring the original peoples of the neighbourhood. In 2016, the BIA initiated a Custom Street Signs project introducing Indigenous street names and causing a stir in the GTA that inspired other cities such as Hamilton to follow suit.
WHO: Dupont by the Castle BIA Board Members, mural artist, Philip Cote, and honourable political guests (see below.)
WHAT: Media Conference with land acknowledgement by artist, mural unveiling and story, speeches by BIA, arts sector and area political representatives.
WHEN: Saturday, May 12th from 10am to 11am
WHERE: Outside Dupont Subway Station on Spadina Rd., NE Corner of Spadina Rd. and Dupont St. MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/yoUwVtKR6v42
WHY: To spur interest and dialogue about First Nations history and contribute to awareness, education and reconciliation among BIA members, residents, area patrons and visitors, and all people.
VISUALS: Land acknowledgement ceremony, mural, people gathering and studying art, local buildings and intersection
FOR MORE INFO:
BIA Media Contact:
Stephen Boujikian Phone: 416-885-6252
Languages spoken: English and Armenian
Media Conference - Speakers and guests in attendance
Brad Wong, BIA Board Member and Emcee
Philip Cote, Mural Artist and Land Acknowledgement
Joe Cressy, Toronto City Councillor (Ward 20) and BIA Board Member
Hon. Carolyn Bennett, M.D., M.P for Toronto-St. Paul’s, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs.
Catherine Campbell, honourable guest from Street Art Toronto
Robert Chee, BIA Board Chair
Emilia Filippelli-Ochana, BIA Coordinator
Stephen Boujikian, BIA Board Member
Cary Zeweig, Owner of property hosting mural
Media Conference - Rain location in case of inclement weather:
D & D Express Mart
272 Dupont St. (NE Corner of Dupont St. and Spadina Rd.)
Property Owner: Cary Zeweig
Capacity: 10 to 15 people including spokespeople and TV media
MEDIA RELEASES FOR DOWNLOAD:
IN THE NEWS:
2016-12-11 Al Jazeera English
2016-09-23 Public Radio International (PRI) The World
2016-09-21 Blog T.O.
2016-09-20 CBC News
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