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Cosburn Arts Centre presenting ‘Living History’ of East York Oct. 14

\ BY GARY WEBB-PROCTOR \

The Cosburn Arts Centre is following up on its successful July 15 arts festival with another day of special activities on Sat. October 14 featuring a “pop up museum” of historical displays, a photo wall of pictures taken by local youth and other photographers plus a live musical theatre show celebrating Canadian composers.

View of East York from Cosburn United Church in 1042 -archival photo

View of East York from Cosburn United Church in 1042 -archival photo

Activities will start at 10 a.m. with the opening of the pop up museum in the centre located in basement of the annex at Cosburn United Church, 1108 Greenwood Ave. at Cosburn.  There is no admission charge for attending.

The East York Historical Society and other local organizations will be providing various historical artifacts and memorabilia for the display.

Contemporary photo of East York Now Screen from roof of Cosburn United Church -GEORGE DUNBAR

Contemporary photo of East York Now Screen from roof of Cosburn United Church -GEORGE DUNBAR

Throughout the day there will also be a display of the works of some of East York’s local talented photographers, including retired professional George Dunbar, who was born and raised in East York, attending R.H. McGregor and East York Collegiate schools.

After discovering an historical 1942 photo of East York taken from atop the church in 1942, he asked to be able to take a contemporary version of the shot and the two works, which are part of a “Now and Then” series he is creating, will be included.  He’s expected to be on hand to talk about his work and life in East York.

A highlight of the day will be the unveiling of the newly created SPARK Photo Wall and an awards ceremony taking place at 3 p.m. on the main stage of the centre.  The wall contains photos taken by participating local youth guided by professional photographer mentors as part of this year’s Cultural Hot Spot initiatives in partnership with the City of Toronto.

After the museum and photograph displays wrap up at 6, there will be another special event taking place at 8 as Capricorn 9 Productions stages its original presentation of “The World Is Changing, A Celebration of Canadian Composers”.

The show highlights the talents of local performers as it showcases the works of Canadian composers, including East York’s own Cliff Jones.  This is a ticketed event for which admission is just $15-$20, payable at the door or in advance through the eventbrite.ca website.

 

 

 

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