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Arts grants available as city plans to focus on EY as a “cultural hot spot” in 2017

\ By Tina Novotny \
In mid-September East York residents gathered with City of Toronto representatives to share ideas to turn the neighbourhood into the city’s next Cultural Hotspot in 2017.

With presentations, performance and break-out groups, participants enthusiastically shared their favourite East York elements and attractions, from the beauty of Taylor Creek Park to secret historical sites.

The City has already shone the arts, culture and community spotlight on Scarborough (2014), Etobicoke (2015) and North York (2016) and now it’s East York’s turn to share our talents and treasures with our fellow citizens and visitors.

Partner organizations include East End Arts and the Children’s Peace Theatre, school boards and Toronto Public Library locations, local BIAs and many others.

Between May and October there will be special events, festivals and art happenings to build on East York’s already substantial community pride. Cultural Loops will offer self-guided tours, Hot Eats will highlight restaurants, bakeries and cafes, and Signature Projects will help to develop dynamic, transformative ventures.

Through a fund named Spark, emerging artists can apply for seed or sustainability funding, mentoring and other supports. Grants range from $500 to $5,000. More information about the East York Cultural Hotspot is available through Arts Services, a unit of the city’s Department of Economic Development & Culture.

Send general inquiries to:, and to submit proposals for programming sponsorship, contact Andrea Raymond-Wong at

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