How We Live In Cities celebrate parks as central to the experience of living in cities with Park Site, a program all about parks. This will be an opportunity to share news about parks, present projects and exchange ideas.


culminates as a featured hub at the BIG on Bloor Festival

July 21, 12:00 to  6:00
Bloor Steet from Dufferin to Lansdowne, ParkSite is located on Bloor Street at Dufferin on the south side near the tennis courts.

Featured events:

Plastic: The Immortal Demon (or) Plastic is Scary

Participants can create a monster or “immortal demon” out of plastic trash they’ve found in the park or using the plastic bags and plastic bits supplied at the event. The creations are to be photographed and shared on social media.

Presented by: StopPlastics

StopPlastics believes that disposable plastics must be eliminated because they are contaminating the Earth. A world free from plastic pollution is only possible by stopping the consumption of plastic. StopPlastics is a Toronto grassroots movement that advocates for a ban on plastic bags in Toronto as a first step to reducing plastic waste.

A Vital Little Plan for Dufferin Grove Park

Jane Jacobs said the best way to make a city lively is to let ordinary people make “vital little plans,” locally. If a plan seems promising, the city government can help by making service contracts that pay people to carry out good ideas, on a small scale. For 15 years, that’s what made Dufferin Grove Park so nice. Then the city government decided to fix what wasn’t broken. That hasn’t worked out. Can we make it fun again?

Presented by: CELOS

CELOS aims to conducts and disseminates research on the use of neighbourhood public parks and other public commons areas. CELOS establishes and operates a resource library to enable members of the public to deepen their knowledge about the use of neighbourhood public parks and other public commons areas.

Spot Gardens

Gardens are a way to lower city carbon footprints while improving the experience of living in cities. Gardens help mediate summer heat, water run-off, provide bee and wildlife habitat, enhance urban appearances and provide healthy, self-directed exercise. Festival visitors can take home their own Spot Garden kit, which includes everything needed to start a garden of their very own.

Presented by: How We Live In Cities

How We Live In Cities is a civic studies organization that responds to urban situations with ecology, culture and art initiatives. At the How We Live in Cities hub at the BIG on Bloor Festival, visitors can engage in discussion around expanding green spaces in the city while participating in gardening-inspired activities.

ReImagine Wallace Emerson Park

A continuation of a series of past projects around the development of Wallace Emerson Park. Festival visitors are invited to create a drawing about how they imagine using Wallace Emerson Park, and the various features that could be implemented in the future to improve the park for the whole community.

Presented by: ReImagine Galleria and Elad Canada

The Reimagine Galleria Community Space is a community asset whereby residents can come to learn about the redevelopment proposal, share thoughts and collaborate with other members of the community.

Origami Lantern Workshop

In this workshop, participants will become acquainted with Japanese culture and the art of origami by transforming a flat sheet of paper into finished lantern box through a variety of folding and sculpting techniques. At sunset, lanterns will light up the streets and trees,  the lanterns will be given as presents to the participants at the end of the festival.

Presented by: TEFU and Art Autonomy Network

TEFU is a group of Japanese artists and sculptors, consisting of four MA students and two teachers of Tokyo University of Fine Art. Emiko Kato is a curator of this project and also the director of Art Autonomy Network; a not-for-profit organization for building the network among artists and relative people both domestic and overseas, which is based in Tokyo. AAN tries to improve the circumstance of contemporary art scenes surrounding art relative situations so that people can access a variety of art activities for educational purposes.

Park People: Organization to support parks

and others, check back soon for a full description.


May / June / July / August, 2018
In parks and green spaces that connect west end parks and walking paths
to each other through links via garden-planted residential streets.


May 5th, 1:00 to 3:00
Campbell Street Park
Select your colour and contribute to a temporary community sculpture.


May 22, 4:00 to 6:30
Wallace Emerson Park, West End of the Park
Make a print edition from Wallace Emerson sidewalk reliefs. Bronze cast relief sculptures seed the surface of the Wallace Emerson Park Walk, contributed by curated artists: Vera Frenkel, Monica Tap, Dyan Marie, Lois Andison, Tony Sherman, Margaret Priest, John McKinnon, Ants Reigo, Blue Republic, Dionne Simpson, Snaige Sileika, Eldon Garnet, Guy Walter and Shelley Adler. The works provide a surface to create prints: cover the bronze with paper and rub with pencil, charcoal or crayon to create a print edition.
On May 22, we will ink the surface of selected sculptures to print T-shirts.
All materials supplies – Free

Wallace Emerson Park is being redesigned and expanded. How We Live in Cities is marking park sites with projects to encourage people to walk, enjoy and learn about the park. Schooled with fresh experiences, we encourage neighbours to become strong advocates for the kind of future park needed. Follow up with Reimagine Galleria Open House located in the Galleria Mall: contribute to a presentation focused on what people would like to see as part of the new and expanded community centre and park.



Empathy for the large world of small creatures. Walk Here and see ants on the path, bees in the flowers, moths mistaking streetlights for the moon, the songs of crickets coming from the long grass. The project features local insects captured and released the same day with opportunities for close looking. It is a reminder to Bee Aware of our pollinators and the importance of parks, gardens and green-space as shared habitat because insects, birds, animals and plants are people too. How We Live In Cities encourages green links and walking systems to connect habitats. A goal is to foster garden corridors linking parks, walkways, green-space and residential streets front yard gardens together to improve the experience of living in cities for insects, animals, plants and people. Make a Stake-holder, to mark your front-yard garden as part of a green corridor. Photograph and tag your marker with #ParkSite #SpotGardens

Location: West End Rail Path, Wallace Ave Bridge area, Toronto
Date: June 2, 2018
Time: 1:00 to 3:00


West End Railpath Banner Installation
Encouragement to help create bee habitat with connected green space via garden-making. Image: Plants from the West End Rail Path, Campbell Street Park, Wallace Emerson Park, Davenport Diamond rail lands and Davenport Village Park. How to start a garden:

Location: West End Rail Path, Wallace Ave Bridge area
Date: Installed June 2, 2018


PARKSITE at DAVENPORT VILLAGE PARK Saturday, JUNE 9,11:30-1:00 Celebrate Davenport Village Park, it’s community and the importance of the park as the neighbourhood centre. How We Live In Cities’ brings hands-on, family-friendly, art and ecology projects to enjoy. ALL FREE ALL WELCOME

The park also offers a hopeful walking future with proposed links to the Green Line, the Metrolinx pathway, West End Rail Path, The Bentway and others. Parks, gardens, walking paths lower our carbon footprint and improve the experience of living in cities for everyone: people, plants, animals and insects. The park offers opportunities for community building, place-making, better health and mindset.




Susan Tibaldi Park
July 22 – 28
Installation using recycled materials, a PULP event with ArtSite / ParkSite
About PULP Party 


ParkSite: How We Live In Cities
free to download. ParkSite pdf catalogue of projects.
Feburary 2019

Made possible with support from:
TD Friends of the Environment, BIG: Bloor Improvement Group,
Canada Works, CELOS

Please check back soon as updated information is posted regularly.

More information contact: / 647.973.2349