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Here’s why there are bright red hearts around Toronto

Here’s why there are bright red hearts around Toronto

If you’ve noticed bright red hearts popping up all over Toronto, you’ve got a first glimpse of a large-scale city-wide art project rolling out this week.

The city’s ShowLoveTO campaign was relaunched on Tuesday, putting bright red hearts up with #ShowLoveTO on them around Toronto. And with the relaunch came the news of a new ShowLoveTO project called BigArtTO, which brings art projections to each of the city’s 25 departments.

A total of 29 locations around the city display neighborhood-specific works of art created by Toronto artists and projected on local buildings and landmarks. Two to three of the 29 locations will be active at any one time, with locations changing weekly for 11 weeks.

The first week, which starts on Wednesday 15 September, has three installations:

  • Inside Out, Rexdale by Yasin Osman and Jamal Burger at Greenholme Junior Middle School, 10 Jamestown Cresent, Etobicoke North
  • Red Crowned Crane by Enna Kim at Parkdale Library, 1303 Queen Street West, Parkdale-High Park
  • Dreamscapes by Courtney Dookwah at Lawrence Heights Community Center, 5 Replin Road, Eglinton-Lawrence

All BigArtTO projections will be outdoors to allow for physical distance, and each projection will be played on a loop for three hours from 7:45 pm to 10:45 pm.

ShowLoveTO also encourages Toronto toners to show their city some love by shopping and eating locally. They also offer a range of free walking tours, both guided and self-guided, to help people explore Toronto’s neighborhoods.

A complete list of all ShowLoveTO’s events can be found here.

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