Cultural Hotspot Heats Up East York!

From May through October 2017, the City of Toronto’s fourth annual Cultural Hotspot initiative will celebrate and spotlight the arts, artists, culture, food, events and communities of East York and east-end neighbourhoods.


Highlights of this year’s Cultural Hotspot program include projects produced in partnership with local community arts groups, such as:


  • three new summer community arts festivals: East End Arts’ multi-day Main Squared Festival, Danforth Village Fair and the Monarch Park Arts and Music Festival


  • Cultivating Community through Mural Arts, a large-scale community-engagement mural project bringing together seven East York groups led by VIBE Arts


  • Project Future, an innovative and collaborative project combining permaculture gardening, eco-art installation and theatre led by local Indigenous and Black youth, produced with the Children’s Peace Theatre


  • exciting community workshops concluding in performances and exhibitions such as Animating Danforth East, Dance with Peacock, Riverside Roots, People and Trees, East York – A Living History


  • My City My Six, a participatory public art project in celebration of Canada 150 produced by the City in collaboration with six Local Arts Service Organizations


  • a HOT Eats culinary program and contest in collaboration with local BIAs and restaurants, and


  • a new East York/east-end edition of the Cultural Loops Guide offering self-guided tours that invite people to continue exploring the area for years to come.


The Cultural Hotspot will hold its signature celebration on June 17 at the East York Civic Centre with performances and family events. Residents should consult the program guide for a full list of events.


More information and the program guide are available at and on social media at and


Since the Cultural Hotspot’s launch in 2014, more than 60,000 people have attended about 180 projects and events presented by the City and its many partners in North York, Etobicoke and south Scarborough. The program has also engaged hundreds of young people in learning and mentorship since its inception.


The Cultural Hotspot is produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with local arts, cultural, educational and heritage organizations, community partners and local businesses. It builds on existing community strengths while developing resources outside of Toronto’s downtown as recommended by the Creative Capital Gains Action Plan.