Sep 26 – Dec 19, 2014 | 50 Park Road –– explores Toronto’s relationship with its ravines: past, present and future. Featuring work by local artists, architects, environmentalists and planners, RavinePortal seeks to inspire curiosity, encourage access and increase exploration of our city’s defining landscapes. RavinePortal is part of WorldWide Storefront – a Storefront for Art and Architecture project #WWSf /check out our blog at: wwstorefront.org/project1.html

RavinePortal is curated by Megan Torza of DTAH; read the Curatorial Statement. Participants include:

  • artists: Dan BergeronAaron Vincent Elkaim and Michelle Gay; students from the Etobicoke School for the Arts and John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto
  • author and academic Amy Lavender Harris
  • local arts and environmental organizations: Well and GoodNo. 9 Contemporary Art and the EnvironmentEvergreenToronto Trees and Parks Foundation, Toronto Park PeoplePan Am Path and #LoveTheRavines
  • public sector partners: Toronto and Region ConservationCity of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, and City of Toronto Archives
  • community outreach partners: North York Arts and UforChange
  • Supported by: DTAHIan Garrett of the Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, and 3M

View the RavinePortal video presentation (low res):

Download the Hacker’s Guide PDFs, produced by DTAH and updated with public feedback, for the Humber Ravine and Don Valley Ravine.

Special lectures:

RavineTalk: Possible Futures took place Thurs. Oct. 30, 2014, 7 pm – 8:30 pm | Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave – explored the future vision of the Lower Don Valley as a form of public linear park that is sustainable and achievable, and considers how increased access, ongoing environmental stewardship, and the integration of public art might serve as guiding principles for the future vision of ravines across our City. Speakers: Seana Irvine, Chief Operating Officer of Evergreen, with Bryce Miranda and Brent Raymond, landscape architects and partners at DTAH.

RavineTalk: Expect the Unexpected took place Thur. Oct. 9, 2014, 7 pm-8:30 pm | St. Matthew’s Clubhouse, 450 Broadview Ave –– explored how to balance ongoing ecological conservation efforts with improved ravine access, expanded use, and enriched cultural programming. Speakers: Steve Heuchert, Senior Manager, Development Planning at the TRCA, and Andrew Davies, Executive Director No. 9: Contemporary Art & the Environment.