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Evergreen celebrates Ravine Days with launch of a new public art program and special activities in Toronto ravines - Saturday, September 23, 2017

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Evergreen celebrates Ravine Days with launch of a new public art program and special activities in Toronto ravines - Saturday, September 23, 2017

TORONTO, ONTARIO (September 19, 2017) – Meet you on the trails! On Saturday, September 23, 2017, Evergreen joins the City of Toronto and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to celebrate the City’s ravines network with Ravine Days, a day of free guided walks, bike rides, nature play and art along the Lower Don and Evergreen Brick Works. Visitors along the newly reopened Lower Don Trail will discover the first public art installation as part of Evergreen’s Don River Valley Park Art Program, a series of striking concrete gargoyles by Omaskêko Cree artist Duane Linklater situated south of Evergreen Brick Works along the meadow north of the Bloor Viaduct.

Explore the enhanced Lower Don Trail with Evergreen:

Launch of the Evergreen’s Don River Valley Park Art Program: Unveiling of new public art trail with Monsters for Beauty, Permanence and Individuality, a new installation by Duane Linklater. The 14 cast replicas of gargoyles adorning prominent buildings in downtown Toronto focus attention of the Lower Don’s role in Toronto’s industrialization, while sparking a larger conversation regarding ongoing Indigenous and colonial occupation of the city. The artist is scheduled to be on-site from 2 to 4 p.m. for an opening event. See Map for location.

Nature play along the Lower Don Trail: Join Don River Valley Park advocates to decorate the trails and learn more about the Don River Valley Park, the ravines and the animals that live there.

Guided walks from Riverdale Park East: Explore the ecology and history of The Don with Evergreen along the Lower Don Trail. The free hour-long guided walks start on the hour at the Don River Valley Park tent at Riverdale Park East.

 

Meet in the heart of the ravines at Evergreen Brick Works:

Guided Bike Rides: Family-friendly hour-long rides travel from Bike Works at Evergreen Brick Works along the new Bayview multi-use trail to the Lower Don Trail, stopping at important ecological areas to the new public art installation near the Bloor Viaduct. Rides start at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Wiigwaasi-Jiimaan: Birch Bark Canoe Build: Artist Mike Ormsby and his team complete the construction of a traditional Anishinaabe birch bark canoe. Funding for this month-long project was provided through Toronto Arts Council’s Animating Historic Sites program.

Nature play in the Children’s Garden: Explore lakes, rivers, storms, clouds and rain through the eyes of different plants and animals that call Toronto’s ravine system home.

For the map and more details and timing, please visit: https://www.evergreen.ca/whats-on/event/ravine-days-celebrate-the-lower-don/

 

For more Ravine Days celebrations, visit www.toronto.ca/ravines.

ABOUT THE DON RIVER VALLEY ART PROGRAM:

The Don River Valley Park Art Program, presented by Evergreen in partnership with the City of Toronto and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, is a series of new temporary sculptural installations, murals, billboards and performance, including dance and sound, along the Don River, created specifically for this site by local, Canadian and international artists.

 

Launching September 23, 2017, the commissioned artworks respond to the Don Valley’s ecological, cultural, industrial and Indigenous histories and future. Each celebrates the site's natural environment and the city as a whole, integrating art into the landscape as the program and the seasons evolve. Each project will have its own timeline, with some lasting many years and others for one day. Several more projects will be presented later in 2018 and in future years.

 

The Don River Valley Park, a 200-hectare greenspace spanning Pottery Road to Corktown Common, aims to build connections to and from neighbourhoods, engage Torontonians and visitors in cultural activities and enhance the environment of one of the world’s largest ravine systems.

For more information visit: https://donrivervalleypark.ca/


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