We HeART Vibrant Oakwood Avenue: A Growing Toronto Arts District

City Living, Design

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Have you ever cycled down Oakwood Avenue – which runs south from Eglinton Avenue West – to see what new art installation has appeared? Designated an Arts District by the City of Toronto in 2018 – thanks in great part to the active mix of cultural communities that call the area home – this neighbourhood flies its Arts Flag proudly promoting various artists (and the creation of art!) through specialized installations and local exhibits, as well as incredible murals and street art!

For example, here is multi-disciplinary artist Curtia Wright’s vibrant mural – “Celebrating Queer Black Lives” – currently at 529 Oakwood Avenue. It was commissioned by LOMA Marketing Agency and supported by the Nia Centre for the Arts and the local community.


Celebrating Queer Black Lives (2021) from STEPS Public Art on Vimeo.


(More info here! –> STEPS Public Art Newsletter)


Another artist making a splash on Oakwood Avenue is Leone McComas.

“As part of I HeART Main Street 2021, the Oakwood Village BIA commissioned artwork from the artist, Leone McComas, who after the BIA’s call for donations of street furniture from the community, painted one bench and one picnic table in bright floral motifs to make their CafeTO parkette more inviting for those enjoying the space.” Artworxto


*Photos both courtesy of Oakwood Village BIA


We would also be remiss not to mention the 4.9 metre steel palm tree at Oakwood & Vaughan intended to symbolize the roots put down by the Caribbean community in the area. Neat eh? It was part of an overhaul by the City of the entire traffic island, including bus bay.


*Image courtesy of TheStar, with thanks.


We’d also love the ‘Together We Grow‘ mural by Ryan Smeeton at Eglinton Ave W and Glenholme Ave!


*Image courtesy of Toronto.ca, wth thanks.


Oakwood Avenue is headed in the direction of becoming a cultural thoroughfare (like Ossington Avenue); “mature in character and spirit” the area is in the midst of gentrification, and residents are crossing their fingers that this positive change continues. – National Post

All it takes is a spark; a little care, colour and creativity in a community can go a long way to inspiring others and creating a more vibrant, nourishing neighbourhood for all!



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