What do you love about your city?

February 22, 2017
by Lindsay
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Feb. 25, 2017: Toronto 4 Everyone’s Community Hub

This city is full of amazing community organizations, and a bunch of us are coming together for a drop-in fair at the Town Hall for All: Community Hub, as part of An Honest Farewell, on Saturday, February 25 from 1-3pm (AND IT’S FREE!). I seriously can’t wait to be back in Honest Ed’s for one last time. What an iconic place!

Come and write a love letters about your neighbourhoods with me, learn to make signs like the Ed’s classics with Ligatures, test your skills with CultureLink, see a talent show organized by Clarissa Magalhaes, hear spoken word from theToronto Centre for Community Learning & Development (CCL&D), speak with Passages Canada, and even participate in an improv workshop withBad Dog Theatre Company.

There will be no place like this space, any place!

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February 15, 2017
by Lindsay
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An inspiring Valentine’s Day at the library

On Valentine’s Day, I had the great pleasure of hanging out with an English conversation circle  at York Woods Library. I cannot imagine a more perfect way to spend Cupid’s Day than talking about what we love about where we live. The participants came from all over and had such insight into what makes Toronto Toronto. It was really inspiring.

This woman was from Iran — and her note about clean water made me pause — I take that for granted. It reinforced for me how important it is to reflect on (and share!) what we love about our homes.


A hidden letter in the stacks!!

What do you take for granted about where you live that could use a little spotlight?

xoxo

February 12, 2017
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NYC Pop-up

A love letter to the Strand Bookstore, hidden in the basement stacks!

New York City is, as you read this, being papered with love. Love letters to its bookstores and bodegas and coffee shops and graffiti and everything in between…

Last weekend, The Love Lettering Project headed down to NYC for a pop-up event with Artery – a performing arts series that brings incredible art to unconventional spaces (because, as they believe, every space is a stage!) Man oh man – SO! MUCH! FUN!!!

One particular letter ended up at the Strand Bookstore, one of the most incredible bookstores every (there are 18 MILES of books!)

From the letter writer/hider: To be walking around a place I love, with books I love, with the love letter in my bag, waiting for a moment, to tuck it away in just the right corner…..what a gift. 

There’ll be many more NY letters to come! Follow along on Instagram: @loveletteringproject

I know love letters aren’t going fix what’s going on in the world at the moment, but I truly do believe that connecting with our immediate surroundings, our homes, our neighbourhoods, and our neighbours matters, especially now. And talking about and sharing that love, that compassion, that goodness in the face of such fear and hatred matters even more.

All set for the letter writers…

More about Artery: Artery lets anyone bring creative experiences to life, in places you may not expect. More about the project and how to host/perform at events) here!

February 9, 2017
by Lindsay
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LA LA Love

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These days, my daydreams are made of palm trees and bare shoulders and warm, warm sunshine. (Can you tell it’s chilly today. -19 celsius with the windchill…that would be -2 Fahrenheit. COLD!)

And so, I’m living vicariously through these love letters created at an L.A. Love Lettering Project pop-up event and pretending I too am hanging out on the beach…

 

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January 29, 2017
by Lindsay
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Writing The City: Parkdale Library + The Love Lettering Project

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Such exciting news in this grey, grey January – I’ve received funding from the Ontario Arts Council to bring my city-based Love Lettering Project-inspired writing workshops to Parkdale Library this fall! I’m so excited! There will be a few drop-in sessions, and an 8-week workshop for adults and an 8-week workshop for youth. I promise to post more details (dates, times, etc) as we figure them out.

For now, three cheers for community arts funding!!

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January 18, 2017
by Lindsay
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February 25, 2017: Toronto for Everyone’s Community Fair at Honest Ed’s

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I could NOT be more thrilled to be bringing The Love Lettering Project to Honest Ed’s with the Toronto For Everyone festival. It’s such an iconic building in Toronto and I love that it’s getting a proper send off complete with a four-day festival.

I’ll have a Love Lettering Project table set up from 1-3 on Saturday, February 25 at Honest Ed’s: 581 Bloor St. W (more details TBA!). Come join me as we write love letters to this wonderful, light-filled place!

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As its first event, CSI’s Toronto for Everyone will host the first, last and only farewell to Honest Ed’s. From February 23-26, 2017, Honest Ed’s will be transformed into four-day festival space that will feature public interactive experiences, exhibitions, conversations, and special celebrations.

We have invited creators, artists, organizations and programmers to co-create the historic official farewell experience.

 

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January 17, 2017
by Lindsay
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February 14, 2017: Love Lettering at York Woods Library

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York Woods Library, illustrated by Daniel Rotsztain, from his book, All The Libraries Toronto*

I’m going to be spending Valentine’s Day at York Woods library, writing love letters to the neighbourhood! Come and join me!

Tuesday Feb 14, 2017 – 6-7pm – Room 1 – York Woods library – 1785 Finch Ave W.

Canada is turning 150 and there is so much to love! What do you love about Canada? Write a love letter to your community!

Everyone is welcome. Drop in. For more information, contact the branch at 416-395-5980. 

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* More on Daniel’s wonderful All The Libraries project here, along with his incredible illustrations and book published by Dundurn Press!

January 3, 2017
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Hello 2017!!!

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Hello 2017!! There are big plans ahead for The Love Lettering Project this year and I am so excited to get started! To start, there are some wonderful events at home in Toronto (details coming soon!) Aaaaaaand, there will be pop-up Love Lettering Project events happening throughout the U.S. (in Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, NYC, L.A., Riverside, CA, Ukiah, CA, Okemos, MI, among others). Contact me for more information!

Stay in the loop by joining the LLP mailing list here!

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