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!
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?
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.
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.
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!!
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!
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.
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!