What do you love about your city?

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
by Lindsay
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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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November 30, 2016
by Lindsay
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As close as I have to a letter writing manifesto

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One of my favourite writers, Jon McGregor, loves letters. Which of course endears him to me even more. (He also likes brunch, and we got to brunch together when I was love lettering in Nottingham a few years ago…I still dream of that bacon…).

“People really do like having something to hold,” he wrote in a recent article about letter writing in The Guardian. Yes! YES! And as I kept reading, I realized this article is as close to a letter-writing manifesto as I have ever come across. You can read the whole thing here, but here are some of my favourite gems:

“A letter, by contrast, always arrives from the past. There is a waiting – a forced patience – built into the mechanics. You wait for a letter to arrive. You wait for a reply. In the time it takes for the letter to reach its destination, anything can happen: minds be changed, lives lost, loves discovered.”

“There is an astonishing wealth of information on the devices we carry around with us – a wealth that should be celebrated – but it can be difficult to concentrate on one piece of information at a time; to read a single article or book with the kind of deep, measured concentration that seems to come more naturally with print.”

And Jon’s love of letters extends beyond penning missives to chums.  He started the Letters Page, a literary journal out of the University of Nottingham. In his words:

…I wanted it to be a literary journal that could find an underhand way of being literary; to take the self-consciousness out of being literary. I’ve always been interested in the kinds of writing people do when they don’t think they’re being asked To Write, and I’d been thinking about letters as a form; wondering about the differences between letters-on-paper and emails, reflecting on my own letter-writing history, noticing the democracy of correspondence as a literary practice. So the idea was born.

Letters, handwriting, in print and online…Check it out, it truly is a wonder.

October 17, 2016
by Lindsay
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Literary citizenship + love letters

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Last week I was thrilled to be invited to give a lecture for Prof. Robert McGill’s fourth year Literary Citizenship course at the University of Toronto. What a remarkable group of people! We talked about The Love Lettering Project – the what and the why and the how – and what we love about where we live. Then we wrote love letters.

The hush that happens after the rush for paper, pens, scissors, glue and envelopes is one of my favourite kinds of quiet.

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Check out some of the amazing, thoughtful letters that have since been hidden around town:

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(The bleachers at the U of T Athletic Centre also happen to be one of my favourite places on campus and immediately after my lecture, I popped into breathe in the chlorine-y air and watch the incredible swim team practice!)

The English Department has moved since I was an undergrad/grad student, and it’s now in the building that used to house my pediatrician’s office. It was surreal to see drywall where I used to see Dr. Garfield, but I was thrilled to see the mail shaft was still in place by the elevators!

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July 22, 2016
by Lindsay
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Love letters to Toronto’s swimming holes

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When I’m not writing love letters, I’m swimming, especially during Toronto’s summer months. And when I’m not in the water, I’m co-writing a swim blog, Swimming Holes We Have Known with two brilliant swimmers, Rhya Tamasauskas and Laura Wills.

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I had the great pleasure of chatting with CBC Radio’s Metro Morning host, Matt Galloway from the docks outside of Sunnyside this morning (my ultimate favourite spot in the city – between the lake and the pool!)

And I’m not the only one who loves swimming! Check out these amazing swim love letters that have been written over the years:

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Check out more swim-y love letters here!

 

June 21, 2016
by Lindsay
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So much love at The Paper Place’s Crafternoon

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Is there anything dreamier than being surrounded by the city’s most beautiful paper for an entire afternoon, writing letters with the loveliest folks? Nope! I had the best time The Paper Place‘s Crafternoon this June (and yes, I did come home with a lighter wallet and a lot of washi tape…!)

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June 7, 2016
by Lindsay
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Saturday, June 11: Crafternoon at The Paper Place

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SO excited to be hosting a Love Lettering Project Crafternoon event this Saturday at The Paper Place! Glorious, beautiful paper and love letter writing ALL AFTERNOON?! Yes please!

Join us!

Saturday, June 11, 1-4pm at 887 Queen St. W

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Be warned: I might buy the entire wall of washi tape

June 6, 2016
by Lindsay
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30 days of nature: The David Suzuki Foundation’s 30×30 Challenge wrap-up

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I spent all of May spending outside. Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but I spent A LOT of time outside in May for the David Suzuki Foundation’s 30×30 Challenge. I partnered with them, and asked people to write love letters to nature and was floored daily by the responses. I’d scroll through Instagram and Twitter (using: #30x30challenge and #lovenature) and revel in the beauty of the natural world and in how and where people spent their 30 minutes/day in nature. It was so wonderful.

I had the most lovely wrap-up meeting with Aryne Sheppard, David Suzuki Foundation’s Senior Public Engagement Specialist, and an absolute gem of a human being, and she shared the stats with me:

  • 68 countries took part
  • Nearly 13,000 individuals registered
  • 821 schools registered (think of how many students that is!!)
  • 463 workplaces registered.

My heart is full to bursting. Truly. That is a whole lot of people spending time in the natural world, thinking and reflecting on what it means to them, and how it changes and shapes who they are.

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I generally spend a lot of time outside with my 15-month-old, but there was something about the CHALLENGE part of it that transformed our time outside. There was intention. I biked to parks I’ve never been to. We spent a lot of time exploring. My son discovered ants. And tree bark and pinecones (both of which he infatuated with!). We planted a garden (including milkweed!). We spent so much time by the river, by the lake, in Toronto’s High Park. There were near-daily picnics. And on the one day I didn’t spend at least 30 minutes outside, I felt cagey and cooped up and it furthered my resolve to be outside, really be outside. It is truly an extraordinary practice and I feel so grateful for the DSF Challenge for the big huge reminder.

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Over the month of May, we watched the tulips, the daffodils and the allium bloom, then the lilacs and the forget-me-nots. My son ate his weight in dandelion seeds (we’re still working on blowing the seeds, not eating them like a lollipop).

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BARK! Jack’s newest discovery.


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PS: Check out these incredible letters students wrote to nature (and these are such a small fraction of the letters DSF received!)