What do you love about your city?

July 29, 2019
by Lindsay
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Word on the Street + BIG on Bloor Festival + LOVE

I had the best time at the Word on the Street tent at the BIG on Bloor festival! It was hot as can be, but we hung out in the shade of the tent and wrote so many love letters to Toronto and it was just lovely!

And then we hid some love letters for people to find:

The Dufferin Station tiles are my favourite!

I just called to say I love you…

July 15, 2019
by Lindsay
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July 20, 2019: BIG on Bloor Festival with Word on the Street

Join me on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the BIG on Bloor Festival. The festival looks AH-MAZING, and I’m so excited to be part of it. I’ll be hanging out at the Word on the Street tent (in front of 1140 Bloor St, just west of Dufferin) from 3-4pm – come write a love letter to this wonderful city we share!

 

July 15, 2019
by Lindsay
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My love letter to Sunnyside Pool (on the radio)

It’s no secret that swimming in the summer is my very favourite thing to do (followed closely by picnicking, then a tie between eating ice cream and eating BLTs…), so when Metro Morning called and asked if I’d be the first guest in their Enthusiast series, I jumped at the chance.

The outdoor pools in Toronto are free (FREE!!!!), and they are the most incredible public spaces. Of course I think the best pool in the city is probably the one closest to you, but I will admit I am partial to this one…

You can listen to be wax poetic with Matt Galloway about why I love swimming here!

PS: I’m also creating a crowd-sourced user guide to Toronto pools here (help out if you can! Or pass it along to a maybe-swimmer!)…AND my mid-July swimming update. Spoiler alert: There’ve been some gold start swims so far!

June 13, 2019
by Lindsay
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Thank you letters to heroes

Female-identifying politicians get hate mail all. the. time. Vitriolic, abusive, horrific messages over email, Twitter, and in the post. I can’t even imagine. BUT imagine if they received postcards (so they knew at first glance it wasn’t hate mail…!) thanking them for their service and cheering them on. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

Cue Gabe Thirlwall and I teaming up last night to send love letters to progressive female-identifying MPPs with a big room full of wonderful people. We wanted to counter the flood of hate that women politicians receive daily – a teeny, tiny act of kindness in super messed up times. Gabe designed the postcards of Queen’s Park and we coloured and wrote and swapped stories of our progressive female leaders. It was a really exceptional night, filled with support and generosity.

We want to do it again. Let us know if your Ontario town needs an event.

 

 

 

June 13, 2019
by Lindsay
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Writing The City: An ending with cake

Since the mid-March, I’ve spent Monday nights leading a writing workshop with the most inspiring, generous group of writers at High Park Library. We met each week and wrote about our city, the neighbourhood of Parkdale-High Park, creating characters, and reading poems about the neighbourhood, as winter turned into spring, turned into almost-summer.

On our final night, we ate chocolate cake and piles of chips and shared our work, cheering on each others’ characters and wondering where they’ll end up. What a privilege it was. I had such an incredible time.

I am so grateful to the Ontario Arts Council for funding and High Park Library at the Toronto Public Library for support. And for the inspiring writers who showed up week after week. Thank you.

March 24, 2019
by Lindsay
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High Park Library love

I had the most wonderful mid-March afternoon love lettering at High Park Library! It’s such a beautiful space and the patrons and staff were so warm and welcoming! We wrote love letters to the neighbourhood (and then I saw a few hidden for strangers to find on my walk home!!)

And when I saw Kerry Clare’s novel on the shelf in the glorious early evening sunshine, I couldn’t help but leave it a love letter:

Aaaaaand, if you’re interested in a *free* 8-week writing workshop, join me at High Park Library this spring!

Writing the City is an 8-week writing workshop where we will find our creative voices, inspired by Parkdale/High Park.

Adult workshops (18+)
Mondays: 7-8:15pm
April 1, 8, 15, 29 | May 6, 13, May 27 | June 3
with an optional public reading on June 10.

Please register for the free workshops in person or by calling High Park Library at 416-393-7671. High Park Branch: 228 Roncesvalles Ave.

More info here!

Funded by the Ontario Arts Council’s Community Art program.

March 24, 2019
by Lindsay
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All the love for Parkdale

In the fall of 2017, I got to spend two afternoons/evenings a week at Parkdale Library. It was one of the greatest highlights of my community arts career! So, imagine my delight when I got to return to the library before its reno this spring! I got to see so many familiar faces, and meet new neighbours. It was such a delight.

There were so many wonderful letters penned that mid-March afternoon. Here are a few of them:

And, I hid some letters on my way home…

Aaaaaand, if you’re looking for a place-based writing workshop this spring, I’m leading one at High Park Library on Mondays! Join me!

Writing The City: Adult writing workshop (18+)
Mondays: 7-8:15pm
April 1, 8, 15, 29 | May 6, 13, May 27 | June 3
with an optional public reading on June 10.

Please register for the free workshops in person or by calling High Park Library at 416-393-7671. High Park Branch: 228 Roncesvalles Ave.

More info here!

Funded by the Ontario Arts Council’s Community Art program.

March 1, 2019
by Lindsay
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Writing the City 2019: Writing workshops at High Park Library

Do you love Parkdale/High Park? Do you love to write?

Join me for a *free* 8-week writing workshop at High Park Library where we will find our creative voices, inspired by Parkdale/High Park.

Adult workshops (18+)
Mondays: 7-8:15pm
April 1, 8, 15, 29 | May 6, 13, May 27 | June 3
with an optional public reading on June 10.

Please register for the free workshops in person or by calling High Park Library at 416-393-7671. High Park Branch: 228 Roncesvalles Ave.

More on the workshops:

Writing the City is a writing-based community engagement project based on The Love Lettering Project, the internationally acclaimed writing project founded in 2004 by Lindsay Zier-Vogel.

After a successful 2017 season at Parkdale Library, and a second successful season in 2018 at Annette St. Library, Writing the City will take place at the Toronto Public Library’s High Park branch, and be comprised of a registration-required eight-week writing workshop for adults. In the workshops, participants will generate poetry and short fiction inspired by and/or situated in Parkdale/High Park and to conclude, we will be hosting and optional public reading for the community.

Participants will uncover their own voices and Lindsay will work with the writers in providing community-focused inspiration and editing skills, transforming their work over the course of the 8-week workshop.

Lindsay is an active member of the community-based arts community and since 2004, she has been asking people to write love poems to their communities, slip them into airmail envelopes marked “love.” and distribute them anonymously throughout their communities. Through her Love Lettering Project, thousands of people have participated in over 250 events in Toronto and in two Canada Council-funded tours to the UK and Canada’s North. The project has the capacity to transform an individual’s relationship to public space and their communities through social and artistic engagement. Since its inception, Lindsay has developed a co-creative writing workshop program based on these principles, uniting creative writing and community engagement in workshops for children, youth and adults (through the TDSB, Pathways to Education, Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada’s DreamCatcher Mentoring, Sister Writes, among others).

Lindsay received an M.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Toronto under the advisorship of award winning novelist, Anne Michaels and has been published in many publications including The Toronto Star, The Lampeter Review, Taddle Creek, room of one’s own, Where The Nights Are Twice As Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poets, published by Goose Lane Editions and Watermarks: Writing by Lido Lovers and Wild Swimmers. Her Love Lettering Project-based picture book DEAR STREET will be published by Kids Can Press. More about Lindsay here.

Funded by the Ontario Arts Council’s Community Art program.

 

March 1, 2019
by Lindsay
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High Park + love letters + March 18

What do you love about Parkdale/High Park??

Come on by High Park Library on Monday, March 18 and write love letters to one of my very favourite neighbourhoods in Toronto (it’s free!!)

High Park Library: 228 Roncesvalles Ave.
Monday, March 18: 4:30-6pm

And if you’re interested in an 8-week city-based creative writing workshop at High Park library (free, and led by me!) you can call the library and register: 416-393-7671.

Adult workshops (18+):
Mondays: 7-8:15pm
April 1, 8, 15, 29 | May 6, 13, May 27 | June 3
with an optional public reading on June 10.

High Park Library: 228 Roncesvalles Ave.

More info about the workshops here!

Funded by the Ontario Arts Council’s Community Art program:

February 27, 2019
by Lindsay
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Parkdale + love letters + March 14

What do you love about Parkdale??

Come on by Parkdale Library on Thursday March 14 and write love letters to one of my very favourite neighbourhoods in Toronto (it’s free!!)

Parkdale Library: 1303 Queen Street W
Thursday, March 14: 4-5:30pm

And if you’re interested in an 8-week city-based creative writing workshop at High Park library (free, and led by me!) you can call the library and register: 416-393-7671.

Adult workshops (18+):
Mondays: 7-8:15pm
April 1, 8, 15, 29 | May 6, 13, May 27 | June 3
with an optional public reading on June 10.

High Park Library: 228 Roncesvalles Ave.

More info about the workshops here!

Funded by the Ontario Arts Council’s Community Art program: