Like many residents in Toronto, I’m originally from somewhere else. I really like the buzz and the cultural melting pot that this modern city offers.
Toronto is a walkers city – you just have to know where to walk, and what to look at.
In my desire to get to know the city better, I started to explore the downtown nooks and crannies, seeking out the character and legacy. As the city modernises, it appears to erase its history. What I found was a treasure trove of sights and sites, works of art, and some pieces of work.
What I also found was that many works lacked interpretation. As I started to research and bring some of the elements together, I discovered that I had created a collection of public works with some interesting story lines to bring them all together into a guided tour.
My professional background is in tourism management and marketing. I have a strong interest in the arts, heritage, architecture, in marketing, and destination branding.
I’m fascinated in the character and personality of a place, what makes it tick, what it history was and what its vision may be.
The aim of the TalkWalk tours is less of a “show and tell”, and more of a “show and discuss”. There’s a story to many of the works – whether about the artist, the commissioning company or agency, the philanthropist, or the location.
What you’ll see during the 2-hour walking tour is over 20 works on each tour, each with a different story.