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Where to Find Us This Summer

This summer, we're popping up at events around the city to chat with people about what we do and continue learning from your experiences on the downtown waterfront. The best way for us to be successful is to hear from the people who live, work and play on the waterfront!

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Happy Castaways: Introducing the New Floating Art in Harbour Square Park Basin

A new temporary floating art installation, Happy Castaways, is now on the waterfront. The piece designed by Demers-Mesnard is on display until September 2022. 

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Visionary $25-million gift to create new public art trail on Toronto’s waterfront

A visionary $25 million donation from the Pierre Lassonde Family Foundation will create a new, outdoor public art trail on the future Villiers Island in Toronto’s transformed Port Lands.

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Winning designs revealed for major Indigenous public artworks

Waterfront Toronto today announced the winning artists whose work will be installed at two sites in the West Don Lands of downtown Toronto. 

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Creating an Accessible Waterfront

The transformation we have led on the waterfront has always met or exceeded accessibility rules. As always, our goal is to not just follow the rules but lead the way. Read about how we want to enhance our capabilities in accessible design on the waterfront.

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Next-Generation Office Buildings Coming Into View in Bayside

When T3 Bayside I opens in 2023, it is expected to be North America's tallest mass-timber office building. Read more about what to expect from T3 Bayside here.

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Toronto's Sustainable Innovation Centre

Waterfront Innovation Centre puts sustainability first with a deep focus on energy, thermal comfort and air quality, and a high-performing landscape.

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What's Happening on Queens Quay West? Improvements for Pedestrians and Cyclists and a Planting Pilot!

If you've noticed the fencing along Queens Quay West, here's what's happening. 

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How Toronto’s waterfront is becoming a global arts destination

Among the many reasons to visit Toronto’s waterfront, incredible public art and design has always ranked near the top of the list. This summer and beyond, ambitious plans and new projects will bring even more creativity and artistic life to the area.

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A Place to Touch the Water: Parliament Slip goes to Design Review Panel for Preliminary Feedback

Located at the heart of the eastern central waterfront, Parliament Slip presents a special opportunity to create a bustling year-round gathering place where people can swim, launch a kayak, visit a floating restaurant or have a picnic by the water’s edge.

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Climate Change Expressed Through Public Art

Public art helps us reflect on one of the most pressing issues of our time: climate change. Read how Lisa Hirmer, 2022 waterfront artist-in-residence, will explore what it means to be human in the climate emergency. 

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Little Pilot Project: Big Impact

Waterfront Toronto is testing more sustainable materials and bioretention planting through the Lake Shore Boulevard East Sidewalk Pilot Project. The results will help design the new Lake Shore Boulevard East and inform new city-wide Green Street Standards.

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Park honouring Terry Fox secures new Council support

Waterfront Toronto and the Legacy Art Project Toronto (LAPT) celebrated City Council’s decision to help fund this incredible proposal to honour Terry Fox through a public art installation and landscaped park at 439 Queens Quay West. 

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100-Year-Old Seeds

Our team got a great surprise when plants sprouted from a historical seedbank in the Port Lands.

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Dream Unlimited and Great Gulf Group selected to develop Quayside

Waterfront Toronto will begin negotiations with Dream Unlimited Corp. (Dream) and Great Gulf Group, known as Quayside Impact Limited Partnership, for developing the Quayside site in downtown Toronto. Today’s announcement comes after a competitive process, with four teams vying for the opportunity…

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An Innovative Waterfront That is More Than the Sum of Its Parts

Toronto’s waterfront is gaining a reputation as a dynamic destination where our attention to careful planning, sustainable infrastructure and a high-quality public realm draws employers and innovators. This second of our three-part blog series highlighting key projects in our Rolling Five-Year…

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Limberlost Place: Leading the Mass-Timber Movement

Limberlost Place is a new building on Toronto’s waterfront that will become one of Ontario’s first institutional mass-timber tall-wood buildings.

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Leading with Landscape: A New Way of City-Building

We aim to make every project — from infrastructure to new buildings to parks and promenades — support the wider urban and ecological environment, creating a waterfront that's more than the sum of its parts. Read this final piece of our blog series highlighting key projects and goals from our…

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A Waterfront Landscape Designed for Everyone

Our most recent Rolling Five-Year Strategic Plan 2022/23 - 2026/27 sets out our long-term strategic priorities with a specific focus on the year ahead. This three-part blog series highlights these priorities — public good, jobs and innovation and city-building — beginning with how Waterfront…

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Looking Back on the First Waterfront Artists in Residence

Take a look back at the many pieces of art, interactive events, exhibitions and installations BSAM Canada, our inaugural Waterfront Artists in Residence produces as part of their 16-month residency.

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New artist-in-residence appointed for Toronto’s waterfront

Waterfront Toronto and the Waterfront BIA are pleased to announce that interdisciplinary artist Lisa Hirmer has been appointed as the waterfront’s next official artist-in-residence. Hirmer’s work critically examines the way that human relationships interact with their surrounding ecologies and asks…

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The Art of the Possible

Waterfront Toronto has a new partnership with Akin that creates affordable studio space on the waterfront at Quayside. Activating unused space on a temporary basis will bring many visual artists, designers and creatives to 200 Queens Quay East.  

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What’s Next for Parliament Slip?

From the peak of marine shipping around the turn of the 20th century, Toronto’s waterfront was studded with a series of ‘slips’, where ships unloaded cargo. Read how the proposed design to transform Parliament Slip will help connect people from across city with the lake and Villiers Island,…

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Bringing Back the Don - 30 Years of Citizen Advocacy

In 1991, a citizen led Task Force released a report about Don River. It was the start of something big and lead to the Port Lands Flood Protection Project – one of the largest urban waterfront revitalization projects in North America.