TORONTO, June 21, 2012 /CNW/ - This evening, City of Toronto Councillor
Josh Matlow (Ward 22 St. Paul's), City Clerk Ulli Watkiss, City
Archivist Carol Radford-Grant, and co-curator Sarah Bassnett joined
community members to officially launch a new exhibition at the City of
Toronto Archives: "Picturing Immigrants in the Ward - How photography
shaped ideas about Central and Eastern European immigrants in early 20th-century Toronto."
Using photographs taken from the press, municipal government reports,
social service agency publications and immigrants' personal documents
and other archival items, the exhibit looks at how photography played
an important role in shaping both the public perceptions and the varied
social identities of Central and Eastern European immigrants in the
Ward in early 20th-century Toronto.
Historically, the Ward is recognized as the downtown neighbourhood that
included the area around Old City Hall and was bounded by College,
Queen and Yonge streets and University Avenue.
"This exhibit provides visitors with a unique and fascinating insight
into the portrayal of people who lived in Toronto during the early 20th century, and how our neighbourhoods have changed since then," said
The exhibit includes four new large-scale panoramas depicting
contemporary scenes of what was once the Ward neighbourhood,
commissioned by contemporary artist Susan Dobson. This free exhibit
continues to May 2013.
More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/archives/.
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to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's
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creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size
and cost of government and building a transportation city. For
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