TORONTO, Sept. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - The City Councillor for Ward 13
Parkdale-High Park was joined by Toronto's Poet Laureate, George
Elliott Clarke, today to dedicate the stairs leading into Willard
Gardens Parkette as the Souster Steps.
"This dedication honours a significant poet who had a tremendous impact
on numerous Toronto and Canadian writers over multiple decades," said
A number of Souster's friends, many of whom are prominent Toronto
writers, were also in attendance. A plaque at the bottom of the stairs
informs the public of Souster's influence as the "Dean of Toronto
Poets" and includes his poem, "Flight of the Roller-Coaster."
Heritage Toronto also unveiled a plaque honouring Souster that is to be
displayed at his former home at 28 Mayfield Ave., where he lived for 17
years. Souster was known to walk through Willard Gardens Parkette and
to use stairs that are now dedicated to him. This plaque is part of
Heritage Toronto's Legacy Plaque Program, which was established by
Toronto's first Poet Laureate, Dennis Lee, to celebrate Toronto's
notable artists, scientists and thinkers by weaving their names into
Over 60 years, Raymond Souster (1921-2012) penned more than 50 poetry
collections and edited many anthologies. He co-founded Contact Press,
which published Margaret Atwood, Leonard Cohen, Gwendolyn MacEwen and
Milton Acorn among others early in their careers. He has helped to
establish the League of Canadian Poets, serving as its first president.
He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1995.
The City Councilllor and neighbourhood residents also celebrated the
recently refurbished playground in Willard Gardens Parkette.
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SOURCE: City of Toronto
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