Not Just Numbers™ is an interactive, mystery game that will debut at the Myseum Intersections festival. Join a diverse group of community members and scholars to uncover the identities and life stories behind the Canadian census. Sift through historical photographs, newspapers, maps and other clues to solve the mysteries behind each entry.


Block by Block is a participatory, multimedia project. Led by youth, Block by Block seeks to engage the public in a dialogue around the impact local communities have in the lives of newcomers. Through this exchange of personal stories, reflections, testimonies and resources we hope to create a better understanding of the role neighbourhoods play in fostering a more inclusive society.

Quartier par Quartier est un projet multimédia participatif. Mené par des jeunes, Quartier par Quartier cherche à engager le public dans un dialogue sur l’impact des communautés locales dans la vie des nouveaux arrivants. À travers ces échanges de récits personnels, de réflexions, de témoignages et de ressources, nous espérons mieux comprendre le rôle que les quartiers peuvent avoir dans l’établissement d’une société plus inclusive.


Finding Myself in the Archive features the stories of fifty-four objects – letters, brochures, conference programs, photographs, postcards, newspaper clippings, maps, menus, textbooks, audio recordings, and even an epergne – from various special collections at the University of Toronto. What brings together these very different historic objects is their connection to migration and movement. At one point in time, many of these objects accompanied people on their journeys across the world, in Canada, and even more locally in Toronto. Others were produced, won and lost by immigrants and migrants, as they moved back and forth, in unexpected pathways; and some were intended to get us to think about immigrant and migrant experiences.


The Ward: Our Living History builds on the work and the relationships formed during the creation of the Picturing the Ward exhibition that was commissioned by Infrastructure Ontario (IO) in 2016 on behalf of the Province of Ontario.  As with the exhibition, this event brings together former Ward residents and their descendants to share, exchange and discuss what it was like to live in St. John’s Ward, which was once one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in downtown Toronto. Through storytelling and family photographs uncover aspects of Ward life – experiences that, although rooted in the past, still resonate today. The legacy of this neighbourhood lies not in the buildings that once stood, but lives on in the lives of those who remain to tell their stories.


Dishing Up Toronto is a food and storytelling program that started in 2016. It is produced in partnership with the Culinaria Research Centre at the University of Toronto Scarborough, and focuses on food as a lens through which we can discuss issues of inclusion and exclusion, identity, belonging, food injustice and food insecurity, and invites participants to explore the ways in which our migration, and the migration and choices made by our ancestors have impacted the food that appears on our plates today.


The Dishing Up Toronto™ Tumblr blog is a digital kitchen table. Visitors are invited to connect their personal experiences of migration and food online. We hope telling stories about food will spark dialogue and encourage migrant-led conversations about issues and topics affecting newcomer communities today. All are welcome to share their story on the blog through the ‘Submit your story’ link at the top of the blog’s website.


Pathways to Toronto is an online exhibition that explores the various factors that have influenced migration to Toronto over the past two centuries. Through the life stories of six individuals the exhibit invites the viewer to contemplate the motivations, journey and settlement of newcomers to the area and asks them to consider the role that policy, community and multiculturalism have played in making Toronto a popular destination for immigrants. 

Launch: September 26, 2016

"... But I Still Can't Vote"

“But I Still Can’t Vote” explores stories of civic connection and contribution from among the 12,556 International students at the University of Toronto, and their rich contributions to the democratic life of our communities.  Beginning on September 19, 2016, the exhibit will be available online.  Join the conversation and share your stories of civic engagement using the hashtag #StillCantVote.

Launch: September 19, 2016


As part of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s 6 Degrees, the Toronto Ward Museum will host a Ward Walk, led by John Lorinc, co-author and editor of The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto’s First Immigrant Neighbourhood and Gracia Dyer Jalea, Founding Executive Director of the Toronto Ward Museum. Tour goers from 6 Degrees will be invited to discover the historic Ward neighbourhood, Toronto’s first immigrant neighbourhood, through the words and life stories of former Ward residents and their descendants. Storytellers along the way will include: Brian Banks, Mavis Garland, Patte Rosebank, Rosemary Sadlier and Nelson Wong.

The tours will take place: September 21, 2016 departing from the AGO.

Photo credit: City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 10073.


Picturing the Ward is a temporary exhibit at the construction site of the New Toronto Courthouse commissioned by the Province of Ontario. It is a collaboration between the STEPS Initiative, the Toronto Ward Museum, and artists PA System and is a mixed media exhibit consisting of commissioned artwork and heritage interpretation in the heart of the historic Ward.

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