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.


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.


In collaboration with Culinaria at the University of Toronto Scarborough, Dishing Up Toronto™ is a food and storytelling program that takes visitors to pockets of the city that will be introduced through the life stories of local residents who have developed and who will lead the tours and events. Focusing on food, dishes selected by local residents will help bring their migration stories to life and will function as a point of departure for sharing and critical reflection around questions of identity, migration, home, citizenship and belonging.


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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