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A mother, daughter, and dog standing in front of two outdoor library carts.
TPL Storytime at the Eco Library Pop-up

Join us for family storytime at the Bentway Studio Eco Library Pop-up! Enjoy stories and songs about nature and being eco-friendly in the city as part of the Bentway’s Beyond Concrete summer season.

Rehearsals for Living: Eco Library Pop-up Book Talk

Launching a new event series at The Bentway’s Eco Library Pop-up, bestselling author Robyn Maynard joins Western University professor Kate Stanley for a lively discussion about crisis, care, and fostering interconnectedness in the city.

Young woman wearing purple yoga top and shorts sitting cross-legged on the floor. She is holding two tuning instruments with three glass bowls in front of her.
Tools For Care with Renelyn Quinicot: June

Join us in a monthly series to experience The Bentway environment as a space where we can gather to pause, ground, reset and drop into our senses together. Each session we will explore different techniques of getting to know ourselves, what we need, and how to nurture this through mindful different activities and movements.

A dual image of a number of small plants, and of people planting them
Seed Starting with Greenest City

Join us for an interactive seed-starting workshop to plant and care for local greenery. Learn about gardening as a political action based on stewardship and the importance of building relationships with the Land and our more than human neighbours.

Tools For Care with Renelyn Quinicot: July

Join us in a monthly series to experience The Bentway environment as a space where we can gather to pause, ground, reset and drop into our senses together. Each session we will explore different techniques of getting to know ourselves, what we need, and how to nurture this through mindful different activities and movements.

Tools For Care with Renelyn Quinicot: August

Join us in a monthly series to experience The Bentway environment as a space where we can gather to pause, ground, reset and drop into our senses together. Each session we will explore different techniques of getting to know ourselves, what we need, and how to nurture this through mindful different activities and movements.

The Benchway

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Bentway Public Space Fellow Ella Hough’s Benchway public furniture project starts a conversation about the waste produced by the private construction industry, its impact on our city, and the potential for a circular economy approach instead.

A collection of wooden seats made of wooden frames and birdhouses with steel and rock bases.
Multispecies Lounge

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At The Bentway Studio facing Canoe Landing Park, a new set of public furniture invites interspecies-encounters with urban wildlife. Through UV-painted details, the piece offers glimpses of how birds and insects see beyond the human eye and offers a more-than-human lens through which to experience the urban ecosystem.

From Here to Wear with Norwin Anne

This Bentway workshop promotes reuse culture while offering activities that encourage more sustainable and intentional creative practices. A clothing swap will be available alongside workshop stations that focus on different methods and techniques to transform textiles into DIY crafts.

Communal Table 2023: Summer Solstice Feast

Join Dashmaawaan Bemaadzinjin (They Feed the People) on June 21 — the eve of the summer solstice and National Indigenous Peoples Day — to celebrate the changing of the seasons, the beauty of Niibin (Summer) and the gifts that it brings to us.

Communal Table 2023: O Canada

Newcomer Kitchen’s cohorts are made up of women from around the world who have come together to share their foods and cultures with Toronto. These ladies are excited to create a truly international meal just in time for Canada Day — a celebration of what makes this country home for so many.

Tools For Care with Renelyn Quinicot: September

Join us in a monthly series to experience The Bentway environment as a space where we can gather to pause, ground, reset and drop into our senses together. Each session we will explore different techniques of getting to know ourselves, what we need, and how to nurture this through mindful different activities and movements.

Pedestrians explore a colourful wall under an expressway.
Waterfront ReConnect: Pixel Story

On view now

Pixel Story references the multitude of vantages, scales, speeds, and distances at which to view the Expressway, enticing passersby to move forward towards the waterfront, or pause to reflect on its diverse stories.

An intersection under an urban highway is painted blue; maintenance equipment have been converted into bright, friendly characters with "googly eyes" overlooking passers-by
Waterfront ReConnect: Boom Town

On view now

Boom Town employs vibrant colour, playful characters, and environmental lighting to enliven the York Street intersection, improving safety and accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists.

A dual image of a butterfly on a flower, and part of the Toronto skyline
Insects of the Bentway with Anne Purvis

Join us for a Butterfly and Bee exploration walk! This workshop starts out at the Multispecies Lounge at the Bentway Studio, and includes games and activities that sharpen our observations to find the best habitat in the neighbourhood.

Film image of abstract blue forms displayed on large wooden frame on a grassy patch underneath the Gardiner highway.
Groundcover

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Photographer Genesis Báez co-creates with the soil and stormwater below the Gardiner, burying film underground beneath the highway to absorb the surrounding landscape. Developing and displaying the images at large-scale reveals the reciprocal nature of the Expressway and its ecology. Co-presented with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Two library carts with reading materials are outside on a patio. There is an A-frame sign next to them with the text "Eco Library Pop-up".
Eco-Library Pop-up

Thursdays-Saturdays until Sep 18,

A pop-up library at The Bentway Studio (55 Fort York Blvd), facing Canoe Landing Park, offers reading materials and activities for the whole family – curated with the Toronto Public Library Fort York branch, Art Metropole, and other collaborators.

4 video screens are displayed inside a black ship container.
Lichen

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Remarkable, powerful, and resilient, “lichen” are ancient and diverse life forms, both an individual and a community. Anishinaabe filmmaker Lisa Jackson re-imagines her acclaimed short film as a multi-media installation and invites us to learn from lichen about being in relation to our environment and one another.

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