Archive | April, 2012

The April Shortlist

30 Apr

The Love Lettering Project creates far better love poems than the self-indulgent one above, based on things that Torontonians love about Toronto. Then these bite-size love letters are left throughout our city for inquisitive others to find. The next time you see an airmail envelope dangling from a tree…you just might want to open it.

Sean Martindale had seen enough sad, decrepit, unloved concrete planter boxes enslaving Toronto’s urban trees. Beginning last year, he recruited other lovers of built form to shine a love light on the cement cubes that line our streets. With Outside the Planter Boxes 2012, Sean and his rag tag band of planter box saviors intend to make a planter box near you more interesting, more curious, and more awesome.

There are far too many charities whose missions don’t appear enticing to would be donors. Great organizations that need a little help. I Dare You to Care Cards are a way to bring much needed attention and resources to a few of these unsexy charities. By creating challenges (for you and your friends!) that challenge you to create fun events to raise money and awareness for these organizations, these cards give everyone permission to help and great ways to care.

Rear-View Art Space will add depth and whimsy to your favorite alley way or other hidden space. By placing strategic peepholes in places that look onto other worlds, passersby will be rewarded for being nosy with a peep into a world reinterpreted by artists. Remaking the places around us to provoke inspiration

The Kenwood Lane Art took a hodge podge of garagery and made it a beautiful laneway. By combining community spirit and some really great painting skills, Elly Dowson and Christine Liber created a wonderful public gallery and are looking to expand the beautifying by other neighborhoods.

March Winner: Guerilla Gardening

2 Apr

Last Thursday was our first ever Pitch Night, our trustees and the five chosen shortlist candidates gathered for a night of Awesome. We’re super excited by the first Pitch Night, we got so much more information about the proposals than we used to get in the 250 word proposals, and we’re hoping that it makes for better, more educated decisions. And better decisions = Moar Awesome! Here’s a four minute video of our first ever Pitch Night, including announcement of the winner: Guerilla Gardening!

Also check out Rachel’s awesome photos of the evening.

Q&A with the winner, Terry Aldebert:

1) Congratulations! What’s your project all about?

We are a diverse group of city residents beautify our urban space by planting gardens on public land. We try and select areas that are shabby and neglected and transform them into a space that can be appreciated by all who pass.

2) Where can we follow your progress? Can I join the Guerilla Gardeners?

Everyone is welcome to join us – there is no gardening experience required to become a guerilla gardener. Our season opening meeting is being held on Thursday April 5th. For exact details you can visit our website Guerilla Gardening.

Other ways you can follow up are: sign up for our newsletters on the website, join our facebook page or follow us on Twitter @TorontoGG

3) I’ve got a place in my neighborhood that needs attention / I have some plants I’d like to donate, who should I contact?

Please email terry at guerillagardening dot ca with the location suggestion. If you have any plants, tools, soil, or wood chips to donate we can try to arrange pick up.

Congratulations Terry and the Guerilla Gardeners! Let’s make this city bloom!