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Christopher McKinnon

Christopher McKinnon manages social media and public engagement at Waterfront Toronto. He previously held steady, paying gigs at the Toronto International Film Festival and Artscape. He’s passionate about cycling in the city, public transit and building really amazing parks. 

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  • Come for a Walk with Us: Upcoming Tours

    Posted: May 26, 2017  

    We’re very excited to announce a slate of tours coming up for spring 2017. Check out our tours for the season and get full details on our Eventbrite pages.

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  • Waterfront Toronto’s FUTURE CITIES Talks Return for a Discussion on Making Social Impact

    Posted: Mar 21, 2017  

    Join us on Sunday, March 26 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for the second edition of FUTURE CITIES talks. Hosted by Waterfront Toronto CEO William Fleissig, who will be joined by special guests Sharmini Fernando, Lisa Switkin and Rebecca Carbin.

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  • Taking Pride in Our Waterfront

    Posted: Feb 21, 2017  

    We've been working hard to make Toronto's post-industrial waterfront a place to be proud of. Old parking lots and abandoned lands have been reimagined as dynamic new spaces for people. From cotton-candy-pink umbrellas and sugary white sand at Canada’s Sugar Beach to the chirping crickets and frogs of Corktown Common’s wetland, it's time to fall in love with your waterfront again.

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  • Fueling Arts, Culture and Creativity on Toronto’s Waterfront

    Posted: Feb 9, 2017  

    Building on the success of the last summer’s art in waterfront parks, in 2017 we’re doing even more to ensure that Toronto’s waterfront is a place for culture and creativity.

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  • Toronto, This Is Your Waterfront

    Posted: Feb 7, 2017  

    For more than a decade, Waterfront Toronto has been working diligently to make Toronto’s post-industrial waterfront a place for people. We’ve already completed more than 20 new and improved parks and public spaces, essential infrastructure to protect the city’s downtown – including the Financial District – from catastrophic flooding, and new neighbourhoods like the West Don Lands. Have you been out to explore our new waterfront?

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  • Sacred Song and Dance Will Transform This Toronto Park Into An Opera House for One Night

    Posted: Aug 11, 2016  

    On Thursday, August 18 – the night of the full moon – artist and director Irene Cortes will present The Gata: Water Ceremony, a new Buddhist Opera work that celebrates Water and Life through a fusion of contemporary dance, song and sacred ritual. (Photo by Connie Tsang)

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  • Bringing Arts and Culture to Our New Waterfront Neighbourhoods

    Posted: Apr 20, 2016  

    Building on the success of Nuit Blanche 2015 and our recent Sugar Beach Sugar Shack event, we’re doing even more to help Torontonians revisit and reimagine their waterfront.

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  • Help Give Project: Under Gardiner a Permanent Name

    Posted: Mar 10, 2016  

    Our city is ready for a new story about the Gardiner Expressway – one filled with hope and possibility. That’s why we need your help to #ReclaimTheName.

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  • Bringing Toronto’s Waterfront to Life with Arts and Culture

    Posted: Jan 29, 2016  

    Arts and cultural events are enticing Torontonians to revisit their waterfront. Last year’s edition of Nuit Blanche, in particular, was an extraordinary success – and we're excited to build on it.

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  • How You Can Get Involved in Project: Under Gardiner

    Posted: Dec 2, 2015  

    Last week, we announced an exciting new initiative, temporarily named Project: Under Gardiner. It will see a 1.75-kilometre stretch of unused land beneath the Gardiner Expressway, from Strachan Avenue to Spadina Avenue, completely re-imagined as a place for people. Here are three ways that you can get involved.

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  • From the Archives: Marilyn Bell Park

    Posted: Aug 27, 2015  

    New viewing platforms cantilever over the water’s edge to provide great views to both the east and the west of the city’s waterfront. Today we take a look back at one of the early projects that Waterfront Toronto (then known as “Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation”) undertook to improve the water’s edge.

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  • Spacing Announces Winning Designs from Waterfront T-Shirt Contest

    Posted: Jun 11, 2015  

    Last month, Waterfront Toronto and the Spacing Store joined forces to host a t-shirt design competition calling for submissions that celebrate the iconic public spaces, buildings, and character of the city’s waterfront. Out of more than 75 submissions, our jury selected five stand-out t-shirts.

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  • The Future of the Gardiner East: What Can We Learn from Other Cities?

    Posted: May 26, 2015  

    Toronto isn’t the first city to be saddled with a crumbling expressway. Here’s what we can learn from other cities that have been faced with similarly expensive, 100-year decisions.

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  • We Want You to Design a T-shirt that Celebrates One of Toronto’s Iconic Waterfront Places

    Posted: May 6, 2015  

    We’re calling all artists, designers and illustrators to submit their t-shirt designs celebrating iconic waterfront places. The contest runs until May 27, 2015 and it’s free to enter. The winning designers will receive a $750 prize and have their design made into a t-shirt to be sold in the Spacing Store.

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  • What You’ve Been Saying About the Design for Aitken Place Park

    Posted: Apr 29, 2015  

    With just a day and a half left to go before the deadline (April 30, 2015 at 11:59pm), this is your last chance to tell us what you think about the preliminary design for Aitken Place Park. Here's what people have been saying so far.

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  • What’s Up With Those Hydro Poles in the Middle of the Martin Goodman Trail?

    Posted: Apr 17, 2015  

    People who bike the Martin Goodman Trail east of Yonge Street have noticed, and complained, of a number of hydro poles recently installed in the middle of the bike path. Here’s what’s going on.

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  • And the Winner is… KPMB, West 8 and Greenberg Consultants

    Posted: Apr 10, 2015  

    Earlier today we announced the winning team in the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park Innovative Design Competition.

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  • What You Said About the Five Designs for Toronto’s Ferry Terminal

    Posted: Apr 9, 2015  

    Last month, we unveiled five possible designs for the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park. The designs were bold, innovative, beautiful, inspiring – and Torontonians took the opportunity to give their thoughts and suggestions (and even criticism) of the proposals.

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  • What Will the New Queens Quay Look Like?

    Posted: Apr 2, 2015  

    It isn’t always easy to imagine what the future will look like. It can be particularly difficult in the case of a large urban construction project like the revitalization of Queens Quay West. Let us show you what the new street will look like.

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  • Street Art and the Politics of Public Space

    Posted: Feb 25, 2015  

    In the third and final part of our three-part blog post about great streets, we explore street art and the politics of public space.

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  • Both Beautiful and Functional: Toronto’s Next-Generation Stormwater Infrastructure

    Posted: Feb 18, 2015  

    A new stormwater management system will serve the neighbourhoods in East Bayfront, the West Don Lands and future communities north of the Keating Channel.

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  • Breathing Life Into Our Streets

    Posted: Dec 22, 2014  

    In this three-part blog post, we’ll explore a number of factors that contribute to creating vibrant city streets. Part one explored “The Role of Urban Design.” This post explores “Breathing Life Into Our Streets” and the third and final post will explore “Street Art and the Politics of Public Space."

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  • What Does it Take to Build Great Streets?

    Posted: Dec 1, 2014  

    At Waterfront Toronto, we spend a lot of time thinking about what will make our streets truly great. Whether we are planning whole new waterfront neighbourhoods or tackling a dysfunctional street and trying to make it much better, our work always begins by looking at what is great in city streets around the world.

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  • Exploring the History of Toronto’s Big Waterfront Dreams

    Posted: Aug 27, 2014  

    Our city, the city of Toronto, has had its share of big dreams for the water’s edge. We looked through a number of them assembling Dreaming Big, an exhibition on now at the Toronto Reference Library’s TD Canada Trust Gallery until October 11th.

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  • Leave the Car at Home: How Employers Can Lead the Charge Toward a More Sustainable Commute

    Posted: Jun 10, 2014  

    It’s not just good for the environment – riding public transit, walking or cycling to work saves money and makes you healthier. Here's how employers can help.

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  • Public Art is Essential to Building a Neighbourhood’s Character

    Posted: May 21, 2014  

    Public art plays an important role in creating the character of a city’s places and spaces – and the cultural, social and economic benefits of public art are real. The public art master plan for Toronto’s new West Don Lands neighbourhood is ensuring that all those benefits are integrated from the start.

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  • Canadian Artists Will Create New Public Art for the Intersection of Sumach and Eastern

    Posted: Apr 7, 2014  

    Scott Eunson and Marianne Lovink will create intricate laser-cut silhouettes that tell the story of the site beginning 12,000 years ago after the first glacial retreat, through to the site's role in the Underground Railroad in the mid-1800's and on to today.

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  • Myth: If you take down the eastern Gardiner Expressway, traffic will have nowhere to go.

    Posted: Feb 28, 2014  

    The Reality: Many cities have removed their elevated expressways without replacing the road capacity. Defying common sense, the result has been a decrease in traffic and demand for roads as drivers adapt their behaviour to the new reality. What lessons can we learn from case studies around the world?

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