Path Art Relay Inspires Community

Path Art Relay Inspires Community

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As Toronto gets set to host the Pan and Para-Pan Am Games this summer, art lovers around the city are already buzzing about the Pan Am Path Art Relay that will be one of the most innovative aspects of the summer’s mega-event.

Games Foster Awareness of Art and Ecology

Martin Reis, for PanAmPath,org 2013-15

The event began on Saturday, May 16th, and the first event, appropriately nicknamed Spring!, took place from 1-5 pm in the Humber Arboretum at the Centre for Urban Ecology. According to Devon Ostrom, the event’s curator, “The major themes of this event are around young people, around art, and ecology. And there was also an active living element thrown in there as well.”

Over the course of the summer, there will be fourteen relay events held along the 84 kilometers of city-maintained trails that constitute the Pan Am Path. The finale, titled “Maadaadizi/Summer Journeys,” will be held across the city in Rouge Hill. Prior to each week’s event the Saturday edition of the Toronto Star will provide important information and a detailed map of what is to be expected.

For the City of Toronto, the Path Art Relay is a truly monumental experiment.

Getting the Community Involved

Local partnerships are vital to nearly every event along the relay, but the major partners behind the opening event will be the Humber Arboretum and Arts for Children and Youth. The event is said to include an outdoors component, so participants are encouraged to bring a solid pair of rubber boots. While the event will kick-off with a bike ride at 11 am, a full list of schedule activities can be found here.

The central theme of the Path Art Relay is community. According to James Gen Meers, executive director of Friends of the Pan Am Path, “[The Art Relay] is all about a grassroots, community-led initiative.” Meers was one of the original five DiverseCity Fellows that met with Ostrom to explore different ways to bring Torontonians together in varying areas of the city.

While the city already had a long-term plan for improving trail systems and a considerable sum of money set aside for projects related to the Pan Am Games, they saw a chance to deliver on both fronts at this critical juncture.

“We saw an opportunity to combine forces and try to leverage some of the resources that were being allocated for legacy projects to promote an acceleration of trail-building that was already on the city books,” explains Meers.

Leaving a Legacy

This mural will be officially unveiled at the second Art Relay event.








While the city looks forward to the events surrounding the Games this summer, it has also considered the lasting effects of hosting such an event. This is why they’ve decided to leave certain art pieces standing after the games have concluded.

Several murals will remain throughout the city, a mosaic will become a permanent fixture under the Dundas West bridge, and a new gallery of Latin American art will stand at the conclusion of the Games.

More importantly, for Meers and Ostrom, is the fostering of a renewed connection between local artists on the city’s fringe and the city’s developing trail system. According to Brent Chamberlain, chair of the Toronto Foundation, “Our board of directors is already starting to bring in a legacy plan around both the next ten years and some other major events that are happening.”

Setting the Stage for Creativity and Health for Years to Come

While the Pan Am Games will be the impetus for renewed focus on art and health in Toronto, hopes remain high that the event will kick off a renewed dedication to the arts and bring more focus to critical human health issues in the coming years.

Toronto’s Top Ten Interior Designers

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Toronto’s Top Ten Interior Designers

Are you looking for an experienced designer to help you hash out the details of your interior home renovation? Have you gotten any quality recommendations for interior designers in Toronto? If not, it’s important that you do your homework to find the best possible designer for the job. If you’re looking for a designer to suggest various ways in which you can improve your home’s interior design, you should certainly consider the top ten interior designers currently available in Toronto:

Lisa Canning



Lisa has found success in Toronto’s design world with her catchy mission to create ‘blueprints for a beautiful life.’ Lisa has recently appeared on several HGTV shows and she focuses on providing two-hour design consultations centered on helping clients pinpoint strategies for making their space fit their goals, needs, and budget. Check out Lisa’s website here.

Qanuk Interiors

Sarah Keenleyside and Lindsay Konior make up the brain trust behind the success of Qanuk Interiors. They specialize in transforming spaces to give them a touch of their signature, “eclectic sophistication.” Keenleyside and Konior have experience working on commercial spaces and private residences, and they have also made several recent television appearances. Learn more about Qanuk Interiors here.

Mason Studio

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The duo responsible for the success of Mason Studio is Ashley Rumsey and Stanley Sun. While only a small portion of their recent work has included designs for single-family homes, they have considerable experience working on exhibition design, hospitality projects, condos, and temporary installations. See more of their amazing work here.

Alex Arnott Design




Alex is quickly becoming a force in the Toronto interior design world, and she is dedicated to helping each and every one of her clients design the space they’ve been dreaming of. She has experience working on projects of all shapes and sizes and she understands the complexities of local architecture. Alex is also committed to staying present during the construction process to ensure the delivery of a satisfactory final product. Check out Alex Arnott’s website here.

Nanique Interiors

Nanette Snel

Located at 153 Sweeney Drive, Nanique Interiors was founded by Seneca College graduate Nanette I. Snel in 1991. Nanette’s decorated interior design career has earned her a number of impressive accolades, including the “Best Interior Design” award from in back-to-back years, 2009 and 2010. If you’re looking for an experienced designer, please check out Nanette’s LinkedIn profile to learn more about her today.

Chic Décor




Chic Décor is a full-service interior decorating and design firm that focuses primarily on contemporary, transitional, and clean-lined traditional design. Chic is owned by Margarida Oliveira, whose creative vision and extensive knowledge of colour, design, and fine art is largely responsible for the firm’s success. Learn more about Chic Décor Design here.

Andrea Gray Design

Andrea Design Group

Andrea Gray Design was established in 2003 and, for more than a decade, Andrea’s work has mainly focused on residential and restaurant projects. Her place among Toronto’s top ten interior designers is well-deserved. With each project she takes on, Andrea strives to reflect her client’s needs in order to meet even the loftiest expectations. Andrea’s work is largely influenced by both classic and contemporary themes, and her designs strive to create harmony and symmetry in the designed space. Check out Andrea Gray Design’s website here.

3 tok Design

Kathy Daukant and Tina Costa are responsible for the formation of this multi-disciplinary interior design firm. Over the years, they have distinguished themselves by constantly exhibiting the ability to generate creative design solutions based on an intrinsic understanding of how people live their lives. 3 tok Design specializes in designing environments with aesthetic beauty, as well as a quality and functionality that enhances the lives of each and every one of their clients. Check out their website here.

Alan John Marsh





Most recently, Alan has been focused on designing interior spaces at the Brewery Lofts. One of his latest efforts features a “hanging” mezzanine that combines wood, metal, and glass. By utilizing race car suspension technology, Alan was able to give the floor a distinct floating effect. View some of Alan’s beautiful work here.

Alexander Interiors & Design




Jamie Alexander originally founded his firm more than a decade and a half ago under the name ‘Deco Design.’ Although the firm has recently changed its’ name, it hasn’t altered its’ status as Toronto’s premier provider of top quality furniture lines and design services. The team at Alexander Interiors & Design isresponsible for a number of Toronto’s most compelling interior design showcases, spaces, and homes. Learn more about Alexander and his team here.

Designers Galore

While it might be difficult to select the perfect designer for your project, there’s certainly no shortage of options here in Toronto. These are the city’s top ten interior designers – some of the most skilled and influential professionals out there!

Fighting Mould: Odd Job’s Secret Weapons

Fighting Mould with Odd Job


One of the homeowner’s most familiar foes is the pervasive fungus that we call mould. This menace has been with us for millions of years. It rears its ugly head wherever there is an excess of moisture, utilizing everyday problems such as flooding, leaks, condensation and humidity as its gateways to attack you.

Fighting mould is vital to maintaining the quality of life in your home. It isn’t just ugly, it’s dangerous.

As the U.S. Center for Disease Control states, however, this is only sometimes true: “Exposure to damp and moldy environments may cause a variety of health effects, or none at all.” 

Humans and animals can be affected to varying degrees depending on their sensitivity to it. And according to the Mold & Bacteriological Laboratory in Mississauga, around 20% of the human population is allergic to at least one variety of mould.

Indeed, the Institute of Medicine – the health arm of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences – released a report entitled Damp Indoor Spaces and Health on May 25, 2004. Its conclusions emphasize the dangers the fungus poses to your quality of life.

In the brief, the NAS links mould to “asthma symptoms in some people with the chronic disorder, as well as to coughing, wheezing, and upper respiratory tract symptoms in otherwise healthy people.” To humans and animals with weak immune systems, certain types of the fungus can cause an infection.

Odd Job uses two products that are highly effective at fighting mould. Despite the fact that they are sold at some of Canada’s largest retailers, they are surprisingly little-known. In the interest of protecting you and yours, the team at Odd Job would like to share these with you.

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Mold Control and Mold Stain Eraser, produced and distributed by Concrobium, are among the most effective countermeasures available. For those fighting mould and mildew in their own homes, you can’t do much better than these babies.

The first is an aerosol that not only destroys the spores when it is applied, but creates an anti-microbial barrier that helps prevent it from reappearing in that area. The second is an oxygen-based powder that is mixed with water before being applied to tough mold and mildew stains.

Unlike bleach, the highly problematic countermeasure employed by many homeowners, these products contain no harmful chemicals.

Homeowners should remember that mould is sometimes only the tip of the iceberg. As stated by the CDC: “If mold is growing in your home, you need to clean up the mold and fix the moisture problem.” 

Odd Job will cut to the root of the problem, investigating and repairing the leaks in your pipes, walls, windows and elsewhere so that your home and its occupants will be safe from this revolting infestation. Take a minute or two to fill out our online “book-a-handyman” form and our team of professionals will be on their way to make your mould move out!