"Strength in Numbers" wins "Best mural" from NOW Magazine

NOW magazine has awarded the Art Starts Strength in Numbers mural at Dupont and Dundas with their "Best Mural" award.

From the NOW magazine website:

The underpass graced by this bike mural is a gateway for those heading to the Junction, but it’s a destination now, too. The 400-foot creation painted by seven artists over four weeks this summer turned a mundane slab of concrete into a giant uniting message: strength in numbers – a critical mass reminder for the city’s wide spectrum of cyclists.

Art Starts managing director (and local resident) Liz Forsberg writes:

"We were pleasantly surprised to find ourselves in print on the newstands this week. Now Magazine has just released its annual Best of the City issue and our 'Strength in Numbers' bike-themed mural at Dupont and Dundas won best mural! See it for yourself here. Huge congrats go to Joshua Barndt and Jamie Bradbury who were our lead artists and Quentin Vercetty, Gifty Singh, Curtia Wright, Hayley Fromstein and Keinon Grant who were our youth artists on the project. The mural has received unprecedented media attention, including a spot on CBC's News at 6 back in August when it was launched. We can't wait for next year's mural. And of course, we are ever so grateful to the City of Toronto's Graffitti Transformation Program for funding this initiative!"

Congratulations and thank you once again to Art Starts and all of the artists involved in putting this mural together. It's a wonderful addition to our neighbourhood!

Art Starts are also hoping to get involved with a bicycle rack art project, and they need your help. Here are the details:

"On another note, we're hoping to once again support bike culture and meaningful youth employment through our Rack'N'Roll Youth Foundry Art Project which is currently in the Aviva Community Fund competition. There are 2 more days to casts your votes in round one for the project. Please do! This is a quick and easy way to support the work that Art Starts is doing across the city! Just click the link below. http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf1573"


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20th Annual Scorpio Bash at Boo's!!!

To ALL of our neighbourhood Scorpions! Knowing that we Scorpions dominate the planet, we have been celebrating that fact for 20yrs. now!!
Boo's has been selected as the venue for this years madness!
Now that we are all a bit (?) older we have planned for a 7pm. start to allow kids to join in the fun.
Music, free food and drink specials are in order for this bash.
Please join us (even if you aren't a Scorpion!)
Looking forward to seeing anyone and everyone this Sunday!!

That's So Awesome!

It is no small feat to be recognized as the best in a city this big. The mural is a great addition to the neighbourhood and Now it has been confirmed. A lot of credit and thanks to Liz and everyone at Art Starts!