news from our new blue edge

March 2017


Quayside: Building a 21st Century Neighbourhood

Quayside project location in downtown Toronto.

Since our inception, Waterfront Toronto has had a mandate to deliver precedent-setting, dynamic, mixed-use neighbourhoods that raise the bar on sustainability, inclusivity, urban design and innovation. That mandate has resulted in new communities such as the West Don Lands. 

However, we are compelled to do more to help address pressing challenges that Toronto – and cities around the world – are facing, such as:

•    How do we build a more sustainable city in the face of climate change?
•    How do we create places to live for people of all ages, abilities and incomes?
•    How do we create jobs and prosperity, and support innovative new businesses?

Last week Waterfront Toronto took a bold step forward and issued a call to find an Innovation and Funding Partner to help us establish a benchmark climate positive community called Quayside. 

Quayside is a five hectare development site situated on Toronto’s eastern waterfront. Working with our partner, our intention is to have Quayside serve as a testbed for solutions to these pressing urban challenges. Together, we will conceptualize and plan the development of Quayside, identifying and defining the necessary partnership models, strategies, infrastructure and measurable outcomes that will place this community on the leading edge of global best practices in the areas of sustainable city building. You can learn more in our news release here or check out the web site here.


Taking Pride in Our Waterfront

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 the 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. 

Come explore new water’s edge promenades, trails and plaza spaces. Discover the Martin Goodman Trail from Humber Bay to the Port Lands. Experience first-hand the dramatically transformed Queens Quay

Watch our latest video to discover new waterfront communities that are livable, beautiful, and built to last. You can also read about it in our recent blog post


Last Call for Animating the Waterfront Program Applications

Movie-goers gathered on the south lawn of Corktown Common to enjoy an open-air movie screening along with stunning views of the downtown skyline. (Image Credit: Nicola Betts)

In February, we launched a call for proposals for our summer arts program, Animating our Waterfront. This grant program will award up to $10,000 to individuals, organizations, collectives or groups who want to create free arts and cultural programming in waterfront parks and public spaces this summer. 

The objective of the program is to facilitate arts and cultural programming that celebrates public spaces and invites Torontonians and visitors to enjoy our waterfront.

The application deadline to submit a proposal is tomorrow, March, 24 at 12:00 p.m. Learn more about the program in our recent blog post or download the Program Guidelines [PDF - 900KB] for complete application instructions. 


Did You Attend Sugar Shack TO?

Thousands of people braved the cold this March to celebrate winter at Sugar Beach. The second annual Sugar Shack TO event was the perfect way to experience winter on Toronto’s waterfront. Highlights included a fiery demonstration that taught us how maple syrup is made, a rousing battle of the chainsaws, contra dance lessons with Franco-Ontarian band Mango Chaud Point and, of course, the two sugar shacks serving maple taffy by the lake. 

If you attended Sugar Shack TO and you’d like to give the event organizers some feedback, please fill out this short survey about the event:



The Bentway: Construction Update

The City of Toronto and Waterfront Toronto have released an official Construction Notice for The Bentway. Construction is expected to start on April 6, 2017 and end on June 5, 2018. The planned works are pre-approved and fall under Schedule A and A+ of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment.

Please see the full official Construction Notice for details and more information on what to expect during construction. This notice has been mailed out in hardcopy form to all neighbourhood residents.

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In Brief

Extension: Waterfront Design Review Panel Call for Members
Waterfront Toronto is seeking seven new members to join its Design Review Panel. The panel provides objective, professional advice to Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto about waterfront projects and advocates for the highest quality outcomes for the citizens of Toronto on their waterfront. The deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, March 31, 2017 at 4:00 pm. Learn more about the Call for Members in our newsroom


Future Cities Talks

Join us this 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, we will be joined by special guests Sharmini Fernando (Pathways RegentPark), Lisa Switkin (James Corner Field Operations) and Rebecca Carbin (I Heart Your Work Art Futures). 

This time around our speakers will tackle a broad range of topics – from social inclusion to landscape architecture to public art – that touch on themes loosely related to the idea of “Making Social Impact.”

Get tickets now on Eventbrite:


Date: Sunday, March 26, 2017
Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Daniel Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7


Making Peace Exhibition

This summer from May 13 to September 24, head to the West Don Lands and visit the Making Peace Exhibit along the Front Street Promenade.

Curated by Ashley Woods, Making Peace is a major outdoor photographic exhibition that pays tribute to the people who, all the over the word, devote their time, energy and resources to the cause of peace. 

To learn more about Making Peace, visit


The Front Street Promenade in the West Don Lands during summer. Image credit: Nicola Betts


Winter Stations

Back for its third year, the annual public art competition Winter Stations is once again inviting Torontonians to get outside and explore the city’s winter waterfront landscapes.

This year’s exhibition features eight unique designs at Balmy, Kew and Ashbridges Bay beach in Toronto’s east end. If you haven’t had a chance to visit yet, be sure to check out these lifeguard-stations-turned-playful-art-installations before the exhibition ends on March 27th! 

Learn more about Winter Stations and where to find them at 


North, by studio PERCH. Image courtesy of BlogTO.


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