Block by Block
Building a more inclusive city through storytelling, one neighbourhood at a time.
42 STORYTELLERS. 16 YOUNG PEOPLE. 10 PROGRAM PARTNERS.
4 NEIGHBOURHOODS. 4 EXHIBITIONS.
Block by Block builds solidarity between Toronto communities through storytelling. It’s an ongoing conversation – about lived experiences, marginalization, resilience and the future.
What would a truly inclusive city on traditional territories that are governed by treaties look like? What can we learn from the stories of this place that has been home to diverse Indigenous peoples and nations for generations? How can the experiences of Toronto residents, both present and past, Indigenous and immigrant, guide future city-building? How do we want our current neighbourhoods to grow and change?
Our city-wide team of young, diverse leaders have worked with community members in their neighbourhoods to bring you these stories. Dive in and see Toronto from their many perspectives.
Find a story by theme…
"The area here, when there were a lot of Filipinos going into the shop... you feel that it is almost home…"
“My childhood and teenage years were very much connected to the nature, soil, the grass. Even the colour green is very much connected to my land and our national flag...
“There is a common Tibetan phrase that runs through generations. It translates as ‘You have a big R on your forehead. You’re a refugee, wherever you go...”
“One time my mom went to the aquatic center to sign up for free swimming classes, but all the classes were full. She asked, ‘So, then, who is all of this for?’...
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