On June 4th we will be exploring the ‘layers’ of Toronto's Rush Lane, AKA “Graffiti Alley”. In Toronto, and cities around the world, laneways are being reconceptualised as valuable networks of public space. Layers of Rush Lane is about the activation of an iconic laneway, already famous for its remarkable murals and as the site of Rick Mercer’s rants. This pop up activation will highlight the significance of the past, present and future uses of this unique asset, right here in the heart of downtown Toronto.
Located south of Queen Street West, between Spadina and Portland, Rush Lane presents a crucial opportunity for building connections in a rapidly growing area of the city. By offering a new vision for these often neglected spaces we want to call attention to the potential for much needed spaces for pedestrian life and linkages between neighbourhoods. Supported by the Queen Street West BIA, City Councillor Joe Cressy and the Wellington Place and Garment District Neighbourhood Associations this event will reintroduce the public to this unique laneway and it's potential. The activation of Rush Lane will act as a template for laneways around the city.
As part of 100In1Day, we are inviting you for an afternoon of activities for the whole family, including live music and guided walking tours of the laneway and surrounding area. This is just the beginning of a larger process of transformation and improvement for Rush Lane which envisages improved paving, lighting, signage and a better organization of essential services and maintenance. As we move forward, the public will be encouraged to get involved and help to shape this exciting project!