MURAL TIME! This summer Lakeshore Arts is once again working with muralist Jim Bravo and Artist Assistant Ema Ciobanica to complete a mural on the east side of Kaboodles Restaurant (2491 Lake Shore Blvd. West). This project will be an expansion of the “Mimico Creek” mural the same artists created in the summer of 2012, and will illustrate the contributions made by the immigrants who worked on the lake during the winter to cut out the large ice blocks that were needed for refrigeration across the City.

What do you think!?Humber Art Harvest


Join artists Patrick Thompson and Alexa Hatanaka, and Birds & Bean’s builder owners David Pritchard and Madeleine Pengelley and Executive Director of Lakeshore Arts, Susan Nagy, as they officially unveil the newest mural in Mimico and have a moderated discussion on the power of public art. The unveiling will take place outside the Birds & Beans café in Mimico Square (2413 Lake Shore Blvd. W) from 1-1:30pm on Saturday September 28th.

To see what other events Lakeshore Arts is putting on during next weekend’s Etobicoke-Lakeshore Culture Days celebration, have a look at the Culture Days Website!


Step X Step (100dpi)

Great (FREE!) opportunity to get creative and learn new skills!

If you enjoyed watching how our Birds & Bean’s mural unfolded, you will love this interactive 9 week program! Lakeshore Arts and Mural Routes have partnered to create a series of workshops that connect basic arts and design techniques to mural making! Spaces are limited – be sure to register by September 18. Check out for more information.


As part of our Birds & Beans mural project, Lakeshore Arts engaged the photography and video skills of the very talented Megan Diercks to document our entire mural process. From start to finish, Megan documented Patrick & Alexa’s hard at work and learnt how the mural process unfolds. Megan is one of Lakeshore Arts’ most active volunteers and youth program participants – thank you Megan for your continued wonderful work!

The video will be screening at our Mural Unveiling on September 28th at 1pm at Birds & Beans as part of Lakeshore Arts’ Culture Days events.


StARTLakeshore Arts wants to send a very big THANK YOU to the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto program for their generous funding of our summer mural project! The support that the City of Toronto provides allows us to continue to beautify the Lakeshore and engage the community in public art!

Check out their website here to learn more about the pro-active program, or have a look at how other great StART funded projects are beautifying our neighborhoods in Toronto’s Street Art Gallery.




Completed mural 1

It’s been a busy two weeks, and we are thrilled with our mural! What do you think? We would love your feedback – leave a comment or send us an email at . A complete gallery of photos can be found on our facebook page – don’t forget to “like” us to stay up to date on similar projects and programs we run throughout the year.

completed mural 2


Paula PaintingAs our Youth Project Assistant, Paula McDines has been helping with all aspects of the mural project; strengthening her creative skills by working with Patrick and Alexa, gaining administration, outreach and scheduling expertise by working with Lakeshore Arts staff, and using her fantastic communication skills to help engage our local community! We are very happy to have her on-board! Paula hopes to put her new artistic and administrative skills to work by teaching a Lakeshore Arts YAM workshop on murals, and by helping to facilitate Mural Routes Step X Step: Introduction to Mural Making program this fall.

Thank you Paula for all your hard work!


Question timeLots of people from the community were curious as to what was happening on the big white wall. Our artists were more than happy to step back from their work to chat with everyone who came by and answer any questions.

A big thank you to everyone who has taken the time to pass along feedback about the Bird’s & Beans mural! Take a look at some of the great testimonials we’ve received so far….