Riverside’s New Mural: Tkaranto Past/ Tkaranto Future

Rendering of mural design on 650 Queen Street East

Toronto has the largest population of urban indigenous populations, but there are few public visual markers that showcase the cultural vibrancy, voice and creativity of these communities.

As a district with a long and rich history, the Riverside BIA feels it is important to ensure that there is also reference to Indigenous heritage. For this reason, we focused on engaging a group of Aboriginal artists to do a piece in Riverside that speaks to the area’s First Nations heritage. The ‘Tkaranto Past/ Tkaranto Future’  (Toronto Past/Toronto Future) Mural will reference historical communities in the area, but also showcase the community as being one that is vibrant and contemporary.

Detailed view of mural designs

Mural artists include: Isaac Weber is a well-known street artist, Philip Cote, is a veteran Indigenous artist, elder and muralist, and Destiny Rae Wheatley, as well as Chief Ladybird

The piece will be a blend of traditional woodland and contemporary street art styles – reflective of the different generations that have been involved in the mural’s creation. Philip Cote, is a veteran Indigenous artist, elder, and muralist. Isaac Weber is a well-known street artist. Destiny Rae Wheatley is a young emerging artist. Chief Ladybird is of Potawatomi/Chippewaand  is a visual artist and teacher from Mnjikaning Rama First Nation, based in Toronto. Further, these artists have engaged with the next generation through a series of workshops with youth from Council Fire, to help inspire the mural design.

Left to Right Philip Cote, Two Youth  from Council Fire, Destiny Rae Wheatly, Isaac Weber 
The Community info session for the mural was held on June 21st at the Ralph Thornton Community Centre.

The mural painting will start in July and the Community Mural Launch will be scheduled later this summer -stay tuned for the date – including meet and greet with the artists, live music, cake, refreshments and celebratory remarks.


Thank you to mural supporters:  This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada,  StreetARToronto, Cultural  Hotspot , Ontario 150, and Woodgreen Community Services (for lending us their wall!)

Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada, StreetARToronto, Cultural  Hotspot , Ontario 150, et Woodgreen Community Services