Share your Six-Word Stories for My City My Six!

Posted on January 18th, by scararts in Featured, Recent News. 3 comments

We belong where love finds us 
– Anne Michaels, Toronto Poet Laureate

Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a six word story. He responded with, “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn”, and the six-word story was born.

My City My Six (MCM6) is a participatory public art project that will reveal Toronto and its residents in celebration of Canada 150, six words at a time. From January through May 2017, the My City My Six project will ask Torontonians of all ages and backgrounds to share something essential about themselves in six words. 

Based on the six-word story concept popularized by Smith Magazine, this project invites Torontonians to write and contribute six words that best tells their story. My City My Six will culminate in a city-wide exhibition in the public realm in the fall of 2017, showing the diverse lives that collectively make up this great city at this moment in time. 

This project is led by Toronto Arts and Culture in collaboration with the city’s six local arts service organizations (Arts Etobicoke, East End Arts, Lakeshore Arts, North York Arts, Scarborough Arts and UrbanArts). Stories will be collected through emails, workshops and events. A jury, including Toronto Poet Laureate Anne Michaels, will select stories to appear in the exhibition, which will include transit shelters, transit interiors, billboards and other public spaces. Local galleries, businesses and public spaces will also be animated as part of the exhibition in September and October 2017.

Send in your story by email to and include your first name, the name of your neighbourhood and your age. Anonymous submissions are fine too!

Join Scarborough Arts at My City My Six launch and at My City My Six writing workshops across Scarborough: 


May 28, 2017
Bluffs Gallery at 1859 Kingston Road
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
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February 23, 2017
Cedar Ridge Creative Centre
225 Confederation Drive
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

March 22, 2017
IC318, University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

April 12, 2017
Scarborough Museum
Thomson Memorial Park, 1007 Brimley Road
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


See sample six word stories below (Courtesy of Six Words Minneapolis):

I was afraid, now I’m fierce
-Maggie, 38, N.E.

All My Life, I’ve held on
-Anonymous, 18, Kingfield

Coffee shop
-Alf, 17, North Mpls.

Go to the Park and Play
-Zara, 4, Fulton 

At Ninety-Nine, I’m still a Musician
-Gabrielle, 99, SW Seniors Ctr.

Dusty Roads
Low Salaries
Wonderful People
-Edith, 88 Downtown

If you have questions on My City My Six project, please contact Andrea Raymond-Wong, Community Cultural Coordinator at or 416-338-2469.

My City My Six Call for Six-Word Story Submissions

3 responses to “Share your Six-Word Stories for My City My Six!”

  1. […] some participants chose a different word count) and stuck them to the wall, as part of the My City My Six project. Some were simple (like, “This is home,” or “I work here”), while […]

  2. At 70 I enjoy painting everyday

  3. Shyvanna says:

    Luv this city, sweetest vibes everywhere!

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