The Scarborough Sign 2018

Posted on June 1st, by scararts in Featured, Recent News. 9 comments

The Scarborough Sign at Nuit Blanche

The Scarborough Sign at Nuit Blanche. Photo by Jeff Zhao of Peppercorn Imagine.


The Scarborough Sign is a community-developed public art installation that showcases and brings together Scarborough’s many artistic communities and neighbourhoods. 

From June to October 2018, a life-sized SCARBOROUGH sign (36’ wide x 5’ tall) will travel to six different neighbourhoods across north and central Scarborough. At each stop, The Scarborough Sign will display community arts projects by local artists, collectives, and residents. The Sign will also engage audiences in multi-disciplinary arts events, accessible workshops, and site-specific arts activities involving various art forms from textiles, spoken word, poetry, calligraphy, and photography. All activities are free and open to the public. 

Get your selfie sticks out! Travel with The Scarborough Sign this summer and experience all that the Scarborough arts scene has to offer! 

The Scarborough Sign is presented by Scarborough Arts in partnership with the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media at University of Toronto Scarborough and McWood Studios.

The Scarborough Sign is a Signature project of the Cultural Hotspot produced in partnership with the City of Toronto. 


  • The Scarborough Sign is currently not on display publicly. The Scarborough Sign will be back in 2019—keep an eye on our website future dates and locations!



University of Toronto Scarborough

1265 Military Trail (Southwest corner of Military Trail and Ellesmere Rd.)
EXHIBITION DATES: June 18 to July 11
LAUNCH EVENT: Wednesday, June 20, 12 PM – 1 PM

Be the first to see and interact with the SCARBOROUGH sign featuring Adam Zivo’s #LOVEISLOVEISLOVE, a photography project celebrating queer love in all its forms. Enjoy performances, talks, and take part in arts activities for all at the launch!

The Scarborough Sign at Bridlewood Mall


Bridlewood Mall

2900 Warden Avenue (Warden Ave. and Finch Ave.)
EXHIBITION DATES: July 27 to August 10 
COMMUNITY WEAVING EVENT: Friday, July 27, 11 AM – 1 PM

Get the chance to contribute to The Scarborough Sign! Create yarn pompoms and participate in a family-friendly communal weaving activity facilitated by the STEPS Initiative. Plus, take part in The Scarborough Sign Selfie Contest!

Scarborough Sign Project


Thomson Memorial Park

1005 Brimley Road (Brimley Rd. and Lawrence Ave. E.)
EXHIBITION DATES: August 11 to 26

See the sign animated with Adam Zivo’s  LoveisLoveisLove project and the Woven community fibre arts installation by the Warden and Finch community! Plus, take part in The Scarborough Sign Selfie Contest!

The Scarborough Sign at Burrows Hall


Burrows Hall Community Centre

1081 Progress Avenue (Progress Ave. and Sheppard Ave.)
EXHIBITION DATES: August 27 to September 28
LIVE SPOKEN WORD EVENT: Monday, August 27, 6 PM – 8:30 PM

RISE Edutainment hosts a two-hour live spoken word performance featuring Scarborough’s most promising emerging poets and performers. The Scarborough community is invited to interact with the Scarborough sign and inscribe words in different languages. 

The Scarborough Sign at Nuit Blanche


Nuit Blanche Toronto - Scarborough Edition

Scarborough Civic Centre Library (Brimley Rd. and Ellesmere Rd.)
156 Borough Drive
EVENT DATE: September 29, 7 PM – 7 AM

From sunset to sunrise, witness as Scarborough-based graffiti artists bring the SCARBOROUGH sign to life with a durational live painting performance. 



Chinese Cultural Centre

5183 Sheppard Avenue East (Progress Ave. and Sheppard Ave.)
EXHIBITION DATES: September 30 to October 31
CELEBRATORY EVENT: October 28, 3 PM – 5 PM

Participate in an all-ages calligraphy workshop, enjoy live performances, and engage with The Scarborough Sign one last time. 


The Scarborough Sign is produced in partnership with the City of Toronto’s Cultural Hotspot project.






Marla Hlady

Marla Hlady draws, makes sculpture, works with sites and sounds and sometimes makes video.  Hlady’s kinetic sculptures and sound pieces often consist of common objects (such as teapots, cocktail mixers, jars) that are expanded and animated to reveal heretofore unexpected sonic and poetic properties often using a system based approach to composition.

Marla has shown widely in solo and group shows including Manif D’Art 6 (Quebec City’s biennial), Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo, NY) (2012), Oakville Galleries (Toronto) (2011), YYZ Artist’s Outlet (2008), Klink and Bank (Reykjavik, Iceland) (2005), New General Catalog (Brooklyn, New York) (2005), the Art Gallery of Calgary (2003), Apexart Gallery (New York) (2002), Museo di San Domenico (Imola, Italy) (2002), L’Oeil De Poisson (Quebec City) (2002), Neutral Ground (Regina, Saskatchewan) (2002), The Power Plant Gallery (2001), The Nunnery (London, England, 1999).  She has mounted site works in such places as the fjords in Norway (FTG of Birds/Fitjar 2012), an apartment window (Berlin, 2008), a tour bus (Artengine/Ottawa, 2009), a grain silo (Electric Eclectic/Meaford, 2011), the Hudson’s Bay department store display window (Interaccess/Toronto, 2006), an empty shell of a building (Genereux Gallery/Toronto, 1994). 

Marla is represented by Jessica Bradley Gallery.


McWood Studios

McWood Studios has been operating from an historic building in downtown Toronto since 1977. Their roots are in live theatre set work but have grown to include fabrication of scenery for film and television production. They are very familiar with requirements for trade show and corporate work and are experienced in the building, transport and on site installation/ dismantling of large shows in major venues right across the country and into the U.S.

Their facility is able to produce high quality cabinetry and furniture as well as a wide array of fabrication in steel and aluminum. Their in-house services include a full scenic painting and finishing department.

They are comfortable working from blueprints, CAD files and any and all visual references and are committed to offering imaginative, cost effective solutions to the successful development of any project from concept to installation.


Victor Wong

Victor Wong is an artist & designer based in Toronto, Canada. Graduated from UTSC in 2012 and completing his masters at SAIC in 2014, he enjoys observing and reimagining the everyday. He often comes up with the best ideas sitting on the TTC. In his spare time, he enjoys rubbing his cat’s belly.

Nabiha Haider is a graduate from University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus, with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in the Studio Specialist Program. Nabiha’s artistic practice challenges social constructs through a form of play. With unconventional thinking and over-engineering, her practice engages with sculptural and two-dimensional works. (

Lorena Salomé is a Toronto-based artist with a background in photography, film, and a BFA from OCAD University. She incorporates various technologies in her work using everyday objects and dismantled electronics to make sound sculptures and robots. Her work has been exhibited and published locally and internationally since 2003. (

9 responses to “The Scarborough Sign 2018”

  1. […] As it moves to different locations, the sign will take on different looks courtesy of graffiti artists, calligraphers, and members of the Scarborough community. […]

  2. Nadia says:

    Thank you for bringing this really wonderful sign to so many sites in Scarborough!

    This is a “User Experience” sort of feedback: It would be soooo handy to have a simple list showing the dates and locations for the sign – with hyperlinks to the individual event pages for each location. The thumbnail photos for each event page don’t necessarily make it clear that that’s when the sign will be in a certain place. Users have to click through onto each event page to find that info. Thank you!

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