The Scarborough Sign

Posted on January 18th, by scararts in Current Programs, Featured Programs. Comments Off on The Scarborough Sign

The Scarborough Sign at Fools Paradise (2019). Photo by Peppercorn Imagine

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

The life-sized SCARBOROUGH sign travels to neighbourhoods across Scarborough. At each stop, The Scarborough Sign displays community arts projects by local artists, collectives, and residents. The Sign also engages audiences in multi-disciplinary arts events, accessible workshops, and site-specific arts activities.



The Scarborough Sign is back on the road starting January 2020! The Sign will travel to many more neighbourhoods and will be displayed at major cultural events in Scarborough. 


The Scarborough Sign at Fool's Paradise


In 2019, The Scarborough Sign traveled to seven locations in Scarborough including historically and culturally signifigant places such as the Guild Park and Gardens, Wexford for Taste of Lawrence, Fools’ Paradise, Agincourt Mall, the University of Toronto Scarborough, and Centennial College.

The Scarborough Sign at Nuit Blanche


In 2018, The Scarborough Sign traveled to five neighbourhoods in north and central Scarborough, offered eight public events, showcased the works of 45 local artists and collectives, and engaged 59 organizational partners as part of Cultural Hotspot 2018. 


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. 


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