The Scarborough Sign

Posted on June 1st, by scararts in Featured, Recent News. 3 comments

Scarborough Sign Project


The Scarborough Sign is a summer-long community-developed public art initiative that showcases and brings together Scarborough’s many artistic communities through events, workshops, and a mobile art installation.

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 location, the sign will engage local residents in multi-disciplinary arts events, accessible workshops, and site-specific art activities involving different art forms from textile arts, spoken word and 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 Project is a Signature project of the Cultural Hotspot produced in partnership with the City of Toronto. 


Catch the Scarborough Sign Project at six locations across Scarborough.

University of Toronto Scarborough

Hill by the Student Union Building, 1265 Military Trail (Morningside Ave. 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!

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Bridlewood Mall

2900 Warden Avenue (Warden Ave. and Finch Ave.)
EXHIBITION DATES: July 12 to July 26
COMMUNITY WEAVING EVENT: Saturday, July 14, 11 AM – 1 PM

Get the chance to contribute to the SCARBOROUGH sign installation! Create your own woven creation and display it as part of the SCARBOROUGH sign at a family-friendly community weaving event facilitated by STEPS Initiative.

Scarborough Sign Project

Thomson Memorial Park

1005 Brimley Road (Brimley Rd. and Lawrence Ave. E.)
EXHIBITION DATES: July 27 to August 26

See the sign animated with Adam Zivo’s #LOVEISLOVEISLOVE project and the knitting installation by the Warden and Finch community! Plus, take part in the #MyScarborough Selfie Contest!

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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. 

Graffiti Artist

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

Celebrate the last stop of the Scarborough Sign Project as well as Scarborough Arts’ 40th Anniversary! Participate in an all-ages calligraphy workshop, enjoy live performances, and engage with the SCARBOROUGH sign one last time. 


The Scarborough Sign Project 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.


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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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