Celebrating Creativity & Community

Cultural Hotspot is back for its 8th annual celebration of arts, culture and community. By connecting and investing in Toronto’s diverse outside-the-core neighbourhoods, Cultural Hotspot shines a spotlight on East York/East End, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough and York with 27 new community-based public art projects.

From May to December 2021, the Cultural Hotspot will continue to help inspire a new vision about where culture thrives in the city. This City of Toronto and partner-produced initiative will feature a series of eight Signature Partnership Projects and 19 SPARK Projects that highlight art in public places and provide opportunities for youth mentorship and employment.

Signature and SPARK Projects celebrate local culture, creativity, business and community with virtual programming, special events, festivals and art happenings inspired by a public art theme.

2021 Cultural Hotspot projects have been reimagined to deliver online content to ensure the safety of artists and participants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding Opportunities

Learn more about SPARK and Signature Partnership Projects.

Self-Guided Tours

Explore more beyond the core with the Cultural Hotspot's self-guided tours.

2021 Cultural Hotspot Art Projects

See the line-up of 2021 projects and learn about the organizations and people behind them.