Applications are now open for the 2022 Cultural Hotspot program. Signature and SPARK project submissions will be accepted until February 15.

Celebrate Creativity & Community

The Cultural Hotspot is an annual arts and culture program that celebrates Toronto’s outside-the-core communities. Delivered in collaboration with local arts and community organizations, the program provides valuable opportunities for youth employment and mentorship through workshops, exhibits, events and more. This year, the Cultural Hotspot program will run from June to October and adopt a new hyperlocal model, signaling a conscious turning point in its evolution.

Little Jamaica and Golden Mile are the two neighbourhoods that will be animated for the upcoming Cultural Hotspot. For Little Jamaica, this includes communities as far west as Eglinton-West, Fairbank to the north, Oakwood-Vaughan to the south and Cedarvale to the east. Surrounding Golden Mile, the neighbourhoods of Bermondsey, Parma Court, Victoria Village, Wexford, Ionview, Clairlea and Clairlea-Birchmount will also be included.

The program will highlight the historic, present and future cultural significance of each community while celebrating their continued contributions to the cultural fabric of modern-day Tkaronto. Watch a Community Connect information session recording to learn more about the Cultural Hotspot program and how to get involved.

Funding Opportunities

Learn about how to get involved with the Cultural Hotspot.

Events Calendar

Explore Cultural Hotspot events.

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.