Join us in shaping the next Cultural Hotspot and learn about project funding opportunities. Register online for upcoming Community Connect information sessions.

Celebrating Creativity & Community

The Cultural Hotspot shines a spotlight on arts, culture and community in East York, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough and York neighbourhoods, creating a new vision about where culture thrives in Toronto. In 2021, the Cultural Hotspot celebrates ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art, featuring Signature and SPARK visual and performance art projects that engage community members of all ages and creates opportunities for youth mentorship and employment.

Community Connect Information Session

Share ideas for public art projects via a virtual community gathering. Register online for Community Connect session for artists, arts organizations, community members and groups based outside the core:

  • Thursday, September 24, 1 to 3 p.m. – Scarborough and East York
  • Thursday, October 8, 1 to 3 p.m. – Etobicoke and York
  • Thursday, October 29, 1 to 3 p.m. – North York
  • Thursday, November 12, 5 to 7 p.m. – All neighbourhoods

You are invited to attend any session, even if it’s outside your neighbourhood. 

Signature Partnership Projects

The City of Toronto’s Arts and Culture Services collaborates with arts organizations active in the neighbourhoods outside downtown, partnering to develop dynamic transformative public art projects that provide new opportunities to engage communities and highlight their vibrancy.

SPARK Projects

Through seed funding and mentorships, SPARK supports emerging and equity-seeking artists and arts organizations from diverse communities – enhancing artistic talents, while promoting local artistic talent and organizations.

Self-Guided Tours

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


Celebrate, connect and grow. Find out what the Cultural Hotspot is all about.