Discover all that East York, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough and York have to offer with self-guided tours full of public art, local history, architecture and green spaces.

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 nine Signature Projects and 18 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.

Funding Opportunities

Learn more about SPARK and Signature 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.