Originally created in 2016 and reborn out of 2020, The TRUTH is a mobile and travelling art installation that stands against injustice and erasure, and advocates for self-reflection to honour truths found from within. The monumental three-dimensional graffiti-style sculpture is a statement that pays homage and respect to the fact that we are living on Indigenous lands taken over by Colonial Treaties; Treaties which did not honour the commitments made to Indigenous people nor respect them. The TRUTH is also a statement that Black lives matter in all areas of Canadian society given the generations of anti-Black agendas dating from the 1800s to present day.

The TRUTH stands in solidarity for all those who suffer in silence.

Travelling Exhibition: September 30 to October 12

Mounted on a 55-foot flatbed truck, this travelling installation visits various communities throughout the GTA. It presents an opportunity for individuals to reflect on their own truth along with the injustices on our planet. The TRUTH is a physical and social movement. Programming may include but not be limited to sharing your truths, smudging, performances, movement, talks and reflections.

Spot The TRUTH near your neighbourhood.

Title Description
Fort York National Historic Site

Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2, including all night from sunset October 1 to sunrise October 2 as part of Nuit Blanche.

Installation available at Fort York National Historic Site in the east end of Garrison Common.

See location details

Montgomery's Inn

Monday, October 3
12 to 12:30 p.m.

Installation driving by Montgomery’s Inn eastbound on Dundas Street West.

See location details

Colborne Lodge

Monday, October 3
1 to 3 p.m.

Installation available at Colborne Lodge on Colborne Lodge Drive.

See location details

Ontario Science Centre

Tuesday, October 4
12 to 2 p.m.

Installation available outside the main entrance of Ontario Science Centre in the plaza, on the east side of the building.

See location details

Scarborough Museum

Tuesday, October 4
3 to 4 p.m.

Installation available in front of Scarborough Museum facing west towards Brimley Road.

See location details

Tuxedo Court

Tuesday, October 4
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Installation driving along the entirety of Tuxedo Court.

See location details

Clark Centre for the Arts

Tuesday, October 4
7 to 9 p.m.

Installation available in Guild Park and Gardens on the north side of the park.

See location details

Zion Schoolhouse

Wednesday, October 5
12 to 12:30 p.m.

Installation driving by Zion Schoolhouse westbound on Finch Avenue East.

See location details

Gibson House Museum

Wednesday, October 5
1 to 2 p.m.

Installation available by Gibson House Museum at the northeast corner of Beecroft Road and Park Home Avenue.

See location details

Regent Park Promenade

Wednesday, October 5
7 to 9 p.m.

Installation available on the concrete pad at Regent Park on the north side of Dundas Street East.

See location details

Brampton Centennial Secondary School

Thursday, October 6
12 to 2 p.m.

Installation available in the parking lot of Brampton Centennial Secondary School facing McMurchy Avenue South.

See location details

Driftwood Community Recreation Centre

Thursday, October 6
4 to 8 p.m.

Installation available in the parking lot of Driftwood Community Recreation Centre on the east side of the building.

See location details

Evergreen Brickworks

Friday, October 7
1 to 3 p.m.

Installation available at The Pavilions at Evergreen Brickworks. Accessible from the central parking lot at 550 Bayview Avenue.

See location details

Native Canadian Centre of Toronto

Friday, October 7
4 to 5 p.m.

Installation available on the street in front of 16 Spadina Road.

See location details

Taber Hill

Friday, October 7
6 to 6:30 p.m.

Installation driving around Taber Hill along Bellamy Road North, Rochman Boulevard and Indian Mound Crescent.

See location details

Humber River Mural Site

Friday, October 7
7 to 9 p.m.

Installation available in the parking lot under the Old Mill Subway Station Bridge. Pedestrian access from Bloor Street West via staircase on the northwest corner of the bridge.

See location details

Ontario Science Centre

Saturday, October 8 to Monday, October 10

Installation available outside the main entrance of Ontario Science Centre in the plaza, on the east side of the building.

See location details

Market Gallery

Tuesday, October 11
1 to 2:30 p.m.

Installation available on Market Street on the west side of the St. Lawrence Market South Building. Walking distance from the Market Gallery.

See location details

Union Station

Tuesday, October 11
3 to 5 p.m.

Installation available on Front Street West outside the main entrance of Union Station.

See location details

Nathan Philips Square

Tuesday, October 11
6 to 8 p.m.

Installation available on the north side of Queen Street West.

See location details

Fort York National Historic Site

Wednesday, October 12
7 to 9 p.m.

Installation available at Fort York National Historic Site in the east end of Garrison Common.

See location details

Artist Bios

Toronto-based KWEST is one of Canada’s premier graffiti artists, having created over 5,000 freight train paintings across Canada and the southern United States. His present three-dimensional work moves beyond his traditional medium to explore the relationship between graffiti and the urban environment. He has created commissioned works for Coca-Cola, the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, the University of Toronto, Red Bull Canada and the Ontario Science Centre, and his work has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Philip Cote, MFA, is an artist, activist, historian, Young Spiritual Elder and Ancestral Knowledge Keeper from Moose Deer Point First Nation: Shawnee, Lakota, Potawatomi, and Ojibway. A graduate of OCAD U, Cote has been exploring new ways to imbue Mural Painting through oral traditions of storytelling and with traditional spiritual perspectives. Philip has worked with numerous renowned artists including Young Jarus, KWEST and Nick Sweetman. Cote’s academic practice includes public speaking, land acknowledgements, Indigenous Cosmology and cultural interpretation.

Noah “40” Shebib is a Toronto-based composer, producer and founder of OVO Sounds. He creates atmospheric scores for his personal music label, films and artworks. Noah’s distinct emotive style has an immersive cinematic quality that has catapulted artists like Drake and many others into global critical acclaim. Noah is a contributor to local artists’ development through mentorship opportunities and is a human rights, health and education advocate.

Tyrone Edwards is a Canadian television broadcaster and entrepreneur, currently the cohost of CTV’s entertainment magazine show eTalk. He first became locally prominent in Toronto in the 2000s as a partner in 1LoveTO, a Toronto community and entertainment blog which expanded by 2011 into a clothing line. In 2011 he was hired by MuchMusic as the new host of RapCity and served as an entertainment reporter and host for sister station E! He joined eTalk as a reporter in 2018.

Que Rock is a Nipissing First Nation born multidisciplinary artist. He started life learning his Anishnaabe and Odawa cultural teachings through ceremonies and Anishnaabemowin language. As a Anishnaabe graffiti artist, his work has matured from quick pieces into large street art projects and canvas work. He aspires for his artistic evolution to form a distinct look and feeling in all the artforms with which he works.


Community Partner

Media Partner

Black and white logo of Raptors
Black and white logo of Elmnt FM radio

Donors

The Higher Learning Foundation
MOSS LED INC.
Daytona Freight Systems