Creekside, The “Eastern Gateway” Mural Celebration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   |   August 11, 2014

“Eastern Gateway” Mural Celebration – Friday Aug 15th at 3pm

Join the artists and organizers in celebrating the completion of the monumental mural, Creekside, in Highland Creek!



All are invited to join in the celebration of Creekside, the “Eastern Gateway” mural, at 277 Old Kingston Rd. (east parking lot) in Highland Creek Village, Scarborough.  The lead artists and artist team will be present for a meet and greet, as well as staff from organizing partners Mural Routes and Cultural Hotspot. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Creekside, also known as the “Eastern Gateway” mural is one of the signature projects of Cultural Hotspot – East. The bright and beautiful mural is a permanent piece of public art created to welcome visitors entering south Scarborough from the east. The nature themed mural design celebrates the flora and fauna for which the Highland Creek area is well known. The mural design was inspired by the research and art of a local intergenerational  group who took part in Mural Routes’ Step x Step: Intro to Mural Art program at Morningside Library this past spring.

Emerging muralist Emily Harrison designed the mural, with the assistance of Peter Rahul, and led the artist team in her first major mural project. The support team of 9 youth and young adults (made possible through summer student employment grants) was supervised and mentored by Mural Routes’ Youth Programs Manager, Rob Matejka.

The mural production took 6 weeks in total to complete; the group began training the first week of July. Those interested in watching the process photos of such a large mural can see documentation at:

About Mural Routes

Mural Routes is the only member-based not for profit arts service organization in Canada dedicated to the creation, promotion, and development of public wall art. Since 1990, their vision has been to create extraordinary public wall art that serves as a catalyst for community building.

About Cultural Hotspot

The Cultural Hotspot celebrates community, culture and creativity by highlighting inner suburban communities across Toronto. Produced by City of Toronto Arts  and Culture, the inaugural Cultural Hotspot program (East) features a region of south Scarborough.

Contact: Tara Dorey, Program Coordinator   |   |   416-698-7995




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