Jameson Street Warming – Lasting Impressions

On Friday October 30th, Mayor David Miller joined myself, Toronto Poet Laureate Dionne Brand, artist Jim Bravo, photographer Kate Young, Mural Routes Executive Director Karin Eaton, and Jameson Avenue area residents to view “Impressions” a new outdoor street photo gallery featuring the faces and places of Jameson Avenue.Created by artist Jim Bravo and photographer and Jameson Avenue resident Kate Young, “Impressions”installed over 560 photographs – 8 photographs on each of over 70 tree planters – along Jameson Avenue from Queen Street West to Springhurst Avenue. Residents along this culturally and economically diverse street overwhelmed the artists with their support and enthusiasm for the project by posing for over 250 passport-style photographs which were mixed with an equal number of contemporary and archival images of the street.Dionne Brand’s poem, written especially for Jameson Avenue, is attached.After reading the poem a resident from the neighbourhood approached Dionne Brand and said, “That was good, you got everything but you forgot the pigeons.” Ms Brand replied to her, “You know, you’re right, I did, didn’t I!” Then the resident said ‘Oh well you can’t be expected to remember everything, I guess, but you forgot the pigeons.” Ms Brand had to chuckle quietly because the woman was so earnest. So, when she returned home she wrote her a line about the pigeons and inserted it into the poem.

If you have the chance, walk along Jameson Avenue and meet its residents both inside the buildings and outside on the planters – they are truly beautiful.



Dionne Brand’s Poem: