Livewithculture.ca relaunched as an online platform for Toronto cultural dialogue
The City of Toronto’s Livewithculture.ca has relaunched as a blog with a cause. The goal is to create a city-wide conversation about culture in Toronto by featuring a constantly changing cast of culture workers – from the subway busker to the opera diva, from the puppet maker to the National Ballet’s shoe manager.
Singers, dancers, artists, production people, box office ticket sellers – all will have a voice on livewithculture.ca. These personal stories are central to establishing Livewithculture.ca as the ultimate insider’s guide to the Toronto cultural scene.
The http://www.Livewithculture.ca homepage is framed by city scenes culled from a selection of Toronto photo blogs.
The site includes a sidebar with links to news stories about Toronto culture appearing in media locally and around the world.
Livewithculture.ca also features a scrollable list of daily arts events from TorontoArtsOnline.org.
Live With Culture stories are grouped by category (architecture, art, dance, design, family, festivals, film, museums, music, reading, street culture and theatre). Recent posts have looked at long-running indie music showcase Elvis Monday, an art tour of West Queen West with journalist Betty Ann Jordan and a discussion of whether skateboard culture is actually culture. Organizations and individuals within Toronto‘s cultural industry are being approached to contribute to the site as guest bloggers.
Toronto’s creative industries are growing faster than any other employment sector; 133,000 Torontonians now work in the culture and creative industries. Livewithculture.ca provides a window to the exciting and challenging world of making a living in the city’s cultural community.
Livewithculture.ca is a legacy project of the 2005/06 TO Live With Culture campaign, which was a 16-month celebration of Toronto’s arts and cultural communities. From September 2005 to December 2006, Live With Culture showcased the vibrant, diverse cultural activities happening in the city every day.
Originally conceived as an event listing portal – the result of collaboration between the City of Toronto‘s Cultural Services division and the Toronto Arts Council Foundation – the site has relaunched to reflect the new demands and interests of Web 2.0 users and the new realities of Toronto‘s cultural industry.