THE FIRST SONG IS
by Wesley Reibeling and Zahra Ebrahim
Theme: Arts & Architecture, History & Culture
Using recollection and song, this walk highlights Torontonians’ unique stories of “meeting” the city, and the soundtrack that accompanied those moments. What is the place that reminds you most of the city? What song evokes that memory? Where in the city do you get the visceral feeling of wonder that you did the first time you experienced it? In this walk, we hope to share some personal souvenirs of our urban lives and supplement our own integral histories and experiences with a musical experience.
In a year where we are limited to digital moments and online conversations, this walk brings us to the places that have meant something to us and enable us to share them with each other. More importantly, it reinforces our connection to the city, reminding us that in the brighter days ahead, we will reconnect to these spaces, places, and each other.
Alongside this audio file of several Torontonians’ personal recollections, a Spotify playlist link will be shared where folks taking the walk can listen to the songs that the Walkleaders talk about in their stories. This link will be collaborative so folks listening can add their own music that represents their specific Toronto memories. In addition, we will host a live talkback event on the final night of Jane’s Walk with some of the walk leaders from this walk, and folks tuning in can share their memories, locations and songs with us!
*If you're interested in a community conversations about our connections to music and place, join the Live event on Sunday!