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Toronto: The Immigrant Experience

By Alex Sein


Friday, May 6

11:00am-1:00pm (in Russian)

Saturday, May 7

11:00am-1:00pm (in English)


Language: English, Russian 

Area: Downtown

Theme: Arts & Architecture, Advocacy, History & Culture, Environment, Diversity & Inclusion

Accessibility: Triggering Content, Loud Noises, Busy Sidewalks. 


What connects all of us?? What makes a person feel a sense of belonging?? It is often about stories that we hear and tell.


“Diversity Our Strength” is the motto of Toronto, and as one of the most multicultural urban environments in the world, it is a fascinating city to explore.


We will start at Nathan Phillips Square, where The Ward used to stand and many newcomers made their first homes upon arriving to The City of York. We will walk down to Holy Trinity Church and discuss how religion has influenced the city and shaped its occupants. We’ll cross through the shopping centre to Yonge/Dundas Square and pass by museums and hospitals. This is where we peel the curtain on a darker side of Toronto and its history with a gruesome murder of an immigrant boy, a subsequent outrage, but also those who came before and what legacy they left behind.


We’ll walk past the sea of orange ribbons tied to the fences of the Catholic Cathedral and talk about those souls that have suffered on these lands through the centuries.


We will stroll down Church street and finish near the St. Lawrence market where I will talk about my own immigrant experiences growing up and searching for culture, a sense of belonging, and a place to call home.

  • Walk Start Location: Nathan Phillips Square. I will be standing by the “Toronto” sign. Big glasses and even a bigger beard.

  • Nearest Public Transit: Queen subway and streetcar

  • Walk End Location: St. Lawrence Market

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