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Akimbo presents:

Now We See It! - A Bus Tour of Public Art in downtown Toronto

Boldly go where no bus tour has gone before with Tour Guide Betty Ann Jordan

Sunday, April 27, 2014
2 - 4:30 pm

Tickets: $40
Reserve your seat by April 25 on our luxury passenger coach, equipped with powder room and wheelchair access.
Send an email to: to book.

"Betty Ann Jordan reminded me of why I love art in the first place - for the adventure. She is a natural communicator of information and ideas, and her passion is infectious. It gives her the power to awaken that sense of wonder in others." – Gillian Mackay Graham

Have you noticed that there are increasing numbers of public art installations in Toronto? Heard about them but don't know where they are? Driven by them but had no time to stop? Walked by and want to know more? Take our unique and fun bus tour, guided by art expert Betty Ann Jordan and art world insiders, and discover a critical mass of new inspiring works in Toronto's downtown core. Venture into the heart of emerging neighborhoods as we travel by comfortable coach, exiting at some locations to see works up close. Witness Toronto's evolving urban core and the energization of its public spaces through the lens of an impressive array of public art, all of it enhanced by Betty Ann's insightful interpretations and behind-the-scenes stories.

The bus departs from the Gladstone Hotel (1215 Queen Street West, Toronto) at 2pm SHARP and returns to the hotel at 4:30pm. Please arrive at 1:30 to receive your Snack Pack and find your seat.


Fence on the Loose, 2012 by Vito Acconci Studio. Photo courtesy Maiko Yagi.

The Grand Tour includes works by:

Vito Acconci, Jennifer Marman + Daniel Borins, Nestor Kruger and Carlo Cesta at West Harbour City; Douglas Coupland, Pierre Poussin, Mark Di Suvero, Katharine Harvey, Maha Mustafa, John McEwan, Francisco Gazitua and Adrian Göllner at Concord City Place; Troika at Corus Quay; Fastwurms, Olaf Breuning and Francisco Gazitua in Liberty Village; and a few surprises along the route.

You are invited to bring your camera so you can take photos of these artworks and post them on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #AkimboPublicArt!

Betty Ann Jordan is a professional art tour guide and journalist who trained as an artist. Betty Ann Jordan writes freelance feature articles and reviews as well as authoring a monthly Artist File column for Canadian House and Home magazine. Her articles and columns have appeared in Toronto Life, Where Toronto, Essential Toronto, Azure, Toronto (November 2008), The Globe and Mail, The National Post, American Style, Canadian Art, Art News, Fashion, Elm Street, and many other periodicals. She offers art and design walking tours in Toronto's urban core through her service Art InSite.

Akimbo would like to thank the following for their assistance: Rina Greer, Art Consultant; Ben Mills and Karen Mills of Public Art Management; Jane Perdue, Public Art Coordinator, Urban Design, City Planning; Toronto Public Art Commission (TPAC) and City Planning's Percent for Public Art Program.


Puente de Luz, 2012 by Francisco Gazitua. Photo courtesy Public Art Management.

Gardiner Streams, 2013 by Katharine Harvey. Photo courtesy of Justin Häne.