The Laneway Project

Toronto has more than 2400 publicly owned laneways. Often under-used, deteriorating, and viewed as unsafe, these ‘in-between’ spaces have the potential to become an integral part of our public realm. 

The Laneway Project presents: Toronto’s first summit on laneways. Moderated by CBC’s Mary Wiens, 5 speakers will give short presentations on the potential of our city’s laneways:

  • How we can transform our laneways into more vibrant, safe, and people-friendly spaces.
  • Laneways as transportation corridors, green infrastructure, and community gathering spaces
  • The cultural and economic potential of laneways

Planners, designers, policy makers, artists, community organizers and laneway lovers from across the City are invited to attend this event featuring presentations by:

  • Phil Bliss, BrightLane
  • Brandon Donnelly, TAS Design Build
  • Mark Garner, Downtown Yonge BIA
  • Dylan Reid, Walk Toronto and Spacing
  • Victoria Taylor, Taylor Landscape Architect and Jonas Spring, Ecoman

Followed by a moderated discussion between speakers and attendees. Cocktail reception with food, music and a cash bar to follow. 

$10 Tickets. Limited seating available. 


Presenter Bios

Mary Wiens (Moderator) is an award-winning journalist and producer who can be heard weekdays on CBC Radio One's #1 morning show, Metro Morning on 99.1 FM in Toronto.  Mary's deep affection for Toronto is expressed in her work as a community volunteer, which includes being a founding members of Roncesvalles Renewed and RoncyWorks.