Kensington Market: Hidden Histories on MetroMorning with Nicole Paroyan

Our student, Nicole Paroyan, had a terrific exchange with Matt Galloway on CBC’s MetroMorning this am! It’s been an honour & a pleasure to work with Nicole & our other stellar students on this project!

Audio clip here!

Kensington Market: Hidden Histories is available for download on iTunes!

Search Kensington Hidden Histories! (oh Apple we have too many characters!)

And in the Google Play as Kensington Market: Hidden Histories.

Download & enjoy walking through Kensington Market discovering layers of lives lived, communities that flourished and moved on, some leaving traces. Others now vanished.. We barely scratched the surface!


Featured! Kensington Market: Hidden Histories

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Kensington Market: Hidden Histories featured on UoT Home page!



Great feature story by Peter Boisseau, on the main UoT page!

Excerpt: “An augmented reality app that guides users through a dynamic tour of key locations in Toronto’s historic Kensington Market is now available for free download – thanks to U of T students in the Faculty of Arts & Science.

Students enrolled in University College’s ‘Digital Tools in a Canadian Context’ course used original research and archival documents to unearth generations of Kensington Market’s vibrant legacy and transform it into an interactive database.

“Kensington Market is a microcosm of factors that have contributed to Toronto’s richness as one of the world’s most multicultural city, and reveals how Canada has changed over time,” says course instructor Siobhan O’Flynn, a lecturer in Canadian studies.

This is the latest example of how U of T students and researchers are taking the classroom to the city – and in particular to Kensington Market – to learn more about Toronto’s vibrant culture. The neighbourhood has also served as a way to introduce international students to the city….”

Video Games Course – Students LOVED it! I LOVED it!

ENG 279S 2017 feedback
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I had the opportunity to teach the first run of ENG279 Video Games this summer at UTM & the course was a blast. Students loved it. I loved it. The student feedback spans everything from our critical discussions to how much we had playing and making games.

When do you get the chance to see Bioshock play throughs on a theatre screen WITH full sound???

The Future of Storytelling, 2017 Digital Dialogue Conference Panel, OMDC

Terrific panel discussion with Nigel Newton, David Caron, Joanne Loton, and David Brady.  Our conference host was the always insightful, Professor Ramona Pringle.

Published on Feb 23, 2017

Panel: The Future of Storytelling

Nigel Newton, Director (Canada), INDE Experience Engineering

»» David Brady, CEO, Cream Productions
»» David Caron, Co-publisher and President, ECW Press
»» Joanne Loton, Co-Founder & Executive Producer, Sesqui
»» Dr. Siobhan O’Flynn, Founder, NarrativeNow

Featured on UToronto Website!

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A terrific feature interview with one of my students, Cody Kita, on the work he & fellow student, Adam De Luca did for the Annex BIA in support of a bike lane proposal on Bloor St. Their placement was the core activity for my experiential learning course, CDN435 Active Citizenship, in the Canadian Studies Program at University of Toronto. Well done Cody & Adam! and big thanks to Brian Burchill & Janice McHugh of the Annex BIA for making this opportunity possible!

From the feature (also featured on the FAS homepage!) & posted under: Re-Imagining Undergraduate Education:

“Students spent months studying issue

As part of Active Citizenship in a Canadian Context, a University College fourth-year course inCanadian Studies, Kita and classmate Adam De Luca spent seven months studying the issue of the Annex bike lanes and reporting their insights to the local Business Improvement Area (BIA).

Kita says the bike lanes had been the subject of numerous studies and debates over the decades, but the key factor was getting area businesses on board.

“It’s kind of amazing, because bike lanes are a need that has been expressed by the community for a long time, and finally that support is coming from the businesses as well,” says Kita, whose report advocated for the bike lanes on economic and safety grounds….”