Toronto 2050: Creating a Vision for Toronto

To create a good film, you need a script.

Astra Burka, the founder of Toronto 2050, has extended this concept from the film industry into the realm of city building.

For those of us who have had to apply for permits or work with city bylaws, the Official Plan may sound familiar. It is Toronto’s vision for development—the guiding principles that are meant to create a harmonious city.

However, those who have worked with the city know that it is anything but harmonious. According to Astra, the city is a mishmash of wards with competing interests and fractured visions; while, as a whole, Toronto is still suffering from the effects of an incomplete amalgamation.

Even worse, although we have an Official Plan, Section 37 of the planning act allows the City to negotiate with developers behind closed doors to allow bylaw violations in return for cash and community amenities.

Given these issues, Toronto 2050, aims to bring together these fractured pieces to create a picture of what we want Toronto to look like.

Toronto 2050 proposes three key solutions:

  1. Create one city through true amalgamation
  2. Create a script, a unified vision
  3. Visualize how we want Toronto to look

In order to visualize the City, the project aims to render the city and the Official Plan in three-dimensions. The technology, which was developed to render realistic cityscapes in film, has already been used by the City of Seattle.

To learn more about the project, visit the Toronto 2050 website.

The website provides a rich visual experience—partly because the Toronto 2050 team includes an animator, Pasquale la Montagna and documentary film maker Lisa Ellenwood—that features interviews from city building experts and residents about what this vision may look like.

If you have questions for the Toronto 2050 team or would like to help advance the project, you can contact them here: info@toronto2050.ca

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Summer 2015 Filming in Ward 19: August 15, 16, 18, 23, 23 and 30

The city has received a new round of filming requests at the following locations: 779 Queen Street W; 103 Walnut Avenue; and 1028 Dundas Street W. Take note whether parking on your street will be affected. See below for details. Questions can be directed to Ward 19 Councillor Mike Layton.

August 15, 16, 30

Production Type: WEB
Project Title: The Copper Studio
Production Company & Address: KIT AND ACE
123 WEST 7TH AVENUE VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CA
Production Company Phone #: Business:   778-372-5000,
Location Manager: Chris Winter
Location Manager Cell #: 778-788-6079
Filming Location(s) & Times:
779 QUEEN ST W
Start Date Time: 15/Aug/2015 9:00 AM To: 16/Aug/2015 8:00 PM
30/Aug/2015 9:00 AM to 30/Aug/2015 8:00 PM
Parking Location(s):
QUEEN ST W between TECUMSETH ST and NIAGARA ST Side: S
Start: 15-Aug-15 08:00 End: 16-Aug-15 21:00
QUEEN ST W between TECUMSETH ST and NIAGARA ST Side: S
Start: 30-Aug-15 09:00 End: 30-Aug-15 20:00

August 18

Production Type: TV SERIES
Project title: 12 Monkeys 02
Production Company & Address: GEP PRODUCTIONS INC NBC UNIVERSAL MEDIA LLC (12 MONKEYS 02)
2450 VICTORIA PARK TORONTO, ONTARIO, CA, M2J 5H3
Production Company Phone#: Business: Business: 416-236-4727
Location Manager: Vince Nyuli
Location Manager Cell #: (416) 518-4616
Filming Location & Times:
Location 1) 103 WALNUT AVE
Start Date Time: 18/Aug/2015 7:00 AM To: 18/Aug/2015 8:00 PM
Prep Aug 17th
Location 2) Queen St W btw Tecumseth St & Niagara St, south side curblane
Start Date Time: 18/Aug/2015 9:00 AM To: 18/Aug/2015 2:00 PM
Parking Location(s):
WALNUT AVE BETWEEN WELLINGTON ST W AND KING ST W Side: E
Start: 16-Aug-15 07:00 End: 18-Aug-15 20:00
WELLINGTON ST W BETWEEN WALNUT AVE AND STANLEY TER Side: N
Start: 17-Aug-15 07:00 End: 18-Aug-15 20:00
Queen St W S/s btw Niagara St & Tecumseth St, excluding rush hrs

August 22-23

Production Type: WEB
Project Title: The Copper Studio
Production Company & Address: KIT AND ACE
123 WEST 7TH AVENUE VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CA
Production Company Phone #: Business:   778-372-5000,
Location Manager: Chris Winter
Location Manager Cell #: 778-788-6079
Filming Location(s) & Times:
1028 DUNDAS ST W
Start Date Time: 22/Aug/2015 11:00 AM To: 23/Aug/2015 9:00 PM
Parking Location(s):
DUNDAS ST W between MONTROSE AVE and CRAWFORD ST Side: S
Start: 22-Aug-15 08:00 End: 23-Aug-15 21:00

Filming in August on Richmond, Walnut and Bellwoods

filming-stock-imageThree filming requests have been submitted for the area for two commercials and a TV series. Take note whether parking on your street will be affected. See below for details.

Filming of Rogers Internal Commercial
>On August 5 (9am to 12pm) on Richmond St W (between Walnut Ave and Strachan Ave)
>Production Company: Sandy Alexander Nicholson
>Parking spaces will be used on Richmond St W (between Walnut Ave and Strachan Ave) from 7am – 12 noon.

Filming of the Rogue 03 TV Series
>From August 14 (7am) to August 15 (4am) at 103 Walnut Ave.
>Production Company: Undercover Rogue 3 Productions Inc/4384768 Canada Inc
>Parking spots will be occupied at the following two locations:
1. Wellington St W between Niagara St and Strachan Ave (August 12, 5pm – August 15, 9 am)
2. Walnut Ave between Wellington St W and King St W (August 12, 5pm – August 15, 9 am)

Filming of “Goodness Knows” Commercial
>From August 12 (7am) to August 14 (11pm) at 21 Bellwoods Avenue.
>Production Company: Hungry Man Inc, D/B/A/ Frozen Man
>Parking spots will be occupied at the following two locations:
1. Bellwoods Ave between Queen St W and Robinson St (August 12, 7am – August 14, 11pm)
2. 790 Queen St W (August 12, 7am – August 14, 11pm)

Property Update: 156 Palmerston Tear Down and Rebuild

156-Palmerston156 Palmerston has filed for a variance with the city’s committee of adjustment department. If the changes affect you, be sure to attend the public hearing on Wednesday, August 5, 2015.

PURPOSE OF THE APPLICATION: To construct a new three-storey fourplex.

MEETING DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Committee Room 2, Second Floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St W, M5H 2N2

156 Palmerston Ave Location Map and Site Plan
156 Palmerston Ave Plans
156 Palmerston Ave Public Hearing Notice

About the Committee of Adjustment:
The Committee of Adjustment is comprised of citizen members and Councillors do not sit on this committee. They regularly hold public hearings to consider applications for minor variances, permission and consents. To learn more about the Committee of Adjustment please visit: http://www.toronto.ca/planning/comm_adj.htm

Gag filming in Trinity Bellwoods, August 6, 2015

 

trinity-bellwoods-park-filmingA TV production will be taking place on August 6th in Trinity Bellwoods park. It is filming gag where host is dressed as a nun and accidentally drops a box of condoms in front of random people. People’s reactions will be filmed.

 

For more information, see below:

Production Type: TV PRODUCTION
Project Title: Flip TFO 2015
Production Company & Address: OTELFO
Location Manager: Camille Lam

Filming Location(s) & Times: 9 am – 5 pm
Cast & Crew: 6

If you have questions, please contact Mike Layton (www.mikelayton.to).