Toronto City of Labyrinths Project Jane’s Walk — Saturday May 7, 2011 6 p.m. Christie Subway Station

Toronto has become a City of Labyrinths.

Presently, we may have the greatest physical number of labyrinths of any City in The World. This Jane’s Walk will help us understand why.

Since 2002, the Toronto City of Labyrinths Project has been aiming to place a semi-permanent labyrinth within walking distance of every Torontonian.

This Jane’s Walk will follow a path into and around Christie Pits Park, where a number of the Project’s examples exist.

All four of the most popular labyrinth design patterns will be shown:

  • 1. The Thousands of years old ancient classic seven-circuit Cretan design
  • 2. The 800-year-old Chartes Cathedral 11-circuit pattern
  • 3. The Contemporary Santa Rosa Labyrinth design
  • 4. The inner-Chartes seven-circuit pattern

Background in-depth history of each of the four major designs will be provided:

  • The story of how High Park got the first official City of Toronto Labyrinth
  • The efforts of the Labyrinth Community Network in creating The Toronto Public Labyrinth in Trinity Square Park
  • Why labyrinth walking is a critical period in the development of decision making abilities in children growing up, which they then carry into adulthood.
  • The Connection between bodies of water and labyrinths. (Garrison Creek)

Using chalk on paved open space, people will be instructed in how to make their own labyrinths, which we will then enjoy walking in to and out of.

Before returning to our starting point where this Jane’s Walk will end, we will see one bonus example of Giant Outstallation Art:

  • Toronto’s Giant Outdoor Subway Map and the story of why it’s there

A limited number of printed materials will be available on a first come first served basis as keepsakes of this Jane’s Walk.

    Saturday May 7, 2011 6 p.m.

Meeting Place: Traffic Island in Front of Christie Subway Station Main Entrance

End Location: Like all Labyrinth journeys, we will return to our starting point to end the walk (Traffic Island in Front of Christie Subway Station Main Entrance).

Public Transit Directions: Christie Subway Station Main Entrance, Christie Street, North of Bloor Street West, Koreatown/Christie Pits Park

Accessible: Partially accessible – curbs, uneven terrain, busy sidewalks

Parking Available: Green P Parking behind Christie Subway Station

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  • Land Acknowledgements

    Traditional: recognizes lands traditionally used and/or occupied by the People or First Nations in parts of the country.

    Ancestral: recognizes land that is handed down from generation to generation.

    Unceded: refers to land that was not turned over to the Crown (government) by a treaty or other agreement.

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    Labyrinths are made on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples –

    Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish),

    Stó:lō and

    Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh)

    and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

    Labyrinths are made in traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of

    the Kwantlen,

    the Katzie,

    the Semiahmoo

    and Tsawwassen First Nations.