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TORONTO, March 1, 2019 – East End Arts, in collaboration with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and Winter Stations, announces a special Canadian Citizenship Ceremony at Kew Beach on Wednesday March 6th, 2019, at 10am. The ceremony will be a unique arts-based welcome to 31 citizenship candidates and their families, while celebrating the Winter Stations 2019 theme – Migration.

The ceremony will take place indoors at the Kew Beach Lawn Bowling Club, and will feature remarks from Winter Stations co-founder Roland Rom Colthoff, Councillor Brad Bradford (Ward 19), and MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith (Beaches-East York). The ceremony will be presided over by Justice Hardish Dhaliwal, who is herself an east ender. Following the ceremony at 11am, the community is invited to join for a brief reception to congratulate the new Canadians, and then join a guided walk of the Winter Stations 2019 installations, led by Roland Rom Colthoff, Winter Stations co-founder.

The theme for Winter Stations’ fifth anniversary is Migration. Four designs were selected from hundreds of submissions from around the world. Artists, architects and designers were asked to explore all facets of migration, including the complex social issues that surround humanity’s shaping of our global society, the flight of animals and the exchange of ideas. Each winning submission celebrates Toronto’s winter waterfront landscape and aims to draw people outside to interact with installations, the winter and each other.

“East End Arts focuses on creating opportunities for everyday people to become creators and storytellers. We believe this work is crucial, because when we share our stories and hear the stories of our neighbours, we develop understanding, build community, and inspire one another. These personal stories when told together become part of the evolving story of east Toronto – each of these new Canadians’ experiences now add to that narrative,” says Shana Hillman, Executive Director of East End Arts.

“Winter Stations invites all of Toronto to come down to the Beach and experience this beautiful landscape in a different way. In fact, I can’t think of anything as quintessentially Canadian as getting outside and enjoying winter. Toronto is a city that’s open, that is welcoming, and this can be seen in this year’s installations with exhibits from across the country and internationally. What a wonderful welcome this will be for our new Canadians and their families,” says City of Toronto Ward 19 Councillor Brad Bradford

“We wanted this year’s theme to continue exploring global events while bringing design and spectacle to the water’s edge. Winter Stations has always been about bringing joy, warmth and conversation to the long, cold Canadian winter landscape,” says Winter Stations co-founder, Roland Rom Colthoff, RAW Design.

Media contact:

Chelsea Cameron-Fikis, Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, East End Arts
647-715-2150 X 2  |


East End Arts

East End Arts is a non-profit community arts organization that serves the east end of Toronto. We provide inclusive arts programming and events to our local communities, including youth, newcomers, seniors and priority groups. We also provide professional development opportunities to both emerging and established artists and arts organizations.

Learn more about East End Arts here:

Winter Stations

Winter Stations Inc. is a not-for-profit organization co-founded by RAW DesignFerris + Associates, and Curio. Winter Stations is an award-winning, annual international design competition and exhibition of temporary public art installations affixed to the lifeguard stands along Ashbridges Bay, east to Balmy Beach.

Learn more about Winter Stations here:

Photos by Khristel Stecher.

Full Event Details:

Cost: FREE
Date: Wednesday March 6, 2019

Time: 10:00 am (ceremony – closed to public); 11:00 am (reception and Winter Stations walking tour – open to public)
Location: Kew Beach Lawn Bowling Club, 12 Lee Ave, Toronto, ON M4E 2N9

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