The Storied City

Toronto is a layered, storied place rich with many perspectives and narratives. At Diaspora Dialogues, we create opportunities to use the power of these narratives to forge, through creative dialogue, a collective sense of identity that simultaneously recognizes and respectfully explores our differences. These dialogues may be humorous. They may be earnest. They may even be uneasy. But they are more crucial now than ever.

We hope you’ll take part in these dialogues with us – through our Events, which feature writers from different communities, disciplines, and stages in their careers; through our Special Projects, which provide innovative spaces for residents to explore the city’s various cultural, political, and historical landscapes; and through experiencing the works of our artists who continue to redefine what it means to live, breathe and read Toronto.

A Day in the Life in Toronto

What is a Day in the Life of Toronto like for an emerging artist, a newcomer to the city, a poet, a mother? What stands out visually, which passing encounter stays with someone? Day in the Life of Toronto is a unique series of audio narrated stories shared by Mayank Bhatt, Catherine Hernandez, Cherie Dimaline, Fereshteh Molavi and Ian Malczewski. Each story, accompanied by a slide show of photos and illustrations, explores the paths of these five writers as they make their way through a day in the life of their Toronto. Click here to watch and add your own photos to Day in the Life of Toronto.

LitToronto Map

Add to our LitToronto Map! Add your own place-specific flash fiction and haiku poems. Visit the map for details.

Our interactive literary map showcases the city as a layered, storied place rich with many perspectives and narratives. The map is marked with excerpts from place-specific stories and poems from our anthology TOK: Writing the New Toronto. Check it out!

Diaspora Dialogues really is bringing people together, allowing for the free flow of ideas and creativity. I think everyone benefits—whether writer, artist, thinker or citizen—from such a context.

— Priscila Uppal, Mentor & Commissioned Writer