The February Short List

23 Feb

Toronto, it’s been a tough month. Even though there’s been no snow, our vision seems to be clouded. We had many worthy projects, but nothing that popped. So we’re not giving out a grant this month. What does this mean? It means that you need to double down and submit your best ideas. And it means that we’re going to give out more money later in the year.

But we’re here to help! Check out this post highlighting our 9 Principles of Awesome. And message any of our Trustees. We’re eager to give you advice on what makes for a great application.


JourneyAmerica: To share and highlight the stories of extraordinary individuals making a positive impact in communities across the Americas by riding two horses from Canada to Brazil.

Let’s Pick Fruit With Our Computers: Roughly 1.5 million pounds of fruit grows from Toronto’s trees every year. 11% of our total urban canopy makes stuff we can eat. We’re living with an abundance and we barely know what to do with it all – or that it exists in the first place.  Looking for your local fruit tree?  Not Far From The Tree wants to build a web site to make it easy to find.

Scientific Poster Meets Street Art: Art meets science meets graffiti through alleyway poster installations detailing the research of our city’s leading graduate students.

Solar Fire Haiti: No, it’s not an evil mission to burn Haiti or some freaky solar eclipse. Solar Fire Haiti is the invention of a man with a mission… an open-source design for a thermal energy stove that can be used for cooking in a range of developing countries, without the need for electricity of firewood. Awesome for moresome.

Walkable Planets Toronto: Ever felt like you’re on another planet? Ever had moments where you’re lost in space? Well, the Walkable Planets community art project now gives you official permission to go and explore your inner galaxy through durable works of art in public parks around Toronto. The project will include the creation of ten art installations in public park spaces throughout the city at a scale of one to five billion. The project will be centered in Christie Pits Park with a sculpture representing “the Sun”, whilst the remaining planet installations will be placed at other parks like Trinity Bellwoods, Dufferin Grove and High Park.

ZED.TO: ZED.TO is an immersive online and live theatre experience that asks Torontonians to participate in a story about the end of the world, brought about by a fictional biotech company called ByoLogyc.  The experience will unfold over an 8 month period, linking major arts festivals across the city such as Fringe and Nuit Blanche.

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2 Responses to “The February Short List”

  1. Trevor February 25, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    Really cool submissions this month – I did a few graduate student research posters in the form of s[k/w]anky WANTED ads a few months back, but this sounds more delightful.

    ZED.TO will come for you again, Awesome Founders! In the meantime, check out our IndieGoGo campaign: http://www.indiegogo.com/zedto?a=431039

  2. Shayna January 20, 2014 at 1:44 am #

    Today, I went to the beach front with my kids. I found a
    sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She
    placed the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.

    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic but I had to tell someone!

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