In April of this year, the Bloor Street Culture Corridor was established in Toronto, bringing together important cultural institutions between Bathurst Street and Bay Street, such as the Royal Ontario Museum, the Gardiner Museum, the Bata Shoe Museum, the Royal Conservatory, the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, as well as the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Center, the Native Canadian Center of Toronto, Alliance Française de Toronto, Instituto di Cultura, and the Japanese Foundation.
The aim of the partnership is to increase awareness and appreciation of Bloor Street as a destination for professional cultural events and to take advantage of the synergy that results from cooperation. The Culture Corridor has already taken part in Open Streets Toronto and Toronto’s Cultural Days.
After discussions with Heather Kelly, the Culture Corridor founder and director, and with the approval of the Tartu College Board of Directors, approval was given to VEMU/ Estonian Studies Center to become an associate member of the Bloor Street Culture Corridor. VEMU has grown professionally and this partnership should raise the profile of the work being done in Canada. It offers VEMU opportunities for broader cooperation, as well as a vehicle for promoting its activities to the Canadian multicultural audience.