Press: Thank you Toronto Star

Thank you for our first major article since the announcement of our artist shortlist. The Toronto Star has a special place in our story as in 1980 the paper connected a young journalist, Leslie Scrivener, to Terry Fox when she was assigned to provide ongoing reports of the Marathon of Hope. Through the assignment Leslie formed a meaningful kinship with Terry Fox, and later wrote his biography. Some 38 years later, Leslie and co-lead Geri Berholz are championing the citizen-powered Legacy Art Project, a public space to inspire visitors, ignite passion, spark action and create impact by bringing life to Terry’s legacy of inspiration. This project will honour our past and look to the future. A great article to detail our intention and what to get excited about Toronto!

Find Christopher Hume’s article HERE

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BREAKING NEWS! Announcing our Shortlist of Artists and Architects

November 14, 2018, Toronto, ON - The Legacy Art Project (LAPT) proudly announces a short list of five outstanding teams of artists and landscape architects, bringing Toronto one step closer to having a new permanent public art and landscape installation inspired by Terry Fox on Toronto’s Waterfront. This impressive list of Canadian artists has been chosen to create an art expression, including a beautiful public gathering place, that will reflect the values of innovation, perseverance, courage, community engagement and hope which Terry Fox exemplified.

The five finalist teams were selected by the Legacy Art Project Jury from a long list of 40 “Expressions of Interest” submissions, led by seasoned Art Consultant and art expert Rebecca Carbin, Principal of Art + Public Unltd

“The Jury was thrilled by the calibre of response to this call,” says Rebecca Carbin, the Legacy Art Project’s Art Consultant. “It was very clear that the vision and ambition for the project, to create a site that will inspire people to look to Terry Fox’s legacy and think bigger than themselves, captured artists’ attention and imagination.”


The LAPT Jury is comprised of leading figures in related disciplines of art and design:

  • Kitty Scott, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Ontario;

  • Michael McClelland, Principal, ERA Architects Inc.;

  • Minaz Asani-Kanji, Manager of Outreach, Park People;

  • Judy Jarvis, Co-Chair, Partners in Art;

  • Terry Nicholson, former Director of Economic Development and Culture, City of Toronto;

  • Gaetane Verna, Director of The Power Plant Centre for Contemporary Art;  and

  • Brenda Webster, Senior Associate, Urban Design, Urban Places Stantec.

The five final creations will be revealed to the public in January 2019. The Jury will then determine the winning artist-led design that will find its home on the picturesque waterfront site located between the Music Garden and the Spadina wetlands.

“Toronto was the turning point in Terry’s cross-Canada journey and the people of Toronto opened their hearts in the most moving ways, showing unprecedented support and commitment to his dream,” says Leslie Scrivener, Terry’s biographer. “Terry’s parents, Betty and Rolly, had always hoped that Toronto would recognize his outstanding contribution and legacy in a permanent way and that is what the Legacy Art Project is all about.”

The short-listed artist-led teams are:  


More about The Legacy Art Project

The Legacy Art Project, working with the City of Toronto, will build a permanent public art and landscape installation inspired by Terry Fox’s legacy. The art and landscape design that will be revealed in a juried public art competition will create a setting to inspire visitors, ignite passion, spark action and create impact. Legacy Art Project Toronto and its working group include diverse members of Toronto’s community from business and civic leaders to philanthropists, planners, architects and dedicated volunteers.


To be part of Terry Fox’s Legacy you can help us by making a donation, following us or joining us to learn more at For more information or to arrange an interview with an artist, Rebecca Carbin or leads of the Legacy Art Project, please contact:

Shari Cogan, CoganPR,



The Benefits of Gifting Securities: Join LAPT today!

It’s that time of year!

Consider joining our citizen-funded initiative to honour Terry’s inspirational legacy permanently on Toronto’s waterfront.

Gifting securities is a cost-effective way to make a donation with a substantial tax incentive. By donating securities, donors pay no tax on capital gains, receive a tax receipt for the fair market value of the securities, and reduce their taxes. The completion of a simple form is all it takes to make an electronic gift of securities to the Toronto Foundation.

The benefits of donating securities include:

• Satisfaction of seeing your gift put to good use today

• A charitable tax receipt

• No capital gains tax paid

Explore this idea at our Fund page at the Toronto Foundation HERE.

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Call To Artists! Join us in making history!


Legacy Art Project Toronto is inviting Canadian artists to submit an expression of interest for a permanent public art commission in a landmark location on Toronto’s Waterfront. The Legacy Art Project Toronto...Inspired by Terry Fox is a public art concept that is realized as a fully integrated, art-led landscape. It will become a gathering place which embraces the key concepts of innovation, perseverance, community engagement, interactivity and hope, which Terry Fox exemplified.

In July 2018, Toronto City Council approved allocation of the downtown waterfront site located between the Music Garden and the Spadina Wetlands for Legacy Art Project Toronto...Inspired by Terry Fox. The footprint of this art-led landscape commission will occupy approximately 1/3-1/2 of the available open green space on the identified waterfront site (~1440m2 - 2160m2) and will be synergistic with the existing landscapes on either side of the site, becoming part of a neighbourhood with numerous existing public artworks.

Please see the full call to artists on Akimbo.

Our Latest News: Press Release July 31, 2018


Toronto’s Waterfront is set to Transform in Honour of Canadian Hero, Terry Fox

Toronto City Council's Authorization and Anonymous donation kick off The Legacy Art Project Toronto, a new permanent public art & landscape installation inspired by Fox’s Legacy

Toronto, ON, July 31, 2018 – The Legacy Art Project finds its permanent home in Toronto! This community-led, volunteer driven organization is creating a permanent public art and landscape installation inspired by Terry Fox’s legacy on Toronto’s central waterfront. 

Read the rest of our PRESS RELEASE here.

Announcing our Art Consultant!

Our team is thrilled to welcome seasoned art consultant and art expert, Rebecca Carbin to the Legacy Art Project.

Over her 18 years of commissioning art in public spaces, both in Toronto and in the United Kingdom, Rebecca has worked collaboratively with numerous stakeholders and artists often supporting artists on their first public commission. She has worked closely with the following artists to complete successful first permanent public commissions. In Toronto: Luis Jacob, Daniel Young and Christian Giroux, Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins, Jeannie Thib, Tadashi Kawamata, Kim Tomczak and Lisa Steele. In the UK she worked with Richard Wentworth, Tim Head, Yuko Shiraishi, Liz Wright.

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Rebecca Carbin holds a Masters in Curating Contemporary Art from Goldsmith’s College, University of London, UK. While working as an independent curator and art consultant in London
she worked with a variety of clients and agencies including Artangel, Public Art Development
Trust, British Broadcasting Corporation, the Corporation of London, West Ham United Football
Club and the Saatchi Gallery.

As Public Art Officer for the City of Toronto, Rebecca grew the City’s percent for art program and opened up commissioning opportunities to artists working in a variety of media and at all stages in their careers. Until recently, Rebecca Carbin was the Public Art Program Manager for Waterfront Toronto where she was responsible for all aspects of planning and commissioning art within the public realm of the designated Waterfront area.

Rebecca is now the Principal of Art + Public Unltd, a consultancy focused on exceptional public art projects. She is also Founder of I Heart Your Work Art Futures, an artwork production concept that brings a kick-starter approach to contemporary art patronage.

We look forward to her leadership and expertise toward creating a magnificent result for the Legacy Art Project… inspired by Terry Fox. Stay tuned for our art competition launching later this year. 

Questions, curiosities? Send us an email.