Thursday, September 22, 2005

Stories from the Streets

This is a bit of a long shot and only relevant for Toronto dwellers...

Since my day job doesn't incorporate my interest in interpreting urban heritage, I'm volunteering on the side with Murmur Toronto. Murmur Toronto is an audio interpretation project which links stories to landmarks around Toronto via mobile phones and the internet. The thing that makes Murmur unique is that it uses the actual voices of ordinary Torontonians to preserve their memories of the city.

Murmur is currently expanding to include Spadina Avenue, from Bloor Street south to the lake. My task is to find interesting stories about Spadina Avenue and to record them. This means that if you had something funny happen to you on that fabled street, or if you have a favourite restaurant or if your granddad used to take you to Spadina every weekend, I want to know about it! Call me right now, or send a message to andreakw at gmail. Don't be shy - I recorded my story about living in Chinatown and it was quick and painless.

Murmur says: "Everybody has a story, even if at first you don't think you do. Where did you fall in love? Is there a story that illustrates why you love the neighborhood? Or why you don't? What stories need to be preserved? Who should never be forgotten? What event in the distant or recent past must be remembered? We think people underestimate the stories they have -- if something means something to you, other people want and even need to know that. By contributing a story to [murmur], you're adding your distinct voice to the public discourse and record that defines what the city is."

How cool is that?

3 comments :

nicole said...

This sounds like a fabulous idea, Andrea. And something fun to be a part of. Is it something that began in Canada?

Andrea said...

Yes, it's a local Toronto thing which is slowly being picked up by other cities...

green tea extract said...

Keep up the good work. Would love to see more posts.

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