A project by FIXT POINT, a Toronto based arts and media company, A Tale of A Town is a roving radio station that operates out of the “Storymobile”, a travel trailer-turned-recording studio making its way across Canada, collecting memories of the country’s main streets.
Even though North Americans are choosing to live downtown in record numbers, vibrant main streets are overshadowed by big box stores and multinational chains. A Tale of a Town wants to inspire people to remember why main street matters and how supporting small business is vital to 21st century urbanism.
Their most recent stop is in front of the Mimico Library in west-end Toronto. Mimico was a small lakeside town that was swallowed up by Toronto’s voracious growth. A team of radio artists have been inviting local business owners, heroes and residents to the Storymobile to record their memories of the town, and have been sharing their favourite online.
A Tale of a Town is part of the Toronto’s Artists in the Library program, an exciting initiative highlighting how libraries are reinventing themselves as essential spaces for the 21st century city. With free wifi, meeting space, and media collections libraries have become a choice workplace for the mobile class.