- A day in the Life of Toronto -

A Day in the Life in Toronto uses narrated audio, composed photos and illustrations and randomly selected Flickr images to explore the paths of five writers who move through and make Toronto their home.


Some of the images in the slideshows are selected from a pool of Flickr.com photos that share common tags. Reloading a story resets the Flickr images, changing the story experience.

You can participate by adding your own related photos to Flickr.com using any of the following combinations of tags and assigning the photo a Flickr.com Creative Commons Attribution licence:

We don't guarantee that you'll see your own photos once you upload them to Flickr, but someone else probably will.

About the authors


Creative Director: Dawn Buie
Photographers: Yoong Siang Lee, Dawn Buie, Ian Malczewski (for his piece) and all Toronto photographers on Flickr.com who allow their images to be searched and linked to.
Illustration: Dawn Buie
Narration:All pieces were narrated by the authors themselves, except for Cherie Dimaline's text which was read by Julia Chan.
Javascript Programming: Greg Heo
Project Management: Tomasz Mrowski

Special thanks to Marc Lappano and the Humber School for Creative and Performing Arts and to Vali Bennett and the Park Hyatt Hotel.

Project Compliance with Flickr.com API terms of service

This project complies with the Flickr.com API terms of service only calling photos which have been licensed by their owners as under the Creative Commons categories for Attribution, Noncommercial, No Derivative Works and Share Alike.

While we do not directly name the author of each photo, each slideshow can be paused and each flickr image can be viewed on the originating flickr server. The url of that photo can be entered into a service such as http://flickr.d6cn.com/ or by reconstructing the url as described in Flickr documentation. The Flickr photos shown in these slideshows are not cached or hosted on our server at any time, instead we link to the original photos which have tags matching our queries, the same way a search engine or the Flickr.com site itself allows you to search for photos with certain tags. This method allows us to take a 'snapshot' of the public's perception of a universal term such as 'tree' in the context of 'toronto' at this moment in time. We are then juxtaposing that pool of public imagery with the personal narratives of our writers, hoping for 'happy accidents' which lead to new perceptions and interpretations of the author's words, and to an awareness of the kinds of visions and activities Torontonians are engaged with at this moment.