This short film - a dynamic postcard from Toronto - takes a rather unconventional approach to the city symphony genre, in which films often depict the rhythms of the city from morning to night and rely on the symphonic composition of shots that, like in musical symphony, build through various movements until their final resolution. This Town of Toronto extends its temporal dimension past the span of one day to 108 years, by including some of the earliest motion picture documentations of Toronto. By including archival footage, which was captured by several people, helps introduce more than one perspective of the experience and the feel of
this city, thereby conveying the spirit of city life as plural and ever changing.
1) Film Commissioned by WNDX Festival of Moving Image with Funds from
Canada Council for the Arts
2) Additional Film Footage from the City of Toronto Archives: Fonds 2,
Series 230, Item 195 (Nathan Smith Family 16 mm home movies); Fonds 2,
Series 230, Item 148 (1904 Fire); TTC Fonds, Series 238, Item 14 (Street
Scenes of Toronto, 1917, 1930-1935); and Fonds 2, Series 230, Item 191
(City Hall: Henry Moore - The Archer outtakes).