BigArtTO Experience at Leaside Gardens
BigArtTO, a city-wide public art celebration featuring free access to over 200 hours of temporary public artworks projected onto local buildings and landmarks. Created by Toronto artists, the projections will play Wednesday through Saturday.
“The Barn That Love Built” by Cody Punter
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm.
About the Artist:
Cody Punter is a Canadian photojournalist who has worked extensively in Northern Canada. As a visual storyteller, he seeks to show how communities define themselves through shared rituals and traditions. For the past five years, he has worked on and off as the editor of the Kivalliq News in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. In the winter of 2019, he spent a month and a half covering the Inuit community’s hockey tournament season for The Globe and Mail. He is also the editor-in-chief of True North Photo Journal.
The Barn That Love Built: Rankin Inlet is the second-largest community in Nunavut sitting 400 km North of the Arctic Circle on the Western shores of Hudson Bay. The Inuit community of 3,000 people is the hometown of Jordin Tootoo, the first Inuk to ever play in the NHL. The town’s only arena, the Singiittuq Complex, was a longtime sanctuary for Rankinmmiut since opening in 1986, playing host to tournaments almost every weekend throughout the winter. The 2018-2019 season was the last that would be played in the historic barn as a new multi-million dollar arena was set to open in 2020. When Jordin retired he made plans to fly home to play in the Terence Tootoo Memorial Cup which was renamed in honour of his late brother in 2017. Teams flew in from all over Nunavut for the chance to play against Tootoo. Only one would raise the Memorial trophy at the last ever tournament in the Singiittuq Complex.