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MYTORONTO is a photography contest and calendar project through which participants will gain experience in taking pictures, connect with a community of peers, and receive recognition. The winning photographers will receive compensation and their photographs will be used in a MYTORONTO 2018 calendar.

The inspiration for MYTORONTO comes from the MYLONDON photography project organized by Café Art, a social enterprise which connects people affected by homelessness with the wider community through their art. There are now MYCITY projects in Manchester, England; New Orleans, Louisiana; São Paulo, Brazil; and Sydney, Australia.


MYTORONTO goes beyond artistry as it seeks to challenge the public’s perspectives on the systemic issues of poverty and homelessness in our city. MYTORONTO aims to:

  • Inspire 100 people affected by homelessness to create sustainable change in their lives through confidence building and the acquisition of photography and sales skills.
  • Encourage participants to partake in a photography contest and calendar project.
  • Empower 13 winning photographers, featured in the calendar, through speaking engagements and the recognition of their talent.
  • Provide part-time income for photographers and other vendors through the sale of the calendar.


MYTORONTO is a Ve’ahavta program that aims to:

  • Recruit people affected by homelessness who will participate in workshops.
  • Provide single-use cameras, donated by Fuji, to the photographers who will be asked to photograph the world around them.
  • Convene a jury of photography experts and influencers who will select approximately 40 photos to be included in a public exhibit and choose the 13 winning photos that will be featured in a 2018 MYTORONTO calendar.
  • Launch the MYTORONTO calendar at a Public Exhibition to take place in October 2017.
  • Train and facilitate participants to sell the calendar, which will provide them with part-time income.
  • Ve’ahavta

    For over 20 years, Ve’ahavta has been responding to the needs of homeless and vulnerable people through innovative programs that work to end the cycle of poverty.

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Our Partners

Calendar Cover Co-Sponsors

Calendar Page Sponsors

  • The Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Family Foundation

Generous Supporters

  • Mathew Diamond
  • Ruby Silvertown
  • Sam and Gitta Ganz Foundation
  • Vicky Tal

Organizational Partners


There are several key dates throughout the project for MYTORONTO photography contest participants. Please check this site for updates.

MYTORONTO Creative Workshops

March 28, April 4, April 11, April 18, April 25, May 2, 2018
10 a.m.- noon
The 519 Church St.

MYTORONTO Camera Distribution Day

Thursday, May 10, 2018
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Ryerson School of Image Arts
122 Bond St. Ground Floor

MYTORONTO Camera Return Day

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Ryerson School of Image Arts
122 Bond St. Ground Floor


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