This project is part of I HeART Main Street, a program supporting Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) with the support they need to activate their main streets through public art and placemaking. This program engages BIAs, local artists and businesses across Ontario to create more vibrant and safe communities.
Project Type: Temporary Exhibit
Artist: RallyRally (Jay Wall)
Artist Statement: RallyRally painted two muskoka chairs to be placed on the sidewalk in different locations around Port Credit. The colourful chairs contribute to the neighbourhood’s sense of place, inviting passersby to pause, enjoy the street, and connect with others.
The nautical-themed chair features Port Credit’s iconic lighthouse, a replica of the original lighthouse built in the 1880s. The lighthouse casts its beacon into the starry night sky, symbolic of the community’s enduring presence. Port Credit – or “Missinhe” in Ojibwe – was historically a place where the Mississaugas and settlers would meet for trading, and it continues to be a diverse commercial hub today. The lettering “Support the Port” is a call to support local businesses, especially in their recovery from the pandemic.
The red chair celebrates the eclectic music scene of Port Credit, a neighbourhood that embraces music in many forms – from live music venues to street performances to record stores. Colourful bursts of sound emerge from a gramophone (an old-fashioned record player) on the seat of the chair, and soundwaves vibrate along the armrests, intersecting with a flower and a butterfly, referencing the connections between rhythms of nature and culture in Port Credit.
About the BIA: Since the Port Credit BIA formed in 1977, it has been working hard to boost the unique businesses and vibrant community within the Port Credit village boundaries. The Port Credit BIA is made up of over 400 business members, including delicious restaurants, eclectic retailers and professional services, all located steps from the beautiful waterfront.
Here’s how it all works. The Port Credit BIA is a grassroots collection at heart. Local businesses owners are elected to the Port Credit BIA Board of Directors and Committees, the bodies that manage the BIA. The Port Credit BIA also includes the City of Mississauga Councillor and a few staff members.
The people that make up the Port Credit BIA all work together to help make the neighbourhood the best it can be. Whether they’re picking up trash, planting flowers, organizing events, sponsoring local initiatives, bringing local issues to the City Councillor or promoting local businesses online, the Port Credit BIA is constantly pushing to make the Port Credit area a great place to be and do business.
I HeART Main Street, presented in partnership with RBC Royal Bank and ShowLoveTO produced by the City of Toronto, is generously supported by the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative funded by the Government of Canada, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, funding provided by the Government of Ontario, and Ontario Trillium Foundation for activations in Peel Region.