Located in the heart of Toronto's Chinatown at 525 Dundas Street West, find a 1008 square foot mural project created in late summer of 2021 by local artist Wenting Li. Taking place during a time of struggle for both small businesses and the community alike, The Hope in Chinatown aims to brighten the busy location of local restaurant Pho Pasteur with feelings of courage, light and community resilience through a combination of Chinese iconography.
The Hope in Chinatown Mural is made in partnership with Toronto Chinatown BIA and Dulux Paints and a part of STEPS’ I HeART Main Street Program that supports BIAs across Ontario through creative placemaking. It is 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, and funding provided by the Government of Ontario.
“It’s really meaningful to be able to paint something that is both a tribute and a hopeful intention for the Chinatown community. So far it’s very special to hear from people how the mural fits into their lives – I really want for it to form part of the fabric of a welcoming, engaged, flourishing, Chinatown.”
– Wenting Li 李文婷 , Artist