An incredible Instagram opportunity just presented itself. You can soon take a ride on this pimped-out old colourful Toronto streetcar before the old vehicles are put out to pasture! The TTC has teamed up with an organization called CityFund and a couple of local artists to deck out this ride with bright colours and it looks absolutely amazing.
A Streetcar Named Toronto is part of a public art project that pays tribute to this ride that has served the city of Toronto for 40 years.
According to the news release sent out by the TTC, Jacquie Comrie, one of the artists part of this project, painted the outside of the streetcar using a variety of paints and bright colours, including neons and glow-in-the-dark paint, making it visible to everyone at night. Imagine taking a ride on something that glows-in-the-dark.
This car will run the 506 Carlton route during the week and periodically take over the 501 Queen tracks on weekends. You can also find it running on the 511 Bathurst during Nuit Blanche for one night only on Saturday, October 5.
There will also be a chance for the public to get up-close and personal at a community event on Saturday, September 28 at Roncesvalles Carhouse, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This event will feature a TTC/United Way barbecue.
"The retirement of the CLRV has presented a rare opportunity for the TTC to not only support the arts, but also to set a new bar for the integration of art on public transit," said TTC Chair Jaye Robinson in the press release.
In an interview with the Toronto Star, Comrie said she loves the idea of creating “a moving work of art ... just spreading colour and positivity throughout the whole city.”
The outside won't be the only part getting a new look. The interior will have art activations by Nicole Beno, Ryan Van der Hout, and Chris Perez, and even some textile and lighting modifications by Suanne McGregor.
"It's been a thrill to be able to do this," said CityFund President Mark Fiorillo in the press release. "Art is often a destination kind of thing so to be able to bring it to people in an intimate space like this and show them something during their commute that they might not otherwise see is a real privilege."
These old streetcars will be gone in December but you can expect other special commemorative events in honour of its service from now and the end of the year.
Make sure to catch this before its gone. It's a limited-time opportunity to add some serious colour to your transit — and your Instagram.