Legacy Plaque Honours Marshall McLuhan as an Influential Toronto Intellectual

Submitted by Kathleen OBrien on Mon, 2011/06/27


The former home of U of T Professor Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) will become one of eight new buildings of the Heritage Toronto Legacy Plaques Program.

The Commemorative plaque for Marshall McLuhan will be unveiled on Monday June 27 at 4 pm, at his former residence at 29 Wells Hill Avenue by McLuhan100 Committee Co-Chairs Dominique Scheffel-Dunand, Paul Hoffert, B.W. Powe, Mark Surman and members of the McLuhan family. Reception to follow.

McLuhan100 is a collaboration between the City of Toronto, the Faculty of Information’s McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at UofT, and Mozilla Foundation.

“We are thrilled that the City of Toronto is formally commemorating Marshall McLuhan’s immense contributions to and his significant impact on the intellectual culture of Canada,” says Prof. Seamus Ross, Dean, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.

McLuhan100 has been financially assisted by the University of Toronto, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation, the City of Toronto Economic Development and Culture Division, and Mozilla Foundation.

The Faculty of Information‘s McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology is located at the Coach House, the place where Prof. McLuhan conducted his famous Monday night seminars until 1980.

These plaques celebrate Toronto’s notable artists, thinkers, and scientists at the places where they lived or worked. Plaques will also be unveiled for Celia Franca, Jane Jacobs, William James, E. J. Lennox, Harry Somers, Tom Thomson and J. Tuzo Wilson.

The Toronto Legacy Project was established in 2002 by renowned writer and Toronto’s first Poet Laureate Dennis Lee to celebrate Toronto’s notable artists, scientists and thinkers by weaving their names into the cityscape. Initially it focused on naming or re-naming facilities such as Oscar Peterson Place at the Toronto Dominion Centre and George Faludy Parkette at St. Mary’s and St. Nicholas Streets.

The Legacy Project, in partnership with Heritage Toronto, launched this new plaques program last year.

Those honoured in 2010 were prominent writers/poets Milton Acorn, Margaret Avison, Morley Callaghan, Robertson Davies, Gwendolyn MacEwen and E. J. Pratt. Starting in 2012, the program will expand to honour Torontonians who have excelled in any field of endeavour.

Heritage Toronto works with Toronto’s citizens to advocate for, preserve and promote greater appreciation for our city’s rich heritage. Through partnerships with local community groups and volunteers, Heritage Toronto works to heighten awareness of our shared history by providing city-wide programs and services. http://tinyurl.com/3z56xyw

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