Toronto Public Library Partners with Myseum of Toronto to Present Cosmopolis Toronto: The World in One City (November 3, 2016 – January 8, 2017)

November 1, 2016 | Media Relations

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Toronto Public Library, in partnership with Myseum of Toronto, is pleased to announce Cosmopolis Toronto: The World in One City, a new, city-wide photography exhibition that explores the journeys of newcomers to Canada.

The exhibition is based on the book of the same name by Canadian photographer Colin Boyd Shafer, who set out to capture the images and stories of people born in every country of the world who now call Toronto home. The photography exhibits, each one focusing on a different theme, will be displayed at 17 library branches across the city. A variety of engaging programs will also complement the exhibitions at library branches throughout November.

Full exhibition and program listings can be found at  

“It is only fitting that Toronto Public Library branches are the spaces for this fabulous exhibition,” says Vickery Bowles, City Librarian. “Toronto Public Library is one of the first places that newcomers visit and we are an essential resource to help them settle into their new lives.”

“Toronto is a city where every nation of the world can be readily experienced, but where the individual stories of those nations' people can often go untold. Myseum of Toronto is proud to be bringing those narratives to light through this exhibit,” says Sarah Munro, Director of Public Programs at Myseum of Toronto.

Launch event November 3

The exhibition launches with a free event featuring Cosmopolis Toronto: The World in One City photographer Colin Boyd Shafer and exhibition participants on Thursday, November 3 at 7:30 pm, Toronto Reference Library, Atrium, 789 Yonge Street.

The event will be preceded with a reception at 6 pm in Toronto Reference Library, Beeton Auditorium. Interested library customers and media are requested to RSVP at

Help us find the #Missing 10

A unique aspect of the project is to find Torontonians from the 10 countries that Shafer was unable to locate for his book. Countries identified include Comoros, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Monaco, Nauru, San Marino, Solomon Islands, East Timor (Timor-Leste) and Vanuatu.  

Any Torontonians from these countries are asked to contact Myseym at or @myseumTO.

Toronto Public Library

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Myseum of Toronto

The Myseum of Toronto is a celebration of the evolution of our communities, cultures, and urban and natural spaces. It connects our recollections of the past with our visions of the future through the ideas, art and artifacts we share. Through the Myseum, we aim to bring about a deeper, more personal understanding and appreciation of all that is Toronto. Visit us virtually at

Colin Boyd Shafer

Colin Boyd Shafer is a Canadian documentary photographer and Social Sciences educator born in Kitchener, Ontario. He is a graduate from both Queen’s and York University and obtained an M.Sc in the Political Economy of Violence, Conflict and Development from SOAS in London, UK. Shafer is presently working on INTERLOVE, a portrait project featuring the love stories of interfaith couples across Ontario. He is currently living and teaching overseas in Bulgaria.

Media Contact:

Edward Karek
Toronto Public Library