UforChange is an arts training program, a pilot project aimed at supporting youth in St. James Town. The vertical neighbourhood—it consists of 19 apartment towers—is the most densely populated in the country, and is many new immigrants’ first home in Canada. (It’s been estimated that more than 85 per cent of St. James Town’s elementary school students speak English as a second language.) It’s also a neighbourhood which others tend to know more by reputation than through first-hand experience: unfortunately, its reputation often precedes it. Hoping to combat this are the creators of this video, St. James Town residents who convey the experience of living in their neighbourhood with more nuance than newspaper headlines afford.
To check out other artistic projects undertaken by St. James Town youth, head over to the UforChange creative works gallery.