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Kitchener Native Colin Boyd Shafer’s Cosmopolis Toronto Photo Exhibit Captures the Diversity of Ontario’s Capital

THEMUSEUM presents Cosmopolis Toronto beginning July 1st, 2014

 Kitchener, ON – THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener presents Cosmopolis Toronto, an exhibit by award-winning documentary photographer and Kitchener native Colin Boyd Shafer. This unique photography project, curated by Vanessa Tamburro, captures and celebrates cultural diversity by featuring the portraits of people from all over the world who now call Toronto home. Each participant is photographed at a location within the GTA where they feel ‘at home’ - a second portrait features them holding an object that connects them to their past.

Cosmopolis Toronto is a compelling and revealing look into the lives of diverse individuals and THEMUSEUM is delighted to be hosting this exhibit which begins on Canada Day,” said David Marskell, CEO THEMUSEUM. 

More than half of the three million inhabitants that call Toronto home were born outside of Canada, making Toronto one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Cosmopolis literally means “A city inhabited by people from many different countries”. 

The volunteer-driven Cosmopolis Toronto project has gained tremendous support and momentum, receiving media coverage including the Toronto Star, the Wall Street Journal, the Globe & Mail, CBC’s The National and Global National News. The project’s interactive website ( and social media initiatives continue to successfully bring together and encourage positive discussion among people from many different communities and socio-cultural backgrounds. 

Colin Boyd Shafer is a documentary photographer and a Social Sciences teacher. He founded the TEDx featured “Everyone has Hope Project” where Malaysian students teach photography skills to Burmese refugees. His photographs have won many awards, most recently the 2014 Toronto Urban Photography Festival’s Global Building Giants Award for his work in Cosmopolis Toronto. 

Cosmopolis Toronto will be at THEMUSEUM from July 1st until September 1st, 2014. 

To learn more about Cosmopolis Toronto, visit

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