Great Lakes Series

My goal for this print was to embody the life, history, and spirit that revolves around this body of water. 

Situated between Canada's most populous province of Ontario, and America's busy state of New York, Lake Ontario is home to many great cities, including St.Catherines, Hamilton, Toronto, Belleville, Kingston, and Rochester. 


This is a two-colour screen print done on Mayfair paper. The paper size is 11x17". 

I've made several references to historic landmarks, and events that have influenced the surrounding provinces and states.

  • The title is a saying derived from the Huron/Wendat settlers who describe the waterway as a Lake of Shining Waters.  

  • A portion of the Toronto Maple Leafs logo is found in the upper left corner. Toronto is Ontario's capital city and Torontonians are notorious for loving their Leafs Hockey. Despite the overwhelming interest and support for the team, the Leafs Hockey Club hasn't won a Stanely Cup since 1967, making the 50-year drought the longest in NHL history. 

  • Near the top, the characters "6IX" can be faintly discovered through hatching marks. Recently, Toronto has been nicknamed "The Six," which is now widely used and promoted throughout the city. The emergence of the nickname stems from Toronto based rapper, Drake, who dominates the music industry. There are two beliefs for the nickname: some believe it references the 416 Toronto area code, while others believe it's symbolic of the original six boroughs (Old Toronto, Scarborough, East York, North York, Etobicoke and York) that were eventually amalgamated into what is now called Toronto. While the meaning behind the nickname is not unanimously agreed upon, a vast majority of the population endorse it. 

  • At the bottom, a figure is seen reaching up towards the sky. The is a portion of a notable memorial statue located in Kingston, ON. The statue represents the efforts of the Canadian Infantry between 1914 to 1918 in the first world war. The statute reads: "To the memory of our valiant comrades of the twenty-first Canadian Infantry Battalion C.E.F, who in the great war made the supreme sacrifice. To the end, to the end, they remain.



© 2016 by Mackenzie Tout. 
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