Article by Chloe Doesburg, of Driftscape.
Project Bookmark has partnered with another one-of-a-kind cultural project called Driftscape – now their site-specific exhibits will be even more accessible to you on the go.
Driftscape is a new local discovery app that our team, spread between Waterloo and Toronto, has been developing over the last couple of years. Our app brings together local cultural content in a map-based format. Project Bookmark is included alongside pins from other amazing organizations such as The Toronto Poetry Map (from the Toronto Public Library), First Story (Indigenous history), The Toronto Dreams Project (fictional dreams of real historical figures), and many, many more.
This pairing could not be more perfect. Project Bookmark’s dream of helping to strengthen our sense of ourselves and our connection to the places we live through literature, is right in step with Driftscape’s belief that creating a platform where diverse stories can be shared will inspire a greater understanding of the spaces we inhabit and the people we share them with.
Canada’s landscape is dense with stories and Driftscape offers a tool to encounter them at the places where they are most powerful. Driftscape lets you see all of these stories in one app, and to tailor what you see to suit your interests. You can also get notifications on your phone when there’s something interesting nearby.
Imagine you’re near Casa Loma, and up pops a notification: “You’re near the Bookmark for Dennis Lee’s The Cat and the Wizard.” Stop to read a passage from this book, explore the interactive exhibit, and keep walking. A moment later another notification pops up this time from the Toronto Dreams Project – read a fantastical tale about Casa Loma’s original resident Sir Henry Pellatt, and his dream of a dragon in the castle. Keep going… another notification from the Toronto Poetry Map, now wander a little further leaving the castle behind. You get another notification from First Story telling you that the place where you are now standing used to be atop a cliff on the shore of the great glacial Lake Iroquois – on a well-worn trail leading between the Don and Humber rivers.
This is just a small taste of what you’ll find on Driftscape. Download Driftscape today to discover hidden gems all around you. We’re currently focused on Toronto, but we have plans to expand nationally and bring you all of Canada’s Literary Trail and so much more!