The World in 10 Blocks

The World in 10 Blocks


Interactive Multimedia with map, narrartive storytelling, images, video clips

From the website: With half its population born outside of Canada, Toronto is probably the world’s most diverse city. The World in Ten Blocks is set in Bloorcourt, a stretch of Bloor Street in downtown Toronto where immigrant-owned small businesses are the heart and soul of the neighbourhood. At the core of this documentary are a dozen immigrant small business owners, whose stories reveal both the challenges and rewards of immigration and entrepreneurship.

The World in Ten Blocks situates these stories in a feature-length interactive web experience, presented in partnership with The Globe and Mail. It’s an online walking tour of Bloorcourt where you can meet the participants and dive into the history of immigration in the neighbourhood going back a century. There is also a 34-minute film that brings the voices of the participants together in a collective telling of the immigration experience. While there is sadness and loss in these stories, the project is ultimately a celebration of these remarkable individuals and the unique city they call home.

NNIRR questions in addition to our media discussion guide:

  • What do you think is the primary goal or motivation in creating this project?
  • Does this project help further understanding about the push factors for migration?
  • Are there any concerns in the messaging or stories that are portrayed?
  • How do you think this model of story-telling can be useful for community education? How might it be used by your work/organization?