Watch: Bloorcourt – The World in Ten Blocks


25 May 2018 | 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.

As the children of immigrants, this is a project that is very close to our hearts, and we have spent untold hours bringing it to life!

– Marc Serpa Francoeur & Robinder Uppal, creators


Watch: The World in Ten Blocks

The World in Ten Blocks (2015, 34 minutes)

Welcome to Bloorcourt, one of Toronto’s most diverse neighbourhoods.

Small business owners from all over the world have made this one of the most vibrant parts of Toronto.

Meet some of these immigrant entrepreneurs and hear about their dreams, struggles, victories, and the unexpected ways in which they’ve changed.

An intimate journey into the kitchens and behind the counters of small businesses where cultures and traditions are preserved, shared, and evolve.

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Original Link: The World in Ten Blocks

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