“The World in One City” (limited edition book)

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The limited first edition book Cosmopolis Toronto: The World in One City was released in July 2015 and is currently SOLD OUT. If you are interested in going on a waiting list for the second edition please fill in this form, or placing a special order please contact colin.b.shafer@gmail.com. Also if you would like to help fund/sponsor the creation of a second edition please do get in touch.


Colin Boyd Shafer spent one year photographing someone from every country of the world who now calls Toronto home – a feat that has never been attempted. By doing so, he put faces and stories to Toronto’s unprecedented diversity.

The result is a beautiful limited edition 12″ x 8.75″ landscape coffee table book. It has 220 pages, 390 photographs and features every one of the 195 participants from the project. The book is designed by Heather Stokes and edited by Janice May and Vivien Boyd.

$5 from each book copy purchased went to sponsoring a copy of the book for a relevant organization or individual that could not afford a copy.

Important dates!

July 28th | 6:30pm – 9pm | Book Launch & Storytelling Event @ The Central 603 Markham St. Toronto


Erick (Born in Guatemala) will be telling:“”Sin pasaporte” (passportless): My parents’ love story”"

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Eileen (Born in United Kingdom) will be telling: “The mistake that brought me to Canada, smuggling hamsters across the pond, and the ‘Agnostic Church’”


Marilo (Born in Chile) will be telling a true story from her play El Retorno


Samuel (Born in Ethiopia) will be telling: ”Why I Felt More Canadian In Ethiopia And More Ethiopian In Canada”


Killi (Born in Estonia) will be telling a story titled: “My Multilingual Brain Farts”


Martha (Born in Mexico) will be telling: ”From Mexico to Canada via San Antonio and Poland” 


Gautam (Born in Egypt) will be telling the story: A near death experience in Kyrgyzstan” 


Andrea (Born in Congo) will be telling/and singing a story: The day satellite came to Abidjan” 


Sahar (Born in UAE) will be sharing a true story titled: The Stoning of Soraya M.” 

Maisam (Born in Kuwait) will be telling the story: ”Turkish Candy, my faithful friend”


Aug 2nd | 1pm – 4pm | Book signing @ The Mackenzie House | 82 Bond St. Toronto


Here is a sample spread from the book:


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