On April 23, 2014, Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau paid a visit to the Koffler Gallery at Artscape Youngplace. Trudeau was in Toronto for the day, and came to the Koffler Gallery while touring the Trinity-Spadina riding. Before his arrival, Mr. Trudeau tweeted to his over 355,000 followers:
The charismatic MP from Montreal’s Papineau riding greeted Koffler staff and board members Michael Levitt, Tiana Koffler Boyman, Jill Reitman and Deborah Campbell, as well as artists Barbara Astman, Rafael Goldchain, and Artscape’s Tim Jones. Visiting artist Adad Hannah and Koffler Gallery Director/Curator Mona Filip then toured Mr. Trudeau through the Koffler Gallery’s latest exhibition Adad Hannah: Three Generations (Kodiak Art Club, 1953).
After taking photos with staff, board and guests, Mr. Trudeau contributed to the Koffler’s popular graffiti wall, which asks visitors “What did you learn from your mother?” (Trudeau’s answer: “There is incredible strength in softness”) and “Why do you take photographs?” (“because life just moves too fast sometimes”).
Mr. Trudeau thanked us for the tour and hospitality, bid us adieu, and headed out to the Coffee Pub across the hall from the Koffler where he met with Artscape and Luminato staff, artists and tenants of Artscape Youngplace.