FIGMENT Toronto
Figment is a participatory arts festival. Starting in New York, it now takes place in a few american cities every year and Toronto will be hosting it's first figment festival August 17-18th 2013 on Olympic island. Inclusion is one of their guiding principles, everyone is invited to bring something, actively interact, and get themselves involved with art and express themselves. It's also a free event that seeks to eschew the commodification of experience. The art is conside... [Read More]
 
Kodak Lectures | presented by the School of Image Arts and the Ryerson Image Centre
Photographers, film makers and new media artists discuss their work. They've been doing it since the mid 70's. If you can't catch the live events, they post videos online. [Read More]
 
2012 humber bridge sculpture | interactive arts
This past August Interactive Arts brought a few creatures, seemingly from the depths of lake Ontario, to the Humber Bay pedestrian bridge. These larger than life critters swim overhead as you cross the bridge, lighting the night with their bio-luminescence LED lights blinking in response to their surroundings. Our beautiful bridge will have this extra magical touch installed till September 20th 2012. I Hope they'll return next year.... [Read More]
 
gregory alan elliott
Ultra prolific artist and all around friendly helpful neighbour.  If you've been to Toronto you've probably seen Greg's art. From little hearts decorating buildings, poetic catch phrases on the side walk, graphic design for Not Far From the Tree, to giant snoetry(snow poetry) Gregs art is absolutely everywhere. A simple google search of his name should give you an idea of the volume of his creativity. Thanks Greg for adding the lovely joyful suprises around ou... [Read More]
 
Red Moon Music Collective
Since 2009 Red moon Collective has been inviting a wide variety of musicians to come together for a jam night. It's a free monthly event, open to all, held in a Photographers loft space. This summer look for the jams happening in outdoor spots like the island. There is a great review of the event on gailatlarge.com: "There is no protocol other than a simple sign-up sheet so people know when they’re up next, the same as what you’d find at a pool hal... [Read More]
 
The About Face Collective
They describe themselves as a grassroots arts and environmental collective. They work to connect different community groups together while working on urban sustainability projects. Building a green roof for the Annex Centre for Social Innovation is their current primary project. [Read More]
 
The Dupont and Spadina Corner Collective | Light up our alley!
The Dupont and Spadina Corner Collective is about beautifying their corner of the city. Greening it up with some gardening, adding the joy of art in the place of illegal billboards and filling the streets with community gatherings. They have organized events(such as the light up our alley street festival), actions, make art and music. It's my understanding they've had to move from their original location at the corner of dupont and spadina but their community spirit st... [Read More]
 
Static Zine
A new arts and lifestyle focused zine is put together every couple months around a particular theme. An issue is made up of contributions from an impressive variety of writers and artists whom you can meet on their web site. They also put together mix tapes that feature many toronto based bands. [Read More]
 
SKETCH :: Working Arts for Street Involved and Homeless youth.
Every time I visited the Sketch studio or seen participants at events around Toronto I've been impressed by their creativity, but what really blows me away is the relationships the organization seems to foster. It's a diverse group of people who come together at sketch to collaborate, create and support each other. It's a truly uplifting and inspiring culture that they've established. It's easy to look at street involved youth simply as those who need to be... [Read More]
 
Toronto Love Lettering Project « Lindsay Zier-Vogel
Since 2004 Lindsay Zier-Vogel has been placing love letters around the city. The letters take the form of one-of-a-kindl collage art pieces with poetry. a love letter to Roncesvalles Inspiring! Hope I'll find one some day.... [Read More]