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]
 
Occupy Gardens Toronto
Inspired by the Occupy movement, this growing community of gardners is focused on food security. Photo by: Kristyna Balaban They guerilla gardening around the city and share the harvest with anyone who is hungry. There motto is Lettuce Occupy Gardens for World Peas! Join in on the fun and help create peace by reducing hunger.... [Read More]
 
Dufferin Grove Park Campfires
For those who can't or don't want to leave the city, Dufferin Grove park is one of the few places you can go and experience the rare luxurious joy of an outdoor camp fire. Needless to say this is a popular amenity in the park so you must book in advance if you want to have a fire. They hope you will offer a $20 donation for use of the fire pit. There are two seperate fire pits available per season. In addition to the main pit, there is a fire pit for kids groups near the p... [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]
 
Phoenix Poetry Workshop
The Phoenix Poetry Workshop is held the first Saturday of every month at 2:30 pm. It's a free event at the College/Shaw library which is open to any and all who wish to share their poetry. Once upon a time when I did write poetry this was one of my favorite events as it was: - An encouraging and friendly environment - People grew to know each other and their poetry fairly well - honest constructive feedback on each others writting was possible.... [Read More]
 
Flemingdon Park: The Global Village by Andrew Faiz
A well made doc that examines the past and present of the Flemingdon Park neighbourhood through stories of community members. It was a pleasent suprise to see a fairly well known member of my Toronto community talk about his origins. [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]
 
Toronto Craft Alert — News for the Craft Curious
Toronto Craft Alert runs a blog, a mailing list, hosts a forum and a variety of other crafting resources. with the aim of supporting the crafting community in torotno. [Read More]
 
CHOIR! CHOIR! CHOIR!
Every week masses of people come together to share in the joy of singing. Accompanied by a guitar the group sings a few songs each week. Their repitoire includes a wide range of popular music from the last 50 years. [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]