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]
 
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]
 
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]
 
Toronto Bicycle Music Festival
The sound system of this annual festival is pedal powered, includes bike rides through the city as well as mobile performances. For 2012, the festival takes place Saturday September 15th. It's starts at 2pm at Coronation Park across from the CNE gates before moving on to liberty village and Christie Pits. The Schedule includes The Lemon Bucket Orkestra, The Complete Street Band and Rae Spoon.... [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]
 
The Sketchersons
The comedy troupe performs the Sunday Night Live show each week at The Comedy Bar based on the same format as the the tv show, complete with guest hosts, musical guests, weekly news and a house band. They also have a tv show on rogers. [Read More]
 
Imagining Toronto
Imagining Toronto is a book that examines how imagination and narrative have given meaning to the city of Toronto. The Author Amy Lavender Harris is a prof at York university and runs a course on the subject. I'm not recommending this book because I've read it(I haven't yet), but because of the excellent list provided on her site which organizes literature set in Toronto according to different negihbourhoods and cultural experiences. For example if you wanted to read a story w... [Read More]
 
Let's Make Lemonade by Justin Friesen
Short documentary does a good job of capturing the intense energy of the much loved Lemon Bucket Orkestra. The film has been selected as a finalist in the 2012 Air Canada enRoute Film Festival. The full film can be viewed online here. You can find a few more details in this article from the Eyeopener.... [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 Element Choir
At a recent art spin I was treated to a performance of The Element Choir led by Christine Duncan. They push choir into the realm of experimental music. Mostly wordless, there's improvisation and unusual sounds prompted by Christine's expressive gestures. I enjoyed it as it pushed music into a fun, playful and unexpected place. It seemed to give greater freedom for individual members to let their uniqueness shine within the choir. There's a few videos of them online, but it... [Read More]