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]
 
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]
 
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]
 
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]
 
Christie and Bloor Free Little Library
Walking up Grace Street today, I spotted from a distance, what appeared to be a large bird house. As I came closer I was delighted to discover it was actually a house for books. One of many 'little free libraries' that have sprung up around the world. The instructions were simple: “take a book, return a book”. Also check the global map for a location near you.... [Read More]
 
Griefwalker by Tim Wilson
Portrait of the sublime Stephen Jenkinson, leader of a palliative care counselling team at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital. This man who has thought a great deal about death and his job has brought him to the deathbed of over 1,000 people. In this film we get a glimpse of Stephen at work as well as his private life and we witness the touching stories of people confronting death. Along the way Stephen's shares a bit of his philosophy and appreciation for life. [Read More]