Saturday, 26 March 2011

cmagazine art auction

C magazine's 7th annual benefit art auction will be taking place Tuesday, April 5th at The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), 952 Queen Street West, Toronto. The event is set to begin at 5:30pm. Tickets Cost: $75

See you there,


The Last 15 Seconds

This looks amazing... Check it out.



Staging Sustainability at York U

Come out to a conference at York University, this April, where panelist will be discussing art that reflects, celebrates, critiques, and advances the cultural life of our community without contributing to the destruction of the setting that inspires these artistic endeavors.




Teardrop Collective presents a  night of performances, spoken word, and music, to raise funds for  those impacted by the flooding in Batticaloa and the eastern and northern-central areas of Sri Lanka.

Runs: Sunday, Apr 3, 2011
: 918 Bathurst, 918 Bathurst Street, Toronto
: Doors open at 5:30pm
: $10-$25 sliding scale (No one will be turned away due to lack of funds)

Getting there: 918 Bathurst Centre is a TTC accessible venue. For directions and accessibility information, please visit

Facbook events page:

Offical Event page:

Come out & support,


Ellie Ga: The Fortunetellers

Come to a performative lecture at The Power Plant.

Check it out!

See you there,



Cool video.....Watch...




The Toronto Silent Film Festival is running!

Be sure to head out!

Info can be found at the events web address:




Eight week Creative Writing Workshop

in the Annex

Give it a go!


Thursday, 24 March 2011

Matthew Williamson's lecture


Check out this amazing video, its Matthew Williamson at a lecture in Amsterdam!



Saturday, 19 March 2011


An Evening of Music and Painting sale for OCAD University

Friday Mar 25, 2011

The Drawing & Painting Program at OCAD University is hosting “Paint Rocks”, a combination of rebel music, and avant-garde visual expression. Everyone 19+ is invited to come and enjoy the sounds of some great Toronto bands and take home some of this year’s best student and faculty work. The first half the proceeds of each artwork sold will go back to the artists and the other half will help make this year’s graduating catalogue a smashing success.

For more information contact: James Morrow
Phone: 416-977-6000, xt312

Cost: $5



Curated by Stephanie Fielding

Reception: Friday March 18th 7-11pm

March 14 – 20, 11-4pm

An exhibition of five artists exploring contemporary iterations of the readymade through process and repetition.  Each artist approaches the mass-produced object as something to be deconstructed through the production and alteration of multiples.  Appropriation moves beyond simple reiteration as each representation embodies a personal reclamation made by the artist. The works themselves are not intended to critique the institution of art, but rather the manufacturing and iteration of objects themselves; they not only manipulate forms but become permutations of the forms themselves.


Stephanie Fielding

Check it out soon!


First Time For Everything

“How does a first-time experience relate  to a compelling creative work”?

Join emerging artists and designers for a Storytelling Workshop, beginning at 6PM. Curated by Edison Osorio (Fourth-Year Criticism and Curatorial Practice student at OCADU), and framed by poet and mentor Duke Redbird, this event links a community of storytellers across disciplines, with viewers, in demonstrating our fundamental, and guiding need for connection through narrative.

Participants include: Justine Smith, Cassidy Tam, I. Lavinia Voicu, Mariel Zinman, Ashley Lo Russo, Chung Yi Leung, Daniela Jordan-Villaveces, Anica James, Victoria M. Baez, and myself, Aisha-Zalika Simpson.

Do be in attendance!




Curated by Lisa Visser

Showing in conjunction with the Image Festival, As If You See It In Front Of You, is an exhibition of seven media art students, curated by Lisa Visser. In this exhibition are: Andrew McGill, Logan MacDonald, Carolyn Armstrong, Faye Mullen, Rita Camacho Lomeli, Francisco-Fernando Granados, and Takin Aghdashloo. Alongside the writings of Jean-Luc Nancy in Being Singular Plural , Visser—curator, is probing the idea of presence and what it means to be connected.

“…meaning is itself the sharing of being. Every connection we have creates meaning: every singular person is plural. Exploring connections includes considering how connections can be missed or can fail, become aggravated, or emphasized. This is the suggestion of community, built around the very act of being - and being-with - one another.”
Below is an excerpt from Visser’s exhibition essay As If You See It In Front Of You:

Looking through the shield of a screen by the very nature of its ambiguity, media art is lodged in the spaces between video and installation, between the abstract and the real, between speculative absence and digital presence, between effort and failure. Within this framework of uncertainty, what results is an exhibition that explores performance, presence and a sense of being-with. This exploration constructs a possible awareness of ones connectivity, exceeding the limitations of wires and signals, bringing the audience towards a sensorial, emotional, and psychological relation. What remains are subtle emotions: a sense of worth and contribution, a sense of self-doubt.
Each of these artists presents a certain yet ambiguous investigation of media and the medium. as if you still see it in front of you is an exhibition of connection (through literal technology and across invisible hubs of social activity), challenging conventions of media art. The result is an amplification of the “we” and the medium.

As an admirer of Lisa’s work, both as a curator and art practitioner, it’s especially interesting to see the ways in which her narratives take form.

As If You Still See It In Front Of You, challenges the notions of independence with interdependence, for the sake of connection, in place of coexistence.

This exhibition is running from March 18th to April 9th.

The Closing Reception is April 2nd 2pm-5pm

You don't want to miss it!



Thursday, 17 March 2011



Call for Entry
Presented by: Scarborough Arts Council

Entry deadline is Friday, May 20, 2011.

Art in the Park is an annual juried outdoor community arts festival held in the beautiful parkland surrounding the Scarborough Arts building. On Saturday, July 16, 2011 artists will have the opportunity to connect with the community, sell their original work and discuss ideas and practices. Art in the Park is a one-day event and is open to all artists working in fine art and craft.

Date of exhibition: Saturday, July 16, 2011

Times: 10 am -4 pm

Where: Scarborough Arts Council, 1859 Kingston Road, Scarborough

Directions: Warden subway station
69 bus south to Birchmont and Kingston

Cost: Free

For more information phone: 416 698 7322

Give it a go!



See you there,


2011 Small Business Arts Forum

The 2011 Small Business Arts Forum is a free event offered by the City of Toronto, Economic Development & Culture to help artists build their business in the arts & cultural sector and creative industries.

This Forum will take place::

ON------- March 29, Tuesday, 9am - 4pm

AT----- North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge Street

Links to the program outline and schedule info with presenter bios could be found at::

For further information, please contact an Enterprise Toronto office

listed below:

City Hall: 416-392-6646

North York: 416-395-7434

Scarborough: 416-396-7169

or go to:

Registration takes 2miniutes!

See you there.


Wednesday, 16 March 2011


Part of the Faculty of Design Speaker Series:

Renown architect and designer Neri Oxman is Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab. As director of the Mediated Matter research group, she explores how digital design and fabrication technologies mediate between matter and environment to radically transform the design and construction of objects, buildings, and systems. OCAD University welcomes Oxman to discuss how we can contribute to human and environmental good by learning about material and design from nature. Neri Oxman speaks at OCAD U as part of The Faculty of Design Speaker Series, which is generously supported by TD Financial Group.

Thursday Mar 24, 2011--- 6:30pm

OCAD University - - -100 McCaul Street. Take TTC to St. Patrick Station and travel west two blocks along Dundas Street West. Head south on McCaul Street to the University. For more information contact: Sarah Mulholland    416-977-6000, x327

Admission is Free



Bonita Cerovski

Soon to be  graduate, and local artist Bonita Cerovski, does justice to every material  employed in her work. The subject's addressed  in her work, speak like open ended questions, allowing viewers to encounter its relevancy.


Bonita has been nominated for the BMO Financial Group's First Art competition award.

Utmost Best,


Hey! Come out to my first solo art exhibition at The Gladstone Hotel!

The show will be running for three weeks (March 21st-April 10th).

Hope to see you there!



Gallery TPW Communication Coordinator Position:

JOB POSTING: March 15, 2010 Communication Coordinator (1 position)Start Date: May 2011 to March 2012 (maximum 44 weeks)Wage: $15 per hour, 30 hours per week

Gallery TPW has created a 44 week employment opportunity for a recent graduate from a post secondary degree program in a Fine Arts, Art History, Arts Administration, Museum Studies or Design program.

The Communication Coordinator will provide communication and research support for exhibitions, events, special projects, as well as the day-to-day operations of the gallery. The successful candidate will work closely with the gallery staff on projects related to programming, liaising with the public, outreach initiatives, and fundraising. Some physical work will also be required while working in the gallery.

Responsibilities:• In consultation with the board and staff the Communication Coordinator will coordinate the artistic design, editing and production of promotional materials for the gallery• Research associated costs and prepare detailed estimates and budgets for all communication and promotional materials for Gallery TPW• Coordinate and implement advertising and promotional strategies for gallery fundraisers and membership

Tasks:• Perform regular website updates.• Provide support for the development of web-based programming initiatives• Develop and layout new content for the website• Manage and maintain the gallery’s social networking pages• Develop new social networking strategies• Assist with fundraising and development, as required, as it relates to communications• Prepare and distribute media releases for exhibitions, fundraisers and membership events• Establish and maintain positive relationships with local regional, national and international media• Maintain media contact and membership mailing lists• Monitor the media for articles and publicity related to Gallery TPW• Produce and maintain an inventory of visual images to promote the Gallery, its exhibitions, and programs• Supervise communication volunteers Hours will typically be 4 days a week Wednesday through Saturday, from 10 am – 5:30 pm. Occasional evenings as required. Required qualifications include:• Knowledge and experience using computer applications / programming languages including Adobe Creative Suite, HTML, CSS and content management systems such as Joomla• Knowledge and experience using social networking tools such as twitter and facebook• A strong knowledge of contemporary art• Excellent written and oral communication skills• Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills• Educational background in Fine Arts, Art History, Arts Administration, Museum Studies or Design• Skills and experience with new media as well as design for both print and web• Experience with Apple computer systems and basic office programs including database software, spreadsheets and word processing programs• Experience writing press releases is an asset• Bilingualism in both official languages is definitely an asset, but not a required component of the position

Eligibility: This internship position is funded by the Cultural Human Resources
Council through the Young Canada Works Program to provide career-related employment for emerging cultural workers. To participate in this internship, the intern must be:

• are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada;
Note: Non-Canadian students holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible.• are legally entitled to work in Canada;• are between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;• meet the eligibility criteria of the program for which you are applying;• are registered in the YCW on-line candidate inventory;• are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;• do not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with YCW;• are an unemployed or underemployed college or university graduate, that is, not employed full-time;• are a recent graduate who has graduated from college or university within the last 24 months;• are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with YCW;• must not have previously participated in or been paid under this or any other Career Focus internship program funded under the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy.

The review of applications will begin May 1, 2011. Please submit a letter of intent complete with résumé and references to:

Hiring Committee
Gallery TPW
56 Ossington Avenue
Toronto, ON M6J 2Y7

Email submissions should be sent to jobs@gallerytpw.caTW

Tuesday, 15 March 2011



WHERE:    Steam Whistle Brewing

The Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd., Toronto M5V 3M9,

WHEN:      This exhibition is running until Thursday March 31.

Free to the public

Abstraction has been the topic of heated debate since the early 1900s. As a means of representation, abstraction has been rigorously discussed and dissected by both the general public and the art community. I once heard a Professor at OCAD University says that “artists are like beacons of light—drawing light to issues that would otherwise be unseen and unheard if they weren’t there". Considering this truth, I was reminded of  the words of  Soëtsu Anagi in The Unknown Cratfsman, where he tells us that “to see is to go directly to the core”. The aims of abstraction in part are to depict ‘that core’ in driving us the viewer past the things that would keep us from seeing it otherwise. As conveyed in Art in Theory: An Anthology of Changing Ideas, ‘The history of painting  is a history of seeing’. Here, current students and graduates of OCAD University are exploring the essentials of abstraction in Abstract Implications .

A featured artist in the group exhibition, Erin Loree has been known for taking an uncanny route in representing  the essentials in abstraction. Much like a well-written poem where the author’s linguistic are beautifully synthesized together, forming a timeless poem, I’ve often if not always found Erin Loree’s works a beautiful fusing of both the uncanny and mundane. Her work in Abstract Implications again does not fall short of her reputation as a daring artist.

Give it a go!



Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Call for Volunteers: Images Festival 2011

Images Festival 2011

Call for Volunteers

The Images Festival is the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent moving image culture, showcasing the innovative edge of international contemporary media art both on and off the screen. Images is committed to an expanded concept of film and video practice: alongside film and video screenings, the festival presents groundbreaking live performances, media art installations in local galleries and new media projects by many renowned Canadian and international artists. We go out of our way and over the edge to provide Toronto with an annual extravaganza of image making!

The 24th annual Images Festival takes place in Toronto from March 31 – April 9, 2011

Like many non-profit organizations, we depend on the support of volunteers.

As well as being fun, volunteering can provide you with valuable experience and an opportunity to meet key people in the arts. We are looking for volunteers to help with the following duties this spring:

-    Administrative and promotional tasks in the office before the festival

-    Box Office and merchandise sales

-    Ushers and ticket takers for screenings and live events

-    Distributing posters and catalogues downtown

-    Assisting artists with installing and de-installing gallery shows

-    Decorating, bartending and hosting for parties and receptions

-    And more... Please let us know your special skills!!

As an Images Festival volunteer you will be rewarded with a festival t-shirt plus free access to festival events (screenings, installations, live events, workshops and parties). It is a great opportunity to be involved with a vibrant art scene, see a film festival operate from the inside and help out a dynamic organization.

Volunteer Orientation Sessions & Sign-Up:

Tuesday March 15, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Saturday March 26, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

VTape, Suite 452, 401 Richmond St W (near Spadina & Queen St W)

For more information about volunteering, please contact Amy at or fill out the volunteer contact form at

Distillery Art Market 2011

Distillery Art Market 2011

Applications Now Available!

Attention Artists, Craftspeople, Designer/Makers and Food Artisans Weekend Outdoor Exhibition Opportunities

— Submission Deadline: March 11, 2011

The Call for Submissions and Application Form are available at:

The Distillery Art Market will feature exhibitors in various outdoor spaces at The Distillery Historic District over the course of the spring, summer and fall starting April 15, 2011. The Distillery Art Market is an exhibition designed to produce a creator-to-market opportunity for artists, craftspeople, designer/makers and food artisans. The markets will take place for 27 consecutive weeks until the final market weekend of October 16, 2011.

Applicants can choose to participate in one weekend or a series of weekends for the Distillery Art Market’s duration. Artists, craftspeople, designer/makers and food artisans have the opportunity to utilize provided art carts (allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis pending jury approval) or a 10’ x 10’ tent.

Participants in the Distillery Art Market will be selected by a professional jury, with consideration to diversity of medium and quality of work being sold. Jewellery artists will not be considered at this time due to the abundant representation of jewellery available at shops on-site. Food artisans will be considered provided their product is unique from the existing businesses at The Distillery Historic District. All products must be handmade in Canada by the vendor.

For questions regarding the Distillery Art Market, please email:



Saturday, 5 March 2011

Pictures At An Exhibition

On view at The Museum Of Contemporary Canadian Art
is LUIS JACOB’S PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION [Feb 04, 2011 - Mar 27, 2011]

Showing in three locations over 2010 through 2011, Luis Jacobs Pictures At An Exhibition features  early and recent work from Jacob.

The MOCCA purposes this exhibition to be a vision about vision. Upon visiting the exhibition I found that Jacob, much to the liking of Leo Tolstoy’s theory on the representation and responses to an emotion, places  Pictures At An Exhibition within the same school of thought. The smaller scaled pieces allow for examination of relation between the viewer and the work to take place.  I was reminded of the scene from The Matrix Revolutions, when Neo removes the bandages from his covered eyes, as Pictures At An Exhibition speaks to vision.

Luis Jacob has achieved an international reputation, particularly since his participation in Documenta 12 in 2007, with solo exhibitions at the Städtisches Museum Abteiberg and the Hamburger Kunstverein, and in Canada at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, the Darling Foundry and Musée d’art de Joliette. In 2010 his work was featured at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, in the exhibition Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance, and in the Kunsthalle Bern in the exhibition Animism. Luis Jacob is represented by Birch Libralato, Toronto.

Up until March 27th and definitely worth checking out..