Archive for November, 2013

November 15, 2013

Artscape Is Looking For Volunteers!

Volunteer at Artscape Special Events

 Artscape is a not-for-profit urban development organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities. Canada’s leading practitioner in multi-tenant space development for the creative and cultural sector, Artscape develops and manages unique facilities that deliver sustainable and below-market production, rehearsal, exhibition and living space for creative practitioners, entrepreneurs and cultural organizations.

Show your support by volunteering your time at one (or more!) of three upcoming special events this November. Volunteer roles will include but are not limited to: registration, wayfinding and directions, managing coat check, ushering and general tidying of event spaces. Read below to learn more about these exciting events!

OFFICIAL PUBLIC OPENING at ARTSCAPE YOUNGPLACE 5:00 to 10:00 pm on November 19th, 2013

Artscape Youngplace will host its Official Public Opening to introduce the city of Toronto to Artscape’s newest and largest project to date. Approximately 1,000 guests will explore the building’s public galleries, lounge spaces, artist studios and programming spaces while enjoying live entertainment, open studio tours, drinks and light fare.

 ARTSCAPE EXTRAVAGANZA: HALL PASS at ARTSCAPE YOUNGPLACE 6:00 to 10:00 pm on November 21st, 2013

Artscape Extravaganza will be Artscape’s first annual major fundraiser. We will welcome 350 guests for an interactive school themed evening complete with classes, recess and a pep rally! The proceeds of the event will help complete the $17 million capital renovation of the Shaw Street School. The event promises to be a totally wacky, fun, out-of-the-box evening.

UNDER ONE ROOF: THE JOURNEY at DANIELS SPECTRUM 6:00 to 10:30 pm on November 28th, 2013

The second annual Under One Roof fundraiser will feature a performance of The Journey: A Living History of the Regent Park Revitalization. 300 guests will gather for an opening reception and then enjoy the premiere of this production, which brings stories from the Regent Park community to life through spoken word narrative, song and dance. Under One Roof is produced in collaboration with The Daniels Corporation.

Please note that all events will require your attendance at an orientation meeting prior to the event date. Those dates are outlined on the sign-up form below. Feel free to send any questions to


Volunteer sign-up deadline: NOVEMBER 17th 2013.

November 14, 2013


Two art directors at john st., Hannah Smit and Marie Richer, have created an online campaign called “More Than Ford” to spread a different message about the city than the one that has made the most headlines recently.

Click here for Globe and Mail article.


November 10, 2013

Sunday Roundup – November 10




Tomorrow is Remembrance Day so here’s a list of ceremonies around town.



Also a reminder that Bound to Create’s dirty butterfly is starting its final week with some stunning reviews  – strongly advise you to book a ticket now. We all say we’re going next week – in this case, next week is here – see you at Aki!


record breaking improv and #artsdayTO

PSA: Arts Day At The City #artsdayTO

aNSTF! #artsdayTO and something beautiful

It’s Arts Day at The City #artsdayTO


November 8, 2013

It’s Arts Day at The City #artsdayTO

ETA: the text below is from the eblast sent out earlier this week by TAPA.

Earlier this year, City Hall committed to a $25 per capita funding level for Toronto artists by 2017 – we need YOUR HELP to guarantee they follow through on that promise!

This is just the beginning – together we will create a vibrant arts city! On Friday, November 8, (that’s TODAY!)  TAPA and the Friends of the Arts Network will converge on City Hall for the 4th Annual Arts Day at the City. Show Toronto Councillors just how important their support is to our community by getting involved today:

TWEET We are asking all TAPA members to take a photo of someone at your organization or in your community, holding a sign with the “This is just the Beginning” tagline (attached). This could be an audience group shot too if you like! Tweet your ‘sign photo’ and your support with #JustTheBeginning

TWEET with the hashtag #artsdayTO

POST about #artsdayTO on Facebook

EMAIL your patrons and ask them to show their support for the Toronto artists they love

SHARE our #artsdayTO video trailer

and most importantly:

CONTACT YOUR COUNCILLOR to tell them you’re an artist, and you VOTE! 2014 is an election year! (if you don’t know who that is, click here)

Remember: funding isn’t guaranteed until it’s in the budget! It’s your future: make sure City Hall knows how important municipal arts funding really is to artists and audiences across Toronto

Arts Day at the City is an annual TAPA initiative that brings Toronto’s arts community to City Hall to strengthen its relationship with the municipal government. Throughout the day, sector champions meet with councillors to discuss pressing issues for the community, and share the successes of arts and culture initiatives across the city. This November, TAPA and the Friends of the Arts look forward to celebrating the results of the first phase of a three-part budget increase for Toronto arts grants, and reaffirm Council’s commitment to the second and third phases of funding in the upcoming municipal budgets.

November 7, 2013

NSTF! #artsdayTO and something beautiful

CaptureThe brochure for the Next Stage Theatre Festival has dropped – it and the shows in it look great. Click here for the 2014 lineup. Along those same lines, the 2014 Fringe Lottery Party is coming up with 694 applications going into the hat.
Fringe Lottery Party Monday November 25, 2013
7pm (doors at 6pm)
The Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave
Hosted by Jan Caruana
No admission fee, cash bar, free cake
New Play Contest winners will also be announced

Reminder that November 8 is the fourth annual Arts Day at the City – November 5, 2013.

The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) along with
Friends of the Arts will meet with over twenty-five individual City Councillors on Friday November 8  to discuss the importance of and impact of the arts on Torontonians.  Arts supporters, donors, artists and arts administrators will spend the day in meetings with a record number of councillors representing a range of wards from across the city. Discussions will focus on  the Creative Capital Gains Report issued in May 2011 which City Council unanimously supported. A key message is to thank Council for unanimously voting for the City’s per capita spending on arts and culture to be increased from $18 to $25, and to remind them that this is just the beginning.

Click here for the trailer, share with your friends, tweet your support with #artsdayTO.

And this delighted me on multiple levels. Enjoy.
Human Movement Converted Into Digital Sculptures.



November 5, 2013

PSA: Arts Day At The City #artsdayTO

November 4, 2013

record breaking improv and #artsdayTO

Saw this courtesy Naomi Snieckus and NTOW is a favourite of mine so here’s a PSA for them.
Attention Toronto Improvisers! NTOW is putting together a core cast of improv stars for a record breaking attempt at a 54-hour non-stop improvised comedy soap opera.
It’s part of IMPULSE, a new international improv festival we are running in association with Soulpepper Theatre. The Soap-a-thon will start at 3pm on Friday December 13th and finish at 9pm on Sunday December 15th at The Young Centre For The Performing Arts in the Distillery. Half of the proceeds will go to charity.
We’re going to need a core cast of lunatics to do the ENTIRE run. We’ll also need people to do big chunks of time and of course we’ll need volunteers to help run this sucker! Who’s in?  Email with the subject: “Impulse Soap Cast” or “Impulse Soap Volunteer”.

justthebeginning-page-0#artsdayTO: Fantastic blog post from Meaghan Davis over at Volcano:

Earlier this year, City Hall committed to reach a $25 per capita funding level for Toronto artists by 2017. IT’S UP TO US – artists, arts workers, students, and patrons – to make sure they follow through on that promise!

On Friday, November 8, TAPA and the Friends of the Arts Network will converge on City Hall for the 4th Annual Arts Day at the City. Show Toronto Councillors just how important their support is to our community by getting involved today: here’s what you can do

November 3, 2013

Sunday Roundup – November 3

And here we are.

Theatre Lab closed with sold out shows last week, Bound to Create opened with a full house on Friday and rehearsals for The Tin Drum start this week.
Yesterday I was off to the opening reception for A. Shay Hahn’s annual November show at the Cameron House. You can see the work here and more importantly you can see it in person at the Cameron.

Don’t tell me there’s nothing to do in this city.

The Fourth Annual Arts Day  at the City is happening Friday the 8th. We’re meeting individually with over half of City Council to talk about the important of the arts and the good it does for our city as a whole. You can follow us and contribute on Twitter using #artsdayTO – tell us why the arts are important to Toronto, tell us why they’re important to you, post your own #justthebeginning photos (link to signage is here), read up on the info Toronto Arts Council has created so you know what’s up with arts funding for our cultural sector.


A New Canada Council Program

an Arts Shared Platform Survey and cdap is back here’s a bit more info on the shared platform survey, which is a Metcalf Initiative – click here to download and read the report.

From the Blog Post File  a double Facebook post.

Into the week. Also, I like this idea that I found on Facebook:



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