Posts tagged ‘Artscape’

November 5, 2014

Huntsville and Shop Local and Dance

I’m off to Hunstville today to be part of a great workshop with a dozen visual artists there – Hunstville is home to a wonderful enclave of creators. I’ve never been so am looking forward to chatting about cultural tourism, social media and how both the artists and the town can engage with each other and folks looking for something great to do that they may not have thought of doing in Hunstville. They’ve got a great cultural tourism strategy on the go:

According to information from the chamber, there are four pillars to cultural tourism – historic sites; plays and concerts; museums and art galleries; and festivals and fairs.   According to the chamber, Huntsville is already a popular cultural tourism destination with attractions such as the Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville Festival of the Arts, Muskoka Museum, Muskoka Pioneer Village, Portage Flyer Train, Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery, Film North Festival, Classic and Custom Car Show, the Canada Summit Centre – including public art exhibits, many commercial art and craft centers, boutique shopping, high-quality culinary experiences, and the gateway to Algonquin Provincial Park.”  full article

I think it will be a good day.

The suggestion to “shop local” is usually at the back of people’s minds but the holidays bring it to the forefront. Here are a couple places to think of when you are making that Christmas list

Artscape Partridge and Pear – still accepting artisan submissions for their event

Toronto Christmas Market

The Stop Farmers’ Market (year round!)

Finally you must watch this. One of the best dance trailers I’ve seen, celebrating Kaeja d’Dance and their 25th anniversary season.

25 YEARS – TEASER V5 from Kaeja d’Dance on Vimeo.

January 16, 2014

Expect Theatre, Next Stage, Shaw Street School – out loud.


Click to go into Artscape YoungPlace

Click to go into Artscape YoungPlace



Thinking out loud (or via blog post) means you have to do it.

November 26, 2013

Fringe Lottery Results, a place to make art, a different way to look at art

Fringe lottery party last night at the Tranzac and a rockin’ time was had by all – definitely yelling,  cheering, singing, cake and of course – the LOTTERY WINNERS! Results will be posted on the Fringe website by noon the 26th (that’s today! Maybe it’s right now!) Congrats to all. Up next – Next Stage of course – expect to hear more about this!

I always like hearing about more space for art, and here you go – from the newest member of the Artscape family.
Flex Studios is a new membership-based service that offers artists pay-as-you-go access to creative workspace at Artscape Youngplace. Members can book space quickly and easily online-24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Flex Studios opens for member use on November 30 after the official opening of Artscape Youngplace on November 19. Be there when the bell rings!

CaptureI think this is kind of cool – not in a “match the sofa” way, but another way of searching art.
The Addictive New Museum Website That Lets You Browse by Color
The part I thought was especially neat was the project this project was based on – the site of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam in that at first glimpse each item appears in close-up rather than in its entirety, an approach that encourages people to start with details to discover works of art and design, rather than zooming in after the fact.

Mostly I like the fact that you start out nose-close. That’s frowned upon in museums. Believe me. Speaking of museums, the winter class schedule is out for the AGO!


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.

September 8, 2013

Sunday Roundup – September 8

And here we go. But first!

I follow an interesting blog called Seven Sentences – it’s just that – once a day, seven sentences on a topic. Last week there was one on Greatness and it stuck with me.

Greatness is NOT about perfection, it’s about the purity of voice and the singleness of action.

Yet it is not about “self” either, greatness is best defined by the impact that it has on others.
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I would add one thing – unless you realize the sheer amount of work it takes to be great, unless you are willing to commit to that – then please be content with being good or even really good. Because great? Takes more than talk or wishing. Great takes work.

ONWARD – it was a sort week so there you go.

Sunday Roundup on a Tuesday

A Day of Arts PSAs

No Need to Fall Back into the Arms of the Person Behind You

We’re also in the midst of  updating the  Current Projects page (fall is looking fantastic for cool stuff to work on) and we have a new page called PFAQS .

Happy fall!


August 2, 2013

Summer Can Be Quiet(er) #4 – All Caps and Hashtag History

No, all caps isn’t about the (mis)use of ALL CAPS – it’s an amazing festival and they need volunteers.

Calling all Friends of Artscape Gibraltar Point!
The ALL CAPS Music and Art Festival on August 9th, 10th and 11th has been made possible over the last 5 years by the support of many volunteers. This Artscape and Wavelength collaborative event requires about 70 volunteers to make  happen and that’s just during the festival!  Planning started almost immediately after the last festival and has evolved into a well-known and well attended event over 5 years. Have a look at the 2013 trailer and get excited!

Jessica Vallentin and Vanessa Rieger have been working with Whippersnapper Gallery to coordinate works by six artists, whose work speaks directly to its unique location on Toronto Island. The curators will be documenting the residency as it unfolds! There will also be open studios from 2pm to 5pm and the folks over at Wavelength have programmed a fantastic line up of bands

We hope to create another excellent team of volunteers for the upcoming and Final ALL CAPS this 9th, 10th and 11th. The AGP team is asking for support from our Artscape Gibraltar Point community in bartending (keep the tips, must have smart serve), ticket sales and clean set up/clean up/tear down.
If you volunteer for one 4 hour shift, you receive a free day pass; If you volunteer for two 4 hour shifts over the 4 scheduled days, you receive a free weekend; If you volunteer for a late night shift or early morning shift, you get a free camping pass

Click to see the  ALL CAPS Schedule. Please let them know your preferred duty and time by confirming by email, lisa(at)

And because it’s Friday, it’s time for an infograph and the end of the week of bookmarks. Plus I like knowing how things began.


April 15, 2012

Sunday Roundup – April 15

It’s a grey drizzly day today. Coffee and reading are on the agenda (and the library).

Reading for Easter Monday – a bit of a roundup and an interesting article on the phrase “emerging artist”.  Still trying to think of another word. Rookie, maybe?

Off To APASO! – I attended two plenary sessions last week – Simon Brault on No Culture No Future and Tim Jones on Creativity in a Low-Growth Economy. Both excellent and thought-provoking and added to my stash of things to think about.

Cook A Meal. Do Laundry. Experience Art. – As I said, the conference gave me things to think about. This was one of them – art experience as life skill.

Quick PSA for an upcoming event – Workshop: Building an Ensemble With Jillian Keiley. I have known Jill since we were in directing classes together at York and I cannot recommend her enough.

Date: Saturday April 21, 2012
Time: 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Location: Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street)
Cost: $60 ($45 for CAEA members) or  $65 including a ticket to Oil and Water (April 18-May 6, 2013)
Please register with Associate Producer Jonathan Heppner at Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis.

February 1, 2012

Linky Wednesday

Some things I’ve found while clearing out my bookmarks.

Why Don’t Theatres Talk To Each Other More? – again from the Guardian.  When I saw the title, I assumed it was about the dilemma of the “fours openings, one night” that seems to happen a great deal here in Toronto. Despite the opening night directory that TAPA has, the problem of who gets the press is a frequent one.

This is more about not sharing marketing resources and PR – and that made it even more interesting. I think we do share this way more than the companies in the article – I think we do program stuffing, postcards at the box office, show this ticket and get X% of another company’s show and vice versa.
Do we?


4 Inspiring Examples of Digital Storytelling – some beautiful stuff.


Yesterday a message arrived in my inbox inviting me to check out Artscape’s newest venture,  ArtscapeDIYFind out about Artscape’s new online source for tools and resources, Artscape DIY. Learn more about  Artscape and its history as well as programs and services offered through Artscape’s Knowledge Exchange Program. 

For anyone interested or involved in creative placemaking – this is your website. You must go check it out.



October 27, 2011

Field Trip!

My friend Meghan asked me to be a chaperone for a trip her class is taking today. We’re off to the Applied Arts Award Winners Exhibit & Creative Schools Expo and it’s being held at Artscape Wychwood Barns. This works for me on at least three levels so I am going. More later.

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