Posts tagged ‘culture’

November 15, 2011

Day at the City and,What would you do With a Brand New Space?

Yesterday was TAPA’s Second Annual Day at the City, an event where Councillors spent part of their day meeting with arts representatives who descend on City Hall to stress the importance and value of the arts to this great city of ours.  This year it extended to include Friends of the Arts – a network of arts supporters including  Arts Vote Toronto, Arts Etobicoke,, Business for the Arts, Creative Trust, Lakeshore Arts, Scarborough Arts, Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, Toronto Arts Foundation and Urban Arts.

Successful meetings and a lot of knowledge shared about the value of our sector – Check out some of the #artsdayto tweets:

Speaking of art….

Artscape is Now Accepting Expressions of Interest for Use of Performance and Event Space at the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre

Artscape is currently seeking expressions of interest for the performance and event spaces at the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre, slated to open in late Spring 2012. This 60,000 sq. ft. purpose-built facility is poised to become the artistic, cultural and social core of the Regent Park and the newest addition to downtown Toronto’s thriving cultural landscape.

The Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre has four street-level performance and event spaces suited to a diversity of disciplines and organizations. Imagine world-class dance performances and community film festivals in the Performance/Event Space, open-air concerts and plays in the Outdoor Performance Court, poetry slams in The Café, exhibitions in the South Lobby, and more!

Designed by the award-winning Diamond & Schmitt Architects, the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre is located on Dundas Street, just east of Parliament St., in the heart of the Regent Park Revitalization. With approximately 17,000 new and returning community members, new parks, pedestrian-friendly mews and over 40,000 sq. ft. of new retail space, Regent Park will soon emerge as a new hotbed of cultural activity in Toronto.

The Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre will be a central meeting place rooted in Regent Park and open to the world. It will be a place where people of all ages, walks of life and cultures can come together to learn, share, create and be inspired. Those interested in using performance and event space in the Centre should submit an expression of interest to be reviewed by a Programming Advisory Committee. Scheduling of the performance and event spaces will be prioritized according to the vision and values of the Centre. To view the selection criteria, click here.

The 6,000 sq. ft. Performance/Event Space will be fully-equipped and supported by an A/V booth, kitchen, green room and dressing rooms. The space can also be partitioned into three distinct smaller spaces to accommodate smaller events. The Café, South Lobby and Outdoor Performance Court and can be used as independent programming spaces or as spillover space for events inside the Performance/Event Space.


  • 22 ft. floor-to-ceiling height
  • Theatrical lighting system
  • Flexible sound system
  • Video projection
  • Full series of catwalks
  • Semi-sprung floor for dance performance
  • A 300-seat retractable seating system with an option for an additional 100 chairs on the floor
  • Structural steel rigging points and dedicated sound & lighting power
  • Access to technical staff & crews

Artists, arts organizations and arts collectives interested in using the performance and event spaces should submit an Expression of Interest online through the Information Form found on the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre REOI website.

The Expression of Interest Information Form asks for basic information about the nature of your event, when it takes place, and additional requirements you may have. The form takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. You may find additional information such as the project background, vision and values, and selection committee criteria on the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre website helpful in completing this form:

The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest is December 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm.

November 4, 2011

Artful Management and are you an Innie or an Outie?

Fantastic blog post from Jini Stolk over at Creative Trust on how the admin work of an org should reflect the artistic work:

I remember my visceral reaction when I first heard George Thorn and Nello McDaniel say that the work of an arts organization – whether in the admin office, fundraising department or boardroom – should be consistent with its artistic process. It was like a lightning strike. I immediately felt that I understood and agreed; things that had been confused became clear. Of course, the way decisions were made and problems solved in the studio should be reflected throughout the organization; of course, interactions between board, staff, artists, volunteers and audiences should be based on the mutual respect and spirit of collaboration found in rehearsal

Click  and read on – it’s a great philosophy.

Innie out Outie? In-bound marketing vs. outbound marketing. Excellent infographic below, courtesy of Mashable, even more courtesy of Rebecca Coleman. Enjoy!

November 1, 2011

Holiday Shopping in Movember

Now that Hallowe’en is barely behind us, with sad jack o’lanterns still on the porch, it’s apparently time to think about Christmas. I saw my first Christmas commercial (for a Glade candle, so your home can smell like a very chemical Christmas in either cran or winterberry).

Moving on.

A friend had  a pic on their Facebook wall one day that said “If you want to stick it to the man, do all your holiday shopping at a local retailer.”

Fair enough. With that in mind, The Barns Holiday Art Market Call is out:

Artscape is currently accepting submissions from visual artists, craftspeople and designer/makers who wish to participate in the Holiday Art Market at the Artscape Wychwood Barns, taking place December 4th & 11th, 2011.   The Holiday Art Market will feature 25+ exhibitors – artists,craftspeople and designer/makers have the opportunity to utilize a 10’ x 10’ booth space for which they need to supply their own booth structure and/or display equipment. Participants in the Holiday Art Market will be selected by a professional jury, with consideration to diversity of medium and quality of work being sold.

Still on the subject of Art(scape) – their REOI deadline has been extended. Artscape is seeking to commission permanent art installations by local artists, arts collectives and community organizations for the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre (slated to open in Spring 2012). We are accepting expressions of interest by Toronto-based visual artists whose work will be installed outside the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre, and will reflect the social and cultural fabric of Regent Park.  More info here.

And it’s Movember! During November each year, “Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in Canada and around the world. With their “Mo’s”, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer.”

Many thanks to all the gents donating their faces to such a worthy cause.

Finally a few people have asked why I haven’t had many posts or opinions on our Mayor lately. Ina ll honesty there’s really nothing for me to say on the subject right now, his – escapades – are being covered quite thoroughly by media outlets far and wide.

October 23, 2011

Sunday Roundup – October 23

I am remiss – I got caught up in organizing the balcony for fall and here I am, late with the Roundup. Let’s get to it.

The Revolution Will be Photographed – was easily the most shared and highest ranking post of the week. I’m not surprised – go take a look at some truly striking images.

Tired Of Rehearsing in Your Livingroom? – The Fringe Creation Lab has space just for you.

First Position, Pole Position, What’s Your Position? – a great day at Entrepreneuse School leads to a blog post about your positioning statement for your business.

Other things of note include:

Work In Culture (where we all look first for new jobs) is doing a survey of Artist Skill Needs. Take fifteen and help them improve their resources.

Buddies’ signature fundraising event ARTATTACK! is back, and so is its most coveted item, THE INDIE PRODUCER’S PACKAGE  New this year, everyone will be able to bid on the Indie Producer’s Package on-line. For 10 days, starting October 31st at noon, the package will be up for bids on e-bay.  See, now that’s cool.

Hope you had a good weekend!


October 16, 2011

Sunday Roundup – October 16

There’s been something big and good almost every day this week. Just sayin’.

New webpage went up – Grants+Things with links to start you off in finding funding, and links to grants I can help you with.

Buy A Theatre task force and hopefully solutions for the three downtown theatres the city is looking to sell.

Your Passion, Your Vision – a great day at Entrepreneuse School, where visions became clearer and articulate.

Nearly Everyone Has Taken a Dance break at Least Once  – finding on how communities engage with the Arts courtesy the Ontario Arts Council .

Occupy Toronto began yesterday – two of my favourite people were there and took some amazing pictures – I have permission to post them all here and will do that tomorrow but here’s one in the meantime. Photo by Colette Stevenson.


September 30, 2011

a Weekend of Culture

Many,many, many things going on this weekend – too many to list. I shall send you straight to the sources. Go, participate, learn, laugh, experience – BE. These are the things that help make this a great city. Be part of it.

For one sleepless night experience the city transformed by hundreds of artists for Toronto’s sixth annual sunset-to-sunrise celebration of contemporary art.  Discover art in galleries, museums and unexpected places. From a streetcar, alleyways and storefronts to churches, ponds and parks, choose from more than 130 destinations and chart your own path.

         Zone A        Zone B      Zone C






Culture Days is a collaborative pan-Canadian volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.  Annual, Canada-wide Culture Days events feature free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes,” to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community.  Activities by Region

And finally…

On Saturday, October 1st, beginning at 8PM (doors at 7:30PM) Stratirical Theatre Company is hosting a fundraiser for their inaugural production, “A Workshop Presentation of Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter”.

South London Crime Boss WILSON has cordially invited you to his home for an invitation-only soiree, celebrating the Family’s victory over the war with the McCormick Family – the Irish Mafia. This will be followed by a cruise around the islands on his yacht, The Dumb Waiter,  outfitted with a casino and burlesque parlour.
But before anyone has finished their third drink, mayhem ensues! IT’S MURDER! It’s up to you as loyal friends and family of the Family to figure out WHODUNNIT. The year is 1960. Dress appropriately. But only if you want to...

**RSVP to or this event page … OR you could just show up and hope that you’re in WILSON’S good graces enough to crash the party…but you know how Wilson hates crashers!

Have a good, safe, cultural, thought-provoking arts filled weekend!

September 28, 2011

New Day, New Digs, New Info

So I’ve spent the better part of the day at the Centre for Social Innovation, moving into my new digs (granted, I put a plant on my desk and we considered it done). I’ve met some folks, poked around and had lunch with Shana and Jini and met a new colleague Donna Walker-Kuhne. 

Donna was giving an amazing workshop  on diversifying audiences – absolutely enjoyed listening and learning and hope to work with her again in the future as she is a bright, smart talented lady and we seem to think alike on the subject of getting audiences into our theatres and more importantly, getting them back again.

Quick PSA of Note – There’s an REOI online for Artscape Regent Park – click here for the deets.

And from torontoist, who once again has been my go to source for all things City Hall  – What Went Down.

BAck to work. I think this is working.

September 23, 2011

20,000 sigs by Monday – from Friends of the Arts

Thank you for signing the Friends of the Arts Petition!  We’ve collected over 15,000 signatures to date (13,500 on line, 2,000 on paper).

City Council will be making important recommendations about arts support at its next meeting, Monday September 26.  Can you help us get to 20,000 signatures by then? 

Maintaining pressure will help us to make sure that arts grants are protected, that the arts community is consulted and that other critical arts items on the city’s agenda (including access to space, Nuit Blanche and museums) are maintained.

What can you do?

Forward this message to friends, colleagues and family to encourage them to sign the petition.
Volunteer to help collect petition signatures during Nuit Blanche and at other arts events across the city.
We have one upcoming volunteer training session:

Monday September 26 volunteer training: drop in any time between 5:30pm and 7:30pm on Monday September 26 at Toronto City Hall in Committee Room 3, 2nd floor, 100 Queen Street West (closest to Osgoode subway station).

If you are able to volunteer, please contact us to confirm that you’ll be there, or to request additional information at  Also let us know if you are interested in volunteering but cannot make the training time.

Toronto City Council is planning to make deep cuts to the city budget, and this puts arts and cultural funding at serious risk. Cutting the arts could be an economic and social catastrophe for Toronto: not only does the city achieve a huge return on a relatively small investment, but our vibrant arts scene is also a big part of what makes Toronto a great place to live, work and visit.  To make certain this doesn’t happen, we need your help.

Key Upcoming City decision dates:
September 26: City Council meets to review Executive Committee recommendations

*Friends of the Arts is a network of arts supporters including the following organizations:  Arts Vote Toronto, Arts Etobicoke,, Business for the Arts, Creative Trust, Lakeshore Arts, Scarborough Arts, Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, Toronto Arts Foundation, Urban Arts.

August 16, 2011

Continental Posting

I’m out the door for the better part of the working day, so here are a few things to take a peek at. three out of four are PSAs – I’ll post them in the PSA section when I get back. Onward!


An utterly fantastic set of library posters found on Flickr, courtesy Phil Bradley. Love these – go take a peek.





Scotiabank Nuit Blanche has announced the programming for the 2011 event. Again – go take a peek.


Small Print Toronto is at it again in terms of awesomeness and story writing contests. a story-writing contest for 8-12 year olds, designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dahl’s classic novel JAMES &THE GIANT PEACH.  Some deets:

– Craft a short story (max 1500 words) about what would happen if James, a lonely orphan living in today’s Toronto, discovered a Giant Peach filled with friendly creatures.
– Send it to roalddahlday@smallprinttoron​ by no later than FRIDAY, OCT 14th.

An all-star panel of judges – including CBC Radio host and author KEVIN SYLVESTER, authors ADRIENNE KRESS, EVAN MUNDAY and VIKKI VANSICKLE, SUSAN KERNOHAN Director of Young Voices at the Toronto Public Library, MARK MEDLEY, Book Editor at The National Post, and JANET SOMERVILLE, English Teacher, Royal St George’s College – will award prizes at the 2nd annual Toronto Roald Dahl Day.
The grand-prize winner will be published by BOOK MADAM & ASSOCIATES MAGAZINE and on the Small Print Toronto website.

and finally –

To my Vancouver peeps – have your say at the  Community Gaming Grant Review – The Review is visiting 14 communities during August and September to gather input from individuals and non-profit organizations at a series of Community Forums. Five video forums have just been added to the community consultations. Here’s a video:


August 7, 2011

Sunday Roundup – August 7

Am I the only one having a hard time keeping the days straight this month? I seem to be a week ahead of myself, bolted in a panic yesterday for something I have to do on the 11th and was convinced it was a lot closer than I thought.

Perhaps I’m excited about The Ex.

What went on?

Holiday Monday – a reminder that no matter what you call it, it’s a holiday and go enjoy. Also a cool article in the Globe about the amazing effect art has on sick children.

A Little Bit of Site Reno – survey results compiled and analyzed and so bits of the site went away, and new things are being added, based on what you said you’d like to see.

The Results Are In and You Are All Fabulous – survey results! Thanks again for your help, participation and comments!

Webinar PSA and Summerworks Opens Tonight! – cool FREE webinar about social media and not for profits – you might want to check it out.

Summer Fridays – a brief ode to summer Fridays.

Tomorrow is a Page Unveiling! – why that’s today!  Than god a page unveiling isn’t an outdoor event…
Click  for the new PSAs/What’s On? page. The main page has four links to various reputable ways to  find out what’s going on artistically in our fair city. The sub pages will be expansions of things that are on that I’d like to give some space to. The inaugural PSA is a collection of promo videos for a few Summerworks shows this year. Thanks to all who sent their videos!

If someone could send me a good link for visual art and also for film, I will gladly link it.

More pages are being created behind the scenes and I’ll let you know why when they go live. Have a great Sunday!


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