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Art Listings & Submissions for December prt: II

Call for Submission:



The Dressing Room Project is a multi-media art exhibition taking place during the next edition of |FAT| Arts & Fashion Week April 21 – 25, 2015. Artists are invited to propose work reflecting on the notion of fashion, clothing, the body or vanity. Sculptures, installations, performances and multi-media art works will be exhibited for all 5 days of the festival.

• Multi-Media Installations
• Sculpture / Installation Art
• Textile / Fibre Art
• Video Installations
• Performative Installations
• Interactive Spaces

Additional Information: LINK HERE




February 15th deadline

Facilitator and founder of FAC, Ilene Sova is a conceptual portrait painter who creates paintings which reference anti-oppression feminist themes. She has an MFA in Painting from the University of Windsor and her work has been shown in extensive solo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad. Most notably, her work has been shown at the Department of Canadian Heritage, MOCCA, and at Guadi’s Casa Batlo for the prestigious Barcelona Showcase. Sova’s work has been featured in a variety of television, web and print media including Al Gore’s television program The Current, Canada AM, The Toronto Star, CBC Radio and the Toronto Standard. Sova’s work was featured in the Journal of Psychology and Councelling, Nigerian Arts Journal Tabula, the Italian feminist journal WOMANOCLOCK and she was chosen to speak at Toronto’s first TEDx Women in December 2013. Most recently, Sova was invited by two MP’s to bring her work to Ottawa for the national Women’s Forum on feminism.

Additional Information: LINK HERE



• FEAST Toronto Call For Proposals
Deadline: Saturday December 13, 2014.
FEAST (Funding Engaging Actions with Sustainable Tactics) Toronto is a series of community dinners and micro-funding events. During each dinner, artists, designers and groups are invited to present proposals for art- or design-based projects. Everyone attending the dinner votes on which project they would like to fund, and the project with the most votes is given a grant from the money raised from the ticket sales. The grant winner(s) will be invited back to the next FEAST to present their completed project.
Additional Information: LINK HERE



•External Space at XPACE Cultural Centre
Our External Space is located on the OCAD University Campus in the Learning Zone. The External Space offers opportunities for media based works, with an emphasis on video, animation, or sound pieces. Screened on a video monitor in the Learning Zone, and hosted on the homepage of our website, exhibitions typically last 6 weeks.
Xpace Cultural Centre is looking for submissions of new or existing video work to be exhibited in our External Space during our 2014/2015 Programming Year.
Xpace does not accept submissions over email. Please make sure to include hardcopies of all written material and a clearly labeled disk or USB drive with support images.
Submissions to the External Space will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Applicants will be notified within a 2-3 month period.
Additional Information: LINK HERE


Deadline: January 5th, 2015

Open Studio’s Programming Committee is launching an open call to all Canadian print-based artists for submissions for a juried exhibition to be held in the Open Studio Gallery, April 10th – May 9th, 2015.
This exhibition is being organized in memory of Jeannie Thib, a talented artist and cherished member of the Open Studio community, who passed away in 2013. Pattern and graphic motif were the foundation of Thib’s aesthetic and conceptual practice. Thib approached ornament as both strategy and process; not merely as superfluous detail, but rather as an end in itself.
SUBMISSIONS: For this exhibition, artists are invited to submit work that focuses on the theme of “embellishment.” To embellish is to enhance something through the use of decorative elements (graphic design, ornamentation, repetitive patterns etc.), but may also imply a narrative exaggeration through the addition of fictitious details. Open Studio presents a wide range of print media-based works from traditional to experimental, including work that, although not produced using traditional printmaking techniques, shares through its conceptual concerns a relationship to printmaking. Please visit our website for further information and to submit your proposal electronically.
ELIGIBILTY: Open to all Canadian artists working in print media. Accepted formats include: 2 and 3-dimensional works, book works, digital and multi-media installation-based work. Please click here to review our general eligibility guidelines.
BENEFITS: CARFAC fees will be paid. A brochure with commissioned text will accompany the exhibition.

Additional Information: LINK HERE



• 10th Annual Fashion Art Toronto – Arts & Fashion Week
Early Deadline: December 22, 2014
FAT| Arts & Fashion Week 2015 invites installation artists, photographers,
filmmakers, performers, fiber artists and designers to apply to show their
work for the 10th edition of |FAT| April 21 – 25, 2015. Any mediums, materials,
messages, visual presentations and performance used to deal with fashion or the
body in a new, exciting and unorthodox way are all encouraged to be explored.


• Multi-Media/ Installations for one of 12 individual artist installation spaces
• Films and Video Art
• Performance (dance/music/performance art)
• Photography
• Textile/ Fiber Art
• Fashion Design
• Emerging & Established Artists & Designers
• National & International Artists/Designers


Art Shows This Week:


Tuesday, December 9, 2014


○ You And Me Right Here Right Now: Theatre In The Post-Cinema Age

Mercer Union is delighted to announce that Jordan Tannahill will be the fourth guest of our fORUM critical conversation series, a monthly series of talks, lectures, interviews, screenings and performances at the gallery. Please join us on Tuesday December 9th at 7pm for a performance lecture by Jordan Tannahill featuring Bridget Moser. This event is free and open to the public.

Tracing through the histories of cinema and theatre, Tannahill will explore representation, resistance and experimentation tackling the widely touted claim that “film has killed theatre” in an irreverent yet considered performance lecture featuring performer Bridget Moser.

Jordan Tannahill is a writer, performance creator, and filmmaker. His work has been presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the British Film Institute. He is currently an artist-in-residence at Canadian Stage, Tarragon Theatre, and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. He runs Videofag, a hub for experimental/queer performance and video in Toronto with William Christopher Ellis. Tannahill was awarded the Governor General’s Award for theatre in 2014 and his book “Theatre of the Unimpressed” will be published by Coach House Press in Spring 2015. Tannahill lives and works in Toronto.

fORUM is generously supported by The Hal Jackman Foundation




Wednesday, December 10, 2014


○”Take Home The Unknown” – SAVAC Mystery Art Fundraiser

100 Artists / 100 Pieces / 100 Bucks each

Take Home the Unknown features artwork by 100 artists, musicians, chefs, writers, actors, and local luminaries, all priced at only $100*. The catch? All of the works are anonymous.

Proceeds will support the South Asian Visual Arts Centre, the only non-profit, artist-run centre in Canada dedicated to the development and presentation of contemporary visual art by South Asian artists.

It’s been a very tough year of funding cuts and we need to make some coin to keep going. Luckily for you, we’ve got something BIG planned, and you’re all invited!

Here’s how it works:

– Show up at the Gladstone Ballroom at 8pm on Wednesday Dec 10.

– Check out the 100 canvases that have been lovingly created and donated to us by artists, musicians, filmmakers, celebrity chefs, authors, comics, bon vivants… even a former Blue Jays catcher! the catch is – they’re all on display with NO identifiers.

– Pick the one (or two, or three…) that you want and stake your claim. All works are $100 (*with a 100% tax receipt!) As soon as you’ve bought it, the sticker goes up and it’s yours.

– Now wait for the BIG REVEAL. At 10pm, we let the cat out of the bag and tell you who did what – and what you bought!

Hosted by the dashing and hilarious Zain Meghji. DJs Leila P and Alikulapo and yummy snacks. Cash Bar. No cost for admission.

Don’t Miss It!



○InLight Studio, Launch Party

Newly founded artist studio Inlight Studio is pleased to announce their official launch with an evening of art, music and entertainment, featuring the works of its highly talented artists-in-residence. Please join us for the event, which will take place on December 10 at 7PM, at the InLight Studio located at Unit 116, 302 Carlaw Avenue.

The studio will be transformed into an open gallery, complete with music from local DJs, a cocktail menu and hors d’oeuvres.

The launch will feature the works of the members, a melting pot of diverse international and local artists working in sculpture, print media, installation work, new media and abstract painting, amongst many others. Members have been recognized by influential institutions such as The Al Green Gallery, featured on major media outlets such as the BBC, and have taken part in prestigious shows such as Spectrum Miami Art Show.

nlight Studio
302 Carlaw Ave., Toronto,
Ontario m4m3l1



Thursday, December 11, 2014
○Worksss: Laura McCoy, Dana Slijboom and Danielle Bessada


What if there was an adhesive strong enough to hold worksss fixed to the side of a high-speed train as it hurtled through space? And if the adhesive held and the train roared on uninterrupted, would the worksss deteriorate? And at what rate? Perhaps the best critics could determine exactly how far and how fast the worksss had traveled, through careful analysis of their decomposition. Suppose the train ripped past a car full of suburbanites. Would the worksss look like someone had adhered a blurry pile to the side of a high-speed train? Is this how our worksss are to compete with their digital counterparts in the dynamic game of dissemination? No, of course not. The file format of our worksss travel and blur and pixelate so the worksss themselves don’t have to. Competing against a file with endless potential contexts and iterations is goonish at best. After all, it’s we who disseminate and pixelate with every drink, no? Constantly running around from space to space, city to city, country to country, following the worksss and tipping the interns at every bar. In a sense our worksss mock this kind of voluntary dissemination with its crappy stillness, continuously in one place at a time.

Exhibition text by Manden Murphy

Laura McCoy lives and works in Toronto. Her work spans a variety of media including drawing, sculpture, installation, and performance and has been included in various group shows, including showing work with Soi Fischer (Toronto), The Power Plant (Toronto), Mercer Union (Toronto), The Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto) and as part of the monthly performance show, Doored, organized by Life of a Craphead. She has performed at the AGO (Toronto) and enjoyed solo shows at Xpace (Toronto) and ESP (Toronto.) She holds a BFA in Sculpture and Installation from OCADU. She is the Art Director for the upcoming feature film “Bugs”, directed by Life of a Craphead, which is set to premier in January 2015 at Western Front in Vancouver. Her work can be viewed online at

Having studied and exhibited in Amsterdam for five years, Dana Slijboom currently resides in Toronto. Working primarily in screen-printing and painting, Slijboom finds solace and humour in exploiting the artificial.

Danielle Bessada (B.1989) holds a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design. She has exhibited her work at The Power Plant (Toronto), XPACE (Toronto) and Butcher Gallery (Toronto). Bessada primarily works with sculpture and mixed media. Currently lives and works in Hamilton, On.

Jr. Project
1446 Dundas St. West


Dreams or Nightmares? :: Art Exhibition

Dreams or Nightmares?

Eight artists from diverse backgrounds will explore the question: is it a dream or is it a nightmare? -and whether the answer is universal or personal. Taking inspiration from their own subconscious, each artist will present a small series of work from a variety of media, including paint, collage and markers.

December 10th -21st
Gallery 1313
1313 Queen St west

#dreamsornightmaresshow #gallery1313 #dreamsornightmares

Lemur, Cy Berlin, Kamilla Nikolaev, Angela Vargas, Marion Green, Trudi Ferguson, Vera Black, Keiko Abe

7pm – 10pm
Gallery 1313
1313A Queen Street West, Toronto,
Ontario M6K 1L8



Friday, December 12, 2014


○Papirmass FIVE YEAR Birthday Celebration!

Papirmass, the affordable art subscription, celebrates 5 years of bringing art & lit right to your door.

We are holding a rare showing of all 60 of our issues-to-date, along with a Pop-Up Shop focused exclusively on Toronto-based art and literature, an exhibition of affordable originals, and – A BIG BIRTHDAY PARTY!

Friday Dec. 12
Papirmass FIVE YEAR Birthday Bash with DJ Mary Mack
7 pm – 11pm (Pop-Up Shop open during event)

Saturday Dec. 13
Collage & Holiday-Card Making Party with JP King
5 pm – 10pm (Pop-Up Shop open during event)

Holiday POP-UP Shop
noon-6pm both days

7pm – 11pm
Hermann & Audrey
1506 Dundas West, Toronto



Artscape Youngplace 3rd floor Hallway Gallery

Azza El Siddique
Ozana Gherman
Colleen McCarten
Joanna Schleimer

Curated by Karie Liao

The concept of the surface is inseparably bound to its opposite, what is beneath the surface. The surface of the artwork is a contested site between subject matter and appearance. Just as text is to subtext, surface is to surfacing; one cannot exist without the other. Surface|surfacing showcases the creative practices of four artists who have different approaches to materiality. In each of their respective works, Azza El Siddique, Ozana Gherman, Colleen McCarten, and Joanna Schleimer explore the complexities of the surface through their distinctly chosen materials which simultaneously foreground process and final work.

Artscape Youngplace
180 Shaw Street,
Toronto, Ontario






It’s been almost 2 years that we closed our doors at Dundas & Crawford and since then new doors have opened as more keep knocking!

Moving forward, we feel that in order to continue evolving, we must officially close this door. But of course, not before doing “cool shit and having fun” one last time.

On Saturday December 13th 2014, MT is proud to present
~what we once have enjoyed will never be lost ~
An event to celebrate the past and welcome the future.

FOREVER & A DAY will showcase some of MT’s favourite Visual Artsits, giving us the perfect chance to get together and shop local right before the holidays.

Keeping true to Miracle Thieves collaborative spirit, MT is partnering with Santa Isla to make sure we end on a high note. This partnership is significant because MT is responsible for introducing this unique jewelry brand to Toronto. Together, MT and SI will remember and share new stories, including Santa Isla’s third collection.

MT Founders Jen Maramba and Tiffany Love will create a very special installation (MT Style) and in alignment with the event’s theme, Miracle Thieves alongsideToronto Creative Rafael Ruiz will be creating limited edition Miracle Thieves goods to be sold.

A special MT something to remind us of how special things are 🙂

Otherwise, you can expect all the MT favourites, art, company, conversation, music, performances, drinks and treats!!!

6pm – 11pm
OCAD U Student Gallery
52 McCaul Street, Toronto
Ontario M5T1W1