• Call for Vendors Annual Zine and Maker Fair
We are now accepting submissions from artists and designers for the fifth annual Christmas Zine & Maker Fair. Held at the Xpace Cultural Centre on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20th, from 12-6 pm, this year’s theme is CHRISTMAS COCONUTS + CLUB MED. We are not limited to selling zines: comics, small press, prints, t-shirts and tote bags, jewelry, crafts and other handmade multiples are welcome!
Tables are free, but only available on a first come, first serve basis. Cancellations require a week’s notice. Should this happen, we will notify those on the waiting list.
Handmade holiday gifts
Admission is free, sunscreen served for all!
See you there, if you dare!
To reserve your spot, email:
Additional Information: LINK HERE
• Call to Artists: Stantec Window Gallery, Toronto
Deadline: Friday, December 5th, 2014
Formerly the home of the McGregor Sock Factory, the Stantec Window Gallery is located in Toronto’s historic Garment District at the corner of Spadina Avenue and Wellington Street West. In an effort to ‘give back’ to the city; economically, environmentally and culturally; a part of the office retrofit, the original retail entrance to the McGregor Sock Factory was reconceived as a contemporary art gallery to be open and experienced by all: pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, streetcar riders, skateboarders and vampires, free of charge. Installations rotate on a quarterly basis, on the solstice and equinox. Curated and sponsored by the office, artists are provided with subsidized funding to create their installation.
Work of any genre or discipline will be considered, but we are looking for site specific proposals that respond to the unique condition of the gallery and to engage the streetscape.
Artists are asked to consider the varying site conditions and changes over 24 hours such as light conditions and glare, lighting requirements, and perspective from the street.
Artists will receive a flat fee of $500. Artists are responsible for all costs associated with materials, installation and disassembling. Stantec will also cover the marketing cost of one Akimbo ad posting.
Additional Information: LINK HERE
• This is Paradise: Art and Artists in Toronto
Deadline: January 15, 2015
The conference This is Paradise: Art and Artists in Toronto will explore the relationship between the urban context and local artistic cultures in Canada’s largest city. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to the visual arts that incorporates perspectives from the fields of urban studies, cultural studies, sociology and economics, among others, the conference will convene at the University of Toronto in May 2015.
Recent exhibitions like “Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis” (2000) and “Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980” (2010) – as well as research projects like “Ruins in Progress: Vancouver Art in the Sixties” (2009) and “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980” (2011) – signal a renewed interest in considerations of place in the formation of distinct artistic cultures. This is Paradise will be a critical look at the concrete conditions facing artists working in Toronto, and the various forms of artistic practice that take place there.
The conference will encompass the mid-1960s – at the crucial paradigm shift from the modernism of New York-influenced abstraction in painting, to the local pluralisation of new media (site-related installation, experimental film and video, performance, mail art, collaborative practices, sound art) and new forms of institutions (including co-ops, artist-run centres, independent theatres and small press) – and will continue up to the manifestations of the present day. Within this framework, the conference aims to create a critical and interdisciplinary platform for exploring art and artists in Toronto.
This is Paradise: Art and Artists in Toronto will consist of a series of keynote lectures (45 minutes), thematic panels of three presentations (20 minutes) per panel, and focus sessions of three “case-study” presentations (20 minutes) per session.
We invite the participation of scholars, artists, curators and students from all backgrounds — Visual Arts, Media/Film and Communication Studies, Visual Studies, Cultural Studies, Art History, Urban Studies, Sociology, Economics, Canadian History, as well as practitioners outside the academy.
The call for papers welcomes recent scholarship and critical perspectives on the conditions of emergence of artistic communities, artistic and curatorial practices, institutions and pedagogy related to art in Toronto, as well as its broader national and international contexts. Researchers are invited to explore (among other topics):
• Histories of the city of Toronto from various social and political perspectives: colonial history, immigration, economics, labour history, urban development, government and grassroots politics, etc.
• Critical art-historical accounts of art in Toronto — including accounts of individual artists; artist communities (artists’ scenes and social networks); institutional practice; and debates within and between various media (such as painting, photography, sculpture, installation, artist film and video, performance, public and community arts, artist interventions, and new media, among others)
• Recurring artistic themes and organizational strategies that artists from various generations have developed in conceptualizing, depicting and engaging the city in which they live and work
• Histories of local artist-initiated cultural practice — including artist-run exhibitions, publications, film/video festivals, and artist-organized exhibitions
• Local artistic practice as reflected in gallery exhibitions and publications, and concretized in museum collections
• Curatorial and theoretical attempts to present diverse as well as oppositional practices, traditions and histories in Toronto — including Aboriginal art, art of cultural minorities, women, and queer artists, socially-engaged art, etc.
• Cultural policy in Toronto and in the context of policy-making at the provincial and federal levels, as well as the effects of policy on artistic practice and institutional development – including questions of funding, patronage, censorship, gentrification and urban renewal, the monetization and “festivalization” of culture, globalization and the Creative Class paradigm, etc.
• Strategies that focus on local artistic practice within a broader regional, national and international framework
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.
TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO PRESENT VISIT
2015 ART CATEGORIES TO BE PRESENTED
• Multi-Media/ Installations for one of 12 individual artist installation spaces
• Films and Video Art
• Performance (dance/music/performance art)
• Textile/ Fiber Art
• Fashion Design
WHO CAN APPLY TO PRESENT AT |FAT| 2015
• Emerging & Established Artists & Designers
• National & International Artists/Designers
Additional Information: LINK HERE
Deadline: January 5th, 2015
pen 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
• 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
•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.
Additonal Information: LINK
Art Shows & Talks
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
○ cléo: vol. 2, issue 3
Sorry S Club, but there actually ain’t no party like a cléo party.
We’re celebrating the launch of our sixth issue on the fitting theme of PARTY! with an epic jam on December 3, 2014 at Trinity Square Video.
This issue features interviews with Sally Potter and Julie Taymor, and pieces on Election, Ginger Snaps, 1960s beach movies, Clue, Eden, and more! Plus, a rad roundtable that asks three women writers raised in the 1990s if the teen party flicks of their adolescence comprised the golden age of feminist cinema. P-A-R-T-Y!
As always, there will be cheap drinks, super great door prizes and dancing!
PWYC at the door
The venue is wheelchair accessible
401 Richmond St. West,
Suite 376, Toronto,
Ontario M5V 3A8
Thursday, December 4, 2014
○ Open Studio’s Annual Artist Proof Sale
Open Studio’s 30th Annual Artist Proof Sale & Open House Fundraiser
Opening Night: Thursday, December 4, 2014, 6 – 9 PM
Continues to Saturday, December 20, 2014
Forgo the rush and hassle of mall shopping, and choose instead from hundreds of original, affordable works of art during Open Studio’s annual Artist Proof Sale. Open Studio—one of Canada’s premier printmaking studios and galleries—hosts a celebration of printmaking every December, giving art lovers a chance to connect with and purchase unique works of art. Attend the grand opening of the sale on Thursday, December 4th, and you will also have a chance to meet many of the artists who created the artwork in the sale.
On the opening night of the sale, the Preview and Open House kick off at 6:00 pm; at 6:30, the cash registers are opened for those who have been anxiously waiting to take home artwork by both old and new favourites.
The Artist Proof Sale provides art lovers with an exciting opportunity to purchase original, one-of-a-kind fine art prints, at prices ranging from $50 – $400. Hundreds of original works of art—including screenprints, etchings, lithographs and relief prints—will be available over the course of the sale. An amazing variety of artistic styles and types of work will be available by both established and up-and-coming artists from around the country. The Artist Proof Sale is an excellent opportunity for those who are looking to start or add to their art collections. It’s also a terrific way for those who are looking for original holiday gift ideas or who prefer to shop locally to check items off gift lists while also supporting a worthy cause.
During the Open House, visitors will be able to view printmaking demonstrations by special guest artists Alex McLeod, Team Macho andWinnie Truong, and will be able to vie for a chance to take home one of the limited edition prints that will be created live during the event. Also available will be an exclusive range of t-shirts, aprons and original artists’ greeting cards, perfect for the holidays or any time of year, as well as Open Studio’s artist-designed playing cards, which make great stocking stuffers for the art-lover on your holiday gift list.
6pm – 9pm
401 Richmond Street West,
Suite 104, Toronto,
Ontario M5V 3A8
○ TREATY at the AGO First Thursday in December
FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY!!!
“Part of the Furniture” Exhibition, curated by Alison Creba, a pop-up group show scattered throughout galleries on the AGO’s first floor featuring artists Vincent Joseph Monastero, Matthew Alexander Cherkas, Marty Rosen, Gord Peteran, Daniel Gruetter, Melissa Fisher, Carey Jernigan, Ryan Dodgson, and Alison Creba.
Also that night, the band “The Hidden Cameras” and local artists Zeesy Powers, Tough Guy Mountain and Gingy.
Don’t miss it or us!
7pm – 11:30pm
317 Dundas Street West,
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1G4
Celebrate the season at FROLIC, our festive open house event where you’ll find a unique selection of contemporary art and gifts from galleries, shops, artists, and local makers. Featuring the 401 Artisans Marketplace, 401 Richmond transforms into a one-stop shopping destination for the holidays!
Join us for FROLIC OPENING NIGHT on Thursday December 4, 6:00 – 9:00 pm with…
FOOD: Roastery Coffee House, Dark Horse Espresso Bar + Bakery Pop-Up, and Caplansky’s Thundering Thelma Food Truck
ART DEMOS: Open Studio Printmaking Demos with a chance to walk away with a piece of art + GALLERY 44’s holiday-themed photo booth (the return of the Ames Room!)
SHOPS: Musideum – A World of Musical Instruments, Swipe Design | Books + Objects and the NEW Spacing Store
GALLERY SHOWS + SALES with Yyz Artists’ Outlet and Red Head Gallery
ARTIST OPEN STUDIOS with Brigitte Nowak, Betsy Canfield, Alice Burton, Anthony Trask, Erin MacKeen, Jacquie Green + Sheryl Dudley.
Details and hours are on our website:
401 Richmond St. W.,
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8
○ Wall to Wall – 35th Anniversary Edition
Celebrate 35 years of Gallery 44 with a party, sale and exhibition of artwork created by our members. In honour of our anniversary, we have invited all members, past & present, to participate.
With more than 600 members over the past 35 years, there will be an incredible selection of accessibly priced framed and unframed artwork available. A portion of funds raised support Gallery 44’s education and exhibitions programming.
Participating artists: Mina Ao・Tobi Asmoucha・Kim Atkins・Sally Ayre・Neil Barbisan・Suzanne Barnes・Rosemary Beach・Dougal Bichan・Karly Boileau・Dean Bradley・Jason Brown・Marco Buonocore・Patrice Carmichael・Robert Caspary・Eric Chengyang・Jennifer Chin・Robin Collyer・Steven Corber・Saman Deilamani・Ethan Eisenberg・Sharon Erlichman・John Faragher・John Faragher・Adolfo Fernandez・Callan Field・Sylvia Galbraith・Carlos Garate・Michelle Gibson・Shayne Gray・Paula Grgurich Shewchuk・Daniel He・Gaye Jackson・Lucas Johnson・Lucas Johnson・Tim Johnston・Tineke Jorritsma・Bahar Kamali・Deborah Kanfer・Arseni Karshakevich・Aurelie Lacouchie・Kelly Lamorie・Rea Lila・Alvin Luong・Mariam Magsi・Virginia Mak・Jack Martin・Hugh McBride・Duncan McLaren・Christine McLean・Victoria Menelaou・Jihee Min・Antonio Monroy・Eliza Moore・Jordan Nahmias・Melissa Núñez・Jerzy Pawlowski・Steve Payne・Alexa Phillips・jeff posluns・Janice Power・Guinevere Pura・Susana Reisman・Darren Rigo・Benjamin Rondel・Leonard Schlichting・Ted Scott・Matthew Segal・Laurence Siegel・Edie Steiner・James Sutherland・Darla Sycamore・Oz John Tekson・Kathy Toth・Mark Trusz・Alex Turner・Roy Urbach・Lauren Vaile・Louise Vezina・Monica Vichar・Shelley Wildeman・Joan Lillian Wilson・Jin Wu・Robyn York・Jake Zabusky
For preview images and more follow along on social media #walltowall35
Exhibition & sale continues to Dec. 13, Tues-Sat, 11 am -5 pm
6pm – 9pm
401 Richmond St W, Suite 120,
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8
○ Pretty For Protocol
Please join us for the opening of Pretty For Protocol: Between the Proxies, the first solo exhibition from artist Alex Curci. Here, he explores elements of ambiguity while providing partial traces of suggested forms. These forms speak not only to the bodily organic tone that surfaces through Curci’s work, but are treated with a technical precision which resonates with broader discourse. His fascination with technology’s seamless integration within our lives triggers a new examination into the parallel landscape that is our continuous growing streams of networks and digital infrastructure. Through the building of layers and gestural drawing, his work creates an invitation to navigate the folds between these mysterious and hidden spaces.
Alex Curci received his BFA from York University where he majored in Visual Arts. He currently lives within the GTA and continues to explore his studio practice through drawing, painting, and installation work. His curiosity and interest in technology has become an ongoing investigation into exploring the vast depths of computer systems and networks. His work examines the wired infrastructure needed to support our mobile devices and communications, bringing recognition to the enormity of its physical presences. He attempts to uncover these networked systems while mapping and unveiling their hidden layers amongst the virtual and digital realm.
Black Cat Gallery
2186 Dundas Street West,
Toronto, Ontario M6R 1X3
Friday, December 5, 2014
○ That Teenage Feeling
Curated by Zach Pearl as part of WADE IN, an international artist share and video art festival organized by Eastern Edge gallery (St. John’s, NL). // $5 suggested donation
featuring works by:
WILLIAM ANDREW FINLAY STEWART
Our teenage years are a potent mix of social anxiety and self reflection. While many are happy to call that sensation a thing of the past, virtue lies in navigating the shifting grounds of adolescence. The video works presented in this screening explore the visual continuation of that ‘teenage feeling’, and propose that for all its confusion and volatility there’s incredible worth in sustaining an unstable, juvenile sense of identity.
PT 1 | Bodily Changes
• Allison Hrabluik — «This is the way they make us bend» (2013) 3:23
• Kailey Bryan — «Rughooker» (2014) 2:59
• Marisa Hoicka — «Still Life» (2012) 5:55
PT 2 | Mirror, Mirror
• Peter Wilkins — «Whale» (2014) 2:39
• Brianna Lowe — «Preteen Dreams» (2014) 14:58
• William Andrew Finlay Stewart— «Memorial» (2013) 12:01
PT 3 | Technical Difficulties
• Adrienne Crossman— «heart
» (2013) 1:00
• Josh Studham — «Wrecking Miley» (2014) 2:08
• Conor McGarrigle — «Breaking Bad: the bitTorrent edition» (2013) 5:34
• Peter Rahul — «Modem Mantra [redux]» (2014) 4:55
Approx. running time: 56 minutes
Followed by a meet-and-greet with food & drink.
The programme will be screened again without audio.
187 Augusta Avenue,
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2L4
Saturday, December 6th, 2014
○ Deck the Walls: 2nd Annual Salon Art Show
Opening Reception: Saturday Dec 6th, 2-6pm
Festive Reception: Thursday Dec 11th, 6-10pm
Exhibition Dates: Dec 6-31, 2014
Project Gallery will be hosting it’s second large-format salon style exhibition of contemporary artworks from Dec 6-31, 2014 entitled DECK THE WALLS. There will be an opening afternoon reception on Saturday Dec 6th from 2-6pm, and an evening reception the following Thursday Dec 11th from 6-10pm. Sold artworks may be picked-up before December 24th if preferred.
The Salon exhibition style was established in 1667 in France by the Academie des Beaux-Arts and held in the Louvre. To accommodate the vast quantity of work submitted by students of the Academie, artworks were displayed from floor to ceiling with little space separating frames. This style has since been incorporated throughout history in museums and galleries, including the Art Gallery of Ontario’s display of its European collection. Project Gallery will be integrating this historic exhibition style for the second time with the gallery’s walls strategically filled with over 500 artworks that are 12” x 12” or smaller.
1109 Queen St E,
○ Girls Art League Art Auction Fundraiser
We’re delighted to invite you to Girls Art League’s first Art Auction Fundraiser taking place December 6th at the OCADU Student Gallery (52 McCaul St.) We’ll be auctioning works by both established Canadian artists and Toronto’s top emerging artists. This is your chance to add an excellent piece to your collection as you support artists directly, and help a new non-profit arts organization in the making.
Silent auction from 6 – 9:30pm // Drinks and DJ until 11pm
Including work by:
Jess Riva Cooper
Diana Lynn Vandermeulen
and more to be announced!
Come by, have a drink, listen to some good tunes, and maybe make a bid or two on some art. The silent auction will conclude at 9:30 pm.
The night will be DJed by the delightful Mike Bigelow!
OCAD U Student Gallery
52 McCaul Street,
Toronto, Ontario M5T1W1