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Events March 18th to 25 and Call for Submissions

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Artist Talk: Tanya Mars

Wednesday March 19, 1 – 2

At The University of Toronto Scarborough (1265 Military Trail, Toronto)

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Tanya Mars

Tanya Mars is a feminist performance and video artist who has been involved in the Canadian art scene since 1973. Her work is often characterized as visually rich layers of spectacular, satirical feminist imagery. Mars has performed widely across Canada, as well as internationally in Chile, Mexico City, Sweden, Ireland, France, Poland, China and Finland. Mars is the recipient of a 2008 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. She currently teaches performance art and video at the University of Toronto Scarborough and is part of the graduate faculty of the Master of Visual Studies Program at the University of Toronto.

The talk will take place in BV340 (Bladen Wing), University of Toronto Scarborough, from 1 – 2 pm. Free admission, all are welcome.

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Jessica Karuhanga The trip, and the fall, and the lost heap of longing

Durational Performance at Xpace Cultural Centre 2-303 Lansdowne

March 19 – 22, 1pm – 5pm daily

Durational performance is a mode of live art where the artist works directly with the medium of time. Over the course of hours, days or longer the performer and the audience can experience a physical, mental, spiritual and/or emotional transformation. Durational performance functions to bring the performer and the audience into the moment; time is made palatable and visceral. Artists like Tehching Hsieh, Alastair Maclennan, and most famously, Marina Abramovic, demonstrate how durational performance art can use mental and physical endurance to challenge the commoditization of art by offering an experience of art that is ephemeral by nature. 11:45PMwill present a collection of durational works, spread out over the course of March, throughout the gallery


 Shenkman Lecture Series: Roberta Smith | MFA Open Studio

War Memorial Hall At the University of Guelph 50 Stones Road East

Wednesday March 19th 3 to 9:30

University of Guelph and the School of Fine Art and Music presents the 8th annual Shenkman Lecture in Contemporary Art Wednesday March 19, 2014, 6:00pm War Memorial Hall, University of Guelph Admission Free

Roberta Smith was born in New York City in 1947 and raised in Lawrence, Kansas and graduated from Grinnell College, Iowa in 1969. She has written art criticism for the New York Times since October 1986. She was art critic for the Village Voice from 1981 to 1985 and in the 1970s, wrote for Artforum, Art in America and Arts Magazine. She worked on the Donald Judd catalog raisonnè and has contributed essays to museum catalogs on various artists, including Judd, Alex Katz, Elizabeth Murray and Cy Twombly. Smith has lectured widely and taught at the School of Visual Arts, NYC and the Rhode Island School of Design. She received art criticism grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1975 and 1980. In 2003, she received the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism from the College Art Association. Smith lives in New York City with her husband, Jerry Saltz, senior art critic for New York Magazine.

MFA Open Studio 2014

The MFA students in the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph are pleased to welcome the public to their annual Open Studios.

Get on a free bus leaving from Mercer Union at 2:30 pm. Reserve by emailing First come, first served. Leaves Guelph to return to Toronto at 8:30 pm.

Open Studios offers visitors a rare inside look at the development of new work within the hothouse environment of an art program. The public is invited to preview work in progress and chat with the artists in the informal environment of the studios.

On Wednesday, March 19 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm and again from 7:30 – 9:30 pm, visitors are invited to drop by the studios of graduate students. This event is scheduled in conjunction with the Shenkman Lecture in Contemporary Art, presented at 6:00pm in War Memorial Hall by NY Times art critic, Roberta Smith.

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Go Hard Or Go Home By Humboldt Magnussen

At Videofag 187 Augusta Ave

March 20th 7 to 10humbyposter

“GO hard or Go home” opens on Thursday March 20th from 7 – 10 at Videofag (187 Augusta Ave in Kensington Market). The exhibition is from March 21-23, 25-28 and the 30th from 11 to 5 daily. On Sunday the 30th starting at 2:00 Humboldt Magnussen will chair a panel discussion about performance art, ephemerality and performance residue with Shannon Cochrane, Keith Cole, Bridget Moser, and Amber Landgraff.

Included in this exhibition is documentation and residue from two performances “We Are The Champions” and Viking Blood” along with other sculptures and photos. “We Are the Champions” was performed in June for ArtSpin (a bicycle art tour in Toronto). This piece is a reinterpretation of the classic ballet “Swan Lake” where I have graphed my own experience and characters I have developed onto the familiar framework of the story. The most recent performance “Viking Blood” was held during the 35th Annual Rhubarb Festival organized by Buddies and Bad Times Theatre. The twenty-five minute interactive performance piece centered on a family myth that I have “Viking Blood” that makes me stronger than other people. Through support from the audience I completed a series of challenges in order to prove I am in fact a Viking.

This body of work was created in an effort to counter orthodox masculinity, my work uses ornamentation and the insertion of my own queer body into a hyper masculine context, which will expand existing notions of masculinity, into more inclusive ones. The artwork has an autobiographical point of departure informed by my own family’s personal mythology surrounding our Scandinavian heritage, while also reflecting on my identity, as a queer, lower class person with a rural Saskatchewan upbringing. I use artwork as a tool to create discussion and dialogue, which forwards my own agenda of creating more inclusive versions of masculinity. This is significant when looking at the social atmosphere facing queers athletes in North America.

The artist will be in attendance.

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Alexandra Beriault: ‘Variable, Variable, Constant”

At No Foundation 1082 Queen Street West Thursday March 20tth 6-9 pm

March 20th-30th


Alexandra Beriault

Opening Reception: Thursday March 20th between 6-9pm

No Foundation presents emerging Toronto-based artist, Alexandra Beriault in her first solo exhibition.

Continuously submitting herself to situations of vulnerability and control, Beriault has developed a performative art practice that confronts the conventions of social exchange. Through the merging of body and sculptural apparatus, this combination presents an investigation of the shifting dynamics of human interaction. The viewer is challenged to re-evaluate their behaviour when encountering the space Beriault’s performance dominates.

‘Variable, Variable, Constant.’ presents a continuation of Beriault’s practice, where suddenly it becomes possible that there are just others, and perhaps that we ourselves are an ‘other’ among others.

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Ash Moniz: Setting in Motion At Birch Contemporary 129 Tecumseth Street

Saturday March 22 from 2 – 5

March 19th – 29th

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 22nd, 2 – 5 pm

A solo exhibition featuring the works of the Toronto-based artist Ash Moniz. In the wake of our transnational society people, ideas, capital, etc. are in constant motion between points on the earth and are encountered as moments between transitioning stages and forms. Moniz presents an exhibition of public interventions and performative reconfigurations that dissect and challenge the physical and ideological frameworks of these constantly shifting forms. Concentrating on our uncertainties, the pieces are self-referential in their processes, toying with our notions of materialization. These processes reflect translations, transportations, and transformations presented through paradoxical and politically challenging manners. The works serve as documentation, from journalism to the artifact, that demand it’s viewers to experience an imagined narrative or a spatial/temporal trajectory along which the artwork holds a coordinate.

Ash Moniz is a Canadian born artist that grew up between the UAE, and Morocco and recently lived in China, where he studied sculpture through a scholarship program and where he had two solo exhibitions. He was recently published in the fall 2013 issue of Canadian Art Magazine, and had an exhibition at the Pari Nadimi Gallery. Moniz has a group exhibition opening at the AMNUA Museum (Nanjing, China) in April, and another at Les Transculturelles Des Abattoirs (Casablanca, Morocco) in June.


Artist Talk with Justseeds’ Mary Tremonte and Jesse Purcell at Centre3

Saturday March 22n 5- 6:30

At Center3 173 James Street North, Hamiton

Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative is a decentralized network of artists committed to making socially conscious print and design work. In their public talk, Mary and Jesse will discuss the activities of Justseeds as well as their respective print-based practices. This talk is PWYC.


Mary (Mack) Tremonte is an artist-educator-DJ currently living in Toronto, ON where she is a Masters student at OCADU. Her vibrant silkscreen prints explore queer animal sexualities, amplified possibilities, and signifiers. As a DJ and party organizer she strives to create temporary safe spaces for expression, as well as to raise funds and awareness for grassroots causes. She is consumed with printmaking, totally teens, collaboration, communication and the politics of social space, particularly the danceparty.

Jesse Purcell is a multi-disciplinary artist and professional printmaker. After many years of working in Montréal’s vibrant screen-printing mileu, he has recently relocated to Toronto. The roots and current drive of his practice derive from the global DIY underground poster and art scene, which confronts issues of social and environmental injustice. He has a 20-year history of working in and with socially engaged artists’ collectives with the goal of using art as a tool of social transformation. His current work experiments with scale and pushing the parameters of the serigraphic medium.

Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative is a decentralized network of 24 artists committed to making print and design work that reflects a radical social, environmental, and political stance. With members working from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, Justseeds operates both as a unified collaboration of similarly minded printmakers and as a loose collection of creative individuals with unique viewpoints and working methods. We believe in the transformative power of personal expression in concert with collective action. To this end, we produce collective portfolios, contribute graphics to grassroots struggles for justice, work collaboratively both in- and outside the co-op, build large sculptural installations in galleries, and wheatpaste on the streets – all while offering each other daily support as allies and friends.

CELEBRATE WOMEN’S HISTORY IN HAMILTON WITH JUSTSEEDS is organized by Hamilton-based artist and curator Tara Bursey in collaboration with Homegrown Hamilton, Hammer City Records, Centre3 for Print and Media Art and SACHA.

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Water Cure, Florence S. Larose and Virginie Jourdain

Saturday March 22 5 to 7

Whipper Snapper Gallery 549 Dundas Street West


Water Cure deals with particular histories of medicine: the invention of the vibrator and the ruling of hysteria as a disorder. The exhibition references medical practices aimed at women and pathologies instilled and institutionalized by misogynist and androcentric discourses. This historical episode illustrates the way biopolitics is engaged in the control of bodies and in the (re)productions of sex and sexuality. We find Water Cure in a pornotopic space that combines hydrotherapy in its contemporary embodiment (the spa) and the cold, authoritative space of medical institutions. At the crossroads of these two forms, Water Cure creates an encounter between two environments symptomatic of the sexual history of women. The arrival of electricity in households aligns with mass acquisition of private vibrators, and thanks to post-war comfort, “self-treatment techniques” become tied to large-scale management of populations. Just like the asylum or the spa, the vibrator becomes a revealing detail of this chapter in the history of women, and of their domestic containment.

Florence S. Larose and Virginie Jourdain were inspired by research on medical management and the mechanics of so-called “female” pleasures – pleasures historically considered pathological. The central element of the installation, a garden fountain whose evocative water source is deflected into a masturbatory gesture, refers to the practice of hydrotherapy, a water based massage applied to the vulva under medical consultation in order to heal women from their “moods”. This practice led to the immense popularity of spas in the beginning of the 20th century. It is no accident if the statue speaks to classical (or kitsch) representation of femininity in public gardens, where the Venus de Milo is often reproduced. In a gesture, the artists take on representations of women in art history: Venus’ arm is reconstituted in a motion believed to be close to the original – defying the passivity that is usually assumed of the subject.


Virginie Jourdain and Florence S. Larose are feminist artists working in visual arts and performance. They often contribute to each other’s work and they have already collaborated on many installations and participative performances. Collective work is an important part of their respective artistic approaches, combining both personal work and political and activist components that take form at the meeting of their complementary practices. They live and work in Montreal.


The creation of this work was made possible by the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec & Ontario Arts Council


Call For Submission 

Call For Submissions OCADU Student Gallery

The OCAD U Student Gallery is accepting submissions for the 2014/15 exhibition period. We accept both group and individual applications, as well as curatorial proposals. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. For an application complete with guidelines click here! Deadline: Friday, April 18 2014!

The OCAD U Student Gallery is an exhibition venue funded by OCAD University and by the undergraduate students by way of an Ancillary Fee. The gallery exists to serve the campus community including students, alumni, staff and faculty. The gallery showcases in-house talent, provides professional practice training, and serves as an on-campus social space.

Two Programs Coordinators manage the annual schedule of exhibitions and events with the support of its Advisory and Selection committees. The Advisory Committee meets twice per year; and the Selection Committee meets in the springtime, after the gallery’s annual call for submissions.


Cedar Ridge Creative Centre

Artist in Residence Program

July 1 – August 31, 2014



Friday, April 25, 2014 by 4:00 p.m.

Produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with community partners, the inaugural Cultural Hotspot program features a region of Scarborough bordered by Lawrence Avenue, Highland Creek Village, Victoria Park Avenue and the lake. The Cultural Hotspot builds creative capacity through youth engagement, workshops and legacy projects and connects this vibrant inner suburban area with all of Toronto.

Cedar Ridge Creative Centre is a vibrant arts and cultural hub housed in a 1912 mansion and a featured Hotspot location. As part of the Hotspot initiative, Cedar Ridge will have an Artist in Residency Program during the summer months culminating in a September exhibit of the resident’s work in the Cedar Ridge Gallery.

The Gardener’s Cottage, 2014 Residency Site

The competition is open to emerging and mid-career artists creating two-dimensional paintings or drawings. Applicants must be residents of the City of Toronto and must not be enrolled in any arts degree or diploma program. Our priority is to reflect the diversity of the community we serve. Women, young adults 18-30, people with disabilities, Aboriginal/First Nations people, and members of racial minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

The artist will receive:

• The use of a Gardener’s Cottage studio during centre hours

• Exhibition space at the Cedar Ridge Gallery for the month of September (September 6 – October 7) for work already completed (subject to review) in addition to the work being produced onsite for this award

• Promotion of final exhibition through established City of Toronto public relations channels

• $500 in art supplies

• Cedar Ridge’s support should the recipient choose to pursue outside grants for the term of their residency

For further information and eligibility criteria, please visit our website and click Artist in Residence (on Homepage or Gallery page) or contact our office at 416-396-7043.

225 Confederation Drive

Toronto, ON M1G 1B2



A biennial juried exhibition of Canadian fibre art

September 12 – November 2, 2014


Fibreworks, now in its 15th edition, is a biennial juried exhibition of contemporary Canadian fibre art. It is a showcase of the most current and versatile approaches to fibre as a medium in form and production. This exhibition is one of the largest group shows in Canada dedicated specifically to fibre based works and serves as a survey of the artists currently working in the medium. As many as 35 artists participate in the exhibition with works selected by an independent jury. All works selected for the exhibition are eligible for the Juror’s award and may be purchased by Cambridge Galleries IDEA|EXCHANGE as part of its permanent collection dedicated exclusively to Canadian fibre art.

Fibreworks 2014 jurors are Hazel Meyer, Artist (Toronto, ON) and Stuart Reid, Director/Curator, Rodman Hall Art Centre (St. Catherines, ON).


1. Open to all Canadian artists. Limit of 3 entries per artist. Deadline for entry is: Monday, March 31, 2014(postmarked).

2. Eligible works include any artwork where fibre or textile is the principle element. All work must have been completed by the artist within the last two years. The work must be of reasonable size, ready to install and available to ship within Canada.

3. Each entry may be represented by up to 3 images including details. Each image must be numbered and include the name of the artist and title of each artwork. Please submit images on CD, saved as RBG compatible JPEG files — image size: 1024 x 768 pixels, resolution: 300 dpi.

4. Please note that all information must be in digital format, Word or PDF documents are accepted. In addition to JPEG images, your package must include: a brief statement (150 words max.) describing each submitted artwork and a 1 page CV. Submissions will not be returned.

5. Final selections will be made at the discretion of the jurors. All decisions are final. Selected artists will be notified by June 30, 2014.

6. Finalists will receive an honourarium of $100 for each artwork selected. Shipping and insurance of the selected works is covered by Cambridge Galleries IDEA|EXCHANGE.

7. The Jurors’ Award will be announced at the opening reception on Friday, September 12.

Return Entries to:


c/o Cambridge Galleries IDEA|EXCHANGE

1 North Square, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, N1S 2K6


T: 519.621.0460

F: 519.621.2080



Call for Submissions: The Copycat Academy

A Weeklong Master Class With An Absent Master

Date: June 9-15, 2014

Place: The Theatre Centre, Toronto, Canada

Application Deadline: March 31, 2014


A project by Hannah Hurtzig

Commissioned and produced by the Luminato Festival


The Copycat Academy takes the work and biography of an artist as the model for its curriculum. The 2014 pilot will start with one of the most influential artist collectives of the late 20th century, Toronto based General Idea. In each day of this weeklong experience, participants in the Copycat Academy will examine a different facet of our curriculum’s work and thinking. The practical and theoretical investigations, studio visits and discussions will be led by artists, teachers and facilitators connected to the themes and biographies of General Idea.


We have to rethink the way emerging artists are educated and the way we conceive of education. The Copycat Academy uses the multi-arts festival as a leaping off platform, to break up the standardized curriculum and create a lasting impact on some of the most promising artists of the future.

Learn more about the Copycat Academy and application here:

Luminato Festival

June 6-15, 2014

180 Shaw Street, Suite 301

Toronto, ON M6J2W5


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Evan Webber, Associate Producer



– Call For Expressions of Interest –

Artists, Performers, Curators, Cultural Organizations and Community Businesses

The Throbbing Rose Collective and community partners are holding an open call for proposals from artists, art collectives, curators and cultural organizations to participate in NUIT ROSE, a free one-night queer-focused contemporary art and performance festival, to be held on Saturday, June 21st, 2014, as part of WorldPride in Toronto.


NUIT ROSE aims to gather strength in local culture and offer a space for Canadian queer artists and international artists to showcase their work. This new celebration of LGBTI culture will engage local audiences and welcome visitors from around the world.


Toronto is home to vast and incredibly diverse LGBTI communities. We strongly encourage artists and organizations that reflect this diversity to apply. Please let us know if you require assistance or accommodation to ensure that your application is submitted.


The Call For Expressions of Interest: Deadline April 11, 2014

We encourage submissions from diverse artists, performers, curators, cultural organizations and community businesses that would like to activate indoor and outdoor architectural features and public spaces with their artistic projects for NUIT ROSE. Throbbing Rose collective will do its utmost to accommodate as many proposals as possible given the recourses of the festival.


We encourage LGBTI artists working in various mediums including but not limited to: two-dimensional work, sculpture, installation, screen based & new media, performance based arts, multi-media and light-based works.

We are inviting local, national and international artists, artist teams, businesses and cultural organizations to respond to this Expression of Interest (EOI) by submitting the following:

Artists, Artists Teams, Curators

1. One Page Proposal. Please describe your project and include your zone preference, if you have a venue or location available, or three suggested locations where your project could be realized.

2. CV for artists, teams and curators. (in text formats .doc or .pdf)

3. Images of work: images should clearly indicate title of work, location and dimensions. (format .jpg or .pdf) For video submissions, please provide a link where your video can be seen online. (format .mov or .avi)

4. Artist Statement outlining interest in project, relevant experience and general artistic approach (in text formats .doc or .pdf)

Signed Expression of Interest

Cultural Organizations please provide the following:

Dates of your organizations availability in June 2014

The dimensions of space available

State which zone you are in (see below)

Please provide any further assistance you may provide, such as volunteers, technical equipment, indoor or outdoor etc.

All Expressions of Interest – Please provide all components electronically. (Combined file size not exceeding 10MB)

Submissions must be received by 4:00 PM, Friday, April 11, 2014. via email, with “NUIT ROSE Expression of Interest” in the Subject line, to:


NUIT ROSE will celebrate WorldPride 2014 in Toronto through a one-day multi-venue contemporary art event presented in two distinct Toronto neighbourhoods: West Queen West and the Church-Wellesley Village, which collectively have a rich queer-activist, visual art and cultural history.

In 2014, Pride Toronto will be hosting WorldPride, a city-wide international event. Expectations are that World Pride 2014 will see a significant increase in attendance, placing Toronto as the centre of one of largest-ever queer cultural celebrations in the world.

NUIT ROSE is an opportunity for two exceptional communities to come together, showcase the many talented, diverse and queer focused artists whose work is queer-focused. This one night contemporary art event will build upon this collective knowledge by fostering a multi-venue event to celebrate queer identity and the many diverse communities that have shaped the sexual liberation and LGBTI human rights movement.

NUIT ROSE will be a visually stunning and high-profile way to commemorate LGBTI histories and artists while engaging visitors, local neighbourhoods and businesses. Community partners include: including The Gladstone Hotel (NUIT ROSE hub), MOCCA, Artscape Youngplace, CAMH, The Drake Hotel, The Theatre Centre, The 519 Church Street Community Centre, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, City of Toronto, Ontario Arts Council.

Event Locations: Two Zones

CHURCH WELLESLEY VILLAGE; from Irwin Street to Carlton Street. Church-Wellesley Village is one of the most vibrant, colourful and unique neighbourhoods in Canada. It is the traditional site of Toronto’s Pride Week, the city’s largest festival and Canada’s largest LGBTTIQQ2SA event. Pride Toronto records show that approximately one million visitors come to the area during the festival. It is the home of Canada’s largest LGBTI community, and such notable organizations as The 519 Church Street Community Centre, the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives and Buddies in Bad Times Theatres.

QUEEN STREET WEST: Queen West from MOCCA to the Gladstone Hotel on the street, in venues, public spaces and art galleries. West Queen West is the largest hub for visual art in Canada, and is known to foster new and emerging talent and ideas. Seen as a haven for street art and culture, West Queen West participates in high profile and important cultural events, including the Queen West Art Crawl and Canadian Art magazine’s Art Hop. It is the home of the historic Gladstone Hotel, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Artscape Youngplace, Theatre Centre and many important nationally and internationally recognized art galleries. It is also a gathering point for some of Toronto’s most innovative thinkers and creative art makers.

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Twitter: @nuitroseto

Facebook: nuitrosetoronto


The Throbbing Rose Collective is a group of grassroots individuals who want to see the festival come together and is an open community collective. If you would like to join the collective or volunteer at the events, please contact us at the email above.