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Thursday, April 23, 2015


The event will feature a conversation between The Bookmobile Book editor Leila Pourtavaf and contributor Jon Davies.

The BOOKMOBILE Book brings to life the projet MOBILIVRE BOOKMOBILE project, an exhibition of artist books, zines and independent publications that traveled across the US and Canada from 2001-2005. Hosting workshops, artist talks and special events in various venues throughout North America, the Bookmobile collective also made connections with an amazing array of individuals, groups and organizations. This publication tells the tales of the making and of the doing, from the road and from the studio.

With reflective essays that examine some of the contemporary motivations and inspirations for the project, the book also contains many photographs, selections of books and zines that were part of the BOOKMOBILE’s touring collections, tour guide diaries, and comics.

6PM – 8PM
Art Metropole
1490 Dundas Street West, Toronto,
Ontario M6K 1T5

Faith La Rocque and Jaimie Henthorn: The Divers

Toronto-based artist Faith La Rocque and Denver-based artist Jaimie Henthorn have been working collaboratively, at a distance, since 2009. Their disparate locations have always been a defining characteristic of their collaboration and thus, communication within the artistic process is a major consideration. On April 23, 24, and 25 G Gallery will present their current project, The Divers, which explores communication through artwork – first as collaboration tool, and subsequently as a form of investing and conveying meaning.

Recently, the artists have been working on a series of pencil drawings generated by the Dadaist methodology of “exquisite corpse” exchanged via post, which has yielded an unexpected depth, unachievable with the extensive verbal planning that usually scaffolds collaborations. The drawings have been exhibited at Denver’s Groundswell Gallery (2013) and at De Luca Fine Art in Toronto (2014).

In The Divers, La Rocque and Henthorn apply this anachronistic methodology to the topic of transformation, desired or otherwise. These potential transformations may be gradual or sudden, generated by force or passivity. G Gallery will host art objects, installations, video works, and a continuous live performance by La Rocque accompanied by Henthorn via live web stream.

134 Ossington Street
Toronto, Ontario M6J 2Z5
(Entrance on Foxley Pl, rear of building)


Cross-translating between the visual languages of Indian miniaturist art, Blaxploitation, and the images produced by the Hubble Deep Field Telescope, Rajni Perera’s work takes on science fiction elements inspired by Afro-Futurism, a movement that critiques and re-imagines the experiences and future of Afrodiasporic peoples. The central themes of Neo-exoticism, or perceptions of ethnic female sexuality prevalent in Western culture – a set of (mostly manufactured) ideas used to market products to wealthy Anglosaxon consumers, as well as perpetuate an exoticized, idealized image of ethnic female sexuality – are explored further. This revolt on the picture plane is personified by the image of AFRIKA GALAKTIKA, a black heroine who travels through space and takes up arms with other warriors in displays of brutal, dynamic and arousing power – a counterbalance to white military spectacle as portrayed in propaganda on screen, print and other advertising media. The body shapes are in opposition to contemporary notions of beauty, and an overt sexiness, both in pose and proportion, and the cultural implications thereof, are brought to the surface. The styles of armor and weapons are referential to and derivative of ethnographic photographs of tribal women still being published today; the legacy of colonial ethnography used to objectify and categorize what is known as the ‘less civilized’ portion of the human population. Deep-space images and the influence of Afrofuturism go hand in hand as an inspirational launchpad. As these images begin to saturate global media, they also crystalize into the imaginations, hopes and dreams of displaced peoples. Other futures beg to unravel; fantastic and explosive, filled with revolution and paradigm shifts of thought and vision.

6PM – 10PM
187 Augusta Avenue,
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2L4

Perspective Exhibition & Publication Launch

Come by the OCAD U Student Gallery to celebrate the annual first generation publication and exhibition. Work from the publication will be on display and you can learn how each artist and designer interpreted this year’s theme, Perspective. Everybody is welcome!

Exhibition will run from April 23rd to April April 25th

Artists include:

Brandon Jones
Brenda Tse
Caitlynn Fairburns
Courtney Gillatly
Eva Reimann
Jacob Willow
Jeffrey A. Woodrow
L.E. Frost
Lindsay Quentin Hersenio
Lucas Johnson
Lula Lumaj
Martin Godin
Megan Mare
Mehrnaz Rohbakhsh
Scott Youdale
Taliesin L. Smith
Treva Michelle Pullen
Wilhelm Brask
Witney Dunn

6PM – 9PM
OCAD U Student Gallery
52 McCaul Street, Toronto,
Ontario M5T1W1

Jaselyn Jarvis: Breathe In, Breathe Out

“In this collection I have explored my personal stories and those imagined. Those things we’ve had to breathe through, sometimes struggling for air. I have created little, little snapshots of life, where we can interpret the back story for ourselves based on our own life experiences. Stories of pain. Stories of pleasure. Stories of whimsy, wistfulness, and want. I hope to evoke memories and emotions, to spark a narrative in the viewer’s mind, to take you back to see how far you’ve come, to take you forward to see where you’re headed.”

7PM – 10PM
#Hashtag Gallery
801 Dundas St. W., Toronto,
Ontario M6J 1V2

The Curator’s Bible

Please join us for the launch of Kelly Goldfeder-Intriago’s art infused website, A website dedicated to the movers, shakers and doers of the creative world. TCB is devoted to connecting Toronto’s Art Galleries and their events with the community. TCB will be featuring artists and their inspiring perspectives of art through film, photography, paintings, sculptures, illustrations and installations.
7PM – 12AM
Edward Day Gallery
952 Queen Street West,
Toronto, Ontario

Massive Party HOTBED

On Thursday, April 23, 2015, co-chairs George Barkas, Rob Drynan and Anais Granofsky will welcome an expected 1,900 party-goers to the Art Gallery of Ontario for the 11th year of Massive Party. Concurrent to the AGO exhibition ‘Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time,’ this year Artistic Director TALWST will present Massive Party HOTBED.

Limited tickets are available, so don’t miss this opportunity to attend the AGO’s sensational art party.

Tickets include open bar, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and contemporary art installations. Funds raised through Massive Party will help the AGO continue to deliver ambitious education and exhibition programs. The AGO will issue a charitable tax receipt for the maximum allowable portion of your ticket purchase.

For the past five years Massive Party tickets have sold out in advance so mark your calendar for January 7 and visit for tickets.

9PM – 1AM
AGO – Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West, Toronto,
Ontario M5T 1G4

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Birds in Paradise, an exhibition of new work by David R. Harper

There are moments when people struggle to hold onto something — to still time — in order to observe, to document, and to understand. However, in certain cases, these seemingly investigative impulses ultimately lead to the subject’s ruin. In his third solo exhibition at MKG127, David R. Harper employs sculpture, tapestry, and embroidery, to explore the tenuous trajectory of best intentions, natural history and idealized habitats.

David R. Harper (b. Toronto, ON) completed his BFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Sculpture before pursuing an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has had numerous Solo exhibitions in Canada and the United States including Skin and Bone at the Textile Museum of Canada, Plateau at the South Bend Museum of Art and Entre Le Chien et Le Loup organized by the Doris McCarthy Gallery in partnership with the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, The Kederdine Art Galley, The Ottawa Art Gallery, and Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery. He has exhibited work in group exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada and MASS MoCA amongst others. Harper’s upcoming projects include a residency with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and an exhibition in which he will build a natural history museum within a museum titled Memory Theater. In 2014 Harper was a recipient of a Efroymson Fellowship. His work can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Frederick R. Weisman foundation in LA amongst others.

2PM – 5PM
1445 Dundas St. W., Toronto,
Ontario M6J 1Y7

Editorial Magazine Launch Party!




Beer by our friends at Kronenbourg 1664 ♥



Location: D N S

Please RSVP by hitting attend 🙂

930PM – 2AM
Day & Night Salon, 163 Sterling Rd #112,
Toronto, ON M6P 0A1

Monday, April 27, 2015

Maximum Exposure Year End Exhibition

Maximum Exposure is the School of Image Arts’ annual end-of-year exhibition. Currently in its 20th year, this capstone event displays the work of over 150 undergraduate students spanning from Photography, Film, and New Media. It is also the exhibition’s 6th year participating in Toronto’s Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, which gives the students of Image Arts the opportunity to be recognized by individuals on a national and international level. With the chance to connect with industry professionals and exhibit in a professional setting, Maximum Exposure aims to help launch the careers of these emerging artists, and create a strong sense of community within Image Arts and Toronto’s arts and culture scene.

6PM – 9PM
Ryerson University School of Image Arts
122 Bond Street, Toronto,
Ontario M5B 1X8

InArt: A Pop Up Fundraiser

For the past 17 years as an artist-run centre, Gallery 1313 has brought artists, critics, scholars, students and community organizations together by providing a much needed space for artists to show their work. Our four unique exhibition spaces house over 70 annual exhibitions featuring both Canadian and International artists yearly. Our reputation for mounting challenging, high quality, contemporary art exhibitions continues to grow. Gallery 1313 is incorporated as a non-profit organization with charitable status. The gallery has attracted over 170,000 visitors over the years.

Gallery 1313
1313A Queen Street West, Toronto,
Ontario M6K 1L8

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

GradEx 100: OCAD University’s annual Graduate Exhibition

More than 900 promising young artists and designers are exhibiting at the biggest GradEx ever — OCAD University’s 100th! This year GradEx expands to a five-day, six-storey exhibition, including the iconic Sharp Centre for Design. The university will throw open its doors, inviting the community to see works by the creative minds of OCAD U’s Class of 2015.

Students from undergraduate and graduate programs will show their final thesis work to an audience of more than 25,000 guests, some of whom attend the show to recruit new talent for their own galleries and firms.

Undergraduate programs represented in this year’s GradEx are: Criticism and Curatorial Practice, Drawing & Painting, Integrated Media, Digital Painting and Expanded Animation, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture/Installation and the specialization Cross-Disciplinary Art: Publications in the Faculty of Art; Advertising, Environmental Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design and Material Art & Design (jewellery, fibre and ceramics) in the Faculty of Design. The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies will present work from the Digital Futures and Indigenous Visual Culture programs.

630PM – 11PM
OCAD University
100 McCaul Street, Toronto,
Ontario M5T 1W1

Birds Eye In a Club

At the exhibition opening the publication “clubgoers”, a selection of ten collaborative text pieces curated by Chris Boni and published by swimmersgroup, will be launched. The cover price will include both covers and entrance fee to a club. In honour of this event, Absolut Vodka has generously donated a few crates of empties.


Chris Boni has been based in Toronto since 2011, where he hauled his visual arts practice over from painting/sculpture to film production. He has produced (directed, shot and edited) a suite of eclectic music videos, short and feature length films. Spring 2015 will mark the completion of “Two Cares Due None”, a feature shot in Iceland, Italy and Toronto that began production in 2013. “Birds eye in a club” will by Boni’s first solo exhibition/installation since 2010.

Boni holds a BFA in Interdisciplinary study from NSCAD in Halifax, and a Diploma in Visual Arts from Langara College in Vancouver. He also attended the Hunter College MFA program and is a self-taught filmmaker.

Warner Gallery
888 Dupont Street, Suite 210



All That Stays Warm In The Memory”
Deadline: May 24, 2015 (11PM)

The gallery is small and I will be rigorous so I invite you to submit your best work. That which you feel conveys most clearly the intent that compels you to be an artist, work that says something about being alive, here, right now. Be an artist, a persuasive one, and I, in turn, will do my best to make an exhibition worthy of your efforts. There are a few walls, of course, but there is also the window for a vinyl piece, there could be a short performance at the opening, there is the park across the street, there could be a zine to hand out, a sound work, a text piece, there could be an ice sculpture that melts in the summer heat…
All That Stays Warm In The Memory
– Clint Roenisch, Gallerist
Submission Requirements:
• Name, address, email, phone number
• Artist Statement and CV
• One image per submission, with a maximum of three artworks submitted (2000 pixels on the longest edge @72dpi)
• Description of submitted image(s)
• Short narrative text to accompany work(s) (maximum 500 words)
• Video links will be accepted
• You agree to allow us to use your submission material, without compensation, in our catalogue/publication of this exhibition
• Submission fee: $45 CDN for the first entry, $25 for each additional entry (*please note, submission fees are non-refundable)

Additional Information: LINK HERE

Emerging Visual Artists Wanted to Participate in RBC Canadian Painting Competition
Deadline: May 6th, 2015 (4PM)

Next generation of Canadian painters are invited to submit work for 17th annual competition

RBC and the Canadian Art Foundation have opened the call for submissions to the 2015 RBC Canadian Painting Competition.

As part of the RBC Emerging Artists Project, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition seeks to give exposure and opportunity to Canada’s next generation of visual artists, in addition to a total of $85,000 in prize money to the finalists. A fixture on Canada’s art circuit, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition has given a platform for exposure and mentorship to emerging artists. Past finalists include Dil Hildebrand, Sasha Pierce, Kristine Moran and Rebecca Brewer.

“The competition provides invaluable assistance to the 15 finalists who are emerging on the national stage and who benefit from the support, exposure and mentorship the competition offers them,” said Robin Anthony, Art Curator, RBC. “This is a rare opportunity to become part of an esteemed list of alumni and many of the finalists have received the exposure that has led to a successful career in visual art.”

Entries are now being accepted online at and must be received by May 6, 2015 at 4 p.m. EST. The submitted works will be short-listed to 15 finalists by an independent panel of judges, made up of experts from Canada’s art community. Finalists will be announced on June 24, 2015, and all 15 artists will have their work exhibited at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver in November, 2015.

The jury of nine art experts will meet in November to determine one winner and two honourable mentions, who will be announced on November 18, 2015 in Vancouver. The RBC Painting Competition offers $85,000 in prize money to the finalists. The winner will receive a prize of $25,000, the two honourable mentions will receive $15,000 each and the remaining 12 finalists receive $2,500 each.

The paintings by the winner and two honourable mentions will be added to RBC’s Art Collection along with the winners of the previous 16 competitions. RBC’s Art Collection features more than 4,000 works collected since 1929, including original works of art by historical and emerging Canadian artists.

Established in 1999, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition’s goal is to invest in and nurture Canada’s next generation of visual artists, to provide a forum to display artistic talent to the country and to open doors to success. Details and rules of the competition can be found at

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RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2014, we contributed more than $111 million to causes worldwide, including donations and community investments of more than $76 million and $35 million in sponsorships.

Additional Information: LINK HERE

Outside The Box 2015 Call for Artists
Deadline: May 8th, 2015 (5PM)

The City of Toronto invites local area artists to submit proposals to create art on City traffic signal boxes at various locations throughout Toronto. The goal of this project is to provide opportunities for artists to create works of art that contribute to the vitality and attractiveness of the streetscape. This project is being implemented by StreetARToronto (StART), part of the City of Toronto’s Transportation Services Division.
In 2013 and 2014 a total of 56 boxes have been hand-painted by local artists and transformed into works of art! 
Thank you for all the suggestions for boxes to be painted.  Not all recommended boxes were able to be selected, due to a number of factors, including technical/electrical, health and safety, and city-wide distribution. Some recommended boxes will be added to the list of recommendations for 2016. If you have a suggestion for a high-visibility traffic control box to be painted for 2016, email us 

Additional Information: LINK HERE

Gerrard Art Space
Deadline: May 10

GERRARD ART SPACE is a community focused, membership driven art space showcasing local visual artists and musicians each month. Regular programming includes workshops, classes, and shows that engage neighbourhood residents and the Toronto art community. GAS prioritizes accessibility, inclusivity, and open dialogue in both its programming and outreach, working to build and sustain a creative, vibrant community.
Please refer to our blog for news on past/upcoming events: and to our website for info on how to become a member, upcoming exhibits & classes:

Additional Information: LINK HERE

Exhibition Assistance
Deadline: June 22, 2015

Gallery 44 is a third party recommender in the Ontario Arts Council’s Exhibition Assistance Program. We accept applications for exhibition assistance from Ontario artists with a confirmed exhibition of photography or photo-based work. Applications must be received prior to the opening date of the exhibition and no later than our deadlines of June 22, 2015 and December 7, 2015. Applications may be submitted up to one year in advance of the exhibition. Please do not call or email to inquire about remaining funds in our budget, Gallery 44 ensures that funds are available for both our deadlines.
For a detailed description of the Exhibition Assistance Program, including Eligibility, How to Apply, and Grant Amounts, please request “Program Guidelines” from Gallery 44 or the Ontario Arts Council.
How to Apply:
The following materials must be received at Gallery 44 by 5 pm on day of the deadline. (June 22, 2015 and December 7, 2015)
1. A maximum of twenty digital images (CD/DVD must be readable on MAC OSX) representing a recent body of work or a specific project. Digital images should be:
RGB, jpeg format no larger than 1024 x 768 pixels. They should be numbered 01 to 20 (01_tree, 02_house, 03_car etc.) GALLERY 44 DOES NOT ACCEPT ORIGINAL ARTWORK.
2. Image list indicating the slide number, title, year, medium and dimensions of each piece.
3. Artist’s statement or brief description of the exhibition, including physical details of the presentation.
4. Curriculum vitae, resumé or brief biography.
5. Exhibition Assistance Recommendation Form (downloadable from the OAC website) with all applicant information completed. (Gallery 44 will complete the “Recommender” sections.)
6. Signed letter of confirmation from the exhibition venue.
7. Self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage to return your materials. (Required by OAC.)
Without an SASE we will not return submission packages and will dispose of submission materials appropriately.
8. Budget highlighting the amount requested. (PLEASE NOTE: $500 minimum, $1500 maximum)
Direct inquires to:
exhibitions at gallery44 dot org

Additional Information: LINK HERE

Vtape Call for Proposals
Deadline: May 22, 2015 (4PM)

Work used to be a place we went to; now it is just as likely to come to us. This year, The Curatorial Incubator, v.13 – The Job Of Life seeks curatorial approaches that will help us see labour itself with fresh eyes. Banal or exhilarating, fully public or deeply domestic, work is all around us. Craft a program that reveals your take on The Job Of Life.

Participants in The Curatorial Incubator, v.13 will have an opportunity to hone their curatorial skills in the media arts in a number of important ways: attending specialized workshops conducted by arts professionals; conducting independent research using the rich resources available through Vtape; writing a curatorial essay for their program of selected titles, with invaluable editorial assistance provided by an arts professional; and, finally, presenting their curated program to the public.

If your proposal is selected for production, you will receive fees for both curating and writing and a budget to cover the screening fees for the titles that are included in your program.

Research phase (July – August) includes:
*workshops conducted by established curators, artists and arts professionals specializing in media arts,
*free access to the vast research facilities on site at Vtape, with over 4000 titles by 800+ artists and over 2500 articles on video art, and
*extensive access to the Vtape on-line preview resource available only to curators and     authorized researchers.

Presentation phase (January – March 2016) includes:
*an exhibition of all the curated programs with an introduction by the curator, and
*a fully illustrated catalogue of all the programs with curatorial essays.

Additional Information: EVENT PAGE