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Artscape Youngplace Hallway Galleries

Deadline: October 24th, 2014


For the Artscape Youngplace & Curators’ Network Partnership’s inaugural series of exhibitions, we welcome proposals for exhibitions that relate to ideas and practices embodied by the partnership. They should include works by Ontario-based artists that critically explore concepts around education, innovation, collaboration, labour, and community. Proposals that include new, site-specific works are encouraged but not required. Artists must be confirmed.

A jury made up of professional curators from both organizations will review proposals and offer feedback on all submissions. As this is a new initiative, the Curators Network Canada will be pursuing project funding through grants, sponsorships, and fundraising efforts. There is no fee to submit or participate, however, curators whose submissions are accepted will be expected to actively participate in these efforts. Expenses related to realizing the exhibitions will be subsidized through the partnership. The Curators’ Network will work with the successful applicant to apply for project funding with the Ontario Arts Council for their December 15th 2014 deadline.

The RFP is open only to members of the Curators’ Network and Artscape Youngplace’s Flex Studios. For questions about the RFP or to inquire about memberships within either organization, please contact or

Submissions will be accepted through the following online application form: Deadline October 24 th, 2014 at 11:59 PM

Additional Information:  Link Here



Jumblies Micro Grant

Deadline: October 30th, 2014

As part of the Platform A, an initiative of the Toronto Arts Council, Jumblies is pleased to announce that we will be awarding $12,000 in micro-grants for projects taking place between January and April 2015.

For more information: Link Here



Snap and Share Photography Competition

Deadline: October 31st, 2014

There’s a lot happening in parks, the fall colours are spectacular and people are out enjoying the crisp autumn weather. There’s no better time to get outside and take pictures of your experiences and memorable moments in Toronto’s parks, urban forests, natural environments and recreation spaces! You could win a Nikon D3300 with lenses or a Nikon Coolpix AW120. Your pictures may also be part of our FUN Guide, featured on and City of Toronto social media, and shown in an exhibition at City Hall!
Before you get outside and snap those photos don’t forget to read the contest rules and regulations first.

• Taken in the City of Toronto during the contest period (August 18 – October 31, 2014)
• Emailed to us in JPEG format
• At least 3600 (width) x 2400 (height) in pixel size
• Submitted with a title for the photo, the date it was taken and your contact information
• Accompanied by a signed release form if it shows an identifiable person

For more information: Link Here



Steam Whistle Calling on Emerging Artists

Deadline: November 14th, 2014


“As a Toronto craft brewery, we understand what it’s like to be the small fish in a big sea,” explains Matt Weed, Special Events Manager for Steam Whistle Brewing. “Opening up our gallery space to emerging artists free of charge is one way we try to give back and lend our support to the arts community.”
The Steam Whistle Gallery has become a staple in Toronto’s art scene, with exhibits featured in Aesthetic Magazine Toronto, Blog TO, Toronto Star, the Torontoist and more. Past collections have tackled the edgy with exhibits such as “Hanna Barberic” and “Clubscape,” the thought provoking with “Manifest” and the historical and cultural with the “Happy Birthday Toronto” and “Transcendence.”
Since its inception in 2000, Steam Whistle has been hosting monthly art shows offering its gallery space rent and commission-free to artists. On the first Wednesday of every month, each art exhibition is launched with an opening night reception, where artists and art lovers can unite to celebrate a new collection. The artworks remain on display all month to delight local and international visitors. In exchange for the display space, show promotion and opening party, artists donate one piece of work from each show to Steam Whistle’s permanent collection which hangs in the brewery providing ongoing profile for young artists.


Steam Whistle Brewing is seeking group shows of two or more artists. Photography, paintings, drawings and works of mixed media are welcomed for hanging. Unfortunately, the display space cannot accommodate free-standing, sculptural and/or living works.
Submissions must include:
• Artists’ name and contact information (email & telephone number);
• a minimum of five JPEGS of the pieces proposed for the show (minimum 1 per artist);
• a concise one-page summary explaining the concept for the exhibition;
• Artists’ C.V. and/or other biographical information such as Artists’ website.
• Additional information as requested

For more information: Link Here




Xpace Cultural Centre


Xpace /Images Festival Student Exhibition

Deadline: November 8th, 2014

Spectral Visions: Xpace/IMAGES Festival is seeking proposals for student artists in the GTA working with digital and/or analogue media art. In 1961 word of an out of work bellhop with psychic powers began to circulate in Chicago. His name was Ted Serios and he was rumoured to have a magical gift where by thought alone he could imprint images on Polaroid film. His photos were ghostly snapshots of familiar places and revealed the eerily metaphysical properties of analogue film. The 2014 Images Festival Exhibition seeks proposals for works that illustrate or apply the concept the ghost in the machine, that is the unexplainable or otherworldly occurrences that can arise when working creatively with technology. Technologies both contemporary and antiquated can behave in mystical ways, a phenomenon that can be mobilized for the purposes of artistic production. Proposals are encouraged to investigate the outlined theme formally, abstractly, or conceptually and may involve technologies that are either mechanical, analogue, or digital.

Proposals may include works that are, but are not limited to:

– analogue film
– video/installation
– web-based or internet art
– glitch art
– performance video
– animation
– interactive art
– cybernetics

Electronic submissions only can be sent to:

For more information: Link Here



The Politics of Design

Deadline: November 8th, 2014

Xpace Cultural Centre is looking for submissions of new or existing works exploring the politics of design for an upcoming exhibition June/July 2015. Everyday design can affect the social climate that we live in, and we are looking for submissions that use design to communicate political ideas, to change the way that people use objects and/or move through space, and that demonstrate the potential for protest and resistance.

Mail or drop off proposals to:
Xpace Cultural Centre, 303 Lansdowne Ave Unit 2, Toronto ON M6K 2W5.
For more information:  Link Here



Xpace: External Space

Deadline: November 8th, 2014

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.

Mail or drop off proposals to:
Xpace Cultural Centre, 303 Lansdowne Ave Unit 2, Toronto ON M6K 2W5.
Make sure that everything you submit is clearly labeled with your name and contact information.
If you have any questions about the proposal process please contact either Adrienne Crossman at or Brette Gabel at

Please note that applications will not be returned. Applicants will be notified within 3 months of their proposal’s status. Xpace thanks all applicants for their interest.
For more information:  Link Here


Upcoming Shows



Thursday / October 23 / 2014


LAUNCH PARTY • Shift: Exchanges • Rivet 5

The launch of two new publications, SHIFT: EXCHANGES and RIVET 5. Will be held at the OCADU U Student Gallery from 7PM – 11pm.
Featuring a DJ set by Glitclit, beers will be sold for $3, and an opportunity to check out the current exhibition in the gallery: FUTURESCAPE.

7pm – 11pm
52 McCaul Street,
Toronto, Ontario
Event Page





Tumblr hell is a somewhat satirical response to a subculture that fetishizes self branding, appropriation and personal net presence.

Tumblr hell is not only a collaborative art show but also a party that brings out the worst aspects of net culture into an atmospheric night of midi soundtracks, 2D ferns and lots of narcissism. Join us, a group of tumblr inspired multimedia artists as we take selfies and wear great outfits- oh yea and display our art.

7pm – 11pm
The White House Studio Project
277.5 Augusta Avenue,
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2M1
Event Page



Friday/ October 24 / 2014


Power Talks – Bisi Silva: Curating Africa? The Shifting Curatorial Paradigm

Bisi Silva is an independent curator and the Founder and Director of Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos which opened in Nigeria in December 2007. She has co-curated many international exhibitions including The Progress of Love, a transcontinental collaboration across three venues in Nigeria and America (2012). In 2006 Silva was one of the curators for the Dakar Biennale in Senegal and was a member of the international jury for the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013.

The past decade has witnessed the growth of independent spaces, biennial events and festivals in Africa, as well as artists initiated projects, many of which take on an intra-continental dimension. Within this context curatorial initiatives are developing through which new discourse on the presentation and the reception of Contemporary Art from Africa and its Diaspora is being articulated. Silva will use the art sector in Nigeria and the activities of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos as the point of departure to engage the evolving art dynamics on the continent.

Metro Toronto Convention Centre
255 Front Street West,
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2W6
Event Page




Callen Schaub Solo Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: Oct 23-29, 2014

This solo exhibition of paintings by Callen Schaub is both a personal and cosmic exploration of chaos and completion; the paintings on display mark the artist’s discoveries. Callen emphasizes his artistic liberty through focused and timely interventions, using unique instruments and tools that accelerate natural forces to create his paintings. The use of custom-shaped canvases allows for complex compositions that reach out from the work, substantiating them as sculptures. Schaub’s incorporation of curved, circular, and spherical representations in this series brings forth considerations of scale, form, and perfection. Bold directionality and energetic palettes invite us to participate in a dynamic and immersive visual experience. The exhibition intends to impart a sense of wonderment and encourage visitors to explore new perspectives and see differently.

Callen Schaub is a Toronto based abstract painter who graduated with a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the Ontario College of Art and Design University in 2013. In early 2013 Callen opened Project Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Toronto’s Leslieville area. Callen also works for the Angell Gallery and Division Gallery in Toronto. He has organized and curated group and solo art exhibits, community and cultural events, and has done several commissioned murals, book and magazine illustrations. In 2011 Callen began doing his spin and pendulum paintings live. Callen has performed at several galleries, art benefits, and other cultural events in Toronto.

7pm – 11pm
Project Gallery
1109 Queen St E, Toronto, Ontario

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Sean Maclister: The Cottage


Exhibition from Oct 24th – Nov 24th

Sean MacAlister: B.1987 in Calgary AB. Lives and works in Toronto.

Jr. Projects functions as the supplementary space to Bodega Thirteen. The spaces act in partnership to bridge the gap between aesthetic experiences.

Opening Reception:
Friday, October 24th, 7-9pm

Bodega Thirteen
1446 Dundas St. West
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Saturday / October 25th / 2014



A photographic celebration of the body and its fragile beauty and mystery.

Prints for sale:
– framed “off the show wall” priced at $200.00
– ordered at the show (unframed) priced at $150.00

All proceeds in support of Catharine Gaudette’s battle against Lymphoma

or to

Starts at 1pm
223A Augusta Avenue
Kensington Market, Toronto
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XPACE Proposal Work Shop

Xpace Cultural Centre has an upcoming Submissions deadline on November 8th, 2014. We will be programming three open calls: the Images Festival, the Politics of Design, and the External Spaces (located on OCADU campus).

We will be holding a Proposal Workshop for help with the planning and writing of your project proposal. You can view all three submission call on our website at under the Submissions tab.

Bring in your project proposals (completed or partial) and we can give you feedback!

Toronto Curator Shauna Jean Doherty will be joining the Xpace staff to talk about her experiences in applying to calls for submissions, putting out calls for submissions, and what she looks for in proposals, specifically in relation to the Images festival call that she will be curating.

The workshop is free and open to anyone, but please RSVP to to reserve your spot.

1pm – 4 pm
Xpace Cultural Centre
303 Lansdowne Avenue Unit 2, Main Floor.,
Toronto, Ontario M6K 2W5
Event Page 



Flash Forward 10: Uncanny Worlds

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the international Flash Forward photography festival with an exhibition of work by past winners from OCAD University.

Featuring Sebastián Benitez, Kotama Bouabane, Danny Custodio, Nathan Cyprys, Adrian Fish, Jinyoung Kim, Alex Kisilevich, Sanaz Mazinani, Meryl McMaster, Geoffrey Pugen, Stacey Tyrell and Elise Victoria Louise Windsor

Curated by MaryAnn Camilleri and Lisa Deanne Smith

Curating within predetermined limitations can often produce fascinating results, as is the case with Flash Forward 10: Uncanny Worlds. Limited to OCAD U photography alumni who have been past winners of Flash Forward, a moment was created in which to search for conceptual links and common areas of interest from young OCAD U photographers. It was intriguing to find, more often than not, the images questioned the relationship humans have with the physical world.

This is a FREE event. We hope you join us everyone is welcome.

6pm to 9 pm
Onsite [at] OCAD University
230 Richmond St. W.
Toronto, ON
Event Page



Sunday / October 26th, / 2014


Tyrant’s Tickle: Blake Hargreaves, JOSH, Toblerone Boys, Tarpit, Analog Preservation Network

8=8=Blake Hargreavez
(Dreamcatcher, Thames, Cousins of Reggae)
..Will he be building a micro-pipe organ out of a kettle? Find out!

8=8=JOSH (Father Dust, Buffalo MRI, local hooded guest)
..Dustiest of murk hammock hangers, ready to flick ethereal lobes with whispering touch

8=8=Toblerone Boys (Man Made Hill, Wolfcow)
..Cornerstore sepulchral screamers, moist-confetti’d, mostly unmasked& light of dance; ornamental fairytales for indigestion

8=8=Tarpit (Detroit)

Analog Preservation Network

7PM – 11PM
8- 11
233 Spadina, Toronto
Ontario M5T 2E2
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Happening Now

Moon Room – Narwhal Art Projects, October 18th – November 14th, 2014
2104 Dundas West, Toronto, Ontario M6R 1W9

Miruna Dragan: Shadows Mirror Shadows – G Gallery, October 17th – November 15th
134 Ossington St, Toronto, Ontario M6J 2Z5

BRAD TINMOUTH: SUB-IRRIGATION – 8 11 October 16th- October 26h 2014
233 Spadina, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2E2

Concord Floral – The Theatre Centre, October 16 – October 26th
1115 Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1J1