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FIGMENT Toronto

Fri, 16 Aug 2013 20:29:29 +0000

Figment is a participatory arts festival. Starting in New York, it now takes place in a few american cities every year and Toronto will be hosting it's first figment festival August 17-18th 2013 on Olympic island.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tx1vdQu7Eb4

Inclusion is one of their guiding principles, everyone is invited to bring something, actively interact, and get themselves involved with art and express themselves.

It's also a free event that seeks to eschew the commodification of experience. The art is considered a gift and the event is organized by volunteers without the benefit of corporate sponsorship or advertising.

Come let your creativity flow Toronto.




Occupy Gardens Toronto

Fri, 20 Jul 2012 21:29:24 +0000

Inspired by the Occupy movement, this growing community of gardners is focused on food security.

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Photo by: Kristyna Balaban

They guerilla gardening around the city and share the harvest with anyone who is hungry.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nErVtRU_lLs

There motto is Lettuce Occupy Gardens for World Peas! Join in on the fun and help create peace by reducing hunger.




Dufferin Grove Park Campfires

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 04:34:02 +0000

For those who can't or don't want to leave the city, Dufferin Grove park is one of the few places you can go and experience the rare luxurious joy of an outdoor camp fire.

http://www.vimeo.com/29232002

Needless to say this is a popular amenity in the park so you must book in advance if you want to have a fire. They hope you will offer a $20 donation for use of the fire pit.

There are two seperate fire pits available per season. In addition to the main pit, there is a fire pit for kids groups near the playground in the summer and in the winter a fire pit near the skatting rink is set up so you can warm up between laps around the ice.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rinjava/304576508/

If you want to cook on your fire, ask the park staff about the various fire cooking implements they have to lend out(roasting forks, grills, cast iron pots, etc.).




Red Moon Music Collective

Sun, 27 May 2012 20:39:44 +0000

Since 2009 Red moon Collective has been inviting a wide variety of musicians to come together for a jam night.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf8JQ84wz0o&list=UUjvIS3cukdSTXyGQS2u8sXg

It's a free monthly event, open to all, held in a Photographers loft space.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ClUK-IH5pM&list=UUjvIS3cukdSTXyGQS2u8sXg

This summer look for the jams happening in outdoor spots like the island.

There is a great review of the event on gailatlarge.com:

"There is no protocol other than a simple sign-up sheet so people know when they’re up next, the same as what you’d find at a pool hall or a dart board. The only difference is it’s all self-serve: BYO drinks and snacks. It’s like going to a house party except a third of the space is covered in guitar cases, percussion instruments, speakers and cords leading to an amplifier."




Phoenix Poetry Workshop

Tue, 03 Apr 2012 15:45:09 +0000

The Phoenix Poetry Workshop is held the first Saturday of every month at 2:30 pm. It's a free event at the College/Shaw library which is open to any and all who wish to share their poetry.

Once upon a time when I did write poetry this was one of my favorite events as it was:

- An encouraging and friendly environment
- People grew to know each other and their poetry fairly well
- honest constructive feedback on each others writting was possible.




Flemingdon Park: The Global Village by Andrew Faiz

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 18:31:34 +0000

A well made doc that examines the past and present of the Flemingdon Park neighbourhood through stories of community members.

It was a pleasent suprise to see a fairly well known member of my Toronto community talk about his origins.




The Dupont and Spadina Corner Collective | Light up our alley!

Fri, 18 Nov 2011 04:48:02 +0000

The Dupont and Spadina Corner Collective is about beautifying their corner of the city.

http://www.vimeo.com/5811993

Greening it up with some gardening, adding the joy of art in the place of illegal billboards and filling the streets with community gatherings.

http://www.vimeo.com/7296280

They have organized events(such as the light up our alley street festival), actions, make art and music. It's my understanding they've had to move from their original location at the corner of dupont and spadina but their community spirit still seems to be shining.




Toronto Craft Alert — News for the Craft Curious

Sat, 22 Oct 2011 04:03:44 +0000

http://www.flickr.com/photos/75075321@N00/1711162885/in/photostream/

Toronto Craft Alert runs a blog, a mailing list, hosts a forum and a variety of other crafting resources. with the aim of supporting the crafting community in torotno.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/24084543@N03/4270215057/




CHOIR! CHOIR! CHOIR!

Thu, 20 Oct 2011 17:23:49 +0000

Every week masses of people come together to share in the joy of singing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Yv7UPpkNIQ

Accompanied by a guitar the group sings a few songs each week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9Tfajh1bVE

Their repitoire includes a wide range of popular music from the last 50 years.




SKETCH :: Working Arts for Street Involved and Homeless youth.

Tue, 06 Sep 2011 03:47:51 +0000

Every time I visited the Sketch studio or seen participants at events around Toronto I've been impressed by their creativity, but what really blows me away is the relationships the organization seems to foster.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLA4GN2V8uU

It's a diverse group of people who come together at sketch to collaborate, create and support each other. It's a truly uplifting and inspiring culture that they've established.

http://www.vimeo.com/19539404

It's easy to look at street involved youth simply as those who need to be helped, however, Sketch proves they have lots to offer to the broader community. I firmly believe most finacially stable or successful individuals, including myself, have lots to learn from the type of love and wisdom that's affluent in this space.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICt8Z_5vAcA

Sketch offers a place where street involved or at risk youth have access to: Painting & drawing, Wood shop, Silkscreening & print making, Music jamming & recording, Sewing, Gardening, Photography, Computer access, Kung Fu and more

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSQypww3x6Q