Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Junction Night Market: A Community Food Festival: July 12

Poster: Junction Night Market, Saturday, July 12, 2014; 7-11 pm

The Junction Farmers Night Market

A Community Food Festival to benefit the Junction farmers Market Food Voucher Program

Saturday, July 12, 2014; 7-11 pm

Pacific Avenue, just north of Dundas Street West

$5 Local Food!
$5 Local Craft Beer and Wine


The Junction Farmers’ Market presents the Night Market, Saturday, July 12 from 7 to 11 p.m. on Pacific Avenue, just north of Dundas Street West.

This is a community community food event - an evening of fabulous local food, craft beer and Ontario wine in the Junction! Tickets will be available on site. Beer, wine and food is only $5.00 each!

All the proceeds will go toward helping community members gain access to fresh and healthy food through the Junction Farmers Market Food Voucher Program, in partnership with Four Villages Community Health Centre.

More info: Junction Farmers’ Market 


Check out last year's photos and a video from The Night Market:

Junction Night Market 2013
Screenshot: blogto: Junction Farmers Night Market, photos by Jesse Milns

YouTube video: Junction Night Market 
Toronto's Junction neighbourhood held a night market on Dundas St W 14 Sep 2013. This was during a beer festival in Toronto, so the commodity sold was mostly beer. 
Published by Richard Anderson


Plus, check the official website of Ontario farmers’ markets link.

This link will take you to a more extensive list of Ontario farmers’ markets that can be sorted by day, place, etc.
It also tells how many vendors are at each market.

farmersmarketsontario.com: Junction Farmers Market, Toronto, Ontario
 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Wait Is Over: Sakura Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms - High Park, Toronto
Cherry Blossoms - High Park - May 10, 2014

Cherry Blossom Season 2014 - Sakura, Sakura!

Some of the beautiful sakura cherry trees start blooming this weekend - Mother's Day Weekend!

To see the most trees in bloom all at once (Hanami) go on the May Long Weekend Victoria Day.

If you want to avoid crowds and the hassle of parking and long lineups for washrooms then go on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. (14,15,16 of May)

More info on High Park Toronto online forum & discussion board.

Cherry Blossoms - High Park, Toronto
Cherry Blossoms - High Park - May 10, 2014


Cherry Blossoms - High Park, Toronto
Cherry Blossoms - High Park - May 10, 2014


Cherry Blossoms - High Park, Toronto
Cherry Blossoms Under The Moon - High Park - May 10, 2014

Don't miss the celebration of Cherry Blossom Season at the High Park this year!

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Eurovision Song Contest, Copenhagen 2014
Viewing Party at The Drake Sky Yard, Toronto

Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Viewing Party Toronto; May 10, 2014
Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Viewing Party at the Drake Hotel
1150 Queen Street West, Toronto; May 10, 2014

Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Viewing Party at The Drake Sky Yard, Toronto

When: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm

Venue: Sky Yard
The Drake Hotel
1150 Queen St W., Toronto, ON M6J 1J4

Category: Music
Type: Live
Cover: Free  

The original reality show, the Eurovision Song Contest (since 1956, don't ya know) belts it out in the Sky Yard May 10th afternoon.

Come by and watch a bearded Austrian drag queen alongside a colourful European cast compete for pop supremacy! Will they be as good as ABBA? (Hint: the 1974 winners.) Only time will tell.

Info: thedrakehotel.ca: Happenings: Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Viewing Party


Eurovision Song Contest - Copenhagen 2014

The popular Eurovision Song Contest, which began in 1956, has helped launch the careers of acts like Canada’s Celine Dion (who sang for Switzerland) and ABBA.

26 broadcasters are participating with their contestant in the Grand Final while juries and viewers in 37 participating countries will vote. But who will win the trophy?

The 2013 winner of the annual Eurovision song contest was Danish singer Emmelie de Forest with her ethno-inspired flute and drum tune Only Teardrops:

Video: Emmelie de Forest - Only Teardrops (Denmark) - LIVE - 2013 Grand Final Eurovision Song Contest 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

CONTACT 2014 Photography in the Junction: Identity
Opening Receptions on Saturday, May 3rd

Poster: Photography in the Junction: May 1-31, 2014
Photo: Gunnelbobbing, 2011 by Phillipa C.
Credit: thejunctionbia.ca + scotiabankcontactphoto.com

CONTACT Photography Festival in The Junction
May 1–31, 2014

Presented by The Junction BIA

The Junction BIA is pleased to present another great year of Photography in the Junction- part of Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

This year you will be able to explore 21 venues and see fine photographic works of 25+ artists.

This is yet again, the highest concentration of photographic venues in the City, for the duration of an internationally acclaimed CONTACT Photography Festival.

CONTACT 2014 Photography Festival in the Junction Opening Receptions
May 3, 6-9 pm

The Junction BIA will kick-off CONTACT Photography Festival with several opening receptions on May 3rd, 2014.

From 6PM – 9 PM you will have a chance to discover several opening receptions along Dundas St. West. between Indian Grove and Quebec Avenue at Keele Street. Furthermore you will have a chance to meet several photographers at participating venues.

Location: Anchored by the intersection of Dundas Street West and Keele Street, the Junction neighbourhood follows Dundas Street West and is an emerging art and design district.

Public Transit:  Easily accessible from Dundas West, Keele, or High Park Metro Stations. Average 15 minute walk (north).

TTC:
-No.30 - from High Park Subway Station
-No.40 - from Dundas West Subway Station
-No.41 - from Keele Subway Station
-No.89 - from Keele Subway Station

Venue and Map: Photography in the Junction: May 1-31, 2014 
★ The Junction Train Platform: 
May 3rd – 6-9 pm Info Booth 
May 23rd – 7-9 pm Audience Choice Awards Venue


Please find more details about all venues and photographers; opening reception, wards night, contests, map and directions on
thejunctionbia.ca: CONTACT Photography Festival in the Junction May 1-31, 2014

Please come and celebrate another great year of Photography in the Junction - part of Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival!


Monday, April 28, 2014

Jane's Walk: Toronto: Junction of the Canadian Dream

Screenshot: Jane's Walk: Toronto: Junction of the Canadian Dream: Hangin' Out With History
Walk Leader: Neil Ross; Meeting Place: Runnymede Library — May 3, 2014, 2:30 PM
Credit: janeswalk.org: Canada: Toronto: Junction of the Canadian Dream: Hangin' Out With History

2014 Jane’s Walk annual global festival runs May 2nd, 3rd and 4th!

This year the Jane’s Walk turns eight, and there are more then 120 of great walks throughout Toronto. The walks get people to explore their cities and connect with neighbours. As always, Jane’s Walk is FREE and locally led walking tours run rain or shine.
No reservations are needed – JUST SHOW UP! 

Below are links to two Junction walking tours this weekend.

Junction of the Canadian Dream: Hangin' Out With History

Saturday, May 3, 2014 | 2:30 PM

Walk Leader: Neil Ross


Meeting Place: Runnymede Library
The exact meeting point is in the park immediately north of (behind) the Runnymede Library along Glendonwynne Road, Kennedy-Margdon Parkette. The closest transit stop is Runnymede subway station.

Ending Place: Annette Street Library
Participants can catch either the Junction 40 bus to Dundas West or the Keele bus to Keele station, both from Dundas and Keele.

About This Walk
Travel the Junction and learn its place in the heart of Canada.

Experience the coming together of the railways on the meeting point of First Nations trails. Explorers La Salle and Brûlé may well have passed through here, and there is some evidence La Salle actually stopped for a latte . . .

Neil Ross tells you his favourite Canadian stories and his favourite Junction stories in a walk from the Runnymede to Annette Street Libraries. Perfect bookends: Runnymede was designed to reflect a Canadian identity.  Annette Street was envisioned as the cultural centre of an independent city. "After all, we're all immigrants on this bus."
Duration: Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes

About Neil Ross
Neil Ross is the co-author of One Hundred Years at the Junction Shul and of the screenplay Worthy of Such a Country: D'Arcy McGee. As president of the West Toronto Junction Historical Society, his historical walking tours have made NOW Magazine's Editors' Big Three Can't Miss Events -- along with Caribana and professional wrestling. Neil writes the graphic novel series Justice in the Junction: the Life and Times of Josiah Royce.

Screenshot: Jane's Walk: Toronto: A Crash Course on the Junction
Walk Leader: Leah Cooke; Meeting Place: Keele and Dundas — May 3, 2014, 5:00 PM
Credit: janeswalk.org: Canada: Toronto: A Crash Course on the Junction

A Crash Course on the Junction

Saturday, May 3, 2014 | 5:30 PM

Walk Leader: Leah Cooke, Junction BIA Staff


Meeting Place: Keele and Dundas
(SW Corner) at the benches beside the bus stop.

Ending Place: Indie Ale House Brewing Co.
We will be ending the walk at a licensed brewery, so those wishing to partake in this stop will need to be 19+ with valid ID.

About This Walk
On this walk, we will explore the historic Junction’s main commercial strip on Dundas Street West.

We will discover businesses that exemplify what the Junction is best known for: reclamation, design, art, innovative food and beer.  An overview of the area’s history will be discussed, and interesting buildings/shops will be pointed out while we go.  Come with questions about the area and we'll do our best to answer them!

As a bonus, CONTACT photography festival opening receptions will be happening in the area from 6-9 pm on the same night, so you can turn this into an evening outing in the Junction.

Duration: Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes

About Leah Cooke
As a current Urban Planning graduate student, lifelong Junction resident and former Junction BIA intern, I'm excited to lead this walk in my area.

About Junction BIA Staff
Junction Business Improvement Area Staff - fan and advocate of the Junction neighbourhood, passionate about all the hidden gems and fantastic stories each retail building in the Junction holds.

Screenshot: Jane's Walk Toronto 2014: Ward 13 Parkdale-High Park (9)  
Credit: janeswalk.org: Canada: Toronto walks: Ward 13 Parkdale-High Park


In fact, at least a dozen other Jane's walks are coming to our neighbourhood of wards 13 and 14, Parkdale-High Park in Toronto this weekend.

Check it out #janeswalk:
  • Twilight Labyrinth Walk in High Park — May 2, 6:30 PM
  • Walk as workout! — May 2, 7:00 PM and May 3, 10:00 AM
  • Bloor West Village - A century of development, heritage and community — May 3, 10:00 AM and May 4, 10:00 AM
  • The Centre for Opportunities, Respect, and Empowerment presents! The Culture of Parkdale: Past, Present, and Future — May 3, 10:00 AM
  • Belly Full: A History of Hunger Resistance in Parkdale (Bob Rose) — May 3, 10:30 AM
  • Jane and Annette, Friends Forever (Madeleine McDowell) — May 3, 12:00 PM
  • The World of Labyrinth Walkers: High Park on World Labyrinth Day — May 3, 12:00 PM
  • Ghost River (Juliet Palmer, Diana Tso , Gib Goodfellow) — May 3, 1:00 PM
  • Visions of Parkdale Past and Future, In the Balance ( Alec Keefer) — May 3, 1:00 PM
  • Junction of the Canadian Dream: Hangin' Out With History (Neil Ross) — May 3, 2:30 PM
  • A Crash Course on the Junction (Leah Cooke, Junction BIA Staff) — May 3, 5:00 PM
  • Swansea, Past and Present (Swansea Historical Society, leaders) — May 3, 6:30 PM
  • Celluloid and Popcorn: The history of Cinema on Roncesvalles (Keith Denning, Scott Worsley) — May 4, 1:30 PM
  • Walking with Refugees in the West Bend (Romero House) — May 4, 2:00 PM

For more information visit: http://www.janeswalk.org/index.php/canada/toronto/

EVERY CITY HAS A STORY
On Friday May 2nd - Sunday May 4th 2014
Join the Jane's Walk Festival to Learn about Yours!

Artists in Community: Apply for 2014 Neighbourhood Arts Network BMO Seed Fund


Toronto Artists Working in Community: Neighbourhood Arts Network and BMO Financial Group 2nd Annual Seeds Fund
Poster: The Neighbourhood Arts Network and BMO Financial Group
2nd Annual Seeds Fund: Six $1,000 Prizes for Artists Working in Community

Credit: neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org: 2014 NEIGHBOURHOOD ARTS NETWORK BMO SEEDS FUND

Are you looking to make a positive impact in a Toronto neighbourhood or community through a unique arts based project?

Apply for the 2nd Annual Neighbourhood Arts Network BMO Seed Fund
Six $1,000 Prizes for Artists Working in Community

The Neighbourhood Arts Network and BMO Financial Group are once again planting creative seeds this spring in the form of six $1,000 prizes. The Neighbourhood Arts Network BMO Seed Fund is a special prize opportunity geared to support artists in the development, creation and/or dissemination of a community engaged arts project they are leading anytime between June 2014 to April 2015

Deadline: Monday May 2, 2014

Prize recipients announced in May 22, 2014

The top 10 finalists will be selected by four local judges from the community, followed by a week long social media campaign in May that will promote their projects and give the general public the opportunity to vote for the six final prize winners. Prize recipients will be celebrated and awarded their prize at an inaugural Neighbourhood Arts Network BMO Seeds Fund reception in June.

Interested?
Click here for more details and online application form.

Link: neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org: 2014 NEIGHBOURHOOD ARTS NETWORK BMO SEEDS FUND

Photo: "We Are Grandmas" Community Art Project in Wawa, Ontario
flickr.com: itceremony: The Babushkas' project: The Great Lakes Tour - 2008

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Musical Canada: Young Classical Pianist Anastasia Rizikov Touching the Hearts of the Audience

Photo: Canadian Classical Musician: Anastasia Rizikov
"Let’s take a look at a young popular classical musician who is from Toronto, Ontario: Anastasia Rizikov. 
At just 15-years-old, Anastasia is already being labeled at the “one to watch” when it comes to classical music."

Young Canadian Classical Pianist Anastasia Rizikov is a remarkably poised and precocious fifteen year old who is already showing signs of being “one to watch”.


She is currently performing numerous solo concerts in major US and Canadian cities.

Anastasiaa has a heavy and busy schedule in Toronto.

Anastasia Rizikov
Piano Solo Concert

Date: April 10, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm

Venue: Bernard Betel Centre
Address: 1003 Steeles Ave. West, Toronto, ON, M2R 3T6

More info: anastasiarizikov.ca: Future Events

Please come and enjoy an evening of classical music with Anastasia Rizikov, a remarkable young pianist!

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Fifth Function in the Junction: A Fundraiser for Futurewatch: March 29

Function in the Junction - fundraiser for FutureWatch,   Saturday, March 29, 2014, West Toronto Masonic Temple, Toronto
Poster: The Fifth Annual Function in the Junction
Saturday, March 29, 2014, West Toronto Masonic Temple
This year’s function is about raising funds for The FutureWatch.
Poster design by MarkDallas.com

The Junction Residents Association
proudly presents


Annual Fundraiser

FUNCTION in the JUNCTION 5

All proceeds go to FutureWatch Environment and Development Education Partners, a local not-for-profit registered charitable organization, and their youth group Y-ECO Youth Environmental Community

When: Saturday, March 29, 2014

Where: West Toronto Masonic Temple

Location: 151 Annette Street, Toronto, ON M6P 1P3
(next to the Annette Public Library)

Tickets: $50

Sold in advance only at:
Agora Café (3015 Dundas St.W) &
Latitude 44 (2900 Dundas St.W)

featuring dinner provided by local restaurants

served from 6 pm till 8 pm
Silent Auction

or

$5 Admission
after 8 pm
Live Auction
Raffle
Cash Bar
Live Music by Local Artists
at 9 pm


A message from the Junction Residents' Association:

Function in the Junction #5 — Sat., March 29

JRA’s Function in the Junction #5 is coming up — evening of March 29, 2014, at the Masonic Temple, 151 Annette Street. 


This annual event centers on food, drinks, music, silent and noisy auctions, and socializing with neighbours. 

This year we will be raising funds for FutureWatch, a not-for-profit registered charitable organization, and their youth group Y-ECO Youth Environmental Community. 

Posters for Function in The Junction are appearing in Dundas St. shop windows, and tickets ($50 including dinner provided by local restaurants) are on sale at Agora Cafe and at Latitude 44. 

Dinner and silent auction begin at 6 pm, and the after-dinner events start at 8: live auction, raffles, and cash bar, with live music from 9 pm. Those who come after dinner pay just $5 at the door. 

See the event poster.

Below are the four dinner menus, get you tickets today at Agora Café, 3015 Dundas St. W.

Agora Cafe #1:
Appetizer:
Salad
Ontario apple, walnut, endive and arugula salad, with honey vinegrette

Entree:
Individual Moroccan Pie
Butternut squash, marinated in a medley of spices and roasted cranberries, shallots, pistachios, almonds and spinach, layered with Agora hummus, enveloped in layers of phyllo pastry and baked to perfection.
Served with yogurt dressing.

Agora Cafe #2:
Appetizer:

Salad
Ontario apple, walnut, endive and arugula salad, with honey vinegrette

Entree:
Chickpea and Roasted Vegetable Tagine
A selection of seasonal vegetables and chikpeas slow cooked in a medley of spices on a bed of organic brown rice (gluten free).

North of Bombay #1
Appetizer:

Onion Bhaji
Chopped onions, green peppers and spices mixed with chick pea flour.

Entree:
Butter Chicken
Marinated chicken breast cooked in a fresh tomato sauce with herbs and cream
Served with:
Aloo gobi – cauliflower (gob(h)i) and potatoes (aloo) cooked with tomato, onion, herbs and spices.
Rice pulao - saffron basmati rice with vegetables.
Nan - unleavened bread made with white flour.
Mango chutney and lime pickle.

North of Bombay #2
Appetizer:

Onion Bhaji
Chopped onions, green peppers and spices mixed with chick pea flour.

Entree:
Paneer Makhani
Homemade cottage cheese cubes cooked in a fresh tomato sauce with herbs and cream
Served with:
Aloo gobi – cauliflower (gob(h)i) and potatoes (aloo) cooked with tomato, onion, herbs and spices.
Rice pulao - saffron basmati rice with vegetables.
Nan - unleavened bread made with white flour.
Mango chutney and lime pickle.

Image: The Fifth Annual Function in the Junction Dinner Menus
Saturday, March 29, 2014, West Toronto Masonic Temple
Credit: Junction Residents Association


About Y-Eco – Youth Environmental Community

Y-Eco – Youth Environmental Community, is a youth community club part and parcel of FutureWatch EDEP, involving environmentally passionate youth to take active leadership in the betterment of the planet and building a more knowledgable, eco-conscious foundation in the community!

Watch a YouTube video, FutureWatch EDEP,  to find out more about this organization.


Celebrate Earth Hour

On Saturday March 29th at 8:30pm, millions of people across the world are switching off lights for one hour - to celebrate their commitment to the planet.

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Junction Music Festival 2014: Call for Musicians

Poster: The Junction Music Festival Call for Musicians
Starting March 1st - Closing May 15th, 2014
Preference will be given to local talent

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

The Junction Music Festival is putting out a call for musicians starting March 1st.

Apply now to play at the Junction Music Festival,
which will be held Saturday, September 20, 2014!

Apply online: thejunctionmusicfestival.com/apply-2014/

Application deadline - May 15th, 2014.

Preference will be given to local talent
 
More details can be found at www.thejunctionmusicfestival.com

Spread the word #junctionTO!



YouTube Video: Highlights from The Junction Music Festival, September 21, 2013 
The clouds cleared and west end music fans were treated to a a diverse, eclectic selection of music including Young Running, Polaris nominee Zaki Ibrahim, Annabelle Chvostek, and Dirty Penny. 
Highlight of the night - Ottawa based show band "The Peptides" and the strange stage performance by the lead singer from Dirty Penny. 
Only in the Junction. 
Published by JimmysWorldVideo

Monday, January 27, 2014

Art Meets Science: Panel Discussion

Art Meets Science: Panel Discussion
When: March 9, 2014 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: JJR MacLeod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Bldg., University of Toronto, 
1 Kings College Circle, Toronto, ON, M5S 1A8 

The Royal Canadian Institute (RCI) for the Advancement of Science
FREE Science Lectures ... live!

Art Meets Science: Panel Discussion

When: March 9, 2014

Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Where: JJR MacLeod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Bldg., University of Toronto
 

Location: 1 Kings College Circle, Toronto, ON, M5S 1A8


When Art Meets Science: Broadening Horizons through Interdisciplinary Practice – A Discussion

Panel Members:
*Robin Kingsburgh, PhD, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences/ School of Interdisciplinary Studies OCAD University; Natural Science, York University

*Stephen Morris, PhD, Department of Physics, University of Toronto

Lisa Carrie Goldberg, Multidisciplinary Artist, and founder of Action Potential Lab, dedicated to merging science and art.

Scott Menary, PhD, Department of Physics, York University

Moderator:
Ian Clarke, BSc, PhD, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences/ School of Interdisciplinary Studies, OCAD University

Science and art often have a perceived divide in contemporary culture, yet historically their roots stem from similar manifestations of creativity and aesthetics, in exploring, responding to and explaining Nature. This panel presentation brings together scientists, artists and those with a foot in each of the ‘two cultures’ to discuss their interdisciplinary practices, and encourage novel ways to understand the world around us.

Robin Kingsburgh will discuss the teaching of science to art and design students, and the value of incorporating art making into the teaching of science. Creatively rendering a scientific idea facilitates understanding, and provides an alternate way for an artist to learn about science. This science/art making practice deepens students’ understanding of the topic at hand, as the choice of how to render an idea visually greatly clarifies thought, and encourages abstract and metaphorical thinking. Art created can be displayed to the community, and provide a bridge into scientific concepts for the general public. Robin will show recent work from her students at OCAD University.

Stephen Morris works in experimental non-linear physics, and will discuss self-organized, emergent patterns and textures. These shapes emerge spontaneously from a dynamic process of growing, folding, cracking, wrinkling, branching, flowing and other kinds of morphological development. His work is informed by the scientific aesthetic of nonlinear physics. Stephen’s stunning visual images draw upon both laboratory physics experiments and Nature; his work celebrates the subtle interplay of order and complexity in emergent patterns.

Lisa Carrie Goldberg is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto. Her artwork often takes the form of full-sensory installations that examine the realm of art and science, including topics in sleep science, tissue culture, physiology and molecular biology. Lisa will discuss her recent work as Director of Action Potential Lab, Toronto’s first laboratory dedicated to merging science and art. Based on a collaborative learning-teaching model, Action Potential Lab provides opportunities for children and adults to experience true interdisciplinarity, engaging in creative projects designed to merge art and science, and encourage novel ways of understanding the world around us.

Ian Clarke will guide the panellists through a moderated discussion, which touches upon issues of commonality and difference in art and science, including: the creative process; the role of aesthetics; the importance of interdisciplinarity; and the role or visualization in art and science.

*Robin Kingsburgh and Stephen Morris are curatorial team members for “Occam’s Razor: Art, Science & Aesthetics”, a juried exhibition of works of art inspired by science, examining similarities in practice amongst scientists and artists, at Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts (April 2-20, 2014), and the !dea Gallery, Ontario Science Centre (May 3- June 1, 2014).

More information about RCI Winter Lectures:

facebook: Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science

royalcanadianinstitute.ca: Calendar: When Art Meets Science: Broadening Horizons through Interdisciplinary Practice – A Discussion - Toronto


Poster:  Occam’s Razor: Art, Science & Aesthetics
Juried Call for Works of Art Inspired by Science
Submissions will be accepted online at: http://huutaart.com
Poster design by Keijo Tapanainen