Friday, September 30, 2005
AGO: Catherine the Great Comes to Toronto
"Transformation Power of Art" into "Catherine the Great: Arts for the Empire".
Art of Power = Power of Art
Catherine the Great: Arts for the Empire, Masterpieces from The State Hermitage Museum, Russia
Toronto Artsweek 2005
'It's about producing audiences' by Sarah Milroy
BlogTO - Catherine the Great: The Hermitage at the AGO
... because art matters
AGO Blog - Art Matters
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Daily Dose of Literacy Prevents Mental Deficiency!
Если книг читать не будешь, скоро грамоту забудешь!
"If You Do Not Read Books, You Will Forget the Alphabet Soon!", Unknown Author, 1925
What do you think she is reading? Dah! She is reading Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed but not a book written by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy or Alexandr Pushkin.
I would like to invite everybody to THE WORD ON THE STREET TORONTO Festival on Sunday, September 25, 2005 from 11AM to 6PM at Queen's Park.
It's fun & free!
See you there!
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Toronto City Hall 40th Anniversary: Don't miss this extraordinary event
Your are in Toronto, Baby!
Enjoy the TIFF, enjoy Toronto!
Where is our Miss Universe? Come over, Natalia Glebova! Наталия Глебова !
A spectacular celebration of a Toronto landmark
Toronto City Hall 40th Anniversary Saturday, September 17, 2005
8:30 - 10 pm
The September 1965 opening of the newly designed City Hall launched Toronto into an era of architectural experimentation. Finnish Architect Viljo Revell gave Toronto one of the world's most distinctive civic symbols and helped to create an instantly recognizable and attractive cityscape.
Forty years later Toronto is marking the anniversary of City Hall with a spectacular evening celebration hosted by Mayor David Miller. Don't miss this extraordinary event and the opportunity to show your pride and community spirit!
One night only!
This FREE event features performances by more than 100 local and international artists, culminating with the production Of Angels and Light by Italy's Studio Festi and presented in collaboration with members of Toronto's Circus Orange, Danny Grossman Dance Company, Dance Theatre David Earle, High Strung Aerial Dance, Kaeja d'Dance and The School of the Toronto Dance Theatre created specifically for Nathan Phillips Square.
8:30 to 9 pm
Members of The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory of Music featuring brass, strings, woodwinds and vocal performers blanket Nathan Phillips Square with sweet sounds.
From graceful bodies in motion to passionate whirls and twirls, talented Toronto dancers bring their moves to City Hall. Feature performers include bharatnatyam dancer Nova Bhattacharya accompanied by live tabla music, the shebang! break dance crew, flamenco dancer Carmen Romero with guitarist Miguel de la Bastide, contemporary dancer Julia Aplin, and Toronto-based tap dance company What's on? TAP!
Gather inspiration from watching the creative process in motion, then add your own mark to a stunning mural. To the sounds of live cello, Toronto artist Dave Atwell masterfully illustrates the dance moves of Heather Hammond on canvas. The Art Gallery of Ontario erects their traveling community art mural and welcomes your contribution. Vibrant panels from Niiwin Dabaagjimowin, Our Stories will also be on display. This eighty-foot mural depicts the narratives of the Anishnaabe people of Ontario from the beginning of time to present day.
9 to 10 pm
Of Angels and Light an open sky tale
This Canadian debut performance takes place on the ground, in the air and on the buildings! Designed to accentuate the architectural grandeur of Toronto's City Hall towers, this open air theatrical spectacle creates an enchanted world where voluminous celestial spheres representing Sun, Moon and Wind carry graceful acrobats while enchanting angels flutter across the evening sky.
Dancers perform in enormous transparent spheres that roll through the audience and ten white angels with massive crinoline skirts sway gracefully around the Square's upper walkway.
This breathtaking show of live music, dance, opera, theatre, dazzling lighting effects and pyrotechnics is sure to captivate audiences.
City Hall's 40th Anniversary celebration launches the Live With Culture campaign, a 16 month celebration of Toronto's cultural communities.
Take a virtual tour of Toronto City Hall
Saturday, September 10, 2005
Sacred Voice Gallery
Don't miss the third annual Greenpeace Benefit Art Exhibition.
This year the exhibition is produced in memory of Bob Hunter, author, journalist and founder of Greenpeace. Constant footage of Hunter's life and accomplishments will run.
Over $1,400 of artwork will be raffled off. The works are by John Wiles and Greg Robins of the Sacred Voice Gallery.
The exhibition runs from September 9th to the 11th at 2968 Dundas Street West.
Thursday, September 08, 2005
About the Organizers
The Junction Arts Festival is produced and managed by The Junction Forum for Arts
and Culture (JFAC) is devoted to bringing arts and culture to The Junction, one of the
city’s oldest and most historically significant communities.
The JFAC has been organizing various arts based shows and exhibits in the community for more than 13 years. The Junction Business Improvement Association also supports the festival year after year with an injection of financial resources and hands on involvement. There are
more than 175 businesses in the Junction that range from national chain retailers, professional offices to unique family owned boutiques providing a variety of products and services to the community and visitors to the Junction.
• 52.6% of Festival attendees are between 25 to 54 years of age
• 26.1% of Festival attendees are 24 years of age and younger
• 21.3% of Festival attendees are 55 years of age and over
• 69% of attendees have a college education or higher
• 30% have average household incomes between $20,000 to $49,999
• 32.9% have average household incomes between $50,000 to $99,999
• 22.6% have average household incomes of $100,000 and over
• 52.1% own their home
• 47.9 rent their dwelling
• 43.9% of couples have children
• 38% of couples do not have children
• 18.1% are lone-parents
President The Junction Forum for Arts and Culture (JFAC)
3042 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario M6P 1Z3
Tel: (416) 767-5036
Marketing, Media Relations and Sponsorship
Tel: (416) 360-8080
Fax: (416) 594-3339
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
To Coincide with the Junction Arts Festival
5 Artists Open Studio
Holly Farrell at www.hollyfarrell.com about
Gillian Frise at www.gillianfrise.com about
Jennifer Harrison at www.jenniferharrison.org about
Pey Lu at www.peylu.com about
Janine Miedzik at www.janinemiedzil.com about
It will be good to invite Duncan Farnan a folk art specialist, who runs the Bracket Gallery in Toronto. Bracket gallery is a Toronto art gallery showing vernacular, self-taught, outsider
and folk art, including furniture.
Junction Arts Festival: Something Old - Something New, Something Russian - Something ... Art-Deco
Brian Anderson at The Loft Pilates Studio & Art Gallery, 3079B Dundas Street West - This is an ArtsWeek event.
Karina Bergmans at The Web
Leslie Boultbee at Solnik and Solnik, 2991 Dundas Street West
Alice Carter at Picture It Framed, 3047 Dundas Street West - This is an ArtsWeek event.
Shelley Dennis at Eclectic Revival Vintage Lighting, 3075 Dundas Street West - This is an ArtsWeek event.
Reid English at Latitude 44 Gallery Framing & Decor, 2900 Dundas Street West- This is an ArtsWeek event.
Amanda Hill at Latitude 44 Gallery Framing & Decor, 2900 Dundas Street West- This is an ArtsWeek event.
Matthew Hogve at ...
Tamara Izsak at the Web
Caroline Jean at Luciano's Sports Bar & Grill, 2907 Dundas Street West- This is an ArtsWeek event.
Joan Knight at Old Fashioned Restoration , 3068 Dundas Street West- This is an ArtsWeek event.
Marjorie Lemay at the Web
Louise Markus ...
Tina Newlove at Latitude 44 Gallery Framing & Decor, 2900 Dundas Street West- This is an ArtsWeek event.
David Andrew Scott...
Sean W. Whalley...
Come and see us at the JAF, September 10th and 11th, 2005.
If you have some information about upcoming events, please send an e-mail:
The Junction Arts Festival: Brian Anderson
Exhibition of Photography Perspective 5 Ten Series Five Years
The work of Toronto photographer Brian Anderson will be on display as part of the 13th Annual Junction Arts Festival.
The work of Toronto photographer Brian Anderson will be on display as part of the 13th Annual Junction Arts Festival. The Junction Arts Festival - the largest Art Meets Street festival in North America. Now in its thirteenth year, the Junction Arts Festival proudly continues to promote the arts and The Junction community. Presented by The Junction Forum for Arts & Culture, and strongly supported by The Junction Business Improvement Area, the Junction Arts Festival offers something for everyone! A juried art show featuring the work of established and emerging artists working in virtually evey medium, live musical performances, dancers, poetry readings, interactive demonstrations and workshops, the newly added Curated Art Show focusing on site specific installations, and much much more! Be sure to mark your calendars! The 2005 Junction Arts Festival: September 10 & 11, 2005 Saturday September 10th from 12:00 noon to 11:00pm Sunday September 11th from 12:00 noon to 6:00pm Work of juried artists participating in the 13th annual Junction Arts Festival will remain on display until October 2nd, 2005.
This is an ArtsWeek event.
Starts: Sep 10, 2005 Ends: Oct 2, 2005
At: The Loft Pilates Studio & Art Gallery, 3079B Dundas St West , Toronto
Times: Mon-Fri 9am to 8pm
Getting there: Located in the heart of The Junction on Dundas Street West at Quebec Avenue.
For more information contact: Myriam
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it’s the 12th annual Junction Arts Festival!
Toronto - Now in its twelfth year, The Junction Arts Festival, continues to promote the arts
and the Junction Community. Presented by the newly incorporated Junction Forum for Arts &
culture, and strongly supported by the Junction Business Improvement Area, the festival offers
something to everyone.
The two-day festival happens on Dundas Street West between Keele St & Clendenen. and will
be closed to traffic (Keele Street remains open). Retail stores will be transformed into
impromptu galleries showcasing all forms of artwork including sculpture, installation, visual, and video. This year 30 artists works will be on display, as well as over 60 local artists will have
“tables on the street” selling their wares.
This year features a juried art show where the theme was “Junction” … where two things come
together and a connection is made; an intersection; a crossroads; a neighbourhood! A first this
year will also be a Curated Art Show, where 6 artists will take their art to the street.
In addition to the new Curated Art Exhibition, you’ll find a juried art show featuring the work of
established and emerging artists working in virtually every medium, live musical performances by Michael White and The White, Juno Award-Winning The Paul James Band, the Blackboard Blues Band, Snooky Times and Soul Express. You’ll also find a children’s activities area called Junction Kid’s Fest.
Come and join the artists from the Toronto Hip-Hop Cultural Arts Centre as they go for a Guinness World Record in the creation of the “largest graffiti mural” in the world, covering the entire building of the Nexxt Development Site (the former Canadian Tire – Keele north of Dundas).
A “Moment of Remembrance” will be observed on Saturday the 11 th at 4:00 p.m., as sidewalk
chalk artist Victor Krenna draws his “Strength to Freedom” art to honor the men & women of
9/11. Local firefighters, police, and dignitaries will be present.
The Junction Arts Festival is hosted and largely funded by the Junction Gardens BIA, with
financial support from the City of Toronto through the economic development program and the
Toronto Arts Councils.
See our sponsors below in the press kit!
For further information contact: Bonnie Taylor 416-245-2010
Thursday September 9th – Gala VIP/Media Launch
Sponsored by Nexxt Development
Time: 8 p.m. Dress: DRESS TO IMPRESS
Location: 417 Keele Street - the future home of NEXXT Development’s
UNION SQUARE CONDOMINIUMS (the former Canadian Tire site)
Live Sculpture - Gregory Robins will create “Forged Flowers” on site -- an art deco wall sculpture entirely made of stainless steel.
Live Performance Art - Westside Stitches Couture Club will adorn your clothing with fanciful details, Maria Legault will endeavour to fill voids with pink pudding and Lucia de L’Amour will give advice during her “Ask Lucie” performance.
Live Painting - Tina Newlove will create a masterpiece on site.
Live Fashion - Behold the spectacle of a metal mesh and cloth dress on wheels designed by steel sculptor Gregory Robins and fashion designer Andrew Majtenyi.
Friday September 9, 2004 – Gallery Openings!
Latitude 44 Gallery, Framing and Décor (2900 Dundas St – West of Keele)- Join Artists Marilyn Lightstone & Tina Newlove for their official exhibit opening!
Other openings to come…
Saturday September 11, 2004
12:30 Join Minister of Education Gerard Kennedy at the Alfresco Theatre (Site C – See Map
Below) where he will perform a literary reading for the children!
1:00 (Main Stage) Opening Ceremonies, with Mayor David Miller, M.P. Sarmite Bulte, M.P.P.
Gerard Kennedy and other special guests
4:00 A Moment of Remembrance – Join and watch chalkmaster Victor Fraser as he creates a
heartfelt tribute to 011. (In Front of 3039 Dundas St. (At High Park)
4:30 (Main Stage) Featuring the Juno award winning Paul James Band
Sunday September 12, 2004
12:00 George Chuvello – Alfresco Theatre (Site C – see map below) George will speak about
the importance of following a dream against all odds.
1:30 Teen Talent Contest – Main Stage – Sponsored by Toronto Community News, watch
out for the next Junction Idol!
Now in its twelfth year, the Junction Arts Festival has grown from an exhibit on one wall of a
framing store with only two thousand attendees to a large-scale street festival attracting more
than 80,000 visitors. Presently, the Junction Arts Festival is making strides through the creation of a newly incorporated not-for-profit, the Junction Forum for the Arts & Culture. The Forum will steward the festival into the future, developing the resources necessary to continue the Junction Arts Festival’s expansion, while maintaining its long standing commitment to quality.
Founded in January 2004, The Junction Forum for the Arts & Culture is an incorporated
not-for-profit organization that aims to position The Junction as a cultural hub within our city
where art meets street, creating a bridge -- a junction -- between art and the public that incites
participation, enriches our community and advances the culture of Toronto and Canada. The
Forum links a network of artists and arts administrators and nurtures artistic expression,
innovation and interaction through exhibitions of visual and performing art, cultural expression,
literature and new media to foster dialogue and promote awareness of the role of art and
creativity in enriching the human experience
How do over 80,000 people learn through the arts?
The Junction Arts Festival bridges the gap between the arts and the public: no white walls, no
imposing gallery structures. Simply high-caliber art, displayed at street-level. This year the
Junction Arts Festival will present quality art to the public via a common theme that will wind
through most of the exhibits, performances, workshops and talks. This year’s theme is
“Junction” – a place where two things come together and a connection is made, an intersection,
a crossroads, a neighbourhood. This theme will be explored from as many different perspectives as there are artists taking part.
Multiply that by how many people will be attending. What you end up with is an accessible
medium for pushing an idea to its farthest possible boundaries, and perhaps even beyond.
This year we are seeking corporate sponsorship to help expand the Festival’s possibilities. With
the added help of corporate sponsors, the Junction Arts Festival will be able to create additional
opportunities for local, national and international artists working in all genres.
Showcasing artists from as far away as Lithuania and Thailand, and drawing both Torontonians
and tourists alike, the festival’s appeal is expansive.
Monday, September 05, 2005
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Junction Arts Festival Sept 10/11 2005
-- 08/26/05 05:07:45 AM --
Now in its thirteenth year, the Junction Arts Festival proudly continues to promote the arts and The Junction community.
Presented by The Junction Forum for Arts & Culture, and strongly supported by The Junction Business Improvement Area, the Junction Arts Festival offers something for everyone!
A juried art show featuring the work of established and emerging artists working in virtually evey medium, live musical performances, dancers, poetry readings, interactive demonstrations and workshops, the newly added Curated Art Show focusing on site specific installations, and much much more!
Be sure to mark your calendars!
* this is in or around Toronto's Junction (Keele & Dundas)
A Bit of History of Some Events from the Web:
NOW Art Reviews
September 9 - September 15, 2004
Laura Nanni's site-specific installation features chairs in odd contexts.
Juried show at Junction
Community arts festival raises the bar for the visual arts component
BY KEVIN TEMPLE
THE JUNCTION ARTS FESTIVAL (Dundas between Quebec and Keele), September 11 and 12, Saturday noon to 11 pm, Sunday noon to 6 pm. Free. Launch party tonight (Thursday, September 9), 8 pm, at Union Square Condominiums (417 Keele). $25. 416-767-5036, www.junctionartsfest.com.
The Junction neighbourhood is often forgotten, but it's getting harder to overlook.
A century ago it was home to people who worked on the railroads that shaped the community. Today, reasonable rents and plenty of character could make it Toronto's next art hot spot, and the growing popularity of the annual Junction Arts Festival offers plenty of evidence of that trend.
Originally just a few pictures hung on the wall of a local frame shop, the two-day festival, now in its 12th year, boasts artists from as far away as Lithuania and Thailand.
This community event has always involved plenty of family-oriented fun, including several stages with live music, dance and other performances. For those who want something more real than reality television, the 10 finalists from Teen Talent Show compete Sunday afternoon. Think Canadian Idol, only without the scathing comments, contestants' embarrassment, national shame and that vacuous Mulroney kid.
Check out the new Urban Zone, too, put on by the Junction's Toronto Hiphop Cultural Arts Centre, which runs all weekend and features an appearance by the Dope Poet Society (Sunday, September 12, at 4:20 pm).
In visual arts, a juried art show has interesting work by more than 30 artists. A curated exhibition is new to the festival this year.
Highlights from the juried show include Laura Nanni 's site-specific installation of familiar looking chairs in odd places. Also keep an eye out for The Metropolitan Refreshment Auxiliary, where Zoe Stonyk and Margaret Saliba brew up a return to the lost art of traditional tea time and chatting with passersby. Many other artists are showing their paintings, sculptures and photographs.
The curated exhibition, Sorry For The Inconvenience, focuses on public intervention and performance. Under the umbrella of the community-based festival, the artists take advantage of the opportunity for public interaction to draw people of all ages into the creative process. While the event may not herald the death of elitism in art, it is at least a small 48-hour cold.
The interactive show features a handful of art luminaries from West Queen West, including the Westside Couture Club ( Will Munro and Jeremy Laing ), who stitch together a giant quilt from 12-inch squares of fabric submitted by other local and international artists.
Meanwhile, Paige Gratland and Day Milman carry around "beautiful burdens" on the strip, offering bystanders the chance to help with the load.
Kate Terry presents complete art-making kits, while Maria Legault demonstrates how to fill a variety of holes with pink pudding. The City Beautification Project ( Jason van Horne and Duncan Walker ) and Lucia de L'Amour also participate. For a complete description of the event, pick up a copy of Ken Ogawa 's catalogue, a work of art in itself. the end
NOW | SEP 9 - 15, 2004 | VOL. 24 NO. 2
Rhythm & Motion September 13, 2003 Junction Arts Festival
Today in a beautiful late summer day, Junction Arts Festival introduced mega amount of salsa, tango, merengue and belly-dancing. With her school in the area, Rhytm & Motion, Elizabeth Sadowska and her student demonstrated various permutation of tango, and intrigued the public.
Missed it? Well maybe better luck next year!
Rhythm & Motion
Studio picture 2844 Dundas Street West at Keele Street, 2nd floor
SALSA STYLE: Salsa on 1, ballroom & Latin, Argentine tango
Instructor: Elizabeth Sadowska
Group classes: $120 per person for 12 weeks
Private classes: $55 per hour
Drop-in class: $15 per person
Comments: Elizabeth Sadowska is fully certified with the CDTA (Canadian Dance Teachers Association). She has been teaching since she advanced to the professional level in 1991.
Rhytm&Motion Studio has social Saturdays, every second Saturday.
Call the studio for more info: 416-240-0808.
Friday, September 02, 2005
The Unveiling Ceremony in the Junction
The unveiling ceremony for the new light poles, new streetscape, and new life in the West Toronto Junction - Thursday, September 2, 2004 .
How happy we are here: Tony, Piera, Kevin, Keren, Tom, Henry, Sarmite, Olga, Hilary, Maria, Patricia.
It is hard to believe. It was a year ago.
It was time for preparation of a traditional arts festival in the Junction. Arts have been flooding on Dundas Street West from Keele Street to Quebec Avenue for the last twelve years one weekend of September.
Art meets street festival takes place in its thirteenth times on September 10 & 11, 2005.
Saturday, September 10, 2005 from 12:00 noon to 11:00pm
Sunday, September 11, 2005 from 12:00 noon to 6:00pm
What is new this year?
It is a four-day street celebration of the arts.
Hosting more than 40 juried and curated visual art exhibits, 50 performing arts presentations, 100 arts and craft vendors, literary and film events, a dance area, a children's area and more - the Junction Arts Festival offers something for everyone.
Attractions include curated and juried exhibitions of visual arts, music, theatre, dance, literature, media and interdisciplinary art.
Audiences can take part in incredible art exhibitions, in local businesses and on the street; literary readings, theatre and symphony performances at the outdoor Alfresco Theatre; ballet, jazz, hip-hop or modern dance at the open air dance stage; and kids can sculpt clay, learn to juggle or create a masterpiece in the children's area.
The big event of the weekend is the Curated Art Exhibition which showcases challenging and ground-breaking Canadian artwork right on the street, where 100,000 people who come to the festival can interact with the artists themselves.
Don't miss the third annual Greenpeace Benefit Art Exhibition. This year the exhibition is produced in memory of Bob Hunter, author, journalist and founder of Greenpeace. Constant footage of Hunter's life and accomplishments will run. Over $1,400 of artwork will be raffled off. The works are by John Wiles and Greg Robins of the Sacred Voice Gallery. The exhibition runs from September 9th to the 11th at 2968 Dundas Street West.
The official web site is the www.junctionartsfest.com.
Ouch! This event is free to the public.
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9/10/2005 - 9/11/2005
Since its humble beginning in 1982, the Junction Arts Festival has grown into a full-out street festival featuring art, live music and a wide variety of special activities.
All the art will be juried and six stages will feature a wide range of music and theatre as the Junction Arts Festival looks to once again take over the streets of Toronto.
Don't miss out.