Tuesday, September 06, 2005

JAF Fun 2004

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Junction Arts Festival
…for immediate release
Art Meets Street…
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

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Festival Highlights:
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

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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!

Festival History:

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.

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