Saturday, January 31, 2009

WinterCity in the West Toronto Junction: Free Outdoor Activities

Winter Carnival Poster at the Junction City Square & Train Platform, by artjunction.blogspot.comWinter Carnival Poster at the Junction City Square & Train Platform


Saturday, January 31, 2009

at the Junction City Square & Train Platform
2960 Dundas Street West at Pacific Avenue, Toronto, ON

12 - 4 pm
[*] Free Ice Skating
[*] Free Refreshments

7 - 11 pm
[*] Live Band
[*] Heated Tent
[*] Cash Bar
[*] Auction
[*] Ice Sculptures

Sponsored by Tim Horton’s and Enbridge!

Everyone Welcome!

Bill Saundercook City Councillor Ward 13: Winter Carnival in the Junction - January 31st!
Junctioneer West Toronto Junction: Winter carnival tomorrow at Junction City Square
Junction Parents: Junction Winter Carnival at the Junction City Square (Dundas St. W and Pacific Ave.)
Junction Arts Festival: Winter Carnival!
Toronto's WinterCity Festival: A Celebration of Culture, Creativity and Cuisine: January 30 to February 12, 2009

It's Time! Wise Daughters Craft Market Opens Today in the Heart of the Junction

Wise Daughters Craft Market NewsletterScreenshot: Wise Daughters Craft Market's Newsletter

It’s time! Wise Daughters Craft Market opens Saturday, January 31. Please join me 10 – 6 to enjoy a wonderful collection of art and handicrafts by some amazingly creative local artisans.

They are:
My daughters will be on hand, and you’ll meet my crafty sales staff – Serena and Alida.

The first hundred customers will receive a free sample size handmade soap. And starting at 1 pm, you can enjoy live music by Toronto band Endsville.

It’s going to be a great day!

Mary Breen, Owner

Wise Daughters
Local handicrafts and do-it-yourself workshops

Friday, January 30, 2009

Welcome Wise Daughters!

Wise Daughters Craft Market: A collection of local art and handicrafts

Wise Daughters Craft Market: Local handicrafts and do-it-yourself workshops

Mary Breen, Owner of the Wise Daughters Craft Market

Wise Daughters Craft Market
Local handicrafts and do-it-yourself workshops

3079B Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON, M5P 1Z9
(on Quebec Ave, just south of Dundas)

Mary Breen is opening the Wise Daughters Craft Market in the Junction and the response has been overwhelming. She has been welcomed to the community by bloggers, artists and residents eager to support a new initiative that will feature the work of local artisans and artists. Her two story studio opening Saturday January 31 in the old Pilates Studio on Quebec just south of Dundas promises to be a gathering point for community members of all ages.

She says that a lot of the things at Wise Daughters can inspire you to make them yourself. In a recession people need to make things on their own, especially from found, recycled and repurposed objects. Examples abound at Wise Daughters, from the hanging mobiles of Rhona Jones to the primitive folk art dolls of Paula Rossley whose characters come with biographical information of extraordinary detail. She has two dozen vendors, about two thirds of whom are selling their work on consignment.

Also featured are the works of Junction area artists Rhonda Nolan, Sandra Muscat and potter Cori Sandler. In pride of place is a sewing machine owned by Mary’s mother. Who wanted to be a fashion designer and instead became a bacteriologist at Sick Kid’s Hospital. Mary’s life has also been dedicated to a unique path merging public sector work with an artistic sensibility. She has worked for organizations concerned with at risk youth, labour history and adult literacy. Wise Daughters supports the work of Sketch, offering creative expression to the homeless, and the women’s craft/artisan collective Sistering.

The Craft Market will be open late Thursday and Friday nights. Thursday night is Sit and Stitch night from 7-9pm. Drop in to knit, needlepoint, crochet or whatever. Mary will also be offering a number of public workshops including Storytelling: Ideas to Stage with Morgan Jones-Phillips, Journal with Paint with Rhonda Nolan and Beaded Necklace with Katherine Flynn.

Drop in and welcome Wise Daughters to the Junction. Inspire yourself!

Neil Ross

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Soviet Cult Films at Margret: Ivan's Childhood

Poster: Soviet Cult Films at Margret Ivan's Childhood Andrei Tarkovsky, by artjunction.blogspot.comPoster: Soviet Cult Films Night at Margret January 31, 2009:
Ivan's Childhood (1962) by Andrei Tarkovsky

The Arts Junction presents
Soviet Cult Films at Margret Movie Night

Saturday, January 31, 2009
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Ivan's Childhood (Ivanovo detstvo)

director: Andrei Tarkovsky
year: 1962
genre: Drama / War
country: Soviet Union
language: Russian / German with English sub-titles
color: Black and White
company: Ministerstvo Kinematografii

Margret Bar / Lounge for the Junction
2952 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON

*Admission: Free

The fifth night with the first feature film directed by the great Andrei Tarkovsky. A beautiful work, filled with poetic flourishes and a permeating melancholy. A child–warrior… A Russian Anakin Skywalker. It is the most Soviet movie of Tarkovsky. A hint of genius with many nods to the titans… The film contains many images that would later become his trademark. You cannot treat other people as a lowest race. It might come back at you with vengeance. The price Russia paid not to be destroyed was too high and almost deadly with consequences to the future generations.

The Arts Junction

** The AJ (artjunction) is an independent, local blog dedicated to arts and culture events in the Junction area of Toronto West, and Russian cultural events coming up in Toronto.

eventful: Soviet Cult Movies at Margret Ivan’s Childhood: Dream Come True BY DINA IORDANOVA
Soviet Cult Films at Margret: Opening Night
Soviet Cult Films at Margret: The White Sun of the Desert
Soviet Cult Films at Margret: Ashik-Kerib

Soviet Cult Films at Margret: Seasonal Classic and Masterpieces of Animated Shorts
Soviet Cult Films at Margret: Ivan's Childhood

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Public Spaces: Junction Public Square Initiative: Give It a Kick

High Park Architects idea discussion drawings: Junction Square: Multipurpose AreaJunction Square: Multipurpose Area
Junction Public Spaces – Junction Public Square Initiative

Here are some straightforward things that you can do. You may want to put up a Junction Public Space poster somewhere. We can send you one, soon we will have a local place where they can be picked up.

We need advice from you on every aspect of this initiative - feel free to give it. There are a lot of tasks to be accomplished that do not take up a lot of your time. And there are some efforts that will need a little time, you choose. We will not get this done unless a lot of people give it a kick. With that hand holding aside, please use the following resources and help us get going.

Join our low-traffic e-mail discussion list for people who care about public spaces in the Junction. Ask questions there, so everyone can help answer the questions. E-mail us at for us to add you to the list.

Contact us, and arrange a phone call, or to meet up - we even plan to have discussions where everyone tells everyone else about how the project should be run.

Robert Hilts, Artist
Marek Rozkowski, Architect

Junction Residents’ Association meeting webcasting: January 15, 2009 @ artjunction.blogspot.comJunction Residents’ Association meeting webcasting:
January 15, 2009 @

Junction Public Square Project: Idea Discussion Drawings: For Your Comments

High Park Architects idea discussion drawings: Junction Square: view from Dundas Street West and Pacific AvenueJunction Square: view from Dundas Street West and Pacific Avenue

Junction Public Space - needs and idea discussion drawings produced by High Park Architects based on the initial idea expanded to incorporate ideas from the last Junction Residents Association meeting.

High Park Architects idea discussion drawings: Junction Square: front view from Dundas Street West Junction Square: front view from Dundas Street West looking north

High Park Architects idea discussion drawings: Junction Square: Multipurpose AreaJunction Square: Multipurpose Area

High Park Architects idea discussion drawings: Junction Square: AmphitheatreJunction Square: Amphitheatre

High Park Architects idea discussion drawings: Junction Square: Floor PlanJunction Public Square: Idea Discussion Drawings: Floor Plan

Please find other drawings and specifications on the High Park Architects' wiki.
For your comments e-mail:
Thank you.

Friday, January 16, 2009

"Medicine For Melancholy" Photo Contest: Get a Chance to Win $1,000 and More

"Medicine For Melancholy" Photo Project

All it takes to enter is a camera and the city you live in. I hope it will be a lot entries from Canada, Ontario, Toronto, the Art Junction District! Check out the details here:

12/30/2008 - 2/24/2009
252 Entries Submitted (for January 16, 2009)

Watch the Medicine for Melancholy trailer to get a sense of the film's strong performances & location then submit a photo of the city you call home for a chance at $1,000 and more.

Medicine for Melancholy
TIFF08: My Russian Film List: Smaller, Thinner and Lighter

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Junction Residents' Association Meeting Tonight LIVE on Webcast!

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Tonight @ 7pm, please attend the JRA meeting at the West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W.

If you would like to attend, but can't make it to the church, you can watch it live at Click the link now and you should arrive at our broadcasting window with the JRA logo.

Memberships can be obtained between 6:30pm and 7pm. You can print out this JRA Membership Form and fill it out before you come to save time.

On the agenda is the Time Capsule Project, a February Free Event and an update on the Public Spaces Project.

Please email us if on-site baby-sitting is required.

Thanks, and we will see you there!

The West Bend Community Association
TWBCA January Meeting: WednesdayJanuary 21, 2009 @ 7:00pm - Guest Speaker: Gord Perks
"We have booked Councillor Perks to come and provide an update on City plans and programs. Bring your questions for the councillor.

Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents' Association (RMRA) - Toronto
January 27, 2009
Planning. Come to hear about recent developments in our community

"A New Community Arts Festival is being organized to debut in April 2009
KiteWorks is an ad hoc, not-for-profit collective that believes art can work to build stronger communities and bring about meaningful social change!
With your help, KiteWorks aims to coordinate an interdisciplinary community arts festival in Parkdale called KiteSite: Ronces-dale / Park-valles. The festival is scheduled for the first weekend of April 2009.
We believe that the ideas driving the festival must come from community members like all of you!

Bloor West Village Residents Association

South Junction Triangle Residents Association

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year 2009!

Happy New Year 2009 from Arts Junction Toronto, photo by artjunction.blogspot.comHappy New Year 2009 from the Arts Junction!
Credit: Microsoft Office clip art
January 1, 2009 @

A very Happy New Year to all of you that stop by here now and then and to all others as well.

All the best in 2009!