Sunday, December 05, 2010

Santa Clause is coming to the Junction on Saturday December 11, 2010

Clipart: Santa with Sleigh and Reindeer Credit:  MS OfficeClipart: Santa with Sleigh and Reindeer
Credit: MS Office MC900290658

The Junction BIA invites you and your family to the

Santa in the Junction Event

Saturday, December 11, 2010

from 11 am - 2 pm

at the Junction Train Platform
2960 Dundas Street West
Dundas Street West and Pacific Avenue

Toronto -- (Fri, Dec 3, 2010) -- Santa in the Junction

This just in! Santa Clause is coming to the Junction. It’s been confirmed!

On Saturday December 11, 2010 Santa Claus is going to be at the Junction Train Platform. (Dundas & Pacific).

Word on the street is that he will have a big bag of candy canes with him.

He’s coming at 11:00 in the morning and staying until 2:00 in the afternoon.

This year he is bringing Mrs Santa Claus with him too. She is going to be across the street in the window of West Toronto Paint and Wallpaper and you can stand on the street and listen to her read Christmas stories.

The Creative Children’s Dance Centre will have their dancers performing routines from The Nutcracker in other store windows up and down the street. (just follow the Candy Cane signs).

At 12:15 the Redpath Sugar Cookie Truck is coming with their great cookies. Free hot chocolate and cider will warm you up while you wait to sit on Santa’s knee, listen to the choir or stroll up and down the street watching our live window performers.

The Junction BIA is pleased to be once again be accepting toys on behalf of the Toronto Fire Fighters Toy Drive and accepting donations to the Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund.

For more information please call Mo Ho Ho McGuinty 416 - 767 - 9068

The Junction BIA

links: Where to See Santa in Toronto
Compiled by Deanna Lampert and Jackelyn Crawford, Nov 12, 2010
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Thursday, December 02, 2010

Group of Seven - Women Artists Show and Sale at Macdonald House

Art sale live music at J.E.H. / Thoreau Macdonald House, Ontario, December 4-5, 2010, by artjunction.blogspot.comPoster: ART SALE WITH LIVE MUSIC
DECEMBER 4-5, 2010, 10AM-5PM

Art Sale with Live Music

When: December 4-5, 2010, 10 am - 5 pm
Where: The MacDonald House
Location: 121 Centre Street, Thornhill, Ontario L4J 1G4
Parking: on Brooke St. @ Holy Trinity Church

Join seven artisans, and musicians, at this renovated home of a founder of the Group of Seven Artists in the charming historic village of Thornhill. Paintings, photography, jewellery, ceramics will be available to complete your holiday gift shopping. Prices from $10 and up.

  • Sharon Tiessen, artist, ceramic arts, Be Creative
  • Sharon Slimowitz, jewelery designer, artisan, Uniquely Yours business partner: Rhea Bottler
  • Mari Nicolson, Artist, photographer, designer, musician, Mari's Art by Design
  • Sofia, jewelry designer Unique Design
  • Antonina Dunaeva, artist, painter
  • Leor Maxwell, artist, painter
  • Anna Lobsanova, artist, painter, Art Paradise

The Group of Seven were a legendary group of Canadian landscape painters. The founder of the group J. E. H. Macdonald lived in a famous house, in Thornhill, Ontario. Due to the abundance of nature around the house, such as a variety of trees and garden vegetation, James Macdonald called the house the Four Elms, its rich natural environment became an inspiration for one of his greatest paintings: "The Tangled Garden".

The Four Elms house was frequented by many artists including members of the Group of Seven. At this historic house, on December 4-5, 2010, 10am – 5pm, there will be an exhibit and sale of art created by contemporary artists. Unlike the renowned Group of Seven, this group of artists are women working in a variety of artistic mediums, including jewellery, ceramics, photography and painting. Everyone is welcome to visit this remarkable house and see the fascinating art creations by these diverse women artists.

The J. E. H. Macdonald House is a 4-acre territory located at 121 Centre Street in Thornhill. The parking is available at the Holy Trinity Church at 140 Brooke St.

The exhibit will feature live music and unique works of art in the rooms of the magnificent house. Enjoy the exhibit and buy original and creative gifts for the holidays. Experience the fine tradition of Canadian art and the new works by today’s contemporary artists.

Check facebook + twitter @ThornhillArtShow for details.

links: Heffel's sale of Fine Canadian Art on November 26, 2009.
Heffel's sale of J.E.H. MacDonald ~ Sunset, Waldmere Farm, Muskoka
Sketch by group of seven member J.E.H MacDonald sells for $339,300.
Credit: HeffelAuctions


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Feliz Navidad: Music Legend Jose Feliciano in Toronto Tonight

Feliz Navidad - 40th Anniversary: Jose Feliciano in Toronto for Epilepsy Cure Initiative Benefit Concert, November 27, 2010, by Olga GoubarFeliz Navidad - 40th Anniversary: Jose Feliciano in Toronto
for Epilepsy Cure Initiative Benefit Concert
November 27, 2010; Photo by Olga Goubar

Margaret Maye - Bravo International - Singers on Stage proudly presents

A Legend in Concert
Jose Feliciano
Feliz Navidad - 40 Anniversary
World Holiday Tour 2010
for the 4th Annual Concert for Epilepsy

When: Saturday, November 27, 2010
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Location: 190 Princes Boulevard
CNE, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Jose Feliciano's evergreen and beloved Christmas classic Feliz Navidad. So, we can think that the official Christmas season 2010 begins tonight with Jose's performance of his Christmas classic song.

Also appearing on stage:
Viva Mexico Mariachi - instrumental group
Carmen Romero - Flamenco dancer with her accompanying ensemble
Canadian guitar legend Pavlo with his band
Margaret Maye - mezzosoprano with her music ensemble

The Concert Under Hounorable Patronage of the Consul General of The Republic of Poland will raise awareness and funds for Epilepsy research and The Children's Memorial Hospital in Poland.

Feliz Navidad - 40th Anniversary: Jose Feliciano in Toronto for Epilepsy Cure Initiative Benefit Concert, November 27, 2010

A Legend in Concert - Jose Feliciano in Concert in Toronto
Feliz Navidad -- 40th anniversary of the release of the most popular Christmas song around the World; World Holiday Tour 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010 At the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

This 4th annual benefit concert for Epilepsy Cure Initiative was presented by Margaret Maye, Bravo International -- Singers on Stage in appearance of Pavlo, Carmen Romero, and Viva Mexico Mariachi.

Enjoy live performance of a magnificent artist Jose Feliciano singing his hit Feliz Navidad -- a classic of the Holiday!

Feliz Navidad!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Rococo Brocade Book Reading at the Annette Public Library, December 9, 2010

Rococo Brocade Book by Kara Bogaz-Gol Reading at the Annette Street Public Library, Toronto, December 9, 2010, by artjunctionPoster: Annette Street Public Library
An evening with author Kara Bogaz-Gol
Thursday, December 9th, 2010, 7 pm – 8 pm
photo: Olga Goubar; photo credit: SMASH design store/art gallery

You are cordially invited to

An evening with author Kara Bogaz-Gol

Kara’s new novel "Rococo Brocade" is basically an eighteen century farce with a creative philosophy of social justice.

When: Thursday, December 9th, 2010
Time: 7 pm – 8 pm

Where: Annette Street Public Library
Location: 145 Annette Street Toronto, ON , M6P 1P3
[One and a half blocks west of Keele]

An evening of conversation with Kara Bogaz-Gol, the author of her new novel Rococo Brocade, and readings from the book to be chosen by the audience using stichomancy with musical accompaniment by Ian White.

Ian has been playing guitar since his older brother made the mistake of showing him a few chords. His brother hasn't seen his guitar since. Influenced by the fingerstyle guitar work of players like Don Ross & Michael Hedges, Ian uses his guitar to say what cannot be expressed in words.

Kara will discuss the books that influenced her work. She'll reveal some of the stories behind the story, poems which have never been published, some anecdotes about who is who in the novel, a new Nabokov ending for the next edition, and Q&A.

Please come and enjoy a fun filled evening.

Credit: Annette Street Public Library

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hi, starbucks. What Kind of Art Do We Find in New Junction Hot Spot?

Hi, starbucks, invitation to new Junction Starbucks Dundas & Quebec, Toronto ON Canada, by artjunction.blogspot.comPhoto: Hi, starbucks.
Invitation to the Junction Starbucks
Thursday, November 18, 2010
from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Starbucks Dundas & Quebec
3077 Dundas Street West
2010 @

It looks like an invitation to the grand opening:
We are happy to be a part of the neighbourhood

Come by and see us

Thursday, November 18, 2010

from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Starbucks Dundas & Quebec
3077 Dundas Street West

©2010 Starbucks Coffee Company

Welcome to the Junction!
Bienvenue à La Jonction! Salut!

Starbucks Coffee Canada
Dundas & Quebec
3077 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON M6P 1Z3

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm

Please check with the Starbucks Dundas & Quebec for their holiday operating hours.

416-604-3877 Direct Line

links: News Toronto & GTA: Trouble brewing in the Junction
Rumours of Starbucks moving in creates tempest in teapot
By DON PEAT, Toronto Sun Development > Real Estate > 3077 Dundas West Respects The Junction
junctioneer: Starbucks to come to 3077 Dundas Street West? The old Handyman Shop, Junction Residents Association.
junctioneer: First Official Sign of Starbucks The People of Toronto vs. Starbucks Coffee Company

Friday, November 05, 2010

Workshop: Making Marionettes with Kelly Kirkham, November 21

Making Marionettes with Kelly Kirkham: Workshop November 21, 2010 Unraku Puppetry Studio, Toronto, by artjunctionWorkshop: Making Marionettes with Kelly Kirkham
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Unraku School, Toronto

Making Marionettes with Kelly Kirkham

Date: November 21, 2010 @ 11:00 am
Location: Unraku Puppetry Studio
Address: 15 Adrian Avenue, Unit 159, Toronto, ON M6N 5G4
[Dupont & Symington]

In this special one day workshop presented by Unraku, local puppet builder Kelly Kirkham will show you how to build beautiful and functional marionettes out of common household materials. Using items such as newspaper, wire, wood and stones, you will create a marionette that can come to life, and walk, dance or jump. The type of character you create is up to you, be it animal, human, or other. Techniques that will be used include sculpting, collage and basic hand sewing.

Unraku is a collective of artists, puppeteers and puppet builders in Toronto's West End that specialize is designing, building and performing puppets for stage and screen. Founded in 2008, we operate a permanent workshop and production studio in Toronto's West End.

Kelly Kirkham is an artist, illustrator, puppet maker and Unraku co-founder who lives and works in Toronto and has led puppet building workshops in both Canada and Barbados. You can see more of her work on her website at

For more information please visit the web site at

t: @unraku

links: Making Marionettes with Kelly Kirkham
by Andrew Learn to make Marionettes (Dupont/Lansdowne)
Learn how to make your own marionettes in this special one day workshop with local puppet builder Kelly Kirkham at the Unraku Puppetry Studio on November 21, 2010.
Workshop: Making Marionettes with Kelly Kirkham, November 21

Exciting Announcement: New Book about the Junction Renaissance Is Coming

How the Junction Got Resurrected
Revitalization Period 1998-2004 & Beyond
By Henry Calderon

The Story to Be Told...

It was in the fall of 1998 when it all began to unfold. The story of 3 women who after spending an afternoon at Wasaga Beach a year earlier put in paper how this could happen and who will do it! “Resurrect the Junction”"Revitalize the Junction”...“Take the Junction from despair and lost of Hope”, it was their real challenges.

Santa Cuda, the owner of the Flamingo Hall, Piera Pugliese, the owner of Vesuvio’s Pizzeria and Maureen Lynette, the owner of Lynette Funeral Homes. A wedding planner, a pizza maker and a funeral arranger. To me it was an interesting combination. First, you get marry then, you celebrate and then, you die. Three interesting services you will find in the Junction today.

To unfold the resurrection of the Junction, a district in the West End of the City of Toronto, which for almost 100 years was a dry area where no alcoholic beverages could be bought and no restaurants could serve the fine wines of the world. It was a challenge from all perspectives.

The referendum about whether you could go from dry to wet was won by one vote in 1997 during the municipal election but it could not come into effect after a year later to ensure that the consumers and restaurants were ready to accept their responsibilities. It was at this moment in time when I was hired for a 12 month contract after an arduous search and interviews with many well respected candidates as a top consultant in the business of Main Streets Revitalization in the country. A one year contract that grew to six years so, I could experience, talk and write in later years how the Junction got resurrected.

The Players

Key members of the following organizations: David Hastings, chair of the West Toronto Junction Team, Hilary Bell, chair of the Dundas West Residents Association, Piera Pugliesse, chair of the Junction Gardens BIA, Santa Cuda, chair of the Malta Village Business Association, Diana Fancher, member of the West Toronto Junction Historical Society. From the Public Sector: Councillor David Miller and Councillor Chris Korwin Kuczynski, MPP Gerard Kennedy and MP Sarmite Bulte. We must to say that the Junction had a political force that most districts would want to have when destined to deliver their vision.

The Book

Now, I am writing a book with a working title “How the Junction Got Resurrected” where the critical milestones of the revival of the Junction and the whole story of the rebirth of the Main Street will be published.

Henry Calderon
Public Affairs and Urban Revitalization Consultant

linkedin: Henry Calderon
facebook: Henry Calderon
flickr: Henry Calderon

2010 © Henry Calderon

Saturday, October 30, 2010

My Last Teacher: A Story of First Loves Inspired by Fusions of Cultures

Collage-Poster: Ismailova Theatre of Dance Presents
My Last Teacher: physical theatre play
a story of first loves - forgotten, forbidden, fearless
Friday, November 26, 2010, 8 pm
Unity Toronto, 173 Eglinton Avenue West Toronto
admission pay-what-you-can
for more information visit:
Supported by RSA Dance Ensemble and Unity Toronto
Ismailova Theatre of Dance

For all of us who went to the Black and White Show Fundraiser for Donald Dawson Project a year ago, we remember a brilliant performance of young artists from Ismailova Theatre of Dance who brought to the Junction's venue an innovative choreography of art and life instilled together in dance forms.
This year, we would like to invite you to the first full-length show of Ismailova Theatre of Dance. The genre is physical theatre, and it is going to be a fusion of theatre, dance (ranging from modern to rock-n-roll to traditional Eastern European dances) and Russian traditional singing.

Information about the show is on the blog:

My Last Teacher
Ismailova Theatre of Dance
Supported by RSA Dance Ensemble and Unity Toronto

Date: Friday, November 26th, 2010

Time: 8 pm

Venue: UNITY Toronto

Address: 173 Eglinton Ave West, 5 min from Eglinton Subway Station

Pay-what-you-can admission

All are welcome

Special Guest visitor: The Consulate General of Russia Mr. Igor Kiikov Ismailova Theatre of Dance
Credit: IsmailovaM

Friday, October 22, 2010

Second Wild, Wild Junction Historical Mystery Tour: WWJ2HMT Continues October 24

Wild Junction 2010: West Toronto Junction Historical Society Fall Fundraiser and Pub Crawl, by artjunctionPoster: Wild, Wild, Junction II: The Historical Mystery Tour Continues
West Toronto Junction Historical Society Fall Fundraiser and Pub Crawl
3PM, Sunday, October 24, 2010
Beginning at the Axis Gallery and Grill, 3048 Dundas Street West (@ High Park Ave)
Ending at SHOXS: The Local Option, 2827 Dundas Street West (@ Keele St)
Poster Design by Mark @
2nd Incredible Year!

The West Toronto Junction Historical Society presents:

Wild, Wild, Junction II
The Historical Mystery Tour Continues

Sunday, October 24, 3pm
Axis Gallery and Grill, 3048 Dundas West,
ending at Shox's, 2827 Dundas West

Join us for our fall fund raiser and pub crawl and the launch of

Justice in the Junction The Life and Times of Josiah Royce
  • Relive the events that led the Junction to "go dry" for almost a century with the men and women who were there as the Legends of the Junction return.
  • Examine the Junction's oldest cold case: The Death of Joseph Curley.
  • Be sworn in as a jury member and vote. Accident or Murder?
  • M.P.P. Cheri DiNovo will be reprising her hilarious performance as the Reverend Shore whose famous “Harlotry, Vice and Iniquity” sermon set the Junction on fire.
  • Proceeds go to the Boom Times Artist/Mentors program working with local students to create original works of art about Junction history and culture.

We’ll also be officially launching our five part graphic novel series, Justice in the Junction, the Life and Times of Josiah Royce, with story by Neil Ross and art by Brendan FitzPatrick.

History meets community in the Junction!

Tickets $25, available at Pandemonium Books and Discs (2862 Dundas Street West) and Wise Daughters Craft Market (3079B Dundas Street West) and at the Annette Street Library (145 Annette Street).

Details and the spectacular Wild, Wild Junction 2 poster by Mark Dallas are on our homepage at:

Contact: Neil Ross,

Photo: Wild Junction, Historical Mystery Tour: West Toronto Junction Historical Society Fundraiser and Pub Crawl, October 25, 2009Photo-Collage: The First Wild, Wild Junction Historical Mystery Tour:
West Toronto Junction Historical Society Fall Fundraiser and Pub Crawl
Sunday, October 25, 2009 @

WILD IN THE JUNCTION 2009: WTJHS Historical Mystery Tour asks the question: "How wild do you have to get to shut down your own bars?"
By David Wencer
Celebrate Toronto Heritage: Wild, Wild Junction I, Historical Mystery Tour Wild Wild Junction 2, Historical Mystery Tour Continues Historical society reopens, reenacts Junction cold case
Wild, Wild Junction Historical Mystery Tour takes place Oct. 24

"It's the West Toronto Junction's oldest cold case: the death of Joseph Curley.
It was Curley's suspicious death that led to the railway town's appointment with abstinence some 100-plus years ago. Curley's tale is just one of many that make up the Junction's colourful past. Accident or murder? That's what the second Wild, Wild Junction Historical Mystery Tour delves into."
by Lisa Rainford

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Press-Release: Junction Area Artists Will SHINE October 15-17

Screenshot: Movement Centre: SHINE - Performing Art: October 15-17, 2010, by artjunction.blogspot.comScreenshot: Move + Discover + Connect: Movement Centre:
SHINE - A Seasonal Multi-Disciplinary Performing Arts Event October 15, 16 & 17, 2010
Credit: Movement Centre

Junction Area Artists Will SHINE October 15-17
Multidisciplinary Performing Arts Event Returns To Movement Centre

Toronto, October 7, 2010 - Some of the Junction area's most talented dancers, comedians and performers will premiere new work at the autumn installment of SHINE, a multidisciplinary performing arts event at the artist-run Movement Centre.

Hosted by the irrepressible Miko Sobreira, SHINE will feature Jen Hum, Winston Spear, Simla Civelek, Lo Bill, Noah Henne, Dylan McDonald, Jason Thompson and Carolyn Bennett.

A fun and fanciful evening is guaranteed.

  • The space has held incarnations of SHINE since the early 1990s
  • The event is open to professional and amateur artists
"The airy warmth of the space and the élan emanating from the show’s organizers and performers makes for a very special evening."
-- SNAP Bloor West

  • October 15-17 2010, 8pm. Doors open 7:30pm
  • Movement Centre. 2480 Dundas Street West, Suite 200
  • $10

Call 416 539 9800 to arrange for an interview with Miko or any of the performers.

Contact Info:
Movement Centre
Location: 2480 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M6P 1X8

Junction Triangle: Shine: Performing Arts event at Movement Centre
blogTO: SHINE: Three intimate evenings of dance, music, comedy and theatre ...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Nuit Talks Toronto: Exploring Boundaries of Contemporary Art

Nuit Blanche Toronto 2010: Nuit Talks, collage by artjunction.blogspot.comScreenshot: A Special Program Marking the Five-Year Milestone of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche:
Nuit Talks: Five lectures exploring the boundaries of contemporary art. September 28 to October 3

Nuit Talks
A series of five lectures exploring the boundaries of contemporary art

September 28 to October 3, 2010

To commemorate the 5th anniversary of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Nuit Talks offers a revealing and introspective tête-à-tête series covering five topics in five venues over five days. The talks will explore different aspects of the event through dialogues that probe the boundaries of contemporary art in public space and target the many diverse audiences of Toronto’s free all-night contemporary art event.

Please note: pre-registration is not required for these FREE lectures, but capacity is limited.

From Galleries to Alleys
Tuesday September 28, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
An interdisciplinary panel discussing the repositioning of art from galleries into public space. This panel examines how art in public spaces reframes and challenges historical standards of “high art” and will include a look at the ‘commodification’ of art and artists.
Venue Partner: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
Programming Partner: Manifesto Community Projects and Well and Good

Does Scotiabank Nuit Blanche influence the Art Market?

Wednesday September 29, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
A panel discussion with gallerists, art dealers and artists discussing the value of contemporary art within the context of the commercial market.
Venue Partner: Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

An intimate conversation with Artist Daniel Lanois
Friday October 1st 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Host: Jian Ghomeshi, Broadcaster, Writer, Producer
Venue Partner: Rotunda, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West

When Curators Speak...

Saturday October 2, 3:00 - 4:30pm
An in-depth look at curating and past curators as creative agents of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.
Venue Partner: Jackman Hall, AGO, 317 Dundas Street West

When Critics Speak...

Sunday October 3rd, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 pm
Taking a critical look at this year's Scotiabank Nuit Blanche from an art critic's and art writer's point of view, and an exploration of the future of the event within the context of public art programming. The discussion will focus on whether public art events affect the development of a new audience for contemporary art and the potential long term future for events like Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.
Venue Partner: Underground, The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West


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Monday, September 20, 2010

Rococo Brocade Book Launch & Fundraising at Latitude 44 Gallery

Invitation: Book Launch Rococo Brocade by Kara Bogaz-Gol at Latitude 44 Gallery September 23, 2010, Photo by Olga Goubar Invitation: Rococo Brocade Book Launch & Fundraising
September 23, 2010 at Latitude 44 Gallery Framing Décor
Photo: Olga Goubar

You are cordially invited to the book launch of "Rococo Brocade", a new novel written by Kara Bogaz-Gol and a fundraising event for the Junction Historical Society.

When: Thursday, September 23rd, 7 - 11 pm

Where: Latitude 44 Gallery Framing Décor
Location: 2900 Dundas St. W, Toronto ON M6P 1Y8

"Rococo Brocade" is basically an eighteenth century farce with a creative philosophy of social justice.
Proceeds from wine sales and the auction of 3 framed pieces of original 18th C. silk brocade, along with copies of the book, will go to the Junction Historical Society.

R.S.V.P. to either...
Latitude 44 Gallery

Cara Reeves

Please come if you can,
This is going to be fun !!
Best wishes,

links: For Evite to Rococo Brocade in PDF format please click here

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First Edition of "Rococo Brocade" arrived yesterday, 5 boxes of heaven on earth. Launch: Latitude 44 Gallery,Thurs Sept 23rd, 7-11pm. R.S.V.P


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Sunday, September 12, 2010

2010 Junction Arts Festival: Seeing Is Believing

Junction's Updated Legacy, photo by artjunction.blogspot.comPhoto: The Junction's Updated Legacy
West Toronto Junction Arts Festival, September 11, 2010

Junction Arts Festival: Seeing Is Believing, poster 2010, photo by
Photo: 2010 Junction Arts Festival: Seeing Is Believing
Poster: The Junction Arts Festival September 8 - 12, 2010
"... and you thought you had seen everything!
we'll make you think again!"

Discover what’s happening right now,
in the Junction @ the Junction Arts Festival
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Or just come and see it!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

2010 Junction Arts Festival Is Here: September 8 - 12

2010 Junction Arts Festival map, Dundas street west, toronto, ontario canada, by artjunctionScreenshot: Downlodable Festival Footprint map [pdf]
The stretch of Dundas Street West from Indian Grove to St John’s Road is where it all takes place.
Have a look at the map to help you find your way to the neighbourhood, where you can also enjoy many popular and award-winning shops and restaurants.


2010 Junction Arts Festival from Wednesday, September 8 to Sunday, September 12, with a two day closure of Dundas Street West between Indian Grove and St John’s Road the weekend of September 11 and 12.

2010 Junction Arts Festival Opening Night Ceremonies Held This Friday September 10th on Dundas Street West at Pacific Ave.

A weekend festival 'Where the Arts meet the Street' in the heart of the West Toronto Junction is the basis for this ever-growing multi-ARTS Festival that includes visual art, galleries, installation art, main stage music, dance, theatre, performance art, travelling minstrels and anything in between and beyond.

The Junction Residents Association e-newsletter:

Junction Arts Festival – September 8 to 12

With summer coming to an end the Junction arts community is preparing to welcome thousands of people to our great neighbourhood for this years Junction Arts Festival.

The Junction Forum for Art & Culture (JFAC) is moving away from the street festivals of the past few years and returning to its origins with a "thousand percent increase in art". The out of town street vendors which lined Dundas last year will be replaced with art installations, performance art, entertainment for the kids and extended patios from our favourite local restaurants. Our local business and storefronts will no longer be hidden behind tents so they can also enjoy and benefit from the festival.

Traffic will be closed this year on Dundas from Runnymede to Annette Street with Keele being the only north/south route. See below for closure times.

Art installation will start at Malta Park with an outdoor living room and continue to the vacant lot on Indian Grove which will stage the Poetry Village and Film Centre.

JRA presents the Community Stage at High Park Avenue

The stage is sponsored by your Junction Residents Association and we will be hosting a Community Forum on local issues as well as promoting local talent in the multi-talented Junction.

Here are just some of the acts that we’ll be presenting. Check the Junction Arts Festival website or Facebook for an updated schedule.

Junction Community Forum – 11am Saturday and 1pm Sunday

Your JRA is hosting a Junction Community Forum on the Community Stage on High Park Ave.

We are inviting leaders from other nearby resident associations to take part in a question and answer discussion on local topics. This is a great opportunity for residents to inquire about and comment on a wide range of issues.

Junction News Team - Saturday and Sunday

Hannah Hogan and Matt McCready are improv reporters covering the festival and bringing back weird and wonderful characters. Hannah and Matt will also be starring in our popular "Artists Who Didn’t Make the Cut" segment (watch for the creator of the installation that actually sprayed sausages!). Plus prizes, contests, trivia, special guests, and extremely silly bits.

Junction History Mash Up, 2pm Saturday, 3pm Sunday

An encore presentation of the dynamic experience that made its debut at the Humberside Hoopla in June. A troupe of student actors -- originally from Heather Bernkopf’s Grade 11 drama class at Humberside, now bursting into Grade Twelve – interpret Junction Suite, an original orchestral composition by young composer Isaias Garcia based on the wide open and diverse history of West Toronto Junction. Narration by Neil Ross. Produced by Boom Times Cabaret Artists Collective.

EnvironMENTAL Junction Revue, 3:45 Saturday, 4:30 Sunday

Summer Standup/Sketch Comedy Workshop grads present a look askance at the environment and the rest of the world.

With Sarah Bradley on “Helicopter Parenting, Junction style”; Rebecca Christensen, Queen of Cats and Uni-tasking, Rick Mamros on “The 25 year Marriage: a Survivor’s Guide”, Terry McGuire on “smart cars, blue boxes and feuding families”, Zena Muzzell: talking to trees and Mal-Wart customers indiscriminately, and Teresa Owen with a whole new take on Golfing for the Environment. Special guest on the Sunday Show, ZAN COY, CTV hit Dan for Mayor. With special prizes including the first issue of the new five part graphic novel, Justice in the Junction, the Life and Times of Josiah Royce, story by Neil Ross, art by Brendan FitzPatrick. Proceeds to the West Toronto Junction Historical Society.

+ Local Arts in the Junction - Yarnstorming

Road Closures and Event Times:
Road Closures: Dundas St from Runnymede to Annette
Sat 6:00 am to Sunday 11:00 pm
Road Closures: Pacific Av (North side)
Thursday 12:00 noon to Sunday 11:00 pm
Road Closures: High Park Av (South side)
Friday 12:00 noon to Sunday 11:00 pm
Road Closures: Pacific Av (North)
Friday 5 pm to midnight

Events times on all stages within closure.
Sat: 10:00 am to midnight
Sun: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

It’s your Junction, It’s our Junction!
JRA Members Meeting - Thursday, September 16, 2010
Visit today!

The Junction Arts Festival is the highlight of the community’s cultural year.
Everyone is invited to become "A PART OF THE ART".
Come join us for another unforgettable celebration of the arts!


junctioneer: Junction Arts Festival stage art lineup — info up
SPECTACLE (Main) STAGE SCHEDULE: Dundas St W at Pacific Ave North Side
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Saturday, September 04, 2010

Istvan Kantor - Neoism & (S)mash-up Performance for the Junction Arts Festival

Screenshot: The Junction Arts Festival 2010
ISTVAN KANTOR RE: INVASION - Recent Crimes and Punishments
Monuments / Plunderworks / Mash-Media / Shinyism / Lebensraum / Subvertainment
Curated by Paul Campbell
Sept 9 – Oct 9, 2010
Opening reception/performance Thursday, Sept 9, 7 - 11pm
SMASH at 2880 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Istvan Kantor is an artist known around the world by his "open pop star" identity – Monty Cantsin Amen. The movement behind this multiple persona pseudonym is "Neoism" which has been around since 1979 as an underground philosophy of performance and media experimentalists who share pseudonyms and identities to make their statements and action based art.

Istvan Kantor, the creator of Neoism and the original Monty Cantsin has been banned from most museums around the world for splashing his blood on the walls between valued artwork. His message was the idea of art itself, what is art? and what is not. By hanging a painting on the wall an artist leaves a mark and it is the museums that decide what art is; Istvan Kantor’s shocking act challenges the limits of artistic freedom and revolts against the control of established institutions. But according to Istvan Kantor, art is not necessarily those works of art that are in the museums, his statement of blood represents human body which is the source of art, the center of artist’s creation – it displays human life as a symbol and object of art.

When asked about his action based art, Istvan Kantor replies that the message is to help people in intense and emergency situations by confrontational, action art. "Things have to be done very fast and questions should be solved, extreme actions such as splashing blood trigger a reaction and exchange of ideas, the message goes through many layers of society, through media, courts, it’s a way I can communicate and bring attention to vital issues."

In today’s world, when art has no boundaries between good and bad and the concept of art itself is undefined it is important to know what is truly art and who is an artist. Being an all encompassing media artist, prolific in all artistic mediums, performance, video, music, and writing – Istvan Kantor received the Governor General Award in 2004 for his work. Controversial, subversive, rebellious, the art of Istvan Kantor has even been called demonic for his shocking action art. His art expresses the world today and Neoism is loosely defined as the culture of the new.

In the near future Istvan Kantor plans to continue his work in Neoism as Monty Cantsin Amen, and will have a special performance for the Junction Arts Festival, opening September 9 until October 9, at Smash, 2880 Dundas St. W. The persona of Monty Canstin is that of an honest and completely guilt free person who devotes his life and energy to make people’s life better. Neoism has an aspect of idealism and a belief in the better life through creative forces.

Having immigrated from Communist Hungary in 1977, Istvan Kantor travelled extensively around the world. He is an artist that reflects the different cultures, systems and views globally; who believes that we are biological beings, living a material existence in a scientific world, without the soul. The art of Istvan Kantor is an atheist art. A true artist is a messenger who expresses the truth. Ultimately Istvan Kantor makes us wonder about what the truth is and the value of human life.

2010 © Anya / Anna Lobsanova

What is the (Next) Message?: McLuhan Lectures 2005 - May 25 – Lilly Koltun – Portraiture
"Consider portraiture. Today's abstract portraiture can comprise performance, as in the case of Istvan Kantor. The portrait can be performed only once; any artefact that results is not the portrait. The artefact proper is itself ephemeral [.pdf]."
by Dr. Mark Federman
Chief Strategist, McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology
University of Toronto

Junction Arts Festival September 8 - 12, 2010: Artist Directory: Istvan Kantor

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Latitude 44 Gallery Call for Artists

Poster: Call for Artists: Latitude 44 Mi Confesión My Confession, Show Runs: September 9 – 25, 2010Poster: Latitude 44 Mi Confesión Call for Artists
Show Runs: September 9 – 25, 2010
Latitude 44 Gallery Framing Decor
Latitude 44 Gallery
Framing ∙ Décor

invites you to participate in a special showing coinciding with the Junction Arts Festival, where we encourage you to share your confessions and passions through your art.

Works have to be created within the past year, sized no larger than 24x36 and valued from $100-$800. This showing will give special consideration to pieces inspired by the passion, colour and artistic fibre of Buenos Aires, however all works will be considered.

Submissions of three pieces to be presented to the gallery for consideration no later than September 3, 2010.


Show runs
September 9 – 25, 2010

Latitude 44 Gallery ∙ Framing ∙ Décor

2900 Dundas Street West Toronto Ontario, Canada M6P 1Y8
[located at Dundas & Keele in the historic Junction of Toronto
and wheelchair accessible]

For more information:
phone: 416-769-2900

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Junction Retrospective Photography at the Wise Daughters Craft Market

The 'Junction City' Centennial Event: the Local Option Art Awards Tour: Artist Emmanuel Mifsud, by artjunction.blogspot.comThis "Renaissance Lamp" is an almost iconic image of Emmanual's collection Junction Retrospective
Junction Theme: ... unique buildings, ... vibrancy of people, ... diverse community
The 'Junction City' Centennial Event: the Local Option Art Awards Tour: Artist: Emmanuel Mifsud

"The photographs by Emmanuel Mifsud at Super Submarine are a delightful experience when you appreciate the juxtaposition through the window."

Junction Retrospective Exhibit
A Series of Images of the Junction Locale by Emmanuel Mifsud

July 23 - September 12, 2010
Opening Night Reception: July 23, 7 - 9 pm

Wise Daughters Craft Market
3079B Dundas St W Toronto, M6P 1Z9
[between Keele Street & Quebec Avenue]
(facing Quebec Ave, just south of Dundas, behind Crema Coffee)
Via TTC: Junction bus #40from Dundas West Stn,
Lambton bus #30 (or 15 min. walk) from High Park Stn.

This series of black and white facades and streetscapes celebrates the West Toronto Junction for its diverse architecture, reflecting its history and people through the passage of time.

For more information, visit Studio Mano Manu.

Artist's Statement:
Photography has been an interest of Emmanuel since his early teens after receiving a 3-D camera as a gift. Opportunity knocked when he was living and working at National Stud Farm, now known as Windfields Farm in Oshawa, Ontario. The famous racehorse Northern Dancer had returned home, the place where he was bred and raised. "The Dancer" was retired to stud. Years later, travel nurtured his interest. Whenever the urge to capture a moment, his camera was never far away. Emmanuel's interest in nature, urban landscapes, equine action and people are reflected in his varied portfolio of prints and positive images using a Pentax Spotmatic 500 SLR camera.

In 2008, Emmanuel's entry, "Junction Retrospective" - a Series of images of the Junction shared first prize in the "Local Option Arts Competition". After many years of colour photography, the black and white series of facades and streetscapes of "The Junction" became a point of coming full circle. He continues to use his photography to promote the West Toronto Junction for its diverse architecture, a reflection of its history and people through the passage of time.

Studio Mano Manu: Photography by Emmanuel Mifsud: Junction Retrospective
In Celebration of the Centennial of the City of West Toronto
"Over the years the Junction has evolved into a diverse community with its heart remaining intact, forever attracting people from all over the world."
The Junction Residents Association: Junction Retrospective Opening Reception
Snap Bloor West:
Junction Retrospective Photography Opening Reception

WestSideTory: RT @SNAPBloorWest: Event: Junction Retrospective Photography Opening Reception Tomorrow 7:00pm
wisedaughters: #JunctionTO free reception for photography show Junction Retrospective by Manni Mifsud tonight 7 pm.
dvshopca: RT @wisedaughters: #JunctionTO Retrospective photo show opens Fri 7 pm with free reception. Come enjoy these images of our hood.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Canada Day 'Arts Picnic' in High Park, July 1, 1 - 4 pm

Poster: Canada Day 'Arts Picnic' in High Park
July 1, 2010, 1 - 4 pm

Come out and celebrate Canada’s 142nd Birthday with your family, friends and neighbours!


Thursday, July 1st
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
High Park - Areas 1 & 2
Bloor/High Park Entrance

Featuring local music, dance, and theatre. Supported by local community organizations and businesses. Free. All Welcome!

Hosted by: Gerard Kennedy, M.P. , Parkdale-High Park

Food & Refreshments │ Children’s Activities │ Entertainment

For more information please contact: (416)-769-5072

Don’t miss actors from Dream in High Park at 3pm
& many more local arts groups
including artists from the Junction Arts Festival!

Come out & celebrate Canadian Culture!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer Comedy Workshops for Adults Begin July 6 at the Annette Library

Toronto Public Library Annette Street Branch Stand-up Sketch Comedy Workshops with Neil Ross Summer 2010, by artjunction.blogspot.comFlyer: Toronto Public Library Annette Street Branch
Stand up and Sketch Comedy Classes for Adults with Neil Ross
Tuesday July 6 - Tuesday September 7, 7- 8pm
Unleash Your Natural Comic!

Summer Comedy Workshops
Stand up and sketch comedy classes for adults eighteen and over
with Neil Ross

Tuesday July 6 - Tuesday September 7, 7- 8pm

at the Annette Street Public Library
145 Annette Street Toronto, ON , M6P 1P3
[One and a half blocks west of Keele]

Writer/comedian/director Neil Ross has worked in Canadian comedy for thirty years. He has taught stand up comedy to street kids and improvisational comedy to psychiatric survivors - so he can work with you!

Participants will find their natural comic and create comedy in teams. Graduates will debut on the comedy stage of the 2010 Junction Arts Festival both as a solo act and in sketches for a show called EnvironMENTAL Junction (September 9 - 12, 2010).

The cost is $10 a workshop with a 5 workshop minimum.
The last workshop (September 7) is free.

Call the Annette Street Branch at 416-393-7692 today to reserve your spot!

TPL Annette Street Branch Programs and Events
TPL Annette Street Branch Blog

Invitation: Screening of Fezeka's Voice and Celebration the World Cup in South Africa

Poster: Screening of Fezeka’s Voice to celebrate the World Cup in South Africa at National Film Board of Canada Cinema, Thursday July 8th, 2010, by artjunction.blogspot.comPoster: Screening of Fezeka’s Voice to celebrate the World Cup in South Africa
National Film Board of Canada Cinema, Thursday July 8th, 2010, 6:30-9:30 pm
The Consul General of South Africa in Toronto
Ms. Tselane Mokuena

All Living Things
invite you to a private screening


Fezeka’s Voice
to celebrate
the World Cup in South Africa

The beautiful story of one man, a teacher, who has spent the last 12 years of his life inspiring the children of his township through laughter, love and song.

Thursday July 8th, 2010

Reception: 6:30 to 7:00 pm
Feature Film: 7:15 pm
Post Reception: 8:30 to 9:30 pm

National Film Board of Canada Cinema
150 John St. @ Richmond St. W., Toronto ON M5V 3C3
[TTC: Osgoode subway station]

Donation: $25.00
Proceeds to The Fezeka Foundation
RSVP to Fezeka: At the heart of this initiative is a documentary, a scholarship fund, and a social network.
Watch the trailer, visit the site, and become part of the community.
Credit: cielproductions


CieL Productions: multimedia content for change
All Living Things Alexandra (Alex) Abraham is blogging from South Africa
Education Without Borders: Fezeka school in Guguletu
Canada South Africa Chamber of Business

Monday, June 14, 2010

Invitation to Aquila's First Year Anniversary: 2 Day Extravaganza

Aguila Restaurant & Toronto Junction Jazz Bar celebrate its first anniversary June 17 - 18, 2010 @ artjunction.blogspot.comAguila restaurant & Junction Jazz bar is ready to celebrate its first anniversary
2010 @

Jose & Kori
invite you to

1st Year Anniversary
2 Day Extravaganza

June 17 - 18

Aquila Restaurant & Junction Jazz Bar

347 Keele Street & Dundas W
Toronto Ontario M6P 2K6

Located in historic Junction neighbourhood

phone: 416-761-7474

come check out

Thursday, June 17 @ 8 pm - 12 am
Paul Gellman Band


Friday, June 18 @ 9 pm - 1 am
Bill Beaumont Blues Deluxe

Blues Bands coordinated by Dave McManus is in the house

Great Food & Great Giveaways

"It's all Good in the Hood!"

Details on the AQUILA Restaurant Facebook's page

Follow Aquila on Twitter @AquilaRestaurnt

+ Aquila Restaurant - Junction Jazz: Upcoming Concerts @ the Toronto Jazz Festival: June 15 - July 4, 2010

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Your Help Needed to Break the Guinness World Record™

Poster: Worldwide Knit in Public Day 2010, Guinness Book of World Records Attempt for Most People Knitting June 12, 2010, Toronto Junction, CanadaPoster: Worldwide Knit in Public Day 2010
Join the Guinness Book of World Records Attempt for Most People Knitting
June 12, 2010 from 1 - 4 pm (Attempt at 3 pm!)
Design Contributed By: Dig Dug Designs
Logistical Support Provided By: The Junction Forum for Arts & Culture

Worldwide Knit in Public Day Extravaganza!
Guinness World Record Attempt

When: Saturday, June 12, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Attempt at 3 pm!
Rain Day - Sunday, June 13, 1:00pm – 4:00pm !!!

Where: The Junction Square [Dundas at Pacific]
2954 - 2960 Dundas Street West
The Historic Junction Train Platform

+ Musical guests include:
Beverly Taft
Melissa Larkin

And a beautiful classical guitar surprise!

Presented by Wise Daughters and That's Women's Work

June 12 is Worldwide Knit in Public Day and the Junction Square is being taking over to not only brazenly knit in public, but to try to break the Guinness World Record for most knitters in one place at one time!

Novices and experts alike are invited to bring a lawn chair, some needles and yarn, and to be part of history! There will be live entertainment, refreshments and prizes, as well as beginner knitting classes on the spot. The count for the world record will take place at 3 pm sharp.

Participants are encouraged to donate what they knit (that day, or anytime) to Streetknit.

Wise Daughters (3079B Dundas St. W.) is a drop-off point for donations of woollies, yarn and needles. Streetknit meets the last Tuesday of each month at the shop for an evening of knitting and chatting all year round.

Visit or for more details.

Check out Most People Knitting- World Record Attempt event Facebook page.

link: Torontonians hope to set group knitting world record
By Gillian Grace May 6, 2010

+ If you will be around, please stop by and check the Junction Residents Association event:

2nd Annual Junction Yard Sale Day
& Community Potluck

@ Junction Streets

Saturday, June 12 8:00am – 2:00pm

Vernon St, Laws St, McMurray Ave, Vine Ave and Quebec Ave have announced they are participating, but other streets can still join the fun. Take a stroll around our great neighbourhood and get some great deals.

Participating streets are invited to a community potluck in Vine Parkette @ 4pm.

Friday, May 21, 2010

All Welcome at Humberside HOOPLA on Thursday, June 3, 6-9 pm

Poster: Boom Times Spring Fling: Toronto Junction community driven art project at Humberside HOOPLA June 3, 2010Poster: Boom Times Spring Fling at Humberside HOOPLA on Thursday June 3, 6-9 pm
Poster Art by Rhonda Nolan Design
Credit: Culture Committee
Click on the image to listen on YouTube The Junction Suite, Main Theme, Music by Isaias Garcia - Film Composer
The Junction Suite Compositions: Original Music for the upcoming theatre production. Composed by Isaias Garcia.
Each of the compositions represent a variety of cultures and nations.
Credit: canargentinemusic

Welcome to and Experience!

Boom Times Spring Fling
at the first annual Humberside HOOPLA

Local artists / mentors working with Humberside C. I. students
to co-create new Visual Art & Theatre

Thursday, June 3, 2010
Time: 6 - 9 pm

Humberside Collegiate Institute
280 Quebec Avenue, Toronto, ON

(Just north of High Park)
Admission is $2


The West Toronto Junction Historical Society and the Junction Residents Association are sponsors of the Boom Times Spring Fling, a community driven art project. Humberside Collegiate students, mentored by local artists in traditional and non-traditional media, create original art and theatre that will be showcased at Humberside HOOPLA on Thursday June 3, 6-9 pm.
A Silent Auction will be held in support of the Local Option Art Project.

Come and experience the world debut of Junction History Mash-up featuring stand up/sketch comedy, archival photographs, comic book art, and original orchestral music by young composer Isaias Garcia, with direction by Neil Ross.
They will be appearing at historic Lismer Hall, HCI HOOPLA at 8 pm.

Artist/mentors Christopher Sears, Rhonda Nolan, Carol Barrett and Cathy Thorne have been working with students to create original cedar sculpture, textile sculpture, altered book and comic zines for the Local Option Art Exhibit.

The art will be on display at the HOOPLA and at Wise Daughters Craft Market during the month of June, starting Saturday June 5 at 2 pm. A Roving Exhibit will be in the Junction throughout the summer at patron businesses.

Poster: Humberside HOOPLA, Thursday June 3, 2010Poster: All welcome at Humberside HOOPLA on Thursday June 3, 6-9 pm
Credit: Humberside Collegiate Alumni Association

Spring Fling originated at the 2009 Amalgamation Celebration at Humberside C. I., a collaboration between Boom Times Cabaret, The WTJHS, the JRA, students, historians, artists, businesses and community groups.

West Toronto Junction Amalgamation Celebration, May 1, 2009, photo by artjunction.blogspot.comPhoto: The Junction Amalgamation Celebration, May 1, 2009
2009 @

Please read more about it in Cara Reeves's article:
The Junction Amalgamation Celebration, May 1, 2009: a Brilliant Folk Art Rendering of Democracy in the Junction.