Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Junction Kick-off Weekend @ Toronto Design Offsite Festival

Toronto Design Offsite Festival: Junction Kick-off Weekend: January 19-20, 2013, screenshot
Screenshot: Toronto Design Offsite Festival: January 21-27, 2013

Third Annual Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO)
January 21 to 27, 2013

The third annual Toronto Design Offsite Festival will show the best in Canadian design at over 40 exhibitions and events across the city, from unexpected prototypes to immersive installations.

Toronto Design Offsite is a not-for-profit, indie design festival happening annually at the end of January.  TO DO‘s aim is to provide exposure for local and national designers; to foster public understanding and knowledge of the practice of design; and to create an ongoing presence that promotes Canada’s creativity, drawing on great thinkers, practitioners, and educators to deliver an innovative celebration of art and design.

2013 Toronto Design Offsite Festival Events Schedule

2013 Toronto Design Offsite Festival Guides [PDF]

Leading off this year with a Junction Kick-off Weekend
January 19-20, 2013

New to the Toronto Design Offsite Festival this year is the Junction Kick-off Weekend! Anchored by the intersection of Dundas Street West and Keele Street, the Junction neighbourhood follows Dundas Street West and is an emerging art and design district. During the Junction Kick-off Weekend, visit 10 events and exhibitions at ARTiculations, East of Keele, Forever Interiors, Latitude 44 Gallery, Mjolk, Opticianado, Post + Beam Reclamation, Smash, Telephone Booth Gallery, and The Hair Lounge.

Map: Junction Kick-off Weekend: January 19-20, 2013
Toronto Design Offsite Festival: January 21-27, 2013

Junction Kick Off Weekend @TODesignOffsite January 19-20, 2013 #junctionTO

The Warm-Up: Fire-Building in the Junction
Saturday, January 19,  6-9 pm | Sunday, January 20, noon-3pm
Location: The Junction Train Platform at 2960 Dundas Street West (1/2 block east of Pacific Ave)

The Warm-Up: Fire-Building in the Junction project to construct a fire pit at the train platform of the junction was set in motion by Marcin Kedzior and Noah Scheinman and involves students from Interior Design, Industrial Design, and Architectural Technology from Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

[1] Art by the Dozen: Part II of Local Call - Junction Neighbours
Wed, Jan 16, 2013 - Sun, Feb 17, 2013
Telephone Booth Gallery | 3138 Dundas Street West | Exhibition

Featuring established artists that live or work in The Junction or Junction Triangle neighbourhoods of Toronto, 'Art by the Dozen' highlights the location of the gallery in the Junction neighbourhood, across from the action at Baker's Dozen coffee shop.

[2] That Old Thing

Fri, Jan 18, 2013 - Sun, Jan 27, 2013
Reception: Saturday, January 19
Post + Beam Reclamation | 2869 Dundas Street West | Exhibition


[3] Snip

Fri, Jan 18, 2013 - Mon, Feb 18, 2013
The Hair Lounge | 2940 Dundas Street West | Exhibition

Inspired by traditional wallpaper formats, Miriam Grenville is creating a series of patterns that celebrate the familiar tropes of both current and dated hairstyles.
[4] Ash Out of Quarantine - Tumbling Ash ... New Growth

Sat, Jan 19, 2013 - Sun, Feb 17, 2013
Opening: Saturday, January 19, 6-9PM
ARTiculations | 2928 Dundas Street West | Exhibition

Through Brothers Dressler's continued exploration and experimentation with ash wood a pattern of growth has emerged. The small sapling is expanding. Its sprawling branches sprouting new buds of glowing light. This wall lighting system is part of their Ash Out of Quarantine project.

[5] Jackson/Stern: Automatic/Revisited

Sat, Jan 19, 2013 - Sat, Feb 16, 2013
Opening: Saturday, January 19, 6-9 pm
Latitude 44 Gallery | Exhibition

Automatic/Revisited is an installation that explores the creation and implications of experimental systems of construction. The reconstruction of a historical Frank Lloyd Wright system is fitted opposite its contemporary reinterpretation, creating a dialogue between two progressive ideas in architecture.

[6] Peekay + Opticianado

Sat, Jan 19, 2013 - Sun, Jan 27, 2013
Opticianado | Exhibition


[7] Smash - Product Launch

Reception: Saturday, January 19, 6-9 pm
Smash | 2880 Dundas Street West | Reception

Smash is unveiling shelving units based on salvaged 19th century library shelves. Smash has updated the bookshelf by rendering its parts in aluminum and mixed wood and metal, as well as introducing colour. The reformatted shelves are suitable for domestic application and include a stand-alone unit as well as built-in, cantilevered option.

[8] When is a Door?

Sat, Jan 19, 2013 - Sun, Jan 27, 2013
Reception: Saturday, January 19
Forever Interiors | Exhibition

Forever Interiors designs and builds a number of furniture and accessory products made from reclaimed century doors. When is a Door a Bench? When is a Door a Cabinet? When is a Door a Vanity?

[9] Workplace Affairs
Sat, Jan 19, 2013 - Sun, Jan 27, 2013
Opening: Saturday, January 19, 2–5PM
East of Keele | 2830 Dundas Street West | Exhibition

Do spaces shape ideas? Where do those ideas take shape? ‘Workplace Affairs’ explores the relationship of space to the creative process by examining the artefacts of production and documenting the workspaces that enable their creation.

+ a couple of other events in the Junction emerging art and design district during the Toronto Design Offsite indie Festival #TODO13 @TODesignOffsite

[15] archiTEXT | Grapes & Chips

Monday, January 21, 6-8PM
East of Keele | 2830 Dundas Street West | Workshop | Collaboration

Put down your pens, take your eyeballs off your screens, banish those Monday blues. Join archiTEXT in the two things we do best: EAT and PLAY. Monday, January 21 between 6-8pm we launch the design week edition of Grapes & Chips at 'East of Keele'.

[26] Claesson Koivisto Rune + Mjölk

Opening: Wednesday, Jan 23, 7PM
Mjolk | 2959 Dundas Street West | Exhibition

Claesson Koivisto Rune + Mjölk is an opportunity to showcase the work of Sweden's most iconic contemporary architect firm: Claesson Koivisto Rune. The exhibition will be in part a retrospective, and feature new projects including the international debut of a collaborative work between Claesson Koivisto Rune and Mjölk.

More info: Toronto Design Offsite Festival
Photo: Kristina Skindelyte, executive director with the Junction BIA, at Latitude 44 on Jan. 18, 2013:
‘The community feels very artistic.’ Photo credit: Fred Lum /The Globe and Mail