To see the city through the lens of a photographer can have you looking at the place you call home, in a way you’ve never envisioned before. What those photos would say, how they would make you feel, what questions it would evoke, make up the magic of photography.
Award-winning Photographer, Colin Boyd Shafer, is currently embarking on a photographic depiction of Toronto’s most famous asset: its people. He calls the project, “Cosmopolis Toronto”; a collection of portraits of Torontonians born in another country, but who now call Toronto home, at a place in the city they bond to, taking a second photo of them holding an object which connects them to their past and telling their story.
Colin, who is also a teacher, intends to examine migration and capture the unmatched variety of Toronto, saying, “I think we say ‘diversity’ quite often but rarely (maybe never) are there ‘real stories’ about the individuals involved. I guess the aim of the project is to visualize/capture the diversity of this great city and create an accurate picture of Toronto 2013.”
He also distinguishes “diversity within diversity” explaining that, “many people do not fit into the mould of what an average person of their ‘culture’, ‘religion’ or ‘country of birth’ is like.” He goes on to give examples such as, “my participant born in UAE is of Pakistani-background, my Syrian participant is training to be a Franciscan priest and my Canada-born participant is a black gentleman from Nova Scotia who is a fifth generation Canadian.”
“My grandparents migrated here and contributed as educators and artists. The participants I have met have their own incredible stories and are all adding to make Toronto an incredibly rich city. As I see Canada closing its doors (making migration nearly impossible for some people) I want us to not forget that most of us, are ourselves, the product of migration. Migration has made this city great.”
Cosmopolis Toronto will be showcased in two exhibitions early next year at the Toronto Centre for the Arts and CONTACT Photography Festival.
For more info: cosmopolistoronto.com
Posted by Samira Zia Rehman
Full Circle: The Art of Ann and Carl Beam is a two month exhibition celebrating some items from local designers and historically significant art pieces from Ann and Carl Beam. Running until November 26th, they are nearing the end of their residency on Abell Street in Toronto.
Don’t miss your chance to be inches away from, or even own some of the works made by one of Canada’s most significant Native artists. Carl Beam was the first artist of Native Ancestry in Canada to have works purchased by the National Gallery of Canada. His wife Ann’s works have been shared across galleries like the Tom Thompson for years, some pieces finding obvious inspiration from her late husband’s style. Both have pieces hanging on walls in our great city for a limited time.
Curator Matthew Garniss has brought together a truly unique art experience, huddled away amongst a construction-obsessed downtown core. Hosting an RSVP-only private show on the 23rd from 7-11pm, you can also stop by anytime during their weekly hours.
For more info: westbackline.ca
Posted by Graham Stewart
The Remix Project is now accepting applications for the following youth programs:
The Academy of Recording Arts (singers, rappers, poets, producers, engineers, and djs)
The Academy of Creative Arts (graphic/web designers, painters/illustrators, video/film and photography)
The Academy of Business Arts (entrepreneurs, public relations/events, sports, fashion, and music)
The Remix Project was created in order to help level the playing field for young people from disadvantaged, marginalized and under served communities. Our programs and services serve youth who are trying to enter into the creative industries or further their formal education; The REMIX Project provides top-notch alternative, creative, educational programs, facilitators and facilities. Our mission is to help refine the raw talents of young people from across the GTA in order to help them find success as participants define it and on their own terms.
For more info: theremixproject.ca
Harry Rosen releases a new collection of 5 special-edition 100% silk pocket squares designed by award winning Canadian artist (Toronto-based) Gary Taxali. The Canadiana-themed pocket squares feature Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal, each with a unique design including major city landmarks.
“I was inspired by how diverse our Canadian cities are, and I tried to capture the different moods and stories of Canadian life in a playful way,” says artist Gary Taxali.
If you’re in Toronto on November 2, Harry Rosen’s flagship store (82 Bloor St W) will be hosting a special in-store signing by the artist Gary Taxali from 4 to 6PM.
For more info: harryrosen.com
The contemporary art event was born in Paris, France in 2002 but when their people got in touch with our people about doing a Toronto chapter, we jumped at the opportunity. Toronto was the first North American city to fully reproduce the France version infused with our own interpretations. It has been running with massive success since its inception in 2006 and has only grown over the years.
We got a chance to speak with Programming Manager, Julian Sleath, who has worked tirelessly among an incredible team of staff, sponsors and volunteers to bring Nuit Blanche 2013 to fruition.
People come from all over to experience Nuit Blanche. What do you think makes the experience so magical?
This event is one of the great occasions in the year that everyone looks forward to. You mention the magic in your question – for me this magic is how many people enjoy being out and about on the streets of Toronto. This is a city with a vibrant life all times of the day and night and events like Nuit Blanche bring all of us together for this communal experience and interaction with the art projects.
Why do you think an event such as this is important to Toronto’s identity and culture?
I love this city a great deal. I have worked in many locations around the world on festivals and art events and to me Nuit Blanche ranks up very high in the importance of getting the message across that Toronto is a great place to live and work. There are many festival and events that take place in this city each year and yet we manage to make the Nuit Blanche experience very unique.
What’s the best part for you?
I look forward to all of it; however of special importance to me is see the realization of many months of planning into such a range of amazing art installations. Finally, we all get to see just what these arts projects can do to make us think again about how we view Toronto.
Posted by Samira Zia Rehman
We’ve been waiting patiently for Ryan Edmond to release this video for Ai Weiwei’s “Forever Bicycles” as part of this years Nuit Blanche Festival. Watch as the art installation comes to life with 3,144 bicycles stacked 100 feet in length and 30 feet high in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square. Enjoy!
Previously: Nuit Blanche 2013 (Re-cap Video)
Last week we were invited to Toronto’s Mindzai who specialize in designer toys and accessories, for a private Do-It-Yourself toy workshop! A small group of us met with the owner Chris who set us up with everything we needed to create our very own toy masterpiece, including; paints, markers, brushes, templates and even blow dryers (dry the paint faster). I ran out of time, but check out my step-by-step process for Garfield.
If you haven’t been to Mindzai before, we encourage you to channel your inner child and make an experience out of it!
For more info: mindzai.com
Whether or not you were 1 of the hundreds of thousands of people who roamed the city streets as part of Nuit Blanche Toronto 2013, you’ll enjoy this quick recap video courtesy of the good people at BizMedia.
Leave a comment or tweet us your favourite art instalment from Nuit Blanche Toronto 2013.
The first time we introduced local artist Sam Shuter was back in January of 2012. Over the last year and a half Sam has continued to perfect her craft, evolve her style and create a lot of buzz around her work. It’s with great pleasure that we share in announcing her new solo art show happening on Friday, October 25th at the Arta Gallery (Distillery District), from 9pm – 12am. This isn’t your typical art show… Sam has decided to partner with local charity and youth initiative The Remix Project in order to support and give back to the community through art. A portion of the proceeds from sales will be donated to The Remix Project in a continuing effort to support the art scene in Toronto.
Creating To Survive: A Philosophy Through Photos
Self-taught photographers Moses Kofi and 1 LOVE T.O. contributing photographer SoTeeOh share personal philosophies and creative inspirations through a series of images. Their photography consists of street scenes and portraiture from Toronto to Trinidad and places in between depicting the artists’ unique perspectives on life and creativity. Both artists employ a variety of mediums to showcase their images working with glass, wood, metal and found objects. The show is an immersive visual documentation of both artists’ life experiences: personal philosophies expressed through the lens.
Opening Reception: October 3rd, 2013 @ 185 Augusta in Kensington Market.
For more info: 185Augusta.com
Roaming Focus is back with their 3rd episode entitled “Hashtaggin”, with local photographer Mike Palmer capturing the step by step process of painting a mural. If you’re in the Harbord and Ossington area, make sure you check out this piece of art in person.
For more info: roamingfocus.ca
Previously: Roaming Focus: “Born & Raised”