Over the past few months we’ve been talking to photographer/visual artist Ryan Emond about shooting something in Toronto. He’s been hard at work and it really shows in this incredible time lapse video entitled “Toronto Tempo”.
To see more videos like this, search “time lapse” in our seach bar.
Previously: Day To Night
“The Canadian Affair” is a short experimental film from the Department, directed by Thibaut Duverneix and produced by Sach Baylin-Stern. The film explores a series of moments in a woman’s life, in a dreamy, atmospheric journey, accompanied by a soundtrack to match by The Good The Bad.
Artist, Winnie Truong is a fairly recent graduate of OCAD University (2010) that presented her exhibit “The Fringes” last month at contemporary art gallery, Erin Stump Projects. At the tender age of 23, she’s already been featured in several of Toronto and New York’s hottest Contemporary galleries and has won her fair share of Canadian art awards for her talent.
Winnie uses pencil crayons to draw large, intricate and linear portraits, contorting our notions of what is considered beautiful, and what is ‘abnormal’. The characters featured in her latest series, are reminiscent of something out of science-fiction story, they seem almost prehistoric yet very modern and human. The poses represent feelings of insecurity and isolation, yet the traditional ideals of beauty and modern vanity carry through, such as with the consuming tangle and overgrowth of hair.
To see more of her work visit winnietruong.com
Written by Keesha Williams.
September 30, 2006, marked the day (or rather, night) Toronto’s art scene and the way we experienced it changed for good. From dusk until dawn, the unsuspecting masses walked through their neighbourhoods all over the city to find them transformed with the visual and interactive musings of local and international artists in the form of art installations in unassuming places. An ordinary alleyway that one would never walk through alone any other night, was transformed into a spectacle of light and dance, encouraging audience participation to the beat of African drums. Another year, the ‘local’ mental health institution (CAMH) turned into an art gallery, featuring works from the patients within it. Last year, a pirate ship ‘docked’ smack dab in the middle of Trinity Bellwoods park.
Around 425,000 people attended the first Nuit Blanche in Toronto. That number has steadily grown to just shy of 1 million every year since, and has brought over $70 million in revenue for the City of Toronto. Nuit Blanche (now universally translated as: “Sleepless night”) originally started in Paris, France in 2002. In 2005, Mayor David Miller and the City of Toronto were invited to join with six other European cities already participating in the festival, making ours’ the first in North America to bring Contemporary Art to our public spaces.
This year over 130 exhibits will be sprawled across the city in 3 zones (A, B and C). Here is a quick preview of a few projects participating in this year’s festivities, for a full listing or to map out your course of action for the night, visit scotiabanknuitblanche.ca or DOWNLOAD the iPhone app on iTunes.
Listening to Love: Next Time Can We Choose Our Gender? By John Shipman – Zone A
This project uses simple means to present gender complexity. Out-of-date telephones, classic love songs, and old love poems give listeners a gentle nudge towards openness and empathy for the diverse choices that we all make in our search for love and understanding.
A City Sleepover By Jessica Rose – Zone A (Photo by David Hawe)
You are invited to participate in a giant civic slumber party [in the Lower Bay St. subway station]. Roll out your sleeping bag and get cozy in your favourite pjs as we come together to stay awake for the Nuit. A City Sleepover is a place for Toronto to safely rest. BYO PJS, SLEEPING BAG, TOOTHBRUSH.
Intensity By John Notten – Zone C
Intensity re-imagines a pivotal moment in Toronto’s struggle with homelessness; the infamous Tent City that arose on a desolate plot of waterfront land. Like the much-publicized eviction of this community’s occupants in 2002, the viewer is forced to move out of their temporary tent homes every few minutes. This echoes the realities of makeshift communities around the world that rise up in the wake of human tragedy. Toronto’s financial district, epicentre of Canadian power and wealth, becomes the stage for this all-night drama.
Written by Keesha Williams.
Over the last two weeks, you may have seen some familiar and not so familiar faces covering the walls of our city. These photos belong to a project that’s a part of the Global Art Initiative “Inside Out”. As part of this year’s Manifesto Festival, they brought together 24 photographers to shoot community members and post their images up in their communities, turning the city itself into a gallery. The theme of the Toronto activation was “intergenerational”, looking at the beautiful diversity found across Toronto within our children, mothers, fathers, grandparents and friends. You can find these images in different neighbourhoods including: Regent Park, Eglinton West, Kensington Market, Queen West, Shaw Street, Parkdale, Liberty Village, Eastern Avenue, Jane and Finch, Rexdale and more.
“Public art is a vital form of communication and a critical part of the city’s vibrancy. With pending cuts to public funding for the arts in Toronto we needed to send a loud message to the decision makers that art makes people feel good and brings global attention to our city,” says Che Kothari, Manifesto Executive Director.
About Inside Out
Inside Out is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. These digitally uploaded images will be made into posters and sent back to the project’s co-creators for them to exhibit in their own communities. People can participate individuals or in a group; posters can be placed anywhere, from a solitary image in an office window to a wall of portraits on an abandoned building or a full stadium. These exhibitions will be documented, archived and viewable virtually.
For more info visit insideoutproject.net
To see more photos from the project CLICK HERE.
This past Saturday, we unveiled our “Mascot Totem” at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) as part of the Manifesto Festival’s “All Art Everything” exhibit. The collaboration between 1LOVETO x Eugene Paunil x Mike Del Mundo x Totem Resolve is an example of how creative minds can come together to create something special. Take a look at the incredible cardboard sculpture (yes, we said cardboard), constructed by Eugene, and let us know what you think?
About The Mascot Totem
1 LOVE T.O. was approached by Totem Resolve to create a custom skate deck with the help of illustrator Mike Del Mundo. The initial concept was to use Toronto landmarks to create a visual that represented the “Heart of the City”. After a few brainstorming sessions, the idea shifted from city landmarks to city mascots, including three animals; the Toronto Blue Jay, the Maple Leafs Polar Bear, and the Toronto Raptor. We decided to take the concept one step further with the help of sculptor Eugene Paunil. The original Totem Pole illustration has been brought to life in a one-of-a-kind 3D cardboard sculpture.
CLICK HERE to see the behind the scenes video.
Photos by Will.
Last year I had the pleasure of attending “A Tale Of A Town – Queen West” with actress/play-write Lisa Marie DiLiberto. She’s back again this year with her live street theatre production, sharing new and old stories while you walk around the Queen West neighbourhood. Aside from entertainment, the purpose of the play is to educate and share information to help create a living memory of the neighbourhood. In fact, they intend on documenting other neighbourhodds such as Yorkville and the Junction, to continue building on the stories that have helped shape our communities.
If you’re interested in seeing the show, it runs Tuesday-Sunday until October 9th. Tickets available at the Theatre Passe Muraille box office.
For more info thetaleofatown.com
Here’s one more look at “The Mascot Totem” before this Saturday’s All Art Everything exhibit at the AGO.
About The Mascot Totem
1 LOVE T.O. was approached by Totem Resolve to create a custom skate deck with the help of illustrator Mike Del Mundo. The initial concept was to use Toronto landmarks to create a visual that represented the “Heart of the City”. After a few brainstorming sessions, the idea shifted from city landmarks to city mascots, including three animals; the Toronto Blue Jay, the Maple Leafs Polar Bear, and the Toronto Raptor. We decided to take the concept one step further with the help of sculptor Eugene Paunil. The original Totem Pole illustration has been brought to life in a one-of-a-kind 3D cardboard sculpture. Watch the video to see Eugene work his magic.
PS: Aside from the skate deck and cardboard sculpture, there’s one more “Mascot Totem” piece to be revealed…
Video by Shish Brody.
Previously: “The Mascot Totem” – Sneak Peek
This Saturday, Sept. 24th the Manifesto Festival presents the “All Art Everything” exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). The show features a variety of Toronto artists including; Mediah, Suritah Teresa Wignall, Bryan Espiritu, Jalani Morgan, Fly Ladi Di and many more. We’ll also be showcasing “The Mascot Totem”, a special collaboration between 1 LOVE T.O. x Michael Del Mundo x Totem Resolve x Eugene Paunil.
DATE: Saturday, Sept. 24th
LOCATION: AGO – 317 Dundas St. West (McCaul and Dundas)
For more info CLICK HERE.