Akin Announces Two New Studio Locations

Akin is thrilled to announce the launch of two new studio locations - Akin St. Clair (1747 St. Clair Avenue West) and Akin River (77 River Street).

This exciting expansion will increase Akin’s size to approximately 27,000 square feet of studio space serving nearly 250 artists, enabling it to address the ever-increasing scarcity of affordable workspace in our city. Both locations will open in October 2017. 

77 River St. / 7 Labatt Ave, 1919. Photo credit: Urban Toronto

77 River St. / 7 Labatt Ave, 1919. Photo credit: Urban Toronto

In addition to its fourteen current studios located at 444 Dufferin Street, 87 Wade Avenue, 100 Sunrise Avenue, 1485 Dupont Street and 888 Dupont Street, Akin's new spaces will offer a range of affordable studios in various sizes between 20-150 sqft in two new neighbourhoods.

Akin will also begin to develop programming specific to these neighbourhoods as a part of our 2017/2018 programming calendar in addition to our current range of free or low-cost workshops, studio critiques, gallery crawls, community programs and skill shares. 

We strive to ensure that there is always studio space for artists and creatives of all kinds and at all levels across our city while engaging, connecting and educating communities through art.

All rentals include 24/7 access to the studios, taxes, insurance, wifi, access to communal working areas as well as storage, kitchen, and bathroom. Both locations are easily accessible by subway, streetcar, bus, bike, or car.

1747 St. Clair Ave West- formerly Don's Meats. Found image.  

1747 St. Clair Ave West- formerly Don's Meats. Found image.

For more information, pricing inquiries, to book a tour or to share ideas, please get in touch! 


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Akin Projects and the Artists' Health Alliance present a Panel Discussion: Myths And Realities Of Artists’ Health

October 19, 2017 / 6:30-8:00pm / Glad Day Bookshop - 499 Church St / PWYC please register to attend at http://artistshealth.com/workshops/registration-artists-toolbox/  If you have any accessibility needs, please email michael@akincollective.com at least one week before the event and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Co-presented by Artists’ Health Alliance and Akin Projects and hosted by Glad Day Bookshop , this panel discussion is one of five events in the Artists' Toolbox Workshop Series put on by the Artists' Health Alliance. The Artists’ Toolbox series are open to all artists. They run September 2017 – June 2018 and include skills-building workshops, exploratory experiences and public discussions under the theme 'Journeys in Health: A Season of Stories and Wellbeing for Artists'. This narrative approach to health education offers artists the freedom to discover, articulate and share the ways that health and wellbeing are interwoven into every aspect of your artistic life. 


Be part of this groundbreaking conversation as a panel of multidisciplinary artists and an arts medicine practitioner dispel myths and tell truths about artists’ health.

This panel opens up a crucial discussion about artists’ health by identifying the ideas that stand in its way. The starving artist, the mad artist and the solitary genius are just a few of the deeply entrenched myths about artists which glorify states of illness – hunger, mental illness, isolation.

Join Mahlikah Awe:ri, Charlie C Petch and Dr. Chase McMurren as they unpack myths about artists’ health and address those myths with their lived experience and professional knowledge, followed by a group discussion and Q&A period. This panel challenges misconceptions, offers empowering narratives in their place and, ultimately, aims to break down barriers to artists’ health.

Glad Day Bookshop, the world’s oldest LGBTQ Bookstore, is located at 499 Church Street, just South of Wellesley Street.
Nearest subway stop: Wellesley Station
Nearest accessible subway stop: Bloor-Yonge Station
Street parking is available, though there is no designated handicap parking.

There is step free access through the front entrance, with automated doors. The main floor bathroom is wheelchair accessible with grab bars and a regular level toilet. All public areas are level and accessible, and there is (limited) street parking nearby.

Mahlikah Awe:ri Enml’ga’t Saqama’sgw (The Woman Who Walks In The Light) is a Haudenosaunee Mohawk/Mi’kmaw drum talk poetic rapologist; poet, musician, hip-hop MC, arts educator, Social Change Workshop Facilitator, performance artist, artist mentor, radio host, festival curator, Director of Programming for Neighbourhood Impact for the TD Centre of Learning Regent Park, TAC Cultural Leaders Lab Fellow, Canadian Labour Congress New Faces Of Feminism National Speaker, and founding member of Red Slam Collective, an Indigenous hiphop movement. Red Slam’s debut 14 trax Digital LP, Right Level was released this spring, and is a mash-up of lyrical content relevant to indigenous struggles and resiliency today infused with Hip-Hop beats; live instrumentation and oral storytelling. Awe:ri, a KM Hunter OAC Literary Arts Award finalist, released the spoken word EP Serpent’s Skin in 2011, is currently published in 7 literary anthologies, and is the only hiphop artist featured in the international digital storytellers project Biology Of Story which premiered at the 2016 SXSW Festival.

Recent Showcases include: Artist in Solidarity with the Chippewas of Thames First Nations and their fight against Line 9; opening Act with Red Slam for 2017 Feminist Art Conference at OCAD U; Red Slam’s Life as Ceremony, at the Theatre Centre; a featured artist for TVOKids Music Week, and headliner at The Unity Festival 10th Anniversary Concert at David Pecaut SQ. Kitchener Waterloo Poetry Slam Feature; Off The Record Hip Hop Symposium Keynote Speaker in Montreal and Relationships to Can150: Paradoxes, contradictions & questions Faculty of Education Summer Institute Key Note in Toronto; We Are Still Here: Immersive Concert at OCAD U and Nuit Blanche2017.

BC: redslamcollective.bandcamp.com | FB: @redslamcollective | IG: @redslamcollective ; @mahlikah_aweri | Youtube: RedSlamCollective | Twitter: @redslam

Charlie C Petch is a playwright, spoken word artist, haiku deathmaster, host and musical saw player. Petch’s new full-length spoken word vaudeville play “Mel Malarkey” has toured all over Canada. They have several handsome chapbooks and “Late Night Knife Fights” was published with LyricalMyrical Press. They have been published by Descant, The Toronto Quarterly, Matrix and Joypuke journals. Petch is a member of The League of Canadian Poets and “The Dildettes” a queer spoken word/comedy troupe along with Regie Cabico and David Bateman. Petch was a member of both the 2011 and 2012 Toronto Poetry Slam Teams, was the coach of the 2015 team and is the creative director of “Hot Damn It’s A Queer Slam”. Petch is happiest onstage. Find out more at www.charliecpetch.com

Dr. Chase McMurren is a psychotherapist and the Medical Director at The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre, a home-visiting physician for frail older adults who are homebound, a coroner for the Province of Ontario, and a faculty member in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Dr. McMurren believes that a person-centred, integrative approach to psychotherapy is central in helping artists identify and modify patterns that seem to get in the way of living and practicing well. In addition to training at the Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Institute, Dr. McMurren has also trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and recently completed restorative yoga teacher training. To keep musically active, Dr. McMurren is currently studying the pipe organ and is using it as an opportunity to learn and apply the Alexander Technique.

Xpace Cultural Centre annual fall programming launch and back-to-school party

Xpace Cultural Centre invites you to join them for their annual FREE fall programming launch and back-to-school party on September 8 from 7-11pm, featuring new work created this summer at Akin Lansdowne by our summer artists-in-residence Emily Norry and Kendra Lee, with accompanying essay by Sam Roberts. Emily, Kendra and Sam were winners of the Xpace Summer Residency Program for OCAD U graduates.

September 8 – October 14, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, September 8, 7-11pm

Poster by Wil Brask

Poster by Wil Brask

Emily Norry, Queeries into History: The Love of Loring and Wyle (Project Space)

With accompanying essay by Sam Roberts.

This series by Emily Norry explores the lives of Toronto artists Frances Loring and Florence Wyle and their lifetime spent together. Through this show, Norry looks to expand upon her series Queeries into History with a more in depth exploration of these two artists. Where Queeries into History was meant to outline an entire ancestry of queer women through time, The Love of Loring and Wyle is a biography of two beloved but often forgotten artists that helped shape Toronto’s art world, while never wavering in their commitment to one another.

Using watercolour printmaking, Norry takes historical photos of Loring and Wyle’s careers and personal lives, paints them in colour and transfers them onto fabric. These leave images cracked, faded, and sometimes warped from the originals; this is reflective of the way history is often forgotten and overwritten in modern view. These images are then embellished, with embroidery, patterning and dried flowers as a way to describe intimacy, relationships and the way the past is reframed and added to in the present. The works will explore their sculptures, time as students, associations with arts societies, and their more then 50 year relationship. 


Kendra Yee, Pantry Shelf (Window Space)

With accompanying essay by Sam Roberts.

The attempts to trace back family lineage are swallowed by the movements of time. Documents discarded, photographs burned, tombstones never carved and names changed to survive systems. Mimicking the setup of Kendra Yee’s Yeh-Yeh’s corner store in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, this installation honours family-run businesses. The items displayed replace the culture that has been lost, reclaiming broken narratives and forming new stories.


Save the date! Akin will be visiting these exhibitions as a part of our Fall Gallery Crawl on Saturday September 16. Stay tuned for more info! 

Funding Opportunties


Applications for funding to deliver the different programs under the Ontario Black Youth Action Plan are rolling out. Click here to find out which program applications are open and how you can get involved.


United Way Toronto & York Region invites you to consider the following funding opportunities: Social and Community Services (full info here) and Youth Employability Funding (full info here).


RBC has just announced its largest ever commitment to young people - RBC Future Launch, a 10-year $500 million initiative to provide skills and work... experience for the future of work. Visit www.rbc.com/futurelaunch for more information!


August 31st// Since 1998, the Johnson Scholarship Program has awarded over $1,000,000 in scholarships and academic grants to students across Canada. Johnson will award 50 scholarships each valued at $1,000 each to students graduating high school this year, and attending a post-secondary educational institution in Canada in the fall of 2017. The deadline to apply is August 31st. More info here!


September 4th// The York U-TD Community Engagement Centre offers Community Engagement Catalyst Grants to support creative and innovative collaborations between community partners and York University. Groups may apply for up to $5,000. Click here to learn more.