Akin Summer Programming

Akin is pleased to present our July and August programming. We hope to see you at some of these events this summer! 

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Pointillism at the Beach, an Afternoon with Seurat
July 14 / 12pm-2pm / $5-$10 (sliding scale) / Woodbine Beach

Calling all creatives, artists and hobbyists! Join us for some Georges Seurat style pointillism on the beach! Come meet other creatives, explore and draw beachy scenes from life with us in this fun-filled and summer space!

We will begin with some quick and expressive warm ups, moving on to more focused Summer forms and scenes and we will end the day with a free-for-all drawing period. All levels and media are welcome - no toxic materials please. Bring your own materials. 

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Akin Projects at Zine Dream 12
July 21 / 10am-5pm / FREE / MOCA Toronto Canada

Akin is excited to exhibit at ZINE DREAM 12 alongside over 100 creative vendors this July. Exhibitors will be showcasing self published books, comics, music, zines, handmade crafts, prints & much more! One day only!

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An Index - Opening Reception
July 24 / 6pm-9pm / FREE / MOCA Toronto Canada

An Index comprises work in a variety of media from sculpture, to video, to new wall murals by the first cohort of Akin residency artists who entered the year-long studio programme in September 2018. While the participating artists’ practices range widely in terms of conceptual approach, style and media; they have also been influenced to some degree by the experience of sharing and conversing within an open-plan studio structure for the last nine months. The exhibition runs from July 25–September 8, 2019 at MOCA Toronto Canada. Join us on July 24 for the opening reception! 

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Akin River Launch Party + Potluck
July 25 / 4pm-10pm / FREE / Akin River

Akin invites fellow artists, friends and family members to celebrate the opening of our new 3rd floor River Studios 2 & 3 !! Please join us on the patio Thursday July 25th for food and drinks and a little summer camaraderie. Let's get to know each other and the space!

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There is more coming soon! Save the date for these August Events at Akin: 

August 7 - Show & Tell at Akin MOCA - 4th Floor Studios at MOCA

August 14 - Flag Book Workshop with Jessica Thalmann - Remote Gallery

August 17 - MOCA After Dark Dance Party - MOCAToronto Canada

August 22 - Akin Ossington Launch Party + Backyard BBQ - 888 Dupont St.

Must See Weekend Events - September 22 + 23

Weekends often tend to be chock full of events, errands, brunch dates and sleeping in and it can be difficult to remember all the wonderful things that are happening in this bustling city of ours. That being said, we have compiled a list of must see events that are happening this weekend in Toronto. See below for details.

Photo via Canzine.

Photo via Canzine.


Date: September 22 - 1-7PM (SATURDAY ONLY)

Location: Art Gallery of Ontario, Weston Family Learning Centre

Canada’s largest festival of zines and underground culture returns to the Art Gallery of Ontario this fall. The Canzine Festival of Zines and Underground Culture was first held in Toronto in 1995. Since its inception, Canzine has displayed thousands of zines and small press works and hosted hundreds of writers and performers. Canzine is the place to check out zines and small press works from over 200 artists, writers and vendors. This years event features a number of Akin artists including: Jen Pilles, Julianne Ess, Enrique V Gaudite, Christopher Green, and more!

Canzine is organized by Broken Pencil: The Magazine of Zine Culture and the Independent Arts, and presented in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario.

An artist in her booth at the 2017 Queen West Art Crawl.

An artist in her booth at the 2017 Queen West Art Crawl.

Queen West Art Crawl

Date: September 22 + 23

Special Event: Art After Dark presented by QWAC occurs on September 22 from 6-11PM.

Location: Trinity Bellwoods Park

The Queen West Art Crawl (QWAC) is a charitable organization designed to celebrate and promote the art, culture and diversity of Queen West in Toronto. The cornerstone of QWAC is the Outdoor Art Exhibition in beautiful Trinity Bellwoods Park in September, which draws over 60,000 visitors annually. The Art Exhibition features a juried selection of the province’s best artists and artisans, and also showcases a Kids Zone, Performance Zone and Toronto’s best food vendors. This year’s event features Akin artists Andrea Bailey of Lansdowne Studios and more!

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House of Vans: Toronto

Date: September 22 + 23

Location: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd.

The House of Vans is where “off the wall” lives. It’s a place where imagination lets loose over concrete bowls, art installations, workshops and concert stages, inspiring every person who runs, rolls, or stomps through its door. Located in Brooklyn, New York, Chicago, Illinois and Waterloo, London, as well as pop-ups around the world, the House of Vans is home to the creativity that moves us. This year’s Toronto event features live pottery wheel workshops by Akin Ossington member Leora Israel.


People & Trees

Date: September 22 - 30

Location: Dentonia Park, 80 Thyra Avenue, Toronto.

People & Trees is an art installation by Akin Lansdowne member Sarvenaz Rayati about the life of trees. Sarvenaz Rayati is a multidisciplinary artist now based in Toronto. She received her BA in painting and BA in visual communication from art university in Tehran. She has exhibited her work internationally and Since moving to Toronto she has been part of different art projects.

About Arts in the Parks:
Arts in the Parks brings free, family-friendly arts events and activities to a park near you. Think theatre performances, dance classes, workshops, movies, festivals and more, right in your backyard!


MOCA Toronto International Grand Opening

Date: September 22 + 23

Location: 158 Sterling Road, Toronto

Visit the new MOCA Toronto, a place of conversation, exchange and exploration where visitors of all ages and backgrounds can be part of a global creative moment. We welcome you a fully programmed building that features work by world-renowned Canadian and international artists, exploring the themes of our time. Featuring the Akin Studio Program on the 4th floor. Drop by the 4th floor to view working artist studios and learn more about Akin’s studios and ongoing programming.

Stuff to Apply and Sign Up for

Call for Applicants:

Teen Fringe:  Deadline: June 6, 2017

Teens aged 13-17 can have the chance to train with leading professionals in acting, singing and dancing during the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival. Applicants are required to audition and perform a monologue of their choosing and a song from the Musical Theatre Repertoire list. Participants can expect 5 full days of training with industry professionals, the chance to perform at Edge of the Sky’s closing night show at the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival and a Rush Pass to all 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival productions.


Call for Submissions:

Art Encounters Program, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Deadline: May 1, 2017

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is accepting applications from visual artists and makers with disabilities, newcomer and indigenous artists to participate in the new Art Encounters Program during the 56th Exhibition on July 14 – 16, 2017 at Nathan Philips Square. Through this program Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition will provide exhibition assistance and free booth space to offset the costs and relieve the economic pressure of exhibiting in the fair to a select group of five artists with disabilities, newcomer and aboriginal artists.

Arts and Minds: A Community Arts Series

Neighbourhood Arts Network's has partnered with Workman Arts on Arts and Minds: A Community Arts Series, exploring the theme of mental wellness and public space. Arts and Minds will convene members of the Victoria Village community together to have conversation around the importance of mental health management in all our lives. This will be a helpful series of collaborative workshops using community arts as a tool to talk about how mental health can possibly be managed, and some of the challenges it can present. The City of Toronto’s 2011 Neighbourhood Demographic Estimates revealed that 67% of community members in Victoria Village are accessing mental health services, so these workshops will be responsive by convening a space for community members to gather and discuss their own mental health issues, while encouraging the reduction of the stigma associated with seeking support. Victoria Park Village community members will be consulted in sparking the project objectives and support community outreach. The project in 2018 will celebrate this growth of stories told through a public art piece reflecting dialogues from the workshops. Workman Arts Members are asked to submit Request for Proposals to apply to partake in community consultations, as well as design and deliver hand-on workshops

Regent Park Film Festival: Deadline: May 12, 2017

Regent Park Film Festival's call for submissions is now open and free. Regent Park Film Festival welcome films of all lengths and genres that reflect the multitude of experiences that make up our cities and communities. Regent Park Film Festival is especially dedicated to showcasing works by Indigenous filmmakers and filmmakers of colour, as well as works by trans, queer and female identified filmmakers.


Sick Muse Art Projects: Multicultural Night Event:  May 19, 2017

Serving as a fundraiser for their new project relating to Latin America (specifically Peru and Ecuador), Sick Muse Art Projects is hosting a Multicultural Night Event that features a variety of music and food. This will also be a great opportunity to network with cultural workers and cultural leaders from different organizations, artists from different disciplines and backgrounds, and arts/culture dreamers and doers. The Multicultural Night Event will be at 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education and will run from 7-10 PM.