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.

The Artist Project opens this Thursday featuring work by many talented Akin artists!

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This year The Artist Project contemporary art fair Feb 22-25 at the Better Living Centre and will feature work by over 250 incredible artists from Canada and abroad including some Akin Collective studio members!

Today only you could win two free passes to the early access preview party which is happening on Thursday! Follow us on Instagram and comment on the Artist Project post we put up today with which friend you'll bring along and at the end of the day we'll pull a name from a hat! 

Click here to visit the Instagram post and participate in the ticket giveaway competition. 

The Artist Project is a four day contemporary art fair. From collectors and curators, to gallerists and designers, visitors can explore and discover works of art from over 250 top contemporary artists from Canada and abroad. This is a unique opportunity to meet and buy art directly from artists. We encourage you to check out the fair this week and while you are there please visit our talented Akin artists and chat with them about their artwork! 

Kayla Polan of Akin Dupont - Booth U-6 (UNTAPPED Emerging Artist)

Monique Resnick of Akin Lansdowne - Booth U-15 (UNTAPPED Emerging Artist)

Nancy Bennett of Akin Sunrise - Booth 514

Laura Kay Keeling of Akin Dupont - Booth I-11

Nicole Krstin of Akin Dupont - Booth 812

Chris Harms of Akin Dupont - Booth 340

Thursday February 22: Opening Night Party  7-10 PM
Friday February 23: 11 AM-10 PM
Saturday February 24: 11 AM-8 PM
Sunday February 25 11 AM-6 PM

Call for Submissions: Walking Tours: Contemporary Art Works


Call for Submissions

We are accepting proposals from artists for the fifth manifestation of Contemporary Art Works on Queen Street West, an all-night exhibition curated by Earl Miller and presented by the Queen Street West Business Improvement Area. We are seeking installation, performance, dance, interactive, participatory, and psychogeographical works that conform to either or both of the following categories:
1.    Work that is in some way site-specific to / appropriate for the Queen Street West neighbourhood. 
2.    Work that in some way reflects a theme of “Walking Tours.”
About the Event
Contemporary Art Works on Queen Street West has showcased important contemporary art on Nuit Blanche night since 2009, exhibiting the work of artists including Daniel Borins & Jennifer Marman, An Te Liu, Camille Turner, Blue Republic and Ulysses Castellanos, who have collectively received considerable media attention in the National Post, the Globe and Mail, and elsewhere. One of the pieces commissioned for the 2010 exhibition, An Te Liu’s Ennui Blanc, is now in the AGO’s permanent collection. The Queen St. West BIA site contains info on the 2011 exhibition and the 2012 exhibition
This year's event takes place on Saturday, October 5, 2013.
Submission Details
Submission format: Submissions should include a concise one-page proposal, relevant images (maximum five) and a current CV.  A rough budget is optional. Proposals are screened for likelihood of successful execution and potential audience engagement (at the very least work should be clearly visible and create no street obstructions on a very busy night, and it should be installable either in a store window or on the street). Workable proposals are then chosen for artistic merit and responsiveness to site/theme.
Artist's fee: Selected artists will receive a fee of $400.
Production budget: Up to $1,500.
Deadline for submissions: June 5, 2013.
Contact: Please send submissions and queries via e-mail to Earl Miller (
Please note: only artists with successful proposals will be contacted.