Gladstone Hotel: Collectively Speaking

Collectively Speaking: Take Shelter
July 16, 2013. 7:00pm – 10:00pm
The Gladstone Hotel | Melody Bar
1214 Queen Street West

Toronto, like every major city, is home to a number of seemingly unsolvable problems. But as creative individuals we think, given the chance, we could be a leading force for positive change.
Collectively Speaking brings together three of Toronto’s most interesting art, and design collectives to engage in a friendly competition to offer innovative solutions to one of Toronto’s most elusive problems: housing.
The cost of living is very high, and on an average income it is difficult to afford reasonable housing in the city. This is a problem that is not unique to Toronto, and is very much the reality in a number of Canada’s major metropolitan centres.
What can be done to ease the burden of living in a major metropolitan area?

Participating Collectives:

Come to this event to take part, not only as a spectator, but also to cast your vote during this alternative town hall meeting, hosted by Kaleb Robertson. The winning collective  will have the opportunity to implement their solution on the Gladstone Hotel’s Lower Green Roof.


StreetARToronto: Outside The Box: Call for Submissions

The City of Toronto invites local area artists to submit proposals to create art on City traffic signal boxes at various locations throughout Toronto. The goal of this project is to provide opportunities for artists to create works of art that contribute to the vitality and attractiveness of the streetscape. This project is being implemented by StreetARToronto (StART), part of the City of Toronto's Transportation Services Division.   



Discussion & ideas & questions & answers & art & friends & strangers & community & snacks & drinks.

Come on over for another evening of showing, telling and critiquing. All are welcome, bring your pals/lovers/neighbours.

AKIN COLLECTIVE- 444 Dufferin Unit E
June 26, 2013.

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GLADSTONE HOTEL: Call for Submissions


ATTENTION: illustrators, painters, designers, comic artists, textile artists, graffiti writers, street artists, mixed media artists, typohgraphers, print makers, animators, new media artists, craftspeople and ALL non lens-based visual artists

We’re challenging the scope of illustration in Toronto and looking for artist submissions from now until THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2013.


The Gladstone Hotel seeks expressions of interest for contemporary, experiential projects for its inaugural illustration event, If Walls Could Talk. This group exhibition will take place next March 6–16, 2014 at the historic Gladstone Hotel in downtown Toronto.
If Walls Could Talk will challenge Canadian and international artists to work outside their traditional practices—to occupy and alter spaces in dramatic, conceptual, or experimental ways. The majority of the site-specific work will be localized on the hotel’s second floor, but we encourage applicants to consider proposing projects for all public spaces throughout the hotel.
We encourage artists to participate independently, in collaboration with a partner, or as a team. Ideal candidates for juried consideration are practitioners who approach their disciplines with a radical personal vision. These artists/designers use illustration—or a practice related to illustration—to converse, connect, collaborate, and construct. Successful projects will create delight in the unexpected.
Curated by Leila Courey


Diti Katona: founding partner and creative director, Concrete Design
Gary Taxali: fine artist and illustrator
Jason Logan: author, illustrator, designer, and creative director of Rogers Publishing
Mikey Richardson: co-owner and creative director, AmoebaCorp
Paul Dallas: chair of Illustration, OCAD University
Virginia Johnson: illustrator, textile designer, and owner of Virginia Johnson Lifestyle
Zak Mroueh: president, executive creative director and founder, Zulu Alpha Kilo