The fourth annual Toronto Design Offsite Festival will show the best in Canadian design at exhibitions and events across the city, from unexpected prototypes to immersive installations, January 20-26, 2014.

The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) is a not-for-profit, independent design festival happening annually at the end of January. TO DO’s aim is to provide exposure for local and national designers; to foster public understanding and knowledge of the practice of design; and to create an ongoing presence that promotes Canada’s creativity, drawing on great thinkers, practitioners, and educators to a deliver an innovative celebration of art and design.
Schedule: CLICK HERE
Facebook Event: CLICK HERE



We are very excited to present, in conjunction with the Society of Homo Ludens, THE WEYBOURNE PROJECT

THE WEYBOURNE PROJECT is a one week residency in a north Toronto century home slated for demolition. An experiment without limits, 13 artists and architects will use the provisional spaces inside the home as ground for intervention; a laboratory for autonomous research, production, and spontaneous collaboration.

Working with architectural alteration, installation, kinetic sculpture, lighting, performance, and sound, the artists create interventions in the pre existing and manipulated spaces.

We invite you to come see the results in a two day exhibition.

Works by:


VIP preview [ticketed event]: Friday October 25th | 6:00 - 11:00pm
Open House [PWYC]: Saturday October 26th | noon - 6:00pm

THE WEYBOURNE PROJECT is created by Society of Homo Ludens and produced and co-curated by
LUFF art + dialogue.

Society of Homo Ludens is Gelareh Saadatpajouh and Talayeh Hamidya. Their house projects aim to challenge the limits, scale and expression of the spaces we inhabit. They have first executed this project at 593 Soudan avenue, in Toronto.

LUFF art + dialogue is an independent art space committed to supporting and presenting experimental and emerging work across disciplines. Luff is producing this project as part of 2013: A Space Odyssey (a series on space)

Media inquiries contact: or



Sunday, October 20, 2013
12 – 5:30 pm

Tour begins at 12 pm at Koffler Gallery Off-Site at Jack Layton Ferry Terminal (9 Queens Quay West) and continues to the Blackwood Gallery, Art Gallery of York University and Doris McCarthy Gallery. Guided exhibition tours will be offered at each venue. The bus will return downtown at 5:30 pm.

The bus tour is FREE, seats are limited. To reserve, contact the Doris McCarthy Gallery at 416.287.7007 no later than Friday, October 18.

Please note that light snacks and refreshments will be provided throughout the tour; guests are welcome to pack their own lunches.

Jack Layton Ferry Terminal

Iara Freiberg
where I'm waiting from
June 13, 2013 – October 27, 2013
Curated by Mona Filip

Brazilian/Argentinean artist Iara Freiberg creates site-specific interventions that explore the ways in which urban spaces are used, playing with perceptions of the built environment. Intimately entwined with the structures they occupy, her spatial drawings rely on the rigors of geometry, revealing harmonious or opposing tensions within the architecture and soliciting the viewer's awareness. where I'm waiting from, Freiberg's first project in Canada, is a site-specific intervention engaging one of Toronto's main civic portals – the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal. This monumental yet minimalist vinyl installation responds to the complex architecture of the site, examining the public use of the urban environment.


Red, Green, Blue ≠ White
September 18 – December 1, 2013
Curated by Johnson Ngo

Works by Golboo Amani & Manolo Lugo, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Aryen Hoekstra, Brendan Fernandes, Kika Nicolela, Jude Norris and Kristina Lee Podesva

Red, Brown, Yellow, Black, White: all colours used to describe people, somewhat contentiously, of culturally diverse backgrounds. Coined by Alice Walker, colourism, or discrimination based on skin colour, is the impetus to examine the relationship between race and colour. Red, Green, Blue ≠ White investigates this fraught territory through the formal considerations of colour offered by colour theory. But that is only its point of departure. The selected works share a sensibility for subtle performative gestures; the marking of bodies through the accumulation of light, the action of a lick, the construction of identities through the application of makeup, the gradation of the skin tone through light exposure, and the critique of white—white, the colour and the race. The performative elements of the works instill shifts in the relationship between the viewer's body, vision, and consequent understanding. As an ensemble, they encourage reflections (in both senses of the word) on the politics of colour. The symbol '≠' is not just presented as a negation here, it engenders a generative conversation about race, extending from an awareness of inequalities to the artistic presentation of shifting perspectives.


Wael Shawky: The Cabaret Crusades
September 11 – December 1, 2013
Curated by Philip Monk

Wael Shawky: Cabaret Crusades is the first full-scale exhibition in Canada of this Egyptian artist from Alexandria. The exhibition is comprised of the first two of a projected series of three films collectively called the Cabaret Crusades. At the AGYU, The Horror Show File (2010) and The Path to Cairo (2012) are shown.

The West knows the Crusades through its own history, and lore that has suffused our culture, but here the story is told from the Arab point of view, which spoke of the Crusades, beginning in 1096 and lasting two centuries, as "the Frankish invasions." The series is based on the book The Crusades through Arab Eyes, by Lebanese writer Amin Maalouf, amongst other sources. Not only told from the Arab point of view (in Arabic with English subtitles), the story is performed by puppets. One soon realizes that a violent history actually can be told effectively and movingly through puppets and even be given the Hollywood treatment—in HD and surround sound.


Wafaa Bilal
September 3 – October 19, 2013

For the recent project 3rdi, Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal had a camera surgically implanted in the back of his head to spontaneously transmit images to the web, at the rate of one image per minute, 24 hours a day – a statement on surveillance, the mundane and the things we leave behind. Drawing attention to the mostly forgotten, or ignored, fact that cameras exist in most public and many private spaces. 3rdi serves as a reminder that it has become commonplace for our lives to be monitored. The project is also deeply personal for Bilal, arising from a need to objectively capture his past. As a refugee and immigrant, Bilal reflects upon the people and places he was forced to leave behind during his journey from Iraq to Saudi Arabia, to Kuwait and then the U.S. By documenting every moment with the 3rdi, Bilal is able to build an archive of memories, as he could not before.

IMAGE CREDIT (clockwise from top left):
Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Hourglass, 2010, photo: Toni Hafkenscheid; Iara Freiberg, where I'm waiting from (installation), 2013, photo: Toni Hafkenscheid; Wafaa Bilal, 3rdi, 2010-2011, courtesy of the artist; Wael Shawky, Cabaret Crusades: The Path to Cairo (video still), 2012, HD video, color, sound, 59:04 min, courtesy the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut / Hamburg.


Koffler Gallery
4588 Bathurst Street
Toronto ON M2R 1W6
*Exhibition off-site at Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, 9 Queens Quay West

Doris McCarthy Gallery
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto ON M1C 1A4

Art Gallery of York University
Accolade East Building
4700 Keele Street
Toronto ON M3J 1P3

Blackwood Gallery
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Rd. North, Kaneff Building
Mississauga ON L5L 1C6

A Golden Hair ° A Silver Voice

A Golden Hair ° A Silver Voice
July 26-August 5, 2013

An exhibition of news works by Katherine Piro and Brett Despotovich.
109 Niagara Street, Unit 201 A.  Buzzer# 668, Toronto, ON


Drawing on Aluminized Polyester, watercolor, ink on wood panel
collaboration with Katherine Piro

graphite on papyrus
35" x 24"

Jason Lazarus: T.H.T.K (Too Hard to Keep) at Gallery TPW

If you joined us on Saturday's brilliant Gallery & Pub Crawl you've already witnessed this haunting and beautiful exhibition (perhaps the best up in the city right now). Be sure to check it out (and maybe get rid of what makes you ache)

Jason Lazarus T.H.T.K. (Toronto)

July 5 – August 10, 2013
Gallery TPW is pleased to present “Too Hard to Keep,” a site-specific installation by Chicago artist Jason Lazarus, drawn from a growing archive of photographs donated by owners who find them too painful to live with any longer
Gallery TPW- 1256 Dundas Street West Toronto ON M6J 1X5 Canada

Art Spin: Poster Project

Poster Project

The Community Bicycle Network (CBN) and Art Spin are celebrating their 20th and 5th year anniversary respectively. To commemorate these milestones and celebrate the support both organizations have shown towards the cycling community over the years we have decided to partner up and hold a bicycle themed poster competition.

We are looking for imaginative poster designs that celebrate bike culture, which is essentially whatever you take to be most significant about the art of cycling.

Selected submissions will be exhibited at the closing party of the July 25th Art Spin tour where the winning poster will be chosen and awarded a $500 prize, as well as, being featured on both CBN and Art Spin's websites.

Deadline for submissions is Monday, July 15th

Submissions should be sent to:

Please submit high quality image files (preferably TIFF or PDF) at least 300dpi and a minimum of 8 1/2 x 11".

For further questions contact Layne and Rui at




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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Call for Curators

Newsletter #9

Hello curators. We present the opportunities gathered this month and hope you find them at least as interesting as we do. Good luck!

Exhibition Design: online course by Node Center

Node Center’s Online Program offers those interested in contemporary art practices, the opportunity to extend their experience in an internationally oriented e-learning program. Deadline: May 29, 2013 
Read more


Curator, Permanent Collection Display

The Curator will play a key role in delivering an exciting new permanent display at the new Design Museum and managing the museum’s collection in readiness for the move to Kensington High Street.Deadline: June 7, 2013 Read more

Art Gallery Manager

The Axel Vervoordt Gallery, located in Belgium and with a branch office in Connecticut, is establishing a new Gallery in Hong Kong and is looking for a full time Gallery Manager for this new space.
Deadline: June 25, 2013 
Read more

Job opportunity at Whitney Museum of American Art

Open job offer at the Whitney Museum of American Art as Director of Public Programs and Public Engagements, to develop, plan and implement all public programs, including artist-driven events, lectures and conversations, gallery talks, symposia, and courses. Read more

Museum Research Consortium Project Coordinator

With the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Museum of Modern Art has embarked on a four-year (January 1, 2013–December 31, 2016), Museum-based pilot program for the study of objects in MoMA’s collection. Read more

Curatorial Assistant, Contemporary Art, BRIC

The Curatorial Assistant reports to the Director of Contemporary Art and plays a key role in the operation of the Contemporary Art program, with a focus on curatorial duties. This position will begin in late summer 2013. Read more


2013–14 curator residencies – Fogo Island Arts, Canada

Fogo Island Arts Residencies provide opportunities for artists and thinkers from a wide range of disciplines to live and work on Fogo Island (off the coast of Newfoundland) for periods ranging from three to six months. Deadline: June 1, 2013 Read more

VAA Nida Art Colony call for residency applications, curatorial proposals and a trainee

Nida Art Colony (NAC) welcomes proposals from artists, designers, architects, curators, and art researchers for its upcoming residencies on the Baltic Sea coast in the Curonian Spit National Park, Lithuania. Deadline: June 15, 2013 Read more

MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38

MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38, the contemporary art space of the Goethe-Institut New York generously supported by MINI, is presently seeking a Curatorial Resident (2014).
Deadline: June 30, 2013 
Read more


Postgraduate Programme in Curating Zürich

The aim of this Programme is to examine changes in current cultural production and to develop innovative displays in that context. Particularly for participants from the fields of design, art, culture, and media, the programme aims to open new perspectives in the professional field. Deadline: May 31, 2013Read more

Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts offers two courses in curatorial practice

Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts offers two courses in curatorial practice with Bassam El Baroni "Lyotard for the twenty-first century curator: a singular account" and Nancy Adajania "Re-enchanting the curatorial moment: eluding institutional frameworks". Read more


ARTbus: Contemporary Art Bus Tour

ARTbus: Exhibition tour to the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Art Gallery of York University and Oakville Galleries


Sunday 9 June 2013, 11:30 am–5:00 pm

Pick-up and drop-off at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Hart House, University of Toronto)

FREE; advance registration required. To register, contact or 905.844.4402, ext. 27 by Friday 7 June, 4:00 pm.

Ride the ARTbus and discover some of the summer's best exhibitions in the GTA!

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

The summer ARTbus begins at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery with a tour of Screen and Décor by the exhibition's curator Rosemary Heather. For Screen and Décor the use of pattern and ornament (in the sense of extended motif) in contemporary art is understood as an organizing principle in a world of excessive data. Artworks in the exhibition are resonant of a contemporary visual reality characterized by complex patterning. Within the frame of an all-over exhibition design created by Rodney LaTourelle and Louise Witthoeft, Screen and Décor proposes to look at this phenomenon through the work of six artists: Shannon Bool, Simone Gilges, Bernhard Kahrmann, Sanaz Mazinani, Kirstine Roepstorff, and Emmy Skensved.

Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)

The ARTbus continues to the AGYU for a special artist's tour of Sara Angelucci: Provenance Unknown, an exhibition featuring two fledgling bodies of work by Toronto artist Sara Angelucci. Inspired by found, anonymous (unattributed) photographic portraits that the artist purchased on eBay, The Anonymous Chorus and Aviary mark a distinct shift in the artist's practice. In these new works, Angelucci moves away from exploring the familiar to interrogating the anonymous; from investigating her own identity (and family lineage) to tracing the history of others. She mixes analogue sources and digital techniques, and combines artistic genres through collaboration with composers, singers and ornithologists. The Anonymous Chorus and Aviary open a temporally suspended space between past and present, where the subjects of these lost portraits may come to life, once again—in a transformed state of being. Provenance Unknown is curated by AGYU Assistant Director/Curator Emelie Chhangur, and is a primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Oakville Galleries

Finally, at Oakville Galleries participants will visit the group exhibition Auto-Motive: World from the Windshield in Gairloch Gardens and at Centennial Square. Auto-Motive brings together eighteen artists who examine notions of place, perception and emotional experience from the interior of a car. The artworks assembled here explore the material relations and sensations that coalesce behind the windshield. They speak to various outlooks, revealing the car as a driving force for urban change, a site of thought and reflection, and a place for new spatialities and imagined journeys. Artists include Roy Arden, IAIN BAXTER&, Stan Denniston, Christos Dikeakos, Susan Dobson, Fred Herzog, Geoffrey James, Jesper Just, Mara Korkola, John Massey, N.E. Thing Co., Marian Penner Bancroft, Leslie Peters, Martha Rosler, Jon Sasaki, Monica Tap, Jeff Wall, and Paul Wong.


11:15 am: Meet at the Barnicke Gallery for registration check-in followed by tour with the curator.

1:00 pm: Art Gallery of York University. Tour with the artist.

2:30 pm: Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square. Visit Auto-Motive.

3:15 pm: Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens. Continue visit of Auto-Motive. Reception with refreshments.

5:00 pm: Drop-off at the Barnicke Gallery.

In-kind support provided by Trafalgar Brewing Company

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.

Interaccess: Emerging Artists Exhibition: Call for Submissions

Calls for Submissions

General Information

InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre exhibits original projects from artists, curators, and collectives. Keeping with our mission to expand the cultural space of technology, we support electronic, interactive, and new media works in sculpture, installation, video, software, sound/music, and performance.
Proposals for Gallery Exhibitions are reviewed twice a year, following our submission deadlines in May and November. Submissions are reviewed by the Director of Programming and the Programming Committee, made up of members from our Board of Directors. InterAccess pays artist fees in accordance with CARFAC standards. For a gallery floorplan, please click here.


InterAccess 13th Annual Emerging Artists Exhibition

Since its inception in 2001, InterAccess has organized an annual Emerging Artists Exhibition to showcase new media artworks produced by post-secondary students and recent graduates. Curated and organized by a selected emerging curator (or curators), this initiative offers young artists experience and exposure and aims to provide a productive space for the critical exchange of ideas among emerging arts professionals. Past exhibitions have been reviewed by The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star and The National Post. Former participating artists and curators have gone on to work and exhibit at such institutions as the Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, The Banff Centre, Western Front, Space Media Arts (London UK), FACT (Liverpool) and Transmediale (Berlin).
InterAccess is currently seeking submissions from emerging artists in Canada that employ electronic and new media technologies, materials, methods and ideas within their practice. We are accepting submissions from post-secondary students, recent graduates or independent practitioners who identify as emerging.
InterAccess welcomes new media works in the form of: sculpture, installation, video, audio, performance and interactive art. Web-based projects are also welcome. All works submitted must be exhibition-ready. Based on the works selected, the emerging curators will develop an exhibition theme and produce a curatorial essay.
This year’s Emerging Artists Exhibition will be co-curated by Nancy Webb and Natasha Chaykowski.
Each artist selected to exhibit will be paid standard CARFAC artist fees.
The 13th Annual Emerging Artists Exhibition will run from July 26 to August 17, 2013.
Although artists are responsible for installing their own work, InterAccess will provide technical assistance and basic audio/video equipment.
  • Project description (Maximum 1 page)
  • Current CV (Maximum 2 pages)
  • List of technical requirements (Please list materials provided by the artist, as well as any equipment or materials expected from InterAccess)
  • Support material for proposed project/piece as well as of previous work (Maximum 5 files. Images should be 72 dpi and 600x800. URLs can be submitted for large video works.)
Please send all submissions to: info[at] and use “EAE 2013 SUBMISSION” as the subject line.
Total submission package must not exceed 100MB. All written components of the submission should be included in a single PDF file.
The final deadline for submissions is Friday, May 31st, 2013.
Additional information and questions can be directed to the 2013 InterAccess Emerging Curators: Natasha Chaykowski and Nancy Webb at info[at]
InterAccess is a public gallery, teaching facility, and production studio dedicated to the creative use of technology, electronic art, and new media culture. Showcasing both emerging and established new media artists on an international scale, we aim to provide a space for interdisciplinary dialogue, technological experimentation and artistic exchange. In 2013, InterAccess celebrates our 30th anniversary and we look forward to the next 30 years of producing and presenting electronic and digital art.
For more information about InterAccess, please visit
We warmly thank all applicants for their time and interest in InterAccess and the annual Emerging Artists Exhibition. All artist submissions will receive a timely response.
Natasha Chaykowski & Nancy Webb, Curators in Residence
info [at]
9 Ossington Avenue
Toronto, ON, Canada
M6J 2Y8

Call For Vendors: Dundas West Street Festival, June 8

Hello friends & fellow makers of beautiful things!

I have been asked by the Dundas West BIA (Business Improvement Association) to organize a ‘handmade market’ to hit the streets as part of the first ever Dundas West Fest, taking place on June 8th 2013.

The Dundas West Fest is a one-day street festival that will shut down Dundas St. West from Lansdowne St. to Roxton Rd, just east of Ossington. The festival will run from 11am–10pm, offering a full day of music, art, kids’ activities, food & drink, extended patios, shopping and more!

The location is prime. This neighbourhood has become a pretty hip hub offering some of the city’s best in art and design, as well as tons of great vintage shops, a bunch of trendy and delicious brunch spots, and, most importantly, an awesome community that genuinely appreciates and supports locally made goods and independently run businesses like ours!

My goal is to bring together a group of unique but complimentary makers, creators and entrepreneurs for a day-long street market called:
By Hand.
With Heart.
I am reaching out to you because I believe that you have a sharp brand and well executed product that I know you stand behind with pride and passion. The focus is on showcasing local talent and unique, high-quality, handcrafted items, with the goal of giving you great brand exposure and the capacity for exponential sales!

Here are your options:
A.    10 x 10 ft space  = $125.00
B.    5 x 10 ft space  = $75.00                 
* You are responsible for the set up and display of your items (including tables, chairs, tents, etc.)
* You are responsible for the sales of your items.  
* You are obligated to participate in the full duration of the event (11am-10pm)
* The event will run rain or shine!

On top of what the BIA is already committed to doing, I will provide promotion and advertising via multiple social media platforms. In addition to this, vendors are encouraged to promote within their own networks to let your fans know where they can find your goods!

Also, if you know of other vendors who might be interested in participating, please share!

Time is of the essence here as I have had to move very quickly to put this plan into action.  I ask that you do the same and get back to me with your interest ASAP.  Spaces are limited and some are already taken!  Please don't hesitate to direct any questions and concerns my way.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Alessandra Cardarelli

P.S. I am working on developing a monthly market that will take place at a top secret and totally awesome Dundas West location throughout the summer... so what I’m saying is, this street market is just the start of something wonderful! 



Come on over for another evening of sharing what you're working on and some good discussion
...and beers.

All are welcome, bring your pals.

MAY 29, 2013.

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