Art Hear @ TOAE

Akin Collective



Akin Collective is  thrilled to present 

a unique series of free panel discussions and artist talks at The Toronto Outdoor art Exhibition 2015.

Talks will span topics and themes including the role of public art and the ownership of public spaces, shifts in the Toronto art world, the internet as artistic space, the benefits of outdoor art, and new methods of engaging public spaces all centered around the theme of “expectations”.

Art Hear Tent at City Hall! 100 Queen Street West.

Friday, September 18:

12:30 pm

: “Art and the Internet”

Alex Mcleod, Artist

Benjamin Bruneau, Artist and critic

Tough Guy Mountain, Artists.

4:30 pm

: “Claiming Public Space: Who does Public Art belong to?”

Ben Mills, Vice President, Public Art Management

Lilie Zendel, Manager, StreetARToronto (StART)

Laura Berazadi, Metrolinx Senior Advisor, Integrated Art

Lara Tarlo, City Planning, City of Toronto

Saturday, September 19:

2:00 pm

: “Outdoor Spaces: Activations, Interventions”

VSVSVS, Artists

Tania Thompson, Founder, 


 Drive Art Projects

Sean Martindale, Artist

3:00 pm

: Performance Art: “Audiences and Attention”

Bridget Moser, Artist

Shannon Cochrane, Artist/Director of FADO Performance Art Centre

Basil AlZeri, Artist

Sunday, September 20:


: “Collectives and Collaborations: The Shared Spaces”

Oliver Pauk, Founder and Director, Akin Collective

Adil Dhalla, Director of Culture, Centre for Social Innovation

Ashley Proctor, Founder, Creative Bluerprint & Foundery


:“Popular Commentary: Topics in Toronto’s Art Scene”

David Liss, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

Shari Orenstein, Conversations from Toronto Art World

Jamie Angell, Director, Angell Gallery




Akin Collective X Drake Hotel: Gallery Crawl

Join Akin Collective for an afternoon of contemporary gallery tours, talks and beers.

The group will meet at Akin Collective: 444 Dufferin Street, Unit E at 12:00PM for

FREE Kronenbourg tall cans

before heading for special tours at the following galleries:


Paul Petro Contemporary


Angell Gallery

Katharine Mulherin

The Hop will end with a VIP tour of the Drake Hotel's current exhibition and permanent collection with curator Mia Nielsen.

Join us afterwards in the Drake's North Lounge. $4 Mill Street pints! Bring you friends!

All are welcome.

Can't join the group until later? Call and see where we are at: 647-883-8295.


Workshops are  led by professional artists and skilled arts educators 
Ages 4-12  |  Free (Suggested donation of $5)  |  Drop-in (RSVP not required)

Photo Journey: Photography on the Street with Oliver Pauk

MAY 24 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Keeping in theme with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival’s month of photography, MOCCA will lead a photographic scavenger hunt in the museum and surrounding neighbourhood.
Participants will be supplied with disposable film cameras and upon completing the workshop, MOCCA will mail out the printed photos.
Workshop led by artist, Oliver Pauk.
Participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of the workshop.
For more information contact Michael Vickers, 416-395-7436

Mini MOCCA is generously supported by

Mini MOCCA: Free Workshops for Children at MOCCA

MOCCA presents an engaging children's workshop series featuring exhibition-related arts, crafts, and play-based exploration

Workshops are led by professional artists and skilled arts educators from our local community

Ages 4-12
Free (Suggested donation of $5)
Drop-in (RSVP not required)
Maximum 15-20 participants

*Participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of the workshop
For more information contact Michael Vickers mvickers@mocca.ca416-395-7436

Douglas Coupland-themed Mini MOCCA workshops

March 1: 9:00am-11:00am
Canada in Collage!
What does Canada look like to you? Cut, tear, stick and paste together your own portrait of our nation. Using magazines such as Macleans, Canadian Living and more, participants will explore what our country looks like and create their own unique collages of that vision. What is Canada? What are some uniquely Canadian ‘secret handshakes?’ Participants will use a myriad of arts and crafts materials to explore what it means to be Canadian and make their own collage landscapes to take home. This workshop is led by artist Jacquelyn van Kampen and the Collage Collective.

March 22: 9:00am-11:00am
Colour Coupland: Make Your Own Sketchbook
What is a sketchbook for? How is a sketchbook like a diary? Participants will discuss these ideas and make their own unique sketchbook before practicing using everything from crayons to ink to markers and more. Let their imaginations fill its fresh new pages and then take the book home to explore their creativity further! This session is led by crafter and artist Steph Hung.

April 12: 9:00am-11:00am
Mini Modern Houses: Prints and Inks
Inspired by Coupland’s piece, 345 Modern Houses, participants will design the layout for their ideal room – whether it’s a kitchen, library, bedroom, or playroom – then turn it into an edition of handmade prints! Using printmaking materials and brightly coloured inks and papers, these floor plan prints will be traded amongst participants then arranged to explore and create possible configurations for a MOCCA Mini modern house. This workshop is led by artist Elizabeth Underhill.

April 19: 9:00am-11:00am
Utopian Tower Time
After a special access tour of Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything, participants (and parents that secretly love lego) will look at famous buildings from across the country and then see how Coupland uses building blocks in his artwork. Then it’s time for participants to unleash their creativity and build their own dream constructions! Part architecture, part sculpture, part collaborative installation. Join the group as we create a complex and colourful utopian urban landscape!
Mini MOCCA is generously supported by

Special thanks to Action Potential Lab and Konrad Group.

Akin Collective Crit #28 at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art- Thursday November 27

For the November edition of our monthly open art critique, AKIN Collective has been invited by the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) and iconic Canadian artist Vera Frenkel to host Akin Crit 28 in the Transit Bar at the museum.
F/B Event

Thursday, November 27. 6:30-9:00pm.
952 Queen Street West.

Bring your work in progress, your friends, your ideas and your thinking cap. And snacks.

$5 drinks available at the bar all night long


Check out this sweet book club- including one led by our own Michael Vickers on November 9th!



Naked Brunch Book Club

Auteur, David Cronenberg has drawn frequently from literature with deeply psychological narratives, existential crises and transgressive characters.

Alongside the exhibition David Cronenberg: Transformation the Naked Brunch Book Club will meet over three titles taken from a list of books that Cronenberg has adapted to film. Reserve your spot for one or all of the discussions. Be prepared to enter the worlds of intensely co-dependent twin gynaecologists, a genteel café owner and family man with a jarring past, and a junkie who travels through a twisted temporal reality searching for a fix while fleeing arrest.

Whilst there will croissants and tea, this is not the Jane Austen book club. There will be PERVERSE THEMES. There will be OBSCENE LANGUAGE. There will be VIOLENCE.

RSVP – Each meeting limited to 15 participants
BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and come prepared for a discussion
Please reserve your spot by emailing:
Your name
phone number
title of the book & club meeting date you wish to participate in
Email to

September 28, 10 am

FREE, limited to 15 participants, RSVP required
Light breakfast provided

Twins by Bari Wood and Jack Geasland
Twins is a spellbinding novel of the bizarre lives and shocking deaths of twin doctors—bound together by more than brotherly love, damned together to a private hell of unspeakable obsessions. Twins was made into the motion picture Dead Ringers.

October 12, 10 am

FREE, limited to 15 participants, RSVP required
Light breakfast provided

A History of Violence, written by John Wagner and illustrated by Vince Locke

Presented in graphic novel form, this suspenseful crime story is about Tom McKenna, a family man who becomes an instant media celebrity when he thwarts a robbery at his own diner. McKenna's newfound fame draws the attention of a group of merciless mobsters who have been looking to settle a score with him for over 20 years. Now, as the killers descend upon his small town in Middle America, the Brooklyn native must face the actions of his youth and relive his past history of violence as he attempts to salvage the life he has built and keep his family out of harm's way.

November 9, 10 am
Free, limited to 15 participants, RSVP required
Light breakfast provided

Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs

Naked Lunch is the unnerving tale of a monumental descent into the hellish world of a narcotics addict as he travels from New York to Tangiers, then into Interzone, a nightmarish modern urban wasteland in which the forces of good and evil vie for control of the individual and all of humanity. By mixing the fantastic and the realistic with his own unmistakable vision and voice, Burroughs has created a unique masterpiece that is a classic of twentieth century fiction.

ARTbus- September 15


ARTbus: Exhibition tour to the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Art Gallery of Hamilton and Oakville Galleries

Sunday 15 September 2013, 11:30 am–5:00 pm

Pick-up and drop-off at MOCCA (952 Queen Street West, Toronto)
$10 donation includes admission to all galleries and afternoon refreshments by Trafalgar Brewing Company and Whole Foods Market, Oakville
For reservations, contact or 905.844.4402, ext. 27 by Friday 13 September, 4:00 pm

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

Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA)
The fall ARTbus begins at MOCCA with a tour of David Cronenberg: Transformation. The exhibition features six new TIFF-commissioned artworks by leading Canadian and international contemporary artists who share pioneering Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg's inspirations from literature and philosophy—writers such as Marshall McLuhan, William S. Burroughs and J.G. Ballard—and his fascination with biological horror, the human psyche and the merging of humans and media. Artists on view include Candice Breitz, James Coupe, Marcel Dzama, Jeremy Shaw, Jamie Shovlin, and Laurel Woodcock. Organized by MOCCA and TIFF, and curated by David Liss, Artistic Director & Curator, MOCCA; and Noah Cowan, Artistic Director, TIFF. Supported by the Government of Ontario, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Hal Jackman Foundation. Also on view is Camille Henrot | Grosse Fatigue, curated by Andréa Picard and presented in collaboration with TIFF Future Projections. Supported by the Hal Jackman Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH)
The ARTbus continues to the AGH for a tour of Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins: The CollaborationistsThe Collaborationists is an extensive exhibition of the multi-faceted works of Canadian artists Marman and Borins. Comprised of major installations and kinetic sculptures, as well as a selection of paintings and an audio station, this landmark exhibition highlights the recent production of this highly insightful artist duo. Drawing from the theories of mid-century modernist art, with a focus on information as a subject, the works explore intellectual subjects in a refreshingly playful manner. Co-curated by Melissa Bennett, Art Gallery of Hamilton; and Linda Jansma, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery.

Oakville Galleries

Next, at Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square participants will visit the group exhibition Surface Tension, guest-curated by Jacob Korczynski. Over the past decade digital media has transformed how we take pictures and how existing images circulate in the world. While many artists have questioned where to locate images in our contemporary context, their ongoing presence in museums and galleries underscores that—alongside more dematerialized forms—images remain with us physically. Surface Tension presents recent works by Canadian and international artists that readily engage with this persistent materiality. Artists on view include Matthew Buckingham, Nina Canell & Robin Watkins, Youngmi Chun, Kelly Jazvac, Sreshta Rit Premnath, Jimmy Robert, and Mark Soo.

Finally, the ARTbus finishes at Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens with the solo exhibition Kelly Jazvac: PARK, curated by Jon Davies. Over the past several years, London-based artist Kelly Jazvac has worked primarily with the medium of discarded adhesive vinyl, which she gleans from the printing industry. In PARK, her first solo museum exhibition, Jazvac will respond to the distinctive context of Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens with a suite of recent sculptural works, videos, found objects, and a new site-specific wallpaper installation based on a photo shoot in the Gardens.


11:15 am: Meet outside the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art for sign-in.
11:30 am: Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. Tour of David Cronenberg: Transformation and Camille Henrot | Grosse Fatigue.
1:15 pm: Art Gallery of Hamilton. Tour of Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins: The Collaborationists.
2:30 pm: Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square. Visit Surface Tension.
3:30 pm: Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens. Visit Kelly Jazvac: PARK. Reception with refreshments.
5:00 pm: Drop-off at MOCCA.
In-kind support provided by Trafalgar Brewing Company and Whole Foods Market, Oakville

Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

952 Queen Street West, Toronto

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton

Oakville Galleries

Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square: 120 Navy St, Oakville
Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens: 1306 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville

Images (left to right): Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins, Pavilion of the Blind, 2013, courtesy of Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto and Tierney Gardarin Gallery, New York; Marcel Dzama, Une Danse Des Bouffons (or A Jester's Dance) (film still), 2013, commissioned by TIFF, 2013. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner Gallery, New York/London; Kelly Jazvac, Salp, 2012, courtesy of the artist and Louis B. James, New York. Photo: Dave Kemp.


JULY 13, 2013.


Join your hosts from AKIN for a summer stroll to various galleries and a few patio pints in the sun.

Meet at the southern entrance gates to Trinity Bellwoods Park. ( We'll be nearby with blankets.

DRINK: Stealthy public drinking in park
GALLERY: Clint Roenisch
DRINK: Sweaty Betty’s patio
GALLERY: O’Born Contemporary
GALLERY: Cooper Cole
DRINK: Communist’s Daughter
GALLERY: Angell Gallery
DRINK: Trinity Bellwoods patio
GALLERY: Stephen Bulger Gallery
DRINK/STUDIO/GOODBYE HUGS: Akin Collective Studio. 444 Dufferin St. Unit E

Galleries/Watering holes subject to change.

PS. Don't feel like you have to be into alcohol to join. Come along and just drink watermelon lemonade.

PPS. If you can't make it there for the whole thing just call Oliver (416-826-2053) or myself (647-883-8295) to join the group.