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





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.


Thank you so much to everyone that joined us for our seasonal gallery crawl on February 7.

Lastly- a big ol' thanks to Kronenbourg 1664 for their continued support of Akin Collective.

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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.