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New Canadian Global Music Orchestra to perform at Cultura Festival

An exciting opportunity to celebrate Canada 150 is coming to North York this month -  a performance by The New Canadian Global Music Orchestra. This incredible band is set to perform at the 8th annual Cultura Festival on July 14th at 8pm at Mel Lastman Square. Created...

Snapd Artist Feature: Benjamin Hackman

Benjamin Hackman is a poet, composer, and percussionist living on Toronto Island. His poetry has appeared in periodicals across the country including Canadian Literature, Carte Blanche, and The Literary Review of Canada. Creatively, what interests him most is the...

Finding Home featured on CBC Our Toronto

As Canada’s 150th anniversary approaches, we reflect on how we have made this country our home. In a place with such diversity, every Canadian brings a unique perspective on what home means to them. The collaborative photography exhibition “Finding Home,” presented...

Snapd Artist Feature: Kelly Gammie and Queenie Seguban

School Of Groove Created by professional dancers Kelly Gammie and Queenie Seguban is School of Groove - a dance training and mentorship program dedicated to nurturing strong and confident young female dancers. School of Groove acts as a bridge – connecting dancers to...

Snapd Artist Feature: Dana Prieto

BIO I am an Argentine artist and educator based in Toronto with a BFA in Drawing and Painting from OCAD University. My work circles around the mundane through the creation of spaces, images and actions that propose uncanny participatory experiences. I meticulously...

Bringing Communities Together with Nowruz

Kicking off the springtime holiday season was Nowruz, the New Year celebrated in at least 19 countries and a holiday that is widely observed throughout Toronto. To celebrate, Airsa Art & Thought Association, a young North York-based arts organization, brought a...

Snapd Artist Feature: Paola Gomez

Biographical Statement: Paola Gomez is a trained human rights lawyer, community organizer, public speaker, artist facilitator, writer and dreamer. A member of PEN Canada’s Writers in Exile and an advocate, Paola is involved in causes such as ending violence against...

Stitching Our Stories

Legacy Collective, a North York-based senior engagement initiative, found inspiration in Arpilleras of Chile and other Latin American textiles, and the results were extraordinary. The artwork, showcased in March at The North York Community House, told the important...

Snapd Artist Feature: Benjamin de Graaf

BIOGRAPHY I have decided to create a world where everything is about music and people two things I love Benjamin de Graaf has executed over a 300+ successful events ranging from weddings, corporate leadership series, fundraisers and community events through his DJ...

Snapd Artist Feature: Razak Pirani

Biography Razak Pirani is an emerging tabla player and artist in Toronto who has studied the North Indian classical percussion instrument under master Ritesh Das for the last eight years. In 2011, Razak joined the Toronto Tabla Ensemble as an apprentice and over the...

Snapd Artist Feature: Sean Cisterna

BIO Sean Cisterna is a feature film and television director. He directed and produced the 2011 road trip comedy Moon Point, which played the international festival circuit to great success, winning several awards. In 2013, the Hot Docs International Documentary...

This Spot is Hot: Downsview Library Photo Project

Last Month, North York Arts and Snapd North York continued with our community Snapd photo project initiative with youth from Downsview Library! As part of Cultural Hot Spot North York, youth learned the basics of photography in a one day workshop facilitated by...

Snapd Artist Feature: Hussain Alismail

Artist Statement: Correlative action between different groups of people in one community or group of communities is essential to establish identity and culture, which are being interchanged today. The various nexus that tug at our social connections, which are made up...

This Spot is Hot: Fairview Library Photo Project!

On August 20th, we continued our Snapd Photo project with youth from Fairview Library! As part of Cultural Hotspot North York, youth learned the basics of photography in a one day workshop facilitated by a professional photographer Brittany Carmichael. Participants...

Snapd Artist Feature: Jesus Mora

Snapd Artist Feature: Guggenheim Fellow Jesus Mora brings Mayan Culture to North York This September, Jesus Mora’s Cosmovision Maya will exhibit at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Supported by North York Arts, a Fellowship from The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial...

North York Arts to celebrate Willowdale’s Lee Lifeson Art Park

This October, North York Arts and Hotspot Signature Projects will celebrate the inaugural season of the Lee Lifeson Art Park in Willowdale - Toronto’s first park offering performing and visual arts to the public. Nestled in the heart of North York (Ward 23), the park...

Emerging Artist Brings his Work to North York Festival

For the fifth year in a row, we at North York Arts were thrilled to be part of Cultura Festival, an incredible summer event that brings arts and culture to the North York community. Created by Councillor John Filion, Cultura presents music, film, dance, and food, free...

Newcomers Learn from Each Other Through the Arts

This August, Airsa Art & Thought Association invited newcomer artists to participate in My Art, My New Land, a series of improvisation workshops to help overcome challenges faced when arriving in a new city. Throughout the month, these workshops help to build...

This Spot is Hot: Flemingdon Park Photo Project!

In July we continued our Snapd Photo project with youth from Flemingdon Park! As part of Cultural Hotspot North York, youth learned the basics of photography in a one day workshop facilitated by a professional photographer Maha Munaf. Participants took photos of their...

North York Arts Presenting Sunday Serenades 2016

Sunday Serenades is back for another year with incredible bands! This free outdoor concert series will feature some of Ontario’s best live swing, big band, and jazz acts. Taking place every Sunday between July 3 and August 14 from 7:30pm – 9:00pm at Mel Lastman Square...

This Spot is Hot: Ephraim’s Place!

In May we introduced Snapd Photo project to youth from Ephraim's Place! As part of Cultural Hotspot North York, youth learned the basics of photography in a one day workshop facilitated by a professional photographer Adeyemi Adegbesan. Participants took photos of...