Airsa Art: Nowruzgan

Airsa Art: Nowruzgan

Nowruzgan: Multicultural Art Exhibition

 

Date: March 17 – 26, 2017
Opening Reception: March 18,2017 – 6-8pm
Place: Toronto Centre for the Arts

Nowruz (also called Noruz, Nowrooz, and Navruz), the “New Year” holiday, has been celebrated for at least 2,500 years, and perhaps for as long as 5,000 years. Originating in Persia, its name means “new day” in Farsi/Persian because it marks the first day of the New Year. The exact beginning of the New Year occurs when the season changes from winter to spring on the vernal equinox, which usually happens on 20 or 21 March each year.

International Nowruz Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution A/RES/64/253 of 2010, at the initiative of several countries that share this holiday (Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan). Also in Ontario, March 21 is proclaimed as Nowruz Day as an Act in 2006.

Nowruzgan, Multicultural Art Exhibition @Toronto Centre for the Arts

Nowruzgan is a multicultural art exhibition to celebrate Nowruz and the first day of spring. The event aims to share the holiday with the community and give a voice to multiple artists and their personal interpretations.

 

        

My City My Six

My City My Six

My City My Six

Tell your story in six words

My City My Six is a participatory public art project that will reveal Toronto and its residents in celebration of Canada 150, six words at a time. From January through May 2017, the My City My Six project will ask Torontonians of all ages and backgrounds to share something essential about themselves in six words.

Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a six word story. He responded with, “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn”, and the six word story was born.

Based on the six word story concept popularized by Smith Magazine, this project invites Torontonians to write and contribute six words that best tells their story. My City My Six will culminate in a city-wide exhibition in the public realm in the fall of 2017, showing the diverse lives that collectively make up this great city at this moment in time.

This project is led by Toronto Arts and Culture in collaboration with the city’s six Local Arts Service Organizations. Stories will be collected through emails, workshops, and events. A jury, including Toronto’s Poet Laureate Anne Michaels, will select stories to appear in the exhibition, which will include transit shelters, transit interiors, billboards, and other public spaces. Local galleries, businesses and public spaces will also be animated as part of the exhibition in September and October 2017.

See sample six word stories below: (Courtesy of 6 Words Minneapolis)

 

To Participate:

Please email culturalhotspot@toronto.ca and include:

  • your six word story
  • your first name
  • the name of your neighbourhood
  • your age

If you have questions about the My City My Six project, please contact Andrea Raymond-Wong, Community Cultural Coordinator at Andrea.Raymond-Wong@toronto.ca or 416-338-2469.

 

Dusty Roads
Low Salaries
Wonderful People
– Edith, 88 Downtown

Murals
Hip-hop
Uppercut
Boxing
Coffeeshop
– Alf, 17, North Mpls.

 

At Ninety-Nine, I’m still a Musician
– Gabrielle, 99 SW Seniors Ctr.

I was afraid, now I’m fierce
– Maggie, 38, N.E.

Go to the Park and Play
– Zara, 4 Fulton

All My Life, I’ve held on
– Anonymous, 18, Kingfield

Cultural Hotspot North York Closing Celebration & North York Arts 5th Anniversary Open House

Cultural Hotspot North York Closing Celebration & North York Arts 5th Anniversary Open House

Cultural Hotspot North York Closing & North York Arts 5th Anniversary Open House

Join us in celebration of art and community in North York!

FREE

With special presentations by:

Ephraim’s Place Elite Dance Squad
Art Starts The Next Up Youth Music Program
Award winning short film by Cinematoscape

Visual arts exhibitions by:

Dreamation Creative Foundations
The Israeli Artists Group Illusions & Reality

Artisan Market
Live DJ
Ticket giveaways
Tango Demos by Tango Soul
And More!

Light Refreshments Served
TTC Accessible

Time: Friday, October 28, 2016, 3-7pm
Place: Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street
Cost: FREE

Arts Live at Lee Lifeson Art Park

Arts Live at Lee Lifeson Art Park

Arts Live at Lee Lifeson Art Park

On October 1st, 2016, from 1-5pm, North York Arts and Cultural Hotspot will celebrate the inaugural season of the Lee Lifeson Art Park in Willowdale. Nestled in the heart of North York (Ward 23), the park provides a beautifully landscaped green space providing full accessibility to an open air performance space, with ample room for programming of arts markets, as well as seasonal and temporary installations, with programming including festivals, bi-weekly events and workshops. Programming includes Toronto Recycling Arts Eco-Arts Exhibition, an Aztec Dance Workshop, a Youth Arts Showcase featuring Elite Dance Squad from Ephraim’s Place Community Centre, music from Arts Starts, and Spoken Word from Sociphoria with Patrick Walter.

Tuesday Night Live

Tuesday Night Live

Every Tuesday evening between July 5 – August 23, check out this series of summer concerts featuring performances by local musicians and other programming! On July 5th, Join us in opening the summer season with food and entertainment 5:00-6:45 p.m.

Arts in the Parks

Arts in the Parks

Arts in the Parks

Cost: Free
When: Summer 2016
Where: Parks across Toronto

Arts in the Parks is a free annual outdoor initiative that brings arts events to parks across Toronto. Events include performances, dance, music, theatre, film, community-engaged work, and temporary installations by arts groups.

Downsview Memorial Parkette 10 Year Anniversary

Downsview Memorial Parkette 10 Year Anniversary

Cost: Free
When: June 26, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Where: Downsview Memorial Parkette, 1092 Wilson Ave.

The community is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Downsview Memorial Parkette. This award-winning park is a community hub, a memorial space for Downsview’s fallen World War II soldiers, and a commemoration space for Downsview’s Aerospace heritage. Join us in celebrating with arts, local talent, music, a full festival, attractions, a sound stage, unique food, and more.

Earl Bales Arts and Music Festival

Earl Bales Arts and Music Festival

 The Earl Bales Park Arts and Music Festival is an annual free, one day event celebrating the arts and culture of North York and Toronto. Taking place in Earl Bales Park, the festival features performances by a variety of musicians across a number of genres, displays by Toronto artists, activities for children and food booths from local restaurants.

Cost: Free
When: June 26, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Where: Earl Bales Park, 4169 Bathurst St

Learn More:
Website

Cultural Hotspot North York Launch

Cultural Hotspot North York Launch

Cultural Hotspot Launch

Cost: FREE
Date: Wednesday, May 11
Time:  3:30-5:30pm
Place: Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr.

Enjoy performances featuring Nagata Shachu taiko drummers, DJ MelBoogie, Beny Esguerra and New Tradition, The Real Sun and Tiffany Gooch. This event includes FREE admission to the Aga Khan Museum’s exhibition Marvellous Creatures: Animals in Islamic Art.

Official remarks commence at 4:30pm.

Please RSVP to culturalhotspot@toronto.ca or 416-392-1210.

Wolho Korean Brush Painting and Calligraphy Institute

Wolho Korean Brush Painting and Calligraphy Institute

Wolho Korean Brushpainting and Calligraphy Institute

Date: 
Wednesday, May 11 – Tuesday, May 17
Reception on Wednesday, May 11

Time:
Reception 4-7pm
Gallery Hours 11-5pm Sunday CLOSED

Place: Studio Theatre, Toronto Centre for the Arts 5040 Yonge Street

Come celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Wolho Korean Brush Painting and Calligraphy Institute!