Mao Correa : Solitary Portraits 2017

Mao Correa : Solitary Portraits 2017

Mao Correa : Solitary Portraits 2017

Date: February 9 – 25, 2017
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday 1-6 pm 
Place: Toronto Centre for the Arts
Cost: Free
Closed: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 for Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship Grant Program info session

Opening Reception:
Date: February 9, 2017
Time: 5-8pm

Join Mao Correa in his most recent art-journey: Solitary Portraits (series 2017) and in welcoming the Express-Art(e) Colombia… A women-window project for a country momentum.


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 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 or 416-338-2469.


Dusty Roads
Low Salaries
Wonderful People
– Edith, 88 Downtown

– 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

Tabla and Taiko

Tabla and Taiko

Tabla and Taiko: Two Ancient Traditions Meet

Cost: $30
Date: April 15, 2017
Time: 7pm

Join Toronto Tabla Ensemble and Nagata Shachu on April 15th, 2017 for an evening of scintillating rhythms at Toronto Centre for the Arts. Both Toronto-based ensembles have contributed immensely to the World Music scene in Canada, raising the profiles of Indian and Japanese music respectively over the last 25 years. This concert will feature compositions by the two ensembles’ maestros, Ritesh Das and Kiyoshi Nagata, who have created new works that maintain each tradition’s form to create a truly novel sound.

The concert will feature percussive traditions whose roots trace back thousands of years with the ultimate goal of bringing communities together in a celebration of Canadian heritage during the country’s 150th year. Both Das and Nagata were among the pioneers of cross-cultural music collaboration in Toronto with their respective ensembles in the early 1990’s. Rejoining forces in 2015, they stunned audiences with a sold out concert at the Harbourfront Centre. One of their newly composed pieces, Sare Panch (Five-and-a-Half), will feature on the upcoming Toronto Tabla Ensemble album Bhumika (Sanskrit word for Earth) to be released in Fall 2017.

Another milestone to be celebrated on the night is the launch of a partnership between Toronto Tabla Ensemble and co-presenter North York Arts. The two arts organizations aim to continue producing unique presentations to foster artistic development in the North York community. After receiving the 2016 Roy Thomson Hall Award from the Toronto Arts Foundation, Toronto Tabla Ensemble’s artistic director Ritesh Das said “2017 is an exciting year and we are always looking to raise the bar”. The Ensemble’s 2017 concert season will also feature an album release concert and a collaboration with modern dance group Kaeja d’Dance at the Harbourfront Centre.


StArt Info Session

StArt Info Session

StreetARToronto 2017 Information Session
Cost: FREE

Date: January 19, 2017
Time: 3PM – 5PM
Place: North York Arts, 5040 Yonge St., Toronto, ON

Are you an artist or non-profit arts/community organization looking to learn more about opportunities with StreetARToronto (StART)? Please join us for an informative presentation and Q&A session about our exciting programs!

Please e-mail with any questions or accessibility requirements.


Kiss and Cry

Kiss and Cry

Kiss and Cry

Cost: $20

Date: Feb 4, 2017

Time: 8pm

Place: Toronto Centre for the Arts

Kiss and Cry is a romantic drama based on the story of Carley Allison, a promising 18 year old figure skater and singer who made medical history in her fight against a rare 1 in 3.5 billion type of cancer. The film stars Luke Bilyk, Chantal Kreviazuk, Naomi Sneickus and Sarah Fisher as Carley. Sarah Fisher and Carley Allison were best friends in real life. This is a Toronto premiere screening with cast, crew and special guests in attendance.

Feb 4th show at the Toronto Centre for the Arts is SOLD OUT! 

Art Starts Annual Showcase

Art Starts Annual Showcase

Cost: FREE

Date: December 7, 2016

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

Place: Toronto Centre for the Arts

As artists and art educators, we seek to critique the world around us, share pieces of our culture and celebrate diversity. Through our creative works, we have the power to speak freely without fear of being stereotyped, judged, dismissed or silenced. Join us for our annual showcase as we share a night of creative expression; connecting Torontonians to a fun, interactive and engaging multi-disciplinary arts experience.

We ask. We Listen. We Create- Together


My Dear Veterans

My Dear Veterans

My Dear Veterans

A photography exhibition by Ludmila Schnaider

The “My Dear Veterans” project (2014-2016) is about Canadian WWII veterans living in Toronto, many of whom are almost 100 years old. They have a history which we will never know if we do not help them share it with us.This collection of over 60 artistic portraits includes portraits of veterans and landscape photos from Auschwitz.

Lower Gallery, Toronto Centre for the Arts

5040 Yonge St.

November 11-25th, 2016

Reception November 11, 12-3pm

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 1-4:30pm or by appointment

Film Screening: The liberation of Auschwitz (Poland)

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!


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

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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.

Jesus Mora – Cosmovision Maya

Jesus Mora – Cosmovision Maya

Jesus Mora – Cosmovision Maya

This September, Jesus Mora’s exhibits Cosmovision Maya at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Presented by North York Arts, a Fellowship from The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and a grant from the Ontario Arts Council, Mora’s series of paintings explore the teaches of Mayan cosmology he has learned from Bartolo Alvarez, a K’iche’ elder of the community.

Using the ancient texts of the Pop Wuj, a series of paintings were created using Mayan iconography. Mora writes: “The subjects of my work have a life cycle of their own, within which are contained reality, fantasy, the microscopic world and the universe. This represents a constant conversation between ourselves and our surroundings not only in the material world but also in the subconscious one.” You can see paintings from Cosmovision Maya at the Toronto Centre for the Arts in the Lower Gallery from September 8th to the 28th.

A reception will be held on Mexican Independence Day, September 15th, from 5:30-7:30pm.

Learn more about Jesus Mora at: