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Nuit Blanche 2017

September 30 @ 7:00 pm – October 1 @ 7:00 am

Visit site-specific installations and art experiences through the building from dusk to dawn.

The TwoPenny Cafe will also be open till 2am for a much-needed caffeine infusion!

Projects include:

Meeting-Place
Meeting-Place
Tamo Vamo
Tamo Vamo
The Space In Between
The Space In Between
Invisible Tattoos
Invisible Tattoos
Rendering of Layered Cities
Rendering of Layered Cities
Collide-O-Scope
Collide-O-Scope

Sean Cartwright & Kristina Boka
Tamo Vamo, 2017
Flex Studio 109
This piece recounts the true story of a young woman who left her childhood home in Sarajevo in 1992. Past experiences that are relevant in today’s world are explored: the plight of refugees that are desperate to migrate to a safe haven, their adaptation to a new way of life in a unfamiliar place, and their eventual choice between staying in Canada or moving back to their former war-torn home to begin again. Her story is told though an abstract visual projection in combination with audio recordings, in a mix of languages. The video is a non-linear, erratic, dream-like narrative that will further echo the confusion and tension of her experience.

Simin Keramati
The Space In Between All The Physical Objects, 2015
Flex Studio 106
This work is about the causes of migration, when people must flee their homes due to war and hunger, and about the experience of being in a transitional, displaced state. People are seen floating in the air in the middle of nowhere. Their movements are in slow motion. The film is shown in three frames. Viewers see a symmetry of floating people on the two bracketing frames. In the middle frame, a woman is seen lying on the floor on top of a pile of photos and newspapers featuring images of people fleeing war and hunger. The audio track features sounds of waves hitting the beach (with an implied connection to the drowned bodies in the newspaper images). Subtitles (English and Persian) narrate an ancient text by the Iranian philosopher Suhrevardi about a bird in search of Eden.

Zahra Saleki
Invisible Tattoos, 2016
Flex Studio 108
Invisible Tattoos begins with a powerful image: 150 sets of eyes, belonging to Canadians, First Nations, and newcomers, stare back at you as you enter the room. A large text projection overlaps, depicting a combination of personal stories and historical facts relating to Canada. Your silhouette interacts as you move throughout the installation, symbolizing how the people we see every day carry with them specific stories and histories.

Anne Hanrahan
Rendering of Layered Cities Installation, 2017
Flex Studio 107
What happens when different views of urban development are brought to Canada? This installation investigates city transformation in Canada and countries that Canadians have originated from by layering images of both settings to suggest new forms of urban experiences. Based on diverse cultural design practices that citizens bring to their city, the projections stand in a maze-like structure where they change with the audience’s movement through the space. Exploring the themes of phenomenology and sense of place, the user will self-create a unique visual experience producing an immersive involvement with the content.

Jessica Runge & Arthur Cormack, with choreography by Peter Chin
Collide-O-Scope, 2017
Studio 103 (Intergalactic Arts Collective)
Resident Dance Artist Jessica Runge and her partner Arthur Cormack will be on-site to present Collide-O-Scope, a family-friendly interactive new-media and dance presentation. The Collide-O-Scope is a virtual puzzle that invites viewers to consider, interact with, and connect with each other through the topography of the virtual space it creates. Themed craft activities available for children with supervision by care-givers.

Unveiling our new exterior space

September 19, 2017

After three months of construction, we are thrilled to reveal our new exterior space! This morning we celebrated with our tenants, the Artscape Youngplace condo board and community members at the official reveal event for this functional, fresh and environmentally friendly exterior.

Image: The new exterior space.

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Coffee & Conversation with MATTHEW SCHOFIELD

Coffee & Conversation is pleased to share this interview with visual artist Matthew Schofield. Matthew has an impressive resume; he has exhibited in Paris, Brussels, Florence, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Brooklyn, Chicago, Miami, Provincetown and Toronto. It was sincerely a treat to interview Matthew in his private studio space and talk about his artistic roots, current projects and continuous growth as an artist.

Coffee and Conversations aerial shot of an americano

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Coffee & Conversation with SALVADOR ALANIS and XIMENA BERECOCHEA

Grab your favourite caffeinated beverage and read our latest Coffee & Conversation interview with Institute for Creative Exchange (ICE) founders Salvador Alanis and Ximena Berecochea. This power couple facilitates workshops designed to promote artistic collaboration with a focus on creative processes. I got to chat with the lovely duo about the workshops, the importance of collaboration, and I even learned a few fun facts about the pair!  Continue reading

SummerWorks at Artscape Youngplace

Beat the summertime heat and stay cool indoors with SummerWorks!

Join us for the SummerWorks 2017 Festival at Artscape Youngplace and see two shows happening in Flex Studios 107 & 109. TwoPenny café will also be open for a much-needed caffeine infusion and snacks!

 

SummerWorks Performance Schedule:

The Smile Off Your Face

Originally Created by Ontroerend Goed; Directed by Brian Postalian

 

Photo by Brian Postalian

 

Blindfolded and sitting in a moving chair, one audience member at a time is guided through this immersive performance. The Smile Off Your Face invites you into a sensory experience, moving through a room of imaginative wonder. Surrounded by eight performers, embark on a one-of-a-kind journey that’s all about you.

 

Where: Flex Studio 107

Show Times: August 3rd – 13th | Run-time on the quarter/half/ and hour for 30 minutes

Tickets: $15, $25 or $35 and can be purchased online http://summerworks.ca/artists/the-smile-off-your-face/

 

Paths

Created by Aria Evans and Jesse Wabegijig

 

Photo by Aria Evans

 

You are invited to enter an immersive environment of video, sound, design, and movement – a maze full of twists and turns, with surprise performances and interactive movement vignettes hiding just around the corner. Travelling in groups of six, you will wander through a world inspired by the four elements and our environmental footprint on the earth. There will be free gallery viewings of the installation at 2:00 pm on August 5 and 6.

 

Where: Flex Studio 109

Show Times: August 4th – 6th | Run-time on the quarter/half/ and hour for 30 minutes

Tickets: $15, $25 or $35 and can be purchased online http://summerworks.ca/artists/paths/

FRINGE at Artscape Youngplace

The Toronto Fringe Festival runs from July 5 to16 with live performances happening across the city.  Escape the summer heat and catch a show (or four) at Artscape Youngplace. Here is the list of Fringe shows we have going on:

 

White Wedding by Taylor Marie Graham

 

Lisa and her brilliantly analytical mind are having trouble understanding why we spend so much time celebrating painful emotions like love. Will attending her childhood best friend’s wedding at her old high school help clear things up? Maybe she should just hide upstairs.

White Wedding is a new site specific play written and directed by Taylor Marie Graham premiering at the 2017 Toronto Fringe. This bizarre comedy explores those inevitable life questions that come up after all the anticipation of a wedding is over. Who are we really? And what is the point of it all?

 

This is Not She by Julia Haist

 

It’s the first day of the new semester, and the grade eleven Shakespeare unit! Take your seat, open your books, and if something seems a little off about Mrs. Lee-Humbert, it’s not just you.

This is Not She is an interactive solo show written and performed by Julia Haist that explores the relationship between teacher and student, taking dark and unexpected turns along the way. Audience members can expect to read from one of Shakespeare’s more obscure plays, Troilus and Cressida, share their own thoughts on love and war, and get to know their teacher far more intimately than anyone anticipated, including the teacher herself.

 

Rise/Fall by Jake Fulton

 

Society has been separated by a wall. Witness the story of a revolution? But only from one side. Set in a not so distant Toronto, this is a dystopian story where a wall runs down the middle of the city and the wealthy leaders have banished anyone of minority to live on the other side. The audience will be split in two, and only watch from one side of the wall; they will only catch half of the story. This creation process has doubled as an experiment in theatrical techniques. Our cast members are in the same situation as our audience will be. Until the cast party after The Fringe, our actors will have no idea what happens on the opposite side of the wall. The reality of the fear and paranoia is magnified when the actors don’t even know if their loved ones are safe, or if their friends are really on their side.

Written and Directed by Jake Fulton (XXXposed – Broadway World Audience choice nominee, The Larami Project– Orlando Fundraiser), and starring a group of students, recent grads, and seasoned professionals, this is the perfect opportunity to see what a diverse and compelling community the Toronto theatre is.

What would happen if all of Trump’s promises came true? The world – and the audience – will be divided?

 

The Food Project by Theatre By Committee

 

“Where does my food come from?” “How is it grown?” “What is the cost to the environment?” The Food Project encourages Canadians to question the cultural, environmental, and economic impact of our own food system. Join us as we cook, prepare, and investigate the complicated journey from the field to your mouth. Featuring an original script created by the company, songs, and maybe even a puppet or two, don’t miss Theatre by Committee at the Fringe!

 

Tickets: Day-of tickets will be on sale in the front entrance of Artscape Youngplace, 1 hour prior to show time

Purchase online: fringetoronto.com

Coffee & Conversation with Filmmaker MIDI ONODERA

Coffee & Conversation is a NEW interview series with tenants at Artscape Youngplace. Our first interview is with Midi Onodera. Midi is an award-winning filmmaker who has been directing, producing, and writing films for over thirty years. Her work spans from short to feature-length films and videos, and is exhibited internationally. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to interview Midi in her studio, and get the inside scoop on her latest projects.

Read the Full Interview HERE

Taking a Walk with the Lucky Penny

“For me, I feel like I have a lot of connections here, in the neighbourhood. I love seeing [the people at Artscape Youngplace] sitting out on my patio, and I love seeing them now here in their workplace. It feels good to be part of this.”

You might have noticed on our mezzanine The TwoPenny, a pop-up café led by Debbie Rix from the Lucky Penny, a one-stop grocery across the street. The pop-up is open for the month of May. So far, it has been a booming hit.

Debbie and employee Kenzie working at The TwoPenny

We’re delighted that Debbie is involved in Artscape Youngplace, as she is a bit of a Shaw Street legend. She has lived in the area for almost 15 years, and in 2014 transformed a former run-down building into the first commercial space on Shaw Street. The Lucky Penny has evolved according to the neighbourhood’s needs. “I didn’t start out with very many groceries,” Debbie says. “What people were asking for is almost exactly what ended up on the shelves.” The design for the Lucky Penny was inspired by an island cottage Debbie visited as a child. “In this marina you could get anything from marshmallows to worms to Wonderbread to comic books to milk, and all the candy. That was my favourite thing in the summer, and that’s kind of how those areas of the Lucky Penny developed.” We at Artscape Youngplace love taking a break in the Muskoka chairs just outside the Lucky Penny, which Debbie says are reminiscent of that cottage life.

A photo of the Lucky Penny building when Debbie first bought it

The Muskoka Chairs outside the Lucky Penny were inspired by a cottage from Debbie’s childhood

About Artscape Youngplace, she says, “I used to come to this building with my kids when it was still a school and it closed shortly after. I have a very fond history with this building because at the time that we were putting on the fun fairs, I set up a haunted house in the old classrooms. We had a lot of fun in here. For me, I feel like I have a lot of connections here, in the neighbourhood. I love seeing [the people at Artscape Youngplace] sitting out on my patio, and I love seeing them now here in their workplace. It feels good to be part of this.”

Debbie has also played a role in local Givins/Shaw Junior Public School, running the Parent Council for five years and starting the school’s annual Fun Fair. “A cohort of us got together and said we were going to make this school great, and we did. I got handed the parent council money, it was $200 at the start of the year, and at the end of the year we had $10,000.”

So, what first to try off the Lucky Penny menu? “Definitely the chicken panini. It was the first sandwich we had and it stayed, it is definitely the best seller.” Be sure to stop by The TwoPenny and say hi to Debbie before the end of May!

The Lucky Penny’s famous chicken panini

 

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival at Artscape Youngplace

Yes it’s that time of year again! The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival has graced the city of Toronto with contemporary photography through a series of exhibits, public installations, and events during the month of May.

Artscape Youngplace is thrilled to host participating exhibitions from The Koffler Gallery, Critical Distance and Workman Arts. If you haven’t already seen these amazing works, we suggest you come on down and take a wander through our enlivened galleries and hallways. Please read on to find out more information about our exciting exhibitors!

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The Koffler Gallery welcomes back Montreal-based multidisciplinary artist 2Fik for his first solo show in Toronto. A Primary Exhibition of the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, 2Fik: His and Other Stories streamlines three recent bodies of work that explore cultural legacies as well as individual and national identity constructs. His photo-based work brings to life fictional individuals, embodied by himself, in a satirical manner. The exhibition showcases his latest compositions that dismantle and reconfigure allegorical representations of nationhood portrayed in several historic paintings.

 

Image: 2Fik – Manon au rat blanc

 

The exhibition takes place at the Koffler Gallery and runs until June 4th.

Gallery Artist: 2Fik

Exhibitor info: http://kofflerarts.org/exhibitions/2016/10/27/2fik-his-and-other-stories/

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Critical Distance is delighted to present a Featured Exhibition of the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Festival, Signals & SentimentsThis two-part exhibition examines how gesture functions as a mechanism for the production of identify. Exhibition curator, Katelyn Gallucci, has placed a unique selection of sculpture and photo-based objects in context with each other, exploring how seemingly opposite artistic expressions might fundamentally derive from inadequacies of language, disposition, desire, and whim.

Artscape’s stairwell spaces are also a feature of the exhibition, temporarily home to three site-specific installations, which address the more exterior and transitory dynamics of gesture; exploring themes of self-discovery, the relationship between perception and memory, and the search for emotional connection through time.

 

Image: left – Sebastian Benitez, Untitled (from the series Not This Way Either), 2012; right – Josée Pedneault, NÆVUS, 2013–in progress

 

The exhibition takes place in the Critical Distance gallery (Suite 302) &  Artscape Youngplace Stairwells and runs until June 4th.

Gallery Artists: Sebastián Benítez, Petar Boskovic, Shelby Fenlon, Maxwell Hyett, and Mickey Mackenna.

Stairwell Artists: Maggie Groat & Jimmy Limit, Karen Henderson, and Josee Pedneault

Curated by: Karen Gallucci

Exhibitor info: https://criticaldistance.ca/program/signals-and-sentiments/

In conjunction with Signals & Sentiments, Mountainburger is a glorious 8-foot image by Kitchener-based artist Aislinn Thomas, which can be viewed on our Billboard on Shaw Street until August. Thomas’ artwork was selected for the Spring 2017 Billboard on Shaw, a partnership with Artscape Youngplace.

 

Image: Aislinn Thomas – Mountainburger

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Workman Arts presents Mindset 2017, an annual juried exhibition presenting works by participant artists and artists who are members of the Workman Arts. The selected  works featured in this exhibition explore how individual and collective experiences of trauma, illness, isolation and recovery are processed, supported by personal and interpersonal beliefs and behaviours.

Workman Arts is the longest running multidisciplinary arts and mental health organization in Canada and in the world. For over twenty-five years, Workman Arts has empowered aspiring, emerging, and established artists with mental illness and addiction issues to develop and refine their art practice through multifaceted arts training programs and public performance/exhibition opportunities.

 

Image: Brad Necyk – Just A Hard Rain

 

The exhibition takes place on the Second Floor Hallway Gallery and runs until May 27th.

Gallery Artists: Teresa Ascenção, Stephanie Avery, Marco Buonocore, Cara Cole, Heather Fulton, Sheldon Laporte, Esmond Lee, Barbara Mann, Jaye Martin, Anita McKernan, Brad Necyk, Julie Riemersma, Annette Seip, and Tanya Louise Workman

Curator: Claudette Abrams

Jury Advisors: Jeff Bierk, Yuula Benivolski, and Tanya Louise Workman

Exhibitor info: http://www.workmanarts.com/mindset-2017/