Apply by Jan 20! Food Service Operator Opportunity at Artscape Youngplace

Artscape Youngplace has included a café space on the mezzanine level since the building’s opening in 2013. Artscape is seeking a new operator for this popular venue with an established clientele and is open to your ideas and concepts. The ideal food service operator will contribute to the programming within Artscape Youngplace and the facility’s overall vision.

With windows facing Shaw Street, the finished space accomodates 20 patrons and includes tables and chairs. An adjacent lounge area provides seating for an additional 55 people at no charge to the café operator. We plan to add an outdoor seating area on Shaw Street in Spring 2017. Leasehold improvements are at the tenant’s option. The space is outfitted with a café counter, water, drainage and electrical receptacles. The café is zoned for food service with the option to obtain a liquor sales licence from the AGCO.

Access the Call for Proposals document (PDF)


Access the Call for Proposals document (PDF)

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Now Hiring: Superintendent

Artscape (operator of Artscape Youngplace) has just posted the position of Superintendent at Artscape Youngplace and Artscape Sandbox. You can find the original posting on the Artscape website, or keep reading after the jump. This exciting position starts as soon as possible. The application deadline is Nov. 27 at noon. Join our team!

Position Type: Full-Time
Location: Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street and Artscape Sandbox, 301 Adelaide St. W.
Start Date: As soon as possible
Application Deadline: December 16, 2016 at 12:00pm but please note that qualified candidates will be interviewed upon receipt of application.

Reporting to the Director of Property Management, the Superintendent will maintain the building and grounds for two Artscape properties:  Artscape Youngplace and Artscape Sandbox. The Superintendent is based at Artscape Youngplace, which constitutes the majority of duties. The Superintendent also works closely with the Technical Director to address building needs and repairs at Artscape Sandbox.  Duties at Artscape Sandbox are on an as needed basis and typically require 2 to 4 visits a month. From time to time s/he might also undertake or assist with maintenance duties at other Artscape buildings. The work schedule may vary and may include weekends and/or evenings. The Superintendent will be required to be on-call. Unscheduled hours are paid with time off in lieu.

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Nuit Blanche 2016 at Artscape Youngplace

Join us for Nuit Blanche @ Artscape Youngplace starting this Saturday, October 1 at 7pm until Sunday, October 2 at 7am. We will be hosting a series of site-specific installations, art exhibits and experiences through the building from dusk to dawn.

The Coffeepub will also be open all night for a much-needed caffeine infusion!

Projects include:



Koffler Gallery and Artscape Youngplace

Sarindar Dhaliwal, Brendan Fernandes, Rafael Goldchain, Jérôme Havre, Luis Jacob, Esmond Lee, Julius Poncelet Manapul, Sanaz and Mani Mazinani, Divya Mehra, Zinnia Naqvi, José Luis Torres, 2Fik, Blue Republic, Diana Yoo, Jinny Yu, Z’otz* Collective

Exploring themes of intercultural translation, displacement and identity construction, this exhibition brings together a group of Canadian artists from diverse cultural backgrounds whose works examine the immigrant condition. Comprising recent and new works in a variety of media, including site-specific installations, Yonder approaches the notion of immigration through a process of “personal sociology,” moving from an investigation of subjective inquiries to larger questions and shared experiences. The project expands from the Koffler Gallery into the broader space of Artscape Youngplace, crossing the borders of the gallery setting and engaging shared public areas as well as the building’s exterior.



Alejandro Arauz

Incunabula Wall, 2016

Flex Studio 107

The Incunabula Wall installation references the space, vernacular and procedures used at ports of entry. This installation includes video, sculptural relief and commercial signage to create a surreal and interactive experience for the audience. The participants can create take away ‘impressions’ from the various matrices in the installation. The main matrices are on two plinths; one shows the Canadian coat of arms, and the other a ‘proposed’ coat of arms. In 2002, Senator Vivienne Poy proposed to change the Canadian National Anthem, in 2008 another motion was introduced into the House of Commons calling on the government to amend the coat of arms and incorporate First Nations, Inuit, and Métis symbols. The Incunabula Wall continues the exploration of identity, lineage and diaspora through interdisciplinary print-based works. Alejandro Arauz is a Nicaraguan-Canadian interdisciplinary artist working in print, performance, video, photography and mixed media.



Novka Ćosović

The Museum

Flex Studio 108

Live coverage of violence – in Ex-Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Nicaragua, East Timor, Afghanistan – are mediated through television.People watch hospitals overloaded with wounded civilians; prisoners of war locked up in school bathrooms; a soldier shooting a gun from a bedroom window; and a swimming pool used as a morgue. All the clips have a common denominator: the backgrounds. They consist of swimming pool tiles, floral wallpaper, and two-toned painted walls. They are domesticated-institutional-communal spaces that are perverted by war and violence. These are spaces that people also use in their everyday lives in Canada. The room is in the theme of a swimming pool. The tiles depicts the acts of violence captured in the media. This is about bringing to mind how trauma has become a background subject in our daily lives. Novka Ćosović is an Architect and Designer. She splits her time working for Community, and writing for Site Magazine.



Julian Majewski
Front Lawn, Installation
Toronto artist Julian Majewski’s main interest in this project is how the #teetertotterencourages interaction while spreading a subtle yet powerful message towards celebrating DIY culture and aesthetic realization through recycling, repurposing, and scavenging. Built with the ability to “crowd surf” throughout Toronto communities, this highly unique teeter-totter was custom built. The feature component to the teeter-totter is its cedar tree trunk, which was repurposed after falling in result of being uprooted during a winter storm in 2012. Get ready for the #teetertotter and its highly unique appearance to evoke feelings of childhood joy and delight while interacting with it! Julian Majewski explores sustainability through industrial reuse and recycling. His art combines acts of use-value, preservation, and composition.



Yaw Tony

Colour Odyssey, 2016

Flex Studio 109

A love of colour is an appreciation of the value of its impact in our daily lives. However, this appreciation is only measured by what you are willing to see. The colour patterns of this installation are created to ease the audiences’ anxiety and stress. The beauty of the colours are not apparent to everyone – take your time, engage, and allow the pleasing aspects to shine through. Yaw Tony is a Toronto-based artist/designer; he is the founder of Elohim Studio and LLiM (Pattern design, Artistic direction, Visual identity).



The Wabi-Sabi Collective

Basho Bingo

Flex Studio 106

A playful immersion in the wabi-sabi aesthetic and architecture of Renku –the collaborative linked verse popularized by the Japanese poet Matsuo Basho in the late 1700s, from which modern Haiku evolved. Then add your own verse or wish to the branches of our Tanabata-style Haiku tree and overnight the leaves will multiply and become a collaborative work of memory by morning. Projects by the Toronto-based Wabi-Sabi Collective explore and cultivate the aesthetics of wabi-sabi through community engagement in the arts.


First Ever Toronto Art Book Fair!


The weekend of June 16-19 2016, the first ever Toronto Art Book Fair took over all three floors of Artscape Youngplace. Over the course of three days, this inaugural free public event flooded our building with over 75 Canadian and international vendors, curated exhibitions, speakers, readings, talks, launches and workshops. Founded by creative director Maxine Proctor, this celebration of print culture and visual arts was immensely well received. Maxine estimates that over 3000 people visited Artscape Youngplace for TOABF.

Beginning the festivities was an Opening Night Party featuring sweet tunes by DJ Cameron Hodge and Healing Power DJs. Also kicking off the fair launch was a sticker making party hosted by ZIPE-ers and Paddy Leung in partnership with Paperhouse and SKETCH. The remainder of the weekend was filled with various talks and tours including a lecture by award winning journalist, cultural critic and author Anne Elizabeth Moore.

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The Sticker Making Party in Flex Studio 106 with ZIPE-ers

Independent artistic print culture has a rich narrative in Canadian art history, and is an often overlooked aspect of Canadian cultural identity. The Toronto Art Book Fair highlighted these personal and collective stories by presenting artists’ books, multiples, and printed matter by Canadian and international artists to a wide audience.

Given the immense success of the event, the TOABF team is more than excited for the fair’s potential and plans to host a second event next year in 2017.


Check out some snapshots from the event:

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Left: TXTbooks publishing in Flex Studio 109

Right: ZIPE in Flex Studio 106 

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Left: Parawilbur’s table on the Second Floor  

Right: Sergej Vutuc’s table 

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Left: Jackie Lee’s Table 

Right: DNA Artspace (from London, Ontario) in Flex Studio 107  

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Both photos: IN SITU Exhibition – Curated by Gemma Warren (Toronto)

Photography credits: Emilee Girard and Erica Mason

Who’s Here: The Intergalactic Arts Collective at Artscape Youngplace

Who’s Here?

The Intergalactic Arts Collective (IGAC) is a group of professional artists who have joined forces to share the studio space #103 here at Artscape Youngplace. IGAC is unique in the sense that all artists work individually on a freelance level running their own classes and programs, yet they operate in the space collectively by consensus. Since the group incorporated recently to all become members of the board of the corporation IGAC, some exciting changes are in store!

Started in 1993, the Intergalactic Arts Collective is a group of interdisciplinary performing artists that focuses on the research and presentation of new performance work, as well as widening audience perception and understanding of contemporary performance forms. IGAC’s 1,028 square foot studio at Artscape Youngplace is a hub for innovation in performance and a centre for artistic research and performance, teaching and coaching.

Meet some of the collective:


Jessica Runge is an award-winning dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She has performed to critical acclaim across Canada and internationally in the works of notable choreographers, and has danced for the Toronto Dance Theatre and Le Groupe Dance Lab. Runge’s work as a choreographer and interpreter investigates the way movement has meaning for audiences. She is interested in a range of expressivity, and has found potential in diverse physical vocabularies and structural forms (including: site-specific work, aerial dance, and interactive projects).

Since 2013, Runge has been working out of Artscape Youngplace, and is currently President of the Board of the space-sharing Intergalactic Arts Collective based in unit 103. She teaches, rehearses, and performs out of her studio. For more informaiton about her fall session after-school dance classes, please visit

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For more than a decade, Toronto-based dance artist Tracey Norman has been a driving force in her community, splitting her time between choreographing, teaching, performing and researching dance. Her choreography has been presented on stages across Canada. Currently on faculty in the Department of Dance at York University, Tracey received her MFA in Choreography and Dramaturgy in 2010. Tracey has been a member of IGAC since 2012 and currently holds the position of Secretary. She mainly uses the studio for rehearsals and lately has been teaching movement classes which will continue again beginning in late August.



Jennifer Dallas is an established contemporary artist, working in performance, choreography and costume design. She is an artistic visionary who brings a unique combination of technical skill and playful insight to her work. Jennifer is currently working on a solo show, Kittly, with director John Turner, that will premier at the Theatre Centre January 11-15, 2017.

Image by Melanie Gordon.


Simla Civelek is a performance artist based in Toronto, Canada.

Her work has been presented at the FADO Performance Art Centre, 7A*11D International Festival of Performance Art, SAVAC, Nuit Blanche in Toronto, Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC, Circa in Montréal, QC, Art Nomade in Chicoutimi, QC, Regart in Lévis, QC and OPEN Performance Art Festival in Beijing, China among other venues. Simla joined IGAC in 2010 and currently serves as the Membership Coordinator.


Creator, performer, arts educator in Canada & abroad, Maxine Heppner teaches and coaches improvisation & performance techniques (pure movement & interdisciplinary), choreography, integrated movement-voice technique, Action Theatre & her unique Cycles training.

“Cycles Practice” is a contemporary dance class that leads each dancer to enjoy the simultaneous experiences of physicality, emotional expression, and group communication. Appropriate for all ages and experience (recreation, physical training and professional) the session is structured for each individual to work at maximum capacity within your personal range and can be experienced as both high and low impact depending on your interests, abilities and needs.

More information and schedules:

Other members of the IGAC board: Lo Bil, Sue Lee, Angela Blumberg and Sara Porter.

IGAC is working to find a way for the studio to better support the range of artistic practices that happen within their space. If you are interested in becoming a tenant or renting this incredible space for a long or short term event, please contact

Visit IGAC’s website for more information:

Nuit Rose 2016 @ Artscape Youngplace

On Saturday June 25th Nuit Rose welcomed one and all into various venues across Toronto for a night of queer art, performances and exhibitions!

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Nuit Rose is a free annual festival of queer-focused art and performance that takes place during Toronto Pride. This year, it took over 10+ venues in both the East and West ends of Toronto including Artscape Youngplace.

From 7-11pm on June 25th, Artscape Youngplace was flooded with individuals from all ages and backgrounds participating in the LGBTQ celebration who came to check out the three floors of art that our building was housing. This year’s third annual Nuit Rose saw a spectacular turnout, with staff having to turn visitors away as the building shut down at 11pm and the party continued in other cultural hubs of the city.

A word from Nuit Rose 2016 Staff:

“Thank you to all of the amazing artists who animated and activated the spaces with their powerful and engaging work. Thank you to everyone who came out and took part. Thank you to our venues, who provided the space and support for the festival to take place. Thank you to our volunteers, who helped make everything run smoothly. And thank you to our sponsors, without whom this would not have been possible.” – Nuit Rose Facebook Page

We can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year!


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Left: Shawn Skeir “Queering Language”

Right: Joey (designer of the Nuit Rose Light Parade), John, (Nuit Rose co-founder) and Chris (volunteer).

Photos courtesy of Nuit Rose Facebook Page

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Left: Dare to have a real conversation? Analog Pride Pavilion was among the many talented artists in the building for the night. Even Tapper and Scott Sorli put on an experiential installation encouraging social space unmediated by mobile technology while assistant participants in the art of conversation.

Right: Jordan Clayton creates abstractions informed by the science & cultural impact of Truvada.

Photos courtesy of Nuit Rose Facebook Page

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Left: “Night Time Ramblings” by Sarah Hunter.

Right: Simone Harris (Kingston, Jamaica).

Photos courtesy of Nuit Rose Facebook Page


OCADU’s Artscape Design Hub at Artscape Youngplace

The partnership between OCAD University’s Impact Collective and Artscape has kick-started some exciting changes here at Artscape Youngplace. Artscape Design Hub, a team of four OCAD designers from interdisciplinary backgrounds, is now offering their services exclusively to Artscape Youngplace tenants over the next few weeks. They hope that through to the end of June, they can offer their creative services and design strategies to better help the not-for-profit community within Artscape Youngplace and support general community development through social innovation.


The Impact Collective is OCAD University’s social innovation initiative and it is pillars such as the Artscape Design hub that realize the transformational changes that The Impact Collective works toward. Artscape Design Hub arose from The Impact Collective’s collaboration initiative, as the partnership between the Design Hub and Artscape Youngplace brings dual opportunities to both the talented designers and Youngplace tenants seeking creative advice.

The team of designers, compromised of 4 women all pursuing different studies at OCAD University, is multi-talented and ready to offer their services.


Angela Cheng is approaching her 4th year at OCADU studying industrial design and minoring in illustration. Angela has a background in user experience and ethnographic research and impacts.
Find out more here:

Kendra Yee has training in visual communication, curation and social media. She has also worked in various artistic mediums such as illustration, graphic design, painting, installations and sculptures.
View Kendra’s website here:

Melody Gamble has experience with business and design consultancies as well as an interest in inclusive design practices, such as strategic and participatory design.
Check out Melody’s work here:

Rachel Hurst is a multidisciplinary designer and art director who recently graduated from OCADU’s Graphic Design program. She also has a strong interest in social strategies.
Her work can be seen here:


The collective hosts drop-in hours for Youngplace tenants to stop by the Flex Studio and begin working towards efficiently streamlining their ideas.

As mentioned by Rachel, “Everyone has a different idea of design. It’s all about getting the right people together, and we as a team collectively apply our expertise to uniquely fit the tenant’s needs.” Artscape Design Hub offers services including design consultancies, branding, developing business and creative strategies and more.

They are currently working on a rebranding project with the 3rd floor tenant Typology, among a few others.

Contact the design hub at to set up a meeting during their drop-in hours and to take advantage of this rare opportunity. A huge thank you is extended to OCADU for carefully selecting these extremely talented designers and for their willingness to collaborate with the community and tenants here at Artscape Youngplace.

Artscape Youngplace’s 3rd Annual Career Launcher: In Collaboration with CEAD and OCAD University
© OCAD U Career Development Career Launchers Website

Artscape Youngplace and OCAD University’s Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers (CEAD) joined forces once again to offer the 3rd annual Artscape Youngplace Career Launcher Opportunity! Artscape Youngplace is a recurring partner working with OCAD’s career development department to help new graduates enter the professional realm after school.

Congratulations to the 2016 recipient Sharene Shafie, a multi-talented artist and curator who is currently pursuing a BFA in the Criticism and Curatorial Practice program at OCAD University. Sharene has been awarded the opportunity to curate a group exhibition for select graduating OCAD U students from the Criticism and Curatorial Studies program. From this exhibition, Sharene along with a jury compromised of faculty and curatorial professionals will award one artist a solo show, set for 2017.

Sharene has pursued multiple projects ranging from sculpture, installation and printmaking to participatory experiences. Her recent curatorial and artistic work has been concerned with narratives surrounding the multicultural experience in metropolitan cities such as Toronto. Click here to find out more!

The group show is set for the 2016 summer months at Artscape Youngplace in the Hallway Galleries, beginning on June 27th. The solo show will follow in 2017 and will take place in one of our Flex Studio spaces, complimentary of Artscape Youngplace.

Here at Artscape Youngplace, we highly value both the variety of artists that we come in contact with as well as the partnerships and collaborations that foster these connections. Thank you to CEAD and the students from OCAD U’s Criticism and Curatorial Practice program for making this opportunity possible! We cannot wait to see what is in store for both the group and solo shows.

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2016 @ AYP

Celebrate 20 years of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival with us! This year we have 4 different Contact Festival shows over the month of May: Holy Trinity/St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School, Etobicoke School of the Arts, The Society Of Females In Art, and Workman Arts. And don’t miss the current Koffler exhibition, which is also a CONTACT show!

More about the CONTACT exhibitions happening at AYP:

Our Safe Spaces Project
May 2–15
Reception: May 2, 6:30pm–8:30pm
On view in Flex Studios 107 & 109
Elsa Gillard. The Sacred Mala. 2015

Holy Trinity School, in partnership with St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School, is excited to exhibit photography by Grade 6-12 students of CIS Ontario and CAIS affiliated schools. Our Safe Spaces Project invited students to think about the spaces and places in their lives. Students were encouraged to think about where, when, and with whom they feel most welcome, accepted, and comfortable, and then to photograph their “safe spaces.”

Curated by Carol Anne Calderone (Holy Trinity School) & Leanne Mladen (St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School)

May 2–15
Reception: May 5, 6pm–8pm
On view in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Floor Hallway Galleries

Soda Pop Liptrott. Untitled. 2015

Contemporary photography that is personal, thoughtful, and often full of risks has been created by the Grade 12 photography class at Etobicoke School of the Arts. Please come and support these 40 articulate and talented artists..

Curated by Glenn Novak

instagram: @esa__photography

May 16-June 4
Reception:  May 18, 6-10pm
On view in the 3rd Floor Hallway Galleries
Raina Kirn. Untitled. 2015.

The Society Of Females In Art (SOFIA) inaugural exhibition, presented as part of 2016’s 20th Annual CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto, Canada, features never-before seen work of its 8 original founding members, each presenting unique interpretations of the theme, “Bad Behaviour” with visual explorations into the ideas of childhood and adolescence, social rebellion, cultural expectations, regret, fears, secrets and emotional catharsis.
SOFIA is a women’s photography collective that aims to promote and support the work of its members.  Our mission is to challenge, encourage and elevate one another through each member’s creative processes, foster a sense of community, as well as to support emerging female voices in the photographic realm.
Curated by Clare Vander Meersch

instagram: sofiasofiato

May 24–June 10
Reception: May 26, 7pm–9pm
On view in 2nd Floor Hallway Galleries
Marco Buonocore. Untitled. 2006.
Mindset is an annual juried exhibition of photo-based works produced by Workman Arts. Participating artists with experience of mental illness or addictions present works that respond to the concept of “mindset,” to reflect on individual and collective experiences, beliefs, and thoughts as they contribute to mental attitude or disposition. This exhibition examines the way mental attitudes influence interpretations of events, environment, and relationships.

Curated by Chris Mitchell