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
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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

Call for Applications: Artscape Youngplace Community Fund 2016

Artscape Youngplace is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Artscape Youngplace Community Fund, a fund that supports community events and programs offered at Artscape Youngplace. This fund was made possible through funds raised at a series of community events in 2015.

Individuals, organizations and collectives are invited to submit applications seeking modest financial and in-kind support for initiatives that improve the opportunities for community members to connect, learn and create at Artscape Youngplace.

Community Funds can be requested to support facilitator fees and materials (up to $400 of direct expenses per initiative) plus in-kind contributions of space at Artscape Youngplace.


  • The selected projects must have community-accessible components
  • Projects of any content, structure or type are eligible. Projects, initiatives and events can be intended for any age group, etc.
  • It is preferable that Initiatives receiving support from the Artscape Youngplace Community Fund are free-of-charge for participants/attendees; initiatives may charge a small participation fee or ticket price

Artscape Youngplace Community Funded Project Organizers are responsible for:

  • Organizing and facilitating all elements of the proposed project
  • Submitting invoices and receipts for all components reimbursed by the fund
  • Providing project descriptions as required for promotion
  • Marketing and promotion

Artscape Youngplace Community Funded Projects receive:

  • Access to 1,000 sq. ft. studios, featuring 14’ ceilings, large windows with blackout curtains, kitchenettes, linoleum floors, a basic stereo system, tables and chairs, and a/v equipment for initiative  dates and times
  • Administrative support for the distribution of allocated funds
  • Special blog posts on, and promotion to Artscape Youngplace’s social media networks and community networks
  • Access to discounted or in-kind printing, photocopying and equipment

Applications can be submitted online through Submittable. The deadline is Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 11:59 PM.

Click here to fill out the Online Application Form. The form asks for a description of your proposed initiative, information about you, your proposed budget and ideal dates. The form takes approximately 15-30 minutes to complete.

Those submitting an application will be notified of the status of their application in March 2016.


Applications will be reviewed by members of the Artscape Youngplace Community Advisory, and will be prioritized based on:

  • The ability of initiative to offer community members a unique and exciting opportunity to connect, learn and/or create
  • The experience of the project leader/teacher/instructor/facilitator
  • The fit for available spaces at Artscape Youngplace
  • The compliment to other community initiatives

If you have any questions or require assistance with the submission process, please contact Ginger Scott, Program Manager, Artscape Youngplace at

Recess @ AYP

What a wonderful night!

Last Thursday, November 19, RECESS welcomed everyone for an evening of live music, artist talks, yoga practice, studio showcases and exhibitions. As always, our community dinner was the cozy zone for families and friends. Time flies when you are having a great time!
Ruth Adler Open Studio

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Artscape’s Supporters Headed Back to School at Our Annual Fundraiser, Extravaganza

On Thursday, November 12th, Artscape Extravaganza took shape at the Artscape Youngplace. Over 350 prominent stakeholders headed back to school chaperone-free for a night of creative learning. Guests were ushered into their immersive “back to school” experience, complete with printed class schedules and a designated homeroom. More than a dozen artists, curators and creators like Harley Valentine, Robin Goodfellow of Bar Raval, Sarah Munro of the Koffler Centre of the Arts, Kingi Carpenter of Peach Berserk, Deejay L’Oquenz, Herbie Barnes and Zeesy Powers led intimate hands-on classes. Guests got to sample a fun curriculum that ranged from dancing to beatboxing, life drawing to deejaying, as well as mixology, glee club and more.

The night culminated in a loud and properly raucous “school assembly.” Emceed by performance artist Kaleb Robertson (acting as the nerdy School Principal), the assembly featured stellar performances by the Larchaud Dance Project and a sneak preview of Metallurgy, Tapestry Opera’s latest collaboration featuring members of F*cked Up, which brought everyone out on the dance floor.

We collected images of Instagram party revelers who took some amazing shots of all the action!


went back to school last night #artscapex #lovethosepencils #artscape #youngplaceto

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Recess @ Artscape Youngplace – Community Open House November 19!

Thurs November 19, 2015
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Artscape Youngplace – 180 Shaw Street

Join us for a free community open house with drop-in yoga, film screenings, live music, art activities, and a community dinner!

Starting at 4:00 pm

  • Art exhibitions in the Hallway Galleries, first, second and third floors
  • All ages drop-in drawing at the Koffler Gallery
  • Woodlawn Pottery Studio ceramics mini-show
  • Story Showroom Sample Sale: Clothing & Accessories (until 7 pm)

Starting at 5:00 pm

  • Ruth Adler Open Studio (until 8 pm)

Starting at 5:30 pm

  • Community Dinner by the Afghan Women’s Catering Group (until we run out!)

Starting at 5:45 pm

  • 15 minute Mindful Movement yoga session in the Koffler Gallery

Starting at 6:30 pm

  • Fright Film School Screening

Starting at 6:45 pm

  • 15 minute Mindful Movement session in Small World Music with Drone Doctor

Starting at 8:00 pm

  • Wrap-up in Muse Movement – Yoga Philosophy 101 with David Gluck, followed by (or introduced with) a brief Mindful Movement session. Light refreshments to follow.