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EDGE 2020 (Arts Etobicoke)
25 February – 5 March

Arts Etobicoke EDGE 2020

Now in its 23rd year, EDGE: Youth Art Show is a free arts education and public exhibition program for youth. It is a 10-day, non-juried visual art show, showcasing the artwork of secondary school students (grades 9-12) from TDSB and TCDSB school boards across the GTA. This free exhibition showcases the work of over 150 students with more than 30 schools and agencies participating each year.

EDGE: Youth Art Show offers various professional development opportunities for young artists which includes: exhibiting in a professional gallery space, participating in a critique of their work, connecting with working artists and the greater arts community.

Interpersonal by Sarah Bauman
17 February – 21 February 2020

Interpersonal is a collection of images, some candid and some curated, illustrating the tender, ephemeral, vulnerable moments of the human experience developed through interpersonal relationships.

Sarah Bauman is a photographer based in Toronto, and is currently attending the photography studies program at Ryerson University. Her subjects are often close friends, siblings, or lovers and soft pink, green and blue tones are frequently used in her work.

Instagram: @ohceaniqque

Observed by Rosedale Heights School of the Arts
February 9 – February 15

Reception Thursday, February 13th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM 

Students from Rosedale Heights School of the Arts Life Drawing program will show their work at Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street in the Second Floor Hallway Gallery. Using a range of media, surface and technique, students have had the opportunity to draw from professional models, and hone their observational drawing skills. Students were challenged conceptually and technically to produce creative representations of the figure, including portraiture, anatomical studies and large scale mixed media explorations. Additionally, students have worked on every step of the exhibition process, including design, curation and installation. Work has been selected by a jury of visual and media arts faculty.

A closing reception will be held on Thursday, February 13th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

The students would like to thank the models, Rosedale Heights School of the Arts administration and staff and the Parent Arts Council without whom this show would not be possible. George Gialouris-Tsivikas (Grade 12 student) & Brittany Cutler (Life Drawing Teacher)

15 January – 31 January 2020

‘Dying.exhibits’ is an exhibition series on end of life, inviting participants to think about their relationship with life and death as a process; encouraging heart-level conversations about difficult, often taboo topics. By holistically engaging with life, including death, ‘Dying.exhibits’ becomes a catalyst for unpacking the uncomfortable. The exhibition serves as an opportunity to engage with diverse perspectives and participate in open discussion about death and dying through engaging art and design works and participatory experiences.

In 2019, the ‘Dying.’ series attracted over 3000 attendees, 14 speakers, including keynote Ivor Williams (Helix Centre, UK), and 12 exhibiting artists and designers over the course of the DesignTO festival. In its second year, ‘Dying.’ will continue to offer the public the opportunity to creatively engage in conversation about death and dying through the lens of art and design.

During DesignTO there will be several events under the ‘Dying.’ series with an opportunity to visit exhibits across Toronto.

‘Dying.’ is a collaboration between the Health Design Studio at OCAD U and Taboo Health.

Participating Artists

Brileigh Hardcastle, Clara Laratta, David Constantino Salazar, Elyse-Krista Mische, Fiona Annis, Karen Oikonen, Kate Sellen, Kate Hale Wilkes, Kathy Porter, Laura Kay Keeling, Lydia Haywood-Munn, Max Suillerot, Mia Cinelli, Sarina Isenberg, HollyJo

The Wisdom of Ruins by HollyJo
18 January – 31 January 2020

Curated by Michelle Beck and Dana Snow
Presented with DesignTO, Taboo Health, and the Health and Design Studio at OCAD University

The Wisdom of Ruins is a collection of materials that bear witness to unconventional grief and rituals of mourning, featuring the work of emerging Toronto-based artist HollyJo. T​he Wisdom of Ruins ​weaves together threads of an unsilenced grief through ceramics, photography, sculpture, audio, and found materials.

The medieval Sicilian city of Salemi—both the birthplace of the artist’s mother, and the site of a destructive 1968 earthquake—provides an alternative framework for considering grief. In the mid 1980s, architects Roberto Collova and Alvaro Siza began public interventions to attract residents and tourists to the area. Rather than following the Italian architectural tradition of d​ ov’era e com’era (reconstructing exact replicas of damaged buildings) the duo created structures that allowed for the previous damage of the earthquake to be expressed. Rubble was cleared away and new public spaces were adopted; the intact ruins remaining within them as quiet witnesses to trauma in the historical fabric of a place and a people.

Using the ruins as a grounding element from which to explore her own experience of mourning her infant daughter, HollyJo presents a methodology of leaning into grief through the act of witnessing. The works delicately investigate the porosity of intergenerational grief, using Sicilian tradition juxtaposed with objects that acknowledge mourning as a process of entanglement between community and familial relations. Existing outside of traditional Western funerary practices, ​The Wisdom of Ruins offers a holistic approach from which to begin a process of bereavement and healing. Grieving motherhood, childhood, and inherited trauma, the works help to interpret the private space between repression and radical acknowledgement.

The Wisdom of Ruins is a part of the DesignTO festival, co-presented with Dying​.exhibits;​ an exhibition series on end of life. Dying​.exhibits invites participants to think about their relationship with life and death as a process; encouraging heart-level conversations about difficult, often taboo topics.

During DesignTO there will be several events under the ‘Dying.’ series with an opportunity to visit exhibits across Toronto.

Dying​.exhibits is a collaboration between the Health Design Studio at OCAD U and Taboo Health.

Can’t Say Nothing (Lorem Ipsum, Moving Patterns)
17 January – 31 January 2020

Artist Meet and Greet: 18 January, 1pm – 1:30pm

Using Lorem Ipsum text and the Photoshop background, Can’t Say Nothing turns signifiers of blankness into overlapping patterns, which are printed, mounted and stitched together. Can’t Say Nothing is a mixed media installation drawing from textile art, collage, painting, graphic design and sculpture. Can’t Say Nothing Investigates the way systems of language, symbols and design affect meaning, and wonders: if even the expression of absence is so heavily coded, is it possible to express oneself without external mediation, and to what extent is it possible to truly “say nothing” at all.

Janina Anderson is an interdisciplinary artist and designer based in Toronto. While embracing a wide range of mediums and techniques, her work is unified by its relationship to collage, which she describes not as a medium, but a system and strategy of perception, analysis, response, and creation. Stating her work is essentially about; “looking really hard” Anderson uses isolation, fragmentation, and decontextualization as a way to think, play, and experiment, in order to better understand how images function, represent ideas, and communicate meaning. Born in Asunción, Paraguay and raised outside of Washington DC, Anderson is a Female identifying, Latinx, American artist making work in Toronto. Anderson studied studio art and art history at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the University of Oregon before completing her MFA in Fibres and Material Practice in 2019 at Concordia University in Montréal.

Canada Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG) GTA Member Show

CBBAG members Christine Su, Carolyn Eady and James Spyker are exhibiting their work in the 1st floor vitrines.  Christine’s papercut lanterns, Caroline’s varied sewing structures and James’ leather covered books highlight the full range of the book arts.   Also on display is a collection of items from CBBAG’s teaching collection, all generously donated by the artists.

CBBAG’s education program includes regular classes at their studio in Artscape Youngplace. Info about classes available at

Instagram: @cbbag_gta

James Spyker is an amateur bookbinder and box maker. He believes Keanu Reeves would be a great host (or competitor) for a tv reality show about the book arts. | Instagram: @jamesspyker

Carolyn Eady of Sprouts Press is a bookbinder/book artist and printmaker, teaching bookbinding workshops throughout Ontario. She founded Sprouts Press in 2008 and sells her work online (Etsy), at various shows and select shops. Carolyn has a BFA from OCAD and has taught for CBBAG since 2015. To see Carolyn’s work, go to or follow her on social media (@sproutspress).

Christine Su is a papercut artist and poet. She hopes one day to have a papercut book of poetry be featured in the Osborne Collection at the Toronto Public Library, where she works. | Instagram: @su.christine

The Magic Gumball Machine of Fate

Francisco-Fernando Granados – four letter words – edition #48

The letters is a series that continues an exploration of minor forms of abstraction emerging from the tools and processes of everyday life. Oscillating between the alphabetic and the epistolary, each letter is part of a body of work that consists of 250 drawings that synthesize a range of abstract compositional strategies. Created on a touch-phone using the Adobe Sketch app, the drawings rearrange the compositional impetus that has guided artists towards abstraction away from Modernist conceptions of autonomy, and in the direction of an open-ended politics informed by queer and refugee experiences. *Rearrange circular letters into all the possible four-letter words.

Francisco-Fernando Granados is a Toronto-based artist and writer. His multidisciplinary critical practice spans drawing, performance, installation, cultural theory, digital media, public art, and community-based projects.

The Magic Gumball Machine of Fate is an artist multiples project that distributes works by Canadian creators and makes art affordable for everyone. The Magic Gumball Machine of Fate is a project by Catherine Heard.  Instagram: magicgumballmachineoffate Guest Curator: Lyla Rye. For information or proposals please contact Lyla Rye:

365 mini-crumpled cahiers Canada by Pascaline Knight is the 54th edition released via The Magic Gumball Machine of Fate.

This edition of Canada cahiers, made using silkscreen and risograph, was crumpled during my MFA exhibition, When ( i ) stand for the w(hole): Je maintiens mon être entre deux parenthèses embrassées –– Performing the Substrate (2017, Graduate Gallery, OCADU). Each cahier is stamp-dated and numbered in pencil.