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.
Nuit Blanche @ Artscape Youngplace

Join us for Nuit Blanche @ Artscape Youngplace starting this Saturday, October 3 at 7pm until Sunday, October 4 at 7am. Visit over 10 site-specific installations, art experiences and performances through the building from dusk to dawn.

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

Projects include:

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Studio 108, Interactive Installation
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Bryan Belanger
Make Your Bed
Front Lawn, Installation
We have heard the expression “You’ve made your bed, now lie in it.” As far as we know we didn’t ask to be born yet we’re forced to make our bed repeatedly, figuring out how to learn from our mistakes in order to survive. Yet we all know that one day we’re going have to lie in it, our final resting place, a bed of soil, so that our energy can be recycled into new life.

Make Your Bed

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Call for Artists: Artscape Sandbox launches two exciting initiatives for professional artists

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Artscape Sandbox is brand new flexible and multidisciplinary performance space in the heart of the entertainment district. At over 6,000 square feet, the space is ripe for vibrant and innovative artistic creation on a large scale. We believe this special resource has something unique to offer professional artists as a space for exploration, innovation and presentation.

Run as a social enterprise, Artscape Sandbox operates with a sliding-scale rental model to offset expenses and allows for  a wide range of artists and community members  access to the space at highly subsidized rates. Above and beyond this sliding scale, Artscape is committed to offering meaningful creative opportunities in our artistic sector that match the incredible commitment and resources artists bring to their creative and entrepreneurial projects.

Artscape is excited to announce two special initiatives for Artscape Sandbox’s first year of operations:

The Artscape Sandbox Creation Initiative makes this specialized performance space available to professional artists for just $1 per day. For up to 30 days per calendar year Artscape Sandbox will be available to arts professionals looking for a large scale, flexible space to develop and/or present new artistic projects and/or to develop further resources for large scale creation projects.

Click here to access the Artscape Sandbox Creative Initiative Call for Submissions.

The Artscape Sandbox Resident Teachers Initiative. Artscape Sandbox is seeking artists, arts organizations, and collectives interested in becoming resident teachers at Artscape Sandbox. This initiative provides successful candidates with a one-day booking at no charge and subsequent bookings at a heavily subsidized rate. Resident teachers at Artscape Sandbox will have marketing support, access to in-kind or discounted printing and complete control over their class administration, including registrations, fee payments and participant communication. We are interest seeking creative ideas and teachers that could benefit from a regular home in a large-scale venue. Resident Teacher classes can be any structure, including one-offs, drop-ins, or multiple sessions.

Click here to access Artscape Sandbox Resident Teachers Call for Submissions.

The Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2015 at 11:59 pm. An announcement of the selected artists for projects up until the end of December 2016 will be made October 28, 2015.

For more information and technical specifications about Artscape Sandbox, please review our Client Guide.

For additional information about renting Artscape Sandbox outside of these opportunities please visit