MYTORONTO Photography Exhibit

MYTORONTO is a photography contest and calendar project for individuals with lived experience of poverty and homelessness. The initiative is inspired by MyLondon, which was started by a UK-based social enterprise called Café Art, and then expanded to various cities around the world. This is the second year of the MYTORONTO Program presented by Ve’ahavta, a Jewish humanitarian agency serving marginalized individuals, in partnership with various community organizations. Funds for the program were raised by Ve’ahavta through the sponsorship of calendar pages and individual donations, as well as a crowdfunding campaign.

Creative skills workshops were facilitated for people with lived experience of poverty and homelessness at The 519 community centre. On May 10, a camera distribution day was held at The Ryerson School of Image Arts. One hundred and eleven participants were given 35mm single-use cameras, donated by Fujifilm. The participants were invited to capture what #STRENGTH meant to them in the City of Toronto and what inspired them. Ninety-three cameras were returned for processing and approximately 2,600
photographs were printed featuring shots of nature, architecture, Toronto iconography, living spaces, objects, animals, celebrations, street corners and people. The pictures illustrate the strength, beauty and joy that exist alongside the challenges associated with poverty and homelessness.

A jury of eight individuals with backgrounds in professional photography, community services, the arts, social servivces and homeless advocacy selected the 40 exhibit photos on display at Artscape Youngplace 2nd floor gallery. Thirteen of these have been chosen for the 2019 calendar and greeting cards, which will be sold on the streets and various venues by participants of the MYTORONTO Vendor Training program. Half of the vendor sales goes to the participants while the other half funds the program.

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Howard Ross – A One Day Show of Paintings

A One Day Show of Paintings – I am a Toronto, Canada born painter. I have been a professional artist since 1985. I love to paint. I love the physical activity of painting. I love the process of starting with a white panel, and then, after much mental anguish and hours of smelling turpentine, something exists that did not exist before. Howard currently lives in Spain but will be present throughout the day. This exhibition is open to the public.

The Create Festival 2018

The 19th Annual Create Festival 2018 (formerly Fireside) Fundraising Event is a labour of love building community through the arts.
This year’s theme is Celebrating our Earth.
There will be live Music, Dance, and Performance, a Silent Auction, Raffle, It Takes a Community Group Art Exhibition and Sale, A Community Resource Board, Arts and Crafts Vendors, Food, Plants and much more…

All proceeds from this fundraising event will go to the Jennifer Sjenta Dancer Haberman Bursary Fund – a $900 student bursary awarded annually to a 3rd year Create Institute student.

Little Penguin April 15th 2018 Workshop (for ages 4-7)

Little Penguin is a series of children art workshops. Classes are designed to guide kids to explore their creativity, and help them experiment with various art forms, such as drawing, printmaking and painting. Workshops are organized for small groups of 8 to 10.

In this workshop, children will be guided through various forms of mixed media and printmaking projects that involve creative thinking. Both parents and children will be encouraged to work together with simple tools and techniques to create art and express themselves while having fun.

– Class is for children between the ages of 4 to 7
– At least one parent or caregiver is required to attend with the child. Both parents are welcome to join, the more the merrier!
– Class is limited to 10 children
– All materials are included
– Fee is $35 per class

New Mom and Baby Dance Classes

Four Saturdays in April 2018 (starting April 7th). 10:30 – 12pm. $15 each class or $50 for all four @ Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St., #103.

Set aside some time every Saturday morning this April to indulge in the pleasure of spending time just being with your new baby. Connect through music, movement, and gentle play.

Dance Artist Jessica Runge has over twenty years of experience teaching creative movement to children in diverse settings. Since 2013, Runge has been offering her one-of-a-kind creative movement classes at the beautiful studio she shares at Artscape Youngplace.

This series of classes is based on the work of Eryn Dace Trudell and MamaDances.

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Photo Credit: Jessica Runge

New Parent Child Dance Class

Four Saturdays in April 2018 (starting April 7th). 9:30 – 10:30am. $15 each class or $50 for all four @ Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St., #103.

Dance outside the box in these fun, creative classes where parents and children dance and explore their creativity through movement together!

Runge has over twenty years of experience teaching creative movement to children in diverse settings. Since 2013, Runge has been offering her one-of-a-kind creative movement classes at the beautiful studio she shares at Artscape Youngplace.

This series of classes is based on the work of Eryn Dace Trudell and MamaDances.

For more information or to register email

Photo Credit: Jessica Runge


THE ART OF “BREAKING”: The only dance that came out of “HIP HOP”

– Learn the fundamental moves of “breaking” like top rocking & floor rocking
– Conditioning training for break dancers
– Embracing hip hop culture & the movement
– Mentorship & encouragement
– Impart critical life skills; key to “Success”
– Program is designed to engage, inspire, inform, & empower
– Build self-confidence… just showing up to the studio to face a challenge never experienced before takes courage
– 1-on-1 attention; experienced instructors
– No experience necessary

Beginners Qi Gong Breathing Movements

This class is for begginers. Shifu, a Shaolin Warrior Monk will show the traditional ways of the Temple to warm up your body from the inside out as well as basic meditation. Stretches and breathing mind movements are focused on.

Spirit of the Narrows

Created and written by Anne Lederman, and performed by Anne and Capucine Onn, Spirit of the Narrows is the story of one woman’s journey into the world of Aboriginal fiddling. As a young musician, Anne became fascinated with the unusual sound of Métis and First Nations fiddling in her home province of Manitoba. In the mid 1980s, she set out to learn more about it. Whom did she meet but fiddlers like Carl Grexton, Emile Spence, Laurence Flett, Grandy Fagnan, Teddy Boy Houle and a host of others, some of whom didn’t quite know what to make of this young woman with a fiddle under her arm. Entering a world very different from her own, the play is her journey—between present and past, between cultures, and between states of mind.

Through one woman’s eyes, Spirit of the Narrows is a story about a uniquely Canadian music and the people who created It. The music is like no other, embodying Indigenous, French, English, American and Eastern European traditions, all played on a small box with four strings. Spirit of the Narrows is alive with humour, insight and respect and is a tribute to the people and the music Anne came to know. Audiences come away from the show with the unique sounds of Aboriginal folk fiddling ringing in their ears, along with a new understanding of life on the Canadian prairies in the late 20th century. And of how this music tells the story of the coming together of many peoples. Like Anne, you won’t be quite the same on your return.

Anne has performed a solo version of the show from Wells, B.C. to Aberdeen, Scotland, in homes, church basements, classrooms, folk clubs and theaters. In 2004, the Blyth Festival invited her to adapt it for 2 performers, which did so well it was brought back for a 2nd season in 2005. In 2015 and 2016, the show was revived at The Pearl Company in Hamilton to rave reviews, called “The Best of 2015” by Hamilton Arts paper, View.


“What an incredible show! A show that provokes thought and is marvelously entertaining. Congratulations on such an excellent production.” – Mark Nonkes, Blyth 2004

“Anne is a great fiddler and story teller. She has clearly absorbed many of the accents and idiosyncrasies of rural Manitoba, often portrayed to hilarious effect. Recommended for those who love music, fiddle, Manitoba, and good times.” – Mackenzie Kristjon Jenkyns, Raise the Hammer (online review) Nov. 2015

“Vivid, layered, intimate and, at points, mystical… The musicians she meets and the complexity and pathos of their experiences as individuals and as First Nations people are beautifully brought to life. The two actors navigate time, space, clashes of identity, culture and musical tradition into one skillfully woven performance.” – Allison Jones, The View

“While not Métis herself, Lederman has devoted herself to the preservation of old fiddle music.” – Métis Nation of Ontario website

“You cannot experience Spirit of the Narrows without thinking that Lederman was born to find this music.” – Robert Reid, The Record

“Anne Lederman has done something incredible here, and the scope of its cultural value is something that is almost impossible to appraise other than to say this: it’s more than a record or a testament. It is truly a living and breathing coil of our collective Canadian DNA and it deserves to be cherished.” – Gil Garratt, Blyth Theatre Festival

Finding Your Creative Flow. A Play Workshop for Adults

Play is important. It’s especially important for adults as it’s hard to find the time to create, be silly and listen to our intuition in our daily lives.

This workshop will add some “whimsy” to your week by allowing room for free play and exploration with various creative tools (paint, crayons, collage, googly eyes, hula hoops, bubbles, sand and more).

We will begin with a mindfulness exercise to help us tune in to our creative selves and will end the workshop with creative goal-setting.

The workshop will be run by Nicki Gallo; a Therapeutic Clown at SickKids Hospital, Artist-Educator and Therapeutic Play Practitioner. She has an improv comedy background training at the Second City Conservatory and Bad Dog Theatre. One of the most playful things she has ever done is create a play on a moving school bus about a fictional camp called Camp Schecky which played at the Toronto Fringe Festival.

Nicki played every day for the month of May. Here is a piece on what happened: