Culture Days Launch 2012

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NAN celebrated with Culture Days 2012!

  • Performances by Regent Park artists including COBA and Juno Award-winning recording artist Sean Jones
  • Jian Ghomeshi  CBC Q, author and emcee
  • Antoni Cimolino – General Director and Artistic Director Designate, Stratford Shakespeare Festival and Chair, Culture Days National Steering Executive Committee
  • Mary De Paoli  Executive Vice-President, Chief Marketing Officer and Public & Corporate Affairs, Sun Life Financial
  • Michael Chan – Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

 

Getting Ready for …

 Work In Culture and The Toronto Public Library presents:

Enriching Your Work in Culture

WorkInCulture leads a four-week series that demystifies the language of business for creative professionals from any discipline. This course is designed and delivered in collaboration with cultural insiders who will share tips and exercises to help you create a thriving, life-long career.

Topics include: envisioning the future of your creative business; overcoming financial hurdles like pricing and negotiating; making social media work for you; how to be resilient to survive and thrive in the long-term. Space is limited so reserve your spot– Call 416-393-7686 for more information.

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on recurring dates listed below

90 mins

Parkdale Auditorium

Series:

Upcoming Dates:

Wed Oct 03
Wed Oct 10
Wed Oct 17
Wed Oct 24

Countdown to Culture Days: Eagle Thunder

Thunderbird Native Theatre presents Eagle Thunder: Song of Hope on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm at Kennedy/Eglinton Library

Shannon Thunderbird

Image courtesy of Thunderbird Native Theatre

Thunderbird Native Theatre (TNT) presents a very interactive First Nations experience entitled, Eagle Thunder: Song of Hope that introduces audiences to the life and vibrancy of Native cultures.

Led by well-known Coast Tsimshian First Nations, Artist Educator, Shannon Thunderbird and Artist Musician, Sandy Horne (Band: Spoons), along with TNT drummers Christine Pohlkamp and Kate Dickson, the audience will sing, drum on big drums, enjoy stories and a little improvisational theatre, all designed to immerse participants in the rich world of Aboriginal people. The Artists expect the audience to participate and sing and drum like everyone is listening! CDs of the music are available for sale.

In collaboration with Culture Days and the Neighbourhood Arts Network, Toronto Public Library hosts Toronto-based artists and arts organizations in a celebration of arts and culture at library branches throughout the city of Toronto. Culture Days @ The Library takes place September 28-20, 2012. Check out this year’s lineup and make a personalized schedule at http://culturedays.ca/en/2012-activities

Countdown to Culture Days: Tapestry for Beginners

Check out Tapestry for Beginners at Leaside Public Library on Friday, September 28, 2012 from 2:00 pm – 5:00pm

Image courtesy of Christian Badanjak

Tapestry for Beginners with Juana Sleizer

In this activity, participants will learn the basics of tapestry weaving in a playful environment. Results will be surprising. You will experiment with unusual materials to create colourful textures and shapes while listening to music to help inspiration. Loom and materials will be provided and you will keep the loom for yourself. Program includes:
Getting acquainted with the materials (e.g. yarns, fabrics, etc.); notions of tapestry; looms; warp and weft; a little bit of history; how to begin and how to lock a weaving.

In collaboration with Culture Days and the Neighbourhood Arts Network, Toronto Public Library hosts Toronto-based artists and arts organizations in a celebration of arts and culture at library branches throughout the city of Toronto. Culture Days @ The Library takes place September 28-20, 2012. Check out this year’s lineup and make a personalized schedule at http://culturedays.ca/en/2012-activities

Youth Arts Pitch Contest: Call for Artists

ArtReach Toronto, in partnership with City of Toronto Cultural Services, Art Gallery of Ontario and Manifesto invites you to participate in a pitch contest. If you are a young artist or a group of artists, between the ages of 16 and 29, we want to hear from you!

We want to discover and support some of Toronto’s finest innovative talent and encourage community participation through the arts!

Win $5,000 to support your community youth arts project, start your arts business or take your career to the next level!

The arts are a powerful and motivating way that youth can be involved in their communities. Whether it’s in someone’s basement, or through a community program – young people are creating art all over this city. ArtReach Toronto, City of Toronto Cultural Services, Art Gallery of Ontario and Manifesto want to support youth aspirations in the arts. We invite you to submit your ideas to us, which could land you a spot in front of an esteemed panel of judges for a live and interactive pitch contest!

To apply:

  • You must be an artist or part of a group of artists
  • You must be between the ages of 16 and 29
  • Developing an artistic project or are serious about your arts initiative
  • Have experienced barriers and those who are increasing access to the arts

ArtReach Toronto encourages artists working in a broad range of art forms to apply, including dance, drama, music, carnival and circus, film and video, TV and radio, new media, fashion, creative writing, visual arts, crafts, hip hop, design, multi-media, urban arts and more.

Prizes:
Nine lucky submissions will be chosen to pitch their ideas live on Friday September 21, 2012 for a chance to win one of three $5,000 prizes awarded to participants in the following categories:

  • Community Arts (i.e. theatre groups, collective of filmmakers etc.)
  • Creative Enterprise (i.e. singers, poets, MC’s, clothing designers etc.)

Exciting runner up prizes will contribute to bringing awareness to your project or art!

Process:

  • To enter, you must submit a two page (maximum) proposal answering the series of questions listed below, pitching your idea to the committee by the deadline of Friday August 17, 2012.
  • The nine lucky finalists chosen to make their pitch will be announced on August 30, 2012!  ALL finalists are required to attend a two-part workshop series entitled How To Make a Pitch. These sessions will be held on Wednesday, September 5thand Wednesday, September 12th, 2012.
  • Finalists will then pitch their ideas LIVE on Friday September 21, 2012 making a creative, energetic, inspiring and convincing presentation, pitch or performance in less than 5 minutes!!
  • A panel of knowledgeable, high profile judges will provide on the spot feedback to all finalists and award three winners with the grand prizes of the PITCH CONTEST!

Deadline for Entries: Friday August 17, 2012
Submissions are to be placed online.
The submission form is here: www.artreachtoronto.ca/submit.html

If you have any questions, please feel to email us at contest@artreachtoronto.ca or call Derick at 647-347-0086

Free Info Sessions for St. James Town Artists

Free Info Sessions for artists of St. James Town

FREE INFO SESSION FOR ARTISTS IN ST. JAMES TOWN

Meet other artists from St. Jamestown, learn how to create an artist profile, and join a city-wide arts network for free.

Attend one of these three information session and learn how to promote your work, and share how being creative has an impact on your life. RSVP by visiting the community matters office or email margo@torontoartscouncil.org