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Call for Volunteers: Luminato Festival

“Luminato wants YOU to volunteer with us for our amazing 2018 festival!”

“Are you?

  • Passionate about the arts
  • Interested in building community
  • Love interacting with the city
  • Want to develop or share your skills

Year after year, Luminato depends on our enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to help transform Toronto each June. Our diverse groups of volunteers are the face of Luminato. Not only do they enhance the visitor experience by providing world class customer service, they also lend onsite support to bring art to life working alongside Luminato staff.

Since Luminato’s inception in 2007, volunteers have played an integral role in the successful execution of each and every event. It is with deep gratitude that we would like to thank our devoted, enthusiastic, talented and diverse volunteer teams for their ongoing commitment and support. We are forever indebted to each of you for sharing our passion for bringing adventurous art to adventurous places and highlighting Toronto’s artistic vibrancy.

Luminato is celebrating its 12th anniversary this year, and we’re so excited. The festival runs from June 6th – 24th. Join us to bring 3 weeks of art, inspiration, and fun to Toronto!

As a volunteer you will get behind-the scenes access to one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary arts festivals. You will meet and build relationships with people interested in the arts and build transferable skills for the future. Not to mention, a plethora of high-fives and a warm, welcome into an inclusive community. More information here!

Volunteer Positions

  • Ambassadors
  • Front of House
  • Festival Administrative Volunteers
  • CultureLink Mentors

Apply now!
Questions? Email volunteer[at]
Volunteers must be 19+ or Join our Youth Team (14–18 years)
Orientation sessions are in held in April & May”

-submitted by Luminato

Celebrate the Las Nubes Project and the Cultural and Artistic Practices for Social and Environmental Justice Certificate (CAP) (York University)

“Join us on International Women’s Day March 8th for performances featuring Costa Rican Artist Guadalupe Urbina and/or Toronto’s own Long Branch and talented York University faculty and students, and celebrate the Las Nubes Project and the Cultural and Artistic Practices for Social and Environmental Justice Certificate (CAP).

Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St W. Toronto
6:30pm – Concert | Tickets $10; Student tickets FREE or PWYC with student ID (Buy tickets)
In support of the Las Nubes Project, hear a concert featuring Guadalupe Urbina, whose music explores social issues including gender roles, the environment and the cultural identity of Costa Rica.

10pm – Eco-Arts and Media Festival Cabaret | FREE, after 9pm – RSVP Required
With four formidable frontwomen supported by nuanced, driving rhythms, Long Branch’s songs tell stories of overcoming hardship with grit and determination. The evening will also feature a cabaret of performances by students and faculty from York University with special guest DJ Syrus Marcus Ware!”

-from York University

Round The Table & Performing Stories (March 21-24, Jumblies Theatre)

ROUND THE TABLE is a winter warming project taking place at The Ground Floor. It brings together songs, soup, sewing and storytelling.

March  21, 22, 23, 2017  (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm)
March  24, 2017 (5:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
Tickets (including soup dinner): Suggested $20
Charitable receipts for additional donations
PWYC tickets for local residents and friends of choir members
Seats are very limited and so please reserve in advance

We’ve commissioned composers and song-writers to create new rounds for the Ground Floor Choir to rehearse on Wednesday evenings. With text generated by artists and community members, each round represents one stage of a meal: preparing the home, making the soup, greeting the guests, expressing thanks, toasting, telling tales, clearing up, bidding farewell.

Meanwhile, on Tuesdays, we are inviting people to join us in cooking and eating soup, illustrating recipe cards and decorating felt envelopes to hold them. Tuesday meals will also feature guest storytellers, followed by storytelling workshops for youth and adults.

All of this will come together in a Round the Table musical meal and performance, running from March 21st to 24th. For more details and to make an advance reservation, contact

Date: Tuesdays, February 6th- March 20th
Times: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: The Ground Floor, 132 Fort York Blvd, Toronto.
No experience needed! Drop in for one workshop or come to all six of them.
Feel free to come early for homemade soup and sewing activities with Fabric and Culinary artist Marianne Alas (happening between 4:30 – 6:30).
* FREE, accessible space, transportation and other support can be provided

What is it?
Performing Stories is a new 6 week workshop series, with a focus on sharing and exploring cultural, personal and imagined stories with some exciting guest artists!

The workshop will be lead by Julia Hune-Brown with the support of Binaeshee-Quae Couchie-Nabigon, with guest storytellers Sharada Eswar ( Feb 13th), Rubena Sinha ( Feb 20th), and Bernice Hune ( Feb 27th).

The guest artists will perform and share their own stories and processes with the group and inspire the group to tell their own stories, with a performance outcome at our Round The Table event at the end of March.
For more information contact: or 416 209 8428″

-from Jumblies Theatre
Read Jumblies’ Profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

# BigFeels: Creating Space for Mental Health in the Arts symposium (Workman Arts)

“Public Consultations – Be a Part of the Current Conversation about Mental Health!

Workman Arts invites you to contribute to the discussion on the intersectionality of arts and mental health. These consultations will support Workman Arts in developing the #BigFeels: Creating Space for Mental Health in the Arts symposium that will be held in Toronto at the end of May 2018. What kind of supports and resources do artists, arts organizations and mental health advocacy/service-based organizations need to support more inclusive spaces? How do we better support artists with mental health lived experiences? How do we grow as a community to better support and grow with each other? Who are the artists, leaders and organizations you admire that are doing work in the sector? Let’s create meaningful conversations in our communities about mental health!

Public Consultation Dates & Locations:

Public Consultation with Artists with Lived Mental Health Experiences
March 5, 2018 7:30pm-8:30pm
Program Room at Wychwood, Toronto Public Library
1431 Bathurst Street, Toronto

Public Consultation with Arts Organizations
March 6, 2018, 7:30pm-8:30pm
Program Room at Wychwood, Toronto Public Library
1431 Bathurst Street, Toronto

Public Consultation with Mental Health Advocacy/Service-Based Organizations
March 7, 2018 7:30pm-8:30pm
Program Room at Wychwood, Toronto Public Library
1431 Bathurst Street, Toronto

Please RSVP with what night you are attending by March 2, 2018 : parul_pandya[at]”

-from Workman Arts website
Read Workman Arts’ profile on our Directory and Map of Community-Engaged Arts

‘The Stories We Share’ Zine Launch (Sick Muse Art Projects)

The Stories We Share Zine Launch

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Members’ Lounge (Toronto City Hall)
100 Queen Street West, Toronto Ontario

Please contact Sick Muse Art Projects to confirm attendance.

About this Community Arts Project:

THE STORIES WE SHARE, a series of creative writing workshops for refugee and/or newcomer women (persons who self-identify as women) living in Toronto. Over 25 women from different backgrounds participated in creative writing, collectively creating poetry and sharing their stories of migration to Canada through the process. The workshops were led by 6 women writers, poets and spoken word artists who, through the creation of a safe space, allowed women to connect with each other and share their journeys.

THE STORIES WE SHARE ZINE: Stories of Goodbyes, Journeys, Arrivals and New Homes were complied in a printed publication, supported by women visual artists (newcomers and first- and second-generation immigrants) who contributed their talent by illustrating the work of project participants.

More than 60 women are involved in this initiative.

This project is funded by Toronto Arts Council through the Newcomer & Refugee Engagement Program

About Sick Muse Art Projects:
Sick Muse Art Projects is a Community Arts collective dedicated to working with
refugees and newcomers, specifically those who have experienced violence in their
lives. Sick Muse Art Projects has been actively engaged with various refugee
communities for over six years.

The Canada Council for the Arts recently invited our Program Director to present Sick Muse Art Projects work at the Global Dialogues: Migrants and Refugees Conference, organized by the Ministry of Culture of Argentina, and the European Union National Institutes for Culture.”

To learn more about Sick Muse Art Projects and their programs and projects, please visit:

-from Sick Muse Art Projects
Read Sick Muse Art Projects’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

Workshop – Keep On Keeping On: A Performance-Based Exploration Of Maintaining Creative Energy

“Tap into the sources of your creative energy through this active, performance-based workshop led by one of Canada’s leading drama educators, Kathleen Gould Lundy. Exchange insights with your fellow artists to combat the creative fatigue and social isolation that plagues artistic work. Explore how your personal and professional stories, and the places you come from, can preserve and nurture your imagination and creativity.

This workshop is open to all artists. No theatre or acting experience required.

Key Takeaways

  • Discover and explore the sources of your creative energy
  • Connect with and learn from other artists
  • Develop the capacity to use drama as a tool for wellbeing”

For more information and to register, please visit: Artists’ Health Alliance’s website.

-from Artists’ Health Alliance website
Read Artists’ Health Alliance’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Call for Artists!: Apply to be part of The PATCH Project (Toronto)

The PATCH Project provides artists with opportunities to exhibit their work in public – raising their profile while transforming Toronto’s streets.
We partner with landowners and developers to showcase the work of local artists around construction sites and get them the exposure they need to move their career in the arts forward.

PATCH can help YOU:

  • develop your portfolio
  • get paid for exhibiting your work
  • join a community of like-minded creative professionals
  • build a foundation for your career in Toronto’s cultural sector

Our city has millions of feet of construction hoarding (the walls that go up around construction sites) that can be the home for your next work of art (or the exhibition of your existing artwork)!

What is PATCH, and what do we do?
PATCH installs permanent and temporary art in underused spaces, like construction sites. We collaborate with local artists, landowners, and property developers to create an ongoing exhibition that not only beautifies the streetscape, but strengthens community ties around our installations. We:
identify potential sites for public art
recruit Toronto area artists of the highest calibre for site-specific work;
liaise between artists, property owners / developers, and construction companies to develop customized creative solutions that animate Toronto’s public realm; and
manage the logistics of making this all happen!

PATCH is a project of the STEPS Initiative, an award-winning public arts organization that builds the capacity of citizens to take action in creating more vibrant and connected communities. Since 2010, STEPS has led several large-scale public art installations (including the World’s Tallest Mural) through which they have engaged thousands of community members of all ages and received numerous awards.”

For more information, please visit:

-from The PATCH Project website
Read STEPS Initiative’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

Town Hall: Eighth Street Skatepark Mural Revitalization Project (Lakeshore Arts)

“This Summer 2018, Lakeshore Arts is planning a large mural revitalization project of the Eighth Street skatepark in partnership with StreetARToronto, Toronto Police Service 22 Division, and Toronto Skateboarding Committee. Located in the New Toronto neighbourhood, the Eighth Street Skatepark serves as a hub for skate enthusiasts and local residents. This project aims to replace the current tags and graffiti vandalism found within the park with a series of new murals created by professional artists in consultation with the community.

Join us for a presentation about the project to-date, followed by an open-format discussion about the future goals for the project, including mural themes, artist applications, the selection process, and gather community feedback.

Addtional meeting dates and locations:

– Thursday, 22 March – 7-9pm – LAMP Community Health Centre, Community Room (185 Fifth St)

– Thursday, 12 April – 7-9pm – Lakeshore Arts, Community Project Space (2422 Lake Shore Blvd. W.)”

-submitted by Lakeshore Arts
Read Lakeshore Arts’ profile on ArtBridges’ Directory and Map of Community-Engaged Arts

Call for Expressions of Interest for Canadian Artists: Art Benches of Liberty Village (Toronto)

“The Liberty Village Business Improvement Area (LVBIA) is inviting Canadian artists to submit a proposal for the creation of public art to be installed on 25 unique steel benches. The LVBIA’s first bench program, named BenchMark, transformed old wooden benches into public pieces of art.

This new Art Benches Program of the LVBIA and the City of Toronto goes beyond transformation to creation. The goal of the Art Benches Program is to beautify the Liberty Village area while supporting national and local artists and celebrating the community spirit that defines Liberty Village.

Liberty Village is Toronto’s innovation hub, forged in creativity. As you walk around Liberty Village there is a sense of community, modern yet timeless, youthful village atmosphere. This energy and vibrancy comes from the concentration of more than 600 businesses which include some of Toronto’s leading creative thinkers and companies in high tech, arts, design, entertainment and media; as well as the more than 10,000 residents who call this village home.

Art Benches of Liberty Village: CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
Application Deadline: Monday February 19, 2018 by 5:00pm

We are looking for Expressions of Interest to submit an original design for a custom -made steel bench to be installed in the Liberty Village area. Designs for the bench back should be original, timeless and modern.

  • Submit a current résumé/CV, and an artist’s statement expressing the artist’s interest in designing an original bench back for the Art Benches of Liberty Village Project.
  • Include colour photos of recent art or design work.
  • Entries must include complete contact information, including name, address, phone, email and website if available.
  • Entries may be submitted by mail to Mural Routes, 1859 Kingston Road, Toronto ON M1N 1T3 or by email to
  • Please put “Art Benches of Liberty Village” in the subject line of your email.

Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on February 19, 2017.

The competition will be a two-stage process.

STAGE 1: The Selection Committee (jury) will select up to 25 artists from the submitted REOI’s to prepare designs.

STAGE 2: I. Selected artists may be requested to submit up to 3 designs for consideration. II. 25 designs will be selected by a committee from the submissions

$1000 will be paid for each approved design.

Full application details

This call is being administered by Mural Routes on behalf of the Liberty Village BIA and The City of Toronto.”

-submitted by Mural Routes
Read Mural Routes profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

SHINE! 9th Annual Concert (Toronto)

Sunday February 25th ~ 6pm Doors and Dinner
Lula Lounge 1585 Dundas W. (one block west of Dufferin)


Book your tickets now at
Dinner reservations guarantee a table.
Call Lula Lounge 416-588-0307 after you purchase your tickets to reserve a table.

Tickets $25 (children/youth – $10)

SHINE keeps alive the memory and music of friends we’ve lost – Jim Fay, James Gray, Doug Queen, while helping to further the passions of young musicians who may face barriers to their study and practice of folk/trad/blues music.”

-posted with permission from Marie MacCormack