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Workshop for Mural Artists! Applied Colour Theory (Mural Routes)

What: Improve your ability to design, plan, and purchase materials for a stunning mural with this full-day workshop.  Experienced mural artist John Nobrega will lead a theoretical and hands-on exploration of colour application for mural artists, including colour mixing, colour matching, layering, planning materials, and more.
WhenSaturday, July 15, 10am-4pm
Where: Mural Routes Office, 1859 Kingston Rd., Toronto
Who: Open to all. Led by established mural artist John Nobrega, Blinc Studios
Registration: $40 for Mural Routes members, $50 for non-members. Register here by Tuesday, July 11 at 9am

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

Profile Highlight: Eastmain Art Hive (Eastmain, Québec)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.

“The Eastmain Art Hive, located in the Cree Nation of Eastmain, on the James Bay is a free community Art Studio offering a mixture of traditional arts and crafts and contemporary art activities. The primary activities of the Eastmain Art Hive are painting and sewing; however, the Art Hive is involved in many creative projects and partnerships around the community involving youth, adults and elders. Some of the past and ongoing initiatives include: paintings for the arena complex, an art fair showcasing local artist’s work, traditional crafts like tamarack geese making and beading, a self defense course and sharing circle, art therapy workshops, photovoice, library and greenhouse projects. The Eastmain Art Hive encourages intergeneration learning, positive social engagement and creative art-making in a non-judgmental environment.”

To read more about Eastmain Art Hive, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Unity Festival (July 13-15, Toronto)

Unity Festival is a FREE, youth-focused Hip Hop festival happening July 13-15, 2017 featuring some of the city’s top current and upcoming talent in beatboxing, spoken word, MCing, graffiti art, break dancing, all styles dance and more!

Day 1: The Unity MC/Spoken Word & Graffiti Exhibition

Tangerine presents Unity MC / Spoken Word & Graffiti Exhibition 2017 in partnership with R.I.S.E.
Thursday July 13th – 3-11pm • Free entry

The Unity MC /Spoken Word & Graffiti Exhibition is back for 2017 and we are celebrating 10 years of Hip-Hop, Dance, Spoken Word, MC’ing and Beatbox with special guests.

Unity Fetsival 2017 kicks off on Thursday, July 13th at Geary Lane with our annual MC / SPOKEN WORD & GRAFFITI EXHIBITION in partnership with R.I.S.E., SKETCH & VIBE ARTS. The night showcases som eof Toronto’s most prolific music and visual artists alongside the most promising youth performers selected form UNITY, VIBE ARTS, and SKETCH’S city-wide after school and drop-in programs.

This year we are very proud to host two of Canada’s leading artist educators who will lead the exhibition with presentations on how they empower and effect change in individuals and communities. STEPHEN “BUDDHA” LEAFLOOR is an internationally recognized and awarded social worker, celebrated dancer, and founder of BLUPRINTFORLIFE, which has brought empowerment, hope and real social change in Canada’s north and urban centers.

DR. AUDREY HUDSON, is an assistant professor at OCAD University where she has developed two courses on teh influence of Hip-Hop art and design practices who views teh arts as a tool to begin decolonizing education because of teh creative platform it provides for historically marginalized communities.

Day 2: Dance Exhibition & Beatbox Competition

Tangerine presents Unity Dance Exhibition & Beatbox Competition 2017.
Friday July 14th – 5-11pm • Free Entry

On Friday July 14th we are very excited to host our UNITY DANCE EXHIBITION & BEATBOX BATTLE at UNDERPASS PARK, under the Eastern Avenue, Richmond and Adelaide Overpasses. The DANCE EXHIBITION features Toronto’s top youth nand professional street dancers in a number of different battles highlighting hip-hop, breaking, popping, and house, Our first round will focus on the community youth and alumni who have developed their skills alongside the guidance of Unity’s program faciliatators.

For the second round, selected mentors from various established dance crews will battle alongside their top students against other mentor/student crews. And for our last round, a number of the most well-respected crews including CASINO BOYS, TENSE IMAGE, ALIBINO ZEBRAZ, WAREHOUSE JACKS, and many more will face off against each other for the first time on Unity’s dancefloor.

Once again, BEATBOX CANADA, the most respected champion of the beatbox community will showcase the underrated art of vocal percussion with an epic battle between Toronto’s top beatboxers in a 1 vs 1 musical battle for 20 years and under. Battle judges are Unity Alumni PARALLEL (Sparx & Psyriene) and WORDOFMOUF (Killabeatz & Subconcious) will represent this art as a part of the human narrative and beatboxers as true musicians while inspiring young talent to pursue new ways of artistic expression through their performances.

– Must be a Canadian Citizen 20 years of age or under
– Email with your name, age and city to register by June 1st, 2017
– Capped at 16 entries, first come first serve so email and contact ASAP!
– Open elimination at event, all participants will have 90 seconds to showcase their skills
– TOP 4 beatboxers will be chosen to battle for prizes
– Battles are 2 x 90 seconds rounds, 3rd place battle will happen as well

29 Lower River St.
Toronto, Ontario

Day 3: Unity Concert
Tangerine presents Unity Concert 2017
Saturday July 15th – 3-11pm • Free Entry

TORONTO!!!!! The Unity Festival is back for 2017 and we are celebrating 10 years of Hip-Hop, Dance, Spoken Word, MC’ing and Beatbox with a line up that includes the return of …

MAIN SOURCE celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their classic album “Breaking Atoms” with an all star line up that includes LARGE PROFESSOR, K-CUT, MIKEY D, NEEK THE EXOTIC & JOE FATAL.


Hosted by none other than:

215 King St. West @ John ST.
Toronto, Ontario
FREE ENTRY | #unitycharityTO”

-posted with permission from UNITY Charity
Read UNITY Charity’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

The Touching Ground Festival (Jumblies Theatre, Toronto)

“This spring Jumblies is producing the Touching Ground Festival – a suite of new works on a common theme – the culmination of many activities with many people over the past three years of inhabiting this brand new and ancient location – now called CityPlace, in this place now called Toronto. During our time here, we have delved into the Indigenous and layered histories and current sounds, sights and voices of the area, while also making connections across the city and the country. Threads from all of these explorations appear in our activities over the coming weeks.

As many of you already know, starting on Saturday May 13th, until the end of June, Touching Ground events will be taking place in three main areas: The Ground Floor (132 Fort York Blvd), Evergreen Brick Works (555 Bayview Ave.), and Historic Fort York (250 Fort York Blvd). In addition, Jumblies will be collaborating with our partners elsewhere in Toronto.

Click on each event for more information about some of our Festival highlights:

Plus: three short films, a giant turtle quilt, comics, a new musical in-progress, workshops, exhibitions, celebrations, and more!

For more information, including a full list of festival events, schedule, workshops, and how to get involved visit

-submitted by Jumblies Theatre
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Call for submissions of visual art from newcomers for art exhibit (MNLCT, Toronto)

MNLCT Opening Doors Art Gallery _ Call Out

Exhibition dates: May 23 – May 26, 2017
Location: MNLCT Victoria park site (3570 Victoria Park Ave, Suite 204. North York, On. M2H 3S2.)
* There is no submission fee for this event.

This is an open call to DIVERSE IMMIGRANT VISUAL ARTISTS to submit works of visual art to the Mennonite New Life Centre Toronto (MNLCT) OPENING DOORS Art Exhibition. This is a unique and temporal art exhibition that MNLCT will host to celebrate the opening of our Victoria Park location at 3570 Victoria Park Ave, Suite 204. North York, On. M2H 3S2.

Artwork should be on the theme of “OPENING DOORS” and be inspired by artists’ immigration experiences, and consistent with our organizational vision, mission, and anti-oppression statements. Using these criteria, a committee will assess all the submissions, make the final selections, and contact chosen artists to drop off their work. Each artist can summit/display up two pieces at the exhibition.

This art exhibition is open to immigrant visual artists ages 18 and older. Entries must address the theme of “OPENING DOORS” in some way. The Mennonite New Life Centre is committed to community equity initiatives. We encourage internationally trained artists and members of ethno-racial, Aboriginal, immigrant, refugee, LGBT and disabled community groups to participate and self-identify. Staff, volunteers, interns, Board of Directors members, and members of MNLCT, and community partners are also welcome to submit their work.

Attendees of the art exhibition will have the chance to vote for their favourite work. The winner will be announced on May 25, 2017.

Artists retain all copyrights to their artwork without exception and may use “OPENING DOORS – MNLCT Art Exhibition”, for the purposes of promoting their participation at the event. The artists grant to the MNLCT a non-exclusive right to use their names and pictures of submitted artwork for promotional use in connection with the opening.


  • Entry Deadline: May 8, 2017 at 11:59pm
  • Artists accepted will be contacted by May 12
  • Artwork
  • Drop off: May 16 & May 17 (10:00 am to 2:00 pm)
  • Exhibition Dates: May 23 to May 26
  • Opening Door Art Exhibition Community Choice Award: May 25, 6:00 pm
  • Artwork Pick up: May 26 (3:00 pm to 5:00 pm)


  • The maximum artwork size is 70cm x 100cm inclusive of the frame, and the maximum weight is 15kg. Artwork sizes and weights are maintained to ensure we can manage the installation, display and safety of the artworks on the exhibition.
  • Artists can submit work ONLY in any of the following two dimensional medium: paintings, photography, drawing, and mixed media.
  • Artists must provide the easel to display each piece of artwork selected.
  • All artwork must have the artist’s name and contact information on the back.
  • Wet paint (oil paintings) will not be accepted.
  • Please avoid glass and very heavy art for safe keeping.


  • Read all information on this page carefully.
  • Send an e-mail to with a low-resolution picture of your artwork(s). Subject Line: “[ARTIST NAME] MNLCT Opening doors Art Exhibit” and with the following information:
    • Artist Name
    • Art Title(s)
    • Medium(s)
    • Dimensions (by cms)
    • Email
    • Phone Number
    • Postal Code
    • There is no submission fee for this event.”

-submitted by MNLCT

Red Dress Productions’ Winter Workshops (Toronto)

RDP winter workshops

“You’re invited to join Red Dress Productions’ February and March choir and art making workshops as we prepare for the performance of Drift Seeds in June 2017 — a new work created over the last three years with Winchester Park and St James Town communities.

Learn songs that will be performed in Drift Seeds
Mondays, 6:30-8:00 pm
February 6th to March 27th
All Ages

Art Making
Make art objects large and small,
paper mache and more
Mondays, 5:30-8:30 pm
February 6th to March 27th
All Ages

Workshop Location: Our workshops will be hosted at Hugh Garner Housing Co-op, located at 550 Ontario St, Toronto, ON M4X 1X3

We are accessible by College streetcar as well the Parliament, Sherbourne and Wellesley buses. Our studio is wheelchair accessible. All workshops are free, and no registration is required. You’re welcome to come to one or all workshops. We aim to provide barrier-free arts programming. Please get in touch with us about access needs, or with any questions.

EMAIL: promiseinthepark[at]
CALL: 647-937-1470
FB: reddressproductions
VIDEO: vimeocom/reddressproductions

-submitted by Red Dress Productions
Read Red Dress Productions’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight: Mosaic Studio (Barrie)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.


Mosaic Studio “offers day program activities for adults with developmental disabilities.” To read more about the Mosaic Studio, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

Community Art Build (Onaman Collective, Toronto)


“Come one come all!! We are doing a community art build in Toronto this weekend in partnership with Our goal is to make 1,000 banners, a few 40ft banners, and a herd of buffalo to send out to water and land defense actions in North America including some new designs specifically to send to the west coast for the Kinder Morgan resistance.

Bring yourself, some old clothes you don’t care if they get paint on, and if you are up to it, coffee, snacks & food! We will potluck it or pitch in for pizzas or both 🙂

Dec 9, 2pm – 7pm
Dec 10 & 11, 10am – 8pm.
163 Sterling Road, Unit 2”

-from Onaman Collective Facebook
Read Onaman Collective’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Youth Engagement Project: Mine (Vancouver)


“Time: Fridays 4pm-5:30pm
Dates: January 20 – March 10
Place: Trout Lake Community Centre
Cost: FREE with snacks provided

The program will be co-facilitated by Kelly McInnes and Rianne Svelnis with live music by Alex Mah. It is intended for youth ages 14-18 who are interested in dance, performance, music, theatre, story-telling, textiles and visual art! The workshop will be a collaborative creation process focusing on Kelly’s project ‘mine’, which is an interactive, multi-disciplinary work that uses a large collection of second-hand clothing to create imagery and stories surrounding our experience of consumption, materialism, and identity. It explores fast fashion, body image, history and memory, using clothing as the common thread between us.

More about the facilitators:

Kelly McInnes is a Vancouver based dance artist whose intention with her work is to magnify, comment on and create dialogue around, important socio-political issues within our society. Kelly’s work is often multi-disciplinary and includes long duration, installation, community engagement and guerrilla performance.

Rianne Svelnis is a Vancouver-based dance and recent graduate of the Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Program. She celebrates dance as a primal language of expression; sacred, playful, political and transformative.”

-submitted by Deborah Gordon

#callresponse – to support the work of Indigenous North American women and artists (Oct 28 – Dec 10, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver)


“grunt gallery presents a new exhibition titled #callresponse featuring a remarkable lineup of artists, performers, and curators.

OPENING RECEPTION: October 28, 7 PM – 10 PM
EXHIBITION: October 29 – December 10, 2016
LOCATION: grunt gallery #116 – 350 East 2 Avenue, Vancouver BC

Christi Belcourt | Maria Hupfield | Ursula Johnson | Tania Willard | Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory

Isaac Murdoch | Esther Neff & IV Castellanos | Cheryl L’Hirondelle | Marcia Crosby | Tanya Tagaq

Tarah Hogue | Maria Hupfield | Tania Willard
in partnership with grunt gallery


1 – 4 PM: Maria Hupfield, IV Castellanos and Esther Neff
Location: Motion Capture Studio, ECUAD (Room 285e, 1399 Johnston St, Granville Island)

4 – 7 PM: Ursula Johnson with Charlene Aleck, Audrey Siegl and Cease Wyss
Location: community park behind grunt gallery (E 5th Ave @ Brunswick)

8:30 PM: Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory and Tanya Tagaq
Location: Native Education College (285 E 5th Ave @ Scotia)

To support the work of Indigenous North American women and artists through local art commissions that incite dialogue and catalyze action between individuals, communities, territories and institutions. To stand together across sovereign territories as accomplices in awakened solidarity with all our relations both human and non.

To ground art in responsible action, value lived experience, and demonstrate ongoing commitment to accountability and community building. To respond to re/conciliation as a present day negotiation and the reconstruction of communities in the aftermath of colonial trauma.

ABOUT #callresponse

Strategically centering Indigenous women as vital presences across multiple platforms, #callresponse is a multifaceted project that includes a website, social media platform, touring exhibition and catalogue (forthcoming in 2017).

Five site-specific art commissions have been taking place across Canada and into the United States throughout 2016 in dialogue with various publics. The exhibition will include selected representations of each project. Each artist has invited a guest to respond to their work and these contributions will also be included in the exhibition.

Moving between specific sites, online space and grunt gallery, #callresponse focuses on forms of performance, process and translation. An online platform utilizing the hashtag #callresponse on social media (FacebookInstagramTwitter) connects the geographically diverse sites and provides opportunities for networked exchanges.

A dedicated project website includes artist statements, documentation, contributions from guest respondents, and integrated social media, including a series of interviews with the lead artists and their respondents on the Broken Boxes Podcast.

Use the hashtag #callresponse to get involved in the conversation!


#callresponse is produced in partnership with grunt gallery and generously supported by the {Re}conciliation initiative of the Canada Council for the Arts, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. Additional funding support from the British Columbia Arts Council. Presentation partners include BUSH Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, FADO Performance Art Centre, Kamloops Art Gallery, OFFTA live art festival, the National Arts Centre, and the Native Education College.

-For more information and Artist bios, please visit
-RSVP to the Facebook event here.
-Watch a video teaser here.”

-from grunt gallery press release
Read grunt gallery’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map