Category: Events

East End Arts Announces New Home at St. Matthew’s Clubhouse

East End Arts will be moving into a new home at St. Matthew’s Clubhouse at the end of April. Owned by the City of Toronto, St. Matthew’s Clubhouse will serve as an office and animated arts space. An Open House is planned for later in the Spring to welcome members of the public and together, imagine additional uses for the space.

Creative Facilitation Camp

Creative Facilitation Camp supports artists, arts facilitators, and arts & culture workers in their creative facilitation skills. Register to attend this two-day professional development series on May 26 & 27 at St. Matthew’s Clubhouse. Co-presented by East End Arts and Scarborough Arts in association with PYE Global.

Community Consultations Summary

You’re invited to read the Community Consultations Summary we’ve developed, which serves as a support document for artists, arts groups, and community members living and working within east Toronto. This summary is a tool which we hope will continue to unite, inspire, and enhance the important work happening in our vibrant arts and cultural community.

SELF: Youth Visual Arts Workshops

SELF Youth Visual Arts Workshops offers youth in Grade 9-12 a safe and creative environment to explore visual art and mental health. SELF is a series of 6 free weekly workshops and group exhibition + discussion at Access Point on Danforth. Please register by April 13. 

Art MEETS 2018: Call for Artists

East End Arts seeks artists and arts facilitators to present single-day workshops and experiences as part of the 2018 Art MEETS series of free arts workshops. All creative disciplines and experience levels are welcome to apply by March 30.


Net(work) is a free hybrid professional development and networking event designed for artists, creative space owners, and arts professionals. Learn about and practice the art of networking with host and facilitator Jason Maghanoy on March 22, 6-8:30pm at Riverdale Hub.

2018 Spring Break Arts Camps

Explore a list of local Spring Break Arts Camps in Toronto’s east end. These creative programs for children encourage exploration through performance, imagination, artistic expression, and fun!

Call for Submissions: What’s Your Story?

The Ontario Book Publishers Organization invites submissions for the 2018 What’s Your Story? Short Prose and Poetry Competition for Emerging Writers. The deadline is January 15, 2018.

Weekend of Words

Weekend of Words is a free, three-day celebration of language and literary arts in east Toronto from September 15-17 at the East York Civic Centre. Explore an exhibition, enjoy readings and a panel discussion, participate in workshops, and more!

My City My Six Exhibition

The My City My Six Exhibition transforms the East York Civic Centre into a unique, public gallery space featuring over 200 six-word stories submitted by east Toronto residents, showcasing the diverse stories of east Toronto, six words at a time. The exhibition will be on display until September 30. My City My Six is a Cultural Hotspot project, in celebration of Canada 150, in partnership with the City of Toronto.

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Join Toronto’s Poet Laureate Anne Michaels for an intimate afternoon of stories, songs, and poetry recalling Canada’s rich literary legacy from East Toronto and beyond on Saturday, September 16 from 2-4pm at East York Civic Centre. Part of the Weekend of Words.

What’s Your Story, East Toronto?

What’s Your Story, East Toronto? features readings, performance, workshops, and an Open Mic session on September 17, 12-5pm at the East York Civic Centre. Part of the Weekend of Words.

Ankon: Paint & Brush – Mural Unveiling

Join talented youth artists from the Ankon: Paint & Brush by Youth Workshops, along with member of Bangladesh Centre and Community Services (BCCS), Mural Routes, and East End Arts in celebrating the unveiling of a mural on August 19, 1-4pm at 2670 Danforth Avenue.

Main Squared

Main Squared is a free arts and community festival that will activate and explore the public square at the corner of Main Street & Danforth Avenue from August 26 to September 3, 2017.

Ankon: Paint & Brush – Youth Workshops

Youth aged 14-29 are invited to register and participate in Ankon: Paint & Brush, a series of eleven free participatory youth art workshops in mural making, photography, and writing with experienced professionals. Ankon: Paint & Brush is presented by Bangladesh Centre and Community Services in partnership with East End Arts and Mural Routes, and is a Cultural Hotspot SPARK project in partnership with the City of Toronto. Apply by May 20, 2017.

Grants Info Session

Attend a free information session on May 31, 6-8pm at Ralph Thornton Community Centre to learn about funding opportunities through the Toronto Arts Council. Whether you are a seasoned grant writer or are exploring funding opportunities for the first time, this session will introduce you to the Toronto Arts Council’s diverse funding streams and help prepare you for your next grant submission.


Art MEETS is a series of FREE community arts workshops in Toronto’s east end that invites you to make, explore, experience, transform, and share. Art MEETS provides a variety of fun, accessible, and engaging opportunities to experience and participate in arts workshops led by experienced, welcoming, and talented artists and arts educators. Join us and come tap into your creative side!

SELF: Youth Visual Arts

Join East End Arts and Access Point on Danforth for the Opening Reception of SELF, a group exhibition featuring the work of seven talented youth artists. Meet the artists, celebrate their incredible work, and enjoy a light lunch. Saturday, May 13, 2:30-4:30pm. Free and all are welcome.

Winter Stations Community Photo Walk

Join East End Arts for a community photo walk on Saturday, March 11 and explore the 2017 Winter Stations temporary public art installations on Balmy, Kew, and Ashbridges Bay beaches.

tdsbCREATES Info Session

Prologue to the Performing Arts invites you to a FREE information session on February 6 for artists interested in the tdsbCREATES Festival. Participants at this session may be inspired or invited to submit a proposal for the current or future programs to expand the tdsbCREATES artist roster.

My City My Six

My City My Six is a participatory public art project that will reveal Toronto and its residents in celebration of Canada 150, six words at a time. Take your story to the next level! Register for an upcoming community arts workshop and turn your six-word story into a visual work of art to be displayed in a My City My Six exhibition at the East York Civic Centre from September 15–17.

Cultural Hotspot Community Connect

Help shape the next Cultural Hotspot! Artists, arts organizations, community members and groups based in East York and the Beaches are invited to attend a Cultural Hotspot Community Connect information session on Thursday, January 5, 6-8pm at Community Centre 55. Find out how to participate in this exciting project happening in 2017.

East End Connects: Your Stage

Join us at an Open Mic Night event on Thursday, December 1, 6:30-9pm at Time Capsule Cafe, presented by East End Arts and hosted by vocalist May Chook. Musicians, singers, comedians, poets, spoken word artists, experimental performers – this event is for all styles, levels, and ages.

Coxwell Laneway Mosaic Mural Ribbon Cutting

Join us on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 5:30-7pm to celebrate the completion of the Coxwell Laneway Mosaic Mural with the mural artists, volunteers, and community partners.

East End Connects: Galleries & Creative Spaces

East End Arts presents East End Connects: Galleries & Creative Spaces – a free sharing and networking event for artists, galleries, studios, and creative spaces in the East End. Join us on Saturday, November 5, 6-8pm at The Silver Mill.

Weekend of Words

Join us for a weekend of literary events in the east end, as we celebrate reading, writing, the beauty of words, and the diversity of languages in Toronto with What’s Your Story? East York on October 1 and the 2016 East End Poetry Festival on October 2.

2016 East End Poetry Festival

Enjoy an afternoon of poetry and a celebration of language hosted by internationally-acclaimed poet and novelist Anne Michaels, Toronto’s Poet Laureate. The 2016 East End Poetry Festival is Sunday, October 2, 12-4pm at the Children’s Peace Theatre.

What’s Your Story? East York

What’s Your Story? East York is a celebration of reading, writing and publishing. Join us for this free event on Saturday, October 1 from 2-4:30pm at S. Walter Stewart Library.

East York Mural Community Consultation

Help shape a proposed community mural on the East York Community Centre. Attend a community consultation on September 22, and complete our online form by October 7 to share what is important to you about this east end neighbourhood and tell us what you would like to see included in a new community mural.

Music Grant Info Session

Are you a musician in Toronto who needs funding for a music project? Are you recording an album? Doing production work? Join us on August 16, 6-8pm for a free information session to learn about funding opportunities for musicians through the Toronto Arts Council.

Art of the Danforth 2016

Art of the Danforth is free neighbourhood art event happening August 20-28. Come to the Festival Hub located at Robertson Parkette (1589 Danforth Ave.) often and frequently to find out what’s happening in the festival each day.

Coxwell Laneway Mosaic Mural

This summer, the Coxwell Laneway Mosaic Mural will be created on the wall that wraps around the Coxwell TTC Station. This community project, designed by lead artist Cristina Delago, and created with the assistance of youth and emerging artist trainees and community volunteers, aims to celebrate the life and spirit of the community.

ASL – A Storytelling Language

Join nationally-renowned ASL storyteller and language instructor Mario Pizzacalla for a 6-week pilot program teaching basic communication skills for children to sign with their parents, along with rhythms, rhymes, and storytelling.

Linsmore Tavern Mural

The historic Lismore Tavern, located at 1298 Danforth Avenue, is getting a spring makeover! Its back wall directly faces the Greenwood TTC station, and will soon be painted with a community mural created by artist Jim Bravo. FEEDBACK WANTED by May 20.

Spring 2016 at Dawes Crossing

Take part in free participatory activities at Dawes Crossing, including Bolly Yoga on June 11, and My Home Is… spoken word and poetry workshop on July 2 and community performance on July 9.

EXPO 2025 Canada Community Consultation

You are invited to attend an EXPO 2025 Canada Community Consultation on Monday, May 16, 6-8pm at Ralph Thornton Centre. Expos happen every five years in varying host cities around the world. Learn more about the Expo 2025 Canada initiative.

Creative Potluck

Creative Potluck | Breaking It Down: Exploring Music In The East End. Tuesday, May 31, 6-9pm at Riverdale Hub. A free neighbourhood event, where artists and community residents gather around food to share ideas, best practices, and network.

Let’s Talk Space

Join in an open discussion about developing a new multi-use east end cultural arts space on Thursday, February 25 from 6:30-8:30pm at the East York Civic Centre. Share your enthusiasm for the arts in the east end. All are welcome.

inPrint Community Print Pop-Up

The inPrint Collective is launching their latest project “Community Print Pop Up” during the month of January. Attend the Community Print Project Celebration on Sat., Jan. 30 from 2-5pm at 1298 Danforth Avenue, 2nd Floor.

Graffiti Alley East

Modelled on the Graffiti Alley West at Rush Lane, this project brought a number of talented local street artists together to beautify the laneway walls running South of Gerrard between Rhodes Avenue and Craven Road in Toronto, in the middle of the Gerrard India Bazaar.