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.
What’s Your Story? is a free celebration of reading and writing in East Toronto on September 17, 12-5pm at the East York Civic Centre. Part of the Weekend of Words festival.
Weekend of Words is a free, three-day celebration of language and literary arts from September 15-17 at the East York Civic Centre.
The Ontario Book Publishers Organization (OBPO) has announced the winners of the 2nd annual What’s Your Story? writing contest. Thank you to all the talented writers who submitted and shared their stories, and congratulations to all the winners!
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. There are a variety of volunteer roles that we are looking for assistance with, and we invite you to join the Main Squared team!
ArtCave presents Animating Danforth East – a series of free animation workshops for kids, youth, and adults, held by emerging and established local artists and animators from May-September & an exhibition and animation festival from September 16-23.
Everyone is welcome at Danforth Village Fair on June 10 from 12-6pm at Main Square (Main and Danforth). Take part in a day of community fun with a free program of music, children’s activities, bike repair, workshops, a paint-in, and more! A Cultural Hotspot SPARK Project.
From May through October 2017, the Cultural Hotspot program will shine a spotlight on arts, culture, and community in East York and the East end, inspiring new ideas about where culture thrives in Toronto. Explore a list of Cultural Hotspot SPARK and Signature community events!
The 4 Directions Festival features events on June 16, 18, 19 & 21, 2017 that will span the four directions of the City of Toronto, and will create opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to perform traditional and modern music, dance, poetry, and storytelling to honour residential school survivors.
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.
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.
Explore a list of creative local Summer Arts Camps in Toronto’s east end. Children will share artistic experiences, make new friends, and express their creativity through these fun summer programs.
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!
Join multi-disciplinary artist, creative entrepreneur, facilitator and coach Nerissa Bradley for Art MEETS: Power of a Portrait on May 30, 6-8pm at Queen/Saulter Library. This workshop provides an opportunity for participants to share, create, and collaborate, and provides all the materials and inspiration to create your own self-portrait. Hone your creativity to express your unique identity to the fullest extent, and put your own creative ideas into the world.
Join poet, playwright, and essayist charles c. smith for Art MEETS: Balancing Words & Movement on Thursday, June 15, 3-6pm at S. Walter Stewart Library. This free workshop will engage participants in creative writing and performance. Participants will be able to create their own written and performance work for presentation.
Join drama artist, educator, story gatherer and community arts enthusiast Melanie Fernandez-Alvarez for Art MEETS: Searching for Stories. Tell stories, listen, play, and write! * POSTPONED – NEW DATE will be announced soon.
Join Lynda Watson of Dreamation on Saturday, April 29, 1-4pm for Art MEETS: Nature Mandala, You & Samgha. In this unique workshop we will explore what mandalas are, who you are, and how we can use nature to express that in an original way. All you need to bring is your creativity!
Join self and community taught crochet artists Tumaini Lyaruu and Chason Yeboah for Art MEETS: Streams of Consciousness Crochet on Saturday, June 10, 1-4pm at Dawes Library. In this workshop we will learn how to crochet and use a variety of textile arts to create art pieces that externalize the expansiveness of the creative mind through stream of consciousness crochet.
Join poet, story teller, and avid scripturient Hanan Hazime for Art MEETS: Cut & Paste – Found Poetry on May 20, 1-3pm at Riverdale Library. Poetry is everywhere, you just need to find it! Refashion, reorder, and reframe ordinary texts including books, magazines, and other pieces of literature into creative poems using found poetry techniques.
A work of art can tell a story. Participants will learn how to transfer a photo to birch board using a polymer emulsion, and optionally, if taking part in the collaborative art theme of home and community, layer the image with archival city photographs or maps, paint, and/or narrative to create a collage or palimpsest.
Join author and workshop facilitator Karen Krossing for the free Art MEETS: Writing in Place workshop on April 8 from 1-4pm at Danforth Coxwell Library. Using fun and inspiring prompts, like six-word stories and writing based on photos, you’ll learn writing techniques and explore how your everyday experiences can enrich your writing.
The Bell Box Murals Project has an open call to paint 6 Bell box murals in the East end during the second week of August 2017. Local artists are encouraged to apply by June 30 for an opportunity to beautify your neighbourhood!
Apply to be the Dawes Crossing Community Animator this summer. The position will involve spending time at Dawes Crossing, talking to people on and around the site, and organizing one or more free community events that respond to the needs of the immediate community. Apply by April 21, 2017.
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.
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.
The submission deadline has been extended and entries are being accepted until May 8 for the 2017 What’s Your Story? Short Prose and Poetry Competition for Emerging Writers. What’s Your Story? celebrates the literary communities in four different community hubs in Toronto.
A list of local options for Spring Break Arts Camps in Toronto’s east end, with creative programs for children that encourage exploration through performance, imagination, artistic expression – and fun!
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 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.
East End Arts is looking for people in all areas of the arts who have a passion for teaching, leading, and inspiring others, and who offer Community Arts Workshops. Apply by January 6, 2017.
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.
Open your heart on Tuesday, November 29 and consider taking part in an international initiative of generosity and philanthropy called Giving Tuesday.
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.
The Coxwell Laneway Mosaic Mural is a community art project located at Danforth and Coxwell that was designed by lead artist Cristina Delago, and created with the assistance of youth, emerging artist trainees, and community volunteers. The mural aims to celebrate the life and spirit of the community.
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 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.
Culture Days is taking place September 30, October 1 & 2. Explore a list of free activities happening in Toronto’s east end.
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.
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.