Blog Archives

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.

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Giving Tuesday

Open your heart on Tuesday, November 28 and consider taking part in an international initiative of generosity and philanthropy called Giving Tuesday.

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Community Consultations

Make your voice heard! East End Arts invites community members to participate in a Community Consultation process to help us #GrowForward. Share your ideas and feedback about arts, culture, and community within Toronto’s east end.

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Call for Nominations to the East End Arts Board of Directors

The East End Arts Advisory Board invites applications for Nominations to the East End Arts Board of Directors by December 15, 2017. 

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Changes Announced at East End Arts

East End Arts and its Advisory Committee announces internal changes and prepares for a new path forward.

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Weekend of Words 2017 – Press Release

East End Arts presents the 2nd annual Weekend of Words, a free, three-day celebration of language and literary arts from September 15-17 at the East York Civic Centre. The festival features three signature events, plus talks, workshops, activities, and a mix & mingle event for writers.

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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!

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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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Balancing Words and Movement

Balancing Words and Movement is a free workshop led by charles c. smith on September 16, 12-2pm at the East York Civic Centre. The workshop will engage participants and focus on creative writing and movement, allowing participants to create their own written and performance-based works. Part of the Weekend of Words.

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Getting Your Ideas Into Print

Getting Your Ideas Into Print with Tatum Dooley is a free interactive workshop for writers on September 16, 12-2pm that will explore how to brainstorm ideas, pitch editors, and prepare for publication. Part of the Weekend of Words.

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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.

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D.I.Y. Self-Publishing Panel Discussion

The D.I.Y. Self-Publishing Panel Discussion on Saturday, September 16 from 4-5:30pm at the East York Civic Centre presents local authors who will share and discuss their self-publishing experiences. Part of the Weekend of Words.

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Writers’ Mix & Mingle

Join East End Arts and Firefly Creative Writing at Writers’ Mix & Mingle for an evening of performance, food, and conversation. Meet other east end writers at one of the east end’s newest writing studio spaces on Saturday, September 16 from 7-9pm at 1898 Danforth Avenue. Part of the Weekend of Words.

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Talk + Q&A: #JacksLibraryTour

Meet the dynamic father-son duo behind #JacksLibraryTour! After having visited all 100 of the Toronto Public Library branches, six-year old Jackson Bennett and his father Lanrick Bennett Jr. will be discussing the importance of Toronto Public Libraries, and their evolution into community and cultural institutions. Audience members will also have the opportunity to ask Jackson and Lanrick questions following the talk. Part of the Weekend of Words.

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PlayConnect: Playwright Readings

Join east Toronto playwrights Briana Brown and Emil Sher for an afternoon of fun and engaging readings, followed by a brief Q & A period. Part of the Weekend of Words.

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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.

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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.

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What’s Your Story? Writing Competition Results

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!

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Main Squared: Call for Volunteers

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!

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Animating Danforth East

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.

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Danforth Village Square

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.

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Cultural Hotspot East

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!

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4 Directions Festival

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.

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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.

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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.

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2017 Summer Arts Camps in Toronto’s East End

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.

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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.

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Art MEETS

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!

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Art MEETS: Power of a Portrait

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.

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Art MEETS: Balancing Words & Movement

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.

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Art MEETS: Searching for Stories

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.

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Art MEETS: Nature Mandala, You & Samgha

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!

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Art MEETS: Streams of Consciousness Crochet

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.

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Art MEETS: Cut & Paste – Found Poetry

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.

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Art MEETS: Multimedia Photo Transfers

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.

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Art MEETS: Writing in Place

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.

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Call for Mural Artists

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!

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Artist Call: Dawes Crossing Community Animator

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.

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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.

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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.

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