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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)

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.

Giving Tuesday

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

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.

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. 

Changes Announced at East End Arts

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Main Squared – Press Release

East End Arts presents Main Squared, a free nine-day arts and community festival that will activate and explore the public square at the corner of Main Street and Danforth Avenue from August 26 to September 3, 2017. Blending contemporary art and community arts projects, the festival will feature art installations, interactive activities, workshops, performances, and more.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!