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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.

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!

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.

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.

What’s Your Story? Call for Submissions

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.

2017 Spring Break Arts Camps

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!

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.

Call for Artists: Community Arts Workshops

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.

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.

Giving Tuesday

Open your heart on Tuesday, November 29 and consider taking part in an international initiative of generosity and philanthropy called Giving Tuesday.

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: Celebrating the Artists

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.

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.

2016 Culture Days in the East End

Culture Days is taking place September 30, October 1 & 2. Explore a list of free activities happening in Toronto’s east end.

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.

Volunteer for Art of the Danforth

Art of the Danforth is a free neighbourhood art event happening August 20-28. There are a variety of volunteer roles that you can assist with, and you are invited to join the Art of the Danforth team.

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.

Call for Volunteers & Materials

Take part in creating the new Coxwell Laneway Mosaic Mural at Danforth & Coxwell. We are looking for Volunteers and Materials.

Mosaic Fundraising Campaign

East End Arts needs your help to complete a community mosaic mural at Danforth & Coxwell!

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.

Art of the Danforth 2016 Launch

Join the creators of Art of the Danforth on July 14, 8-11pm at Linsmore Tavern to hear details about the multi-disciplinary, experimental art event that will take place August 20-28, 2016.

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.

Luminato: Trove – East End

Trove: A View of Toronto in 50 of Its Treasures is a 10th anniversary Luminato project that celebrates what makes this city special. The Luminato Festival is June 10-26. See a list of the east end Trove locations.

Wanted: Your Unused Paint!

Do you have at least 1/2 can, or more, of unused latex or acrylic PAINT you would like to donate? We are looking for donations to help paint Main Square (Main & Danforth) during the Village Square Fair event for 100In1Day Toronto on June 4, 2016.

100In1Day Toronto: East End

100In1Day Toronto takes place June 4, 2016 across the city, including tons of free, family-friendly activities in the east end. It is a global festival of civic engagement, inviting people to imagine the possibilities for our city, unite, and participate in small initiatives to spark change.

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.

What’s Your Story?

Everyone has a story — what’s yours? Enter the OBPO’s What’s Your Story? Short Prose and Poetry Competition for Emerging Writers by May 9, 2016. Event details coming soon.


Toronto’s east end is home to many theatre and performance groups, offering creative opportunities on and off the stage. Find performances, classes, workshops, arts spaces, and more in this list. For information on upcoming activities at these locations, visit our calendar

2016 Summer Arts Camps

Toronto’s east end offers a wide variety of local Summer Arts Camps. Children will share artistic experiences, make new friends, and explore their creativity through these fun summer programs.


Do you have an arts-related event in the east end you’d like us to add to our calendar? Are you hosting a workshop, or have an artist opportunity, camp, or arts class you want listed on our website? Share the details through one of our submission forms so we can help spread the word!