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East End Connects 2015

eea-connectsEast End Connects 2015 is a series of fun and social artistic and networking events hosted by local artists and community members.

All events are free to attend, but registration is required due to space limitations. To register for any of the events, please email:



skillshareblotVisual Arts Skill Share
Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 6:30-8pm.
(This event is postponed. Stay tuned for the rescheduled date and time)
At Artisans At Work, 2071 Danforth Avenue, Toronto

To register, email

Visual artists to come together to share a special flair, technique or skill.

Fluxus artists George Brecht and Robert Filliou promoted an international community of artists, where artists come together as part of a larger social network. Based on this model this free event invites visual artists to come together to share a special skill they know and learn a little something from other artists in our community. We’ll have a maximum of 20 attendees with 8 presenters.

* To submit your proposal for sharing a skill please email: We look forward to meeting you!


Rita Camacho-Lomeli’s interest is to generate constructive action recognizing authoritarian tendencies through socially engaged and material-based art practices. In her recent works she explores how to create networks among communities and a poetic mode of engagement with the world through art making.

Graham Curry is a visual artist whose current practice focuses on our relation to the landscape. She teaches encaustic painting, curates local art exhibitions, and coordinates educational programs. A graduate of OCADU (BFA, Painting and Drawing, 2012) and the recipient of numerous awards including a 2013 Toronto Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant, her work has been exhibited at Alison Milne Gallery, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and local galleries.

Natalie Kauffman is a visual artist, media artist, art educator and arts curriculum consultant.  She holds a MA in Education (arts specialization) from OISE, and a BFA from Concordia in studio art and art history. Her current work as Education Coordinator/Artist Educator for the Blank Canvases Art Programme at Walnut Studios, involves developing and delivering studio art programs in schools and running an after school art program, emphasizing local Toronto artists and student led art projects. Natalie works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, photography and encaustic.

Max#: 20

OversofablotOver the Sofa Art Circle
Wednesday March 18, 2015, 1:15-2:30pm
At Artisans At Work, 2071 Danforth Avenue, Toronto


Over the Sofa Art Circle is a free art discussion. This month, join the hosts in discussing how to best to display art work, with care and feeding of the decor. Specific issues may include considering colours, arrangement, mounting systems, natural elements such as heat and light, and more!

Hosts: Gail Gregory & Nola McConnan present monthly art discussions at Artisans At Work. Join other locals in an informal chat to debate, discuss, dissect and learn about art and art issues.

Gail, the retired curator of the Toronto Board of Education Museum, has exhibited her artwork in Toronto galleries, cafes, and libraries since 1971. She now specializes in watercolour.

Nola is a full time professional visual artist living in East York. She makes pictures in egg tempera, watercolour, pencil crayon, or mixed media, which are representational, detailed, and highly interpretive. Nola has attained international recognition for that detailed figurative realism. She makes pictures and graphics of any subject, however, she loves making pictures of horses.

storiesblotStories Untold
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 2-4pm
At Children’s Peace Theatre, 305 Dawes Road, Toronto

Come meet local Toronto artists from all over the world. Two experienced artists will share their stories and challenges and introduce their works; followed by an hour mix and mingle over hot cocoa, coffee, and snacks.

The Venezuelan artist Mirna Chacín will be one of the artists featured in this event. Mirna discovered her passion for photography as a means of artistic expression when she was an architecture student. In 1988, her debut in Fine Arts earned her the first prize in photography in the Visual Arts Biennale of Maracaibo, Venezuela. After many solo exhibitions, she has recently participated in collective art exhibitions all over the world.  Shortly before immigrating to Canada in 2011, Universidad del Zulia (LUZ) awarded Mirna The Francisco Hung Bracho Medal for her artistic achievements in Venezuela.

Tania Iraheta is a Chilean visual artist and arts teacher who has been practicing art for about fifteen years. Although she has been more focused on teaching, Tania has been part of many collective exhibitions since 2004. She holds a diploma in Graphic Design from George Brown College.  In 2010 she was awarded an Access and Career Development Grant by the Ontario Arts Council which allowed her to attend the Toronto School of Art but she is mainly self taught. She is the art instructor for Pinceles Latinos which is an art studio located in North York. Pinceles Latinos (Latin Brushes) offers visual arts workshops for the Latin American community as part of Casa Maiz Cultural Centre. Through these workshops that Tania conducts during each year at Casa Maiz as well as other organizations, she has been able to demonstrate her tremendous desire to have a positive effect on the lives of people in the community.

Host: Partnered with East End Arts, the event will be organized by Paralia, a collective initiated by immigrants and newcomers. Paralia supports and encourages self-sustainability by providing newcomer artists with the skills and resources needed to promote themselves and their work in order to establish an artistic presence in Canada.

writingblotGetting Your Writing in Gear: Creative Fixes and Fantastic Fun
Sunday, February 1st, 2015, 1-4pm
At The Social Capital, 115 Danforth Avenue, 2nd Floor, Toronto

Come expecting to compose exciting fresh work! Bring your writing!
This writing workshop will involve a series of activities designed to activate your writing energy, a rules-directed shared critique process, and a collection of tips and techniques for writers of any genre. Combining group creative self-expression and intuitive problem-solving, anticipate an entertaining approach to writer’s block, manuscript completion and other literary challenges!

Host: Kismet Dyment. Kismet’s professional background as a writer includes three completed novel-length manuscripts, with a romping crime fiction novel now in the hands of publishers. Kismet maintains an environmental book review blog and his writing and cartoon work have appeared in over two dozen Canadian magazines and journals. He has attended Publishing at Ryerson and writing certificate courses at U of T and Trent University, and holds a certificate in Expressive Art Facilitation from the Haliburton School of Art.

beatsblotB.E.A.T.S. – Bringing Entertainment All Through Sound
Sunday, January 18, 2015, 1-4 pm
At Cherry Beach Sound, 33 Villiers Street, Toronto

The B.E.A.T.S. Program mission is to engage and inspire musicians. Attendees will be walking through the steps of how to make a beat from start to finish using software designed to create music. Everyone attending will leave the session feeling motivated and confident enough to go home either to play around or take these methods to another level.BEATS logo

Host: Dwayne Morgan is a Producer/Songwriter who has been involved in the music industry for over 20 years, since the age of 15.


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