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Posted in Architecture, Design
Contributed by Christopher Jones
05/26 2016

Adaptive Re-use Theme at Doors Open TO

70 ft atrium at Queen Richmond Centre West

Adaptive reuse is the theme of this year’s Doors Open Toronto and while there are many great examples of creative and green building renewal, no venue better exemplifies the trend than the ground breaking structures at 362 Richmond Street West.

Developed by Allied Properties REIT, Queen Richmond Centre West utilized cutting-edge design to amalgamate two heritage properties under the umbrella of a brand new 10-storey tower-on-stilts that envelopes both. Designed by Sweeney & Co. Architects in conjunction with Stephenson Engineering, QRC West is a showcase for the developers whose 17th floor head office is included on this weekend’s tours.

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Posted in Festivals, North York
Contributed by Christopher Jones
05/13 2016

North York is Hot!

Nagata Shachu taiko drummers perform at Aga Khan Museum

Toronto’s Cultural Hotspot program gave North York a taste of what’s to come when it touched down at the magnificent Aga Khan Museum Wednesday afternoon. Each year since 2014, a different part of the city has been in the cultural spotlight beginning with Scarborough, followed by Etobicoke (2015) and this year it’s North York’s turn to shine.

City Councillors and organizers cut a celebratory cake at 2016 Cultural Hot Spot kick-off

Local City Councillors John Filion (Ward 23 Willowdale, second from left), Shelley Carroll (Ward 33 Don Valley East, centre) and Jon Burnside (Ward 26 Don Valley West, far right) joined organizers to welcome the Hotspot and cut a celebratory cake.

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Posted in Festivals
Contributed by Christopher Jones
04/27 2016

CONTACT Photo Fest Celebrates 20 Years

Bonnie Rubenstein
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival kicked off its 20th anniversary season at the AGO this morning trumpeting an impressive line-up of Canadian and international artists including Thomas Ruff, Alec Soth, Vikky Alexander, Barbara Astman, Angela Grauerholz, Rodney Graham, Raymond Boisjoly, Mickalene Thomas, Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, to name a few. In recognition of the milestone anniversary, this year’s CONTACT features 20 primary exhibitions, 20 free public installations and over 200 events throughout the city. Pictured above is CONTACT Artistic Director Bonnie Rubenstein.

Posted in Collaboration
Contributed by Konrad Skorupa
11/24 2015

Arts & Equity Leading Social Change

Full house for Emergence conference
On November 12-14, the 2015 Emergence Symposium touched down at the Evergreen Brick Works and Toronto Centre For the Arts. Organized by the Neighbourhood Arts Network, the three-day, facilitated conference brought together more than 200 community leaders, artists, cultural workers, academics, youth and policy makers to address important questions on equity, diversity and inclusiveness.

The symposium’s stated goad is to use community-engaged arts as a launch pad to create a place for critical dialogue, leadership development, mentorship and cross-sector collaborations. Participants left the three-day event with an improved understanding of how to deal with equity in their own practice and make positive changes in their communities.