THE HONEST 6IX ARTIST RESIDENCY
A team of 6 multi-disciplinary artists, chosen by the Toronto for Everyone committee, to participate as a collective in a 7-day collaborative residency to create a piece for this event.
Alicia Payne is a professional actor and published writer whose credits encompass theatre, film, television, opera and radio. She currently serves as Vice-President of the Playwright Guild of Canada. As an artist educator, Alicia has led workshops for organizations such as Lakeshore Arts Shazaam! Program, Uth Ink/Luminato, The Conference of Independent Schools Dram Festival and Play! A symposium at the 14th World Festival of Children's Theatre. As a librettist, an excerpt from her work was on display in the Canadian Forces Artist Program Exhibition at Diefenbunker Museum in Ottawa. Alicia is a co-founder of Arbez Drama Projects.
Ana Jofre received her PhD in Physics from the University of Toronto, did Post-doctoral work at NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) in Gaithersburg MD, then taught - and did research - at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte before transitioning her career towards the arts. She then completed her MFA at OCAD University. Her publications cover a wide range of intellectual interests, from physics to cultural studies, and she has exhibited her artwork extensively. Her creative and research interests include figurative sculpture, the aesthetics of camp and the uncanny, public pedagogy, human-computer interaction, and data visualization.
Laura Barrett's songs can be heard in concert halls, cinemas and playhouses, her songs equal parts speculative dystopia and heartfelt documentary. She also mentors youth in songwriting, game design, literacy, and mathematics. Whether she is scoring a film or teaching fractions, Barrett's work is grounded in empathy, curiosity, and hope.
Ming-Bo Lam graduated with an Honours BFA, from Ryerson University's Theatre: Performance Dance program. She has worked with internationally recognized choreographers such as Matjash Mrozewski, Robert Glumbek, Lee Joo Sun, and Vicki St. Denys. Since graduating, she has performed with the Toronto Raptors Dance Pak, at the Much Music Video Awards, Ink on Paper, Miscellum Dance Collective, and fu-GEN Theatre Company. Lam has had the honour of performing for musical arts including PSY, Hedley, The Airplane Boys, Naughty by Nature, The Sugarhill Gang, Rob Base, and Young MC. Currently, Lam is based in Toronto, Ontario, working as a freelance dancer, choreographer and adjudicator.
Paul Moleiro is a Toronto-based video artist who has shown works as a solo artist and as a member of the artist collective Analog Preservation Network. His work explores light and optics and how artists can bring video in physical space.
Romana Kassam is a natural born artist, inspired by life, love and the spaces in between and uses various mediums to tell the stories of our people. A lover of details and repetition she creates patterned art that emphasize culture, community and collaboration. From mehndi to murals, hands to the walls - Romana can turn the tales of Toronto into visuals for everyone.
Personal Development Ltd. is produced by Convergence Theatre in association with Theatre by Committee. Convergence Theatre is one of Toronto's best immersive theatre companies who are very excited to collaborate with relatively new kids on the block Theatre by Committee to create this piece.
Established in 2001, Paprika is a youth-led professional performing arts organization. We run year round professional training and mentorship programs that culminate in a performing arts festival of new work by young artists. We generate opportunities for young artists to lead their own creative process with the support of their peers and professional mentors. Paprika sets the stage for young artists to have their voices heard in a setting that is supportive and also dependent on critical response. We ensure that young artists are well equipped to find employment in diverse cultural industries and to become our successors.
MIKAELA DAVIES AND POLLY PHOKEEV
Mikaela Davies and Polly Phokeev Productions is a theatre collective committed to the creation and production of new Canadian works. Our mission is to hold space for diverse voices in an examination of stories that continually challenge worldviews, sparking conversation and debate.
Mikaela Davies and Polly Phokeev first came together to collaborate on Seams by Polly Phokeev, produced in the 2015 SummerWorks Festival. The collective was formed for the production of How We Are, Part I: Morning After. Davies and Phokeev are currently developing Parts II & III of How We Are, a site-specific coming-of-age triptych for the millennial generation.
RANDOLPH KIDS PROGRAM GLEE CHOIR
The Randolph Kids Program Glee Choir is a mixed youth show choir that performs throughout the GTA. This non-competitive group works on performance-geared pop and rock pieces featuring harmonies and upbeat choreography taught by industry professionals. The Choir performs yearly at the Toronto Christmas Market and at Solar Stage, for the Toronto Marlies, the Toronto Rush, and at the Big on Bloor Festival. They are honoured and excited to be performing as part of Honest Ed’s Farewell, the school’s long time neighbour.
RANDOLPH ACADEMY COLLEGE PROGRAM
Founded in 1992, the Randolph Academy provides world-class Triple Threat® performing arts training to aspiring professional artists through its College Program (registered as a private career college under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005). Alumni have appeared in productions on Broadway and London’s West End, as well as across Canada (Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, Mirvish Productions, Neptune Theatre, Vancouver Opera, Rainbow Stage, Charlottetown Festival); on national and international tours; film and TV; as well as Disney and Cirque du Soleil.
THE CONFIDENTIAL MUSICAL THEATRE PROJECT
The Confidential Musical Theatre Project A musical is cast. The actors are told not to reveal their role or the show title to anyone. There are no rehearsals. The cast meets for the first time, one hour before the show begins. The audience shows up, not knowing what musical they are going to see. There is only one rule: we don't stop, no matter what happens.
Headed by prolific Dora Award-winning Toronto playwright Kat Sandler, Theatre Brouhaha creates theatre for the 'HBO Generation': young professionals who seek fast, funny, dark entertainment that will give them something to talk about at the bar afterwards. Founded in 2010, Brouhaha has played to sold out houses in Toronto, Ottawa, Kingson, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Montreal. Their hit shows include 'LOVESEXMONEY,' New Play Contest and Best of Fringe winner 'Help Yourself,'Rock,' Fringe smash hit 'We Are The Bomb' at the Paddock Tavern, 'Sucker,' 'Retreat,' 'Delicacy,' Best of Fringe winner 'Punch Up,' and most recently 'Liver.' Kat's most recently play, 'Mustard' was presented as part of Tarragon's 2016 season was nominated for six Dora Awards, winning Outstanding New Play (Kat Sandler), Outstanding Performance - Male (Anand Rajaram).
FUTURE IN SAFE HANDS COLLECTIVE
Clayton Windatt is an Métis Multi-artist. After previously working in Artist-Run Culture for several years he now works as the Executive Director of the Indigenous Curatorial Collective. Clayton holds a BA in Fine Art from Nipissing University and received his Graphic Design certification from Canadore College. He works actively with several arts organizations locally, provincially and. He works with the Zakide Collective and is a mentor member of the Future In Safe Hands Collective. He is an active writer, designer, curator, performer, filmmaker, poet and is a thought provoking visual and media artist.
Adrienne Crossman is an artist, educator and curator working and living in Toronto. She holds a BFA in Integrated Media and a Minor in Digital and Media Studies from OCAD University. She has completed residencies in Syracuse, Montréal, and Windsor. Her practice involves the manipulation and deconstruction of digital media and popular culture in order to create new artifacts through formal re-interpretations. In search of locating and/or creating a queer aesthetic, Crossman's work is concerned with the exploration of non-normative and non-binary spaces, while attempting to locate queer sensibilities in the everyday. Her curatorial practice involves a strong emphasis on fostering community within the digital new media art world and bridging the gap between virtual and physical space.
CODRIN TALABA & JEFF HOWARD
Codrin Talaba and Jeff Howard are the duo behind "Everyone LOVES a BARGAIN" a featured installation for the Toronto for Everyone aMAZEment experience. Codrin Talaba is a researcher trained in engineering, visual arts, and architecture, adept at embracing multi-disciplinary approaches to his work. Jeff Howard has studied with NYU, the CFC Media Lab, and McMaster University. His solo projects include experimental videos and non-linear story telling projects. Together, they will be creating an integrated experience referencing the text and curious qualities of the Honest Ed's building.
Gwen MacGregor is a Toronto artist working in installation, video, photography and drawing. She has received awards such as the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Artist of the Year and the Canada Council International Studio in New York. Her work is in a number of collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Oakville Galleries, Artbank, and the Royal Bank Collection. Recent projects include participation in a group exhibition of MKG127 artists in New York at 57W57ARTS, The Santa Fe International New Media Festival and an exhibition at New York City’s Dorsky Gallery and Curatorial Programs. MacGregor has an Honours BA from York University, a Master’s in Cultural Geography from The University of Toronto and is continuing on to pursue a PhD in Cultural Geography as a recipient of a SSHRC doctoral CGS scholarship. MacGregor is represented by MKG127 in Toronto
SOFT CITY COLLECTIVE - SARAH COUTURE MCPHAIL
The Soft City Collective is a group of artists and urban enthusiasts who have worked with the public and children and youth to design their ideal miniature plush city. The Soft City has been exhibited at major public events and attractions throughout Toronto such as the CNE, AGO, TIFF Bell Lightbox the Power Plant, The Gladstone Hotel, and Toronto City Hall.
SPOTS VISUAL MUSIC - KEN MURPHY
Spots is a visual music project started by Toronto-based artist Ken Murphy. Footage is captured using a smartphone camera (abstract visuals, moving textures, graphic imagery, etc.) and edited together with original music compositions to create a final piece. The visuals and music work together to provoke a unique sensory experience. A live performance version of the project has also been developed. More at: www.spotsvisualmusic.com
Toronto Cinema is a pop-up theatre space celebrating local film makers and video artists that have radically different approaches to examining and interacting with urban spaces. Five short films and videos have been chosen to represent reactions, examinations, and sentiments towards space, community, and the illusion of permanence. Toronto Cinema will feature the work of Marcos Arriaga, Stephen Broomer, Jesse Thistle & Martha Stiegman, Jennifer Linton and Zeesy Powers. This portion of aMAZEment is generously supported by Trinity Square Video (www.trinitysquarevideo.com).
“Canada’s Theremin Prodigy” Clara Venice is known for creating ethereal, dreamy pop with an array of instruments including Theremin, Moog’s newest instrument: the Theremini, electric violin, guitar, ukulele and glockenspiel. Her mesmerizing visual style transforms from 21st century pop princess to Harajuku spacegirl as she draws listeners into her playful and melodic dreamworld. Clara Venice’s live performances include a must-see set design with a virtual band of hologlamorous personas, and awe-inspiring landscapes that morph throughout the show. Clara Venice has performed around the world, opening for renowned acts such as the Violent Femmes, Rough Trade, and Carole Pope. She joined the Barenaked Ladies on their 2014 Cross-Canada tour, and has been showcased at The One Man Band Festival, Just for Cats Festival, Word on the Street, NXNE, Kazoo Fest, Spur Festival, IngenuityFest, and Beakerhead. Her debut EP Love Riddle was co-produced by Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies, Lou Reed, Rheostatics) and mixed by Dave Ogilvie (Nine Inch Nails, Skinny Puppy, Carly Rae Jepsen).
Fucci is a Finnish-Canadian currently working and living in Toronto. His expressive and sexually suggestive contemporary cartoons draw crowds and queues at gallery shows at home and abroad.
Gary Taxali is an award-winning illustrator, fine artist, professor, author and designer from Toronto, Ontario known for his retro vintage pop art style rooted from an award winning illustration background. Gary slickly re-imagines pop art and his work has a nostalgic feel with a modern sensibility. His iconic pop art imagery will be brought to life as part of this Honest Ed's tribute exhibition. He is represented by www.entcounsel.com. See www.garytaxali.com for more info.
KIZMET & CATCH
Kizmet Gabriel, a Toronto-based graffiti street artist, musician, painter, and storyteller is actively involved in community reclamation and responsible graffiti practices and workshops. He has spent most of his career creating spaces for artists to showcase their own works through his studio art gallery and the organization of mural events such as The Reclamation Project, North Americas largest graffiti production mural, located in Toronto Canada. His current works explore manifestations of future beings and electric landscapes. A Future Light Mural painted in a live setting then brought to life at night through creative lighting techniques and special light reactive paints. Nate Wolfe, aka Catch, is a Toronto-based multi-disciplinary creative and a natural at solving problems with design thinking. He's worked at agencies, startups and freelance collecting experience as a designer, developer, artist and entrepreneur.
Kyle White, a Toronto light and fire installation artist, is creating a memorable and immersive LED colour wheel with LIFE SIZED impact. Discover, and drench yourself in, colour as part of this exhibit.
Stephanie Payne is a Latina-Canadian multidisciplinary artist, designer, and muralist based in Toronto with an eclectic background in fine arts, theatre/film production, and graphic design. Originally born in Edmonton, Payne spent most of her childhood and teens between Southeast Asia, Venezuela, and Trinidad & Tobago, and has called Toronto home for the past five years. The dynamic of Canadian versus global citizenship motivates her to explore themes of identity, transformation, and impermanence in her work.
Born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Vladimir Antaki grew up in Paris and moved to Montreal in 2003. He studied cinema, arts and aesthetics at La Sorbonne in Paris before completing a BA in media and social arts at UQÀM in Montreal. He is a self-taught photographer specializing in portraits and very intimate stories. His photo series, The Guardians, has been exhibited in more than 100 cities in France and North America, including the latest edition of Toronto's Nuit Blanche. It won an Infopresse Lux prize in 2013 and was selected to be part of The Other Hundred, a photo-book by the Global Institute For Tomorrow.
Since 2003, Framework Foundation has worked to support Canadian Artists and expand the capacity of thousands of nonprofit organizations through creatively connection people to causes and causes to people.
ANSER (Anser x SoTeeOh)
A collaborative exhibition featuring artists Anser and Soteoh, Luminous, takes the dark street scenes of SoTeeOh’s urban landscapes as a backdrop for the infamous one-liner face portraits of graffiti artist Anser. Travel through the abandoned halls of Honest Ed's and discover Toronto through a new lens.
SoTeehOh (Anser x SoTeeOh)
SoTeeOh is a Toronto photographer, artist, who's images often depict the emotive feelings projected by a place, person or object. You will find him collaborating with Anser for their exhibit Luminous (with works provided by Artworks Consulting).
JERRY RUGG (BIRDO X GETSO)
Jerry Rugg aka birdO is a Canadian muralist based in Toronto. While his surreal geometric animals can be found on canvas, in digital print, and installation, birdO is primarily known for his large scale mural work on walls and buildings around the world. He utilizes the principals of graphic design in his painted works and treats his surfaces as editorial layouts which make his animals easily identifiable with their unique look and composition.
Callen Schaub is an abstract artist working with paint, natural forces, and machines in an innovative way to produce bold, vivid and thought-provoking contemporary artworks. With a growing performative practice, Schaub often creates his paintings live at notable events and venues such as the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Nathan Phillips Square during Nuit Blanche, the Soho House, and many galleries across Canada.
GETSO (BIRDO X GETSO)
GETSO is a multidisciplinary artist currently living and working in Toronto, Canada. Primarily known for his funky graffiti lettering, GETSO has recently been venturing into a number of new artistic media such as large scale installation, graphic design and retro inspired abstract muralism.
Honest Ed’s” is a nostalgic homage to Toronto’s most beloved institution - a love letter to a place that seemed eternal. Directed by Marc Landry, it was produced in 1978 by a group of 20 year-old York University students as a school assignment. Then the film was lost. In late 2016, a 16 mm print was found in the basement of the film’s production manager, Larry Weinstein, who believes that fate has decreed that its premiere should be at Honest Ed’s 39 years after it was made.
DREAMWALKER DANCE COMPANY/REDLINE COLLECTIVE FEATURING DAVID DUCLOS, CAM DAVIS, ANDREA NANN, BRENDAN WYATT, YUICHIRO INOUE, JACOB STANESCU AND DAVID FRIEND
Opus Lux is a movement activated environment celebrating the colourful, multi-dimensional, pluralistic experience that characterizes a journey, past or present, into the world of Honest Ed's. This work comes to life as people enter, discover, explore, and play in an ever shifting landscape of colour, projection, shadow, and light.
2FIK - KOFFLER GALLERY
Equally artistic director, photographer and model, 2Fik stages elaborate tableaux in which he single-handedly plays a cast of characters, both male and female. His photo and performance based works toy with reality, destabilizing the viewer’s assumed points of reference. Born in Paris to a Moroccan Muslim family, 2Fik moved to Montreal in 2003. Set against this multicultural backdrop, his recurring, fully developed characters stem from the artist’s personality and life experiences. Playfully humorous, the scenes 2Fik orchestrates examine identity and its socio-political ramifications. Dismantling stereotypes, they compel viewers to question their own sense of self and acquired notions of gender, sexuality, belief, universality and difference. 2Fik first explored these topics by mining the daily life of his characters in the series 2Fik Or Not 2Fik, presented in Montréal, Toronto, Regina and New York. In 2Fik’s Museum, which premiered at The Invisible Dog in New York, he undermined the sacralisation of fine arts by positioning his characters into famous historical paintings reinterpreted through a contemporary viewpoint. In 2013, with a residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia, 2Fik began restaging and photographing emblematic paintings that reflect on national identity.
The Suburbanites is made up of three core members: Alexandra Hong, an interdisciplinary artist, designer and producer; Sheraz Khan, an urban planner, writer, and researcher; and William Putz, a photographer. Using our diverse backgrounds, our group creates exciting art projects that challenge the way we look at cities through a creative, critical lens.
Chris Foster is a multidisciplinary visual artist, designer and carpenter currently based in Toronto. He graduated with an interdisciplinary BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art (NSCAD) in 2008. His artwork investigates material culture, the built environment and spaces in transition. His work takes aesthetic cues from urban decay, architectural vernacular and anachronistic technologies. His creative process is motivated by site specific installations, production-based projects, multiples and editions. He has exhibited in Canada nationally from St. John's Newfoundland to Dawson City Yukon and his work can be found can be found in the private and public collections across the country.
JORDAN TANNAHILL - KOFFLER GALLERY
Jordan Tannahill, creator: Jordan Tannahill is a Canadian playwright and filmmaker. His work has been presented in theatres, festivals and galleries across Canada and internationally. Jordan's plays have been honoured with various prizes, including the 2014 Governor General’s Award for Drama for his book Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays, the 2014 John Hirsch Prize for directing, and Dora Awards for ‘Outstanding New Play’ for rihannaboi95 in 2013 and Concord Floral in 2015. Concord Floral also received the 2015 Carol Bolt Award and was shortlisted for the 2016 Governor General's Award for Drama. In 2016, Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom won the Toronto Theatre Critics Award for 'Best New Play' and its production at Canadian Stage received the Dora Award for ‘Outstanding Production.’
Lauren Vaile is graduate from OCAD University and a Toronto based interdisciplinary artist.
STUDIO HI THANKS BYE - DESIGN EXCHANGE
Design Exchange, a not-for-profit museum funded by its members and donors, is Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of design excellence and preservation of design heritage. At the crossroads of multiple disciplines, from furniture and architecture to graphics and fashion, our exhibitions, talks, workshops, and youth education programs are curated to reflect the popular zeitgeist and contemporary culture while demonstrating the relevance and importance of design to everyday life. We are committed to delivering accessible design experiences and education and we aim to provide the tools necessary to connect design learning to the ordinary and extraordinary.
CENTRAL TORONTO ACADEMY SENIOR CLASS - 30 STUDENTS
Students at Central Toronto Academy are once again collaborating with some of Toronto’s cultural movers and shakers under the Toronto For Everyone collective and are busy prepping canvas boards for Honest Ed’s Farewell bash. In addition to having a platform to showcase talents, CTA “HeARTs” students are set to begin 2017’s “Artist in Residence” program with First Nation’s multidisciplinary artist, hand drummer, singer, fashion designer, and jingle dress dancer Jenny Blackbird and Cree Métis Visual Contemporary Artist Jason Baerg.
Karen and Allen Kaeja celebrate 27 years as co-artistic directors of Kaeja d’Dance. Distinguished in 3 encyclopedias including the Canadian Who's Who, they are internationally recognized award-winning choreographers and dancers for stage and film, educators and project instigators. Their awards include the UNESCO Citation for the Year of Culture and Peace, the CDA “I Love Dance” Community Award for Porch View Dances, the Clifford E. Lee and Bonnie Bird Awards, Paul D. Fleck Fellowship for Innovation, Moving Pictures Award and many more. Runner-up for NOW magazine’s 2011 Best Local Choreographers and 2015 Best Dance Company with nominations including the Dora Award and many others, they have over 200 stage works / commissions that have led them to the U.S, India, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Israel, England and Scandinavia. Creating with people of all ages and identities, they place value on bridging dance, art and the public. Karen and Allen have co-designed many site-specific and audience interactive engagement performance strategies including Downtown Dances with the ABTC. Over three decades of collaborating on various approaches to Improvisation and Partnering, they also teach Kaeja Elevations, Creation and Dance on Film in master-classes world-wide. They are long time faculty members at the School of the Toronto Dance Theatre and Ryerson Universities, conferences, festivals, institutions and are invited artists in residence. They recently performed a 6 city Mexico tour and a month long commission on The Edge Company in the UK. They will be engaged in performances and teaching in Vancouver and Japan in March and will present their newest concert of work in May at the Theatre Centre. www.kaeja.org
WELCOME TO YESTERDAY
We are a group of 4 students from UofT that are interested in exploring urban issues through art. We have a range of backgrounds and experiences. Each one of us bringing a different perspective to the table. We want to probe and ask questions on gentrification, consumerism, and access to space.
VERSA is an audio/visual collaboration between artist Monika Hauck and musician Alex Ricci. Surreal and shimmering, VERSA performances capture eyes and ears with powerful instrumental music and immersive live projections. In performance the collective is reinforced by Will Vandermey's appropriately outrageous drumming, Danny B’s spurtive saxophone, and atmospheric synth by Todd Harrison. VERSA has performed at numerous Canadian music and arts events including Hillside Festival, Hold Fast Contemporary Art Festival, Kazoo! Fest, Night\\Shift Place-Hacking Festival, Wavelength Music Festival, and Nuit Blanche Ottawa/Gatineau.
Make Good Studio is an award-winning creative studio of artists, experiential designers and interactive programmers, cultural producers, and storytellers. Our work centres on the intersection of art, design, and technology, incorporating a broad range of approaches from sculpture, photography, music, digital design, performance, interactive installation and social engagement. We are passionate about communication, collaboration, and community, and our work has been exhibited and commissioned widely, awarded internationally, and shared around the world.
THE DOWNTOWN YONGE BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT AREA (B.I.A.)
The Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area (B.I.A.) is a non-profit organization that creates or advocates for vibrant area events, provides on-street clean and safe services, produces capital improvement streetscape projects and promotes the neighbourhood through branding and marketing initiatives.
Tibor Hargitai is a Hungarian-Canadian visual artist exhibiting internationally since the late 1980's, his work follows an overarching theme of Time Space Life. Since 2014, he has refined his Time Space Life concept with a new philosophy and method he has named DOTART. For DOTART he installs a chain with a marker to his canvases, old and new, in museums and art fairs and allows observers to add their own mark to the works. “We are all creating and receiving art all the time. How well? It depends on our understanding of life, ourselves, and others.” He believes art should be inclusive and invites the viewer to share Time Space Life. For more information visit http://www.tiborhargitai.com/
TDAIS is a media company dedicated to developing, producing and distributing creative projects. We operate a safe, creative, and collaborative townhouse in downtown Toronto, equipped with production facilities, innovative work space, a music studio and a gallery. We put artists and the creative process first because the stories we tell shape our world. Our business partnership with Bell Media allows DAIS to broadcast our projects across a multitude of networks and platforms in Canada, while seeking out global partners.