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Have you ever wondered what would happen if that empty lot in your neighborhood was transformed into an ultra modern 20 storey condo? Imagine the social, physical, and communal impacts of this new development in your community.

•Where do residents go to escape the crowd and feel like they belong to a local neighborhood?

•What happens to the a food supply when an influx of people descend on areas where there isn’t a farm or crop in sight?

•Who will educate and care for the youth as a steady flow of young families abandon the core?
•When will the urban fabric of the city stop casting shadows and open up pockets for citizens to sit in the sun?

The Agents of Urban Change have set forth to investigate the impact of four urban elements and how conscious new development can affect communities. Work T.O.gether strives to bring attention to these four interrelated elements and how they can benefit the constantly evolving metropolis of Toronto.
Collaborating with solutions innovator FishTnk, the exhibit will offer visitors an interactive opportunity to investigate the impact of various urban design decisions with their own ideas of future development. Focusing on a portion of Ward 20 surrounding 52 McCaul, the interactive model intends to engage the community with what is familiar and what is possible.

Who are AoUC?

The Agents of Urban Change are an innovative urban theory + design co-op based all over Ontario, Canada. Concerned with the urban and social environment, we are dedicated to combining innovative design, visual communication and theory to create authentic places for people. We advocate informal public places that reflect and encourage cross sections of our communities to live, work and play together everyday!

Visit them at http://www.krop.com/agentsofurbanchange/
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Link: http://freedomfighterskateboards.wordpress.com
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Alan Wood creates an outlandish, irregular and preternatural visual world incited by the fountainheads of pop-culture, death, nostalgia, humour, Saturday morning cartoons and comic books.

Expanding on style, process and subject matter in a universe of mediums, including collage, painting, drawing, printing as well as altering photographs, vinyl records and posters by means of graphic design and printing methods, he pursues a style that is uniquely his own. Rummaging in antique malls, second hand stores and book shops is where he frequently gathers the materials and images that appear in his work. By experimenting with various mediums and materials, the style of his work remains inventive and unpredictable.

“I don’t necessarily try to produce different styles.  That’s just how it’s always been.  It used to be frustrating attempting to create a certain definitive style that would easily be recognized as my own, when so many styles and mediums continue to inspire me so much.  When I finally accepted that I would never have that, I became much more content and productive with the work.  So, in a way, having no style became my style.”

After showing in a number of group exhibitions in galleries throughout the Toronto area in the past, Alan has prepared a large body of new works including an installation for his first solo show at 52 McCaul.

To view Alan’s work visit, www.woodenmouse.ca
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Curio is an homage to the beautifully grotesque; the turns of nature that were never meant to be.  Abandoned spaces, forgotten and neglected places.  It is about examining objects and creations of a surreal or freakish nature and then looking a bit harder to find a certain beauty hidden within.  The show will consist of a selection of works by a group of artist working in a variety of mediums that allow you to indulge in your urges to stare.
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March 30 to April 3: 52 McCaul is proud to host ‘T.O. Graffiti or Not T.O. Graffiti’ Brought to you by the Toronto Youth Cabinet (TYC)
Calling all graffiti artists, youth, art advocates, muralists, community members, property owners, and Hip Hop enthusiasts!
Toronto’s policy on graffiti is contradictory. The city funds graffiti arts programs but the city bylaw says graffiti is illegal. Consenting businesses are forced to buff pieces from their walls or the city makes them foot the bill. We need a policy that makes sense. We need a policy that recognizes the positive aspects of graffiti. We need to understand what graffiti is before criminalizing it.
Please join us for these important community conversations facilitated by youth and graffiti artists. Food & refreshments will be provided PLUS+ free art giveaways. It’s time to develop the policy we want and organize to make it a reality.
FROM WALL TO WALL: COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS
Tuesday March 30 & Wednesday March 31st from 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Join us and engage in a moderated dialogue on graffiti and current graffiti by-law issues. Main Gallery at 52 McCaul Street
GRAFFITI FILM SCREENINGS
Wednesday March 31th & Thursday April 1st from 12pm – 9:00pm
4 different graffiti-inspired films will be screened to bring more public awareness of the culture and art form. Free snacks & refreshments will be served.
Main Gallery at 52 McCaul Street
DAY 1: Wednesday March 31
(12:00) TRUMAC: A French Graffiti Documentary
(3:00) NEXT: A film by Pablo Aravena
(8:00) CITY SPACE: A Documentary on the Van City Graffiti scene
DAY 2: Thursday April 1
(12:00) TRUMAC: A French Graffiti Documentary
(3:00) NEXT: A film by Pablo Aravena
(6:00) CROSSING THE LINE: A film about renowned street artist Roadsworth
(8:00) CITY SPACE: A Documentary on the Van City Graffiti scene
PUBLIC CONSULTATION & WRAP-UP DISCUSSION
Saturday April 3 from 5pm – 10pm
All the findings from the previous community conversations, video reports, and survey feedback will be presented to build some final points and wrap up the discussions. There will also be some live art and music. Food and drinks will be served!
For more info, contact TOgraffiti@gmail.com or call 416-843-0026 to get involved.

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A Typography Exhibition at 52 McCaul.

By making language visible, typography expands the expressive potential of words and enriches their meaning. The novelties that Designers explore give new and surprising form to ideas and information.

In this survey, a collection of Toronto Artists and Designers interpret and consider the complexities and intricacies of typography’s importance in visual communication. Through varied mediums and conception, this display of the written word shows the limitless dimensions of characters and the function of type as design.

-Carla Poirier

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Exhibition runs from Tuesday March 16th through to Sunday March 28th.
Hours T-Sat 12 – 7pm Sun 12-5pm
Opening reception March 18th, 7pm to 11pm.

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Broke: Photos from post-quake Haiti by Nick Kozak

52 McCaul

March 3-14, 2010

Opening March 4, 7pm-11pm with sounds provided by A Man Called Warwick (Turning Point)

All proceeds to CARE Canada

Post-quake Haiti:

230,000 presumed dead

300,000 injured

3 million people in need of emergency aid after major earthquake

250,000 homes destroyed

“Haiti was an intense and life-changing experience that showed me the unfortunate misery that a disaster like a massive earthquake can bring upon humanity. The sadness in Haiti is augmented by the fact that already 80% of people in the country were poor. Haiti’s government was not well organized and it is evident that the apocalyptic situation continues because the Haitian people can expect very little if anything from their governing body.

Haiti was challenging, the chaos and commotion, the destruction, the poverty, the hunger and thirst, the smell of decomposing bodies and their sight, the extreme heat, the fear that comes in an almost anarchic situation, compounded by the inability to help aside from taking my photographs. I hope that the photos speak for the situation, that they give it all some justice and that I can now work to help the Haitians in my own way by further informing others on the catastrophe.” – Nick Kozak

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After seeing Nick’s photographs and learning more about the situation in Haiti, we feel compelled to help. In conjunction with the show, we are running a fundraising initiative, Fix, to support Haiti through CARE Canada. All proceeds from the show, Broke, as well as any donations collected for its duration will go to help Haitians.

If you cannot attend the show but would still like to donate or purchase any of the photos, you may do that online.

Help us demonstrate our community’s commitment to compassion.

We look forward to seeing you,

Nick, Steve and Lisa

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I’LL TEACH YOU HOW TO BE GOOD

Primary Colours presents:

NEW WORK BY – BRIAN RIDEOUT

CURATED BY – DAVID FM HANES

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Frustration and communication, Images and Inefficiency, Hopelessness and the process by which we create; only a few of the messages conveyed in the vast array of work shoveled out by Brian Rideout. In his very first Toronto solo exhibition, Rideout is on the attack, attempting the impossible and making it look effortless. Discovering and conveying some very basic truths about humanity, himself, and the things one does and contributes to the world. Rideout sees his paintings as still lifes, as studies, investigating the ideas and concepts that surround everyday life and the thought provoking/wholly changing realizations and understandings one has about the function of humanity. Contextualizing his efforts to evoke specific meaning that at first glance seems devoid and juvenile in its outright caddy playfulness, Rideout intends his work to have an aggressive and fearless accessibility that’s entry point will encourage the viewer to re-play and re-observe.

Rideout’s eye is fixed and it sees a living apocalypse, over-run by the pop and the consumable, never able to escape a history written by people adored for being dead or dying. Honesty is his tool for representation and without it Rideout feels lost, this is how he survives amongst the ocean of over-stimuli that is the landscape of an excessive and superfluous new world.

Mixing sculpture, painting, and drawing, Brian Rideout’s new body of work speaks specifically to his frustration with the structures that have recently established a contemporary history of painting and visual culture – the now inefficient nature of communicating with images. Settling his work within the context of pop culture and the everyday, Rideout’s reading of his productions is suggestive in nature, like trying to picture the two worlds of boxing and painting having a fling (a straight-up unabashed fling) that’s working and struggling to create ‘sport’ and coming out easily interpreted as frivolous and gratuitous . Much like seeing violence in sports, like boxing, and relating it to the lack of apparent reason, cause, or justification of art making. The desire to create new meaning in a world seemingly devoid of it is Rideout’s pathos.

Brian Rideout is a New Jersey born, Canadian resident that graduated from Georgian College in 2007 with a focus in drawing and painting. Soon after moving to Toronto in the summer of 2008 he was the recipient of the prize for best painter at the Toronto Out Door Art Exhibition.

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BRIAN RIDEOUT – http://www.archieandrewsftw.com

PRIMARY COLORS (we’re carnies) – http://www.myspace.com/primarycolorspresents

DFMH – http://pfrcollective.blogspot.com/

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A new monthly speakers series at 52 McCaul sponsored by SensesLost.com and Well and Good.

In a casual and relaxed atmosphere, leading art and culture community members will explore relevant topics and share their experiences.
The first talk will feature illustrator Ben Weeks and  artist Patrick Thompson discussing ‘What it means to be professional’

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010.
8pm to 9pm. Arrive early.

Ask your questions in advance online. Go to www.senseslost.com/talkingback
$5 gets you in. Seating will be first come first serve. Cold and warm beverages will be available.

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Talking Back.

Signs Of Life

A new exhibition series that seeks to examine the broad role street art, public art, and graffiti plays in modern life.

Talking Back

Opening Thursday January 21, 7 pm to 11 pm

Show has been extended to February 6 !

In this first interactive installment we initiate the conversation of public art as civic engagement. Examining messages in the public realm and street art as an essential form of visual communication in our modern society.

Street art is a creative act utilizing the little public space we have left as a platform for ideas. It is often hard to attribute to a specific individual effort and hard to measure in terms of characteristics such as quality, however we view street art as an essential part of society. This form of art often times uses the language of commodity and advertising to respond to issues and the pervasive role of mass media in our communities.

Throughout the duration of this exhibition, we turn over our gallery walls to the public, allowing for dialogue and visual expression to take form.

We ask the following questions:

What is public space and who owns it?

Who controls what is said and where?

How significant is creative expression in shared spaces?

We encourage people to talk back and write on the walls with the marking instruments that we have provided and to bring pictures to add to the installation. If you cannot join us in person, please email us your thoughts.

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Telling Tales Out of School.
Sunday, January 24th. 2010.

Originally produced as a project of Playwriting and New Play Dramaturgy at York University
Conceived and directed by Judith Rudakoff
Produced by well and good (www.wellandgood.ca)

Telling Tales Out of School is a cycle of original performance pieces inspired by some of Toronto’s leading theatre professionals.

The cycle consists of performances, readings and presentations by the playwrights of York University’s undergraduate Theatre Department.

In conjunction with well and good.ca, we are remounting Telling Tales Out Of School at 52 McCaul, arts hub/gallery.

This is an open house event; please feel free to bring family, friends and theatre enthusiasts. All proceeds go to support projects of Well and Good!

Admission: Pay What You Can (suggested minimum $10)
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The Show

The premise of Toronto Lowbrow is a series of high-quality lowbrow shows bringing the pop-surrealist scenes of San Francisco and New York to Toronto. Another purpose for the show is to expose new young artists

together with those who are currently established. Every year the artists will change or stay with new additions, and reflect the best lowbrow work Toronto has to offer. Lowbrow is an urban art scene that has high popularity within the GTA; we hope to bring the city it’s favorite look, sourced not from across the border, but right from its own backyard, and also with it’s own flavor which does not reflect lowbrow styles anywhere else in the world.
The Artists

Lucas Espin
Born March 11 1986, Lucas’ Ecuadorian-Chinese upbringing and the conflicting values of both cultures are the main influences of his work, along with hip-hop culture, b-boying, street style and illustration. He is a recent graduate of O.C.A.D.
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Mahban Ghadakpour
Mahban was born in Iran in 1985 and raised between Chennai, Dubai and Toronto. Her influences include street style, graffiti and stencil art as well as fashion illustration. She is a graduate of the O.C.A.D. Illustration program.
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Rajni Perera
Born June 17th 1985 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Rajni’s influences are the miniature painting styles of the Moghul era, Japanese Ukiyo-e prints, pop culture and the shapes and colors of the natural world. She is currently attending O.C.A.D. for Fine Art.
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Kristin Vincec
A graduate of the OCAD Fine Arts program, Kristin’s spiritual world makes an appearance in her work, which reflects on the colors of energy and light, and movement of shape. The paintings are large scale and immersive, with the figure as a frequent subject.
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Adrian Forrow
Born May 25th, 1982, Adrian grew up in Clarkson, Ontario. He is currently attending O.C.A.D. for Illustration. Featured in American Illustration magazine, has worked with such clients as Sony, Nintendo and Ad Bands.
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VI D EO HAUNT
Screen Captures by Dona Arbabzadeh and Teresa Aversa
Responding to the ubiquity of moving images, VI D EO HAUNT is an exhibition of screen captures taken from the vaults of YouTube.
videohaunt.wordpress.com
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