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3rd Woodbine Heights Arts Fest is May 13-14

Posted by on May 3, 2017

Woodbine Heights Baptist Church is set to hold its third annual Woodbine Heights Arts Fest the weekend of May 13-14, according to an announcement from the city’s Cultural Hot Spot initiative. There will be a visual arts exhibition including a spectrum of media such as sculpture, photography, craft art, painting (oil, watercolour, mixed media) and drawing, all by local neighbourhood artists. As well, performances of drama, music, poetry and dance will be on offer. There’s no cover charge to attend the event, which runs on Sat. May 13 at 11 am and 1:30 pm, and on the Sunday morning at 11 am., in the church located at 1171 Woodbine...

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LucSculpture holding art auction May 12 as owner moving to B.C. this fall

Posted by on May 2, 2017

One of the progenitors of the art scene in East York and area is leaving Toronto to move to Vancouver Island later this year, a press release from the gallery and art studios he owns says. Despite that, the release adds, the studio is expected to carry on holding exhibitions and classes and a new partner or associate is being sought to keep it running. Accomplished sculptor Luc Bihan opened LucSculpture at 663 Greenwood Ave. just north of Danforth in 2006, long before the area was considered appealing to artists and more gentrified residents. It has been a mainstay of the local arts scene for the past decade and also holds music and other events. As part of his preparations for relocation, on Fri. May 12 from 6-9 p.m. Mr. Bihan will be holding an “opening auction” of 25...

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Arts project ideas invited for Main Squared festival funding until May 18

Posted by on May 1, 2017

Yet another art initiative happening in the East York area is calling for submissions from artists who can get a subsidy for projects that are approved. But interested applicants will have to move fast as the deadline for sending in proposals is May 18. The “Main Squared” undertaking is being billed as a 10-day public art festival “that will activate and explore the under-used public square at the corner of Main Street and Danforth Avenue” the week of Aug. 26 through September 3. A collaboration between the East End Arts non-profit organization and Toronto-based creative studio and artist collective Labspace Studio, the festival is offering funding of $500 – $3000 for projects that are selected. The project outline (online at says the plan is that “drawing inspiration and insight from historical ‘public squares’ while tapping into community aspirations,...

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Working out of home is part of the philosophy for EY music school that celebrates 60th anniversary this month

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017

An East York music school continues to conduct lessons out of the owner’s home, honouring the tradition of its founder who began the Pape Ave. business 60 years ago this month.

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EY songwriter’s debut novel shows he’s not just a brilliant lyricist

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017

– By Gary 17 – As I’ve written elsewhere, I’ve long known that East York songwriter Kyp Harness is a lyrical genius. His trenchant, take-no-prisoners politicized Folk-Rock ballads are, as another musical bright light, Ron Sexsmith, has observed, “every bit as powerful as Dylan, Cohen and Lennon combined.” I’ve been a fan of his vivid, biting and strangely catchy tunes for over 20 years now —as are several gifted TO songsmiths who three years ago, under the direction of Bobby Wiseman, combined to craft an album of covers of his songs. I also came to also appreciate Harness’s literary talents a few years ago while I was editor of another local publication, for which he wrote a couple of very amusing satirical pieces. Turns out, I also learned at the time, he’s also written two tomes of film analysis....

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Dylan Ellis photography exhibit exemplified new richness of East York’s gallery scene

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017

– by Jennifer Wilson – While the ever-evolving City of Toronto continues to push the creative and cultural core to the peripherals of the city, East York is fortunate to be the beneficiary of new fresh galleries and artistic hubs. One of these is the Dylan Ellis Gallery on Danforth Ave. In March I attended the “Visual Calculus in Photography” exhibit at the gracious invitation of production coordinator Carissa Ainslie. Featuring artists Alain Laforest, Catherine Aboumrad, Daniel Miller, Guy Glorious, Guy LaFontaine, Jean Lauzon, Marie Reine, Emmanuel Joly and Robert Slatkoff, it was a reunion of chosen photographers executing every aspect of their craft with excellence. From the poignant moments in time captured by Daniel Miller to the stark beauty of Jean Lauzon and the multi-layered compositions of Robert Slatkoff, each artist brought their work to life in a...

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