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Super Dads Super Kids

Free 8-week Parenting Program for Fathers
Starting Tuesday, October 25th
at Ujima House (1901 Weston Road, Unit 18)





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Tropicana Community Services Annual fundraising event

Uplifting Spirits

Enjoy an evening of food and drink sampling at Uplifting Spirits.
This will be a fun-filled exploration of some the finest rums, liqueurs and cuisine from the Caribbean. Festivities will include entertainment, silent auction, door prizes and new for this year a VIP sampling suite.

Proceeds from this event support Tropicana’s programming.




MUHTADI International Drumming Festival

Takes place in Woodbine Park a part of the larger Beaches area in Toronto; a community known for its vibrancy, natural surroundings and great outdoor sound stage – a perfect location for MIDF because it mirrors the festival’s characteristics.

The park is situated at the corner of Coxwell Boulevard and Lake Shore Boulevard East. It is known to play host to various other summer festivals including the Beaches International Jazz Festival and the Beach BBQ and Brew Fest. Muhtadi International Drumming, the not-for- profit organization behind MIDF is excited to bring live music and dance to the versatile Woodbine Park because it’s well suited for the growing and energetic festival.



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For more information or to register, call Jason at 416-916-2512 ext. 307, or email jay@youngpfathers.org



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Programming for 4th annual Toronto Black Film Festival
to be Unveiled, January 20

Founded by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, TBFF is dedicated to celebrating the very best in cinematic work dealing with the experiences of black people from a diversity of communities. Our mandate is to provide an opportunity for filmmakers from all ethnic backgrounds to shine the spotlight on authentic stories that reflect the realities of black experiences.  Along with its sister festival, the Montreal International Black Film Festival (now in its 12th year), TBFF showcases new voices in cinema and encourages audiences to see the world in new ways. In connecting black films with viewers of all ethnic origins, we recognize the differences that make us unique while celebrating the shared values that bring us together.
Join us for Toronto’s biggest celebration of Black History Month through powerful films and much more, from Feb 10 to 14, 2016!!!


McCready Lecture on Canadian Art: Charmaine Nelson

Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 7 pm
Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto


From African to Creole: Examining Creolization through the Art and Fugitive Slave Advertisements of Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Canada and Jamaica

The Art Gallery of Ontario presents The McCready Lecture on Canadian Art, a free biannual lecture series on issues and ideas around art in Canada. This year’s lecturer, Charmaine Nelson, will combine an art historical examination of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century fugitive slave advertisements with genre studies of black slaves.

Charmaine Nelson is an Associate Professor of Art History at McGill University where she has taught since 2003.

This is a free lecture, but attendance must be confirmed by procuring a ticket; for more information, visit www.ago.net.

Leslie Hewitt: Collective Stance (Featuring collaborations with cinematographer Bradford Young)
January 30 – May 15, 2016

The Power Plant, 231 Queens Quay West

Exhibition Opening
January 29, 2016
8 – 11pm

Collective Stance is an exhibition of work by New York-based artist Leslie Hewitt, featuring her collaboration with renowned cinematographer Bradford Young. Hewitt and Young take a collection of mid-twentieth-century photographs from the Menil Collection archive in Houston as the starting-off point for their exploration of nationhood, history, protest and belonging. The show also includes Hewitt’s own photo-based work that reflects on memory and the encoding of historical narratives.
Learn more at the exhibition website, and find more information about The Power Plant’s Winter 2016 Exhibition Season here.


Zun Lee: Fade Resistance
Curated by Zun Lee and Kenneth Montague
February 1 – 28, 2016
The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street WestOpening Reception
Friday, February 5
– 10pm
Launch Party to follow, 10pm – 1am
DJ set by Cadence Weapon (Rollie Pemberton)
Fade Resistance is an archival project by Toronto-based artist Zun Lee. In 2012, Lee came upon a box of Polaroid pictures featuring families at birthday parties, siblings at the pool, friends at a club; he has since amassed a sizeable and significant collection. This exhibition seeks to restore the narrative impact of these thousands of African American vernacular images, taken from the early 1970s to the early 2000s. These photographs were produced without the intention of being seen, or judged, by those outside of an intimate circle. By showing how black families documented themselves throughout recent decades, this exhibition sparks meaningful conversations around issues of agency and empowerment in the depiction of the black community.
A Wedge Curatorial Project supported by the TD Bank Then and Now program, Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts, and The Gladstone Hotel.
Panel Discussion
Sunday, February 7
12 – 2pm
How do we represent ourselves? A lively discussion with panelists Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Julie Crooks, Sophie Hackett, Liz Ikirko, and Zun Lee. Moderated by Kenneth Montague.
#MyTake Saturdays
Saturday, February 6, 13, 20 & 27
2 – 4pm

Join us for weekly exhibition tours and Polaroid workshops hosted by guest artists and curators. All events are free.
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December 5 & 6, 2015
Koffler Gallery | Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street

The fabulous vintage clothing and accessory sale returns for its second year! Fantastic deals on thousands of items for both women and men – starting as low as $5 – designer clothes, shoes, jackets, shirts, blazers, handbags, hats, belts and more.
VIP PREVIEW: Saturday, December 5, 2015 | 6–9 PM | $75 ON SALE NOW
Includes exclusive early entry to sale, a complimentary glass of champagne, canapés and live DJ entertainment. Group ticket discounts: 5 ($60/ea), 10 ($50/ea), 15 ($45/ea)
PUBLIC SALE: Sunday, December 6, 2015 | 12–5 PM | $10 at door or PWYC








Koffler.Digital is a digital arts series available 24/7 – on your smartphone, tablet or desktop – that uses the vigorous application of art, thought, and imagination on digital medias to explore the ideas that are shaping Toronto. We work with Toronto’s emerging artists, thinkers, and leaders to provide you with the best content, for free, year-round.








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Entrepreneurs, Startups and Small business owners, join us every other Thursday and learn about the tools and techniques needed to start and/or grow your business. The Entrepreneurial journey can be a long and rough road to embark on, especially on your own.

The Entrepreneur Workshop series will aim to provide you the building blocks to accelerate your ideas and expand your business. You will learn new skills, hear from successful entrepreneurs and network with other like-minded creatives.

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We are excited to announce our first workshop from our “Entrepreneur Workshop Series” with Nancy Mayer a serial entrepreneur who built and scaled many businesses in a variety of sectors including; Arts & Entertainment, Media, Non-profits, Manufacturing and most recently Software Development. Nancy offers a unique combination of traditional and cutting-edge business development tools and techniques. From proven concepts from MBA school to the latest ideas from the Lean and Agile communities. She is passionate about the trends that are fundamentally changing the way business gets done; Visual thinking, Design thinking and Gamification. Nancy is committed to helping entrepreneurs drive innovation and collaboration, and facilitate strategic decision-making to ensure successful business ventures.

Join us to learn how to use gamification to engage with your customers and boost results!

In this one hour workshop, we will explore the science of engagement and how when you add play you can power up profits, performance and productivity.

Learn how to:

  • Use game design to motivate your team and get customers to more engaged
  • Play with rewards to drive desired behaviors and which ones work best for you
  • Become more customer-centric and have a secret weapon for product development
  • Get better marketing research information for a fraction of the cost of standard methods
  • Get insights on how “you play” so you can be a more effective leader


It will be a true game changer! Hope to see you there.


Date: Nov 19th 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Connector Co-Working Space – 1527 Victoria Park Ave, Scarborough

We are actively looking for coaches that would like to participate in Connector Workshop Series 2016

Please stay tuned we have some great events to end 2015!

Next Event: Introduction to Visual Thinking and Design Thinking

For more INFO : http://www.currant.systems/







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This immersive dance performance explores pleasure from aggression on stage in Toronto

Article by: Mark Mann

Art worlds tend naturally to implode. Whatever the medium, practitioners veer toward making work that’s best appreciated by their peers, not wider audiences. It’s an understandable impulse and can lead to exciting work, but ultimately it has a shrinking effect. After a while, only insiders pay attention.  Read on here… http://www.mooneyontheatre.com/2015/06/12/review-gridlock-larchaud-dance-project/






UforChange Presents the 10th Annual Vivacity Creative Showcase in Regent Park

 Toronto, June 12, 2015  – Vivacity, a creative showcase and fundraiser hosted by UforChange will be celebrating its 10th show featuring local Toronto artists presenting five different mediums: Photography, Fashion, Theatre/Acting, Film and DJ. Vivacity will showcase a fashion show directed by designer Christopher Paunil featuring handcrafted designs from the young youth in his class. Vivacity will also include a photography show, theatre performance and a short film screening along-side food catered by residents from the Regent Park community. The dj crew, who are mentored by L’Oqenz will be spinning music throughout the show. An after party in partnership with Headspace will feature L’Oqenz and Sean Roman djing into the early morning. UforChange is not-for profit an arts-based education program located in Toronto’s Regent Park serving young people ages 16-29 coming from all across the Greater Toronto Area. Every year UforChange takes in 100 youth in two cycles and provides hands-on learning in the arts sector. When youth graduate the program, they will have both the tools and the guidance to start their careers in the arts.

Event Details:

Date: June 12, 2015

Location: 237 Sackville St. – The Church Hall

Doors Open: 4:30pm

Show Starts: 5:30pm




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Thursday, March 12, 2015 | 4:30 – 10 PM | FREE
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street
An evening of art, live music, artist talks, conversation, performance, arts market, food & drinks at Artscape Youngplace! Featuring:
  • Informal guided tours of Kristiina Lahde: ULTRA-PARALLEL at the Koffler Gallery
  • Artist talk with playwright Hannah Moscovitch and artist/architect Philip Beesley
  • Live melodic techno music with Juno-award nominated, Arthur Oskan
  • Drop-in, hands-on kids and family-friendly programming
  • TYPOLOGY Exhibition reception, Flights & Landings
  • SKETCH Working Arts Open Studio

For more info:

Koffler Centre of the Arts | Koffler Gallery
Artscape Youngplace
180 Shaw Street, Suite 104-105 | Toronto, Ontario M6J 2W5




Just For Laughs & Canadian Music Week 
announce comedian and star of Teen Wolf

Live at the Danforth Music Hall on Thursday, April 30

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 6!

Montreal, Tuesday, March 3, 2015Just For Laughs and Canadian Music Week are thrilled to announce that comedian and star of Teen Wolf Orny Adams will be performing live at the Danforth Music Hall on Thursday, April 30 as part of Canadian Music Week 2015. Following rave reviews and a standing ovation at Massey Hall for his performance on the 2013 Just For Laughs Comedy Tour, Orny returns with his full show – Get in the Hole. Tickets are $29.50 (taxes included plus facility & service charges) and go on-sale Friday, March 6



THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2015 – 7:30 PM 

Tickets: $29.50 (taxes included+ facility & service charges) 

go on sale Friday, March 6 at 10:00 AM 

in person: all Ticketmaster outlets 

by phone: (855) 985-5000 or online: www.ticketmaster.ca 

PRESALE: Starts at 10:00 AM today!

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For more ticket information please visit hahaha.com/ornyadams 

2015 ReelWorld Film Festival Volunteer Orientation February 12, Toronto City Hall

3:45pm – 5:15pm  

 City Hall

committee Room 3
100 Queen St. West
Toronto ON M5H 2N2
(NE corner of Queen St & Bay St)
For more info visit: http://www.reelworld.ca/Festival/films.aspx



Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

February 7 – May 10

Opening Party
February 7, 6pm – midnight

This exhibition marks the first major retrospective of the artist’s work in Canada, and features close to 85 large-scale paintings and drawings from private collections and public museums across Europe and North America. Guest-curated by renowned Austrian art historian, curator and critic Dieter Buchhart, Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time will be the first thematic examination of the artist’s work. A contemporary artist who was inspired by jazz, sports, comics, remix culture and graffiti, Basquiat translated the world around him into a provocative visual language. Visit ago.net/basquiat for full program details.

Collecting Canadian Art in Toronto: A Panel Discussion
University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC)

March 4 – 7:00-8:30 pm, UTAC

Wedge director Kenneth Montague will join Andrew Hunter (Frederik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, Art Gallery of Ontario), Jessica Bradley (Jessica Bradley Gallery), and Dawn Cain (Curator, BMO Financial Group) in a conversation on the practice of private, institutional, and corporate collecting in relation to the notion of nationhood. Moderated by Sara Angel, visual arts journalist, historian and founding director of the Art Canada Institute/Institut de l’art du Canada.

This panel discussion is part of Re-collections: Between History and Storytelling – an interdisciplinary program of lectures and panel discussions that examine the subject of nationalism as narrativized through collections of art, responding to the exhibitions A Story of Canadian Art: As Told by the Hart House Collection and Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the University of Toronto Art Centre. Visit the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery website for extended descriptions of the events.






Don’t Waste Time…

Do you want to make music or learn more about the music industry… Here is your chance to join The EAST Collective

an exclusive music program which will help you launch your career, and give you industry experience.

Applications available here:







2nd Annual

Edutainment Workshops


Battle of the Beat Makers


You can register for “Battle of the Beatmakers” either as a Solo Registration (One Person, $50) or as a Team Registration (Maximum two people, $80).


  • Registration/Application processing Fee (Value: $30.00)
  • Pro Audio Conference, General Admission Ticket (Value: $40.00)
  • Beats Meets Rhymes: Meet & Greet Invite Only (Priceless)
  • Battle of the Beatmakers, General Admission Ticket (Value: $25.00)
  • Inclusion on Battle of the Beatmakers: Instrumental Compilation (Priceless)
  • And more to be announced…


  • The top 32 producers rated by the judges via the submitted productions will be announced the evening of November 3rd, 2014
  • Four additional producers will also be announced as reserves in case  any of the chosen 32 can not take part in the competition or is not present for their first round of the competition day of.   For more Info visit  http://www.battleofthebeatmakers.com/?page_id=41









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Lights Please: SEX&HIPHOP

July 10th, 2014. 6:30pm. 37 Bulwer Ave, Toronto.

We’ve wanted to do this FOREVER:  start an open and honest conversation about how sex is understood in our generation, especially within the hiphop community. 
Come and join in on the conversation with VERY special guests including the moms of some of your favorite rappers all the way to sex-workers and escorts.Yep, it’s about to get real.one night stands?
unprotected sex?
or perhaps it was where you learned about sex.
all experiences are welcome here. let’s talk and hear about leaders in the hiphop community talk about this three letter word.












Friday June 6th

@ ENCORE STUDIOS- 76a Geary Ave. (Dovercourt & Dupont)
Only $15

Calling all fans of PRINCE ROGERS NELSON!
The man turns 56 at midnight on June 6th and we’re gonna have a spectacular party to celebrate.
Get URSELVES ready!
If PRINCE wrote it, produced it, played on it or influenced it…
You’ll hear it..
Covers, Live Recordings, Remixes, Mash-ups and Edits!
Hosted by Kwame Younge and Wado Brown a/k/a Dusty Green

DJ SEAN SAX (Soul on Ice, Main Ingredient)
and a live musical set from..

“The Machine”




Featuring work by Ewan Atkinson, Marvin Bartley, Terry Boddie, Holly Bynoe, James Cooper, Renee Cox, Gerard H. Gaskin, Abigail Hadeed, Gerard Hanson, Nadia Huggins, Marlon James, Roshini Kempadoo, O’Neil Lawrence, Ebony G. Patterson, Radcliffe Roye, Alex Smailes, Stacey Tyrell, Rodell Warner
Curated by Melanie Archer, Mariel Brown and Kenneth Montague

Final Week: on view until May 25, 2014

Shipping Containers behind the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
231 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Tue–Sun, 10–5pm
Thu, 10–8pm




4-month Youth Photography Program with outdoor exhibit

I am proud to announce that I have recently partnered with The City of Toronto on a Cultural Hotspot Signature Project: We Are Lawrence Avenue. This is a 4-month photography program for Scarborough youth interested in developing their craft in photography. Ten participants will be selected to participate in this 4 month mentorship program, working together to transform a 3 km stretch of Lawrence Avenue East into a dynamic outdoor photo exhibit that celebrates the stories of the people living and working in the neighbourhood.  We encourage you to share this with anyone you think should apply. Application deadline is May 29th.

For more info visit http://www.wearelawrenceavenue.com/







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Featuring work by Ewan Atkinson, Marvin Bartley, Terry Boddie, Holly Bynoe, James Cooper, Renee Cox, Gerard H. Gaskin, Abigail Hadeed, Gerard Hanson, Nadia Huggins, Marlon James, Roshini Kempadoo, O’Neil Lawrence, Ebony G. Patterson, Radcliffe Roye, Alex Smailes, Stacey Tyrell, Rodell Warner

Curated by Melanie Archer, Mariel Brown and Kenneth Montague

May 1 – 25, 2014
Opening Reception
May 3, 5 – 7pm
Pictures from Paradise: A Survey of Contemporary Caribbean Photography explores the complex social, racial, political, and physical relationships and landscapes that exist within the Caribbean. Based on the 2012 book of the same name by Robert & Christopher Publishers, the exhibition examines the work of 18 artists through four photographic genres: ‘Tableau Vivant’ depicts constructed scenarios, ‘Portraiture’ challenges our understanding of the emotive subject, ‘The Documentary Image’ celebrates the interrogative attitude of photographs, and ‘Transformed Media’ hails digital processes.

Presented in four adjoining shipping containers alongside Lake Ontario, the works invite contemplation about issues of consumerism, globalization, tourism, migration, and the ever-present legacy of slavery in Caribbean history. In Pictures from Paradise the artists take control and define the region on their own terms, showing a reality behind the common tourist images that is just as beautiful but infinitely more complex and compelling.
Pictures from Paradise: Panel Discussion

Sunday, May 4, 6-7:30pm
Exhibition artists will join co-curators Melanie Archer & Mariel Brown of Robert & Christopher Publishers, Trinidad and Kenneth Montague of Wedge Curatorial Projects, Toronto for a lively discussion around Caribbean identity in contemporary photography.

Organized by Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and Wedge Curatorial Projects. Presented in partnership with Robert & Christopher Publishers, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. Generously supported by our project sponsors.


Be apart, get involved! For more details check out the following links





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