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Chloé Roubert, Les Chevalines, 2017

Toronto Art Book Fair presents:
Art Book Week

June 12 - 18, 2017

For more information contact Cléo Sallis-Parchet:
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Toronto’s first annual Art Book Week (June 12 - 18, 2017) is a series of city-wide artist’s book-focused events that parallel the Toronto Art Book Fair. Art Book Week will showcase the wide range of print focused spaces, organizations, and projects across Toronto through community events such as book launches, performances, tastings, screenings, and panel discussions. The goal of Art Book Week is to increase the visibility of and engagement with Toronto’s unique and vibrant artist’s book community. Events include but are not limited to:

  • Jam on Toast: Agnes Martin 1974: An Interview, conducted and edited by Lyn Blumenthal and Kate Horsfield. The screening is presented offsite by Franz Kaka and will be followed by a conversation about the film led by Katie Lyle.
    Monday, June 12 | 7pm | 1655 Dupont Street

  • Archives and Alternative Narratives: A Panel Discussion featuring Raegan Swanson, executive director of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives; Jim Shedden, manager of publishing at the AGO; Deepali Dewan, senior curator of South Asian Visual Culture at the ROM; and moderated by Professor Blake Fitzpatrick, Chair of the Ryerson School of Image Arts.
    Tuesday, June 13 | 6:30pm | 122 Bond Street, Ryerson University Image Arts Auditorium, IMA 307

  • Akin Creative Zine Jam facilitated by artists and experienced zinesters Katie Sadie and Josh Emter.
    Wednesday, June 14 | 6:30-9pm | 87 Wade Avenue, Studio 101

  • Building Narratives: The Art of Documentary Photography, a hands-on photo book based workshop instructed by Surendra Lawoti and organized by Gallery 44.
    Thursday, June 15 | 6-9pm | 401 Richmond Street W, Suite 120

  • Some Theories by Kathryn Mockler and David Poolman Book Launch at Zalucky Contemporary.
    Saturday, June 17 | 3pm | 3044 Dundas Street W

  • The Great Chant by Bill Burns, featuring Allan Gasser and Emma Whitla at MKG127.
    Saturday, June 17 | 3pm | 1445 Dundas Street W

  • Multiple Elementary Pre-Launch Panel with Hanna Jickling, Helen Reed,Vesna Krstich and Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik,in partnership with YYZBOOKS.
    Sunday, June 18 | 4pm | 180 Shaw Street

Bill Burns, The Great Sign Graveyard, 2016

The Toronto Art Book Fair is thrilled to showcase a number of multifaceted events that span the full duration of Art Book Week or expand beyond Art Book Week, such as:

  • Furrawn Press, a new experimental publishing initiative directed by Shannon Gerard and Tetyana Herych, will be hosting a full week of programming; book launches, readings, and an open house in conjunction with their first Furrawn Press Shed Residency. The Furrawn Press Shed Residency is a week-long, studio-based, backyard residency that will take place for the full duration of Art Book Week and features artists: A4A, Emerson Maxwell, Kaythi, and Jessica Baldanza.

  • Buoyed by the recent influx of artist-run spaces, Liam Crockard (The Loon) and Kevin Boothe (Towards Gallery) will be publishing a physical community newsletter of sorts, titled “Paper Local.” Part art guide, part art object, the concept is structured around newspaper classified ads and aims to highlight independent galleries and projects working throughout both southern Ontario and Quebec. Paper Local will be launched on Friday, June 16 8-10pm at Towards Gallery (87 Wade Avenue) and will feature a panel discussion at 8:30pm.

  • Presented by YYZBOOKS, four El Bibliobandito performances by Marisa Jahn, will be taking place throughout the Toronto Art Book Fair on Saturday, June 17 between 12-4pm. Bibliobandito (or “Book Bandit”) is a character-driven literacy initiative centred on a masked bandit who eats stories. Ravenous, he terrorizes little kids until they offer him the stories they’ve written. To appeal El Bibliobandito’s appetite, youth ages 6-12 are invited to create paper circuitry stories that integrate bookmaking, performative, online, and digital story-crafting.

  • Les Chevalines is a research-based art project focusing on horses in urban cultures from the 19th century to the present day. Working in the Paris city archives and more recently, the Toronto archives, anthropologist and artist Chloé Roubert has developed a series of events and publications that map the relation of horse to humans as ways to articulate larger questions about class, classifications of life, and the ethical and political issues surrounding food. On Saturday, June 17 at 1pm, Roubert will launch the English version of Les Chevalines. The event will include a conversation with Jayne Wilkinson and will be accompanied by a horse-based tasting experience.

For a full list of activities, please refer to the Art Book Week schedule on our website.