ArtworxTO Highlights: Monument Lab | Akhara | Taste of Scarborough | Scarborough Sounds | and more

ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022 is a celebration of Toronto’s incredible collection of public art and the artists behind it, creating more opportunities for the public to connect and engage with artwork in their everyday lives.

Working closely with artists and Toronto’s arts institutions, ArtworxTO is working to address gaps in the collection, such as the under-representation of equity-deserving communities and their histories, as well as geographic areas of the city where there are fewer public art works. From fall 2021 to fall 2022 the City of Toronto is helping to deliver more than 350 new murals, installations, exhibitions, art events, performances and productions, citywide.

This year, explore your city and discover creativity and community–everywhere.

This week’s ArtworxTO Highlights:

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What’s Next for Toronto? Concept Rendering. Image courtesy and copyright of Monument Lab

Monument Lab x ArtworxTO
Artists Ken Lum and Paul Farber of Monument Lab, ArtworxTO, and local artist collaborators, are engaging the public in a dynamic conversation about monuments this fall. Monument Lab will be setting up the bespoke MonumentMobile at different locations around Toronto from October 29th to November 3rd, staging activations and conducting an open research process around a guiding question: What’s Next for Toronto?

Engage with MonumentMobile at one of the following locations between 12 pm and 3 pm:
Oct 29 – Nathan Philip Square
Oct 30 – Roundhouse Park
Oct 31 – Cloverdale Mall
Nov 1 – Scarborough Town Centre
Nov 2 – Wexford BIA (2072 Lawrence Ave)
Nov 3 – Mel Lastman Square

This project will be unique to Toronto, but will resonate globally as cities around the world grapple with the difficult questions raised around their historical monuments.

Learn more about MonumentMobile: What’s Next for Toronto


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Akhara Event Photo

Akhara: The Theatre of Ultimate Liberation by Laboratory for Artistic Intelligence
Akhara is a curated conversation, a coming together for social warmth, conviviality and lighthearted cultural and intellectual discussions. Featuring Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone, an Anishinaabe Kwe, storyteller, artist and activist, this virtual Akhara taking place on November 5th is curated by Sharada Eswar, hosted by Ronica Sajnaniand and presented in association with ArtworxTO Hub West exhibition, HOME(LAND), curated by Claudia Arana. This Akhara will be preceded by Rasoi, an online communal cooking session. Participation is free but requires registration. Please register before October 18th.

Learn more about Akhara: The Theatre of Ultimate Liberation


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Taste of Scarborough Event Photo. Image: Dwayne Morgan, 2021

Taste of Scarborough
Experience the world through The Taste of Scarborough. From Oct 11 – 29, 2021 food lovers will have the opportunity to vote for where people can experience the best dishes in Scarborough. From samosas to shawarma, curries to dim sum, we will highlight the best in Scarborough cuisine, and invite everyone here for a bite.

Taste of Scarborough is presented in association with ArtworxTO Hub EAST exhibition and curated by The Spoken Soul Collective.

Learn more about the Taste of Scarborough


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Scarborough Sounds. Image: Janice Lau, 2021

Scarborough Sounds
Scarborough Sounds is comprised of seasonal playlists curated by DJ Lewy V which recognizes the unique, innovative and electric sounds of Scarborough musicians.

Even before The Weeknd, Scarborough music had long reached international heights. From The Barenaked Ladies and Maestro Fresh Wes to Kardinal Offishall, the sounds of Scarborough had already made their mark! Unfortunately, Scarborough is often clumped into the pool of Toronto artists, without the sonic recognition it deserves. Each season, we will curate a Scarborough playlist for the public to groove to.

Learn more about Scarborough Sounds and download the fall soundtrack.


Visit One of Six ArtworxTO Exhibition Hubs – Citywide!
The City of Toronto has opened several ArtworxTO exhibition hubs across the city. ArtworxTO Hubs are spaces for artistic and community activity led by the next generation of curators, collectives and artists. Through exhibitions, activations, workshops and experiences, the hubs are amplifying local artistic identities, recognizing their global vibrancy, and empowering creative communities. Hubs are currently located North, South, East, West and Downtown, at: Downsview Park, Scarborough Town Centre, Cloverdale Common, Bayview Village and Collision Gallery. More information about the hubs is available at: www.artworxto.ca/hubs

Each week ArtworxTO has several new programs, exhibits, performances, talks, works and more, on offer. Bookmark artworxTO.ca and check back often!

View a complete list of ArtworxTO events on this week.

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Contact Information:
Sue Holland
sue.holland@artworxto.ca