ArtworxTO: Spoken Soul Festival | Carnival Workshops | Chalking | Talks | 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:

Diane Borsato, from the public sculpture entitled ORCHARD at the Small Arms Inspection Building, commissioned by the City of Mississauga Public Art Division.

ArtworxTO Talks: Live @ 5: Setting the Table – July 13th
Tune in on Wednesday, July 13th from 5-6pm for the latest ArtworxTO Talks: Live @ 5: Setting the Table. Possibilities, ideals, values and politics are things that we communicate through art, they are also things we explore through food, and that we share around a table.

This talk, hosted by Chef Kareema and moderated by Rebecca Carbin will feature panelists Sameer Farooq, Diane Borsato, Rob Shostak and Berlin Reed. The ArtworxTO Talks: Live @ 5 series is supported by Stella Artois.

Learn more about ArtworxTO Talks, Live @ 5: Setting the Table


Saturday Workshops at ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub: Carnival Portal
ArtworxTO has partnered with Art Starts to produce a series of workshops exploring different facets of Carnival, running every Saturday in July from 2 – 4pm at the ArtworxTO Pop Up Hub: Carnival Portal, located at Yorkdale Shopping Centre (3401 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON).

July 16: Carnival Curious Poster Making with Ashley T.
Embrace Caribbean heritage and celebrate it loudly and proudly by creating posters with vibrant colours and mixed media materials.

July 23: Toronto Carnival Make-up Tutorial with Asha
Get ready for Carnival with this makeup tutorial led by certified Make-up Artist and Loctician Asha Emmanuel


Event artwork for the Spoken Soul Festival taking place on July 16th at ArtworxTO Hub EAST: Scarborough Town Centre (300 Borough Drive, Scarborough).

Spoken Soul Festival – July 16th
Join the Spoken Soul Collective (Paulina O’Kieffe-Anthony, Dwayne Morgan & Randell Adjei) on Saturday, July 16th from 2-6pm for a free celebration of soul music and spoken word at ArtworxTO Hub EAST: Scarborough Town Centre (300 Borough Drive, Scarborough).

Featuring Shahaddah Jack, Shadel Chavez , Sydellia Ndiaye, IMAH, ZENESOUL, Dahveed Delisca, Christina Smith, Charmie, JL Singz, Maya Gabriel, Azalyne, Dynesti and the headliner Leila Dey.

Learn more about the Spoken Soul Festival


ALLSTYLE mural collaboration on view at ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview Park (70 Canuck Ave, North York).

XOXO Downsview Walk – July 16th
Join Jane Farrow and special guests on July 16th for a tour showcasing the murals and installation works featured in XOXO Downsview and ArtworxTO Hub NORTH: Downsview (70 Canuck Avenue, North York).

This tour, presented by id8 Downsview, highlights the bold, vital spirit of Downsview. You’ll learn about the compelling and surprising history of music, art, heritage architecture, aviation and performance here – and how it all connects with the present day and plans for the future.

Learn more about XOXO Downsview Walk


Intangible Adorations Caravan
An immersive, travelling theatrical & film experience co-produced by OtherHearts, Tangled Art + Disability and Mighty Brave Productions, based on the works of Canadian artist Lisa Anita Wegner. The experience fuses Carnival with science-fantasy biography, performance ritual, circus and disability culture.

Schedule:
July 13 – Weston Commons (34 John St, Toronto)
July 20 – Main Square
September 7 – Stan Wadlow Park (Stan Wadlow Park, Toronto)
September 14 – Evergreen Brickworks (550 Bayview Ave, Toronto)

Learn more about Intangible Adorations Caravan


Image of dancers performing piece titled Chalking on view July 15-17 at the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas Street East, Old Toronto)

Chalking – July 15–17th
Chalking is presented by ĀNANDAṀ Dancetheatre during the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair July 15–17 at Yonge-Dundas Square (1 Dundas Street East, Old Toronto). Chalking deconstructs a body’s rotational possibilities – turning, spinning – into a vocabulary of tension and resistance, inscribing absence at the very heart of the body’s presence with others. A performance and 4 channel video installation, Chalking offers a material grid that stages the politics of dance, of what it means to align oneself in absence, in the presence of others.

Learn more about Chalking


MASHUP PON DI ROAD – July 21–23 & 27th
MASHUP PON DI ROAD is a bashment circus on a big truck—an outdoor, caribbean musical comedy, written by Bahia Watson, pulling up on city streets (July 21–23 at 1531 Eglinton Ave. W. and July 27 at The Bentway – 250 Fort York Blvd).

MASHUP PON DI ROAD fuses raucous humour with whip-smart cultural critique, poking fun at the constraints of the patriarchy, the expectations of womanhood, and the end of the world as we know it.

Register for your free performance ticket


ArtworxTO Spotlight Emerging Artists Program
View submissions from our most recent ArtworxTO Spotlight award recipients; Bisma Jay and Carlier Morejon. ArtworxTO Spotlight invites emerging Toronto-based artists to tell their stories. Artists, with five years experience or less, are invited to describe their motivation and the journey taken to currently practice in Toronto. Of these submissions, 52 emerging artists will be selected for the Spotlight, one artist per week for the entire year.

This project is supported by RBC through the RBC Emerging Artists Project.

Learn more about ArtworxTO Spotlight Emerging Artists Program


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