Thursday, October 30, 2008

VENDOR CALL: Crafternoon Tea (show: November 29, deadline: October 31)

I am heading out of town but couldn't leave without mentioning that Nathalie-Roze is hosting a Crafternoon Tea craft show on November 29th and is accepting applications until THIS FRIDAY OCT 31st. Please email her for details.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

CRAFTY HAPPENING: Art in Action Burlington Studio Tour (Nov 1-2, 10am-4pm)

Sat. & Sun., Nov. 1-2, 10:00am - 4:00pm Please see attached map 905.690.8324


Come and talk to our artists as they create in the studio.
Find out what inspires them and share in their passion.
Beautiful one of a kind pieces will be available for purchase.

Just in time for Christmas.

You can enter to WIN
First Prize $200.00* Second Prize $100.00*
towards the artist of your choice. *NO CASH VALUE

fine artists - Anita Ashburn, Susan Bartolacci, Julie Donec, Danica Kekic, Kristina Kirkwood, Carol Nasvytis & David Newman
jewellers - Jennalynn Flesch, Leanne Miller & Beth Paulin
metal artist - Peter Schlotthauer
glass artists - Kelly Lowe & Alison Rose
craftsman - Mark Rose
mosaic artist - Dorota Kubacki
potters - Maria Abrasowicz, Magdalena Hermanek & Barb Taylor
stained glass artists - Teresa Seaton & Beth Paulin
photographers - Glen Jones, Fred Oliver, Jim Wallace & Rob Skeoch
whimsical artist - Doug Cockell
clockmaker - Malcolm Gatt
leather artists - Lauch Harrison
sculptor - Kristina Kirkwood

EXHIBITIONS: HARD TWIST (Nov. 8-Jan 4) and pieceWORK (Nov. 8 & 9), (reception for both: November 7)

HARD TWIST and pieceWORK exhibitions open together at the Gladstone Hotel on Friday November 7th.

The Gladstone Hotel's 3rd annual juried textile exhibition Hard Twist opens in conjunction with pieceWORK, a weekend-long show and sale of work by fibre artists.

Opening Receptions Fri Nov 07, 2008 6pm-9pm
Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen St W Toronto


The Gladstone Hotel's 3rd Annual Juried Textile Exhibition
Sat Nov 08, 2008 to Sun Jan 04, 2008
Exhibition Hours 12pm-5pm Daily

Love may make the world go round, but twist holds it together.

Following on from last year's BIG FIBRE/little fibre exhibition that asked whether size matters in matters textile, Hard Twist explores the manifold and marvelous ways twist operates in the world of fibre.

Tightly-wound or softly spun, bent, hung or strung out, the works in the show reference a wild variety of issues: including the musings of Canada's first official hangman, a Queen St. West crawl, sharks, dandelions and motherhood (sans apple pie), sports memorabilia and coral reefs, threaded together by their common dependence on twist for coherence and structural integrity.

The first human who twisted a few strands together to make them longer and stronger had no idea of the force she had unleashed upon the world!

2008 Participating Artists Hard Twist:

Gareth Bate, Amélie Brisson-Darveau, Nadia Li Chai, Laura Endacott, Caitlin Erskine-Smith, Ann Marie Hadcock, Peter Harris, Susan Harris, Tricia Johnson, Lisa Keophila, Vanessa Li, Lesley Loksi Chan, Emily Martin, Amanda McCavour, Bev McNaughton, Gordana Olujic Dosic, Tammy Osler, Ingrid Paulson, Meghan Price, Laura Smith, Ilona Staples, Casey Ann Wasniewski, and Bonnie Whitehall.

Helena Frei and Chris Mitchell

2008 Jurors:
Melanie Egan, William Hodge, and Andrea VanderKooij


Fri Nov 7 Opening Reception 6pm-10pm
Exhibition Hours Saturday Nov 8 and Sun Nov 9 11am-6pm daily

The Gladstone Hotel's second annual pieceWORK show and sale showcases a diverse group of artists working in textile and fibre based mediums. Participating artists will present unique artist-made objects, wearables, fashion accessories, and home décor items for sale. pieceWORK takes place in the hotel's 2nd floor exhibition rooms.

2008 Participating Artists:
Sylwia Bartosik, Marie Josette and Friends: Marie Payne and Josette Luyckx
Pat Burns-Wendland, Bev Couse, Maureen Harding, Peggy Mersereau, Lucy Slykerman,
Susan Harris Design, Barbara Hilts, Lemon Collective: Lisa Keophila, Katherine Morley, Sarah Nadas, Kat O'Shaughnessy and Willie Yung, Liz Cohoe, Amanda Reid, Kalyna Pidwerbesky, and JAMES FOWLER / TEXTI'LL

Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen Street West Toronto, ON

SWAP PROPOSAL: your used security envelopes for a set of security envelopes buttons

The muchly missed Becky Johnson wrote from her Craft Odyssey Roadtrip (follow her adventures on her blog) to ask us to spread her swap proposal concerning used security envelopes. Please contact her here if you would like to partake, or check out her show schedule to plot an in person exchange. Here is an excerpt from her blog post about it:

security buttons

i am now willing to offer you some free gifts in exchange for used security envelopes. that's right, i will send you a set of security envelopes buttons in exchange for a contribution of old security envelopes from you. if anyone from overseas reads this, i am especially interested in what wild foreign envelopes might be out there and especially implore you to send me some.

if this strikes your fancy, just email me for shipping info and we can get rolling!

it's a pretty good deal, eh? you send me garbage and i send you other non-garbage stuff.

some rules (for what is life without them?):
1. only used envelopes. this is a project of reuse.
2. no logos or words. i have found some companies put their logo inside their envelopes. i have deemed these unacceptable for this project.

HELP WANTED: Kiln sought for ceramic transfer project

A note from TCA reader Rebecca:

photo credit: Carolyn Hack

Do any of the TCA Readers have access to a kiln they would be willing to rent?

My crafty friend and I are really quite susceptible to even the slightest hint of crafty fun. We recently came across this tutorial and want to give it a try. I think we've found a vendor who will print decals for us (though we'd prefer a Canadian supplier if anyone knows of one). What we need now is to find someone willing to rent kiln time so that we can fire the transfers to our glazed ceramicware and we're off to the races. If it's important to know, our plan is to create some dishes to give to friends and family as gifts. We aren't trying to compete with any of the wonderful ceramic artists out there for customers. Not sure if we could, even if we tried! We just really like to try new and fun things and wanted to give this a shot.


Please contact Rebecca here if you can help her out with this request.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Cheongju International Craft Biennale (deadline: March 31st, 2009, exhibiton: Sept. 09 (S. Korea), Winter 2010 (Vancouver)

This sounds like an amazing opportunity to get your work seen (by millions!) and to fund your crafty practice ($30,000!):


International opportunity for Canadian craftspeople

CALL FOR ENTRY:Unity & Diversity
DEADLINE: March 31st, 2009

The Canadian Crafts Federation / Fédération canadienne des métiers d'art
encourages craft artists, designers and makers from across the country to
submit their work for consideration in Unity & Diversity, an exhibition of
the best of contemporary Canadian fine craft.

This is a terrific opportunity to participate in an international project.
In September 2009, Unity & Diversity will travel to Cheongju, South Korea,
as the feature exhibition in the Canadian Pavilion at the Cheongju
International Craft Biennale - the largest fine craft biennale in the
world. A high-quality, multi-national event, the Biennale has invited
Canada to be the guest country for this year, an honour which the CCF/FCMA
has graciously accepted. Unity & Diversity will be a wide-ranging, truly
Canadian event intended to direct the eyes of the world towards the
contemporary craft of our country. A second showing of select pieces will
travel beyond the Biennale, to be showcased at the Vancouver Museum in
British Columbia during the 2010 Winter Olympics. At the biennale alone,
the exhibition will be seen by over half a million visitors... imagine
just how much exposure your work could receive.

Don't pass up this once in a lifetime opportunity. Every maker in every
region of the country is encouraged to enter. Please download the pdf
attachments and pass this call for entry on to others in the arts
community who may be interested.

For more information about Canada's participation in the Cheongju
International Craft Biennale, please visit For more information on the
Biennale itself, visit the multi-lingual event website at
The CCF/FCMA encourages Canadian craft artists to also enter the
international competition organized by the Biennale, a biannual event with
a top prize of $30,000. The CCF/FCMA will release this call for entry as
soon as it is available.

CRAFT SHOW: The Maker's Hand, Picton (October 31-Nov 2)

the maker's hand



For three days only - 25 hours to be exact - the Community Centre in Picton, Prince Edward County, will be transformed into a colourful, bustling marketplace of internationally renowned artisans.

For those looking for unique holiday gifts and affordable original art created by local Canadian artists, the place to be is The Maker's Hand show in Prince Edward County October 31 to November 2. Come and experience a truly inspiring and creative show.

Five years ago, some of Eastern Ontario's finest artisans got together to create a new regional "one of a kind" show of truly international calibre. Buyers and browsers flocked to that first show, and have been coming back each year to buy stunning, original gifts direct from the artists that made them. The 2008 The Maker's Hand Show & Sale features 40 eclectic artisans and 1,001 beautiful things.

This year's show features creations such as funky, hand-made clothing, unique jewellery, toys, handmade books, paper mache, beautiful brooms, incredible beadwork, unique hand-made patch pillows and mind-blowing metal works. Our artisans work in such media as clay and glass, photography, wood, metal, fibre art, and so much more. Browse The Maker's Hand, meet our artists and buy a truly original gift from those who dream, design and make their art by hand.

Visitors to Prince Edward County talk about the warm welcome and friendliness they find here. If you've never been, take this opportunity to discover The County and its comfortable bed-and-breakfasts, country inns, wineries, artist studios and excellent restaurants. A quiet country drive to leisurely browse beautiful and affordable original works at The Maker's Hand makes a great change from hectic holiday shopping in the city. Check out for information on accommodations, and take a virtual browse of The Maker's Hand artists.

What: The Maker's Hand Show and Sale 40 fabulous artisans - 1,001 beautiful things.

Where: Picton Fairgrounds, 375 Main St. East, Picton, Prince Edward County

When: Friday, October 31, Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2, 10am to 5pm Daily.

There is a one time $5.00 admission to the show.

The Maker's Hand is a Prince Edward County Arts Council event supported by Mathers Law Office, Bev Skidmore - Century 21 Lanthorne Real Estate Ltd. Brokerage, Scotiabank - Picton Branch. The Prince Edward County Arts Council is supported by the Ontario Arts Council and The Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The Maker's Hand is happy to support The Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary as our charity for 2008.

For more information on The Maker's Hand visit

or by telephone 613 476 4811 or email

GET SCHOOLED: winter classes at Sew Be It

All of the following courses are available at:

Sew Be It Studio
2156 Yonge Street
Toronto ON M4S 2A8


Introduction to Corset Making

A corset is not only beautiful on your body, but it is sexy, and holds enormous feminine power. Learn the art of corsetry, from fitting to sewing to working with corset boning. Make yourself a corset that could be wearable art. This is a fantastic class if you are interested in theatrical costuming!

All corset making supplies are included in course fee. You just need to bring your fabric.
Intermediate Sewing Skills Required

Class runs for 8 weeks

Date: March 17, Tuesdays
Time: 6pm - 9pm
Price: $315.00 + GST


Fashion Design 101

This is the first level in our four part design series. It is designed for adults who have a busy lives and want to dive into the fashion design world. In this first level we start with skirts. Students will have the opportunity to begin their design portfolio with a skirt collection. We will cover fashion illustration, various construction techniques such as pockets, waistband, and pleats that apply to making the perfect skirt and pattern drafting.

Beginner sewing skills are a must

10 weeks. 3 hours per class. $395.00
Date: January 23, Fridays.
Time: 6pm - 9pm

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Introduction to Fashion Design for Teens

Do you have a dream of becoming a fashion designer? Ever wonder what it takes to be one? This is the opportunity for you to get a taste of the world of fashion design.

This is an intensive Fashion design training course. You will get an overview of fashion sketching, sewing techniques, fabrics, design concepts, creating a portfolio, and most of all designing a wardrobe! You will be challenged to take your design conception to make it into a reality.

Date: January 24, Saturdays
Time: 11am - 1pm
This session runs for 8 sessions
Price: $240.00 + GST


Sock Knitting 101

Who doesn't like a bit of near-instant gratification? Whether you're a novice knitter or a seasoned veteran, this class is for you! Come learn to knit two socks at once on one circular needle! We'll walk you through designing and knitting your own pair of custom-fit socks from start to finish. No circular knitting experience necessary! Beware though: Sock knitting is addictive!

You'll learn:
The Magic Loop method--no double pointed needles to lose!
Toe-up sock construction--never run out of yarn again!
Proper fitting
Short rows

Skills required:
Participants should already be comfortable with the knit stitch, purl stitch and binding off.
Students will need to bring their own knitting needles. Information will be given upon registration.

Date: November 18 & 25, Tuesdays
Time: 6pm - 9pm
Price: $75 + GST. Price includes yarn


Hats: Circular Knitting

Need a quick holiday gift? Take the mystery out of circular knitting and make your own winter hat, just in time for the snow! We've selected a variety of patterns to suit everyone on your list. Beginners looking to expand their skills and seasoned knitters looking for a rust remover, this is the class for you! Skip the mall, relax with your knitting and go home with at least one holiday gift crossed off your list.

We'll learn:
A stretchy cast on, perfect for hats!
How to knit in the round on circular needles. No seams to sew!
Conquering your fear of double-pointed needles (dpns)
Using stitch markers, row counters and other tricks to take the guesswork out of knitting!
Decreasing evenly in the round
Reading a commercial pattern and chart
Changing colours in the middle of your work
Twisting and turning with basic cables and pattern stitches
Picking up stitches along an edge

Skills required: Confident knowledge of the basic knit and purl stitches

Materials required:
Worsted weight yarn
1 set 5mm (US 8) double pointed needles
1 40cm (16") 5mm (US 8) circular needle

Date: November 22 & 29, Saturdays
Time: 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Price: $65 + GST


Vintage REVAMP

Want to turn a vintage bed sheet into a sexy summer dress? How about updating a frightening 80s tweed skirt, turning it into a figure-flattering new favourite? Do you see potential in that torn Dior suit your friend was about to toss in the trash? Almost anything can be revamped, updated and personalized. And at this workshop we can show you how.

We got the skirt pictured here from Value Village and revamped it. As you can, see the cut was totally outdated, not to mention the waist was too small. After spending approximately three hours cutting and re-stitching, the result is marvelous. The skirt went from awful to awesome! Now it's your turn to revamp.

Date:March 28, Saturday
Time: 10am - 1pm
Price: $55.00 + GST

CRAFTIVISM: Rethink Breast Cancer with the Brit Boutique sale

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With a few days left in October there is still time to support Rethink Breast Cancer.

The Brit Boutique will be donating 10% of all sales from the month of October to the local charity, shopping and charitable work all in one. if you would like to donate directly you can do so at

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

CRAFTY CHAT: The Culture Congress at Harbourfront (Nov 14-Nov 16 2008)

The Culture Congress: L'art du CONTACT – how do we make it?
Friday, November 14 – Sunday, November 16, 2008
Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Free to Attend!

Harbourfront Centre, in partnership with the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine du Québec, the Bureau du Québec à Toronto and PME-ART in Montreal, is thrilled to announce the second edition of The Culture Congress taking place from November 14 through November 16, 2008. The Culture Congress is a forum that brings together local, national and international cultural communities for an exchange of ideas, skills, and information.

For this latest edition, in recognition and support of the existing and the continued development of interactions among creative communities in Québec and Ontario, The Culture Congress poses the question: L'art du CONTACT – how do we make it? This exchange enables contact between people, contact with creative works and coincides with Québec Now!, a Toronto-wide exploration of contemporary arts and culture in Québec. In light of the current political climate, it is even more timely for artists to galvanize as a community to break down borders.

Over the course of three days, creators and culture workers from across Canada and abroad will be challenged through a series of workshops, round-table discussions and dialogue. Provocative questions will evolve in consideration of the many facets of making contact. Participants will investigate the artist's contact with physical materials, tools, spaces, and language; the many degrees of connection between artistic works and audience; the impact and potential of collaborative processes and interdependence in creative settings; and the issues, challenges, and practices related to the Québec-Ontario cultural and artistic cooperation. The diversity of perspectives born of each artistic genre on each side of the inter-provincial border will not only add to the vibrant nature of the conversations, but enable exploration into the realities of multidisciplinary approaches.

Registration for The Culture Congress is free. Contact Katherine Grainger, 416-973-4239, or

For additional details visit

To further contextualize the scheduled events, participants of The Culture Congress are also encouraged to attend performances taking place during the forum: Bashir Lazhar by Evelyne de la Chenelière, La Pornographie des âmes by Dave St-Pierre and The Montreal Stockhausen Project, all part of Québec Now!, in addition to other local events and exhibitions. Please the website for details:

ASK CRAFTY: crêpe paper, temari ball workshop, fully articulated doll maker, decal printing, and cheap velvet bags & jewellery boxes

Temari Ball. Originally uploaded by So Sylvie

Check out the latest ask crafty questions & comment on the post with your responses. If you have your own crafty question feel free to get in touch!

x Where can I find packages or sheets of crêpe paper? The type that Martha Steward uses in most of her crafts. - Kelly

x I am looking for a temari ball workshop in Toronto, any ideas? - Lisa

x I'm looking for an artist/crafter in the Toronto area who can work in fully articulated dolls. In terms of look what I need is dolls similar to the plain wooden models they use in art class, but they aren't articulated enough for my purposes. - Cory

x I’m looking for a Canadian place to get decals printed – to be used on glazed ceramicware like so. – Rebecca

x Where in Toronto can I find good prices velvet bags or jewelry boxes - Sonsoles

STUDIO SPACE: Shared Private Studio on Queen W (available Nov 1)

Light filled private studio in a space shared with 3 friendly designers.
Queen W at Shaw in fab West Queen West neighbourhood, right on Queen Street car line.

$350 inclusive

Available November 1st.

or call 416-859-3862
ask for Carolyn!

Monday, October 27, 2008

VENDOR CALL: Creative Spirits CO-OP (deadline: Nov 1 2008, event: Nov 29)

The Creative Spirits Co-Op is looking for a few vendors for their first annual Artisan's Market. The show & sale will be on Saturday, November 29 from 2-7 pm, at Trinity St. Paul's Centre at Bloor & Spadina.

Tables are $30. Promotional plans include blogs, flyers, newspaper ads, and gift bags featuring a sample of your work to be sent to select print media.

Space is limited, so if you are interested, please send a description of your craft/art and photos of your work (or any inquiries) to by November 1st for an answer by November 3rd.

The Creative Spirits Co-Op is a group of artist and crafter entrepreneurs that meet to share information and inspiration. Our goal is to help each other build and grow a creative business. We are located in the GTA.

EXHIBITION: Alphabet City Festival 2008: FUEL (Nov 27/28/29, 2008)

Image by Geoffrey Thün and Kathy Velikov (RVTR) from "Post-Carbon Highway"
FUEL anthology (4 3/4 x 6 1/4, 320 pp., 200 color illus.) available at , SWIPE, Pages, TYPE and other fine bookstores.
Presented with the support of: The MIT Press, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Clarity

Alphabet City Festival 2008: FUEL
November 27/28/29


Designs for the fuel transition
Kelly Doran, Sara Graham, Chris Hardwicke, Robert Kirkbride, Maya Przybylski,
Lola Shepphard,
Geoffrey Thün, Kathy Velikov, Mason White

The drawings presented in RIG include a post-carbon Highway 401, converted oil rigs, a perfect machine, off-grid condos, reprogrammed tar sands, siberian gas infrastructure, and city-wide tubes for bicycles.

Opening party: Thursday November 27, 7 pm
Exhibition runs to Saturday January 3
Toronto Free Gallery
1277 Bloor Street West
Tel 416.913.0461

Curated by Chris Hardwicke and John Knechtel
Exhibition Design by Vita Leung
Produced by Toronto Free Gallery and Alphabet City


A high-speed series of presentations address our fuel fixation. Authors, architects, artists talk over 20 images at 20 seconds per image. Book launch / party to follow.

Friday November 28, 4-6 pm
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design | University of Toronto
230 College Street, Room 066
Open to the public-admission free

Produced by Talk 20 and Alphabet City

Saturday, October 25, 2008

GET SCHOOLED: Felted Star Baby Workshop (November 1)


Date: Saturday, November 1, 2008
Time: 1 - 4pm
Cost: $45.00 per class (includes materials)
Location: 33 Harbour Square (map) - parking available

Star Babies will fit snuggly in a child's pocket or can be used as a tree ornaments

To register call or email:
Kathie Young 416-304-0647

Friday, October 24, 2008

EXHIBITION: A World's History - Andrew Wilson at Magic Pony (November 6-30, reception: Nov 6)

Allow yourself to be transported to another world by the visionary artwork of Andrew Wilson, premiering Nov 6th from 7-10pm at Magic Pony.

Elements of 1970's sci-fi and fantasy coalesce in Wilson's evocative paintings. Chronicling the mysterious history of another world, these abstracted landscapes suggest the possibility of parallel universes, alternate realities, and other similarly eerie things to contemplate.

Please join us on this journey to another time and place, and explore a new meaning in the space between.

Magic Pony Presents:

Andrew Wilson Solo Exhibition

Opening Reception
Thursday, November 6, 2008
7 - 10pm

Magic Pony
694 Queen St. West

Exhibition Dates: November 6-30, 2008

Magic Pony is pleased to present A World’s History, a solo exhibition of new paintings and drawings by emerging Toronto-based artist Andrew Wilson. Exhibition runs November 6th to 30th. Opening reception is Thursday, Nov. 6th from 7-10pm. Artist will be in attendance.

Chronicling the mysterious history of an alternate world, Wilson’s fantastical abstracted landscapes suggest the possibility of other worlds occurring simultaneously with our own. Past, present and future coalesce within this imagined topography. Futuristic architecture and geodesic domes crown primordial geological forms, while abstract shapes collide. Elaborate, mixed media resin-coated paintings encapsulate vast mountain ranges, crystal-line forms and volcanic interiors. Both gesturally inspired and carefully constructed, Wilson’s paintings combine contrasting layers, textures and colours to subtly create depth.

A World’s History also features a series of meticulously rendered ink drawings. While Wilson’s geometric landscapes and utopian architecture evoke the future tense, his drawings explore an imagined past. Medieval villages and church spires are nestled into mountainsides, while enigmatic faces materialize in organic, Arcimboldo-esque illusion. Quietly beautiful and vaguely haunting, Wilson’s imagery resonates with the vision and mystery of the fantasy genre, yet leaves definitive narrative open to personal interpretation.

Andrew Wilson is currently finishing his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting at The Ontario College of Art. Wilson has exhibited previously with Magic Pony in three-person show Mittenfists, August 2007.

Contact: Kristin Weckworth, Director |
416.861.1684 |

SUPPLY YOUR HABIT: Movie Wardrobe Sale (October 25)

The last Movie Wardrobe Sale in July was so successful
that they had to host another one!! -- Check it out tomorrow!

$2 at the door goes to supporting CAFTCAD
Free: Members, Seniors, and Children
Free Parking
Please re-use your shopping bags

For sale will be clothing, both contemporary and vintage, accessories, jewelry, fabric, notions, books, wardrobe supplies, and much more! Who knows what amazing things you'll find!
For further questions, please email at

EXHIBITIONS: The Power Plant (Oct 20 - Nov 2)

Image Credit: Harrell Fletcher, 'Born Out of Pleasure', 2008.
Photo: Rafael Goldchain

In association with the exhibitions

SCOTT LYALL, 'The Color Ball'
20 September-23 November 2008

HARRELL FLETCHER, 'Born Out of Pleasure'
Closes 2 November 2008

11-23 November 2008

SUNDAY SCENE / Brenda Longfellow
Sunday, 26 October / 2 PM / FREE with admission
Brenda Longfellow is currently Chair of the Department of Film at York University and director of such films as Our Marilyn (1987), Gerda (1992) and Tina in Mexico (2002).

SUNDAY SCENE / Christopher House
Sunday, 2 November / 2 PM / FREE with admission
Christopher House has been the Artistic Director of Toronto Dance Theatre since 1994. His choreographies include Nest, Severe Clear, Sly Verb, Timecode Break and Chiasmata.

Wednesdays at 6:30 PM, The Power Plant Reading Room
Free admission to The Power Plant from 5-8 PM

22 October
Surviving Accidents
Francisco Alejandri and Liz Lavandeira
Fresh from surviving their latest accident, the couple share essential survival tips and describe past near-disasters.

29 October
Augusto Bastos Slam Dunks
Augusto Bastos and Darren O'Donnell
Guerrilla, revolutionary, accused counter-revolutionary, aviation expert, refugee, torture victim, and basketball star Augusto Bastos will be in conversation with Darren O'Donnell.


Gallery Admission:
$5 Adults / $3 Students and Seniors / Children Free
FREE on Wednesdays from 5-8 PM

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday / 12-6 PM
Wednesday / 12-8 PM
Closed Monday
Open Holiday Monday / 12-6 PM

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
at Harbourfront Centre
231 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON Canada M5J 2G8
416.973.4949 //

EXHIBITIONS: LucSculpture Masquerade Ball (Nov 1 2008) & other events (Oct-Dec)

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Hello fellow artists and LucSculpture followers,

The fall has come and the weather is going to keep us indoors warm and cozy so now is the time to be creative. Hibernation is suppose to be a relaxing time, no?

And now for some news from LucSculpture:
The Masquerade Ball is on Saturday November 1st

Dress up to according to your wildest fantasy!
For a change, hide behind a mask at LucSculpture and be crazy.

This Masquerade Ball is not about Halloween and scaring people, it's an opportunity to dream, discover and be creative.

Note: Find Luc on the invitation and get a discount at LucSculpture the same night.
After two months of hard work LucSculpture now has a real Gallery to host your work on the Danforth.

Showing now till Nov 2nd:
"White Space" recent clay work by Susan Mosdell, Janet Candido, and Vivian Ducas

Nov 4th to Nov 9th :
"Amnesty International Show: Opening and fundraising night Nov 6th from 7 to 11 pm

November 6th
"Poetic Justice" with guest poets and musicians at 8pm upstairs.

Nov 17th to 29th:
"Found object show" - Fellow artists of the trash, this is the time to submit your work!

Dec 15th to Jan 4th:
"Kids show"-Dear parents and children of LucSculpture it is time to prepare for a grand opening.

Kindergarten from 2 to 6 years of age are welcome at LucScultpture.
We will play with clay for an hour either on Monday from 11:00 am to noon or
on Sunday between 10:00 am and 3:30 pm

After School is going well! Join us or drop in for some fun:
Tuesday (Cartooning), Wednesday and Thursday (Clay Sculpture) from 4:30 to 6:00 pm

LucSculpture will run Creative Fest Camps at the end of the year:
Dec 22-26 & Dec29-Jan2nd

Details of the program will be on the way soon...

The next session of Modeling the figure in clay starts on Tuesday November 10th from 6:30 to 9:30pm.

Of course LucSculpture offer clay sculpture courses for all. How about getting your hands in the mud this fall?

Gary Smith painting, watercolour or any medium, and portraiture classes are on a roll Monday 9 am to noon and Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

Not to forget that Club Draw to draw the nude figure at LucSculpture on Sundays from 1 to 4 pm

Drop-ins are welcome.

Ask about LucSculpture Gift Certificates
416 461 7936

Thursday, October 23, 2008

GET SCHOOLED: Holiday Tasters @ nanopod (November & December dates)

CRAFT TORONTO PICS: Japanese Foliage Wooden Box

Japanese Foliage Wooden Box 3, originally uploaded by Sixth & Elm.

Sixth & Elm does some pretty sweet stuff with simple wood boxes. Check it out!

Also, I like this little write up from her profile:

"I am an easily distracted artist, which explains the wide range of mediums I work in. Wood and clay are my favorite, but I also spend a lot of time on etching, wire sculpture, sewing and painting. Over the years I have dabbled my hands in candle and soap making, beading, metal-smithing, crochet, metal etching, papercrafts, stamping and taking things apart to see what’s inside. Ever seen the inside of an antique lab centrifuge?"

From the Craft Toronto flickr group. You can join too!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

VENDOR CALL: OCAD's Whodunit Mystery Art Sale (extended deadline: Oct 31, event: Nov 19 to 22)

Be part of the mystery!
The Ontario College of Art & Design is accepting donations of work for
the OCAD Whodunit? Mystery Art Sale!


In six short years, the Whodunit? OCAD Mystery Art Sale, the Ontario College of Art & Design's signature fundraising event, has established itself as one of Toronto's favourite art events. The support of the OCAD community for Whodunit?, which raised more than $225,000 in 2007 to support our creative environment, has been simply outstanding.

Whodunit? will take place from November 19 to 22, 2008. The 5½" x 7½" works donated by OCAD students, faculty and alumni, as well as by other artists, designers and creative celebrities who support the university, will be exhibited for three days and then offered for sale on the final day, all at the same price of $75.

  • Request an artist package and create two or more 5½" x 7½" pieces to donate to the sale.
  • Recruit other artists and creative celebrities to donate art work.


Three-dimensional pieces are welcome! Three-dimensional pieces should have a footprint no more than 5½" deep x 7½" wide x 8½" high (14 cm deep x 19 cm wide x 21 cm high). Acid-free cards, generously provided by Aboveground Art Supplies, are included in the artist package for you to use as a base or as a size-template for other base material.

Tax receipts! You will receive a $75 tax receipt for each piece of your work that is sold. Alternately, we are happy to provide a tax receipt for the full value of your work - please see the Submission Guidelines info sheet for further details.

Whodunit? supports OCAD's Library! This year, Whodunit? proceeds will fund resources and upgrades for the Dorothy H. Hoover Library and new student Learning Zone at OCAD. Every piece of art sold supports the learning experience of OCAD students.

Submissions can be (but are not limited to) any of the following:

Industrial Design
Jewellery & Metalsmithing
Environmental Design
Graphic Design
Models & Maquettes
Textile & Fibre

Request an artist package

For more information about this event, please contact

Whodunit? can only succeed with your support!

Thank you for donating to the Ontario College of Art & Design.

100 McCaul Street, Toronto
416-977-6000 |

VENDOR CALL: Sassy Little Craft Show -Winter Edition (deadline: Oct 24, 2008, evening show: Dec 6, 2008)

Hey there Crafters,

The deadline to apply for the Winter edition of Sassy is soon approaching....if we haven't heard from you already- drop us a line ASAP, we'll be making decisions in about a week.

Winter edition of the Sassy Little Craft Show!

Date: Saturday December 6th 2008

Place: The Victory Cafe

581 Markham Street (Bloor and Bathurst)

Time: 7pm-12:30am (6 set up)

For those of you who don't know what we do- well, we put on a kick ass evening full of crafty vendors a couple of times a year. We try to keep the cost low, it's $25 per vendor. This includes a table which is 2x2ft, but let us know if you have your own set up. Each vendor will have approx 3ft, so displays need to be kept small. It's a great evening of art, drinks and good vibes for all involved.

Deadline to apply is October 24!!
We will confirm participation by October 28, when we will ask you to send out some moola to us via cheque format.

If you are interested in a table, send us an email, and a couple of pics to:

Feel free to pass this on to any of your sassy little crafting friends! We are always looking to mix things up so let us know if you've got something fresh for our show.

Check out our snazzy new web page - from past shows:, And if you're on facebook, there will be an event notice to send out.

Monday, October 20, 2008

GET SCHOOLED: Start Your Own Jewelry Business with Catherine Winter (November 2 and 20)


Two Classes Available
Dates: November 2, 1pm - 4:15pm
and November 20, 6pm - 9:15pm
Cost: $45 + GST
Location: BeadFX (map)
128 Manville Road, Unit 9, Scarborough
Contact: 416.701.1373 |
For Further Information: Class Info

Overview: Want to sell your creations? Perhaps it is piling up around the house, all your friends have all the jewelry they can ever wear, and now you are wondering what to do? OR maybe you would like your hobby to pay for itself? OR maybe you would just like to throw off the shackles of the corporate lifestyle and go out there on your own doing something you love?
Whatever the reason, if you are considering selling your jewelry - you owe it to yourself to take this course.

About the Instructor: Catherine Winter successfully makes and sells jewelry using her own handcrafted lampwork beads and silver components. She spends her summers working the craft fair circuit in Ontario, and wraps the season with a booth at the prestigious One-of-A-Kind Craft Show. She spends her winters sailing in the Caribbean.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

SUPPLY YOUR HABIT: Absolutely Vintage Sale (October 25)


Date: Saturday October 25
Time: 10am - 5pm
Location: 62 Laing Street (Maple Cottage,
south of Queen Street East, east of Leslie Street)

Unique vintage collection pack this Toronto Heritage Cottage.

Carefully collected from fabulous Ontario estates, this absolutely vintage sale features men's and women's clothing from the 1890's to the 1970's, antique costume jewelry, accessories, furnishings, and textiles. Gadabout, Eclectisaurus and Angela McCool have combined their considerable inventories to make this a not to be missed sale.

Chanel, Christian Dior, Valentino, Emilio Pucci, Jean Desses, Givenchy, Bruno Magli, Roger Vivier, Maud Frizon, and a bunch of other amazing designers will be on display.

Information: | 416.463.1254

CRAFTY HAPPENING: Clothing Swap Party (October 25)

'SWAP - DON'T SHOP!' Clothing Swap Party!!

Date: Saturday October 25th
Time: 11am - 2pm
Location: 103 Bellevue Ave
(St. Stephen-in-the-Fields Church)
Admission Fee: $8

Show up with all of the unwanted clothing taking up space in your closet and drawers, and leave with bags of wonderful new wardrobe favourites!

All women's clothing, shoes, jewelry and other accessories (with the exception of undies) that are clean and in fairly good condition are welcome.

This time around the swapping frenzy begins right at 11am, so get there early!

As well as fabulous clothing and yummy snacks, sewers will be on hand to do basic alterations and demos on reinventing your wardrobe.

At the end of the day, all unclaimed clothing will be donated to charity.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

CRAFTY CHAT: Zhiyuan Cong, Artist Talk and Printmaking Demo (Oct 29 & Nov 1)

Image credit: Zhiyuan Cong, The Peace and Quite World, 2005, monoprint

Zhiyuan Cong, Artist Talk and Printmaking Demo

Open Studio is pleased to announce that US-based artist Zhiyuan Cong will be visiting Toronto (Oct. 29 - Nov. 1) and will present two public presentations during his stay. Both events are open to the general public and admission is free.

Artist Talk, co-presented by Open Studio and OCAD
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 7 pm, Room 284 at the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD).

Printmaking Demonstration
Saturday, November 1, 3 - 6 pm, at Open Studio.

Zhiyuan Cong is a Professor and Head of the Printmaking Program at William Patterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Cong has two MFA degrees: one in printmaking from Indiana University and the other in Chinese painting from the Nanjing Arts Institute in 1986. His work is steeped in both traditional Chinese and contemporary Western traditions, which he melds together in his prints and paintings.

Open Studio gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts for funding this special international visiting artist initiative.

Open Studio
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 104, Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
Phone/Fax: 416.504.8238

Friday, October 17, 2008

GET SCHOOLED: Mosaic Beach Studio-New Weekend Workshops (Nov & Dec 2008)

Join Mosaic Beach Studio for their new mosaic weekend workshops. Pick one of 3 different projects and complete it over the WEEKEND! Inexpensive and fun way to get started mosaicking.

All Projects are $95 + GST. Choose from one of the following:
1. small terracotta pot
2. 10" mirror
3. 4 coasters
4. 6 x12 wooden trivet

Our weekend workshops run Saturday 10-3:30 and Sunday 10-12.

Upcoming dates
Sat Nov 15 & Sun Nov 16
Sat Dec 13 & Sun Dec 14

1951 Gerrard St. E (Woodbine & Gerrard)

EXHIBITION: OCAD exhibitions- In situ (Oct 15-Nov8 2008), Design for the Other 90% (Oct 4-Jan25 2009)

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In situ
Wednesday October 15, 2008 to Saturday November 8, 2008
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 16, 5 to 7 pm

The city has historically proved to be a faithful muse for artists and designers. A microcosm of all that is right and wrong in society, it's a site of inspiration, architectural wonders; but also of conflict and despair. In situ artists and designers Jordan Charles, Taliya Cohen, Alexandra D'Arcy, Min Hyung, & Vanessa Rieger take on the metropolis.

OCAD Student Gallery, 285 Dundas Street W., 1st floor, Toronto, Ontario
Mail: c/o OCAD, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W1

Hours: Wednesday to Saturday 12 to 6 p.m., or by appointment

Media Contact: Lisa Deanne Smith/ Christine Swiderski
416-977-6000 Ext. 263/262

At the OCAD Professional Gallery:

Design for the Other 90%
Saturday October 4, 2008 to Sunday January 25, 2009

A touring exhibition organized by the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

The OCAD Professional Gallery will host Design for the Other 90%, a collection of design solutions addressing the basic needs of poor and marginalized populations not traditionally serviced by professional designers.

In addition to the exhibition at the OCAD Professional Gallery, the Design Exchange will present a complementary program of exhibits and events as part of Design for the Other 90%.

OCAD Professional Gallery
100 McCaul St., Level 2
Toronto, Ontario
416-977-6000 Ext. 265

Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 1 to 7 p.m; Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m.

100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W1