canadiary Toronto

Diary of Events and Happenings in Toronto, Ontario.

Art Gems Live Art Auction 2018

12th annual Art Gems live art auction being held by Creative Works Studio in support of mental health - Art Gems, a live art auction featuring impressive works by local artists, is being held on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 beginning at 5:00 PM at the Berkeley Church. All proceeds will support the Creative Works Studio, an art studio that gives those living with severe and persistent mental illness to heal and recover through the creative arts. Help support this worthy cause while also supporting the city’s buzzing art community. The pieces that will be up for auction during the event were created by some of Canada’s most established contemporary artists as well as Art Gems studio members in partnership with St. Michael’s Hospital. For more information and for tickets visit: Art gems. Berkeley Church

Toronto Light Festival 2018

The 2nd Annual Toronto Light Festival - From January 19 to March 4, 2018 sundown to 9 p.m. (Sunday to Wednesday) sundown to 10 p.m. (Thursday to Sunday), residents of and visitors to Toronto are invited to the Distillery Historic District to experience one of the largest open-air lighting galleries in North America. With Over 27 light art installations, ranging from interactive displays, to light projections, to awe-inspiring sculptures and thought-provoking messages will be present. . Travon Smith . Distillery Historic District

Blanket the Country in Warmth 2017

Blanket the Country in Warmth 2017 - Know that good feeling you get someone shares good vibes with you through a warm message, whether it be via text, phone call, or scrolling through social media? We're hoping you can help us spread that warm feeling across Canada this month as part of Urban Barn's annual Blanket the Country in Warmth initiative which is supporting several shelters across Canada. Blanket the Country in Warmth has achieved much more than its donation numbers. It has rallied Canadians to show community support and spread warmth and good vibes, donating more than 58,000 blankets to shelters across the country since 2012. This year, Urban Barn wants to make a bigger impact by blanketing the country in warmth figuratively and literally - asking Canadians to support by donating a blanket in-store or online and by sharing a warm message on the Blanket the Country in Warmth website, in-store, and on social media by tagging @UrbanBarn and #Blanketthecountry. Urban Stores: Queen West, King St. East, Richmond Hill Shelter: Covenant House Toronto . Urban Barn. King St. East

Punctum Studium - A tribute to Roland Barthes and “Camera Lucida”

Punctum Studium - A tribute to Roland Barthes and his book “Camera Lucida” “Studium operates in the arena of liking, while Punctum operated in the arena of loving” Studuim & Punctum Studium: Studuim, which doesn’t mean (at least not immediately) study, is a Latin word which means; 1 an application to a thing, 2 taste for someone, 3 a kind of general, enthusiastic commitment And of course, without any special acuity. To recognize the Studium, is inevitably to encounter the photograph’s intentions, to enter into harmony with them, to approve or disapprove of them, but always to understand them or to argue them within self. Punctum: The second element will break (or punctuate) the studium. This time it is not the viewer who seek it out, it is this element which rises from the scene, shoots out of it like an arrow. This second element which will disturb the studium, has been called also by Roland Barthes, Punctum, for punctum is also: sting, speck, cut, little hole and also a cast of a dice. The tricky thing is not pointing to, and elaboration on photographs as examples of studium. All photographs can, in fact, be considered as studiums. Definitely the challenge is finding and explaining the arrows Barthes is talking about as punctums, those accidents that pricks and makes small holes in you. Well, the fact that you start looking for punctums at all misses the point. Punctums hit you, so go looking for something that might hit you is moving the scene from punctum to studium. Punctums are also casts of the dice. Who was Roland Barthes! Roland Barthes was a French literary philosopher best known for influencing structuralism, semiotics and anthropology was born on November 12, 1915, he was educated at the Sorbonne, and went on to help establish structuralism as one of the leading intellectual movements of the 20th century. His work made important advances in the areas of semiotics, anthropology and post-structuralism. Influenced by his mother’s death, in October 1977—an event that left him devastated—Barthes wrote his final book, La Chambre Claire (Camera Lucida), discussing photography as a mean of communication, in 1980. Barthes died in Paris in 1980. Born on February 7th, 1972, Reza Eslami is a published Canadian-Iranian architect and poet who captures both in his photography. Since the age of 15, Reza has been actively engaged with drawing, photography and writing poetry and has had two photography exhibitions, one in 1998 and the second on in 2001. Ziba Loghmani is an Iranian-Canadian Urban Planner that was born on November 8th 1972. Her interests in Photography and Psychology directed her to see the objects and spaces around her from a conceptual point of view. She is a screen play writer that had been the student of one of the most famous Iranian photographers and cinema directors, Nasser Taghvaei for more than five years, an honour that she cherishes forever. Nasser Taghvaei’s emphasis on importance of closing a proper frame, gave Ziba a new approach to the world of photography. Queen Gallery

Solo Exhibition by Mojgan Rahiminejad

Solo Exhibition by Mojgan Rahiminejad - Mojgan Rahiminejad (Mojy) is a Visual Artist and Graphic designer born in 1966 in Tehran. Her artistic career started early on. She successfully presented two art exhibitions in her home city before completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic design from the Azad University of Tehran (Faculty of Arts and Architecture). Ever since graduating, she has been working as a professional graphic designer and pursuing her other passions painting and drawing in her free time. Currently Mojy’s work focusses on drawing and the glow of layers in human’s being throughout life. “Our lives comprise of different layers of energy, which overlay on top of each other through the passage of time. These layers make our life. Instead of eliminating and overseeing the dirty layers, let’s look at the beautiful texture they create together in composition. Let’s search for the beauty in the bigger picture!” Mojy Opening Reception: November 1st from 7pm to 9pm Exhibition: October 31st to November 11th, 2017 Tuesday to Saturday 3:30pm to 7:30pm Location: Queen Gallery, 382 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON, M5A 1T1. Queen Gallery . 382 Queen Street East

Toronto Christmas Market 2017

Toronto Christmas Market - Rediscover the magic of Christmas November 16 to December 23 at the Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery Historic District. Ranked one of the best holiday Markets in the world by Fodor’s Travel, USA Today, and Mashable among many others, the Toronto Christmas Market features hundreds of unique and locally handcrafted products, non-stop entertainment, heated beer and mulled wine gardens, Santa and the elves, and an atmosphere so charming you can’t help but fall in love with the holiday season all over again. Where: The Distillery Historic District, Toronto Ontario When: November 16 - December 23rd. Please note, the Toronto Christmas Market is closed on Mondays. Paid admission is required beginning Fridays at 5PM, and continues all day Saturday & Sunday. Tuesday through Thursday, and Fridays up until 5PM admission is free!. Andrew Myers. Distillery District

Let's Go! A G_dot Prequel

LET'S GO! A G_DOT PREQUEL - DMT Productions is excited to announce their Fall 2017 Production of LET’S GO! A G_DOT PREQUEL. Set forty years before the events of Beckett’s seminal play and inspired by this significant work, LET’S GO! follows the journey of Gogo and Didi: two young, aspiring, and struggling Vaudeville performers in 1913. They receive a call to action from an unknown source, leading them to question the world as young people figuring out their path, and changing the course of their lives forever. The cast features such seasoned, indie, and emerging artists as Brian Haight ("7 Stories", Hart House Theatre), Tony Ofori ("The Model Apartment", Harold Green Jewish Theatre), and Heather Marie Annis from the Dora and Canadian Comedy Award-winning clown duo Morro and Jasp ("Morro and Jasp in Stupefaction"; "Bright Lights", Theatre Brouhaha). They are led by the creative team of two-time Dora-nominated Director Mark Cassidy (Threshold Theatre, Puppetmongers, Young People’s Theatre), Chalmers Award-winning and Dora-nominated Playwright Robert Fothergill ("Detaining Mr. Trotsky", Canadian Stage; "Public Lies", Tarragon; "The Dershowitz Protocol", Summerworks/Theater Bonn; "Borderline", Summerworks and CBC Radio), Dora-nominated Lighting Designer Elizabeth Asselstine (Stratford, Shaw, Canadian Opera Company, Canadian Stage), up-and-coming Stage Designer Chelsea Driver (Theatre @ York, Banff Centre), Stage Manager Ana-Marija Stojic (Buddies in Bad Times, Mammalian Diving Reflex), and Producer Sarah Thorpe (Soup Can Theatre; "Behold, the Barfly!", Spoon Vs. Hammer). Praise for Robert Fothergill’s previous work: “A gripping story” – The Canadian Press “Well-crafted and exciting … Thought-provoking … Witty and insightful” – The Globe and Mail “[A] rare a precious commodity, a play of ideas” – The Toronto Star Performance Details: Theatre Passe Muraille (Backspace), 16 Ryerson Ave, Toronto. Wednesday September 27th to Sunday October 8th, 2017. Wed, Thurs, Fri, and Sat 7:30pm, Sat and Sun 2pm. Tickets: Regular tickets are $25. Student and Arts Worker tickets are $15. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 416-504-7529. Stay tuned to our social media for updates! Facebook.Com/DMTProductions2017 Twitter @DMT_Productions Instagram @DMTProductions2017 #LetsGo. DMT Productions. 16 Ryerson Ave

Staples Back-to-School Pro Lounge

Staples Back-to-School Pro Lounge - Get ready to go back-to-school like a pro! Visit the Staples Pro Lounge to get an early look at the hottest trends of the season and tips on how to get organized, with contests, giveaways and more. July 21 & 22: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. July 23: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. July 24 & 25: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Located at 363 King Street West

Being in the Moment - the artworks of Nooshfar Vassei

Being in the Moment - We are thrilled to exhibit the artworks of Nooshfar Vassei at her solo exhibition "Being in the Moment". This collection captures on canvas the artist's experience of immigration and time. "Four years ago, after a life of painting and creating art for 30 years in Iran, I immigrated to Canada. Like all other immigrants, I went through a period of mental and emotional complexity for which not only my lifestyle was affected, but also my creativeness and artistic sense was temporarily silenced. Due to the overarching emotional complexities of migration, for a period of time, I felt especially paralyzed artistically. Thinking about the past, the life and art I had known for decades, and distressing about the unknown future felt debilitating. It was around this time period when a close and extremely wise friend advised me of the value of the “present time”. She encouraged me to paint without the boundaries of memories, expectations, or an outlook on life. This is when I discovered mindfulness in the realm of art and creativity. To paint from a live object or person required me to be wholly immersed in and focused on my subjects. It also taught me a new way of looking at ordinary objects around me. The magic of still life painting allows me to capture the object placed in front of me by strokes of paint, oil, pastel, or pencil, and create a life and soul within those strokes. Depending on the subject, arrangements, lighting, color, and paint, I try to depict a variety of emotions. At the same time, being in the moment helps me navigate the challenges of migration. My new series of artwork, portraits and still life depict my struggles with reminiscences of the past, and qualms of the future for which I now have found the perfect solution – to be in the moment." Nooshfar Vassei July 25th to August 5th Tuesday to Saturday 3:30pm to 7:30pm Opening reception: Saturday July 29th 4:30pm to 6:30pm FREE entrance. Queen Gallery. Queen Gallery