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Be Part of 2015-2016 Exhibitions in Our Hallway Galleries

Calling all emerging and mid-career curators! The Hallway Galleries at Daniels Spectrum encompass more than 2,500 sq.ft. of exhibition space on the first and second floors and are open to the public daily (Mon–Fri 8 am–9 pm, Sat–Sun 10 am–6 pm) with free admission. We are currently seeking exhibition proposals for the 2015-2016 season of Hallway Galleries at Daniels Spectrum programming. This is a unique opportunity to present exhibitions from local artists that not only reflect the multifaceted culture of the Regent Park community but also encourage dialogue and celebrate the importance of arts and culture. We also welcome the opportunity to collaborate with other arts and community organizations. The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2015.

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Spectrum of Hope, a Powerful Story of Regent Park Community Love

 

It was our great pleasure this morning to send out on behalf of an outstanding creative team the press release for Spectrum of Hope, a new video released today that represents a musical collaboration between Mustafa the Poet and Thompson Egbo-Egbo. A gift “by Regent Park, for Regent Park” is how the inspiring team of seven young people who worked on the video with Twice Upon a Time studio described the project. We encourage you to watch this powerful and uplifting video immediately, and watch it often. Enjoy!

Spectrum of Hope from Twice Upon a Time – Toronto/NYC on Vimeo.

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H.E.A.R.T. (Hungry Eager Artists Rise Together) Showcase & Exhibition

The Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program is holding its 2nd annual collaborative showcase and exhibition at Daniels Spectrum on Wednesday, September 10 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. H.E.A.R.T. (Hungry Eager Artists Rise Together) will showcase a variety of art forms including spoken word, singing, dance, visual art, graphic design, photography and mixed-media art from a lineup of 13 young, emerging artists from Regent Park and area.

The entire community is invited to this free event. Come celebrate the talent in Regent Park and the achievements of our youth participants Jae Legit, Simba Wetu, Rafi Abdur, Sarah Meng, Isaac Mbikay, Mandeq Hassan, I-Selah, Nadia, Ahmed Barud, Raima Chakraborty, Vincentia Amoko, Tristan Reid and Khari Richards. In the last six months, these young artists worked with some of the best artists in the city including D’Bi Young, Mayklee Todd and Rich Kidd, as well as talented mentors from their chosen artistic fields, and now they are presenting their work and artistic growth to the world. 

Last year’s showcase and exhibition of the Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program was held outdoors as part of the annual Sunday in the Park festival, and drew crowds eager to see the rich young talent of the neighbourhood. This year’s event, hosted inside Daniels Spectrum, includes performances and artworks—plus a special surprise—“by Regent Park, for Regent Park.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Summer Series at Daniels Spectrum continues through August and September in Regent Park

Summer Series at Daniels Spectrum continues on for the third month in a row with a fantastic line up of free and fun, family-friendly, youth-friendly, senior-friendly events and activities in and around Daniels Spectrum through August and September (585 Dundas Street East, Toronto). Grab a samosa and some fresh veggies at the farmers market, enjoy live music and performances, learn a new dance move or check out an outdoor film screening. 

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Summer Series at Daniels Spectrum leverages the strengths and resources of the local Regent Park community, Artscape and collaborating partners to produce free arts and cultural programming all summer long. Now in its second year following a successful pilot program in 2103, Summer Series at Daniels Spectrum is made possible thanks to the generous support of two anonymous donors.

Here are the exciting events to look forward to in August and September.

Show Love | Every Friday, August 1 to September 5, 1:00pm to 8:00pm | Regent Park Boardwalk  (415 Gerrard St.) at the north side of Regent Park (the big park), 620 Dundas St. East

Show Love is the perfect way to end your week.  Every Friday, this fun, weekly outdoor event features games, a BBQ, music, competitions and much more. It is a chance for people in the community to get together and show Regent Park some love. Each week features a new theme: August 1: Rhythm of Life, August 8: Regent’s Got Talent, August 15: Breaking Bread (international potluck & bake off), August 22: Project Fitness, August 29: Dear Summer (movie in the park), September 5: Closing of Show Love

Under the Stars: An outdoor Screening Series |August 6, 13 and 20, 9:00pm | Regent Park (the big park), 620 Dundas St. East. Rain plan location is the Artscape Lounge, inside Daniels Spectrum.

The Regent Park Film Festival hosts outdoor film screenings in Regent Park (the big park) every Wednesday in partnership with film festivals including TIFF, Imaginative, Reel Asian and more. The series features films from around the world relevant to diverse audiences in Regent Park and include feature guest speakers and live performances. Popcorn and refreshments will be available for purchase. Audiences are encouraged to bring their own blankets and warm clothing. August screenings including the following films: August 6: Short Term 12, August 13: Mooz-Lum, August 20: Made in America

Regent Park Farmers Market | Every Wednesday throughout the summer | Urban Mews along Regent Park Boulvard at Dundas st. East

Join your neighbours every Wednesday on the Urban Mews along Regent Park Boulevard for food, fun and performances by Regent Park talent! Enjoy fresh and healthy prepared food, farm fresh Ontario produce and products, artisanal ice cream, live entertainment and the company of good friends and neighbours at the Regent Park Farmers’ Market.

Sunday in the Park | August 10, 12:00pm to 4:00pm | Regent Park (the big park), 620 Dundas St. East

The longest running annual event in Regent Park is happening in Regent Park, featuring an impressive line-up of local entertainers, children’s performers, food vendors, market places, raffle prizes and a large community barbeque.

Beats in the Park | August 10, 1:00pm to 3:00pm; August 15, 5:00pm to 7:00pm | Aug 10, in Regent Park (the big park) 620 Dundas St. East during Sunday in the Park and August 15 on the Regent Park Boardwalk (415 Gerrard St.) at the north side of Regent Park

Want to test your DJ skills? Drop by Beats in the Park and catch UforChange’s very own DJ L’Oqenz on the turntables as she teaches youth the how-tos of beat-matching and juggling. Come for the music, stay for the party! No skills required.

COBA Collective of Black Artists Drop-In Dance Classes

Free drop-in dance classes are held every Monday for local residents in MDC Partners Courtyard behind Daniels Spectrum. With instruction from COBA’s professional dancers, participants will learn a variety of dance styles every week including hip-hop, Caribbean folk and Latin. August dance styles include the following: August 5 and 11: Acro Dance, August 18 and 25: traditional African, September 2 and 8: Cuban.

Connect-The-Cups to Show Love! | August 22, 1:00pm to 6:00pm | Fence outsie of North Regetn Swimming Pool, 415 Gerrard St. East

Community artist Narmeen Hashim from Art for Action will be working with youth from the neighborhood to create a colourful outdoor mosaic installation using painted cups on the North Regent swimming pool fence. The project aims to use textile and poetic references from various cultures of the community to create a work of art that holds a message of inspiration for all.

The Kaleidoscope Collective | August 25 to August 29, 2014 | Daniels Spectrum

The Kaleidoscope Collective invites young people ages 11-14 years old to come and collaborate with professional artists as part of their free Arts Lab at Daniels Spectrum. Over the course of the week of August 25 to 29, participants will work with the arts organizations at Daniels Spectrum to explore the art form of their choice, and collaborate to create a shared performance on the Friday night. Lunches for participants are included. Contact Lisa Smart at Lisa@torontoartscape.on.ca to register.

Spread Love Community Campaign | August 1 to September 1

Keep your eyes open for eye-catching posters with positive messages designed by local youth will be making appearances throughout the summer in Regent Park’s most notable locations including north Regent Park’s skating rink and residential buildings, in an effort to spread the message of love, peace and community.

In addition to the events, Regent Park’s innovative community television station, RPTV, will bring the Spectrum Summer Series into the comfort of your homes. Throughout the summer, events will be filmed by local youth and broadcast on RPTV (Rogers Channel 60 [cable] or Channel 995 [digital]) and online at www.regentpark.tv. Tune in regularly to see what’s going on in the community and check out the daily events listings. RPTV is a program of Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre.

 

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The Official Opening of the New Regent Park

MAGIC CITY- v5On Saturday, June 21, Regent Park becomes THE MAGIC CITY – alive with pipes and horns, voices and drums, ice cream trucks and orchestras – all to celebrate the opening of Toronto’s newest City park.

Joining the festivities with local residents will be Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) and City staff, along with event partners Toronto Community Housing and The Daniels Corporation to celebrate the opening of the new park.

Entertainment for the celebration is directed by choreographer Bill Coleman of Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, musical direction by John Oswald featuring the Toronto Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Bramwell Tovey, the Regent Park School of Music, Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre, and performers ranging in age from 10 to 70 from the Regent Park community and beyond. Community performances are supported by Artscape and Daniels Spectrum.

The new park features a playground, splash pad, multi-purpose green space, a plaza for community events, a dog off-leash area, community gardens, a greenhouse, a bake oven, walkways and lush landscaping.

Date and Time:  Saturday, June 21,  1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Remarks – 1:45 p.m.

Location: Regent Park, 620 Dundas St. E.  

              

Inclement weather location: Sts. Cyril and Methody Hall, 237 Sackville St. (next to park)

 

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hawkins: Parks, Forestry and Recreation - 416-392-6828 / mhawkins@toronto.ca

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter with #MagicCityTO to share the excitement!

 

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Summer Series at Daniels Spectrum

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Calling all Regent Park Residents! Join us for a series of FREE and FUN family-friendly, youth-friendly, senior-friendly events and activities taking place all summer long in and around Daniels Spectrum Click HERE to see what’s in store for June and stay tuned for July!

 

 

 

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CALL FOR PUBLIC ART ARTIST(S)

CALL FOR PUBLIC ART ARTIST(S)

Community-Engaged Public Art Installation for Building Exterior in Regent Park

 

CALL FOR ARTIST OR ARTIST TEAM

Toronto Community Housing (TCH) in collaboration with Daniels Spectrum (operated by Artscape) invites artists or artist teams to submit a letter of interest and samples of past work in consideration for a community-engaged public art installation on the exterior of a new residential building in Regent Park (180 Sackville or “Block 22”). This building is currently under construction and slated for completion in spring 2015. This community-engaged public art installation will involve consulting members of the Regent Park community to arrive at a final concept.

There are 3 stages to the proposal process (outlined below). The selected artist or artist team will receive compensation of up to $10,000 to cover labour and materials for this project.  This work is being commissioned by TCH and managed by Artscape staff at Daniels Spectrum, Regent Park’s new cultural hub.

The final artist(s) selected will consult with TCH & Daniels Spectrum on the design and fabrication of the work.  The community-engaged public art installation will be unveiled in spring of 2015 during the opening of the building.  

 

TCH PROJECT DESCRIPTION

180 Sackville is comprised of an 86 unit, 11 storey midrise building with both rental and affordable housing and 2 townhouse rental blocks with 16 units in each, all currently under construction.  It is the second last rental project part of Phase 2 of the Regent Park Revitalization for TCH. 180 Sackville is situated south of St. David Street between Regent Street and Sackville Street. The property is described as Block 22 of the Draft Plan of Subdivision for Regent Park.

 

ABOUT THE PROCESS

Stage 1 – Submission Requirements

After submission requirements have been received, a selection committee comprised of local artists, Regent Park residents and community members will assess the qualifications and shortlist 3-4 artists or artist teams to proceed to the second stage of the process.

 

STAGE 2 – Selection Process

3-4 Shortlisted artists will engage in various public consultations with the Regent Park community to create a design for the community art wall. The above mentioned 3-4 shortlisted artist(s) or artist teams will be required to attend 3 community meetings where artist(s) will consult with Regent Park residents.  The installation should be inspired by conversations with Regent Park community members and should reflect their stories and voices.   Note: Shortlisted artist(s) or artist team will be compensated according to CARFAC’s 2014 fees schedule for the consultation and preparation work for a final proposal chosen by the selection committee. Artscape staff at Daniels Spectrum and and TCH staff will manage the process.

 

 

Stage 3 – Production

One proposal selected by the review committee will be approved by December 1, 2014. Production of the mural will commence in January 2015 and completed by May 2015 (weather permitting).   

 

LOCATION

The proposed project is a community art wall on the south façade of the Block 22 midrise, which faces Sackville Street and Nelson Mandela Public Park School yard. The Block 22 midrise was designed as a ‘fabric building’ integrated into the mixed Regent Park neighbourhood with a strong emphasis on the design of the public realm.

Please click on the following links to find copies of the:

Blueprint (Mural area highlighted in red)

Building Diagram

Regent Park Map (180 Sackville highlighted in red)

 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

A.      A letter of interest, indicating any connection to Regent Park or rational for interest in working in this community

B.      A curriculum vitae, resume or biography of the artist(s). The CV must include your full contact information and any other supporting material you would like to include (web links, reviews, catalogues, etc…)

C.      An artist statement outlining experience in public art and community engaged practices (1 page max)

D.      6-12 images (max) of artwork examples

E.       A list of all the images submitted that includes the following information for each work: Title, Medium, Dimensions, year of completion

Candidates interested in submitting this proposal are encouraged to register their interest by clicking here and filling out the online form. The deadline for submissions is Monday June 9, 2014

For any other questions, please contact Daniels Spectrum curator, Elle Alconcel at elle@torontoartscape.on.ca

 

About Toronto Community Housing

Toronto Community Housing is Canada’s largest social housing provider. We provide homes to 58,500 households with low and moderate incomes, in neighbourhoods across the city. Toronto Community Housing is working with its partners to transform some of our oldest public housing developments into vibrant, mixed-income, mixed-use communities where people can thrive. Through Revitalization, Toronto Community Housing is going beyond bricks and mortar to build better homes, better neighbourhoods, and a better Toronto for all. www.torontohousing.ca

 

About the Regent Park Revitalization

Toronto Community Housing is going beyond bricks and mortar to build clean, safe homes for our residents while creating vibrant communities where people can thrive.

By working together with the City of Toronto, our residents, our neighbours, and our private development partners, we are transforming aging housing infrastructure to build better homes, better neighbourhoods, and a better Toronto for all.

Regent Park is the ground-breaking example of how Toronto Community Housing’s approach to city building can transform a community into a successful, mixed-income, mixed-use neighbourhood, with rental buildings, market condominium buildings, townhomes, commercial space, community facilities, active parks and open space. www.torontohousing.ca/regentpark

 

About Daniels Spectrum

Operated by Artscape, Daniels Spectrum is a 60,000-square foot community cultural hub in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood.  Daniels Spectrum is a platform for cultural exchange and collaboration, with programming rooted in Regent Park and open to the world. It is a place where people come to be inspired, to learn, to share, and to create. It showcases artistic talent, acts as an incubator for creativity and a workshop for social and cultural innovation. This facility buzzes with energy from community members, artists, social entrepreneurs and the general public and features several performance, event spaces and hallway galleries. www.regentparkarts.ca

 

About Artscape

Artscape is a not-for-profit urban development organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities.  Artscape develops and manages unique multi-tenant facilities that deliver sustainable and below-market production, rehearsal, exhibition and living space for artists, creative practitioners, entrepreneurs and cultural organizations. Since 1986, we have helped to stimulate some of Toronto’s most creative and vibrant neighbourhoods with dynamic community assets and cultural hubs such as Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park, Artscape Wychwood Barns, Artscape Distillery Studios, Artscape Gibraltar Point and multiple projects in West Queen West and Parkdale. www.artscape.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Call for Interior Designer – For Cultural Hub in Regent Park

Artscape is looking for an interior designer to acquire and refurnish the Artscape Lounge, First and Second Floor Hallways and Green Room (5,325 square feet in total) at Daniels Spectrum, a cultural hub in Regent Park. This cultural hub is deeply rooted in Regent Park – a vibrant community with residents representing over 60 countries. Visitors to Daniels Spectrum include local community members – especially children and youth, participants and staff of organizations in the building, members of Toronto’s arts community, social innovators and event organizers and attendees. Daniels Spectrum hosted over 200 events in its inaugural year, which included film festivals, live musical and dance performances, community and cultural celebrations, conferences, weddings and private functions.

Please click here to download a copy of the Call for Submission. The deadline for qualifications submissions is April 10, 2014. Interested applicants can forward questions to Farid Jalil at farid@torontoartscape.on.ca or 416-238-2453 x 103.

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Calling Regent Park Youth Artists: Arts Mentorship Program 2014 Starting Soon

The Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program at Daniels Spectrum offers aspiring youth artists in the Regent Park community an amazing opportunity to learn about a career in the arts and tap into their creativity, through access to arts and cultural experiences, educational workshops and arts career mentorships. Participants also showcase their talents in a popular summer community event at Daniels Spectrum. Our 2013 program was a great success thanks to the youth participants and the mentors. Watch our wrap-up video and learn more about how the program works and what youth can gain through taking part.

We are looking for youth passionate about their art to participate in the 2014 program, which will run from mid-February to mid-August. Ten to twelve participants will be chosen from a pool of applicants. Do you want to understand what’s involved in a career in the arts? Would you like to get better connected to the Toronto art community at large? Come to Daniels Spectrum to develop your craft and enhance your knowledge.

Youth interested in the program can contact Daniels Spectrum staff member Lisa Smart ASAP by email (lisas @ torontoartscape.on.ca) or in person at the Artscape office at Daniels Spectrum, 2nd floor between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday. 

The selection process is starting very soon–let us know if you have any questions about this, as we would be happy to provide more information. We will select 10-12 dedicated youth from the pool of applicants. 

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Black History Art Shows at Daniels Spectrum

Curator Elle Alconcel has programmed ten 2014 shows for the galleries at Daniels Spectrum, located in the first and second floor hallways and main stairwell of 585 Dundas Street East. To kick off the series, Daniels Spectrum is celebrating Black History Month with three shows that explore past, present and future narratives of black consciousness in the African Diaspora.

Join us for the opening reception for Building BlackBLK Ken and Barbie: The Dis-Identification Performance and Black Future Month 3014 at Daniels Spectrum on February 1 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. or drop by during opening hours from February 1 to 28.

Check our What’s On page for additional information about talks, events and more!