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The top 8 zine fairs and small press events in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / July 17, 2014

toronto zineThe top zine fairs and small press events in Toronto are a great way to discover countless unsung and under-distributed literary works - and an entire artistic community unto itself. From creators of do-it-yourself zines to independent magazines and small publishing houses, Toronto's indie publishers are passionate about the written (and collaged, and Xeroxed) word. But, as any artist knows, there's not a ton of money in creativity - which has led creators to band together, creating events that showcase and sell their work.

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Toronto laneway transformed into makeshift art gallery

Posted by Aubrey Jax / July 13, 2014

Flipping PropertiesResidents of Little Portugal who venture down the alley behind Sheridan and Gordon will stumble upon a new design exhibit this summer thanks to Rear View (Projects). Flipping Properties, architect Jimenez Lai (Bureau Spectacular)'s guerrilla-ish art installation of several large-scale, sit-able design works (too large to be furniture, but too small to be houses), opened Friday and will stay up in the dead-end laneway until September 14 (or such is the plan).

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Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition returns for 53rd year

Posted by Derek Flack / July 5, 2014

Toronto Outdoor Art ExhibitionThe Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is back for another year at Nathan Phillips Square. Featuring over 350 participating artists, the fair is as big as ever. The majority of talent is local, drawing from Toronto and smaller cities in Southern Ontario, though you'll also find a few Quebec artists thrown into the mix. TOAE has gotten increasingly crafty over the last decade, so those interested in snagging some local jewellery or ceramics will be happy to know that there's a wide selection of such pieces on offer.

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The top 15 shows at the 2014 Toronto Fringe Festival

Posted by Keith Bennie / July 1, 2014

Toronto Fringe FestivalThe Fringe Festival is set to get underway in Toronto for 2014. And while the World Cup and World Pride have made the city positively electric this summer, it's now time to add to the mix the city's annual independent theatre jam to really blow the roof off.

The Fringe Festival you know and love features 150 shows and a host of exciting sidebar programming. This year the Festival takes leaps forward, offering 100% of tickets online, in advance via smart phone, more underground dance parties, and a new programme called T.E.N.T. to support emerging artists.

Here are my picks for some of the promising shows at the 2014 Toronto Fringe Festival.

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Ryerson and the AGO team up for World Pride

Posted by Staff / June 26, 2014

World pride artSophie Hackett, associate curator of photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has been very busy curating two shows in time for World Pride 2014. "What It Means to Be Seen: Photography and Queer Visibility" at the Ryerson Image Centre, and "Fan the Flames: Queer Positions in Photography" at the AGO both explore queer identity, the play of gender and the ways in which artists have represented the queer community in search of a wider acceptance over the years.

Check out our photo gallery for a brief glimpse of each show. (Then be sure to stop by both galleries to check out the exhibitions IRL.)
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New art project lets you tour the solar system in 2km

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / June 23, 2014

walkable planets torontoWant to travel the galaxy without the hassle of space-suits and meals in a tube? You could always side-scroll through a to-scale map of the solar system, but if you're looking for something a little more active, a Toronto artist has turned some quiet west-side streets into a scale rendering of our own little planetary system, which you can explore at a nice, leisurely stroll.

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