Tuesday, July 7, 2015Partly Cloudy 20°C

Graffiti artists let loose on Underpass Park

Posted by Katherine DeClerq / June 22, 2015

Underpass park graffitiOn June 20, as part of the Pan Am Path Art Relay, Underpass Park was transformed into a living and breathing art studio. Artists, musicians, DJs, and athletes from across Toronto came together to renovate the underground skate park and turn it into a cultural space.

Artists had already done significant work on expressway pillars in the area, but this event drastically expanded the scope of the public art in the area. The Live Arts Festival, which incorporated sport, flash mob dancing, and musical performances, is just one of 14 events happening between May 16 and August 15 along the Pan Am Path.

Have a look at the artwork and activities from this weekend's festivities in this photo gallery.

Toronto bakery captures the soul of its neighbourhood

Posted by Rick McGinnis / June 19, 2015

souls of st clairGrowing up in and around his grandparents' bakery and deli on St. Clair West, Franco Deleo was surrounded by Italian-speaking adults on both sides of the counter. Part of the great wave of immigration to Canada after the Second World War, they'd made the family bakery and the streets outside a community - a place where they felt comfortable as they shopped and socialized.

Read More »


MOCCA finds new home in iconic industrial relic

Posted by Derek Flack / June 19, 2015

Mocca new homeThe exodus of art galleries from West Queen West to the lower tip of the Junction Triangle has reached its culminating point as MOCCA announces that it will take over the first two and half floors of the the iconic Tower Automotive Building on Sterling Road. How they accomplished this feat, I'm not exactly sure, but it's very exciting news for contemporary art and architecture fans.

Read More »


What Toronto's abandoned power plant looks like now

Posted by Derek Flack / June 18, 2015

Hearn LuminatoThe massive Hearn Generating Station in the Port Lands was decommissioned in 1983, after which time it became a playground for urban explorers and photographers obsessed with ruins. Now it's coming back to life in a major way for the Unsound Music Festival as part of Luminato 2015.

Film shoots and private parties have taken place here over the years, but this is the first major event that will showcase the majestic industrial relic, which still bears loads of tangled steel, dangling wires, and row upon row of girders. The space is mesmerizing in both its scale and the potential it has to host something like Unsound.

Crews have cleared out many of the most dangerous hazards and obstacles, but the building still feels completely raw. In fact, it seems remarkable that the Luminato folks were able to get the city of Toronto on board with hosting events here. This might be the most intriguing music venue the city has ever seen.

Have a peek inside the Hearn Generating Station as it looks today in this photo gallery.

The top 10 art shows in Toronto for summer 2015

Posted by Amy Grief / June 17, 2015

summer arts shows torontoMany of Toronto's top summer art shows are tied to the various festivals and special events that take over our city from June to September. Outside of the Panamania, there's Pride Toronto, Luminato and outdoor art fairs aplenty. Don't forget the galleries, which allow you to immerse yourself in art while escaping the city's oppressive heat.

Here are my picks for the top summer art shows in Toronto.

Read More »


The top 10 shows at Luminato 2015

Posted by Sima Sahar Zerehi / June 16, 2015

luminato 2015The Luminato Festival will once again explode through the streets, cinemas, theatres and concert halls of Toronto from June 19 to 28. This festival highlights the diversity of Toronto's rich arts and culture landscape by bringing the best of the world to showcase their work. Expect the unexpected and bring your dancing shoes.

Here, in no particular order, are my picks for the best bets at this year's Luminato Festival.

Read More »

Other Cities: Montreal