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Arts

Where to paint Easter eggs Ukrainian style in Toronto

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 2, 2014

Ukrainian Easter eggs TorontoWhere to make pysanky (Ukrainian Easter eggs) in Toronto isn't something I'd ever wondered, if only because I didn't know options existed. Then I heard about Toronto arts collective Kosa Kolektiv's affordable ($20-ish) workshops around the city. Kosa supply all the necessary materials, from the eggs to the wax, candles, kistka (pens), and carefully labeled dyes (ordered from lightest to darkest, of course). This was my second time making pysanky, not only serious art form but a meditative practice.

The group donates the proceeds of the workshops to charity, have books on hand for inspiration, and had a lot of patience for beginners (just like I had a lot of patience for attendees who could make perfect designs). Their next available sessions are April 7th & 9th at their studio near Trinity Bellwoods, using all natural dyes. As it starts to feel like spring and Easter nears, Kosa Kolektiv are a good place to start if you want to connect to Eastern European culture in Toronto - and not just when it comes to pysanka. They were kind enough to answer some of my questions about their work.

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Chapters store at Richmond and John to shut down

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / April 1, 2014

chapters torontoTimes are tough for bookstores - even, it appears, for the largest booksellers in Canada.

On Monday, Indigo announced that it planned to shutter the Chapters location at Richmond and John, just one day after the World's Biggest Bookstore finally closed for good, and less than two months after the Runnymede Chapters location met a similar fate.

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10 must-see art shows in Toronto this spring

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 1, 2014

EvaMust-see art shows in Toronto this spring might pose a bit of a challenge to you, oh lover of patios, cold brews, and park hangs - but the weather is finally fine, and it's time to do a little spring cleaning inside your retinas, and, dare I say, focus your mind on something other than your frantic list of reasons to wait until April before giving up on life forever. Not that you made that list. Eat the list. Read this list instead, and try to hit as many of these killer shows as you can. Want more? There's also a bus tour of public art works on Sunday, April 27: learn more and reserve your seat here.

Here are 10 art shows you'd regret missing this spring if you were already dead.

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Kensington Market to get new outdoor art fair

Posted by Aubrey Jax / March 17, 2014

Kensington Market Art FairKensington Market's set to get even more eclectic and colourful this summer: the Kensington Market BIA and Pedestrian Sundays are partnering up to start an outdoor art fair series on the last Sunday of each month from May till October. Organizers are encouraging any and all artists to apply with 2D or 3D work; this will be a curated deal, though I'd expect along with the general spirit of the market, "curated" won't have the usual cliched, gallery-esque airs of affectation.

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10 artists making their mark on the Toronto comic scene

Posted by Robert Iveniuk / March 11, 2014

Toronto comic artistsIn addition to being a go-to place for screenings, deals, and panels, conventions like ComiCon are an excellent time to mingle with artists. First-timers and veterans alike get the privilege to meet and interact with creative and fun people whose word and artwork touch us. With its "Artist Alley," ComiCon has taken strides towards breaking down the barrier between artist and reader, much to the benefit of the fan experience. So while cosplay might be the most entertaining aspect of the convention, interacting with the artists is surely the most enriching.

Here are 10 Toronto comic artists worth keeping an eye on.

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Crowdfunding site for indie artists launches in Toronto

Posted by Aubrey Jax / March 10, 2014

Fund What You CanThe Toronto Fringe Festival has been busy - the creative force behind the Creation Lab, a space aiming to provide affordable studio access in the city, is now taking their goodwill toward artists online. On Friday the Fringe launched Fund What You Can (FWYC), a new online crowdfunding platform intended specifically for Canadian independent artists.

The name, which obviously riffs on PWYC (pay what you can), a staple of low budget arts events, offers artists "Keep What You Raise" or "All Or Nothing" options similar to other crowdfunding sites - but the difference is that FWYC isn't charging a fee for their service. This could make it an attractive option for a lot of cash-strapped Canadian artists - stay tuned to your Facebook feeds for funding pleas of all kinds.

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