Can someone turn up the heat, please? This winter, the coldest in the last two decades, will mercifully come to an end this month. Great timing too, because the poetry on offer in the GTA spoken word community will raise your temperature all on its own. There's a lot going on this time of year - a new open mic series is getting off the ground, collaborations abound, shows with word and sound, an event with multiple sparring rounds - so be sure to check out at least a few of these incredible spectacles.
One of the most important steps of becoming a good artist, some say, is learning how to realistically render the human form. You will be aided in this endeavour, hopefully, by paying painstakingly close attention to the knobbly knees of a strange man. Also drinking seems to be a prerequisite in Toronto, so there's that.
Today if you keep your head on a swivel, you can't get far without catching one of his faces staring you down. Stylistically straddling the line between swift graffiti bomb style and minimal, modern art, there's an interactive element to Anser's work where one can witness their progression over time, from a simple outline to a colourful face filled in with emotive characteristics. Last year he was invited to be a part of the AGO's Merge, but he has his first solo exhibit in years coming to the west side of Toronto.
Here's what to expect at this year's Artist Project.