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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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Site documents the world one Torontonian at a time

Posted by Aubrey Jax / March 6, 2014

CosmopolisRemember when the news broke about our Mayor being, um, a sketchbag, and those slick, cheesy blogs popped up about how great certain Toronto celebrities were? While it gave us a chance to bask in the flawlessness that is a Drake press pic, photographer Colin Boyd Shafer of Cosmopolis Toronto was creating something much more meaningful in his own little corner of the internet.

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French folk dancing is alive and well in Toronto

Posted by Tara MacInnis / March 6, 2014

folk dancing torontoOn an especially freezing Monday night, roughly 20 people braved the elements and made their way to the Hogtown Cure on the corner of Dufferin and Dundas. But it wasn't to sample the little cafe's coffee or pastries. They were there to dance and play music.

Balfolk Toronto brings Western European folk dancing and music across the pond and offers Torontonians a taste of the lively Breton tradition that resembles a square dance. Emilyn Stam and Tangi Ropars founded Balfolk Toronto because of a shared love for the Balfolk tradition that each experienced while living in Europe.

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