918 Bathurst may be a well-kept secret but the various groups that use this space have helped it grow into a thriving centre for arts, education, and all kinds of different activities.
Once home to the Toronto Buddhist Church, the building was erected in 1955, and vacated by the church when the congregation grew and moved on to a new, larger centre around 2004.
918 Bathurst has three main spaces: the hall, the art gallery, and the lower-level seminar rooms. Though it's been updated, the building retains a church-y feeling that reminds me of friendly rummage sales.
And in some ways, it's not out of place - churches, even ones that still have active congregations, often host dance lessons, support groups, and the like. Although I've yet to hear of one whose activities run such a wide gamut as those of 918 Bathurst.
There are a few regularly scheduled rentals that make up the space's bread and butter - the centre operates entirely on rental fees.
918 Bathurst has ongoing relationships with local organizations such as The Annex Chess Club and Spirit of Math Schools. Special events in the Great Hall have ranged from theatre performances, to launch parties, to art markets, workshops, concerts and galas.
The space has also been used for wedding receptions. And since so many different people are coming through the doors for one event or another, word-of-mouth has really helped the 918 grow its audiences.
A sun-filled room adjoining the Great Hall is 918 Bathurst's visual art space, which the staff of Lonsdale Gallery helped transform into an up-to-snuff art gallery.
the author and 918 Bathurst
Why are we doing this event?
Because we believe that we all can support the process of building community through arts and WE NEED YOU ♥
Sick Muse Art Projects has undertaken a new project. We are now planning our trip to Peru and Ecuador to bring Community Arts Projects and create opportunities for skill exchange with local artists in the areas we are visiting.
HAPPENING Community Arts & Cultural Exchange in Latin America Peru & Ecuador
We will have a Multicultural Evening; An opportuntiy to be among friends, and people who beleive that we all have the power to make the world a better place. This will also be a great opportunity to network with cultural workers and cultural leaders from different organizations, artists from different disciplines and different backgrouds and arts/culture dreamers and doers.
We envsion this night as a true representation of the multicultural City we are so happy to call home and a great opportunity to build community together. In making that night possible we will have:
Performers from Syria, Iran, Sudan, Nigeria, Mexico , Colombia, Canada and many more.
Silent auction that includes Artwork, Products and Services.
Food from different parts of the world.
Raffles and much more
Tickets start at $20.oo
Please join us.
Project info. below ----- >
Seven (7) arts facilitators working on Community Arts Projects in Toronto and from (Latin-American backgrounds) will travel to rural areas of Peru and Ecuador. For a period of 10 days (in each country) we will be delivering Community Art Projects directed at kids and youth. At the same time we will engage local artists, interested in community arts in a process of skills exchange.
We are also aiming to bring art supplies to the areas we are visiting during our trip.
We are aware that the two (2) countries we are planning to visit (several months from now) are experiencing great devastation due to natural disasters. We stand in solidarity.
We are aware that our trip requires taking all these elements into consideration and we will use all of our skills, talents and resources to give to the communities, including tools that allow them to pamper their creativity and reach their potential.