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16oct6:00 pm8:00 pmFeaturedStorytelling: Borelson6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), 8 Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3Stream:StorytellingType:Talks,Walks

Time

(Wednesday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)

8 Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art from more conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. Rapper and spoken-word poet Borelson offers a performative response to works by Jae Jarrell and Caecilia Tripp installed at the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU).

Image Credit: “Borelson,” 2018. Photo: Andrei Pora

Organizer

Borelson

18oct5:00 pm7:00 pmFeaturedStorytelling Sessions5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Friday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

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Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin at the main entrance of 259 Lake Shore Blvd E.

Storytelling Sessions will take place at Small Arms Inspection Building each Thursday from 4-6pm and Saturday from 12-2pm, and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E each Friday from 5-7pm and Sunday from 12-2pm. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

18oct6:15 pm6:45 pmFeaturedAntarctica: Live Performance6:15 pm - 6:45 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Friday) 6:15 pm - 6:45 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

Event Details

Performance Times: 5-5:30pm and 6:15-6:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place each week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

18oct7:00 pmFeaturedPerformance and Talk by CA Conrad at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E7:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances,Talks

Time

(Friday) 7:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

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Event Details

CA Conrad will discuss their new (Soma)tic Poetry Ritual “Resurrect Extinct Vibration” and read from the resulting poems.

Conrad’s performance is a part of the Biennial’s Performance and Reading Program: Isonomia in Toronto, a series which takes place within Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building host weekly performances and readings. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, Sister Co-Resister, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.

Image: CA Conrad, film still from The Book of Conrad (Delinquent Films). Courtesy CA Conrad

19oct11:00 am1:00 pmFeaturedJumblies Theatre & Arts Workshops11:00 am - 1:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:CurrentsType:Family Friendly,Workshops

Time

(Saturday) 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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Event Details

On Saturdays throughout the Biennial, a team of artists from Jumblies Theatre & Arts facilitate public art-making workshops for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. After viewing the installation, By These Presents: “Purchasing” Toronto at Small Arms Inspection Building, participants are invited to write, draw, or embroider their responses on felted quilt pieces. Both Iroquois and Anishinaabe beading styles are shared, alongside open discussion of the installation’s content. Following the workshops the pieces generated will be combined in a giant quilt that addresses the Dish with One Spoon regional treaty and presented at the Biennial’s 2021 edition.

Image Caption: Jumblies Theatre & Arts, “Talking Treaties, 2018.” Courtesy Jumblies Theatre and Liam Coo.

Organizer

Jumblies Theatre & Arts

19oct11:00 am4:00 pmFeaturedThe Drowned World11:00 am - 4:00 pm Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9Type:Screenings

Time

(Saturday) 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location

Ontario Place

955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9

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Event Details

During the Biennial, the Cinesphere becomes a world within a world, merging film and sound art with scent and changing atmospheric conditions. From cosmological origin stories, to a future in which civilization is extinct, The Drowned World contrasts deep time with the decline of global ecologies. The project’s title refers to J.G. Ballard’s 1962 archaeopsychic cli-fi novel in which the ice caps have melted and submerged the world, forcing the migration of a dwindling and devolving human species into the Canadian Arctic.

Prehistoric sounds; the sonification of a dying star; the submarine beats of Detroit’s bubble metropolis; the sacrifice of a muskrat; the love of an octopus. Within this brave new world, the artificial boundaries of modernity’s civilizations have evaporated, and life in all its forms continues to shift.

Complete schedule and details can be found HERE.

Guest curated by Charles Stankievech

With the creative and generous contribution of COMME des GARÇONS and MVS Proseminar, University of Toronto—John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

Organizer

Aki Inomata

19oct12:00 pm2:00 pmFeaturedStorytelling Sessions12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin near the Archtop Cafe at Small Arms Inspection Building.

Storytelling Sessions will take place at Small Arms Inspection Building each Thursday from 4-6pm and Saturday from 12-2pm, and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E each Friday from 5-7pm and Sunday from 12-2pm. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

19oct2:00 pmFeaturedPerformance and Talk by CA Conrad at Small Arms2:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:CurrentsType:Performances,Talks

Time

(Saturday) 2:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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Event Details

CA Conrad will discuss their new (Soma)tic Poetry Ritual “Resurrect Extinct Vibration” and read from the resulting poems.

Conrad’s performance is a part of the Biennial’s Performance and Reading Program: Isonomia in Toronto, a series which takes place within Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building host weekly performances and readings. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, Sister Co-Resister, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.

Image: CAConrad, film still from The Book of Conrad (Delinquent Films). Courtesy the artist.

19oct6:00 pm10:00 pmFeaturedBeach(fire) Blanket Bingo Biennial6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Wards Island Beach, Lakeshore Ave, Toronto, ONStream:Co-RelationsType:Games,Performances,Screenings,Talks

Time

(Saturday) 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location

Wards Island Beach

Lakeshore Ave, Toronto, ON

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Event Details

Please note: This event is currently at capacity. Join the waitlist in the registration link below. 

Peter Morin and Tania Willard of BUSH Gallery, with guest artist Lisa Myers, invite the public to gather around a beach fire and engage in the methodologies of exchange embedded in gift economies and philosophies. This participatory program examines the circulation of materials within and outside of the art system and Indigenous communities. Over the course of the evening, we will play Indian Bingo, share food, ideas, gifts, and watch an outdoor screening (curated by imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival), as we gather around the fire on a brisk fall evening.

Accessibility: A paid ferry ticket is required to access Ward’s Island. For more information on ferry schedule and tickets, please visit the City of Toronto website.

BUSH Gallery is an Indigenous-led, land-based, experimental, and conceptual gallery that creates a radically inclusive space of art and action.

Co-presented in partnership with Graduate Studies OCAD University, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, and University of British Columbia Eminence Fund.

Image Credit: Berries and Toes, 2016 BUSH Gallery harvest, Image courtesy BUSH Gallery.

Organizer

Bush Gallery

20oct9:00 am3:30 pmFeaturedsingle use salmon plogging9:00 am - 3:30 pm Bay St and Queen St W, 401 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5H 2M8Stream:Co-RelationsType:Performances,Walks

Time

(Sunday) 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Location

Bay St and Queen St W

401 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5H 2M8

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Event Details

Ayumi Goto runs the Toronto Waterfront Marathon as the half-human/half-salmon geisha gyrl in a performance addressing labour, responsibility, and the impact of environmental disaster. The work is dedicated to the late Anishinaabe grandmother and Water Walker Josephine Mandamin, who circumnavigated the Great Lakes to raise awareness about water pollution, and David S. Buckel, a lawyer, environmental activist, and runner, who self-immolated to protest humanity’s addiction to fossil fuels.

The performance starts and ends at the corner of Bay St and Queen St W; performance concludes at or before 3:30pm at the finish line of the Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

Co-commissioned with and curated by FADO Performance Art Centre.

Image Credit: “Rinrigaku,” 2016. Photo credit: Yuula Benivolski. Image Courtesy of artist.

Organizer

Ayumi Goto

20oct12:00 pm2:00 pmFeaturedStorytelling Sessions12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Sunday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

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Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin at the main entrance of 259 Lake Shore Blvd E.

Storytelling Sessions will take place at Small Arms Inspection Building each Thursday from 4-6pm and Saturday from 12-2pm, and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E each Friday from 5-7pm and Sunday from 12-2pm. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

20oct2:00 pm2:30 pmFeaturedAntarctica: Live Performance2:00 pm - 2:30 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

Event Details

Performance Times: 2-2:30pm and 3:15-3:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place every week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

20oct3:15 pm3:45 pmFeaturedAntarctica: Live Performance3:15 pm - 3:45 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Sunday) 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

Event Details

Performance Times: 2-2:30pm and 3:15-3:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place every week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

23oct6:00 pm8:00 pmFeaturedListening Session with Allison Cameron, Raven Chacon, and John Oswald6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8Stream:CurrentsType:Talks,Workshops

Time

(Wednesday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

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Event Details

A collaboration with Delf Maria Hohmann, Allison Cameron, Raven Chacon, John Oswald, and Marc Sabat culminated in a special edition of Harbour Symphony as part of the Toronto Biennial of Art Opening Week, activating boats docked along Toronto’s shoreline in a celebratory launch. For this evening, Chacon, Cameron and Oswald reflect on this and previous editions of the symphony, inviting audience members to collectively listen to Harbour Symphony recordings and consider the possibilities of working with sound, composition and experimental instrumentation.

Location details: This event will take place at the Harbourfront Centre’s Studio Theatre.

Harbour Symphony was co-presented by Harbourfront Centre and the Toronto Biennial of Art.

Image: Delf Maria Hohmann and Raven Chacon, with Allison Cameron, John Oswald, and Marc Sabat, Harbour Symphony, 2019. Co-presented by Harbourfront Centre and Toronto Biennial of Art. Photo: Yuula Benevolski.

Organizer

Allison Cameron

03oct4:00 pm6:00 pmStorytelling Sessions4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Thursday) 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin near the Archtop Cafe at Small Arms Inspection Building.

Storytelling Sessions will take place at Small Arms Inspection Building each Thursday from 4-6pm and Saturday from 12-2pm, and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E each Friday from 5-7pm and Sunday from 12-2pm. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

03oct6:00 pm8:00 pmLakeshore Psychiatric Hospital Project, Part 16:00 pm - 8:00 pm Humber College, Lakeshore Campus, G Building, 17 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive, Toronto, ON M8V 4B6Stream:Co-RelationsType:Screenings,Talks

Time

(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

Humber College, Lakeshore Campus

G Building, 17 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive, Toronto, ON M8V 4B6

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Event Details

From 1890 to 1979, the Humber College Lakeshore Campus was a psychiatric hospital. The Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital Cemetery is two kilometres north of the campus, where 1,511 patients are buried in mostly unmarked graves. Humber College students and members from the Among Friends Community Mental Health program created a commemorative artwork based on the history of the site and the patients. Community groups and individuals are invited to gather and remember patients’ names through talks and community art projects that engage with people’s lived experiences of the mental health-care system.

A screening of the short film 1511, created in collaboration as part of this community engaged project, will be followed by a discussion. A newly commissioned sculpture by Rocky Dobey will also be unveiled in memory of the former patients.

Coffee, cookies, and refreshments will be served.

Co-presented in partnership with Humber College, Humber Galleries, and Among Friends Community Mental Health Organization.

Image caption: “1511,” 2019. Film still. Courtesy of the artist.

Organizer

Art in Access

04oct5:00 pm5:30 pmAntarctica: Live Performance5:00 pm - 5:30 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Friday) 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

Event Details

Performance Times: 5-5:30pm and 6:15-6:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place each week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

04oct5:00 pm7:00 pmStorytelling Sessions5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Friday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

more

Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin at the main entrance of 259 Lake Shore Blvd E.

Storytelling Sessions will take place at Small Arms Inspection Building each Thursday from 4-6pm and Saturday from 12-2pm, and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E each Friday from 5-7pm and Sunday from 12-2pm. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

04oct6:15 pm6:45 pmAntarctica: Live Performance6:15 pm - 6:45 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Friday) 6:15 pm - 6:45 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

Event Details

Performance Times: 5-5:30pm and 6:15-6:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place each week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

04oct7:00 pm9:00 pmPerformance by Marshall Trammell at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances,Talks

Time

(Friday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

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Event Details

Marshall Trammell will perform Warrior Ethos, two visual compositions (graphic notation): one for drum set, and the other for drum set, bull roarers and face jugs. The first composition was created for Trammell by San Francisco Bay Area-based composer and bassist Lisa Mezzacappa for his “Indexical Moment/um” installation series held at Southern Exposure at the beginning of his current tour in April 2019. The second is derived from a 10-month residency at Off Lomas in Albuquerque, NM. There he formed In Defense of Memory “Burn the Temples/Break Up the Bells,” a community engagement, Insurgent Learning Workshop (ILW) referencing methodologies deployed by a collective of Pueblo Indians for the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.

Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building host weekly performances and readings. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, Sister Co-Resister, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.

Image: Agatha Urbaniak (UK). Courtesy Marshall Trammell.

05oct11:00 am1:00 pmJumblies Theatre & Arts Workshops11:00 am - 1:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:CurrentsType:Family Friendly,Workshops

Time

(Saturday) 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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Event Details

On Saturdays throughout the Biennial, a team of artists from Jumblies Theatre & Arts facilitate public art-making workshops for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. After viewing the installation, By These Presents: “Purchasing” Toronto at Small Arms Inspection Building, participants are invited to write, draw, or embroider their responses on felted quilt pieces. Both Iroquois and Anishinaabe beading styles are shared, alongside open discussion of the installation’s content. Following the workshops the pieces generated will be combined in a giant quilt that addresses the Dish with One Spoon regional treaty and presented at the Biennial’s 2021 edition.

Image Caption: Jumblies Theatre & Arts, “Talking Treaties, 2018.” Courtesy Jumblies Theatre and Liam Coo.

Organizer

Jumblies Theatre & Arts

05oct11:00 am4:00 pmThe Drowned World11:00 am - 4:00 pm Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9Type:Screenings

Time

(Saturday) 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location

Ontario Place

955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9

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Event Details

During the Biennial, the Cinesphere becomes a world within a world, merging film and sound art with scent and changing atmospheric conditions. From cosmological origin stories, to a future in which civilization is extinct, The Drowned World contrasts deep time with the decline of global ecologies. The project’s title refers to J.G. Ballard’s 1962 archaeopsychic cli-fi novel in which the ice caps have melted and submerged the world, forcing the migration of a dwindling and devolving human species into the Canadian Arctic.

Prehistoric sounds; the sonification of a dying star; the submarine beats of Detroit’s bubble metropolis; the sacrifice of a muskrat; the love of an octopus. Within this brave new world, the artificial boundaries of modernity’s civilizations have evaporated, and life in all its forms continues to shift.

Complete schedule and details can be found HERE.

Guest curated by Charles Stankievech

With the creative and generous contribution of COMME des GARÇONS and MVS Proseminar, University of Toronto—John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

Organizer

Aki Inomata

05oct12:00 pm2:00 pmStorytelling Sessions12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

more

Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin near the Archtop Cafe at Small Arms Inspection Building.

Storytelling Sessions will take place at Small Arms Inspection Building each Thursday from 4-6pm and Saturday from 12-2pm, and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E each Friday from 5-7pm and Sunday from 12-2pm. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

05oct1:00 pm5:00 pmThe Bank, the Mine, the Colony, the Crime1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Financial District, TorontoStream:CurrentsType:Talks,Walks

Time

(Saturday) 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location

Financial District, Toronto

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Event Details

Meeting point: RBC Plaza at 200 Bay St, 12:45pm.

WalkingLab and RiVAL’s curated project brings together various artists and the public for a walking tour through Toronto’s Financial District, built on Haudenosaunee and Mississauga lands and home to many ghosts, notably those dispossessed by the global extractive industries headquartered in the city’s infamous Bay Street area. New Mineral Collective contributes with a sound walk around the headquarters of a mining company.

New Mineral Collective provides audio therapy, guiding listeners through a stratification of Toronto’s Financial District and looking at Canada’s entanglement with the realm of the extractive industry and its symbiotic relationship between geology, nationhood, and power.

Image Credit: “New Mineral Collective,” film still from Future Prospects, 2019. Image courtesy of New Mineral Collective (Tanya Busse & Emilija Škarnulytė).

Organizer

New Mineral Collective

05oct2:00 pm4:00 pmWorkshop by Marshall Trammell at Small Arms2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:CurrentsType:Performances,Talks

Time

(Saturday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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Event Details

Following his performance of Warrior Ethos on October 4th at 259 Lake Shore, Marshall Trammell will conduct an Insurgent Learning Workshop (ILW) as community engagement, an open rehearsal re-designating the array of Underground Railroad quilt block codes as an artist-driven reimagining of navigating the global economy rendered as a collective, music conduction system practicum and performance.

Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building host weekly performances and readings. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, Sister Co-Resister, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.

Image: Agatha Urbaniak (UK). Courtesy Marshall Trammell.

05oct2:00 pm5:00 pmOpen Studio with Elder Duke Redbird2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9Stream:CurrentsType:Family Friendly,Open Studios

Time

(Saturday) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location

Ontario Place

955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9

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Event Details

During this Open Studio, Elder Duke Redbird engages visitors in questions around “Our Environment,” focusing on Indigenous perspectives on stemming destruction based on age old practices together with reverence and respect for Mother Earth. Set around Wigwam Chi-Chemung—a 40-foot pontoon houseboat docked at the Ontario Place Marina—the Open Studio session is part of an evolving art installation and Indigenous interpretive learning centre created in partnership with Indigenous intellectual, poet, painter, broadcaster, filmmaker and orator Elder Duke Redbird. Over the summer and fall, visitors have an opportunity to spend time, learn from, and celebrate the Indigenous peoples who historically thrived, sustained and populated the extensive shoreline of Lake Ontario.

Location Notes: This event will take place at the Ontario Place South Marina.

For further information on the process and program around Wigwam Chi-Chemung, please visit: wigwamchichemung.com

Image Credit: “Wigwam Chi-Chemung at Ontario Place.” Photo by Elijah Nichols. Image courtesy of Myseum.

Organizer

Elder Duke Redbird

05oct(oct 5)7:00 pm06(oct 6)7:00 amToronto Biennial of Art at Nuit Blanche Toronto7:00 pm - 7:00 am (6) Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8Stream:CurrentsType:Screenings

Time

5 (Saturday) 7:00 pm - 6 (Sunday) 7:00 am

Location

Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

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The Toronto Biennial of Art and Harbourfront Centre will present Arin Rungjang’s Ravisara as part of Nuit Blanche Toronto 2019. On view at Harbourfront Centre’s Artport Gallery and vitrines the night of October 5, this multi-channel video installation explores stories and strategies of postcolonial resistance among Thai female immigrants in Germany. Ravisara is commissioned by the Biennial and co-presented with Harbourfront Centre.

Lou Sheppard’s audio work Dawn Chorus/Evensong will be also featured at this year’s Nuit Blanche. Installed at Toronto Sculpture Garden, Sheppard’s audio work interrupts the denaturalized landscape with music created through the transportation of spectrograms of birdsong on the shores of Lake Ontario. Played outdoors at the Garden over multiple speakers, the composition harmonizes with the streetcars, cathedral bells, cards, bird, and other melodies of Toronto’s urban soundscape.

Hajra Waheed’s exhibition as part of the Toronto Biennial of Art, Hold Everything Dear, will be on display at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery during Nuit Blanche 2019. Presentations of works by Vincent Meessen, Naeem Mohaiemen, and Rashid Johnson are also on view as part of The Power Plant’s Up All Night project. Waheed’s works take a single visual form—the spiral—as a poetic starting point to reflect on the processes of upheaval in human experience. For Waheed, the spiral visualizes ascent and descent, growth and decay, evoking both vital forms in nature as well as notions of flux inherent in forced displacement and political turmoil. Hold Everything Dear is presented by The Power Plant and on view September 21– January 9.

Organizer

Arin Rungjang

06oct12:00 pm2:00 pmStorytelling Sessions12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Sunday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

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Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin at the main entrance of 259 Lake Shore Blvd E.

Storytelling Sessions will take place at Small Arms Inspection Building each Thursday from 4-6pm and Saturday from 12-2pm, and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E each Friday from 5-7pm and Sunday from 12-2pm. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

06oct2:00 pm2:30 pmAntarctica: Live Performance2:00 pm - 2:30 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

Event Details

Performance Times: 2-2:30pm and 3:15-3:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place every week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

06oct3:15 pm3:45 pmAntarctica: Live Performance3:15 pm - 3:45 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Sunday) 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

Event Details

Performance Times: 2-2:30pm and 3:15-3:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place every week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

06oct3:30 pm5:00 pmThe Collaborative Body3:30 pm - 5:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Talks

Time

(Sunday) 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

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“Since 1983, we have worked in relation to each other: we collaborate as artists, as administrators, as organizers, and as teachers; and we work in relation to others – in artist run centres, festivals, publications, and public institutions – in the spirit of collectivity where we share experience and knowledge and accept the same from others while ideas, statements, and direct acts are developed together and put into action where they evolve over time, never static.

Each of the three parts of “…before I wake,” the work on display at Toronto Biennial of Art, is a contemplation on collaboration itself. We see the bodies of the artists in “We’re getting younger all the time” using the digital devices to mimic the quest for eternal youth; in “Practicing Death” the artists are displayed in a type of suspended sleep; and finally “Entranced” finds the artists under hypnosis, each walking through a door where the collaboration will cease to be.”

In the walkabout, the artists engage in questions of representation of collaboration and “the collective”— suggesting how collaboration itself contradicts or at least undermines the idea of the individual artist-as-creative-genius — and discuss the ways that artists have confronted death in their work, from Brueghel to Caravaggio to Warhol to Rebecca Belmore.

Image credit: Lisa Steele + Kim Tomczak, Practicing Death, 2003.

Organizer

Lisa Steele & Kim Tomczak

09oct4:00 pm6:00 pmEducator Info Evening4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:Tools for LearningType:Workshops

Time

(Wednesday) 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

Event Details

Throughout the Biennial, educators and students are invited to engage with its dynamic artworks and sites. In addition to the regular school group visits and free facilitated workshops, Educator Info Evenings inform on the experiential and embodied approaches of the Biennial’s Public Programming & Learning streams. Take a walk with a Biennial Storyteller, discuss the dynamic set of Tools for Learning, and hear from the team at an info evening.

Image Credit: Chris Lee and Ali Qadeer, Tools for Learning, 2019

10oct4:00 pm6:00 pmEducator Info Evening4:00 pm - 6:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:Tools for LearningType:Workshops

Time

(Thursday) 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

Event Details

Throughout the Biennial, educators and students are invited to engage with its dynamic artworks and sites. In addition to the regular school group visits and free facilitated workshops, Educator Info Evenings inform on the experiential and embodied approaches of the Biennial’s Public Programming & Learning streams. Take a walk with a Biennial Storyteller, discuss the dynamic set of Tools for Learning, and hear from the team at an info evening.

Image Credit: Chris Lee and Ali Qadeer, Tools for Learning, 2019

11oct5:00 pm5:30 pmAntarctica: Live Performance5:00 pm - 5:30 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Friday) 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

Event Details

Performance Times: 5-5:30pm and 6:15-6:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place each week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

11oct5:00 pm7:00 pmStorytelling Sessions5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Friday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

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Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin at the main entrance of 259 Lake Shore Blvd E.

Storytelling Sessions will take place at Small Arms Inspection Building each Thursday from 4-6pm and Saturday from 12-2pm, and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E each Friday from 5-7pm and Sunday from 12-2pm. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

11oct7:00 pmPerformance by AKU-MATU7:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances,Talks

Time

(Friday) 7:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

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What would a polar bear say if he could rap? Why are bowhead whales so sexy? Join Iñupiaq artist AKU-MATU as she brings you to the Arctic through humour, rap, costumes and unique characters.

AKU-MATU’s performance is a part of the Biennial’s Performance and Reading Program: Isonomia in Toronto, a series which takes place within Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building host weekly performances and readings. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, Sister Co-Resister, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.

Image: AKU-MATU, photo by Christy Chow. Courtesy the artist.

12oct11:00 am1:00 pmJumblies Theatre & Arts Workshops11:00 am - 1:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:CurrentsType:Family Friendly,Workshops

Time

(Saturday) 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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On Saturdays throughout the Biennial, a team of artists from Jumblies Theatre & Arts facilitate public art-making workshops for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. After viewing the installation, By These Presents: “Purchasing” Toronto at Small Arms Inspection Building, participants are invited to write, draw, or embroider their responses on felted quilt pieces. Both Iroquois and Anishinaabe beading styles are shared, alongside open discussion of the installation’s content. Following the workshops the pieces generated will be combined in a giant quilt that addresses the Dish with One Spoon regional treaty and presented at the Biennial’s 2021 edition.

Image Caption: Jumblies Theatre & Arts, Talking Treaties, 2018. Courtesy Jumblies Theatre and Liam Coo.

Organizer

Jumblies Theatre & Arts

12oct11:00 am4:00 pmThe Drowned World11:00 am - 4:00 pm Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9Type:Screenings

Time

(Saturday) 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location

Ontario Place

955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9

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During the Biennial, the Cinesphere becomes a world within a world, merging film and sound art with scent and changing atmospheric conditions. From cosmological origin stories, to a future in which civilization is extinct, The Drowned World contrasts deep time with the decline of global ecologies. The project’s title refers to J.G. Ballard’s 1962 archaeopsychic cli-fi novel in which the ice caps have melted and submerged the world, forcing the migration of a dwindling and devolving human species into the Canadian Arctic.

Prehistoric sounds; the sonification of a dying star; the submarine beats of Detroit’s bubble metropolis; the sacrifice of a muskrat; the love of an octopus. Within this brave new world, the artificial boundaries of modernity’s civilizations have evaporated, and life in all its forms continues to shift.

Complete schedule and details can be found HERE.

Guest curated by Charles Stankievech

With the creative and generous contribution of COMME des GARÇONS and MVS Proseminar, University of Toronto—John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

Organizer

Aki Inomata

12oct12:00 pm2:00 pmStorytelling Sessions12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin near the Archtop Cafe at Small Arms Inspection Building.

Storytelling Sessions will take place at Small Arms Inspection Building each Thursday from 4-6pm and Saturday from 12-2pm, and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E each Friday from 5-7pm and Sunday from 12-2pm. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

12oct2:00 pm5:00 pmEvent CancelledOpen Studio with Elder Duke Redbird2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9Stream:CurrentsType:Family Friendly,Open Studios

Time

(Saturday) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location

Ontario Place

955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9

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Please note: Due to weather conditions, this event has been cancelled.

During the last Open Studio of the Wigwam Chi-Chemung fall program, Elder Duke Redbird asks “how are we in relation?” and reflects on the many conversations, collaborations, and connections formed during the project. Set around Wigwam Chi-Chemung—a 40-foot pontoon houseboat docked at the Ontario Place Marina—the Open Studio session is part of an evolving art installation and Indigenous interpretive learning centre created in partnership with Indigenous intellectual, poet, painter, broadcaster, filmmaker and orator Elder Duke Redbird. Over the summer and fall, visitors have an opportunity to spend time, learn from, and celebrate the Indigenous peoples who historically thrived, sustained and populated the extensive shoreline of Lake Ontario.

Location Notes: This event will take place at the Ontario Place South Marina.

For further information on the process and program around Wigwam Chi-Chemung, please visit: wigwamchichemung.com

Image Credit: “Wigwam Chi-Chemung” at Ontario Place. Photo by Elijah Nichols. Image courtesy of Myseum.

Organizer

Elder Duke Redbird

12oct2:00 pmTalk by Karyn Recollet2:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:CurrentsType:Performances,Talks

Time

(Saturday) 2:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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In When Future Falls are Imminent: The moves and returns of scoop choreography of the fall, Karyn Recollet explores the meanings and experiences of choreographies of the fall embodying a set of relationships to land-ing and falling as ways of being in relation with lands, and each other. This talk thinks alongside Afrofuturist and Indigenous futurist activators to consider “falls” as a way of land-ing into each other in expansive and fully relational ways.

Recollet’s talk is a part of the Biennial’s Performance and Reading Program: Isonomia in Toronto, a series which takes place within Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building host weekly performances and readings. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, Sister Co-Resister, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.

Image: Adrian Blackwell, Isonomia in Toronto? (creek), 2019, Canvas, poplar shavings, diameter: 457.2 cm; length: 9144 cm. Commissioned by the Toronto Biennial of Art. On view at Small Arms Inspection Building as part of the Toronto Biennial of Art (2019). Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid. Courtesy Toronto Biennial of Art.

13oct10:00 am1:00 pmOutdoor School: Mushroom Foray10:00 am - 1:00 pm Old Mill Station, 2672 Bloor Street W, Toronto, ON M8X 1G6Stream:Co-RelationsType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks,Workshops

Time

(Sunday) 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location

Old Mill Station

2672 Bloor Street W, Toronto, ON M8X 1G6

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Please note: this event and waitlist are currently at capacity.

In the spirit of John Cage and Fluxus artists searching for fungi in the forest, artist Diane Borsato and Amish Morrell of Outdoor School with Alan Gan, invite visitors to a community mycological foray—an informal, family-friendly event that offers participants the opportunity to collect fungi and learn about the culture of mushrooming.

Rain or shine – we will meet promptly at 10 am in the parking lot directly below Old Mill Subway Station. To get there from the subway, take the stairs into the ravine from the Northside of Bloor street. Look for a mural on the underside of the bridge, by Anishinaabe artist, Philip Cote. From there we will walk together along the Humber River and gather for a mushroom ID session and informal picnic under the Oculus Pavilion in Humber River Park.

What to wear and bring: Dress for the weather and the woods with layers, closed-toe shoes, and long pants. Please bring a basket in which to collect the mushrooms, and a folding pocket knife. Additional recommendations can be found on the website of the Mycological Society of Toronto. Please note that the path is unpaved, with uneven terrain. Note it is a 30-minute walk back to the subway from our endpoint.

This program is part of Outdoor School, an ongoing series of artistic and educational activities by Diane Borsato, Amish Morrell and various community collaborators.

Accessibility: Mushroom Foray involves active walking through various paths in a public park with a few stops to rest over the course of the three-hour program.

Image Credit: “Mushroom Foray,” 2018. Courtesy of the artist.

Organizer

Alan Gan

13oct12:00 pm2:00 pmStorytelling Sessions12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Sunday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

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Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin at the main entrance of 259 Lake Shore Blvd E.

Storytelling Sessions will take place at Small Arms Inspection Building each Thursday from 4-6pm and Saturday from 12-2pm, and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E each Friday from 5-7pm and Sunday from 12-2pm. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

13oct2:00 pm2:30 pmAntarctica: Live Performance2:00 pm - 2:30 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

Event Details

Performance Times: 2-2:30pm and 3:15-3:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place every week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

13oct3:15 pm3:45 pmAntarctica: Live Performance3:15 pm - 3:45 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Sunday) 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

Event Details

Performance Times: 2-2:30pm and 3:15-3:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place every week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

14oct8:00 pm9:30 pmNight Walk with Lost Rivers and Rivers Rising8:00 pm - 9:30 pm Christie Station, 5 Christie St, Toronto, ON M6G 3B1Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Walks

Time

(Monday) 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Location

Christie Station

5 Christie St, Toronto, ON M6G 3B1

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This Night Walk with the Lost Rivers and Rivers Rising initiatives traces hidden histories of the Garrison Creek, which enters Lake Ontario just east of Fort York, the military garrison for the region. Closed since the 1920s, the hidden creek has gained interest as new initiatives have formed to draw attention to the relationships between “lost” creeks, community planning, and urban design by restoring buried bridges and regenerating the Garrison Creek ravine system.

Event Notes: Rain or (moon) shine, participants will meet promptly at 8pm in front of Christie Subway Station on the corner of Christie Street and Bloor Street West.

Accessibility: The Night Walk involves active walking through various paths in a public park with a few stops to rest over the course of the program.

Image Credits: Maria Thereza Alves, Garrison Creek, 2019, on display at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E for the Toronto Biennial of Art.

Organizer

Lost Rivers

24oct4:00 pm6:00 pmFuture, Fire, Fiction4:00 pm - 6:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Family Friendly,Workshops

Time

(Thursday) 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

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Future, Fire, Fiction—storytelling workshop for imagining future technologies through design justice and Indigenous philosophy

Design practitioner and community organizer Una Lee and artist and composer Suzanne Kite (Kite), tell stories about the past, present, and future, and invite participants to do the same, asking: Which technologies will we need in the future? Which technologies do we want in the future? How can we design these technologies in a good way—a way that is just and equitable? Through collaborative exchange, participants are invited to improvise and reimagine material sustainability and reciprocity.

Image Credit: Kite, “Listener,” 2018. Performance documentation. Photo by vog.photo. Courtesy of the artist.

Organizer

Kite

24oct4:00 pm6:00 pmStorytelling Sessions4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Thursday) 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin near the Archtop Cafe at Small Arms Inspection Building.

Storytelling Sessions will take place at Small Arms Inspection Building each Thursday from 4-6pm and Saturday from 12-2pm, and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E each Friday from 5-7pm and Sunday from 12-2pm. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

25oct5:00 pm7:00 pmStorytelling Sessions5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Friday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

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Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin at the main entrance of 259 Lake Shore Blvd E.

Storytelling Sessions will take place at Small Arms Inspection Building each Thursday from 4-6pm and Saturday from 12-2pm, and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E each Friday from 5-7pm and Sunday from 12-2pm. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

25oct6:00 pm7:00 pmArtist Talk with Lisa Reihana and Julie Nagam6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4Stream:CurrentsType:Talks

Time

(Friday) 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location

Art Gallery of Ontario

317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4

Event Details

In conversation with curator Julie Nagam, artist Lisa Reihana speaks to her installation, In Pursuit of Venus, on view at the Art Gallery of Ontario and its sister project, House of Death, featured at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E.

Image Credit: “in Pursuit of Venus [infected],” 2015–17, Ultra HD video, 7.1 sound, 64 min, Campbelltown Art Centre, Sydney Australia

Organizer

Dr. Julie Nagam

25oct6:15 pm6:45 pmAntarctica: Live Performance6:15 pm - 6:45 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Friday) 6:15 pm - 6:45 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

Event Details

Performance Times: 5-5:30pm and 6:15-6:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place each week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

25oct7:00 pmPerformance by Laura Ortman7:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances,Talks

Time

(Friday) 7:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

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Apache violinist Laura Ortman presents her performance: ROCKS. From the rosined-out beast of her tough stained violin emerges deranged crumpled wings twirling in starlight and oil slickness and shininess; bearing heavy use of amplification and effects, she also incorporates over-rosining to add smoke, dust, wind and slow-motion grittiness in her scored / improvised compositions for amplified violin, Apache violin, whistles, tree branches, slides, megaphone, guitar picks, bells and tuning fork.

Ortman’s performance is a part of the Biennial’s Performance and Reading Program: Isonomia in Toronto, a series which takes place within Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building host weekly performances and readings. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, Sister Co-Resister, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.

Image: Laura Ortman. Courtesy the artist.

26oct11:00 am1:00 pmJumblies Theatre & Arts Workshops11:00 am - 1:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:CurrentsType:Family Friendly,Workshops

Time

(Saturday) 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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On Saturdays throughout the Biennial, a team of artists from Jumblies Theatre & Arts facilitate public art-making workshops for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. After viewing the installation, By These Presents: “Purchasing” Toronto at Small Arms Inspection Building, participants are invited to write, draw, or embroider their responses on felted quilt pieces. Both Iroquois and Anishinaabe beading styles are shared, alongside open discussion of the installation’s content. Following the workshops the pieces generated will be combined in a giant quilt that addresses the Dish with One Spoon regional treaty and presented at the Biennial’s 2021 edition.

Image Caption: Jumblies Theatre & Arts, “Talking Treaties, 2018.” Courtesy Jumblies Theatre and Liam Coo.

Organizer

Jumblies Theatre & Arts

26oct11:00 am4:00 pmThe Drowned World11:00 am - 4:00 pm Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9Type:Screenings

Time

(Saturday) 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location

Ontario Place

955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9

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During the Biennial, the Cinesphere becomes a world within a world, merging film and sound art with scent and changing atmospheric conditions. From cosmological origin stories, to a future in which civilization is extinct, The Drowned World contrasts deep time with the decline of global ecologies. The project’s title refers to J.G. Ballard’s 1962 archaeopsychic cli-fi novel in which the ice caps have melted and submerged the world, forcing the migration of a dwindling and devolving human species into the Canadian Arctic.

Prehistoric sounds; the sonification of a dying star; the submarine beats of Detroit’s bubble metropolis; the sacrifice of a muskrat; the love of an octopus. Within this brave new world, the artificial boundaries of modernity’s civilizations have evaporated, and life in all its forms continues to shift.

Complete schedule and details can be found HERE.

Guest curated by Charles Stankievech

With the creative and generous contribution of COMME des GARÇONS and MVS Proseminar, University of Toronto—John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

Organizer

Aki Inomata

26oct12:00 pm2:00 pmStorytelling Sessions12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin near the Archtop Cafe at Small Arms Inspection Building.

Storytelling Sessions will take place at Small Arms Inspection Building each Thursday from 4-6pm and Saturday from 12-2pm, and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E each Friday from 5-7pm and Sunday from 12-2pm. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

26oct12:00 pm2:00 pmStorytelling Sessions12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin near the Archtop Cafe at Small Arms Inspection Building.

Storytelling Sessions will take place at Small Arms Inspection Building each Thursday from 4-6pm and Saturday from 12-2pm, and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E each Friday from 5-7pm and Sunday from 12-2pm. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

26oct2:00 pmTalk by Lou Sheppard2:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:CurrentsType:Performances,Talks

Time

(Saturday) 2:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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In Lou Sheppard’s program, Wintersong – Atlantic Flyway, participants will learn to sing simple melodies based on the songs of birds that are migrating south from the Toronto area. Using rounds and harmonies we will create a choral soundscape- sounding the songs that will be missing over the winter, sending the birds on their way and calling them back in the spring. All are welcome regardless of prior choral or singing experience. Prior to the workshop Sheppard will give a brief talk about their work.

Sheppard’s program is a part of the Biennial’s Performance and Reading Program: Isonomia in Toronto, a series which takes place within Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building host weekly performances and readings. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, Sister Co-Resister, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.

Image: Lou Sheppard, Silent Spring: Sackville/Siknikt, 2019, graphic score for a community choral performance. Courtesy the artist.

27oct12:00 pm2:00 pmStorytelling Sessions12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Sunday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

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Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin at the main entrance of 259 Lake Shore Blvd E.

Storytelling Sessions will take place at Small Arms Inspection Building each Thursday from 4-6pm and Saturday from 12-2pm, and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E each Friday from 5-7pm and Sunday from 12-2pm. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu

27oct2:00 pm2:30 pmAntarctica: Live Performance2:00 pm - 2:30 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

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Performance Times: 2-2:30pm and 3:15-3:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place every week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

27oct2:00 pm4:00 pmStorytelling: Lost Rivers2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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John Wilson of the Lost Rivers initiative guides a walk entitled Walk the treaty boundary of the “Toronto Purchase” through Marie Curtis Park to the mouth of Etobicoke Creek, on the border between Toronto (Etobicoke) and Mississauga. This river mouth was one of two points along Etobicoke Creek, used to survey the western line of the Toronto Purchase, the treaty between Indigenous Mississaugas of the Credit and the British Crown that permitted European settlement. This line still forms much of the boundary between York and Peel Regions. The walk traces this liminal landscape, following waterways once used as transportation routes by Indigenous peoples, to consider hidden narratives of alienation, accommodation, and resilience.

This event starts at the Small Arms Inspection Building and ends at Marie Curtis Park.

Image Credit: “The Toronto Purchase Boundary,” 1805, map, source unknown. Courtesy Toronto Public Library.

Organizer

John Wilson

27oct3:15 pm3:45 pmAntarctica: Live Performance3:15 pm - 3:45 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Sunday) 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

Event Details

Performance Times: 2-2:30pm and 3:15-3:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place every week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

31oct4:00 pm6:00 pmArt Educator Exchange4:00 pm - 6:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:Tools for LearningType:Talks,Workshops

Time

(Thursday) 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

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Launching a series of Art Educator Exchanges, this first fall session brings art educators together with art collective PA System who collaborate with youth in Kinngait in the ongoing collective project Embassy of Imagination. Through discussion around the group’s installation in the Biennial, the session traces collaborative learning methodologies as the collective shifts between urban and remote contexts. Participants are invited to engage directly with PA System’s exercises and processes to interrogate the role of collective artistic approaches in place-making, challenging expectations of youth-engaged art.

Organizer

PA System

31oct4:00 pm6:00 pmStorytelling Sessions4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:StorytellingType:Family Friendly,Talks,Walks

Time

(Thursday) 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

more

Event Details

Storytelling seeks to shift the mediation of contemporary art away from conventional modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying through weekly walks and conversations. An intergenerational and multilingual group of storytellers share personal insights and experiences of the city as they guide visitors through the Exhibition’s installations, research, and political perspectives. Taking us along hidden river routes, through archives, and into speculative futures, storytellers bring submerged narratives related to Toronto’s shifting shoreline to the surface.

Meeting Place: Storytelling Sessions will begin near the Archtop Cafe at Small Arms Inspection Building.

Storytelling Sessions will take place at Small Arms Inspection Building each Thursday from 4-6pm and Saturday from 12-2pm, and 259 Lake Shore Blvd E each Friday from 5-7pm and Sunday from 12-2pm. There is no registration required for these sessions.

Organizer

Fan Wu