We celebrate the opening weekend of the Toronto Biennial of Art with a family-and youth-friendly BBQ for neighbours and those further afield. After sharing a meal, participants can engage in a number of collaborative activities ranging from “drawing with the sun” – a cyanotype workshop led by Embassy of Imagination and PA System – to learning about capturing carbon with the Sawmill Sid initiative, and connecting with neighbouring Long Branch Tree Fest at Marie Curtis Park.

10:00 AM – Doors open

12:30 PM – Remarks

1:00 – 2:30 PM – BBQ and storytelling tour

2:00 – 4:00 PM – Workshops with Sawmill Sid and Embassy of Imagination

For further information on the Long Branch Tree Fest, please visit longbranchtreefest.ca.

Image Credit: Opening BBQ, 2019. Photo: Triple Threat.


Small Arms Inspection Building
1352 Lakeshore Road East
Mississauga ON
L5E 1E9

September 22


Embassy of Imagination (EOI) is an ongoing project based in Kinngait (Cape Dorset, Nunavut) created for and by an evolving group of Kinngait youth, and art collective PA System (Alexa Hatanaka and Patrick Thompson). EOI animates yearly art workshops, and creates collaborative community art projects, including public murals, performances, and exhibitions, within Kinngait, across Canada and internationally. The youth have an important voice as individual artists, and collectively, contributing to Indigenous place-making and expanding the impact of youth-engaged art.

Sawmill Sid, run by Sidney and Sheila Gendron (based in Mississauga, ON, Canada), is Canada’s first Tree and Wood Recovery Center and operates out of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authorities. The goal of the project is to recover and repurpose trees felled due to storms, disease, and development, and to repurpose them into high-value wood products, capturing tonnes of carbon in the years to come. Offering portable and on-site sawmilling services, the project connects with municipalities, developers, artisans, and local wood remanufacturing companies. Sawmill Sid not only conserves trees, but aims to build sustainable communities by donating wood and raising awareness.