Archive for August, 2010

Reopening of St Johns Square – Thursday September 2 at 7pm

Repost from the JRA Newsletter

Reopening of St Johns Square – Thursday September 2 at 7pm

Your JRA invites you to attend a community event celebrating the completion of the City’s latest Junction improvement and beautification project.

St Johns Square (corner Dundas St W and St Johns Road) has undergone major rework which included, relaying of the cobblestone, naturalization of the tree bases, additional seating and a new gazebo.

Come out to meet your neighbours and check out this great public space.

Vine Parkette fund raiser

Grand opening party on Thursday 390 Keele St

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Concourse restaurant gets new windows

– new windows just installed in this restaurant, got glimpse Inside very 70’s and yellow.

This place has been there for decades and has a regular customer base.

Wondering if they primarily live close by, and they do where?

Location:McMurray Ave,Toronto,Canada

61, 63 and 67 community meeting with Councillor Saundercook

On Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 8pm, Councillor Saundercook is hosting a community meeting regarding the development proposal for 61, 63 and 67 Vine Avenue.  The meeting will take place in the second floor Window room of the Annette Community Centre, 333 Annette Street.

The developer plans to demolish the 3 existing buildings and replace them with 5 townhouses.

During the June 17, 2010 Etobicoke-York committee of adjustment meeting your JRA requested this meeting as part of the negotiations.  The consent to sever the existing lots and several variance requests were granted by the panel with the stipulation that the developer in conjunction with the local councillor consult with the community regarding the design of the townhouses.

The developer’s committee of adjustment application proposed a modern looking, flat roof structure.  The facade material included metal cladding with large glass windows incorporated with brick and concrete.  Your JRA felt this design did not respect or reinforce the existing physical character of the neighbourhood.

Please come out and join the discussion and help shape our great neighbourhood.

Martin L.  JRA Vice-Chair

Great mural at Keele and St Clair

On the wall at the car wash at St Clair and Keele St is this amazing mural.

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Location:Mabelle Ave,Toronto,Canada

Crane removal at Village by High Park

Today the crane on the smaller bigger  building was being removed.

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Overview of events at this years Junction Arts Festival

Exciting highlights and participants of this years’ event include:

Not everything is listed here yet…………….

Environmental Experience

Experience the wonderful sensation of walking on timber, bark, mulch, pebbles, wood and mud. Feel the cool waters of the brook, the foot bath and the sun baked rocks, the softness of the grass and soil, enlarging the landscape through nature, architecture and infrastructure, manipulating and blurring perceptions of what is natural and what is artificial.

CROW studios curators Rachel Wong and Christina Ott Present,

Large scale installation and paintings throughout the grounds feturing artists such as,

Michael Thompson

Lisa Santonato

Maciek Balmas

Edward Lin and Kira Varvanina

Jacob JeBailey

Juried Arts Exhibition hosted and Presented by The Academy of Realist Art.

Curator, writer and featured performer Lillian Allen presents,

Poetry Village & Twilight Film Center

Heart and Art, a fluid Live Literature installation from Lillian Allen, is one of the center pieces of Junction Arts Festival 2010. Heart and Art will takeover/makeover a vacant lot into a Poetry Village a living breathing poem or book. We will create the world’s first, Installation of a live Poetry Village with stages, hubs, a giant screen, and an atmosphere to synergize creativity. Between daybreak and sunset, poets, writers, readers, lovers of the word and community members will collaboratively program, inhabit vibrate and empower togetherness within the 2010 Junction Poetry Village.

The Poetry Village is a post-postmodern, multi-media, multi-platform, remix art installation that deals with location, process, and interactivity, building community and empowering the word. As part of this installation, poets, writers, readers, performers, lovers of the word, etc, are invited to co-create activities that will bring our ‘poetry village’ alive. In a community of words and poetics, the community is invited to take in the power of words to enliven and empower! Listen to some fabulous readings, or try your hand at writing a poem or two. Interact with poets and writers from all poetry and writing styles. Get poetic advice or join a group workshop. Vote for your favourite Slam poets and see the champions face off! Learn all about dub poetry.

This is part of a multi-media, multi-platform exploration, so along with on-the -ground experience, we will also be creating a “virtual poetry village” providing prompts and writing exercises to inspire ‘virtual villagers on-line’ as well as local villagers to write their own poetry and travel along the geography of the festival to explore

Jill Battson Clifton Joseph

Nalo Hopkinson Robert Priest

Brenda MacIntyre Klyde Broox

Leah a.k.a Miss Liza Phyllis Walker Rudy Fearon

Vitra Gosine Keli Liu Carrie Young

Novick presents Women’s Voices 5 women reading, singing and performing their work of poetry, narrative, fiction and song. Voices to Inspire!

Michael St George


Derick Assante

Andrea Thompson

New Dub Poets Collective;


Neisha New Era



Queen Tyessential

Iyah Fyah

Peculiar I


J. Nicole Noel

Curator Paul Campbell with SMASH and Junction Arts Festival present,


RE: INVASION – Recent Crimes and Punishments

Monuments / Plunderworks / Mash-Media / Shinyism / Lebensraum / Subvertainment

Opening reception/performance Thursday, Sept 9, 7 – 11pm

Performance and media-artist Istvan Kantor invades the premises of SMASH and turns the junkyard size vintage furniture store, located in the heart of the Junction, into his own Neoist (s)mash-up art headquarters. The industrial store-set is a perfect drill-ground for Kantor’s hyper-audacious strategy, techno-cinematic vision and his conflicting taste for mayhem. The show will open with a new performance, designed and created for this occasion, involving members of Istvan Kantor’s robo-zombie MachineSexActionGroup.

For the Junction Arts Festival Kantor extends his installation/performance to the street with a monumental construction of a barricade made of hundreds of old file cabinets in front of SMASH on Saturday, sept 11. Kantor will also actively engage himself with other projects at different sites of the festival, such as a Neoist Brainwash Station and a speed-drawing blitzkunst-action. He will be available to meet festival visitors for informal conversations throughout the JAF event.

Feature Performances on the Main stage include,

Kevin Quain and the Mad Bastard Cabaret

Special appearance by Mary Margaret O’Hara.

Random Acts of Dance

Run with the Kittens



People in Grey

Lillian Allen and the New Dub Poets

Robert Preist

Scotiabank – A Childs Experience,

Arts, education and some well organized adventure take to the grounds for the child and family alike. From Juno Award winners to a complete environmental experience – children and families will have the opportunity to work together and experience activities with each other in the purposefully designed, programmed and curated children’s portion of the festival.

Some of this year’s A Childs Experience programming includes:

Whatz up with Broccoli. – Play with Poetry.

A program for young people using poetry and visual arts. It will grace this year’s Festival in the Children’s Area and spill out onto the street.

Young people will be motivated into self expression through writing, word-play, and sounding off! They will be guided to use the spoken and written word to create their own works of poetry and word art. Visiting artists to the children area will include poets, writers and storytellers such as Lillian Allen, Robert Priest, Brenda MacIntyre, Klyde Broox, featured storyteller Phyllis Walker and more.

Whatz up with Broccoli – Play with Poetry.- is presented by the Imagine Group led by Vitra Gosine, and Keli Liu.

The Imagine Group is fresh from completing a resoundingly successful six week “Play With Poetry” Writing program at the Albert Campbell Library.

Little Fingers Music – Live and Workshops

Jam with charlie and dancer Rosanna as the perform interactive songs. Their set includes: singing chanting, percussion, flash cards, props, hats, wigs and masks and a variety of dances that will keep the mosh pit moving. Their music gets children engaged and instils a deeper appreciation of music, the environment and multiculturalism. Drop by, tune in and hang out with Children’s Rock Artist and Ontario Arts Council “Arts Educator” charlie as he performs songs from his latest album.

A complete listing of artists to date includes :

Participating Artists

  • Istvan Kantor Shannon Linde, Andra Hayward with CROW Marion Lanktree with CROW
  • Trap – This Is: Art and Design Collective
  • Takashi Hilferink Catherine Toth
  • Lisa Santonato Edward Lin Christina Ott
  • Carolyn Taylor Michael Thompson
  • Kira Varvanina Rachel Wong
  • Jacob JeBailey Eric Cheung Reid English Heather Phillips
  • Robert Hilts Theresa Pankratz
  • Emmanuel Mifsud

Junction Arts Festival Activity Map

This is the latest activity map of the 2010 Junction Arts Festival.

At 11am today the blog will post text overview a text overview of the content of the festival.


Note some items may change before the festival.

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Location:McMurray Ave,Toronto,Canada