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Dusk Dances – Toronto-based nonprofit that makes high-quality dance accessible to the communititesy

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What is Dusk Dances?

Dusk Dances is an outdoor dance festival that brings high quality contemporary and traditional dance to public parks. As dusk descends, a theatrical host leads the audience – which invariably includes children, dog walkers and local residents – to eclectic dance pieces that unfold in different areas of the park.

Choreographers from various backgrounds are invited to perform a ten-minute piece inspired by the park’s natural environment. Audiences are invited on a pay-what-you-can basis to an innovative site-specific festival, which is not only an artistic event but a social and cultural one as well. 2016 will be Dusk Dances’ 22nd season.

Stepping up for dance: despite a tight deadline and an even tighter budget, a Toronto firm helps put a local dance company on solid footing
Communication World. 28.4 (July-August 2011): p40.
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Dusk Dances is a Toronto-based nonprofit that makes high-quality dance accessible to the community by staging performances in public parks. Critically acclaimed for its array of traditional and contemporary styles, Dusk Dances works with choreographers, community agencies and youth groups to nurture and promote local talent, including dancers from low-income and ethnic minority communities.

Despite its stellar reputation, Dusk Dances has performed in grassroots obscurity for much of its 16-year history. Until recently, this had not hampered its progress. By focusing promotional efforts on the neighborhoods around the three to five parks where it typically held performances each year, Dusk Dances was able to draw local audiences and fulfill its social mandate. However, in 2009, its two leading funders, the Ontario and Toronto Arts Councils, told the group that it must diversify its sources of funding. To continue to thrive, Dusk Dances needed to increase its private sector revenue.

To build recognition of Dusk Dances as more than just a neighborhood show, d’na created a complete summer festival program that showcased all seven events. This was the first time that Dusk Dances had marketed its performances together in one brochure. Not only did this communicate the breadth of the growing festival, but it also cross-promoted the shows in each community. In addition, d’na introduced brand consistency across all materials. In the past, each brochure had its own cover photograph and look. While preserving local content, d’na crafted materials with the same dynamic cover image, the same call to action (“Take the Plunge”) and the same newly designed Dusk Dances header. The Dusk Dances brand was no longer fragmented: Whether a festival performance took place in an urban area or a rural one, in a well-to-do neighborhood or a poor one, the new brand identity united them as part of Dusk Dances’ inclusive vision.

For Dusk Dances’ business goals to be achieved, d’na felt it was essential to elevate the group brand status without losing its local flexibility and grassroots charm. Though it was outside the scope of the project, d’na modified the organization’s existing logo to give it more impact. Copy blocks were written for all materials promoting the group’s status as a nonprofit and inviting public support. In low-income communities where Dusk Dances ran community development programs, brochures featuring neighborhood dancers doubled as cost-effective promotional posters. In the two new licensing sites, branded templates for posters, postcards and print ads made room for local content and sponsor recognition. In Withrow Park, newly branded posters and hand-delivered postcards targeted this more affluent community, resulting in media attention and audience numbers that exceeded Dusk Dances’ highest expectations.

Measurement and evaluation

The rejuvenated brand and 2010 festival materials were all completed within the two-month time frame. To meet budgetary constraints, d’na made 70 percent of its fee pro bono, and designed volunteer T-shirts, a fundraising e-blast and the updated logo free of charge. Working with a print broker, d’na also reduced Dusk Dances’ printing costs by 30 percent. This allowed the branding to have a much bigger impact in its first year rollout, delivering the following results:

* Unprecedented print, radio, television and electronic media coverage, including previews and reviews in the Toronto Star, Toronto Life and the Vancouver Sun and on CBC Radio, RadioCanada and–for the first time in years–Global News and CTV News. The only difference in outreach between 2010 and previous years was the new materials.

* Record turnout at the Withrow Park festival. Audience numbers rose by almost 60 percent over 2009 levels to 3,850 people, while on-site contributions increased by 56 percent to CDN$11,314–both well above the 20 percent goal. Dusk Dances also experienced a 25 percent growth in attendance at its Vancouver performance.

* Highly successful launch of the two licensing sites: Dusk Dances Haliburton attracted 1,590 people and CDN$5,161 in on-site donations. Dusk Dances Flesherton drew 740 people and CDN$2,604–in a town of only 700 people! Both licensees have renewed for 2011, and two new sites (Ottawa, and Fredericton, New Brunswick) have come on board.

* A direct mailer and e-blast designed by d’na helped Dusk Dances achieve its holiday fundraising goal of CDN$4,500, double the direct-response contributions of 2009.

Maria Papadakis is managing partner of d’na (dakis & associates), a design and advertising consultancy in Toronto, {deletethisline}

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Saturday Nov. 19 11am, 15-minute casual talk about Zalucky Contemporary Gallery the current exhibition Curbside,

photo credit, Zalucky Contemporary

photo credit, Zalucky Contemporary

Sat Nov. 19 @ 11am

Meet at Zalucky Contemporary Gallery (3044 Dundas Street West) for a 15-minute casual talk about the current exhibition Curbside, work by Toronto-based artist Laura Moore. All local Junction-area residents are welcome, and morning coffee/snacks will be served!

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London UK Artists fight to save one of London’s last studio colonies from development

An article from the site copylefted

Artists study City of London UK / click image to download report

Artists study City of London UK / click image to download report

Artists, craftspeople and fashion designers in one of London’s largest remaining studio colonies are fighting plans to bulldoze their premises and replace them with almost 1,400 mostly luxury apartments.
In a new frontline in the battle against the capital’s gentrification, housing giant Berkeley Homes has applied for planning permission to demolish studios on a former gas works site in Fulham in southwest London, which is currently used by more than 200 businesses in the creative industries.
Tenants opposed to what they describe as a Dubai-style development of blocks rising to 27 storeys include one of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite fashion designers, Pepa Gonzalez, who has made clothes for Prince George and Princess Charlotte; and Julius Schoonhoven, a leading clockmaker who works for the National Trust and the Royal Palaces.
The affected businesses include fine artists, architects and designers and have a combined multi-million pound turnover.

The bubble that turned into a tide: how London got hooked on gentrification

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The dispute is set to test a manifesto promise made in May by London mayor Sadiq Khan to “protect London’s workspaces and venues threatened by encroaching development”. The plans are set to go before the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham’s planning committee in the coming months and Khan’s spokesman said it would “inappropriate to comment while this is still a live case”.
The threat to the studios is not an isolated case. Between 2014 and 2019, 3,500 artists were predicted to lose their places of work in London – a 30% cut, according to a report by the Greater London Authority.
The temptation to replace them with private housing is strong for developers. The artists pay as little as £500 a month in rent, but Berkeley Homes is currently selling three bedroom apartments for £6m at a neighbouring site, Chelsea Creek.

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The housebuilder’s founder and chairman, Tony Pidgley, earned £21.5m last year.
But on a visit by the Guardian this week, the tenants argued they form a vital part of London’s creative industries sector, which provides one in eight jobs in London.
Fashion designers described how they manufacture clothes in other parts of the capital while fine art and furniture restorers said they worked for Sotheby’s and major galleries. They are likely to face eviction next year.

Below is a link to the Artist Work Space study from the City of London UK

and below here is a link to the  Artist Work Space study from the City of London UK named artists_workspace_study_september2014_reva_web_0

stored at this blog


The future memory heartbreak junction:

Sensual and cinematic, The future memory heartbreak junction – diptych, is an analysis of archetypes surrounding fatal love, the ecstatic psyche of performer, and the pleasure/pain reflex. This work exposes the compulsive nature of the heart, the blind-siding effects of love, and the heartbreak of loyalty within loss.
The solo reveals a torch singer, a woman trapped in a mysterious landscape reliving a lifetime of heartbreaks and triumphs. A detailed character study and an exploration of repetition, the solo is, quite simply, a tour de force from Sasha Ivanochko, one of Canada’s most accomplished performers. The solo and duet premiered on November 4, 2010 at the Enwave Theatre in Toronto as part of Danceworks Mainstage series.


Susanna Hood
I am a choreographer and performer in dance and music and the Artistic Director of hum dansoundart a dance-based interdisciplinary performance company that focuses on the integration of dance, music, and theatre to create powerfully transformative performance work.
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Another light pole stanchion & and luminary artwork, this one is sat in the Corktown Common


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High Park devoid of new artwork while one of it’s historical legacy works is now resident in Corktown Commons.

Shoes by Mark di Suvero is now sat in river side of the park, where once it was created and sat in High Park.  High Park needs another really positional art program. This is often spoken about by many artists and groups. However the feeding though of the section 37 device were developers contribute to public art in a ratio to the size of their development, severely limits what many artists can do, or act with. (1)
Mark di Suvero  is one the greatest abstract expressionist sculptors. His work in High Park, which is not different from his other works of the same period, came to define public art in Toronto Parks. 

When Shoes and Flower Power were removed from High Park the Roncesvalles Village Business Improvement Area reported it on their site with this opening paragraph.

Two sculptures by internationally-renowned artist Mark di Suvero have been permanently removed from High Park. The sculptures,”Flower Power” (above) and “No Shoes,” were created in the 1960s and are considered important works in the abstract expressionist style. According to Clara Hargittay, with Toronto’s Culture Division, “Flower Power” is likely the most valuable work of public art in Toronto’s collection. Full article here

(1) Full disclosure, the author of this blog has received funding and renuneration from Goverment and development art funding projects. 


Arabic ideas for residential design.

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Link: This firm has office in the UAE, NY and Lon.

The New York Times Artists’ Children, Depicted By Their Parent

Click image to see full slideshow, this image is a crop of part of one of the images New York Times T magazine. Chantal Joffe ‘‘Esme’s 7th birthday,’’ an oil painting based on a photograph that the London-based artist saw as a poignant reminder of her daughter’s solitude as an only child.

Click image to see full slideshow, this image is a crop of part of one of the images New York Times T magazine.
Chantal Joffe ‘‘Esme’s 7th birthday,’’ an oil painting based on a photograph that the London-based artist saw as a poignant reminder of her daughter’s solitude as an only child.


There is also a introductory article for the slideshow, click here to read it


Enjoy the weekend everyone.

Festival of Friends 2015 @ the Ancaster Fairgrounds – Hamilton this weekend August 7: Psychedelic Furs, Men Without Hats, The Box. August 8: Big Wreck, Junkhouse. August 9: Travis Tritt, Cold Creek County, Buffy Sainte-Marie


Festival of Friends 2015

Music | Family | Arts | Attractions | Festivals and Fairs


Start Date: Friday, 07 August 2015
End Date: Sunday, 09 August 2015
Time: 2:00 PM – 11:59 PM


Ancaster Fairgrounds
630 Trinity Rd. S., Jerseyvile, Hamilton ON, L0R 1R0
Information for GPS:
Latitude: 43.18871 Longitude: -80.04106
All Ages | admission free, parking on site $10

External Multimedia CONTACT INFO & ABOUT EVENT

The Festival of Friends is an outdoor music, art, and crafts festival in Hamilton, ON. It has been produced annually since 1976. Admission to the Festival has always been – and will always remain – free to everyone. August 7: Psychedelic Furs, Men Without Hats, The Box. August 8: Big Wreck, Junkhouse. August 9: Travis Tritt, Cold Creek County, Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Centre for Social Innovation has office space.

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Office Spaces Available at CSI Spadina and CSI Regent Park!

The Centre for Social Innovation has office spaces available for rent at CSI Spadina and CSI Regent Park right now!

Become a part of the CSI community and do your world changing work from an office at one of our beautiful Toronto buildings!

Email Kyle Shantz to inquire about availabilities.

CSI Spadina Spaces

Quiet relaxing event in Toronto Music Garden, 479 Queens Quay West


16:00 4pm

 Toronto Music Garden: Summer Music in the Garden
When Sun, 5 July, 16:00 – 17:00
Where Toronto Music Garden, 479 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON, Canada (map)
 Guided by Voices Sunday, July 5 | 4pm Elinor Frey reveals the five-string cello’s incredible versatility and remarkable colours through J.S. Bach’s Sixth Suite for solo cello, as well as her own transcriptions of violin music by Telemann and Benda, and newly commissioned works by Canadian composers Scott Godin and Isaiah Ceccarelli. The popular Summer Music in the Garden concert series returns for its 16th season by the shores of Lake Ontario.
Treat yourself to 17 free classical music concerts this summer, featuring outstanding artists exploring a diverse range of international themes and music styles. Concerts take place in the Toronto Music Garden most Thursdays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm from July 2 through September 13, and are approximately one hour in length. Bench seating is available but limited, so feel free to bring a lawn chair – and don’t forget your hat or umbrella and sunscreen as shade is also limited. Concerts proceed weather permitting. Please call our info desk at 416-973-4000 for up-to-the-minute rain call.

Rain Room, 2012 wonder video best with sound up

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Rain Room, 2012 by the group RANDOM

Water, injection moulded tiles, solenoid valves, pressure regulators, custom software, 3D tracking cameras, steel beams, water management system, grated floor

Rain Room has been made possible through the generous support of the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art.

Video by Gramafilm, music by Max Richter

Rain Room is a hundred square metre field of falling water through which it is possible to walk, trusting that a path can be navigated, without being drenched in the process.

As you progress through the space the sound of water and a suggestion of moisture fill the air, before you are confronted by this carefully choreographed downpour that responds to your movements and presence.