Public Art Projects

 

 

 

Header Image and Logos created by Xeynamay

Young artists transform Toronto public space, animating, amplifying, and archiving creative histories and voices of people and places on the margins.

Artists consider the complexities of place, and work together with communities to innovate models of care and community in FOUR immersive and interactive public art projects.

 

 

OCTOBER 1-DECEMBER 3, 2021

With Spring 2022 Activations

exhibition will be accessible online

We acknowledge that these projects are taking place on Treaty 13, in T’karonto, This is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

OCTOBER 1 – 30, 2021
QUEERING PLACE
Exhibition is Open
at
Garrison Commons
100 Garrison Road at Fort York Blvd.
October 22-24: Queered Place: A Mini Activations Site Festival

Register Here

OCTOBER 7, 2021
4:20PM
THE BENTWAY
STRACHAN GREEN AMPHITHEATRE
250 FORT YORK BLVD. TORONTO

OCTOBER 15 – 29
A Toronto Mans Reflection Vol I: Lokey Care Booth
at
Eglinton Gilbert Parkette
504 Gilbert Avenue
Eglinton Avenue West and Caledonia Road
October 15 & October 29: Community Events

NOVEMBER 5, 2021 – FEBRUARY 22, 2022
HEAR US
Exhibition opens for self-guided tours
at The Bentway

Artists and Creatives

 

Lisa Myers

Curatorial Mentor

Lisa Myers

Curatorial Mentor

Lisa Myers is an independent curator, artist and educator with a keen interest in interdisciplinary collaboration. Based in Toronto and Port Severn, she is a member of Chimnissing, Beausoleil First Nation and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change at York University. Myers is an artist and curator and her research focuses on Contemporary Indigenous art and curatorial practice, Indigenous food systems and food sovereignty. Through socially engaged art, she creates gatherings that respond to place, sharing Indigenous foods and reflecting on underrepresented histories and collective forms of knowledge exchange.

 

The Making With Places: Public Art Projects have been designed and developed with curatorial mentorship from Lisa Myers.

Sue Cohen

Creative Lead - Reconstructions of Home

Sue Cohen

Creative Lead - Reconstructions of Home

Though primarily a painter, often utilizing classical techniques, playing with surrealism and collage with a keen interest in figurative imagery. My arts practise led me to learn to play in a variety of materials, sculpture, papermaking and book binding, and more recently environmental arts.

I have worked as a community artist in Toronto for the past 25 years. Currently at SKETCH working arts for street involved and homeless youth, as a Program Coordinator.  I have a deep passion for experiences that explore human relationships with the environment – focusing on integration of the arts and nourishment through urban gardening, horticulture, wild crafting and culinary arts.

Themes throughout my work focus on creative rejuvenation, exploring communal arts practise and inclusion, and finding joy together in the process. The healing act of arts creation and how that fosters a sense of deep community connection are sacred to me, and where all humanity truly shines.

Naty Tremblay

Creative Lead - Queering Place

Naty Tremblay

Creative Lead - Queering Place

Naty Tremblay believes deeply in the radical & transformative power of the arts leveraged for community rooted education, organizing, healing and visioning. Naty’s experiences as an identical twin, a poor muskrat french-metis farmer, a rambler, and a gender-queer feminist have greatly shaped their creative social change practices. Naty has co-created a broad body of interactive multi-media stories, performances & workshops, gatherings & community-engaged artworks exploring identity & power, regenerative reciprocity, healing justice & magics of the natural world. Naty has a BA of Integrated Media for Social Change from OCADU.

They co-founded the Xpace artist-run center & The People Project, an organization doing creative activism with LGBTQ youth. Naty has coordinated media, community arts & transformative justice programs at SKETCH Working Arts for 8+ years, building creative leadership capacity with poor young people. Naty is the Executive Director of Rittenhouse: A New Vision, Canada’s oldest abolitionist organization, supporting Transformative Justice capacity building with communities impacted by violence & criminalization.

They are a proud member of the Drawing with Knives shadow puppetry troupe, The Switch Collective – creating political multi-media street performance, and the Trans Healing Arts Collective – visioning spaces that center the healing & creativity of Trans* peoples.

Facebook: Naty Tremblay

DRAWING.WITH.KNIVES

The Switch Project Toronto

The Smiling Room

Rittenhouse

Ty Sloane

Artist-in-Residence - Queering Place

Ty Sloane

Artist-in-Residence - Queering Place

Tyler J Sloane (They/Them) is a multidisciplinary performance artist. Their art emphasizes marginalized voices that intersect mixed-race and queer identity. They are currently the Performance Arts Artist Associate with SKETCH Working Arts running the Queering Place residency with Naty Tremblay, the In-Conversation Series Buddies In Bad Times Project host with LeZlie Lee Kam at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre Company, and also the Education and Mentorship Director at Elevate Equity.

Instagram: @tylerjsloane

Ayrah Taerb

Project Lead - Indica;Omega

Ayrah Taerb

Project Lead - Indica;Omega

Photo credit: wowk photography

Ayrah Taerb is a songwriter, recording artist & performer.  His creative influences span the length of multiple generations in both Rap and Hip Hop, with auxiliary influences coming from Reggae, Soul & Electronic music.  As the Creative Lead behind “Indica; Omega”, his album crafting process has informed the genius of many artists in the arena of Film, Live Music, and Sound Engineering.

Xeynamay

Video, Podcast Series, Documentary, Graphic Design

Xeynamay

Video, Podcast Series, Documentary, Graphic Design

Xeynamay Gezahegn is a content creator with multidisciplinary training in Film, Music, Writing and Performance. Gezahegn is a poet of many mediums hoping to tell the stories of the people she encounters. At 13, Gezahegn moved from Ethiopia to Canada. While she was fluent in English, some experiences couldn’t be fully translated. It was then she began exploring the act of communicating via art. Her content creation focuses on the documentary style. She wishes to continue exploring how to capture true stories in traditionally “fiction” styles like animation, audio storytelling and more.

Jess Devitt (she/they)

Associate Artist - Reconstructions of Home

Jess Devitt (she/they)

Associate Artist - Reconstructions of Home

Jess is a visual artist, educator and muralist based in Tkaronto. Jess has had experience working with community through the arts offering instructional workshops for a range of mediums and art making techniques both digitally and in person.

Jess is currently the Visual Arts Associate at SKETCH Working Arts and a Visual Arts Educator for the TDSB through KickStart Arts, focused on incorporating collaboration through access to art and community. Their approach to art making focuses on finding new ways to create, teach and learn from the artists and inspirations around them. The techniques Jess teaches range from watercolour, acrylic, oil, image transfer, charcoal, resin, jewellery, bookbinding, soft and oil pastels, knitting and more.

The CHMST

Producer - Indica;Omega

The CHMST

Producer - Indica;Omega

The CHMST is a beat maker/producer, engineer, bandleader, and curator of sound.  His acute interest in the scalable art of sonic profiling has both necessitated and encouraged his genius approach to sampling, drum programming, and low end sound design.  His involvement in the creation of “Indica; Omega” has been an exciting case study used partially to inform his forthcoming album titled Differently.

Ryan Weaver

Sound Artist/Project Advisory - Reconstructions of Home

Ryan Weaver

Sound Artist/Project Advisory - Reconstructions of Home

Ryan Weaver (aka Ry King) is a singer/songwriter, music producer and music educator. He sees music as one of the most powerful forces to promote peace, love and empathy and to heal all humanity. His music is created with these goals at heart.

Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Ry relocated to North Vancouver, BC, where he graduated from SAE Vancouver’s Audio Engineering and Music Production program.

The Noise Witch

Project Lead - Queering Place

The Noise Witch

Project Lead - Queering Place

The Noise Witch is a multi-disciplinary creative with a focus on music performance and art direction. Their art is inspired by drag, burlesque and experimentation within digital media. They are a practicing Reiki Master, Teacher, Tarot reader, and Astrologer, with a focus on Ancestral healing and reclamation. Their work is centred around decolonization, healing, Trans rights, sexuality and Spirituality, while also aiming to provide joy and inspiration for those experiencing their offerings.

Jermaine Henry

Moderator - Indica;Omega

Jermaine Henry

Moderator - Indica;Omega

Jermaine Henry is a published author, inspirational speaker, emcee, master facilitator and social entrepreneur who has worked in the philanthropic, mental health, youth-serving, arts, culture and social innovation sectors for over 10 years.

His work has been published in the North American Journal of Psychology and he has been featured in the Toronto Metro Newspaper for his work with Brave Spaces.

He has worked with many organizations and foundations across Canada, such as School For Social Entrepreneurs, Toronto Arts Council, CMHA,The New Mentality, Inspirit Foundation, Laidlaw, Ontario Trillium Foundation – Youth Opportunities Fund, Youth Social Infrastructure Collaborative, Centre for Social Innovation, YouthREX, Algoma University, York University and more.

Jermaine’s passion is in inspiring people to express their stories through his journey of struggle and success, while promoting freedom, love and equity. He’s a co-founder of the Young Leaders Circle, Consultant with The Outside. and Creator of IBLV DREAMERS.

Matt Somber

Performer - Indica;Omega

Matt Somber

Performer - Indica;Omega

Matt Somber is a lyricist, emerging photographer and performer. He recently released his debut single Sky fall in anticipation of his upcoming album. He hopes to continue exploring performance and direction while cementing his status as a Toronto legend!

Olympia Trypis

Curatorial Artist/Project Advisory - Reconstructions of Home

Olympia Trypis

Curatorial Artist/Project Advisory - Reconstructions of Home

Olympia (they/she) is an artist who doesn’t like labels, identifies as a human who is trying to live and create in harmony with earth, which is our home.

Maddie Lycheck

Artist-in-Residence - Queering Place

Maddie Lycheck

Artist-in-Residence - Queering Place

Madeleine Lychek is a Filipino-Canadian queer performance and video artist. She uses social media as a digital playground to engage with conversations surrounding power and play, exploring how a body and it’s consumption can be used as a radical act of self-discovery.

Jahmal Nugent

Associate Artist (Photography & Video)

mediaarts@sketch.ca

Shenn Goddess

Creative Consultant - Indica; Omega

Shenn Goddess

Creative Consultant - Indica; Omega

Shenn Goddess is a multidisciplinary artist, with a background in singing, songwriting, theatre and dance. She has been writing music since her childhood and has performed original music throughout the City of Toronto at venues such as Night Owl. In 2016, she studied theatre under d’bi young at the Watah theatre where she wrote and performed her first monodrama. In 2018, she studied at Steps Dance Studio under the supervision of salsa-trained instructor Jena Alma, through the Pretty Wings intensive.

While she continues to create music and deepen her craft, she is currently studying with Body Intelligence to become a craniosacral therapist and Yoga Blue Fitness in order to evolve her embodiment practice to create art from a more integrative perspective.

Lisa Petrunia

Curatorial Artist/Project Advisory - Reconstructions of Home

Lisa Petrunia

Curatorial Artist/Project Advisory - Reconstructions of Home

My art often has themes; overlapping different realities or creating completely alternate ones. I use my work to tell stories. I tend to work in sculpture, collage/ assemblage, photography and video.

When designing I think in terms of 3-dimensional space; I enjoy considering how and when to transfer things to print, photo, and bring the 3D world into the 2D.

I enjoy creating worlds that showcase mystical and otherworldly dimensions. Offering holistic visions for all beings and dialogue toward social change.

I work doing harm reduction and advocacy. My art is an extension of that. My art is where I can communicate steps towards further inclusion. When words fall short, art captures emotion and offers healing. Particularly for those who have experiences of marginalization.

Bert Whitecrow

Artist-in-Residence - Queering Place

Bert Whitecrow

Artist-in-Residence - Queering Place

Bert Whitecrow is a 2 Spirited, Anishinaabe multidisciplinary artist from Seine River First Nation. Their work explores themes of healing, preserving and practicing ancestral knowledge. As a conceptual artist, Bert works with a variety of media, often combining traditional and unconventional materials.

They are a member of MilkWeed collective, which is a mixed Indigenous collective that focuses on building relationships with Indigenous communities through art making workshops, facilitated conversation and permaculture. Bert is currently attending the Indigenous Visual Cultures program at OCAD University and plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in April 2022.

Em Dial

Artist-in-Residence - Queering Place

Em Dial

Artist-in-Residence - Queering Place

Em Dial (she/they) is a queer, non-binary, multiracial, chronically ill grower, poet, and educator, who was born and raised on Ohlone lands, in what is currently known as the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Their work plays against the idea of the (un)natural, with words and seeds rooted in histories of resistance and nourished by communities of care.

In addition to working with organizations like CommunityGrows and Black Creek Community Farm to increase access to growing space and food sovereignty, Em is also a 2022 Kundiman Fellow and a recipient of the 2020 PEN Canada New Voices Award and the 2019 Mary C. Mohr Poetry Award.

Emmet Reed

Curatorial Artist/Project Advisory - Reconstructions of Home

Emmet Reed

Curatorial Artist/Project Advisory - Reconstructions of Home

My name is Emmet Reed, I am a Queer, Non-binary community artist and performer in Toronto.  I have been creating works for the past 25 years. I was an inaugural member of SKETCH, the Toronto Art studio for street youth which has been vital in bridging marginalized and vulnerable communities back to the arts.

My theatre works include A social justice theatre troupe here in Toronto where we performed and educated people around Violence against women, Homelessness and  LGBTQQTI issues. I have also worked to create soundscapes for theatre works including Africville which played at the Factory Theatre.

I have been a performance artist and Drag King within the community since the late 90’s representing Toronto at IDKE4 and performing in collaboration with the Toronto Drag Kings  and have performed at Harbourfront, Vazeleen, Buddies in Bad Times and numerous PRIDE stages Including our own KINGSIZE stage.

KINGSIZE went on to create  legacy works  within the Toronto Archives which centered around pushing the boundaries of body image, beauty standards and gender with innovative performances and film.

I have worked with other community artists to create multimedia installations. “Deconstructed” was an exploration of gender shown at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. This installation included pre-filmed body parts and visceral imagery which could be configured by the participant to explore identity and authenticity.

I am currently Working on pieces that push the boundaries of what is community, communication and self-identification within virtual spaces as well as documenting the impact of the pandemic through the lens of marginalization with a focus on homelessness and the barriers it presents to intimacy and connect.

See my current work on Instagram: @brawnandbone

Zephyr McKenna

Artist-in-Residence - Queering Place

Zephyr McKenna

Artist-in-Residence - Queering Place

I’m an urban Anishinaabe and Lunaape Two-Spirit person with relatives from Alderville and Munsee Delaware First Nations, as well as Irish, Scottish, and English ancestry. Illustration and animation are the mediums I feel most at home with, but I’m very much a multidisciplinary artist, and love finding connections between varying and unconventional mediums.

I’m currently studying 3D modelling and animation in George Brown College’s Game Art program, building skills to create games and other digital media that focus on language revitalization, celebrating two spirit stories, and imagining Indigenous futures.

Julian

Julian Diego

Program Coordinator, Creative Lead - My Public Living Room

julian@sketch.ca

Pogi the Artist

Artist-in-Residence - Queering Place

Pogi the Artist

Artist-in-Residence - Queering Place

At heart, I am an abstract and conceptual artist, with a style influenced by graffiti and realism. I like to bend the rules, but not break them, with my work exploring spaces between traditional and non-traditional styles and perspectives. On the surface, my quick work consists of images of coffee, vices, brick walls, and tunnels abstractly morphed together with nature and concrete structures. In depth, often through journaling and sketching, my work explores ambiguity, space, and “finding home.”

Poetry and music also help me express these depths in nuanced ways. If I had more space, I would further explore these concepts through relevant large scale paintings, sculptures, and installations. Currently, I’m exploring my style of painting more deeply, researching and experimenting with more ways to develop my creations through materials, mediums and concepts.

Story

September 2021 marks the launch of the City’s new 10-year Strategy with its vision of “Creativity and Community – Everywhere”.

In this time when monuments are coming down and ‘the single story’ is no longer acceptable for Toronto, it is particularly critical that we live into the reality of that vision. That means surfacing and listening deeply to stories and sharing knowledges that have not typically been honoured or celebrated, and witnessing the expressions of those stories in amplified forms of public art.

These ideas emerged in the Making with Place Research Project of 2020 (MWP) which surfaced young peoples’ desires and intentions for community culture and place. That project provides the foundations for this public art series.

makingwithplace.ca

Public Art Projects are produced in partnership with:

Toronto Arts Council
Toronto Arts Council