Be a part of the Greenwood Village Mural and Street Art Happening during Nuit Blanche

News Sep 28, 2012 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

The first annual Greenwood Village Mural and Street Art Happening is coming to Leslieville for Nuit Blanche.

Hosted by Scarborough’s Mural Routes, the only member-based not-for-profit arts service organization in Canada dedicated to the creation, development and promotion of public wall art, the independent installation will feature a number of interactive art activities and displays from 7:03 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 until sunrise Sunday, Sept. 30.

The first part of the local Nuit Blanche project began Aug. 12 with the painting of a large mural at 1289 Gerrard St. E. at Greenwood Avenue.

On Saturday evening, people will be invited to contribute to this street scene by painting leaves. Attendees will also be invited to do chalk drawings and temporary paintings on the sidewalk below the mural.

The installation will also include an interactive digital projection by Toronto artist Jerrem Lynch as well as several large freestanding panels for people to paint on.

Guest artist Sara Collard has also been commissioned to create live art during the Nuit Blanche project.

“This event sort of doubles as an unveiling of the mural as well as a street art happening,” said Tara Dorey, a project manager with Mural Routes, emphasizing art can happen anywhere in the city, not just downtown.

“I also think it’s the first Nuit Blanche event this far east. It is a really exciting thing to be a part of.”

A portion of Greenwood Avenue, just south of Gerrard Street East, will be closed to vehicular traffic for the all-ages community event.

Dorey encouraged everyone, including four-legged family members, to come and check out the area’s first Nuit Blanche installation.

The first annual Greenwood Village Mural and Street Art Happening came about thanks to property owner Lefteris Karagiannis, who has owned buildings in the Gerrard-Greenwood area since 2008.

During a recent interview, Karagiannis said he and his business partners wanted to do something to revitalize the area and decided it was a good idea to partner with Scotiabank and the City of Toronto, which contributed funds to hire Mural Routes for the project, and submit a proposal to mount an independent Nuit Blanche installation.

The ball officially got rolling on the project earlier this year.

“The real intent of the initiative is to sincerely take ownership of the community and improve the neighbourhood,” said Karagiannis, who also lived in the area for about three years.

“We thought it was a great opportunity to introduce art to the area. People are just thrilled there’s something happening in our immediate community (for Nuit Blanche).”

With no official business improvement in the area, Karagiannis said he understands it’s up to individual business owners to do their part to better the neighbourhood.

“We understood there would be a monetary cost, but we felt it was a win-win for the community. We did it without hesitation,” he said, adding he’d like the festival to become an annual community festival in the laneway just south of Gerrard Street East behind his building at the corner of Greenwood Avenue.

Karagiannis said he’d also like the initiative to become an “official” project for the 2013 edition of Nuit Blanche.

Mural Routes is still looking for volunteers to greet the public, lead projects throughout the night and help with maintaining control and organization of the local project’s many facets throughout Nuit Blanche. Refreshments and food will be provided to helpers. To get involved or for more information, email tara@muralroutes.com

Toronto’s only free city-wide, all-night celebration of contemporary art, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2012 is set to feature more than 150 independent installations and exhibitions within three zones across the city from galleries to loading docks and atriums to underground parking lots.

This year, there will also be a concentration of city-produced projects located along King Street from Simcoe Park and the Entertainment District in the west to St. James Park to the east, including projects at David Pecaut Square and Metro Hall.

Locally, there will be three installations in or near the Distillery Historic District.

• There’s an independent project called Corridor set to take place near Front and Parliament streets. Presented by the Semaphore Group’s Will Hudson and Joel Loblaws, this installation invites people to “open a door, move through a dark corridor and meet a fellow unknown traveler on the way to the other side.”

• Creature World! is presented by Torontonians Yan Liu and Maryan Hafizirad and features deaf artists expressing their experiences on the beauty of creatures on land, air and sea. At this installation, visitors will experience the artwork of Fish-World, including images of fish and birds embedded in a sea of bright contrasting colours in mixed media designs, a performance by an international dancer, highlighting the spirit, movement and beauty of the peacock and the delicate and graceful movements of a sign language poet as she created a piece called Dew On Spiderweb. Visit www.deafculturecentre.ca for a full schedule of the evening’s events. The Deaf Culture Centre is at 34 Distillery Lane and is accessible from the south parking lot of the Distillery Historic District.

• A second installation in the Distillery Historic District is called Dada Reboot! Dadaism is an international cultural movement that began in Zurich, Switzerland, during the First World War and peaked from 1916 to 1922. “Dada” was born out of negative reaction to the horrors of the First World War. Described as a “curated collective expression of contemporary artists and how they engage with the ideas and artistry of the Dada Movement,” Dada Reboot! will take place at 55 Mill St.

For details about Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2012, visit www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca

Be a part of the Greenwood Village Mural and Street Art Happening during Nuit Blanche

Interactive art installation is first for Leslieville

News Sep 28, 2012 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

The first annual Greenwood Village Mural and Street Art Happening is coming to Leslieville for Nuit Blanche.

Hosted by Scarborough’s Mural Routes, the only member-based not-for-profit arts service organization in Canada dedicated to the creation, development and promotion of public wall art, the independent installation will feature a number of interactive art activities and displays from 7:03 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 until sunrise Sunday, Sept. 30.

The first part of the local Nuit Blanche project began Aug. 12 with the painting of a large mural at 1289 Gerrard St. E. at Greenwood Avenue.

On Saturday evening, people will be invited to contribute to this street scene by painting leaves. Attendees will also be invited to do chalk drawings and temporary paintings on the sidewalk below the mural.

The installation will also include an interactive digital projection by Toronto artist Jerrem Lynch as well as several large freestanding panels for people to paint on.

Guest artist Sara Collard has also been commissioned to create live art during the Nuit Blanche project.

“This event sort of doubles as an unveiling of the mural as well as a street art happening,” said Tara Dorey, a project manager with Mural Routes, emphasizing art can happen anywhere in the city, not just downtown.

“I also think it’s the first Nuit Blanche event this far east. It is a really exciting thing to be a part of.”

A portion of Greenwood Avenue, just south of Gerrard Street East, will be closed to vehicular traffic for the all-ages community event.

Dorey encouraged everyone, including four-legged family members, to come and check out the area’s first Nuit Blanche installation.

The first annual Greenwood Village Mural and Street Art Happening came about thanks to property owner Lefteris Karagiannis, who has owned buildings in the Gerrard-Greenwood area since 2008.

During a recent interview, Karagiannis said he and his business partners wanted to do something to revitalize the area and decided it was a good idea to partner with Scotiabank and the City of Toronto, which contributed funds to hire Mural Routes for the project, and submit a proposal to mount an independent Nuit Blanche installation.

The ball officially got rolling on the project earlier this year.

“The real intent of the initiative is to sincerely take ownership of the community and improve the neighbourhood,” said Karagiannis, who also lived in the area for about three years.

“We thought it was a great opportunity to introduce art to the area. People are just thrilled there’s something happening in our immediate community (for Nuit Blanche).”

With no official business improvement in the area, Karagiannis said he understands it’s up to individual business owners to do their part to better the neighbourhood.

“We understood there would be a monetary cost, but we felt it was a win-win for the community. We did it without hesitation,” he said, adding he’d like the festival to become an annual community festival in the laneway just south of Gerrard Street East behind his building at the corner of Greenwood Avenue.

Karagiannis said he’d also like the initiative to become an “official” project for the 2013 edition of Nuit Blanche.

Mural Routes is still looking for volunteers to greet the public, lead projects throughout the night and help with maintaining control and organization of the local project’s many facets throughout Nuit Blanche. Refreshments and food will be provided to helpers. To get involved or for more information, email tara@muralroutes.com

Toronto’s only free city-wide, all-night celebration of contemporary art, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2012 is set to feature more than 150 independent installations and exhibitions within three zones across the city from galleries to loading docks and atriums to underground parking lots.

This year, there will also be a concentration of city-produced projects located along King Street from Simcoe Park and the Entertainment District in the west to St. James Park to the east, including projects at David Pecaut Square and Metro Hall.

Locally, there will be three installations in or near the Distillery Historic District.

• There’s an independent project called Corridor set to take place near Front and Parliament streets. Presented by the Semaphore Group’s Will Hudson and Joel Loblaws, this installation invites people to “open a door, move through a dark corridor and meet a fellow unknown traveler on the way to the other side.”

• Creature World! is presented by Torontonians Yan Liu and Maryan Hafizirad and features deaf artists expressing their experiences on the beauty of creatures on land, air and sea. At this installation, visitors will experience the artwork of Fish-World, including images of fish and birds embedded in a sea of bright contrasting colours in mixed media designs, a performance by an international dancer, highlighting the spirit, movement and beauty of the peacock and the delicate and graceful movements of a sign language poet as she created a piece called Dew On Spiderweb. Visit www.deafculturecentre.ca for a full schedule of the evening’s events. The Deaf Culture Centre is at 34 Distillery Lane and is accessible from the south parking lot of the Distillery Historic District.

• A second installation in the Distillery Historic District is called Dada Reboot! Dadaism is an international cultural movement that began in Zurich, Switzerland, during the First World War and peaked from 1916 to 1922. “Dada” was born out of negative reaction to the horrors of the First World War. Described as a “curated collective expression of contemporary artists and how they engage with the ideas and artistry of the Dada Movement,” Dada Reboot! will take place at 55 Mill St.

For details about Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2012, visit www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca

Be a part of the Greenwood Village Mural and Street Art Happening during Nuit Blanche

Interactive art installation is first for Leslieville

News Sep 28, 2012 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

The first annual Greenwood Village Mural and Street Art Happening is coming to Leslieville for Nuit Blanche.

Hosted by Scarborough’s Mural Routes, the only member-based not-for-profit arts service organization in Canada dedicated to the creation, development and promotion of public wall art, the independent installation will feature a number of interactive art activities and displays from 7:03 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 until sunrise Sunday, Sept. 30.

The first part of the local Nuit Blanche project began Aug. 12 with the painting of a large mural at 1289 Gerrard St. E. at Greenwood Avenue.

On Saturday evening, people will be invited to contribute to this street scene by painting leaves. Attendees will also be invited to do chalk drawings and temporary paintings on the sidewalk below the mural.

The installation will also include an interactive digital projection by Toronto artist Jerrem Lynch as well as several large freestanding panels for people to paint on.

Guest artist Sara Collard has also been commissioned to create live art during the Nuit Blanche project.

“This event sort of doubles as an unveiling of the mural as well as a street art happening,” said Tara Dorey, a project manager with Mural Routes, emphasizing art can happen anywhere in the city, not just downtown.

“I also think it’s the first Nuit Blanche event this far east. It is a really exciting thing to be a part of.”

A portion of Greenwood Avenue, just south of Gerrard Street East, will be closed to vehicular traffic for the all-ages community event.

Dorey encouraged everyone, including four-legged family members, to come and check out the area’s first Nuit Blanche installation.

The first annual Greenwood Village Mural and Street Art Happening came about thanks to property owner Lefteris Karagiannis, who has owned buildings in the Gerrard-Greenwood area since 2008.

During a recent interview, Karagiannis said he and his business partners wanted to do something to revitalize the area and decided it was a good idea to partner with Scotiabank and the City of Toronto, which contributed funds to hire Mural Routes for the project, and submit a proposal to mount an independent Nuit Blanche installation.

The ball officially got rolling on the project earlier this year.

“The real intent of the initiative is to sincerely take ownership of the community and improve the neighbourhood,” said Karagiannis, who also lived in the area for about three years.

“We thought it was a great opportunity to introduce art to the area. People are just thrilled there’s something happening in our immediate community (for Nuit Blanche).”

With no official business improvement in the area, Karagiannis said he understands it’s up to individual business owners to do their part to better the neighbourhood.

“We understood there would be a monetary cost, but we felt it was a win-win for the community. We did it without hesitation,” he said, adding he’d like the festival to become an annual community festival in the laneway just south of Gerrard Street East behind his building at the corner of Greenwood Avenue.

Karagiannis said he’d also like the initiative to become an “official” project for the 2013 edition of Nuit Blanche.

Mural Routes is still looking for volunteers to greet the public, lead projects throughout the night and help with maintaining control and organization of the local project’s many facets throughout Nuit Blanche. Refreshments and food will be provided to helpers. To get involved or for more information, email tara@muralroutes.com

Toronto’s only free city-wide, all-night celebration of contemporary art, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2012 is set to feature more than 150 independent installations and exhibitions within three zones across the city from galleries to loading docks and atriums to underground parking lots.

This year, there will also be a concentration of city-produced projects located along King Street from Simcoe Park and the Entertainment District in the west to St. James Park to the east, including projects at David Pecaut Square and Metro Hall.

Locally, there will be three installations in or near the Distillery Historic District.

• There’s an independent project called Corridor set to take place near Front and Parliament streets. Presented by the Semaphore Group’s Will Hudson and Joel Loblaws, this installation invites people to “open a door, move through a dark corridor and meet a fellow unknown traveler on the way to the other side.”

• Creature World! is presented by Torontonians Yan Liu and Maryan Hafizirad and features deaf artists expressing their experiences on the beauty of creatures on land, air and sea. At this installation, visitors will experience the artwork of Fish-World, including images of fish and birds embedded in a sea of bright contrasting colours in mixed media designs, a performance by an international dancer, highlighting the spirit, movement and beauty of the peacock and the delicate and graceful movements of a sign language poet as she created a piece called Dew On Spiderweb. Visit www.deafculturecentre.ca for a full schedule of the evening’s events. The Deaf Culture Centre is at 34 Distillery Lane and is accessible from the south parking lot of the Distillery Historic District.

• A second installation in the Distillery Historic District is called Dada Reboot! Dadaism is an international cultural movement that began in Zurich, Switzerland, during the First World War and peaked from 1916 to 1922. “Dada” was born out of negative reaction to the horrors of the First World War. Described as a “curated collective expression of contemporary artists and how they engage with the ideas and artistry of the Dada Movement,” Dada Reboot! will take place at 55 Mill St.

For details about Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2012, visit www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca