***Image courtesy The Art of Banksy website ***
Toronto, ON – Starvox Exhibits and Live Nation announces a new allotment of additional tickets on sale and extended gallery hours for the North American Premiere of “The Art of Banksy”.
The exhibition runs from June 13 to July 11, 2018 at 213 Sterling Road (Lansdowne TTC stop). With over 40,000 tickets already sold, “The Art of Banksy” is proving to be a hot ticket in Toronto this summer!
This $35 million-dollar exhibit, making its debut in Toronto, features 80 original works associated with, arguably, the most intriguing and talked-about artist in modern history. “The Art of Banksy”, curated by Steve Lazarides, the artist’s former agent, displays the world’s largest collection of Banksy’s works ever exhibited.
Included in the exhibition are the iconic “Balloon Girl”, ranked in 2017 as “The United Kingdom’s number one favourite artwork”, “Flag Wall”, an urbanized take on the famous picture of soldiers raising the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima, “Laugh Now”, a witty piece depicting a foreboding message, and many other pieces, no less compelling and equally thought-provoking.
Corey Ross, President & CEO of Starvox Exhibits says, “After announcing The Art of Banksy’s North American Premiere, tickets have sold fast! Due to popularity, interest and excitement, we are pleased to extend hours to the exhibit and offer additional ticketed timeslots so more visitors can enjoy it.”
“It's very exciting to see Toronto react so enthusiastically to the announcement of The Art of Banksy. Selling over 40,000 tickets in such a short time is record-breaking,” says Michel Boersma, Senior Vice President Family Entertainment & Theatre, Live Nation. “I am happy that we are able to announce an extra allotment of tickets. This allows even more Torontonians to enjoy our blockbuster exhibit.”
The Art of Banksy extended Gallery Hours are as follows:
Monday – Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
This one-of-a-kind exhibition has already generated excitement in Melbourne, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv and Auckland.
Tickets to The Art of Banksy are:
$35 – Adults
$32.50 - Seniors (65+) / Students (6 – 17 years of age, Valid Student ID required for youth)
Free – Children (up to 5 years old)
To purchase tickets and for more information on The Art of Banksy, go to www.banksyexhibit.com or call 1-855-323-7878.
This past weekend the Rascalz featuring Kardinal Offishall, Choclair, Checkmate, and Thrust celebrated the 20th anniversary of Northern Touch with a performance at the CBC Music Festival.
Venus Fest is pleased to announce programming for the second edition of the festival, taking place at Toronto's MOD Club Theatre and the Opera House Sept 20-22. Synth-pop songstress Zola Jesus, poet and musician Moor Mother, and Nashville trio Bully are amongst many female-identifying and non-binary artists set to take the stage this fall.
Venus Fest 2018 lineup (alphabetical)
a l l i e, Bully, Elle Barbara's Black Space, Isla Craig, LOOM, Moor Mother, OSHUN, TiKA, Vallens, Zola Jesus
Founded with the intent to foster community, inclusivity and unification, based on feminist values, Venus Fest aims to provide a welcoming and safe environment for all attendees. The festival is committed to creating a shift in terms of the long standing industry trends that have dominated event programming and organizational structures by ensuring greater awareness around who has access and representation in the arts.
Wristbands and tickets are now on-sale here.
Based on TCHC's Tenant Priority Transfer Consultation that occurred on May 17th, 2018 there are many recommendations that they will hopefully consider before moving forward. This list includes items that should happen before, during, and after such transfers in order for this to be a successful program within Toronto Community Housing.
First of all, even Graham Leah (Vice President of Asset Management at TCHC) agrees that the first step that needs to be taken is to audit the current priority wait lists. He is fully aware that many of those people on the list have moved on - whether just to another physical location or to the After Life. Both of which should have automatically led to their removal from the priority transfer lists as they are currently defined.
During this new process Toronto Community Housing has indicated that they will have one dedicated staff member to handle the Crisis Priority Transfer process from beginning to end.
From my perspective that raises a couple of questions. Number one how does TCHC plan on training the necessary number of staff appropriately? There obviously needs to be some level of competency. The consequences are significantly different from some of the incidents of incompetence I have encountered in TCHC staff. Not being able to assist in a grant writing process is small potatoes compared to not being about to deal with a individual or family in crisis.
These staff members will be dealing with individuals/families that happen to have either experienced a traumatic/violent incident or someone who is experiencing severe restrictions due to a disability. TCHC's timeline indicates that once they hire additional staff there will be one month of training. Is that enough time to make sure that these staff are provided with sensitivity training for both Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or sensitivity training to persons with disabilities?
If, during the application process there becomes a conflict between the tenant and the TCHC Crisis Priority Transfer staff member that has been assigned to them, is there a detailed Conflict Resolution Process that will be made available to the tenant?
Ideally, once a tenant has been approved for the Crisis Priority Transfer List TCHC is going to look at a tenant needs. Then based on those needs TCHC will identify then offer the tenant two or three units. If the tenant does not approve of any of those units they are immediately removed from the list. When you get down to it that makes sense. The idea of a tenant applying to the Crisis Priority List should be based on NEED not want. No longer will tenants be able to hold out for their favourite location which just so happens to have the lowest turnover rate in the TCHC portfolio. Nor will they be able to decline five or six offers of available units.
If all else fails, and someone has been declined a transfer, is there going to be an appeals process? What might that look like? Or is that something else that the City of Toronto will insist on shaping as they have with both the Tenants First panel and the appointment of the two new tenant members to the TCHC Board of Directors?
Finally, is there going to be a survey that tenants can fill out once their Crisis Priority Transfer is complete and they have finally started unpacking in their new home? In the interest of being “tenant-centric” maybe it would be best for TCHC to document any concerns that tenants may have about their experiences as this new process rolls out.
This would allow TCHC the opportunity to make modifications to the program in a timely manner that would reduce the amount of additional stress that could have devastating consequences for those that already self-identify as being in Crisis.
NXNE, presented by Aurora, is pleased to announce the second round of programming for the Yonge-Dundas Square ‘Festival Village’ Scottish synth-pop act Chvrches, Canadian Juno award winner LIGHTS, and Jasmyn Burke’s (Weaves) solo project STRANDS join previously announced acts Jazz Cartier, Azealia Banks and Big Freedia for the 2018 edition.
Yonge Street will be open to pedestrians between Dundas and Queen Streets to host this year’s free programming component of the festival, which includes music, comedy and Craft Land, where festival goers can enjoy local brews while watching their favourite local and international acts perform in the heart of downtown Toronto.
Visit nxne.com for the full schedule and to purchase a Club Land wristband for $29.
TORONTO, ON – On May 25, Canadian country superstar George Canyon will release his 12th new album, Southside Of Heaven (ole label group/ red dot), a 12-track collection that reaffirms his renowned skills as both a singer-songwriter and interpreter.
As fans heard when the album’s first single and Top 40 Canadian Country Radio hit, “More You”, arrived, Canyon remains conscious of keeping his sound fresh and upbeat with the help of producer Jeff Johnson (Wes Mack, Chris Buck Band). The second single, “Better Off In Love”, written by prolific hit songwriter Brett Jones (Justin Moore, Jason Aldean), displays that same approach. Elsewhere on the album, Canyon tips his hat to old friend Bruce Guthro by covering his classic ballad “Falling” (featuring Guthro on guest vocals), as well as the late great Stompin’ Tom Connors with a new rendition of his iconic “The Hockey Song”.
By now, Canyon’s story is legendary. In 2004, with the support of his family, the Nova Scotia native ventured south, quickly becoming a sensation through his appearances on the American television show “Nashville Star”. His debut album, “One Good Friend”, soon followed, earning both JUNO and CCMA Awards. Countless more accolades were to come: 4 Gold albums, an induction into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame, multiple top 10 Canadian Country radio singles, and a SOCAN Award for most played song at Canadian Country radio. To date, Canyon has achieved nearly 7 million total streams.
Originally published to my Hope Still Lives Here page on Instagram
This was part of an email I sent to a TCHC staffer - "I'm kind of hesitant to draw attention to todays issues because theoretically I got what I wanted. A splash pad for Gilder. Unfortunately as the attached photos show its not exactly in an ideal location. LOL Welcome to the Gilder splash/garden"
Now the email I got back stated that my "sarcasm wasn't appreciated", that I was "bitter" and claimed someone else gave her "accurate information" indicating that I had somehow or other provided "inaccurate information".
(My #PhotosDontLie I have several other angles of this garden turned wading pool.)
These are just some of the things that TCHC employees will say in order to take away from a tenants accomplishments within their community. I was the lead on that Partnership Opportunities Legacy Fund grant application that was originally supposed to include extensive upgrades to the community garden and a splash pad.
I'm still waiting to see invoices for this project to the tune of $460 000. It's not my fault that any upgrades to this project that has already been signed off on as complete has to come from accessibility funding at TCHC.
For GAWD sake stop projecting your inability to find the truth onto me - when it's an in-house issue. When I have to correct your assumptions the first day you're on site about where the money came from for this community development project, when you claim a door was accessible when it wasn't, and when other TCHC staffers claim to have written documentation about the project development process but don't - you are pointing your fingers in the wrong direction. I know that no one at TCHC wants to be acccountable to a TCHC tenant to the tune of $460 000. Well maybe you shouldn't have used me to line your pockets. #JustSayin #ShowMeTheMoney #TCH #TCHC #TOhousing #TorontoHousing #TorontoCommunityHousing
#FYI I ain't bitter. You need to grow a sense of humour. For the record, "Bitter" would have thrown in the towel a long time ago. There is a reason I call this page #HopeStillLivesHere
NXNE is pleased to announce the first round of programming for the Yonge-Dundas Square ‘Festival Village’ along with the Club Land Curator series line-up. Yonge Street will be open to pedestrians between Dundas and Queen Streets to host this year’s free programming component of the festival, which includes music, comedy and more in the heart of downtown Toronto.
NXNE’s 2018 Festival Village headliners include Toronto’s most energetic and enigmatic MC Jazz Cartier, rapper / singer of ‘212’ and ‘Anna Wintour’ fame Azealia Banks, Queen of Bounce Big Freedia and many more.
The Club Land Curators Series, programmed by leading Canadian musicians, has expanded with over 30 shows throughout the festival week. Club crawlers can look forward to a diverse range of programming including art installations, emerging artist showcases, late night DJ sets and after parties, all in Toronto’s most cherished venues. This year’s Club Land acts include Phedre, Ice Cream, Die Mannequin, Saya, Charlotte Cornfield, Sun K, Myst Milano, The Pick Brothers, La Timpa (DJ Set) Goodbye Honolulu and more.
The Curator series aims to encourage music fans of all genres to club hop across the city and witness their favourite artists transform the showcase experience. Get priority access to all shows with an affordable NXNE wristband. For tickets visit here.
Celebrating the best of independent music – both Canadian and international – the Jim Beam INDIES with Indie88, supported by The Ontario Media Development Corporation through the Ontario Music Fund, proved to be an unforgettable night for fans and industry alike.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Gord Downie - Introduce Yerself (Arts & Crafts)
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Death from Above 1979 - Freeze Me (Last Gang)
GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Glorious Sons (Black Box)
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Jessie Reyez (FMLY)
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
July Talk - Beck + Call; Picturing Love (Performed by July Talk) (Sleepless)
ALTERNATIVE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Said the Whale (Hidden Pony)
ELECTRONIC/DANCE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
DVBBS (Ultra Music)
FRANCOPHONE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Peter Peter (Audiogram)
INDIGENOUS ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Iskwe (Iskwe Music)
POP ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Ria Mae (Ria Mae/Sony)
RAP/R&B ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Pierre Kwenders (Bonsound)
ROCK ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs (Dine Alone)
SINGER-SONGWRITER ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Matt Mays (Sonic Records)
INTERNATIONAL ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
St. Vincent (Loma Vista Records)