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Local Artists and Performers 2008

Family dance at Lula Lounge, November 9, 2008

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Dance enthusiast Lisa Ross sends this poster about the next "Sunday Salsa Social" with dancing, at Lula Lounge (Dundas West, south side, west of Dufferin near Sheridan). It seems that many park families combine these dances with the Lula Lounge brunch, and enjoy them very much. But if you just want to come out and dance, without the brunch, that's fine too.


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Thomas Barker and other artist friends at Lennox Gallery, October 30 to November 9, 2008

For the fourth year now, Thomas Barker has done much of the artistic work for the Night of Dread preparations, re-working puppets and making new ones. Now that he's done, Thomas and other artist friends are showing their work at the Lennox Gallery on Ossington just north of Queen -- the opening is Thursday October 30, and the show runs until November 9.


Ken Whiteley’s Gospel Series with JANI LAUZON & GALITCHA, Nov 16, 2008 at Hugh’s Room

From long-time Dufferin Grove farmers' market friend Ken Whiteley:
Ken Whiteley's popular Sunday afternoon gospel series at Hugh's Room will ring with some new vibrations on November 16th when his guests will be the world music ensemble Galitcha and First Nations artist Jani Lauzon.

The series has been running for over five years and in that time has featured an amazing selection of both local and international gospel artists. In the upcoming concert, spirituality in song will be explored in a broader context.

An acclaimed actress and 3 time Juno nominee, Jani Lauzon's music has ranged from native flutes to rocking blues and always featured her heartfelt, soaring vocals. Her most recent recording "Mixed Blessings", which received a CAMA nomination for Best Traditional Female Recording, is a musical exploration of her journey of feelings, thoughts and spiritual expression through her own Metis background.

Galitcha features the original songs of Kuljit Sodhi (vocals) and Chris MacLean (harmonium, guitar). Kuljit brings his Sikh influences, which are amplified by the tabla, dhol and percussion of Shawn Mativetsky and the strong horn work of Linsey Wellman. Based in Ottawa, Galitcha has performed in concert halls and folk festivals across North America and Africa. Their recent awards include the OCFF Songs from the Heart, Winner World Music category (2008), OCFF Songs from the Heart, 3rd Place World Music category (2007) plus both 1st and 2nd prizes from the CHIN Radio songwriting contest (2007). Their music is an accessible and exciting blend of styles.

Ken Whiteley is a prolific songwriter, a gifted and versatile guitarist, mandolinist, and a powerful singer! He created this series so he could share with audiences through the winter the incredible experiences he has had hosting gospel workshops at folk festivals for the past 35 years. His songs for this event will include both tradtional gospel and original songs which reflect his wide range of religous influences. All will be presented in a way that encourages the audience to sing along. Whiteley has just been nominated for another Canadian Folk Music Award and will be inducted into the Mariposa Hall of Fame on November 19th at Hugh’s Room.,

Who is it for:
Whether you are coming for the spiritual experience, or for the terrific music, Ken Whiteley's Gospel series is for music lovers of all ages!

Concert Details:
Sunday, November 16, 2008 @ Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas Street West, 1/2 block south of Bloor Street, Toronto) Doors open at 12 pm for a delicious lunch with the Gospel show beginning at 2pm

Ticket Details: $17. in advance / $20. at the door
Lunch reservations & concert tickets available by calling Hugh’s Room at 416-531-6604 or online at

Jane LowBeer show, October 23, 2008

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Visual artist Jane LowBeer has been doing the illustrations for the Dufferin Grove Park newsletter since is started up nine years ago. She has a show of her latest work at the LOOP gallery, 1174 Queen Street West (just east of Gladstone). This might be a good place to get a present for someone you particularly like on your Christmas gift list. The show runs from October 23 to November 16. The gallery's phone number is 416 516-2581.


Local Artists and Performers 2008 - Past events

Travel the World, Summer Camp

Art, music and play.

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For more information visit Garrison Creek Art Education Centre.


The Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre Presents:

Building “An original family musical about livin’ in harmony starring children and youth”, June 1st

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Ruth's family is getting kicked out of the building they call home! It's up to Ruth and her friends to find the beauty in their differences and teach the grownups about acceptance, diversity and community. Featuring an all-star cast of diverse local children, youth and community artists, Building (written by: Anna Sudac and Mitch Willer in collaboration with the Nook Community) is a silly and a serious, song-filled celebration of the many faces that make up a "neighbourhood, in a city full of neighbourhoods."

On June 1st, 2008 the Nook Children's program mark's its third annual original theatrical production. Each year through the medium of theatre the Nook collaboratively explores current issues specific to the diverse downtown Toronto, Christie-Ossington community. Building addresses community and family relationships, poverty and housing, while also touching on organic farming and struggles of small independent businesses. In alignment with the Nook’s objectives, this production is one that aims to empower local at-risk children with the knowledge to participate and advocate for positive community involvement.

Building will be running for two shows on June 1st 2pm and 7pm at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West). Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 children (12 and under). For further information regarding these shows, ticket sales and directions, please visit our blog at or call 416-534-8941 ext. 33.

Art show opening party!

Friday, May 16, The Ackee Tree Restaurant, 170 Spadina at Queen

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Hello, my name is Becca and I live in the neighbourhood. I've been invited to display my photography and art at The Ackee Tree Restaurant, 170 Spadina at Queen and am having an opening party on Friday, May 16! The photos I will be showing are from a recent 9 month stint living and working on an organic farm/permaculture institute in the caribbean. For anyone who went to the Dufferin Park crafts fair in December, I was selling some art there also.

All the information is on the attached flyer. Hope to see you there!! If you cannot make it to the opening but are ever around the queen/spadina area, my art will be up for several months. thanks! If you have any questions, my e-mail address is
Becca Lemire

Ken Whiteley plays Tin Pan North Festival (May 22) & Olivia's at 53 (May 25)

Enjoy the music of Ken Whiteley in Toronto May 22

TIN PAN NORTH SONGWRITER FESTIVAL featuring Ken Whiteley, Karl Widmeyer, Elana Harte, Don Suitor Thursday, May 22, 7:30pm @ Trane Studio (964 Bathurst Street, North of Bloor Street, Toronto)

NSAI of Greater Toronto presents the 9th Annual Tin Pan North Songwriter Festival – a Canadian offshoot of the legendary Tin Pan South that takes place each Spring in Nashville. This event was created to salute the craft of songwriting of all genres – and a chance for NSAI regional performing writers to shine in front of packed crowds.

Admission is $10. Tickets at: 1.877.700.3130

RAOUL’s BLUE SUNDAYS w special guest Ken Whiteley May 25, 9pm

At Olivia’s at 53 Award winning Blues, Gospel & Roots multi-instrumentalist, Ken Whiteley and Award winning Harmonica playing singer-songwriter & founder of Raoul & the Big Time, Raoul Bhaneja fire up a night of smoking acoustic blues in the intimate setting of Olivia’s at 53.

Reserve a table for dinner, enjoy a glass of wine from their Microwinery out on their patio or just drop by at 9pm for the smoking acoustic blues.

No Cover Charge. Free.

Olivia’s at 53 is located in the small Victorian house on the north-east corner of College and Clinton, in Little Italy, Toronto. For more info & table reservations call 416.533.3989 or visit

Artist Websites: , ,

See you there! I'll be on the patio with a glass of vintage red. shari campbell, Ken Whiteley's Personal Assistant

The Whole Shebang 2008!

Friday May 9th and Saturday May 10th, 2008. Enwave Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

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Spring is finally here! this means that i am getting the word out for The Whole Shebang. It's time for our annual jam-packed two-night showcase of cross-disciplinary wonder and extravanganza at Harbourfront Centre.

This year we have musicians, filmmakers, dancers, digital media artists and visual artists together for two nights. It's dynamic, inspirational and mesmerizing. It's a multi arts experience that you don't want to miss. please note this year we also have a very special student matinee programme at 1pm on May 8th with a different line up of artists. read on for details about everything.
I hope I'll see you there!
With warm wishes,


Scoff ‘n Scuff fundraising event

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On Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 St.Christopher House is presenting our 9th annual Scoff ‘n Scuff fund raising event.

This is a Newfoundland kitchen party featuring traditional and some non-traditional music, fiddling and square dancing! Cash bar.

All proceeds to go to the St. Chris Music School.

Advance tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors At the door, the adult tickets are $25.00. For tickets, please call me at 416-532-4828 x127 or email

Tickets are also available through reception at 248.

I hope to see you here!!

Sherry Squires
Music School Coordinator

posted April 19, 2008

From the Clay and Paper Newsletter:

Community Arts Ontario Forum, CAO Forum

CAO Members, supporters, practitioners and aficionados of Community Arts are invited to attend CAO’s Forum 2008: Artists as Workers/Workers as Artists taking place in Toronto from May 2 to 4.

Presented in partnership with the Mayworks Festival, the forum features panel discussions, workshops, a talking circle, mobile printmaking studio, performances, readings, video screenings, photographs, book launch/readings, songs, stories and poetry around the fire pit, and the Mayworks Festival finale concert. Discussion topics include:

  • how emerging artists in Ontario develop their own community art practices
  • report findings from the Weaving Tapestries workshop series
  • celebrating food and agricultural workers
  • labour and community arts collaborations
  • challenges facing northern and Aboriginal artists
  • community artists' strategies for survival

Taking place at FoodShare (90 Croatia St near Dufferin and Bloor), Dufferin Grove Park, and the Steelworkers Hall (finale concert), this year’s gathering is a unique opportunity to share experiences with creative workers who change lives, communities and society.

For more info CLICK HERE.

See Clay And Paper Theater website.

H2Orchestra: April 22 Earth Day Event

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The Music Gallery, 197 John Street, 8 pm free of charge.

The hydraulophone will be demonstrated by its inventor, Steve Mann, followed by a performance in the Five Classical Elements (states of matter):

1. Earth (Solid) - piano
2. Water (Liquid) - hydraulophone
3. Air (Gas) - pipe organ
4. Fire" (Plasma) { plasmaphone (another instrument invented by S. Mann)
5. Idea (Informatics) - brainwave quintephone, performed by Ariel Garten.

Steve Mann writes; "Take a look at some of the hydraulophones and get a sense of how they might play out in the wading pool this summer."


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posted March 10, 2008

Squashamole - interactive theatre about Global Warming

Park friend and Neighbour Sara Escott sent us this email:

Next Sunday March 16th, 2008, my theatre company, IF Theatre, is putting on an interactive theatre show on the theme of global warming at the Concord Cafe (Bloor and Delaware). I was wondering if it would be possible for you to send out the poster for our show to the market list serve- given the topic and since it is in the neighborhood.

I have attached the poster to this e-mail.

Best wishes,

Sara Escott


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