Happy Friday! Check out today’s episode of our new #PRIDE Digital Performance Series. Join us on Instagram Live this afternoon at 3pm for an interactive performance with @sir_cbd , hosted by @tanyaneumeyer.

Mr. Chocolate Baby Daddy is a one sugar, no cream, black drag king! This fat cocoa infant guardian has been featured in the Krafty Queers’ Drag Musical, Pride TO, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and so much more. Baby Daddy has dreams bigger than his belly and hopefully a career longer than this bio.

To view the performance, follow @artsetobicoke on Instagram and tune in today at 3:00 pm. Just find the Arts Etobicoke account (@artsetobicoke) and then click on the AE icon in the top left corner, it will have a purple/pink circle around it and the word “Live.” Enjoy!

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Be sure to check out tomorrow’s Artist Studio Visit with @themightyboozhoo on Instagram Live. Tomorrow at 2:00 pm, Susan Blight will be taking us through a tour of her home studio, answering your questions, and telling us about this painting that was handed down to her from her mother. You can let us know what objects hold cultural significance for you by posting with the hashtag #EtobicokeCreates to be included as part of our Exploring Community Arts and Culture in Etobicoke initiative. See link in bio for more information.

“For my object of cultural significance, I chose this small painting handed down to me from my mother that I hold very dear. My mom bought this painting from a man who painted it while he was incarcerated with my uncle. I always keep this painting near my workspace because it reminds of the brilliance and strength of the Anishinaabeg, to keep refusing boundaries between what is considered art and knowledge and what isn't, and to keep fighting for justice.”

To view the studio tour, follow @artsetobicoke on Instagram and tune in tomorrow at 2:00 pm. You will need an Instagram account to view the tour, once you are logged in, find the Arts Etobicoke account (@artsetobicoke) and then click on the AE icon in the top left corner, it will have a purple/pink circle around it and the word “Live.” Enjoy!

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Happy Friday! Check out the first installment in our new PRIDE Digital Performance Series. Join us on Instagram Live this afternoon at 3pm for an interactive performance with spoken word artist @tanyaneumeyer .

Tanya Neumeyer (they/them) is queer poet and educator committed to access and equity. Tanya is a Toronto based poet who facilitates spoken word workshops, and has more than 15 years of experience as a professional poet.

To view the performance, follow @artsetobicoke on Instagram and tune in today at 3:00 pm. Just find the Arts Etobicoke account (@artsetobicoke) and then click on the AE icon in the top left corner, it will have a purple/pink circle around it and the word “Live.” Enjoy!

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Don’t miss today’s Artist Studio Visit with @kayajoan ! This afternoon at 2:00 pm, Kaya will be taking us through a tour of their home studio and answering your questions on Instagram Live.

Kaya Joan is a multi-disciplinary Afro-Indigenous (Vincentian, Kanien'kehá:ka with relations from Kahnawá:ke, Irish, Jamaican) artist born, raised and living in T’karonto, Dish with One Spoon treaty territory. Kaya’s work focuses on healing, non-linear temporality, blood memory and relationship to place. Black and Indigenous futurity are also centered in Kaya’s practice, framing methods of making as ancestral tools to unpack and transform buried truths, opening portals 7 generations into the past and future. Kaya has been working in community arts for 6 years as a facilitator and artist.

To view the studio tour, follow @artsetobicoke on Instagram and tune in today at 2:00 pm. Just find the Arts Etobicoke account (@artsetobicoke) and then click on the AE icon in the top left corner, it will have a purple/pink circle around it and the word “Live.” Enjoy!

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Be sure to check out tomorrow’s Artist Studio Visit with @kayajoan on Instagram Live. Tomorrow at 2:00 pm, Kaya will be taking us through a tour of their home studio, answering your questions, and telling us about their Mohawk Thematic Dictionary. You can let us know what objects hold cultural significance for you by posting with the hashtag #EtobicokeCreates to be included as part of our Exploring Community Arts and Culture in Etobicoke initiative. See link in bio for more information.

“I chose my Mohawk Thematic Dictionary to represent the importance of my journey learning Kanien'kéha. Language holds worldviews and relationships, and it is my responsibility to learn as much as I can. Lately, I have been learning plant names which has been good medicine during lockdown.”

To view the studio tour, follow @artsetobicoke on Instagram and tune in tomorrow at 2:00 pm. Just find the Arts Etobicoke account (@artsetobicoke) and then click on the AE icon in the top left corner, it will have a purple/pink circle around it and the word “Live.” Enjoy!

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Arts Etobicoke is excited to present a new Digital Performance Series for PRIDE month! Join us every Friday in June at 3:00 pm on Instagram Live for this interactive series hosted by spoken word artist @tanyaneumeyer. For more information please visit our events page at artsetobicoke.com/events

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Don’t miss today’s Artist Studio Visit with @s.u.s.h.a. ! This afternoon at 2:00 pm, Susha will be taking us through a tour of her home studio and answering your questions on Instagram Live.

Susha Suresh is the founder and the creative mind behind Advika, a small-scale artisanal production based in India that closely works with artisans and craftspeople to develop designs for wooden blocks that are used to make printed textiles. Her design language is inspired by Indian art, architecture and culture. With a post graduate in Fine Arts with specialisation in textile design, Susha’s work predominantly revolves around Indigenous textile practices of India and supporting the artisan community in their craft practices through design intervention and documentation. Susha moved to Canada in 2020, and is currently based in Ontario. She has been doing online workshops and teach-ins on textile block making and printing and has associated with the Art Gallery of Mississauga and the Textile Museum of Canada.

To view the studio tour, follow @artsetobicoke on Instagram and tune in today at 2:00 pm. Just find the Arts Etobicoke account (@artsetobicoke) and then click on the AE icon in the top left corner, it will have a purple/pink circle around it and the word “Live.” Enjoy!

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Don’t miss today’s Artist Studio Visit with @katoozian9! This afternoon at 2:00 pm, Asefeh will be taking us through a tour of her home studio and answering your questions on Instagram Live.

Asefeh Katoozian is an Iranian Multidisciplinary artist/architect. She was born in Tehran, Iran and she studied painting, drawing, and sculpture starting in 1997. She graduated from Nahavad University in Tehran, where she studied Architecture. In 2014 she moved to Salzburg, Austria where she started her studies in stage and costume design, film and exhibition architecture at the Mozarteum University. She creates in drawing and painting as well as animation, short films, and video installations. Her works have been exhibited in film festivals, such as the Tricky Women in Austria and Uvival Festival in Salzburg, as well as gallery spaces.

To view the studio tour, follow @artsetobicoke on Instagram and tune in today at 2:00 pm. Just find the Arts Etobicoke account (@artsetobicoke) and then click on the AE icon in the top left corner, it will have a purple/pink circle around it and the word “Live.” Enjoy!

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Happy Friday! Starting today we will be hosting Instagram Story takeovers with members of our staff so that our community can get to know us a little better. Today we would like you to meet our Programs and Gallery Manager, Akshata Naik. Akshata will be posting throughout the day so be sure to check out our stories and leave any questions or comments you have for Akshata in the comments below.

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Arts Etobicoke invites all artists from the community to join us for a virtual Celebration of Artists on Wednesday, May 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm via Virtual Curtain! Through this interactive online space, artists will have the opportunity to connect with peers from across the city, view virtual art, and celebrate each other. We really miss celebrating with our artist community and while we can’t do that in person just yet, we want you to join us for this event to celebrate you and your art. Please visit the link in bio to find out more and RSVP today!

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Don’t miss today’s Artist Studio Visit with @skylarbrush! This afternoon at 2:00 pm, Skylar will be taking us through a tour of her home studio and answering your questions on Instagram Live.

Skylar Cheung is a Toronto-based visual artist who works in the mediums of yarn embroidery and oil painting. She strives to call attention to underrepresented subjects in need of greater protection Such subjects include wildlife protection and Chinese diasporic communities in Canada. Skylar has been invited to residencies such as that of Main Street Arts, in Clifton Springs New York. Skylar’s work has been shown in juried art shows such as Workman Arts’ Being Scene and at venues like the Ada Slaight Gallery in OCAD.

To view the studio tour, follow @artsetobicoke on Instagram and tune in today at 2:00 pm. Just find the Arts Etobicoke account (@artsetobicoke) and then click on the AE icon in the top left corner, it will have a purple/pink circle around it and the word “Live.” Enjoy!

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Be sure to check out tomorrow’s Artist Studio Visit with @skylarbrush on Instagram Live. Tomorrow at 2:00 pm, Skylar will be taking us through a tour of her home studio, answering your questions, and telling us about her calamondin orange trees. You can let us know what objects hold cultural significance for you by posting with the hashtag #EtobicokeCreates to be included as part of our Exploring Community Arts and Culture in Etobicoke initiative. See link in bio for more information.

“The object of significance to me would be my two calamondin orange trees. The fruits are not known to be tasty, but the trees themselves are symbols of good luck. During Chinese New Year, they are gifted as good-luck tokens for a fruitful and abundant year. These two trees I have are a great way to remind myself of the childhood I spent growing up in Hong Kong, where I enjoyed many New Year festivities with my extended family. I decorated the pots of both trees, one with acrylic paint and the other with punch needle embroidery, as means of welcoming these living beings into my home.”

To view the studio tour, follow @artsetobicoke on Instagram and tune in tomorrow at 2:00 pm. Just find the Arts Etobicoke account (@artsetobicoke) and then click on the AE icon in the top left corner, it will have a purple/pink circle around it and the word “Live.” Enjoy!

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Online Gallery

Dana Zivkovic

Born 1985 in Zadar, Croatia, Dana Zivkovic currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She holds a Bachelor degree of Fine and Applied Arts from the College of Fine and Applied Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. A self-employed artist, Dana works as an art educator, curator, charity activist, looking for a new show, a gallery for exhibition. Her work explores relationship between natural heritage and the products of the modern society seen through a surreal prism. It is both formalistically representational and occasionally abstract. Recently she started developing the series which brings awareness on pollution.

Darlene Kulig

After a successful career as a graphic designer, Darlene began painting full-time ten years ago. What is especially impressive is that she has developed a unique, very personal approach that “feels” Canadian. Darlene’s award winning work has been featured in magazine and can be found in Canadian Embassy buildings, the Mayo Clinic, and art galleries across Canada and internationally. Pomegranate Communications has licensed Darlene’s work to be reproduced as contemporary Canadian content in their international product line. Most recently, she has created a line of fundraising face masks to raise money for her nephew’s memorial fund, The Craig Kulig Memorial Fund, to fund cancer research at The Ottawa Hospital. If you are interested in purchasing more products from Darlene Kulig such as calendars, puzzles, gift cards, and pillow slip covers, please contact our gallery manager akshata@artsetobicoke.com for inquiries.

David Chinyama

David Chinyama is a Toronto based multi-disciplinary visual artist whose work is inspired by color, form, movement and texture. His work is a representation of personal fascinations and experiences often shaped by his upbringing and cultural memories of different African traditions. Working in multimedia, he explores subject matters centered upon aspects of identity, socio-economic, political and religious connotations. These compositions are made out of found fabrics and recycled fibers that are cut, stitched and painted together on canvas to form varying patterns and shapes. His practice can best be described as a form of adaptation and response to influences of various cultures within different urban settings. Working in a spontaneous approach, he experiments with the use of unfamiliar materials on how they relate to each other when placed in different frames that assign to them a new function.

Jacintha Krish

As a visual artist and art instructor, Jacintha Krish’s work is primarily in mixed media as well as watercolour and ink. Constantly experimenting with pushing the boundaries of colour and form has made her the artist that she is. Jacintha’s love of teaching has broadened her horizons and helped her get to know and understand people and their different forms of artistic pleasure. Art is an interesting and fulfilling journey and she feels fortunate indeed to be able to share in the experiences of many wonderful people along the way. Jacintha’s inspiration lies in the rich biodiversity of Canada, her home. The sights and sounds of the world around her constantly challenge her to paint the ever changing mosaic that is quintessentially Canadian.

Mr. Hydde

Mr. Hydde an artist living and working in the Toronto area. He shows his work under the pseudonym Mr. Hydde. He completed his B.F.A at Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario, and his M.F.A. degree at Concordia University in Montreal. Mr. Hydde lived in Tokyo Japan for 2 years, where he became familiar with Japanese printmaking techniques and started to become interested in Japanese Pop and Street Culture through his artistic contacts. His artwork is represented by Coldstream Fine Arts in Toronto, by Gallerie Pink E Space in Montreal, and 3rd Ethos Gallery in Brooklyn NY. Mr. Hydde is a member of the Brooklyn NY based Bushwick Collective. He has painted murals for the Bushwick Block Party for the past 3 years. He painted in the Dec. 2018 MOS Miami as an invited painter.

Natalie Very B

Natalie Very B. is a Polish-Canadian illustrator, muralist, and educator. She is passionate about facilitating art workshops with a strong focus on the therapeutic aspect of creative expression. Her large scale murals depict modern female empowerment and can be found all across the city of Toronto. She makes art with the goal of changing preconceived notions of feminism and promoting self-love and body positivity in the world.

Philip Cote

Philip Cote, MFA of Moose Deer Point First Nation is a Young Spiritual Elder, Indigenous Artist, Activist, Educator, Historian and Ancestral Knowledge Keeper. Philip is a graduate of OCAD University’s Interdisciplinary Art Media and Design Masters program. He is engaged in creating opportunities for art-making and teaching methodologies through Indigenous symbolism, traditional ceremonies, history, oral stories, and land-based pedagogy. His art and teaching philosophy evolves from his practice of experiential learning and the transmission of Indigenous Knowledge. Philip has shared his knowledge with numerous institutions from York University, the Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Toronto, OCAD University, Peel District School Board and the TDSB. Philip is also a tour guide with “First Story” since 2005 providing an Indigenous history of Toronto covering the last 13,500 years and as far back as 130,000 years. Philip has won numerous TABIA awards for his public Street Art Murals Across the City of Toronto.

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