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July 2015 Member of the Month: Shakil Akram Khan

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15th July

How long have you been a member of Scarborough Arts?
I became a member just before entering and being selected for Scarborough Arts’ 2014 Annual Juried Exhibition, which was last October. So it has not been one year yet.

What kind of art do you practice, and how long have you been practising it?
I create modern Islamic and mathematical art based on calligraphic tessellations. I use Arabic square kufic script.  Although it is an ancient form of writing, it has an avant-garde look to it due to its geometrical form. The concept of tiling readable words is a novel concept in Islamic geometrical art.

I am a self-taught artist. I am an engineer — I did not have any formal training or education in art. I have spent the last twenty years learning and quietly creating my art in my spare time. Since I started … Read More »



The Bluffs Gallery is open on Saturdays this summer!

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14th July

You can now visit the Bluffs Gallery every Saturday this summer starting July 18 until August 22!

In addition to our regular weekday hours (10:00 am to 5:00 pm), you can now visit the Bluffs Gallery every Saturday, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. View the new 12 x 12 exhibition — including Shakil Akram Khan’s mini-exhibition as our July 2015 Member of the Month; shop exclusive Scarborough Arts merchandise; get your Cultural Access Pass (for new Canadian citizens); and maybe watch live performances*!

*We are offering the intimate Bluffs Gallery space free of charge to artists and performers every Saturdays starting July 18 until August 22, 2015. If you have an album you want to launch, spoken word pieces you want to perform, new songs you want to try out, or a book you want to promote, AND need space, you need to head here right now. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.



Scarborough Arts Wants YOU to Come OUT! this Pride Month!

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10th June

Scarborough Arts wants you to Come OUT! this Pride Month!

Scarborough Arts is pleased to present Come OUT!, a series of boundary-pushing and out-there events in celebration of Pride Month this June. The youth-focused events series will feature a lineup of musical and theatre performances, a panel discussion, a film screening, interactive arts activities, and a visual arts exhibition. All events take place at the Bluffs Gallery, and are free and for all-ages. We invite all members of the LGBTTI2QQ community, friends and families, allies, and all those who are Pride-curious to these events!

VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION
June 16 to 26, 2015
The Bluffs Gallery, 1859 Kingston Road
An exhibition that will exhibit works from queer-identified artists and allies that celebrate the LGBTTI2QQ community and its histories, cultures, and diversities.

Summer Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

CONVERSATIONS + OPEN MIC NIGHT
Tuesday, June … Read More »



June 2015 Member of the Month: Tim Manalo

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8th June

How long have you been a member of Scarborough Arts?
I only became a member this month, and it’s been really exciting so far!

What kind of art do you practice and how long have you been practising it?
I’ve been a practising artist for about 5 years. My main focus is in sculpture and installation, as well as textiles. Textile art has been a recent addition, but my body of work consists mostly of sculpture and installation-based art.

Tell us about the pieces we are featuring today.

I’m showing two works at Scarborough Arts. The first one is called Balut, and it is of a yellow-coloured backpack made of resin. Inside there is a light, which shines through the hole in the middle of the backpack. The light only turns on at night. The sculpture was moulded from an actual backpack and then cast in resin.

The second … Read More »



Join us at the EAST Open Mic Night!

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5th June

Make sure you’re at The Central on Friday, June 12 at 7:00 pm because the EAST Collective will bring down the house at the first-ever EAST Open Mic Night!

Catch the EAST Collective artists as they preview a couple of songs from their soon-to-be-released album, Play Your Cards Right! Stay for the rest of the evening and witness this long list of talented musicians and spoken word artists that we’ve lined up for you:

Amanda Belle
Christopher Dundas-Robinson
Patrick Connors
Scott Ramirez
Seth Dyer
Tora Jay
Vanessa Smythe
Voice of Silence

Plus, there will be exclusive EAST Collective merchandise, door prizes to be won, and tons of great music to enjoy and artists to meet! The veteran hip-hop artist and emcee Dan-e-o will be hosting, and DJ Killahbex will be providing the beats throughout the evening.

RSVP to this event now! Contact 416-698-7322 or email east [at] scarborougharts [dot] com.

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EAST Open Mic Night Call for Performers

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26th May

This June, EAST meets west for an explosive event that we want you to be part of!

If you’re a musician, spoken word artist, playwright, or storyteller who would like to showcase your talents in a busy hub in downtown Toronto, now is your chance!

Register for a spot at Scarborough Arts’ EAST Open Mic Night and share the stage with amazing and talented performers for this one-night-only event at The Central, 603 Markham Street.

To register, contact 416-698-7322 or email exhibit [at] scarborougharts [dot] com. Include your name, the title of your piece, the length of your piece, and any technical requirements you would be needing by Tuesday, June 2, at 5 pm. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The EAST Open Mic Night will take place on June 12, 2015 from 7 to 11 pm at The Central, 608 Markham … Read More »



Come OUT! and sign up for our Open Mic Night!

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19th May

Are you a queer musician, poet, playwright, or storyteller who wants to celebrate your community? Are you an ally who wants to show off your musical talents and spoken word skills while supporting the LGBTTI2QQ community?

Then Come OUT! and participate at our Open Mic Night on June 16, from 6 to 8 pm, and help us celebrate and embrace Pride in June!

To register for a spot please contact 416-698-7322 or email exhibit [at] scarborougharts [dot] com. Include your name, the title of your piece, the length of your piece, and any technical requirements you would be needing by Wednesday, June 10 at 5 pm. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sign up now and show us what it means to be OUT!



Deadline Extended — Come OUT! Call for Visual and Media Arts Submissions:

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13th May

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Monday, June 8, 2015 by 5 pm

Scarborough Arts is out and proud this June as we participate in the worldwide Pride festivities with Come OUT!

For the June Bluffs Gallery exhibition, Scarborough Arts is inviting queer-identified artists and allies to submit pieces that celebrate the LGBTTI2QQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual & Transgendered, Intersex, Two-Spirited, Queer & Questioning) community – its histories, cultures, idiosyncrasies, and diversities. We aim to present an inclusive, multi-media exhibition that represents the diverse experiences of the LGBTTI2QQ community, so we are open to submissions in various media, including but not limited to: two-dimensional work, sculpture, new media, installation, performance-based works, literary works and multi-media. Show us what it means to be OUT! and send us bold and out-there expressions of your creativity!

Here are the submission guidelines:

Queer-identified Scarborough Arts members and non-members and allies are invited to … Read More »



May 2015 Member of the Month: Joan Little

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13th May

“I recognized my sister right away when I saw her since she had a strong resemblance to my mother at her age, but my sister had deeper wrinkles on her face and a frail posture. My sister recognized me as well, and came right in front of me and said, “Hello J.S. You have the same features as when you were young. I am so glad to see you.” At that moment, we both cried while holding hands. 

My sister was accompanied by a young man whom she introduced as her younger son, but I could not find any resemblance between my sister and him. I had a suspicion that he might be a government agent.”

–  Excerpt from “Family Reunion in North Korea” by Joan Little

How long have you been a member of Scarborough Arts?
I have been a member of Scarborough Arts … Read More »



InspirAsians: A Celebration of Asian Heritage, Culture and Arts

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30th April

Celebrate Asian Heritage Month throughout May with Scarborough Arts!

Scarborough Arts celebrates the rich, cultural diversity, and vibrancy of the Asian continent with InspirAsians: A Celebration of Asian Heritage, Culture and Arts. The Bluffs Gallery will house an impressive array of Asian-inspired artworks for a visual arts exhibition, an opening reception with multi-disciplinary performances, a family-friendly arts and crafts afternoon, and an evening of powerful storytelling.

All events are free and open to everyone, so make sure you reserve your spot and swing by!

VISUAL INSPIRASIANS
May 5 to June 1, 2015
The Bluffs Gallery, 1859 Kingston Road
Fifteen local Toronto artists showcase works that emphasize the significant artistic and stylistic influence of Asian cultures on the history of art and throughout the world, from the textiles of the East, to the magnificent tapestries of Central Asia, and the intricate dance forms of the South. Exhibiting … Read More »




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