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Perform at the Open Mic Night of Bright Flight!

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16th March

Calling all musicians, poets, playwrights, and storytellers of all ages and stages!

Come and participate at our Open Mic Night and help us celebrate the warmth and vibrancy of a new season and the Opening Reception of our new Spring Members’ Exhibition, Bright Flight: An Exploration of Spring and Colour in front of a live audience! Register for a spot today! Email exhibit [at] scarborougharts [dot] com with your name, title, and length of your piece by Thursday, April 2 at 5 PM. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Unsung Sheroes: Call for Visual and Literary Art Submissions

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17th February

We are One Woman. You cry and I hear you.
We are One Woman. You hurt, and I hurt, too.
We are One Woman. Your hopes are mine.
We shall shine.  
     – Official song of UN Women, 2015


Who is YOUR “Unsung Shero”? Are there any amazing women in your life who have had a tremendous impact on who you are today? Is it your mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, teacher, or best friend? Is there someone who does not often get recognized for her contributions to the world around her?

In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2015, Scarborough Arts is pleased to recognize and celebrate the amazing women among us throughout the month of March with a series of events that are informative, motivational, and exciting, including a collection of literary pieces and visual artworks with the theme, “Unsung Sheroes.”

Open to Scarborough Arts members and non-members, we invite you … Read More »


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26th May


A fresh assortment of creativity; an invitation to make new connections; an opportunity to embrace new media and build upon traditional forms of artistic expression in Scarborough.

This year’s third book was inspired by the theme BACK TO BASICS. What inspired you to become an artist? What is at the foundation of your practice? What got (or gets) you started? Artists and writers were invited to interpret these questions in any way they liked.


2014 Jurors:

VISUAL ART: Erin Peck is Exhibitions & Outreach Coordinator at the Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough. In this role, she facilitates contemporary art exhibitions and publications; works alongside local, national and international artists and curators; and develops arts education programs for a diverse slate of audiences. She previously held positions at the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and Gallery TPW.

LITERARY: David Bester is … Read More »

May Member of the Month: William K. McConnell

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5th May

Every month, we profile a different Scarborough Arts member. If you’re a member and would like to be profiled, send an email to news AT scarborougharts.com for more information.

William K. McConnell


How long have you been a member of Scarborough Arts?
I think 2011, just before the Big Art Book 2012; around September.

What kind of art do you practice, and how long have you been practicing it?
I write long prose poems and lyrical prose poems; I have written two short stories, but now it’s mainly poems with poem tract; not unlike graphic comics, but without the cartoons; kind of apocryphal with strains of false memory syndrome.

Tell us about the piece we’re featuring today.
The poem down the page has a quote from milky immortality, and it shows how adventures springs immortal in youthful understanding. And the pumpkin man is just one way you … Read More »

SSW’s Moments Anthologies Released!

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8th April

Scarborough Arts’ innovative pilot seniors writing program has wrapped up a fantastic eight-month run by launching its Moments book and album at the Scarborough Seniors Write Showcase on March 29 at Cedar Ridge Creative Centre.

Moments has captured stories of friendship, love, family, and many more life experiences through written and oral modes of storytelling.

The event provided the stage for participants to showcase their accomplishments over the past year under the guidance of freelance writer David Bester and noted Canadian novelist Sarah Sheard. Some participants read their submitted works on stage, while others shared new pieces inspired by their experience in the program.

It was a beautiful event, where participants were able to share their accomplishments with friends and family. Representatives from the project partners—Toronto Public Library, Tropicana Community Services, and Phase One Studios—and Hon. John McKay came out to support Scarborough … Read More »

Scarborough Seniors Write Showcase

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12th March

Come celebrate the writers of Scarborough Seniors Write! Over the past seven months, our writers (aged 55 and up) have been sharing and working on their stories with weekly exercises and storytelling prompts. And on Saturday, March 29th, they’ll be sharing the final products with you at the Cedar Ridge Creative Centre. Join them for literary readings, guest speakers, and music…and pick up your very own copy of their unique anthology of writing and recorded stories!

Scarborough Seniors Write Showcase
Saturday, March 29, 2014
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Cedar Ridge Community Centre, 225 Confederation Drive

PLEASE NOTE: Due to space constraints, an RSVP is REQUIRED for entry into this event. Click here to RSVP.

Scarborough Seniors Write: Term Two Begins!

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14th January

SSW has returned!

The fall 2013 term ended on a high note, and the new year has started off with a bang. SSW commenced with a full house, including both new and returning participants. The workshops have revealed powerful stories about family, friends, struggle, and accomplishments. The Kennedy/Eglinton Library continues to be the headquarters for the program’s activities, in collaboration with neighbouring Pro Tech Media Centre where the writers attend computer skills sessions.


Instructors Sarah Sheard and David Bester kicked off the new term with video presentations and an introduction into the world of social media and audio recording. Fall term participants have returned this year with their written submissions for the anthology, excited to see their stories in print at the end of the program. Everyone is eager to experiment with the new tools to connect with larger crowds and multiple … Read More »

Scarborough Seniors Write Fall Wrap-Up

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12th December

As Scarborough Seniors Write (SSW) wraps up its fall session, we reflect on the stories shared, milestones remembered, and memories chronicled during the hugely successful weekly writing sessions. This innovative program has garnered immense interest in the Scarborough community, with participants already gearing up for the next steps of their projects in 2014.

SSW provides opportunities for Scarborough’s seniors to fine-tune their writing skills and share their stories with a wider audience. This fall, the program has seen growing momentum in the participants’ ability and enthusiasm in the literary arts through their willingness to explore various genres and readiness to share with the group.

Starting January 9, 2014, instructors Sarah Sheard and David Bester will build on the writing skills developed over the past few months and focus on new methods to circulate these tales to a larger audience using … Read More »


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