Local art

Suit Stencil Day at Dupont/Campbell Mural

Local mural artist Joel Richardson is completing his second neighbourhood mural on the south side of Dupont St., east of Campbell Ave. There will be an unveiling party on Saturday. Details are from the event page on Facebook:

Time: Saturday, September 25 · 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Dupont and Campbell, on the street, south side across from my other mural

More Info: Come out and be a part of the documentation, I have painted the whole mural, both sides in a suit and tie, come out and create a spectacle of suits and ties as i make my mathematical artistic statement on modern finance... All ages welcome, a shirt and tie a huge plus! Bring a camera and help to document the event.

Volunteer for JT Nuit Blanche event!

The Junction Triangle neighbourhood is taking part in the 2010 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche exhibit and needs volunteers! On October 2, our installation Rail of Light will see the Wallace Avenue Footbridge transformed into a huge, sparkling chandelier, literally shedding light on the massive diesel rail expansion planned by the Ontario government.

If you can help with set-up, take-down, or manning the exhibit, please get in touch with us at We need help to install the exhibit during the day on Saturday (Oct.2) beginning at 9 a.m. and people to staff the showing (in four hour shifts) during the evening/night.

Be a part of a great, city wide arts event happening right here in the Junction Triangle and help send an important message about electric trains.

Opera Erratica: Orlando/Lunaire

Sorry for the late notice, but there's an interesting art event happening in the Junction Triangle this week. Opera Erratica are performing their Orlando/Lunaire show between August 22-28, 2010 (yes, it ends tomorrow). Interestingly, this is taking place inside a metal shed down on Sterling Rd., which probably lends itself well to the "erratica" part of this group's name.

So, rather than try to write about an underground opera event that I really don't know much about, I'll leave it to the pros. Check the Opera Erratica website for more details.

From a review in the Globe & Mail on Monday August 23:

Orlando/Lunaire, the chosen title of ‘an underground opera,’ is described by its presenters as ‘a mashup’ of George Frideric Handel’s 1719 opera Orlando and Arnold Schoenberg’s 1912 settings of 21 poems from Albert Giraud’s Pierrot lunaire (Moonstruck Pierrot) for Sprechstimme and chamber ensemble. It had, on Sunday, the first of several Toronto performances in an industrial storage shed near Bloor and Lansdowne.

Dusk Dances Festival at Earlscourt Park

The following announcement comes from Art Starts, the same organization who created the wonderful bicycle mural on Dupont St. The Dusk Dances festival is being held at Earlscourt Park, just a short walk from the north end of our neighbourhood:

Volunteers needed!

Art Starts is pleased to be co- producing the 2010 Dusk Dances Festival at Earlscourt Park (St. Clair and Caledonia) for the second year in a row! This outdoor dance festival brings innovative contemporary and traditional dance to public parks as the sun sets Thursday August 19th to Sunday August 22nd.

Dusk Dances 2009
Dusk Dances 2009


We are looking for festival volunteers for Wed. Aug 18 – Sun. Aug 22 between 5:30pm and 10pm

Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one rehearsal or performance date. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: Ushers/donation collection – Information table – Change room and truck guards – Guarding performance areas

Please e-mail or call Erin Schachter 416.656.9994 ext. 3 if you are interested and specify your availability.

In progress: New tree mural on Bloor St.

You may have noticed over the last few days that the south side of the Bloor St. railway underpass between Perth Ave. and Dundas St. West has received a coat of green paint. Today, the green paint has sprouted some new trees.

I snapped a few photos on my way home from work, and had a brief chat with the artists who had just finished up their day of painting. They will complete this City-funded project over the next couple of days.

More details and photos to come later. But for now, enjoy the sight of another blank wall being transformed into a colourful work of art. I look forward to seeing this in its completed form!

Bloor St. Tree Mural

Bloor St. Tree Mural

New mural in progress on Bloor St., west of Perth Ave., south side.

Photo by Vic Gedris, 2010-07-19.

Bloor St. Tree Mural

Bloor St. Tree Mural

New mural in progress on Bloor St., west of Perth Ave., south side.

Photo by Vic Gedris, 2010-07-19.

Bells on Bloor: Pedal-Powered Parade and Music Ride

The annual Bells on Bloor bike parade takes place on Saturday May 29th, departing from High Park at noon. I estimate it will come through our neighbourhood sometime between 12:30 and 1:00pm. Anyone with a bike can participate, or if you prefer to watch, bring some bells or musical instruments down to Bloor St. More details at

Bells on Bloor 2010 PosterBells on Bloor 2010 Poster

Yasi's Annual Ride-in Movie Night

The annual "Ride-In Movie Night" takes place in our neighbourhood again this year, as part of the City of Toronto's Bike Month. Details below are from the official Bike Month Listing:

Presented by:
Yasi's Place

Starts: June 26, 2010 08:30 PM
Ends: June 26, 2010 11:00 PM
Cost: Free

Join us for bike themed movie shorts under the stars. Bring an extra pillow/blanket/chair if you can. Assorted treats will be available. Hosted by Yasi's Place and Martin de la Rue.

For more information contact:
Phone: 416-536-9888
Yasi's Place
299 Wallace Avenue
Bloor & Symington
Map to this event

Local Student Contributes to Fuzzy Mural

Local student and graffiti artist Eric was enlisted by the owner of 229 Wallace to add his artistic flourishes to the Fuzzy Mural. Michael Wacholtz, a representative of the owner, helped out and stood by to make sure people knew that the Fuzzy Boundaries initiative, the mural, and Eric are supported by the property owner. Kudos to 229 Wallace Lofts for helping this local youth. Check out the video as this smart and motivated young man talks about his art. Only a week or so remain to see the mural before the building is torn down. Way to go Eric!

More photos on the Fuzzy Boundaries website.

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