Tuesday, April 04, 2017

National Poetry Month Celebration in the Junction

National Poetry Month in the Junction Photo: @artjunctionto

Famous Last Words Bar. The “P” Word poetry reading in the Junction. 

Celebrating National Poetry Month

When: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Time:  7-10 pm
Venue: Famous Last Words
Address: 392 Pacific Avenue, Toronto, ON M6P 2R1

(South-West corner of Pacific and Dundas)


Credit: @flwtoronto

Plus: All through April. 

The “P” Word. Celebrating National Poetry Month in the Junction.
Self guided walking and reading tour of poems posted in store windows along Dundas St. West between Keele and High Park Ave.

Please email for more info: mooneatersue@gmail.com


Official 2017 National Poetry Month NPM17 poster 
Credit: poets.ca/

Celebrate National Poetry Month 2017 this April!
To think of time–of all that retrospection!
To think of to-day, and the ages continued henceforward!

From “To Think of Time” by Walt Whitman

theme: Time
hashtags: #NPM17 or #poeticmoment or #poetrymonth
updates: @CanadianPoets
visit: poets.ca/npm.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Junction Summer Solstice Is Scheduled for Saturday, June 24

Toronto Junction Summer Solstice Festival 2012, by artjunction.blogspot.com Flickr's Photo: The Junction Summer Solstice Festival
It's early morning and The Junction is ready to celebrate the beginning of Summer
June 23, 2012 @ artjunction.blogspot.com



The Junction Summer Solstice is scheduled for Saturday June 24, allowing festival goers to celebrate the start of Toronto’s warmest season from noon to midnight on Dundas Street West, from Keele to High Park Street and beyond.

Toronto, ON - April 1, 2017 - The Junction’s Summer Solstice Festival has been a long standing tradition on the west-side of Toronto, offering crowds of all ages a full day of music, art, outdoor patios, leisurely shopping, and entertaining programs. An early focus on healthy living activities and events has expanded to include live music, artists, premier dining options, and children's programming.  

The Junction BIA has announced today that the Summer Solstice event will be held on Saturday June 24 this year. Those working on the festival promise an increase in activities from the already packed agenda of previous years. The 2017 event will also see an expansion of shopping and programming into evening, to intensify the nighttime portion of the festival.

“We have seen a big spike in the number of amazing restaurants opening up in the area and so many of them started getting accolades from local press right off the bat! As a neighbourhood that includes Shamone, Stadt Cafe, and Famous Last Words, to just name a few places getting incredible reviews right now, we want the festival to really feature our great restaurants and nightlife this year,” says Christine Sweeton, Executive Director for The Junction BIA.

“But Summer Solstice is far from being just a food festival,” adds Chair of The Junction BIA Board of Management, Heather Phillips. “We always try to provide things that cover a wide range of interests and make the event fun for all ages.” Phillips co-owes a local art studio and supply shop. Her contributions to past festivals have been among the most memorable and often include workshops or games for kids.

In preparation for the event, The Junction BIA is busy scheduling entertainment, organizing local vendors, and working with event partners to ensure that the Summer Solstice event is the best possible kick-off to the Toronto festival season.

About the Junction BIA

The Junction Business Improvement Area is located on Dundas Street West between Indian Grove and Quebec Avenue. No longer Toronto’s best kept secret, the Junction is celebrated among residents and visitors for its old world meets new world charm. A wonderful place to explore and discover, this unique Toronto neighbourhood features a variety of retail shops, restaurants, bars, furniture shops, alternative health practitioners, fitness options, artistic enterprises, and bustling night life. Come see us where the rails meet!


Christine Sweeton
Executive Director
The Junction BIA
Phone: 416-767-9068
Email: thejunctionbia@gmail.com

The Junction BIA
396 Pacific Ave, Suite 205
Toronto, Ontario, M6P 2R1
Phone: 416-767-9068
Email: thejunctionbia@gmail.com

junction summer solstice festival

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Junction Residents Association's Fundraiser Function in the Junction: May 6

In support of Green13 Toronto
The Junction Residents Association
proudly presents

Annual Fundraiser


All proceeds go to Green 13, a group of Ward 13 residents concerned about the impact humans are having on our climate and environment.

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 5 PM - LATE

Where: West Toronto Masonic Temple
Location: 151 Annette Street, Toronto, ON M6P 1P3
(next to the Annette Public Library)

$45 (advance ONLY)
From 5 to 6 PM
A cocktail hour with buck-a-shuck oysters sponsored by Honest Weight
From 6 to 8 PM
A sit-down dinner provided by local restaurants and served by local firefighters
Silent and live auctions with donations from Junction businesses
$5 (at the DOOR after 8 PM)
A live auction, cash bar 

Live music by local blues band - The Sleaper Group

Please, find mo info:

Over the past seven years, the Junction Residents Association has donated $41,297.06 to important local charities.
Thanks for your support.
This year will be bigger and better!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Junction Digital Camera and Media Club

Junction Digital Camera Club: March 21 Black and White Photography
Have fun, share and learn:
DSLR cameras, photos, videos and media publishing

Digital Camera and Media Club
for Beginners and Amateurs

Have fun, share and learn:

DSLR cameras, photos, videos and media publishing

When: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

on recurring dates listed below

Where: Annette Street : Toronto Public Library
Address: 145 Annette Street, Toronto, ON M6P 1P3

Program Description 

Q and A, and tutorials:
How to take photos and 4K videos
Hands on workshops, outings and photography
Show and Tell on the Library 72-inch TV
Bring you camera, pictures and videos (USB drive or SD card)
How to publish your work on the Internet, YouTube and websites

Upcoming Dates:
Tue Mar 21 - Topic: Black and White Photography
Tue Apr 18 - This meeting we will look at the JRA photos
Tue May 16

More Info:

Digital Photography Club

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Artist Talk at Zalucky Contemporary:
March 11 at 2 pm

Zalucky Contemporary: Lili Huston-Herterich: We of the Middling Sort

Artist Talk: Lili Huston-Herterich
in conversation with Erin Alexa Freedman

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017 @ 2 pm
Address: 3044 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M6P 1Z3

On the occasion of her solo exhibition We of the Middling Sort, Lili Huston-Herterich will speak with independent curator, writer and textile historian Erin Alexa Freedman on the various threads of inquiry lining this project.

Lili Huston-Herterich is a Toronto-based artist with a background in photography and a practice currently rooted in multidisciplinary installation. The artist routinely employs anti-hierarchical methods of art-making; integrating craft practices, staging participatory events, and using utilitarian objects to engage bodies that share the same space. Recent exhibition include Babble On at Rockaway Topless, NY (2016), Soft Rug & A Chirping Bird at AC Repair Co., Toronto (2016), The Mouth that Holds the Tongue at The Power Plant, Toronto (2015), and Several Swallowing Egg Sounds at Peregrine Program, Chicago (2015). She is currently working on a digital archive project Chroma Lives with design historian Erin Alexa Freedman that was previously supported as a Performance-In-Residence with Amsterdam-based organization If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution (2015-2016), as well as the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts (2016).

Erin Alexa Freedman (b. Toronto, Ontario) is an independent curator and writer living and working in New York. A recent MA graduate of the Bard Graduate Center, her interest in global textile histories is characterized by a commitment to issues of process, materiality, intercultural exchange, and sustainability. In 2016, she co-curated Chroma Lives with Lili Huston-Herterich, a durational archival performance and exhibition profiling Toronto’s cross-disciplinary art community of the 1980s through oral history. Currently, she is helping prepare Migrant Bauhaus, an international project marking the school’s centenary, which examines the school’s post-war international dissemination and reception. 

The exhibition We of the Middling Sort is currently on view and continues until March 25th.

Zalucky Contemporary: Lili Huston-Herterich: We of the Middling Sort

Lili Huston-Herterich:  
We of the Middling Sort
February 25 - March 25, 2017

In the late nineteenth century, the Junction was home to one of Toronto’s most bustling manufacturing communities. Branded the Junction after the trisecting railway lines that enclosed its easternmost enclave, its residential interior was shielded from the outside by rows of industrial facilities turning out sundries from pianos to soap. New business interests came and went, all recklessly polluting the neighbourhood for years, leaching chemicals into its soil and clouding its skies in inky threads of unburned carbon. It wasn’t until the 1970s that the Junction’s residents finally convinced the city to address the litany of public health concerns that had plagued the community throughout a century of heedless waste disposal. The once lauded, though increasing isolated, epicenter of the city’s consumer goods production had quite literally become fortressed in its own rubbish.

For We of the Middling Sort, Lili Huston-Herterich has collected the valueless cutaways of a local upholsterer and the unwanted clothing donated by its residents as the raw material for her work. Some of these garments, stretched taut or disassembled, are documented in photograms—cameraless images made by exposing a photosensitive surface to light. The prints capture light passing through garment openings and gossamer-thin surfaces, revealing spectral portraits of wear and the murky threshold between flesh and fabric.

For Huston-Herterich, this space between is less about marking boundaries or suggesting exit strategies than revealing a place (and moment) for potential contact. The x-ray logic of the photogram, which turns opaque objects into silhouettes and unobstructed space into darkness, is echoed in a series of ceramic casts attached to clothing assemblages that hang between the framed prints. While these handfuls of clay appear fragile, each one uniquely textured by the lost-and-found glove used to mould it, they are anything but. As casts of the dimpled spaces left by clenched fists, they more readily recall hands raised together in resistance. Were these hands attached to arms once clothed in the shirtsleeves thronged together and quilted to the curtain of upholstery ends on the gallery’s back wall? Like relics of refusal, these works trace the community's enduring opposition to demise, even if those traces are now barely recognizable.

~ Erin Alexa Freedman, 2017
The artist would like to thank Fabric Fabric and the neighbouring community for the material donations, as well as recognize LIFT (Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto), the Ontario Arts Council, and Superframe for their support in the production of this exhibition.

For more information, click here.

Zalucky ContemporaryWednesday to Saturday: 11am - 6pm
or by appointment
The gallery is located at 3044 Dundas St. W, in the Junction and just west of High Park Avenue.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Siberian-born Piano Virtuoso Dmitry Masleev in Toronto: March 22, 2017

Show One Productions present: Dmitry Masleev - Piano Recital,  Koerner Hall, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, March 22, 2017
Show One Productions present: Dmitry Masleev - Piano Recital
Koerner Hall, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, March 22, 2017

Show One Productions presents

Dmitry Masleev - Piano Recital
Canadian debut of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition (2015) Gold Medalist,
Pianist Dmitry Masleev

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Venue: Koerner Hall, Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto
Address: 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W2

Domenico Scarlatti
Ludwig V. Beethoven
Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a, Les adieux
Sergei Prokofiev
Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 14
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Preludes and Etudes-tableaux
Franz Liszt

About This Event:
Canadian debut of the
XV International Tchaikovsky Competition Gold Medalist,
Pianist Dmitry Masleev

“Musicality of metaphysical proportions” – Neue Musikzeitung
“Virtuoso brilliance” – Financial Times

Last season, Show One brought Toronto the first and only joint appearance by Lukas Geniusas and Lucas Debargue, whose prize-winning performances were the talk of the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition.

Now the Gold Medalist makes his Canadian debut!

Siberian-born Dmitry Masleev has excited music lovers in his homeland, in Europe’s capitals, and in New York, Seoul and Beijing. With Maestros Valery Gergiev and Yury Bashmet, he twice toured Japan in his first touring season.

In January, he makes his highly anticipated debut at Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium, in a year that includes a German tour with the National Philharmonic of Russia under Maestro Vladimir Spivakov, an Asian tour with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Mikko Franck, and many recitals and orchestral appearances.

Critics rave about his impeccable technique, sense of form, brilliance, lyricism, and spontaneity of style.
In Toronto, he demonstrates his range and sensitivity in Scarlatti sonatas, Beethoven’s Les adieux, Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 2, Rachmaninov preludes and etudes-tableaux, and, to cap things off, Liszt’s pyrotechnic Totentanz.

Experience the world’s next piano legend in his first Canadian appearance!

Please find more information below:

showoneproductions.ca: Show One Productions: Dmitry MASLEEV – Piano Recital
dmitry-masleev.com: Dmitry Masleev — pianist: Upcoming Events: Canada, Toronto, Koerner Hall - Recital
facebook.com: Concert · Dmitry Masleev – Piano Recital· Hosted by Show One Productions
rcmusic.ca: The Royal Conservatory: Show One Productions Present Dmitry Masleev Piano Recital
torontovka.com: Афиша: Пианист Дмитрий Маслеев Сольный Концерт

Show One Productions представляет: Впервые в Канаде! Дмитрий Маслеев - фортепиано
Show One Productions представляет: Впервые в Канаде! 
Победитель Международного конкурса им. П. И. Чайковского
Дмитрий Маслеев - фортепиано, 

22 марта 2017, Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto

The day before his performance, Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.m., Mr. Masleev will give a master class at Remenyi House of Music, 210 Bloor St. W., Toronto.
Reserve your place by calling 416-961-3111.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Winter Palace Ball - Ruskoka Camp's Annual Fundraiser: February 24

Winter Palace Ball 2017 - Moscow Night  February 24 at Toronto's Palais Royale
Winter Palace Ball 2017 - A Moscow Night
February 24, 2017 at Toronto's Palais Royale

Ruskoka Camp's annual fundraiser is presenting a Moscow Night on February 24, 2017 at Toronto's Palais Royale!

Winter Palace Ball

A Gala Charity Fundraiser benefiting Ruskoka Children's Camp

When: February 24th, 2017 6:30 pm - 2:00 am
Venue:  Palais Royale Ballroom

Where: 1601 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3C1
Free parking

Champagne Reception 6:30 pm
Dinner 7:30 pm
Dancing Until 2:00 am

Youth: $90
Adults: $130
for Tables of 8+: $120

Buy tickets here or order tickets by phone (647) 479-2133 or at info@winterpalaceball.com. Tax receipts for the charitable portion of the ticket will be provided upon request.

For more information or to purchase online please visit www.winterpalaceball.com.

The Winter Palace Ball is the perfect opportunity for guests to network and mingle in a delightful social setting. Don't miss this unforgettable affair!

Ruskoka March 2016 - Winter Palace Ball

Friday, December 02, 2016

Santa in the Junction on Sunday December 4

Santa in the Junction: Winter Market, December 4, 2016, poster
Poster: Santa in the Junction: Winter Market
Sunday, December 4, 2016

Full steam ahead!  Get into the holiday spirit with Santa Claus!

The Junction BIA will be hosting their popular annual tradition, Santa in the Junction - Free All Day Event on Sunday, December 4, 2016 Starting at 11 AM!

The major attractions include a visit from Santa and his elves at the Junction Train Platform on Dundas Street West near Pacific Avenue spreading Christmas joy starting at 11 a.m., and a street wide market theme spanning the neighborhood from Indian Grove to Quebec Avenue.

Kick off your holiday shopping with businesses who will be participating in the street wide market atmosphere by having indoor markets, fleas, craft sales, and other original shopping experiences. This year’s market shopping includes The Junction Flea, Firsthand Fair and The Arts Market!

Santa in the Junction is a day of holiday shopping, winter markets, crafts and fun.

Take a look at the program to see what local businesses are planning for the day!

Santa in the Junction Winter Market 2016 Neighbourhood Map
Santa in the Junction 2016 Neighbourhood Map

Santa in the Junction Winter Market

Shop the Winter Market

  • 3030: Winter Market, 12-5 pm
  • SMASH: Winter Market, 10-6 pm
  • Community Junction: Winter Market, 12-5 pm

Visit the Train Station
  • Arts Market: 11 am -5 pm
  • Visit Santa: 11 am -2 pm
  • Children's Choir: 12:30 pm
  • Live Music: 3 pm

Events and Workshops
  • West Toronto Paint: Mrs. Claus Live Window Display, 11 am - 3 pm
  • Baby on the Hip: Creative Children's Dance Performance, 11 am - 4 pm
  • Take Note:  Creative Children's Dance Performance, 11 am - 4 pm
  • Pinot's Pallette: Festive Painting Activity
  • Junction Health: All Day Workshops
  • Vesuvio's Pizzeria: Ugly Christmas Sweater Photos, 1 - 4 pm
  • Articulations: Free Winter Wonderland Crafting, 1 - 4 pm
  • Aboveground: Art Demonstration
  • Dala Decor: Draw to Win Christmas Care Package
  • Community Junction: Creative Children's Dance Performance, 1 - 4 pm 
  • Snug as a Bug: Creative Children's Dance Performance, 1 - 4 pm
  • Hellen + Hildegard: Herbal Holiday Fun
  • Zalucky Contemporary Gallery: Talk n' Tour, 11 am
  • RPM: Ride to Conquer Cancer Charity Event
  • Agora Cafe: Holiday Music

More info:
thejunctionbia.ca: Santa in the Junction 2016
facebook.com: Santa in the Junction: Winter Market
twitter: #SantaintheJunction
twitter: #ShopTheJunction

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A Call for Donations: In Producing 'Quilted Portraits' of the Junction Community

A Call for Donations: In Producing 'Quilted Portraits' of the Toronto Junction Community
Image: Special Request to Junction Community Residents
Special Request to Junction Community Residents

Zalucky Contemporary, a local contemporary art gallery, is currently collecting donations of unused and over-worn clothing that will be used in an upcoming exhibition in February 2017 by Toronto-based artist Lili Huston-Herterich.
"I am interested in producing 'quilted portraits' of the Junction community through recycled textile materials that are no longer useable. So really, clothes that have been loved and worn to the point of rags - holey socks, stained shirts, ripped or torn garments, or otherwise are all fair game!

The final works will be photographic, and I will be acknowledging the support of all participating clothing donators (upon permission)."

~ Lili Huston-Herterich

Donations can be made directly to the gallery, through the front door mail-slot. Please make sure to leave your name and contact details if you would like to receive public credit.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the gallery via email at info@zaluckycontemporary.com.

Deadline: Sunday December 4, 2016

Zalucky Contemporary
3044 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON, M6P 1Z3


Monday, November 21, 2016

Digital Photography Club

Digital Camera Club for Beginners and Amateurs at Annette Public Library

Digital Camera Club for Beginners and Amateurs

When: Tuesday, November  22
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

on recurring dates listed below

Where: Annette Street : Toronto Public Library
Address: 145 Annette Street, Toronto, ON M6P 1P3

Bring your camera, pictures and videos (bring yours on a thumb drive).
Questions and answers, guest speakers
Tutorials, camera settings explained.
Outings: shooting in the field (example: High Park).

Call 416-604-3359 for more information.

Adult, School-Age Children, Teen
Hobbies Crafts & Games

Upcoming Dates:
Tue Jan 17
Tue Feb 21
Tue Mar 21
Tue Apr 18
Tue May 16

More Info:
torontopubliclibrary.ca: Digital Camera Club for Beginners and Amateurs

Photography Clubs & Associations

Toronto Digital Photography Club

Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography

Greater Toronto Council of Camera Clubs

Niagara Frontier Regional Camera Clubs

North American Nature Photographers Association

Photographic Historical Society of Canada

Richmond Hill Camera Club

Toronto Camera Club