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A newcomers starter guide to the toronto arts community Created by the StoneCap Collective

INTRODUCTION Thank you for picking up Arts Arrive! Arts Arrive is... - A newcomers starter guide to the Toronto arts community

- A way to find discounted and affordable arts activities arround the city

- A directory of arts organizations with contact information

- A resource that offers a taste of the many diverse arts opportunities in Toronto

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The StoneCap Collective would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their assistance and generosity. Without their support this project would not have been possible. Humber Students’ Federation Humber College School of Creative and Performing Arts Peter Toh at Afrofest Bloor West Music Studios JAG Technical Solutions Mr. & Mrs. Dziewurski Marta Kapral at MXK Designs Devlin Ralph Zev & Mendl Schwartz at Incredible Printing Neighborhood Arts Network Charles C. Smith

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INDEX Dance THEATRE music visual arts literary arts film resources ABOUT US Icon description:

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DANCE Bees’ Knees Dance

Dragonfly Bellydance



805 Dovercourt Rd.

559 Bloor St. West (second and third floors)

Located in the Dovercourt House, Bees’ Knees Dance features vintage dance lessons in lindy hop, charleston, balboa, jazz, and tap. Stop by on the third Sunday of each month for a free class!

Performance events and weekly bellydance classes in styles such as traditional oriental, fusion, and Bellyfit. Beginner and intermediate classes are available on a drop-in basis. First class is free.

Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company & Academy of Spanish Dance


416 595-5753

304 Parliament St.

Contemporary dance company channeling the vision of artistic directors Laurence Lemieux and Bill Coleman and resident choreographer James Kudelka. Also offers a children’s ballet program.

401 Richmond St. West, Suite B104 Performs annually at Harbourfront Centre’s Fleck Dance Theatre, at various GTA events, and at their home studio. Classes in flamenco and Spanish classical dance for all levels.

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DANCE Kaha:wi Dance Theatre

Lua Shayenne and Company


Multiple performance venues

15 Case Goods Lane, Suite 305

Drawing on traditional African dance and culture, Lua Shayenne and Company’s performances aim to challenge stereotypes. The company also offers regular dance classes and workshops for all levels of experience.

Contemporary dance company. Blends Indigenous and contemporary dance to create a unique and celebrated vision. Offers a variety of other programming, including youth development. Little Pear Garden Dance Company

Simply Swagg



Multiple performance venues

705 Progress Ave., Unit 101

Diverse live performance in traditional and contemporary Chinese dance. Also offers lectures, workshops, and exhibitions emphasizing the importance of dance education.

Simply Swagg is located in Scarborough and offers dance classes for both children and adults in a variety of urban dance styles, including hip hop, break dance, house, krump, and popping.

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THEATRE Solar Stage Children’s Theatre

Bad Dog Comedy Theatre 416-491-3115


875 Bloor St. West

4950 Yonge St.

Improv comedy theatre company with drop-in workshops on Tuesday evenings. $5 workshop fee includes 45-minute improv and free show afterward. $5 tickets available for the early show on Saturday nights.

Registered charity that presents shows aimed at children. $16 for tickets to any performance. Discounted rates available for school groups. They also offer summer day camps and touring school shows. Soulpepper Theatre Company

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre 416-975-8555


12 Alexander St.

50 Tank House Lane

Alternative theatre company focusing on queer voices. Free tickets to most main stage performances are available to youth who identify as queer. Pay-what-you-can option for Sunday afternoon performances.

Toronto’s largest not-for-profit theatre company. They offer the New Canadians Welcome Program, which gives newcomers and their families free tickets to Soulpepper for one year.

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THEATRE Theatre Scarborough

Tarragon Theatre 416-531-1827


30 Bridgman Ave.

3600 Kingston Rd.

Founded in 1970, Tarragon Theatre’s mission is to create new plays, among other diverse programming. $15 rush tickets are available two hours prior to show time. Discounted tickets also available for those under 35.

Affiliation of community theatre groups providing Scarborough with high-quality entertainment at affordable prices. Discounted rates for students, seniors, and groups. Halfprice rush tickets available. Young People’s Theatre

Theatre Passe Muraille 416-504-7529


16 Ryerson Ave.

165 Front St. East

Since being established in 1968, Theatre Passe Muraille has created over 600 new Canadian plays. Pay-what-you-can options are available for Saturday and Sunday matinee shows.

Toronto’s oldest not-for-profit theatre company. They feature theatre and educational shows for children. On the first Saturday of the month, pricing is $13 per ticket for all main stage shows.

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MUSIC Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra

Afrofest 416-469-5336


1695 Queen St. East

Multiple performance venues

North America’s largest free African music festival. The festival is held annually in the summer at Toronto’s Woodbine Park and always includes a variety of family-friendly activities.

Community orchestra in Etobicoke. Also performs at many additional concerts in local churches and with local children/youth groups. Ticket discount available for group purchases. Lula Lounge

Beaches International Jazz Festival 416-698-2152


1695 Queen St. East

1585 Dundas St. West

Free jazz, blues, and world music festival held each summer at Toronto’s Woodbine Park. Also includes workshops, visual art exhibitions, and other related community events.

Live music venue featuring salsa, jazz, Brazilian, African, and world music. Hosts a variety of musical acts and cultural events. Check out free jazz and salsa on Friday nights before 8 p.m.

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MUSIC Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra

The Music Gallery 416-204-1080


197 John St.

Multiple performance venues

Toronto-based organization that promotes and presents all types of music, with a focus on diversity and experimentation. Offers a variety of concerts, artist talks, and other community-engaged musical events.

Features local young musicians and soloists from Scarborough. Single ticket starts at $10. *Discount code: To receive a $5 discount on admission, please purchase tickets at the box office and use discount code AA-2016-17.

Music TORONTO - Chamber Music Downtown

Small World Music Society



27 Front St. East

180 Shaw St.

Promotes traditional and modern chamber music. Fosters the development of Canadian artists, encourages the presentation of Canadian music, and brings classical musicians to Toronto.

Promotes world music from international artists within Toronto and celebrates cultural diversity through varied concert programming. Features annual Asian Music Series in the spring.

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VISUAL ARTS Doris McCarthy Gallery

Art Gallery of York University 416-736-5169


Accolade East Building, 4700 Keele St.

1265 Military Trail

York University’s public art gallery showcases contemporary art. Admission is free and guided tours are available to all visitors. Be sure to check out the outdoor sculpture gallery!

Art gallery dedicated to the collection and presentation of contemporary art in all media. Located on the University of Toronto Scarborough campus and always free to the public. Franklin Carmichael Art Group

Art Starts 416-656-9994


3401 Dufferin St. (lower level)

34 Riverdale Dr.

Reaches under-served Toronto neighbourhoods through the arts. This group brings together professional artists with residents of all ages to create accessible and dynamic art projects.

Provides quality art lessons and exhibition spaces to residents of North Etobicoke. Classes available for both children and adults and take place in a historic house and grounds.

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VISUAL ARTS Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography

Nia Centre for the Arts



401 Richmond St. West, Suite 120

524 Oakwood Ave.

Committed to photography as a multi-faceted and ever-changing art form. Also offer exhibition and publication opportunities, education programs, and affordable production facilities for artists.

Showcases art from an African diasporic perspective. Nia Centre for the Arts is committed to using art for the development of young people and to encourage positive life choices. Vibe Arts

MABELLEarts 416-239-4900


5005 Dundas St. West

401 Richmond St. West, Suite 230

Works in partnership with local organizations to make innovative art and transform public spaces. By bringing art to sometimes unexpected places, they strive to invigorate communities.

Delivers high-quality community and schoolbased arts education to children and youth in under-served communities. They host a variety of event and exhibition opportunities throughout the city.

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LITERARY ARTS East York Learning Experience

ABC Life Literacy 416-218-0010


110 Eglinton Ave. East, Suite 604

266 Donlands Ave.

Works with Canadians to increase their literacy skills. Also raises awareness around issues of literacy and partners with businesses, educators, and government to help spread the word.

Works in the East York and West Scarborough areas to help adults improve their literacy skills. Community volunteers work one-on-one with students to develop tools for increased employment and education opportunities. Literary Press Group of Canada

Diaspora Dialogues 416-944-1101


170 Bloor St. West, Suite 804

425 Adelaide St. West, Suite 700

Supports new fiction, poetry, and drama created by Canadians. Diaspora Dialogues is committed to sharing diverse stories that reflect the complexity of Toronto and Canada’s many communities.

Not-for-profit association of Canadian book publishers. Helps its members market, sell, and distribute books, advocates for literary arts, and provides opportunities for educational growth.

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LITERARY ARTS Storytelling Toronto

Spelling Bee of Canada 416-746-0072


2428 Islington Ave.

601 Christie St., Suite 173

Charity encouraging youth participation in fun and educational spelling bees. Schools can sign up to host their own spelling bee and help teach kids to take pride in academic achievement.

Offers a variety of storytelling courses, hosts regular gatherings, and runs the annual Toronto Festival of Storytelling. They also strive to help subsidize the work of storytellers in education. Toronto Writers’ Centre

Storytellers for Children 416-465-0551


105 Victor Ave.

627 Bloor St. West

Promotes the benefits of storytelling for children and youth and provides a national network for storytellers. They also co-host a variety of performances at libraries, fairs, and museums.

Located in the Annex, the Toronto Writers’ Centre is a quiet and comfortable spot for writers to work and meet likeminded people. Purchase a monthly membership to gain access to the facility.

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FILM Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto

CineCycle 416-971-4273


129 Spadina Ave.

1137 Dupont St.

Off-beat coffee bar/bicycle shop that also hosts lots of film-related events. Check out screenings of classic films, or rent some of the 35mm and 16mm films that CineCycle owns and hold your own screening.

LIFT supports independent filmmakers and media artists, providing a variety of workshops and equipment rental options for its members. LIFT offers various levels of memberships for individuals and not-for-profit organizations. North York Central Library Film Club

Kingsway Theatre 416-232-1939


3030 Bloor St. West

5120 Yonge St.

This west end theatre originally opened in 1939 and still maintains its vintage feel to this day. The Kingsway now shows a mix of mainstream favourites, classics, and foreign films.

Meets one Monday a month at the North York Central library branch and shows recent films for free. All showings include English subtitles for those with low hearing. Call in advance to reserve your spot.

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FILM Videoflicks

TIFF CIBC Canadian Film Gallery 416-599-8433


350 King St. West

1701 Avenue Rd.

Located on the fourth floor of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the CIBC Canadian Film Gallery is free to the public. You can take a free tour with a docent and learn more about the current exhibition and the history of film.

Videoflicks offers a wide selection of movies to rent or buy in all genres. Rental discounts are available for children’s movies and older films. Be sure to enjoy some free popcorn while you browse! Woodside Cinemas

Toronto Jewish Film Society 416-924-6211


750 Spadina Ave.

1571 Sandhurst Circle

The TJFS screens Jewish-themed film gems from around the world with noted guest speakers to introduce each program. Subscriptions and individual tickets are available for ages 18-35 at a discounted rate.

Located in Scarborough, Woodside Cinemas shows a mix of Hindi and Hollywood movies in Hindi and Tamil. Some are also shown in English. Discounted tickets are available on Tuesdays and for matinee showings.

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RESOURCES Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario

Tangled Art + Disability



473 Jones Ave.

401 Richmond St. West, Suite 122

Works in all disciplines of the performing arts to increase opportunities for Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists to showcase their art. They seek to give audiences access to works from diverse communities.

Art and disability organization that connects artists, the arts community, and the public. Offers accessible festivals, theatre performances, symposiums, and (as of May 2016) an art gallery. Toronto Public Library

Neighbourhood Arts Network 416-392-6802


32 Camden St.

Over 100 locations throughout Toronto

Neighbourhood Arts Network offers professional development to artists and organizations, online resources to emerging artists, and an events calendar. Membership is free.

Find your way to free programming for youth and adults, borrow a laptop, browse the books, or take part in the computer learning and literacy centre. Branch map is available online.

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Charity Village

Charity Village offers a job board, eLearning courses, volunteer and event listings, webinars, newsletters, and more.

MeetUp is an online social networking portal that connects locals into groups with similar interests.

Arts Etobicoke

North York Arts



East End Arts

Scarborough Arts



Lakeshore Arts

Urban Arts



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ABOUT US The StoneCap Collective is a newly formed collective that aims to promote diversity and accessibility within the Toronto arts scene. With our first project, the Arts Arrive handbook, we outline some of Toronto’s arts organizations that may be of interest to newcomers to the city. As students of Humber College’s Arts Administration & Cultural Management postgraduate program, we are emerging arts administrators who want to make arts in the city more welcoming to all. Who We Are Corin De Sousa Claudia Di Nucci Camille Dziewurski Elizabeth Ferguson Adam Moffatt Colleen Munro Sangjoon Park Jessie Rivest Vision Arts Arrive connects newcomers to Toronto with resources to have well-rounded and fulfilling arts experiences around the city.

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