BIG on Bloor Festival, Bloor Street from Dufferin to Lansdowne celebrates local business, community, arts and culture with a unique community and city-building festival featuring hundreds of events, activities and exhibitions.
Bloordale, from Dufferin to Lansdowne celebrates business, community, arts and culture with a unique community and city-building festival featuring hundreds of events, activities and exhibitions. Three stages will fill with performers, musicians, singers, dancers, theatre, and karate.
More than 300 participants feature table exhibitions that line the street and present their projects, products, consumer goods, information or events. Community awards are presented to honour exceptional citizens and there are interactive games, craft tables and attractions for families and children. BAAF: Bloor Alternative Art Fair brings art institutions, collectives, galleries and artists to our street. Crafts, story-telling, face painting, green and social information, dog shows and much more will take place.
Strolling buskers and parades weave through the crowds. Our famously diverse restaurants - East African, South Asian, Somali, Vietnamese, Caribbean, Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese, Mexican, Italian and Canadian host food, music and dance, some with outdoor extended licensed patios. The Responding Festival culminates its month-long activities of art, architecture, poetry and performance at the Bloor/Dufferin school-grounds.Schedule:
JUNE 29 to June 24, 2011,
BIG on Bloor's Responding Festival works in progress at the Bloor/Dufferin school-grounds.
JULY 23, 2011, 1 to 9 pm
Bloor is car free for one day only and filled with table exhibitions, BAAF: Bloor Alternative Art Fair, stage performances, parades, extended patios and other outdoor events.
JULY 24, 2011, 1 to 9 p,
Stores and restaurants offer Savour Bloordale with special in-store events, sales and menus and is the culmination of the Responding Festival's month-long activities. at The Big on Bloor Festival
Special Feature Events
BIG awards are part of the BIG rn Bloor Festival opening ceremonies on the Bloordale Stage at Bloor and Margueretta Street, July 23, 2011, 1:00 PM.
Elected officials, Councilor Ana Bailao of Ward 18, Tony Ruprecht, Member of Provincial Parliment and Andrew Cash Canadian Member of Parliament will present awards to outstanding local citizens. Names: To Be Announced
Andrew Prosser Prize presented by the Bloordale BIA and Ana Bailao for emerging practitioners in animation, journalism, photography or video.
Awarded to: Gurpreet Ghag, Justin Millerson and Matt Lopes, Bloordale Press
The Bloordale Press is an important new community news organization which covers hyper-local events throughout Ward 18, it started as a web publication and recently they printed their first attractive press edition. Published by Gurpreet Ghag, age 25, Justin Millerson, 22, and Matt Lopes, 22. Gupreet Ghag says, “We love the neighbourhood, it's current state and the fact there are an abundance of stories. Our plans are to be a beautiful looking, very informative fixture in the community for a long time.”
The Andrew Prosser Prize is awarded to his memory, 1988 – 2010. Andrew Prosser was a Bloordale resident and activist, a volunteer with the Bloordale BIA, a member of TAIS: Toronto Animated Image Society, a contributing editor and founder of Bloor Magazine and creator of Bloordale videos: The New Bloor Festival, A Mayor for Bloordale and Gloam. His talent as a writer, actor, photographer, musician and videographer, and his humor and generosity is sorely missed by Bloordale friends, neighbours, BIA and the City of Toronto.
BAAF: Bloor Alternative Art Fair
The BAAF is a unique opportunity, an affordable art fair for art galleries, art dealers, and artists to take art into the streets with exhibitions, and public performances.
This year, the BAAF's focus will be on partnerships between emerging artists and arts instructors, arts professionals, and/or senior artists to exhibit, sell work, and engage in a diverse and artistically rich neighbourhood. This is a great way to start or add to your art collection.
Cultural institutions are also invited to participate by producing displays or interactive demonstrations to provide information to new audiences.
This is the second year BAAF will be at the festival bringing art institutions, collectives, galleries, emerging artists to our street. This is a great way to start or add to your art collection! BAAF’s Off-Table Projects include performances by: Adriana Disman, Julian Higuerey Nunez, and Daisuke Takeya and Nils Fisher.
Celebrate Here: Music Festival
More than 20 group and performers will fill the three stages, at St. Clarens, Margueretta and Pauline, as well as the performance space in the Bloor/Dufferin School yard including such well-appreciated acts as Maskdown, Azores and redxdown and of course, our wonderful DJ IndieCan Urban is back hosting the stage at Margaretta.
This year will encourage stage event for originals songs, raps, plays or performances that include references to the local, local being a sliding scale mentioning any of the following: Bloor Street, Bloordale, Toronto, Ontario or Canada.
On July 24, stores from Dufferin to Lansdowne celebrate Bloor Street with Savour Bloor and offer special-in store events, discounts, sales or prizes. Some local restaurants will provide tester menus that encourage visitors to explore one of the most diverse culinary sections of the city including: Portuguese, Indian, African, Vietnamese, Caribbean, Vegetarian, Contemporary Experiment and Middle Eastern.
See store windows for individual store offering. For samples check back here.
Developing from June 29 to July 24th
Play-ground, Bloor Street at Dufferin Ave. Toronto
The Responding Festival is a month long project by artists, designers, architects, poets, community groups, residents and volunteers and is a feature event of the BIG On Bloor Festival July 23/24, 2011. Please make Bloor and Dufferin in Toronto a destination for a summer walk from June 29 to July 24, drop by often to see what is evolving and to participate.
The School playground directly edges Bloor Street but is separated by a 12 foot high chain-link barrier fence. This summer we open the playground area of the school and offer it as a Bloor Street public space. We will transform the empty space into a public art environment, a collision of art and architecture, performance, poetry, landscape, discussions and playgrounds made by artists and architects, cultural collectives and community participants. The intention is to make a non-stop swirl of activity, a site for evolving experimental forms and new ways of creating in a shared place that responds to the city, the community, each other and being here now.
Responding actively marks the schoolground site for designation as an on-going public space when Kent School closes in 2012. The project is an effort to claim the corner of Bloor and Dufferin and safeguard for community use in forth-coming development proposals.
Works by: Adrienne Trent, Alex Le Lay, Amos Scully, Arthur Wrigglesworth, BIG Research, Blaine Evans, Blue Republic, Corina Ardeleanu, Corrado Paina, Donna Lypchuk, Dougal Bichan, Dyan Marie, Eldon Garnet, Frank Bowen, Guy Walters, Jen Aitkens, Gary Michael Dault, JP King, Kelly McCray, Louise Bak, Maggie Flynn, Marianne Lovink, Mehdi Ghiyaei, Melody Taghipoor, Mike Hanson , Mohammed Al-Atheri , Mujeres Creativas, Navid Fereidooni , Nima Ahmadi, Nina Ispravnikova , Norman Cristofoli, Orest Tataryn, Pamila Matharu, Raza Mehdi, Richard Mongiat, Sanchali Roy Chowdhuri, Shannon Partridge, Silviu Andrei Anton, Stephanie Ashenfelder, Stephen Marie-Rhodes and others.
Responding to suicides and summer heat
To do-gooders and never-do-wells
And the woman peeing in the alleyway — she looks up and says she loves me
Responding to the man with a side-ways smile
Building castles on street corners with city planning in his pocket
Responding to the mess, spread eagle
In the sidewalk cracks, flower planters and street gutters
All seasoned rocks of colored gum, crimpled foil shimmering gold, silver and red
Vomit, bottle caps and cigarette butts
Responding to neighbours yelling at each other,
themselves and people that don't exist
Responding to living in a fever and in art and in the smoke of cigarettes
Responding to — not another "hard day's night".
Responding to the intersections of
Building materials, each other and Bloordale
Responding Festival Schedule June 29 to July 12Wednesday, June 29, 7:00 to 9:00, 2011
Architecture installation, Flower Box, 3000 different tiles transform the fence that surrounds the Responding site. Hear opening remarks by Arthur Wigglesworth on facebook at BIG On Bloor Festival and see in The Grid www.thegridto.com/city/local-news/flower-power.
Thursday, June 30
Wordworks sculptures by Dyan Marie installed, Writing in Water, Flood, Rest and the Rat’s Lookout
Monday, July 4
Nightlights installed – move and reconfigure at will
Tuesday, July 5, 8:00
BIG meeting followed by open, guided tour of the site. www.bigonbloor.com/festival
Wednesday, July 6, 4:00 to 6:00
Mujeres Creativas, Piñata Pública make Piñatas, all welcome to participate. www.mujerescreativas.wordpress.com
Piñata Pública is a collaborative project by Mujeres Creativas in which collective members will guide the creation of a large-scale, multi-part piñata over a series of drop-in style workshops on Wednesdays, 4-6pm, for the duration of Responding. (June 29, July 6, 13, 20). Piñata Pública workshops are open to the public for participants of any ages. Passers by will be invited to join in the piñata making process.
Wxp zV Participants may contribute to the construction of one large piñata structure or may create their own smaller piñatas that will be combined together to build a large scene of piñatas. To avoid rain damage, most of the piñatas would be taken indoors between workshops. However we are considering ways to protect the main piñata in order to maintain a presence throughout Responding. The project will culminate with a piñata breaking celebration during the Big on Bloor Festival.
Wednesday, July 7
Installation of lightwork by Orest Tataryn
Saturday July 9, 1:00
Shannon Partridge sculpture created on site, all welcome to participate.
Sunday, July 10, 12:00
Richard Mongiat call-out for suggestions to create a Bloordale flag.
IF BLOORDALE WERE TO HAVE ITS VERY OWN FLAG – WHAT WOULD BE ON IT? As part of The Responding Festival Richard Mongiat is asking everyone in and around the Bloordale neighbourhood to give suggestions as to what you think should be on this flag! You can email him your ideas, sketches, photo’s to email@example.com . Richard says, “I will sort through everyone’s suggestions and design a flag to be unveiled at the Kent School playground (Bloor Street at Dufferin Ave.) on the weekend of the BIG ON BLOOR festival July 23/24, 2011. All suggestions Welcomed!”
Tuesday, July 12
Responding poetry, launch of website for start-up of submitted responding poems www.respondingfestival.com | www.poetrylookout.com
Gate opened for programming and by appointmentv
Contact dyan@dyanmarie, 416.539.8129 for appointment or to contribute an event.
Who is invited to the BIG on Bloor FestivalWe invite the local community, residents of Toronto and Canadian and International tourists interested in the contemporary culture: art, performance, music, walking, multi-culturalism, food, and family participatory events.
Thank you to our sponsors, contributors, participants and the Bloordale Community.
Everyone is welcomed here.
The BIG on Bloor 2011 Festival is an initiative of the Bloordale BIA.
Bloordale BIA | BIG: Big Improvement Group
For further information please contact:
Dougal Bichan, Musician, Artist, BIG Festival Director
416.645.0295 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dyan Marie, Artist, BIG Co-chair, Bloordale Creative Director
416.539.8129 | email@example.com