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.
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 Fischer.
Who is invited to the BIG on Bloor Festival
We 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 | email@example.com
Dyan Marie, Artist, BIG Co-chair, Bloordale Creative Director
416.539.8129 | firstname.lastname@example.org
BAAF Off-Table Projects
Adriana Disman is a Toronto-based performance artist. In Toronto, she has performed in Toronto Free Gallery, The White House Studio Project, Trigger Festival '11, Rhubarb Festival '11, and Unit 6, Paton Road. Outside of Toronto, she has performed in Mobius Inc. (Boston), The School of Making Thinking (upstate NY), Times Square (NYC) and various public space interventions in Montreal and New York. In summer-fall 2011, she will perform in The Gladstone for Nuit Blanche, Theatre Passe Murraile for Summerworks, and Derek Liddington's site-specific intervention performance for the Mississauga Art Gallery. www.adrianadisman.com
My interests lie in transformation through intimate exchange. Working mainly in durational one-to-one performances, I explore the fluidity of identity, the creation of liminal space, and the shifting border between passivity and action. I design simple situations in which the outcome is unknown and determined by the participant. I am interested in the experience of both the corporeal and immaterial interaction between two bodies when common social constructs are removed or altered. Deeply personal, my work stems from a need to embrace my fear of myself.
Julian Higuerey Nunez was born in London, England in 1983. He grew up in Caracas, Venezuela where he graduated a BFA with Honors at UNEARTE (formerly IUESAPAR) after dropping out of physics school. His practice range across a wide range of mediums and although process is an important part of his production he categorizes himself as non-disciplinary. His work has been shown locally and internationally both solo and as part of group shows and festivals. He currently lives and works in Toronto where he is pursuing an MFA in the Interdisciplinary Master of Art, Media and Design program at OCAD University.
I want to be big in Performance Art
Ambitions, art is full of them. Artists want to stand out. And isn’t the desire for recognition fundamentally human? Wasn’t history (particularly modern art history) written because of a constant struggle to break away with the past and perpetuate oneself as new, different, and important? How far are we willing to go for that recognition? I want to be big in performance art! Seriously!
Born and raised in Japan, Daisuke Takeya studied at School of Visual Arts and New York Academy of Art in the States, and currently based in Toronto. He has had numerous exhibitions internationally and most recently, he co-directed and performed at the Tsunami-Relief Fundraiser, Ashita: Artists for Japan, which involved Toronto's various art communities. A member of ARTBOUND, Daisuke is a co-director of DAICHI Projects and represented by Christopher Cutts gallery.
Nils Fischer is currently a BFA candidate at the OCAD University in Toronto. The artistic experiment of combining painting and fencing, two mediums he loves the most, started in his second year. After seven years of competitive experience as a fencer and long time interest for painting since his childhood merged with the use of the warriors screaming soul as a performative painting. He is a former student of Daisuke at La Citadelle International Academy.
Fencer vs. Samurai ~ Confrontation with a former teacher
“In the name of our swords, we paint each other till one of us stops moving! “
In this street fight style performance, a fencer/former student fights with a samurai/his former teacher inside a cage wrapped around by transparent canvases. Inspired by contemporary Japanese manga and abstract expressionism or action painting, Fencer vs. Samurai aims to create an intense yet whimsical momentum combining western and Eastern sword fight actions and engages Big on Bloor Festival audience.