NO CUTS TO OUR ESSENTIAL SERVICES

Monday, September 17, 2007

NO CUTS TO OUR ESSENTIAL SERVICES
because it’s tough as hell to swim in empty pools?

Gathering at Nathan Phillips Square
Wednesday, September 19th
4 – 6 PM
please circulate widely

On WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 4-6PM we are calling on ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARTS COMMUNITY AND ANYBODY ELSE to convene at NATHAN PHILLIPS SQUARE to make it clear that we will not tolerate cuts to our essential services and that we support the Land Transfer tax.

IT’S URGENT: the councillors will be meeting on the 20th to discuss this and we need to show our city officials that we are organized and strong in numbers and that we are horrified by the city’s deteriorating quality of life.

Please show your concern by attending WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th!
because it’s tough as hell to swim in empty pools.

please circulate widely

If you have suggestions for speakers, activities or want to help organize please contact:
Heather Haynes – heather@torontofreegallery.org
Darren O’Donnell – darren@mammalian.ca
Lisa Pijuan-Nomura – girlcancreate@yahoo.ca

– the land transfer tax is a one-time 2% cost payable only when you choose to buy a house; if implemented it will avert large annual property tax increases payable each and every year
– first time home buyers will receive a rebate for the land transfer tax
– only 6 cents of every tax dollar you pay goes to the city. The remaining 94 cents goes to the provincial and federal governments.

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30 seconds to save the Arts in Toronto

Thursday, September 13, 2007

This is a very important message and one that I feel very passionate about!

Take a moment to read this over, then copy the message below, send an e.mail and forward on to all of your friends!

You are being forwarded this email as a person who cares about Toronto.

Did you know the city’s budget crisis could mean the end to theatres, galleries, festivals, concerts and all funding to writers, artists and musicians? It could also mean the end to libraries, community centres and health programs—everything that makes Toronto one of the world’s most livable cities.

Your action now can prevent this.

The city has never been closer to the brink. In just 30 seconds you can help avert cuts to the fabric of our city:

1. CREATE a new email, addressed to clerk@toronto.ca; cc’d to: dmcguinty.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org, hhampton-qp@ndp.on.ca, john.tory@pc.ola.org

2. TYPE the following subject line: “Yes to land transfer tax. Please copy to Mayor and City Councillors (arts)”

3. PASTE this paragraph into the body of the email (or make up your own):

“Dear Mayor Miller and City Councillors:
My Toronto includes:

  • the arts
  • libraries
  • community centres
  • recreation programs
  • public health services
  • museums
  • and the TTC

To protect my city, I support the land transfer tax as an immediate solution to Toronto’s financial crisis.

your name
address
postal code”

4. DON’T FORGET your name, address, and postal code at bottom

5. PRESS send.

PLEASE DO THIS TODAY. THE CITY VOTE WILL BE SEPTEMBER 20!

10,000+ EMAILS NEED TO REACH CITY COUNCIL THIS WEEK. EACH ONE WILL BE READ.

FORWARD WIDELY.

There is a lot of misinformation circulating about the land transfer tax. Did you know:

  • The land transfer tax is a one-time 2% cost payable only when you choose to buy a house; if implemented it will avert large annual property tax increases payable each and every year
  • First time home buyers will receive a rebate for the land transfer tax
  • Only 6 cents of every tax dollar you pay goes to the city. The remaining 94 cents goes to the provincial and federal governments.

For more information on the land transfer tax, and the city’s upcoming vote www.fairtaxes.ca.

For more information on Toronto artists’ response to the city budget crisis click www.torontoartscoalition.org.

The artists and audiences of Toronto thank you for adding your voice to the growing movement to save our City.

Signed,
From The Arts For the City


Queen West Arts Crawl – The Art of Community

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Another press release that happened to fall into my inbox today … I’ve never actually been to the QWAC, but this looks like a lot of fun!

Take the famous 501 Queen streetcar, stroll through Trinity Bellwoods Park, discover the hidden treasures of Parkdale and join us for a major launch party at the Gladstone Hotel. Enjoy all of this and more at Artscape’s 5th annual Queen West Art Crawl – a weekend-long celebration of the art of community.

The QUEEN WEST ART CRAWL kicks off with a LAUNCH PARTY at the Gladstone Hotel on Friday, September 14, starting at 7pm. You can take in all of the Gladstone events and party until the last person is left standing!

Artscape is rolling out a series of Welcome Mats along Queen Street West for the weekend of the Queen West Art Crawl. The Welcome Mat Project is a festive way of marking key programming locations, welcoming visitors to our community and demonstrating the hospitality of Queen West.

TRINITY BELLWOODS PARK
Outdoor Art Show & Sale
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16, 11am – 6pm
250 artists, artisans, arts and community organizations transform Trinity Bellwoods Park into an outdoor art gallery/market and community meeting place.

Art That Binds curated by Shannon Cochrane
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16, 11am –6pm
A wild and hilarious performance art series featuring some of Toronto’s best loved artists. Meet Canadian royalty, kick back with the top 40 beats of a cross-dressing boychoir, play a game of zombie-tag at the supermarket and take an intimate walking tour with local personalities.

ING DIRECT Interactive Kids Zone
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16, 11am – 6pm
Two non-allergenic peanut butter and jam packed days of creative action and interaction for kids including chess, yoga, cartooning, bicycle eccentrification, drumming, jewellery-making, theatre and more!

PARKDALE VILLAGE
PLAY/GROUNDS curated by Elaine Gaito and Chris Reynolds
Saturday 15, 10am – 11pm and Sunday 16, 10am – 8pm
Start your adventure at Parkdale Town Square, home base for PLAY/GROUNDS’ site-specific installations and performance art taking place in Parkdale.

GLADSTONE HOTEL
The QUEEN WEST ART CRAWL kicks off with a LAUNCH PARTY at the Gladstone Hotel on Friday, September 14, starting at 7pm. You can take in all of the Gladstone events and party until the last person is left standing!
Variation One – created and performed by the Gladstone Cooperative
Show Me Yours featuring Queen Street By Numbers, House Call, The Transformative Moment, Artscape Tenant Group Show

CAMH CAMPUS
Annual Being Scene Art Exhibition & Sale produced by Workman Arts
Creative on Queen

ALONG QUEEN
Participating businesses, galleries and art lovers include: Art in the Fall at 401 Richmond, Artscape’s 900 Queen at Crawford St., Artscape’s 1313 Queen at Cowan Ave. ,Good Catch General Store, Woolfitt’s Art Enterprises Inc.,Stephen Bulger Gallery ,IT’S NOT A DELI ,Propeller Centre for Visual Arts Chau Le above the Hong Phat Variety Store, Planet Kid ,Fresh on Crawford, The Paper Place, Tern Art Supplies, Dufflet Pastries, Response, Rumah Inc

For more information, please visit www.torontoartscape.on.ca/qwac

ABOUT ARTSCAPE
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Artscape is a not-for-profit enterprise engaged in culture-led regeneration. Its work includes anchoring creative communities within affordable spaces and building authentic and dynamic places by connecting creative and cultural resources. Visit www.torontoartscape.on.ca for more information on Artscape.


Back to school with Cirque …

Thursday, September 6, 2007

This came across my inbox yesterday … thought it would of interest to you students who want to see a great show at the beginning of the school year!

Cirque du Soleil is celebrating “back to school” by inviting college and university students to experience KOOZA at a special discounted fare. Category 3 tickets are offered exclusively to students and faculty members for all performances in Toronto at $25 and can be purchased at www.cirquedusoleil.com/studentdiscount.

KOOZA, described by The Globe and Mail as “just plain brilliant” is currently performing at the Port Lands (At Cherry and Commissioners streets, south of Lakeshore Blvd. East) for a limited engagement through October 7, 2007 under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau.

“KOOZA, accomplishes that magical feat time and time again”
Richard Ouzounian, Toronto star

The Show
KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil that combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor. Between strength and fragility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and harmony, KOOZA explores themes of identity, recognition and power. The show is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement.

KOOZA performance schedule for Toronto:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays at 8:00pm
Fridays and Saturdays at 4:00pm and 8:00pm
Sundays at 1:00pm and 5:00pm

*Schedule is subject to change without notice