Tuesdays: Drew A Blank
January 15 - February 19, 2019, 4 - 6pm
Over the six-week program, Blank Canvas will engage youth with necessary skills to help navigate creative industries, build community and themselves to find their unique voice. Our program aims to introduce youth to movers and shakers in Toronto's creative scene where we hope budding artists can find new inspiration, mentors and collaboration while being exposed to new methods of artistic expression and practices.
Blank Canvas is an art collective that continues to build a vibrant art community that drives culture forward and creates platforms for marginalized artists through events, panels, workshops and content creation.
Blank Canvas seeks to reimagine spaces that allow emerging artists to explore their intersectional identities, where the ability to share narratives and raise awareness of culturally critical issues facing our communities is fostered. Using varying forms of artistic and cultural expression, Blank Canvas focuses on what’s best for our community spreading positive energy, showcasing new artists, taking up space unapologetically and being a cultural conduit for creatives.
Kiki Lounge Wednesdays
January 16 – February 13 2019, 4-7 pm
Want to learn how to vogue dance from the legendary vogue pioneer Twysted Miyake-Mugler? These beginner level workshops will cover the five elements of vogue fem, and end weekly with a ball. The final ball will be performed in Walker Court at the AGO. Kiki’s Lounge encourages anyone who wants their first voguing experience to participate. Anyone is welcome to come regardless of age, sexuality or level.
In partnership with Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance.
Workshop Break Down
Stretch / Warm-Up / Session - 4pm to 445/5pm
Workshop 5pm - 6pm
Kiki Ball 6pm - 7pm
Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance
The mission of the Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance is to provide LGBT+POC youth opportunities and activities that build positive relationships, strengthen the community-at-large and develop their self-esteem/confidence. We serve the interests of the Community of Toronto by engaging them through means of arts, entertainment, sports, and music. In 2013, we formed a youth leadership council that is open to all members of the TKBA youth community. This gives youth an opportunity to be impactful, by creating programming and developmental strategies that will benefit the entire community. The TKBA is built on leaders who: demonstrate positive peer mentorship skills, and are knowledgeable and passionate about ballroom and community. Although the TKBA is primarily an arts-based grassroots organization, we have established important connections with vital community organizations that serve our community such as Black CAP, Supporting Our Youth & the 519, YouthLine & more! Our leaders are always learning, so our community is always benefitting.
Although our youth are mostly black LGBT youth, our community is absolutely diverse. Citizens and newcomers, cisgender and transgender, queer and questioning, binary and non-binary; all make up the youth of our community. When we are being engaged and doing what we love, we celebrate the differences within. We are not a homogenous community, but we are a community full of unique individuals with unique experiences and lives.
Twysted Miyake-Mugler got his start with dance at the age of 8, where he was in a hip hop dance group at Firgrove community centre, in Jane & Finch. This is where he found his passion for movement, and artistic expression. He was introduced to dancehall through a competitive dance group formed by him and his friends called “Dream Team”. At the age of 16, he was introduced to an entirely new form of dance that embraced the femininity of black gay men, something he had never been exposed to before: The art of Vogue.
Twysted began teaching himself how to vogue and connecting with the international ballroom scene. He joined the Canadian House of Monroe as a founding member, and competed at his first ball in July 2008, where he won the “Virgin Vogue” category at Detroit Pride. Since then he has won balls in locally & in Western New York, and is now a Canadian ballroom pioneer organizing balls in Toronto & Montreal. In January 2013, he was inducted into the NYC Iconic House of Miyake-Mugler as the First International member.
Thursdays: Risograph Print Jam
January 17 – February 21, 2019, 4–6 pm
The Risograph is an environmentally friendly printer, which uses soy-based inks to produce unique prints. We’ll be making collaborative zines, posters and collages to print on the spot with the Risograph. Get inspired by our sample library or take a load-off and read some zines!
Colour Code is an independent print studio and publishing platform established in 2012 by Jenny Gitman and Jesjit Gill. Together, they publish art zines, comics and print editions with a focus on collaborating with artists, and experimenting with the Risograph. Colour Code is also an artist-friendly printing service and co-organizers of Zine Dream, a small press book fair now in its 12th year!