Akin Show and Tell: Akin St. Clair
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Akin Show and Tell: Akin St. Clair

Join us this October for ‘Show and Tell’ at Akin St. Clair. This is a time for Akin members and other Toronto artists to show completed works or works in progress and get friendly feedback and answers from their peers in a casual studio setting.

Feel free to bring art to share, bring a friend or two, bring snacks or drinks or just bring yourself! Come for the conversation or just to meet other artists and makers. This is FREE public event - everyone is welcome!

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Akin D.I.Y Comic School Meeting 4
Oct
1
7:00 PM19:00

Akin D.I.Y Comic School Meeting 4

The Akin Collective D.I.Y. Comics School is a group that meets the first Monday of every month with the goal of working together to provide our own continuing comics education. Meetings take place in the Akin St. Clair Studio at 1747 St. Clair Avenue West. Open to everyone and anyone interested in creating comics!

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Akin St Clair Mural Unveiling
Sep
29
1:00 PM13:00

Akin St Clair Mural Unveiling

This summer, Akin hosted a series of workshops and community open-house events at our St Clair Studios in partnership with StreetARToronto - a program of the City of Toronto, Transportation Services Division. Our aim was to have the surrounding neighbourhood involved in the creation of a community mural on the side of our artist studio. Join us on September 8 for the unveiling celebration of the finished product! Stay tuned for more information. 

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Rooftop Film Screening at Akin King
Sep
27
8:00 PM20:00

Rooftop Film Screening at Akin King

Join us for Akin's inaugural film night. Featuring films created and produced by local artists.

Location: Akin King Studios - Rooftop Patio (511 King St. W, 4th Fl.)
Doors at 8pm, films at sundown (8:30pm).
PWYC ($10 suggested) https://bit.ly/2nY1RIg

Space is limited so please reserve your seats via the ticketing link. Seating is first-come-first-serve. We recommend wearing warm clothes and BYOBlanket.

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Akin Studio Program Open House at the International Grand Opening of MOCA Toronto Canada
Sep
23
10:00 AM10:00

Akin Studio Program Open House at the International Grand Opening of MOCA Toronto Canada

We invite you to come and visit the studios during the International Grand Opening of MOCA Toronto Canada on September 22 and 23, 2018 from 10am-5pm. The Akin Studio Program is located on the 4th floor. Following the official ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday morning, explore all five floors of the museum all weekend for free! An Akin staff member will be on site on to answers questions about Akin. Several artists will be in attendance throughout the weekend. 

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Akin Studio Program Open House at the International Grand Opening of MOCA Toronto Canada
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

Akin Studio Program Open House at the International Grand Opening of MOCA Toronto Canada

  • MOCA Toronto Canada, 4th Floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We invite you to come and visit the studios during the International Grand Opening of MOCA Toronto Canada on September 22 and 23, 2018 from 10am-5pm. The Akin Studio Program is located on the 4th floor. Following the official ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday morning, explore all five floors of the museum all weekend for free! An Akin staff member will be on site on to answers questions about Akin. Several artists will be in attendance throughout the weekend. 

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Akin D.I.Y. Comics School Meeting #3
Sep
10
7:00 PM19:00

Akin D.I.Y. Comics School Meeting #3

The Akin Collective D.I.Y. Comics School is a group that meets the first Monday of every month with the goal of working together to provide our own continuing comics education. Meetings take place in the Akin St. Clair Studio at 1747 St. Clair Avenue West. Open to everyone and anyone interested in creating comics!

Our next meeting is happening on Wednesday September 5 from 7-9:30pm (we will not be meeting on the first Monday of September because it is a holiday). This is a member-led initiative that will develop and change over time with participation from everyone. Anyone interested in comic making is welcome to join for one or all of our monthly meetings. Participation is free, materials are provided. 

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Desire Lines Exhibition Opening Reception
Sep
4
7:00 PM19:00

Desire Lines Exhibition Opening Reception

‘Desire Lines’ is an exhibition of ten contemporary artists who identify as newcomers and/or refugees to Toronto and are members of Akin Collective. Similar to the ways that multiple ambitions may shift and combine before being set in a concrete path, this collection of work expresses the unifying experiences that exist within individual paths.

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Maldewin Weskijinu / Blood Soaked Soil Public Launch
Aug
24
6:00 PM18:00

Maldewin Weskijinu / Blood Soaked Soil Public Launch

All are welcome to attend the free public launch of Maldewin Weskijin.

Artist, writer, and illustrator Louis Esmé (Mi’kmaq, Acadian, Irish) is a Two-Spirit, non-binary person, and co-founder of Titiesg Wîcinímintôwak Bluejays Dancing Together Collective, which gathers knowledge, stories, and desires for re-urbanized Two-Spirit people and their relations.

They have created eight distinct clay areas in the Gardiner to represent the eight Mi’kmaqi districts. Made during a six-month residency at AkinCollective's studios, these districts feature conical vessels that reference ancestral Wabanaki forms. They are activated by visitors and through an audio installation by musician Christa Couture.

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Akin Kids Kite Making Workshop
Aug
18
1:00 PM13:00

Akin Kids Kite Making Workshop

During this workshop artist Andrew Maize will guide participants through the construction and flight of their very own serpent kite.

Maize will present a brief introduction to kites and kite making. Participants will then be guided through the creation of their own serpent kite followed by flight time in the park. All kites will be constructed with the use of recycled plastic bags.

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Love Languages and Prioritizing Platonic Intimacy by Akin x 187
Aug
15
6:00 PM18:00

Love Languages and Prioritizing Platonic Intimacy by Akin x 187

Exploring the importance of intimacy and support of friendship and community, artist Rebecca Zala will explore the 5 Love Languages Model of Physical Touch, Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Acts of Service, and Gifts as they relate to platonic relationships through a workshop and group discussion. Awareness of eachother’s Love Languages helps us understand both how to express our own needs, and how to meet the unique needs of our loved ones. 

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Akin Comics D.I.Y. School Meeting #2
Aug
6
7:00 PM19:00

Akin Comics D.I.Y. School Meeting #2

Hey you!  Ya you, the one with the comic book head, if you are interested in continuing your education and development as a cartoonist and in helping others do the same, please come out and join us Monday, August 6, from 7pm to 9:30ish at the Akin St. Clair Studio in the “Don’s Meats” building at 1747 St. Clair Avenue West.

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Akin at the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
Jul
6
to Jul 8

Akin at the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is Canada’s largest, longest running juried contemporary outdoor art fair. Founded in 1961, Toronto Outdoor Art Fair was established to put contemporary visual artists and makers at the front and centre of their works, in direct contact with the public, to nurture artistic excellence and artists’ entrepreneurial spirit. This free public event showcases works by over 340 contemporary visual artists and makers, ranging in medium from painting, photography, and mixed media to jewellery and ceramics, and attracts 115,000 visitors each year to Nathan Phillips Square.

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First meeting of the Akin Collective D.I.Y. Comics School !
Jul
2
7:00 PM19:00

First meeting of the Akin Collective D.I.Y. Comics School !

You are invited to the first meeting of the Akin Collective D.I.Y. Comics School!

If you are interested in continuing your education and development as a cartoonist and in helping others do the same, please come out and join us Monday, July 2nd, from 7pm to 9:30ish at the Akin St. Clair Studio in the “Don’s Meats” building at 1747 St. Clair Avenue West.

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Akin Vitrine Gallery + Andrew Kennedy
Jul
1
9:00 AM09:00

Akin Vitrine Gallery + Andrew Kennedy

‘Fighting Alone’ by Andrew Kennedy have moved north to Akin St. Clair Studios. 'Fighting Alone' explores issues surrounding human agency, individual dignity, and political demoralization. What might be more important; the group someone belongs to, or their capacity as an individual? Whose job is it to ‘fix’ the problems of our society; is it the citizen or the politician? Can human beings who tend to find meaning in life through their realization as an individual, also find meaning in group responsibility? The viewer is encouraged to bring their own thoughts and beliefs when considering the installation. After all, there are no ‘hard truths’ when contemplating the ephemeral atmosphere surrounding the current human condition.

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Akin Show and Tell - Akin St Clair
Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

Akin Show and Tell - Akin St Clair

Every month Akin hosts a relaxed and fun ‘Show and Tell for Artists’ at one of the Akin Collective studios or at one of our partner organizations' locations. This is a time for Akin members and other Toronto artists to show completed works or works in progress and get friendly feedback and answers from their peers in a casual studio setting.

Feel free to bring art to share, bring a friend or two, bring snacks or drinks or just bring yourself! Come for the conversation or just to meet other artists and makers. This is FREE public event - everyone is welcome!

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Akin Summer Gallery Crawl
Jun
23
1:00 PM13:00

Akin Summer Gallery Crawl

Akin Projects invites you to join us for special tours of the current exhibitions at some of Toronto's best and brightest galleries in the West End, followed by a free reception at Akin Collective Dupont Studios with Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series.

Come along as gallery directors and staff provide special walkthroughs and tours of their current shows, and answer your questions!

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Financial Planning for Artists Workshop
Jun
6
6:30 PM18:30

Financial Planning for Artists Workshop

An artist’s step-by-step, beginner’s guide to financial planning. 

Wednesday June 6 / Council Chambers at Toronto City Hall - 100 Queen St West / 6:30-8:30pm / PWYC (Suggested Donation $10) / Please register to attend at www.universe.com/artfinance2018

Many artists wonder if they can afford to do what they love. You can with a plan! Join us for an evening full of financial strategies that will help you make the most of your money, so you can make the most of your practice.

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Akin Vitrine Galleries - month long exhibitions
Jun
1
9:00 AM09:00

Akin Vitrine Galleries - month long exhibitions

Akin Collective + Akin Projects are excited to present our 2018 programming in two Vitrine Galleries, one a recent addition to our St. Clair studios and our original location at our Dupont studios which launched on October 1, 2016. These miniature galleries will feature the diverse talent of our studio members with travelling installations rotating each month. Each artist will be featured for the first month at Akin Dupont and second month at Akin St. Clair. For more information about our artists and our programming join us on Instagram @akinvitrine.

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Community Arts Space Open Studio: Treaty Talk with Akin King artist Louis Esmé this Saturday at the Gardiner Museum
May
26
1:00 PM13:00

Community Arts Space Open Studio: Treaty Talk with Akin King artist Louis Esmé this Saturday at the Gardiner Museum

Part of the Community Arts Space: Recent Histories at the Gardiner Museum, Treaty Talk is Co-presented with Akin King artist Louis Esmé and Titiesg Wîcinímintôwak Bluejays Dancing Together Collective. 

Join knowledgeable community members Jodi Lynn Maracle (Kanien’kehá:ka) and Shane H. Camastro (anishinaabe) in this short, interactive workshop on Treaty relationships and responsibilities in Dish with One Spoon Territory. As practicing artists and educators from this place, they will facilitate activities and discussions to root community arts and museum practices in these original agreements.


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 Walnut Studio Art Supply Drive
May
25
4:00 PM16:00

Walnut Studio Art Supply Drive

There is going to be an Art Supply Drive this Friday, May 25th to help the Walnut Studios artists who lost everything in a devastating fire this past weekend. All donations are appreciated, as even studios located at the opposite end of the building have had extensive damage due to toxic smoke and ash resulting from the flames. 

The drive will take place at 229 Niagara Street from 4-7pm, just north of King at Acme Coworking.

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Sneak Peek of the Akin Studio Program at MOCA
May
23
12:00 PM12:00

Sneak Peek of the Akin Studio Program at MOCA

One weekend every year, Doors Open Toronto provides an opportunity to explore some of the most architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city – many of which are not usually open to the public.

Akin would like to invite you to join us this weekend at 158 Sterling Road as the doors open to a sneak preview of the new home of the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada (MOCA). Featuring all five floors of the museum. MOCA will be open 12pm-5pm Saturday and Sunday for Doors Open Toronto. Last entry will be at 4:30pm.

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AKin Show and Tell - Akin Sunrise
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

AKin Show and Tell - Akin Sunrise

Every month Akin hosts a relaxed and fun ‘Show and Tell for Artists’ at one of the Akin Collective studios or at one of our partner organizations' locations. This is a time for Akin members and other Toronto artists to show completed works or works in progress and get friendly feedback and answers from their peers in a casual studio setting.

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Earth Day Community Clean Up
Apr
22
9:45 AM09:45

Earth Day Community Clean Up

Join Akin artists, friends and neighbors on Earth Day for a casual community clean up followed by a free beer and a snack courtesy of Henderson Brewing Co. Limit of one beer and snack per person in exchange for a bag of garbage. 

Rain or shine! Gloves and garbage bags will be provided by Akin. Please RSVP on this Facebook Event Page so we know how much supplies we need. Everyone is welcome to participate but you must be legal drinking age to receive your free beer. Garbage pick-up has been arranged by Henderson Brewing Co.
 

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