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Akin's Autumn Art Crawl
Nov
17
1:00 PM13:00

Akin's Autumn Art Crawl

You are invited to join us on November 17 starting at 1pm for special tours of the current creative spaces on Sterling Road. Come along as creative directors, artists and staff provide special walkthroughs and tours of their current exhibits, projects and spaces.

Free to attend. All are welcome, open to the public. The more the merrier!

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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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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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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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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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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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Akin Creative: Introduction to Embroidery Workshop
Apr
4
6:30 PM18:30

Akin Creative: Introduction to Embroidery Workshop

Join embroidery artist Claire Davis to learn the basics of embroidery and some historical context on this feminist practise.

In this workshop, we'll be talking about exploring gender through art and reclaiming women's crafts as fine art mediums. We will become familiarized with beginner stitching techniques and some embroidery favourites, like sewing three-dimensional roses.

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Aki Show and Tell - Artist Merchandise
Mar
15
6:30 PM18:30

Aki Show and Tell - Artist Merchandise

This is a special Show and Tell for artist's who create merchandise! Connect with your peers at this collaborative, conversational event. Share your skills, resources, and ideas, and have your questions answered. Please come prepared to talk and share your thoughts and process about your own creative work. 

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Kavin Vitrine Gallery + Kayla Polan
Mar
1
9:00 AM09:00

Kavin Vitrine Gallery + Kayla Polan

  • Akin Vitrine Galler: Dupont Studios, second floor hallway (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Exploring themes of consensual BDSM practices, alternative relationship lifestyles, and fetishism, Kayla delves into ideas surrounding chastity in her installation Romance For Two: Key To My Heart or Unlockable Shackles? In this work she investigates how sexuality is bound with power and inequality in complicated ways. Chastity belts in BDSM may be used to prevent the wearer from engaging in sexual activity without the permission of the dominant, who acts as a key holder. In this romantic picnic scene, Kayla questions how philosophical issues of purity, morality, and innocence have shaped us.

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Valentine's Card Making Party
Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

Valentine's Card Making Party

Akin Projects and Farside Studio are excited to present this casual, drop-in crafting party! Join us in the studio and make a card for your best friend, neighbour, significant other, worst enemy or a complete stranger! All materials are provided. Please note this is a 19+ event. 

You will be provided with one card per PWYC donation (donations go to Akin Projects, registered not-for-profit arts organization). The cards are made of heavy-duty hemp card stock, cut and scored to make a 4”x6” card. Each card comes with a brightly-colored 4”x6” envelope. You can decorate the card and envelope however you wish!

Decorating supplies will be provided including:
- a variety of coloured and patterned paper
- pencil crayons, markers and pens
- watercolour paints and brushes
- spirograph
- stamps and ink
- stickers
- stencils
- scissors
- glue
- glitter, beads, ribbon and more!

Feel free to bring additional supplies!

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Akin & Queers for Dinner Potluck Party
Jan
26
6:30 PM18:30

Akin & Queers for Dinner Potluck Party

Bring your appetite, creative side, and a tasty vegetarian dish to share and join Akin and Queers for Dinner for an evening of comfort food, great conversation and a special art-making collage activity. All are welcome - bring friends and some tasty treats! Vegetarian soup, bread and some yummy mac and cheese will be provided.

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 Akin Creative: Card Making Party!
Dec
6
6:00 PM18:00

Akin Creative: Card Making Party!

Akin Projects and Farside Studio are excited to present this casual, drop-in crafting party! Join us in the studio and make a card for your best friend, neighbour, significant other, worst enemy or a complete stranger! All materials are provided. 

You will be provided with one card per PWYC donation (donations go to Akin Projects, registered not-for-profit arts organization). The cards are made of heavy-duty hemp card stock, cut and scored to make a 4”x6” card. Each card comes with a brightly-colored 4”x6” envelope. You can decorate the card and envelope however you wish!

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Akin Show & Tell #62: Dufferin
Nov
29
7:00 PM19:00

Akin Show & Tell #62: Dufferin

On the last Wednesday of every month Akin host’s a relaxed and fun ‘Show and Tell for Artists’ at one of the Akin Collective studios. 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. 

Please note: There will not be a Show and Tell in December, but we will resume in the new year! 

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Akin Creative: Monotype Printmaking Workshop w/ Gabriel Deerman
Nov
24
6:00 PM18:00

Akin Creative: Monotype Printmaking Workshop w/ Gabriel Deerman

Akin Projects and the Toronto School of Art are excited to bring back this popular hands-on workshop suitable for all experience levels. Monotype printing is a painterly and direct process of applying ink or paint to a plate (in this case plexi glass) and transferring that image to paper using an etching press or pin press - creating one of a kind prints.

In this workshop artist Gabriel Deerman will introduce you to monotype printing with watercolour paint. Each participant will have time to produce and print two plates, resulting in finished original works on paper.
 

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Akin Show & Tell #61: Lansdowne
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

Akin Show & Tell #61: Lansdowne

On the last Wednesday of every month Akin host’s a relaxed and fun ‘Show and Tell for Artists’ at one of the Akin Collective studios. 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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Amanda Wand and the Akin Vitrine Gallery
Oct
1
9:00 AM09:00

Amanda Wand and the Akin Vitrine Gallery

Amanda Wand’s new work, Emotional Acceptance, is a true representation of allowing and accepting all emotions. No emotions are good nor bad, they just are. She wants to provide a space for people to feel reassured that everyone is battling their emotions in different ways and that is what creates a beautiful social human experience. She uses the gallery space to bring together people who are mindful of social justice, and who can benefit from artwork that provides healing, inspiration, and empowerment. This show is about honestly accepting how you feel and taking the time to appreciate your feelings and how they shape you as a human being.

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Akin Show & Tell #58: Ossington
Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

Akin Show & Tell #58: Ossington

On the last Wednesday of every month Akin host’s a relaxed and fun ‘Show and Tell for Artists’ at one of the Akin Collective studios. 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.
 

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Akin x BIG on Bloor: BIG Xplorations Mural Project
Jul
22
to Jul 23

Akin x BIG on Bloor: BIG Xplorations Mural Project

  • West Toronto Railpath and Neighborhood (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Akin is proud to announce the launch of three new outdoor murals by our talented studio artists Althea Balmes, Atanas Bozdarov & Sarvenaz Rayati of Akin Lansdowne, and Billy Franklin of Akin Dupont. 

The murals will be created as a part of BIG on Bloor Festival’s offsite pop-up series ‘BIG Xplorations’ on July 22 and 23 and remain in place for the duration of the summer for the public to enjoy. The works will be created on-site at 1319 Bloor St W in the Value Village parking lot, and along the West Toronto Railpath. These murals will represent the diversity of Akin Collective studio artists and our neighbourhood and community.

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Akin at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Jul
14
to Jul 16

Akin at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

  • Nathan Phillips Square (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Akin is excited to be one of the Community Partners featured at  the 2017 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition along with our friends at Toronto School of Art and CARFAC . We will be onsite in the South Mews (see map) to answer questions about artists' rights, representation, studio access, education and professional development services. 
 

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