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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 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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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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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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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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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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Akin Show & Tell - Akin Lansdowne
Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

Akin Show & Tell - Akin Lansdowne

Every month Akin host’s a relaxed and fun ‘Show and Tell for Artists’ at one of the Akin Collective studios or at one of our partner organizations. 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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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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Grant Writing 101 by Ontario Arts Council
Jan
11
6:30 PM18:30

Grant Writing 101 by Ontario Arts Council

  • Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 2 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Akin and the Ontario Arts Council to learn how to learn more about how to get grants from the people that give them!

Writing grants is a significant part of many artist's careers- so let's learn how to do it properly! This interactive workshop will explore the process of planning, writing and submitting grant proposals to different governing bodies. As a major funder themselves, the Ontario Arts Council provides clear examples of the grant writing process and the various the dos and don'ts of everything from creating your budget to organizing your support material and work plan. Following this, there will be an extensive Q&A period.
 

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