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September 2019

10

2019 Community Incubation Projects

September 10, 2019 @ 8:00 am - October 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Vertical Intersections is a series of vertical gardens installed surrounding the columns of the Gardiner at The Bentway meant to get local condo dwellers out of their individual apartments into public space to grow plants, share stories, and create community.

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Undercurrents curated by Courtney Miller and Valérie Frappier

September 10, 2019 @ 8:00 am - September 30, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Courtney Miller and Valérie Frappier's Undercurrents is a trio of art installations and events programmed according to the lunar phases and connecting visitors to the ways that these phases impact our lives.

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Museum of the Moon

September 10, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - September 15, 2019 @ 11:00 pm

From September 10-15, The Bentway brings the Moon under the Gardiner with a presentation of Museum of the Moon - a seven-metre wide touring sculptural work by UK artist Luke Jerram.

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Moon Merge w/ Laurie Brown and Pondercast

September 14, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - September 15, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Moon Merge is a live podcast recording of Pondercast with Laurie Brown and Joshua Van Tassel, including performances by Toronto-based musicians Choir! Choir! Choir!, Bernice and Halifax’s Rich Aucoin.

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Toronto Biennial of Art: Sinaaqpagiaqtuut/The Long-Cut

September 21, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Sinaaqpagiaqtuut/The Long-Cut is a youth-led procession created by Embassy of Imagination and produced by PA System. It is co-commissioned and co-presented by The Bentway and the Toronto Biennial of Art (TBA) as part of the latter's inaugural event, running from September 21 – December 1, 2019.

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October 2019

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Creation : Destruction – Hoarding by Gareth Lichty

October 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - October 6, 2019 @ 7:00 am

The Bentway will be a location hub for Nuit Blanche Toronto this year, as part of the exhibition Creation : Destruction, curated by Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta (Toronto), the curatorial duo behind Art Spin.

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Creation : Destruction – Halcyon by Francesca Chudnoff

October 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - October 6, 2019 @ 7:00 am

The Bentway will be a location hub for Nuit Blanche Toronto this year, as part of the exhibition Creation : Destruction, curated by Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta (Toronto), the curatorial duo behind Art Spin.

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May 2020

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It’s All Right Now

May 22, 2020 - July 31, 2020

It's All Right Now

It’s All Right Now is a public art project and a collective movement that confronts and captures our varied perspectives, experiences and understandings of life in COVID-19.   ItsAllRightNow.ca When entire communities, cities, or nations are tested, specific symbols and slogans tend to emerge as points of connection or collective rallying cries. The repeated chorus that "we're all in this together" offers comfort in unity, but doesn't necessarily reflect the spectrum of experiences, sentiments, and thoughts that we each hold.…

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September 2020

30

a composition for an elegy to what once was and all that remains; or, a score for the past, the present, the future tenses by Erika DeFreitas

September 30, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - October 3, 2020 @ 11:00 pm

The Essentials

a composition for an elegy to what once was and all that remains; or, a score for the past, the present, the future tenses (2020) by Erika DeFreitas is the first of three projections in a series entitled The Essentials, curated by The Bentway as part of BigArtTO.

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October 2020

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Radical Love by Syrus Marcus Ware

October 16, 2020 - November 11, 2020

Safe in Public Space

A multimedia installation that centres Black and Afro-Indigenous trans women and non binary people, creating monuments to trans lives and their survival.

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Receipts by Public Visualization Studio

October 16, 2020 - November 11, 2020

Safe in Public Space

A multimodal interface that receives, records, archives, analyzes, and presents testimonies to micro and macro aggressions in public space.

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A Photo Essay by Ebti Nabag

October 16, 2020 - January 17, 2021

Over the course of the Safe in Public Space initiative, Toronto-based portrait and documentary photographer Ebti Nabag will travel beyond The Bentway site to public spaces city-wide, capturing communities’ changing interactions with their local parks, squares, and centres of communal gathering. Nabag’s work will examine, in real time, how ideas of safety manifest and are communicated in public space through borders and boundaries, signs and symbols, public space architectures, and delineations of space. Who determines the rules for public space…

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The Bentway as Hostile Architecture by Phat Le & Benjamin de Boer

October 16, 2020 - November 11, 2020

A call to reinvest the work’s production budget into community initiatives by establishing aid networks to disseminate resources to local affinity groups. The Bentway as Hostile Architecture demands the reinvestment of the work’s $10,000.00 production budget into community initiatives, by establishing aid networks to disseminate resources to local affinity groups between October 2020 and June 2021 — in keeping with The Bentway’s fiscal year. This project questions the efficacy of temporary installation initiatives, and instead looks to divest power, platform,…

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Life Preserver by Alvin Luong

October 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - October 24, 2020 @ 10:00 pm

The Essentials

Life Preserver by Alvin Luong is the second of three projections in a series entitled The Essentials, curated by The Bentway as part of BigArtTO. The video projection was displayed from Wednesday, October 21 through to Saturday, October 24 from 7-10pm each evening at the Donald D. Summerville Olympic Pool, viewable on the south side of the building.   Artist Statement In Life Preserver a leisurely walk along the water leads to the discovery of a bundle food that has been…

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November 2020

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Interchanges by Winnie Truong at Canada Post’s South-Central Letter Processing Plant

November 18, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - November 21, 2020 @ 9:00 pm

The Essentials

Interchanges by Winnie Truong is the final of three projections in a series entitled The Essentials, curated by The Bentway as part of BigArtTO. The projection-based work will be on exhibit from Wednesday, November 18 through to Saturday, November 21 from 6-9pm each evening at Canada Post's South-Central Letter Processing Plant.

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December 2020

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Communal Table 2019

December 3, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Beginning June 13, 2019 The Bentway offered weekly communal dining opportunities for neighbours and community members. Featuring chefs, food offerings and conversation-starters as curated by Toronto restaurant and innovative “culinary talent showcase” The Depanneur. The weekly dinners explored Toronto’s diverse culinary traditions. Roots to Table, Indigenous Relationships with Food June 20, 2019 As part of the Indigenous Arts Festival, The Bentway and the Fort York partnered with Carolynne Crawley for Roots to Table, Indigenous Relationships with Food. The event gathered…

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May 2021

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Directions to Nowhere in Particular

May 25 - July 25

Digital and/as Public Space, Spring 2021

Directions to Nowhere in Particular is a game of chance that alters the ways you sense, make, and navigate public space. Anyone can play. Simply go outside, pick a random prompt, and follow the directions for interacting with your surroundings. Perhaps you’ll learn something new or create something special that you’ll want to share with others. At some level, this project investigates how we might conceive of publics in our contemporary cyber-physical world. In the disarray of digital-physical hybridity, many activities can…

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June 2021

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Play Public by Erik Kessels and Thomas Mailaender

June 8 - September 26

Playing in Public, Summer 2021

Location: The Bentway Studio (55 Fort York Blvd.) Open Now -- As insatiable and compulsive collectors of found photographs and keen observers of sociological patterns, both Dutch artist and designer Erik Kessels and French multimedia artist Thomas Mailaender take the absurd and ridiculous very seriously. Joining forces for this collaborative project, they draw from the photographic archives of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) to activate their constructed urban playscape. Play Public (2021)—a part of The Bentway’s Playing in Public season—integrates…

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Walk Walk Dance by Daily tous les jours

June 12 - July 24

Playing in Public, Summer 2021

Location: Fort York Visitor Centre (250 Fort York Blvd.) Open now -- You can engage with this piece. Step on a line. Now try to jump. Next, dance a jig. Try with a friend. What sort of music can you make together? If COVID-19 has proven anything, it’s that cities need to adapt and change. This past year cities across the world have moved quickly to prototype new ways to experience and explore the city during a global health crisis.…

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Big Red by Assemble

June 19 - September 26

Playing in Public, Summer 2021

Location: The Bentway (250 Fort York Blvd) Opens June 19 (approx) -- Check out this installation. Step up. Slide down. Whirl and twirl. Hang out in the spaces between. What feels possible when nothing is impossible? In 1968 the architect Lina Bo Bardi produced an evocative illustration of her design for the Museum of Art, São Paulo (MASP), depicting a number of play objects occupying the public space created by the structure of the building itself, which was elevated on…

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Nil:Nil by Studio F Minus

June 19 - September 26

Playing in Public, Summer 2021

Nil:Nil is a portrait of play in pandemic times. As our work and play move online, our human interactions become subject to a comprehensive enframing.

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Dream Street by The Street Society

June 19 - September 26

Playing in Public, Summer 2021

Dream Street is a vertical playground open to all, inviting visitors to experience the city from a child's perspective.

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Jax by Pierre Poussin

June 30 - September 26

Playing in Public, Summer 2021

Pierre Poussin’s Jax reimagines one of the world’s oldest and most widespread games by amplifying its scale and colour, inviting visitors to see the game anew.

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Midsummer Mix Vol.1 by Nelson Wu & biosphere

June 30 - September 26

Playing in Public, Summer 2021

Location: South side of Queens Quay West (Bathurst St to York St) Opens June 30 (approx) -- As you walk along the waterfront, imagine you are in a video game. How would you play it? Stroll to the soundtrack accessed via the QR code on the ground decals. Midsummer Mix Vol. 1 sees GTA pixel artist Nelson Wu playfully transform the everyday icons and landmarks of Toronto’s waterfront — from the CN Tower to the Toronto Island Ferry Terminal, Billy…

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July 2021

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Double Dribble by Esmaa Mohamoud

July 7 - September 26

Playing in Public, Summer 2021

Location: The Bentway (250 Fort York Blvd) Opens July 7 (approx) -- On this impossible basketball court, how will you write your own rules for play? Through the illogical use of basketball motifs, Toronto artist Esmaa Mohamoud transforms The Bentway into a surreal basketball court. Double Dribble is comprised of basketball nets of varying diameters — from half the size, to 3X the size of a standard net — and court lines running dysfunctionally throughout The Bentway site. Nets are…

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