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Semblance, Build for Bokma
SEMBLANCE Build for Bokma Semblance is an art installation and pop-up skate park built in commemoration of Toronto skater Justin Bokma. The sculptures utilize forms and materials that reference iconic skateboarding destinations within Toronto, New York, Barcelona, and other major urban centres. Together the sculptures create a “moveable destination”, a temporary gathering place for local and international skate communities alike. Semblance is the heart of CITE, The Bentway’s summer celebration of skateboarding culture. For six weeks CITE transforms The Bentway…
Green Hills Discovery – Alex McLeod
Green Hills Discovery Alex McLeod Toronto-based digital artist Alex McLeod uses 3D software to create hyper-real images mixing dense woodland and over-built structures into blended new landscapes. The still and animated scenes he creates are both familiar and fantastical, challenging perceptions of what is real versus imagined. In Green Hills Discovery, McLeod melds time as well as space to create a place between two worlds. Skyscrapers are planted into the earth as closely as the stylized spruce trees that tower…
The Gardiner Expressway, Lakeshore Boulevard, and the Bentway, 2018 – Michael Awad
The Gardiner Expressway, Lakeshore Boulevard, and the Bentway, 2018 Michael Awad Monumental, efficient, controversial – for the last sixty years the Gardiner Expressway has meant many things to Toronto, as a structure that both connects and divides. This contentious piece of concrete has been endlessly driven, debated, and deconstructed, yet never visualized as a whole until now. The Gardiner Expressway, Lakeshore Boulevard, and The Bentway, 2018, is the latest addition to Michael Awad’s Entire City Project, an intensive photographic exploration…
Every Building from A Defunct Liberty Village Factory, Rotated Vertically – Jon Sasaki
Every Building from A Defunct Liberty Village Factory, Rotated Vertically Jon Sasaki The Bentway sits almost directly across the road from what was once the John Inglis and Company factory, Canada's prized jewel industrial powerhouse that built steamship engines, fermentation tanks for Molson's brewery, industrial pumps, turbines, World War I and II armaments, and finally washing machines. When it closed in 1989, it represented a staggering loss of industrial capacity for the city and the country. The factory’s closure symbolized…
Shift – Mani Mazinani and Sanaz Mazinani
Shift Mani Mazinani and Sanaz Mazinani Located within two, 20-foot shipping containers, Shift takes the form of a large-scale stereo system that engages with both seated audiences and passers-by. It is a collaboration between multidisciplinary artists Mani Mazinani and Sanaz Mazinani who have created a spatial-perceptual experience on The Bentway site, enabling audiences to perceive movement and motion in the absence of a visual component. Shift features a sound composition that challenges notions of place and space through a series…
The 2018 Bentway Block Party
The Bentway completes Phase 1 with the Opening of the Strachan Gate and the Launch of the Fall Season with a FREE All-Day, All-Ages Block Party!
Bent Parade by Rob Shostak
Rob Shostak created a series of Bent costumes for The Bentway's Block Party - celebrating the completion of Phase 1 of the project and the opening of Strachan Gate - on August 25, 2018. On the day of the event, 15 Torontonians donned the costumes, and walked the length of The Bentway in a Bent Parade led by the Fort York Guard.
2018 Community Incubation Projects
The Bentway’s Community Incubation Program supports the development of the next generation of public space programmers. In 2018 we were pleased to support four projects; a variety show that tackled the stigma surrounding mental health and wellness issues ; a series of talks on urbanism; a dance residency and performance; and a shadow puppet installation. This is Our Place, by I/O Movement I/O Movement is a contemporary dance project specializing in site-specific performance. This is Our Place was a public…
Iconic Site (#5) – Sans façon
Iconic Site (#5) Sans façon Sans façon is an international art practice via Calgary that responds to the ever-changing relationship between people and place. Their neon piece Iconic Site was created as a response to the situation of many cities, where massive waves of new developments have changed the face of our urban environment, often replacing the character of the place with hollow words and meaningless sentences. Originally developed as a commission for the Centre for the Urban Built Environment in…
8-Bit Wampum – Wally Dion
8-Bit Wampum Wally Dion Born in Saskatoon and currently based in upstate New York, Wally Dion is a member of the Yellow Quill First Nation (Saulteaux) whose multidisciplinary art often employs repurposed circuit boards as a means of exploring cultural identity, environmental issues, and technological impulses. Dion’s latest work monumentalizes the traditional wampum belt— stringed shell beads used for commercial, ornamental, ceremonial, and diplomatic purposes — to suit the massive scale of The Bentway site. Its installation on the shared…
Earthbound – Steven Beckly
Earthbound, co-presented by Bunker 2 and The Bentway, is an exhibition of new works by Toronto-based artist Steven Beckly.
THE BENTWAY and NEW MUSEUM (NY) present IDEASCITY TORONTO
THE BENTWAY and NEW MUSEUM (NY) present IDEASCITY TORONTO. A Day-Long Program of Conversations and Events, Exploring the Cultural Forces that Connect and Shape the Communities of Toronto
The Bentway presents WATERLICHT, a monumental public art intervention designed by acclaimed Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde.
Bent Shadows by Caterwaul Theatre
Bent Shadows is a series of shadow puppet digital vignettes that explore the historical traces of Toronto’s ever changing shoreline.
The Bentway Artist Residency with Mitchell Akiyama & Brady Peters
The Bentway's 2019 Inaugural Artist Residency focuses on the acoustic environment of The Bentway. Mitchell Akiyama and Brady Peters will work onsite to develop an understanding of The Bentway as a site through which myriad forces flow – vibrational, social, electrical, acoustical.
Nadine Stijns, A Nation Outside a Nation with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Exhibition
Nadine Stijns, A Nation Outside a Nation (2012–14) The Bentway and Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Exhibition Dutch artist Nadine Stijns attempts to capture the memories, dreams, and flow of capital and possessions throughout the Filipino diaspora. In addition to traditional portraits, landscapes, and still lifes, many of which include meticulous documentation of "balikbayan box" supplies (tax-free goods sent by Filipino migrants back to family in the Philippines), Stijns photographs a variety of visual sources and then layers the images to create…
New Monuments for New Cities with the High Line Network
New Monuments for New Cities is a traveling public art exhibition featuring five members of the High Line Network, who each invited five of local artists reimagine new monuments for a 21st century city. The Toronto exhibition at The Bentway runs May 11-August 30.
The Monuments Summit on May 11 launches the New Monuments for New Cities - the first ever High Line Joint Public Art Initiatve - exhibition at The Bentway. The Summit is a day-long public event that will introduce the public to the New Monuments exhibition, the contributing artists from several participating cities, and the issues the exhibition raises.
Dérives by Noémie Lafrance
This new work by Noémie Lafrance created specifically for The Bentway site explores how our navigation of architecture and urban infrastructures is “choreographed” and investigates the political, social and cultural influences those choreographies impart on the human body and the social body. It is a site-specific work of “instructional choreography” created from a number of scripted instructions to be enacted by a group of 60 performers and the public across the full length of The Bentway site.
Theory X with Monument Lab
As a part of the New Monuments for New Cities initiative with the High Line Network, High Line research residents and Monument Lab co-founders Ken Lum and Paul Farber will bring together a group of speakers to respond to the question: What is your theory of Toronto?
Izhininjiiniwag – They Move in a Certain Way by Oasis Skateboard Factory with Chief Lady Bird, Aura and Ev Pakinewatik
Co-presented by The Bentway Conservancy and Oasis Skateboard Factory for the Indigenous Arts Festival hosted by Fort York National Historic Site. Izhininjiiniwag- They Move in a Certain Way is an amalgamation of skateboard culture, pow wow regalia and photography. Skateboarding’s roots can be directly traced to surfing, itself an Indigenous technology. In honour of this connection, Oasis Skateboard factory students worked with artists Chief Lady Bird, Aura and Ev Pakinewatik to design and create regalia-inspired skate fashion. Challenging the stereotype…
TO GATHER / TOGETHER by Sean Martindale
At the 2019 Block Party Award-winning interdisciplinary artist and designer Sean Martindale unveiled TO GATHER / TOGETHER - a new installation.
The Bentway Block Party
Join The Bentway every Sunday afternoon from July 7 to August 25 and listen to the City’s hottest musical acts on the Exclaim! Stage, while enjoying cold drinks on Toronto’s coolest covered patio.
The Distribution of Sensation
The Distribution of Sensation mimics the drainage infrastructure of The Bentway (the PVC pipes that carry rainwater down from the Gardiner Expressway) as a series of sonic sculptures that pose as infrastructure, albeit of an unusual sort. Created by Mitchell Akiyama and Brady Peters, Bentway Artists-in-Residence.
2019 Community Incubation Projects
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.