"Winter Stations is now embarking on its third-year, opening an international design competition to bring temporary public art installations to The Beaches, exhibited to celebrate Toronto's winter waterfront landscape.
This year we are expecting to include up to six lifeguard stands, including an addition three by invited universities, across Balmy, Kew and Ashbridges Bay beaches located in the heart of the Beach community, south of Queen Street East, between Woodbine and Victoria Park Avenues. These utilitarian structures are to be used as the armature for temporary installations, which will need to be able to withstand the rigours of Toronto winter weather. The exhibition is to run February 20 until March 27, 2017. This is a single-stage open international competition, welcoming artists, designers, architects and landscape architects to submit concept proposals for Winter Stations' temporary artwork installations.
Winter Stations 2017 theme: Catalyst : Converting one form or substance into another. Its the finger that tips the first domino over. Its the flap of butterfly's wing that that sets off a chain of chaotic, unpredictable reactions. The theme for Winter Stations’ third year is Catalyst. In 2017, this seems especially fitting in this time of international political, social and cultural search for a better way forward. This winter, we ask artists and designers to unearth and intervene in such a way as to open up the landscape, as well as the minds of those who come to view and interact with the installations. We ask that proposals seek to disassemble and re-shape our notions of Toronto’s waterfront, with particular attention to the sand and materials strewn across the beach. The installations this year will also be a catalyst for change: We would like to see less waste and more re-use. Designers should consider how their materials can be repurposed and recycled; we are excited to see proposals that evolve into future iterations, as on-going research and design projects. Entrants should address in their proposals a post-Winter Stations’ life, including de-commissioning / removal and the potential opportunities they see for their design, such as possible new sites and / or new objects. There is no limit to the size of the installation, but please note that included in the jurors’ instructions will be durability and constructability. Installations cannot exceed the total cost outlined. The jury may choose to pick up to ten proposals, in order of choice. The Winter Stations team will review these proposals to determine constructability. From this list we are fundraising to build up to six installations. Winning teams will be provided with an allowance for travel and accommodation to spend time in Toronto during the installation and the activities surrounding the opening, February 17 - 20, 2017. In 2016, this included an opening party at The Gladstone Hotel. These events provide opportunities for citizens of Toronto to engage directly with the designers. Members of the design team should expect to meet with media to discuss their designs and ideas. This year, local design and art institutions will be represented by The University of Toronto Daniels Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design, Humber College School of Design and the University of Waterloo School of Architecture with teams of students designing and fabricating installations for three stands."
Spring is officially here and the Toronto Argonauts Football Club home opener is only 3 months away. In preparation for the season, the 2017 Argos Cheerleaders auditions took place at the National Ballet School this past Sunday.
The ladies danced up a storm to claim one of 22 spots in the 2017 squad.
In rehearsal with the dancers from the Canada All Star Ballet at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.
CANADA ALL STAR BALLET GALA - the most prestigious ballet gala in the world, the first of its kind celebration of Classical Ballet Masterpieces, performed by the world’s most accomplished artists from Royal Ballet of London, The Bolshoi of Russia, The National Ballet of Canada, Rome Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Royal Danish Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and San Francisco Ballet.
16 SUPERSTARS from the world's 8 reigning Ballet Theaters will dazzle the stage on February 11th:
• Rebecca Bianchi - Rome Opera Ballet, Italy
• Isabella Boylston - American Ballet Theatre, New York
• Lauren Cuthbertson - Royal Ballet, London
• Jurgita Dronina - National Ballet of Canada (former Royal Swedish Ballet & Dutch National Ballet)
• Hannah Fischer - National Ballet of Canada
• Francesco Gabriele Frola - National Ballet of Canada
• Harrison James - National Ballet of Canada
• Carlo Di Lanno - San Francisco Ballet
• Alban Lendorf - American Ballet Theatre & Royal Danish Ballet
• Svetlana Lunkina - National Ballet of Canada (former Bolshoi Ballet)
• Evan McKie - National Ballet of Canada (former Stuttgart Ballet)
• Sofiane Sylve - San Francisco Ballet
• Ruslan Skvortsov - Bolshoi Ballet, Russia
• Cory Stearns - American Ballet Theatre, New York
• Jillian Vanstone - National Ballet of Canada
• Friedemann Vogel - Stuttgart Ballet, Germany
Profile from Flare Magazine:
"Ryan Alexander Smith
Hometown: Portage La Prairie, Man.
Ryan Alexander studied fashion design at the International Academy of Design in Toronto. Speaking about his work, he says “As a dressmaker, I love to combine intriguing colours, shapes and lines to create modern and elegant silhouettes for sophisticated yet adventurous women.”"
Profile from Flare Magazine - 2017
Hometown: Mississauga, Ont.
With a degree from Ryerson’s School of Fashion, Michael Zoffanieri’s created his line ZOFF inspired by his Italian-Canadian heritage. His style philosophy? “Reverence for the women I have the opportunity to dress,” he says."
Profile from Flare Magazine - 2017
Hometown: Medellin, Colombia
Atelier Guarin is the brainchild of designer Sebastian Guarin. Though born in Colombia, Sebastian grew up and studied in Canada. His contemporary ready-to-wear label is made for the modern woman, whom he describes as “driven to find standout pieces.”
Profile from Flare Magazine - 2017
Andrew Coimbra studied textile design at OCAD, fashion design from George Brown College and interned at major fashion labels including Proenza Schouler, Toronto’s Philip Sparks and Pink Tartan. His extensive resume led him to create a label of his own which he sums up as “cool, refined ease.”
In the second edition of the Battle of the Suits, ten everyday-knowledge workers will come together in the ring to fight three 2-minute rounds against their fellow white-collar professionals. These brave amateur boxers trained like elite athletes with professional coaches to groom their fighting skills. Their months of gruelling training and valiant fundraising came to fruition in one glamorous and entertaining gala event at the historic One King West building in downtown Toronto. Proceeds will go to the Battle of the Suits partner, the Believe to Achieve Organization/Foundation, a non-profit that assists kids ages 8-16 in afterschool personal development and mentorship programs.
MC'ed by Spider Jones & Divine Brown
A toast to three coasts! The NBS Gala is the School’s signature fundraising event and this year’s event has been 150 years in the making. It was a spectacular celebration of all things red, white and dance. Guests were treated to a performance by the skillfully trained and gifted students of the Professional Ballet Program.
2017 GALA COMMITTEE
Co-Chairs: Ann Lawson-Brehl & Kim Tanenbaum
Members: Jennifer Bratty • Adrienne Down Coulson • Dona Eull-Schultz • Martin Leclair • Carmen Marron • Jen McCain • Tess McLean • Juanita Montalvo
Tanya Taylor • Karlee Vukets • Brittany Wielgosz • Steven Wong
@NBS_ENB #NBSGala #Canadiana
Inspired by Aristophanes’ Peace, an Athenian comedy written in 421 BCE, Houston’s adaptation of the play is set in a fable-like time in Eastern Canada.
On the brink of war, two nations, The Realm and The Republic, hope to live in peace, something that each side defines in its own way. Houston’s serio-comic exploration reveals the complexities of both war and peace – their opportunities, fortunes, and failings. The production is commissioned by the Ryerson School of Performance, Toronto, Canada. Peace will also tour to Los Angeles after its Toronto premiere. Performed by the graduating BFA actors, designed and produced by the BFA Performance Production students, with professional Projection Design by Kristen Ferguson.
Written by Velina Hasu Houston
Directed by Dr. Cynthia Ashperger
Produced by Dr. Peggy Shannon
Projection design by Kristen Ferguson
Lighting design by Anna Spencer
Costume design by Angela Cabrera & Kaleena Lee
Set design by Megan Cinel
Sound design by Alex Robinson
Zachary Arndt as Merchant of War
Sebastian Biasucci as Spirit of the past IV / Chorus Leader
Katherine Cappellacci as Spirit of the Past I
Audrey Chairman as Hope
Laura Hamel as Fear
Daniel Krmpotic as the Sage / Farmer Concord
Sean Laird as Nobel
Ariana Marquis as Spirit of the Past III
Michael Merrithew as Senso
Sydney Owchar as Peace
Kierstyn Penney as Grace
Vitan Pravtchev as Spirit of the Past II
Tori Stewart as Spirit of the Past V
Leigh Truant as Peace Merchant / The Philosopher
Alexander Zonjic as Spirit of the Past VI
Throwdown Collective brings a touch of magical realism to the stage with their physically exciting contemporary dance performances. Members Zhenya Cerneacov, Mairéad Filgate and Brodie Stevenson perform the world premiere of Montreal choreographer Lina Cruz’s Ylem (3 Eggs Ago), and their award winning creation, Various Concert.