TO DO IT ALL AGAIN: Toronto Design Offsite Festival Closes Another Successful Year!

Yesterday I was suffering from a Design Week hangover. So many openings, so many events! How to cure a hangover? Well, I know there are some people out there that would advise to just have another drink.  ‘Drink’ I did. And it worked. The final few hours of Design Week and TO DO were some of the best and included Kaleido’cadu, Imm Living’s annual “Not ForkChops” show, MADE Design on Dundas St. West as part of DO Design, “Light It Up” at Cooper Cole Gallery and the perfect night cap – String Theory‘s PatternPattern show at Graven Feather. Wow!

There was a biting wind and messy slush but my day closed on a happy note and I share with you here TO DO‘s Finale.

Looking forward to doing it all again in 2015!












All images by Leah Snyder for MIXED BAG MAG.

LIST OF VENUES:

  1. “Redesigned Medalta” at Made Design
  2. “Redesigned Medalta” at Made Design
  3. “Not ForkChops” at Hashtag Gallery
  4. “Come Up To My Room” at The Gladstone Hotel
  5. “Come Up To My Room” at The Gladstone Hotel
  6. “Come Up To My Room” at The Gladstone Hotel
  7. PatternPattern by String Theory at Graven Feather 
  8. PatternPattern by String Theory at Graven Feather
  9. “Patchworked in Canada” by Dear Human at TO DO Festival Hub at Bosley Real Estate 
  10. “Light It Up” at Cooper Cole Gallery
  11. “Light It Up” at Cooper Cole Gallery
  12. “Hand & Machine” at Ontario Crafts Council
  13. BEFORE shot of the Clint Roenisch Gallery and “Dossier: Sheridan Grad Furniture”
  14. AFTER shot of the Clint Roenisch Gallery

CONTACT CONTINUED: Complete List of the Ongoing Exhibitions

Office door opening to large mounds of small photographs piled for gallery installation
Photography by Ahmed Sirry for Mixed Bag Mag.

TORONTO’S ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL
Missed it? Oops! Well good news is you can still catch a few more exhibits running past the May 31 end date. Here’s Mixed Bag Mag’s comprehensive list of what’s still on for Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.

LOCAL TORONTO PHOTOGRAPHERS

  1. ENDING JUNE 8 – Edith Maybin’s THE GIRL DOCUMENT @ O’born Contemporary
  2. ENDING JUNE 9 – Janieta Eyre’s THE MUTE BOOK @ Katherine Mulherin Art Projects
  3. ENDING JUNE 16 – Sara Angelucci’s PROVENANCE UNKNOWN  @ Art Gallery of York University
  4. ENDING JUNE 16 – Mark Peckmezian PORTRAIT @ Harbourfront Centre
  5. ENDING JUNE 28-  Janieta Eyre CONSTRUCTING MYTHOLOGIES @ University of Toronto Art Centre Lounge
  6. ENDING JULY 7 – Mark Filipiuk SKOLA / SCHOOL @ Art Gallery of Mississauga


CANADIAN PHOTOGRAPHERS

  1. ENDING JUNE 29 – Andrew Wright’s PENUMBRA @ University of Toronto Art Centre


INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS

  1. ENDING JUNE 9 – Chris Marker’s (France) MEMORY OF A CERTAIN TIME @ Tiff
  2. ENDING JUNE 15 – Erik Kessels’ (Holland) 24HRS IN PHOTOGRAPHY @ Contact Gallery
  3. ENDING JUNE 15 – Danny Lyon’s (United States)  THE BIKERIDERS @ Stephen Bulger Gallery
  4. ENDING JUNE 15 – Doug Ischar’s (United States)  UNDERTOW @ Gallery 44 & VTape
  5. ENDING JUNE 29 – Botto + Bruno (Italy) I WAS ALREADY LOST @ Pari Nadimi Gallery
  6. ENDING SEPTEMBER 2 – Sebastião  Salgado’s (Brazil) GENESIS @ The Royal Ontario Museum
  7. ENDING OCTOBER 20 – Various Artists LIGHT MY FIRE @ Art Gallery of Ontario
  8. ENDING JANUARY 2014(India) Raja Deen Dayal’s BETWEEN PRINCELY INDIA AND THE BRITISH RAJ @ The Royal Ontario Museum 


Photography by Ahmed Sirry for Mixed Bag Mag.

MIXED BAG MAG ON THE STREET: Breaking down barriers by making new friends

Celebrating at Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival, Caribana 2012. Woman holding I LOVED JAMAICA flag

Over our lasts few posts MIXED BAG MAG has been getting into the thick of it. We allowed ourselves to get fully absorbed into the beautiful chaos of the crowd at the Festival of India and Caribana.

What we have love about parades is that they give us the opportunity to get up close and personal. As we walked along with the parade goers we became part of the collective experience. And when that experience is a celebratory one then we all have the opportunity to find ourselves enjoying the company of strangers who start to feel more like friends.

Along with the thanking all the many staff and volunteers at Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Festival (Caribana) who created a most stunning event MIXED BAG MAG would also like to thank Toronto Police who helped make this year’s carnival a success!

Collection of souvenirs for sale.
Older woman selling souvenirs for Caribana.
Little boy with dreads wearing I LOVE JAMAICA shirt standing with his mom.
Three little girls with the flag of Guyana.
Dancers waving a flag.
Young woman waving the flag of Grenada
Two dancers walking by.
Group of guys wearing I LOVE TO shirts.
Two young women wearing I LOVE TO shirts.
Two men dressed up in costume and dancing.
Cute toddler smiling and being held by her older sister.
Two pretty girls in green costumes.
Good-looking male dancer participating in the parade.
Image of cute young man on float and two pretty dancers.
Adorable little girl wearing the feather headdress.
Good looking man stopping to smile for the camera.
A woman playing the steel pans.
Young guys dancing to the music on the floats.

Another woman playing the steel pans.
Young boy being doused in water to keep cool.
Beautiful woman standing in full costume in front of the entrance to the CNE.
Man dressed up for his float beside a woman dressed up for her float. Lots of colour.
Woman all in green attached to her large float.
Beautiful woman in white bikini striking a pose at the end of the parade.
Photography by Leah Snyder & Ahmed Sirry for Mixed Bag Mag.

MIXED BAG MAG ON THE STREET: Hitting the pavement at Caribana

Dancer at Caribana.

As if we didn’t see enough colour at Toronto’s Festival of India, when we arrived at this year’s Caribana Parade it looked like a bag of skittles had scattered out onto Lakeshore. Mango yellows, deep maroons and fiery reds cooled by jade greens and watery blues.

Caribbean culture is a truly hybrid culture(s) with each country representing a mix due to the dark side of history – slavery, migrations of indentured workers, and colonialism but Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Festival (Caribana) is the celebration of what can happen when people with diverse music, food, dance and religion end up living together in a new place – a new world emerges.

The opening up of immigration in the 70s attracted many people from places like Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad & Tobago. The result, 45 years later, is the warming up of Toronto with this hot festival.

For more information on the festival visit www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com or follow on Facebook and twitter @TO_Carnival.

Dancer at Caribana.
Dancer at Caribana.
Dancer at Caribana.
Dancer at Caribana.
Dancer at Caribana.
Dancer at Caribana.
Dancer at Caribana.
Dancer at Caribana.
Dancer at Caribana.
Dancer at Caribana.
Dancer at Caribana.
Dancer at Caribana.
Photography by Leah Snyder & Ahmed Sirry for Mixed Bag Mag.

BRAZILFEST: Rain & Shine

Brazilfest 2012

None of us believed that the shadow of clouds was going to dampen the day. With more than enough thunderous banging of the drums by Toronto’s Maracatu Baque Bamba we were distracted from the fact that a storm was indeed brewing.

But despite all of us being collectively caught unprepared in the end when the sun came back so did we. No better way to dry off then by dancing!

In fact the summer heat combined with the tropical downpour seemed to suit and in the end MIXED BAG MAG’s first Brazilfest ended up being a great way to spend a Sunday.

For more on the festival visit www.brazilfest.ca or follow on Facebook & Twitter.

Brazilfest 2012
Brazilfest 2012
Brazilfest 2012
Brazilfest 2012
Brazilfest 2012
Brazilfest 2012
Brazilfest 2012
Brazilfest 2012
Brazilfest 2012
Brazilfest 2012
Brazilfest 2012
Brazilfest 2012
Brazilfest 2012
Brazilfest 2012
Brazilfest 2012
Brazilfest 2012
Brazilfest 2012

Photography by Leah Snyder & Ahmed Sirry for Mixed Bag Mag.

FESTIVAL OF INDIA PT 2: Food for The Soul

Festival of India 2012

In its 40th year in the City of Toronto, the Festival of India “stems from thousands of years of tradition and heritage…and echoes an annual procession that has occurred for centuries in the ancient city of Puri, India.” (Sited from www.festivalofindia.ca)

For the parade, devotees of Krishna pulled ropes attached to large chariots from just north of Bloor down Yonge to Queen’s Quay.

“Seated on each float (chariot) are beautifully bedecked Deities of Jagannatha (another name for Krishna or God), Baladeva (Krishna’s brother), and Subhadra (Krishna’s sister). The procession itself symbolizes the pulling of the Lord into our hearts and thus is done with great pomp and grandeur.” (Sited from www.festivalofindia.ca)

Along the way there was singing, dancing and displays of devotion with devotees chanting the prayer to Krishna:

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare;
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare

The energy arising around the spectators that lined Yonge was upbeat and charged with the celebratory spirit.

The weekend long event included:

  • Pre-festival launch party at Yonge-Dundas Square
  • Free vegetarian feast
  • Award-winning arts and culture show
  • Yoga Meltdown – a spiritual yoga festival
  • South Asian Bazaar

The festival is organized by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON Toronto). Along with the mandate to share with the Toronto community what it means to be a devotee of Krishna ISKCON “also regularly conducts programs for youth empowerment, community care and a “Food for Life” program involving regular outreach to the underprivileged via the distribution of hot vegetarian meals.”  (cited from www.festivalofindia.ca)

For more on the festival visit www.festivalofindia.ca or follow on Facebook & Twitter.

More about the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) on www.torontokrishna.com.

Festival of India 2012
Festival of India 2012
Festival of India 2012
Festival of India 2012
Festival of India 2012
Festival of India 2012
Festival of India 2012
Festival of India 2012
Festival of India 2012
Festival of India 2012
Festival of India 2012
Festival of India 2012
Festival of India 2012
Festival of India 2012
Festival of India 2012
Festival of India 2012
Festival of India 2012
Festival of India 2012
Festival of India 2012
Festival of India 2012
Photography by Leah Snyder & Ahmed Sirry for Mixed Bag Mag.

FESTIVAL OF INDIA PART 1: Feast for The Eyes

Dancers getting ready before the Festival of India Parade, Toronto.

Everywhere we looked our eyes landed on the most stunning of scenes. The air seemed to shimmer from the vibrancy of so many juicy colours.

This was our first Festival of India Parade and it did not disappoint. We were greeted by lovely people sharing water, fruit, nuts and smiles.

With so much to take in, the challenge in covering the event was the final task of narrowing down the best images to best showcase the narrative of the day. In the end we decided two posts are better than one! Today’s post is all about the behind the scenes.

Mixed Bag Mag thanks everyone who graciously posed for us and made our memories of the experience memorable and warm.

For more on the festival visit www.festivalofindia.ca or follow on Facebook & Twitter.

More about the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) on www.torontokrishna.com.

Dancers getting ready before the Festival of India Parade, Toronto.
Dancers getting ready before the Festival of India Parade, Toronto.
Dancers getting ready before the Festival of India Parade, Toronto.
Dancers getting ready before the Festival of India Parade, Toronto.
Dancers getting ready before the Festival of India Parade, Toronto.
Dancers getting ready before the Festival of India Parade, Toronto.
Dancers getting ready before the Festival of India Parade, Toronto.
Dancers getting ready before the Festival of India Parade, Toronto.
Dancers getting ready before the Festival of India Parade, Toronto.
Dancers getting ready before the Festival of India Parade, Toronto.
Dancers getting ready before the Festival of India Parade, Toronto.
Photography by Leah Snyder & Ahmed Sirry for Mixed Bag Mag.