SOMETHING FOR BOXING DAY: A Little Mall Culture with Idle No More

Celebrating 1 Year of the Idle No More Movement at Dundas Square & The Eaton Centre, Toronto.

On Saturday, December 21st people of all backgrounds got together to join in a community round dance to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Idle No More Movement. This gathering of concerned citizens demonstrated that malls can be a place for practicing living culture that is meaningful going beyond our need to shop. Malls can be public spaces that become activated allowing the common area to function as a place for exchange and support.

Join the Idle No More Movement here.

Wishing everyone a safe, supportive and sustainable Holiday Season!

All above images by Leah Snyder for Mixed Bag Mag.

ARE MUSICAL MASHUPS YOUR THING?: Toronto’s Small World Music Festival Kicks Off!

Bringing you the best in World Music.

Small World Music’s annual festival kicked off last night at Lula Lounge with Mar Aberto Soundsystem. But if you missed that event, no worries, another week of shows across Toronto awaits you including tomorrow’s FREE events at Dundas Square. View full line up here.

“The Beat of the Globe pulses in the heart of Toronto as the 3rd Annual Small World in the Square takes over Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday September 28th from 1 pm on. This free, family-friendly event will showcase internationally renowned musicians who will get the crowd jumping to genres including Balkan, Calypso, Afro-Colombian jazz, Funk, Mexican rock and more. Between main stage performances, the InterAction Stage features hands-on workshops where participants can have unique one-on-one experiences with the artists. The centre piece of the 12th Annual Small World Music Festival, this cross-cultural community celebration will be a day to remember!”


SATURDAYad with information for Small World Music Festival and photographs of musicians performing

Remember it’s FREE!!!

ad for music festival with image of man drumming

Ad for music event with info and image of band

Ad for music festival with info regarding show and image of the band

Ad for music event with information and image of man playing drum kit


Ad for music event with info and image of a man holding a trumpet across his face


Ad for music event with info and image of a man holding a trumpet across his face

Ad for music event with info and image of the band

Ad for music event with info and image of band

You can also find out more about Small World Music on their website as well as follow along on Facebook and twitter @SmallWorldNotes.

GET SASSY: Spreading Love in All the Right Places

Heart painted on board on street.

Home is where the heart is!

“My parents have been my role models for love” Sas tells me as we walk around downtown Toronto finding nooks and crannies to drop off necklaces she has made as part of her #SpreadLove campaign.

All that love clearly rubbed off on her because when I met Sas at Manifesto Festival where she was selling her clever pieces at the Fresh Market it was clear that she radiates something beautiful.

“I love words, I love quotes, I always believe that little things can make a different why not spread happiness.” She continues, “and I wanted to get the people I love involved” so she began to enlist friends and family to come up with quotes around the subject of love. On her website each person who submitted a quote was also given a profile so that the lucky (or intentioned) finders of her gifts would be able to visit the website and have another dimension to their experience.

Hanging a necklace up at Metropolitan United Church, Toronto.

Attached to each pendant is Sas’ website address and contact information as she hopes that people who find the jewellery will give her feedback as to how it impacted them thus adding yet another layer to the narrative of the necklace.

Hanging necklace up on tree at Ryerson University's Image Arts Building, Toronto.
Hanging a necklace up in front of Image Arts Building, Ryerson University, Toronto.

After the drops at Metropolitan United Church, Ryerson University Images Arts Building, Dundas Square, AGO and Kensington Market we double backed along the same route to see if anyone noticed our booty of good vibes. Most were still dangling so maybe people are suspicious these days of something that says “take me I’m FREE!” and are looking around for the hidden camera. So here we are giving you all the FYI that Sas & MIXED BAG MAG will be doing future drops around the city so keep your eyes peeled for positivity!

Find Sas and Spread Love & Get Sassy websites on her websites & twitter @sas_spreadlove

Also, see her on recent MIXED BAG MAG post #WALK4YOUTHARTS: Stepping out in Support of Cultural Programming for Toronto’s Youth.

Necklace with tag saying Your Health is Your Biggest Wealth
Hanging another necklace up on a tree in Dundas Square, Toronto.
Putting a necklace on the Henry Moore sculpture in front of the AGO, Toronto.
Putting a necklace on the Henry Moore sculpture in front of the AGO, Toronto.
Necklace with positive saying
Hanging necklace on post in front of clothing store in Kensington Market, Toronto.
Hanging a necklace of a bicycle in Kensington Market, Toronto.
Jewellery designer, Sas Reyes, about to hang her last necklace on gate in Kensington Market, Toronto.
Sas Reyes finds a heart on the Paint Your Faith Mural by Wonder Cafe, Church Street, Toronto.

#WALK4YOUTHARTS: Stepping out in Support of Cultural Programming for Toronto’s Youth

“We need to hone and cultivate a group of artists right now that really know who they are, know how they fit into their broader community and then have a message. We need to provide spaces…where an emerging artist can be given a space where they have critical thought and get to know who they are and how they fit into the continuum of art and art history…how they can shape and change the way that the future can look”  ~ Che Kothari, founder of Manifesto

As part of the Manifesto Festival, Walk for Youth Arts was a parade down Toronto’s Yonge Street that brought out arts activists, community leaders and cultural provocateurs to bring awareness and rally support to keep our city’s youth programs diverse, accessible and funded!

To give an idea as to the importance of these programs in the lives of the youth that attend check out these videos on some of the initiatives you can find in Toronto.

“The young people involved are here because they are innovative, because they are passionate because they are creative and in this city something is happening that I don’t think has happened before, not youth organizing, that has happened before but youth organizing that has the potential to be sustainable, that has the potential to create real change, not change that’s only going to be around for two or three years but change that could actually alter the fabric of the way this society is operating and that is amazing!” Amanda Parris, Playwright & Performer

“Using art as a vehicle for social change is something I live by” ~ Boonaa Mohammed, Spoken Word Poet & Storyteller

To view more videos on the talent, vision and action of organizations and projects who are changing the landscape of this city MIXED BAG MAG recommends visiting the Walk for Youth Arts Blog.

Keep updated on how you can support this cause by following along on Facebook and on Twitter at #Walk4YouthArts.

Thanks to Muna of, Amanda of and Sas of Get Sassy Creations for taking the time to talk to MIXED BAG MAG about their projects!

Photography by Leah Snyder for Mixed Bag Mag.