Today, the City of Toronto announced the return of community arts programming at its cultural centres and galleries. Programming was announced for the spring and summer months at Assembly Hall, Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery and the soon-to-open Clark Centre for the Arts.
Residents can explore what’s on in neighbourhoods across Toronto and rediscover all the community arts programming for children, families and aspiring artists the city has to offer.
By the Lake Book Club
Assembly Hall’s By the Lake Book Club returns with another inspiring season of six in-person and virtual events. Join the conversation with leading Canadian authors and Humber College staff, alumni and graduate students. Each in-person event includes a reading, discussion, audience Q&A, book-signing and ASL interpretation.
Book club events:
Since 2009, By the Lake Book Club has featured over 50 diverse Canadian authors, sharing their latest works with readers from Toronto and beyond. This Assembly Hall series is presented by the City of Toronto in partnership with Humber College’s Faculty of Media and Creative Arts and the Toronto International Festival of Authors.
Shakespeare Summer Camp
August 2 to 14, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
From prop, set and costume design to movement and scene work, campers will take a hands-on approach to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, culminating in a fun and exciting performance for family and friends at Assembly Hall. Suitable for ages 10 to 14.
Gallery Exhibitions & Public Receptions
Assembly Hall has a number of free gallery exhibitions and public receptions scheduled from May to October that include:
For information on all Assembly Hall programming, visit www.toronto.ca/AssemblyHall.
Visual Arts Workshops
Cedar Ridge Creative Centre is offering six-week pottery and visual arts workshops suitable for adults and children aged 7 to 13. Participants can explore the wonders of watercolour, discover the art of Alla Prima painting or learn how to produce a stunning still-life. Some workshops start April 4. Registration is required and space is limited. For more information, visit www.toronto.ca/CedarRidge.
Cedar Ridge Creative Centre offers CampTO: Arts Exploration, a two-week visual arts camp for children aged 8 to 13. Campers will have opportunities to create and experiment with mediums such as drawing and painting, printmaking, sculpture, video, arts and crafts and pottery. Registration opens April 12 at 7 a.m. To book, visit efun.toronto.ca.
Call for artists: Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery presents a wide range of visual art exhibitions, celebrating juried and curated shows by local and national art organizations. Situated within the Centre Block of the Etobicoke Civic Centre, this large public gallery provides free and accessible opportunities for visitors to enjoy and engage with the artwork on display. The Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery will reopen on June 1.
Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery has a number of free gallery exhibitions and public receptions scheduled from May to October that include:
For information on all Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery programming, visit www.toronto.ca/ECCArtGallery.
The Gallery is now accepting applications from arts organizations and groups of six or more artists to exhibit in 2023. Download the application form at www.toronto.ca/ECCArtGallery and apply by May 1.
Official opening: the new Clark Centre for the Arts will open to the public on April 20 with a public ceremony and open house event. More information will be available in the coming days at www.toronto.ca/ClarkCentre.
“Now more than ever, community engagement plays a vital role in our well-being. Discover the many interactive arts, learning experiences and cultural community events at the City’s cultural centres and galleries. I encourage all Toronto residents to discover the dynamic programming at Assembly Hall, Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery and the soon-to-open Clark Centre for the Arts.”
– Mayor John Tory
“Toronto’s galleries and other cultural centres are dynamic hubs across the city. They unite our communities by providing much-needed art and cultural services, supporting local projects, and positively impacting the lives of our young people.”
– Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson (Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic and Community Development Committee
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