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er I n mackeen Richmond update Winter 2011/12 Volume 18, Issue 4

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update

Winter 2011/12 Volume 18, Issue 4

er I n mackeen Richmond update Winter 2011/12 Volume 18, Issue 4
The 401 Richmond Update is a community-building initiative of Urbanspace Property Group. The newsletter began in

The 401 Richmond Update is a community-building initiative of Urbanspace Property Group. The newsletter began in June 1994 and over the years has documented the eclectic activities and fascinating people who make a home in our historic factory in downtown Toronto. If you would like to be added to the 401 Update mailing list please email: update@401richmond.net

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401 Green Roof by Erin MacKeen

401 Richmond Ltd. Staff

Bob c handler, Security rosanna c iulla, administrative assistant Bogale Gebreyes, Security & m aintenance erin m ac keen, Director c ommunity Development and c ommunications keli m aksud, Office administrator m ike m oody, Property m anager Greg Laberakis, m aintenance Pamela Lampkin, Janitorial Services rodentar Paragas, Janitorial Services m anager Vicki rodgers, c hief e xecutive Officer robert Schwager, Security m ichael Siklos, Leasing administrator Greg Spooner, Parking attendant & Security renato Villanueva, m aintenance m argaret Zeidler, Founder

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erin m ac keen, editor Lisa k iss Design (Studio 435) Warren’s Waterless Printing

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Urbanspace Property Group 401 r ichmond St. W., Studio 111 Toronto, O n c anada m 5V 3a8 tel 416-595-5900 fax 416-595-5904 www.40 1richmond.net

The 401 Richmond Update is a community-building initiative of Urbanspace Property Group. The newsletter began in

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Richmond update Winter 2011/12 Volume 18, Issue 4 Faustwork m ask Theatre performs Feast of Faces

Richmond

update

Winter 2011/12 Volume 18, Issue 4

Faustwork m ask Theatre performs Feast of Faces at Built for Art: An Independent Project for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche (October 1, 2011).

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Richmond update Winter 2011/12 Volume 18, Issue 4 Faustwork m ask Theatre performs Feast of Faces
Richmond update Winter 2011/12 Volume 18, Issue 4 Faustwork m ask Theatre performs Feast of Faces
  • 3 on the cover

  • 4 tenant profile

  • 5 spotted & applauded

  • 6 listings

Richmond update Winter 2011/12 Volume 18, Issue 4 Faustwork m ask Theatre performs Feast of Faces
Richmond update Winter 2011/12 Volume 18, Issue 4 Faustwork m ask Theatre performs Feast of Faces
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MOVING up

CENTRE FOR CITY ECOLOGY

has moved their office from Studio 404 down to Studio 119. The centre hosts a popular series of talks in the Urbanspace Gallery. Visit www.cityecology.net to find out more.

401 MEE t ING ROOM

Richmond update Winter 2011/12 Volume 18, Issue 4 Faustwork m ask Theatre performs Feast of Faces

If you’re looking for a place to hold a meeting or workshop, contact us about renting Studio 408 . a ll the necessary

amenities at a reasonable rate with a great view of the roof garden as an added bonus.

Visit www.401richmond.net or contact Rosanna Ciulla at rosanna@urbanspace. org, 416.595.5900 x22 to find out more.

Richmond update Winter 2011/12 Volume 18, Issue 4 Faustwork m ask Theatre performs Feast of Faces

SEE LISTINGS (PAGE 6) FOR DETAILS !!!

news

Guest curator Dave Meslin with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi Below: Gwendolyne Hats’ William Brown and Gwendolyne
Guest curator Dave Meslin with
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi
Below: Gwendolyne Hats’ William
Brown and Gwendolyne Preboy

t HE FOuR t H WALL

Guest curator Dave Meslin’s new show in the Urbanspace Gallery offers some mobilizing ideas about how to transform local politics. The timing couldn’t be better in our fine city and the show is attracting interest from across the nation including a visit from c algary’s m ayor Naheed Nenshi . r anging from ideas on voting reform to simple ways to encourage civic engagement, the show takes some reading but is worth the effort. The Fourth Wall is on until December 31.

news Guest curator Dave Meslin with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi Below: Gwendolyne Hats’ William Brown and
news Guest curator Dave Meslin with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi Below: Gwendolyne Hats’ William Brown and

HAt S OFF

Or in this case Gwendolyne Hats off! The atelier celebrates twenty years of wearable art at its finest this year—a truly remarkable accomplishment in this age of mass manufacturing. a s designer Gwendolyne Preboy suggests “we make artwear you enjoy every day.” a long

with director William Brown, Gwendolyne Hats (Studio 433) will be at the One-of-a-Kind show this year from n ovember 24 to December 4 and will also be part of the first annual Frolic at 401 from December 8 to 11. www.gwendolynehats.com

A VERY GOOD BIKE

We have lots of bikes that visit 401 each day but for the first time we have a Good Bike. Our neon pink beauty was brought to us by Caroline Macfarlane and Vanessa Nicholas the creators of the Good Bike project that’s about reimagining the meaning of recycling. Our bike can be found on their blog along with a write-up by Toronto Star arts writer Murray Whyte . blogthegoodbike.tumblr.com

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uRBAN AGRICuLtuRE

In various ways, over the years, we’ve experimented with growing food on our roof. It always felt like a natural extension from the already existing 10,000 square feet of extensive green roof and communal container garden. We started things off in 2003 with a joint project with Ryerson University and have since continued to compost and grow small crops of herbs and vegetables. This year we tried out some new flexible felt containers and deep-watering systems to grow some delicious edible treats. We have plans for a more formal urban agriculture project in the near future but until then we’ll keep snacking on roof garden pesto! oldplantnewplant.tumblr.com for more photos from our 2011 harvest.

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Left: Esmeralda Enrique Left to right: Esmeralda Enrique,Ilse Gudiño, Noelia La Morocha, Juan Ogalla, Paloma Cortés
Left: Esmeralda Enrique
Left to right: Esmeralda Enrique,Ilse Gudiño,
Noelia La Morocha, Juan Ogalla, Paloma Cortés

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FAuS t WORK MASK t HEAt RE Studio 215

This fall during Built for Art, our annual Scotiabank Nuit Blanche programming, visitors had the rare opportunity to experience the simple magic of Rob Faust ’s masks. The interactive dinner party called Feast of Faces featured Faustwork Mask Theatre’s (Studio 215) newest company member Marla Brennan. artistic director rob Faust, who spends much of his time performing on the road, was thrilled to reconnect with Toronto audiences after a hiatus of several years and had the opportunity to reflect on the early years when he “first looked through eye holes during a performance and saw the undeniable transformative power of masks reflected back to him in the gaze and laughter of the audience.” as rob explains, “we do mask theatre—not theatre with masks —so our actors become a mix of actor and human puppet. The company consists of performers who tend to be funny and physically oriented, who ‘speak mask’ to audiences of all ages. We don’t always do plays; we play. c oming off stage after a good show, a masked performer can say: I wasn’t myself—the mask did it!” r ob grew up in New Orleans and experienced the ritual fun of Mardi Gras every year. But it was only after he left his hometown that he began to consider masks as an art form and a career. He chose not to follow in the footsteps of his father Doctor Faust or his lawyer brother; instead he found his way into dance with the Pilobolus Dance Theatre . eventually his creative calling was unearthed when he met a mask maker in a physical theatre workshop in Berkeley California .

In recent years r ob has morphed his theatre calling into a second career as a keynote speaker who speaks in words and body language, using his masks to literally embody his message about bringing emotional intelligence, empathy, and humour to work. Given the expressive range of the human face, the question might arise: why masks? For r ob, the cloaking quality of a mask “gets at the big paradox—we hide in order to reveal. We feel safe behind a mask and therefore feel free to show more of ourselves, to connect, to take chances, to take charge, or to transmogrify into some demon or deity.” rob is mostly self-taught and has a natural talent for sculpting the wearable characters that were the spring- board to everything that followed. rob says Faustwork’s mission is to “skillfully create simplicity on stage, and to challenge audiences with the company’s blend of theatre, physical comedy, music, dance, and poetry.” It’s all held together with a menagerie of nearly three hundred expressive masks—a cast of many on the faces of few. The Faustwork studio will be open during the Artists Open Studio event on December 9 and 10 if you’d like to get up close and personal with the dozens of masks on display. Some of the masks are even for sale if you’re looking for a great gift for the performer in your life or the one that may lurk inside of you.

www.Faustwork.com

www.RobFaustSpeaker.com

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spotted & applauded

Paul Fournier
Paul Fournier
Astrid Ho and Laura Bydlowska from Open Studio with artist Libby Hague
Astrid Ho and Laura Bydlowska from
Open Studio with artist Libby Hague

t ORON t O IN t ERNAt IONAL AR t FAIR & R ECE pt ION

October 28 to n ovember 1

S UTH a SaTH anan TH an spotted & applauded Paul Fournier Astrid Ho and Laura

Above Toronto Arts Council Associate Director William Huffman with Erin MacKeen and Keli Maksud from Urbanspace Property Group

Left Red Head Gallery artists (left to right) Jean Bridge, Lynn Kelly, Jane Martin, and Joan Kaufman

Visitors with Red Head Gallery artist Jane Martin
Visitors with Red Head
Gallery artist Jane Martin
S UTH a SaTH anan TH an spotted & applauded Paul Fournier Astrid Ho and Laura
S UTH a SaTH anan TH an spotted & applauded Paul Fournier Astrid Ho and Laura

BONDING WI t H t REC

This summer TREC Renewable Energy Co-operative (Studio 405) and the SolarShare Co-operative launched a new bond program that provides the opportunity for socially conscious investors to participate in an initiative with positive impacts on communities throughout Ontario. The SolarShare c ommunity Solar Bonds are invested in a portfolio consisting entirely of solar electric power projects with $1000 bonds earning 5% annual returns over a 5-year term. To learn more visit: www.trec.on.ca

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listings December 2011 to February 2012

The Listings Board is your opportunity to communicate with other tenants and keep them informed about what is happening in your organization. If you are having a sale, exhibition, or event you would like advertised, email details to update@401richmond.net. Listings are open to all tenants.

DEADLINE FOR NEXT ISSUE: Friday January 20, 2012

GALLERY DIREC t ORY

A Space Gallery (Studio 110) c ontact 416-979-9633 www.aspacegallery.org

Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography (Studio 120) c ontact 416-979-3941 www.gallery44.org

Open Studio (Studio 104) c ontact 416-504-8238 www.openstudio.on.ca

Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art (Studio 124) c ontact 416-591-0357 www.prefix.ca

Red Head Gallery (Studio 115) c ontact 416-504-5654 www.redheadgallery.org

Trinity Square Video (Studio 376) c ontact 416-593-1332 www.trinitysquarevideo.com

Urbanspace Gallery (Studio 117) c ontact 416-595-5900 www.urbanspacegallery.ca

Vtape Video Gallery (Studio 452) c ontact 416-351-1317 www.vtape.org

WARC Gallery/Women’s Art Resource Centre (Studio 122) c ontact 416-977-0097 www.warc.net

Wynick/Tuck Gallery (Studio 128) c ontact 416-504-8716 www.wynicktuckgallery.ca

YYZ Artists’ Outlet (Studio 140) c ontact 416-598-4546 www.yyzartistsoutlet.org

DECEMBER 1 – 17 Open Studio

Artist Proof Sale & Open House: a celebration of printmaking that gives art lovers a chance to connect with and purchase unique works of art. Opening: Thursday December 1, 6 – 9 pm

EXHIBI t IONS

continues to JANUARY 2012 Wynick/Tuck Gallery

Janice Gurney: Outside Our Doors Jessica Groome: New Work Opening (artists in attendance): Saturday november 26, 2 – 5 pm

listings December 2011 to February 2012 The Listings Board is your opportunity to communicate with other

Janice Gurney at Wynick/Tuck Gallery (see above)

FROLIC

JANUARY 4 – 28 Red Head Gallery

DECEMBER 8 – 11 401 Richmond Street West

Jean Bridge: Around the Block Opening: Saturday January 7, 2 – 5 pm

Frolic: the first annual holiday open house celebrating the art, culture, and community that make this Toronto landmark a unique destination. There’s a little something for everyone — so come Frolic with us!

JANUARY 7 – MARCH 10 YYZ Artists’ Outlet

Artisans Marketplace December 8 to 11

Plus gallery exhibitions and fundraising shows, shops & more.

Julie Lequin, Jeremy cox and Bebhinn Jennings

Artists Open Studio December 9 & 10 Brickolage Tour & Frolic Soiree December 10

JANUARY 7 – MARCH 31 YYZ Artists’ Outlet

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keith Langergraber

HOLIDAY F uNDRAISING EXHIBI t IONS

NOVEMBER 30 – DECEMBER 17 Red Head Gallery

Red Dot Show 2011: featuring gallery artists Janet Bellotto, Paula Braswell, Teri Donovan, Peter Dykhuis, Dana Holst, Lynn christine kelly, nina Leo, Jane martin, Sam mogelonsky, and ram Samocha Opening: December 1, 7 – 9 pm

JANUARY12 – FEBRUARY 18 Open Studio

allison moore & arthur Desmarteaux: Micropolis 2.0 rob Tavares: Pop! Goes The Art New Notables: Group exhibition featuring Jillian Ditner, Laine Groeneweg, and Shogo Okada Opening: Thursday January 12, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

DECEMBER 1 – 10 Gallery 44

JANUARY 13 – FEBRUARY 11 Gallery 44

Wall to Wall: an annual fundraising exhibition and sale of work by Gallery 44 members and friends. Opening: Thursday December 1, 6 – 9 pm

marc audette: Art Class 010 Vitrines: yannig Willman: The Third Reflection Opening: Friday January 13, 6 – 9 pm

EXHIBI t IONS continued FEBRUARY 2 – APRIL 21 Prefix ICA Uriel Orlow: History in the

EXHIBI t IONS continued

FEBRUARY 2 – APRIL 21 Prefix ICA

Uriel Orlow: History in the Present closing: Saturday april 21, 2 – 5 pm

FEBRUARY 24 – MARCH 31 Open Studio

erik Waterkotte: Invocation Jennifer Linton: An Account of Some Strange Disturbances Opening: Friday February 24, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

EVEN t S

JANUARY 25 & FEBRUARY 29 World Literacy of Canada

KAMA Reading Series

Prisoner, January 25: with ava Homa, James Loney, and marina nemat

Elephant & Neighbours, February 29: randy Boyagoda, David m. malone, and Syeda nuzhat Siddiqui

6:30 pm at the Park Hyatt, 4 avenue rd Series Tickets: $275

www.worldlit.ca

JANUARY 19 & FEBRUARY 9 Prefix ICA

Urban Field Speaker Series

January 19: krzysztof Wodiczko with Barbara Fischer February 9: nikos Papastergiadis with rinaldo Walcott 7:30 pm – Series passes and tickets available at the door or in advance at Prefix.

WORKSHO p S

JANUARY & FEBRUARY Trinity Square Video TSV offers workshops in editing software, equipment, grant writing, and how to make your first documentary. For a complete list of workshops visit www.trinitysquarevideo.com

Guntar Kravis (top) and Howard Podeswa (below), Artists Open Studio (December 9 &10); Allison Moore + Arthur Desmarteaux (bottom), Open Studio (January 12 to February 18)

EXHIBI t IONS continued FEBRUARY 2 – APRIL 21 Prefix ICA Uriel Orlow: History in the
EXHIBI t IONS continued FEBRUARY 2 – APRIL 21 Prefix ICA Uriel Orlow: History in the

press check

press check O p EN S tu DIO & SWI p E DESIGN BOOKS + OBJEC

O p EN S tu DIO & SWI p E DESIGN BOOKS + OBJEC t S

press check O p EN S tu DIO & SWI p E DESIGN BOOKS + OBJEC

both popped up in a spread from Design Lines winter issue. The article was shot on location in Open Studio (Studio 104) and featured cards created by members as well as wrapping paper and cards from Swipe Design (Studio 121).

press check O p EN S tu DIO & SWI p E DESIGN BOOKS + OBJEC

V tA p E

Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak ’s installation Terminus was featured in the pages of Public (43). The Vtape (Studio 452) duo’s work was part of The Leona Drive Project and the entire catalogue was included with Public’s Suburbs issue.

press check O p EN S tu DIO & SWI p E DESIGN BOOKS + OBJEC
p REFIX ICA Prefix ICA’s (Studio 124) exhibition of work by Susan Hiller, The Last Silent
p REFIX ICA
Prefix ICA’s (Studio 124) exhibition of
work by Susan Hiller, The Last Silent
Movie, nabbed a top rating from NOW
Magazine this October.
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401 RICHMOND

The story of 401 Richmond and how it came to be is found in the Fall issue of real estate magazine Collections .

WYNICK/ tu CK GALLERY & HOWARD p ODESWA

Wynick/Tuck and Howard Podeswa appeared together in R.M. Vaughan’s The Globe and Mail review of Howard’s (Studio 355) exhibition Sole of a Shoe at Wynick/Tuck (Studio 128). The show also featured work by Howard’s father and grandfather.

press check O p EN S tu DIO & SWI p E DESIGN BOOKS + OBJEC

t HE BACK pAGE

Bu ILt FOR A R t 2011: An Independent p roject for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

See more photos by Kimon Kaketsis at: www.flickr.com/groups/builtforart

t HE BACK pAGE Bu ILt FOR A R t 2011: An Independent p roject for
t HE BACK pAGE Bu ILt FOR A R t 2011: An Independent p roject for
t HE BACK pAGE Bu ILt FOR A R t 2011: An Independent p roject for
t HE BACK pAGE Bu ILt FOR A R t 2011: An Independent p roject for
t HE BACK pAGE Bu ILt FOR A R t 2011: An Independent p roject for

If you’d like to be on TH e Back PaG e , please submit your drawing, painting, illustration, photograph or architectural plans at 300 dpi as a photoshop or illustrator file on cd or dvd disk. Please include a word file with your name, the title of the project, your website, your studio address and a brief description of 50 words (maximum) on the disk. The best entry will be chosen for each issue. Disks will not be returned. This space is to showcase the talent in the building. It is not for advertising an event or sale.

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