The work of

Archive for the ‘Arts’ Category

5 Movies to Watch With Mom This Mother’s Day

In Arts, Life Stories on May 9, 2013 at 9:46 am

Image

For some serious mother-daughter bonding time this Mother’s Day, throw on one (or all five) of these movies!

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
This is hands-down my favourite mother-daughter movie! Ellen Burstyn and Sandra Bullock star as mother and daughter (respectively) who learn to overcome years of tension and distance with the help of Vivi Walker’s (Burstyn) eccentric childhood friends, the Ya-Yas. The movie is a bit of a tearjerker at times, and will definitely make you appreciate your mom so much more after watching it. (Bonus: it’s set in the beautiful bayou of Louisiana and features lovely southern accents.)

Stepmom
I watched this movie religiously during my tween years (and just realized that I haven’t watched it years so I’m totally digging it out this weekend). It tells the story of divorced couple Jackie and Luke Harrison (Susan Sarandon and Ed Harris) who are struggling to provide their children with a sense of normalcy following this big change. Jackie and the kids must also deal with Luke’s new, younger fashion photographer girlfriend Isabel (Julia Roberts) and Jackie’s terminal lymphoma. Amidst all the sadness, the family is able to bond and find peace with one another before Jackie’s death.

Little Women
I’m partial to the 1994 version but the 1933, 1949, and 1978 versions are all just as good. Like in Stepmom, Susan Sarandon plays the mother, so I think we can all agree that she’s one of the best on-screen moms ever. Based on the Louisa May Alcott novel of the same name, the film tells the story of the March sisters—Meg (Trini Alvarado), Jo (Winona Ryder), Beth (Claire Danes), and Amy (Kirsten Dunst)—growing up in Concord, Massachusetts during the American Civil War. With their father away fighting, the girls must rely on their mother for guidance as they deal with the struggles of becoming women.

Where The Heart Is
I love, love, love this movie. I can’t explain why, but I do. The movie starts with a pregnant, 17-year-old Novalee Nation being abandoned at Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma by her boyfriend. For six weeks, she secretly lives in the store before giving birth to her daughter Americus. While in the hospital, she befriends nurse Lexie Coop (Ashley Judd)—a single mother with four children by three different men—whose struggles are also chronicled throughout the movie. Novalee moves in with Sister Husband (Stockard Channing), a woman she previously met at Wal-Mart who becomes a sort of mother figure for her (her own mother abandoned her as a child). The movie ends with Novalee finding love and returning to the same Oklahoma Wal-Mart to get married.

Terms of Endearment
This movie may be from 1983, but it’s just as a relevant now as it was then. It covers 30 years of the mother-daughter relationship between Aurora (Shirley MacLaine) and Emma Greenway (Debra Winger) which, naturally, isn’t all smooth sailing. Aurora finds herself falling for ex-astronaut Garrett Breedlove (Jack Nicholson) while her free-spirited daughter struggles with a rocky marriage, an affair, and terminal cancer. Make sure you have lots of tissues on hand.

* Published on May 7, 2013 at She Does the City

2012 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival: Our Top 10 Picks

In Arts on May 3, 2012 at 7:39 am

Image

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival—which just so happens to be the largest photography festival in the world—kicks off this week and runs for the entire month of May at nearly 200 venues across Toronto. Now in its 16th year, the 2012 theme is “Public,” which aims to draw attention to social and political issues and challenge the distinctions between our private lives and the public sphere. It’s worth seeing every exhibition, but these are the top 10 that caught our eye. For a full list of exhibitions, check out the CONTACT website.

Public: Collective Identity | Occupied Spaces

This two-venue exhibition brings together images from around the world to explore our public identity and the tensions that arise from the occupation of public space. From street photography to appropriated web imagery, conflict photojournalism to conceptual projects, these photographs challenge and redefine our perception of the public sphere. At MOCCA, the works expand the boundaries of street practice and the shifting parameters of public space to highlight unseen aspects of urban existence. At U of T, the works suggest that the role photography plays in engaging conflict can be as contested as the spaces it represents.

MOCCA Artists: Philippe Chancel, Cheryl Dunn, Barry Frydlender, Baudouin Mouanda, Jon Rafman, Bill Sullivan, and Michael Wolf
U of T Artists: Ai Weiwei, Tarek Abouamin, Ariella Azoulay, Benjamin Lowy, Sanaz Mazinani, Richard Mosse, Sabine Bitter / Helmut Weber, and Noh Suntag
Runs: April 28th-June 3rd @ MOCCA (Main Space), 952 Queen St. W. & May 1st-June 30th @ University of Toronto Art Centre, 15 King’s College Circle

The Nine Eyes of Google Street View

This ongoing series compiles a fascinating array of incidental moments captured by Google’s cameras. When the artist reframes an image sourced from the Google site, he reintroduces the human gaze into the picture and reasserts the importance of the individual. The artist catalogues everyday dramas that would otherwise probably never be seen beyond their specific location.

Artist: John Rafman
Runs: May 3rd-June 2nd @ Angell Gallery, 12 Ossington Ave.
Opening: May 3rd, 6-9 pm

50 Years of The Rolling Stones: A Rock & Roll Retrospective

A retrospective of The Rolling Stones taken by some of rock and roll’s finest photo­graphers. Images include an early shot of a boyish-looking group along the banks of Thames, documentation of their rise to fame during the 1960s and 1970s, and present-day portraits of the legendary band.

Artists: Lynn Goldsmith, Ken Regan, Philip Townsend, and Barrie Wentzell
Runs: May 1st-31st @ Analogue Gallery, 673 Queen St. W.
Opening: May 3rd, 6-9 pm

Yikes on Bikes

A lighthearted series about little kids biking treacherous hills and eating dirt, inspired by the artist’s son’s misadventures on a local BMX dirt track.

Artist: Mark Ridout
Runs: May 1st-31st @ Duke’s Cycle, 625 Queen St. W.
Opening: May 3rd, 6-9 pm

Women of SPORT

Through the context of SPORT Magazine, this exhibition examines the role of women in the history of sports—whether as athletes, wives, spectators, or models—and how these roles have evolved over the second half of the 20th century. Included in the exhibition are stunning colour photos from the 1940s and 1950s.

Artist: SPORT Magazine
Runs: May 3rd-31st @ Sport Gallery, 55 Mill St. Unit 103 (Distillery District)
Opening: May 3rd, 7-9 pm

Two and a Quarter

This exhibition examines the nostalgic qualities associated with analogue photography—aged, square prints, exposure flaws, soft focus, and light leaks—which reappear in contemporary snapshot imagery. In the spirit of the square revolution, each artist has created their own unique and imaginative image with the classic Diana F+ camera.

Artists: Steven Beckly, Rebecca Cairns, Jamie Campbell, Kevin Chaves, Michael Clarke, Nathan Cyprys, Shane Fester, Kimon Kaketsis, Brendan George Ko, Sabrina Maltese, Mike Morris, Andrew B. Myers, Juliana Neufeld, Sarah Palmer, Jade Lee Portelli, Sammy Rawal, and Elise Victoria Louise Windsor
Runs: May 3rd-31st @ Lomography Gallery Store, 536 Queen St. W.
Opening: May 3rd, 7-10 pm

Toronto: The Bones of You

While Toronto is engaged in a lively public discourse about how the city should be and how is best to get there, these images aim to remind us of the inherent beauty of Toronto’s “bones”—its older architectural features, infrastructure, and cityscapes.

Artist: Mandeep Flora
Runs: April 30th-May 27th @ Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle (University of Toronto)
Opening: May 4th, 7-10 pm

Disembodied Landscape

Taken aboard the historic tall ship Bark Europa, these photos transport the viewer to an earlier era, before cruise liners commercialized the Southern Ocean. The artist juxtaposes images of a sailor’s connection to the sea with the ethereal and brutal quality of Antarctica. Undermining idealized visions of penguins living in frozen seascapes, she instead shows an unforgiving nature in a land devoid of scale and time—and the human effort required for such a quest.

Artist: Victoria Piersig
Runs: May 5th-27th @ Arcadia Gallery, 680 Queens Quay W.
Opening: May 12th, 7-11 pm

Afterthought

A photographic series about memory and the hazy way our minds recall and revisit thoughts. The images were taken in the artist’s hometown and offer a sentimental view of a place she no longer calls home. Inspiration comes from weathered textbooks, old photographs and films of our rural environment, and the resulting images evoke an emotional contrast between nostalgia and unsettling uncertainty.

Artist: Joanna Ferraro
Runs: May 1st-31st @ Barque, 299 Roncesvalles Ave.

Parkdale, Who Knew?

A foray into the hidden treasures of Parkdale Village before it was annexed by the City of Toronto in 1889. Take a journey with the students of Parkdale Collegiate Institute as they discover the Parkdale of yesteryear and reflect on what it is today. The students were taught how to create documentary-style photographs from the guidance of MFA student Jonathan Groeneweg.

Artists: Parkdale Collegiate Institute students
Runs: May 1st-31st @ Parkdale Village (Chartreuse Style, 1692 Queen St. W.; Poor John’s Cafe, 1610 Queen St. W.; Brown Sugar Bakery, 1374 Queen St. W.; and Boreal Gelato, 1312 Queen St. W.)

*Published on May 2, 2012 at She Does the City

A Q&A with Jess Beaulieu and Laura Bailey, founders of the all-female comedy show Chicka Boom

In Arts, Q&A on March 24, 2012 at 8:16 am
Image

Photo credit: Dan Epstein

Female comedy is alive and well in Toronto. Proof? Chicka Boom, the all-female comedy show that happens on the last Sunday of each month at Free Times Café. Organized by comedians Jess Beaulieu and Laura Bailey, the show includes everything from comedy to dance to musical theatre, all performed by hilarious ladies. Read on as Jess and Laura tell us what you can expect from this Sunday’s show, explain the “too many boners”/ “not enough boners” problem female comedians face, and reminisce about their first show in Toronto.

SDTC: First off, what is Chicka Boom and where did the idea come from?

Jess Beaulieu: Chicka Boom is an all female comedy and variety cabaret night hosted by us. It features comedy, music, dance, clown, poetry, theatre, and anything else we can find. I’m trying really hard to book a female magician and mime right now. I love a good mime. Laura and I had been talking about wanting to start a new comedy show that WE would want to attend, and then we realized that the funniest people we know are women, so why not show the rest of Toronto how funny they are? Laura wanted to make it a variety show, and I’m so happy that we did. The night typically runs two hours, which some people may consider lengthy, but audiences are always captivated the entire time because it’s consistently surprising.

Laura Bailey: What she said. Also, we make a point of looking ridiculous-sexy every time, and tell a lot of mom jokes. Nine out of ten church ladies hate it.

SDTC: What has feedback of your show been like?

JB: Amazing. People really seem to love it. And what’s not to love? It’s pay what you can, in an awesome venue, that serves LATKES, and features the most hilarious ladies in the city. You know, I used to have a recurring dream where I was swimming across the Atlantic Ocean, except instead of water it was made of latkes, blintzes, and estrogen. I never thought it would come true. But here I am, years later, living the dream.

LB: Um… just to give you some background here, the Free Times Café is a paragon of Jewish cuisine in Toronto. And it’s really delicious, so that definitely helps our cause. She’s right about the rest of it though. One girl told me she totally got pregnant from a mozza ball! Anyway, a lot of people have come up to me saying they’re glad we’re doing this.

SDTC: How did you two meet?

JB: We took some improv classes together at the Impatient Theatre Company four years ago. I remember thinking when I first saw her perform “Who is this tiny little spitfire who willingly chooses to play a gross mobster, a gremlin, and Derek Jeter in her first three scenes?” It was so refreshing to see another lady wanting to be as ugly on stage as I wanted to be, yet she still managed to be powerful and gorgeous. Am I secretly in love with Laura? No. It’s not a secret… I am proud.

LB: Yes, we did take an improv class together. Months later I auditioned for Jess for the Fringe play she was directing, Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, for which I was late and horrible. I had memorized my first monologue for it, the angry vagina monologue, which it turned out they didn’t need to see. I left knowing I was too good for them anyway. The production went on to win Best of the Fest, with Jess the Success at the helm. I have sought revenge ever since. I mean, Jess is incredibly talented and smart as a whip, and I’ve always wanted to team up with her on something. I couldn’t ask for a better partner, and when you work with Jess you’re betting on a winning pony.

SDTC: As a female comedian, what obstacles do you face that male comedians don’t necessarily have to deal with?

JB: “And the next comedian up is a good old fashioned woman, that’s right boys, a lady stand-up, and she’s got a pretty nice ass, so let’s all have a look.” That’s a few horrible intros I’ve received mixed together. I’m relatively new to stand-up and most comedians I’ve met couldn’t care less if you’re a man, woman, donkey, or broom. If you’re funny, you’re funny. But I have come across hosts and audiences that make me feel like a piece of processed meat, which isn’t a great atmosphere for new female comedians to get started in. But I would never let comments like that stop me from doing what I love. The best retaliation is not quitting, fighting through it, and being as funny as I can be, or burning them in public about their small dicks also works.

LB: As a female comedian, you will face one of two challenges: the “too many boners” problem, or alternatively the “not enough boners” problem. Of course, if you want to make it as a lady joker, you should probably be causing a lot of boners. So get out there and pick up the latest Cosmo! Give your décolletage a healthy shine with a spritz of Windex, and rub your toothbrush on his balls! But don’t cause too many boners, or else no one will take you seriously. After all, laughter kills boners. Which is not as bad as causing no boners, because then no one will take you seriously. Or book you. I mean, who wants to laugh when they could be having a boner? Just be sure to give a good number of boners to the right boners. Bonering yet?

SDTC: Who are some of your favorite female comedians?

JB: Internationally, I am officially obsessed with Maria Bamford and Amy Sedaris. They also kind of look like each other which is fun. I adore Chelsea Peretti and Victoria Wood as well. Locally Kathleen Phillips and Sandra Shamas can’t be beat.

LB: Tiny Fey, Amy Poehler, and Kristen Wiig are pretty much my TV/film/sketch idols. I am in love with female comedians who are fearless in performance and razor-sharp writers. I also look up to stand-ups like Margaret Cho, Sarah Silverman, and Maria Bamford for being funny as the world has never seen before. In improv, I am totally in awe of Susan Messing, Jill Bernhard, and Jess Grant.

SDTC: Do you remember your first show/sketch in Toronto? What was it like?

JB: My first improv show was four years ago at what used to be the Savannah Room on College Street. I remember being so scared that as soon as the audience even slightly chuckled at a daredevil grandma character that I was playing, I made the decision to commit to that character for the entire show and never did anything else. All I have to say is, thank god for that grandma character.

My first stand-up show was about 9 months ago at the Comedy Bar. It was the Comedy Girl Class recital. I was taught stand-up by the brilliant Dawn Whitwell. The host mentioned that I was the third girl wearing cowboy boots on the show. I walked out, literally shaking in my boots, and opened with “I am so angry that I am the third person to wear cowboy boots up here. I was trying so hard to be unique and vintage. What happened?” it was my first stand-up laugh and the biggest sigh of relief I’ve ever had.

LB: Oh man! My first improv show was many years ago at the Bad Dog Theatre. It was some sort of all-female improv show where newbs got to perform with pros, and I remember playing God yelling at Ashley Botting as she tried to get a tan. I also remember the musical number at the end where each of us had to introduce ourselves as a different kind of grape, and I didn’t know any kinds of grapes, so I said, “I’m the eyeball grape. They use me for eyeballs at Hallowe’en.” It was nice to find that I didn’t need to know anything and it was ok to be a complete weirdo.

SDTC: When you’re not performing, where can we find you hanging out in the city?

JB: Having breakfast at Saving Grace (907 Dundas St. W) , buying jewelry from Red Pegasus, drinking a pot of tea at The Green Grind, or drinking a bucket of beer at No One Writes to the Colonel (460 College St.) (which is also the venue for an amazing monthly show called Indie Comedy Hour. Check it out!) Do I sound cool enough? I can sound cooler if you need me to.

LB: I work out hardcore at the Academy of Lions a few times a week, so don’t mess with this. My favourite restaurant is hands down the New York Café diner (757 Broadview Ave.) at Broadview & Danforth—a place where friendly Greek ladies make amazing food for former wrestlers, and everything is $7. I have maxed out many a credit card on the shoes at Balisi, which has lead me to develop a love for the cheap and empty theatres of the Rainbow Market Square Cinema (80 Front St. E.).

SDTC: What can people expect from this Sunday’s show?

JB: The best night of their lives! Incredible improv, music, stand-up, clown, and freaking fan dancing! Also, free money, free love, free watermelon, and no refunds. Yeah!

LB: We’ll probably make some jokes about our moms.

* Published on March 21, 2012 at She Does the City

Manifesto celebrates Toronto’s arts

In Arts, Education on September 21, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Ryerson image arts graduate and creator of Manifesto, Che Kothari, kicks off the first event of the festival on Sept. 20 with a youth dialogue featuring Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean. Photo credit: Stephanie Maris.

In just four years, the Manifesto Festival has changed from a grassroots community event to a Yonge-Dundas Square affair.

Manifesto, which ends on Sunday, was created by image arts graduates Che Kothari and Ryan Paterson. For seven days beginning Sept. 20, the festival is filling the city with art exhibitions, musical performances, dance competitions and workshops.

For Kothari, Manifesto is a culmination of his love for both the culture of the city and his desire to create a platform for local artists. He learned quickly that if you call, young artists will answer.

“It’s almost like a Trojan horse that brings people together,” said Kothari.

“We’re stronger if we unify.”

Kothari moved to Toronto 15 years ago after his love for photography brought him to Ryerson.

“Ryerson put me in a room for four years with creative thinkers,” Kothari said.

“I’ve always continued to strive to create a space like that.”

Both men credit their time at Ryerson for providing them with a lot of the skills required to run an arts festival.

The event has managed to grow and succeed over the years without straying from its original goal of providing the city with a non-profit grassroots arts and music festival.

In the past, the festival took place at Nathan Phillips Square, but Paterson says he feels moving to Yonge-Dundas Square will bring greater visibility and increased attendance. Paterson said Manifesto is a community-focused event meant to reflect Toronto’s artistic diversity. He is eager to expand while staying true to the existing template of the event.

For Kothari and Paterson, the real proof of its success has come behind the scenes. Their volunteer team has grown to nearly 250 people. At city hall, what began with 40 attendees has grown to 650 people packing the council chambers.

While Kothari and Paterson are both excited for this year’s festival, they said their passion lies with bringing a voice to local artists.

“We’re excited to reach out and include more of the city and populate it with authentic urban and arts culture,” he said.

“We really make an effort to connect grassroots with a high production value.”

* Published on Sept. 21, 2010 in the Ryersonian

Ryerson gallery gets name change

In Arts, Education on September 15, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Photo credit: Tina Kenny

Ryerson Gallery is hoping a new name will revamp the gallery’s image this year.

The name IMA Gallery was the winner of a contest held last year to rename the Spadina Avenue facility.

Fraser McCallum, a second-year image arts student, thought of the name after experiencing what he describes as a “eureka moment” last spring.

“IMA Gallery is a pun, since Ryerson abbreviates the image arts faculty as IMA, and saying the name aloud pronounced as a whole or each letter individually sounds like, ‘I’m a gallery,’ or, ‘I am a gallery,’” he said.

“I think people have taken to it because it’s dumb, funny and personal; it lacks the pretense of most gallery names which typically use street addresses, owner’s names, or ‘arty’ words.”

The gallery was forced to change its name as an on-site gallery is being built at the new school of image arts building. The image arts gallery will take over the old name.

IMA Gallery volunteer advisor Katie Newman says the change was ultimately viewed as a chance for the IMA Gallery to incorporate more multimedia in its exhibitions.

“Along with the new name there’s a new mandate, which is to open the gallery to film and new media students as much as possible,” said Newman.

“We’d like to see IMA Gallery become a real student space and a much bigger part of university life.”

The new name hadn’t quite sunk in among attendees and staff at the gallery during its opening on Sept. 9. Gallery director Katy McCormick said the name change was the first step in creating interest and enthusiasm for the reinvention of the space.

“We wanted to get students talking about it, thinking about it and dreaming about what they want this space to be,” she said, adding that the gallery will continue to be an incubator for student-initiated programming.

The gallery will be introducing three group shows this year featuring third-year students from each stream of the image arts program. Newman says that while the Third Year Photography Show has been an annual staple in the gallery’s programming, the gallery is hoping to spread the tradition to film and new media students.

The current exhibition features works by current and past image arts students, presenting a wide range of multimedia. Artists Andrew McGill, Bevan Sauks, Kyle Tait and Michael Raymond Clarke kicked off the start of the year with Afterimage, an exhibition about relationships and interactions between digital and analog artistic processes. For Sauks, the diversity of the exhibition represents the gallery’s approach to the artists and works it chooses to display.

“The IMA Gallery is such a wonderful space because of the diverse array of exhibits on offer and the opportunities for students, young artists and more established artists to all display work in the same space,” the recent image arts graduate said.

“Everyone is given equal consideration.”

* Published on September 14, 2010 in the Ryersonian

From rough sketch to masterpiece

In Arts, Education on April 10, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Fresh fruit to start the day off right at Sketch. Photo Credit: Haley Cullingham.

The outside of Sketch is a lot like the people you find within its walls – a little rough around the edges at first glance, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find something inspirational. Housed inside a drab warehouse at King West and Portland, the organization uses art to create opportunities and a community for the approximately 650 homeless and street-involved 15-29 year-olds that come through its doors every year.

Though over half of Sketch’s visitors come from history of drugs and unstable living, each finds a unique motivation here. Some venture into Sketch to attend an art class or use one of the many creative facilities while others are simply looking for a hot meal and place to relax. Whatever the reason, no one asks for life stories.

From the moment the doorbell begins to chime mid-morning, the 6,000 square-foot space is transformed into a bustle of activity and conversation. Early arrivals migrate to the kitchen to chat, filling their mugs with coffee and nibbling at the fruit platter as they skim through the grocery bags strewn across the counter. Though it’s still early, the small crowd is eager to see what’s for lunch – as much a creative activity as anything else here, allowing someone new each day to create and prepare a menu item with the assistance of cooks and volunteers.

Hard at work…

Once everyone has perked up (and caught up), they assume their positions along the long wooden tables surrounding the kitchen. Perched upon mismatched stools with preferred tool in hand, they go to work… occasionally glancing around at the plastered walls. A source of inspiration for many, the colourful pieces stretch from floor to ceiling – a definite contrast to the grey clouds peaking in through the skylight.

In one corner, a silkscreen image is pressed against a t-shirt. In another, a blank canvas reveals the first strokes of what will become a portrait. Though they’ll eventually find their place among the hundreds that came before them, each stands out in their process; a representation of past struggles and future accomplishments.

Sketch’s 2008 annual report showed over 23 participants received bursaries and support for post secondary education while the organization raised over $21,000 worth of art sales, commissions and youth honoraria. Numbers continue to rise with visitors as word on the street spreads.

“It’s very youth-directed,” says Bhavana Kapal, Kitchens Facilitator and Future Options Coordinator. “That’s what drives programming – it’s from the bottom up, which I love.” Though she admits her job does require conflict skills, it’s a small trade-off for the large number of success stories she contributes to.

Tales of success…

In the computer a room, a small group is busy searching for jobs and checking their online profiles. Ozzy Ascenzo, one of the many model citizens of Sketch now acting as a volunteer, sits among them. He first heard of the centre from other youth on the streets and has nothing but praise for the place that helped get his life back in order. “There’s no similar youth centre directly involved with art,” he says. “It’s like a black hole – it sucks you in!”

At 29 years old, Ozzy will be moving on from Sketch soon but is determined to continue the art activism he started here. After his two Pit Bull dogs were shot during an altercation with police a few years ago when he found himself on the wrong side of gun violence, Ozzy was determined to show Toronto that the breed’s violence is a product of their owners. He pulls up a Facebook photo of his new Pit Bull cross’s recent litter of puppies followed by some of his artwork inspired by his dogs. Through designing T-shirts, he hopes to reverse Toronto’s ban on the breed and show others that like him, they just need a little love and respect to turn things around.

Sitting next to Ozzy, Frodo is busy adding music to his iPod, sporting his signature bright oversized orange jacket, ungroomed moustache and giant headphones. He began frequenting Sketch after he and his friends moved from their digs under the Don Valley Parkway to a downtown shelter. There, he heard about the centre and soon fell head over heels for it.

“I absolutely love Sketch, it motivates me,” he says, grabbing a few of his signature maze drawings from a backpack, proudly displaying his hours of dedication. Frodo has become one of the more successful artists at the centre, participating in Nuit Blanche the past two years and selling his drawings on the street.

It’s success stories like Ozzy and Frodo that add colour to Sketch, making it more than just an art community. Bellies are fed, opportunities are given, and judgments are left at the door. You’ll find no starving artists here.