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Exciting work opportunity for youth!


VIBE Arts Fest (VAF) is looking for a group of exciting and passionate students and artists under 29 living in the Toronto Greater Area (GTA) to be on our planning committee. Participating in the committee is a valuable experience and a portfolio building opportunity. In addition, members will grow their networks and gain leadership, management, communication and event planning skills.

To learn more about the festival and the six positions available please visit our website at www.vibeartsfest.ca .  Applications are due on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 at 11:59 pm. Only completed applications will be considered. We thank all applicants for their time and interest.

Pumpkin Love at B.good


We had a spooky Halloween with Talie Shalmon while she carved amazing pumpkins for our October edition of b.good’s Community Night. Funds raised at this event will go towards VIBE Arts’ next Lunchroom Transformation Program at Parkdale Junior and Senior Public School this fall. Students will learn about healthy, nutritional choices, elements of art, and design as they revitalize their school cafeteria walls and columns. Thank you to b.good staff for their ongoing support! Below you can see our pumpkin fun at b.good with Talie Shamon and the lunchroom that will be getting the transformation.


P4K Neighbourhood Games and Micro-Grants


Playing for Keeps Neighbourhood Games are locally organized, playful activities that bring people together to share an experience and have fun!

“ Games” can cover a range of activities such as sports, arts, music and food.

We invite those in the VIBE Arts community to participate this November in local organizing of community activities!

It’s simple and fun! All you have to do is visit the P4K Neighbourhood Games page at www.playingforkeeps.ca/plan-neighbourhood-gamesand follow the step-by-step guide to successfully carry out your activity and then, enjoy! Micro-grants are available ( Up to $50) to cover costs of supplies.

Support VIBE Arts at B.Good with some fun with Pumpkins

Have dinner with us on October 27th at b.good Canada on 573 Queen St West at 6pm to 9pm. All purchased item funds will be donated to VIBE  Arts lunchroom transformation for Parkdale Junior and Senior Public School to inspire healthy lifestyles.

There will be:
-Pumpkin Carving
-Pumpkin Painting with Local Youth Artist: Talie Shalmon
-Games and Prizes!


Go now to 150reasons.ca

150reasons.ca  has been flooding with reasons of why people love Canada. In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, VIBE Arts thought to celebrate  Canada’s big 1-5-0 by finding out what Canadians most love about this great nation. We are going to take all these reasons we collect on the website and inspire Canada’s children and youth for when they create 60 original hand-painted murals towering at 6 feet by 4 feet created  from coast to coast and the theme: 150 Reasons Why We Love Canada. Pearson Airport, Union station, the TTC and numerous shopping centres have committed to the project, there the 150 Reason’s murals  will be on exhibit.

Below are some reasons shared by Canadians found on the 150reasons.ca website. 

The 150 REASONS project is going to be a labour of love https://theleafsnation.com/account/ among Canadians that will incite provocative dialogue, storytelling about our country in the families, classrooms, and communities of the young artists involved in the project.  Connecting through social networks, VIBE Arts will capture the hearts of Canadians what they most love about Canada from the “Smell of grass in the spring”; “Two official languages’’ ; ‘First snowball of the year”;  “Gun control”;  “PEI potatoes”;  “Our coastlines”;  “Our diversity; and many more aspects that enrich our lives every day.

Canada’s 150th birthday creates a unique opportunity to engage newcomer and marginalized youth in reflection, dialogue, and artistic expression about the aspects of Canada that they find welcoming, engaging and supportive of their lives and future plans.

Intergenerational Mural at Bendale Acres


Over the summer Bendale Acres had a wonderful Intergenerational program that created many special moments. The project was a partnership with VIBE Arts and Bendale Acres (a City of Toronto operated long-term care facility), that continuously strives to establish its footing as a community hub. The mural was created through community consultations held in March 2016 and meetings with VIBE Arts, Bendale staff, community stakeholders, and artists dialogues. Through this process, clear themes emerged that reflected the interests, aspirations, passions and relationships of the local community. The artwork was led by professional artist Sean Martindale along with emerging indigenous youth artists, emerging artists, and volunteers.

The mural includes many themes and aspects important to the evolution of the community and the history of the area by focusing on the nearby Thompson Memorial Park located behind Bendale Acres. The evolution included reflections of the narrative of the land, reaching as far back as the original First Nations caretakers, to the pioneer era with http://forkd.com/user/Paulsen connections to the Scarborough Historical Museum and to the present where we honour the stories of migration in the area including the South Asian, Greek, and Mandarin communities.

The mural is also intended to educate and create community engagement through its process and final product. As the walls come together, so will the community come together. In order to do this, VIBE Arts will ensure that the mural design is reflective of local audiences, and takes into account the direction of the walls. There are two main walls in this mural project that meet at a corner of the building. The east-facing wall is visible to residents as it faces the resident building up the Bendale driveway. The south-facing wall is more visible to the broader community, as it can be seen from a far distance on either side of Lawrence St. 

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Community Art Spaces at the Gardiner Museum

Over the summer the Gardiner Museum got to together with the community and cultural partners to have art in residence that played on themes of interactivity, performance, community-engaged arts, and city building. VIBE Arts was among the 5 organizations selected to participate in the Community Art Space named, Make it Real Project. You can click the links below to learn more about the projects that were free to see thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation and its’ generous donation.


VIBE Arts theme for the Community Art Space was titled, Shaping the Real, that was  a collaborative project featuring eight artists working in pairs to create new multi-disciplinary works that explored how to make the creative process real and engaging for audiences. The art pieces developed during these residencies were exhibited at the Gardiner and reflected the community and its rich stories.  Shaping the Real is a unique mash up, remix, co-creation, and celebration that included the artists :

  • Sandra Tarantino and Andrenne Finnikin with the project titled Portrait.  The two sculpted a giant face out of cardboard and adorned with layers of ink drawn papers created with paint brushes made out of branches and tree leaves. Ink was donated from Jason Logan of Toronto Ink Company who provided the generous donation of handmade inks harvested from Toronto streets for the Gardiner Museum residency. Check out his website www.torontoinkcompany.com.
  • Pamela Schuller and May Chook theme was titled Circles. Pamela evoked stories of memories to be told through string, and wire intertwined in tree twigs. Hung together the circles showed the diverse and rich community that came through the Gardiner Museum. May chook created songs with musueum patrons that envoked the stories each cirlce told.
  • Jen Chin and Amanda Foulds project ‘Lost and Found’ played on the idea of how museums archived items and how lost and found objects were like an ‘”unconscious community collaboration”. “The objects were photographed as though they were accessioned by the museum and then curated into narrative groupings lending themselves to an exploration of questions about ownership, aesthetics, authenticity, and cultural values.”
  • Dara Gellman, Fitzroy Facey, and Kevin Kai Ye’s project was titled Surface used portraiture in photography to demonstrate that the people that pass through the halls of the museum are a part of the art itself. They explored diverse image-making techniques that captured the richness of the community that exists at that moment in time. The portraits were then projected onto large printouts of parts of the museum playing on the idea of the contrasting nature of the museum itself—static objects that are surrounding by an ever changing human context.

Click to see photos of the process of the photos and ending celebration of Community Arts Spaces at the Garidner Museum.



News Release – Street art in Little Italy

 Here are photos of the Beatrice Street Mural, as well as photos from the unveiling ceremony. Click here for photos.

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News Release – Street art in Little Italy uncovers historic families of Garrison Creek

StreetARToronto (StART), a City of Toronto initiative, in partnership with the Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) and VIBE Arts, will host a celebration to officially unveil a mural called “A Stroll by Garrison Creek,” in Toronto’s Little Italy district at the Green P Parking lot, 157 Beatrice St., on Monday, September 19 at 5 p.m.

This project captures the history of the neighbourhood, specifically the two streets named Grace and Beatrice that run parallel off College Street. The Bickford sisters, Grace and Beatrice, namesakes of these streets, are featured in the mural as young children with their mother, Emily Bickford, amidst Garrison Creek’s indigenous flora and fauna.

“This mural is a beautiful tribute to our neighbourhood’s rich cultural and natural history,” said Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina). “I am very proud of our local artists and their ability to tell this community’s story and I am proud of the incredible and lasting work of StreetARToronto in beautifying the city through street art.”

“Green P is delighted to have the opportunity to work with and support VIBE Arts and the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto initiative,” said Lorne Persiko, TPA President. “The beautiful painted murals not only showcase the talents of local artists but enrich the cultural experience of all community members who can enjoy the art.”

VIBE Arts coordinated the painting of this mural, providing many opportunities for youth in skill development, collaboration and learning art techniques such as aerosol painting and mural composition. The project engaged both professional and emerging artists working together to enhance and promote http://directory.northernontariobusiness.com/profile/414a7497190eaef6b5d75d5a6a11afcf/ Toronto’s vibrant neighbourhoods through street art.

Emerging youth artists Moises Frank (a.k.a. Luvsumone) and Jasmine Wemingwans mentored volunteer youth from the Native Youth Resource Centre, with guidance from professional graffiti artists Pascal Paquette and Spud1. The mural also features work by widely recognized Toronto graffiti artist Art Child.

StART is a program of the City’s Transportation Services Division, Public Realm Section. It is an innovative, public-private partnership designed to develop, support, promote and increase awareness of street art and its ability to beautify the city’s visual landscape.

The TPA exists to provide safe, attractive, self-sustaining, conveniently located and competitively priced off-street and on-street public parking as an integral component of Toronto’s transportation system. To learn more, please visit parking.greenp.com

VIBE Arts is an award-winning charitable organization that is committed to engaging young people living in neighbourhood improvement areas with high-quality, accessible arts education programs that are meaningful, relevant and collaboratively developed with community and education partners. VIBE Arts positions arts programs in schools and neighbourhood venues as a means of building community, and empowering children and youth to reach their full potential as artists and social contributors. To learn more, please visit vibearts.ca

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses, and visitors can visit toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.


Deneille Balkissoon

Marketing and Public Relations Manager, VIBE Arts

416-929-9314 ext. 114


Steve Johnston

Strategic Communications



Rita Mezzanotte

TPA Communications



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