2017 Festival Partners
Through research, design and collaboration, Evergreen moves sustainable city building ideas into action. We believe that flourishing cities are created through the alchemy of placemaking—holistically improving the intersections and interdependencies between people + natural + built worlds. This is evident in our work designing school grounds; building community programs; collaborating on transportation, housing, and water issues; and imagining and developing the Evergreen Brick Works social enterprise.
Since 1991, Evergreen, a Canadian charity and international thought leader, has provoked bold action in transforming public landscapes into thriving community spaces with environmental, social and economic benefits. At the core of our work is the belief that involving people directly in the process of restoring the health of local ecologies and their communities positively affects the attitudes and behaviours that lie at the core of the sustainable city.
InterAccess is an art gallery, educational facility and production studio dedicated to the creative use of technology, electronic art and new media culture. Our programs support art forms that integrate new technologies from conception and development to exhibition and discussion. We explore the impact of technology on the social, political and cultural aspects of contemporary life, and encourage audiences to see anew their relationships with interactive artworks. Our mission is to expand the cultural space of technology.
TAIS is dedicated to the art of independent animation. As an artist-run non-profit production centre, TAIS supports animation art making, with a focus on skills development. We provide affordable access to studios and equipment for artists, and we hold regular community-based and educational workshop programs for those just starting out. Our membership includes classical and digital hand-drawn, stop motion, 3D and VR animators, who work in narrative and/or experimental forms, installation, web-based, and animation as craft. Annually, our public programming presents animation to audiences via screenings, exhibition, web, and through artist talks and studio visits with guest artists. We regularly partner with other groups and organizations to connect with new audiences and to inspire artists to explore animation in their artistic practice.
The Gardiner Museum is an inviting destination that inspires and connects people, art and ideas through clay, one of the world’s oldest art forms. Year‐round the Museum mounts special exhibitions, events, lectures and clay classes to complement its permanent collection. The Museum also features a bistro that serves delicious local fare prepared by à la Carte Kitchen Inc., and the Gardiner Shop, which specializes in artist‐designed, artist‐made merchandise.
Since 1995, First Story Toronto, (formerly The Toronto Native Community History Project), within the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, has been engaged in researching and preserving the Indigenous history of Toronto with the goal of building awareness of and pride in the long Indigenous presence and contributions to the city. First Story Toronto shares this history through a variety of initiatives such as First Story Toronto Tours (formerly The Great Indian Bus Tour of Toronto), walking tours of places in the city, and making accessible a growing archive of historical materials about Toronto’s Indigenous community, past and present on our smartphone app.
As an extension of these initiatives, First Story Toronto has collaborated with the Centre for Community Mapping (COMAP) to create an online and mobile app named ‘First Story’, that maps the Indigenous heritage and community of Toronto. COMAP has provided the technical and infrastructural capacity to build the online application including the map, while First Story Toronto has worked to research and provide historical information for the map. The First Story Toronto app launched in October 2012 at the imagineNATIVE Media & Arts Festival.
Henderson Brewing company is a locally owned, award winning, neighbourhood brewery in downtown Toronto. Founded in 2014, Henderson is all about celebrating the stories and culture of our city through the beers we brew.
At Henderson, brewing is a graceful fusion of innovation, creativity and cultivated technique. We strive to create balanced and thoughtful beers that honour the traditional ways of the past but are not restricted to them. We want our beers to spark ideas, tell stories and most of all, be immensely refreshing and enjoyable.
Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences. Craft Ontario offers the public opportunities to engage with craft through exhibitions, retail programming, publications such as Studio Magazine, and by partnering with other art-based organizations, institutions, and trade shows.
Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) takes design out of the studio and into the city, transforming Toronto into a hub for all things design. As an annual Festival, TO DO is a space to engage in design that’s unpretentious, exciting, accessible, and fun. Storefronts display exciting exhibitions, galleries host immersive installations, and local and international designers spark discussion with lectures and workshops open to everyone to participate and learn. Created by designers, TO DO brings creative minds together to celebrate Canada’s energetic design scene, and influence the way we understand and interact with design. Our purpose is to build awareness and dialogue around design. Presented by Keilhauer, this not-for-profit festival attracts the international community to Toronto for one design-filled week of discovery every January.
Action Potential Lab is Toronto’s first laboratory dedicated to merging science and art. It is here where the teachings of both fields interact and exchange by way of classes, workshops, birthday parties, lecture series and various community outreach programs.
Le Labo is a unique Ontario organization that is a meeting place for Art and Francophone culture. Founded in 2004, Le Labo was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2006. Le Labo is a Francophone artist-run centre dedicated to the Media Arts. Our mission is to:
- Foster incubation, innovation, creation and production in the Media Arts
- Promote artistic collaboration and dissemination
- Train the Labo’s Members, educate future generations of media art producers and introduce media arts to the general public
- Guarantee the diversification and healthy management of its resources
- Communicate within and outside the organization actively and efficiently
In addition to providing access to media production facilities with professional equipment, the Labo’s programming includes residencies, exhibitions, installations, workshops, conferences and artist talks.
The Gas Company is a high-quality production company that specializes in print and interactive graphics.
Toronto Urban Growers (TUG) is a diverse and inclusive member-based network of urban farmers, gardeners, businesses, organizations, and institutions that aims to increase the availability of healthy, organic and sustainable food grown, processed and sold in Toronto.
STEAMLabs is a community makerspace where people of all ages build projects using digital fabrication, coding, craft, woodworking and electronics. We offer memberships for those looking to share space and tools, and education programs for adults, kids and educators.
Interested in partnering on a future event or supporting our programs through cross-promotion and resource-sharing?
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