A round up of the best/weirdest things to do this weekend in Toronto…
Friday January 27th
Toronto Design Week is well underway. Some exhibits started this Wednesday with more opening Friday. So you’ll have plenty of options. Design Week is a rather nebulous beast with the main event being the Interior Design Show but also with well established alternative events such as the Gladstone Hotel’s Come Up To My Room now in it’s ninth year. Also running in tandem is Toronto Offsite Festival with it’s focus on promoting “the best in new, Canadian practices – not only the art and design within each show, but also the ways they are organized, curated and produced.”
With so much going on I’m here to share my top picks for must-see events…
In 2010 Industrial Designers Katherine Morley and Erin McCutcheon found that an upcoming exhibit didn’t list a single female participant, and when they spoke to the organizers about this oversight, it was apparent they hadn’t noticed. In an informal survey, Morley and McCutcheon asked local designers and those in the know to list off the female designers they knew of. Few could name a single one and those 2-3 names that did come up were repeated. Addressing the gender gap in the design world in a non-political and proactive way Capacity seeks to provide a space for female designers to step out of the areas they have a stronghold in (such as Craft, DIY and Interior Design) and be recognized for their work in the more male dominated, manufacturing-end of Industrial and Product Design.
For the past nine years, the Gladstone Hotel has been offering up an alternative take on Toronto Design Week. Those artists and designers chosen are given 1 of 11 rooms or 1 of 14 public spaces throughout the hotel in which to let their imagination run wild. Curators pick participants based on their work and experience, and they put a lot of faith behind their choices. While there is an ongoing dialog about public space with the makers, the curators know very little about the spaces being made in the hotel. Like the rest of us they have to wait for the reveal. There’s also a series of talks and the ever popular Love Design Party.
Toronto is the epitome of this experiment we call Canada. The sheer diversity the city has been blessed with sets us apart from many other metropolises around the globe. Diversity that breeds innovation, individuality, and fosters collaboration. The arts and design particularly benefit from this.
Not Forkchops is brought to us by Imm Living, a Canadian design team based in Toronto. A place for designers to showcase their ideas that have been inspired by the cultures around them. Unique, modern, and stylish designs created in the “melting-pot”; nothing so obtuse as the Forkchop.
Saturday January 28th
Sunday January 29th
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