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Community Spotlight

We’ve got space, you’ve got ideas – let’s make magic together at Evergreen Brick Works.

The Community Spotlight Series expression of interest has launched!

 

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July Spotlights

Jen Schaffer and the Shiners

Date: July 6
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: The Farmers Market (The Pavilions)

 

Jen Schaffer and the Shiners, who hail from Toronto, Montreal, Welland and the UK, are purveyors of original soulful acoustic roots music with lush harmonies and rich funky bass. Join them for a busking performance in the Farmers Market!

Art Hive Drop in

Dates: July 6 and July 27
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Mud Creek

 

The Art Hive is a welcoming space for exploring creativity, socializing, sharing skills and building communities. Everyone is welcome. This free, drop-in crafting activity utilizes repurposed and upcycled materials for creative reuse. Art for all!

Mindful Movement Yoga with Sanaz Ariannejad

Please note, due to flooding at Evergreen Brick Works, the July 21 Yoga session is canceled. Thank you for understanding.

Dates: July 7 and July 21
Time: 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Location: BMO Atrium

 

All participants must bring a yoga mat with them to each class.

 

Join Sanaz Ariannejad for a Free Mindful Movement drop in class at the Evergreen Brick Works. In these classes, held within the tranquil environment of Evergreen Brick Works, participants find a welcoming and supportive atmosphere to connect with their mind, body, and soul. Each session is thoughtfully designed to induce a sense of lightness and grounding. Participants are encouraged to explore their boundaries while maintaining a lighthearted approach, ensuring everyone departs with a profound sense of serenity and well-being. Our classes cater to all ages and bodies, making yoga accessible to everyone.

Pre-register here

Prologue Performing Arts presents Fana Soro

Date: July 13
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: By the ponds
10:00 am: Fun activites / des activités amusantes
11:00 am: Performance begins / le spectacle commence

 

Prologue Performing Arts and Evergreen Brick Works are excited to present
free interactive bilingual performances for families. Sing and dance with Fana Soro to traditional percussion music from The Ivory Coast!

 

Prologue Performing Arts et Evergreen Brick Works sont ravis de présenter des spectacles interactifs bilingues gratuits pour les familles. Chantez et dansez avec Fana Soro sur la musique des percussions traditionnelles de Côte d’Ivoire!

Julia Prajza: Afternoon Arts and Crafts

Date: July 13
Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Picnic tables outside BMO Atrium

 

Come out for a colourful afternoon of creativity and paint your own clay pot! Join artist Julia Prajza in celebrating the summer season by creating outside together. Embrace your artistic side for this fun workshop where you can bring home your very own one-of-a-kind piece of art! Trust us, your plants will thank you.

This workshop is family-friendly, for all ages and art levels. Available at no cost, as part of Evergreen’s Community Spotlight Program.

Acrylic paint, clay pots and materials are all included. Everyone will receive one small clay pot each, while supplies last.

Pierre Gautreau

Date: July 20
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Farmers Market (The Pavilions)

 

Join Pierre Gautreau for a busking performance alongside the Farmers Market! Originally from the east coast of Canada, has been a singer/songwriter for over 30 years. His originals cover a broad spectrum of musical stylings and his lyrics are always infused with a message of hope, love, oneness & inclusion. Along with his solo work, which includes a vast repertoire of covers, both classic and current, he also fronts the original multi-genre band, SPYRE.

August Spotlights

Summer Works presents S’imbriquer

Date: Saturday, August 3
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: TBC

 

Between perpetual construction and collapse, two performers and some 250 bricks form ephemeral landscapes together. Their encounter traces fragments of houses to inhabit, which in turn fragment the performers’ bodies. Like a living mortar, the movement pours into the interstices of the installation. Conceived as sentient beings, the bricks enter in dialogue with the bodies. Within this evanescent dance, the performers appear and disappear into the material they’re engaging with, opening up a space for reflection on how we build and live in a transforming world.

 

artistic director: Philippe Dépelteau
performance: Frédérique Perron
performance: Rakeem Hardy

Summer Works presents Homebuddies

Date: Saturday, August 10
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: TBC

 

The Homebuddies are a roving collection of anthropomorphised houses ready to find their new owners. These little rascals are led around by the Property Manager, who tries to find the ideal spots for their neighbourhood — anywhere with untapped property value.

 

As they roam, the Property Manager invites the audience to participate in their world through a host of interactions, including dance, auctions, house-hunting (bow and arrow provided!), a petting zoo and much more — all to sell the Homebuddies to those most deserving. Compete to earn your Homebuddy, increase its property value and keep it out of trouble.

 

Currently in Canada there are 5 empty homes for every unhoused person; that’s 1.3 million empty homes that stand as monuments. A co-production between So.Glad Arts and It’s Not A Box Theatre, Homebuddies calls us to re-examine the relationship between the homes of our bodies and the bodies of our homes.

 

Performers: Kris Alvarez, Torien Cafferata, S.E. Grummett, Sam Kruger
Director: Charlie Peters
Dramaturg: Caleigh Crow
Designers: Amberlin Hsu, Brooklynn Bitner
Devising Team: Brooklynn Bitner, Danny Knight, Emily Rempel, Kris Alvarez, Torien Cafferata, S.E. Grummett, Sam Kruger
Based on Concepts by: Amberlin Hsu, S.E. Grummett, Torien Cafferata

Open Jam

Date: Saturday, August 10
Time: 3:00pm – 8:00 pm
Location: South Pavillions

 

Stay tuned for more details.

“Poisonous Plant Pocket-Guide Workshop: Intro to Embroidery and Poison Hemlock” by Sarah Zanchetta 

Date: Sunday, August 11
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Korener Gardens (Rain location: BMO Atrium)

 

  • In this workshop, you will be introduced to Poison Hemlock through embroidery- a plant with a rich history that will slowly emerge on your fabric with every stitch you learn. Over 3 hours, which will start with a brief introduction, demonstrations and time to practice, we will work together as you create your own embroidered Poison Hemlock artwork.
  • All materials will be provided, plus every participant will receive their very own Poison Hemlock Pocket-Guide zine.
  • Everyone is welcome to join in, no matter what your level of stitching might be. Children under 14 must be supervised by an adult.
  • Free for participants. This event has sold out of reserved spots but is open for a limited amount of drop-in spots. Come early to get your seat!
  • Hobo Soles

    Date: Saturday, August 17
    Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Location: By the Farmers Market

     

    We are called Hobo Soles and we play folk music from the Americas and Beyond!

     

    www.hobosesmusic.weebly.com
    #Hobo.soles on Instagram or Mr Hobo Soles

    Mindful Movement Yoga with Sanaz Ariannejad

    Date: Sunday, August 18
    Time: 8:30 am – 9:30 am
    Location: BMO Artium

     

    All participants must bring a yoga mat with them to class.

     

    Join Sanaz Ariannejad for a Free Mindful Movement drop in class at the Evergreen Brick Works. In these classes, held within the tranquil environment of Evergreen Brick Works, participants find a welcoming and supportive atmosphere to connect with their mind, body, and soul. Each session is thoughtfully designed to induce a sense of lightness and grounding. Participants are encouraged to explore their boundaries while maintaining a lighthearted approach, ensuring everyone departs with a profound sense of serenity and well-being. Our classes cater to all ages and bodies, making yoga accessible to everyone.

    Route to Roots by Limitless productions

    Date: Saturday, August 24
    Time of first performance: 10:30 am – 12:00pm
    Time of second performance: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    Location: BMO Atrium

     

    Embark into a journey of storytelling & movement in the new Limitless Productions project ‘Route to Roots’. The interactive workshops, led by Artistic Director Ashima Suri, focuses on connecting to our roots through dialogue, journaling and creating art. Participants are invited to attend two immersive workshops where they can share their stories and co-create an installation or movement piece based on how they connect to their stories.

    Prologue Performing Arts presents Catch me in the Kitchen

    Date: Saturday, August 24
    Time: 11:00 am
    Location: On the terrace

     

    Classic tales with delightful characters and surprising twists.

    Des contes classiques avec des personnages charmants et des rebondissements surprenants.

    Pierre Gautreau 

    Date: Saturday, August 31
    Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Location: By the Farmers Market

     

    Pierre Gautreau, originally from the east coast of Canada, has been a singer/songwriter for over 30 years. His originals cover a broad spectrum of musical stylings and his lyrics are always infused with a message of hope, love, oneness & inclusion. Along with his solo work, which includes a vast repertoire of covers, both classic and current, he also fronts the original multi-genre band, SPYRE. www.spyremusic.com

    Getting Wild in the City: Exploring Nature in our Urban Settings. A Musical Performance by Pete and Anna

    Date: Saturday, August 31
    Time of first performance: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Time of second performance: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    Location: Children’s Garden

     

    This is a 45-50-minute musical show heavily informed by Pete’s career experience with wildlife & their habitats, and delivered to an engaged audience with help from Anna’s amazing theatrical skills.

     

    The themed music of this show is an inspiring and powerful blend of original songs and our arrangements of popular covers. Many of the songs involve audience participation, through movement and sounds. It takes children on a discovery tour of amazing wildlife which is often seemingly invisible but lives among us in our local parks and even our backyards! Song topics include city birds, caterpillars, migration, mischievous animals grazing on your garden plants, and even what to do about a spider in the bathtub!

    The application has launched!

    In 2023, Evergreen supported 23 different partners with 30 different programs and activations on our site. Together with these partners we were able to bring free and unique programming that helped create a welcoming and vibrant public space. We recognize there are still many amazing, thoughtful, creative communities doing great work, looking for opportunities and exciting spaces to promote their work and engage communities.

    Details

    Evergreen Brick Works runs a number of programs throughout the year. We are looking for Community Spotlight’s that can elevate existing programs or are large enough to stand on
    their own. Programs can run on any day of the week. Applicants may request a specific day or a range of dates.

     

    Ideas can be for a one-off activation or recurring events. Must be free, open to the public, and not require advance registration. Runs from 2 to 4 hours.

    Benefits Include
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    Free space in one of Toronto's most unique venues. Event production and logistical support from Evergreen staff. Marketing & promotion through Evergreen Brick Works channels.
    Opportunity to get in front of Evergreen's markets. Opportunity to access a bursary to support the program (maximum amount of $1000). Applicants who do not have access to other funding will receive priority. Evergreen staff may be able to provide Letters of support for grant applications.

    Goals of community programming

    There are so many amazing, thoughtful, creative communities doing great work, looking for opportunities and exciting spaces to promote their work and engage communities.

     

    Examples of programs could include

    • Temporary public art installations
    • Exhibition
    • Community-centred arts program
    • Music, dance, and multi-disciplinary performances
    • Nature, and land-based programs
    • Conservation, sustainability and other environmental programs
    • Workshops and Classes
    • Food programming
    • Food and beverage pop-ups
    • Public events and festivals
    • Guided tours/community walks
    • Buskers
    • Programs connected to monthly Evergreen themes mentioned above
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    Animate Evergreen Brick Works through free, inclusive, accessible, diverse, innovative and community-centred programs.
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    Showcase and demonstrate through exciting programming the value of sustainable and inclusive public space.
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