Saturday 09/15/18 12PM-10PM
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IdeasCity Toronto

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Photo: Justin Millhouse

On Saturday, September 15, 2018 The Bentway and the New Museum present IdeasCity Toronto. This day-long event will bring together cultural innovators and creative practitioners from Toronto and beyond to reflect on Toronto as a City of Cities – a web of highly individual neighborhoods, united by a singular municipality.

The daylong exploration of strategies, ideas, and propositions will feature panel discussions, keynote lectures, workshops, conversations, and performances. Participants will include Rick Lowe, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Adrienne Clarkson, Simone Browne, Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum, Anne Michaels, RISE Edutainment, Vanessa Brazeau, former mayor David Crombie, and emerging artists and community leaders from Toronto, among others.

IdeasCity Toronto will host conversations and interactive workshops on building access and equity within the Toronto arts community in collaboration with local and international artists and organizations including Betty Yu (New York), Colloqate Design (New Orleans), Myseum of Toronto, and Design Exchange. The day will also include a pitch session of bold ideas, designs, and strategies for reshaping the future city of Toronto in new and progressive ways.

IdeasCity Toronto will take place at The Bentway, a unique and innovative public space that transforms 1.75km underneath Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway into a new gathering place for the city.

IdeasCity Toronto Schedule

12:00 – 12:30 PM
The Solution Mat
Performance by Vanessa Brazeau with the Central Toronto Wrestling Club

12:30 – 1:00 PM
Opening Remarks and Introduction
IdeasCity & The Bentway
Land Acknowledgment
Phillip Cote
Hon. David Crombie, Former Mayor of Toronto

1:00 – 2:00 PM
City of Cities: Design in the amalgamated city
Panel Discussion with Simone Browne, Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum, and the Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson. Moderated by V. Mitch. McEwen

2:00 – 4:00 PM
Workshops: Strategies for the City
A series of participatory workshops on long and short-term strategies for the city led by Betty Yu, Bryan C. Lee, Myseum of Toronto, and a youth workshop by Design Exchange. Q&A session with Samara Centre for Democracy

4:00 – 4:30 PM
Poetry Performance
Spoken World Slam curated by R.I.S.E Edutainment in collaboration with Anne Michaels, Toronto’s poet laureate

4:30 – 6:00 PM
Pitches for Toronto
Campaign launches and live jury feedback on bold visions for the future city by Anda, ArtNoir, Arts Etobicoke, Connected, Sinead Petrasek, and Urban Dock. Juried by Adil Dhalla, Sara Diamond, Ken Greenberg, V. Mitch McEwen, and Vere van Gool.

6:00 – 6:30 PM
Break for food and drinks

6:30 – 7:30 PM
Keynote Address
Rick Lowe in conversation with Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

7:30 – 8:00 PM
Closing Remarks

8:00 – 9:00 PM
The Greatest T-Dot Hip-Hop Music Video Rap Along
Interactive film celebrating 20 years of Toronto’s music culture, curated by Supafrik, and hosted by Master T and Michie Mee

9:00 – 10:00 PM
DJ, food, and drinks


Presented by Vancity Community Investment Bank

Supported by City of Toronto and Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund

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