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  • 2018 Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program

    Are you a youth (age 16 – 27) interested in the arts and taking your talent to the next level? Well this is the program for you! We have started recruitment for youth interested in the arts to join the 2018 edition of the Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program.

    Through this program, you will

    • Connect with other professional artists (musicians, visual artists, dancers, etc.) to learn abou their everyday hustle and paths to success
    • Get partnered with an industry mentor who can help you take your game to the next level
    • Visit the city’s most influential arts and cultural institutions
    • Deepen their artistry and get plugged into Toronto’s arts community
    • Put together an amazing culminating showcase

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    5th Anniversary Photo Recap

    On Monday, September 25, we celebrated our 5-year Anniversary with a community barbeque and open house. We welcomed over 500 supporters, partners, community members and friends to celebrate culture, community and the arts.

    Relive the evening (or see what you missed!) in this photo recap of our birthday celebration.

    Photos by Aphiraa 

    The evening began with opening remarks from our partners and tenants.

    Martin Blake, Vice President of The Daniels Corporation

    Nidhi Khanna, Daniels Spectrum Managing Director

    Kathy Milsom, President and Chief Executive Officer of Toronto Community Housing Corporation

    L-R: Isaac Thomas, Managing Director of Native Earth, Ananya Ohri, Exectuve Director of Regent Park Film Festival, Richard Marsella, Executive Director Regent Park School of Music

    The barbeque: a delicious sight to see… and smell!

    The excited guests were treated to a dazzling array of performances by members of the community



    Congratulations to the dynamic arts and social service organizations who have called Daniels Spectrum home: Art Heart, The Centre for Social Innovation, Collective of Black Artists, Centennial College Performing Arts Commons, Pathways to Education, Regent Park Film Festival, Regent Park School of Music and the Show Love Café.

    To our generous supporters – we couldn’t have done it without you. Special thanks to our partners, The Daniels Corporation and Toronto Community Housing.

    Finally, thanks to all who have walked through our doors to work, play, study and get creative; because of you, Daniels Spectrum has truly become a place “Rooted in Regent Park, Open to the World”. We hope you continue to join us in the years to come for even more fun!



    And that’s a wrap!

    Events this Week!

    Our online calendar is not working, so here are the events listings coming up this week!

    Block by Block/Quartier par Quartier Toronto

    September 24, 3 PM to 6 PM in Ada Slaight Hall

    Free | More info:


    Block by Block is a participatory, multimedia project. Led by young fellows, Block by Block seeks to engage the public in a dialogue around the impact local communities have in the lives of newcomers. Through this exchange of personal stories, reflections, testimonies and resources we hope to create a better understanding of the role neighbourhoods play in fostering a more inclusive society.

    Quartier par Quartier est un projet multimédia participatif. Mené par des jeunes, Quartier par Quartier cherche à engager le public dans un dialogue sur l’impact des communautés locales dans la vie des nouveaux arrivants. À travers ces échanges de récits personnels, de réflexions, de témoignages et de ressources, nous espérons mieux comprendre le rôle que les quartiers peuvent avoir dans l’établissement d’une société plus inclusive.

    #BxBCDN #TOWardMuseum #Canada150+ #Ontario150+

    Daniels Spectrum 5th Year Anniversary BBQ & Open House

    September 25, 3 PM to 7 PM at Daniels Spectrum

    Free | Drop in


    We’re turning 5! Can you believe it?? Join us as we celebrate Daniels Spectrum’s 5th year anniversary with a BBQ and open house.  It’s been an incredible few years here at Daniels Spectrum and we want to celebrate this special moment with the whole community! This is your opportunity to explore our facilities, enjoy a delicious BBQ, take in a performance and meet the arts and social innovation organizations that call this home.

    Venus Fest: a Canadian Music Festival and Arts Celebration in the Spirit of Feminism

    September 30 – October 1, 1 PM to 11 PM in Ada Slaight Hall



    Emel Mathlouthi · Grouper · Weaves · DIANA · Lido Pimienta · Phèdre · Ice Cream · Witch Prophet · Queen Of Swords · The Highest Order · HEX

    JUST ANNOUNCED: Madame Gandhi

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    Anime: Outdoor Movie Night

    October 8, 5 PM to midnight in the Courtyard


    Enjoy Anime outdoors with friends and family. Meet hundreds of anime fans, artists and enthusiasts to share and learn from each other. We will have art, animation, comics, contests, cosplay, dance, musical performances, and much more.

    This exclusive event will premiere two Studio Ghibli short film works, alongside the timeless classic – MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, in its original Japanese language with English subtitles:

    • ON YOUR MARK (1995, 6 mins). Japanese language. Dir: Hayao Miyazaki

    • GHIBLIES EPISODE 2 (2002, 24 mins). Japanese language with English subtitles. Dir Yoshiyuki Momose

    • MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (1988, 86 mins) rating G. Japanese language with English subtitles. Dir: Hayao Miyazak

    This event is family friendly. Tickets are $10 and space is limited.


    Artists booths registration will be posted soon.

    Vendor Applications:

    *This is a fan run event, for fans, by fans. All rights are owned by Studio Ghibli*

    After Party immediately after “MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO” Screening.



    DJ’s to be announced

    Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

    October 12 at Daniels Spectrum


    Celebrate and show your support for the Regent Park Film Festival this year by joining us for a screening of Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World!
    Please join us for our annual fundraising screening! The night will be hosted by CBC’s Duncan McCue, host of CBC Radio One Cross Country Checkup.

    To start things off, join us for a cocktail reception featuring an amazing spread compliments of Cinq Foods, Steam Whistle beer, a performance by First Nations artist Arthur Renwick, a silent auction and raffle full of goodies and get a sneak peak of the 15th annual Regent Park Film Festival’s line-up.

    After the film, stay for a panel discussion with Arthur Renwick and two special guests.

    Cocktail Reception: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Film and Talkback: 7:30pm – 10:30pm

    Celebrate 15 years of story telling with Toronto’s only free community film festival while helping to keep Regent Park Film Festival’s year-round programming free for all to enjoy and take part in.

    About the Film

    This documentary tells the story of the influence Native Americans has had on contemporary music. Some of the most influential musicians of our time reflect on the importance Indigenous musicians have had on their music and their contributions to popular culture. Featuring Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Iggy Pop, Jimmy Page, Slash, Taboo and more. This film is one to watch for all music lovers.

    The film received great success at HotDocs winning the Rogers Audience Award for Best Canadian Documentary and the HotDocs Audience Award.


    Daniels Spectrum Summer Series 2017



    Join us for a series of free and fun events and activities taking place all summer long in and around Daniels Spectrum.


    This fun thematic block party includes an outdoor BBQ, board games, garage sales, arts & crafts and a DJ spinning the best summertime jams. This is a chance for people to come together and show Regent Park some love. There’s always something new, so you’re not going to want to miss it! Organized by Keeping Youth Motivated at Dixon Hall.
    DATES: Friday, July 21, August 18, 1pm to 8pm
    LOCATION: Near the Bake Oven, Regent Park (Big Park), 620 Dundas St. E. (Follow the music!)

    Don’t know how to fully operate your DSLR camera or figure out the photo settings on your smartphone? #Shootforpeacephotographers will take you on a journey through the changing landscape of Regent Park and show you tricks & tips to maximize the look of your images. Use the #SummerSeriesRP hashtag and we’ll share your pics on our Instagram!
    DATES: Sundays: July 30, August 13, 20 and 27, 1pm to 4pm
    LOCATION: Streets of Regent Park, meet at Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas St. E.)

    Every Wednesday in August, be entertained by a collection of buskers, stilt walkers and aerial performers. Want to learn how to juggle? Join us for workshops, games and lots of fun activities with Square Circle Social Circus! Don’t miss the Grande Finale on the 30th!
    DATES: Wednesdays: August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 6pm to dusk
    LOCATION: Regent Park (Big Park), 620 Dundas St. E.

    It’s not soccer. It’s bubble soccer! Bounce your way into competition with friends, family and other community members. Interested participants must be 18+ and over five feet tall for safety reasons. Limited space available! Registration required:
    DATE: Friday, August 4, 2pm to 4pm
    LOCATION: Regent Park Athletic Grounds (480 Shuter St.)

    What’s your favourite board game? Have a deck of cards to share? The Block Game is an outdoor games night by The Forgiveness Project that will allow you to unleash your competitive spirit on a relaxing Friday evening. Learn the basics of dominoes, card games, Jenga and other social games that require strategy. Bring a crew and or your favourite board game and tap into your competitiveness spirit.
    DATES: Fridays: July 28, August 4, 11, 25 and September 1, 5pm to 9pm
    LOCATION: Regent Park Blvd. (on the east of Daniels Spectrum)

    Who doesn’t love dancing in the sun? Join Blackness Yes! in Regent Park (Big Park) on Caribana Sunday as they curate an afternoon of local and international DJs. Berlin-based OSUNLADE will be on the 1s and 2s in the evening playing the best in soulful house, afrobeat and R&B music. Bring picnic items, beverages and lime with us under the sun! Shop at the local artisan tents to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts for family or friends.
    DATE: Sunday, August 6, 2pm to 10pm
    LOCATION: Regent Park (Big Park), 620 Dundas St. E.*Rain plan: Ada Slaight Hall, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas St. E.)

    What do you do with two tonnes of bicycle scraps? You get three artists to build a bike-powered sculpture. Bring your tools and helpCharlies Freewheels with this engineering feat.
    DATE: Sunday, August 13, 12pm to 3pm
    LOCATION: Regent Park Blvd. (on the east side of Daniels Spectrum)

    Is your car dusty from all the construction happening in the neighbourhood? Come get your car washed for free by youth from the Regent Park community initiative organized by Youth2Give.
    DATE: Saturday, August 19, 2pm to 7pm
    LOCATION: Regent Park Blvd. (on the east side of Daniels Spectrum)

    Join Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre for a Pow Wow in the park. A Pow Wow is a sacred gathering of Indigenous peoples to honour the past, renew, friendships and celebrate with music, drumming, song, food, dance and storytelling.
    DATE: Saturday, August 26, 12pm to 5pm
    LOCATION: Regent Park (Big Park), 620 Dundas St. E.

    The Daniels Spectrum Summer Series is produced by Artscape in collaboration with our 2017 program partners and is made possible thanks to the generous support of two anonymous donors.

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