neighbourhood arts Network and RBC Presents ——Let’s talk ABOUT ART

Introducing the second newcomer focus event of the year, Neighbourhood Arts Network and RBC proudly present:

<Shared from NAN’s event post link>
Let’s Talk Art | Coffee and Tea with Arts Leaders

Join us for the first installment of our part four part series, which will bring a total of 20 award winning professional Toronto based artists to facilitate workshops for newcomer artists. These artists will represent the following disciplines: Music, Literary, Visual Arts, Media Arts, Theatre and Dance

Each workshop will be formatted as a 3 hour round table session  facilitated by 5 multi-disciplinary artists. This session will invite arts leaders to facilitate a workshop on the nuts and bolts of being a practicing artist in Toronto. This event will give access to newcomers to connect with gallery directors, performing arts presenters and curators in order to better acquaint them to arts sector in Toronto.

This series will give access to newcomer artists to connect with the gatekeeper of the Toronto arts sector, an opportunity to increase their capacity and understand how navigate the arts in Toronto.

Here are a few art leaders that will be joining us for coffee and tea:

  • Franco Boni, General and Artistic Director  – Theatre Centre
  • Su-Ying Lee, Assistant Curator – The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA)
  • Christy DiFelice – Music Officer – Toronto Arts

Date and Time: Tuesday April 7th | 12:00-3:00pm

Location: Merchants Of Green Coffee,  2 Matilda St

Food will be provided! 

Register Here

Review: stories untold

Two weeks ago Paralia Newcomer Arts Network hosted the first event of the “Stories Untold” series where we had the opportunity to meet and listen to two newcomer artists in Toronto: Mirna Chacín and Tania Iraheta. Thank you East End Arts and Children’s Peace Theatre for making it happen!

Not only did Mirna and Tania do a fantastic job talking about their work, but they also presented some of the challenges they faced in order to establish as an artist in Canada. See below the tweets we live-tweeted during the event. 

Make sure you don’t miss next one!



Paralia, in partnership with East End Arts and Children’s Peace Theatre, presents the event “Stories Untold” which will feature two experienced artists who will share their stories and challenges while trying to establish as an artist in Canada. These artists will also have the opportunity to introduce their works.

Come meet Toronto’s local artists from all over the world! The event will be followed by an hour mix and mingle over hot cocoa, coffee, and snacks. Take the opportunity to ask as many questions as you want and do some networking.

Register here

Featured Artists
Mirna Chacín
The Venezuelan artist Mirna Chacín will be one of the artists featured in this event. Mirna discovered her passion for photography as a means of artistic expression when she was an architecture student. In 1988, her debut in Fine Arts earned her the first prize in photography in the Visual Arts Biennale of Maracaibo, Venezuela. After many solo exhibitions, she has recently participated in collective art exhibitions all over the world.

Shortly before immigrating to Canada in 2011, Universidad del Zulia (LUZ) awarded Mirna The Francisco Hung Bracho Medal for her artistic achievements in Venezuela.

She is currently, working to develop her new media art project: Dancing with the Devils and on the curatorial phase of the series: Children of Dawn and Toronto Summer Daydreams. Mirna lives in Toronto and is an active member of The Neighbourhood Arts Network and G44 Center for the Contemporary Photography.

Tania Iraheta
Tania Iraheta is a Chilean visual artist and arts teacher who has been practicing art for about fifteen years. Although she has been more focused on teaching, Tania has been part of many collective exhibitions since 2004. She holds a diploma in Graphic Design from George Brown College.

In 2010 she was awarded an Access and Career Development Grant by the Ontario ArtsCouncil which allowed her to attend the Toronto School of Art but she is mainly self taught. She is the art instructor for Pinceles Latinos which is an art studio located in North York. Pinceles Latinos (Latin Brushes) offers visual arts workshops for the Latin American community as part of Casa Maiz Cultural Centre. Through these workshops that Tania conducts during each year at Casa Maiz as well as other organizations, she has been able to demonstrate her tremendous desire to have a positive effect on the lives of people in the community.

Wednesday March 4, 2015, 2-4pm
At Children’s Peace Theatre, 305 Dawes Road, Toronto

How can you get here? Take the 23 bus at Main Street Subway Station and get off at the “Park Vista ” stop. Walk into the park and follow the path for a couple of minutes. 


Toronto Arts Foundation Announces Partnership with RBC Foundation to Support Newcomer Artists

Very interesting opportunity for newcomer artists! The first deadline is March 8th, 2015. Find below all the information posted by the Toronto Arts Foundation on their website.

TORONTO, February 5, 2015 – Toronto Arts Foundation is pleased to announce its partnership with RBC Foundation to build on the potential of newcomer artists and break down the barriers they face when it comes to arts access. Toronto Arts Foundation will launch RBC Newcomer Artist Spotlight, designed to connect and inspire newcomer artists who are Toronto’s new generation of cultural leaders and innovators.

“RBC has a longstanding commitment to the arts, and to be able to partner with Toronto Arts Foundation to provide this opportunity for newcomer artists is a privilege,” said Gayle Corcoran, Director, Community and Cultural Marketing, RBC. “Newcomers to Canada see unique challenges settling into their new communities, and this provides them with the funding to pursue an artistic outlet they might not otherwise have.”

As part of their commitment to strengthening the arts in Toronto, RBC Foundation will donate $50,000 to Toronto Arts Foundation.

Toronto Arts Foundation is delighted to announce the Neighbourhood Arts Network RBC Arts Access Fund: micro awards of up to $1,500 for newcomer artists looking to jump-start their community-engaged arts projects. The awards will be administered by the Foundation’s Neighbourhood Arts Network. These awards will be tied to actual project needs, ranging from art supplies to space rental for an event. The first deadline is March 8th, 2015. Applications for the RBC Arts Access Fund can be found at

From March to August 2015, a series of four events called Let’s Talk Art will bring together acclaimed professional artists, arts leaders, funders and creative business experts to help lead a range of professional development workshops for newcomer artists. Facilitated by the Neighbourhood Arts Network, each round table workshop session will give newcomer artists access to the gatekeepers of the Toronto arts sector, an opportunity to increase their capacity and understand how to navigate the arts in Toronto. Registration information can be found at

“Toronto Arts Foundation continuously seeks new ways to celebrate and support Toronto’s artists,” said Claire Hopkinson, Director & CEO, Toronto Arts Foundation. “RBC Foundation’s generous contribution helps the Foundation deliver on key recommendations coming out of our research. Newcomer artists have so much to offer to our city’s cultural tapestry.”

Contact Information:

For more information about the Toronto Arts Foundation and this partnership with RBC, please contact:

Francesca Perez, Community Investment Manager, Toronto Arts Foundation, at or at 416 392 6802 x 204.


Artist Application
Vendor Application
Volunteer Application

Applications due by July 30, 2014. (extended to Aug 4th)

Bridging Festival 2014: Call for Performers, Vendors, and Volunteers Posted on July 21st, by scararts in Featured, Recent News. No Comments The 5th annual Bridging Festival is looking for performers, vendors, and volunteers!

Held annually under the Lawrence Avenue Bridge, this one-of-a-kind festival will offer selected artists the opportunity to perform in different spots in the Kingston-Galloway/Orton Park (KGO) neighbourhood.

Performances can include, but are certainly not limited to, music (solo or band), dance, acrobatics, and more! We welcome all styles and genres.

Vendors have the opportunity to run workshops and interactive booths. Workshops can include activities like jewelery-making, pottery, gardening, mask-making, and many others.

Volunteers are critical to the success of the festival! We need your help to make sure all aspects of the festival run smoothly, from set-up to liaising with vendors to helping with food, and much much more.

To be considered as a Bridging Festival artist, vendor, or volunteer, please download, fill out, and return the relevant application form, available below.