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Schedule for Toronto Design Offsite Festival 2016 released

November 30, 2015
by Canadian Architect

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Now in its sixth year, from January 18 through 24 the Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) transforms the city’s downtown into a hub for all things design. Kicking off Monday, January 18, with the TO DO Festival Party at Shopify’s headquarters, this family-friendly week-long event takes design out of the studio and into the city for the community to engage and enjoy. The majority of TO DO’s exhibitions and events are free.

The 2016 Festival, presented by Keilhauer, will offer over 80 exhibitions and events across the city at over 60 venues, showcasing the work of hundreds of designers and artists. Storefronts will display exciting exhibitions, galleries will host immersive installations, and local and international designers will spark discussion with lectures and workshops open to everyone to participate and learn.

“TO DO 2016 will showcase TO DO Projects – exhibits and events created by the Festival’s creative programming team – and open call exhibitions presented by local, national and international designers,” says Jeremy Vandermeij, Executive Director, Toronto Design Offsite Festival. “This year’s line-up showcases incredible design talent that is worth coming out to see, wherever you live.”

For a full list of events, visit the online schedule here.

Here are some highlights:

Come Up To My Room

In its 13th year, framed within the backdrop of the historic Gladstone Hotel, Come Up To My Room invites participants to inhabit three floors with site-specific, immersive installations. Opening Thursday, January 21 and running through Sunday, January 24. Tickets are $10 and $5 for students.

In Series

Bridging art and design, TO DO Project ‘In Series’ is an exhibition that explores the concept of repetition, process, and pattern, through a series of works and objects. This exhibition can be seen at Propeller, 30 Abell Street, from Wednesday, January 20, 2016 through Sunday, January 24, 2016.

Blindfolded Walking Tours

A well-designed place doesn’t just look good; it feels good, sounds good, and smells good. To get out of the habit of only using vision, Jonathan Silver will be leading Blindfolded Walking Tours. He will lead participants on a 20 minute blindfolded tour. Then, participants will take off the blindfold and retrace their steps.

TO DO Talk Symposium

TO DO Talk Symposium: Do Good, Do Design, Do Things that Matter is the first half day symposium produced by the Festival. Multidisciplinary experts discuss how to get people thinking about how the world is made around them, where design not only “fits in,” but also makes a difference. This event will be held at the MaRS Centre on Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 2pm to 6pm. Tickets are $20 and are available on Eventbrite.


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