Artscape Salon: annual fundraiser for city-building organization Artscape

Artscape, the award-winning not-for-profit responsible for innovative arts and cultural spaces across the city, is holding its third annual Salon event on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at the Artscape Wychwood Barns, located at 601 Christie Street.

Artscape Salon will host 200 guests for a cocktail hour and dinner…with a twist. During dinner, a lineup of 20 of the city’s most exciting artists and cultural luminaries will visit tables in a speed-dating format, delivering an energizing hit of inspiration to guests, sharing their vision of how Toronto influences their art, and how their art influences Toronto. All the while, attendees will feast on food and drink from some of Toronto’s top chefs and participate in an exciting auction featuring artworks and creative experiences from artists in the Artscape community. Tickets are $100, available through, where updates are posted daily.

The Salon speaker list includes: soprano Ambur Braid (Canadian Opera Company, Opera Atelier); illustrator and printmaker Alanna Cavanagh; founding director of Wavelength Music Series & Festival Jonathan Bunce; drummer for F*cked Up and co-founder of Long Winter Jonah Falco; urban music visionary and Canadian Idol Judge Farley Flex; director, choreographer, producer and teacher Clarence Ford; artist and designer Miriam Grenville; painter, sculptor and installation artist Gillian Iles; spoken word artist Trevlyn Kennedy; Artscape Youngplace resident curator Karie Liao; spoken word poet and visual artist Komi Olaf; media producer and digital journalist Ramona Pringle; painter Shawn Skeir; actor, producer, Core Energetics practitioner David Sutcliffe (Cracked, Gilmore Girls); curator for Pattison One Stop Sharon Switzer; illustrator and teacher Gary Taxali; director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Ontario Matthew Teitelbaum; artist, producer and musician Maylee Todd.

The Artscape Wychwood Barns venue, a popular fixture in the community, is celebrating its 100th anniversary of construction this year. A breathtaking Beaux-Arts theme will highlight the historic features of this unique facility and provide a dazzling atmosphere for high-profile guests representing influential industries from architecture, planning and design to philanthropy and finance; from media, advertising and entertainment to real estate and development.

Proceeds from Salon will benefit the Artscape Foundation, the charitable arm of Artscape, an innovative not-for-profit urban development organization whose President and CEO Tim Jones was recently named Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 by the prestigious Schwab Foundation, associated with the World Economic Forum. Artscape’s transformative work is recognized locally, nationally and internationally; with nine properties currently in operation, Artscape is a leader in the transformative practice of creative placemaking. At the heart of Toronto’s most creative communities, Artscape operates artist live/work facilities and multi-tenant centres, as well as dynamic cultural hubs the Artscape Wychwood Barns, Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island, Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park, the Artscape Distillery Studios and Artscape Youngplace, its newest facility in the heart of West Queen West.

Artscape appreciates the generosity of this year’s participating sponsors. Co-presenting sponsors are BMO Financial Group and Norton Rose Fulbright; sponsors include Beau’s, Kurtis Coffee, The ECHO Real Estate Team, Chair-man Mills; and the media partner is The Grid.

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