Walks & Talks
To spark dialogue among our artists, visitor and community about the creative hub this neighborhood has become, we present free talks and tours throughout the weekend. No need to pre-register. Rain or shine.
Behind the Scenes at The Drake
1 pm, The Drake
Take a look behind the scenes at The Drake Hotel with in-house curator, Mia Nielsen. With an emphasis on commissioned site-specific projects, The Drake has a unique collection on display throughout the building. On this tour, Nielsen will guide you through the works in public, as well as some of the more private spaces in the Hotel. Included in the tour will be works by Ken Lum, Evan Penny, Micah Lexier, James Nizam and Jay Shinn among others.
Public Art Installations at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
2 pm, 100 Stokes Street, Bell Gateway Building, CAMH. Tour will meet at building’s main entrance.
Discover public art projects installed in three new buildings of the hospital campus. Join CAMH’s Art Reference Group facilitator Chris Mitchell to learn how the projects were realized and how CAMH utilizes art to communicate messages of hope and transformation through its support of and partnership with Workman Arts.
The Gladstone Hotel
1 pm, meet at The Gladstone Hotel, in the lobby
Join Kaleb Robertson for a general tour of the historic Gladstone Hotel. Then Kaleb will give you an insider’s view of the neighbourhood and how it has changed.
Studio 180 Theatre
2:00 pm, meet at the Southeast corner Trinity-Bellwoods Park
Join Jenna Harris and Byron Abalos from Studio 180 Theatre as they explore the ever-changing face of West Queen West from Trinity-Bellwoods Park to Gladstone Avenue. Walk through history and contemplate the role artists have had in the redevelopment of this important cultural hub as we examine the buildings that have disappeared and those that still stand. Part historical walk and part social debate, we’ll seek answers but more importantly, ask questions.