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Public Displays of Affection Art Fundraiser: Hallowe’en Edition


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The CUTMR alumni of PDA are holding another Art Fundraiser — a silent auction with proceeds going to the 40 Oaks project.

If you’re not already familiar with Public Displays of Affection: they’re a loosely-structured collective of Torontonians dedicated to community-engaged design. They’ve completed projects like PDA for Edmond Place, which furnished a Parkdale affordable housing complex with pieces either made by residents through workshops or donated by local designers. They’re currently working on something similar, PDA for 40 Oaks, a Regent Park Revitalisation project that will provide furnishings and interior design to the 40 Oaks affordable housing complex.

To help cover the costs of documentation, PDA is holding a fundraiser, something you can be a part of in two ways: if you’re an artist or designer, consider donating a work of art for the fundraiser.  Anything, from a small print on up, would be appreciated. Details on how to submit your work are on PDA’s website.

Part 2: stop by the Gladstone Hotel on October 31st between 8pm and midnight to place a bid in the silent auction, and take home an original work of art. There will be DJs, dancing, Hallowe’en reverie, and a chance to bid on what will surely be an outrageous diversity of original art.


Video Interview: Erin McCutcheon and Katherine Morley


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Katherine and Erin are the producers and curators of the all women TO DO exhibition, Capacity. In their interview they chat about the niche Capacity fills and the exposure of women in the Toronto design scene.

p.s. We also wanted to mention that Katherine Morley co-curated Come Up To My Room 2009 and 2010 with Deborah Wang, Caroline Shaheed and myself.

This video interview was completed by Christina Zeidler with the assistance of Jeremy Vandermeij.


TO DO: Toronto Design Offsite


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I’m happy to announce that I am one of the Founders and the Producer of the newly created TO DO: Toronto Design Offsite. Deborah Wang, who I co-curate Come Up To My Room with, is also involved in TO DO as the Projects Coordinator.

Toronto Design Offsite brings together offsite exhibitions, parties and lectures during Toronto Design Week. Offsite events have been happening in Toronto for the last eight years. Events and curated exhibitions feature innovative and inspiring art and design. TO DO was formed by an association of several ‘offsite’ shows to feature and promote the best in new, Canadian practices – not only the art and design within each show, but also the ways they are organized and produced.

Some of the more renowned TO DO events include our own CUTMR, MADE at Home, Capacity, Do West Design and Tools.

Sponsorship & Support

We are looking for sponsorship and general support!  We offer recognition and exposure to a targeted design community.  Please contact me here if you would like to know more.