Kids Families Youth

Bookmarkers

Sunday, December 4, 2016 | 1  – 2:30 PM | FREE
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street

A creative book series for young kids and their parents

For this edition of our Bookmarkers series, we’ve invited award-winning author Sara O’Leary and award-winning illustrator Qin Leng to read from and talk about their latest children’s book, A Family is a Family is a Family. When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways – but the same in the one way that matters most of all.

Plus: cartoonist Jonathan Rotsztain will also be joining our Bookmarkers conversation, featuring an intergenerational comics project with grandparents and grandkids.

In conjunction with their informal readings and presentations, all three artists will lead interactive creative writing, drawing and collaborative comics-making activities, with a focus on creativity, expression and FUN!

Families are also welcome to enjoy coffee and treats by Coffee Public.

Recommended for young children, toddlers to age 7.


Sara O’Leary is a writer of fiction for both adults and children. She is the author of the award-winning series of Henry books – When You Were SmallWhere You Came From and When I Was Small – and This Is Sadie, all illustrated by Julie Morstad, and You Are One, illustrated by Karen Klassen. A graduate of the UBC Creative Writing Program, she has taught screenwriting and writing for children at Concordia University in Montreal.

Qin Leng lives and works as a designer and illustrator in Toronto. She graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and has received many awards for her animated short films and artwork. Throughout her career, Qin has illustrated picture books, magazines and book covers with publishers around the world. Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, written by Chieri Uegaki, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, and received the APALA Award for best picture book.

A Family is a Family is a Family
When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways — but the same in the one way that matters most of all.

Like Mother, Like Daughter

TORONTO PREMIERE | October 26 – 30, 2016
918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media & Education
918 Bathurst St., Toronto

Co-Directed by Ravi Jain & Rose Plotek
Co-created by Why Not Theatre & Complicite Creative Learning
Presented by Koffler Centre of the Arts


Tickets: $20 General Admission | $15 Youth/Student/Senior/Arts Worker
ALL PERFORMANCES ARE NOW SOLD OUT

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If you could ask your mother one question about her life, what would it be?

Koffler Centre of the Arts, Why Not Theatre and Complicite Creative Learning are bringing together mothers and daughters who were born outside of Canada (newcomer women, as well as those who may have immigrated many years ago) to create and perform in this participatory performance project.

Like Mother, Like Daughter will weave together stories from these 12 pairs of mothers and daughters into an unscripted conversation, to be performed by the mothers and daughters themselves.

At the end of each performance, the audience will be invited to join the mothers and daughters for a light meal – created by Newcomer Kitchen – to continue the conversations.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Wednesday, October 26, 8 PM (OPENING NIGHT) SOLD OUT
Thursday, October 27, 8 PM SOLD OUT
Friday, October 28, 8 PM SOLD OUT
Saturday, October 29, 2 PM SOLD OUT
Saturday, October 29, 8 PM SOLD OUT
Sunday, October 30, 2 PM SOLD OUT

TICKETS
$20 General Admission
$15 Youth/Student/Senior/Arts Worker
Group Sales: $15/ticket (for groups of 10+)


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Co-created by Why Not Theatre & Complicite Creative Learning
Presented by Koffler Centre of the Arts
Venue Partner: 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media & Education


Photo credit: Sarah Ainslie

Dasha Tolstikova: Artist in Residence

Monday, May 16 – Thursday May 19, 2016 

In partnership with Groundwood Books, the Koffler Centre of the Arts is thrilled to welcome graphic novelist and illustrator Dasha Tolstikova as our Artist in Residence, featuring her debut illustrated memoir, A Year Without Mom.

Following her participation in the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF), Tolstikova will engage with diverse communities through a series of cross-disciplinary workshops, public readings and onstage conversations. In addition, Tolstikova will participate in author-in-the-school programs where she’ll introduce students to her creative process and inspirations, and lead students in creative writing and illustration exercises.

Dasha Tolstikova’s illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the New Yorker. Her graphic-novel memoir A Year Without Mom has received three starred reviews and has been translated into Korean and Swedish. She has also illustrated The Jacket (written by Kirsten Hall), a New York Times Notable Book.

Full residency details coming soon.


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Presented in partnership with Groundwood Books

Bookmarkers

Sunday, April 17, 2016 | 9:30 – 11:30 AM | FREE
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street

For the Spring edition of our books + breakfast series for young kids and their parents, we will be featuring two beautiful and poignant children’s books – Danielle Daniel’s Sometimes I Feel Like A Fox and Nadia L. Hohn and Irene Luxbacher’s Malaika’s Costume.

Sometimes I Feel Like A Fox
In this introduction to the Anishinaabe tradition of totem animals, young children explain why they identify with different creatures such as a deer, beaver or moose. Delightful illustrations show the children wearing masks representing their chosen animal, while the few lines of text on each page work as a series of simple poems throughout the book.

Malaika’s Costume
A heartwarming story about family, community and the celebration of Carnival, Nadia Hohn’s warm and colloquial language and Irene Luxbacher’s vibrant collage-style illustrations make this a strikingly original picture book.

In conjunction with their informal readings and book presentations, all three authors and illustrators will lead interactive creative writing and drawing activities.

In addition, we will be launching our “Walk, Stop, and Wonder” photography project, in partnership with the WeeFestival of Theatre and Culture for Early Years. Families are invited to join us for a short photo walk from Artscape Youngplace to Trinity Bellwoods Park, where children (and their parents) are encouraged to take photos of what the children notice. Check our website for more information, soon!

Families are also welcome to enjoy breakfast treats in the Coffee Public café* with additional interactive craft and play activities with the Smart Cookie Club.

Recommended for young children, toddlers to age 7

* Program does not include any food or beverages purchased at the Coffee Pub


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Series Partner: Groundwood Books. Program in memory of Tyrus Reiman.

Community Partner: Smart Cookie Club.

Bookmarkers

Sunday, March 6, 2016 | 9:30 – 11:30 AM | FREE
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street

For this second edition of our books + breakfast series for young kids and their parents, we’ve invited renowned author Monica Kulling and illustrator Qin Leng to read from and talk about their latest children’s book, Happy Birthday, Alice Babette.

Inspired by the lives of artist Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Monica Kulling’s warm and whimsical narration is perfectly balanced by Qin Leng’s bright and energetic illustrations. This is a sweetly joyful story of love, friendship and creative inspiration.

In addition to their informal book presentation, Monica Kulling and Qin Leng will lead playful and interactive writing and drawing activities, for participating children. Families are also welcome to enjoy breakfast treats in the Coffee Public café* and additional interactive craft and play activities with the Smart Cookie Club.

Recommended for young children, toddlers to age 7

* Program does not include any food or beverages purchased at the Coffee Pub


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Series Partner: Groundwood Books. Program in memory of Tyrus Reiman.

Community Partner: Smart Cookie Club.

Bookmarkers

Sunday, January 24, 2016 | 9 – 11:30 AM | FREE
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street

A books + breakfast series for young kids & their parents
featuring JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith, Sidewalk Flowers

The Koffler Centre of the Arts is thrilled to welcome award-winning poet JonArno Lawson and illustrator Sydney Smith to our first Bookmarkers event, where they will present their wordless picture book Sidewalk Flowers. They will also lead a Sidewalk Flowers-inspired walk through Artscape Youngplace, as well as wordless poetry and collaborative mural-making workshops.

Enjoy a family-friendly breakfast in the Coffee Pub café* and additional interactive play activities with the Smart Cookie Club.

Recommended for young children, toddlers to age 7

Sidewalk Flowers

  • Winner of the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Illustrated Books
  • Selected for the 2015 New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year
  • Long-listed for the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Picture Book
  • Selected for the 2015 Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year

* Program does not include any food or beverages purchased at the Coffee Pub


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Series Partner: Groundwood Books. Program in memory of Tyrus Reiman.

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Community Partner: Smart Cookie Club.

Party with Groundwood!

Saturday, November 21, 2015 | 1 – 4 PM | FREE
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street

An afternoon of activities and presentations for book lovers aged 4 to 9, featuring our friends Maureen Fergus and Carey Sookocheff (Buddy and Earl), Monica Kulling and Sydney Smith (Grant and Tillie Go Walking), Deborah Hodge (West Coast Wild) and Danielle Daniel (Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox). Books will be available for purchase from Another Story Bookshop.

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Neighbourhood Archives: A Postcard Project

April 30 – June 1, 2015 | series of in-classroom workshops

Inspired by the Koffler Gallery’s Spring 2015 exhibition, Erratics – an art installation by Martha Baillie and Malka Greene with Alan Resnick which brought together two distinct archives and explored the tensions between memory and fiction – Grade 5/6 students from Rose Avenue Public School and Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School explored the connections between place, memory and fiction.

During this 6-week project, students worked with urban geographer/artist Daniel Rotsztain to build collaborative neighbourhood archives through line drawing, mapping, personal narrative, postcard-writing and exchange.

This booklet serves as a collective archive of the two school communities, through the eyes and imagination of these creative students.

Stranger than Fiction: Photographic Memories and Fictions

May 25 – June 14, 2015 | Open Daily 8 AM – 9 PM | FREE
1st Floor Hallway Gallery & Vitrines |  Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street

Presented by the Koffler Gallery together with Givins/Shaw Junior Public School, Stranger than Fiction questions our use of photography as a tool for understanding history. What “truth” can a photograph really tell us? And when, in our reading of an image, does “fact” become irrelevant and fiction take over?

Evocative photos culled from the archives of Givins/Shaw serve as source material for the school’s current grade 3, 4, 5, and 6 students to reflect on the site’s past. What stories –both possible and impossible– may have transpired there? What personalities –remarkable and unremarkable– might have graced its halls?

In asking more than one student to respond to the same image, multiple narratives emerge. Some narratives are rooted in known facts about the school, or in plausible assumptions about the photographs captured there. Others are the stuff of fantasy, and combine a familiar place with characters and events that could only ever be imagined by a child.

The students’ attribution of varying dates, image captions, narratives and voices sheds light on their own unique personalities as much as they illuminate the images themselves. With playfulness, humour and heart, the students highlight the subjective nature of photography as a means of understanding the people, places and events that predate us.

Wish You Were Here: Postcards to and from Toronto

May 25 – June 14, 2015 | Open Daily 8 AM – 9 PM | FREE
1st Floor Hallway Gallery & Vitrines | Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street

Presented by the Koffler Gallery together with teachers from the York Region District School Board, Wish You Were Here offers collected memories of life in Toronto, both real and imagined. The teachers’ true life interactions with the city’s people, places and events are presented alongside fictional remembrances, making it impossible to separate the real from the ideal. Together their postcards create a portrait of the city with which we all share a complex relationship. It is a relationship built on individual memories, and on our collective hopes for Toronto’s past, present and future.

Wish You Were Here and its sister exhibition, Stranger than Fiction: Photographic Memories and Fictions from the Students of Givins/Shaw Junior Public School, are the result of public engagement and education projects undertaken by the Koffler Gallery.