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DesignTO Festival Schedule

DesignTO is where art and design meet at over 100+ free events and exhibitions across the city, January 18-27, 2019.

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Come Up To My Room Alternative Design Exhibition

Jan 17, 2019 - Jan 20, 2019

Exhibitions

Framed within the backdrop of the historic 130-year-old Gladstone Hotel,...

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Series One: Optimal Form

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 25, 2019

Exhibitions

‘Series One’ is a collection of objects created by New Rose Studio, a multidisciplinary design and fabrication studio located in...

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Surface Tension

Jan 18, 2019 - Mar 3, 2019

Exhibitions

‘Surface Tension’ is a group exhibition showcasing the work of a dozen local and international designers and artists. It explores the forces at work on water,...

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Supersymmetry: An Innovative, Interactive Knitting Experience

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

‘Supersymmetry’ invites visitors to create quantum connections in the form...

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Design Wo/ManiFesT.O.

Jan 24, 2019

Events

As we approach 2020, Design Wo/ManiFesT.O. asks that we reflect on how design has supported (or not), the process of...

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Sensible Horizon

Jan 22, 2019 - Feb 17, 2019

Window Installations

Our state of being is always influenced by our perspectives. Sensible Horizon seeks out to explore the intersection of two infinite planes as experienced by the observer. ...

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Unfiltered

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

‘Unfiltered’ is a personal collection of photographs and journal entries that explore the reality of one’s life versus how it is displayed for others to see. This authentic...

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Good Vibes Only

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 25, 2019

Window Installations

‘Good Vibes Only’ broadcasts the joyous moments of community members and weaves these individual experiences into a collective narrative. With a mixture of classic cartoons and user-generated content,...

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Pro Tem

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

‘Pro Tem’ is an ongoing series of works by Toronto artist Janine Miedzik. These structures mimic provisional signage and construction notices, offering a familiar yet unexpected visual experience....

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100% Chair: Designing For Algorithmic Landscapes

Jan 19, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

In a near future where humans, robots and smart algorithms...

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DesignTO Launch Party

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 18, 2019

Events

Kick off the new 10-day Festival at the DesignTO Launch Party! Join designers, architects, artists, makers,...

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Interior Design Show Toronto

Jan 17, 2019 - Jan 20, 2019

Exhibitions

The Interior Design Show is Canada’s premier showcase of new products and furniture, superstar designers and avant-garde concepts from North...

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Wild Teachings

Jan 10, 2019 - Feb 10, 2019

Exhibitions

‘Wild Teachings’ pays homage to the plant species that occupy our urban landscape by embedding them in a series of woven textiles. The textiles illuminate the at times...

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What do you see?

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

Layering different textures and colours of fabrics, this installation creates an architectural expression that embodies and celebrates the collective and colourful makeup that is Toronto. The process of layering each fabric mirrors...

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ReflectLive

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

At Delisle-St. Clair Parkette, superkül reflects on the role of the urban forest, both as infrastructure offering relief to the urbanity that surrounds them, and as spaces in...

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Horizon

Jan 12, 2019 - Feb 3, 2019

Window Installations

‘Horizon’ uses traditional blown glass as a vehicle to inject intense colour into the built environment. Lee imagined looking through the keyhole of a door and seeing the...

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Puff Sleeves Tables

Jan 15, 2019 - Jan 30, 2019

Window Installations

Puff Sleeves Tables is a concept by artists/designers Claude Miceli and Jean-Christian Knaff to deconstruct and utilize fashion items such...

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Uncliché

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

A mixed media production illuminating the essence of plant life through the use of poetry and art. When the two come together we bring both the visual and...

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Morpheus

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

Change demands attention. As Yonge + St Clair transforms, its metamorphosis has altered the way people use the space. ‘Morpheus’ is a celebration of the excitement invoked by...

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Aletheia

Jan 18, 2019 - Feb 3, 2019

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‘Aletheia’ is a temporary installation at Aesop Queen Street West by the Living Architecture Systems Group, led by Philip Beesley. Its glistening, lace-like, deeply-layered, spherical forms are derived...

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What is Your Story?

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

There are very few burdens greater than carrying the weight of an untold story. People constantly have trouble finding the...

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MUKË

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

‘MUKË’ is a collaboration between Michael Vickers and Michael Dellios grounded in shared aesthetic sensibilities, form-forward creation and an exploration of materials. Pressing the limits and potentials of...

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DesignTO Guided Bus Tours

Jan 19, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Events

Love local expertise? Then, join us for bus tours of DesignTO Festival hotspots led by local design and...

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Ghost Stories

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 20, 2019

Exhibitions

‘Ghost Stories’ ​is a two-part collaboration by artists Kristi Poole-Adler and Ellen Snowball. Inspired by personal experiences of loss, ​’Ghost Stories’​ seeks to create a multifaceted dialogue into...

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One Who Protects a Sibling

Jan 18, 2019 - Feb 3, 2019

Exhibitions

‘One Who Protects a Sibling’ is an OCAD University supported project in which Indigenous and Black makers exhibit the mediated...

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Until the Last Breath

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

A participatory art exhibition, ‘Until the Last Breath’, is demystifying and reimagining death and dying and end-of-life care, by questioning...

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La Planete Sauvage: Moving Away from Human-Centred Work Beyond Anthropocene

Jan 17, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

Collaborating with non-human organisms, creating living sculptures that self-assemble, ‘La...

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Base Unit

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

A chair and a jumpsuit, both constructed with stock materials and simple techniques from designs distributed publicly. They represent archetypes of objects in our surroundings that are scaled...

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PULP: Exhibit + Home

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 26, 2019

Exhibitions

PULP: Exhibit – visit the reclaimed materials art exhibit from PULP: art party 2019. + Home – At Odds Collective...

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Beads, they’re sewn so tight

Oct 10, 2018 - May 26, 2019

Exhibitions

‘Beads, they’re sewn so tight’ presents the work of four contemporary artists who employ distinct techniques in their approach to...

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ESSE QUAM VIDERE (To Be Rather Than To Appear)

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

ESSE QUAM VIDERE (To Be Rather Than To Appear) is...

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DesignTO Talks: Studio Swine

Jan 25, 2019 - Jan 25, 2019

Events

Alexander Groves and Azusa Murakami of Studio Swine discuss their work using water, demonstrating how combining water conservation...

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EFFERVESCENCE

Jan 17, 2019 - Jan 31, 2019

Window Installations

South Hill Home has commissioned Vancouver-based lighting designer Matthew McCormick to create an immersive showroom window installation for DesignTO. ...

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Massages By Strangers

Jan 19, 2019

Events

In the wake of high-profile allegations, toxic workplaces and powerful leaders who committed grave acts of sexual harassment have been...

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Timelines

Jan 14, 2019 - Feb 3, 2019

Exhibitions

‘Timelines’ is a series of visual poems/narratives based on the extensive collection of objects that accumulated by Lois Schklar. The series re-imagines the aesthetic association that first brought...

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Counsel

Jan 16, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

Change and transition, for some, comes with a deep sense of unease. In these unsettled moments, a default behaviour for creatives is often to turn to their hands...

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From A to Zaven

Jan 22, 2019 - Mar 15, 2019

Exhibitions

A project by Maria Cristina Didero and Francesca Molteni, “From A To Zaven” is the first solo show in Canada, intending to portray Zaven’s peculiar approach towards the...

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Conversation Pieces

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

Two identical, yet different chairs face each other across a vast lobby, asking viewers to consider the interdependence of form...

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Upper Case Lower Case

Jan 19, 2019 - Apr 29, 2019

Exhibitions

The Ryerson University School of Interior Design, under the name 302 Collective, partners with Mackenzie House Museum as part of...

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Love Design Shop

Jan 20, 2019

Events

The Gladstone Hotel presents the ‘Love Design Shop’, an exciting one-day shopping event during Come Up to My Room curated by Sarah Cooper (Co-Founder, Shelter Bay Goods) and...

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StrataSphere

Jan 21, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

‘StrataSphere’ is a visual representation of the progression of time and its climatic effects on our environment. This installation seeks to create a multi-dimensional layered landscape through a...

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Sparkle Squish Plush Pond

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

Sparkle Blob is a gigantic, shimmering mass of reversible sequins, or “flippies.” Under theatrical lighting, the sculpture projects good vibes...

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Missed Fit

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 24, 2019

Exhibitions

What does fit mean today, and how does an individual’s experience getting dressed influence identity? ‘Missed Fit’ will start a dialogue about exclusionary processes in design, and subvert...

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Dissipate Like a Cloud or Smoke or Wintery Breath

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

‘Dissipate Like a Cloud or Smoke or Wintery Breath’ uses...

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Faux Garden

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

Seeing the panoramic vista of Canada in places like the Bruce Peninsula and Fogo Island, the designers were inspired to create a line of furniture that would mirror...

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49 Circles

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

’49 Circles’ is a visual representation of Toronto streets that are classified with the suffix “Circle.” The piece explores the relationship between the realities of landscape, lapses of...

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Elbow Room

Jan 19, 2019 - Jan 26, 2019

Exhibitions

‘Elbow Room’ features prototypes by 14 independent furniture makers and designers collectively exploring the idea of domestic objects as extensions and reflections of the human body. The exhibition...

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Robotic Printing

Jan 16, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

The Lumas Gallery window display showcases a series of robotically 3d printed vessels. The 20+ vessels were all printed using a Kuka industrial robotic arm with a custom...

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inventory, winter 2019

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

‘inventory, winter 2019’ is an installation of small works presented with a selection of found objects. While considering context, value,...

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Pattern Recognition

Dec 18, 2018 - Feb 28, 2019

Window Installations

‘Pattern Recognition’ seeks to create an interpretive visual language that strings together single node pixel elements into complex object patterns....

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Still Moving

Jan 21, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

As our smartphones present us with images of a more beautiful and desirable life, ‘Still Moving’ reminds us how life can be seen from multiple perspectives. ...

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Radiate: Winter 2019 Exhibitions

Jan 18, 2019 - Jun 2, 2019

Exhibitions

Harbourfront Centre is a hub of activity for the 9th annual DesignTO Festival with seven exhibitions and a public talk,...

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Still Drawing (2)

Dec 21, 2018 - Mar 21, 2019

Window Installations

‘Still Drawing (2)’ is an exploration into geometric forms through shaping and layering hand woven semi-transparent material. This work is inspired by the precision of mathematical drawings, combined...

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Woven Intersections

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 31, 2019

Window Installations

‘Woven Intersections’ marks the beginning of a movement between artisans and designers of the world. Created by Bexuko, this premier...

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Black Arts

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

‘Black Arts’ are new works from Nicholas Hamilton Holmes that evolve a ‘tubular’ design language of bent, shaped and turned wood. The all black work is designed and...

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Love Design Party

Jan 19, 2019

Events

Love Design Party is the official celebration for #CUTMR2019 and DesignTO Festival. Drink and dance the night away in the Ballroom beneath an installation of limited edition kinetic...

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Raising STEPS

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

Seven emerging Toronto-based artists reimagine New Balance shoes. These one-of-a-kind works will be auctioned during DesignTO in support of charitable public arts organization STEPS, responsible for some of...

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Ideas Forum: Watershed to Waterfront

Jan 24, 2019 - Jan 24, 2019

Events

The Ideas Forum features fast-paced and fun presentations (20 slides shown for 20 seconds each) by artists and...

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Light Cage Duo

Jan 17, 2019 - Jan 26, 2019

Exhibitions

Luvère Studio and bulthaup Toronto present ‘Light Cage Duo’, a living lighting installation with live plants bursting and growing from the confines of a 4’ x 4’ structure...

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DesignTO Tours: Exploring Art at Yonge + St. Clair

Jan 20, 2019 - Jan 20, 2019

Events

Join DesignTO as we explore three exciting installations in the...

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