Press Release: Art Stars & Tiff present Pop Up Movie Nights

Myra Leibu | cell: 416-770-3011 | email: [email protected]

Media Advisory: TIFF® & Art Starts partner to bring outdoor movie series to inner suburban Toronto neighbourhoods

TORONTO, ONTARIO (June 25th, 2014) – TIFF’s Special Delivery Program and award winning community arts organization Art Starts are proud to present a series of outdoor Pop Up Movie Nights throughout the month of July in two Toronto neighbourhoods: Villaways July 2nd and Neptune July 3rd. The movie nights will feature a screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Art Starts, a leader in developing arts and culture initiatives in underserved Toronto neighbourhoods, is an arts organization in residence at Villaways, Neptune and Glendower. This bridging partnership with TIFF’s Special Delivery Program will provide an opportunity for residents in these three Toronto Community Housing neighbourhoods to watch a movie under the stars.

“Special Delivery is just one of several TIFF community initiatives that focuses on fostering a sense of togetherness while providing residents with a creative outlet and an opportunity to discuss issues inspired by film. We are excited to be partnering with Art Starts and thrilled to be able to share such an important film that showcases Nelson Mandela and the struggle for justice in South Africa, and also justice as a universal cause, to which his work was integral,” said Emily Scheer, Senior Manager, Family & Youth Programming, TIFF.

This partnership aims to increase access to arts and culture opportunities across the city of Toronto, and is part of the larger Platform A initiative which is testing new models for collaboration and resource sharing in the youth and community-engaged arts sector.

“We want to create access to the ‘downtown’ art scene as much as we want to increase
opportunities in the underserved communities we work with,” says Myra Leibu, Art Starts
Special Projects Manager. “We hope to help neighbours connect to each other, and
larger happenings in the city, through positive artistic spaces. These Pop Up Movie
Nights are community building at its core: a chance to share stories and a beautiful
summer evening!”

The July 3rd Pop Up Movie Night at Neptune will also feature a pop-up video arcade by acclaimed video game arts organization, Hand Eye Society.

Art Starts is charitable organization that has been bringing professional artists and underserved communities together in community-building arts programs for over 20 years. They are the winners of Toronto Arts Foundation’s 2013 Arts for Youth Award.

Platform A is a collaboration between four of Toronto’s leading organizations in community-engaged arts: Arts for Children and Youth, Art Starts, Jumblies Theatre and SKETCH. Funded by the Toronto Arts Council, this exciting pilot initiative is testing new models for collaboration and resource sharing in the youth and community-engaged arts sectors.

Special Delivery is a TIFF programme that reaches out to youth in under-served local communities who may not otherwise have access to the film festival experience. Special Delivery brings film screenings, director discussions and film-craft workshops to schools and community groups free of charge. Over the past twelve years, Special Delivery has reached more than 15,000 children and youth across the Greater Toronto Area. Special Delivery is generously supported by the Toronto Port Authority.

TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC. For more information, visit

Hand Eye Society is a Toronto not-for-profit dedicated to supporting and showcasing videogames made primarily as a form of creative expression. Founded in 2009, it is the first videogame arts organization in the world.

WHO: Art Starts and TIFF Special Delivery
WHAT: Pop Up Movie Night Villaways
WHEN: Wednesday July 2nd@ sunset Villaways: Thursday July 3rd @ sunset Neptune:
WHERE: Villaways: park at the foot of Adra Way. Neptune: the gazebo at 145 Neptune Drive.
WHERE: For more information, please visit or contact Art Starts Special Projects Manager Myra Leibu at 416-770-3011 or [email protected]

For more information on Special Delivery, contact the TIFF Communications Department at 416-934-3200 or [email protected]

Art Starts Spring Into Summer Showcase

TORONTO, ONTARIO (June 11, 2014) – ArtStarts is proud to present the Spring Into Summer Showcase featuring work from participants in our spring 2014 arts programs. The event takes place Sunday June 22nd at the Yorkdale Community Arts Centre and features an art exhibit alongside theatrical and dance performances. Doors open at 1pm with performances beginning at 2pm.

Participants from across Art Starts programs in Lawrence Heights, Eglinton-Oakwood, Villaways and Glendower will unite to present an afternoon celebrating creativity, performance, and community. Graduates of Glendower’s Knowledge, Power, Art program will perform a theatre piece inspired by their arts-based exploration of history, geography and social sciences from an African perspective. The One Love dance crew, a group of girls that came together from neighbourhoods across Lawrence Heights that have historically experience a great deal of tension, will perform a high-energy step piece choreographed by acclaimed choreographer Jade Anderson. Banners created by youth from Villaways will be on display as well as a slide show featuring the art works of Eglinton-Oakwood youth and a video featuring the Movin Up seniors dancing up an Afro-Carribean storm.

“Our Spring into Summer showcase is an amazing opportunity for our participants from across the city to connect with each other in a shared experience of artistic expression.” says Program Manager, Katherine Earl. “It is a powerful thing to realize that you are a part of a city-wide network of people who are creating big changes using the arts as a medium for the message!”

The event will also feature a raffle, refreshments and opportunities for networking with the artists on hand.

Art Starts is charitable organization that has been bringing professional artists and underserved communities together in community-building arts programs for over 20 years. They are the winners of Toronto Arts Foundation’s 2013 Arts for Youth Award.

WHO: Art Starts
WHAT: Spring Into Summer Showcase
WHEN: Sunday June 22, 2013. Doors open @ 1pm. Performances @ 2pm.
WHERE: Art Starts, Yorkdale Community Art Centre, in the Lower Level of Yorkdale Mall (access via elevators beside Home Outfitters escalators)


A Celebration of Platform A Initiatives

Over the last year close to 40 projects have been supported through a new community arts initiative called Platform A. Through micro-grants, mentor-ships and bridging programs Art Starts along with our partners JumbliesAFCYSketchCue worked with artists and arts organizations to create, dance, paint, sing, engage and connect across Toronto to help build vibrant communities as well as more opportunities for artists.

Tonight is a culmination of the last year of work in
a showcase of all our hard work in a celebration we’re calling “A Show”!

TONIGHT Tue. June 3 from 5:30pm onwards
Drop by and join us at Jumblies Theatre
at their new location at 132 Fort York Blvd. west of Dan Leckie Way
for  visual & interactive arts, video & live performances and more
guaranteed to move you and get you inspired!

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