Active Project

KENSINGTON KREATORS supports the market’s creative community (artists, designers, performers, not-for profits etc) with the opportunity to test one out of three themed based reactivation ideas made for the Market, by the Market through the City’s Innovation Grant for up to $25,000 in funding.

 

THIS PROGRAM SEEKS TO TACKLE

  • The lack of opportunities to artists, designers, performers, not-for-profits & other creative and marginalized disciplines post-COVID-19.
  • The lack of interdisciplinary, grassroots and bottom – up approach in rebuilding neighbourhoods.
  • The lack of interconnections between artists and businesses to revitalize urban areas.
  • The importance of strengthening relationships and trust between the business community and all members in the market

 

* NOTE – red is information pending to be confirmed

 


Kensington Kreator Applicants

 

1. Christmas Market

2. Public Focus

3. Winter Wonderland – “Living in Technicolour”

4. Kensington- Mark It! ReKreate Space

5. Installation in the Glen Bailie Pl. Alleyway

6. ELEMENTALE

7. GIGABIKE  Mobile Stage

8.  Kensington Stories Exhibition

9.  Spirit Flight

10. The Lighthouse Festival

11. Kensington Photography Festival

12. Dancers in the Park


1. Christmas Market

 

Creative Sector  – Events, winter programming 

 

Theme(s)

The Future of Kensington Streets (Public Space Focus)
Winter Wonderland (Event Focus)
Shop ‘n’ Spend Kensington (Bar/Restaurant or Retail Experience Focus)

 

Brief Description of Project 

A Christmas Market that transforms the neighbourhood with small wooden shops where artists, business owners can set up their products /food / art/other as visitors roam freely around the streets of Kensington. The decorative elements and the wooden structure, the music, and the art and vibe of the place mark a clear difference of experience when you are there and when you have left/

 

Budget TierTier 2 $12,500

 

Community Partner

Daniels Faculty of Architecture at UofT

 

Describe yourself as a member of the Kensington Community 

Frequent visitor to the Market and an aspiring designer/artist.

 


2. Public Focus

 

Creative Sector  – Exhibition Work

 

Theme(s)The Future of Kensington Streets (Public Space Focus

 

 

Brief Description of Project

 

Wax & Wane is a four-week multidisciplinary art exhibition that invites the neighbourhood community to consider Kensington Market’s resilience despite relentless fluctuations.

The exhibition features five creative activations, including performance art, live music, visual and new media installations that will take place in various storefronts within Kensington Market.

The exhibition balances acknowledging the history of the people, first-generation and third-generation store owners who made Kensington Market what it is today —  with the fluctuations of our current reality during and post covid, along with the ongoing gentrification that continues to happen in and around Kensington

 

Budget TierTier 2 $12,500

 

Community Partner

Project 40 Collective

 

Describe yourself as a member of the Kensington Community

Organizer(s), Resident(s)


3. Winter Wonderland   – Living in Technicolour”

 

Creative Sector:

Event, music, performance and exhibition(s), winter programming

 

Brief Description of Project 

Living in Technicolour is an immersive and interactive multimedia exhibition that explores senses, emotions and feelings associated with grasping the new realities that we live in. It will showcase a series of performances, music, installations, stories and archives that reimagine/ redefine what it means to be in this time of pandemic.

The event is a monthly exhibition with a series of performances and art installations from January to March. It will be held every last Saturday of the month. We will be collaborating with upcoming and established artists in Toronto to put together the exhibition that will cater to the Kensington community and Torontonians in general.

The monthly exhibition will showcase themes such as Whirlwind, Longing and Enchantment that symbolize feelings and emotions during COVID. The exhibition invites the Kensington community to participate and interact (socially-distance version) with artists and performances. Visitors and participants of the exhibition will be given a zine that contains a ‘bingo’ card that will hopefully encourage them to shop and spend around Kensington market. In this way, the exhibition ‘Living in Technicolour’ would hopefully revitalize and bring back vibrancy in the community after months of quarantine.

 

Budget TierTier 1$25,000

 

Community Partner

187 Augusta, Luha Collective 

 

Describe yourself as a member of the Kensington Community

organization member 

 


4. Kensington: Mark It! ReKreate Space

 

Creative Sector

multi-disciplinary arts, events

Theme(s)
The Future of Kensington Streets (Public Space Focus)
Winter Wonderland (Event Focus)
Shop ‘n’ Spend Kensington (Bar/Restaurant or Retail Experience Focus)

 

Brief Description of Project

We want to “Mark it!” by curating an accessible series of intimate artistic works that highlight the intersection of cultures in Kensington Market. 

“Kensington: Mark it! ReKreate Space” is a weekly series of live showcases, exhibitions and installations that limited participants can attend in person, watch on screens at multiple Kensington businesses or attend online via multimedia virtual broadcasting platforms.

 

Budget Tier  – Tier 2 – $12,500

 

Community Partner

Retro Heads and Longboard Living

 

Describe yourself as a member of the Kensington Community

residents, former residents and local artists

 


5. Installation in the Glen Bailie Pl. Alleyway

 

Creative Sector

Installation work and photography, sculpture

 

Theme(s)

The Future of Kensington Streets (Public Space Focus)
Winter Wonderland (Event Focus)
Shop ‘n’ Spend Kensington (Bar/Restaurant or Retail Experience Focus)

 

Brief Description of Project

The project is to bring together a group of Kensington artists with complimentary talents to create an installation in the alley off Glen Baillie.

The installation will be multi-disciplinary and interactive, incorporating greenery, light, painting and sculpture to inspire warmth, safety and visibility. It will be visible day and night, bringing a particular Kensington twist to our “secret streets.”

The installation will create a reference point and bring visitors to the nearby shops. One of the secrets of the “Kensington vibe” is the photogenic nature of the market. This installation builds on that, but adds an ephemeral dimension which will attract people to come out in the winter months. It is small scale and focused on Kensington artists, speaking not just to visitors to the market, but to those who call it home.

 

Budget Tier Tier 3$8,500

 

Community Partner (If applicable)

 

Describe yourself as a member of the Kensington Community

local resident 

 


6.  ELEMENTALE

“5 glowing optical illusion murals celebrating the elements of traditional cosmology through sacred geometry”

 

Creative Sector

Visual Arts, mural work

 

Theme(s)

The Future of Kensington Streets (Public Space Focus)

 

Brief Description of Project

 

The goal of this proposal is to create a series of Op Art public interventions that would attract art and astrology lovers to visit Kensington Market during the winter season (2021). Five murals are proposed at strategic locations in the market – four at the key gateways inviting guests to explore/ shop/dine, and a final centerpiece is proposed in the “heart” of Kensington – Baldwin and Augusta.

Each installation will represent one of the five elements of the Universe: Fire, Earth, Air, Water and Ether.Kensington is a beacon for celebrating the mystical and preserving the ancestral wisdoms often swept under the distractions of modern life.

This series aspires to remind people of the intrinsic role that Kensington plays as a platform for nurturing and sharing the healing arts from around the world.

These optical illusion murals would be designed to glow at night with the assistance of discreetly located exterior black-lights, creating a desirable night-time experience, particularly in the long dark hours of the winter. In addition, the murals would be accompanied by information panels where visitors can readily access the stories through which the geometrical symbols incorporates wisdom from the Vedism, Sufi Islam, the Aanishinaabe and Orisha African cosmological traditions.

 

Budget Tier Tier 2 $12,500

 

Community Partner

Samara Contemporary , Visual Artist and Kensington Resident

 

Describe yourself as a member of the Kensington Community

Former resident, mural artist, frequent the market, on an organization/ board 

 

 


7.  GIGABIKE  Mobile Stage

 

Creative Sector

Events and Music

 

Theme

The Future of Kensington Streets (Public Space Focus)

 

Brief Description of Project

A mobile stage for DJs and MC/singers and live bands to collaborate in the streets of Kensington Market. The bike will be designed to have full capabilities to hold equipment and produce sound in any outdoor space.

The Gigabike stage is designed to collapse and unfold and ride away in minutes. The goal for this project is to create a space for artists to be able to perform and make income, for local establishments to be promoted and for the wellbeing of the market’s livelihood. The Gigabike will open up an innovative way to social distance and enjoy the sounds outside by local artists for years to come. 

 

Budget TierAll tiers – Budgets provided for all tiers ( $8,500, $12,500, $25,000)

 

Community Partner ( If applicable) 

Play the Record, Bikes on wheels, CAAM United

 

Describe yourself as a member of the Kensington Community

Local artist

 


8.  Kensington Stories Exhibition

 

Creative Sector

Photography and digital multimedia installation

 

Theme(s) 

Winter Wonderland Focus

 

Brief Description of Project

 

Kensington stories is a collection of images and stories from the people whose establishments are part of the fabric of our community. A collection of portraits of our neighbors in their business spaces will be virtually exhibited online alongside their stories of Kensington. These images and stories will be accessible to the visitors of Kensington through store front window installation. Each business featured in the exhibition will receive a removable vinyl designed sticker to be displayed on their storefront and includes their site-specific QR code, as visitors use their smartphone to scan they will directly link to the associated media to discover the images and story as part of this exhibition.

In a COVID environment, this helps Kensington Market to create and preserve their connection with the neighbourhood. And, people who are visiting the Market can safely experience and learn about the businesses without having to enter indoors. Finally, it creates a neighbourhood archive that can help us stay connected to the fabric of our community by learning the stories we are surrounded by.

The Kensington Stories project contributes to documenting our local history, in this case by using a platform that is accessible both on-site and remotely.

 

Budget Tier

Tier 3 – $8,500

 

Community Partner ( If applicable) 

 

Describe yourself as a member of the Kensington Community

Local resident and Kensington based photographer

 


9.  Spirit Flight

 

“SPIRIT FLIGHT, is a project offered to the public to continue a conversation my generation grew up with, but one that is important to continue with future generations, that is, how our way of life affects the land we and many before our arrival call home. A reflection of our ancestors and future generations that have made Kensington Market a home”

 

Creative Sector

Visual Arts

 

Theme(s) 

The Future of Kensington Streets (Public Space Focus)

 

Brief Description of Project

Kensington Market sits on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and the Huron-Wendat. Spirit Flight represents the history of many peoples that have called Kensington Market home. And one common thread that brings all the people from around the world together in this unique village/neighbourhood is its story tellers and artists of all kinds.

These hand sculpted clay birds are a representation of that free spirit in every culture and any generation. A connection and continuation of this free spirit and visual story telling will be shared for future generations. 

These gentle sculpted birds will resonate with locals and visitors from all backgrounds and age. Leaving a stunning image all year round to those who appreciate. A plaque will be placed next to the works detailing the story and about the artist. The works will continue the history and culture of Kensington Market being a home to artist.

The birds will take a month to complete from sculpting, firing and installation. They can be installed in all kinds of weather and can be enjoyed immediately.

 

Budget Tier

Tier 1 – $25,000

 

Community Partner ( If applicable) 

 

Describe yourself as a member of the Kensington Community

Resident, gallery owner

 

 


10.  The Lighthouse Festival

 

Creative Sector
Event, artists , live music performances plus a live Dj playing and dances

 

Theme 
The Future of Kensington Streets (Public Space Focus

Winter Wonderland (Event Focus )
Shop ‘n’ Spend Kensington (Bar/Restaurant or Retail Experience Focus )

 

Brief Description of Project

The aim of the event is to be a beacon of light in the cold and darkness. The main street arteries of Kensington will be transformed into a fashion show which showcases the wears of Kensington’s famous vintage stores, and independent designers.

Models that promote body positivity will inspire the public to believe they too in the midst of winter can be clad fabulously and joyously. Each model will be dressed in their own unique individual style, in rebellion to the traditional norms of mainstream fashion. The models will be of all ages and races, to promote the diverse Kensington culture and stand against the racism and discrimination that are faced in this society.

To honor the land we are on, and the peoples that preceded us and inspired the multicultural philosophy that Kensington Market is emblematic of, Indigenous merchants and performers will be specially invited. 

 

Budget Tier Tier 3 – $8,500

 

Community Partner ( If applicable)
Best Istanbul Restaurant

 

Describe yourself as a member of the Kensington Community
Resident 

 


11. Kensington Photography Festival

Creative Sector

The Future of Kensington Streets (Public Space Focus)
Winter Wonderland (Event Focus)

 

Theme
Photography, event, festival

 

Brief Description of Project

The Kensington Photography Festival is an outdoor event that reimagines the streets of Kensington as a gallery with store front windows acting as a canvas for large scale photos to be printed on removable vinyl. This idea showcases the artists who document and archive the area, the business owners who host the display and the public who are invited to submit their own images, participate in photo workshops and contests.

 

BudgetTier 3 – $8,500

 

Community Partner
business owner

 

Describe yourself as a member of the Kensington Community

Residence and artists who frequent Kensington Market regularly to exercise their passion for street photography.

 

 


12. Dancers in the Park

 

Creative Sector

dance, film

 

Theme

The Future of Kensington Streets (Public Space Focus)
Winter Wonderland (Event Focus)
Shop ‘n’ Spend Kensington (Bar/Restaurant or Retail Experience Focus)

 

Brief Description of Project

We’ve been asking how we might use a systems approach to pair design, dance and film with folks affected by gender violence and mental illness to encourage a non-medical way to recover.  We’re looking at pairing creatives online (and somehow physically distanced) with folks affected by isolation, trauma or even violence.

We are asking how to make things better for victims (or I prefer the word warriors) who live with gender violence or mental illness?  We’re also asking how could restaurants and even hotel rooms become a safe space for creatives or even folks in transition to create in collectively? How could giving folks a safe space to create and heal using the same art concept allow strangers to collectively re-write their stories of trauma into something? How might we use or re-purpose items from the film industry eg. costumes, fashion waste, props to create “starter packs” for folks leaving a bad housing situation?

 

BudgetTier 3 – $12,500

 

Community Partner

Healthy Art Project (non profit) 

Ad Factor

RICHER Team (Responsive Intersectional Children’s Health Education Research Initiative)

 

Describe yourself as a member of the Kensington Community

graffiti artist, nurse, frequent Kensington Park public piano player and global foodie eating her way through KM

 

 


A collaboration with Community Forum in Malawi, Africa to design PPE (personal protective equipment) for music festival nurses doing outreach to gender violence victims.

 

a dance/music therapy public health intervention

 

Dancers In The Park. A dancer, #bravekaren, injured by assault poses in the park where it began with police escalation. Photo credits Photo 1 & 2 Craig Talbot

Dancers in the Park Concept Note
HART Project 

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