May 10 – July 1, 2019
Opening reception: Friday May 10, 6 – 9 pm
Remarks at 7:30 pm
77 Pamilla Street, Ottawa
On May 10, 2019, from 6 pm to 9 pm, join us at the SPAO Centre – School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa for the opening reception of the 2019 CANADIANA exhibition Summer Camp. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada, the exhibition features lens-based artworks produced over the last five decades by LGBTQ2+ artists from across the country. The exhibition is co-curated by SPAO Gallery Manager Michael Davidge and Creative Director Jonathan Hobin in consultation with a wide range of Canadian curators and artists.
Hobin states, “The incredible input we got from across Canada guided us as we put together this amazing showcase of established artists like Kent Monkman and Evergon as well as emerging artists like Dayna Danger and B.G-Osborne.” Highlighting camp as both a sensibility and a site in the Canadian landscape, the exhibition also features works by Steven Beckly, David Buchan, Colin Campbell, Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Millan, Michelle Mohabeer and Paul Wong. A text by art writer and curator Daniella Sanader accompanies the exhibition.
173 James St. North
February 23 – April 6, 2019
Opening reception: Friday March 8, 7 – 10 pm
Curated by Sally Frater
Centre3 is pleased to present Love S.O.S., a new installation by Toronto-based artist and photographer Steven Beckly. Over the past 8 years, Beckly has produced hundreds of images. Cultivating moments of closeness and intimacy, he approaches photography as both a personal and a social practice, an act that connects rather than distances, feels rather than explains.
In Love S.O.S., Beckly’s images are assembled in a slideshow of almost 400 photographs. A multiplicity of encounters, they form a spectrum of interactions shaped by the artist’s desire for connection with his surrounding world. Accompanying Beckly’s slideshow is an evocative soundtrack of love songs, featuring tracks by Leonard Cohen, Daft Punk and Tina Turner, among others. Selected for their varied perspectives on love, these voices reflect on matters of the heart against Beckly’s shifting imagery. In one corner of the gallery, visitors are invited to leave their suggestions for love songs, adding to the project’s growing playlist. Continuous and mutable, Beckly’s project frames intimacy as an endless and interrelated process of transformation. Set against a contemporary world undergoing dramatic change, Love S.O.S. operates as an emergency call to reconsider the poetic and political dimensions of intimacy.
Presented with generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Reframing Doris McCarthy: A Symposium on the Life and Work of Doris McCarthy
Doris McCarthy Gallery
University of Toronto, Scarborough
Sat, November 17, 2018
9 am – 6 pm
Join us for a free, one-day, public symposium exploring fresh perspectives on the life and work of Doris McCarthy.
Keynote by: Erin Silver
Presentations by: Steven Beckly, Jan L. Coates, Dustin Garnet, Nancy Holmes, Meaghan Hyckie, Harold Klunder and Catherine Carmichael, Eva Kolcze, Ralph Kolewe, Lou Sheppard, Wendy Wacko, and Lynne Wynick
The Doris McCarthy Gallery presents Reframing Doris McCarthy, a free, one-day, public symposium exploring fresh perspectives on the life and work of the artist. The symposium will feature artist talks, poetry readings, academic papers, performances, a book launch, group choreography, participatory choral singing, and moderated discussions. Ranging from long-time friends and colleagues of McCarthy’s, to young artists and producers, the presenters will contribute new interpretations from a broad range of expertise within the fields of contemporary art, music, poetry, filmmaking, and dance that trace the artist’s legacy through spirituality, mythology, and the power of place. This multi-disciplinary symposium will examine McCarthy’s impact on local and artistic communities as a pioneering feminist, innovative artist, and community builder.
Friday November 16, 2018 10:30 PM – 4:00 AM
Poster by Eric Kostiuk Williams
NEW NAILS returns with a private queerdo baby rave fundraiser for friends and/or lovers, with music and vibes until 4am
PWYC, but allow us to suggest $15-20 as all the proceeds are going to RAINBOW RAILROAD
“Sponsored by” PASTAGONIA™ with contributions from:
Acid House, Andi Larocca, Al Dente, Black Light, Brendan Jensen, Cannelloni Couplets, Consent, Controlled Substance, Diana Vandermeulen, Dollar Store Deco, Extreme Look, Fan Wu, Farfalle, Jaime Sin, Jeremy Laing, Lazer, Naloxone Kit, Non-Alcoholic Option, Macaronay, Matthew Chiu, Mark-Ché Devonish, Mixed Drink, Mutual Respect, Palo Santo, Penne, Play Area, P☻ny, Robert Anthony O’Halloran, Semolinana, Smoke Machine, Steven Beckly, Techno, Valeroo, Vaughan, Vibrant Matter, Your Body
While being an exceptional venue in many regards, Club 120 is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.
New limited edition for ARTATTACK! an auction in support of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s 40th year.
Daniel Faria Gallery at Art Toronto 2018
October 26 – 29, 2018
Featuring work by:
Jennifer Rose Sciarrino
Steven Beckly: Earthbound
Bunker 2 at The Bentway
250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto
September 15 – October 21, 2018
Exhibition hours: Saturday & Sunday, 12 – 5 pm or by appointment
Bunker 2 and The Bentway are pleased to co-present Earthbound, an exhibition of new works by Toronto-based artist Steven Beckly. Cultivating moments of closeness and intimacy, Beckly creates images that straddle photography and sculpture. In Earthbound, various figures are entwined in a mythic botanical world. Located inside The Bentway’s skate-rental shipping container, Beckly’s photographs take on three-dimensional forms shaped by their unique habitat. Printed on various materials—opaque and translucent, hard and soft—they reflect an ethos of light, renewal, and transformation. Amid a rapidly changing landscape, Earthbound points to our primordial beginnings to regenerate an intimacy with our natural environment.
Part of The Bentway’s Fall Art Exhibition “If, But, What If?”
Presented with generous support from the Ontario Arts Council.
September 8 – October 20, 2018
Christina Battle, Steven Beckly, Patrick Cruz, Soheila Esfahani, Melissa General, Julius Poncelet Manapul, Jihee Min, Ed Pien, Véronique Sunatori, Meera Margaret Singh, Tazeen Qayyum
Curated by Noa Bronstein
Small Arms Inspection Building
1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 8, 1 – 4 pm
Exhibition hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12 – 4 pm
Join us in celebrating the inaugural exhibition at the newly opened Small Arms Inspection Building (SAIB).
forward motion brings together artworks that converge on concepts of mobility and movement, of transit and the transitory. Exploring ideas ranging from flight, time travel and immigration to displacement and circulation, each of the artists featured within the exhibition navigates the physical and conceptual dimensions of movement across time and space. What emerges through these multiple pathways are deeply felt responses to how the movement of bodies, objects and ideas influences the ways in which the artists featured here conceive of place-making, of awayness and hereness.
The SAIB is a historic, multi-purpose building that presents a wide range of arts and cultural programs. As the only cultural hub of its kind in Mississauga, the SAIB supports meaningful engagement through dynamic exhibitions, events and experiences. This unique venue strives to provide an open and responsive programming model that fosters collaboration and community-building.
It Can Only Be This Place
September 4 – November 3, 2018
Hiba Abdallah with Steven Beckly, Alyssa Bistonath & Patrick Cruz
Curated by Tiffany Schofield
Doris McCarthy Gallery
University of Toronto, Scarborough
Opening reception: Wednesday, September 19, 6 – 8:30 pm
Exhibition tour by Tiffany Schofield at 7 pm
It Can Only Be This Place is an open collection of stories, impressions, and speculations of Scarborough developed by artist Hiba Abdallah. Generated in conversation with local residents, Abdallah produced a series of projects specifically for the Doris McCarthy Gallery. Texts, images, and stories gathered throughout an extended research period were transformed into objects and installations that consider the ways in which place is remembered and commemorated. Alongside this new body of work, Abdallah has invited artists Steven Beckly, Alyssa Bistonath, and Patrick Cruz to contribute to the exhibition. Engaged in various approaches to myth-making and story-telling, their responses inscribe fiction onto Scarborough’s natural, cultural, and diasporic landscapes. Each work provides an intimate look at Scarborough and the various communities that have come to call it home. Through complex, intersecting, and often unresolved narratives, It Can Only Be This Place makes space for past, present, and future versions of Scarborough previously untold.