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CSV events are usually free and include screenings, artist talks, and parties! Come check us out and meet other independent media artists at our upcoming events. 

With oyster shucking and media art screenings, Video Chucks are hosted by CSV once every quarter. They're opportunities to bring our community together, socialize, network, and highlight our members' work. If you would like to showcase your work at one of our upcoming Video Chucks, please email: greg@charlesstreetvideo.com

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Artist Talk

In My Toolkit Workshops


Thu 21 October 2021 6 - 8 pm
 IN MY TOOLKIT is a free virtual event series for scripted 2SQTBIPOC filmmakers and film creatives to share practical skills and resources with each other. The program will cover a range of topics including everything from writing and directing to production design, analog filmmaking, and acting. Workshop participants will also be able to learn producing skills to help bring their works to life including branding and pitching their stories. - Thursdays Oct - Nov 2021 - Open to all experience levels - Open to non-Charles Street Video members - Only open to 2SQTBIPOC (you are racialized and 2SLGBTQ+) - Location: Zoom - Live transcriptions (AI-generated) For info on each workshop and registration please visit: https://linktr.ee/charlesstreetvideo IN MY TOOLKIT came out of a need for spaces dedicated to prioritizing the sharing of skills and resources in scripted filmmaking for 2SQTBIPOC. This program will focus on all of those nitty gritty tips and tricks that we learn on-the-go in practicing our craft. Spreadsheets, breakdowns, shot lists and art kits! Networking strategies and self-branding for filmmakers! Breaking scripts for writers rooms and idea-generating routines! Writing scripts you know you can execute as a director! Whether you have an untapped, passive interest in scripted film or have a few projects under your belt already, come learn from fellow 2SQTBIPOC on how we found solutions to all of the unpredictable obstacles that always seem to keep coming our way! Our aim is to make sure you'll be able to walk away with tangible hard and soft skills to apply to your practice, and to empower fellow creators to never stop taking up space and telling our stories. In partnership with Toronto Arts Council and Charles Street Video Run by Kourtney Jackson at Charles Street Video and Carolyn (Jay) Wu Email programming@charlesstreetvideo.com if you have any Q's!
Screening + Exhibition

Here. Within.


Sat 2 - Mon 4 October 2021
Here. Within. - Window Projection with Geary Art Crawl and Uma Nota Culture October 2 - 3 from 8pm - 10pm - 76 Geary Ave. A two day, rain or shine celebration of art and culture on Geary Avenue from Ossington to west of Dufferin. Watch the neighbourhood come alive with music, visual art installations, pop-ups, food and more in a creative emergence from the pandemic that celebrates the arts while putting local businesses at the forefront. Join us for our first ever event at our new space! CSV is screening: Skite’kmujuawti - Amanda Amour Lynx (Mi’kmaw) @amour.lynx This work captures ‘holding ceremony with myself’. The project illustrates the process of readying oneself for initiation into cultural practices highlighting longing and desire for community connection and cultural teachings within the constraints of isolation. Landscapes traipse between physical and temporal spaces through compositing digital illustration and 3D animation with natural video footage– buoyed between spirit realms, imagination, visions and reality. Milkteeth - Melissa Johns (Mohawk/French Canadian) @lemisma A collaboration with a dancer and sound artist, Milkteeth's aim is to evoke intimacy, emotion, and a sense of familiarity from the viewer. Using non-traditional stereoscopic techniques and post-production data manipulation, beauty, grace, and control are highlighted and then subverted; giving way to aesthetic flaws that imply a dark complexity beneath the facade of the performative. These video works provide an intimate window into the human psyche and spirit. Glitched; bravely breaking down facades of what it looks like to navigate a world of constant mask making, while evoking multidimensional realities. They exist unapologetically, providing an example of how we may hold ourselves in this dimension. For more info, visit: https://www.gearyartcrawl.com/map
Exhibition

User Activated


Wed 2 June - Sat 3 July 2021
The online exhibition User Activated by artist Cheryl Sourkes consists of three interactive pieces: BRB (2010), Everybody’s Autobiography (2012), and Mistaken Identity (2014) plus the series of short videos Nervous_Devices (2021) posted to Instagram. Cheryl Sourkes is an innovative artist living in Toronto while staying connected to communities in Montreal and Vancouver - places she previously called home. Her work investigates the visual dimension of new technology, especially social and cultural developments associated with the Internet. It foregrounds communication modalities in the virtual realm and brings these codes, epistemologies and conventions of representation into view. Cheryl Sourkes reads the current moment and consistently makes prescient work that anticipates future realities. Her still photographs and time-based installations have been seen nationally and internationally over many decades and are included in both public and private collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery and Seattle Art Museum. Cheryl Sourkes has had her eye and mind on technology for the last 20 years; how we use it and how we are used by it. She engages the very technology she observes and analyzes. Her interventions reveal something about the Internet and about how we use it; from webcam selfies to the server farms that warehouse them, from the bowed posture of cell phone users to the surveillance data they generate. Sourkes's work ponders current societal patterns and the back and forth effects of the digital/human interface. The work in User Activated is based on online material mostly gathered from social networks. It reflects on the influence the Internet has on the individual and on the culture, on how notions of public and private are migrating vertiginously, and on how data is amassed and distributed without people understanding or consenting to what extent and to what end. “Between 2000 and 2014 I documented webcams. During that time they upscaled from an outlier phenomenon to standard equipment. I documented webcams as their numbers increased, their refresh rates quickened and as impersonal weather, traffic and tourist type cams zoomed into ever more personal spaces. While Internet participation is a requisite of contemporary life, at the same time government and commerce have adapted protocols to use the information gathered from its leaky back doors as a tracking device. Although time on the Internet divulges a person’s preoccupations, finances, movements, religious affiliations, political leanings and more, the convenience of the Internet makes resisting it a losing proposition.” Cheryl Sourkes BRB (2010) Installation An interactive projected bookwork that shows people either asleep or else on their computers. The viewer turns the pages with a click activating images that are sometimes still and sometimes moving. Everybody’s Autobiography (2013) Installation A twinkling projected interactive image grid with sequences grabbed from live-stream webcams. The top of the grid shows windows facing the outdoors. The bottom part shows windows on computer screens. In between are rooms arranged sequentially from the more public spaces in a house to the more private ones. Mistaken Identity (2014) Installation This interactive piece shows 23 portraits rotating slowly in front of a data centre. When the viewer chooses a particular portrait it grows to fill the entire screen and plays out a series of supposedly similar images as proposed by Google Image Search. Each sequence is potentially a few minutes in duration. A red line moves down a small inset of the selected portrait reading its digital information aurally line by line providing a soundtrack for that sequence. Clicking on the image at any time causes the circling portraits to reappear over a different data centre. Nervous_Devices (2021) Instagram videos Nervous_Devices are short anxious videos that mark time by standing in the same spot. They are captioned with hashtags - such as #controlnocontrol and #wereallinthistogether. I post them as I make them. Their nervous stasis reflects the Covid-19 lockdown experience.
Exhibition

Full Circle Exhibition


Thu 8 - Thu 15 April 2021
Projection installation viewable outdoors from the front windows of TMAC facing Lisgar Park from 8PM - 11PM. *Please adhere to social distancing protocols while visiting* The culmination of a 4 week workshop program presents an installation of hybrid film creations contemplating the "anniversary" of the lockdowns of March 2020. The results are a myriad of 16mm frames of found-footage images, collages, scratches, freely painted and assembled in collaborative production. The sound incorporates experimental edits reflecting the passage of our solitude drifting through these times. Participants were guided in workshop series and mentored by Madi Piller and Alexandra Gelis from PIX FILM Collective Artists: Andrea Holstein Amanda Ann-Min Wong Cindy Tibizarwa Freia de Waal Jacklyn Osadebamwen Lucia Linares Seungwoo Baek To access sound for the exhibition: 1. Prior to visiting the exhibit download the app Listen Everywhere from your app store on your phone. 2. Scan the QR code with the Wifi symbol on the window beside the projection 2. Open app  close proximity to installation. 3. The app will scan the venue and you can now listen! ACCESSIBILITY NOTE: Video projections contain flashing lights. It may not be safe to be in close proximity for those with photo sensitivities and other visual sensitivities. Please email programming@charlesstreetvideo.com for any questions. Project FULL CIRCLE presented by The Toronto Media Arts Centre, Charles Street Video and PIX FILM
Party

Holiday Video Chuck: Digital Edition


Fri 18 December 2020 6 - 9 pm
Welcome to CSV's Holiday Video Chuck! The Digital Edition! In CSV tradition, we are hosting our annual Holiday Video Chuck, this time through the magical world of ZOOM (that we are all too familiar with). We have been missing our members walking through the halls, hauling gear in and out, visiting our exhibitions, and simply just catching up! This is a chance to bring our community together, socialize, network, and highlight our members’ work, accompanied by a live oyster shucking demonstration! Everyone who screens will enter a chance to win an Oyster Boy gift certificate, and be mailed a Christmas Oyster Thank You Card! Date: December 18 Time: 6pm Location: Zoom. Please RSVP to gain access to the event. RSVP HERE If you would like to showcase your work please email samay@charlesstreetvideo.com You do not need to be a CSV member to join in this oyster holiday celebration.
Exhibition

but i can create the future


Thu 17 December 2020 - Tue 2 March 2021
Created during mandated lockdowns, heightening racial tensions, and a worsening climate crisis, “But I Can Create the Future” is about urgency. Culminating MANY for 2020, the show presents the work of nine youth from Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, the Bahamas, and the United Arab Emirates. As told from the perspectives of the newcomer youth, this exhibit communicates a call to action for a better tomorrow. MANY is a free summer media arts creation program of @acctyouth and @csvtoronto that teaches youth photography and animation from culturally affiliated artists. It is supported through @torontoartscouncil Strategic Funding. #poweredbytac Email Kasia at kasia@acctonline.ca to register for the event. Created during mandated lockdowns, heightening racial tensions, and a worsening climate crisis, “But I Can Create the Future” is about urgency. Culminating MANY for 2020, the show presents the work of nine youth from Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, the Bahamas, and the United Arab Emirates. As told from the perspectives of the newcomer youth, this exhibit communicates a call to action for a better tomorrow. MANY is a free summer media arts creation program of @acctyouth and @csvtoronto that teaches youth photography and animation from culturally affiliated artists. It is supported through @torontoartscouncil Strategic Funding. #poweredbytac
Screening

Adeva (version000_01) By Debashis Sinha


Sat 24 October 2020 7 - 9 pm
Sinha’s explorations of how his Bengali heritage can manifest through the toolset of contemporary electronic music continues with this livestream performance. “Adeva (version000_01)” is a project started in 2019 at the MUTEK JP AI Music Lab, where Sinha began exploring machine learning and AI and their applications in sound, and where he realized their use as a dramaturgical tool in the story-based explorations and re-imaginings of Hindu myth Sinha has been creating for nearly 2 decades. The text and sound world of the Vedas (Hindu scriptures) is subjected to machine learning algorithms and processes to create content that lies just beyond the reach of human comprehension - a piecing together of half-understood and half-perceived bits of wisdom that is reconstructed by Sinha, and the listener in the moment of performance. The performance will be live-streamed over YouTube with Q&A discussion taking place afterwards on the Whereby platform. It is a co-presentation of New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA), Charles Street Video and and Toronto Media Arts Centre. Link to Video of Performance   Online Location issued after Advance Registration.   General $10, Students FREE, Optional Admission Fee Purchase tickets here: https://naisa.ca/purchase-tickets/
Screening

Endosymbiosis By Robert Fantinatto


Sat 17 October 2020 7 - 9 pm
Endosymbiosis is a video and improvised electronic music performance by Robert Fantinatto and co-presented by Charles Street Video, New Adventures in Sound Art and Toronto Media Arts Centre. Endosymbiosis utilizes a variation on the technique of Liquid Light by replacing the overhead projector with a 4K video camera. The improvised music performed by Fantinatto uses a customized modular synthesizer along with slowed down water sounds. The performance will be live-streamed over YouTube with Q&A discussion taking place afterwards on the Whereby platform. "Endosymbiosis” evokes the transitional time when, 2 billion years ago, early simple bacterial life forms began to evolve into complex cells with internal organs. This came about when a simple cell engulfed another, the engulfed cell becoming a nucleus for the host cell and the eventual location of the first DNA molecules. This key event marks the beginnings of complex life that would eventually lead to the diverse biology known today. “Endosymbiosis” seeks to help viewers disengage with the information overload of today and transport the viewer back to the primal sensory landscape of our cellular origins. Much like the effect of gazing up at the night sky and contemplating the vastness of the cosmos can help one gain valuable perspective and help offset the manufactured stresses we as a species seem to burden ourselves with, “Endosymbiosis” invites the viewer to engage with the micro perspective of our primal cellular landscape. The visual component utilizes the technique of “Liquid Light”, a popular component of live concerts during the psychedelic era of the late 1960’s, where different dyes are added to a bath of water and mineral oil which is illuminated from below. Whereas traditional Liquid Light compositions would be projected using an old fashioned “overhead projector”, Fantinatto uses a 4K video camera with a macro lens to reveal very tiny movements of bubbles merging and dyes moving that create an ever changing sea of activity. Fantinatto will perform improvised music during the performance using a customized modular synthesizer that does not employ any computer control. This will be augmented by an aural soundscape of slowed down water sounds and white noise that will remind viewers of the experience of hearing when underwater. Online Location issued after Advance Registration. Link to video of Performance General $10, Students FREE, Optional Admission Fee Purchase tickets here: https://naisa.ca/purchase-tickets/
Screening + Exhibition

NATALIE WOOD, PERFORMING CHANGE exhibition


Thu 1 - Sat 31 October 2020
The exhibition will be open to the public at the John B, Aird gallery Wednesday to Friday 2 to 6 pm by appointment. Please email director@airdgallery.org to make arrangements. There is also a Projection entitled 'Time will Come" by Natalie Wood that can be viewed outside front entrance of The Toronto Media Arts Centre, 32 Lisgar St, from Oct 5 to Oct 31st from 6pm to 9pm.  Look in the window, it's above the cafe! Performing Change is presented by John B. Aird Gallery in partnership with Charles Street Video. Special thanks to  presenting partners: Toronto Media Arts Centre and Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. More detail may be found on the festival site by clicking here: https://scotiabankcontactphoto.com/.../natalie-wood.../ Originally planned for the annual Festival in May, this exhibition has been rescheduled due to COVID-19. Due to the pandemic the gallery will not be offering public engagement events but will produce an online PDF publication, comprising a foreword by Jowenne Herrera, intro-essay by exhibit curator, Carla Garnet, and interviews with the artist, Natalie Wood, conducted by Pamela Edmonds and Yaniya Lee, accompanied by images of the new photographs in the exhibit (as well as everyone’s bios). The Aird is working with CSV to live stream the artist’s spectral performance, Bakergram.  
Exhibition

Thaumaturgy Exhibit: Oct 2019-Oct2021


Thu 1 October 2020 10 am - 5 pm
 Artists: Jaene Castrillon, Danielle Hyde, Kate Meawasige “Thaumaturgy” will be a multi-media exhibition curated by Jaene F. Castrillon and presented at the Tangled Art Gallery in March 2020 as part of Images Festival. Four disability-identified artists of Indigenous heritage will combine their artistic vision and technology to interpret the four elements - Earth, Wind, Fire & Water. Each artist will use multimedia to change the physical space of the gallery into an altar of reverence for their respective element. In partnership with Tangled Arts, CSV is providing programming support, in-kind equipment, workshop support. October 2019 - October 2020 Danielle Hyde is a multi-disciplinary Indigenous artist whose work mingles traditional and non-traditional mediums, photography, and performance art. A storyteller, Danielle creates stories in different forms to acknowledge we are four-dimensional beings, connecting through our hearts, minds, bodies, and spirit operating in chorus with the seen and unseen Jaene F. Castrillon is a two spirit film-based multi-disciplinary artist who explores her relationship to the world through various spiritual teachings and the wisdom of the land. As first-generation settler to Turtle Island, she is a mixed race (indigenous Colombian/Hong Kong Chinese) queer woman of colour living with disabilities (psychiatric/physical/cognitive). Kate Meawasige is a self-taught Anishinaabe artist from Genaabajing (Serpent River First Nations), specializing in beadwork and quillwork. Kate mixes traditional Indigenous art forms with traditional ideas around trauma, healing, and harm reduction to create unique spaces for youth to heal.
Artist Talk

The Places We Must Stay: A Response to C_____


Wed 5 August 2020 6 - 7:30 pm
“We will learn to kiss and hold each other through the waves of the web. We will feed each other, re-distribute wealth, strike. We will understand our own importance from the places we must stay”. Moved by the call of writer Mimi Zhu, CSV invites media artists and curators across Canada for a “mid-pandemic check in”, responding to the ongoing transformation (or stagnation) of our communities confronting a worldwide pandemic. As artists, it is important to not only embrace but challenge the role of media as a form of change making, collective organizing and networking on both broader and individual scales. Now that most major cities are in the stages of “re-opening”, has this statement rung true? How much have we adapted and learned from our physical and energetic environments? In retrospect, what has been abandoned in the push to “go back to business”? In the same breath, how has digital media become an intrinsic source of human socialization and creative ingenuity? Has our world truly become more accessible? Have we truly “learn(ed) to hold each other through the waves of the web - from the places we must stay”? Join us on this panel with Jess Murwin, Melannie Monoceros, and Belinda Kwan, moderated by Samay Arcentales Cajas as they speak to lessons llearned and unlearned throughout this time. ********************* Accessibility: This event will be live captioned on Facebook and Youtube. For any questions please contact programming@charlesstreetvideo.com Check back here for a link to the YouTube Live ********************* Artist Bios melannie monoceros is a poet and interdisciplinary artist exploring polysensory production and somatic grief through text/ile. A Black, Taino-Arak, queer and chronically ill creator, they live in Treaty 1/Winnipeg, MB; home fo the Metis First Nation and the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Dene, Cree, Dakota, and Oji-Cree Nations. In 2019, melannie was awarded the JRG Emerging Artist Award for their continued pursuit, integrating technology and accessibility through film via their series “ancestoradio”. In 2020, melannie’s work can be found at Gallery 1C03 (University of Winnipeg) and Window Gallery (Winnipeg) and the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (Brandon, MB). Jess Murwin is a mixed nonbinary queer Mi'kmaw artist and curator currently based Montreal, Quebec. They received formal artistic training from Notre Dame de la Tilloye (France) and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Canada), as well as informal training on various sets, at artist centres and in workshops in Canada, Europe and India. Their work is largely community based, combining futurism and social engagement through a variety of mediums. As a programmer, they have worked for the Atlantic International Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, among others. Their focus in presenting films and media art works has always been to champion stories by female, LGBTQIA + and Indigenous filmmakers. They see this work as a critical way of reclaiming narrative spaces and as an important political and artistic act. They are currently directing a new media documentary as part of the National Film Board's “Who is Otherly?”and working with Indigenous youth. Belinda Kwan is a Chinese-Canadian settler curator interested in exhibitionary forms of critique, pedagogy, and advocacy. Her research-based practice explores how processes of knowledge translation and legitimization produce or influence transgenerational trauma. She has curated the work of locally and internationally-known artists for the Society of Literature, Science, and the Arts (US/Canada); Varley Art Gallery (Markham); Art Gallery of York University (Toronto); and Myseum of Toronto. Her projects have been featured in Canadian Art and CBC Arts. Currently, Kwan is a Co-Director at Bunker 2 Contemporary Art Container and an executive board member of Trinity Square Video (Toronto).
Artist Talk

Thirza Cuthand: Artist Talk and DIY Workshop


Thu 30 July 2020 6 - 7:30 pm
Video artist Thirza Cuthand gives an artist talk about her career spanning 25 years beginning with her DIY queer youth videos, experimental videos, and her adventures navigating the film industry the last few years. Her work often features Indigenous and Queer and 2 Spirit/Indigiqueer subject matter. More recently her work has been about political issues like artwashing, colonial resource extraction, and climate change. She will also discuss how her early DIY techniques can be applied to creating videos during COVID19, and introducing some contemporary means of DIY video creation. Bio: Born 1978, Regina, Canada. Since 1995 she has been making short experimental narrative videos and films about sexuality, madness, Queer identity and love, and Indigeneity, which have screened in festivals and galleries internationally. She completed her BFA majoring in Film and Video at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2005, and her Masters of Arts in Media Production at Ryerson University in 2015. She has also written three feature screenplays and has performed at Live At The End Of The Century in Vancouver, Queer City Cinema’s Performatorium in Regina, and 7a*11d in Toronto. In 2017 she won the Hnatyshyn Foundation’s REVEAL Indigenous Art Award. She is a Whitney Biennial 2019 artist. She is of Plains Cree and Scots descent, a member of Little Pine First Nation, and currently resides in Toronto, Canada. From Thirza (Filmmaker/Artist/Writer) Pronouns: She/Her I live on the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples. I come from Little Pine First Nation which is a signatory to Treaty Six. Treaty Six territory is the home of the Plains Cree, Woodland Cree, Blackfoot, Dene, Saulteaux, Dakota, Ojibwe and Métis people.
Screening + Artist Talk

Thaumaturgy: 4 Elements


Fri 17 April 2020 4 - 5:30 am
Charles Street Video in partnership with Tangled Arts + Disability, and Images Festival: Join us in for an online screening of newly commissioned films by the artists in this exhibition, followed by Q&A with Jaene F. Castrillon moderated by Sean Lee on April 17th at 4pm. Through the art and science of “wonder-working”, Thaumaturgy generates an immersive and participatory call to action to fight for the future of our planet’s well being. Animated through the respective art forms of 4 Indigenous Disabled artists; the 4 Elements of Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water meet at a juncture of ceremony and sacred spaces for feeling and healing. Tobacco, Sage, Cedar, and Sweetgrass work to resist the formalities of a gallery, giving way to living tableaus that tie together the four elemental installations. In paying homage to the land and the place we call home, we come back to our base teachings of love and respect to show the “wonders” of our environment and the ability each of us has to reshape our future with our own hands. —Jaene F. Castrillon • • • • • Date: Friday, April 17th, 2020 Time: Screening at 4pm, Q + A at 5pm Join in through this link: https://imagesfestival.com/programs/live Event Link: https://imagesfestival.com/programs/thaumaturgy:-4-elements The screening will be close captioned and audio described. Danielle Hyde is a multi-disciplinary Indigenous artist whose work mingles traditional and non-traditional mediums, photography, and performance art. A storyteller, Danielle creates stories in different forms to acknowledge we are four-dimensional beings, connecting through our hearts, minds, bodies, and spirit operating in chorus with the seen and unseen Jaene F. Castrillon is a two spirit film-based multi-disciplinary artist who explores her relationship to the world through various spiritual teachings and the wisdom of the land. As first-generation settler to Turtle Island, she is a mixed race (indigenous Colombian/Hong Kong Chinese) queer woman of colour living with disabilities (psychiatric/physical/cognitive). Kate Meawasige is a self-taught Anishinaabe artist from Genaabajing (Serpent River First Nations), specializing in beadwork and quillwork. Kate mixes traditional Indigenous art forms with traditional ideas around trauma, healing, and harm reduction to create unique spaces for youth to heal. Louis Esmé practices traditional tattooing, writing, beading, drawing, pottery, and curation. They are a co-founding member of Titiesg Wîcinímintôwak // Bluejays Dancing Together, currently working on Kindling, an Indigenous LGBTQ2S arts research project. Louis is a Mi’kmaq, Acadian, and Irish non-binary person with multiple disabilities.
Event

CSV is Closing Due to COVID-19


Mon 16 March 2020 9 - 9 pm
CSV Community and Supporters, In the wake of the on-going developments regarding the COVID 19 pandemic, Charles Street Video and the TMAC facility as a whole will remain closed until further notice. We hope that all our members and those in the community-at-large remain safe. At CSV, we are working on adapting our programs to the current needs. We wish you all well and look forward to welcoming you back to the facility as soon as we are able to. Please adhere to the recommendations for helping to diminish the possibility of spreading the Covid-19 virus. If you have any questions, concerns, or even ideas/suggestions as to how we can support and/or activate our programming as an artist run centre, please let us know! If you have questions feel free to contact us at csv@charlesstreetvideo.com
Artist Talk

Dying to Learn


Fri 28 February 2020 7 - 10:30 pm
A Mad Students Panel is presented as event programming for Love My Dysfunctions — an immersive exhibition by Rebecca Sweets.
Exhibition

Love My Dysfunctions Opening and Exhibition!


Thu 13 - Sat 29 February 2020
 LOVE MY DYSFUNCTIONS by Rebecca Sweets is an immersive installation which explores her mad, neurodivergent + disabled identity through the lens of executive dysfunction, a dominant symptom of ADHD. The exhibition is concerned with social constructs of dysfunction, within the context of “higher education” that normalizes neurotypicality by reinforcing systemic ableist, sanist, and capitalist modes of existence. 'LOVE MY DYSFUNCTIONS' by Rebecca Sweets is presented by the Margin of Eras Gallery, in collaboration with Charles Street Video. Opening Reception | February 13th, 2019 from 7-9pm Exhibition Dates | February 14th – February 29th Gallery Hours | Monday to Friday from 10-6pm, Saturdays from 12-5pm Location | Charles Street Video, located in Toronto Media Arts Centre (32 Lisgar Street, 2nd Floor). Review of Exhibition! ABOUT REBECCA SWEETS Rebecca Sweets is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist, troublemaker, and doll collector. Through vulnerable, exploratory and immersive techniques, her mediums combine tangible, performative, and interactive storytelling. Her work involves themes of mixed race identity, digital intimacy, and radical empathy at the intersection of disability justice, mad pride and neurodiversity. - Poster design by Rabeea Syed. ------ Accessibility Information: Toronto Media Arts Centre is a fully accessible venue. Learn more about the building's accessibility features at: https://policies.tomediaarts.org/procedure-manual/policies/accessibility We intend for all MOEG-produced events to be a safe space for people of all races, genders, abilities, ages, cultures, and sexualities. Any form of discrimination including, but not limited to racist, homophobic, transphobic, sexist language or behaviour will not be tolerated. If at any time you are made to feel uncomfortable or unsafe, please let one of our team members know, or email marginoferasgallery@gmail.com CUE is a radical arts initiative dedicated to providing funding and support for new-generation artists who live and work on the margins in Toronto. Since 2008, the initiative has provided almost $300,000 in high-access grants to support the creation of more than 290 art projects. FOLLOW CUE on.... Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CUE-154581214682665/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/CUEToronto For more, please visit www.cueartprojects.ca The Margin of Eras Gallery is a project of CUE: a multidisciplinary arts space dedicated to showcasing the work of new generation artists aged 15-29 who live and work on the margins. Some of the most important artwork is being created by artists who experience social, cultural, and economic marginalization, and systemic barriers can preclude many relevant artists from contributing to our cultural narrative. The MOEG is a space to engage with these artists and their work--an environment where communities that have been excluded within the arts can be recognized and represented. FOLLOW THE MOEG on... Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theMOEG Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/themoeg Twitter: https://twitter.com/theMOEG E-mail: marginoferasgallery@gmail.com Website: https://www.marginoferasgallery.ca
Party

CSV Holiday Video Chuck


Thu 12 December 2019 6:30 - 10 pm
CSV members are invited to bring along short film, video and interactive work to showcase. Video Chuck is a chance to bring together our community, socialize, network, and highlight the work of our members.
Exhibition

Moment Variations Exhibition


Mon 2 - Fri 20 December 2019
Opening Dec 12, 7pm-10pm Mon–Fri 10am–5pm Sat 7 and 14 Dec 1pm-5pm In physics, one definition of a moment is the rotation of an object being acted on by an external force. In this exhibition, we present a set of abstract visual music pieces that together make up a set of moment variations—a series of problems exploring what would happen if different forces were to act on the target object. In our case, the object is a camera. Each piece here, no matter what the camera, technique, or medium (in a collection of two artists’ work that in total spans 26 years, from VHS to 4K) was shot with a camera in some kind of continuous motion. Usually the camera is handheld (Dumb Abstraction No. 1), but sometimes it’s inside a vehicle (Traffic Flow I), recording in timelapse (Elegy), using a virtual camera in a game world (Arachnye), or all three at once (Traffic Flow III). Sometimes the technical process being explored is allowed to continuously feed outputs back into inputs (Traffic Flow II), and sometimes it’s deliberately interrupted in order to break the output (Demolition 1). And in all of these, we didn’t know what the end result would be when we began the experiment. Artist Bios: Nick Fox-Gieg is an animator and developer based in Toronto. Most recently, he’s been working on XR projects at NYT T Brand Studio, the University of Waterloo, Google Creative Lab, and Framestore; his awards include a 2017 Engadget Alternate Realities grant, Eyebeam and Fulbright Fellowships, and the jury prize for Best Animated Short at SXSW 2010. His work has also been shown at the Ottawa, Rotterdam, and TIFF film festivals, at the Centre Pompidou, and on CBC TV; his practice has been supported by grants from Bravo!FACT, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the arts councils of Ontario, Pennsylvania, Toronto, and West Virginia. Fox-Gieg holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. Dumb Abstraction is an ongoing video and photography project by Meagan Williams, a self-taught video artist based in Toronto. Meagan holds a BA (Hons) in Political Studies from Queen’s University, an MA in Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan, and an LLB from Western Law. She was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2013, and practices civil litigation at the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. She shares her video and photography experiments on Instagram and Twitter @dumbabstraction.
Party

I Can Better Explain This Way


Sat 26 October 2019 5 - 7 pm
Openning Reception: Saturday October 26, 5pm to 7pm Exibition Times:  Monday to Friday October 28 to November 3rd, 10am to 5pm The vulnerability we need to find our voice is powerfully articulated in I can better explain this way. Concluding MANY for 2019, the exhibit presents the work of ten youth from Syria, Nigeria, Eritrea, Sudan, and Egypt. Demonstrating criticality, cautious optimism, and an activist spirit, the young artists explore how and why they are settling in Toronto as well as the challenges they are working through.  In its second year, MANY is a media art creation program of ACCT and Charles Street Video that ran from July to October 2019. It reduces barriers to media art creation, supports youth with tailored workshops and one-on-one mentorship by culturally affiliated artists, and works towards promoting the capabilities that youth value. This project is supported through Toronto Arts Council Strategic Funding. Youth Adnan Saffaf Alma Hourani Emmanuella Ewuruigwe Eniola Joy Adeoye Fowzia Suleman Hager Nanaa Mohamed Abdu Omar Ahmed  Philip Otuije Precious Fikayomi Artist Mentors Daniel Ousta Jabbour Ebti Nabag Program Coordinator Kasia Knap
Event

Missing You


Fri 25 October 2019 7 - 9 am
A Charles Street Video Exhibition Oct. 25 - Nov. 16 in the Toronto Media Arts Centre 32 Lisgar St. Toronto, ON M6J 0C9 ​Opening Reception: Oct. 25, 6-9 PM (hors d'oeuvres and drinks) Presenting Partner: The Toronto Media Arts Centre (www.tomediaarts.org) ​Missing You exhibition hours: Monday-Friday 10 AM - 5 PM and Saturdays: November 2 and 16 1-5 PM Accessibility Info Robin Pacific photographed 70 people, each in a special place that has meaning for them, and then asked them a series of questions about their own death.  Visual artist and editor Dennis Day made a video of all 70 people, their thoughts about their demise, their images, the music they would like played at their funeral, and their world without them in it. No two people had the same vision of the afterlife – or lack of an afterlife. Each idea for a memorial and for a legacy was unique. Their words are funny and sad, honest and thought-provoking. ​ About Robin: Robin Pacific‘s work has spanned thirty years and a wide variety of media. In addition to writing personal and critical essays, she has produced artworks in a variety of media encompassing painting, drawing, video, installation, performance, and numerous community based collaborations. In 2012 Robin completed a Diploma in Spiritual Direction at Regis College in the Toronto School of Theology, and now practices Spiritual Direction one day a week. She holds a PhD in English Literature from York University and a Masters in Theological Studies from Regis College. She is currently enrolled in the University of Kings College MFA in Creative Nonfiction.
Event

The Hair Scarf Project


Thu 19 September 2019 5 - 8 pm
Join us for the opening of Hair Scarf Project at Charles Street Video. Monica Mak (documentary filmmaker) and Shiva Shoeybi (mixed media artist) have joined forces to create The Hair Project. This collaborative mixed media work combines fabric-based art with documentary video installation. Through the fusion of these media forms, we reflect on the internal versus external constructions of female appearance, the lived experiences of three Muslim women of different ages and backgrounds, who choose to wear. Shiva has designed two head scarves, each with a highly stylized hair design print. Both have been made entirely from artificial hair, intricately woven. Monica has documented each of the women’s experiences in short documentary segments. Together these disparate media forms will inhabit the CSV exhibit space, functioning as the threshold between the public and private spheres. On the one hand, the intimacy of the space and the quiet viewing experience will enhance the women’s personal stories told through documentary media; on the other hand, the room’s function as a space for the viewing public will relate to our fascination with the public gaze on the female body. September 19 - October 12 Opening: Thursday, Sept 19, 5pm to 8pm Regular Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday - 10am to 5pm Weekend Viewings with the Artist(s) present: Saturday, September 21st **by appointment only Saturday, September 28th **by appointment only.  Saturday, October 5 **by appointment only. Saturday, October 12 **by appointment only. The artist will meet you outside the entrance of the Toronto Media Arts centre. Please request a view by emailing greg@charlesstreetvideo.com and call 416-603-6564 when you arrive:  
Artist Talk

Arts Intersections


Fri 16 August 2019 6 - 9 pm
SOUND, MEDIA, AND DISABILITY Charles Street Video is proud to present a night with media artists lwrds and Stefana Fratila. Please join us, as they lead participants through an artist talk followed by a workshop. Participants of the workshop are encouraged to bring ideas they are developing for a media-based work so that, as a group, they can discuss how to create work and installations that are more accessible to different bodies. This event is free and everyone is welcome to participate in the workshop. Schedule: Artist Talk: 6pm - 7pm Workshop: 7:30pm - 9pm Art Intersections Meetup is a meeting place for artists, moving image-makers, gamers and technologists who are experimenting with art-related digital content and how the moving image is presented in a connected world. Digital culture, social media and networks encourage new ways of storytelling, image making, idea sharing and collaboration. This Meetup celebrates artists and innovators who are embracing change leading the next wave of creativity. lwrds: lwrds (pronounced ‘lords’) is an interdisciplinary artist developing critically-engaged work that celebrates and centers the liberation of 2-Spirit, non-binary, queer, trans, intersex, Black, Indigenous, racialized, and invisibilized peoples everywhere. lwrds’ work responds to their personal journey of healing sexual trauma at the intersections of gender variance, blackness and indigeneity (complicated by an imposed latinidad they reject due to its colonial underpinnings), and disability for reasons of neurodivergence and chronic illness. A born storyteller with a deep commitment to healing personal and collective traumas, their material approach is an intuitive process of learning with other non-human beings, valuing energetic exchanges with all that exists. Stefana Fratila: Stefana Fratila is a Romanian-born, Toronto-based artist, DJ and writer. Her work examines the act of bearing witness through public interventions, performances, sound and video installations. Interested in interrogating the relationship between memory and the body, she often incorporates her own experiences with disability and chronic illness. Her current work focuses on how sound waves might be perceived by human ears as they travel through the different atmospheres of our solar system and will culminate in eight open-source VST plug-ins created for digital audio workstations (DAWs). ACCESSIBILITY *At TMAC all events and offices are located on the second and third floors, accessible via an elevator just inside the entrance. Interior galleries and event spaces are barrier-free. Visit the TMAC website for additional policies on accessibility. *ASL available upon request. *If you have any accessibility concerns, please contact us at workshops@charlesstreetvideo.com, or 416-603-6564, for further information about support.
Event

Still Life with a Suitcase


Thu 25 July 2019 7 - 10 pm
An interactive multimedia installation and linoprints of imagined places
Artist Talk

WATER FALL ARTIST TALK


Thu 30 May 2019 6:20 - 8:20 pm
The Aird Gallery and Charles Street Video invites you to the final talk for: Annette Mangaard's "Water Fall: A Cinematic Installation" With an introduction by exhibition curator Carla Garnet. Holding a masters in interdisciplinary media, art and design, Annette Mangaard’s current research focuses on the interconnectedness between our health and our stewardship of the world’s natural resources with an emphasis on water. Carla Garnet is the director and curator of the John B. Aird Gallery and the JOUEZ curator for the annual BIG on Bloor Festival of Arts and Culture in Toronto. She has worked as the curator at the Art Gallery of Peterborough (2010-2013), as a guest curator at Gallery Stratford (2009-2010), as an independent curator (1997-2010), and was the founder and director of Garnet Press Gallery (1984-97). Garnet holds an associate diploma from the Ontario College of Art and Design and a masters degree in art history from York University. Presented by John B. Aird Gallery in partnership with Charles Street Video. ARTIST BIO Annette Mangaard is a Danish-born Canadian artist, photographer and filmmaker whose work has been shown internationally at art galleries, cinematheques and film festivals. Installations include: Armoury Gallery, Olympic Site Sydney, Australia; Pearson International Airport, Toronto; South-on Sea, Liverpool and Manchester, UK; Universidad Nacional de Río Negro, Argentina; and Whitefish Lake, First Nations. Mangaard, has had retrospectives in Berlin, Buenos Aires and Vancouver. International screenings include: The Experimental Film Coalition, Chicago, The Collective for Living Cinema, NewYork, the SESC de Pompeia, Sao Paolo, B, Ozfun Australian Tour, Ann Arbour, Toronto International Film Festival, Vancouver Film Festival, National Gallery of Canada, Asolo Art Film Festival, Italy, DOCSDF Mexico City, Hot Doc’s, and Millenium, New York. A recipient of numerous arts awards including Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council, Mangaard has participated as a juror for the Governor Generals Awards in Visual Art and sat on many boards including as Chair of Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival. CURATOR BIO Carla Garnet is the Director and Curator of the John B. Aird Gallery and the JOUEZ curator for the annual BIG on Bloor Festival of Arts and Culture in Toronto. She has worked as the curator at the Art Gallery of Peterborough (2010-2013), as a guest curator at Gallery Stratford (2009-2010), as an independent curator (1997-2010), and was the founder and director of Garnet Press Gallery (1984-97). Garnet holds an Associate Diploma from the Ontario College of Art and Design and a Master’s Degree in Art History from York University. Garnet is interested in the politics of the art exhibition and its potential to function as a common—a public space for dialogue. Her curatorial area of interest engages with an exploration of work that presents the possibility of existing simultaneously in many tenses or occupying more than one subject position at once, or both as way to open up a space for greater empathy. For Garnet, an artwork’s significance is tied up with an ability to say what otherwise might be unsayable. CONTACT 2019 showcases an outstanding selection of Canadian and international lens-based artists. The Festival’s Core Exhibitions are comprised of collaborations with major museums, galleries, and artist-run centres as well as site-specific public art projects. These are cultivated through partnerships and commissions, and frame the cultural, social, and political events of our times. The Featured and Open Call Exhibitions present a range of works by local and international artists at leading galleries and alternative spaces across the city. The Festival also includes a wide range of Programs including a book fair, a symposium, lectures, talks, panels, and workshops. CONTACT exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public, with some exceptions at major museums.
Event

Mayworks Festival of Working Peoples


Fri 24 May 2019 3 pm - 3 am
About Mayworks: Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts strives to incite the creation and production of art that engages diverse artists and workers at the intersection of culture, economics and social justice. Mayworks showcases working people’s art, and promotes artists-as-workers and workers-as-artists. They operate within an anti-oppressive framework that prioritizes the representation and participation of artists and audiences from equity-seeking groups. About All-or-none: The act of sitting, pausing is a central fixture in the navigation of the fatigued body in spaces of capitalism; the body that must wait for energy to return before moving again, amidst an affluent and sterile re-sculpting of downtown public space that echos violent community displacement, where one must pay to sit, pay to transit, pay to pee, pay to pause. Named for Henry Bowditch’s cardiological phenomenon, all-or-none is a triptych of found & furnished space, reflecting that a heart beat is a set of three: beat-beat, pause, chair, chair, chess table. Every placed object has the potential to be re/moved; a reflection on the timed disappearance expected of bodies themselves. Come make up space with us. Often found marrying poetry with large-scale sculptural forms, Parkdale resident jes sasche addresses the negotiations of bodies moving in public/private space and the work of their care. Their large-scale video loop will play alongside all-or-none, a site specific installation of furniture found in Parkdale parking lots. CSV is providing technical support and presentation gear.
Artist Talk

WATER FALL: A CINEMATIC INSTALLATION PANEL #2


Thu 23 May 2019 6 - 8 pm
Annette Mangaard, Netami Stuart, Walter Kehm Moderated by: Jane Weninger The Aird Gallery and Charles Street Video invites you to the second of three panels for: Annette Mangaard's "Water Fall: A Cinematic Installation" A panel discussion concerning: water, flood-plains, wetlands and the future of our city. ‘Can art initiate discussion and bring about change in public policy?’, with artist Annette Mangaard and Waterfront Toronto Senior Project Manager, Parks, Netami Stuart and founding member of the Landscape Research Group at the University of Guelph AND expert in sustainable community development, parks and recreational design, waterfront regeneration, Walter Kehm, moderated by senior planner with the City of Toronto Planning Division responsible for natural heritage system planning and policy development, Jane Weninger. Curated by Carla Garnet, Annette Mangaard’s Water Fall: A Cinematic Installation is an exploration of water as both an environmental and a conceptual issue. Using footage sourced from several geological locations — a glacier in Patagonia, a melting iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland, and tidal pools off the East and West coasts of Canada — Mangaard disrupts the conventions of nature movies to reflect on environmental stewardship from an affective standpoint. The result is a space where viewers might reflect on escalating climate change and the emotional states it provokes at a time when water — its presence and its lack — is ever more visible and charged within ecological and conceptual environments. CONTACT 2019 showcases an outstanding selection of Canadian and international lens-based artists. The Festival’s Core Exhibitions are comprised of collaborations with major museums, galleries, and artist-run centres as well as site-specific public art projects. These are cultivated through partnerships and commissions, and frame the cultural, social, and political events of our times. The Featured and Open Call Exhibitions present a range of works by local and international artists at leading galleries and alternative spaces across the city. The Festival also includes a wide range of Programs including a book fair, a symposium, lectures, talks, panels, and workshops. CONTACT exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public, with some exceptions at major museums.
Screening + Exhibition

MY STILL LIFE OPENING w Tess Payne


Tue 21 May 2019 7 - 10 pm
 After a little hiatus, (video artist) Tess Payne is back with a new video - "My Still Life: A Tableau" (10 min.) - a "reflection on aging, infrastructure and erasure." It's a visual, poetic (and even funny) look at 30 years of living and renting in Toronto's inner city.  VIDEO MY STILL LIFE is a visual and poetic reflection on aging, infrastructure and erasure. Heading into retirement - or "colours of nothingness" - Tess Payne playfully confronts life in Toronto's inner city as a renter and a single woman. Presented as an ever changing tableau, her day-to-day activities are framed within the relentless transformation - into "real estate" - of what she tenuously refers to as home. (10 min. HD) PHOTOS & VERSE A collection of 10 photo-based images with a poetic text printed on each surface. The images are culled from lived experiences, and the poetic texts speak to personal reflections, from owning a pet, to aging, to everyday rituals in an old, downtown Toronto apartment. (10 mounted & framed Chromira prints) The exbibition runs from May 21-26 from 10am to 6pm.
Artist Talk

WATER FALL: A CINEMATIC INSTALLATION PANEL #1


Thu 16 May 2019 6 - 8 pm
The Aird Gallery and Charles Street Video invites you to the first of three panels for: Annette Mangaard's "Water Fall: A Cinematic Installation" RSVP here! The first panel takes place this Thursday May 16, 6 to 8 p.m. at Charles Street Video, Toronto Media Arts Centre, 32 Lisgar St on the 2nd Floor. This three-way conversation asks, ‘How do artists take scientific knowledge and use/transform it within their artistic endeavours in order to create real meaning and impact?’, featuring renowned Toronto multi-disciplinary artist Annette Mangaard, prize-winning Canadian author, Christopher Dewdney, whose latest book is: "18 Miles: The Epic Drama of Our Atmosphere and Its Weather" and multidisciplinary artist and OCAD-U professor Simone Jones who works with film, video, sculpture and electronics. Christopher Dewdney is the author of five books of non-fiction as well as eleven books of poetry. A four-time nominee for the Governor General's Award he won first-prize in the CBC Literary Competition for poetry and was awarded the Harbourfront Festival Prize, given in recognition of his contribution to Canadian literature. His non-fiction book, Acquainted With The Night; Excursions into the World After Dark, was nominated for both a Governor General's Award and The Charles Taylor Prize for non-fiction, and was published in six countries. Dewdney appeared in the critically acclaimed film, Poetry in Motion, and an adaptation of his book, Acquainted With the Night, was released as a feature documentary by Markham Street Films in 2010. The movie garnered a Gemini award in 2011. His most recent non-fiction title, 18 Miles: The Epic Drama of our Atmosphere and its Weather, was published by ECW in 2018. Dewdney teaches creative writing and poetics at York University in Toronto. Simone Jones is a multidisciplinary artist and educator based in Toronto. Jones' recent video work entitled "Intercept-Call-Response" is a portrait of her father set against the backdrop of his memory loss and the history of digital computing. Jones' work has been exhibited nationally and internationally with exhibitions at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts (NYC), Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Annette Mangaard is a Danish-born Canadian artist, photographer and filmmaker whose work has been shown internationally at art galleries, cinematheques and film festivals. Installations include: Armoury Gallery, Olympic Site Sydney, Australia; Pearson International Airport, Toronto; South-on Sea, Liverpool and Manchester, UK; Universidad Nacional de Río Negro, Argentina; and Whitefish Lake, First Nations. Mangaard, has had retrospectives in Berlin, Buenos Aires and Vancouver. International screenings include: The Experimental Film Coalition, Chicago, The Collective for Living Cinema, NewYork, the SESC de Pompeia, Sao Paolo, B, Ozfun Australian Tour, Ann Arbour, Toronto International Film Festival, Vancouver Film Festival, National Gallery of Canada, Asolo Art Film Festival, Italy, DOCSDF Mexico City, Hot Doc’s, and Millenium, New York. A recipient of numerous arts awards including Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council, Mangaard has participated as a juror for the Governor Generals Awards in Visual Art and sat on many boards including as Chair of Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival.
Screening + Artist Talk + Party

Water Fall: A Cinematic Installation


Thu 9 May 2019 6 - 9 am
A primary exhibition for the 2019 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Presented in partnership with the John B. Aird Gallery and Charles Street Video
Meeting

CSV Annual General Meeting


Tue 7 May 2019 6:30 - 8:30 pm
 NOTICE OF ANNUAL CHARLES STREET VIDEO MEETING OF MEMBERS! Notice is hereby given that the annual meeting of the members of Charles St. Video and Performing Arts Society (hereinafter called “CSV”) will be held at 32 Lisgar (at the Toronto Media Arts Centre - second floor), Toronto, Ontario on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 at the hour of 6:30 p.m. (local time) for the following purposes: AGENDA: 1. To consider and, if thought fit, to confirm with or without amendment, the AGM agenda. 2. To consider and, if thought fit, to confirm, with or without amendment, the minutes of the previous annual general meeting of members of CSV 3. To consider the report from the President of the board of directors. 4. To consider the report from the Treasurer of the board of directors and to review the financial statements of the Society as at July 31, 2018. 5. To consider the reports from the Managers. 6. To elect directors. 7. To confirm and appoint the auditor. 8. To transact such further and other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment or adjournments thereof. The Minutes and Financial Statements referred to in Agenda items 2 and 3 above are available upon request during office hours, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. A copy will also be sent to any member who requests it. DATED at Toronto, Ontario the 2nd of May, 2019. charlesstreetvideo.com 416.603.6564 The Toronto Media Arts Centre (2nd floor) 32 Lisgar Street, Toronto, Ontario M6J 0C9 Canada Charles Street Video acknowledges the generous support from our public funders. The Canada Council for the Arts, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Unsubscribe
Event

The Smiling Room Spring Exhibition


Thu 2 May 2019 5 - 10 pm
 Join us for a two week exhibition of The Smiling Room - an immersive multimedia installation where 100+ LGBTQ2S explore & deconstruct Queer & Trans happiness within struggle via multi-channel video and audio installation, screening stations with interactive single channel interviews, and artifacts from our community filming events. Opening Night reception: May 2nd, 5:00-10:00pm. Accessibility: Transit to TMAC via the southbound Ossington kneeling bus & 5 min walking/wheeling along the Queen street sidewalk which has curb ramps. The space is accessible by ramp and elevator. The installation includes video, audio & video-interviews with closed captions as well as areas for standing and sitting. We invite everyone to help us keep this a scent-free event.
Screening + Party

“i am happy here, now”:


Sat 15 December 2018 5 - 7 pm
Exhibition Times - 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday from December 4 to  December 14 Closing Party - 5pm to 7pm on Saturday, December 15. Resilience, strength, and the determination to make things better mark the stories of “i am happy here, now”. As a culmination of Media Art for Newcomer Youth (MANY), the exhibition presents the independent works of nine newcomer youth from Nigeria, Sudan, Syria, and Iraq. In these projects, youth explore how they negotiate their sense of self during a time of rapid change, adolescence and (re)settlement. MANY is a five-month pilot program of the Arab Community Centre of Toronto and Charles Street Video. It reduced barriers to media art creation, supported youth through tailored workshops and one-on-one mentoring by culturally affiliated artists, and worked towards promoting the capabilities that youth value. This project is supported through Toronto Arts Council Strategic Funding. Youth Bayan Abdelkarim Chioma Okogbue Jesse West Majd Alsheblaq Mary Osuiwu Pelumi Kehinde Reem Zeyada Temy Ibikunle Zahraa Wohaib Artist Mentors Ebti Nabag Jawa El Khash Daniel Ousta Jabbour Program Coordinator: Kasia Knap
Party

Holiday Video Chuck!


Wed 12 December 2018 6:30 - 10 pm
'Tis the season for CSV's HOLIDAY VIDEO CHUCK ('n shuck)! Bring your friends, family, or cat and enjoy an evening of snacks, drinks and good hearted frivolity. Members are invited to bring along short film, video and interactive work to showcase. Video Chuck is a chance to bring together our community, socialize, network, and highlight CSV members' work.
Screening

'Art Thieves' Installation


Fri 10 August 2018 12 - 6 pm
Charles Street Video presents Art Thieves Video Installation by CSV member Gunilla Josephson TMAC Toronto Media Arts Centre, 32 Lisgar Street, 2d floor [Dovercourt and Queen], along side the SummerWorks Performance Festival 2018.   Gallery Hours: Friday Aug 10th 12pm-6 pm Saturday Aug 11th 12-6pm Sunday Aug 12th 12-6pm Monday Aug 13th 12-9pm Tuesday Aug 14th 12-9pm Wedn Aug 15th 12-9pm Thursday Aug 16th 12-6pm Friday Aug 17th 12-6pm Saturday Aug 18th 12-6pm Monday Aug 21st 12-5pm Tuesday Aug 22nd 12-5pm Wedn Aug 23rd 12-5pm Thursday Aug 24th 12-5pm Friday Aug 25th 12-5 pm Saturday Aug 27th 12-6pm Art Thieves 18 minutes. Stereo mix Concept, production Gunilla Josephson Performers Anna-Lena Johansson, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay Camera Lewis DeSoto Gunilla Josephson casts a critical eye on the orthodox consensus that looking at art is good for you but that only some people know what art is and is not. A couple of art specialists arrive in the late baroque melancholy of a semi-abandoned art museum somewhere in France. They set up camp in the museum, catch fish from the windows, have dinner with a bird and proceed to examine the collection. Using a variety of peculiar instruments they measure, dissect, excavate and interfere with the art. Amongst the gilded frames and forlorn second-rate art collection a small museum guard with a very large dog wanders by, somebody cycles through the galleries, a voyeur stalks and peeps, an employee sweeps, while floors creak, doors open and close, somebody sings and the art transforms. Who are the Art Thieves? What is their task? Were they sent? By whom? What are they doing with such determination? Are they there to expose the hidden internal assumptions and contradictions and to unsettle/sabotage the apparent significance and unity of an art institution? Are they saboteurs? Art specialists? Artists, or curators? A Case of Life Imitating Art. Shortly after Art Thieves was filmed with permission February 3-5. 2007 at an art museum (anonymous) in Normandy, France, I got the news that the Director of the gallery had been fired and charged with art theft. Consequently I was asked to withdraw the video scheduled for a solo exhibition of the video for Festival les Boréales in Caen, Normandy, opening November 21, 2008. As a result the show features instead a printed series of a Wanted Poster for the lost Art Thieves (video), designed by PARK STUDIO in London, UK, http://www.park-studio.com Artist Statement My approach to moving image incorporates the aesthetics of painting/sculpture and the conventions of film style, while pushing the boundaries of both. I am interested in the intersection between structure and chaos within the realm of video as a form of media art. Juxtapositions such as: order and disorder, the planned versus the improvised, as well as the relationship between the performer and the amateur. My work within and outside of these intersections transcends the boundaries and rules governing how moving images are meant to be viewed. This subversion behaves as a visual language that further enhances the meaning of the work for the viewer, once it is decoded. From the actions of the performers, through my own use of the video camera, as well as the editing process, I am working to disrupt norms. My aim is to challenge systems, actively resist the tyranny of orthodoxy and have my work serve as a commentary on this process. In the production and post-production process, I work in a way that exploits unbridled emotion and marries it to abstraction. I challenge the accepted conventions of art as an entertainment that is well-behaved. Artist Biography Gunilla Josephson is a Swedish artist who lives and works in Toronto since 1993. She has a BA in Social Science from Stockholm University and a MFA in 1986 from The University of Fine Arts and Design.  Josephson’s videos have been featured in MEETINGS - Video and Performance Festival 2017, Jutland, Denmark; in VOICES: Artists on Art, Harbourfront Galleries, Toronto; at Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art [solo]; Rodman Hall art Centre [solo] in Saint Catherines, Ontario, at Ryerson Centre, Toronto, at SAW Video in Ottawa,; at The Winnipeg Art Gallery, at MSVU Art Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia; in the video screening series ‘Canadian Experimental Films & Videos of the 1990’s’; highlighted in The UK/Canada Video Exchange at South London Art Gallery, London, UK; at the Hull Centre for Time-Based Art; at LUX Cinema, London, UK, at The Stuttgarter Winterfest; The Kassel Dokumentarfilm & Videofest, Germany, 2001; International Short Film Festival Oberhausen [Awarded the Festival Prize]; at Toronto Images Festival, Toronto in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009; in Canadian Currents at the Goethe Institute, Toronto; The Independents, Cinematheque Ontario; at Video Inn, Vancouver; Cinematographe Montreal; Video Archaeology Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria, Moderna and Femmedia-International Film and Video Festival, both in Stockholm, Sweden.
Artist Talk

Ambisonics for Facebook and YouTube


Thu 26 July 2018 7 - 9 pm
Description This workshop explores how we can create soundscapes for headphones that give the impression of space, or what we typically understand to be surround sound. However we will go one step further and learn how to generate these soundscapes for use on Facebook and YouTube, both of which support this with the intention of being used in virtual reality. Why Attend You are looking to learn more about ambisonics but don’t know where to begin You have researched this topic in the past but never found any information in the English language, readable by humans. You understand ambisonics but know nothing about how they fit in with Facebook and YouTube Who Should Attend Artists in the areas of sound and video. Field recording enthusiasts. People who enjoy acquiring new skills and have no attachment to where these new ideas will take them in life. What’s Going to Happen Soundhacker Elliott will be dividing the session up into two sections. The first half will deal with the Ambisonics, specifically in the audio editor Reaper, which is available for free. The second half of the session will then move over to the Facebook Spatial Workstation, as well as a look at YouTube’s support for this technology. This workshop will cover: Working with 360 degree sources of audio Synthesizing your own 360 degree soundscapes using mono sounds Encoding and Decoding Facebook Spatial Workstation and YouTube’s support for Ambisonics It is recommended attendees bring their laptops to work along. Installing Reaper ahead of time is a good idea, and more specific instructions will be sent the week of the workshop. Bonus: Attendees of this workshop will receive a concise eBook summarizing all the information after the event. This will be available to non-attendees for the price of $10. About the presenter: Elliott Fienberg is a sound artist and composer who has been organizing the Soundhackers meetup for over four years. His most recent project was producing the music and sound design for Orphan Black: The Game. Price of the workshop: $12 early bird (goes up to $15 on July 1st) Limited to 20 attendees Tickets available here!
Screening + Party

Video Chuck: Summer Fun @ TMAC


Wed 18 July 2018 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Video Chuck is a chance to bring together our community, socialize, network, and highlight CSV members' work.
Artist Talk + Party

Share Tech: 360 Cameras


Wed 27 June 2018 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Share Tech events are themed evenings that focus on sharing knowledge and offering a brief overview of some of the most relevant gear to contemporary media art production.
Meeting + Artist Talk

Sound Hackers Meetup!


Wed 30 May 2018 7 - 9:30 pm
Turn ANYTHING into an Electronic Musical Instrument.
Meeting + Artist Talk

RE:COLLECTIONS


Sat 28 April 2018 10 am - 5 pm
How do we take the idea of an archive, and its difficult, racist, exclusionary history, and turn it around? How can it become an opportunity where our personal and political histories shine in all their complexities? Re:collections brings Indigenous artists and artists of colour to share how their work engages, re-frames and re-defines the archive. Whether the archive is a collection in a formal memory institution or a recently dusted off basement find. Re:collecitons is made in partnership with Charles Street Video and Toronto Media Arts Centre.  Join us at Re:collections for discussions on archiving and counter-archiving. Saturday April 28th, 2018 at the Toronto Media Arts Centre (32 Lisgar Street) FREE ADMISSION, CHILDCARE and LUNCH provided Register Here This more about the Home Made Visible (HMV) Project here
Meeting

CSV Annual General Meeting!


Wed 11 April 2018 6:30 - 8:30 pm
 NOTICE OF ANNUAL CHARLES STREET VIDEO MEETING OF MEMBERS Notice is hereby given that the annual meeting of the members of Charles St. Video and Performing Arts Society (hereinafter called “CSV”) will be held at the Toronto Media Arts Centre, 36 Lisgar Street (near Queen and Dovercourt), Toronto, Ontario on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at the hour of 6:30pm (local time) for the following purposes: AGENDA: 1. To consider and, if thought fit, to confirm with or without amendment, the AGM agenda. 2. To consider and, if thought fit, to confirm, with or without amendment, the minutes of the previous annual general meeting of members of CSV 3. To consider the report from the President of the board of directors. 4. To consider the report from the Treasurer of the board of directors and to review the financial statements of the Society as at July 31, 2017. 5. To consider the reports from the Managers. 6. To elect directors. 7. To confirm and appoint the auditor. 8. To transact such further and other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment or adjournments thereof. The Minutes and Financial Statements referred to in Agenda items 2 and 4 above are available upon request during office hours, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. A copy will also be sent to any member who requests it. DATED at Toronto, Ontario the March 16, 2018.
Party

SPRING VIDEO CHUCK


Wed 21 March 2018 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Join us in welcoming Spring and celebrating World Storytelling Day (technically on March 20)! Bring your friends, family, or cat and enjoy an evening of snacks, drinks and good hearted frivolity. Members are invited to bring along short film, video and interactive work to present. Video Chuck is a chance to bring together our community, socialize, network, and highlight CSV members' work. After the screenings, we chat, mingle, and share some snacks. All are welcome, and it’s always free! If you would like to showcase your work at one of our upcoming Video Chucks, please email: jennifer@charlesstreetvideo.com. RSVP on Eventbrite so we know how many oysters to fetch!
Artist Talk

Art Intersections: Digital Curation


Tue 6 February 2018 6:30 - 9 pm
The Commons Suite 440, 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8 ** Note new venue! ** Presented by Akimbo  OCAD U and Charles Street Video. Supported by Beau’s Brewing Company. Access: This is a free event located in a wheelchair accessible venue. If you wish to have ASL interpretation provided, please let us know by January 30 by emailing info@akimbo.ca. 6:30pm - Doors Open 7pm - Guest presenters Golboo Amani and Lindsay LeBlanc, plus Q&A, moderated by Matthew Kyba 8pm - Networking, Food & Beverages How do you curate art with digital technologies in mind? For our first Art Intersections event of 2018, we will be considering the subject of Digital Curation. This month’s speakers will address both curating digital art in physical spaces as well as the curation of artworks for digital platforms, and what this means for the artists, curatorial process and the visitor experience. In the tradition of past Art Intersections Meetups, we have invited three arts professionals who are working at the intersections of curatorial practice and digital art. Multi-disciplinary artist Golboo Amani is best known for her performance and social practice works, and recently co-curated the 7a*md8 Live-Stream Performance series. As the curator of Equitable Bank’s Emerging Digital Artists Award, Lindsay LeBlanc is interested in the circulation of contemporary digital and web-based artwork. Moderated by Matthew Kyba, an independent curator and writer, this conversation will bring to light how curators can produce unique exhibitions specifically for the digital age. Art Intersections is a meeting event for artists, moving image-makers, gamers and technologists who are experimenting with art-related digital content and how the moving image is presented in a connected world. Digital culture, social media and networks encourage new ways of storytelling, image making, idea sharing and collaboration. This event celebrates artists and innovators who are embracing change leading the next wave of creativity. Free! Please RSVP via the Facebook event. About Golboo Amani: Multi-disciplinary artist Golboo Amani is best known for her performance and social practice works. Amani often relies on familiar social engagements as a point of entry into her practice. Critical of systemic social patterns, the artist views social situations as ready-made sites for aesthetic intervention. Amani’s work often addresses the conditions of knowledge production that render epistemic violence as invisible, insignificant and benign. Much of her work focuses on interventions or alternatives to formal sites of pedagogy to include forms, contexts and content normally excluded from institutionalized knowledge production. Amani’s work has been shown nationally and internationally in venues including the Creative Time Summit, Art Gallery of Ontario, Articule, XPACE Artist-Run Centre, Encuentro: Hemispheric Institute, Union Gallery, Blackwood Gallery, Rats9 Gallery, Rhubarb Festival, FADO Emerging Artist Series, TRANSMUTED International Festival of Performance Art (Mexico City), 221A Artist-Run Centre, and the LIVE Biennial of Performance Art. golbooamani.com About Lindsay LeBlanc: Lindsay LeBlanc is a student, writer, and curator working out of Toronto and Montreal. She is currently the art curator for Equitable Bank, and in 2015 launched the company’s Emerging Digital Artists Award program, which aims to support early-career practitioners of screen-based media. In addition to her corporate work, she is completing her master’s in Art History at Concordia University with a research focus on historiographies of machine art since the 1950s. LeBlanc received her BFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University in 2016. Her writing has been published in Prefix Photo, On Site Review, and Existere Journal, among others, and she has served as an editor for multiple projects, including her permanent post at digital publication KAPSULA. edaa.equitablebank.ca kapsula.ca Twitter: @edaa_eqb About Matthew Kyba: Matthew Kyba is an independent curator and writer. He received his Master's degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University in 2015. Currently, he is the Director of Forest City Gallery Artist-Run Centre, and co-founder of Bunker 2 in Toronto, ON. Recent curatorial projects include Ritualia at Modern Fuel and Don't Worry, its just another White Exhibition at Bunker 2. He has a small dog named Rico. Instagram: @thejewishryangosling forestcitygallery.com / @forestcitygallery bunker2.ca | @bunker2 For more information about the Art Intersections event series please contact info@akimbo.ca To watch past presentations by Adrienne Crossman, Thirza Cuthand, Deirdre Logue, Jonathan Carroll, Jacob Niedzwieki, Nicole Del Medico, Jeremy Bailey and Midi Onodera please click here. Presented by Akimbo in collaboration with OCAD U and Charles Street Video. Supported by Beau’s Brewing Company. Akimbo Art Promotions info@akimbo.ca akimbo.ca Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Party

HOLIDAY VIDEO CHUCK!


Thu 14 December 2017 7 - 10 pm
'Tis the season for CSV's HOLIDAY VIDEO CHUCK ('n shuck)! Bring your friends, family, or cat and enjoy an evening of snacks, drinks and good hearted frivolity. Members are invited to bring along short film, video and interactive work to showcase. Video Chuck is a chance to bring together our community, socialize, network, and highlight CSV members' work. After the screenings, we chat, mingle, and share some snacks. All are welcome, and it’s always free! Location: 568 Richmond Street West Time: Thursday, December 14, 2017 6:00pm to 9:00pm If you've got work you'd like to share at the HOLIDAY VIDEO CHUCK please email: jennifer@charlesstreetvideo.com. Get a free ticket here so we know how many oysters to fetch! Special thanks goes out to Jennifer Hazel for catering the event.
Event

Roots (Raíces) Workshop Series #4: Blender3D


Mon 11 December 2017 5:30 - 9:30 pm
***This workshop is one in a series of six workshops that form part of the exhibition programming for Roots (Raíces). ***For full exhibition + workshop programming please visit: http://bit.ly/2B0GCLc ::: BLENDER3D WORKSHOP FOR LATINX ARTISTS ::: Date: Monday, December 11th Time: 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Address: 586 Richmond St West ***This is a FREE WORKSHOP. There is a limited capacity of 10 people. Priority will be given to Latinx-identifying individuals. ***Please RSVP to abreard@spanishservices.org to reserve your spot with subject title "Blender3D Workshop RSVP" Be introduced to Blender3D which is a powerful open source software for 3D modeling and animation. This workshop will provide an overview of how to create and import models, animate them within a scene, apply textures and materials, and render for distribution. By the end of the workshop, participants will have created a short animation to share online as a video or GIF. Personal laptops + a mouse are recommended, however, participants will not be turned away due to lack of hardware. Snacks, TTC tokens and USB flash drives filled with 3D assets will be provided. This workshop will be beneficial to any Latinx youth who is interested in exploring experimental and expanded practices in animation, new media and digital painting. ::: ABOUT THE ARTIST & FACILITATOR ::: Born in Bogotá, Colombia. Alisson is a transmedia artist + art worker living and operating in Toronto, Canada. Their work explores the internal drives and external influences that shape identity as a Colombian first-generation immigrant in North America. They are interested in subversive strategies of laughter and femininity as a linguistic and visual medium: play upon codes already in place and the degree to which we are shaped by consumer capitalist culture and mass media. Through their work, they attempt to engage and interact with the public by creating, facilitating or collaborating in shared experiences. They are a part of the digital art collective Tough Guy Mountain and runs The Brandscape. They hold a BFA with an honorable mention from the Ontario College of Art and Design University. ::: ABOUT TAKING ROOTS ::: This workshop is one in a series of six workshops that form part of the exhibition programming for Roots (Raíces). The programming forms part of Taking Roots - My Canada, Our Canada: a youth civic engagement project for emerging Latinx youth artists based in Tkaronto organized by the Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples in partnership with the Hispanic Canadian Heritage Council and Story Centre Canada. Funded by ON150 ::: ABOUT THE VENUE ::: Charles Street Video is a not-for-profit facility that focuses on media and film production and post-production. We acknowledge the ancestral and traditional unceded territory on which we stand: of the Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca and most recently Mississaugas of the Credit River. The territory was subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy of the Ojibwe and Allied Nations to Peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.
Artist Talk + Party

Art Intersections Meetup - November 21, 2017


Tue 21 November 2017 6:30 - 9 pm
In the tradition of past Art Intersections meetups, we have invited two interdisciplinary artists who are imagining and imaging futures. Game and narrative designer Sophia Park deconstructs the relationships formed between humans and increasingly-sentient technologies, while filmmaker Cara Mumford re-orients human relationships to the land in exploring the future of Indigenous sovereignty. Moderated by Karl Schroeder, a science-fiction writer and professional futurist, this conversation will bring to light how representations of the future work to alter the present.
Artist Talk + Party

Share Tech Series


Wed 27 September 2017 6:30 - 9:30 pm
In part 4 of our Share Tech series we'll be focusing on lenses!
Screening

She Films Collective: Movie Night + Workshop


Fri 22 September 2017 6 - 9 pm
Join She Films Collective in a 2 day expedition, reliving your childhood filmmaking memories like never before!
Meeting + Screening

100 Immortals Installation w Cui Jin-zhe


Wed 21 June 2017 6:30 - 9:30 pm
As part of our Maker Space initiative we are pleased to host Cui Jin-zhe and her 100 Immortals project
Artist Talk + Party

Art Intersection Meetup!


Tue 16 May 2017 6:30 - 9:30 pm
with Adrienne Crossman and Thirza Cuthand
Artist Talk + Party

Share Tech Series


Wed 3 May 2017 6 - 9 pm
In part 3 of our Share Tech series we will focus on various light and grip equipment available to rent at CSV.
Event

Animating Democracy


Mon 10 April 2017 5 - 6 pm
A FREE 8 week film course for youth 16-22 from Scarborough Arts!
Artist Talk + Party

Share Tech Series


Thu 6 April 2017 6 - 9 pm
Overview of the Ronan, Glidecam, Flow Line Steady Cam Support and the Cinegear Wireless Follow Focus
Artist Talk

Storytelling with 360 Video


Thu 30 March 2017 6 - 9 pm
Special guest Karen Vanderborght shares her knowledge of 360 story-telling techniques. Karen will talk about a wide range of VR/360 productions in which she was involved, covering all the steps from preparation up until delivery. Her latest projects include Les Pays d'en Haut VR for Radio Canada, now available in the App and Google play store, and an educational platform on Ocean Science for the NFB. Bio Karen studied at the LUCA School of Arts in Brussels and never lost that typical Belgian, imaginative touch. Her cross-platform career stretches from curating the Brussels underground media art scene to creating documentary content for Canadian broadcasters. She picked up a wide range of technical skills, capturing the story alive as a DP, letting the tale testify as an editor, and boldly running with it as a producer/director. Not afraid to code and play with interactive tools, she embraces new technologies to take your content to spaces where it has never gone before (if you so wish to, because your production demands remain her directions). Et elle sait le faire en français aussi. Discover some of Karen's past work featured at the links below. Mix and match as you wish. Hop to her other web spaces by clicking on their icons. For rates and availability, please contact Karen directly. For tickets, click here! More information on our speaker, Karen Vanderborght can be found: http://www.tekaren.com/ http://imagefatale.tumblr.com/
Meeting

CSV Annual General Meeting


Mon 27 March 2017 6:30 - 8:30 pm
NOTICE OF ANNUAL CHARLES STREET VIDEO MEETING OF MEMBERS Notice is hereby given that the annual meeting of the members of Charles St. Video and Performing Arts Society (hereinafter called “CSV”) will be held at 568 Richmond Street (at the North East corner of Portland and Queen), Toronto, Ontario on Monday, March 27th, 2017 at the hour of 6:30pm (local time) for the following purposes: AGENDA: 1. To consider and, if thought fit, to confirm with or without amendment, the AGM agenda. 2. To consider and, if thought fit, to confirm, with or without amendment, the minutes of the previous annual general meeting of members of CSV 3. To consider the report from the President of the board of directors. 4. To consider the report from the Treasurer of the board of directors and to review the financial statements of the Society as at July 31, 2016. 5. To consider the reports from the Managers. 6. To elect directors. 7. To confirm and appoint the auditor. 8. To transact such further and other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment or adjournments thereof. The Minutes and Financial Statements referred to in Agenda items 2 and 4 above are available upon request during office hours, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. A copy will also be sent to any member who requests it. DATED at Toronto, Ontario the March 10, 2017.
Meeting + Screening + Party

Video Chuck!


Thu 23 March 2017 6 - 9 pm
Join us for our early spring Video Chuck! Bring your friends, family, or cat and enjoy an evening of snacks, drinks and good hearted frivolity. Members are invited to bring along short film, video and interactive work to present.
Artist Talk + Party

Art Intersections Meetup


Tue 14 March 2017 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Art Intersections Meetup is a meeting place for artists, moving image-makers, gamers and technologists who are experimenting with art-related digital content and how the moving image is presented in a connected world.
Artist Talk + Party

Share Tech Series


Wed 8 March 2017 6 - 9 pm
Comparing the Alexa Mini, RED, Canon C300 and Sony FS7 workflows and capabilities!
Screening + Artist Talk

Delink


Sat 4 March 2017 7 - 10 pm
Charles Street Video is proud to partner with Bunker 2 in this new exciting media arts series called Delink.
Artist Talk

Playformance


Thu 2 March 2017 6 - 9 pm
Playformance: get excited for wearables, motion capture, projection mapping, generative art and cultural intangibles. There will also be a projection mapping demo!
Artist Talk

Important Legal Considerations for Producers


Thu 23 February 2017 6 - 9 pm
Ensure a smooth production and distribution process
Artist Talk

Insurance for Filmmakers


Wed 15 February 2017 6 - 9 pm
Judi Heron joined Unionville Insurance Brokers in 1985 and for over 30 years, has specialized in insurance coverages for the visual arts. She was instrumental in designing policies to address the needs of film and video producers, cinematographers, free-lance camerapersons, still photographers, sound and lighting technicians, sound and post-production studios. These policies were specifically created to provide a low-cost alternative for the smaller, independent producers and as such, Unionville Insurance Brokers, now Arthur J Gallagher Canada Ltd, has become the industry leader in insurance packages for the visual arts and media community. By understanding the requirements of filmmakers and their related industries, Judi has developed a large client base across Canada. In her free talk insurance talk Judi will review coverage options available for media artists and answer any insurance questions you might have. Insurance for Filmmakers with Judi Heron Wednesday, Feb 15, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For tickets, click here!
Artist Talk + Party

January Video Chuck Social with DMG


Sat 21 January 2017 6:30 - 9:30 am
Our first social of 2017! We’ll learn about immersive audio, and the artistic possibilities of glitches, mods and cheats!
Artist Talk + Party

Art Intersection MeetUp


Tue 17 January 2017 6 - 9 pm
A Partnership with CSV, Akimbo, Gamma Space and OCADU
Party

CSV Holiday Video Chuck!


Thu 15 December 2016 6 - 9 pm
Video Chuck is a chance to bring together our community, socialize, network, and highlight CSV member work.
Party

'So You think You Can Pitch' Awards Ceremony


Sun 13 November 2016 12:30 - 2:30 pm
CSV staff member Greg Woodbury presented the "So You Think You Can Pitch' awards at the Reel Asian 2016 awards ceremony. All the pitches were amazing and the jury had a tough time choosing.  Here is a list of the finalists: Emerging category: - 3550, by Kristina Wong - Distant Cousins, by Winnifred Jong - Driving With Mom, by Gayle Ye & Michelle Koerssen - Forbidden Tikka Masala, by Rahul Chaturvedi - The Words of Thien Ly, by Tram-Anh Ngo Established category: - 180, by Vivian Lin & Jennifer Millington - A Stranger Request, by Gloria Kim, Rodey Gozum & Richard Young - The Table, by Melanie Chung & Hubert Tran and the winners are: - for the Emerging category: Rahul Chaturvedi for Forbidden Tikka Masala - for the Established category: Vivian Lin and Jennifer Millington for 180 We are so looking forward to helping the artists produce their work! EMERGING CATEGORY AWARD This award has a $3,000 value ($10,000 equivalent value at Industry rental rates): • Business affairs & legal consultation with Behind The Scenes Services. • Acting support (if applicable) from ACTRA Toronto including consultation, coaching, and more. • Opportunity to premiere work at the 2017 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (subject to review), with full festival accreditation. • $2000 Cash • Digital film and festival consultation with CineSend including 1 DCP and festival strategy consultation and inclusion in CineSend’s next beta registration. A production workflow consultation with Charles Street Video, including: • $1,400 in edit station access and/or production equipment rentals (including Red Epic camera). • $250 artist fee. • 2 sessions with Charles Street Video’s in-house editor. • One-year membership with Charles Street Video. ESTABLISHED CATEGORY AWARD This award has a $7,000 value ($20,000 equivalent value at Industry rental rates): • Business affairs & legal consultation with Behind The Scenes Services • Acting support (if applicable) from ACTRA Toronto including consultation, coaching, and more • Opportunity to premiere work at the 2017 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (subject to review), with full festival accreditation • $4000 Cash • Digital film and festival consultation with CineSend including 1 DCP and festival strategy consultation and inclusion in CineSend’s next beta registration A production workflow consultation with Charles Street Video that including: • $2,700 in edit station access and/or production equipment rentals (including Red Epic camera) • $400 artist fee • 2 sessions with Charles Street Video’s in-house editor • One-year membership with Charles Street Video
Artist Talk

Iftology


Wed 5 October 2016 6 - 9 pm
How can you earn a living making films? You feel overwhelmed with a hundred things to do, so where do you find the time to make the films you love, for a change? From getting funded to getting sold, Curt Jaimungal of indiefilmTO takes you through the entire production and promotion process, step-by-step, with exact action takeaways so you can finally create the films you want, within weeks. Hailed as The Filmmaker's Filmmaker, Curt Jaimungal is the founder and director of indiefilmTO, a non-profit organization assisting indie filmmakers all across Toronto. A director himself, Curt understands the challenges of filmmaking all too well; his ambition and generosity have led him to inspire over 1,700 filmmakers to turn their struggles into success. Get tickets here!
Artist Talk

360 Video Meetup - It's Free!


Wed 28 September 2016 7 - 9:30 pm
with Karen Vanderborght - Creative Director NFB
Screening + Party

CSV Presents: Loon, Twit and Nitwit


Wed 3 August 2016 6 - 10 pm
A hilariously political evening and digital exhibition
Artist Talk

360-degree camera talk and demo


Thu 31 March 2016 7 - 10 pm
Two new 360 degree cameras are available to rent at CSV. Come to our demo and check them out!
Meeting

CSV Annual General Meeting


Thu 18 February 2016 7 - 9 pm
 NOTICE OF ANNUAL CHARLES STREET VIDEO MEETING OF MEMBERS Notice is hereby given that the annual meeting of the members of Charles St. Video and Performing Arts Society (hereinafter called “CSV”) will be held at Bento Miso, located at 862 Richmond Street West., Toronto, Ontario on Thursday, February 18th at the hour of 7:00 p.m. (local time) for the following purposes: AGENDA: 1. To consider and, if thought fit, to confirm with or without amendment, the AGM agenda. 2. To consider and, if thought fit, to confirm, with or without amendment, the minutes of the previous annual general meeting of members of CSV 3. To consider the report from the President of the board of directors. 4. To consider the report from the Treasurer of the board of directors and to review the financial statements of the Society as at July 31, 2015. 5. To consider the reports from the Managers. 6. To elect directors. 7. To confirm and appoint the auditor. 8. To transact such further and other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment or adjournments thereof. The Minutes and Financial Statements referred to in Agenda items 2 and 3 above are available upon request during office hours, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. A copy will also be sent to any member who requests it. DATED at Toronto, Ontario the 4th of February, 2015.
Screening + Artist Talk + Party

Video Chuck: holiday fun at Bento Miso!


Wed 9 December 2015 7 - 10 pm
Video Chuck is a chance to bring our community together, socialize, network, and highlight our members’ work.
Screening + Artist Talk + Party

Video Chuck: FMV and Let's Play Screening


Thu 19 November 2015 7 - 10 pm
Video Chuck is a chance to bring our community together, socialize, network, and highlight our members’ work.
Artist Talk

Media Arts Info night from the TAC


Wed 30 September 2015 6 - 8 pm
Hosted in collaboration with Le LABO. Peter Kingstone is a Toronto-based visual artist and curator, working primarily in video and photography. As an independent artist, Peter’s installation pieces have been shown across Canada and internationally, and he was awarded the Untitled Artist Award in 2005 for his installation The Strange Case of peter K. (1974-2004). Peter holds a degree in Philosophy/Cultural Studies from Trent University in Peterborough and a Masters of Fine Art focussing on video and new media from York University in Toronto. Peter has presented at many conferences on the ideas around storytelling and social engagement. Peter started in September 2012 as the Acting Visual/Media Arts Officer at Toronto Arts Council. FREE - Priority registration for
 members of Le Labo and Charles Street Video Registrations at info@lelabo.ca http://lelabo.ca/en/2015/08/25/tac/
Screening + Party

CSV Fall Video Chuck


Thu 24 September 2015 7 - 11 pm
Video Chuck is a chance to bring our community together, socialize, network, and highlight our members’ work.
Screening + Party

Seeking a stand-up fellow...


Fri 14 August 2015 7 - 9 pm
Toronto mixed-media artist/ graphic designer Xenia Vakova documents results of her Craigslist w4m posting experiment through text-based video, sound, and illustration, to discuss heteronormative gender roles on the internet. The tongue-in-cheek installation also includes an interactive component which encourages viewers to enter into the male identity narrative. Join us on August 14th to launch this week long installation project as part of our maker space program. 
Screening + Party

Goodbye 65 Bellwoods!


Wed 24 June 2015 7 - 10 pm
After 30 years on Bellwoods Ave. we are moving!!! Come help us celebrate all of the amazing memories this building holds for CSV and our members. This will be our last gathering at this location. We are sad to say goodbye to the park, but glad that the new place doesn't have stairs!!   With oyster shucking and media art screenings, Video Chucks are hosted by CSV once every quarter; they're opportunities to bring our community together, socialize, network, and highlight our members' work. If you would like to showcase your work at one of our upcoming Video Chucks, please email: pam@charlesstreetvideo.com.
Screening + Artist Talk

Artist Talk: Creative Process


Wed 22 April 2015 7:10 - 9:10 pm
Join us at CSV as CSV/NAISA resident Ellen Moffat discusses her creative process. Ellen will talk about her current projects, media art, and how they move from an idea or vision to a fully realized (and funded) project. She will also screen some of her past work. Sign up at the link below: Sign up here! Bio Ellen Moffat is an independent media artist whose work spans solo, collaborative and interdisciplinary projects. Rooted in the language of sculpture - the body, space and materials – her primary media is sound. Using deconstructed spoken word, field recordings and experimental soundmaking, her projects range from multi-channel installations, to interactive electroacoustic instruments, to performance, to live actions in gallery and off-site venues. Her work is a poetic and conceptual inquiry into sound and space, language, composition and social relations. Born in Toronto, she lives in Saskatoon.
Screening + Party

Video Chuck


Wed 25 March 2015 7 - 10 pm
With oyster shucking and media art screenings, Video Chucks are hosted by CSV once every quarter; they're opportunities to bring our community together, socialize, network, and highlight our members' work. If you would like to showcase your work at one of our upcoming Video Chucks, please email: pam@charlesstreetvideo.com Get your free tickets here!
Screening + Artist Talk

Artist Talk: Creative Process


Wed 25 February 2015 7 - 9 pm
Join us at CSV on Wednesday, Feb 25th as a CSV residents Keesic Douglas, Celeste Koon discuss their creative process. Keesic and Celeste will talk about their current projects, media art, and how they move from an idea or vision to a fully realized (and funded) project.  They will also screen some of their past work. To RSVP for this event click here Participating Artists: Celeste Koon Working in children's media and entertainment has always been Celeste's dream. She has a vivid imagination and a creative outlook on the world, which she brings to her work. Celeste has written, directed and designed two independently produced children's shorts: Paper Princes, Gypsies, and the Boy With No Return Address (2009) and The Intergalactic Space Adventures of Cleo and Anouk (2012). Both films played at numerous international film festivals across the globe. In 2013, Celeste wrote, directed and designed two segments for Season 44 of PBS's Sesame Street: 'A' is for Adventure and 'O' is for Ocean. Celeste also has five years of experience working on various industry television and film productions in the art department and recently worked with Radical Sheep Productions developing children and youth properties, while at the same time writing 44 scripts for their preschool show Can You Imagine That.  Currently she is the Reel Asian Film Festival/Charles Street Video Artist is Resident. Keesic Douglas Keesic is an Ojibway artist from the Mnjikaning First Nation in central Ontario. He specializes in the mediums of photography and video. His work has been exhibited across Canada and the US. Keesic focuses on issues surround his Native heritage in his photo and video work. His video The Vanishing Trace recently won Best Short Documentary at the 2007 imagineNATIVE Film Festival in Toronto. His video War Pony showed at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2009 in Germany. Some of his photographic works are currently in a group show in Prague, Czech Republic. The 2013 CSV/imagineNATIVE Artist in Resident.
Party

CSV and the Film Mercenaries Party


Thu 29 January 2015 7 - 10 pm
 Charles Street Video and the Film Mercenaries are inviting you to join us for refreshing drinks, lots of friendly laughs, endless discussions and great prizes ! If you are not working like crazy on thursday nights, please join us to enjoy a great evening of networking and relaxing at the URBAN HOUSE CAFE at Yonge and Wellesley. They have an amazing choice of cheap drinks and food : $13 for a pitcher of beer, $7.95 for a nice Pad Thai, and wonderful specials everyday. (Pint+dinner entrée for 10.95 on thursdays) SUN, Rain or Shine, even SNOW, we will be there! :) No loud music, no bouncer, no lineup, no cover, no STRESS, just good'ole fun and likeminded people! Bring friends, colleagues, your boss, your assistant, everyone in the Film/TV industry is welcome to come introduce themselves, chat, share war stories, talk shop and have a few drinks. As usual, no cover to attend the event, it's FREE ! (But please don't forget to buy at least one item from the menu to show the café appreciation for giving us the space for free :) ). And please remember, this place accepts CA$H ONLY ! No Credit or Debit cards. They have an ATM available though. ================================== As usual we will have a draw around 8:30PM to give away fantastic prizes from our awesome sponsors. Our regular sponsor, Focal Press Books, will give away two filmmaking books. For the beginning of 2015, our first super special sponsor of the year is the renowned torontonian video coop that's been supporting independent filmmakers for more than 30 years : CHARLES STREET VIDEO ! They're offering to the happy winner of our monthly draw a FREE one year membership ($150) and $350 in equipment rental! PLUS, they're also offering a special 50% discount for all our members to become CSV members if you sign up in the two weeks after the event (so...until February the 14th). A special secret password will be revealed to you that night, to allow you to sign up with the discount! Amazing, right ? Hope to see you there ! ============================= Zefred - The Film Mercenaries / Les Mercenaires du Cinéma  
Screening + Party

Video Chuck


Thu 18 December 2014 7 - 10 pm
Our annual Holiday Video Chuck is back. Come celebrate another year with CSV staff and members, oyster shucking and screenings.
Artist Talk

Ed Barreveld


Thu 11 December 2014 7 - 10 pm
Emmy Award winning producer Ed Barreveld candidly talks about the state of documentary in Canada and the challenges facing documentary filmmakers in the 21st century.
Screening + Artist Talk + Party

Vera Frenkel


Fri 14 November 2014 8 - 10 am
Vera Frenkel, CSV member and former Artist in Resident is having an opening reception at MOCCA!
Screening + Artist Talk

CSV/RA Pitch Competition and Awards Ceremony


Sun 9 November 2014 2 - 3:30 pm
The 9th annual Pitch Competition goes live as finalists duel for incredible prize packages to finish their short films.
Screening + Artist Talk

Prairie Tales 16 Screening


Mon 3 November 2014 7 - 9 pm
Prairie Tales is a feature-length movie composed of short films and videos made by artists based in Alberta. A new edition of Prairie Tales comes out each year, curated by a jury that selects works out of dozens of new shorts submitted by Albertan film and video makers during the winter months. http://amaas.ca/prairie-tales/prairie-tales-16-works/ Director Adam Bentley in attendance! Book your seat here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/prairie-tales-16-screening-tickets-13931023065
Screening + Party

Spooky Video Chuck


Wed 29 October 2014 7 - 10 pm
Through oyster shucking and screenings Video Chucks are a quarterly event hosted by CSV where we bring our community together, socialize, network, and highlight our members' work. If you would like to showcase your work at one of our upcoming Video Chucks please email: pam@charlesstreetvideo.com Featuring the work of Melanie Chung & Behzad Sedghi
Artist Talk

Artist Talk: Creative Process


Thu 16 October 2014 7 - 9 pm
Join us on October 16th as a panel of CSV resident artists discuss creative process. Susan Blight, Jennifer Dysart, Gloria Kim, and Betty Xie will talk about their current projects, media art, and how they move from an idea or vision to a fully realized (and funded) project. Get your free tickets here! Susan Blight: Susan Blight is Anishinaabe from Couchiching First Nation. A visual artist, filmmaker, and arts educator, Susan’s films and video work have been screened nationally and internationally at such venues as Media City International Film Festival, Experiments in Cinema, and the ImagineNative Festival. In addition, Susan has exhibited across North America, most notably at Gallery 44, The Print Studio, Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts, and the Art Gallery of Windsor. Susan is co-founder of The Ogimaa Miikana Project, an artist/activist collective working to reclaim and rename the roads, streets, and landmarks of Toronto with Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe language) and in July 2013, she became the fourth member of the Indigenous Routes artist collective which works to provide new media training for indigenous youth. Susan Blight received a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Windsor in Integrated Media, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies from the University of Manitoba. She is the host of Indigenous Waves radio show. Jennifer Dysart: Jennifer Dysart is a filmmaker who loves experimenting between the genres. Her most recent film, called Kewekapawetan: Return After the Flood won one of three master's thesis prizes at York University and will be screened at ImagineNative Film and Media Festival in 2014. Her previous film called Moss Origins (2011) was an ImagineNATIVE and CSV commissioned short and dialogue-free narrative film that was purchased by RTP2 television in Portugal, screened at Fastnet Film Festival in Ireland, The Native Cinema Showcase at the Santa Fe Art Market 2012 and Asinabka Film Festival in Ottawa. Past films include Grip (2008), Hooked Up: NDNs Online 2007 (NFB First Stories) and I'll Sing To You (2006). Jennifer has an MFA in Film Production from York University in Toronto (2014). She is a seasoned production coordinator, field producer, and is now learning the trade of Assistant Directing. Gloria Kim: Born in Seoul, Korea, Gloria Ui Young Kim comes from a long line of media makers. With a degree in English Lit at U of T, she worked as a journalist at Maclean’s. She attended Ryerson: Image Arts and the 2008 Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab. Her short film, ROCK GARDEN: A LOVE STORY, described by Atom Egoyan as “absolutely beautiful”, has won numerous prizes including the CBC Canadian Reflections Award. Her CBC film, THE AUCTION, premiered at the 2010 Sprockets TIFF, and wonBest Short Film, the Audience Choice Award: 2012 WIFT Short Film Showcase and Children’s Jury Prize: Seattle Film Festival for Children, and is now part of the John VanDuzer Film Collection at TIFF BellLightbox. Her other works have won numerousGolds, at the Bessies, the Marketing Awards, One Club; her OAC-commissioned work, Why Do I Dance… has had over 800,000 views on Youtube since April, 2012; she was in the 2009 TIFF Talent Lab; is a mentor for youth (Female Eye Film Festival , Reel Asian Film Festival, Hot Docs). She has recently directed the Ontario Arts Council’s 50th Anniversary film, Live, Love Art…which won Best Interview Film at PR Daily Video Awards. Her script, Debra and Mona won the 2013 Telefilm New Voices Award. Betty Xie: As an emerging filmmaker, Betty believes that extraordinary stories are embedded in the everyday life of ordinary people, and she is on a life-long search for extraordinary/ordinary narratives. Specifically, she is interested in themes of diaspora, migration and identity. Betty has written and directed the fiction short Girlfriends, which was screened at the 2013 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival and 2014 Reel World Film Festival. Currently, she is directing and co-producing the documentary The Home Promised, the winning project from the 2013 "So You Think You Pitch Competition" (emerging category) at Reel Asian Film Festival.
Screening + Artist Talk

The Manor


Thu 19 June 2014 7 - 9:30 pm
Director Shawney Cohen will be present at the free screening and will be available after for a Q&A
 
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