Card-yard at BIG on Bloor 2019

Card-yard at BIG on Bloor 2017

PULP returns with Card-yard at the BIG on Bloor Festival 2019 on July 20 from 12pm to 12am! PULP will, for the 7th year, bring art installations made of reclaimed materials, performances, and activities all free of charge at Brock and Bloor (North side).

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Schedule July 20

Event start – Noon
Emerging Writers Reading Series – 1:00 – 1:45
Music performance by Ben Bootsma – 1:45 – 2:30
Emerging Writers Reading Series – 2:30 – 3:00
Flamenco performance by Lala and Kiyo – 3:00 – 3:30
Music performance by Ben Bootsma – 3:30 – 4:00
Flamenco performance by Alison and Kiyo – 4:00 – 4:30
Music performance by Ben Bootsma – 4:30 – 5:00
Music performance by Tangled – 5:00 – 5:30
Khatak performance by Vaishali Panwar – 5:30 – 6:00
Magic Performance by The Great Baldini –  6:00 – 6:30
Khatak performance by Vaishali Panwar – 6:30 – 7:00
Magic Performance by The Great Baldini – 7:00 – 7:30
Music performance by Ben Bootsma – 7:30 – 8:00
Magic Performance by The Great Baldini – 8:00 – 8:30
Magic Performance by The Great Baldini – 9:00 – 9:30
Dance party with MYSTK MARSHALL – 10:00 – 11:00
Event end – 11:30-midnight

Don’t be a Dinasaur by Alisha Sunderji and Brianna Smrke

Unlike dinosaurs, us humans can prevent our extinction by taking action to fight climate change. Come stroll among prehistoric cardboard creatures and add a pledge (big or small!) on what actions you’d like to take.


PULP: Obstacle

This installation was originally designed to be a standing wall, however children at Summer Solstice 2015 insisted it works better horizontal, and we had to admit they had a point. The pop-up playground is made of plywood and reclaimed cardboard tubes, and was designed with Peter Kelly.

PULP: Make

Inspired by PULP: Obstacle and its ability to invite festival visitors to complete a half built structure, PULP: Make aims to allow for pop-up architecture. Six 4×8′ plywood panels were machine cut to different forms. To each were cut circular holes the size of cardboard tubes, allowing for easy connections. You are invited to join us and create a bench, sea saw, a table, or a big complicated whatchumacallit!

PULP: Thing?

Is it a dragon? It’s made of cull lumber. We’re not sure what it is. Come play with it!

Adhacks by Stephanie Avery

Ad Hacks at Card-yard at BIG on Bloor 2018

Stephanie Avery uses salvaged magazine ads as her canvas, painting her own whimsical additions directly onto their pages to shift their content from being manipulative and insidious to hilarious and absurd. And she wants you to do the same!

With her ongoing ‘Adhack’ series, Stephanie critiques the nefarious aspects of consumer culture by making a mockery of one of it’s biggest tools: advertisements. Her additions co-opt their original narratives, disengaging viewers with humour while revealing how absurd advertisements are (even without the alterations). Ads are truly absurd and it is ridiculous that they wield such influence over us, both as individuals and as a culture.  Laughter has the power to disarm them and inspire us to see all ads through this lens of humour and absurdity.

Join Stephanie to create your very own adhacks.

Off the Wall by Ksenija Spasic

Transform wallpaper samples into unique artworks using a variety of media, then take your masterpiece home!

Ben Bootsma

Local musician Ben Boostma is bringing his guitar and his heart to our summer events. Ben will bring his cool sound to a hot day!

The Great Baldini and Edllusion Magic Show

Baldini has been a performance illusionist for over 15 years and his approach to presenting Magic has always been about making people smile. When engaged with his subjects, he perfectly blends highly witty comedy with a powerfully engaging, “blow-your-mind” repertoire of illusions, thus producing a palpable sense of mysteriously hysterical Magic. Baldini’s clever patter, combined with his devious Magical sleights and smooth sounding voice, will make for an exceptionally entertaining experience.

Edllusion has been performing magic since the age of 15, learning many of his skills by reading, practicing, and watching other professional magicians perform. When he performs his style of magic he shows you something that is not physically or mentally possible.

His specialties in his magical performances are made using small objects like colour changing knifes, sponge Balls, Ropes, Playing cards, Flashing fire, and his most favourite of all, Coins. Magic is more than just tricks and illusions for Edllusion, it’s an amazing way to make an event unique and memorable and he is deeply committed to sharing his unique passion with others.

Lala And Kiyo Asakoa Flamenco Performance

Larissa (aka “Lala”) is a Toronto based flamenco dancer.  She first discovered flamenco as a child and was enraptured by its music and dance.  She started training in Toronto with Esmeralda Enrique.  Her passion led her to Spain where she has trained with many masters.  Larissa has performed across Canada and can regularly be seen in Toronto performing at festivals, tablaos, and theatres.  In 2016, she co-founded Illumina Flamenco with Angela Deiseach, a company dedicated to performing traditional and contemporary flamenco dance.

Kiyo Asaoka took her first steps into the flamenco dance world in 1998, as a student at Arte Flamenco Spanish Dance Company. In 2001, she became a company dancer and started performing at various dance festivals in Toronto, as well as Spanish cultural venues, restaurants and social/corporate events. Over the years she has also worked with a variety of artists to choreograph and perform her own creations, from traditional flamenco to Japanese-influenced flamenco. With her strong commitment and passion for puro-flamenco, she continually strives to grow, studying and taking classes under the tutelage of a number of flamenco masters in both Toronto and Spain.

Lala and Kiyo will return to perform with musicians at the Card-yard stage. 

Emerging Writers Series

The Emerging Writers Reading Series is the only reading series in Toronto that features professionally serious emerging writers who have not yet published a book. Since March 2012, EW has grown to be the “must-attend” monthly reading series and the place where people go to check out new talent. For BIG on Bloor, Emerging Writers will run a showcase of past writers who will read both poetry and prose.


Music performance by Tangled

Mediterranean, Baltic and Eastern European music played by Tangled – Anupa Khemadasa on cello, Murray McKay on  guitar and Chanmil Janith on  percussion.