Card-yard at BIG on Bloor 2018

Card-yard at BIG on Bloor 2017

PULP returns with Card-yard at the BIG on Bloor Festival 2018 on July 21 from 12pm to 12am! (that’s us with cardboard tubes on their website!) PULP will, for the 6th 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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Read on to learn about just some of the activities we’ll have this year! ArtSite installations will stay for a week until July 28 at Susan Tibaldi Parkette or stores in the area.

12:00 noon – Beginning of activities
1:00  Emerging Writers Reading Series
2:00 Music by Ben Bootsma
2:30 Emerging Writers Reading Series
3:30 Music by Ben Bootsma
4:00 The Great Baldini Magic Show
4:30 Alison MacDonald and Kiyo Asakoa Flamenco Performance
5:00 The Great Edllusion Magic Show
5:30 Alison MacDonald and Kiyo Asakoa Flamenco Performance
6:00 Music by Ben Bootsma
7:30 Yola Beru
9:00 The Great Edllusion Magic Show
10:00 Yola Beru

Warm Up To Me Collective by Anupa Khemadasa & Tijana Spasic (ArtSite)

Warm Up To Me is a sound and visual installation sourced from six neighbourhoods sharing a city but living worlds apart. Listen to the resident stories of Bloordale/ Royal York,
Leslieville/Thorncliff, Parkdale/Foresthill.

Canada is a country of global citizens, with stories that connect us to all corners of the globe. However, often the most intriguing stories that carry a person's history and memory of place are kept within small cultural circles. This project speaks to our desire to bridge a city sometimes separated by differences through sharing stories of and with each other.

Anupa is a cellist and visual artist. Tijana is a theatre, installation and community artist. They dream of a future that is fearless of otherness.

Heatmap of Humanity by Rollout – Wallpaper (ArtSite)

“All the trees in the forest are connected below ground. They behave like communities. They’re a forest, not just a bunch of trees,” says ecologist Susan Simmard. For Heatmap of Humanity, the design team at Rollout and their collaborators from Vancouver, YVRCollective, set out to create a space that provides a communal structure that symbolizes this concept for humanity.

Modular bleachers were conceived to mirror a network of roots beneath our bodies that connect us. The spacing of the steps suggest the social webs interaction creates. The bleachers invite congregation by being casual; no one feels they are interrupting gatherings or feels awkward sitting in close proximity to anyone – allowing people to sit together, even if they’re not “together”. The design team wanted to create a space that encouraged relaxed conversations in small groups, but equally, they wanted to encourage people who wanted to spend some time on their own to be able to participate in the same environment comfortably.

Heatmap of Humanity is colourfully finished in a range of hues drawing upon heatmaps to reflect the intensity of the interactions the space will foster and introduce a bold palette for this outdoor summertime installation.

PULP: Mesh (ArtSite)

This installation began with pieces of white washed lumber, one foot by 1.5 inch by 1.5 inch in size. A hundred of these oversized Jenga pieces were cut off and discarded in the creation of a Winter Stations installation in 2017. This installation began with the question – what can we do with these?

We drilled, sanded, and weather proofed each piece. Augmented by additional pieces made of cull lumber and joined with rope we created a flexible membrane able to roll, fold, and twist. We’re going to leave this 16 feet long wooden carpet on the ground, let’s see what happens.

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!

Paper Crown by Design Exchange

Join us on Saturday July 21 at the Big on Bloor Festival! Partnering with PULP, the Design Exchange presents the Paper crown Project sponsored by our partners at TD Bank. Using reclaimed paper we will show you how to construct a showstopping headpiece. This project has a zero carbon footprint, wear it with pride, and when you are done, recycle it!

Adhacks by Stephanie Avery

Adhacks by Stephanie Avery coming to PULP: paper art party 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.

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.

Alison MacDonald And Kiyo Asakoa Flamenco Performance

Toronto dancer and choreographer Alison Macdonald has been performing and teaching around the city for many years. She has a background in percussive dance forms but dedicates her focus to flamenco by participating in workshops and returning to Spain frequently for training. Alison is a co-founder of the Toronto based collective Triana Project and has been a member of the Compania Carmen Romero.

Alison and Kiyo will perform with musicians at the Card-yard stage.

Yola Beru

An east coast transplant with formative years in Montreal playing folk music in cafes and bars, Yola Beru now calls Toronto’s west end her home. Her live show is a mix of her contemplative singing & songwriting paired with the electronic soundscapes of Toronto based producer Maaskant.

Listen to Yola Beru’s music

Emerging Writers Series

Working against both the open mic format and the “sit-down-and-frown” traditional reading series, Emerging Writers brings audiences writing that is fresh, engaging, and full of new voices. Readers are emerging writers who have not yet published a book, but all readers are professionally serious. 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 our past readers, including those that have gone on to publish books and win awards. Readers will be reading both poetry and prose.

The Readers:

Phillip Dwight Morgan

Hon Lu

Terry Abrahams

Khalida Hussain

Conyer Clayton

Nisha Eswaran

Nickolas Hadzis

Tea Mutonji

Laboni Islam

Read full biographies of the Emerging Writers readers here.