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What you’ve heard is true. I am co-curating an exhibition outside of the Freedom space. But wait, just hear me out! It’s all in the spirit of collaboration, I swear!


Socks (2010). Cotton, embroidery thread, lurex. Mended by Grant Heaps. Photographed by Danijela Pruginic.


FOR KEEPS is an exhibition of ordinary objects made extraordinary by the efforts their owners have made to recognize, save, store, and repair – and our own desire to assign value and meaning in a disposable society. Some of the objects contributed include a 1920s dress, ripped open for an emergency delivery (and subsequently restitched), and a decaying teddy bear passed down and loved through generations. Oh, and socks.

If you come out for the opening reception, you’ll certainly be seeing some familiar Freedom faces. The reception will be thrown by WORN Fashion Journal, the independent fashion publication that you’ve seen on Freedom’s shelves. It will involve a mending circle, where everyone is welcome to bring personal items that are in need of repair and finally learn how to mend them. Sarah Ottewell, whose super cozy mittens, leggings and blankets are available at Freedom, will be one of our Mending Gurus of the night. If you came during her Designer Saturday session at Freedom two summers ago, you’d know how good of a teacher she is! Plus, Lisa Conway will perform later on in the night. You remember her from that one time in the summer when her and the rest of The Owle Bird crew played a magical set in our backyard, right??

This project also introduced me to fantastic new people! My co-captain is Jen Anisef, the gal behind the Toronto Craft Alert. The exhibition is presented by City of Craft 2010 and will still be running during the weekend of the fair. Needless to say, the Freedom crew and I hope for this to be the start of many more exciting collaborations with Jen and Becky!

FOR KEEPS features work by and contribution from Serene Daoud, Becky Johnson, Leah Buckareff, Angela Turner, Jacqueline Lawson, Mary Kroetsch, Alison L. Pearce and Grant Heaps. It also features photography by Danijela Pruginic.


Exhibition runs through Dec 21, 2010 at Cream Tangerine Gallery, 1087 Queen St W, Toronto

Opening Reception on Thursday, Dec 9 / 7-9pm mending circle / 10 pm L-CON


Not to worry, this doesn’t mean that I’m neglecting Freedom’s programming. Indeed, the next night, Dec 10, is the opening reception for Paperback Nobodies No More. The deadline for the submissions is TOMORROW and the details of the party will be officially released soon after. But, ummm… spoiler, Beekeepers Society will be playing at the party. You didn’t hear it from me.

Two awesome opening receptions, one night after another. Yes, of course you can handle it!!!

See you soon! -Marsya


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Freedom CC presents paintings by Ronnie Cote from September 17th to October 10th. The opening reception to celebrate Ronnie’s solo show is happening this Friday, so come party with us and explore his adventurous work!

Ronnie’s paintings are large-scale, richly layered works. He calls his style non-referential, because he is not abstracting anything in particular, but rather building imaginative worlds of detailed line and vivid colour that allow the viewer to delve right in and explore.

Opening reception: Sept 17th, 8:00pm til’ late
live music starts at 10pm
FREEEEEE event, like always!
refreshments will be served

If you’re also looking for something spectacular to do on Thursday night, check out SUMMER ASHES: a multi-media group show, curated by Diana Vandermeulen and Selena L. Lee. Ronnie’s work is featured in this show along with several others, including Maggie Flynn, who will be doing a one-on-one performance that addresses the notion of memory. There are tons of artists in this show – you are bound to find something you absolutely love! Plus, it’s an art show in a house. How intriguing is that?

Opening reception: Sept 16th, 7:30pm til’ late
103A Harrison St. (it’s a house!)

See you later this week!
❤ Mallory

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Lowlands will also be joining the lineup for tomorrow’s opening! Their set will start at 11 pm.

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Call for Proposals – Screen-print Exhibition in August

Mallory Hazlett, The Whisperer, 7'x5' screen-print and projection, 2009

Do you make art with ink, a squeegee, and some woven mesh? SWEET. Show us your handmade prints!

Beginning August 13th 2010, Freedom CC will be exhibiting screen-prints by local, emerging artists for the duration of one month. We are currently accepting submissions for this show!

The date is approaching fast – please submit by FRIDAY AUGUST 6 th .

Submission Guidelines:

– you must be an emerging artist from/residing in Toronto or surrounding area
– works must be screen-prints or primarily created with screen-printing techniques – works on all kinds of surface material will be considered, such as: paper, fabric, wood, etc.
– send jpegs of the work(s) you intend to exhibit with a corresponding list of title, medium (screen-print or mixed media), dimensions, and price (if applicable)
– include a brief artist statement that highlights your process and the context of your art practice

Please send your submission package to with “SCREEN-PRINT SUBMISSION – ARTIST’S NAME” in the subject line. Please include your name in the file names of all attached documents.

No submission fee is applicable, but artists selected for the show will be subject to a $30 artist exhibition fee (which allows us to hold opening receptions, advertise, install the artwork, and repair the walls).

Please feel free to direct any inquiries to

– Freedom CC arts team

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