Toronto Media Arts Centre

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About TMAC

A new permanent home for Toronto's media arts organizations, and an accessible public space for art, creation and collaboration in the Queen West Triangle.

In the heart of Toronto’s Art and Design District, TMAC is a diverse and collaborative environment where everyone can engage meaningfully with art and technology. TMAC integrates creation, production, presentation, education, conservation and dissemination practices and with a focus on community building and inclusivity.

With year-round arts and cultural programming, open lab studios, equipment libraries, coworking and social areas, we provide the tools, space and freedom to play with art, media and new technologies–including film, videogames, audio, video, robotics, electronics and more.

We are a charity – donate now to support our programs!

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32 Lisgar Street, Toronto
Centre Hours
10am–6pm Mon-Fri
Open later + on weekends for events and exhibitions.
Closed on all stat holidays.

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(647) 689-6005

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Canadian Filmmakers' Distribution Centre + EMILIA-AMALIA

Abolitionist Dreams: Jackie Wang + Nasrin Himada in conversation

2019-04-02T19:00:00.000-04:00 2019-04-02T21:00:00.000-04:00 **EMILIA-AMALIA launches a year-long collaboration with CFMDC with two events featuring Jackie Wang** ### About Nasrin Himada Nasrin Himada is a Palestinian writer and curator based in Tio'tia:ke (Montréal), in Kanien'kehá:ka territory. Their writing on contemporary art has appeared in Canadian Art, C Magazine, Critical Signals, The Funambulist, Fuse Magazine, and MICE Magazine, among others. ### About Jackie Wang Jackie Wang is a Black studies scholar, poet, multimedia artist, and PhD candidate in African and African American Studies and History at Harvard University, specializing in race and the political economy of prisons and police in the US. She recently published a book titled "Carceral Capitalism" (Semiotext(e)/MIT Press, 2018) on the racial, economic, political, legal, and technological dimensions of the carceral state. Her interest in this topic is rooted in her experience of having an imprisoned brother who was sentenced to juvenile life without parole as a teenager. She is the recent recipient of a fellowship at the Schlesinger Library, where she conducted research on the life and legacy of Angela Davis. She has also published a number of punk zines, including "On Being Hard Femme" and a collection of dream poems, titled "Tiny Spelunker of the Oneiro-Womb" (Capricious). https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1553017006-5384310619253018642662134927031957637824512n.jpg CONFIRMED
April 2, 7:00 PM
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Canadian Filmmakers' Distribution Centre

Re-Joyce Opening Reception

2019-04-04T18:00:00.000-04:00 2019-04-04T21:00:00.000-04:00 Featuring: *The Truth Booth Presents: Invest and Protect* Conceived by Kiera Boult, The Truth Booth in its latest iteration addresses land ownership. By using the trope of the therapy booth, Truth Booth: Invest and Protect will feature the artist as facilitator for members of the general public who wish to hold private, shame-free conversations about land ownership in relation to race politics, class and intersectional feminism. Readings by **Lee Maracle** and **Lisa Robertson** Lee Maracle will be reading from *Hope Matters*, a new collection of poems written with her daughters Columpa Bobb and Tania Carter, focusing on the journey of Indigenous people from colonial beginnings to reconciliation. Maracle states that the book "is also about the journey of myself and my two daughters." During their youth, Bobb and Carter wrote poetry with their mother, and they all decided that one day they would write a book together. This book is the result of that dream. Written collaboratively by all three women, the poems in Hope Matters blend their voices together into a shared song of hope and reconciliation. (From Book\*hug Press) Lisa Robertson’s *Wide Rime* is a lyric sequence opening a space of rhyme and echo between Joyce Wieland’s film Birds at Sunrise, and birds in the dawn poems of the troubadours, in 12th C Aquitaine. The film traces a vulnerable space for survival in the face of suffering; so too do the poems. The lyric lens insists that the daily celebration of minor, collective joy is an urgent resistance. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1552016713-5342994723671434166840778100222717262823424n.jpg CONFIRMED
April 4, 6:00 PM
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Making Sense of Movements

Free Money Graphic Novel Launch

2019-04-07T17:00:00.000-04:00 2019-04-07T19:00:00.000-04:00 Join us for the launch of FREE MONEY, a graphic novel story by Balkhis Hashi, Abigail Ralph and Naomi Ralph, illustrated by Janine Carrington! ### Event Details The evening will include a reading from Free Money & a conversation between the authors and special guest - writer and sociologist, Eve Ewing. Remarks will begin at 5:30PM and refreshments will be served. Copies of the Free Money graphic novel will be sold at the event. ### About Free Money is the story of best friends - Ruth and Alina - who live in Toronto when a new program called Free Money is launched. The program promises Black and Indigenous peoples free housing, education, guaranteed employment, and other social benefits. However, receiving "Free Money" requires that one loses their right to protest, forfeits existing land claims, and loses the ability to make land claims in the future. With training and help from Alina, Ruth transforms into a superhero, Afro-Afro, and together they try to save the people they love from the Free Money scheme. The Toronto Media Arts Centre (TMAC) is a presenting partner for this event. The space is wheelchair accessible. If you require ASL interpreters, or have any specific accessibility needs, please email [sefanit.habtom@mail.utoronto.ca](mailto:sefanit.habtom@mail.utoronto.ca). https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1550522483-a543d71f.jpg CONFIRMED
April 7, 5:00 PM
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON

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History

Read about our dispute with the City of Toronto and Urbancorp over the facility, and the settlement we reached in February 2018.

TMAC grew out of grassroots community support and in response to a need for an accessible and affordable centre dedicated to media art and technology.

The idea for TMAC was first conceptualized in 2003, after almost 15 years of organizing. TMAC incorporated in 2011 and attained charitable status in 2013. Today, TMAC has organically grown into an integrated collaborative organization supporting its members, the West Queen West community, and all of Toronto’s media artists and artist-run centres.

In 2014, with the support of the local community, City staff, Active 18 and Councillor Ana Bailão, TMAC, Urbancorp and the City of Toronto finalized an agreement that would provide the Edge on Triangle Park condominium a density bonus in exchange for a turnkey, purpose-built, 38,000 sq. ft. facility for TMAC.

TMAC moved into its new facility in March 2018!

Make a donation today and immediately receive a charitable receipt through Canada Helps!

Facility

Our multi-purpose facility offers shared spaces and amenities including:

  • Café serving coffee, pastries and lunch daily from 7 a.m.
  • Community gathering and event spaces overlooking Lisgar Park
  • Classrooms for public talks, workshops, screenings, festivals and events
  • Meeting rooms seating up to 14
  • Coworking spaces for film festival and studio staff
  • Shared resource and equipment libraries
  • A temperature-controlled film vault and archive
  • Technical and production facilities
  • Four public galleries and exhibition spaces
  • A 210-seat theatre designed by renowned architect Peter Smith, for screening independent and experimental works – coming 2019
  • Studio apartment for visiting artist residencies – coming 2019

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