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Art Ignite is a non-profit community arts organization. Our aim is to provide free or low-cost visual art workshops and exhibitions catering mainly to the Flemingdon Park community in Toronto. Many of Flemingdon Park’s residents are new immigrants living in low-income households with limited access to art activities. Led by professional artists, these activities aim to transform community spaces into creative hubs where residents can unleash their imaginations, connect with their community, gain skills, and become leaders of change.

Art Through Colour Reverie

Saturday, March 2nd | @ Flemingdon Health Centre |10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Art through colour reverie: To paint a landscape with the pointillist method and an increased understanding of colour theory. The motive of this workshop is to distance the participants from their daily chaos and worries; with this process will help participants to be pleasantly lost in their thoughts while they paint.

In this workshop of two hours, the participants will learn how choosing the wrong adjacent hues will diminish a colour’s brilliance; on the other hand, the right juxtapositions will mutually enhance each component and yield striking results. They will experience this by placing different coloured dots in a composition. This composition will be a simple imaginary landscape.

This workshop is open to all ages and the level of difficulty may be determined with complex compositions as per the range of beginners and advanced learners.

To register, email Tasneem@artignite.ca before Friday, February 22. Space is limited

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Akshata Naik


Akshata Naik is an emerging visual artist who has shown her works across Asia, UK and North America. She studied her bachelor’s and master’s degree in visual arts from renowned Faculty of Fine arts, the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India & was also awarded a gold medal for her extraordinary work in her masters. She was a lecturer at Faculty of Fine arts, Parul University, India and teaches art at Arts Etobicoke, Art Ignite, Neilson Park Creative Centre and several organizations in Toronto. The solo exhibition “Bloody Boats “was documented by BBC UK and was appreciated in UK and Toronto.

Time for Me

Saturday, March 2nd | @ Flemingdon Health Centre | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Participants will take part in a creative self-care practice where they will decoupage and collage their very own self-care box with words of inspiration, motivation, and affirmation including their favourite and uplifting images and colours. Participants will complete the activity by painting stones with strong words and write creative love notes to themselves, to start off their self-care box. The idea is that
participants will continue to add personal and meaningful items to their self-care box that will bring them peace and joy in the more challenging moments of life.

To register, email Tasneem@artignite.ca before Friday, February 22. Space is limited


Jothi Saldanha


Jothi Saldanha is a mom of two who manages her own arts and photography practice while developing and delivering arts for wellness programs to the community. Flemingdon Park holds a special place for Jothi because she spent her formative teen years living there. Organizations like Art Ignite would have been an invaluable resource for Jothi at that time. She is happy to be giving back in this full circle way.

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MalPensando Comedy is a Toronto comedy enterprise founded in 2014 by Stephan Dyer and Juan Cajiao, international bilingual, award-winning stand up comedians, and TEDx Alumni. Their weekly shows in Spanish and English in Toronto, sold out Spanish comedy workshops, as well as his numerous awards in Public Speaking earned them the Latin Comedians of the Year Prize by Latin Awards Canada (2017) and a TEDx Invitation by the University of Putra Malaysia in 2018. By December 2018, MalPensando has improved the lives of 200+ students through humor and has been a vehicle for countless hours of community  service in the Hispanic-Canadian community.

Speaking With Confidence

Wednesday, July 10th | @ Cumberland Terrace | 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

The purpose of the workshop is to overcome the fear of public speaking through Improv and Comedy. We will use humour as the primary tool in order to become persuasive speakers, improve stage presence, and develop self-confidence. The workshop will also show attendees how to embrace their accent and roots, if any, through the 'mistakes are opportunities' mentality.

Location: 2 Bloor Street West (ILAC classroom)
Enter From South East Corner of Bay & Cumberland (Cumberland Terrace Entrance), walk up one escalator and do a 180 turn - the classroom is right there!

If you have trouble getting there, call 647-618-3937!

Learn How To Be A Master of Ceremonies

Wednesday, March 20th | @ Cumberland Terrace | 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

The purpose of the workshop is to teach you 10 Simple Steps to being a good MC. We will also give you 20+ useful tips, techniques, and examples of Dos and Donts.

Location: 2 Bloor Street West (ILAC classroom)
Enter From South East Corner of Bay & Cumberland (Cumberland Terrace Entrance), walk up one escalator and do a 180 turn - the classroom is right there!

If you have trouble getting there, call 647-618-3937!

Get your FREE ticket HERE!

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Stephan Dyer and Juan Cajiao


Stephan Dyer and Juan Cajiao are international bilingual, award-winning stand up comedians and TEDx Alumni. They have performed over 300 shows in 14 cities across 8 countries, received the prestigious award of Best Latin Comedians 2017 by Latin Awards Canada, been invited to participate in TEDxTALKS Malaysia, Comedy Central (callback), received The Second City Diversity Fellowship, and have been part of a number of Canadian projects on radio and television.


North York Arts is a non-profit and registered charity.

North York Arts (NYA) is one of six Local Arts Service Organizations (LASOs) in Toronto whose purpose is to deliver on the City’s social, economic and cultural goals outside of the downtown core. NYA was created to specifically address the needs and interests of artists, arts organizations and residents based in North York.

An inclusive, engaged, and sustainable arts and culture community in North York.

To collaborate with artists, arts organizations, and partners to develop, strengthen, and promote cultural programming and initiatives for North York communities.

Introduction to Accounting Principles for Artists & Creatives

Tuesday, April 2nd | @Art Starts Studio | 6 pm to 8 pm

A business infrastructure is essential for an artist to earn a viable income in their selected field of expertise. This workshop will cover basic principles of accounting and business management related to the cultural sector with the following topics of discussion:

- Setting Up Your Company – Sole Proprietorship/Partnerships/Corporations/NFP's/Charities
- Getting Organized -basic filing systems - Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable
- Potential Revenue Streams - artist / creator / service provider
- Maintaining Overhead Costs - what is an essential expense?
- Return on Investment Techniques - how to spend less and earn more
- Effective Negotiation Tactics to Maximize your Earning Potential- what is your worth?

Please register HERE

Introduction to Accounting Software Principles

Tuesday, April 16th | @Creation Loft, North York Central Library | 1 pm to 3 pm

This workshop will cover basic accounting principles as they pertain to day to day data management of an artist or creator's business. Various accounting software platforms will be referenced with Wave being the learning template to encompass the following practices and procedures:

- Assets/Liabilities/Equity - how do these components affect your company's financial profile?
- Creating a viable Chart of Accounts to accurately reflect specific line items necessary for various reports and grant completions (eg CADAC, OMF, FACTOR, etc)
- Invoice Templates / Cash Flow management
- Inventory Maintenance
- Cohesive Data Entry
- Bank Reconciliations
- Financial Statements/Reports - Balance Sheets, Income Statements/Statement of Operations

Participants will require a computer to be able to participate in some activities related to this workshop. A limited number of computers will be available on site please contact cecilia@northyorkarts.org to reserve a computer. We recommend that you bring a laptop if possible.

Register HERE

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Anne-Marie Smith


Anne-Marie attended Harris Institute majoring in production/engineering and was hired by Warner/Chappell Music Publishing. She was promoted to Creative Manager two years later and signed various songwriters including Glenn Lewis, Kardinal Offishall, Jully Black & Saukrates to the company. 2010-2015, Anne-Marie was the Associate Producer at Clear Lake Historical Productions.
She currently teaches courses for Harris Institute’s Artist Management program for Seneca College’s Music programs. Anne-Marie owns Lonestar Music Services which provides business support to various clients including Polaris Music Prize Inc., NXNE, USS, and Iskwé and has held positions on the OMDC Board of Directors and the CIRPA.

Can be reached by email: anne-marie@lonestarmusicservices.com

Beginner Sewing Class

Saturday, May 25th| @Art Starts Studio | 12:30-2:30 PM

This 2-hr workshop will teach participants how to sew a head wrap or infinity scarf (participants choose). No experience is needed. Basic sewing skills and sewing machine instructions will be provided. In a fun learning environment participants will learn the steps to make their own head wrap or scarf. Participants will walk away with their own wrap or scarf to take home.



Gellis Jerome-Milandou


Gellis Jerome-Milandou is a registered practical nurse and a professional sewing instructor, who has been sewing as her passion all her life. Her sewing studio Infinite Modesty Designs teaches beginners to advance sewing classes at her Toronto sewing studio. Participants will learn a life skill that everyone (even men) should know.

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Stolen From Africa / Volé D’Afrique began as a t-shirt campaign in 2004. We found that through highlighting social justice issues and stories of oppression on everyday street apparel, we sparked interest, ignited ideas and encouraged dialogue. The increase in gun violence deaths in 2004/5 and the release of the 2006 Student Census by the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) of a 40% drop-out rate among black youth initiated the launch of our mix-tape, "Banning Guns Won't Stop Gun Violence, Changing Mindsets Will " Our mix-tape brought together various artists from Toronto’s underserved communities to address collective causes. This project led to a partnership with the TDSB and launched several SFA speaking engagements at high schools and community events. During these outreach sessions we looked not only at the current problem of youth violence and marginalization but the historic circumstances which have allowed this and many other issues to persist.

For the past 13 years, SFA has worked diligently on developing culturally-relevant educational resources and programming for racialized youth and students marginalized from mainstream education. Through project funding from The Laidlaw Foundation, Canadian Heritage, the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils, ArtReach Toronto and small pockets of TDSB funding, we’ve been able to produce short educational documentaries and provide alternative multi-media arts education programming and curricula for marginalized students and youth across the GTA and in Southern Ontario.

Reclaimed Roots

Wednesday, May 22nd | @ Nia Centre for the Arts | 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Reclaiming Roots is a workshop for black youth and allies aged 12-29 that prioritizes creating safe spaces for retelling stories of resilience. These workshops explore identity and healing through storytelling, collaging and photography through an Afrocentric Lens.




Neil Donaldson is a father, artist and community leader. He is the founder of Stolen From Africa an arts education organization in Scarborough working with under-serviced youths and families. With over ten years experience working within the youth sector, it is clear that Donaldson has a deep passion for youth engagement, community, education and the arts.His work ethic has landed him  speaking engagements At Wilfred Laurier University, Concordia University and George Brown College along with featured interviews with The Toronto Star and The Globe And Mail.

Reclaimed Roots

Wednesday, May 29th | @ Stolen from Africa | 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Reclaiming Roots is a workshop for black youth and allies aged 12-29 that prioritizes creating safe spaces for retelling stories of resilience. These workshops explore identity and healing through storytelling, collaging and photography through an Afrocentric Lens.




She is Mother, Wife, Advocate, Graphic Artists, Photography enthusiast and Melanin Celebrator. Alongside Black Speculative Arts Movement Canada’s Founder Quinten Vercetty, she is the Co-creator and visual/performance artist for Stolen From Africa’s Baobab Project ft. Rita and Bob Marley Grandaughter, Donisha Pintagrass. Queen uses rituals, visual arts, and storytelling in order to affirm that blackness exist outside of stereotypes, debunking the misconceptions that people of the African Diaspora fit into one ideal.

Thank you!

We are grateful for the ongoing support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council

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