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New Strata: Five Years
Misbah Ahmed, Shannon Garden-Smith, Andrew Harding, Cadence Planthara
An exhibition hosted by Hearth (1267A St Clair Ave. West, Toronto, ON)
April 27 - June 8, 2024

OPENING RECEPTION: April 27, 2024, 7PM - 10PM

New Strata: Five Years re-visits the practices of four artists featured in our inaugural 2019 exhibition. As we launch a new permanent space, it only felt right to gather with Misbah Ahmed, Shannon Garden-Smith, Andrew Harding, and Cadence Planthara five years after our initial collaboration. In returning to this theme, we return to stratification’s relationship with time. We enter a recursive process of reflection: a spiral that deviates from itself each time it circles back. We hope you can join us April 27, 7-10PM for another experiment in housewarming.

Anthony Douglas Cooper, Gabi Dao, Oliver Husain, Chang Yuchen
An exhibition hosted by the plumb
January 20 - February 18, 2024

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, January 20, 2024, 6PM - 9PM

Open Hours:
Saturdays and Sundays 2-5PM & by Appointment

Vision321 is an installation exploring themes of surveillance and theatrics, layering and integrating an on-site performance directed by the concept of convergent evolution with a constructed installation. Hearth presents artworks mediated by a perforated structure; viewable from an area which itself has been the site of some peculiar things…

Not Junk Yet: The Art of Lary 7
A screening hosted by Spacemaker ii
Screening: October 13th, 8PM, 2023

We invite you to join us for a screening of Not Junk Yet: The Art of Lary 7, directed by Danielle De Picciotto and produced by Alexander Hacke. PWYC, with all proceeds forwarded directly to the artist.

Lary 7 is the founder of Platiskville Records, a student of Tony Conrad, and has been a perennial figure of the New York music and art scene since the early 1980’s. We are thrilled to share this rare documentary exploring the work, life, and influence of this multidisciplinary artist’s-artist.

The Nest Channel
Hiromi Nakatsugawa, Leeay Aikawa, Jos Theriault
An exhibition hosted by Spacemaker ii
September 2 - 25, 2022

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 2, 2022, 7PM - 10pm

Spacemaker ii Hours:
Fridays 7-10PM & by Appointment

Extended Hours for Gallery Weekend:
September 22-25th, Open 12-7PM

Hearth presents “The Nest Channel”, an exhibition featuring new work by artists Hiromi Nakatsugawa, Leeay Aikawa, and Jos Theriault. For a month we called SPACEMAKER II our home, and here we enunciate in the voice of The Channeller— one who takes the middle path between total reception of environmental energy and the hermetic production of internal power. This arrangement beckons our dwelling’s intuitive moments, be it through plumbing the depths of the body’s internal landscapes, navigating the grief architecture of the avant-city, or reconciling with the possibility of non-human afterlife.

29 Games for Parties
Holly Fedida and Paula Mclean
An exhibition hosted by the Dundas Museum and Archives
July 30 - September 24th, 2022

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, July 30th, 2022, 1:30PM - 3:30pm
See fb event for updates

Dundas Museum Hours:
Tuesday 10am–4:30pm
Wednesday 10am–4:30pm
Thursday 10am–8pm
Friday 10am–4:30pm
Saturday 1–4pm 

Layers of drawing, photographs, and resin fuse source material with extrapolated vision, coalescing in new forms. Inspired in part by site visits exploring the Dundas Museum’s collection and architecture, these works reconfigure and reimagine its contents in a sensorial reflection of accumulation. Through the process of collage, both artists point their interest towards ideas of value, preservation, and questions of description as they relate to objecthood and material histories. Using compositional structures and devices intrinsic to museum displays, the artists re-articulate frames, tabletops, and glass cases as a shared visual language. 29 Games for Parties offers a recasting of the archive as a subjective, and sensory endeavour.

Artist Bios:
Holly Fedida is an artist invested in the intimacies of observation and the objects we hold close. Working with painting and drawing, she aims to imagine different possibilities for the still-life genre, creating pictures in which objects can become subjects: taking on the roles of active protagonists. Holly holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from Concordia University. She currently lives and works in Tkaronto/Toronto.

Born in Sarnia, Ontario, Paula McLean received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Studio Art from Concordia University in 2017 and a Master of Fine Art at the University of Waterloo in 2019. As an interdisciplinary artist, she is interested in the interplay (as well as synthesis) between subject and object as it relates to ideas of memory, mimicry, entropy, and meaning. She currently lives and works in Tkaronto/Toronto.

Silverfish Issue 002
Hearth is proud to be presenting issue 002 of Silverfish!

Order your copy today through Silverfish.com, and contact @silverfishmag to arrange local pickup 💌
This publication is available for sliding scale pricing, from $10 - $25, plus shipping if applicable.

Silverfish’s 2nd issue, Transition, features texts by Anna Daliza and Irum, and artist projects by Saysah Yoroonatii and Lina Wu. Designed by Rowan Lynch. thank you to the Silverfish team for all the incredible work <3

Produced with the support of the City of Toronto through Toronto Arts Council 

Silverfish is a publication and workshop program focused on cultivating ongoing dialogues between emerging contemporary artists and writers based in Tkaronto/Toronto. Silverfish publishes experimental and expansive approaches to art and writing through thematic assemblages of texts and artworks. We pair emerging artists and writers to reflect on pressing themes and critical discourses within contemporary art and culture. Silverfish fulfils a necessary niche, offering space for ongoing collaborations between emerging artists and writers that centre community building and skill sharing. We’re committed to providing a unique platform and paid opportunities for emerging artists and writers, particularly for those within the 2SLGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities.

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Arts Workers Wage Transparency Database
See here for more information

We invite you to submit to a crowd-sourced database project concerning wages in the arts. No identifying or personal details are required to submit! We believe that sharing this information benefits workers by allowing points of reference that we hope will allow you to advocate for higher compensation in future profession endeavors. We also hope to gain insight into patterns of inequality and exploitation, in order to better advocate for change.

We would love for you to share this resource with your friends and co-workers! Feel free to contact hearthgarage@gmail.com with any questions and/or feedback.

Bodily Dreams Workshop with Jenny Laiwint
in association with the exhibition places where sounds turn to dreams...
November 24, 2:30-4:30pm

This workshop will take place at Hearth, located near the corner of Bathurst & Ulster, on Wednesday November 24th from 2:30-4:30pm.

Participants are encouraged to dress prepared for the weather. We ask that all participants be prepared to show proof of vaccination and/or valid exemption prior to the start of the workshop, to ensure the safety of all participants and the artist. An email confirming your participation will be sent to all participants prior to the workshop. Participants signing up should be available for the duration of the workshop.

Workshop description:
Artist Jennifer Laiwint’s interactive workshop forges connections between bodily rhythms and feeling states and explores the ways that these can be creatively translated through movement, sound, drawing and creative visualizations. What happens to our physical rhythms when we attempt to overcome fear or enter a meditative trance? How can the interpretation of these tempos and their variations be a point of entry into movement creation, speculative storytelling and beat making?

places where sounds turn to dreams...
Ft. Julia E. Dyck, Simon Fuh, Kite, Matt Nish-Lapidus, and Carson Teal
Curated by Dhvani Ramanujam
Nov. 5 - Nov 24th, 2021

Gallery Hours will be held Sundays and Mondays, 12PM - 4PM during the run of the exhibition.
Exception: Please note the gallery will only be open 12-2:45, Mon. Nov 15. We apologise for any inconvenience.

If you cannot make these gallery hours, and would like to visit between Monday to Saturday, feel free to get in touch at hearthgarage@gmail.com or DM @hearth.garage on instagram.

Please join us for the opening reception of our final exhibition of the season, curated by our curatorial incubator recipient, Dhvani Ramanujam!

places where sounds turn to dreams... is a group exhibition that focuses on artists that engage with sonic-worldmaking in their practices. Through a series of aural mediations, landscapes, and ecologies, the works on display ask viewers to consider how sound helps us locate the cracks and leaks in time and space, playing with themes of speculation, language, and memory.

Zona de Sacrificio
Soledad Fátima Muñoz
Sept. 15 - Oct 17th, 2021

Exhibition Pamphlet PDF | La Caravana De La Muerte PDF

Watch La Parte de Atrás de la Arpillera (The back of the Arpillera), online here

Join us Friday September 17th 5-8pm for the opening day. Regular Gallery Hours are Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, 12-4, and by appointment.

Zona de Sacrificio (Sacrifice Zone) is a solo exhibition by artist and researcher Soledad Fátima Muñoz featuring a selection of textiles and a short film.

Zona de Sacrificio references an ongoing process of political intervention orchestrated by North American and European governments in order to profit from resource extraction globally, leaving impacted areas permanently damaged by heavy environmental alterations and economic divestment. With works referencing events related to the history of neoliberal intervention in Chile, as well as the ongoing nature of these systemic abuses, Zona de Sacrificio aims to raise awareness of Canada’s role in global resource exploitation, and draw attention to Chile’s current context, where political prisoners still await trial for involvement in a contemporary movement to change the constitution implemented by Augusto Pinochet’s american-backed military dictatorship (1973-1990).

For more information see:
Soledad Muñoz Website
Desert of Memories Project
"Teachers Increase Stake in Chile Water Utilities"
Read Arpilleras the Vessels of Chile’s Resistance, an essay by Soledad Fátima Muñoz, here

Available on our Mixcloud here. Happy listening! ❤

During quarantine, we've re-started Hearth Audio, an online platform for mixes by local artists and collaborators.
See mixes by Arthur Bastos, Yan Wen Chang, Kate Kolberg, Fan Wu, Shellie Zhang, and more.

See @hearth.garage and Facebook for updates.

Feel free to contact us at hearthgarage@gmail.com or DM us at @hearth.garage with any questions or inquiries.


Precarious Joy
Curated by Abby Ho & Amanda Low of Looseleaf Magazine
Fong Ki Wan, Jana Ghalayini, Khanh Tudo, L Akhter, Qirou Yang, Ramolen Laruan, Rice Water Collective (Florence Yee & Arezu Salamzadeh), Sanna Wani, Tommy Truong, with an exhibition essay from atif m. khan
See FB Event to RSVP

August 7 – 28, 2021
𝗚𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗛𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀:
Saturdays and Sundays: 11PM - 5PM
Thursdays and Fridays: 4PM - 8PM
Drop-ins anytime to view the work! If you cannot make these gallery hours, and would like to visit between Monday - Wednesday, feel free to get in touch at hearthgarage@gmail.com or DM @hearth.garage on instagram.

Joy is sometimes fleeting and nebulous. It is sometimes outlined or overshadowed by grief, sorrow, and deep loneliness. Yet, it continues to glimmer in small ways, especially powerful when nurtured through community care. In the spirit of precarious joy, a joy that is obtained by a communal asking, the artists in this exhibition activate joy as resistance, joy as radical acts.

Produced by Project 40 Collective, "Precarious Joy" is our final volume of LooseLeaf Magazine in 3D form. This interdisciplinary group exhibition features artists Fong Ki Wan, Jana Ghalayini, Khanh Tudo, L Akhter, Qirou Yang, Ramolen Laruan, Rice Water Collective (Florence Yee & Arezu Salamzadeh), Sanna Wani, Tommy Truong, with an exhibition essay from atif m. khan. Precarious Joy is funded by the Toronto Arts Council.

We are located on Ulster St. just east of Three Star Variety (621 Bathurst, Toronto, ON, M5S 2R2). It is an accessible venue with a large garage door at ground level. There are no washrooms on site.

Written in Water
Nabil Azab, Rixt de Boer, and Christian Vistan
Curated by Theresa Wang
See FB Event to RSVP

July 4 – August 2, 2021

Featuring work by Nabil Azab, Rixt de Boer, and Christian Vistan, Written in Water offers artworks that consider the processes of memory, recollection, and forgetting.

Aristotle distinguishes memory and remembering by assigning pathos to the former and attributing deliberate action to the latter. At the heart of this distinction we might discern the nascent refutation of a linear reading of time, instead understanding the two as working radially to interpret events and experiences. The artists in this exhibition propose misalignments and fallibility within experiences of remembering. The authority of the past desanctified into phantasmata, what feels familiar also dapples in sway. A glint, a glyph, gripping onto the sticky nodes of associations. By and by, memory’s finger curls within the nook. A bed of moss and weeds envelop its trace.

RECENT EXHIBITION in association with CONTACT Photography Festival:
Dot by dot like a baby gazelle
ft. work by Mehran Mafi Bordbar, Mélika Hashemi, and Iman Lahroussi
Curated by Mitra Fakhrashrafi
See FB Event to RSVP
Register for Viewing Appointment here

June 1 - 29, 2021

In “Ain El Karma”, a song originally written and performed in the early 1900s, poet and singer Aissa Djarmouni connects the act of tattooing to the land he wrote of, describing the puncturing of the skin, “Dot by dot like a baby gazelle grazing in the plain of the Olive River”.

The lasting popularity of this lyric links the once common practice of tattooing to the present; giving life and persistence to a tradition that, with the criminalizing of nomadic ways of being and the growing stigma associated with tattooing, is no longer widely performed in the region. 

Mehran Mafi Bordbar, Mélika Hashemi and Iman Lahroussi draw from tattoo cultures across Iran and the Maghreb to explore borders, gender, faith, and the future—especially futures which demand the rejection of binaries, static history, and erasure.

(Re)membering and (Re)imagining: the Joyous Star Peoples of Turtle Island
A Solo Project by Natalie King
April 19 - May 27, 2021
See FB Event to RSVP
Exhibition Text by Laura St. Amant

(Re)membering and (Re)imagining: the Joyous Star Peoples of Turtle Island is a solo exhibition at Hearth Garage by Natalie King addressing joy, love, power, reclamation and the (re)imagining of Anishinaabe futures. Reflecting on Anishinaabe stories of the stars and the practice of oral storytelling, King visualises the act of embarking on ancestor-to-ancestor conversations that exist within and beyond the current physical plane, queering real and imagined conversations of past and future.

Natalie King (she/her) is a queer interdisciplinary Anishinaabe artist, facilitator and member of Timiskaming First Nation. King's multidisciplinary arts practice includes video, painting, sculpture and installation as well as community engagement, curation and arts administration.

View details here
DEADLINE: June 30th 2021

RECENT EXHIBITION [on site at the plumb]:

ft. work by FASTWÜRMS, Holly Fedida, Julian Yi-Zhong Hou, Chantal Khoury, Aidan Koch, Alicia Nauta, Shaelynn Recollet, Fatine-Violette Sabiri, and Véronique Sunatori
And a publication [PDF] featuring writing from Alexia, Benjamin de Boer, Forest Hope, Jennifer Laiwint, Keivan Mahboubi, and Blair Swann.

January 9 - February 7, 2021
A seasonal collaboration with the plumb

Online components including videos by Jennifer Laiwint, and FASTWÜRMS, and a song by Forest Hope, can be found at moonshow.info

Deeply connected to human projections and aspirations, the Moon is subject to an array of encounters – from personal wonder to our collective histories, of bodies of water and flesh. Following the line between waking hours and sleep, two subterranean rooms refract along the asymmetrical warp of the scrying bowl. Step towards inversion or clarity; there are still pools to welcome you near the cyclical turn of seasons pinned to canvas. Choose another way to find yourself within a labyrinthine corridor, following scorched bronze and quilts in rest. These twin chambers hinge on the reading room, a restful moth-light library; we invite you to sit a spell by the glow.

Due to current Lockdown restrictions in Ontario, there will not be regular gallery hours. For more information please contact hearthgarage@gmail.com or info@theplumb.ca

Cody Caetano x Yan Wen Chang

We’re excited to share the newest edition of our City Water broadside, Shadow Land Acknowledgment”, a collaboration between Cody Caetano and Yan Wen Chang.⁣ ⁣

"The idea and conceptual site of the Shadow Land comes from writer and traditional teacher Lee Maracle (Sto:lo), who in the past has taught it as “the space between the living and the dead where terrible things can be looked at.” ⁣ ⁣

In “Shadow Land Acknowledgement,” Yan Wen Chang and Cody Caetano torque a political genre to confront the myopia and cognitive dissonance of the city’s political shakers. ⁣⁣ ⁣

B&W prints of this edition, as pictured, are available for free/by donation, while the edition of 20 originals is for sale for $45 each. For inquiries please contact hearthgarage@gmail.com. All proceeds from this broadside will go to Encampment Support Network Toronto.

RECENT EXHIBITION [on site at Hearth]:
Travellers: A New Installation by Jordan Elliot Prosser

January 16th - February 16th, 2021

Over the Christmas season, Jordan Elliott Prosser has recycled material from a recent exhibition to transform Hearth into a diorama, inviting visitors to peer into a sculptural tableau made from Prosser’s childhood objects . Travellers is conceived in the image of the Christian trope of a redemptive interior found in representations of the nativity and persisting in western literature (Dickens), cinema (Spielberg), and visual art (Duchamp).

This exhibition is intended to be viewed from Hearth’s window, and is available for viewing at any time. It is best viewed after the sun has set on a snowy day. We are located on Ulster St. just east of Three Star Variety (621 Bathurst, Toronto, ON, M5S 2R2). For more information, see hearthgarage.com or contact us at hearthgarage@gmail.com.

Silverfish Issue 001 Cyborgities Magazine Launch: now that the artifice is dissolved,

ft. work by Jessica Kasiama, Alex Lepianka, Miao Liu, and B Wijshijer
November 14-30, 2020

Gallery hours: In response to Toronto’s second lockdown we will be closing regular gallery hours and have switched to curbside pickup and mail for distributing Silverfish magazine. As always they are free other than the cost of postage! ✨ [SOLD OUT]

now that the artifice is dissolved, showcases the works developed throughout the Silverfish workshop program by the inaugural cohort. The associated magazine will be available for free pickup at Hearth during the course of the exhibition.

Available on our Mixcloud here. Happy listening! ❤

During quarantine, we've re-started Hearth Audio, an online platform for mixes by local artists and collaborators.
See mixes by Arthur Bastos, Yan Wen Chang, Kate Kolberg, Fan Wu, Shellie Zhang, and more.

See @hearth.garage and Facebook for updates.

Feel free to contact us at hearthgarage@gmail.com or DM us at @hearth.garage with any questions or inquiries.