July 28th 2011

We started this tour off in Trinity Bellwoods Park where Hayley Imerman and Angel Chen invited participants to plant a flower for their public installation My Street Has No Trees sponsored by Blacksmith Cycle. Dodo Lab installed their flags and buttons proposing a new Canadian icon while we gathered getting ready to hit the road.

From the park we headed off, led by Michael Louis Johnson our trumpeting cyclist and emcee, to arrive at MOCCA. At MOCCA we saw the exhibition This is Paradise, a show that focused on the history of the Queen West art scene in the 1980's. Thanks to Brett Despovitch for speaking with the group about the show.

 

This was followed by a dance performance Joy Experiment #3 by Cathy Gordon and Hub 14. Then it was off to the Factory Theatre for a showcase of video works by Nicholas Kovats, Evan Tyler and Carolyn Tripp selected from the Parkdale Film and Video ShowcaseThe tour then moved into Alexandra Park for a performance by Miko Sobreira and Manuel Rodriguez Saenz. 

The fifth stop took the tour group into Kensington market where we rode up the ramp of the Kensington parking garage to find the Lemonbucket Orkestra. They played a lively set atop the building with the city sky behind them. 

 

We then ended the tour at a preview of the RRRRR Trash Art Festival in the garagebehind El Gordo's. The event featured an installation by the Brazilian Collective Urban Trash Renewal in partnership with Whippersnapper Galleryas well as Hidden Shrines garbage sculptures by artists Felix Kalmenson and Sasha FosterThe night was a lively one with an amazing performance by afro-colombian band Sexteto Tabala.

Thanks to the Ontario Arts Council and Blacksmith Cycle for their support on this tour. Thanks to Alfonzo from El Gordo's for graciously hosting us and to the Community Bicycle Network for their help, and to our volunteers Will and Leah.

PHOTOS

Photos by David Wyndham

Participants gather in Trinity Bellwoods Park. Dodo Lab installed their flags and buttons proposing a new Canadian icon while we waited to hit the road. Photo by Vanessa Brazeau.

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Hayley Imerman and Angel Chen invited participants to plant a flower for their public installation “My Street Has No Trees” sponsored by Blacksmith Cycle. Photo by Vanessa Brazeau.

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Hayley Imerman and Angel Chen invited participants to plant a flower for their public installation “My Street Has No Trees” sponsored by Blacksmith Cycle. Photo by Vanessa Brazeau.

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Hayley Imerman and Angel Chen invited participants to plant a flower for their public installation “My Street Has No Trees” sponsored by Blacksmith Cycle. Photo by David Wyndham.

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Hayley Imerman and Angel Chen invited participants to plant a flower for their public installation “My Street Has No Trees” sponsored by Blacksmith Cycle. Photo by David Wyndham.

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Art Spinners at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art to see the exhibition “This is Paradise”. Photo by Vanessa Brazeau.

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John Carnes and 'The Empress' soundsystem who follows us playing beats for the whole tour. Photo by David Wyndham.

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Art Spinners at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art to see the exhibition “This is Paradise”. Photo by Vanessa Brazeau.

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Art Spinners at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art to see the exhibition “This is Paradise”. Photo by David Wyndham.

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The front of the tour led by trumpeting emcee Michael Louis Johnson. Photo by David Wyndham.

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Felix Kalmenson cycles with a portion of his installation for the Trash Art Festival. Photo by David Wyndham.

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A dance performance “Joy Experiment #3" by Cathy Gordon and Hub 14. Photo by David Wyndham.

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A dance performance “Joy Experiment #3" by Cathy Gordon and Hub 14. Photo by David Wyndham.

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A dance performance “Joy Experiment #3" by Cathy Gordon and Hub 14. Photo by David Wyndham.

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Emcee Michael Louis Johnson. Photo by David Wyndham.

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Cycling to our next stop. Photo by David Wyndham.

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An Art Spin bike. Photo by David Wyndham.

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Michael Louis Johnson. Photo by David Wyndham.

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A performance in Alexandra Park by Miko Sobreira and Manuel Rodriguez Saenz. Photo by David Wyndham.

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A performance in Alexandra Park by Miko Sobreira and Manuel Rodriguez Saenz. Photo by David Wyndham.

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A performance in Alexandra Park by Miko Sobreira and Manuel Rodriguez Saenz. Photo by David Wyndham.

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A performance in Alexandra Park by Miko Sobreira and Manuel Rodriguez Saenz. Photo by David Wyndham.

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The Lemon Bucket Orkestra on the roof of the Kensington parking garage. Photo by David Wyndham.

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Art Spinner dancing to The Lemon Bucket Orkestra on the roof of the Kensington parking garage. Photo by David Wyndham.

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Art Spinners watching The Lemon Bucket Orkestra on the roof of the Kensington parking garage. Photo by David Wyndham.

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The Lemon Bucket Orkestra on the roof of the Kensington parking garage. Photo by David Wyndham.

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The Lemon Bucket Orkestra on the roof of the Kensington parking garage. Photo by David Wyndham.

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Special preview of The Trash Art Festival presented by Whippersnapper Gallery with installations by the Urban Trash Art – visiting from brazil - and Felix Kalmenson and Sasha Foster. Photo by David Wyndham.

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