Artist Profile: Eric Double

As the second artist in our Uth Daze Artist Profile series, we’re excited to introduce Eric Double of Eric Makes Masks!

Eric is a Toronto based actor, director and mask maker. He holds a Specialist Degree in Theatre and Drama Studies from U of T, as well as a Diploma in Acting from Sheridan College.

From a young age Eric has been involved in theatre, spending some of his youth in Tarragon Theatre’s Spring Training Project as well as three seasons in Resurgence Theatre Company’s Young Company.  Around this time he became fascinated with masks and has been collecting them ever since.

Eric’s first attempts at mask making were sold on the streets of Galway, Ireland where he also busked in a traditional Italian performance mask.  He has since learned from internationally acclaimed mask makers and performers such as Teodoro Dragonieri and Rob Faust of Faustwork Mask Theatre and has performed for such events as the Luminato Festival.  He currently frequents the props shops at the Canadian Stage Company where he works with mask maker Karen Rodd of Phantom of the Opera Fame.

Eric is also the Artistic Director of Theatre Caravel, an independent theatre company dedicated to inspiring new perspectives and was last seen playing Mann in Theatre Caravel’s inaugural production of Darren O’Donnell’s play OVER, which was later remounted in co-production with the The Theatre Centre.  Other credits for the company include directing Daniel MacIvor’s two one act plays, See Bob Run and Wild Abandon, and Modern Love by Jessica Moss at the Next Stage Festival. For more check out http://www.TheatreCaravel.com.

Eric is also an avid coffee drinker.

Eric will be running a mask-making station for all ages at the Uth Daze All Day Celebration on Sunday, May 6. Come by Artscape Wychwood Barns between 2:30 and 5:30 to take part in this fun and free activity!

Artist Profile: Lishai Peel

In the first installment of our Uth Daze Artist Profile series, I’d like to present Lishai Peel!

Lishai has lived on three different continents, but has found a home in Toronto’s dynamic arts community. She believes in art as a tool for community development and uses her words to create dialogue around issues of identity and belonging.

Since 2010, she has made a name for herself as an award winning poet and powerful performer. She has competed in poetry competitions at a national and international level, including representing Toronto at The 2011 Women of the World Poetry Slam, The 2011 Vancouver International Poetry Festival and The 2011 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word.

Lishai works with youth focused organizations as an arts educator, utilizing culturally sensitive, alternative education practices. Currently, she is the coordinator of UNIFFECT: A group of 25 young spoken word artists who are leaders in the Toronto youth poetry scene.

We’re thrilled to have Lishai facilitating a spoken word workshop at our all-day celebration on Sunday, May 6! She’ll also be performing in a spoken word cypher with eight other artists. Stay tuned for more info about the other inspiring artists that will be a part of the 2012 Uth Daze Festival!

2012 Festival Logo Revealed!

After weeks of hard work by our talented designer Alexander Overton, we’re thrilled to reveal the 2012 Uth Daze flyer and logo!!

We printed the flyers last week and they look amazing- we can’t wait to see Alex’s design blown up on posters around the neighbourhood. Thank you Alex for your amazing work!

National Youth Arts Week

Uth Daze is excited to announce that we’re going to be a part of National Youth Arts Week!

From May 1 to 7, 2012, young people across Canada will join together to host the largest youth-led celebration of creative expression and community involvement this country has ever seen.

National Youth Arts Week will showcase simultaneous youth-led projects from St. John’s to Vancouver and everywhere in between. It is an opportunity to demonstrate the power of youth to transform their lives and their communities through art, and in turn transform our country, and indeed the world.

We’re thrilled to be part of such an exciting week, and can’t wait to see the other events that will happen across the country. Be sure to check out their website to find out more about National Youth Arts Week- including how you can register your own event!

Calling all Volunteers

Do you want to get involved in Toronto’s arts community? Are you keen on gaining experience in event planning? Or do you just want to participate in a fun-filled weekend while giving back to the community?

Volunteer with Uth Daze!

Uth Daze is happening on May 4th-6th, 2012 at Artscape Wychwood Barns. That’s at 601 Christie St, near Bathurst and St Clair. The festival will include free creative workshops, performances, food, and more! But we need your help to make it all happen. We need volunteers for the following important roles:

  • Promotion and Planning: This would include brainstorming and implementing promotion strategy, to get the word out about this year’s festival. Duties might include writing and posting online event listings, putting up posters around the neighbourhood, or visiting local arts groups and schools to promote the festival. Dates would be flexible throughout April and early May.
  • Documentation: We need people to capture the festival’s activities and performances, to share with the community through our websites and blog! If you’re interested in photography, videography or writing, this would be a great fit for you. Dates would be May 4-6.
  • Festival Assistance: This is probably the most important role of all, since we can use all the help we can get on the weekend of the actual festival! Duties would include greeting and guiding festival visitors, assisting artist performers and facilitators, food and drink prep, and venue set-up and clean-up. Dates would be May 2-6.

If you want to get involved, send Amy an email at uthdaze.reconnexion@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Welcome to the Uth Daze Blog!

Thanks for coming to check out our new site!

Uth Daze is a three-day arts festival for kids, families and youth that will happen from May 4-6 at Toronto’s Artscape Wychwood Barns. As part of b current’s rock.paper.sistahz festival, Uth Daze is a partnership between b current and the reConnexion Collective. Events will include a Junior Juke Joint on May 5, and an All-Day Celebration on May 6 that will include creative workshops, performances, food, and more!

We’ll be updating this blog in the weeks leading up to  Uth Daze with an inside look at the artists and activities that will make up our 2012 Festival! Stay tuned for exciting news.