MOCA will be transformed into an interactive art party by a group of Toronto’s talented emerging artists. This building, at 158 Sterling Road, was once the site of legendary illicit dance parties, raves, and punk gigs. Taking inspiration from this past, underground nightlife hub, we will revive its wild legacy for one night only with amazing art and music, lighting MOCA up in the dark. Starting at 9pm, come play with artist-led interactive installations and activities on the ground floor. Dance among art with beats by DJ Lulu Wei on our blacklight dance floor.
This party is presented with the exhibition 'An Index' which features 24 artists from the inaugural Akin Studio Program. An Index makes visible the labours of artistic creation through an open and honest charting of the processes, challenges, delights, and failures of making art in the city. Night Visions credits the importance of social play in creative production. For the first time ever MOCA Goes Dark, and invites you to explore the museum transformed by local artists.Find out more »
This workshop explores different ways to create art using sustainable and natural materials. Artist Maria Queiroga will show participants how to use foods like beet juice and hibiscus tea to create safe and chemical-free inks. You will have a chance to make beautiful, abstract paintings using natural ink on paper.Find out more »
Join us to celebrate the first exhibition of Akin residency artists at MOCA.
This location at 158 Sterling Road is a site of making: from its beginnings as a historic car parts factory, to an underground venue for raves and artist studios. Throughout the past year, the fourth floor of MOCA has served to extend this legacy by opening space for studios, residencies, as well as programs exploring art’s utilitarian role in contemporary society. In the context of the site’s histories, this exhibition features works by artists who have produced within this space as part of the inaugural Akin Studio Programme. 'An Index' makes visible the labours of artistic creation through an open and honest charting of the processes, challenges, delights, and failures of making art in the city.
Filled with breathtaking images of plants and animals, The Biggest Little Farm is an inspiring ode to uncompromising idealism and a beautiful homage to the natural world. Visit The Life of a Dead Tree by Mark Dion before the screening who brings a massive, fully grown, deceased tree, along with its inhabitants, to MOCA.Find out more »
Welcome to TD Community Sundays at MOCA. Enjoy free admission to the museum on the last Sunday of each month from 10am to 2pm. TD Community Sundays are made possible by TD Bank Group through its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment. TD Community Sundays may include guided tours of the exhibitions on view. #TheReadyCommitmentFind out more »
It's the Zine Dream 12 Launch Party with
Readings & Musical Performances by
& SECRET GUEST TBA
In addition to the evening's lineup, Art Metropole will exhibit their back catalogue of zines, featuring work by local and international artists collected by the organization over their 45-year history. This extensive zine library will be available to browse and buy at Art Metropole's storefront space on the ground floor of the MOCA for the duration of the weekend.Find out more »
Collaborate bio-sonically with non-human organisms around you! As part of Vector Festival, InterAccess is pleased to partner with MOCA Toronto to host a free workshop with Tosca Hidalgo y Terán. Drop by on Sunday, July 14 between 1-4pm on Floor 1 to listen to bio-data through various analogue synthesizers, plants, moss and mushrooms and experience a non-human bio-sonification symphony! Bio-sonification is a process to translate complex real-time sensor data into musical notes and controls, exploring the auditory sensory modality to…Find out more »
Enjoy free admission to the museum on the last Sunday of each month from 10am to 2pm. TD Community Sundays are made possible by TD Bank Group through its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment. TD Community Sundays may include guided tours of the exhibitions on view. #TheReadyCommitmentFind out more »
Artist and Illustrator, Matthew Wells, leads a series of workshops that focus on drawing on insects. Open to all ages and levels, participants will learn the purposes of drawing and documenting biological entities, as well as techniques for rendering the unique contours and vibrant colours of a variety of insect species. Taking place alongside Mark Dion’s exhibition 'The Life of a Dead Tree', these workshops give participants the opportunity to draw insect specimens that have been cultivated from the tree on display, including the emerald ash borer beetle.Find out more »
Believe the hype, folks: Sterling Road is jam-packed with tons of cool stuff - artist's spaces, yoga studios, bookstores, restaurants, a brewery, clothing stores, galleries, and a lot more! Come join us on Saturday, June 15th for the 3rd instalment of ON STERLING BINGO for your chance to check them all out, and get special, behind-the-scenes looks at all of them!Find out more »