TORONTO—With January comes Toronto’s annual design week, which features a wide variety of visual treats and events across the city.
A long lineup of design activities are happening from Jan. 23 to 29 with some events leading up to then (and continuing after); check out some of them below.
The Design Exchange (DX), 234 Bay St. in Toronto, is offering several events during that week. Highlights include a film screening of Unfinished Spaces on Jan. 19 from 6:30-9 p.m. The film centres around three young architects commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba’s national art schools.
On Jan. 25, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Making It! will land at the DX, featuring twenty speakers from various design disciplines explaining a project (in five minutes) from conception to completion.
The Toronto Design Offsite Festival also has a full slate of design-related happenings. A few of the highlights include Capacity from Jan. 26 to 29, featuring new work by women in a wide range of media (including product design and illustration).
Come Up To My Room, the Gladstone Hotel’s annual "alternative design event," is another offering from Jan. 26 to 29. The exhibition features 14 public space installations, design talks and curatorial tours, notes the event’s website.
The Institute Without Boundaries (a post-graduate program of George Brown College) hosts an open house on Jan. 27 starting at 4 p.m.
Other events and shows prior to Jan. 23 include PechaKucha Night Toronto on Jan. 17 organized by Design Edge’s own Vivien Leung, along with Losing Parkdale at the Ontario Crafts Council Gallery on 990 Queen St. W.
A panel discussion by RGD Ontario in conjunction with DX on Jan. 31 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. entitled The Evolving Visual Consumer will focus on "how the experience and consumption of media is transformative." Panelists include moderator Yen Chu, creative director at Parcel Design; John Furneaux, managing partner of Ove Design; Adrian Norris, managing editor of Presentation and Design for the Globe and Mail; Mikey Richardson, creative director and partner of Amoeba; and Bev Forster, creative director for BMO Financial Group.
Toronto Design Week culminates with the Interior Design Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from Jan. 26 to 29.