QUEEN WEST ART CRAWL Performances and music by Tanya Mars, Miss Canadiana, Boychoir of Lesbos and others, plus walking tours, zombie tag, an outdoor art show and more. Saturday and Sunday (September 15 and 16), 11 am to 6 pm, at Trinity Bellwoods Park (Queen and Strachan). For times at other spots along Queen, see www.torontoartscape.on.ca/qwac. Rating: NNNNN
There's so much going on during this event. Pick three things that reflect the vibe of the crawl.
I'm really looking forward to the premiere of Christina Zeidler's film Show Me Yours (Friday, September 14, 9:30 pm, Gladstone Hotel), in which artists disclose their favourite Queen West secret spots. I also can't wait to hear the Boychoir of Lesbos perform in front of the gates at Trinity Bellwood (Saturday, 2 to 4 pm). And Nick Tobier as a TTC ambassador is giving out mints and towelettes to passengers on the Queen car.
Given the invasion of developers, how much longer can the Queen West galleries last?
There's no doubt that the changes on Queen West present challenges. All we at Artscape can do is try to manage the development and make sure that artists are anchored in the community.
What's the difference between this crawl and the kind of thing happening at Nuit Blanche two weeks later?
We've been doing this event since 2003. It's a community-based event, and we haven't stopped.
Name some T.O.-based artists who you wish were better known.
Mixed media artist Sean Skier is terrific, and Sandy Brewster is really politically astute and speaks to the time.
Favourite place for coffee on Queen West?
Clafouti. They serve Balzac's, the only coffee I'll drink.
Name a book or film that accurately represents the artistic process. I've just finished Eight Artists Trying Not To Talk About Art (by Ansuman Biswas, Gianluca Cosci, Deej Fabyc, Helena Goldwater and others). The artists are from all kinds of different disciplines, and of course they fail, because art and life are always intertwined.