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Environmental arts festival blossoms at Todmorden Mills this summer
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The Future is Binary – An outdoor festival that celebrates the environment through art is now running weekly every Wednesday to Sunday until September 21 at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site.
“The Eco-Art-Fest is a fun activity that families and art lovers of all ages can enjoy this summer,” said Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly. “This unique festival incorporates the creative spirit of the arts to promote sustainability and environmental awareness.”
Produced by No.9 Contemporary Art & the Environment in partnership with the Museums and Heritage Services of the City of Toronto, the inaugural Eco-Art-Fest features installations by Canadian artists, interactive activities for all ages, live music and art tours. The festival’s art installations address themes of nature, place-making and sustainability.
“The Eco-Art-Fest thoughtfully presents eco-art in context – within its historic and natural environment,” said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City’s Economic Development Committee.
“This summer residents and tourists can experience this innovative festival at an exceptional historic site,” said Councillor Mary Fragedakis (Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth). “Now is the time and the place to discover the hidden gem that Todmorden Mills is in the heart of the Don Valley.”
Additional daily activities include watercolour painting, animal habitat workshops for families, sustainable architecture and design workshops for youth, and clay stein and pizza making for all ages. Music over the weekend includes Friday night performances by DJ Wilderness Creature, Saturday night performances by Hungry Lake and Sunday afternoon performances by Jessica Stuart and Revelstoke.
Every Saturday and Sunday visitors can purchase organic beer provided by Mill Street Brewery in the Dean Baldwin’s Helliwell’s Sumner Garten pavilion. There are also organic food stations and an urban agriculture demonstration by the Bowery Project.
“Our festival offers an opportunity for the public to explore a beautiful historical site, experience eco-art and discover the Lower Don ravine system,” said Andrew Davies, Executive Director of No.9 Contemporary Art & the Environment. “The No.9 Eco-Art-Fest is a must-see interactive outdoor festival this summer, with the range of offerings for people of all-ages – everyone who comes out will have fun and leave feeling fulfilled.”
Festival hours on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
There is no cost for general admission to the festival however there is a minimal fee to attend the educational programming and live music being offered on Friday and Saturday evenings.
No.9 Contemporary Art & the Environment is an arts organization that uses art and design to bring awareness to environmental concerns. More information about the Eco-Art-Fest is available at http://www.no9.ca/. The public can also interact with the festival on Twitter @no9ArtEnviro and at hashtag #EcoArtFest.
Todmorden Mills is one of 11 historic sites operated by the City of Toronto, located at 67 Pottery Rd. and is accessible by car, public transit and bicycle. More information about this and other events at City of Toronto Historic Sites is available at: http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events.
This news release is also available on the City’s website: http://bit.ly/1meNi7U