Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Toronto: Artists for OCAP Present...

A Benefit for the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty

Everything new is old again!
Art Auction and Celebration of 25 Years of Toronto Rebel Culture

Wednesday February 28
at the Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street W.
Corner of Gladstone and Queen

In the early 1980s video artist Susan Britton and Government bass player Robert Stewart opened an artists' cabaret over the little cigar-bar at the old Spadina Hotel located at King and Spadina. Though not long-lived, the little room became enormously influential, spawning video projects, art collaborations, critics and of course, bands. Punk music may have been on the wane, but its influence was integral for artists opposing the corporatization of both culture and political life.

In the late 1980's, provincial marches for an increase in Social Assistance converged at Queen's Park in Toronto. The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty was born, and for the past 17 years has remained one of the most vibrant political organizations in the country fighting for the rights and dignity of poor communities.

As happens too often in Canada, the story of the Cabana and its times has been buried in the rush forward; yet many of the people associated with it are as active as ever. This evening of art and performance is a celebration of OCAP and its successes in its Raise the Rates campaign, and a celebration of cultural producers, both old and new, engaged in the practice of taking art back from the suits.

This is your invitation to take part in the show. No curators will be admitted; everybody is welcome. A silent auction will take place; the artists are invited to donate anywhere between 50% and 100% of the proceeds of the art to OCAP. The starting price of the art is at the discretion of the artist. RSVP would be helpful, but work will be accepted at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. on February 28th,
between Noon and 6pm.

Forward widely! spread the word!

To join the event or for more information contact:
or 416 925 6939

To Learn more about OCAP visit

Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
10 Britain St. Toronto, ON M5A 1R6

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