Archive | March, 2011

March Winner: Mighty Wall of Tics!

28 Mar

We are honoured (with a ‘u’ – this is Awesome Toronto) to present the March grant to Ken Butland and his idea for the Mighty Wall of Tics!

The Mighty Wall will be a site where people with Tourette Syndrome can compete with each other to see who has the cooler tic.

Ken works for the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada and has had this idea for a while. He’s not been able to get a funder to step up and make it happen, however. It’s the kind of project that’s just edgy, witty, and aggressive enough to cause people to lose sight of its brilliance for its seeming indiscretion.

Fortunately, discretion isn’t part of what we do.

Update: It’s up! The Great Wall of Tics.

The March Short List

25 Mar

The projects that made it into the final stretch of the decision process. Winner to be announced next week!

Cardboard Fort Night: Come and make giant forts out of cardboard and duct tape.

Disco Ballistic Toronto: Shiny disco balls installed in sunny locales all across Toronto.

Let’s Get Together for Coffee: A portable coffee house and performance stage that takes over unused spaces for use as impromptu salons.

Songs that Help You Do Things: Viral ditties to memorize the digits of Pi. Or to time how long to brush your teeth. Or to learn the sanctioned methodology of zombie slaying.

The Mighty Wall of Tics: A site where people with Tourette Syndrome can compete to see who has the cooler tic.

Project Zoo: Taking the hair shaved from animals at the zoo, turning it into yarn, making stuff, then selling it at the zoo to raise funds.

Shakespeare’s Briefs: A spur-of-the-moment Shakespeare collective that brings performance to unusual places.

Snapshots of Toronto: Distributing 100s of disposal cameras to random Torontonians to have them document their personal versions of the city. Then showcasing the results online.

Wikipedia Illustration Night: Find a Wikipedia entry, grab a crayon, draw your diagram, and enrich the world with your Crayola data visualization skills.