Archive | February, 2012

The February Short List

23 Feb

Toronto, it’s been a tough month. Even though there’s been no snow, our vision seems to be clouded. We had many worthy projects, but nothing that popped. So we’re not giving out a grant this month. What does this mean? It means that you need to double down and submit your best ideas. And it means that we’re going to give out more money later in the year.

But we’re here to help! Check out this post highlighting our 9 Principles of Awesome. And message any of our Trustees. We’re eager to give you advice on what makes for a great application.

JourneyAmerica: To share and highlight the stories of extraordinary individuals making a positive impact in communities across the Americas by riding two horses from Canada to Brazil.

Let’s Pick Fruit With Our Computers: Roughly 1.5 million pounds of fruit grows from Toronto’s trees every year. 11% of our total urban canopy makes stuff we can eat. We’re living with an abundance and we barely know what to do with it all – or that it exists in the first place.  Looking for your local fruit tree?  Not Far From The Tree wants to build a web site to make it easy to find.

Scientific Poster Meets Street Art: Art meets science meets graffiti through alleyway poster installations detailing the research of our city’s leading graduate students.

Solar Fire Haiti: No, it’s not an evil mission to burn Haiti or some freaky solar eclipse. Solar Fire Haiti is the invention of a man with a mission… an open-source design for a thermal energy stove that can be used for cooking in a range of developing countries, without the need for electricity of firewood. Awesome for moresome.

Walkable Planets Toronto: Ever felt like you’re on another planet? Ever had moments where you’re lost in space? Well, the Walkable Planets community art project now gives you official permission to go and explore your inner galaxy through durable works of art in public parks around Toronto. The project will include the creation of ten art installations in public park spaces throughout the city at a scale of one to five billion. The project will be centered in Christie Pits Park with a sculpture representing “the Sun”, whilst the remaining planet installations will be placed at other parks like Trinity Bellwoods, Dufferin Grove and High Park.

ZED.TO: ZED.TO is an immersive online and live theatre experience that asks Torontonians to participate in a story about the end of the world, brought about by a fictional biotech company called ByoLogyc.  The experience will unfold over an 8 month period, linking major arts festivals across the city such as Fringe and Nuit Blanche.

December Winner: Flamin’ Rainbows

14 Feb

Flamin’ Rainbows: Awesome by name, awesome by nature. Flamin’ Rainbows is the brain-child of Alex Leitch, who is developing the art of coloured flame installations. The goal is to design a system that will shoot six-colour rainbows in bursts of flame, possibly from the mouth of a unicornoceros.

1) Congratulations! What’s your project all about?
My project is a demo for how to shoot gusts of fire in whatever colour I choose and can mix the chemistry for, automatically, by electronic control. It is also about producing something that appears to be laughably dangerous, but is in reality reasonably safe. As long as it’s pointed away from yourself, anything flammable, and things you don’t want covered in metal salts, anyway.

2) Where can we follow your progress?  Will their be a public showing at some point?
You can follow my process at , where I have just put up the first pictures of fancy switches and some non-specific 3d renders. Everything will be in bits until it is magically complete, because at this point I have time to make a really good blog template, or I have, um, time to build a gun that shoots rainbows. will always be an excellent resource for whatever I am coming up with this week.

3) What could possibly go wrong?
What ELSE could possibly go wrong?!

Technical Answer: it could actually blow up in my hands! Or someone else’s, which would be so much worse.

Congratulations Alex!

New Awesome T.O. Logo

8 Feb

Created by awesome volunteer (and past Awesome Foundation applicant) Gregory Alan Elliott. Cool, huh? Wanna get in touch with Greg? Ping him here: @greg_a_elliott.