Archive | August, 2012

August Shortlist

29 Aug

August Shortlist

The Toronto Awesome Foundation is pleased to once again support the cause of Awesome in the Universe! Come and have fun with us at the Gladstone Hotel, this Thursday August 29th, 2012, from 7-8pm as four groups present their awesome idea. The winner will take home $1000 in a paper bag, no strings attached! Get more details and RSVP here: Awesome Toronto Pitch Night August 2012.

Our shortlist this month consists of four ideas, each of which will get their time on stage:

Park Yourself Here: will transform a Toronto downtown street parking spot into a temporary urban park. Rather than a placeholder for a single car this installation will become a place for people to gather. Interacting under the floating silhouette of a car, the passerby will have a chance to escape the hustle of the urban core. This installation is to celebrate Park(ing) day, September 21st, an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists activate the metered parking space as a site for creative experimentation, political and cultural expression, and unscripted social interaction.

The Penny Project: workshops to let people make art with 2012 Canadian Pennies, before they are all gone! Potential art works include: Back to school Penny RULERS, Jewelry, ornaments and collectables, adorned with Canadian pennies, Original copper penny jewelry, Make A Wish On A Penny artwork, Lucky Penny key chains, Weight belts, decorated belt buckles, vehicle ornaments; your imagination is the limit!

Little Free Library (for Trinity Bellwoods Park): The Little Free Library idea began in Wisconsin three years ago and has spread to 9 nations worldwide. Little buildings the size of a doll’s house have a sign that says: “Take a Book-Return a Book”. They are for the public’s pleasure. We are presently a committee of three of me and two others promoting the idea by presentations, operating booths at fairs and talking to city officials, business and private groups. We also have a builder who offers attractive libraries at a reasonable cost for those with no construction prospect. We offer whatever help we can from the inception to final installation of any Little Free Library. Our target is 20 libraries operating in Toronto by year end: either privately owned or in public parks and playgrounds.

I’m Lost: housands of business cards would be distributed around the city. Left in coffee shops, handed to random strangers, left sitting on seats on transit, etc. The card would say the following “I’m Lost! Please return me to _______! Reward upon safe return”. The card would state a specific address. A cool coffee shop, or interesting location found in the city. Upon returning the card to the shop. The cashier or employee would then hand the person a new card, with a new address! The participant has now been entered into an exciting adventure. Trekking around the city the participant would visit many exciting niche locations around the city. Upon completing the whole adventure, the participants receive prizes and praise galore. Not to mention knowledge of many cool places in Toronto, and a memory they will remember for the rest of their lives.

Good luck and see you all soon!

A Groundbreaking July for Awesome

9 Aug

The July pitch night, held August 1 at our friendly local Gladstone Hotel, featured cultural immersion in heritage buildings, bike powered funk, an inspiring film idea, and a live performance from our neighbours in the Complete Streets Band.  In the end, we couldn’t resist what seemed like a natural collaboration between the Toronto Bike Music Festival and the Complete Streets Band.  Each received $500 and support for a collaboration when the music fest rolls through town on September 15th.