Newcomer Week 2022

Neighbourhood Arts Network is pleased to spotlight newcomer artists from May 24-27, 2022.

A week of in-person and online activations showcasing films, music, and discussions by newcomer artists, Newcomer Week will showcase and honour the vibrancy that newcomer artists bring to Toronto’s cultural landscape.

Neighbourhood Arts Network will convene organisations including MUSE Arts, STEPS Public Art, North York Arts, Artworxto, imagineNATIVE, and recipients of our Newcomer Artist Award to present dynamic performances, talks and activations.




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 Join us at the Artworxto- Cloverdale Mall Hub for an exhibition tour and artist talk of HOME(LAND). HOME(LAND): Terra Firma is a series of three multimedia exhibitions examining how concepts of land intersect and dialogue with the fluid, and shifting characteristics of identity, belonging, and home across and between races, regions, cultures, and nations with connections to the four elemental energies from which all of life is created, water, earth, fire and air. Terra Firma is open to the public until May 29, 2022 

Time: 5:30-6:30 @ Cloverdale Mall

Directions: Head to the North East entrance at Cloverdale Mall on the East Mall side. The entrance is close to the Rexall. Inside, Cloverdale Common, is located beside Service Ontario.

Refreshments and ASL interpretation provided.

About the curator: 

Claudia Arana is a Latinx Independent Curator and Cultural Connector who has installed her practice at the intersection of artistic platforms which promote diversity and inclusion of varied cultural perspectives. Drawing from a mestizo background, Claudia’s curatorial work centers on in-between, and mixed cultures that develop along physical, political and social borders. She studied Art Theory and Critical Thinking at the School of Visual Arts, and Advanced Critique at the International Centre of Photography, both in New York. Currently, she is the Operations Manager at Sur Gallery, Toronto’s first gallery space dedicated to promoting contemporary Latin American artistic practices and the ArtworxTO Cultural West Hub Curator for the 2021-22 Toronto’s Year of Public Art. 

Learn more about the exhibition and participating artists here.

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All Torontonians are invited to join the City of Toronto’s Newcomer Office in welcoming newcomers in Toronto with activities and entertainment at this showcase of Toronto’s diverse communities!

Neighbourhood Arts Network is pleased to be a co-curator of the Main Stage Performances. Join us in person at 12:30 pm to see talented musician and past Newcomer Artist Award* Recipient Borelson perform with special guests.

Following the performances, 2022 recipients of our Newcomer Arts Award will be announced and honoured on stage! An intimate invite-only reception for finalists and community partners will follow.

Event Highlights

  • Entertaining performances
  • Colouring for children
  • Free Tim Hortons beverages
  • Food trucks
  • Interactive activities
  • Information fair
  • Newcomer marketplace
  • Newcomer food fair
  • Prizes and giveaways
  • “Welcome Gesture”

About the artists: 

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.

*Our awards are presented to artists, cultural leaders and organizations in recognition of artistic excellence, cultural leadership and contribution to the arts. The Newcomer Arts Award is a micro-award program for newcomer (immigrant and refugee) artists that offers $2,500 to support each recipient’s artistic practice.


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Created by internationally-known artist, Shalak Attack and her mentees Edan Maxam and Kseniya Tsoy, Daily Migration is a community-engaged public art project sharing stories of movement across urban spaces and nature, human relationships to the animal world, and the ties that connect us.

Tune in via Spotify from anywhere, or QR code while visiting the mural in person, to hear the artists speak about the theme and project. A transcript is available on our website.

Learn about Daily Migration Station here.



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 Networking for Artists and Arts organizations, presented by HAPPENING Multicultural Festival.

HAPPENING was created by community artists, giving center-stage to the talent and skills of immigrant, newcomer, and refugee artists.

Join us on May 26 from 2:30-5:50 at Earlscourt Park for an Arts Networking Event. This event provides an opportunity for artists to
meet the vast array of organizations offering crucial programming.

Come out an enjoy the sun and meet some fellow artists!


Creative Lab Opening by Muse Arts

Time: 6:00pm @ 1369B St. Clair Ave West

Creative Lab Opening in Muse’s new community arts space and the first day of Happpening! Multicultural festival, this celebratory gathering will provide access to one of Toronto’s newest community arts spaces that is dedicated to celebrating immigrant, newcomer, and refugee talent whose work spans contemporary music, dance, visual arts, community-engaged arts, storytelling, spoken word, and poetry. 

HAPPENING Multicultural Festival is the first and only Toronto festival made by community artists, giving centre-stage to the talents and skills of immigrant, newcomer, and refugee artists. The festival provides a dynamic platform for artists and performers to share their artistic visions with the world.

Expect networking, conversation, inspiration and good times!

The venue is wheelchair accessible. 

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