Flip-Toronto: Artists Exploring Toronto’s Neighbourhoods



Eight Toronto-based artists mash-it-up to explore and reveal the city’s transformations, hidden histories and surprises!

Circuit Gallery, in collaboration with Pattison Onestop, Art for Commuters (Toronto) and Dar Onboz (Beirut, Lebanon), present Flip-Toronto, a fun new project that collides flip-books and digital media screens, to bring to life animated anecdotes that explore and capture the city’s transformations, hidden histories and surprises!

Flip-Toronto features work by: David Grenier, Aubrey Reeves, Alec Dempster, Cortney Stephenson, Mary Porter, Tania Ursomarzo, Patrick Jenkins, and Lise Beaudry.

Artists were asked to choose a specific neighbourhood or location in the city to explore and portray in their flip-book project. The challenge – how do you tell a story about the city, in only 60 pages, without text and sound?

The results are amazing! The range of subjects and approaches taken are innovative and unexpected — from the use of pen and ink to bring to life a rain soaked 1950s football game, to Google maps being used as the source material for a series of encaustic paintings animating the changing urban landscape of the Junction.

Working in diverse media (drawing, photography, paper-cut) these artists have captured and illustrated everyday moments and childhood memories, sought to reveal historic events, and to showcase this ever changing and dynamic city – replete with a bustling Chinatown, a colourful crossing-guard, and buskers!

A different approach to urban story-telling

View the projects below, or on the project’s dedicated website.

About Flip-Toronto

Flip-Toronto is curated by Claire Sykes and Susana Reisman, Circuit Gallery (Toronto) and Sharon Switzer, Art for Commuters.

Flip-Toronto was inspired by Flip-Beirut, the successful flip-book project conceived and realized by the Lebanese publishing house Dar Onboz. Flip-Toronto is the second installation in what is hoped to become a multi-city initiative, under the umbrella title of Flip-City.

About Circuit Gallery

Circuit Gallery is the shared vision and collaborative product of Susana Reisman and Claire Sykes. The gallery specializes in works by emerging and established contemporary artists with an emphasis on photographic, digital and print-based works on paper.

About Pattison Onestop

Pattison Outdoor Advertising is Canada’s largest Out-of-Home advertising company, serving over 100 markets coast-to-coast. Pattison Onestop, a division of Pattison Outdoor, is a world leader in the development and operation of Digital Out-of-Home Media (DOOH) for mass transit, mall, retail, hospitality, residential, office, and outdoor environments.

About Art for Commuters

Art for Commuters is a non-profit curatorial collective that initiates unique, thought-provoking projects in the public realm. As Pattison Onestop’s arts programming partner, they bring urban art festivals and exhibitions to over one million people daily on the network of TTC subway platform screens. Art for Commuters was founded in 2007 by Sharon Switzer.

Flip-Toronto supporters

A Big Thank You to…

In addition to the wonderful artists, Sharon, Susana and Claire, would like to sincerely thank the following people for their generosity, time and expertise, without whom the project would not have been possible:

Nadine Touma, Jean-Paul Kelly, David Grenier, Marie Nazar, Adrienna Matzeg, Aubrey Reeves, and the talent at Fourth Wall Media.


Photographer Eamon Mac Mahon talks about his practice

Perfect timing! Coinciding with SCENES FROM HERE, our CONTACT exhibition featuring his work, Daylight Magazine publishes Landlocked.

Daylight Magazine has just released Eamon Mac Mahon: LANDLOCKED, another in their series of multi-media features. Here Eamon Mac Mahon talk about his photographic work and inspiration.

Eamon Mac Mahon grew up at the edge of the boreal forest, in a coal mining town in the foothills of the Rockies. Ever curious, he wondered about the towns in the far northwest of Canada and Alaska that existed without any roads leading to them. These towns were quite literally landlocked and were situated amidst vast areas of uninhabited land. Beginning in 2004, Eamon began traveling with a bush pilot to visit and photograph these far-flung communities each autumn.

Alejandro Cartagena: Artist Talk | 2011 CONTACT Photography Festival

Circuit Gallery presented, as a Featured Exhibition in the 2011 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, a solo exhibition of work by Alejandro Cartagena from his acclaimed project “Suburbia Mexicana: Cause and Effect” (2006 – 2009).

This is a video recording of the artist talk that Cartagena gave in Toronto, on Saturday, May 7, 2011. (Run time: approx. 32 mins.).

The photography exhibition Suburbia Mexicana: Cause and Effect ran from April 28 – June 17, 2011.

Suburbia Mexicana is a documentary project deeply rooted in the local and the particular, in the artist’s own experience living and working in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey. It is an ambitious and committed project that seeks to tell the complex story of the region’s rapid suburban expansion: from urban gentrification and inner-city ‘ghettoization,’ to the seemingly unplanned and unhampered suburban sprawl emanating from many of its fast growing cities, including the environmental consequences.

See More work by Alejandro Cartagena