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PHOTO: Gladstone Hotel

On Tuesday, July 26 (that would be today) Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel will host a fundraiser for an art instillation called THE HAPPINESS PROJECT: IN THE HOUSE.

The instillation is an extension of the music album The Happiness Project by Charles Spearin who plays for the famed indie collective Broken Social Scene.

Interested in learning about people’s definition of ‘happiness’ Charles interviewed his neighbours and then took their spoken words and wrote music to accompany their responses. The resulting compositions are moving, insightful, inspirational and they eared a Juno music award.

For The Happiness Project: In the House local artists are enlisted to interpret songs from the album and are challenged to weave their own experience of the songs, as well as their own definition of happiness, into the works.

Each artists’ installation becomes a unique expression which also includes an interactive element.

The exhibit has already been hosted in Montreal and Kingston to critical acclaim.

The Happiness Project : In the House presented by Artist Bloc and Apple Crisp Festival in Kingston, Canada in March of 2010.

The Happiness Project at POP Montreal

It will make its Toronto debut on October 1st, 2011 as part of Scotiabank‘s Nuit Blanche.

The project is curated by Artist Bloc, a Toronto artists collective which was co-founded by Agi Gutkowska.

With their Gladstone Hotel fundraiser, Artist Bloc is aiming to raise funds for the Toronto exhibition and promises that the night will be filled with live music by bands and DJs.

More information is available on the Artist Bloc website.


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Huge congratulations to Basia Bulat for receiving the New Artist of the Year nomination at this year’s Juno Awards (Canada’s version of the Grammys).

Who knew you could be around for so long, put out so much great music and still be considered a “new artist” – guess it is all relative.

Basia is nominated alongside Bobby Bazini,  Caribou,  Hannah Georgas and Meghan Smith for her music on the album Heart of My Own.

The 2011 edition of the Junos will also be its 40th. The big bash will take place in Toronto on March 27th but a series of parties, concerts, conferences and music industry events dubbed “Juno Week” will lead up to awards at the Air Canada Centre (ACC).

Hip-Hop artist Drake will host the evening and performers hitting the stage will include Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Down With Webster, Hedley and Johnny Reid.

Tickets are still available to the public, although they’re not cheap (what else can you expect from the ACC).

Congrats Basia! We’ll be pulling for you.

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