What it is:
We are leasing the Gateway Newstand kiosk at the Chester Station in the TTC system, which has been sitting vacant for more than six years, to revitalize this dormant commercial space into an alternative newsstand and artists space for site-specific exhibitions, screenings, performances and community arts projects.
Without greatly altering the existing kiosk, we will use the space as it was intended – as a newsstand that will sell customary commuter necessities such as newspapers, magazines, gum, sweets, drinks, and umbrellas. BUT THERE’S MORE. The newsstand will commission artists’ projects that speak to issues of transit, mobility, accessibility, city life, and civic engagement, and address various questions about how news is transmitted in a time of rapidly changing technology. The newsstand will also function as an exhibition space with curated displays, and will sell artist merchandise including multiples, ‘zines, and artists books. The project re-imagines what a newsstand can be, activating a commons and providing artists with a chance to present their work to a wider public. The kiosk will be staffed by a core group of artists, with featured guest artists at scheduled times. We will operate regular weekday business hours, with additional scheduled special events on evenings and weekends. The newsstand opens for business with a May Day celebration on May 1, 2015. We hope to see you there!
Who We Are:
We are a small and mighty collective of Toronto artists, ready to offer some reading material and snacks for your ride - and so much more. We are prepared to offer a unique opportunity for commuters and vistors, inserting a creative hub into an unexpected city location, and creating an occasion for artists to share their work with new audiences. The newsstand will bring together the work of writers, choreographers, media artists, performance artists, theatre artists, craftspeople, visual artists and community arts organizers. We’re drawing upon the age-old model of artists re-using forlorn spaces once they have become unprofitable to traditional commerce or industry. The DIY spirit is at the heart of this project.
What We Need:
The kiosk has been sitting vacant for more than six years and is in need of repair and restoration. The funds raised through this campaign will help with the costs of cleaning the concession, designing and building new display units, installing new lighting, and getting the kiosk into tiptop shape for our grand opening on May 1. We have the talent on our roster and the support of Gateway Newstands—now all we need are the funds!
What You Get:
What’s in it for you? Besides the peace of mind in knowing that your contribution will go directly toward the creation of an exciting new arts space, we have some fabulous perks available to backers. We’re offering transit-inspired sweets, literature, art and more from Zab Design, Shannon Gerard, Karen Frostitution, Dave Dyment, Alvis Parsley, Keith Cole, The Quilliad, Barbie's Basement Jewellery, The Commuters, Francisco-Fernando Granados and others! Check out the rewards section for more details. Let’s make some news in Toronto. Please join us in our bold vision.
Risks and challenges
There are always risks and challenges in starting a new creative project. We are confident that we have something unique to offer, along with the skills, experience and determination to realize the vision. We are artists, after all: we have a will and there’s always a way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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