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Stop the press! We're launching an artist-run newsstand at the Chester Avenue TTC Subway Station kiosk in Toronto.
Stop the press! We're launching an artist-run newsstand at the Chester Avenue TTC Subway Station kiosk in Toronto.
132 backers pledged CA$ 4,931 to help bring this project to life.

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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. 

The Chester Station kiosk. Ready for a makeover.
The Chester Station kiosk. Ready for a makeover.

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!

Newsies at Skeeter Branch, St. Louis, 1910. Photo by Lewis W. Hine.
Newsies at Skeeter Branch, St. Louis, 1910. Photo by Lewis W. Hine.

 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!

Newsstand at St. Andrews and Spadina, City of Toronto Archives, 1938.
Newsstand at St. Andrews and Spadina, City of Toronto Archives, 1938.

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.

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    A TOKEN OF OUR APPRECIATION:
    A “token” button designed by ZAB DESIGN as a token of our appreciation. To be claimed at the newsstand after May 1, or mailed if outside of Toronto.

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    READING MATERIAL FOR YOUR RIDE:
    A print copy of THE QUILLIAD, a local art and literary journal, to be claimed at the newsstand after May 1, or mailed to you anywhere in Canada.

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    TTC TRANSFER COOKIE:
    A hand-frosted TTC transfer cookie by the delicious KAREN FROSTITUTION. An edible work of art! To be claimed at the newsstand after May 1.

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    ON-THE-GO TOTE BAG:
    A hand-screened tote bag designed by SHANNON GERARD. To be claimed at the newsstand after May 1, or shipped if outside of Toronto.

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    THE COMMUTERS ARTISANAL CARAMELS:
    A bag of THE COMMUTERS hand-crafted, double-boiled, small batch caramels in assorted flavours - including bourbon apple pecan, salted vanilla crisp, rosemary almond, pistachio mint, ginger, and coconut! To be claimed at the newsstand after May 1, or shipped if outside of Toronto.

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    THE DANFORTH DELIVERS: Spanakopita, Tiropita, Kreatopia, Loukoumathes, Bougasta, Galaktoboureko! Is your mouth watering yet? When you can't make your way to the Danforth, let the Danforth come to you. A newsstand newsie will hand-deliver a delicious assortment of freshly-baked Greek pastries to your door. (Toronto area only.)

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    MONDAY MORNING PLAYLISTS:
    Start your week with the best beats! Receive five Monday morning playlist from some of TORONTO'S FAVOURITE DJ's: Vanessa Dunn, John Caffery, Phil Villeneuve, DJ Cozmic Cat and Sasha Van Bon Bon.

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    RIDE THE RAILS WITH ALVIS PARSLEY:
    A one-to-one excursion on the TTC with ALVIS PARSLEY. Experience the underground like you never have before! A poem, a snack, a tour and a brand new perspective on the green and yellow lines.

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    TASTE THE DANFORTH WITH KEITH COLE:
    Eat honey balls with KEITH COLE! A date for you and Toronto's Best Performance Artist at Athens Bakery on the Danforth. Yum!

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    RIDE THE ROCKET CUSTOM BELT BUCKLE:
    A custom-made sparkly belt buckle by Toronto's BBJ (Barbie's Basement Jewellery.) Add some flash to your pants! Add some glitter to your ride!

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    COMPANY ON YOUR COMMUTE: Let Jess Dobkin escort you to or from work with door-to-door service on your morning or evening commute. Good conversation, snacks and your transit fare included! (GTA area only.)

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    STATION PRIDE PASTIES:
    Receive a pair of gorgeous custom-made pasties by SASHA VAN BON BON in your TTC station colours. What better way to flaunt your station pride?

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    ART IN TRANSIT:
    An edition of five drawings by the incredible FRANCISCO-FERNANDO GRANADOS. Made by the artist with Snapchat while commuting on the TTC. Will be delivered to you digitally.

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    PICNIC FOR TWO ON THE 501 STREETCAR: Jess Dobkin will serve a picnic lunch to you and your guest on the 501 Queen Streetcar. It's the longest streetcar route operating in all of North America. (Clocking in at just under 25km!) Neville Park to Long Branch, you'll see the sights of Toronto's famous Queen Street while enjoying a delicious meal. (Gluten-free and Vegan options available.)

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    EASY STREAK:
    Receive a print of DAVE DYMENT'S 'Los Angelos as Toronto as Chicago,' 2015. Originally created for the Posters of Toronto project for Villa Toronto. Risograph print on archival quality paper, signed by the artist.

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    NEWSIE FOR A DAY:
    Be our honorary newsie for a day! Receive a limited edition, custom designed newsie cap and your name on the masthead of our printed art newspaper.

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    STATION MASTER: Be one of our major donors and receive a custom designed newsie cap and your name on the masthead of our printed art newspaper. PLUS a button, cookie, tote bag, bag of caramels, set of DJ playlists and belt buckle!

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