to Nov 17

Two Ears and One Mouth: an interdisciplinary workshop on ways of hearing

 Soft Spin by Heather Nicol

Soft Spin by Heather Nicol

A workshop conducted by Heather Nicol

In this workshop, participants will explore deep listening through sonic experimentation, audio recording, sound editing and playback. The workshop will culminate in a devised multi-channel sound installation created by the group. Actors, artists, vocalists, theatre devisors, podcasters, musicians, as well as technicians, researchers and curious minds are welcome. 

In our digitized and mediated world, this workshop will target the sounds of the human voice as the prime source material for creative play. Inexorably linked with communication, voice is an instrument of tremendous subtlety, power, and universality – and readily available to record, manipulate, and emanate or broadcast. 

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2:00 PM14:00

Journalism in exile - Horacio Nájera

Within the.context of the Toronto Latin American Film Festival, award-winning journaist Horacio Nájera will discuss the challenges journalists have to face when living in exile. Horacio Nájera is a Mexican journalist and analyst living in exile in Canada since 2008. He is currently the PEN Canada-George Brown Writer in Residence in Toronto. He was the recipient of the 2010 CJFE International Press Freedom Award, and one of the 2011 Human Rights Watch Hellman/Hammet awards. He is co-author of “Democratic Governance in Latin America: a regional discussion” (IRI, 2013), a member of Massey College since 2011, and former fellow at the Citizen Lab/Canada Centre for Global Security Studies. He received a Master of Global Affairs from University of Toronto. 

Horacio Nájera will present the acclaimed documentary of one of the most notable Mexican filmmakers, Everardo Gonzalez, "El Paso" 

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to Sep 28

Young Creatives Program Mexico

We will receive a group of artists and designers sponsored by the Government of Mexico, to conduct an immersive workshop experience. The group includes textile and furniture designers, ceramists, musicians, and filmmakers from all over Mexico. The group will show the results of the workshop on September 28, at ICE. 

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to Aug 25

Art & Ephemerality

 Alexandra Templier and José Teodoro

Alexandra Templier and José Teodoro

Whether we think of ephemerality as something somber—a way of acknowledging the passage of life or love—or something empowering—a way of remembering that the current horrors of the world are not forever fixed—this workshop will encourage us to find fortitude and inspiration through dialogue and creative challenges. Each participant will develop a short performance, either solo or collaborative, receiving technical and dramaturgical support from start to finish.

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to May 27

Film & Collectivity


Art & Collectivity Immersion Series 2

Workshop conducted by Nicolás Pereda.

As part of our series on Collectivity, Nicolás Pereda’s workshop will focus on the process of representation in filmmaking as a collective expression. Together with Nicolás Pereda, the group will draft a film that reflects on representation, reality, fiction and the possibility of transgressing film boundaries by ways of collaboration. The film draft will be the final piece of the workshop and it will be exhibited on the last day of this five day experience.

Nicolás Pereda is a filmmaker whose work explores the everyday through fractured and elliptical narratives using fiction and documentary tools. His work has been the subject of more than 25 retrospectives worldwide in venues such as Anthology Film Archive, Pacific Film Archive, and TIFF Cinematheque. He has also presented his films in most major international film festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Locarno, and Toronto, as well as in galleries and museums like the Reina Sofía in Madrid, the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris, the Guggenheim and MOMA in New York.


Wednesday, May 23, 6pm - 9pm

Thursday, May 24, 6pm - 9pm

Friday, May 25, 6pm - 9pm

Saturday, May 26, 1pm - 5:00pm

Sunday May 27, 10am - 2pm.

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to May 11

Creative Industries Bootcamp - Spring

During an intensive five-day period you will get the basic tools, methodology and insights that creative business and professionals need in order to become valuable contributors to the Canadian creative industry. If you are a professional working on the Creative Industries, such as freelancers, social media specialists, web designers, music producers, etc., this bootcamp will help you expand your business to Canada.

Our next Reactor Bootcamp will start September 17, 2018.

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to Apr 30

Blue Metropolis Festival in Montreal

This week we will attend Metropolis Bleu Festival in Montreal. This amazing literary event gathers writers, publishers and book festival organizers from all over the world to discuss reading and writing. This year, Metropolis Bleu will award philosopher Charles Taylorwith their International Grand Prix. Also, Argentinian journalist Leila Guerrierowith the Premio Azul Metropolisfor her impressive non-fiction work. Our friend Ingrid Bejerman will interview her on stage.

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to May 31

Art residency in Buenos Aires now open

ICE wants you to go to Buenos Aires. We just opened our new Residency Program at Proyecto PAC Art Centre in Buenos Aires, in coordination with Gachi Prieto Gallery. This program is designed to enrich your creative practice through deep analysis, art criticism and production. If you’re interested in participating, send us an email at . We are now receiving applications!

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10:00 AM10:00

Art + Auto-fiction


Acclaimed novelist, Francisco Goldman will conduct a one-day workshop regarding autobiography and fiction. Mr. Goldman has been a Guggenheim Fellow, and an American Academy in Berlin Fellow. His recent novel about his wife's death and their relationship, Say Her Name was acclaimed by critics. His book about the assassination of Guatemalan Catholic Bishop Juan José Gerardo Conedera, The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop?, was selected by the New York Times as a Notable Book, and a Best Book of the Year 2007 by Washington Post Book World, The Economist, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle and the New York Daily News. 

This workshop will be held on September 28, 2017 with limited spot available. Sign up now.

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to May 21

Art & Collectivity

Our third ICE Immersion series will be conducted by writer and professor Eva-Lynn Jagoe and Public Studio artists and founders: filmmaker Elle Flanders and architect Tamira Sawatzky.

Art and Collectivity is a multidisciplinary workshop that seeks to engage in artistic praxis around questions of social justice, environment, and political ideologies. Visual artists, activists, writers, city dwellers, and social media users are all invited to participate in this 4-day workshop in which we will share our ideas and practices of living in this moment and this landscape. On our last day, the group will decide on the best way to display the work produced (a publication, a show, a collective action, etc...).

How can we rethink our own capacities, not as individuals, but as potential members of a collectivity, to create, contribute, and collaborate with each other? Participants will draw from their particular areas of expertise or interest to contribute to the group, but will also be pushed to think beyond their own disciplinary boundaries. This workshop is not about individual self-expression, but about solidarity, about collective power and collective artistic expression. 

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Eva-Lynn Jagoe is a professor of Comparative Literature in Toronto. She is the author of two books: a creative non-fiction memoir, Take Her, She's Yours, and an academic monograph entitled The End of the World as They Knew It: Writing Experiences of the Argentine South. She writes essays and articles about attention, intimacy, motherhood, film, literature, and visual art. Eva-Lynn teaches classes at University of Toronto on experimental writing, Latin American Cinema, and collectivity. She’s also the co-organizer of an artist residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. On the side, she is an Iyengar yoga instructor.

Elle Flanders completed her PhD at York University’s newly created practice-based research visual arts program in 2014 and has mentored with some of the art world’s most notable artists, including Mary Kelly and Martha Rosler, at the Whitney ISP and Rutgers University, respectively. Flanders has a strong history of community engagement and has created award-winning films and installations. Her longstanding interest in the socio-political realm and how it relates to landscape have led her, in collaboration with Sawatzky, to produce site-specific public art installations that are immersive and re-examine the role of audience as participant/witness.

Tamira Sawatzky is an architect by training, having worked for the firm MJMA in Toronto from 1999–2010, designing large-scale, award-winning, community-based projects. Sawatzky began a collaborative art practice with Elle Flanders in 2009, bringing a spatial focus that contributes to the development of immersive installations and multifaceted exhibitions. Sawatzky’s architectural background lends itself to an emphasis on the structural, provoking a conversation between art and architecture and the politics of landscape and place. Since forming Public Studio, Sawatzky and Flanders have garnered critical attention, winning several public art commissions and awards, including the 2013 Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Award. A publication about their work is slated to be published by Black Dog Press in 2018.

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to Feb 25

ICE Series No. 2 Full Immersion Workshop

Our second ICE immersion series will explore annulment as a tool to explore the creative process in art. Gustavo Artigas (1970) will conduct a three day immersion experience, focused on the suppression of elemental works of art to rediscover expression possibilities, as well as a way to challenge contemporary art mechanisms. Artigas’ work has examined complex social relationships by presenting situations, often rooted in disaster, which are structured as interventions, scenarios, interactive situations and games. His works have been shown in international forums such as the Venice Art Biennale, Havana Bienniale and Liverpool Bienniale. By suppressing elements of different works and reorganizing them in a particular manner, participants will unveil the works of art themselves. Like Rauschenberg did with de Kooning in 1953, the group will erase –in a sense- and reconstruct pieces of art to suppress its basic meaning and encounter new significance. Salvador Alanis (1964) is a writer, and one of the founders of the Institute for Creative Exchange.

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to Jan 22

ICE Series No. 1 Full Immersion Workshop

Mario Bellatin, Susan Antebi and Daniel Canty will lead a five-day immersion workshop to exchange ideas and collaborate on authorial projects. 

Workshop will take place at 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON. 

The program contemplates five full immersion days as follows:

Starting December 12, participants will receive workshop materials; ICE staff and workshop facilitators will be available to answer questions or further comments via email.

Wednesday, January 18, from 3pm to 7pm.

Thursday to Saturday, January 19 to 21, from 10am to 7pm

Sunday, January 22, from 11am to 1pm.

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