In collaboration with Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, STEPS brought their award winning Pop-Up ARTivations series (a programmable mobile cultural hub, fabricated from upcycled materials to public spaces across Toronto) to Queen West!

“Bring to the Table” invited attendees and passers-by’s to transform a structure representing a house, constructed on the grounds of CAMH, into a “home” using upcycled materials and furnishings collected from collaborating area businesses and residents, as well as engage in activities that would otherwise take place in someone’s home, such as: playing board games, sharing food, reading books participating in a living room dance party, midnight snacking and even catnapping.

The structure and its contents was in part created during the 2014 Queen West Art Crawl, where community members had the opportunity to engage with the creation of this work, alongside local artists and designers. They were then be welcomed back “home” on October 4th, where they were able to experience the work in its final form – the installation was dynamic and provided an opportunity for dialogue on issues of sustainability, consumption and the role of the home in community (and vice versa).

We invited the public to join us in a series of home activities that we curated throughout Nuit Blanche – and be part of the living and evolving transformation. Some of the activities included:

  • Sharing “what does home mean to you?” over tea
  • Playing board games
  • Fabricating evolving wallpapering
  • Writing and reading collaborative bedtime stories
  • Partaking in a living room dance party
  • Watching late night movies (over late night snacks)
  • Discussing current events, while reading the morning paper

This project was made possible the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Foundation, Evergreen CityWorks, through partnerships with Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, the West Queen West BIA, Workman Gallery, the Queen West Art Crawl and Green Moxie, as well as the dedication of designers Rodrigo Marti and Mahmood Popal and curators Alexis Kane Speer, Anjuli Solanki and Vera Belazelkoska.