November 15, 2007

-On Sunday, December 2, 2007 the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) holds its 23rd annual Book Arts Fair. In time for the holiday season visitors can peruse and purchase hand-printed and bound books, prints, artist multiples, handmade paper and cards, buttons, totes, letterpress posters and much more! Stop by and say "hello!"

OCAD’s 23rd Book Arts Fair
Sunday, December 2, 2007, 10 am to 5 pm
Ontario College of Art & Design
Great Hall (Level 2), 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
Admission: pay-what-you-can / donation

-The Translator's Conundrum image set just got expanded. there are three new pieces.

-Get Witchy with FASTWÜRMS. I wrote about their current AGYU exhibition in Xtra!

October 11, 2007

-With a shrug and an ugh, I unleash my holy power! The Hidden Cameras have a new limited edition version of Awoo out on vinyl with screen printed covers designed by yours truly. Only 211 copies are available! Order your very own here.

-The night toronto stayed awake. I wrote an article about Toronto's recent Nuit Blanche, all night art event for Xtra!

September 10, 2007

-Large update. Over the month of July I finished up a new body of work called Building A Foundation. The lovelies over at The Toronto Arts Council helped make it a reality. I'm not sure what to think of it, but I know that it's finished. Maybe if you look at it you can tell me what to think of it.

-Older work, newly posted. Back in 1999 I made a suite of etchings called Slow Degrees. I showed them in Regina in a group show called Generation Next. They had the magical ability to make my mom cry. It was the first work I made after moving to Toronto. Very lovey dovey.

-The Links section continues to grow.

September 2, 2007

-Ooh, so XEXE! I wrote an article on John Monteith's new exhibition, Undercurrents, that was just published in Xtra!

August 27, 2007

-This is amusing.

August 4, 2007

-Because you love words. Here is an article I just had published on a new Douglas Coupland art show.

August 3, 2007

-Because you need more clothes.

Artist T-shirts and Tops Show

August 10th to September 2nd, 2007.

Reception: Saturday, August 18th, 6 to 9pm

Gallery Hours: Thursday to Saturday 12 to 6pm, Sunday 1 to 5pm or by appointment

C1 art space presents ARTIST T-SHIRTS & TOPS, an invitational exhibition of original art on apparel.
Artists include: Sandra Tarantino, Ross Bonfanti, Nora Kensington, Jocelyn De Backere,
Matt Schofield, Andrew Waite, Magda Trzaski, Todd Westendorp, Utility Grade, Lesley Ashton, Kathyrn Boyd,
James Gardner, Daryl Vocat, Brandon Steen, Scott Date, Sharon Mok, Brandon Steen, Tosca Teran and others.

C1 art space
44 Ossington Avenue, just North of Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario M6J 2Y7

Gallery Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday-12 to 6pm, Sunday- 1 to 5pm
(closed Mon & Wed- open by appointment)

July 28, 2007

-Toot toot!

"Daryl Vocat is an artist from Toronto whose work could be defined as some kid of pop/comics art relating to a twisted and strongly homoerotic vision of scoutism. The concept could be a bit easy and leave an after taste of cheap provocation if the man wasn't developing a world of his own where punk rock and rituals collide with the libertarian dreamlike universe of 50' scouts." Got it?

July 11, 2007

-Rock over London! Rock on Chicago.


: : : : PAPER MACHETE (42¾ 59' N / 81¾ 14' W)
featuring: Dearraindrop / Mark DeLong / Jesse Harris / Jeff Ladouceur / Mark Laliberte / Jason McLean / Chantal Rousseau / Daryl Vocat

July 14 – August 12, 2007
opening: Saturday July 14, 7pm

Community Outreach
101 Stanley St
London, ON
N6C 1B3
ph: 519.438.6615
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11am to 5pm

-Great Success! This past weekend at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition I won the Murray Koffler, Founding Chairman's Purchase Award!

June 28, 2007

-Sholem Krishtalka reviewed the Thrush Holmes show in Xtra.

-Next Stop, City Hall!

The 46th annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition takes place July 6, 7, 8, 2007 at Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall.

Hours: July 6, 10am-8pm; July 7, 10am-7pm; and July 8, 10am-6pm.

Free Admission
Rain or Shine

May 18, 2007

-Big News!! The Translator's Conundrum along with Allyson Mitchell's Sasquatch Squat is going to be showing at Thrush Holmes Empire. If you don't make it to this show at some point it basically means you hate art.

Thrush Holmes Empire

Opening Reception:
Thursday, May 31, 2007, 7-9PM

Special Pride Week Meet 'n' Greet reception:
Thursday, June 21, 7-9pm

Show Runs: May 30 – Jul 1, 2007
1093 Queen St. West
Toronto, ON.
(416) 530-4747

Gallery hours:
W-F 11am-6pm
S-S 12pm-6pm

-And also...

The Cherry Blossom Party: June 2, 2007
8pm - 1am / $10.00 Cover
Resistor Gallery
284E College St. Second Floor (just west of Spadina) 

Showcasing the talents of fifteen artists working in a diverse range of media including drawing, photography, painting and installation – Cherry Blossom signals a warm fragrant light at the end of a long cold Toronto winter.

Featuring DJs Pi & Mash and The Impossible Boys, Spot Performance by Feature Artist, Door Prizes, Art and More!

Participating Artists:Dimitre Andonov, Lise Beaudry, Daniel Colby, David Currie, Rob Davidovitz, Vanessa Eidse, Jesse Harris, Chris Ironside, Peter Kingstone, Jordaan Mason, David Stein, David Taylor, Christy Thompson, Daryl Vocat, Scott Waters.

Cherry Blossom Exhibition runs June 3 - June 17, 2007
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10am-6pm / Sat. 12-6pm / Sun. 12-5pm

April 7, 2007

-Interested in helping make Toronto a better place to live and work? The Timeraiser is a unique and exciting way for you to get involved. We know getting involved isn’t always easy, so we’ve made it simple for you to find relevant and meaningful opportunities that fit your busy lifestyle.

The Framework Timeraiser is part volunteer fair, part silent art auction and part night on the town. The Timeraiser is a silent art auction with a twist: instead of bidding money, participants bid volunteer time, to volunteer agencies that need their skills and energy. Successful auction bidders have 12 months to complete their volunteer pledge. When they do, they get to bring the artwork home as a reminder of their good will.

So, come PLEDGE and PARTICIPATE! We are asking everyone to pledge 20 hours which will raise 10,000 volunteer hours at dozens of agencies within our community (which you will have an opportunity to meet at the Timeraiser).

For more information, visit

-Also, there are a couple of new articles posted. One is on the work of a now defunct Toronto art collective called JAC, and one on Johannes Zits' latest exhibition at SPIN Gallery.

-Lastly, I've also made a couple additions to the links section.

April 2, 2007

-This just in! The show at archive is being extended until Saturday, April 14th. A full posting is down below in the February 1 entry.

March 29, 2007

-Let's get typographic. I'm showing in my neighbourhood for once! Come on out and see a small selection of my older works.

For Font’s Sake – April 5 – May 15

Headbones Gallery
Reception 6-9 PM, Thursday, April 5
260 Carlaw Ave., Unit 102, Toronto, ON
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 12-6pm

Featuring: Carin Covin, Briar Craig, Scott Ellis, Stephan Erasmus, Patrick Mimran, Christopher Olson, Ed Varney, Daryl Vocat

"Daryl has a mission. He has a message that he wants to get across and he uses the addition of words in his pictures in order to make sure that there is no mistake as to what it is that he is saying. He leaves no room for confusion. He sets up depictions of boy scouts and lets their thoughts be examined, hearts pulsing secret yearnings for the love of other boys across the page. He adds the innocent badges of honor, the costumes of a mild young military obsession and then he brings the little boy up to date. The exchange between the vulnerable trusting nascent love letters and the harsh reality of the gay man (little boy grown) is aptly reinforced by the text and a forthright delineation of gay politics is clearly stated"

February 5, 2007

-"It's About Time!" Bad puns are in abundance. Here's a nifty little fundraiser I'm in that will be raising money for the Artists' Health Centre Foundation. Most of the clocks are posted here.

February 1, 2007

-Group shows are fun. Join the masses for an evening of fun and frolic at Archive Gallery as we worship the William Huffman. Wear a scribbled-on moustache, or be square.

The William Huffman Award for Excellence in Studio Practice will be celebrated at a public reception on Friday 9 February 2007 from 7 to 9 pm at Archive Inc. Gallery and Art Library, 56 Berkeley Street (north west corner at King Street East) in Toronto, Canada. This show will be up until April 7, 2007. Careful though, with such minimal signage the gallery is easy to miss!

The faculty of the Art and Art History Program -- a joint BA offered by the University of Toronto at Mississauga and Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (Oakville) -- is pleased to announce Marko Bursac as the 2007 recipient of The William Huffman Award for Excellence in Studio Practice. Bursac alters objects and images found in popular culture in order to critique its contents. He is a fourth-year student in the Art and Art History Program.

As a way of honouring the chosen student, Huffman develops an exhibition in which the recipient presents work alongside respected artists from a range of career stages. Presented annually, The William Huffman Award highlights significant promise in the work of a young artist, and underscores the donor's commitment to connecting artists of different generations as a way of bridging the transition from school to a professional arena. For its 2007 installment six prominent Toronto artists - Cecilia Berkovic (in association with Allyson Mitchell and Third Leg), Leif Harmsen, Guntar Kravis, Cheryl Rondeau, and Daryl Vocat - have agreed to contribute their work.

"The vibrancy and enthusiasm of the Art and Art History Program is well demonstrated by this exhibition curated by William Huffman. Each year William dedicates his expertise and time to choosing an award recipient and creates a group exhibition contextualizing the recipient's work. His continued support of our program reflects a confidence in our students and graduates that is shared throughout the program," says Art and Art History Program Coordinator Louise Noguchi.

Curator and arts administrator William Huffman created this award in 1999 to recognize an especially gifted student graduating from Art and Art History. Huffman has had an extensive involvement on both local and international cultural fronts and has worked with a number of arts organizations such as Blackwood Gallery, Arts Toronto, The Power Plant, A Space, Canadian Art Foundation and Art Gallery of Sudbury. He is currently Associate Director with Toronto Arts Council, a post he has held since 2004. Huffman is a 1991 Art and Art History Program alumnus.

Since its inception, The William Huffman Award has recognized Alison Kobayashi (2006), Tejpal Ajji (2005), Carolyn Tripp (2004), Jared Carlson (2003), Tannis Nielsen (2002), Erin Finley (2001), Amie Tolton (2000) and Heather Robinson (1999). During this eight-year period, a number of professional artists have generously supported this initiative by participating in these unique installations. Previous artists include Stephen Andrews, Sara Angelucci, Louise Bak, Patrick Decoste, Vera Frenkel, Eldon Garnet, Michelle Gay, Catherine Heard, Rachel Kalpana James, Gunilla Josephson, Lisa Klapstock, Suzy Lake, Louise Lilefeldt, Tanya Mars, Lorna Mills, Carl Skelton, Ho Tam, Kim Tomczak, Camille Turner and Julie Voyce.

January 7, 2007

-New beginnings. New Art. There's no better way to start off the year here than to announce a whole load of new additions! I just finished taking down my show at Harbourfront Centre, but now I've got the work posted here. Have a look at The Secret of the Midnight Shadow. It's Spooky!

-Catching up. I've just posted a load of articles I've written over the past few months for Xtra! Have a peak at articles on Gay Art: A Historical Collection (published by Arsenal Pulp), Ho Tam's show at Paul Petro Gallery, The 2006 version of the Toronto Alternative Art Fair International, The Thistle Project's play, Gorey Story, and also the video art of Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay. Phew!

-The media. There are also a few freshly posted blurbs about my work added to the media section. Have a look at what Stephanie Rogerson, Terence Dick, and Ben McNeil have to say about what I've been up to.

-Want art? Get a tattoo. I'd like to announce an offer of sorts. A barter? A call for blood? A request for your undying slavish devotion? A little while ago someone approached me asking my permission to get a tattoo of one of my boy scout images. I was totally thrilled that someone liked what I was doing enough to want to carry it to the grave with them, and it got me thinking. While there has yet to be follow through on his part, I'm wondering if an incentive might do it. So here's my offer:

If you are interested in getting a tattoo of any of the images from my small folio, A Boy's Will, prove it. Get in touch with me, and I'll send you a clean, clear high-res. version of whatever image you've got your eyes on. Once you get the tattoo done, send me photo documentation (actual prints) of the process. In exchange, I will give you a free copy of the folio. Step up! Got any connections to tattoo shops? Spread the word.

January 3, 2007

-First update of the year! Vote for me on the Art Face Off website. It's "The Greatest Art Competition In The History Of Mankind." Because art production clearly is not competitive enough already.