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The Mad Market is on July 15th 2017

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Mad artists are awesome. Our artwork, whichever medium, stunningly expresses who we are and what we do together. We invite artists of all stripes who intersect with and identify as ‘mad’ to apply to take part in 2017 Mad Marketplace!

See below:

We seek diverse artists who identify as Mad people, consumers/survivors, or otherwise labelled.

Apply now (deadline is tentatively June 16 2017) 

Jewels and art and a plant!
Jewels and art and a plant!

Judith Phelan's mad stories and mad art
Judith Phelan’s mad stories and mad art

Please note, we reserve the right to choose artists that represent different media and genres of art. We can only have a limited number of artists because we have limited resources and event space. It is preferred that you use this application process. You may email us at madmarkettoronto@gmail.com with the subject line “Mad Marketplace” + Your Name and we will follow up with confirmations. In the body include:

  1. Name:
  2. Contact info: email, phone number, URL.
  3. What type of art: (painting, comics, jewelry, pottery, book + more)

    Louise Martin - Author - lessons of her life
    Louise Martin – Author – lessons of her life
  4. Experience & examples of your art: experienced & new artists wanted.
  5. Story about your Art and its connection to “Madness”: (3-5 sentences max – indicate if we can share your story on the website)

Together we can make Mad Pride  Week 2017 a Huge Success!!!

We need volunteers too – we will feed you and love you forever!

Connect, empower, and build communities through education and advocacy
Donate to Mad Pride Toronto at: http://bit.ly/1YLEcVs Share the link!

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Marchers holding signs marching in the Mad Pride Parade in Toronto 2016We had a great time marching in the Bed Push Parade – Mad Pride March in 2016. We showed our strength in the community and made lots of noise along the way! We marched from the Parkdale Library along Queen Street to Trinity Bellwoods Park.

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Image: Music Notes Floating Over a Yellow Moon

Now is the time to raise your voice! And Hear Ours!

Our strengthPoster for Raised Voices Event. Background image is an opera singer dressed like a viking. comes from sharing our Mad talents and Mad spirits. Join us this Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 8:00 at the Gladstone Hotel, Ballroom. Let us know you are coming via our Raised Voices Facebook event.

Raised Voices – Performers

Dr. Anderson

Hailing from the mysterious university town of Peterboroughshire-upon-the-Ottonabee, Dr. Anderson is a Rock and Roll Musician bent on ruining the perceptions of the allegedly sane.

Jenny

Jenny has been a mad activist in the community since 2012. She is experiencing a creative reawakening after a long dry spell.

Quarry Bay

Quarry Bay is a musician, producer, ethnographer, and anarchist based in Toronto and Hong Kong. His music and studies focus on anti-racism, madness, and the inevitable demise of the capitalist nation state. He is currently interested in examining how madness and oppression intersect.

Asante

Asante is a spoken word artist who mesmerized audiences at both the July Mad X and the November Mad X. Here he is making his Gladstone debut.

Tom Theriault

He is a Toronto musician who is part of the Kensington Market music scene / community for the past 25 years. Tom is a Proud Mental Health Survivor!.

Donna Linklater

Donna is a maniac. The most apt insult she’s ever received was “Soviet Barbie”.

Felix and the Threesomes

Felix is an eclectic retro hippie far beyond perfume and bohemian; but Felix is a people person who is poly-amorous towards everything in life. The Threesomes music can be described as being folk with lyrics that are love-fantasy. Ladies and gentlemen open your hearts to Toronto’s very own, Felix and the Threesomes.

Stacey Bowen

Stacey Bowen is a short story writer who mixes fiction with non-fiction around human life-struggles. She is also a trained Motivational Speaker who advocates for changes to Social Polices and more subsidized Housing.

Stacey values her job that deals with helping the homeless population, and working with people living with mental illness and addictions by doing her frontline job as Shelter-Relief Worker at Fred Victor.

Mr. Bittersweet

Mr. Bittersweet has been playing music in Toronto for about 30 years and performed and entertained in about 600 instances for mainly community events. Besides being a singer/songwriter and self-recording artist, he is also a writer, painter and generally a multi-media artist, including technical and promotional theatre works. Over the years He worked with about 200 different artist, a majority of them based in the community mental health system and often ‘psychiatrized’. (more…)

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CONTEST! – FLASH CALL For Cover Art Submissions for Inaugural Issue!

This is a contest to have your work featured on Issue 1 of The Mad Times!

Mad Pride Logo surrounded by a tree that is made of people.
An early attempt at a Mad Pride Logo…we need your help (by Tim Brown)

Mad Times is a space for you to share your Mad art and creativity. We are holding a cover contest for our inaugural issue. The theme is universal: this is an introduction. We are thinking about… beginnings, initial psych experiences, Mad Pride, newspaper style.
Art that incorporates “Mad Times” is favourable, but everything and anything will be considered.

 

DEADLINE is JANUARY 31st!

Feel free to share widely.

Email SUBMISSIONS to: madtimestoronto@gmail.com

Your work will be an important part of the first issue of Mad Times.

Mad Times is a publication by Mad Pride Toronto. Mad Times Magazine aims to create an open forum for Mad writers, artists, and activists to share their art and voices with the broader community.

We will choose one image for the cover (print, online). We will also choose other images for the online version of Mad Times.

Submitting work for consideration is easy. Email us samples of your work (high res JPG files), along with a short bio (Do you identify as Mad, consumer survivor, psych survivor or otherwise been in the psychiatric system?), and a description of the work.

Please include the following with your submission:
• Your Name (and company name if you have one)
• Contact information (Phone, Cell, Email)
• Website (if you have one)

Email submissions to: madtimestoronto@gmail.com
There will be another round of calls for future issues. We appreciate your hard work. We are all volunteers. We will have a longer lead time for future issues.

MAD TIMES – madtimestoronto@gmail.com

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Mad Pride Toronto celebrates, empowers and builds community for people who identify as Mad, consumer survivors, psychiatric survivors, mentally ill, mentally awesome, and normal. We will present Toronto’s Mad Pride Week 2017 (July 10-16).

MORE INFORMATION – Mad Times Page

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Here is some inspiring music leading up to Raised Voices at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, on February 2, 2017.

“The Cuckoo” by Banjo Rebellion (“Banjo Rebellion got its name when Val Kerr & Bill Nunnelley, partners in life and in music, answered the call for rebel performers at the Toronto MadX event, aptly named “The Rebellion”.

And Donna Linklater

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Raised Voices at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, on February 2016.
Raised Voices at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, on February 2, 2016.

 

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This will be a sample Mad Times Post. Check out the rest of the site while we build out the Mad Times section.

Mad Times will be publishing the first issue soon Jan or Feb 2017