Highlights Include Community Market, Mac DeMarco Performance, Art Expo, and Skatepark
Toronto, On. (March 15, 2017) – Vans is pleased to announce that House of Vans will return to Toronto for a second consecutive year on March 30 – April 2. The densely packed, four days of programming will include a live performance from acclaimed singer-songwriter, Mac DeMarco, a market showcasing various members of Toronto’s bourgeoning creative community, a thought-provoking art exhibition and a full-size replica of an iconic San Francisco skate spot, which are all free and open to the public.
“As one of the key cultural hubs in Canada we are excited to bring the House of Vans experience back to Toronto.’’ said Vans Canada General Manager, Jared Bevens.‘’ We collaborated closely with local skaters, musicians and artists to bring to life four days dedicated to showcasing action sports, music, art & street culture. New interactive experiences like the Community Market provide a great opportunity to highlight and support the thriving creative scene here in Toronto that is a true representation of the ‘Off The Wall’ spirit Vans was founded on”
Located at 99 Sudbury St., on the edge of Parkdale, House of Vans Toronto will kick off at 8pm on Thursday, March 30 with a live interview featuring Vans Skate Pro, Elijah Berle, hosted by Cephas Benson and Donovan Jones of The Bunt. A first for Toronto’s The Bunt, Elijah will be interviewed before an audience in a casual and intimate setting. Attendance is open and will be streamed live on the official Vans Skate’s Instagram for those who can’t make it.
The Community Market at House of Vans Toronto will feature artists, designers and retailers from Toronto and Canada. Enthusiasts will have the chance to shop a curated environment showcasing a wide range of vendors from record stores, interior designers, underground skatewear brands, visual artists, artisanal jewelers, and even a stick n’ poke tattoo artist. 100% of sales profits will go to directly to the vendors. Visit houseofvans.ca for more info.
On Friday March 31, The Potentially Flawless Art Expo opens at 7pm. Through the aestheticizing of daily scrolling and screen absorption, nine invited artists interpret data collection and the relationship between online/offline navigation as a means of sociocultural critique. To these artists, the numerous forms of internet ads, clickbait, tutorials and spam emails are considered through a new and valuable lens, rather than as pollutants of online navigation. By adopting a mixed media approach, the digital dialogue expands into a variety of surfaces; painting, moving image and jacquard weaving all equally contribute to the cloud. The expo will run parallel to the Community Market until 9pm on Sunday April 2.
|Tessar Lo||Christine Tien Wang||Aaron Chan|
|Tabita Rezaire||Sylvia Limbana||Yulan Grant|
|Sophia Borowska||Jennifer Chan||Isaac Kariuki|
On Saturday April 1, House of Vans will come to life as Edmonton’s Mac DeMarco, Toronto’s Bambii, and RALPH take the big stage in a celebration of creative expression. The live performance is free to attendees 19+ and older. Fans can RSVP on houseofvans.ca to enter the lottery to attend. Winners will be notified via email.
The pièce de résistance of House of Vans Toronto will be its skatepark component. Vans is partnering with Lewis Cruise to bring forth a built to scale replica of iconic San Francisco skate spot; Pier 7. The skatepark will host a range of events throughout the weekend including a jam format contest for expert skateboarders, instructor-led skateboarding lessons by Skate Loft and free skate sessions all to encourage athletes of every skill level to get out and skate. Skateboards and safety equipment will be provided courtesy of Vans and waffles will be served.
House of Vans Toronto Schedule:
The Bunt Live with Elijah Berle
Thursday 3/30: 8pm
Friday 3/31: 4pm – 9pm
Saturday 4/1: Noon – 9pm
Sunday 4/2: Noon – 6pm
Potentially Flawless Art Expo Vernissage:
Friday 3/31: 7pm
Mac DeMarco, Bambii and Ralph Live
Saturday 4/1 : Doors at 9pm
FREE SHOW / 19+ RSVP Online
Lewis Cruise Pier 7 Jam at House of Vans
Sunday 4/2: 8pm
Friday 3/31: 4pm – 9pm
Saturday 4/1: 1pm – 4pm
Sunday 4/2: 1pm – 8pm
Skateboarding introductions by Skate Loft:
Saturday 4/1: 10am – 1pm
Sunday 4/2: 10am – 1pm
House of Vans Toronto
99 Sudbury St, Toronto, ON
M6J 3S7, Canada
Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans authentic collections are sold globally in more than 75 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans also owns and operates nearly 600 retail locations around the world. The Vans brand promotes the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression through the support of athletes, musicians and artists and through progressive events and platforms such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, Vans Pool Party, Vans Custom Culture, Vans Warped Tour®, and Vans’ cultural hub and international music venue, the House of Vans.
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