Author Archive:

Shop – Kyla Yager Artwork

My name is Kyla and I am a Visual Artist with a focus on drawing and painting. I am originally from New Orleans, LA and in 2018 I obtained my BFA in Visual Art from York University in Toronto. Since then, I lived in Washington, DC to do social justice work, moved back to New Orleans to work as a practicing artist, and am now back in Toronto to continue my art career. I am passionate about working with kids, social justice, and using art as a way to intersect my passions. My style is abstract with a psychedelic touch. I often tend to combine realism within my abstract work as well. I hope my artwork sends a message and provokes conversation among viewers.


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Shop – Dani Donayre Ecuadorian/ Canadian Visual Artist

I'm an Ecuadorian/Canadian Toronto based visual artist. I was raised in South America and grew up surrounded by beautiful colors and sights. This spurred my love for all things artistic and years later led me to fall in love with many forms of art. I express myself through bright colors and constantly strive to bring different parts of my home and family to my pieces.



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Shop – LadyAstro Japanese Visual Storyteller

LadyAstro(Mitsuki B. Fujimoto) is a Japanese Visual Storyteller & Registered Teacher in Childcare based in Toronto.

She was born in Tokyo, Japan, and was raised by a father who was a composer, and a mother who was a passionate ballet dancer. LadyAstro began her artistic involvement in her early childhood. At 12, she left Japan to study abroad in Thailand, Australia, India, US & UK. Her area of interest has always been in Visual/Performing Arts, Philosophy, Care for the Earth & Social Justice.

She has been working as a designer & illustrator ever since 2015.

In 2019, she was registered as RECE and has been working as an Outdoor/Nature educator at alternative school & childcare centers. Combining her practice in creative arts, holistic therapy & education, she takes a transdisciplinary approach to her art-making and uses art as a powerful method & tool for social change; urging the viewer to engage in meaningful conversations about global environmental/health concerns.

LadyAstro is cultivating more personal projects that address the urgency of our time to children & people of all ages.



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Shop – Kristen Stephen Fine Artist

Kristen Stephen Fine Artist

Born in Amherst, New York, and moved to Canada when she was six years old. She spent her teenage years in Niagara-on-the-Lake where she developed her interest in the arts working in her mother’s gallery.

During her time at the gallery she met many Canadian artists and developed an appreciation for a diverse spectrum of techniques and artistic perspectives. ​ After pursuing an Arts and Culture degree at Brock University Kristen moved to Toronto where she attended Ontario College of Art and Design University, majoring in painting. ​

Kristen's artistic focus is abstract painting.

She believes in responding intuitively to the materials she works with to create work that represents what she finds beautiful. Kristen creates art intended to be a reprieve from the darkness and negativity in society, transporting viewers to a place of ease through colour planes of glitter and softness. ​ She lives in Cabbagetown with her two energetic children, and two playful dogs.

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Fundraising – CUTO Projects Help Towards Funding Creative Resources in our Community

Projects go Towards Funding Creative Resources in our Community

A socially conscious incubator that advances profit-sharing projects. Develops artists into becoming creative entrepreneurs while allocating resources towards programs that help with homelessness, mental health and isolation in the arts community

For more info about Creative Unicorns of Toronto


Proceeds from CreativeUTO go back to funding projects in the creative community


Sistering is a multi-service agency for at-risk, socially isolated women in Toronto who are homeless or precariously housed. We have been serving this community for over 35 years, validating women’s experiences regardless of outcomes. These marginalized women come from diverse backgrounds and include: women with substance use and mental health issues; women who have experienced, or are experiencing, trauma and violence; immigrant and refugee women; women with disabilities; and women without legal status.

For more info about Sistering



ASE Community Foundation,

for Black Canadians with Disabilities Is a newly formed national not-for-profit volunteer organization that aims to expand the conversations to include the intersectionality of experiences and voices of Black Canadians living with disabilities, and ultimately shift the culture to embrace the many talents and knowledge of all peoples within the Black Community. Through a strong and passionate board and volunteers, we are determined to create a hub of research and expertise to assist community organizations with their accessibility and anti-black racism challenges, as well as establish scholarships/awards and a wayfinding App ( information and services) for black Canadians with disabilities. ASE ( sounds like Ah- Shay!) is a Yoruba word (Nigerian) that means power and authority (it’s the ability to bring one’s will into manifestation or so it will be. As we continue to work towards these goals, we have established two scholarships that focus on resilience and endurance, and we are welcoming sponsors and donors. Defonte Miller Art and Music Award, ASE Community Foundation

Defonte Miller Art and Music Award, ASE Community Foundation; ASE Community Foundation, for Black Canadians with Disabilities

This award was established to acknowledge the incredible strength, resilience, and endurance, to collectively overcome great adversities. As in the case of Defonte Miller,
as with many other black Canadians living with disabilities. The goal of the Award is to provide the tools, equipment, and materials needed to pursue their artistic and/or musical careers. For example, Defonte is interested in music and in need of a Mac computer to make beats at home.

Legend, ASE Community Foundation Award

This award is being established to acknowledge individuals who contribute to peoples’ lives every day, but are not “seen” or acknowledged. Many black people with disabilities
contribute to everyday life and well-being of others, however they are rarely acknowledged for the additional challenges they overcome daily to be there to help other people, while also managing anti-black racism and ableism.

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The Imperial Court of Toronto (TICOT)

Founded in 1986, The Imperial Court of Toronto (TICOT) is the oldest Ontario chapter of the International Court System (ICS). The ICS is the second largest LGBTQAA organization in the world, second only to the Metropolitan Community Church, with 72 active chapters across Canada, the United States and Mexico.

TICOT is a registered not-for-profit organization that raises funds for LGBTQAA charities through donations at a variety of drag performances and social events. Now in its 32nd year, TICOT has donated over $1 million to the community for projects including food banks, woman's shelters, youth programs and various HIV programs.

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Our Commitment to Sustainable and Ethical Production

Commitment to Sustainable and Ethical Production

Here at Creative UTO we have a strong commitment to producing all of our merchandise in the most ethically and environmentally conscious way possible. In order to do this we have carefully chosen vendors that meet the following criteria:

1. Reducing emissions in line with targets established by the 2015 Paris Agreement

◦ Converting offset printing processes to LED has substantially reduced carbon footprints
◦ Large-scale solar arrays have been installed and were installing solar panels isn’t feasible, working with local providers to procure renewable energy.

2. Committing to responsible forestry

◦ Being FSC certified. Their FSC certification with NEPCON is recognized by the Rainforest Alliance and current in both the North American and European markets!
◦ To learn more about why FSC is



3. Has a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification

◦ The interior fittings in their US headquarters earned Platinum certification for LEED!
◦ Their headquarters uses 40% less water from plumbing features and 75% of the
construction materials were diverted from a landfill and reused

4. Robust recycling programs

◦ They use large exhaust systems to carry the waste to processing machines where it is bailed, ready for transport.
◦ Even their dust is compressed into pucks for ease of transportation before being sent off for recycling.
◦ In their European offices the disposable cutlery, cups, and plates are biodegradable and recyclable.

5. They hold their supply chains to the same standards

◦ They demand that their supply chain does not allow for unacceptable practices like environmental violations, child labor, slavery, or unsafe working conditions.
◦ They update their Supply Chain Transparency Discloser every year to stay current on all ethical and sustainable consumption methods.
◦ They do not use papers sourced from endangered old-growth forests, forests of exceptional conservation value, or the Amazon Basin.

6. They print-on-demand

◦ Traditional offset printing usually requires large orders in anticipation of sales. Often, any books that go unsold are destroyed. The print on demand model of book manufacturing reduces supply chain waste, greenhouse emissions, and conserves valuable natural resources.

Call to Artists – Cover Artist Gets $1,200 and 2 Featured Artists $600

 Radical Dreams of Equity and Kindness


What kind of world do you want to live in after Covid-19? 


Share your dreams


CreativeUTO is a socially conscious incubator of creative thinkers. We are launching the inaugural issue of Symposium, a print anthology, and video exhibit. For our first issue, we have chosen the theme: Radical Dreams of Equity and Kindness. We acknowledge that Covid-19 has dramatically disrupted all of our lives. We see, too, that there are deep inequalities that undermine our core values and beliefs.


We invite all artists across media to contribute their visions of a better future. Because dreams are the first step to bring better to life.



Artists click here to submit your artwork

Video Exhibits broadcasted live on CUTO Podcast

For fundraising, details go to our fundraiser page


Event-goers buy tickets and anthology on Patreon


Submit your work, make sure to include a 250-word artist statement. You’ll be sent to an onboarding page when you register. You’ll receive a welcome package including promotional material and an invoice. We publish your work on our Facebook fan page, (y)our fans help us critique and add context to these pictures by leaving likes, comments, and sharing your work. Artists will be selected by our Steering Committee, an elected group of established members of the creative community and CreativeUTO members. Artists present their work onlinr. We work together to promote our creation, share profits, knowing that proceeds go to Sistering, ASE Community, and TICOT



  • Cover artist (visual, video and written work will be considered): $1,200
  • 2 Featured artists get $600
  • Submissions are open to Toronto artists. Some preference will be given to local Toronto and GTA based artists.


Artists click here to submit your artwork





We want to know how you envision a better world.


Be creative.

Be serious.

Be ridiculous.


We want your brave and beautiful visions to inspire and then build a better tomorrow






We use ethical and environmentally conscious for all our merchandise



Proceeds from CreativeUTO projects go to funding projects from Sistering, ASE, and TICOT




Submission guidelines:

We accept all forms of art that relate to the theme of radical dreams of equity and kindness for a post-COVID-19 world. The art we accept includes but is not limited to:


  • Visually striking eye candy
  • Visual Art (drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media)
  • Photography
  • Short stories
  • Poetry
  • Other written work (personal essays, creative non-fiction, etc)
  • Performance (Dance, music, etc)
  • Art installations
  • Experimental Arts


The following is the definition of 1 piece:


  • One image of a visual piece (300 dpi PNG format or your print will be junk and may be rejected.)
  • One or multiple poems which collectively total up to 600 words (please submit in ONE file)
  • One piece of written work up to 1200 words 
  • One Video (Please submit a video in HD)
  • One audio file (for musicians, you’ll need audio quality guidelines. They will also need to submit text or an image which to accompany their work.)



For non-text works please include an accompanying artist statement on how your work connects to the theme and clearly indicate which piece it is accompanying. Up to 250 words per piece, the artist statement does not count as one of your pieces. Please verify that all submitted work is original to you. For work involving multiple parties, submissions, consent to participate must be given by all participants and artists.



We are giving away $1,200 to a cover artist and $600 to 2 featured artists


November 21st (Submission deadline)

  • Submission deadline for 1st edition of Anthology (live event)

  • Artists pictures will be published on IG, Facebook during the onboarding process
  • Participation fee due before we publish your work on our networks
  • Early submissions will have a chance to campaign for cover artist longer
  • We work as a community to critique the art
  • You can invite your followers to vote like and give feedback


  • Facebook or IG like = 3 points
  • Facebook or IG comments = 5 points
  • An event like at SWG = 12 points
  • CreativeUTO staff like or comment = 12 points


Saturday, November 28th

  • Symposium Video Exhibit at Studio 77
  • Very limited space available at 77 Shuter
  • Bring foods, and wine
  • The event starts at 3 pm
  • There will be a live DJ
  • Artists must submit their artwork between
  • Doors open at 8 pm
  • Private event for artists and fundraisers
  • Fundraiser to sell the book
  • Social distancing rules are in effect (wear masks, limited to 50 people)


Saturday, December 12th (Final 20)

  • Symposium Video Exhibit at Studio 77
  • Bring 2 pieces of work between 1 and 4 pm
  • Very limited space available at 77 Shuter


Download the event PDF here


Event-goers get your tickets on Patreon

Artists click here to submit your artwork

Video Exhibits broadcasted live on CUTO Podcast

For fundraising, details go to our fundraiser page



Shop – Hong Kong-born Canadian Visual Artist SofiL

Shop - Hong Kong-born Canadian Visual Artist SofiL

SofiL is a Hong Kong-born Canadian visual artist based in Toronto. She received her Master of Fine Arts from New York Studio School and Bachelor of Fine Arts from OCAD University. SofiL has exhibited across Canada, the United States, and England. Her work is in several private collections in Canada, the United States, and Hong Kong. She is a recipient of the LCU Housing Grant, and numerous scholarships and awards, such as the Concordia Scholarship and the Association of Christian Schools International Fine Arts Festival Awards.

View her gallery below



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The Unicorn Exploratory Workshop Hosted by Vince Schutt MBA

Exploratory Workshop Hosted by Vince Schutt MBA

About the workshop

As an artist, my art is facilitation.  I will facilitate an exploratory workshop on the use of art as a communication medium for empowering community's own motivations and will to move forward on environmental solution-making.

About Vince Schutt

Vince is the founder of Enviromentum.  He facilitates learning opportunities for people from all walks to empower their communications in ways they never really knew were possible.

Vince is not fond of walks on the beach, and if he has to walk on the beach he'd prefer it to be short over long.


Visit Vince's website




  • 1st Class July 2nd 2020
  • Register first so we can get on the same page
  • Pay and setup your account on CreativeUTO.ca when you're ready 
  • Your CreativeUTO account gives you access to the backend
  • CreativeUTO account accumulates Volume for activity (community currency)
  • Early bird Pay $45 for the 1st 2-months
  • The incubator is $75 per month for 6 months
  • You get continued support after through our Slack community
  • Our classes will be through Zoom (where we will setup multiple rooms)
  • Once Social Distancing restrictions change they will eventually be in person

For more info about our whole program click here

Click the link below to register

Personal Branding Unicorn Workshops Facilitated by 5 X Tedx Speaker Bobby Umar

Personal Branding Workshop Facilitated by 5 X Tedx Speaker Bobby Umar


There are followers, there are leaders, and then there are thought leaders. Thought leadership is a key differentiator between those brands who are driving the conversation forward versus simply engaging in it.
It is a type of content marketing where you invest in the experience, talent and passion within you, your business, from your community, to drive the conversation and answer the biggest questions of your target audience on a particular topic.
Your personal brand is your promise to deliver to every person you come in contact with. It is your reputation, integrity and what your audience expects of you, whether they are your team, your tribe or your customers. Building a strong thought leadership personal brand will set you apart, create more opportunities, and help you stay on top of the innovative trends in your industry. Bobby Umar will share the 3 key aspects of a Thought Leadership
Personal Brand and drill deeper into the what and how on one of the key aspects: content creation and generating new ideas.
This will be a key aspect to building your business. There will also be a Q & A session where you can ask any question around your business and current state.


  • Why invest in your leadership and personal development
  • What is personal branding and why it is important
  • Why thought leadership
  • How to determine your personal brand
  • How to build thought leadership
  • Deeper dive into content creation, idea generation and leveraging LinkedIn

Bobby Umar, CEO of DYPB

Bobby Umar is an inspirational speaker, coach, and one of the most prolific advocates of heart-based leadership in North America. Inc Magazine named him one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers, alongside such noteworthy giants as Richard Branson, Brené Brown and John Maxwell. Bobby is a 5x TEDx speaker, and one of the top social media influencers in the world, with over half a million followers. 

He has been named the "2nd Best Business Coach to Follow" on Twitter and the "4th Best Leadership Influencer" according to Kred. Bobby is an author of three international books, including a #1 Best Seller. He is also a Huffington Post contributor and hosted a weekly tweetchat called “The Power of Connection” that reached over 65 million impressions weekly. To date, his social media influence has garnered over 1 billion impressions. Bobby was also named a "2015 Speaker to Watch” and most recently, he was named a "Top 7 Networking Guru to Follow".

A social media advocate, who champions authentic connection and leadership, Bobby has appeared on hundreds of podcasts, TV and radio shows. With a background in brand marketing (Kraft and Unilever), engineering (Bombardier) and the performing arts (Second City), Bobby has led Raeallan (www.raeallan.com) for over a decade and is now a recognized thought leader in networking, social media and personal branding. He founded the DYPB – Discover Your Personal Brand movement (www.dypb.ca), which for five years hosted the largest event

in North America dedicated solely to personal branding, featuring 60 experts and over 300 delegates. 250,000+ people from across the world have experienced Bobby’s high-energy keynotes, interactive team-building activities, and engaging workshops.


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  • 1st Class July 2nd 2020
  • Register first so we can get on the same page
  • Pay and setup your account on CreativeUTO.ca when you're ready 
  • Your CreativeUTO account gives you access to the backend
  • CreativeUTO account accumulates Volume for activity (community currency)
  • Early bird Pay $45 for the 1st 2-months
  • The incubator is $75 per month for 6 months
  • You get continued support after through our Slack community
  • Our classes will be through Zoom (where we will setup multiple rooms)
  • Once Social Distancing restrictions change they will eventually be in person

For more info about our whole program click here

Click the link below to register