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4 Critical Points to Help You be Successful in the Art Business

4 Critical Points to Help You be Successful in the Art Business

Art is Everywhere

Art has taken over the world. Look around and there isn’t a single industry that does not require the visual music of an artist. Luxury brands appropriate street art. There are dozens of online sites to sell your art - you just need a modest marketing budget. Simply put, a lot of art today takes place outside the art world entirely and no longer take place only in galleries.

Artists can be laser-like in their work that they forget the larger world they can mold and shape. You are not an amateur, you the artist can shape the present and the future. Artists shape how people think, what people buy and how people consume. Don't underestimate the ways art speaks to the masses.

Don't Just Play it Safe

If you’re not playing it smart, you’re playing it safe - and safe artists seldom make history. Remember the art world is like any other in the game of life. Move the chess pieces in your favour regardless of what your objectives are. Many artists want the respect and esteem of their peers. Artists hope people will appreciate the ethos behind their work in some shape or form. However, artists must answer: what do you do well and why do you do what you do? (aka your value proposition).

Ultimately, you must notice when you assert yourself confidently and when you retreat. Are you playing a game you enjoy or a game that's set up to make you fail? Return back to why you’re making art. Don’t ignore how the world thrives on changing the rules for womxn and for people of colour, and so it’s more important than ever to invest in your game.


Game Recognize Game

Whether you’re pursuing creativity for yourself or a higher purpose, recognizing game gives you the advantage of changing the game. You can make new rules, and put up goalposts for others to also take their shot. More importantly, be sure to invest in your art mentally and spiritually so that others will do the same.

  1. Learn to play chess: think ahead, plan and learn the difference between making decisions and making the right decisions.
  2. Rules: make a list of rules you see others following and break some of them to stand out.
  3. Be a radical: rebel against ‘that's the way things are,’ be inventive and different, share that passionately with someone in the industry.
  4. Seek sage advice: identify a mentor who’s successful at the game.
  5. Find a community: if you don’t belong to a group (online or in-person) join one and exchange ideas (or create one and enhance your own credibility).
  6. Points: scoring doesn’t make them win, training and playing so you can’t lose does - so balance competition with others in favour of competition with yourself.
  7. Getting called out: in an era of PC language, of being misunderstood and of cancel culture (which can really destroy your reputation), if you’re unsure of an idea wait a few days. If you’re still really unsure, ask someone about the ethics before moving forward.

Ultimately, base business decisions on your present and future needs, and not on the needs at a point in time where you felt small and unsure. Artists don't want to drown in labels. Artists avoid societal cages that diminish the creative process. Similarly, and do not overlook the counterpoint, you get to define what playground you want to play in, and what labels you want to wear. If you don’t, someone else will do so for you.


Move with the Seasons

Above all, while the art industry is subjective and what’s considered ‘great’ art likewise, you can still create ways in which great can shift with the seasons. (We don't all want to see comic strip art forever.) Similarly, that’s not to say that the few people with decision-making power will always be the ones moving the dial in the art world. After all, you’re an artist and you know exactly how to create something from nothing.

12 Outdoor Art Events to Take Advantage of for Summer 2019

12 Art Events to Take Advantage of for Summer 2019

The summer in Toronto started a bit late. However, the events will be scheduled as planned, and outdoors.

Toronto is flourishing with art, performances and family gatherings. We had an increase in art investment back in 2013 to $25 per capita after significant advocacy. (FYI Ottawa spends $28 per capita on arts funding; Calgary, $42; Vancouver, $47; and Montreal, $55; including overlooking the arts in the 2018 federal budget).

In addition, the 2018 economic impacts of arts in the province of Ontario documented by Ontario Arts Council, where "arts and culture products represent $25.7 billion or 3.5% of the province's gross domestic product (GDP) and over 269,000 jobs." This is no easy feat, and we all enjoy the arts, all the more reason to continue investing and supporting the arts in the public. 



Arts Investment Requires a Dedicated Audience

While there are many events throughout the city, below is a list of some of the bigger events so you can plan your summer (and your spending) accordingly.


  • Sundays: Kensington Market and their pedestrian last Sundays of each month until October 27th, 2019.




  • July 7: - AfroFest at Woodbine Park, African music festival


  • July 3 – 14: Fringe Festival (theatre) showcasing 150+ productions every July at 30+ venues around downtown Toronto, with affordable ticket prices.


  • July 12 – 14: Toronto Outdoor Art Fair art talks, tours, installations, performances, and family fun, an art fair with significant foot traffic.


  • July 27: Black Owned Unity Black-Owned Summer Market, a social enterprise that was started to unite the black community around the goal of economic development.


  • Aug. 17: Rasta Fest music, dance, ancestral drumming, arts/crafts market place, ital food cuisine, children/youth activities, writers’ corner and a live concert


  • Aug. 17 – 18: Chinatown Festival the theme this year is the 12 Chinese Zodiac; various cultural performances on two stages with about 80 vendors to showcase Asian culture


  • Aug. 30 – Sept. 2: Artfest Toronto at the Distillery Labour Day Weekend, focuses on fine art and craft with a splash of gourmet food, with a curated selection of 80 artists.



  • Sept 14 – 15: Danforth East Art Fair a free event held in East Lynn Park, located on the south side of the Danforth between Coxwell and Woodbine, dozens of art vendors.


  • Sept 21-22: Queen West Art Crawl an Outdoor Art Exhibition in beautiful Trinity Bellwoods Park in September, which draws over 60,000 visitors annually.



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#TAAP6 – Ray Art, Zoe Bu & Art in the AM. Toronto Artists Win Unicorn Awards

Toronto Artists Win Unicorn Awards

Hello, world!

The Unicorn Awards were introduced for #TAAP5 as a way for peers, industry insiders, and the CUTO Creative team to recognize and vote for those who have a positive influence on our creative community.

The categories included best dressed (cosplay is encouraged), best setup, and best live painter.

Click here – to see The Unicorn Awards 2018



All Year Round

The goal is to expand the integration of the Unicorn Awards beyond just the event heading into #TAAP6. We want to award unicorns who interact with us through social media, projects, and through our event.

This year we'll be handing out numerous awards. There will be some returning from the previous events as well as some new ones.

Click here - for more info about #TAAP6


Unicorn of the Month

One of those new awards is Unicorn of the Month.

Unicorn of the Month is based on the interviews we publish on CUTO Marketplace. It is designed to highlight trending artists. Trending on CUTO is based on accumulated volume (Volume = Page views, sales, shares, likes, and comments).


Unicorn of the Month

Below is a list of all our trending artists between June and April 2019.

June – The Passionate Art of Ray



June starts with the Passionate Art of Ray, who has been one of the most visited artists in our marketplace since he was published.

Another popular artist is the bold and vibrant Alex Leon.

The interdimensional art of Cynthia Van Leeuwen rounds off the top 3,

immediately followed by creative directors Helena Una George

and The multidisciplinary art of Gail Braith.

In June,

Creative Entrepreneurs also used resources to

analyze a business opportunity,

how to network online and offline,

and 10 places to submit art


May -- The Intuitive Fluid Abstract Paintings of Tokoroii


The abstract painting journal of Tokoroii had the most volume in May. Zoe Bu identifies as a gender-fluid, pan-romantic demisexual and gives us one of the most insightful interviews in our marketplace.

Raymond Art,

Helen Una George,

and Art in the AM roundup May with the most volume for that month.

In May Unicorns also brushed up on their skills in our articles like:

9 best supply stores,

5 success principals,

5 rehearsal spaces,

social media advice,

and how to create murals in Toronto.


April - Art in the AM wins April


Art in the AM was published last year on August 23rd and has remained a popular artist ever since; she wins her Unicorn Award this year!

April 2019 is rounded up by creative director Helen Una George,

Ray Art,

Cynthia Van Leeuwen,

and Desire Betty who was also published last year.

In April, creative entrepreneurs also read up on

success principles for artists,

supply stores

and rehearsal spaces in Toronto,

social media advice,

and a service provide by Paula Cowan; the 80/20 rule of job searching.


9 Books for Creative Entrepreneurs in 2019

You are defined by what you put out in the world. Whether that’s your communication skills, your attitude, or your work. People look and will decide whether to stop, start or continue to interact.

In high school, we read books and wrote essays for grades. Similarly, we read books we didn’t particularly like, or maybe we did enjoy them, but perhaps those books didn’t particularly set us up for a career as a creative entrepreneur. Equally important is to ensure you have a little structure in your life with what and when you read. Undoubtedly, reading is important for everyone whether you’re a CEO or working a 9-5, whether you’re an athlete or you play soccer in the park, whether you're a creative or someone who wants to create. What you don’t know you should be reading.

Countless articles are written about how great Steve Jobs is, or that we should learn from big names like Coca Cola and Nike, or how to be like Mother Theresa (she wasn’t a great person). Clearly, it’s a challenge to relate to these stories when you’re a different person who’s creating a business in 2019. Undoubtedly there are lessons. However, most case studies cannot be a simple copy and paste.

What was the last book you read?

Most of the books below are not on typical ‘must read’ lists. Those you can find through a Google search. These books are ones you might not think to read right away, or they might at first appear unrelatable. Ultimately, these are books with deep universal messages, tips and tricks you can apply right away. Moreover, it's good to read a book you’re not typically drawn to. Since most of us can’t directly relate to Jobs, nor does he have a lived experience anywhere near yours, my list is a bit different but mighty. Books I recommended to friends, who truly liked them, applied the tips, and also got something tangible out of it.


Books to buy, or borrow from your library today


1) The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path To Higher Creativity

is a self-help book by Julia Cameron (1992). A classic, just read it. It covers the mind, body, and soul and a lot of practical advice.


2) You Are a Badass®: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life,

by Jen Sincero (2003) - helps you get out of a mental funk. This very popular book gets you to think differently instantly and it’s a great audiobook too!


3) How to Win Friends and Influence People

by Dale Carnegie, published in 1936 – apparently 15 million copies sold. I think this book is on everyone’s top list, need I say more?


4) The Road to Recognition. The book created to accelerate your personal branding success.

By Seth Price and Barry Feldman. One of the best and easy to digest branding books and content marketing how-to. All done in alphabetized chapters. The best part is they do a great job of underscoring staying true to yourself and your story.


5) It's About Time!: The Six Styles of Procrastination and How to Overcome Them

(1997) by Linda Sapadin, Jack Maguire. I personally find books from the 90s hugely interesting, effective, and simple. This is one of them, and it obviously tackles how to accomplish things you rarely get off the ground. Paralysis, worry, stress, de-motivation – it touches on a lot.


6) Daring Greatly

by Brene Brown. (2015). Brown has a Ph.D. in social work. I thought I would throw in a book about self-development and self-awareness from an emotional and psychological perspective. Taking care of yourself will really determine how can you and your well being help you navigate the world. This book talks on vulnerability and exposing ourselves in genuine ways and that how what we feel matters.


7) Perfect Phrases for Dealing with Difficult Situations at Work.

By Susan Benjamin. (2008). Most people don’t necessarily have the work or volunteer experience to be able to communicate effectively. I like these ‘Perfect Phrases’ books; they’re simple, to the point and can be applied right away. As with all professions, communicating and working effectively with others is vital in maintaining collaborations and a clientele.


8) 3 Things

by Bryan Espiritu, which began on Twitter in 2014 as a public version of his, "notes to self" and it touches on business, fun, personal and self-care themes. Hailing from Toronto, an unwavering creative who’s insisted on integrity by avoiding being chained to mediocrity with his unique and personalized approach to putting his pen to paper. Also, follow him on social media for additional insights.


9) The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It.

By Kelly McGonigal. (2015). Everyone experiences stress, personally or professionally. However, stress doesn’t have to lead larger health complications, and stress doesn’t have to seep into all aspects of your life – there must be a balance. Do you sleep well? Are you mindful and present? This book paints a different picture of stress. Stress isn’t just something to avoid or cure – it’s more than that. You can cultivate it like an emotion or skill to provide focus, energy, growth, and learning.


#TAAP6 – CreativeUTO 2019 Mediakit for Sponsorship Opportunities

Help Sponsor an art show


Download our media kit below


About The Annex Art Party

We are looking to collaborate with forward-thinking corporations to create sponsorship opportunities that align with their strategic goals and messages. 
A bit about our organization. We are a socially conscious incubator that advances profit-sharing creative projects. We support, educate, and develop entrepreneurs, coders, artists, creators, and developers from all walks of life. We drive forward projects through SMARTER collaboration from the foundation up. But most importantly, we build and multiply spaces for creators to come together to combat the all too common and interconnected epidemics of isolation, mental health, and homelessness in the creative community.


We look forward to exploring how your company’s support for our exhibitions and projects (both financially and in-kind) can help engage audiences.

In return we have designed a marketing campaign that will reach over: 

  • 3 million people in the downtown core through a guerrilla marketing strategy
  • Includes a street team (of Unicorns in Unicorn masks) who raises awareness for our organizations
  • By handing out a postcard with envelopes promoting our individual companies
  • A poster campaign that targets the busiest intersections along Bathurst (the street where the event will be)
  • This campaign also includes social media awareness (we will take lots of video and pictures)
  • Reach out to a community of artists on social media and in-person 
  • Collaborating on an art installation for change
  • and be a judge to help vote for the Winter Unicorn Awards at the event
  • Your logos will be represented at the event, all marketing material including social media

Download our media kit below


About The Annex Art Party


Networking Effectively Online and Offline 101

Your network is your net worth.”

Networking is the art of developing professional and social contacts. Can you list yours?

Valuable and strategic contacts can play a key role in professional growth. However, it seems harder and harder to get someone’s attention, but it doesn’t have to be. 

In just one click, two creatives from two different countries can collaborate. But how can you make networking work for you instead of leaving it to chance?

Don’t be aimless.



Know Your Why

Firstly, know why you want to network. For example, is it to promote a show; find new leads (potential clients, but unsure) or clients (people who will pay); pitch an idea, service or product; collaborate, or seek mentorship or other advice? Networking does not and should not just be about taking – make sure there is a balance between getting inspired or just appreciating and sharing someone else’s work. Better yet, give them something of value, rather than take (this one’s important).


How to Network 101

1. Make a schedule – if you don’t have a plan how will you know where to start? If it’s social media, (we both know you’re on it a lot more than you admit) chances are you should be interacting at least once per week related to your ‘why’ (see above). Schedule yourself: X hrs per week on Sunday, or 1 event per month after work.


2. Professionalism – is your portfolio up-to-date and ready to go? There’s nothing worse than letting someone know, ‘it’s not all there, but…’ If you don’t have the time to showcase your own work, what message are you sending? Communicate professionally at all times because your reputation is forever – especially as a digital tattoo. I’ve seen messages that are aggressive, demanding, and don’t include a simple thank you. Make sure to start and end politely. No one has to freely give you their time and knowledge. They might be busy, uninterested, or receive a lot of requests. Don’t take it personally, and don’t give up (you know the story of J.K. Rowling’s rejections or unsuccessful American Idols).


3. Research – are events agonizing for you? If your aim is to get more clients, you attend more events to increase your chances (if you ace everything on this list). Use Facebook events or groups, Meetup, Eventbrite, or check out art listings in your city, such as galleries, music events, community gatherings connected to the art world. Above all, do not rely only on digital connections, meeting in person can pay off.

4. Research people – this is often overlooked. Know who will be at an event and why, so you can speak accordingly. If you have specific questions about finances or publishing, find the right person to speak with, or ask if anyone knows someone. If you like their work let them know you’re a fan. Don’t be poorly researched. If they have videos or a website go to that first. Tag them in your posts with something personal. Make it memorable.


5. Memorize your pitch – how do you want to start a conversation? If you're an introvert, you better be practising in front of a mirror or with a friend. Share what’s unique about you, and get passionate speaking about yourself. Understand how to make a pitch you’re comfortable making based on your ask. There are resources on, how not market yourself, on ‘creating the perfect pitch’ here, here and here. To sum, your ‘pitch’ should really make someone say, ‘tell me more!’ Make yourself positively memorable – vibes are key.


6. Psychological preparation – does the thought of networking make your stomach churn? Or does another networking event bore you to death? Finding, preparing, networking and pitching can sound like a lot, even if it’s informal, ‘feel free to check out my work, here’s my Instagram – no pressure if you don’t. Nice meeting you.’ But you do need to be okay with nerves or getting turned down. The solution: remain curious. You're learning and that means knocking on a few wrong doors. If you’re consistent enough, you refine, and keep pushing. The ‘no’ will clear the way for the ‘yes’ meant for you.


7. Think outside the box - Perhaps you hate an event, it’s too pink washed, or too happy, or it’s ‘not your style,’ or niche. I’ve had friends decide not to go to such events. While this is true on the surface, but what if somebody at the event wants your hand made designs at their next sponsored event in all of their gift bags? What if you can be the graphic designer for their next conference with over 1000 participants? Or what if that annoying looking person is interested and says the magic words, ‘let me make an introduction…’ – do not limit your networking imagination.


8. Follow-upBe sure to follow-up in one week with a kind message. Add each other on LinkedIn or Instagram. Send a note, Thanks for sharing X (something they said), I really appreciate your time. Please stay in touch, sincerely X. Include all of the links to your work. Be diligent, accessible, and open for communication. (Do not respond to their email one month later. Be courteous and respond within 48 hours).

Approach as if you’re Ready

If you think it’s hard to communicate with a stranger, do you think potential clients or collaborators will reach out to you in a sea of other artists? It’s up to you to share your talents and voice with the world – there’s a reason why were given them.

Be self-aware, know why you’re networking and practice the skills – Rome wasn’t built in a day. Most importantly, your personal story is your brand, even if you’re unsure of exactly what that is at first. Start at one point and just go - do it scared.

A 3-Point Checklist for Analyzing a Business Opportunity

Every time we say yes to a new project, we’re saying no to other things – our own projects, our friends and family, our self-care. There may be pros to saying yes, but what if there’s a method to figuring out what to say yes to?

Instagram tips for business are good, but what do you do when you need to negotiate multiple business opportunities? Which one’s do you say no to?

You might be thinking, why would I want to say no to an opportunity? There are plenty of reasons. The most being, do you want to spend more time creating based on the visions of others over your own? Do you want to own your work, or give that license to others?

The least being, partnerships can go bad, bleed beyond what you originally agreed to, or they may contradict your values. Certainly chasing a cheque makes sense to ensure you have a roof and food, but if the work compromises your principles the deal might not be as sweet as it looks. Above all, don’t hit the nail on the wrong project just because you have a hammer.

Before you decide, know the three C’s of analyzing a business opportunity. Being in the thick of the moment – you’re sitting across a brand, or fun opportunity that might blind-side you. Also, negotiation from execs who spend and hire are not to be over looked. Or, they’re your friends, and you have a difficult time saying no. As a result, you need clarity, conviction and choice.

  1. Clarity – Understand what the business opportunity is very carefully. What’s the ask, the budget, scope, and who owns the work? Will more work be added later, how will that be billed? Are there additional expectations you need to know about?
  2. Conviction – understanding the opportunity might be simple , but does it align with your values, mission and where you see yourself in a few years? What are your principles and will this impact your reputation in any unforeseeable or irreversible ways? Will it help you, or will it exploit you?
  3. Choice – consider your options before anything. Negotiate terms you don’t like. Saying no might mean you’re putting yourself in a better position in the long-run to work on your ideas, your longevity, and not just the immediacy of an opportunity bait dangling in front of you like a carrot.

Say no, and focus on the attention your craft needs, such as quality and reputation. Say yes, and sacrifice time, and possibly creative vision and values – but above all, only you know what will work for you. You might have to go through some experiences to grasp your convictions. Or, speak with an established artist for mentorship.

Finally, think the opportunity through, and see with new eyes using the three C’s. If possible, negotiate the terms of the work to reach a middle ground. Perhaps you’re building your portfolio, but will it benefit you? You can’t say yes to everyone – your talents and vision won’t evolve that way.



Blog – Three Layers to Ourselves

Insight - The Abyss of Failing Someone

Cold Open

They say love flashes before our eyes when death stares us in the face.

That love is our life, it's an overwhelming amount of information stimulating our brains. It starts as a slow pulse, then hits 60 miles per hour, we enter the highway, then it's 1000s of miles per hour coupled with a roaring brightness; blinding to the eyes and fire to our minds. It's kind of like the time we use to snuggle in the back of our parent’s car, half asleep. Road trip to our next adventure.

Death is the only thing promised to us. Everything ever created must inevitably end, sand must return to glass. We are sand becoming glass, and because that evolution is constant, love is constant.

Because love is constant, our lives flashing before our eyes is constant. A million slides reflecting every second of our lives.

That's my mother.

I can still hear her cry at the thought of losing her son, something I selfishly wish I never experience.

She lost her mind, panicked and hysterical, and this moment in time happens so fast. That’s the crowd of onlookers around us, that’s the moment I gain consciousness. That’s that cough that pushes water out of my lungs. That’s the hand that grabs me out of the water. That’s my reflection, a mirror in the water before I crash through.

I remember getting pushed in a pool as an ending and beginning.

Those set of slides are my mother hugging me out of the cold open.

Three Layers to Ourselves




Somewhere along the way we lost sight of the word: its beauty, its grace, and the freedom it offers from the trappings of living in a material world.

Here is my uncle giving me another 1 hour lecture; it’s about a cup.

He tells me that I need to let go of my angst. He delves deeper and tells me if I’m holding a cup for too long and it becomes too heavy, I am going to let it fall on the floor, broken in a million pieces, water everywhere.

By accepting that we’re wasting time and energy holding a cup up, waiting for our needs to be met, we open ourselves up to solutions, we learn new things because we grew older: it’s wisdom. 

Wisdom, an ongoing process that helps us learn to see the world around us more clearer than before. Next time we choose a lighter cup, maybe fill it halfway up so we can hold it longer, or there, over there a table top. With foresight comes understanding, and though it’s a cup analogy it shows how simple the process of life can be.

Those slides eventually turn from black and white, to color screens, high definition then holograms.


The Power of Choice

We are given free will; all mankind has a right to free will and therefore the right to choose (within limits). We can’t fly (in the material world) but we can choose to react to things or be responsive.

That's what separates humans from wild animals; animals act on instinct, animals can be rabid and those animals can’t (necessarily) be held accountable for their actions. (purrrr)

We are every choice we have made and part of making these choices is by understanding who we are, and by extent what we want, something done through reflection.

One of my favorite comic books of all time is beautifully scripted by Brian Azarello, and his writing is breathtakingly illustrated by on of my favorite artists, Jim Lee.

It made me understand Superman as a person, that he goes through doubt and insecurity.

The comic beautifully illustrates why he has to wear this mask…

Why we all wear masks.


Kal El is a Mother’s Child

The 1st layer to ourselves is Kal El: the person only our parents know.

They were the ones that have known us from birth, they are the (early) architects of our lives. That’s me at the edge of a pool, my reflection staring back at me, surface of the water is a fear barrier, plunging through is the only way to overcome fear.

I am my mother’s child in more than a million ways. Her wisdom set the tone towards an ever-evolving study of self, and though I’m sure there are other key moments in my life, learning to swim was the best way to speak about self reflection.


Clark Kent is our 2nd layer

The 2nd layer is the mask we create to protect our vulnerabilities. In the age of social media we’re increasingly forced to wear many masks for different circles and situation. We can lose ourselves in the shuffle.

The danger of the second layer is the ego, a false sense of self, a self that feeds on the seven deadly sins only to tax us with more self-doubts and insecurity once the dopamine wears off.

In Superman’s story, Lex Luthor represents that side of humanity

Lex figures out who Superman is, though he’s brilliant in his own right, he’s conflicted. Because he can’t see clearly he dismisses the idea, he can't fathom that a person with the power of a god would disguise themselves as a feeble human being.

It takes letting go of the ego, to steps outside oneself and look oneself in the mirror with sober eyes. When we understand we know when to put the cup down.

Lex Luthor represents the half of humanity that doesn't understand, he’s always holding up his cup; his cup is jealousy.

Lois Lane can't see through the disguise; her cup is...

Insight - Hierarchy of Minds

The Third Layer To Ourselves

In Hierarchy of Minds I bring up the 4 mindsets and I would like to elaborate on that to close the third layer. The first 2 mindsets are at the bottom of that hierarchy because they are prisoners of their own minds, a situation all of us go through. But some of us become addicted to it, the victim of circumstance without holding ourselves accountable, we feel society owes us something, it's a slave mentality. The soldier stops complaining about their circumstance, they decide to do something about it, but a soldier will only go so far before they quit.

A step beyond a soldier is the 3rd layer to ourselves, it’s the warrior. A warrior is a soldier who makes the choices to become aligned with their passion. They made the tough choice to jump off the deep end through the fear barrier, because they are willing to die for whatever they are fighting for, what they believe in.


Podcast – Let’s Make Another Potluck/Meetup Happen on Saturday, May 26th at 720 Bathurst

Podcast - Let's Make Another Potluck/Meetup Happen.


Saturday, May 26th

Hello Unicorns Karen Swyszcz here, part of Research and Development with Creative Unicorns of Toronto. I'm excited to be part of CUTO podcast and our monthly Meetups. I can't wait to cover more topics that can benefit you and your business at our next Potluck Meetup


These topics include:

  • How To Analyze A Business Opportunity
  • Networking Effectively/Strategically
  • Saving Money While Running A Business
  • Things Learned in the First Couple of Years of Business
  • How To Stay Motivated In Your Business

What are you working on?

  • Do you have any topics you'd like to discuss? Sell your art, workshops, services, exchange skills & information 

We record the conversation for our podcast


  • What food are you bringing?
  • Let's connect, let's eat

Join CreativeUTO Marketplace on Meetup

Meetup on last Sunday at 6:00 pm

  • Bring your own food/drinks
  • Free to RSVP

(RSVP through link below)
The next Meetup in on Sunday May 26th at 720 Bathurst St.

For more info about CreativeUTO

Help Wanted – Looking To Add Copywriter & Video Host for Artist of the Week

Who we are?

  • A profit share-based incubator system that helps develop creative entrepreneurs through SMARTER Collaboration

What governs us?

  • Stagnant energy is negative energy
  • Still waters collect bacteria
  • We are Creative thinkers
  • Command a critical intellect
  • Articulate with clarity
  • Find the complex in simplicity
  • Are elevated by ambition
  • Grounded in humility
  • Susceptible to growth
  • Have a strong sense of integrity & honesty
  • While respecting flow & energy

More insight – Who We Are

Click here - to start the registration process continues to evolve beyond one place

  • After many tests working with different contractors in the community we have used the feedback from our metrics to redesign our collaborative process. Contracts will be per project, they have been built in to CreativeUTO’s SMARTERai starting with the registration process.


The Annex Art Party and the Artists Social Innovators Expo 2020

The purpose of both events is to get us ready for an art fair in 2020. This project is project is designed to setup in phases

Phase 1

  • 100 artists against Isolation, Mental Health and homelessness
  • The Annex Art Party for August 24th


Phase 2

  • and then again in December 15 two 60 table events.
  • Unicorn Awards (where we tally up the 100 trending artists on CreativeUTO and award artists through several categories for having participated )


  • A portion of the proceeds go towards researching developing for isolation, mental health and homelessness in the creative community


  • The initial contract will be until August 24th
  • you’ll be first in line for the December event.
  • Every role we are looking for helps us reach our goal for 2020


What we are looking for?

  • Someone dependable and reliable
  • Consistency


  • Artist of the week interviews
  • A copywriter to continue our weekly top 5s


  • includes scouting artists
  • Responding to E-mail and social media messages
  • R & D,
  • curating art,
  • editing,
  • publishing
  • and advertising the post on your network


  • We work out of
  • Zoom,
  • Slack
  • Facebook
  • and WordPress


Below is a list of skills from our collective:

  • Concept art, illustration, graphic design, French, networking, Marketing, Business Solutions, Events Management, Workshop Design, Public Speaking, editing, networking, sales, QA, Teaching, Music production, Advertising, Copy editing, copy writing, content creation, illustration, logo design, project management, Focused, organized strategy, marketing, negotiation, entrepreneurship, typography, Training, Mentoring, Profile Writing, Presentations, Business Networking, Branding, Photography, Web Design, SEO, Audio Production & Strategy Consulting, SEO and Strategy Consulting, Class/webinar/workshop creation and facilitation, Basics of SEO, Basics of Google Analytics, Illustration, Design, Art Direction, Curation, Creative Networking, Recruiting, Social Media Advertising, Data Analysis, Surveying, Event Planning

Our services are focused on: 

  • Project Management, research & development
  • Branding, logo design & art direction
  • Social Media marketing, advertisement & SEO 
  • WordPress UX web development and maintenance
  • Copy writing, value proposition & sales funnels
  • Customer service, business development, sales & training 



  • Base
  • Project commissions

Next Steps

  • Register below
  • If you fit what we’re looking, we’ll contact you
  • You can also join as an extended contractor
  • We contract extended contractors for upcoming project
  • We have a meeting in person or video
  • We register you on Slack, WordPress
  • We have a weekly editors meetup on video
  • We have a monthly potluck at 720 Bathurst St.