Category: Events

Call to Artists – 60 Spaces Available for #TAAP6 on Saturday Dec 7th

TAAP6 - The Annex Art Party

A holiday pop up market for up to 60 vendors that features positive vibes for a creative community; emerging artists of Toronto can connect through a series of beautifully choreographed events that include vending their art, mixing and mingling, and performing live art like dance or music. The event also offers food and beverages to artists and vendors alike.


#TAAP6 #CreativeUTO #Curatoronthego #CUTO  #TOArtistsTalkSolutions #ArtistsGiftIdeas


Contemporary Extravaganza

is a display of contemporary art made by Canadian artists who work in diverse and unexpected contexts and whose artworks reveal highly personal and authentic forms of expression. Our aim is to introduce these artworks to a wide audience and to expand our understanding of what can be accepted as contemporary art.


  • Saturday, December 7, 2019 12 pm – 9 pm,


  • Center for Social Innovation – 720 Bathurst Street




The Unicorn Awards 2019

Introducing The Winter Unicorn Awards a follow up of The Unicorn Awards during #TAAP5.

Voting will start on November 16t through CUTO Marketplace, Facebook group and IG Pages. Voting will continue throughout the event through ballots as well as on the @CreativeUTO IG page for most hearts and or comments (let's call it volume).

  • Voting for Unicorn Awards starts November 16th
  • Voting on the floor starts as soon as doors open
  • Event goers and Judges walk around with ballots
  • Votes are counted and revealed at 6 p.m.
  • The awards will be presented to artists starting at 6:00 p.m.


Golden Unicorns

  • Artists who get the most votes get golden unicorns
  • Runner ups get silver unicorns


3 step registration process


Step 1

  • Vendors register tables for free


Step 2

  • Secure your table with through PayPal
  • PayPal takes debit cards
  • Limited space available 


$145 per table - without wall space 


$160 per table with wall space (12 to 20 spaces available )

  • Limited wall spaces
  • Wall space is about 3 feet (length of your table)
  • by 9 feet high
  • Must bring in painter's tape to or wires to hang up your art


Note - Early bird deposits are due on August 1st



Step 3


Join – Volunteer at BIG on Bloor: Bloordale. Arts. Culture

BIG on Bloor Festival, a summer arts and culture festival that happens on July 20th in Bloordale, is looking for volunteers! Please share the below posting with anyone you know who may be interested. Volunteers 13+ are accepted, with volunteer hours given to high school students, and no experience is required. Feel free to email me with any questions. 
Join us as a volunteer at BIG on Bloor: Bloordale. Arts. Culture
( on July 20th! This summer festival happens along a car-free stretch of Bloor Street West between Dufferin and Lansdowne to celebrate local arts, culture and community, and has drawn up to 100,000 people. We rely on the help of volunteers for the festival's success!
 Volunteers help with a variety of roles, from set-up and take-down of vendor spaces and creative installations, to helping visitors navigate the festival, to running the information booths. This year our volunteers will also play the exciting and important role of helping bring to life our goal of having a zero-waste festival. Volunteer shifts are five hours each, with breaks for food and refreshments. This is a great opportunity to gain volunteers hours, meet awesome people, and make an impact. 
Sign-up here:



Toronto RISE Project

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

Call To Artists – 100 Toronto Artists Talk Solutions: Isolation, Homelessness & Mental Health

100 Toronto Artist Talk Isolation, Mental Health & Homelessness

  • We're looking to ask 100 artists about #isolation, #homelessness, and #mentalhealth in the art community through our #ArtistoftheWeek interviews. The interviews will be published in our marketplace alongside your art and link backs.

    Our goal is to use the information from the interviews to research and develop for solutions in the creative community

Participate - Click this link to start publishing your interview (publishing is free)

Our goals for 2019

  • Interview + publish 100 artists, coders, creators and developers (in 2019)
  • Present 100 artists for #100artgiftideas for December 2019
  • Award all participating artists with the Unicorn Awards #UnicornAwards
  • Register 60 artists for The Annex Art Party on August 24th #TAAP6
  • Register 60 artists for The Annex Art Party on December 14th #TAAP7


The Artists of the Month

  • Artist of the Month is determined by the artist that generates the most volume (volume = sales, shares, comments, views & likes).
  • It ranks your popularity amongst 100s of other CreativeUTO published artists
  • Volume is the name of the currency built in to the CreativeUTO community
  • Volume is rewarded based on activity
  • We use data, metrics, analytics from Google, Facebook, and SMARTERai
  • Artist of the Month receives a free unicorn membership
  • Artist of the Month wins a Unicorn Award for that month

Publishing cycle

Artist of the Week will be announced and published between Monday and Tuesday.

  • All artists are notified of their publish date.
  • We publish 3 posts focused on the #AotW
  • We heavily promote it on Facebook and Instagram by paying for ads and sharing posts manually
  • We use videos and picture ads
  • Artist of the Week gets featured in our weekly art pop-up at CSI Annex (valued $60)
  • 2 month membership with CreativeUTO (valued at $60)
  • Business canvas model workshop, a sales funnel hierarchy (1 hour per class 4 hours) ($160)
  • A free table at the next Annex Art Party ($45 per table)
  • Gets automatically entered in our #100GiftIdeas 2019 edition for the holidays.

Our Network

  • We use our growing network of creative entrepreneurs which includes an E-mail list of 352 users, a Meetup group 500+ coders, a Facebook Group of 236 Unicorns with videos that have over 1,000 views (within a few days) each, and an Instagram page with over 1,700 followers and over 1,000 views in 7 days (as of March 24th 2019).


Between March 5th and April 28th we had a 4,655 post reach on our Facebook fan page, about 155 views per day, up 56% from the previous month they consisted of

  • 52% women
  • 44% men
  • 71% between the ages of 25 and 54
  • 53% between the ages of 25 and 44

The FMiMBranding and CreativeUTO continues to grow daily with our posts consistently ranking on the first Google through our mastery of SEO automation.

Extended Network reach

  • We buy advertisement from social media to extend our reach
  • We use their engines to place your art in front of the people looking for it NOW


Blog – We Made the Potluck Meetup Happen

Insight – We Evolve Beyond One Place

The gauntlet.

The gauntlet is the business and all the intangibles that come with it. The gauntlet is a filter that is rewarding in the same way as working out; it prepares the foundation for all growth.

As a student of the gauntlet, studying the beast is a given. Through my studies I've come to understand that it’s an ongoing recruitment process, and that recruitment process is an ongoing trial by fire. You have to workout to keep up with the daily grind.

Success comes to those who try fast and fail faster, only to re up and learn faster. Cycles such as these are embedded in all existence, minutes turn to hours, hours turn to days. We sleep, we wake, we cycle in order to do everything, even something as simple as tying our shoe laces needs loops.

Creative Unicorns of Toronto use an agile based system to turn ideas into projects that serve the community.

Insight - Who We Are?

Creative Entrepreneurs, Unicorns

Success is 99% planning, 75% course correction, and 1% execution. Most business people have it backward, wasting 99% of their time executing and course correcting a plan that was only 1% of the project. The key to success is knowing that everyone wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.

Success is a filter that only a few get to because it requires so much self-reflection. Often you find yourself (an abstract identity) in a world designed to be linear. The largest component of success is crashing through the fear barrier; an experience we have to go through countless times in life. Every time it’s the same butterflies in our stomach.

This is our journey; we get to stay who we are, maximize our skills and evolve.

On our way through our journey collecting experiences as Unicorns, some of us will evolve before the initial meetup, some of us do so throughout the work process. After this comes the profit, the eventual losses, the downtimes, and the good times when everything looks up. There will be buyouts, celebrations, losses, we will feel down from disappointments, acquisitions mergers, and other evolutions along our journeys.

Insight – 4 Kinds of Mindsets

Right now we made a potluck happen.

Chloe isn't there for the dinner but her spirit is felt through the community.
Her editing and copy writing skills have been key to the evolution of Creative Unicors of Toronto, helping out by crafting the narrative for CUTO and she also edits my writings. 


Chloe Heathers - Research, Development, Editor, Copywriting

Chloe Heathers is an illustrator, writer, and freelance copy editor living in Toronto. She has been a creative collaborator for a wide range of projects including contributing art and content for published anthologies and tabletop role-playing games. She is passionate about ending the stigma against mental illness and promoting diverse representation in art.




Also coming on board as a researcher, developer,
content creator is Karen Swyszcz. Karen will be creating weekly videos that help with business development
She is a Strategy Consultant at Makin' The Bacon with strengths in Photography, Web Design & SEO

Karen Swyszcz Copywriting, Photography, Web Design, SEO and Strategy Consulting

Karen Swyszcz, is the founder and owner of Makinthebacon. It began as a blog in 2012. She has partnered with brands such as Meridian Credit Union,, Camp Tech and Supperworks for influencer marketing campaigns.  In 2017, Makinthebacon evolved into a consulting/auditing/training services company for blogging, WordPress, and social media.

She has facilitated numerous business blogging strategy workshops within the Greater Toronto Area.

Karen Swyszcz Copywriting, Photography, Web Design, SEO and Strategy Consulting

You can connect with her on Facebook || Twitter || LinkedIn  II Instagram



Last but not least comes me,
the business development manager and with out powers combined!
I'm also the founder of Free Minds in Motion - FMiMBranding and Creative Unicorn of Toronto - CreativeUTO


Michael Bole has over 20 years research and development in marketing/sales. Michael has was worked for various companies in either sales, customer service and or advertisement. These include his projects including clothing lines, event management, talent management, as well as organizations such as Apple, Seagate, Honeywell, Air Miles, General Motors, Aimia Marketing, startups and social enterprises  like Center for Social Innovation (as a DECA) Free Geek Toronto. He launched FMiMBranding  in 2009 which focuses on business development from the foundation up  and out of that came CreativeUTO a think tank of creative entrepreneurs where we leverage our skills to helps develop creative unicorns, their ideas, and their projects.

Follow me on Instagram | go to my website | Or follow me on Facebook


Bellow 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 
Are you interested in joining a collaborative community of like-minded individuals? Become a Creative Unicorn to participate in profit sharing projects, events and workshops within the city! Community Memberships start at $30


Call to Artists – 10 Places to Submit Art in Toronto

March 2019 – Call to Artists - 10 Places to Submit Art in Toronto

The art season is in bloom for the city of Toronto!

With the first wave of submission dates flooding across the internet, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved this year.

To help keep you organized, here are 10 upcoming opportunities with artist submission deadlines in the month of March.

It’s time to dust off your workspace and get organized!



1. Public Artwork for Don Mills Trail Revitalization

Deadline for Submissions: Thursday March 7, 2019 | 4:00 pm

The City of Toronto is inviting professional artists (and teams) to submit their Expression of Interest to the first stage of a National, open, two-stage public art competition! This will be for a permanent public artwork for the Don Mills Trail Revitalization Project. In addition, this project has a net budget of $200,000.00 (+HST).

2. Spartanburg Art Museum Exhibitions for 2019-2020

Deadline for Submissions: Thursday March 7, 2019

Interested in all types of work that address contemporary issues and concerns. Artists are encouraged to use traditional materials in unusual ways. Any individual, collective, or group of artists (18+) who reside in the US or Canada may apply. All media and themes will be considered for exhibition.


3. Beaches Foodland Mural

Deadline for Submissions: Friday March 8th, 2019 | 5:00 pm

Mural Routes and Sobeys Inc. Invite experienced mural artists and/or artist teams to submit a proposal to design and produce a mural on the east-facing wall on Foodland, at 2040 Queen St. E in the Beaches. The new mural will replace the badly deteriorating mural which was covered in 2018, so there is a lot of room for creativity!


4. Climate Action – International Artist Call

Deadline for Submissions: Sunday March 10, 2019

Artists are encouraged to respond to the topic of Climate Change. Looking for responsive, expressive artwork that explore opinion, urgency and solution to this global crisis. Interested in artists creating responsive, challenging work that address the direct causes and the push/pull factors at hand. 


5. Art Gallery of St. Albert 2020

Deadline for Submissions: Tuesday March 12, 2019 | 5:00 pm

The Art Gallery of St. Albert (AGSA) is a contemporary, non-profit, public art gallery is seeking submissions from artists or artist groups of all artistic and cultural backgrounds working in all styles and mediums for exhibition in the 2020 calendar year.

6. Online Show “Still Life”

Deadline for Submissions: Wednesday March 13th, 2019

Gallery Ring invites artists worldwide to submit to “Still Life”, an Online Juried Show dedicated to art works featuring all expressions of the genre. In addition, there will be many awards available including a cash prize for “Best in Show”. 2D work including photography/digital are also welcome.


7. St. Lawrence Market presents Arts at The Market 

Deadline for Submissions: Friday March 15, 2019

The exciting Arts at the Market program provides local artists and makers with a unique opportunity to exhibit their high-quality handmade items at this popular destination for locals and tourists, animating the St. Lawrence Market’s outdoor areas with evolving product offerings for the duration of the redevelopment.


8. Queen Gallery

Deadline for Submissions: Saturday March 30, 2019

Queen Gallery is seeking submissions for upcoming group show titled Alefba. This multidisciplinary exhibition celebrates poetry month by exploring the interconnections between poetry, calligraphy and other visual elements on contemporary art.


9. Cabbagetown Festival

Deadline for Submissions: Earlybird Rates End March 31st (Final deadline August 2019)

Founded over 40 years ago, Cabbagetown Festival is one of Toronto’s longest running street festivals! If you are interested in participating as a vendor, be sure to apply before the early bird rates go up!


10. Toronto Digital Projects - Online Showcase for Emerging Artists

Deadline for Submissions: Ongoing

Toronto Digital Projects is a new curated virtual gallery for emerging artists creating digital paintings, animations, videos, GIFs and other forms of Post-Internet art. This program is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and Angell Gallery.

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We will be checking back regularly with upcoming calls for submission, so don't forget to check back!

Are you interested in joining a collaborative community of like-minded individuals? Become a Creative Unicorn to participate in profit sharing projects, events and workshops within the city!


Inspirations Studio – Join us for Spring Pottery Classes

Join us for Spring Pottery Classes!

Tues 6-9, April 9- May 14. (no class May 7)
Wed 6-9, April 10-May 15. Beginners only (no class May 8)
Sun 12-3, April 7-May 5

  • Five week sessions (3 hour classes). Small classes with lots of time on the wheel.
  • The cost is $260.00 including materials.
  • Sorry no makeup classes.
  • All proceeds go toward running our core program for marginalised women.

Thank you!!!

Please call us to sign up at 416 367 2728 or come by our studio and store at 2480 Dundas St west (just north of Bloor).

Join us – We are expanding our coding team


Join us - We are expanding our coding team

  • Being on the CUTO Creative team is a paid gig
  • manage the monthly meetups
  • setup a coding workshop/workshops
  • manage ongoing coding projects at 
  • you'll be expected to write weekly blogs about coding and business
  • Promote the blog, CodingUTO  CreativeUTO

If you're interested, please register your info below and I will contact the best fits. 

For more info about CreativeUTO 

This is for our online incubator project

Become a community member

Online Co-working Space for Artists, Coders, Creators & Developers

CodingUTO - Online Co-working Space for Artists, Coders, Creators & Developers

Coding Unicorns of Toronto is an extension of CreativeUTO an online collaborative space for coders, artists, creators and developers focussed on developing in house, client projects or their own projects.

For more info about CreativeUTO

Weekly meetup 

The next meetup in on Sunday April 28th at 3:30 PM

  • Every week members of the community can log in to Zoom and use the time to collaborate on projects based on the SMARTER system. Simplified Methods Achieving Results Through Exact Rhythm.

Agenda for the meetup:

  • What is SMARTER? Simplified Methods Achieving Results through Exact Rhythm
  • Creative Unicorns of Toronto memberships
  • looking for WP Coders - Free Minds in Motion - FMiMBranding
  • What are you working on? (do you want to monetize it?)

AGENDA - If you have anything you'd like to present, your idea, project, workshops, service please contact me.

Join our meetup group (free to join) 



Memberships Start at $30 per month,

that gives you access to:

  • Coding Unicorns,
  • Branding Workshops,
  • sell your services,
  • be vendor/presenter at The Annex Art Party, 
  • and profit share on projects you participate on.

For membership options at CUTO Incubator

Moving Forward

  • Ideally we'd like to be open and have events, workshops, projects going at different times
  • To launch we meet weekly Sunday evenings
  • 1nce per month in person time and dates for all meetings set with initial meet groups

Next Steps

Creative Community + Positive Vibes

Shop – Branding Workshops for Creative Entrepreneurs

Branding Workshops for Creative Entrepreneurs

We have created strategic partnerships with industry insiders, professionals and leaders in their fields; including Emmy Award Winning Business Developer Chris Do, Executive Coach Shieh-Chi Chen and Hypnotherapist Pam Butler. 
They will be hosting small classes of about 25 students through a series of free-flowing workshops. This will allows us to have a richer experience and work as a group; develop ourselves and our ideas. Some of the topics we’ll be covering are leadership, accountability, communication and profitability. At the end of the workshops we'll leave with resources we can apply right away and generate wealth and enrich the communities we’re involved with.
Find your passion
Creative Entrepreneurs will leave workshops with tools that will assist them in cutting their time down
  • by professionals who are successful in their fields. 
  • We cut the fat and give you tools you can apply immediately. 
  • Classes are setup like think tanks where entrepreneurs collaborate.  
  • Help reduce financial risks,
  • Position creatives to generate passive income while tapping into their natural given passions. 
The right tools
  • Creative Entrepreneurs leave with a business canvass model, 
  • a business system that gives them ability to sell their products in 30 seconds 
  • a clear understanding of their direction, 
  • as well as the tools monetize their skill and start servicing their clients, customers, communities and or niche markets.



Grow a Profitable Creative Business – Emmy Award Winner Business Developer Chris Do

I will give you straightforward, no-nonsense, clear advice on how to grow your creative business through strategic selling, value-based bidding, pricing, negotiations and overcoming objections. Heck, I even know a few things about managing creative people, art direction, and design. This is not theoretical, metaphysical meditation or unlocking your inner potential. This is just me sharing my straight up business experience (through 20 years of trials and tribulations) to help you with your challenges as a creative entrepreneur.

Click here for more info



Limit 25 seats per class!

  • Smaller classes
  • Every facilitator offers a full course 
  • Courses are 3 to 5 hours per day per class
  • limited to 20 to 25 students per class
  • 2 step registration, you'll be sent a Google Form once you register
  • Course value is $395
  • Free for Unicorns Members

All transactions managed securely through Paypal


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Accountability Workshop for Creative Entrepreneurs
As creative people, we can sometimes get wrapped up in the business side at making our art profitable. We can feel what we want to express is behind that great wall that just can’t be accessed right now. Unfortunately, it can stop our creativity and with it, our self-expression.
You can get the opportunity to unleash your creativity and improve your bottom line by joining like-minded peers who meet on a regular basis.
The group will support each other to tackle challenges and celebrate wins together. It’s an opportunity to be part of a process which supports creativity, innovation and partnership. You will gain:

Click here for more info

Creatives Accountability Group Dates times:

  • Jan 15, 23, 30
  • Feb 6, 20, 25
  • All workshops between 7-8:30pm


Limit 25 seats per class!

  • Smaller classes
  • Every facilitator offers a full course 
  • Courses are 3 to 5 hours per day per class
  • limited to 20 to 25 students per class
  • 2 step registration, you'll be sent a Google Form once you register
  • Course value is $395
  • Free for Unicorns Members

All transactions managed securely through Paypal


Communication Brain Hacks w/ Hypnotherapist Pam Butler

Why attend? Let’s face it. No matter how introverted, self-sufficient, or talented we are, no artist succeeds without the help and support of others. There is a right way and wrong way to communicate well and knowing it will empower your expression and your work so you’ll have greater confidence, more impact, and better flow.

Click here for more info


Limit 25 seats per class!

  • Smaller classes
  • Every facilitator offers a full course 
  • Courses are 3 to 5 hours per day per class
  • limited to 20 to 25 students per class
  • 2 step registration, you'll be sent a Google Form once you register
  • Course value is $395
  • Free for Unicorns Members

All transactions managed securely through Paypal



Center for Social Innovation - Annex

720 Bathurst Street - Toronto Ontario 


  • Note - we reserve the right to change dates
  • Members will be notified when dates are changed 
  • You'll also be notified of new workshops
15 Shieh Chi Chen
23 Shieh Chi Chen
30 Shieh Chi Chen
6 Shieh Chi Chen
20 Shieh Chi Chen
25 - 27th Chris Do 
6 Shieh Chi Chen
20 Shieh Chi Chen
27 Shieh Chi Chen