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Toronto Mini Maker Faire 2014 image

The Toronto Mini Maker Faire is back for another year, this time taking over the iconic Toronto Reference Library. For two days, November 22-23rd, the Mini Maker Faire will bring the GTA’s innovators, artists, and hackers together to showcase their latest inventions. Attendees will be able to make their own robots, learn to solder, see the latest fashions in wearable technology, and take some drones on a test flight. Following the success of last year’s event at the Wychwood Barns there is no doubt that the larger and more central venue will draw even bigger crowds and expose more Torontonians to the magic of making. If you missed the 2013 event, you can get an idea of what’s in store ...

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One of the things we care about most at The Makers Nation is finding ways to make creativity and the act of making things more accessible to a larger audience. What better way to dabble in a new hobby or explore your creative side than to attend one of the many free/open house nights that happen on a weekly basis across the city? We’ve pulled together a list of some of our favorite Toronto makerspaces, museums, and creative workshops that open their doors to the public on a regular basis. Start exploring today! (click to enlarge the image)   Tuesdays Hacklab.TO Open house nights 5:30-11:00pm Stitch & Bitch at the Knit Cafe until 10:00pm Wednesdays Pay what you can at ...

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Recap: Creative Mornings MAKE image

If the early bird gets the worm, the early creative gets the inspiration! At least that’s true for attendees of Toronto’s Creative Mornings chapter. Creative Mornings is a breakfast lecture series for the creative community that was started by Tina Roth Eisenberg (known online as @SwissMiss). It began as an ongoing, accessible event for New York’s creative community in 2008 and has grown to 60 cities around the world! You can watch talks from other cities and previous sessions around the world on their website. The Toronto chapter is run by Kyle Baptista who is doing a fantastic job of curating an astounding showcase of Toronto’s creatives to a sold out crowd of early-birds on a monthly basis. Each month ...

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Creative Cocktail image

This Thursday The Makers Nation is kicking off our Creative Cocktail Series with Richard Thomas, the Co-Head of Strategic Insights and Foresight at Kinetic Cafe. The impetus for starting this series came after speaking with a number of Torontonians about their favorite events and activities in the city. Many would mention various speaker series but were quick to add the caveat that their frequency was a bit sporadic and they typically didn’t attend because “what would I really learn?”. After a bit of digging we began to realize that this opinion was in fact not unique to just Toronto, but was a pattern developing in other cities around the world as well. All too often we would hear people bemoaning ...

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Nuit Blanche 2013 image

This past Saturday, thousands of art lovers took to the streets of Toronto to take part in a collective artistic all-nighter. The wind and the rain were no match for the astounding array of installations, exhibits, and performances that were on display from dusk til dawn. There were many different ways to experience this artistic extravaganza. Some people came out to see the headline installations like Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bicycles at Nathan Philips Square and stuck close to the Financial District, while others sought out the more independent works like “Your Temper, My Weather” by Diane Borsato where 100 fully decked out beekeepers participated in a massive collective meditation. The Parkdale Roadrunners even had a group running a 10k scavenger hunt-style race throughout ...

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Profile: Toronto Design Offsite Festival image

Continuing our profiles on organizations and people who are doing crazy-awesome things in Toronto, we give you: The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO)! TO DO is an annual, city-wide, not for profit, independent, design festival celebrating and promoting design in Toronto. They have everything from workshops, installations, and prototypes, to design parties and curated shows all coming together to form a creative network of exciting events and exhibitions. The best part? It takes place at the end of January – what better way to shake off the wintertime blues than by celebrating the creative community in the city. This week, the TO DO team (made up of independent curators, designers, sound artists, photographers, furniture designers, and more) was busy ...

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