Past/Present/Future: PARKDALE
Deadline: October 23, 2018

Presented in collaboration with Myseum Intersections, Past/Present/Future is a site-specific video screening program. Artists are invited to contemplate a specific region over a 30,000 year span—from 15,000 years in the past through the present moment to 15,000 years in the future. For the project’s first incarnation, artists will focus on the Toronto neighbourhood of Parkdale.

The program operates on a "micro-commissioning" model. Rather than program existing works, we invite artists to submit proposals for original work and then support the process of creation. Artists are invited to submit proposals for short video works (4-5 minutes in length) in any format—narrative, documentary, animated, or experimental. Approaches can include exploring factual or imagined events from the past, present, or future, personal or collective reflections on the site, proposals for new ways of thinking about the space, or any other work that contemplates the region in unconventional ways. 

Selected works will receive a screening free of $450 and be presented during Myseum Intersections in March 2019.

As a site, Parkdale is highly contested; from the first waves of settlers displacing Indigenous peoples, through many waves of immigration, the massive influx of wealth in the late 19th century, the rise of poverty, and now, the current wave of gentrification. Along with who has a right to the space, the space itself is also a question; its precise borders are often debated. The city of Toronto defines Parkdale as the region bounded by Dufferin to the east, Roncesvalles to the west, the CP rail line to the north, and Lake Ontario to the south. However, many residents and organizations in adjacent regions see themselves as part of Parkdale. At the same time, some in the more rapidly gentrifying regions to not see themselves as part of the community. This project concerns Parkdale not just as a physical space, but also as a psychological, emotional, and political space, ever evolving and always in question.


  • We accept proposals for new works conceived and created specifically for this program. Please do not submit works you have already created for consideration.
  • Both solo projects and works by collaborative teams can be considered.
  • Artists must be based in Canada. In the case of collaborative teams, at least one artist must be based in Canada.
  • Artists are encouraged to work with accessible video technologies such as smartphones, iPads, and webcams.
  • Indigenous artists, artists of colour, artists with disabilities, and artists from the LGBTQ2S-communities are encouraged to apply.
  • Proposals must be submitted via email using the attached form.
  • All requested documents must be sent as email attachments (no Google Drive, WeTransfer, etc.) and in Word or PDF format only (no .pages, .txt, etc.)
  • First time video makers are welcome. In the event you have never made a video, include a link to some other artistic project you have previously created. 
  • Deadline for proposals: October 23, 2018.
  • Selected artists will be notified by October 30, 2018.
The submission form is available here.