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  • Dates:
    Fri Jan 16 – Sun 25, 2014
  • Opening Reception:
    Fri Jan 16, 2014 | 7-10pm
  • Price:
    $10

The Gladstone Hotel’s Annual Alternative Design Event

25 installations, 40 Artists, 4000 people all in under 4 days

Come Up To My Room (CUTMR) is the Gladstone Hotel’s annual alternative design event. CUTMR invites artists and designers to show us what goes on inside their heads. Coming together in dialogue and collaboration, participants are limited only by their imaginations, making CUTMR one of the most exciting shows in Toronto.

New this year, CUTMR’15 extends its run to 10 days of design extravaganza at the Gladstone, with new programming, an exciting band night, and a symposium for Toronto’s largest alternative design exhibition.

An extended run and expanded scope make the 2015 edition of CUTMR the best yet. The exhibition – which runs from January 16th to 25th, 2015 – will take over all floors of the 125-year-old historic hotel, showcasing a plethora of design, fine art, craft, landscape design, performance and sound installations.

CUTMR is the Gladstone’s signature, self-produced design event that bends disciplinary boundaries and explores new ground with each passing year. Under wraps until the day it opens, the show inspires over 4,000 attendees with mind-twisting and 140-character-inspiring works of creativity.

This 10-day explorative blockbuster presentation of Toronto’s vibrant arts and culture scene returns the hotel back to its storied roots, reflecting its bohemian and eclectic mix of Toronto locals and rail travelers. It shapes a narrative that gives voice anew to the folk expression of the local art and design community, often overcast by the new monolithic buildings peppering our city’s skyline.

The exhibition, curated by Jaclyn Blumas, Robert Cram and Caitlin Plewes, has been running for over a decade and was voted the People’s Choice for the 2014 Toronto Design Offsite Festival. CUTMR’15 will once again play a pivotal role in connecting audience with the inspiring talents who build the foundation of our local community.

CUTMR’15 FEATURED ARTISTS
Miles Ingrassia and Iris Karuna; Mutt Kaw; Corinne Thiessen and Michael Trommer; Tough Guy Mountain; TextTiles; Noah Scheinman and Mary Soroka; DTAH; Carla Porier; Menalon; Time & Desire; Fareena Chanda; Jesse Hasko; Steve Reaume; Oliver Pauk & Michael Vickers; Museum of Temp Art: Michael Poulton; Ryerson IMA Gallery; Phil Irish; Meaghan Hyckie; Annie Tung; Lizz Aston; Dayna Gedney and Joe Baumann; Alula; and Lindsay Montgomery.

CUTMR’15 runs from January 16th to 25th, 2015
Monday to Friday from 12pm to 5pm *open late for programs
Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 7pm
*3rd and 4th floor installations will be open for viewing from January 10th to March 29th, 2015, daily from 12pm to 5pm

Opening Party | Friday, January 16th, 2015 from 7pm to 10pm
Band Night | Friday, January 16th, 2015 from 9pm to 2am
Love Design Party | Saturday, January 24th, 2015 from 10pm to 2am

CUTMR 2014

COME UP TO MY ROOM TURNS ELEVEN & WELCOMES A NEW CURATORIAL TEAM

Come Up To My Room, Toronto’s largest alternative design show enters a new decade with new initiatives and a diverse lineup of local and national talent: 25 installations, 60 artists, and 4000 visitors, all in under 4 days. Gladstone Managing Director of Art, Britt Welter-Nolan is joined by three new curatorial forces: Jaclyn Blumas, Robert Cram and Elise Hodson.

Concurrent with Toronto design week and our annual textile show, Hard Twist, CUTMR 11 will empower the artists and designers to create their site-specific installations that put the creative’s vision first. Surprise, rush, urgency and risk are inherent characteristics of a show that that celebrates the surprise and discovery of the 11th hour when art and design installations come together.

In the eleven years that have passed since Christina Zeidler and Pamila Matharu envisioned the first edition of CUTMR, the Toronto design community has come into its own. CUTMR has been at the forefront of this change, discovering new talent while giving established designers and artists a chance to experiment with fresh ideas and unusual collaborations in a unique heritage landmark. One of CUTMR’s distinguishing features has always been a curatorial process that embodies ideas of trust and risk, encouraging exhibitors to produce work that tests their limitations. These results have always been pleasantly surprising, not only to CUTMR’s many visitors, but to the curators and designers as well.

This year, the show intentionally brings into collision a range of creative practices and techniques. Projects range from miniature to macro, craft-based to digital, fantasy to epistemological, public to private and historical to contemporary. The ever-increasing presence of digital technology in design and art collides with more craft-based analogue responses. Each artist will offer insight into how technological know-how, skills and creative talent can construct new trajectories for art and design. The goal is to bring these approaches face to face at the eleventh hour resulting in interesting and strange interactions, collaborations and contradictions.
CUTMR11 will also include special programming tied to the exhibition. On Saturday, January 25th, the annual Love Design party will attract revelers from across the city to the Gladstone’s ballroom, which will feature a one-night-only design installation created specifically for this event by Justin Broadbent. New this year, a comedic affair hosted by Stephen Eyes brings out the lighter side of design and hosts interviews in a playful musical evening event.

CUTMR 11 Participants:
A Zero (A0) / Ana Jofre / Andrew Foerster / Bettie Cott + Megan Blake / Bruno Billio + Department of Unusual Certainties / Christine Kim + Vanathy Ganesharajah/ Claire Scherzinger / Collage Collective / currentform / Evelyne Au-Navioz, Rob Giusti,  Raymundo Pavan + Nikki Shih / Hilary Hayes + Tim Richards / Jennifer Rong Designs / Justin Broadbent / Kathleen Wicks / KRDW / Natasha Basacchi + Aliya Tejani / Rollout / Jordan Evans, Ryla Jakelski + Evan Jerry with Lois Weinthal (RSID) / Sarah Keenlyside + Nathan Whitford / Shannon Scanlan / Sheridan College Furniture / Sisley Leung / SPAM / Torontonians & Mammalian Diving Reflex / Victoria Taylor  & Linda Dervisha / Wayne Muma

2014 Press Coverage

Toronto Life
Blog TO
CBC
Digital Journal
Design Lines
Azure
Canadian Architect
Varsity
Mixed Bag Mag
Bell/Globe Media’s Artopia

Videos

Visit the Come Up To My Room archive for photos info for previous shows
Come Up To My Room is proudly part of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival