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Come Up To My Room 2016 | Jan 21 – 24

The Gladstone Hotel’s Annual Alternative Design Event

Thursday Jan 21 – Sunday Jan 24, 2016
Tickets available at the door only!

  6:30-8pm TO DO Keynote (Ballroom)
Friday: 10pm-2am H O T E L: KLAUS presents Tom Dixon at The Gladstone  (Ballroom)
Saturday: 7-11pm Opening Reception Second Floor
                 10-late Love Design Party (Ballroom)
Sunday: 1-3pm TSA Ideas Forum (TO DO)

Thursday:  6-9pm
Friday: 11am-10pm
Saturday:  11am-6pm | 7pm-10pm (opening)
Sunday: 11am-5pm

Exhibition Admission:
$10 general admission (per day)
$25 for school groups, must be booked with
$5 student day on Friday 22nd January (with proof of student id)

Come Up To My Room (CUTMR) was conceived in 2004 by Christina Zeidler and Pamila Matharu as a vehicle for experimentation and interaction within the fields of art and design. Acting as counterpoint to the Interior Design Show (IDS) and giving rise to the more recent Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO), CUTMR has since become a cornerstone of the Toronto alternative design scene. Over the years, CUTMR has featured the work of hundreds of artists and designers from Canada and abroad, and continuously challenged participants to push their everyday practice by offering a blank canvas upon which to explore new themes and ways of working.

Thirteen…an unlucky number for some, but not for CUTMR. This year’s event, the thirteenth edition, once again showcases the work of new and established artists, designers and collectives from Canada and the US. CUTMR encourages spatial exploration that engages our senses, our memories and our perceptions of reality. Framed within the backdrop of the historic Gladstone Hotel, CUTMR invites participants to inhabit three floors with site-specific, immersive installations that stimulate the imagination and encourage discussion and dialogue between contributors and visitors alike.

Coming from the fields of architecture and exhibition design, this year’s curators, Jana Macalik and Nuria Montblanch have reengaged with the heritage of CUTMR, focusing on the spatial sensory experiences and design as the medium. The designers have been encouraged to identifying discursive opportunities, altering perceptions of space and place. The inclusion of designers’ own identities within the experience of the exhibition affects narratives and is reflected in their use of interactive and tactile media. Thus, a space of discourse is created where multiple dialogues can begin to take place – between the hotel, the spaces and the people within.

The complete lineup of #CUTMR2016’s featured artists includes: Bruno Billio + Romar Johnson, Carl&Rose; Chiho Tokita; Chinedu Ukabam; F_RMlab; Galerie Youn; Iaboni Priftaj Design Associates; ialc; Interactive Arts; Invention Squad; Jessica Bromley Bartram; KLAUS by Nienkamper; Lamers Bramm Design / LBD; Mario Sabljak; Matt MacDonald; Michael Neville; Nicole Beno; Plus Farm Collective; [R]ed[U]x Lab; Shelter Bay; Ryerson Artspace presents Archestra; Sara Nickelson & Studio WOOLF; Susan Dobson & Simone Ferkul; TAXA WORK; Tom Dixon; The Racket Club; University of Waterloo School of Architecture / Prof. Elizabeth English and 3rd-year Architecture Students; Uufie; and Virginia Melnyk.

CUTMR 2015


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.

  • Design Pirates, a late night talk show styled event, Zahra Ebrahim and Fluffy Souffle, explore the new landscape of design where self-taught designers and credentialed professionals practice side by side;
  • An evening of music and visual entertainment with Debaser and Weird Canada;
  • An evening of music and art presented by Heretical Objects Cooperative;
    New this year, an opening and closing reception;
  • Topped off by the no-to-be-missed annual Gladstone Love Design Party, the official closing party of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival. The Gladstone’s ballroom will be transformed into the world of installation and musical artist Petra Glynt (Alexandra MacKenzie).

The extended run and expanded scope is sure to make the 2015 edition of CUTMR the best yet! The exhibition will take over all floors of the 125-year-old historic hotel, inviting the creative community to take the temperature of contemporary practice and to explore the space between design, fine art, craft, landscape design, performance and sound installation.

CUTMR 2015 will once again play a pivotal role in connecting audience with the inspiring talents who build the foundation of Toronto’s contemporary art and design scene.

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.

Bruno Billio, Miles Ingrassia and Iris Karuna; Mutt Kaw; Corinne Thiessen and Michael Trommer; 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.

Press Coverage

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

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Come Up To My Room is proudly part of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival