2013 AGM – Thurs Nov 20 @ 7 pm

Come one, come all! Our annual general meeting is being held on Wednesday, November 20th at 7pm in the Bike Pirates workspace. The AGM is open to anyone interested in attending. Here is our agenda for the evening:

Report Backs
A. Sundays
B. Finance
C. Keyholders
D. Volunteer Orientation
E. Food
F. Anti-oppression and Conflict Resolution
G. Shop Operations
H. Social
I. Public Relations
J. Mobile Shops
K. Committee Structure

Mandate and Policy
Bike Pirates is an autonomous organization whose mission is to empower cyclists and make bicycles more accessible. Volunteer-run and volunteer-organized, Bike Pirates provides a do-it-yourself workspace to the community and is sensitive to the concepts of bicycle re-use, collective decision making, and social justice.

- have a lead mechanic during open hours
- have a suggested donation for used parts
- fundraising techniques
- adhering to budgets

- Members of the board have to intent to be in Toronto for the next twelve months.

Film Night at Bike Pirates Dec 15th Friday 7:30pm

Its getting cold outside. That means its time to make snacks and watch movies with your buds! Especially ones about bikes and bike stuff!

This month we have a special treat. We will be screening the short Trans+Sport, which features volunteers from Bike Pirates, and is produced by Pirates volunteer Barb B Also an animated short by Pirates Volunteer Susie will be shown. The feature will be a documentary called B.I.K.E. about the Black Label Bicycle Club and the wider tallbike subculture that has grown up around it.

There will be lots of popcorn and hot chocolate for all!

If you have a short film you would like to show let us know and you can have it screened too.


Upping the Anti Issue 15 LAUNCH PARTY!!!

It’s that time again….time for dancing, cheap beer (and some mid-priced beer for the more discerning palates), music, radical discussions, mingling and tingling, and some good old fashioned fundraising for your favourite radical Canadian journal of theory and action, Upping the Anti. Join us around 8pm at Bike Pirates to celebrate the launch of our 15th issue, marking 8 years since we first went to print.

So, come on our on November 2nd to a fun party for an amazing cause (keeping our resilient little project afloat) and dance the night away to some rad DJs with a great group of people.

$10 entry with journal
1292 Bloor St.w

Critical Mass Trick or Treat Ride Oct 25th

To celebrate Halloween this year Bike Pirates is planning a costumed group ride to bike shops where they will be handing out CANDY! to everyone on the ride.

The ride will conclude at Bike Pirates for a Scary Surprise!

We will be meeting at Spadina and Bloor in Matt Cohen Park at 6PM. Ride to leave at 6:30PM.

Gear Up! Workshops for September


Bike Pirate’s Women and Trans Sundays will be running our three week Gear-up workshops again this fall. There is a sign-up at the front desk of the shop. Interested folks can put their contact on it so we can send a reminder. They are drop-in and are PWYC suggested donation $5. They run from 6:30-8:30.

Week 1 – Sept 8th: Bike Anatomy and Flat Fix
Week 2 – Sept 15th: Brakes and Gears
Week 3 – Sept 22: Rotating Topic: Urban Riding skill share + bike ride

The space is reserved for Women and Trans folks only please.

We are wheelchair accessible.

See you there,
Sunday’s crew

Bike Pirates closing at 6PM today, August 29th

Hey everyone, the final Art Spin of 2013 is upon us and in order for our Bike Pirates volunteers to help facilitate we’re going to have to close at 6PM. Hopefully this doesn’t affect anyone too much.

Good news though is that you’re all invited to an awesome group bike ride with stops to experience some amazing art. Art Spin will be meeting at MacGregor Park at 6:30PM, ride to start at 7PM. More info in the picture or on http://www.artspin.ca

Art Spin August 2013

Art Spin August 29 Thursday 2013

1173661_566664823379467_663163651_nThe Fourth Annual Art Spin Exhibition
In the historic Tower Automotive Building

Built in 1920, the Tower Automotive building had an industrious history in aluminum, sheet-casting and automotive parts. In 2005 it was designated a heritage site and then shortly thereafter, closed. For years the ten story historic structure sat abandoned, occasionally accessed by trespassing graffiti artists, photographers and urban explorers alike.

The Fourth Annual Art Spin Exhibition takes its cue from the building it will occupy, featuring works that explore its industrial heritage and history of neglect and decay while highlighting the disappearance of Toronto’s industrial past.

This group exhibition curated by Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta of Art Spin features works in various mediums including site-specific installation, sculpture, painting, photography, new media, and performance art.

The Tower Automotive building is located at 158 Sterling Rd. (West of Lansdowne, North of Dundas).

Opening night reception from 7pm-1am on Thursday August 29th

Exhibition runs August 30th – September 1st.
Hours are 12pm-7pm Friday and Saturday, 12pm-5pm on Sunday.

Artists include:

Vuk Dragojevic
Martie Giefert
Mary Grisey
John Haney & Carey Jernigan
Markus Heckmann
Layne Hinton
Caroline Larsen
Celia Neubauer
Kal Mansur
Noel Middleton
John Oswald
Geoffrey Pugen
Lois Schklar
Jennifer Rose Sciarrino
Michael Toke
Elinor Whidden
Jinny Yu

Art performances by Rui Amaral and Derek Kwan (created by Derek Liddington) and by Johannes Zits. Large-scale outdoor projections by Dave Colangelo and Patricio Davila. With Faye Mullen and her nomadic studio crate, and Navid Taslimi with interactive bicycle races. Live music for the night by Program.

Art Spin would like to acknowledge support from the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council, as well as Castle Point Realty Partners and Kronenbourg. More thanks to Niki Dracos from General Hardware Contemporary, Daniel Faria, and Anne O’Callaghan.

For more information please contact:
info@artspin.ca or visit us at www.artspin.ca