Annual General Meeting 2017-2018

Our Annual General Meeting for the 2017-2018 fiscal year took place on Tuesday, November 20th. We would like to warmly thank outgoing President Claudette Jaiko, outgoing Vice-President Michel Lozier, outgoing treasurer Sabine Lambot, and Martine Côté for giving their time and for all the energy that they have dedicated to Le Labo. We are pleased to welcome new members to our Board of Directors: Alexandrine Torres de Figueiredo, Joseph Bitamba, Patrick Bizindavyi, Denis Bradette, Olivier Picard and Paul Walty. The members still in place are Samuel Choisy, Marcelle Lean, Marie-Andrée Vermette, Melanie Mundle and Glen Charles Landry who was elected the new president of the Board.
Thanks to Philippe Thivierge from the Metropolitan Toronto newspaper for his article that sums up the content of the meeting. You can read the article on this link.

Photos by Marc Lemyre

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Members of the new Board present at the AGM, from left to right: Patrick Bizindavyi, Marie-Andrée Vermette, Denis Bradette, Olivier Picard, Mélanie Mundle, Glen Charles Landry, Alexandrine Torres de Figueiredo and Joseph Bitamba.
At the end of the meeting, we brought together all those who were willing to show their resistance to the recent provincial budget cuts to Francophone services. #respectfranco









































MARCH 2018

Welcome Jacquelyn Hébert !

Le Labo is pleased to announce the hiring of Jacquelyn Hébert who, in addition to her existing rôle as Le Labo’s Communications Coordinator, has accepted the position as our Coordinator of technical and member services.

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Jacquelyn Hébert is an interdisciplinary artist whose work stems from an interest in historical, cultural and imagined narratives. In addition to a BFA with a Film, Video + Integrated Media Major from Emily Carr University, she holds a BA with an Anthropology Major from the  University of Manitoba. Her recent artistic focus deals with the complexity of Canadian identity. In 2011, she was awarded a J.A. Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Science and Humanities’ Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada in support of her research-creation project Francophone-hybride. Jacquelyn’s main artistic focus is installation and experimental documentary. She is interested in examining the spaces between our cultural expectations and the reality of lived experience. In her work, she also explores how digital media can intersect with the handmade, found or obsolete.

Jacquelyn has presented her work both nationally and internationally, most recently at La maison des artistes visuels in Winnipeg, the FOFA Gallery in Montreal, the 8fest in Toronto and L’Acropolis de Nice in Nice, France. In 2014, she completed a Master of Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal and she now lives and works in Toronto. Jacquelyn has worked in arts administration and arts education since 2005, holding positions with the Emily Carr University Writing Centre, the Manitoba Arts Council, The Winnipeg Film Group, and Concordia’s Department of Fine Arts to name a few. In addition to her work at Le Labo, she is also the Community Manager for , an online distribution platform for independent Canadian film and video.



Barbara Gilbert, our executive director, is the winner of the 2018 ARCCO (Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario) Achievement Award, an award for her many contributions to the Ontario arts sector!

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On January 24th, Le Labo hosted the award ceremonies for the ARCCO Awards. The award, sponsored by Halpenny Insurance Brokers, are a way to recognize individuals who have demonstrated excellence in their generosity, initiative and dedication to the arts sector.

Le Labo is proud that our Executive Director, Barbara Gilbert, whose work in the arts sector has been recognized by the Ontario arts community. For the last fifteen years, she has devoted her work in the arts to reinforcing the arts in the multiple roles she has held in administration, education, and volunteering. In her second term with the Labo, Barbara has solidified our place, in very little time, among diverse artistique and francophone communities. We are confident that her work and dedication will continu to proliferate throughout the sector.

We would also like to congratulate Daniela Sanader, Installation and Communications Coordinator at Galerie TPW, who is this year’s recipient of the Emerging Cultural Leader Award.

New Year… New Projects!

Le Labo is pleased to announce that for the next six months, Alissa Firth-Eagland, curator at the Humber Galleries, will accompany Carolina Reis, Program Manager at Le Labo, for a mentorship in art direction and curating. In order to strengthen our ability to further support the emerging francophone media arts community, the goal of this initiative will be the production of a major artistic program for the 2018-2019 season.
Le Labo will continue to work in collaboration with an independent programming committee of volunteer members to select submissions for the regular open calls.

This project is made possible through funding from the Ontario Arts Council.

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Photo credit : Photo of Alissa Firth-Eagland and Carolina Reis, by Barbara Gilbert (2017)

About the participants: 

Alissa Firth-Eagland is a curator, writer, and arts administrator who deeply values the sharing and decentralization of culture. For over fifteen years, she has developed local and international projects: contemporary art, community development, multimedia, equity practices, cultural mediation, critical writing, publishing, and alternative forms of learning. Her educational background in Integrated Media and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University (Hon.); The Banff Centre; and École du Magasin (Grenoble, FR) has informed her commitment to rigorous yet accessible arts programming. Firth-Eagland is Curator of Humber Galleries (North Space and L Space in Etobicoke) has held positions as Project Manager, Isuma Distribution International (Igloolik, NU/Montréal, PQ); Curator, Musagetes (Guelph, ON); and Director/Curator, Western Front Media Arts (Vancouver, BC). She has curated projects in Italy, Croatia, Finland, Norway, France, and across Canada and co-produced The Secret Ingredient, a radio show about art and ideas.

Carolina Reis is an artist and designer with an interest in art research, textile technologies and new media. She has been working for Le Labo since 2012, first in communications, then leading the educational programs as well as the digital arts and professional development courses. Her interest in education and in the future generation led her to conduct creative youth workshops in schools for three consecutive years from 2014 to 2017, projects funded by the Ontario Arts Council. As much in her personal artistic practice as in her capacity at Le Labo, Carolina Reis is committed to inspiring the public to new ways of seeing the world.

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Photo credit: Images from the « Introduction to Photography » Workshop, with Instructor Geneviève Fontaine (Summer 2017)


For the fourth consecutive year, Le Labo is presenting its 2018 Media Arts Workshop curriculum. Our education programming builds on its prior successes and expertise to offer youths unforgettable experiences along with acquiring knowledge that will serve them for life. Our workshops cover all aspects of Media Arts practices and are suitable for all age levels – be it photography, animation, video production or digital creation.

For a detailed description of our workshops, please follow this link to download the complete curriculum:

Fuelled by a passion for creation and the media arts, Le Labo’s educational activities are the product of collaborations with experienced artists who have helped us create a unique and rich curriculum. From the beginning, we worked with artists like Samuel Choisy, Geneviève Thauvette, Zefred or Alex Loukos, who helped formulate and shape our curriculum. Later, our programs were further developed with the expertise of Nacima Genot, Geneviève Fontaine and Nadine Valcin. Since they were established in 2014, more than 450 youths and adults have benefited from Le Labo’s educational programs, thanks to funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

In a world where technology is constantly evolving and we are all digitally connected, Le Labo specializes in, not only making digital creation techniques more accessible, but also to better understand the mechanisms of media art. This often entails more than just creating art through a certain medium or machine. Our programs introduce, even to young children, the processes of creation through tactile and palpable experiences. Activities include playing with light, capturing analogue images using handmade pinhole cameras and photograms. As they come to learn the underlying processes of involved in producing photography and video, they are better able to understand and master digital tools.

Our educative mission is to provide youths with ways to master these tools, assert their voice and be involved in building the future. All our workshops are offered to Francophone and French Immersion elementary and secondary schools. Our artist teachers travel between schools and modify each curriculum activity to the students’ learning levels. In addition, after two successful years, Le Labo has renewed its partnership with L’Alliance Française, which offers creative programs in French for youths aged 8 to15 for the upcoming 2018 March and Summer breaks.

Le Labo continues to be a hub for disseminating media arts and digital creation by offering customized training outside of its regular arts programming. Le Labo’s team and its artists will continue to invest in perfecting its educative activities and continue to instill their passion for the arts as a way to support the creations of local talent.

For a detailed list of available workshops, please visit our website:
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Contact: Carolina Reis – – 647.352.4411

Le Labo has found a permanent home in the heart of the city!

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After four years of nomadic existence, Le Labo has finally found a permanent home. As of December 2017, we will be located in Studio 277, 401 Richmond West in Toronto.

We are very pleased to announce that we will be able to offer our members and Toronto’s Francophone community a creative and exhibition space for artists, film screenings, collaborations and experimentation. Le Labo will once again have its own creative laboratory!

The 401 Richmond building is an established creative and cultural hub that is filled with artist-run centres, art galleries, non-profit organizations and various professional associations. Some of the organizations housed in the building have already been our creative partners, namely the IMAGES Festival and YYZ Artists Outlet. In addition to our studio space, the 401 Richmond building offers us access to meeting rooms, shared workspaces and a rooftop patio.

JUNE 2017

June 18 at 2PM – Presentation by Julie Lassonde for FRANCO FIERTÉ

Julie Lassonde, one of the Labo’s Members, will be giving a presentation at Toronto’s Glad Day Bookshop (499 Church Street) as part of a guided tour of Toronto’s Gay Village in conjunction with Franco Fierté celebrations. Lassonde will be discussing the 150th anniversary of the Confederation and present an overview of LGBT rights in Canada. Find out more about it here:
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Le Labo hires Barbara Gilbert as Executive Director Le Labo


Following a call for applications for the position of Executive Director of Le Labo, we have retained Barbara Gilbert for the role. Barbara is currently Interim Executive Director until June 30, 2017. Her new position will begin, without pause, on July 3, 2017.

Barbara is known as an artist and arts administrator in both the Anglophone and Francophone arts communities in Toronto, and in the province. She has been a member of Le Labo for several years.

Barbara was formerly Executive Director at Le Labo, from 2010 to 2012. She joined the Board of Directors in 2014, initially as Vice-President, then President, and eventually Past President until August 2016. Since December 2016 Barbara has been acting as Interim Executive Director, a period of transition following the departure of former Executive Director Karine Barrass, with great efficiency.

We are very pleased to welcome Barbara back at the helm of Le Labo. Not only does she have significant administrative experience, but more importantly, it is clear she has great affection for Le Labo, its members, and its community. She strongly believes Le Labo has its rightful place in the ecology of the arts sector in Toronto, Ontario, and Canada.

We are delighted that she can continue the good work she has undertaken since the beginning of her work at Le Labo

Claudette Jaiko
Presidente du Labo


 » Barbara Gilbert confirmée à la direction du Labo « , L’Express de Toronto, François Bergeron, 06/07/2017, Vol. 24, numéro 45.

ChoqFM 105,1, Date : 7 juin, diffusion à 8h
Journaliste : Elvis Nouemsi
Interviewé : Barbara Gilbert

Y a pas deux matins pareils : Ici Radio-Canada Première : « Culture : les activités estivales du Labo », Date : 8 juin, diffusion à 6 h 35
Journaliste : Francine Ravel
Interviewé : Carolina Reis et Barbara Gilbert

Co-presentation by Le Labo and YYZ Artist Outlet
French Artist Talk with Anne-Marie Proulx for her exhibition AIMINANU at YYZ Artist Outlet – Saturday May 13, 2017 at 2PM  

Quand un mot Innu devient une phrase en français, L’Express de Toronto, Lila Mouch, May 22 2017, Week of May 23 to 29,
Vol. 42, num. 20.

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Exposition AIMINANU : une conversation est en cours, Le Métropolitain, Quitterie Hervouet,Week of  May 31 to June 6, 2017
Vol. 25, num. 21.

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