Botanicus Art Ensemble is a non-profit community arts group in Toronto, Canada.
We are artists, musicians, actors, designers, gardeners, and story-tellers, creating nature-inspired art with our neighbours.
Come meet us by the garden and let's make as much art, music and creative activity as possible before the sun goes down!
All free and everyone welcome.
Join us at our upcoming event!
Botanicus Art Ensemble
Festa Botanica 2018
The Eel Project
Sunday Sept. 30th
225 Campbell Ave
a performance with storytelling, music and puppetry
Botanicus Art Ensemble will be hosting CHoChoAkiNika Players,the fluid group of Artiistscurrently working on the Eel Project—they are Luc-Anne Salm, Benjamin Ramirez and ArifJinha from Ottawa.
Botanicus is temporarily migrating north to a new location. While MacGregor Playground is under construction, as the city renovates the historic Field House, we will swim over to Campbell Park
Campbell Park is at 225 Campbell Ave., (just west of Lansdowne Ave. and north of Wallace Ave.)
Weekly Drop-In leading up to the Event
Come and learn songs and dances, we can help youcreate your own costume and become a creature of the ocean or rivers, learn to swim like an eel and help operate puppets big and small as we prepare for our Celebration.
Wed. Sept. 5,12,19, 26 4:00-6:30 pm
Sun. Sept. 9,16,23, 29 11:30-2:30
The project is a celebration of the American Eel, but you may ask, who is this slippery character?
Why the American Eel Matters and What's Been Happening
The American Eel plays an important role in Canada's aquatic biodiversity.
It has the greatest range of any fish species in North America
Our Hydro Electric dams have prevented them from reaching their feeding grounds, and have reduced the amount of good habitat for them to live in the river.
American eels are the only species of freshwater eel found in North America.
They live along the Atlantic coastline from Venezuela to Greenland and Iceland. Eels can also be found in the Great Lakes and Mississippi River.
Eels have a complex lifecycle that begins far offshore in the Sargasso Sea where adults spawn.
After eggs hatch, young eels drift inland with ocean currents into streams, rivers and lakes for over 3,700 miles. This journey may take many years.
Young eels stay in freshwater until they reach maturity, between 10 to 25 years, before migrating back to the Sargasso Sea.
Botanicus Art Ensemble is leading the way to a transformed MacGregor Playground, working with the community, DTAH Architects, and the City of Toronto on plans to renovate the fieldhouse and parkland. Learn more about the Fieldhouse Study and explore the exciting Final Report!
To read Ava Lightbody's article about our art & garden programs click here
Questions or comments? We'd love to hear from you!