Harwood event venue provides oasis for local artists
Open Concepts T.O. brings together Toronto’s creative community for a performance party every week. The Green Line’s Anita Li talks to the event’s creator, and some of the artists who inspire each other.
In the industrial area of the Harwood neighbourhood lies a hidden gem which has provided an oasis for local musicians and other artists in Toronto’s west end.
Khary Safari, a 32-year-old dancer and photographer founded Open Concepts in 2018.
It’s an event that happens every Thursday night at the OBJX studio that works to bring together Toronto’s creative community.
From newbies, to seasoned vets, visual artists to singers, any performer is welcome to take the stage. It’s described as a half-networking event, half-artist showcase, but definitely all party.
“I find that it is all inspiring that they come to my event, and it seems to change people’s lives for the better,” said Safari. “They are either coming out of a depression or an artistic funk and somehow open concepts brings them out of that.”