Our Upcoming Fundraiser, Looking for Baristas and our Alpha Workshop with The Mabin School

As many of you know, we are revamping the Intergalactic Travel Authority to make it as cool as it can be. We want to make our space a truly galactic destination that’ll draw travellers from all over the universe and inspire them to tell their friends about it, too.

We’re are currently meeting with art designers and set decorators to fine-tune the look and feel of the space and planning a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the changes. We have some awesome people helping (thank you if you are one of them!) and, if you’d like to lend a hand, here are the areas we could use some help with:

  • Visual space and an immersive environment including use of video and audio
  • Retail business and sales
  • Coffee shop business and sales
  • Events and space rentals
  • Communications

Thank you to everyone who’s been so helpful so far in this process!

Under the Portal Fundraising Event

Under the portal

We’re hosting a fundraiser at Story Planet on Feb 26 with readings, live music by Gavin Gardiner and Edwin Huizinga from The Wooden Sky, wine and beer from Double Trouble Brewing.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. You can purchase tickets in store or online at storyplanet.ca starting Tuesday, February 10 at 10am.

All proceeds from this event will go toward funding Story Planet’s unique writing and arts programming for kids and teens.

This is a licensed event.

Looking for Baristas to Work in Our Coffee Shop

We’re looking for people who’d like to volunteer as baristas at the Intergalactic Travel Authority. You’ll have fun, get to see how Story Planet works and learn a new life skill!

Don’t worry if you don’t have any experience. We’ll train you! Email Liz (liz@storyplanet.ca) with “Barista” in the subject line for more details.

Our Alpha Workshop with The Mabin School

Last Friday, the grade 4 class from The Mabin Scool came by for an Alpha Workshop. At first, they were totally opposed to writing about romance… but then they ended up writing a beautiful love story about an elephant and a ladybug!

Volunteering on Mondays, Story Club and Mindfulness for Teens Starting next Week

We’re very excited to announce that Story Club is starting back up this week! There’s something about collaborating with people from different parts of the galaxy that make creating that much more fun!
Speaking of collaborating… if you’re interested in volunteering or helping to facilitate our after-school programming on Mondays, let us know!

Story Club

Toronto skyline illustration

Story Club is taking off this Thursday! For the next 6 weeks, the intergalactic travel experts at Story Planet in Toronto and the in-house superheroes from 826NYC in Brooklyn will be working together to publish a duel-city travel guide: The Young Astronaut’s Guide to Toronto/The Young Superhero’s Guide to New York. It’s a truly unique project that we’re absolutely over the moon about!
Story Club is designed for students in grades 3-8 and space is limited. If you’re interested in this program, contact Joe at joe@storyplanet.ca to find out more.

Mindfulness for Teens

Starting next Thursday, February 12, a 5-week introductory mindfulness practice workshop for teens between the ages of 14 and 19 will be running in our space. During this workshop, teens will learn mindfulness practices that will be helpful them manage stress, improve attention and focus and increase overall well being.

The program will be run by Sara Marlowe, MSW, RSW, a clinical social worker who has offered numerous mindfulness groups and workshops for teens, adults, children and families. Follow this link to find out more information about this workshop or to register.

Story Planet is not running this program, but we are happy that it is happening in our space!

Welcome to our new site!

Welcome to the launch of our brand spanking new website! With this new portal we will be better able to let you know the exciting things going on at Story Planet and how you can be involved. Take a tour around this corner of our universe and let us know what you think.

We’d like to send out a blackhole size thank you to Context Creative without whom this site would never have been possible. And a special shout out to Mary at Context, who was an absolute dream to work with!

Eric Kim

As a boy, Eric Kim never imagined he would one day work as an illustrator.  But he has used his “humble beginnings” to connect with the Bloordale community through art.

Eric Kim drawing

Eric Kim is a supernova at Story Planet.

He has leant his considerable talents (he’s awesome at computer animation and has a Bachelor of Arts Illustration degree from Sheridan College) to Story Planet as a volunteer and artist at our workshops – everything from drawing characters at Alpha workshops to leading a seven week Manga for Girls workshop.

Eric loves that Story Planet does what he enjoys doing – making stories and giving young students a chance to create. He believes that “being comfortable with being creative is at the heart of Story Planet”. Eric will continue to work with us in any capacity because he thinks storymaking bridges gaps – inspiring kids to become engaged and involved in their community.

Eric is currently working with Manga Dojo to offer workshops to students ages 13-17. This workshop series encourages Canadian talent and spreads the message that anyone can draw comics and publish at any age. He is also working on a book titled Billy Smoke which should hit shelves in 2013.

1. Favourite planet to live (other than Earth):
“Mars, because it’s most like Earth. And there’s a romance to Mars.”

2. Fav book:
It’s a tie between Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson, and Neuromancer, by William Gibson. The rest of the books by those two authors come in a close second.

3. Fav artist/s:
Rumiko Takahashi. Also, Inio Asano is a real treat to read.

4. Fav thing to do on Earth:
Draw and write stories!

5. Best Earth food:
Barbecued ribs!

Big on Bloor: Alien Contest Winner

Big on Bloor was this past Saturday. We had a great time getting to share our story with everyone!

We’re so excited to announce our alien-drawing contest winner! This magnificent creature dubbed “Bieber” has been picked out of the raffle and the lucky winner will receive a free t-shirt.

"Bieber"