Think MuchMusic in it’s heyday. With a social justice lens.
Think Zed TV.
Think Lido TV. (We can only ever aspire to be half as cool)
Think Hilarious House Of Frightenstein.
A variety show that features the stories of artists, musicians, performers, incredible humans doing the real work in and around social justice, food equity, housing, healthcare, accessibility, harm reduction, decarceration, the solidarity economy, and more, all curated from the ever-expanding ArtHouseTO Instagram community!
AHTV imagines an infinite Creative Universe on the other side of a modest storefront facade nestled in a residential neighbourhood in Riverdale, Toronto, on Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas Of The Credit’s land.
Much like ArtHouseTO on Instagram, AHTV strives to act as a convergence centre itself, to share, not only the harsh realities of the effects of corporate/colonial violence and the respective calls to action, but also, and more importantly, the incredible work people are doing on the ground on a daily basis to make this world a better, more equitable place for all and everyone.
Much like ArtHouseTO on Instagram, AHTV is a place for the displaced, a space of convergence, cross-pollination, cross-cultivation, mutual solidarity, to highlight the incredible work people are doing on the ground to make this city more equitable and just, to showcase innovative community-building projects and ideas that exist right here in the GTA, to challenge, confront, uproot and dismantle the colonial/corporate system that actively fights against any real growth.
Much like ArtHouseTO, AHTV will continue and expand our Insta Live Series into live in-person interviews in our AHTV Studios. Our past interviews include Chemi Lhamo, Glowz, Shon Williams, John F. Gerrard and Kym Hines. Our first in-person in-studio interview is in the works too for March 2023 with the unstoppable Khaleel Seivwright of Tiny Homes and Fat Drop Trailers.
Much like ArtHouseTO, AHTV celebrates Artists, Creatives, Musicians, Performers, Dancers from the GTA! To date we have reposted over 300 artists on our ArtHouseTO Instagram feed, with the artists’ blessings of course!
We want to take that energy and showcase GTA talent through live, in-house performances, live streams, pre-recorded material, films, videos, on location shoots and interviews in artists studios, galleries, etc.
Each episode begins the same way:
Intro Music (written and produced by Geoff Doner Music)
Evening, sun about to set. Drone shot of the Toronto city skyline, facing west, over Riverdale. As our view turns downward towards the community below, we descend to just above the rooftops, hovering in front and above a small building with a storefront, set amongst a residential neighbourhood. Multi coloured light beams shoot out from the window of the storefront as we fly down through the window into the world of AHTV where we are greeted by a host/hosts, their surroundings physical, not so physical, animated, abstracted, sometimes inside an idealized version of the ArtHouseTO building concept itself.
“Hello Everyone! On todays episode, we are broadcasting from the Community Garden!”
The Host/Hosts stand in a 3D version of ArtHouseTO’s Community Garden.
“Stay tuned as we speak to Rav and Cheyenne, 2 amazing urban farmers in the GTA! Then we will head inside to the gallery and check out new work by Peachmelt, watch a performance by Made In Exile, head to the printing studio for a 101 with Inprint Studios. But first, let's have a closer look at this garden we are standing in….”
"What would you like to see in this garden? Let us know by scanning the QR code that just popped up on your screen and adding your answer to the form ! Visit the AHTV website to see all of our answers!"