FriendsWithYou Announces WISH COME TRUE FESTIVAL Commission June 10th – 20th 2010 – Toronto, Ontario Canada
Coined the Wish Come True Festival, FriendsWithYou artists Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III, have been commissioned by Luminato Festival of the Arts to immerse the city of Toronto within a magical world of color, happiness, and fun! Internationally recognized for their large-scale experiential installations, which allow people to interact through the concept of play, FriendsWithYou along with Luminato have planned multiple larger-than-life inflatable installations, a gallery show, several pop-up shops, community events, speaking engagements, and more during their 10-days in the city of Toronto. The opportunity to address one of the most diverse cities in the world with a magical new shell has sparked an unprecedented interest in the minds of the artists, who promise to make sure this special opportunity is accessible to everyone who wishes to take part. June 10th the Wish Come True Festival by FriendsWithYou lands in Toronto with the hope of changing the hearts and minds of all who attend.
June 16th – 20th – Rainbow City Installation at Queen’s Park Rainbow City
Welcomes all into a world of Magic, Luck, and Friendship! As the highlight of the 10-day festival, FriendsWithYou transform Toronto’s Queen’s Park into Rainbow City from June 16th-20th with their largest and most impressive installation to date. The Rainbow King and a cast of celestial pals embark on a mission to delight citizens by welcoming them into Rainbow City, a magical kingdom where happiness is the key and the more you play the better you feel! Bounce, dance and chill as the Wish Come True characters bring you into their colorful alternative dimension of gigantic totems, mushrooms, and bounce houses while inflatable friends shower you with magic, color, and love! FriendsWithYou and Luminato are offering this unique experience with the hope of bringing people together to find a central happiness that is common inside of everyone. In addition to the installation, FriendsWithYou will also feature several pop-up shops showcasing a full line of new limited edition Wish Come True merchandise including apparel, tote bags, fine art prints, toys, accessories, and more!
June 10th 6-10pm – Day Dreamers – FriendsWithYou Solo Exhibition at Narwhal Art Projects
June 10th Narwhal Art Projects and FriendsWithYou kindly invite you to Day Dreamers, a bright and beautiful solo exhibition of artists Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III’s rarely seen fine art flat works and sculptural pieces. On this special occasion the artists allow you to venture into the secret workspace of the duo to witness the precious seeds of their inspiration and the birthplace of all things FriendsWithYou. Day Dreamers portrays an intimate series of portraits and magical moments that seem to drift in and out of the artists’ personal dream worlds – a place where everyday holds a dream.
June 12th 5-8pm – FriendsWithYou Pop-Up Shop & Artist Signing at Magic Pony
During the FriendsWithYou Wish Come True Festival, longtime friends and supporters at Magic Pony open their doors for a very special FriendsWithYou pop-up shop and artist signing on June 12th. As the first home for FriendsWithYou toys and art products in Toronto for over 8 years, Magic Pony has been actively promoting FriendsWithYou’s positive message of Magic, Luck, and Friendship since the beginning. This is going to be an amazing opportunity for long time fans and admirers to experience a one-of-a-kind FriendsWithYou pop-up shop, get all new products and prints, meet the artists, and interact with all of the FriendsWithYou family and friends! Limited edition Wish Come True items will be on sale exclusively at Magic Pony during the event.