By signing this document, you confirm the agreement for a performance at the Idea Exchange Volume 1 EXCESS Party, 1 North Square, Cambridge, Ontario on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

  1. All artists will arrive onsite and sign in with their stage manager a minimum of one hour prior to the time of their performance. A performance schedule will be provided by February 4, 2017, one month prior to the event.
  2. The artists must perform during their allotted set time. 
  3. EXCESS is a 19+ event and all performers must be 19 years of age or older.
  4. Each performance group will receive a $100.00 honorarium and two free event tickets.  Upon receipt of your submission we will email you two Volume 1 EXCESS Party ticket receipts that you can give away to friends and family.  Your $100.00 honorarium cheque will be processed after the event and can take up to two weeks to be received from the City of Cambridge.
  5. All audio support is provided, performers will be required to submit their music in electronic file format in the space provided in the form below.
  6. Idea Exchange reserves the right to cancel or end any performance at any time if the performance is seen as detrimental to the image of Idea Exchange. Performers will not be allowed on the stage if they are intoxicated or appear to be under the influence of a drug.   
  7. If, for unforeseen circumstances, the artists will be unable to perform, they are required to notify Idea Exchange a minimum of one month prior to the event, February 4th, 2017.
  8. Performers will respect the authority of Idea Exchange and the decisions made by this organization.

Performers must complete the following submission form including electronic music files by Friday, January 13, 2017.

Taco Stand Project - An experiment in sharing

With a vision to create an environment of curiosity and discovery, Idea Exchange is embracing a centuries-old method of exchange and welcoming this fall, the Taco Stand Project.

The Taco Stand Project is an experiment, a venue, an activator for community sharing. It aims to bring us together to find new ways of navigating the challenges of today. The Taco Stand Project wants to become a different kind of norm, where trading skills and sharing ideas are not tied up in commerce and power, but rather a community minded collaboration, with cost free resources and social empowerment.

In Mexico, a taco stand is a temporary venue and a gathering hub, serving low cost food to any given neighbourhood and offering social interaction. The majority of taco stands in Mexico remain unregulated, meaning they pop up as necessary and remain outside the framework of regulated restaurant culture. They arrive from necessity of making a buck in impoverished places. They show up temporarily at festivals and community hot spots. They care for the locals and offer a quick bite for cheap.

Borrowing from this culture of unregulated economy, the Taco Stand Project explores what opportunities reside in our community for empowering people to share their skills, trade tasks or things, or teach an original solution to a common problem.

The Taco Stand Project is our first attempt and needs you because a community is built by all of us.

Intrigued? Excited? Get involved!

There are two ways to participate in Taco Stand Project:

1. Give a workshop, a talk, a demonstration, or tell a story. Share your culture, knit a sweater, fix some things, or salvage the discarded.  It’s your stand. Your venue. Book it.

2. Trade things at no cost. 2 hours of dog walking in exchange for a car wash. Tomatoes in exchange for homemade pies. An old collection of vinyl in exchange for a guitar. The Trading Post awaits your announcement.

As long as it’s safe, environmentally friendly, beneficial to someone, and clever in not perpetuating capitalist hunger, we’ll make it work.

Taco Stand Project has been developed in conjunction with the exhibition With Mexico, From Love which opens Friday, November 25, 7:00pm at Idea Exchange, Queen’s Square Gallery. And yes, at the opening, there will be tacos!

Submit your Taco Stand Project contributions and ideas.

Here are the details:

We are seeking participants for the Taco Stand Project from Saturday, November 26 until Saturday, February 18, 2017 at our Queen’s Square location, 1 North Square, Cambridge.

Open hours of the Taco Stand Project will be:

Weekdays: Monday to Friday, 10:00am – 12:00pm or 2:00 – 4:00pm

Weeknights: Wednesday, 5:00 – 7:00pm

Weekends: Saturday, 10:00am – 12:00pm or 2:00 – 4:00pm, Sunday, 2:00 – 4:00pm (when event schedule allows)

There is no fee to participate and there is no remuneration. It is based on volunteer spirit and willingness to share.

This is how we help:

Idea Exchange will provide the Taco Stand structure for placing materials necessary to the presentation/demo as well as electricity if required

Picnic tables will be set up in lobby for the public to sit/work at during presentation

A sound system is available if required

We’ll take care of schedules and do our best to give you your preferred date and time

This is what you bring:

Your enthusiasm for sharing knowledge, art or craft practice, stories, demonstrations etc. with the public

Any materials you may need that we haven’t listed above. If they’re simple, tell us, maybe we can help a little.

Join in

So, sign yourself in, and tell us what you’d like to bring to the Taco Stand Project. Upload few images to give a good idea of your plan. Once we hear from you, we’ll get back to you within a week and work out all the little pieces. 

The last day of the project is Sunday, February 19. Last day to submit is Thursday, February 16. Earlier submissions will have best choice of selection for dates and times, so don’t take too long. Let’s see we what we can do together.

For further information, please contact Karen Murray-Hopf at 519.621.0460 ext. 155, or

Ends on January 14, 2017
Songwriting | Arranging | Recording

Are you a teen musician looking to promote your sound? Ready to take your song to the next stage but need some advice on making your concept a reality?

Learn songwriting, how to arrange music, and basic audio engineering from recording artist Rufus John and a team of professionals. Perks include: access to instruments, recording of your work, CD release party, and opportunities to perform at festivals.

Where: Idea Exchange, Clemens Mill

When: Saturdays, January 14 – April 22, 2017, 1:00 – 4:00pm
(No classes on March 11, 18 or April 15)

Ages: Secondary, College & University Students

Cost: Free

Final deadline for applications is January 8, 2017. Selections are based on the submitted music or lyrics.

To apply, please create an account below.
Then, fill out the submission form and include a link to your music on YouTube or up to 5 of your music files (mp3, mp4, etc.). All applicants will be notified.

Watch the Music is My Weapon Video

Ends on March 3, 2017

Idea Exchange is excited to present our second annual Idea Exchange: The Brush Off Junior!  This is a continued partnership with THEMUSEUM, Kitchener, who developed The Brush Off in 2012 and added the Junior Edition in 2013. This collaboration will provide a celebration of our Region’s brilliant young artistic talent.

 Guidelines & Eligibility

Idea Exchange seeks youth artists to participate in The Brush Off Junior, which will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

  • Young adults who thrive in an exciting, dynamic, competitive, engaging environment, while creating their work on the spot.
  • Twelve youth artists will be selected to compete in Idea Exchange: The Brush Off Junior.
  • There will be two rounds of six artists each. Artists will compete in a fast paced 30-minute round; a winner will be selected by audience votes from each round. The two winners of Idea Exchange: The Brush Off Junior will participate in the 5th edition of The Brush Off Junior Edition at THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener. Visit for information on the final event.
  • Idea Exchange will provide all paint, canvas (14x18”) and easels.  Artists will provide their own brushes/tools.
  • Artists will be made aware of the provided palette of paint colours.
  • Artists are encouraged to invite friends and family to create their very own cheering section!
  • Artists must be between the ages of 13-19 years.
  • There is no participation or application fee for artists.
  • Artists participate on a volunteer basis.
  • All work produced during the competition will be available in a silent auction immediately following each round with bids starting at $20.00 and increase in minimum increments of $5.00.
  • 50% of the silent auction art sale price is paid to the youth artist; the remaining 50% of the silent auction art sale price will go to subsidizing youth to attend Art Camps at Idea Exchange.
  • Prizes will be awarded to winners in each round.
To apply, please create an account below. Then, fill out the submission form and include up to 3 images of your artwork (jpg, gif, tiff, png).

Final deadline for application is Friday, March 3. Successful applicants will receive notice by Friday, March 10.  All juror decisions are final.

For further information, please contact Karen Murray-Hopf at 519.621.0460 ext. 155,