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Canstruction Toronto

Toronto’s design community gives back!

Diamond Schmitt Blackwell

Diamond Schmitt Blackwell

Since 1999, Canstruction Toronto has been uniting the local design community in a unique fundraiser that gives back to people struggling with hunger: a canned sculptures competition.

These ‘Canstructures’ are feats of creativity and ingenuity, and a panel of judges award teams in categories such as ‘Best Use of Labels’ and ‘Best Meal’, which looks not only at the design, but also what kind of food is being used to make it.

22 Canstructures and 63,000 pounds of food

This year’s Canstruction raised over 63,000 pounds of food for Daily Bread Food Bank.

“We’re thrilled to receive such high-quality donations of some of our most-needed food items. It is especially important at a time when we’re seeing sudden increases in client visits this spring, combined with lower donations, said Richard Matern, Daily Bread’s senior manager of research.

“Twenty-two structures were built, but we are down to twenty-one and in mourning for a structure that didn’t make it,” announced Canstruction co-chair Helen Kabriel, at Tuesday’s awards ceremony. “But the food survived, and that’s the most important part.”

Visit TD Centre this week

Rebanks Pepper Littlewoods Architect Inc - Strike Out Hunger

Rebanks Pepper Littlewoods Architect Inc – Strike Out Hunger

Until Friday, you can head down to the TD Centre and see the Canstructures for free. On Saturday, the constructions will be deconstructed, and all the tuna, peanut butter and canned fruits and vegetables that make up a smiling Buddha, emoji, tea cup and a robot will be distributed through the hundreds of food programs across Toronto that Daily Bread supports.

Vote for the People’s Choice Award!

There is also one more award Canstruction Toronto needs to give out, and they need your help to award it. From now until June 2, go to https://www.facebook.com/canstructionTO vote by ‘liking’ your favourite Canstructure picture on Facebook through the Canstruction Toronto page.

 

Quadrangle - Winner of Best Meal

Quadrangle – Winner of Best Meal

Best Meal winner, up close!

Best Meal Winner, up close!

Entuitive with PCL Constructors and Parkin Architects. Winner of Best Use of Labels

Entuitive with PCL Constructors and Parkin Architects – Winner of Best Use of Labels

GM BluePlan Engineering Limited - Winner of Juror's Favourite

GM BluePlan Engineering Limited – Winner of Juror’s Favourite

 

 

 


Date Added: May 18, 2016 | Filed under: Blog, Canstruction, Events, Fundraising Events, News — Tags: , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 1:52 pm



Canstruction is building it once again!

giraffe     cans

The 2016 Canstruction Toronto event is gearing up! This is a competition held in Toronto and cities around the world where, each year, teams of designers, architects and engineers donate their time to build sculptures made entirely out of cans of foods. Last year’s Canstruction raised over 70,000 pounds of food. The canned food sculptures will be displayed in downtown Toronto from May 17 to 21 before being taken down and donated to Daily Bread Food Bank.

Still not sure what Canstruction Toronto is all about? Here’s a link to last year’s sculptures: http://canstructiontoronto.org/


Date Added: April 5, 2016 | Filed under: Blog, Canstruction, Fundraising Events, News — Tags: , , , , , — Adam Paralovos @ 3:20 pm



Canstruction raises 50,000 pounds of food for Daily Bread

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Have you ever tried to build a dinosaur out of canned food? How about a playground, a shark or a gigantic loonie? That’s what 19 groups did this past Monday night, spending hours building structures entirely out of canned food, as part of Canstruction.

Canstruction is an annual competition that sees teams of designers, architects and engineers donate their time and talent to build amazing canned food structures. Best of all, the food used to build these amazing structures is all donated to Daily Bread Food Bank.

Tuesday night the winners were announced in categories such as Best Meal, Best Use of Labels, Structural Ingenuity and Juror’s Favourite.

Jennifer Bain, Toronto Star food columnist and Canstruction judge, announced the winner of Best Meal.

“Everybody deserves choice. Just because you use a food bank, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have choice”, said Jennifer. The winner of this category, AECOM, used a variety of canned and non-perishable food including whole wheat spaghetti, mixed beans, chick peas, fava beans, jackfruit, lychee as well as broccoli, celery and mushroom soups.

The real winner, as Daily Bread’s Executive Director Gail Nyberg told the crowd, are the thousands of people who are going to be using food banks this summer.

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Canstruction will be on display in various spots around the TD Towers until Saturday, May 31.

You have a chance to get in on the action by helping to vote for People’s Favourite online. Canstruction Toronto has posted all the entries in a photo album on Facebook. “Like” your favourite structure and the photo with most likes by June 2 wins! Click here to check out this year’s Canstruction entries and vote for your favourite!

We still need volunteers for Sunday June 1 to help us tear down! For more information or to sign up, click here.


Date Added: May 29, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Canstruction, Fundraising Events, In the News, News, Volunteer — Anita @ 3:26 pm