Due to unforeseen events this talk will be rescheduled for a later date.

DXMasterTalks Series:
Making a Scene: Design for Theatre

DX Member: $10 + tax
Student/Senior: $17 + tax
General Admission: $20 + tax
Monday May 9, 2016  |  7-8 PM
@ DX: 234 Bay St, Toronto


The DXMasterTalk series invites renowned creative leaders from all disciplines to speak about their work, collaborations, creative processes, and inspirations. This is an opportunity for the design community, design-savvy public, culture seekers and students to learn about how these individuals became the masters of their crafts and beyond.

On Monday, May 9, you’re invited to a behind-the-scenes tell-all with international theatre design gurus, Michael Levine, Alexander MacSween, Daniel Brooks and Michael Walton for Making a Scene: Design for Theatre - a talk that puts a spotlight on set design and live theatre production.
Learn how production plays a pivotal role in creating new worlds for actors and audiences. Discover what goes into the creation, design and building process of landscapes that come to life and how production crews deal with the technical and spur-of-the-moment realities of live action performance.


Moderated by Sarah Garton Stanley,
Associate Artistic Director at the National Arts Centre

Featuring candid dialogues from theatre production experts Michael Levine, Alexander MacSween, Daniel Brooks and Michael Walton.


Michael Levine’s work can be seen on stages around the world - in opera, theatre, dance and film productions.
His unique set and costume designs have made him a prominent behind-the-scenes star in Canadian theatre with extravagant designs for the Canadian Opera Company, Soulpepper Theatre, Tarragon Theatre and the Shaw Festival, to name a few.
Alexander MacSween’s work is characterised by the use of music to shape space and time and by an interest in how sound functions in the fusion of design elements. He has worked with Marie Brassard, François Girard, and Robert Lepage, among others.
His theatre credits include productions with The Stratford Festival and documentary theatre company, Porte Parole. MacSween teaches workshops in live sound processing for the performing arts.
Daniel Brooks has collaborated with a wide range of artists on productions that have toured across Canada and around the world.
Brooks has written and directed many productions including Insomnia and The Eco Show. He also worked as the Artistic Director for Toronto theatre company, Necessary Angel and is now currently an associate teaching artist at Soulpepper Theatre.
Michael Walton, based in Stratford, Ontario, works extensively across Canada and the U.S. to illuminate productions.
His numerous Stratford Festival credits include A Chorus Line, Hamlet, The Sound of Music, and Love’s Labour’s Lost, to name a few. Walton was also the Associate Special Effects designer on the Toronto and London productions of The Lord of the Rings.

Moderator: Sarah Garton Stanley

Director and dramaturg, Sarah is the Associate Artistic Director of English Theatre at Canada's National Arts Centre, Artistic Director SpiderWebShow.ca and co-director of Selfconscious Theatre. Sarah is also a former AD of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Sarah teaches at The National Theatre School of Canada, Concordia, Queen’s and recently was Associate Director on Stan Douglas’ live film noir Helen Lawrence.




Upcoming DXMasterTalks

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DX Member: $10 + tax
Student/Senior: $17 + tax
General Admission: $20 + tax
Monday May 9, 2016  |  7-8 PM
@ DX: 234 Bay St, Toronto



The Happy Film

In collaboration with Hot Docs Festival
Various screening times
@ Bloor Hot Docs: 506 Bloor St W, Toronto


Hot Docs Festival and Design Exchange are pleased to present the international premiere of The Happy Film by renowned graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister, with Hillman Curtis and Ben Nabors.

For those who missed the New York designer’s exhibition The Happy Show at Design Exchange in 2013  – complete with gum ball machines numbered from 1 to 10, with the levels of gum dispensed illustrating showgoers’ average level of happiness, and figurative stencils (naked bodies, the seven continents) outlining such themes as marital and geographical happiness – the premiere of The Happy Film is a must-see.
Austrian designer Stefan Sagmeister is doing well: He lives in New York, the city of his dreams. He is successful, designing album covers for the Rolling Stones, Jay-Z and the Talking Heads. But in the back of his mind he suspects there must be more. He decides to turn himself into a design project. Can he re-design his personality to become a better person? Is it possible to train his mind to get happier? He pursues three experiments of meditation, therapy, and drugs, grading himself along the way. But things don't go as planned. Real life creeps in and confounds the process: art, sex, death, and love prove impossible to disentangle. Sagmeister’s journey gives the rare opportunity to see our most basic human preoccupations in sharp focus – the questions about life, love and happiness that we all yearn to answer, but are afraid to ask.

Like the exhibition, the film offers viewers the experience of walking into Sagmeister’s mind as he attempts to increase his happiness. It is an insightful documentary that focuses on the human aspects of design.



Stefan Sagmeister is a New York-based graphic designer and co-founder of Sagmeister & Walsh design firm. He has worked for the Rolling Stones, The Talking Heads, Lou Reed, and The Guggenheim Museum. Exhibitions on Sagmeister's work have been mounted in New York, Philadelphia, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Paris, Lausanne, Zurich, Vienna, Prague, Cologne & Berlin. In 2013, Sagmeister & Walsh brought The Happy Show to Design Exchange to offer visitors the unique experience of delving into Sagmeister’s mind on his pursuit of happiness. The Happy Film is  a visual representation of the exhibition that offers audiences further insights and new perspectives.

@ Bloor Hot Docs: 234 Bay Street, Toronto
The Happy Film is part of the Hot Docs Festival’s Scotiabank Big Ideas Series. Learn more about the festival and screening times.




Yoga by Design

$20 Drop-in
Tuesday May 24, 2016  |  12-1 PM
@ DX: 234 Bay Street, Toronto


Yoga by Design brings yoga to remarkable, beautiful spaces in Toronto and beyond.

Experience yoga like never before within the Art Deco and modern spaces of Design Exchange! Led by yogini and award-winning writer and architecture critic, Lisa Rochon, each of these lunchtime classes will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Lisa Rochon brings an authentic practice of yoga to beautiful spaces - inside masterworks of design or outside below the canopy of oak trees. Her training in Ubud, Bali and in Dharamsala hill station in the Himalayas, India means she understands the deep roots of yoga and its 2500 year-old history. Combining healing Hatha yoga with powerful Ashtanga flow, Lisa brings the sounds of Tibetan healing bowls to end-of-class savasana. Sink into your mat, listen to the sounds of the East, and enjoy the bliss!
Doors open 11:40am and 20 Lululemon yoga mats are available for use on first come, first serve basis. Or bring your own mat, and water, too! Plus, join us for a relaxing cup of tea in the DX lobby after class and take in the DX: Uncrated exhibits.

Upcoming Yoga by Design 

Tuesday, May 24
12-1PM @ DX

Tuesday, June 28
12-1PM @ DX

Questions? E-mail hello@yogabydesign.co.

Yoga by Design @ DX is presented in collaboration with:
In-kind Sponsors:


DX Headquarters is
located at 234 Bay Street

Mon: Closed

Tue-Fri: 9AM-5PM
Sat & Sun: 12:00-4:30PM