Founded in 1999 by a group of friends from a small town in rural Ontario, The Winking Circle began with weekly meet-ups to support each other's dreams and to rally together to celebrate the unending power of human creation.
We are circle a of creative fools committed to the redemption of everything.
Our mission is the eccentrification of the world!
We create everywhere. We weld 5ft forks on our bikes, jack up the frames and ride higher than a humvee. We watch the sun set not the TV set. We redeem everything. We would rather make things than buy them. We are not afraid to be fools. We would rather live our dreams than sleepwalk through our lives. We star in our own movies. We are our own heroes.
The Winking Circle is for all those who aren't afraid to make mistakes. If you've ever skinned your knees, had paint on your shirt or worn a crooked smile, welcome.
A visionary youth centre. A classroom for those who want to learn how to use creativity to improve their lives and make the world a better place. A monument to the positive impact normal people can have when they begin to understand that they are not normal people, only extraordinary ones in disguise.
A space outfitted with all the tools and resources to eccentrify your life. Paint brushes, silk-screen equipment, hubcaps, sewing machines, bike parts, video cameras, welders, pop cans, saws, skids and spray paint.
A rehabilitation centre for those kicking the TV habit and breaking the spectator, consumer mindset. A gathering place for those who have realized that positive action is always better than passive entertainment. Most importantly, a physical testament to the truth that no person or thing is beyond redemption.
The Wisdom of the Three Beans embody the philosophy that The Winking Circle strives to live by: Create. Redeem. Be a Fool.
To be a creator, rather than a spectator. We create excessively everywhere. Nothing is spared from the creative impulse - our appearance, our possessions, our world.
To redeem rather than consume. We make the most out of what we have. Whether it’s a bad situation or a beat-up bicycle, we transform it into something spectacular.
To be yourself rather than a follower. Through eccentric self-expression, we are willing to become a fool in the eyes of the followers.
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