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Frugal Faves: The AGO and Casalife

There’s so much to see and do in this city, but after a while, admission fees, restaurant bills and shopping sprees start to add up. Where Toronto helps you get the most out of your trip without burning a hole in your pocket. Check back each week for our thrifty tips on discounted tickets, exclusive sales, free events and more.

Visit the AGO's Galleria Italia (and more) for free on Wednesday evenings.

Visit the AGO's Galleria Italia (and more) for free on Wednesday evenings.

Free Admission at the AGO
The recently revamped Art Gallery of Ontario displays more than 4,000 pieces spanning many centuries of artistic expression in Canada and around the world. You can view this impressive collection free of charge every Wednesday evening from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The complimentary admission grants visitors access to all of the museum’s permanent collections as well as entry into some special exhibitions, including Alexander Calder: The Paris Years, a showcase of 80-plus works created between 1926 and 1933 by the influential sculptor. With only two and a half hours to take in 110 galleries, you may have to pick and choose; a must-see is the Galleria Italia, a serene glass- and Douglas fir-enclosed sculpture space that spans the entire length of the museum.

The AGO is free on Wednesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. year-round. Otherwise, it’s open Tuesday to Sunday; adult admission $18.


Moving Sale at Casalife

Big changes are happening this month at Casalife, one of Toronto’s most prominent contemporary home decor retailers. An expansion of the company’s Liberty Village flagship store means that its Vaughan Mills location will be closing down at the beginning of November. As a result, both locations are offering a 20 to 75 per cent discount on all in-store items. Shoppers can expect huge savings on a range of small-scale furnishings suited for condo-dwellers, including great deals on stylish accessories like pillows, throws, table lamps, vases and bowls.

Casalife’s moving sale is on now through November 1. Call 416-922-2785 for more details.

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