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Hot Art: Vanguard Vintage at MOCCA

Barbara Cole's Tomorrow

JUNE 25 TO AUGUST 21 The 1980s are back in a big way at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. But instead of following the trend of deconstructing, remixing and mashing-up the era’s creative output, the gallery presents it faithfully, recreating a moment in time. Entitled This is Paradise, the exhibition assembles the work of dozens of Toronto artists who, congregating around the notorious Cameron House—still standing at the corner of Queen and Cameron streets—made the then-gritty Queen West district synonymous with groundbreaking visual art, theatre and music. More than two decades later, Barbara Cole’s Tomorrow, along with numerous other works by the likes of Tom Dean and Pauline Choi, admirably evoke a watershed era of Toronto art for a new generation of viewers.

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