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Art Galleries

Weekend Market Round Up: December 14-17


Adult’s Only Night at TELUS Spark, Calgary’s Science Centre. (Photo courtesy of TELUS Spark.)

This weekend’s art gallery, museum and market round up offers the last instalment of 2017’s Adult’s Only Night series at the TELUS Spark, a downtown art gallery that involves your smartphone in the magic, and—as you might expect 12 days before Christmas—an unprecedented number of holiday craft markets for those gift shopping procrastinators among you. Happy exploring! (more…)

Hot Art: January and February

Exhibits worth seeking out during your stay.

Courtesy of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

Vernon Ah Kee: cantchant. Courtesy of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.



Two major exhibits at the Winnipeg Art Gallery explore the concept of land ownership through the intersection between Indigenous identity and sport. Boarder X features contemporary Indigenous artists from across Canada, drawing parallels between areas prohibiting snowboarding, or the surfer’s search for uncrowded waves, and the contested spaces of politics, identity, and land. Presented alongside this exhibit, Vernon Ah Kee: cantchant engages with territorial disputes centred around Australia’s beaches. Traditional Aboriginal designs and colours turn surfboards into works of cultural meaning. 300 Memorial Blvd, wag.ca

Drop Shadow by Nancy Kerr. Courtesy of Wayne Arthur Gallery.

Drop Shadow by Nancy Kerr. Courtesy of Wayne Arthur Gallery.



The Through Her Eyes Photography Collective presents an exhibit of black and white minimalist photography at the Wayne Arthur Gallery. Dramatically reduced design elements create imagery that is striking and thought-provoking, imbuing everyday items with unfamiliar beauty. 186 Provencher Blvd, waynearthurgallery.com


TO JAN 8: Our Land: Contemporary Art From the Arctic showcases artists from Canada’s north at the Winnipeg Art Gallery300 Memorial Blvd, wag.ca
TO JAN 19: Megan Krause’s abstracted landscapes act as a visual exploration of the effects of climate change and a rising global population in Fertile AshMennonite Heritage Centre Gallery, Canadian Mennonite University, 600 Shaftesbury Blvd, gallery.mennonitechurch.ca
TO JAN 19: Interna is a collection of non-objective abstract paintings by Dale Boldt. Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery, Canadian Mennonite University, 600 Shaftesbury Blvd, gallery.mennonitechurch.ca
TO JAN 20:
Climate Changes by Mathieu Gotti explores the metamorphosis of animals in their environment at La Galerie inside the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain. 340 Provencher Blvd, ccfm.mb.ca
TO JAN 25: Christian Worthington’s Sermons To The Birds explores the influence of historical religious art in a secular post-modern world. Gurevich Fine Art, 2nd floor, 62 Albert St, gurevichfineart.com
JAN 6-24: 99 Pieces of Art on The Wall is an exhibit and sale featuring Cre8ery members. Pieces are priced $40-$200 and sold on site. Cre8ery, 2nd floor, 125 Adelaide St, cre8ery.com
JAN 6-FEB 4: Catch To Step is To Rise, a solo exhibition of new work by Montreal based artist Jeanette Johns, at Lisa Kehler Art + Projects. 171 McDermot Ave, lkap.ca
JAN 12-FEB 18: University of Winnipeg gallery, Gallery 1C03, displays video exhibition Moving Images. This group show features 23 short films and videos, including work by acclaimed filmmaker Guy Maddin. 1st floor, Centennial Hall, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave, uwinnipeg.ca/art-gallery
JAN 20-FEB 25: Hireath is a collection of pieces by printmaker Heather Lier exploring the nostalgia and wonderment of childhood memory. Martha Street Studio
11 Martha St, printmakers.mb.ca
FROM JAN 26: A collection of portraits by Michel Saint-Hilaire observes and questions our social environment, showing that we all have a story to tell. La Galerie inside the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain. 340 Provencher Blvd, ccfm.mb.ca
JAN 27-FEB 7: The Society of OUTstanding Artists group show features this collective formed through the LGBTQ Rainbow Resource Centre.Cre8ery, 2nd floor, 125 Adelaide St, cre8ery.com
Wally Dion blends Indigenous craft with modern technology, drawing connections between quilts and circuit boards. Urban Shaman, 203‑290 McDermot Ave, urbanshaman.org
FROM FEB 3: Barry Ace’s Niibwa Ndanwendaagan (My Relatives) is a suite of Anishnaabe bandolier bags (or ‘friendship bags’) adorned with electronic components and a tablet screening historical family photographs and archival film of Indigenous peoples. Urban Shaman, 203‑290 McDermot Ave, urbanshaman.org
FROM FEB 3: The Manitoba Society of Artists exhibit Visual Voices in Manitoba, a group show highlighting emerging and professional visual artists in the province, at the Wayne Arthur Gallery. 186 Provencher Blvd, waynearthurgallery.com
FEB 9-21: Artworks featuring horses pay homage to the 43 horses recently killed in a barn fire in Ontario in the group show 43 Horses: Enduring Spirits. Cre8ery, 2nd floor, 125 Adelaide St, cre8ery.com
FROM FEB 10: Yapci Ramos’ Perras y Putas is an intimate dialogue through photography with women in prostitution in different parts of the world. Lisa Kehler Art + Projects, 171 McDermot Ave, lkap.ca

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30 Things We Love This June

3. Mrs. Bridal Boutique

1 People watching on the rooftop patio of Sky Yard, a favourite sipping spot of the city’s hipsters.

2 A peaceful walk through Mount Pleasant Cemetery (375 Mount Pleasant Rd., 416-485-9129).

3 Saying yes to the dress at Mrs. Bridal Boutique.

4 Seeing works by contemporary Canadian artists at the venerable Olga Korper Gallery.

5 Vintage jewellery from the vast estate collection of Van Rijk Jewellers. (more…)

30 Things We Love About Toronto this April

4. Koerner Hall (photo by Neill Sturgess)

1 Exploring self-portraits by noted artists such as Alex Colville and Mary Pratt in a new exhibit at Mira Godard Gallery.

2 Checking out the latest kicks from Converse and Red Wing Shoes at Get Outside.

3 Putting on your detective hat to solve a classic “whodunit” at Mysteriously Yours Mystery Dinner Theatre.

4 The near-perfect acoustics of The Royal Conservatory‘s Koerner Hall.

5 A hot lunch from Food Cabbie, a food truck stationed at Queen Street East and Mutual Street. (more…)

30 Things We Love About Toronto This July

1. Have a fowl dining experience at Ultra (photo by Device 222)

1 Dramatic 15-foot-tall renderings of roosters in the dining room at Ultra.

2 A night of Shakespeare and star gazing with the Canadian Stage TD Dream in High Park’s production of Romeo and Juliet.

3 Deep-fried ice cream from Hernando’s Hideaway—a crispy dough with vanilla ice cream inside is an ideal treat.

4 Sparkling red chandeliers and cozy nooks at What Are You Looking At Bar & Lounge.

5 Discovering Canada’s talented Inuit artists at Feheley Fine Arts through prints and more.

5. See Shuvinai Ashoona's Summer Tent (detail pictured) at Feheley Fine Arts

6 A tour of the University of Toronto’s serene St. George campus.

7 “Mancakes” from For the Love of Cake, like the Guinness-flavoured chocolate treat with a whiskey ganache.

8 The camaraderie between Toronto FC fans as they chant in unison for their team.

9 Trying on the sorting hat in Harry Potter: The Exhibition at the Ontario Science Centre.

10 The overwhelming dim sum selection at Bright Pearl—more than 80 dishes are wheeled around the restaurant in carts.

13. Seek out exceptional tomes at Ben McNally Books

11 Savoury thin-crust pizza from Mercatto.

12 Hearing the revving engines and squealing tires at the Honda Indy.

13 Perusing signed first editions at Ben McNally Books.

14 Highback leather chairs and dark wood at rejuvenating men’s enclave Truefitt and Hill.

15 Cheering on Elle Woods as she demonstrates how stilettos and summonses can go together in Legally Blonde: The Musical.

24. Dare to ride the Behemoth at Canada's Wonderland

16 Heading lakeside to explore the myriad ways to enjoy yourself along the Harbourfront.

17 Starting the day with a refreshing spicy watermelon soup from the brunch menu at Senses.

18 Taking in the spectacular view of the cityscape from Panorama’s 51st-floor patio.

19 Warm and doughy bagels from St. Urbain.

20 Meet them halfway: singing along with hip-hop troupe the Black Eyed Peas on their world tour.

28. Observe a firing demonstration at Fort York

21 Pampering your palate with a Summerlicious prix fixe menu.

22 The wall-length chalkboard at Jules Bistro Café where the menu is written in cursive.

23 Catching a spectacular display of pyrotechnics during Ontario Place’s Festival of Fire.

24 Screaming your lungs out on the Behemoth, the country’s biggest, tallest and fastest roller coaster at Canada’s Wonderland.

25 The Bluegrass Brunch at the Dakota Tavern where pint-sized hipsters are welcome.

29. Peruse antiques on Sundays at the St. Lawrence Market

26 Coming eye-to-eye with a life-sized clay figure in the Royal Ontario Museum’s exhibit The Warrior Emperor and China’s Terracotta Army.

27 Treating yourself to a decadent double chocolate raspberry truffle from Godiva.

28 Uniformed guards performing musket firings at Fort York.

29 Snatching up one-of-a-kind treasures at the Sunday antique fair at the St. Lawrence Market’s north building.

30 Strolling along the boardwalk at The Beach—the fresh air makes for a peaceful escape.

30 Things We Love About Toronto This May

5. Gray Line's Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

1 Hunting for vintage finds at Ingram Antiques, located along scenic Mount Pleasant Road.

2 Eerie portraits of Lenin scowling at Pravda Vodka Bar.

3 Admiring the historic shawls on display at the Textile Museum of Canada’s exhibit Fashionably Wrapped: The Influence of Kashmir Shawls.

4 Handmade goods showcased at Bookhou,
a multidisciplinary studio and shop.

5 Seeing the city on your own schedule with Gray Line’s Hop-On, Hop-Off City Tour.

10. Hoof Café

6 Staking out Trinity Bellwoods Park for a glimpse of the notorious albino squirrels.

7 The heady aroma of spices lingering in the air of the Gerrard India Bazaar.

8 Streetcar drivers who “ding” at each other in greeting as their cars cross paths.

9 Ultra-luxe details like rosewood, polished gold and smoked mirrors at the Gucci store.

10 Rethinking breakfast offerings at Hoof Café by trying the suckling pig eggs Benedict.

12. The Drake Hotel General Store

11 Visiting galleries across the city during the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.

12 Bringing home a distinctively Canadian souvenir such as a Toronto maptote from the Drake Hotel’s General Store.

13 The quiet confines of the Toronto Sculpture Garden.

14 Strolling along Canada’s Walk of Fame and counting how many names you recognize.

15 Marvelling at Toronto’s architectural highlights during Doors Open.

17. Rodney's Oyster House

16 Vintage-inspired coffee bean dispensers at Balzac’s Coffee.

17 Slurping back a freshly shucked oyster from Rodney’s Oyster House.

18 Motown’s number one diva, Diana Ross, takes to the stage at Roy Thomson Hall.

19 Beautiful white ceramic elephant-shaped teapots at Hank’s.

20 The graphically ornate silver Art Deco doors of the Design Exchange—an enticing invitation to come inside and explore further.

25. Cowbell (photo by Derek Shapton)

21 The vast selection—several thousand!—of culinary titles at The Cookbook Store.

22 Picking up new groove moves at Babalúu’s complimentary salsa lessons.

23 Feasting on the savoury potato flatbread at Nyood.

24 Escaping to the Toronto Islands on a weekday—you’ll feel like you’re in an episode of Lost.

25 The ever-changing chalkboard menu at Cowbell, which has included mains like veal sweetbreads with boar belly.

30. The view of downtown Toronto from the CN Tower

26 Creating something with your own hands at a drop-in class at the Gardiner Museum’s clay studio on Friday or Sunday.

27 The wall-sized map of Toronto from the city’s archives hanging at White Squirrel Coffee Shop.

28 Airy macarons from Nadège Patisserie in inventive flavours such as wasabi grapefruit.

29 Colourful Victorian row houses turned stores in bohemian Kensington Market.

30 A spectacular bird’s-eye view of the city 447 metres below from the CN Tower.

Hot Art: Fresh Viewing

The city’s art scene is ever evolving, with new venues cropping up in districts both established and up-and-coming. Check out the visual possibilities at these recent additions.

Dennis Lin's large-scale sculpture No. 1-60 was recently displayed at 47

1 Named simply for its civic address, 47 is a gallery for the display of mixed-media installation and sculptural art that interacts with its large, converted woodshop space in unconventional ways.

2 Just steps from two of Toronto’s major art institutions (the AGO and OCAD) sits 52 McCaul. The colourful murals adorning its north and south facades reflect the gallery’s interests—street and pop art prevail, but the oft-changing exhibit schedule also allows for photos, installations and other pieces by emerging artists.

3 Inviting Alison Smith Gallery exudes sophistication along a modest strip of Dundas Street West. Within this polished space hang works of contemporary fine art that demonstrate their makers’ thoughtful approach and technical mastery.

30 Things We Love About Toronto This March

#2 Toronto designer Lucian Matis

1 Admiring the fantastic floral exhibitions on display at Canada Blooms (page 16).

2 Spotting top Toronto designers like Lucian Matis at LG Fashion Week, from March 28 to April 1.

3 Shouting “opa!” for saganaki and other Mediterranean fare at Pan on the Danforth (page 56).

4 Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a pint of green beer and traditional Irish stew at the Irish Embassy Pub & Grill.

5 Picking out stylish, eco-chic essentials for little ones from Baby on the Hip.