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Brookfield Place

World Press Photo Brings Global Concerns to Light


World Press Photo 2015 Toronto Mads Nissen

Photo: Mads Nissen for Scanpix/Panos Pictures

SEPTEMBER 30 TO OCTOBER 20 Drone strikes in the Middle East, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, anti-government protests in Turkey—just a few of the events that impacted life on earth in 2014, and which were documented unflinching artistry by intrepid international photojournalists. The most compelling of these images are now on display at Brookfield Place’s Allen Lambert Galleria as part of World Press Photo. The annual juried exhibition features the prize-winning efforts of 41 photographers in eight categories—from Raphaela Rosella’s portrait of a socially isolated woman in Australia to Mads Nissen’s World Press Photo of the Year (pictured above), depicting an intimate moment for a gay couple in Russia. Though not always easy to look at, the pictures lend immediacy and humanity to significant issues that too often seem far removed from our day-to-day experience.  —Craig Moy

• World Press Photo, Brookfield Place, 181 Bay St.; worldpressphoto.org
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Hot Art: World Press Photo’s Global Lens

Yasuyoshi Chiba’s Agence France Presse image of the Japanese tsunami’s aftermath is one of many at the 2012 World Press Photo exhibition.

OCTOBER 3 TO 24  It’s safe to say that quite a lot transpired during the year that was 2011: the Arab Spring begat major political change in the Middle East and North Africa; the Occupy Wall Street protests sought to unite the “99 per cent”; Japan was devastated by an earthquake, tsunami and nearly a nuclear meltdown. The common thread of these events and others? They were all captured by intrepid international photojournalists, whose best shots are on display as part of the annual World Press Photo exhibition. The dozens of prize-winning images reveal the full range of human experience, and remind us of the recent history that continues to shape our present and future.

Hot Art: Photojournalism in Focus

Corentin Fohlen’s photo of anti-government riots in Bangkok, Thailand (for FedePhoto)

OCTOBER 5 TO 26 The year 2010 was, like every year, filled with both triumph and turmoil. The World Cup of soccer, for example, captured the attention of billions, while flooding displaced more than a million people in Pakistan, and Haiti sought to recover from a devastating earthquake. Photojournalists captured the human angle of these events and many others, and their efforts are on display this month at the annual World Press Photo exhibition at Brookfield Place. Culled from thousands of submitted pictures, these most affecting images depict the joy and suffering that comes with our existence, helping us to see the world through a new lens.

Hot Art: Make Contact with Photography

Edward Burtynsky's Oil Refineries #3

May 1 TO 31 The world’s largest image event, the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, takes over Toronto with installations in public spaces like Brookfield Place and The Power Plant, as well as commercial galleries. Celebrating Marshall McLuhan’s monumental theory of “figure and ground,” this year’s showcase explores how all parts of an image—both the subject and the background—work together. Thousands of participating shutterbugs, including Fred Herzog and Alex McLeod, are on this year’s roster. Don’t miss Edward Burtynsky’s powerful series, Oil, including Oil Refineries #3, 1999, Oakville, Ontario, Canada, on display at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Hot Dining: Fresh at the Market

Chocolate, watches and yodeling: the Swiss are known for many things. Add casual dining to that list. Toronto recently welcomed the return of Marché, the market-style made-in-Switzerland concept restaurant where, in lieu of ordering from a menu, guests travel between numerous live-cooking stations to pick out a meal of anything from fresh grilled fish to house-
made pasta. The large space within the Financial District’s Brookfield Place is as diverse as the food—the airy indoor patio is popular for business lunches, while further inside the ambience ranges from Alpine chic to French-style brasserie. Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily. 181 Bay St., 647-350-6999.

You Are Here: The PATH

The largest underground retail concourse in the world, Toronto’s PATH system travels beneath the Financial District with numerous entry and exit points. Many have been lured by its warmth in winter, plus shopping and sustenance. But it can be a bit confusing; follow our guide to ensure a smooth trip from one end to the other.

1. CENTRAL HUB One of the bigger, busier sections of PATH’s underground city is First Canadian Place. More than 120 shops, services and restaurants make it a popular destination for business people with a minute to spare. Top shops such as Harry Rosen, Tip Top Tailors and Birks ensure you’re well attired and accessorized, while respected restaurants including Vertical and Reds can satisfy any craving. This marketplace is as distinguished as its namesake skyscraper, which stands as the city’s second tallest building. 100 King St. W., 416-862-8138.

First Canadian Place's gleaming concourse

2. PRIME REAL ESTATE Near Bay and Wellington streets sits the cluster of Mies van der Rohe–designed towers of the Toronto-Dominion Centre. Beneath those buildings, the PATH’s green granite floors match TD Bank’s colour palette, and plush leather benches offer respite from the foot traffic. The retail range here offers Danier Leather and a Laura Secord chocolate boutique. Streetside, you’ll find the Design Exchange and popular restaurant Bymark. High flyers ascend even further—54 storeys, to be exact—to indulge in original Canadian cuisine at Canoe. 66 Wellington St. W., 416-869-1144.

3. ADDED VALUE If you find yourself surrounded by bright, white marble, you’ve arrived at the new Bay Adelaide Centre. This peaceful portion of PATH is home to a small but immaculate food court and some quick-stop shops; to the north it connects with the huge flagship location of The Bay. The futuristic feel of the underground matches the building that rises from it—the glass-walled building is the city’s first and only high-rise office tower to lay claim to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Standard. 333 Bay St., 416-369-2300.

The exquisite vaulted ceiling of Commerce Court's CIBC bank building

4. SQUARE DEAL Commerce Court’s quadrants boast a food court, as well as healthy Four, an upscale restaurant where every dish is under 650 calories. Above ground, check out power-lunch favourite Far Niente plus the historic Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce headquarters—with its stunning Beaux Arts–style atrium—and the surrounding towers designed by I.M. Pei. 25 King St. W., 416-364-2281.

5. SPLENDID SITE Arguably the best-known southerly section of the PATH is Brookfield Place. Just a short walk from Union Station, its subterranean component has a food court and a few modest shops, but you’ll also find the entrance to the Hockey Hall of Fame—a shrine to Canada’s cherished pastime featuring exhibits, artifacts, trophies and more. Or, follow the sunlight up to street level, where soaring white buttresses and an arched glass ceiling create a futuristic cathedral-like effect in the Allen Lambert Galleria. 181 Bay St., 416-777-6480.

Hot Art: The World’s Best Photojournalism

Pietro Masturzo's World Press Photo of the Tear captures unrest in Iran

OCTOBER 6 TO 28 In today’s fast-paced news environment, events are reported feverishly, but tend to fall off the public radar just as quickly. The annual World Press Photo exhibit helps to remind us of these important political struggles, natural disasters, sporting achievements and much more. Featuring 167 award-winning photos, the display at Brookfield Place’s Allen Lambert Galleria illuminates the most significant happenings of the past year, including the dramatic uprising following Iran’s disputed elections, as captured by Italian photographer Pietro Masturzo’s World Press Photo of the Year. In all, these images comprise an arresting archive of contemporary history and a tribute to the efforts of the best photojournalists in the international press corps.

Frugal Faves: The Textile Museum and a Sculpture Scavenger Hunt

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.

See colourful quilts and much more with Wednesday-evening PWYC admission at the Textile Museum.

View colourful quilts and more with Wednesday-evening PWYC admission to the Textile Museum of Canada.

PWYC Admission to the Textile Museum
The Textile Museum of Canada showcases more than 1,200 cloth-based artifacts and works of art from around the world, from traditional East Asian garments and Danish tablecloths to feminist embroidery and evocative tapestries. General museum admission ($12) won’t break the bank, but frugal types will want to visit on Wednesday evenings, when you pay-what-you-can to get in. Check out Kaleidoscope: Antique Quilts from the collection of Carole and Howard Tanenbaum, examine South American fabric fragments in In Touch: Connecting Cloth, Culture + Art, and try different kinds of looms in the fibrespace hands-on gallery, all on the cheap.

Pay-What-You-Can admission at the Textile Museum is in effect every Wednesday between 5 and 8 p.m.

Track down Toronto's many bronze businessmen (photo by Jenelle DaSilva-Rupchand).

Track down Toronto's many bronze businessmen (photo by Jenelle DaSilva-Rupchand).

See “Businessman” Sculptures for Free
If you’re an art fan but your PWYC budget is closer to $0? Then go on a cost-free sculpture scavenger hunt to find the Businessman. Renowned sculptor William Hodd McElcheran created a number of bronze sculptures of a portly man in an overcoat, tie and fedora. A selection of these famed pieces from the 1980s were placed around Toronto, some fittingly located in the Financial District. Find the Businessman at Brookfield Place standing tall with hat and portfolio in hand, in mid-stride in the Commerce Court East building, bareback on a horse between Brennan Hall and Emsley Hall on the University of Toronto campus, and at other spots. A variety of works by McElcheran are also available for purchase at Yorkville’s Kinsman Robinson Galleries.

Weekend Roundup, October 9th to 12th

Happy Thanksgiving! But there’s much more to the long weekend than turkey.

Friday, October 9th
Examine real, whole bodies preserved in polymer in the Body Worlds & the Story of the Heart exhibit, which opens today at the Ontario Science Centre.

Savour the sizzling flavours of Chile at the King Edward hotel restaurant Victoria’s with a special prixe fixe menu to celebrate Chilean Gourmet Week.

Be dazzled as dancers twirl paper fans, musicians beat drums and other performing artists do their thing in a lavish, multicoloured spectacle of Chinese culture in the opening Shen Yung Performing Arts show.

Saturday, October 10th
Catch the antics of some quirky friends and relatives for the last time when they visit a couple reluctant to play host in Alumnae Theatre’s last performance of A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee (also the playwright of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?).

Grab a partner and jitterbug on over to Swing Toronto‘s Saturday Night Swing dance party.

Consider the fashion and function of wool floor coverings that were popular in the city from the 1850s to 1920s in the exhibit Wall-to-Wall: A History of Carpeting in Toronto at Spadina Museum.

Sunday, October 11th
As part of Sound Travels: Festival of Sound Art, pedal one of the Synthecycletron’s stationary bicycles located at the Toronto Islands to produce synthesizer melodies.

Be transfixed by some of the best images in photojournalism worldwide showcased at the World Press Photo exhibit at Brookfield Place.

Take the kids to HarbourKIDS: Respect at Harbourfront Centre so they can appreciate the ecosystem by engaging in activties like helping build a model of the Great Lakes and its inhabitants out of LEGO.

Monday, October 12th
Help prepare harvest foods and nibble on 19th-century-inspired treats to celebrate Thanksgiving at Gibson House.

Or, let someone else do the cooking at Peartree, where you can nosh on a full turkey dinner from the roasted butternut squash soup to the pumpkin pie.

If you want Thanksgiving take-out, pick up a reheatable three-course meal complete with Ontario-grown poultry and accompanying trimmings via the Royal York Hotel’s Turkey to Go service.

Luminato, To-Do Day Five

Tuesday is a good news day at Luminato. There’s lots to do!

David Rockebys iLong Wave/i installation is unmissable at Brookfield Place (photo by Craig Moy).

David Rockeby's Long Wave is unmissable at Brookfield Place (photo by Craig Moy).

Communication | Environment
Normally the preserve of business people seeking out lunch or an escape from the elements, Brookfield Place is transformed into a temporary gallery space for Luminato. For the duration of the festival, the soaring Allen Lambert Galleria hosts David Rockeby’s monumental Long Wave installation. And just to keep things interesting, the Sam Pollock Square displays new work by a different artist every day. Today, see new pieces by local artist Sarah Lazarovic who is known for her whimsical illustrations and evocative portraits. Her work has appeared in a number of publications including The Walrus, the Globe and Mail and the National Post.
Brookfield Place (181 Bay St.), for the duration of Luminato, free.

No matter what your heritage may be, some themes are universal. Zisele is a play about the complex relationship between mothers and daughters in Yiddish culture, but the fact remains that anybody will be able to relate to the family-oriented subject matter in this musical romp. Performed by the original Israeli cast from the internationally renowned, Tel Aviv–based, Beit Lessin Theatre, with songs by Isreali folk singer Chava Alberstein, Zisele promises to be a festive and raucous night at the theatre.
St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Jane Mallett Theatre, (27 Front St. E.), 8 p.m., $50 to $60.

Darwin Exposed: Natural Selection and Sex

Join Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet host Jay Ingram with musical guest Raoul and the Big Time, and celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s revolutionary book On the Origin of Species. Not just reserved for birds and sea turtles, Darwin’s theory had far-reaching implications on how we understand humanity and our unconscious drives formed by tens of thousands of years of evolution. In other words, Darwin figured out why we do the things we do—all in the name of finding a suitable mate.
Hard Rock Café (279 Yonge St.), 8 p.m., $15.