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Clark and Faria

Yours to Discover: Day Three

Winter’s on its way out; it’s time to get a head start on exploring. Guide yourself with our specialized itineraries, or contact one of Toronto’s many tour operators to delve deeper into this multifaceted metropolis. And don’t forget to check out previous Yours to Discover posts, here: Day One, Day Two.

Thompson Landry Gallery

Gallery-going made easy.

This city has a reputation as being staid and somewhat conservative, but when it comes to
the creative arts, it’s actually quite adventurous.
For proof, one need but stride down Queen Street—west of Trinity Bellwoods Park are numerous galleries operating on the leading edge
of the contemporary art scene. Among the area’s major denizens are Angell Gallery, conceptualist-leaning Clint Roenisch Gallery and photographic specialist Stephen Bulger Gallery. In recent years, the Museum
of Contemporary Canadian Art
has become a major creative locus, thanks to its consistently well-curated shows and a new partnership with the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Straight in the opposite direction, the Distillery Historic District hosts an equally varied mélange of artists and craftspeople. Within its restored industrial buildings you’ll be introduced to top Quebecois painters at Thompson Landry Gallery, internationally renowned contemporary works at Corkin Gallery and Clark and Faria, and even Israeli artists at Julie M Gallery. Local artisans sell their creative ceramics, jewellery and more at many other boutiques and studios here. You can even print your own images at photography hot spot Pikto.

Gallery Gevik and Feheley Fine Arts

Further north, posh Yorkville hosts many longstanding fine-art houses, the majority of which represent well-established painters and sculptors whose works have gained significant recognition. Keen to see recent pieces by Ed Bartram or Stephen Hutchings? Head to Mira Godard Gallery. Love the imagery crafted by Norval Morrisseau or Haida artist Robert Davidson? Kinsman Robinson Galleries has it in spades. Or find a new favourite at Loch Gallery, Feheley Fine Arts, Gallery Gevik and many more.

For an insider’s view of the West Queen West scene, look no further than an Art InSite tour with effervescent expert Betty Ann Jordan. And partaking in a Yorkville Art Walk offers a great primer of that district’s top galleries.

Weekend Bonus: The City’s Biggest Art Show

OCTOBER 22 to 26 Whatever the weather, you’ll want to head indoors this weekend to join thousands of art lovers—both amateurs and aficionados—at the annual Toronto International Art Fair. This highly anticipated event brings together artists and galleries from around the world for an outstanding exhibition and sale of contemporary visual imagery. Visitors have the opportunity to view and purchase pieces from one hundred galleries representing twelve different countries. Take in (and, if your cheque book can bear it, take home) original sculptures, limited-edition prints and photographs, and fine paintings from such Toronto hot spots as Christopher Cutts Gallery, Clark and Faria and Nicholas Metivier Gallery.  This special ten-year anniversary edition of the expo also features a variety of installations and curatorial projects celebrating the evolution of Canadian artwork—the flagship “Heartland” display reflects the growing strength and diversity of Canadian art, while the fair’s Next Lounge showcases works from cutting-edge emerging artists. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, $18; call 1 800-663-4173 or navigate here for more information.

Click an image below to see some Toronto galleries’ offerings at this year’s Toronto International Art Fair.