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You Are Here: Ave & Dav

At the crux of the Yorkville and Forest Hill areas, the busy intersection of Avenue and Davenport roads hosts a world tour of high-end restaurants and retailers. Here you’ll find electronics from Denmark, homestyle Italian cookery, international fine art, fashion and more.

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You Are Here: West Queen West

Balancing a rough-around-the-edges authenticity with a bit of high-end hipsterism, the section of Queen Street west of downtown’s core has long been a hotbed for creative citizens of all stripes. No surprise, then, that it’s also home to many of the city’s top contemporary art galleries.

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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.

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October Editor’s Picks: Art

A panel from Charles Pachter's <em>Hockey Knights in Canada</em> (photo by Carlton Parker).

A panel from Charles Pachter's Hockey Knights in Canada.

ON NOW To outsiders, the fanaticism with which Canadians embrace the game of hockey may be hard to understand; conversely, the sport is so ingrained in our collective identity that we rarely stop to question it. Attempting to find meaning in this fixation, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art presents ARENA: Road Game, a group show featuring Hockey Knights in Canada by Charles Pachter, plus related works by an artistic all-star team including Graeme Patterson and Tim Lee. No mere paean to a national pastime, the exhibition offers a deeper examination of hockey’s significance in contemporary culture, touching on everything from notions of hero worship to the controversial role of violence on the ice.

<em>Laterns, Singapore</em> by Nicolas Ruel (courtesy of Thompson Landry Gallery).

Laterns, Singapore by Nicolas Ruel.

TO OCTOBER 18 Quebec artists continue to gain an audience in Ontario courtesy of the Distillery Historic District’s beautiful Thompson Landry Gallery. Yet, in a sense, the gallery’s latest exhibition has an international flavour, as Montreal-based photographer Nicolas Ruel presents 8 Secondes, a new series of images that depict the world’s great cities through multiple eight-second exposures. Evoking a dreamlike dynamism, these photos are all the more impressive for being printed on stainless steel—the medium’s light-reflecting surface lends further animation to the already vital works.

Edward Burtynsky's <em>SOCAR Oil Fields #3, Baku, Azerbaijan</em>.

Edward Burtynsky's SOCAR Oil Fields #3, Baku, Azerbaijan.

OCTOBER 8 TO 31 Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky has long been renowned for capturing the almost unimaginable scale of heavy industry’s impact on the natural environment. His sweeping images of manufactured landscapes—at once striking and repulisive—are widely collected and have been the subject of essays, books and even a documentary film. At Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Burtynsky’s vision is distilled in an exhibition focusing on his decade-long study of oil fields and refineries from Alberta to Azerbaijan. Through these meticulously composed images, he depicts the visual duality—and implies the moral one—arising from our continuing exploitation of a resource that is equally valued and maligned.

July Editor’s Picks: Art

A fragment from the Book of War (image courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority).

A Book of War fragment (courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority).

ON NOW Toronto’s temple of historical preservation, the Royal Ontario Museum, offers visitors a religious experience with its display of the priceless and controversial Dead Sea Scrolls. Fragments from eight of these 2,000-year-old antiquities comprising the sacred texts of ancient Israel—including a portion of the Book of Genesis and the non-biblical Book of War—are certain to have you kneeling at the altar of cultural inquiry. Equally intriguing are the more than 200 artifacts of Jewish, Hellenistic and Roman provenance—from ossuaries and coins to fragments of the Herbrew Second Temple—that contextualize the scrolls, their discovery and their enduring significance.


June Editor’s Picks: Art

John Brown's <em>Tower Version One</em>.

John Brown's Tower Version One.

OPENS JUNE 6 Scraped, scored and textured with great welts of paint, the works of John Brown are survivors of their own visceral creation—no wonder the Toronto-based artist is known to take months to produce a single panel. Venerable art hub Olga Korper Gallery displays three of Brown’s large-scale pieces that reveal a meticulous process that combines abstract expressionism with artifacts of figuration. Widely collected and critically praised, Brown’s larger body of work, produced over a two-decade span, is also highlighted in a new catalogue to be launched at the gallery on June 18 from 6 to 9 p.m.