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Hot Art: Natural Inspiration

Twisted Pine, by Jim Waddington

ON NOW Artists in Ontario have long been inspired by this province’s vast and diverse landscape—its untamed forests, tranquil lakes and rocky northern shores. Few depictions of the hinterland are better known than those by the Group of Seven. In the early 20th century, Arthur Lismer, A.Y. Jackson and their compatriots were inspired by the Canadian Shield’s rugged beauty; their paintings have in turn influenced generations of artists. Among them are Jim and Sue Waddington, whose practice involves locating and photographing the group members’ sketching sites. Their images are juxtaposed with original Group of Seven works at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, providing insight into the artists’ working methods and the region’s ancient yet ever-evolving landscape

30 Things We Love About Toronto This June

1. Down some dumplings (photo by Andrew John Virtue Dobson)

1 Dipping steamed dumplings into chili-peppered soy sauce at Mother’s Dumplings.

2 Jamming along to Jethro Tull and Procol Harum on June 18 at the Molson Amphitheatre.

3 Feeling sexy in a new bikini from Avec Plaisir Fine Lingerie and Swimwear.

4 The dinner-hour hubbub fueled by sake and affordable Japanese pub fare at popular izakaya Guu. (more…)

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.

Hot Date: Hocus Pocus

The coveted Triwizard Cup, as shown in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (© Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)

OPENS APRIL 9 Not even Lord Voldemort could keep muggles away from Harry Potter: The Exhibition. Wizardry and witchcraft cast a spell during the show’s only Canadian stop at the Ontario Science Centre, where visitors can toss a quaffle on the Quidditch pitch, wander through Hagrid’s hut, help tend to the Mandrakes in the greenhouse, and even come face-to-face with Buckbeak the Hippogriff or a giant Acromantula spider. Delve into the magical world of Hogwarts in a setting inspired by the films, which are based on the seven books by J.K. Rowling. In all, more than 200 costumes and props are showcased, including items displayed in the Gryffindor common room, the Great Hall and, of course, Harry Potter’s signature glasses and wand. Harry Potter admission is $20 to $27.50 and includes general entry to the Ontario Science Centre; visit here or call 416-696-1000 for more information and to purchase tickets.  —Meaghan Lamb