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Inuit Art

Learn About Inuit Art at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Inuit Art McMichael Kleinburg Toronto

Jutai Toonoo’s Thinking of Women is one of many Inuit artworks at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection (photo: Feheley Fine Arts)

FEBRUARY 6 TO JUNE 16  What better way to understand a culture than through its art? Learn all about the famously creative Nunavut settlement of Cape Dorset through three Inuit art exhibitions at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

The assemblage of works in Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? explores the blending of traditions and forward thinking in modern Inuit art, with works such as Jutai Toonoo’s Thinking of Women (pictured above).

Whales’ Tails and Other Tales presents the legacy of the artistic Pudlat family—and the social changes its members lived through—in drawings and prints collected since the 1960s.

Kiugak Ashoona: Stories and Imaginings from Cape Dorset features evocative, shamanic sculptures and drawings by the hamlet’s oldest living Inuit artist.  —Anna Marszalek

>> McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10365 Islington Ave., 905-893-1121; mcmichael.com
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Hot Art: Inuit Art and National Identity

Just one of the pieces on view for "Truly Canadian." Photo credit: Kenojuak Ashevak, The Owl (1969) Carleton University Art Gallery: The Priscilla Tyler and Maree Brooks Collection of Inuit Art.

Canadians have a reputation for searching for a national identity. Curator Michelle Bauldic sees Inuit art as a Canadian symbol, something that is uniquely “ours.” That’s why she’s put together Truly Canadian: Inuit Art and National Identity at the Carleton University Art Gallery, which explores how and why Inuit is perhaps one of the only aspects of Canadian culture that truly defines us. Check it out until Jan. 29.

Weekend Roundup, April 1st to 3rd

Friday: Peruse funky bowls by Carolyne Brouillard and many other items at the One of a Kind Spring Show

Friday, April 1
Artists, designers and shoppers unite! The always anticipated One of a Kind Spring Show has begun, and runs through to this Sunday at Exhibition Place’s Direct Energy Centre. Here, 450 artisans offer unique, handmade art, clothing, accessories and designs for purchase. This year, the show features a Muskoka Artists Marketplace as well as workshops and seminars on home design.

In the same vein, the International Home & Garden Show also takes place this weekend at the International Centre, just west of Toronto. Hundreds of home experts, interior designers and landscaping professionals will be on hand for consultation, offering thousands of products and ideas to help freshen up your home this spring.

A new Major League Baseball season begins tonight as the Toronto Blue Jays go to bat against Minnesota Twins. The game at the Rogers Centre is officially sold out (yes, all 50,000 seats), but you can catch the game with the locals at Real Sports Bar & Grill or Wayne Gretzky’s.

Saturday: Rod Steward joins Stevie Nicks for an evening of song (photo by Mark Seliger)

Saturday, April 2
Catch Toronto FC in the second game of its fledgling Major League Soccer season, as the boys in red square off against Chivas USA from Carson, California. The match starts at 1 p.m. at BMO Field, just steps from the popular Liberty Village neighbourhood. Before the game, fill up on some comforting brunch dishes at School Bakery & Café or Mildred’s Temple Kitchen.

The St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts offers two chances (at 2 and 8 p.m.) to hear A Little Nightmare Music, with classical musicians and YouTube sensations Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo. The duo has taken the world by storm with their unique and hilarious theatrical show that combines classical music with popular culture.

On Saturday evening, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks bring their Heart & Soul Tour to the Air Canada Centre. A “can’t-miss” concert event, the distinctive singers are slated to perform hits from their catalogs, as well as some duets.

Sunday: Partake in historical fare at Fort York (photo by Webguy63)

Sunday, April 3
History is made fun at Fork York National Historic Site, in the heart of downtown Toronto. The heritage site hosts a Historical Food Tasting and Tea experience from 1 to 3 p.m., including samples of old-fashioned food recipes from the fort’s restored 1826 kitchen, plus tea and the freedom to explore the rest of the site.

Starting today, a new exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario features the evolution of 20th-century Inuit art. Inuit Modern: the Samuel & Esther Sarick Collection showcases more than 175 works, including pieces by David Ruben Piqtoukun, Kenojuak Ashevak, Karoo Ashevak, and Lucy Tasseor.

In support of Raising the Roof’s Youthworks initiative, the All-Star Comedy Cabaret is just one aspect of this weekend’s April Fool’s Weekend of Comedy festival. Taking place at 7:30 p.m. at The Second City, the fundraiser is hosted by Steve Patterson of CBC’s The Debaters and features comedians like CBC’s Pete Zedlacher (Just For Laughs, The Hour), Almost Heroes’ Ryan Bellevill, CityTV’s Jonny Harris, David Merry, Evan Carter and Shaun Majumder.

Hot Art: Inuit Imagery

Drummer, by Feheley Fine Arts artist Idris Moss-Davies

Excellent artworks produced in Canada’s northern communities are available at top Toronto galleries.

1. For sheer volume, it’s hard to beat Eskimo Art Gallery, which offers more than 1,000 contemporary Inuit carvings.

2. Yorkville’s Feheley Fine Arts represents progressive printmakers like Itee Pootoogook and sculptors such as Idris Moss-Davies, whose works reflect a modern aesthetic.

3. The Guild Shop, the retail boutique of the Ontario Crafts Council, is the province’s oldest dealer of Inuit and Native art, with many carvings, paintings, tapestries and even Inuit jewellery.

4. The striking sculptures of Floyd Kuptana are featured prominently at Maslak McLeod Gallery alongside numerous classical Inuit carvings.

5. Like what you see amongst the extensive collection at the Museum of Inuit Art? Its adjoining commercial gallery sells sculptures, prints and more, sourced directly from Arctic cooperatives.