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Queen West Art Crawl

Hot Art: Easy-to-See Pieces on Queen West

Intricate jewellery by Kathryn Rebecca Pitt can be seen at the Queen West Art Crawl (photo by Stephen MacLeod)

SEPTEMBER 16 TO 18 One of Toronto’s most culturally savvy neighbourhoods trumpets its commitment to the arts this month with the annual Queen West Art Crawl. The main event of this weekend-long festival is an outdoor art show at idyllic Trinity Bellwoods Park—featuring hundreds of paintings, ceramics, photographs and even jewellery by designers such as Kathryn Rebecca Pitt —but the rest of the strip gets creative, too, with local boutiques, cafés and, of course, art galleries offering a variety of exhibitions and other programming between Bathurst Street and Roncesvalles Avenue. Call 416-516-8301 or navigate here for more information.


Weekend Roundup, September 17 to 19

Though fall is approaching, the fun doesn’t stop! Toronto still hosts plenty of events both indoors and out to ensure a memorable weekend!

Be amused and amazed by Banana Shpeel this weekend.

Friday, September 17
Step into the Art Gallery of Ontario to see the just-opened exhibition Shary Boyle: Flesh and Blood. Almost 30 of the award-winning artist’s playful yet unsettling works are on display.

Get an artist’s perspective on one of the worst environmental disasters of our time—Nicholas Metivier Gallery presents Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky’s latest series of images, this time of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Also on display are Polaroid photos taken by Burtynsky in the ship-breaking yards of Bangladesh.

Immerse yourself in South American culture at Harbourfront Centre as the Vibrant Colombia Dispora Festival kicks off a weekend of family fun. Activities tonight include exhibitions of Colombian art plus performances by marimba player Louis Bianco and the Ballet Raices de Colombia.

Saturday, September 18
Prog rock fans, take note: Former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters takes to the Air Canada Centre stage tonight to commemorate the 30th anniversary of his band’s classic album, The Wall.

An even heavier rock experience awaits at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, thanks to ’90s grunge band Alice in Chains. The Grammy-nominated trio is sure to riff on its back catalogue and perform tracks from their latest album, Black Gives Way to Blue.

Step back in time at Black Creek Pioneer Village’s annual Pioneer Festival. This historic site celebrates the autumn harvest numerous old-timey events and activities, including horse-drawn wagon rides, cider-making demonstrations, a spelling bee, a popular quilt auction and international music and dance performances.

Sunday, September 19
Prepare to laugh, smile and gasp with Cirque du Soleil’s Banana Shpeel at the Canon Theatre! At this unique spectacle, death-defying acrobatic acts are paired with vaudeville-style slapstick comedy from quirky characters.

Help some talented local musicians bring the Summer Music in the Garden series of classical concerts to a close. Beneath the boughs of the Toronto Music Garden, Shauna and Friends perform a variety of chamber music compositions for strings.

Take in the ever-popular Queen West Art Crawl, featuring numerous local galleries and artists—more than 500 of whom will be displaying their colourful works at Trinity Bellwoods Park.

Hot Art: Queen West’s Area for Art

Tony Taylor's Justifying the Means

SEPTEMBER 17 TO 19 The Queen West Art Crawl is back for another year of creativity, as a variety of emerging and established artists display their works at various Queen Street West venues from Bathurst Street to Roncesvalles Avenue. The theme of this year’s event is “intersections”—the unexpected mixing and mingling of art forms. As always, the main event is the outdoor art sale at Trinity Bellwoods Park (Queen Street West and Strachan Avenue), where art hunters can spot such works as Tony Taylor’s Justifying the Means, while related happenings like the Parkdale Prom dance party attract even more admirers of local art and culture.