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Toronto International Art Fair

Hot Art: Art Toronto’s Sprawling Display

photo by Arash Moallemi

OCTOBER 26 TO 29  Art Toronto is back to offer seasoned and neophyte collectors the Coles Notes on the hottest trends in painting, sculpture, new media and other visual formats. More than 100 local and international galleries bring their best and boldest new works to the country’s most influential modern-art expo; even if you’re not “in the market,” it’s an excellent opportunity to educate yourself about contemporary fine art and, perhaps, spot a few rising stars. The fair makes that latter proposition even easier this year: its Focus Asia special exhibition highlights emerging talent from China, Japan, Korea and elsewhere in the East. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, $14 to $18; visit here for more information.

Weekend Roundup, October 28 to 30

Friday: Contemporary art overwhelms the historic Gladstone Hotel (photo by Samuel Bietenholz)

Friday, October 28
Immerse yourself in everything artistic at the Toronto International Art Fair, a.k.a. Art Toronto. See Andy Warhol’s 1979 BMW Art Car, a new site-specific installation by Kent Monkman, plus numerous other exhibiting galleries, presentations and discussions with artists, curators, and collectors. The show runs through to Monday at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Introduce yourself to dozens of new musical and theatrical acts at the Global Cabaret Festival, a weekend-long event at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts that celebrates songs, stories, and ideas with 150 musicians taking part in 44 performances.

Explore the sometimes-chaotic interactions between nature and culture at upArt, the Gladstone Hotel’s annual contemporary art fair. The exhibition runs throughout the weekend with works by local, national, and international artists and collectives.

Saturday: OCADU Celebrates its 135 Anniversary (photo by Thomas Hawk)

Saturday, October 29
Swing by Lavish&Squalor today as the shop opens its new antiques and vintage objets d’art section, and commemorates the occasion with a store-wide sale. Cocktails, snacks and live music round out your shopping experience.

Happy 135th Birthday, OCAD University! The highly regarded school of art and design invites you to join its anniversary festivities, which today include an open house, digital game-making event and an exhibition of acclaimed works by OCADU community members.

Bright colours, spectacular dances and a musical extravaganza reveal India’s cultural diversity in Bharati, the Wonder That is India. Dancers, actors, singers, acrobats, musicians and martial artists are all part of the show at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.

Sunday: Roy Thomson Hall welcomes The Wizard of Oz

Sunday, October 30
Take the whole family down the yellow brick road, which, strangely enough, leads to Roy Thomson Hall and Oz with Orchestra. Watch the classic film The Wizard of Oz on a giant screen with live accompaniment provided by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

The NFL moves north of the border (for a day) with the Bills in Toronto Series coming to the Rogers Centre. The Buffalo Bills look to keep their winning season going as they take on the Washington Redskins.

Rare books, maps, prints, and manuscripts from around the world are on display at the Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair. Peruse limited edition, signed volumes, and unusual books of all kinds at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

But wait! There’s More!
As it happens, there are a slew of Halloween-centric activities happening this weekend around the city, too. Check out those bloodcurdling events here. If you dare.

Hot Art: One-Stop Art Shop

Kingdom Disaster, by Toronto International Art Fair featured artist Alex McLeod

OCTOBER 29 TO NOVEMBER 1 More than 100 galleries from around the world are set to display over 1,000 works of contemporary art at the Toronto International Art Fair. Expected to be the largest art show yet held in this city, the event is open to both casual appreciators and serious collectors alike, with pieces priced anywhere from $300 to $3 million. There’s no need to be intimidated—information sessions, artist talks and more help to demystify the experience. With so much to peruse, you’re sure to find many favourites, but a guaranteed must-see is the featured exhibition by local artist Alex McLeod, whose intricate and somewhat unsettling landscapes represent the cutting edge of digital art.

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.

Weekend Roundup, October 23rd to 25th

This weekend is packed with plenty of opportunities to celebrate the city!

Friday: Catch a screening at the Planet in Focus Film Festival.

Friday: Catch a Planet in Focus film festival screening.

Friday, October 23rd
At the Planet in Focus film festival, become a Toronto architecture maven by watching Time—a four-minute time-lapse video of the city’s building-design history—and Toronto2020, about the vision of Hogtown 10 years from now.

Indulge in chocolate drinks, fountains, desserts and other chocolate-infused foods at The Chocolate Ball, the gala event of Chocolate Fest.

Gasp in horror as a train of cheery passengers goes off the rails in Runaway, a short in the Animation Feast screening for the National Film Board’s Get Animated!, a series of animation films, workshops and activities that launches today.

Saturday: Relive a revolution through song with Rock 'n' Roll.

Saturday: Relive a revolution through song with Rock 'n' Roll.


Saturday, October 24th

Catch the Canadian Stage Company’s final performance of Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘n’ Roll to see how the music of Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan and their ilk influenced the crumbling of communism in Czechoslovakia.

Carve a pumpkin, hunt for treasure and collect treats at the family-friendly Halloween Festival in Bloor West Village.

Tie colourful streamers in your hair and join gigantic puppets, fire spinners, stilt walkers and other revelry-makers in Clay & Paper Theatre‘s Day of Dread parade, inspired by traditional death festivals around the world.

Sunday: View this untitled Geoffrey Pugen image at Angell Gallery's TIAF booth, then visit dozens of other participating galleries.

Sunday: View this untitled Geoffrey Pugen image at Angell Gallery's TIAF booth, then visit dozens of other participating galleries.

Sunday, October 25th
Browse through unretouched prints by “anti-Photoshop photographer” ilexi at popular independent fashion and art market Portobello East.

Walk with river enthusiasts dressed in blue to create a Human River along the route Garrison Creek, a lost waterway that long ago flowed through Toronto and helped define its landscape.

Peruse contemporary works from Stephen Bulger Gallery, Angell Gallery, Ingram Gallery and other renowned showrooms at this city’s annual one-stop art shop—the Toronto International Art Fair.