Client Events Across Ontario: April 15-28

From learning about cultures around the world, to kids performances and films, there’s lots to see and do in Ontario – so get out and try something new!

PS One of these events has CUPCAKES! 

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UPCOMING EVENTS  

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The largest shoe museum in the world turns 20!

In celebration of this milestone, the Bata Shoe Museum is kicking off a year-long celebration of its history, along with special programs and events this month. Highlights include:

The World at Your Feet  
For the past two decades the BSM has strived to use shoes to tell stories – stories about cultures, stories about history, stories about society and stories about people. This year the BSM is asking you to tell your stories and help  create a map of the world that reflects what shoes look like and mean to the cultures, societies and people who wear them. The World at Your Feet: A Global Mapping Project is an interactive project that asks: what corners of the world have your shoes taken you to?

Birthday Open House
What’s a birthday without a party?! On May 9, the BSM is holding an birthday open house and  inviting everyone to come and celebrate this milestone. Join them for tons of shoe-inspired arts and crafts, get a glimpse into your future by having your shoes read, check out some special guests in our galleries, and make sure you don’t leave without having a birthday cupcake!

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OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL

Celebrating 30 Years!

Since 1985, the Ottawa International Children’s Festival  has hosted an annual celebration of the best in live performing arts for children. Creating programs for children aged four to 15, the Festival focuses on enriching school curriculum and promoting the arts as an integral part of children’s education. This year’s Festival features musical trio Bon Debarras, circus and musical performers Les Parfaits Inconnus, re-imagined classics like Alice in Wonderland and much more! Festival runs May 4-13 at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

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FINDING ART JUST GOT EASIER!

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Toronto Arts Foundation announces the launch of a free, searchable events map at www.torontoartsonline.org. Now you can:

  • Locate performances, activities and exhibitions on the map
  • See what’s happening today, next week, month or year
  • Narrow your search by type, location or date
  • Look for events in your neighbourhood
  • Find family-friendly or free events

Home to Canada’s largest community of artists, Toronto is host to over 20,000 arts activities and programs every year.   Toronto Arts Online makes it easy for all Toronto residents and visitors to select arts events suited to their interests, time and budget.

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CONTACT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL

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The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is the largest photography event in the world, and is devoted to celebrating and fostering an appreciation of the art and profession of photography. With over 1500 Canadian and international artists and photographers exhibiting at more than 175 venues throughout the Greater Toronto Area, the Festival offers something for everyone from May 1-31.

Coming up at the Festival:

Public Installations
Activating the urban landscape, 12 site-specific installations in Toronto and eight projects across Canada offer unexpected encounters with images in public space.

Primary Exhibitions
Within museums and galleries, 15 exhibitions of images gathered from around the world reflect the scope of photo-based practices from the past and present-day.

Featured Exhibitions
In galleries across the city, 31 selected exhibitions present a broad spectrum of photo-based works by Canadian and international artists.

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Over 210 documentaries from 44 countries featured in 2015 Hot Docs Festival 

Hot Docs is the largest documentary festival in North America, and is gearing up for one of its largest festivals to date. Featuring hundreds of films from countries around the world, Hot Docs has something for all film lovers!

Tickets, packages, and pass sales can be made in person at the Box Office at 2 Bloor Street West, online at www.hotdocs.ca, or on the phone at 416-637-5150.

Thinking of coming to Hot Docs 2015? Book your stay at the Park Hyatt Toronto and receive four tickets to Hot Docs screenings, a concessions package and more-all for only $250!

2015 Festival Highlights

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Missing People

An enigmatic New York curator investigates her brother’s long-unsolved murder while obsessing over the violent work and life of an outsider artist from New Orleans, but her quest for answers leads to mysteries long buried.

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Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

After serving 81 days in solitary confinement for “subversion of state power,” outspoken Chinese artist Ai Weiwei returns home to Kafkaesque police surveillance, house arrest and a pending lawsuit. Yet he finds novel ways to irritate the authorities despite the restrictions of his parole.

Want to see what else is on screen? Check out the full festival schedule.

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Join Inside Out in celebrating their 25th birthday and official launch of the 2015 Toronto LGBT Film Festival. Be the first to pick up a Program Guide. Mix and mingle with Toronto’s arts, film and LGBT community.

Very special guests The B-Girlz and DJs Craig Dominic, Sammy Royale and Regina the Gentlelady will be out and about to keep the party going!

New Venue for 2015:

St. James Cathedral Centre (65 Church St. at King St. E.)

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ONGOING EVENTS

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Did you know?

The Aga Khan Museum has officially joined the Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s Cultural Access Pass program. The Cultural Access Pass, a gift to each Canadian citizen during their first year of citizenship, provides complimentary admission to more than 1,000 of Canada’s museums, attractions, and parks from coast to coast.

Click here for more information! 

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The second half of the 16th century until the first half of the 19th century was a time of cultural merging that saw Persian themes, Indian colours, and Western influences find their way into Indian architecture and art.

Never before shown in North America, the exhibition Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin features exquisite paintings from this period produced in the Mughal court, the Deccani Sultanates, and the Rajput kingdoms. An outstanding group of elephant portraits, vivid evocations of daily life, royal portraits, and dramatic illustrations of epics and myths are among the highlights of the thematically organized exhibition. All works have been selected from the outstanding personal collection of British artist Howard Hodgkin (b. 1932), whose own paintings are displayed in the concurrent exhibition: Inspired by India: Paintings by Howard Hodgkin. 

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Client Events Across Ontario: March 18-31

Can you feel it? Spring is in the air! This week, we’re featuring art exhibits, film screenings, and musical concerts, along with a special preview of what’s coming up next month. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC  

Concert Series at Koerner Hall

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La belle Helene by Jacques Offenbach

March 18 & 20, 2015 | 7:30PM
In this parody of the story of Helen of Troy’s elopement with Paris, which set off the Trojan War, Offenbach’s witty political and cultural satire finds the perfect heroine to poke fun at many of the conventions of the past and present. The Royal Conservatory Orchestra and vocal students of the Glenn Gould School will be conducted by Uri Mayer and the production is directed by Joel Ivany.

Lisa Batiashvili & Paul Lewis
March 27, 2015 | 8PM

Praised by audiences and fellow musicians for her virtuosity and “profound sensitivity” (Financial Times), “Batiashvili somehow manages to find the perfect balance between the precision and technique displayed on her recordings, and the panache necessary to convey the solo part to the live audience.” (Bachtrack) Celebrated British pianist Paul Lewis’s inspired work at the piano has been lauded for its keen emotional sensitivity and profound interpretive finesse with a “fine balance of Olympian poise and emotional engagement.” (Chicago Tribune)

Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project
March 28, 2015 | 8PM

One of New York’s best new big bands is conducted by Ryan Truesdell. Voted the #1 Rising Star Big Band by the Downbeat Critics’ Poll, Truesdell’s new CD, Centennial Project, delves into the work of Toronto-born composer Gil Evans, who was Miles Davis’s collaborator on albums such as Birth of the Cool, Sketches of Spain, and Porgy & Bess. “The year’s most illuminating act of jazz repertory was this bright and meticulous album by Mr. Truesdell… The playing is impeccable, as is the ensemble blend, underscoring both the composer’s genius and the interpreter’s clear vision.” (The New York Times)

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INSIDE OUT: LGBT FILM FESTIVAL

Retro Film Screenings

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Sit back, relax and indulge in a reflection of what remains most important to Inside Out – telling our stories on screen. Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Inside Out with a series of retro films screenings – complete with the 1991 ticket price of $5.50. Upcoming screening:

The Wedding Banquet – March 25, 2015 | 7:30PM 

A young, gay professional living in New York plots to avoid coming out to his family by marrying a woman. His plan hilariously backfires when his parents insist on visiting from Taiwan to attend the wedding.

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THE TETT   

Cultural Workshops Educate from an Aboriginal Perspective

Programming from art groups and creativity studios isn’t the only thing going on at the Tett over the coming weeks. A series of workshops educate people about Kanienkahaka language and cultural traditions through craft, language, song dance and feast. Depending on the week, attendees can make things like beaded earrings, dream catchers, cornhusk dolls, rattles, moccassins and bone bead bracelets and learn skills like loomwork and flatstitch beading. Upcoming workshop:

Entsitewayen’tho: Rattles

March 21, 2015 | 10AM – 4PM

Entsitewayen’tho: Bone Bead Bracelets
March 28, 2015 | 10AM – 4PM

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ONGOING EVENTS

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THE POWER PLANT CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY 

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The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding/Decoding is a group exhibition of work that will examine the physical manifestations and the mind-set of specific visual dynamics of the post-WWII era. On now at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.

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THEMUSEUM

Getting Naked – ON NOW

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The Canadian Council Art Bank has been collecting work by the best Canadian artists of our time for over forty years, becoming the world’s largest collection of contemporary Canadian art. The Art Bank shares its collection through art rental and outreach programs which sees approximately 3,000 works on display at various locations each year. But rarely are the works that depict subjects who are naked, nude, or unclothed exhibited, pieces which make up a large percentage of the collection.

THEMUSEUM is displaying almost a hundred of these works that range in date, media, subject and styles. The exhibit encourages the audience to explore themes that will differentiate the pieces from those conventionally considered objectifying, pornographic or controversial. It is designed to educate, entertain and give viewers an engaging experience to explore contemporary Canadian art that the country has been so reluctant to publicly display. These unique works will challenge perceptions, create discussion and ultimately determine: do you GET Naked?

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The Lost Dhow: A Discovery from the Maritime Silk Route

In 1998, an Arab ship carrying goods from China was discovered at the bottom of the Indian Ocean off Belitung Island, Indonesia. Dating from the 9th century (China’s Tang Dynasty), the Belitung shipwreck is the earliest Arab vessel of this period to be found with a complete cargo, including silver ingots, bronze mirrors, spice-filled jars, intricately worked vessels of silver and gold, and thousands of ceramic bowls, ewers, and other vessels. Uncovering its mysterious origins reveals the interconnections between two great powers, the Tang and Abbasid Empires, whose influence collectively stretched from the East China Sea to North Africa.

Inspired by India: Paintings by Howard Hodgkin

British painter, printmaker, and collector Howard Hodgkin (b. 1932) has been passionate about Indian culture, geography, and history for most of his life. Given this passion and his frequent visits to the country over a period of some 50 years, it is not surprising that India has had a lasting influence on his own work. For viewers, tracing this inspiration through paintings spanning Hodgkin’s career is an exhilarating experience. The exhibition Inspired by India: Paintings by Howard Hodgkin celebrates Hodgkin’s signature style of highly physical, vibrantly coloured work that dares to stop viewers in their tracks.

Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin

The second half of the 16th century until the first half of the 19th century was a time of cultural merging that saw Persian themes, Indian colours, and Western influences find their way into Indian architecture and art. Never before shown in North America, the exhibition Visions Of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin features exquisite paintings from this period produced in the Mughal court, the Deccani Sultanates, and the Rajput kingdoms.

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SPRING PREVIEW 

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A special sneak preview of what’s coming up next month:  

LE BARBIER DE SEVILLE

Canadian Opera Company presents The Barber of Seville, Gioachino Rossini

In the perfectly paced frenzy of this riotous romp, barber Figaro helps a lovesick nobleman win the woman of his dreams. On stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, April 17 to May 22, 2015.

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Hot Docs 2015

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, and takes place in Toronto, Canada. Each year, the Festival presents a selection of more than 180 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe. Through its industry programs, Hot Docs also provides a full range of professional development, market and networking opportunities for documentary professionals.

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TIFF Kids Festival

TIFF Kids is one of the largest children’s film festivals in the world! Presented each April, the festival offers a diverse slate of programming from Canada and around the globe, using the power of film not just to entertain children and parents but also to foster new ideas about the complex issues facing young people today.

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IN THE COMMUNITY 

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2015 FEO AWARD WINNERS    

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Congratulations to this years FEO Award Program recipients! The 2015 FEO Awards were handed out on Friday, March 6 during FEO’s Annual Conference, Let the Inspiration Flow, in Niagara Falls, Ontario and were judged by an independent panel of judges late November 2014.

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BLOOR ST. CULTURE CORRIDOR

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Event Highlights: 

Special Events

The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto invites the public to attend a variety of classes and events offered in March and April. Unique opportunities include Mixed Hand Drumming every Monday, 6pm-7:45pm, Beading Class Tuesday evenings, 6pm-7:45pm, and the Big Drum Social, Thursdays 6:30pm-8:45pm.

Music

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Choir presents Bach St. John Passion, directed by Ivars Taurins, March 19-21 at 8pm and March 22 at 3:30pm, at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, featuring soprano Julia Doyle, countertenor Daniel Taylor, tenor Charles Daniels, and baritone Peter Harvey.

Film

Nineteenth Century Literature in Classic Film, the Bata Shoe Museum’s ongoing film series, continues on March 26 with Hound of the Baskervilles (1939), starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce; April 16 with Madame Bovary (1949), starring Jennifer Jones and Van Heflin. Screenings at 6pm, pay what you can admission. Seats are first come, first served.

Exhibitions

Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything, is on display at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), until April 26. Through diverse media ranging from Lego to found materials, painting to installation, Coupland examines the 21st-century condition, Canadian cultural identity, the power of language, and the pervasive presence of technology in modern life.

Storytelling

On March 21, The Japan Foundation, Toronto’s Katari Japanese Storytellers present All Aboard! On the Katari Story Time Machine. Enjoy an afternoon of storytelling, song, and dance. Programs from 3pm-5pm. Admission is free. English with some Japanese. Program reservations required.

Lectures

The Gardiner Museum’s Women, Art, & Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise Programming continues with lectures Justice for Women & Girls with Disabilities, by speaker Shantha Rau Barriga, Director of Disability Rights, Human Rights Watch, on March 11 and The Arts & Crafts of Newcomb Pottery, by speaker Martin Eidelberg, Professor Emeritus of Art History, Rutgers University, on April 16. Lectures are 6:30pm-8pm.

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Client Events Across Ontario Jan 29 – Feb 12

Don’t let the cold get you down, there’s plenty of hot cultural action to be had all across the province.  It’s a great time of year for music-lovers in particular, but all of you culture-vultures will be able to find something to keep you warm.

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THE WHOLE SHEBANG at The Tett

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City of Kingston and The Tett Centre for Creativity and learning present The Whole Shebang: The Tett Centre Grand Opening – a FREE event on Saturday, January 31, 2015.

The newly renovated Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning’s Grand Opening, The Whole Shebang, is an interactive, family-friendly experience. After more than 18 months of planning, local artists, under the guidance of Andrea Nann, Artistic Director of Dreamwalker Dance Company, have created The Whole Shebang – an event that brings to life the creative and collaborative nature of the Tett. Every corner of the Tett will be alive with a diverse array of performance pieces, installation art, and optional participation.

The Whole Shebang will run from 1-3:30 pm, doors open at noon.  Click here for more info.

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OPERA ATELIER at Versailles

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Congratulations to Opera Atelier, one of Ontario’s major cultural exports on being asked to move into the palace!  At the launch of their 30th anniversary season, Opera Atelier has announced that from now on, every other year they will perform as part of the season at the Opera Royal at the Palace of Versailles in France.  Read more about it in The Toronto Star or visit operaatelier.com

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PIANOS in the CITY

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The TSO’s RBC Piano Extravaganza kicks off with Steinway pianos across several downtown Toronto locations, where free interactive programmes will take place. Each venue will be hosted by a special guest artist. Festival curator, Grammy-award winning pianist Emanuel Ax, will also drop in at each location. Each pianist will perform short works, and encourage members of the public to play on the Steinway piano!

 

11:00am – 2:00pm

RBC Plaza Building, 200 Bay Street – Underground PATH

Union Station, 65 Front Street West – Main Hall

CBC Atrium, 250 Front Street West – On Stage

Hospital for Sick Children, 170 Elizabeth Street

12:30pm – 1:30pm
City Hall, 100 Queen Street West – Lobby

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY

Die Walkure – Opening this weekend!

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A warrior goddess risks all to preserve the future in Wagner’s matchless epic featuring some of the most powerful music ever conceived, including the iconic “Ride of the Valkyries.”
Directed by Atom Egoyan and conducted by Johannes DebusS

tarting January 31, 2015. More info here 

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ROYAL CONSERVATORY of MUSIC Concert Series

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Kicking off the first few months of programming at The Royal Conservatory of Music at Koerner Hall is Pavlo, featuring special guests Enrico Galante on saxophone, G. Pinto on violin, and a dance troupe!

Now living in Tampa Florida, Pavlo’s roots are from the little Greek village in Toronto called the Danforth. He has travelled the world several times over, performing his very distinct style of music he calls “Mediterranean Guitar Music.” With two gold albums, two Juno Award nominations, two decades of composing, performing, producing and recording to his credit, Pavlo is currently recording his 11th album, a collaboration with Remigio Pereira (The Tenors).

For more information, click here.

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Get Naked @ THEMUSEUM

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Visit Downtown Kitchener and Get Naked!  THEMUSEUM will present over 100 works by Canadian artists from the Canada Council Art Bank in a unique exhibition curated by Virginia Eichhorn, Director of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound. These works present subjects who are depicted or represented as nude, unclothed or naked. “Getting Naked” will explore what it is about the naked body that causes such powerful reactions in viewers, including the feeling that art depicting nudity shouldn’t be shown outside of gallery walls. 

 

Visit themuseum.ca to learn more about this and the other exciting programs that are heating up downtown Kitchener this winter! 

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WORLDSTAGE Returns to Harbourfront

Check out this trailer for the highly successful WORLDSTAGE festival, brought to you by our friends down at the Harbourfront Centre.  Tickets are on sale now!

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CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY

Don Giovanni

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In Mozart’s darkly witty masterpiece, an icon of seduction is brought to blistering life, his sexual magnetism undimmed as he faces his inevitable downtfall.

“Bravo to director Tcherniakov for stripping away the centuries of ornamentation to show us the true portrait underneath.

Miss this one at your peril.”-

Toronto Star(full review here.)

Featuring Russell Braun as Don Giovanni, conducted by Michael Hofstetter.  This production is presented in association with Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Bolshoi Theatre and Teatro Real Madrid.

More info here 

Fri. January 30, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Sun. February 1, 2015 at 2 p.m.

Tue. February 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Fri. February 6, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Thu. February 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Sat. February 14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Wed. February 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Sat. February 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

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Beauty, Identity, Pride:
Native North American Footwear 

Created by Indigenous peoples from diverse regions of North America, ninety pairs of shoes, boots and moccasins will showcase exquisite craftsmanship, regional patterns, and beautiful decoration. The exhibition features rarely seen artifacts chosen entirely from the Bata Shoe Museum’s foremost and comprehensive collection of Native footwear.

Click Here for more info.

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AGA KHAN presents THE LOST DHOW 

Dec 13 2014 to Apr 26 2015

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In 1998, an Arab ship carrying goods from China was discovered at the bottom of the Indian Ocean off Belitung Island, Indonesia. Dating from the 9th century (China’s Tang Dynasty), the Belitung shipwreck is the earliest Arab vessel of this period to be found with a complete cargo, including silver ingots, bronze mirrors, spice-filled jars, intricately worked vessels of silver and gold, and thousands of ceramic bowls.

Through the display of approximately 300 objects from its cargo, this exhibition tells compelling stories about the ship, its crew, and the treacherous movement by sea of domestic and luxury wares between continents 1,200 years ago.

Click here for tickets to the North American Premiere.

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Client Events Across Ontario Jan 15 – 29

It’s a new year, and there’s a new crop of amazing cultural events to get you excited for winter in Ontario!  2015 will be a great year, and it’s off to an incredible start – don’t take our word for it though, brave the cold and get out there to check it out yourself!

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OCAF Board Member Awarded Order of Canada

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Congratulations to OCAF board member John Barker Lawson on being awarded The Order of Canada for “his transformative contributions as a volunteer in support of many of Toronto’s most important music ensembles and arts organizations”. Established in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, the Order of Canada is the highest civilian award given by the government to Canadians. It recognizes “outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.” Click here to read Mr. Lawson’s full biography.

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NEXT STAGE THEATRE FESTIVAL

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ON STAGE ICYMI –    The Next Stage Theatre Festival (NSTF) is Toronto’s premiere winter theatre event. Presented by the Toronto Fringe, the mandate of NSTF is to offer Fringe Festival artists the opportunity to bring their work to the next stage. Despite the frigid temperatures, the beer tent and theatre on offer was HOT! 2015 Next Stage Theatre Festival ran from January 7 – 18, 2015.  See you in the tent next year!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY

Don Giovanni

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In Mozart’s darkly witty masterpiece, an icon of seduction is brought to blistering life, his sexual magnetism undimmed as he faces his inevitable downfall.

Featuring Russell Braun as Don Giovanni, conducted by Michael Hofstetter.  This production is presented in association with Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Bolshoi Theatre and Teatro Real Madrid.
More info here

Sat. January 24, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

Tue. January 27, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Fri. January 30, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Sun. February 1, 2015 at 2 p.m.

Tue. February 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Fri. February 6, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Thu. February 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Sat. February 14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Wed. February 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Sat. February 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

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AGA KHAN presents THE LOST DHOW 

Dec 13, 2014 to Apr 26, 2015

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In 1998, an Arab ship carrying goods from China was discovered at the bottom of the Indian Ocean off Belitung Island, Indonesia. Dating from the 9th century (China’s Tang Dynasty), the Belitung shipwreck is the earliest Arab vessel of this period to be found with a complete cargo, including silver ingots, bronze mirrors, spice-filled jars, intricately worked vessels of silver and gold, and thousands of ceramic bowls.

Through the display of approximately 300 objects from its cargo, this exhibition tells compelling stories about the ship, its crew, and the treacherous movement by sea of domestic and luxury wares between continents 1,200 years ago.

Click here for tickets to the North American Premiere.

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ONGOING EVENTS

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ALL ABOUT SHOES at the Bata Shoe Museum

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The Museum’s flagship exhibition, All About Shoes, is a voyage through 4500 years of footwear: its evolution, uses over time, methods and materials of manufacture, and its place in our lives and imaginations. Admire ancient funerary sandals, Chinese silk shoes, haute couture pumps and a display of celebrity shoes found in the “Star Turns” mini-theatre.

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Sabatons, part of a complete suit of armour.
German c. 1490’s

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KUBRICK at TIFF  – On until January 25

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Drawing on extensive archives from Kubrick’s home and workplace, the exhibition features rare photographs and letters, original props and costumes, screenplays, production materials, and cameras from his nearly 50-year career.

Priceless items such as the ‘Starchild’ from 2001: A Space Odyssey, the dresses of the ghostly sisters from The Shining, the ‘Born to Kill’ helmet of Private Joker from Full Metal Jacket, and the authentic model of the ‘War Room’ in Dr.Strangelove are just a few of the many pieces on display.

Click Here for tickets.

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MORE HAPPENINGS AT THE TETT

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January brings the opening of another show at Kingston’s newest cultural hubb.  Join the Tett Centre for the launch of two exhibits featuring brilliant Canadian Artists.

In the Main Gallery: The Old View From Nowhere by Jennifer Dorner and David Poolman. Taking social and political disruption as a departure point for imagined new worlds, Dorner and Poolman examine our relationships to objects, each other and future homes should we have to leave this earth.

In the State of Flux Gallery: Murphys in Griffintown by Nancy Douglas. Nancy Douglas’ photo and collage project Murphys in Griffintown questions our manipulation of history and memory.

Click here for more info.

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Client Events Across Ontario Nov 27 – Dec 11

It’s just about that time of year, and there’s nothing better for getting into the spirit of the season than taking in some culture.  There’s lots going on out there, so don’t let these windy days keep you from checking out some of Ontario’s amazing cultural events.  

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TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA –  Christmas Concerts

This Holiday Season join the TSO for a great line-up of concerts celebrating the holiday season.  Full listings available here.

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The Bear

Sun. Dec. 7, 2014 at 3:00 PM Roy Thomson Hall

Celtic Christmas: Donnell Leahy & Family

Tue. Dec. 9, 2014 at 8:00 PM Roy Thomson Hall

Wed. Dec. 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM Roy Thomson Hall

Wed. Dec. 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM Roy Thomson Hall

Barenaked Ladies: Hits & Holiday Songs!

Thu. Dec. 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM Roy Thomson Hall

Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 7:30 PM Roy Thomson Hall

Messiah

Tue. Dec. 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM Roy Thomson Hall

Wed. Dec. 17, 2014 at 8:00 PM Roy Thomson Hall

Fri. Dec. 19, 2014 at 8:00 PM Roy Thomson Hall

Sat. Dec. 20, 2014 at 8:00 PM Roy Thomson Hall

Sun. Dec. 21, 2014 at 3:00 PM Roy Thomson Hall

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GET READY FOR CAROLING SEASON KINGSTON.

JOE’s M.I.L.L at the TETT Centre can help!

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OCAF is one of the sponsors for the entire opening season at Kingston’s newest Art and Culture Hub, The Tett Centre, but alongside all of the fabulous events happening, there are also great organizations there year-round that Kingstonians can find all in one place.

One of those is The Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library (Joe’s M.I.L.L.) which has over 750 instruments and resources.

These include, but are not limited to, guitars, keyboards, drums, horns, violins, percussion, exotic instruments, amplifiers, sheet music, and much more – and they’re all available to borrow … free of charge!

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ONGOING EVENTS

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POWERPLANT IGNITES

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This year marks Harbourfront Centre’s 40th anniversary and will see Toronto hosting the Pan American Games in the summer. “The Power Plant Ignites Multi-Disciplinary Practices,” a year-long project with new and enhanced programming taking place from September 1, 2014 to September 1, 2015.

The first of these events, Color Me Badd, is on now through January 4th. Julia Dault’s rule-based painting process involves responding to mass-produced elements-vinyl, patterned silks, pleather, unmixed paint straight from the tube-with unconventional tools, such as squeegees and rubber combs. These tools create quasi-standardized gestures that allow Dault to skirt the line between expressive abstraction and cool, machine-like facture. Erasure, with its ability to allow viewers to “see into” the painting process, is as important as application.

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MICHAELANGELO: Quest for Genius  

 

Revealed through a selection of rare drawings, Michelangelo: Quest for Genius tells the story of Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti (b. 1475) and the frustrations of his creative process.  

 

The exhibition also examines the significant influence that Michelangelo had four centuries later on the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Ten sculptures from the AGO’s collection will be on display.

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Click Here for the Toronto Star’s review and video.
October 18, 2014 – January 11, 2015 

Client Events Across Ontario Oct 30 – Nov 16

Cooler days and longer nights mean that it can sometimes be hard to leave the nest – but we’ve got you covered, with a hot line-up of cultural events across the province. 

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OCAF Approves its 500th Application!

The OCAF Board approved a number of applications at the October 29th Board Meeting – including our 500th! That’s over $56 million in support for Ontario’s cultural sector since 1999.  Well done, Ontario.  We can’t wait to see what the next 500 will be.

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PIECE by PIECE at the GARDINER  

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Internationally-renowned for her interactive interventions in prestigious British and American museums, Clare Twomey creates a spectacular commissioned installation about making and collecting, viewed through the lens of the Gardiner’s 18th-century European porcelain galleries.

Piece by Piece features an army of more than 2,000 ceramic figurines – all inspired by the Gardiner’s rare Commedia dell’Arte Harlequin collection – and demonstrates the conflicting emotions of everyday life. The exhibit will also feature an on-site artist/maker creating additional statuettes to add to Twomey’s ever-growing ghostly white world.

On now until January 4th.  Get your tickets here. 

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CELEBRATE THE PIANO 

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As part of its “Celebrate the Piano” programming the TSO presents  the most serene of Beethoven’s piano concertos, performed by one of the hottest young pianists on the planet, the award-winning Canadian Jan Lisiecki.  

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Beethoven Piano Concerto 4
Wed Nov 12, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Thu Nov 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Roy Thomson Hall

 

Tickets on sale now

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MORRICE and LYMAN In the COMPANY OF MATISSE 

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The works in this exhibition at The McMichael Art Gallery take you from Venice to Paris, from North Africa to the Caribbean, from Dieppe to Saint-Jean-de-Luz, and from Québec City to Lake Massawippi. They throw a new light on to two pioneers of modern art in Canada, James W. Morrice (1865-1924) and John Lyman (1886-1967). Both were born into wealthy English-speaking families in Montréal and lived in Paris, in the midst of that city’s effervescent avant-garde.

 Book your tickets online now.

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MICHAELANGELO: Quest for Genius!

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Revealed through a selection of rare drawings, Michelangelo: Quest for Genius tells the story of Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti (b. 1475) and the frustrations of his creative process. The exhibition centres on a loan of 29 drawings from the Casa Buonarroti, Florence, whose collection is formed from Michelangelo’s own.

 

These drawings represent the range of Michelangelo’s work, revealing the private world of the artist – his ideas, emotions and struggles to create and highlighting his unrivalled achievements as a painter, sculptor and architect. Dating from before and after the completion of the Sistine Chapel, the works on display include preliminary drawings – both architectural and figural sketches – as well as highly finished presentation drawings.

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ImagineNATIVE CELEBRATES 15 YEARS

Congratulations to the ImagineNATIVE film and media festival for a fantastic 15th year.  This festival has grown to include artists from all over the world and become one of the highlights of Toronto’s film festival circuit.  Congratulations on another great year, and we can’t wait to see what’s on deck for sweet sixteen in 2015.

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The Canadian Opera Company has partnered with with some of the world’s most renowned opera companies on new productions this season, and kicked the year off with Verdi’s Falstaff dubbed “A comic masterpice” by the Globe and Mail.

 The production that the Toronto Star calls it “sheer perfection” must close November 1st, so if you missed it make sure to check out the rest of the season and maybe take advantage of one of their Subscription Packages while you’re at it.

Get your tickets now!

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ROM 100 SPEAKS

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Join The Fashion Doctors, Alexandra Palmer and Timo Rissanen as they take you through the creation of  a garment from start to finish.  The Next ROM SPEAKS event happens November 12, and you can register here.

 

While Timo creates a piece of clothing using one full piece of muslin, fitted to a live model on stage, Alexandra will use images from the ROM’s collection and archival sources to discuss how the cloth has been draped cut and sewn to make incredibly different kinds of fashions. By the demonstration’s end, Timo will have produced a 3D garment from a 2D piece of cloth and Alexandra will have explored how such transformations have occurred across time and cultures. The special evening concludes with the opportunity to speak with the Fashion Doctors during a sparkling wine reception.

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Client Events Across Ontario October 10 – 24

Thanksgiving weekend is all about spending time with family and friends enjoying the amazing harvest that Ontario has to offer – but there’s a bumper crop of amazing cultural events happening too!  Get out there and enjoy all the flavours of fall. 

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MORRICE and LYMAN
In the COMPANY OF MATISSE 

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The works in this exhibition at The McMichael Art Gallery take you from Venice to Paris, from North Africa to the Caribbean, from Dieppe to Saint-Jean-de-Luz, and from Québec City to Lake Massawippi. They throw a new light on to two pioneers of modern art in Canada, James W. Morrice (1865-1924) and John Lyman (1886-1967). Both were born into wealthy English-speaking families in Montréal and lived in Paris, in the midst of that city’s effervescent avant-garde. This goes back a century, at a time when art was reinventing itself at a furious pace.

Book your tickets online now.

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ImagineNATIVE CELEBRATES 15 YEARS

The  ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival Opens October 22 for four days of programming celebrating aboriginal artists from across Canada and around the world – this year with a special focus on film-makers from Australia.

ImagineNATIVE is the world’s largest Indigenous festival showcasing innovation in film, video, radio and new media. The Festival presents the most compelling and distinctive works from Canada and around the globe, reflecting the diversity of the world’s Indigenous nations and illustrating the vitality and excellence of Native art and culture in contemporary media.

Festival packages now available at http://imaginenative.org/home/packages


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FALSTAFF ON STAGE NOW

The Canadian Opera Company has partnered with with some of the world’s most renowned opera companies on new productions this season, and kicked the year off with Verdi’s Falstaff dubbed “A comic masterpice” by the Globe and Mail.

 Director Robert Carsen lovingly evokes 1950s England in this hilarious production, which recently delighted audiences at Covent Garden, La Scala and the Met.

Get your tickets now!


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COLVILLE at the AGO

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More than 100 works by Canadian icon Alex Colville (1920-2013) are currently on display at the Art Gallery of Ontario, marking the largest exhibition of the late artist’s work to date. Curated by Andrew Hunter, the AGO’s curator of Canadian art, the exhibition honours Colville’s legacy and explores the continuing impact of his work from the perspectives of several prominent popular culture figures from film, literature and music. 

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ROM 100 Speaks is a cutting edge series that offers adults an opportunity to participate in learning and discovery through memorable once in a lifetime lecture experiences. Enjoy intriguing talks given by worldwide thoughtful leaders, scientists and citizens, attend post lecture receptions, meet like minded individuals and continue the discussion.

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October 23, 2014: Time Magazine’s one of the “Most Influential People in the World” Binyanvanga Wainaina 
Riveting conversation with Binyavanga Wainaina, a best-known Kenyan author, journalist and winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing. Reception to follow.

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ANOTHER NUIT BLANCHE

Thousands of culture-vultures filled the streets of Toronto from dusk til dawn for this year’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. If you missed the fun, check out some of these great photos from BlogTO for the highlights.  Congrats to all for an amazing night!

 

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Client Events Across Ontario Sept 24 – Oct 10

The first day of fall has finally arrived, and the leaves are starting to turn – but that’s not the only colour across the province.  There’s so much going on that we can hardly wait to get out there and enjoy the season! 

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OPENING OCTOBER 3rd


The Canadian Opera Company has partnered with with some of the world’s most renowned opera companies on new productions this season, and kicks the year off with Verdi’s Falstaff.

Director Robert Carsen lovingly evokes 1950’s England in this hilarious production, which recently delighted audiences at Covent Garden, La Scala and the Met.

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A scene from the Canadian Opera Company/Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (ROH)/Metropolitan Opera/Teatro alla Scala/Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam co-production of Falstaff, 2012, ROH. Photo: Catherine Ashmore.

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NUIT BLANCHE

Now in it’s ninth year in Toronto, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2014 will feature four exhibitions areas instead of the usual three areas with a total of 40-45 projects/installations.

Trying to streamline your all-night contemporary art experience? Visit snbto.ca on your mobile device starting September 27 for a streamlined version of the mobile website, then use it on October 4 to get around the event. Designed specifically to help you navigate while you’re at the event, you’ll be able to locate the closest projects with GPS, find projects by location, art name or project name, and access your My Night Planner.

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Dress Rehearsal, 2014

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SMALL HALLS FESTIVAL – October 2 – 5

Get out of the city and experience some of the joys of rural living, with the Clearview Township Small Halls Festival, featuring the best of rural music, art, and culture, at nine venues all across Clearview.  Only an hour outside of Toronto!

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COLVILLE at the AGO

Born in Toronto in 1920, Alex Colville was a painter, printmaker and veteran who drew his inspiration from the world around him, transforming the seemingly mundane figures and events of everyday life into archetypes of the modern condition. He was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1982 and won a Governor General’s Visual and Media Arts Award in 2003. 

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ROM 100

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The Royal Ontario Museum continues to celebrate its 100th anniversary with a fantastic line up of exhibitions.  Why not go check out Around 1914: Design in a New Age and see some of the amazing work that explores a pivotal period of innovation and experimentation as artists struggled to reconcile quality design with the emergence of mass production, and the new materials made available with technology.

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CONGRATULATIONS on OPENING!

Get Fortified…

Special Congratulations to the Fort York Visitor Centre for opening their doors to the public.  The new visitor centre is located below and just north of the Gardiner Expressway, at the entrance to the National Historic Site – in alignment with the original shoreline of Lake Ontario. The new building will be Fort York’s front door, welcoming and orienting visitors. 

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Travel to the Far East (in the East End)

The Aga Khan Museum opened their doors too, and to rave reviews.  This striking architectural site features a spectacular collection of art from the Islamic world, and brings a much needed revitalization to one of Toronto’s forgotten neighbourhoods.

Check out this feature in the Toronto Star for a video interview with the museum’s director.

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Word on the street is…
That Word On The Street had another great festival this year!  Visitors rubbed elbows with some of their favourite writers, browsed the Marketplace for their next big read, and enjoyed performances, demonstrations, and all manner of fun!

The Word on the Street Toronto Festival at Queen’s Park Circle, Sunday, September 21, 2014 from Peter Mykusz on Vimeo.

Client Events Across Ontario August 28 – September 10, 2014

Summer’s nearly over (even though the weather feels like it’s only just begun), so get out there and take advantage of some of these great events, or start planning your Best Fall Ever!  Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter or find us on Facebook to stay absolutely up to date! 

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GARDINER MUSEUM 30th Anniversary   Part of the Gardiner Museum‘s 30th Anniversary season, Camp Fires reveals the concept of “Camp” in the work of three important Francophone Canadian ceramic artists: Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette. Camp Fires is an often sensual encounter of these artists’ powerful body of work, one that addresses subversive ideas about queer identity through clay. Must Close September 1st, so check it out now!

“What is CAMP FIRES?” with Robin Metcalfe, Curator

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DOORS OPEN!   Doors Open invites Ontarians to enter hundreds of fascinating heritage sites – including commercial buildings, courthouses, theatres, museums, places of worship, gardens and natural heritage sites. Every Weekend in September features a Doors Open event in a different city across the province, so get out your map and plan a Doors Open Road Trip!

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POWER PLANT   The Power Plant is Canada’s leading non-collecting, public art gallery dedicated exclusively to contemporary visual art from Canada and the world. While the weather is still warm, head on down to the harbour front to check out their great line-up of artists this fall!

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TIFF Brings The Glamour for 2014 Each September you can be guaranteed a bit of Hollywood Glamour and Red Carpet fun at the Toronto International Film Festival, and this year is no different.  With great new programming, and an awesome outdoor Festival Street, you can be sure to find fun in between star-sightings! Tickets go on sale August 31st.

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BOLLYWOOD MONSTER MASHUP – This weekend! Bollywood Monster Mashup is the LARGEST South Asian festival in Canada! Celebrate 100 years of Indian Cinema by taking free dance lessons, bringing your kids for the free crafts, eat some amazing food, watch free film screenings and don’t forget to dance during a massive music show!

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ONGOING Only a few days left to enter The Forbidden City at the Royal Ontario Museum.  This stunning exhibition invites you to cross the threshold to see over 200 national treasures from Beijing’s Palace Museum – some travelling outside China for the first time. Closes September 1 And don’t forget to check out the awesome line-up of events at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre – the perfect way to get a bit of culture and a bit of lakeside living right in the middle of the city! No cottage traffic required! The Summer of Wonder runs all the way to Thanksgiving weekend!

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NUIT BLANCHE is just around the corner It won’t be long before these hot August days turn into cool autumn nights, and that means Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is coming soon.  Get a sneak peak now at Toronto’s all night festival of contemporary art.

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