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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ONGOING 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 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.
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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

Tor Lukasik-Foss – Hamilton, Canada.

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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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Client Events Across Ontario August 13 – 27, 2014

August may mean trips to the cottage and long afternoons, but it doesn’t mean there’s not plenty happening.  Get out there and enjoy the sun!

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter or find us on Facebook to stay absolutely up to date! 

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SUMMER 2014: Lots of great events across Ontario!

Check out OCAF’s Facebook Page (if you haven’t already) to see some great shots from client events so far this summer!

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ALEX COLVILLE at the AGO

Opening at the Art Gallery of Ontario at the end of this month is a fantastic exhibit featuring one of Canada’s visual art icons.

Born in Toronto in 1920, 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. Book your tickets now! 

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STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC

There’s more than just Shakespeare happening in Stratford this summer!!  Check out the great line-up of bands and musicians happening From July 14 – August 24th.

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ONGOING

Only three weeks 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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TORONTO ARTS FACTS 

Toronto Arts Facts gathers together key information about the arts in Toronto, compiled from a wide variety of research studies and statistical resources. This information – which falls into the general areas of the arts’ role in the economy, its impact on communities, and its place in people’s lives – was intended, at first, to provide fact-based information to arts funders and policy makers.
Toronto Arts Facts is a publication of Toronto Arts Foundation, compiled and edited by Jini Stolk, Creative Trust Fellow, with Kathleen McLeod and Kasia Gladki.

Fantastic Compilation of Research by the Toronto Arts Foundation:

Toronto Arts Facts gathers together key information about the arts in Toronto, compiled from a wide variety of research studies and statistical resources. This information – which falls into the general areas of the arts’ role in the economy, its impact on communities, and its place in people’s lives – was intended, at first, to provide fact-based information to arts funders and policy makers.
Toronto Arts Facts is a publication of Toronto Arts Foundation, compiled and edited by Jini Stolk, Creative Trust Fellow, with Kathleen McLeod and Kasia Gladki.

Client Events Across Ontario June 15 – 31, 2014

The sun is shining and the weather is sweet!

All across the province, summer is in full swing, and so are all kinds of awesome events! 

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter or find us on Facebook to stay absolutely up to date! 

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Congrats to WORLDPRIDE June 20 – 29

Official numbers aren’t in yet, but all are agreed, this year’s WorldPride was off the charts!  Ten days jam packed full of events all across the city of Toronto showed the world how Proud Ontario can be!

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ROM Presents THE FORBIDDEN CITY

The ROM turned 100 this year, and to celebrate they showcase some of the best pieces in their permanent collection, alongside an enormous collection brought in from the UNESCO world heritage site, China’s Imperial Court…The Forbidden City

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Lear is King this season in STRATFORD!

North America’s largest Shakespeare festival is in the middle of one of their greatest seasons yet!  Five of the season’s hits have been will be held over for an extended run into October!

Get your tickets now!

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FRINGE returns best box office yet!

The Toronto Fringe Festival ran July 2 – 13 this year and broke records with a fantastic  $438,000 in box office sales returned to more than 150 presenting companies!  Congrats gang!

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HARBOURFRONT CENTRE – All summer long

Ongoing events at Harbourfront this summer include jewellery classes, Celtic concerts, Family fun days, Dancing under the stars – and so much more.  This hub of Toronto arts and culture has dozens of events in the month of June – and all summer long.