Art Events in Toronto: October 24 – 30

Jessica Sharples

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Monday, October 24th

Migrant Dreams: Film Screening

100 McCaul Street, Room 190

Presented by Culture Shifts
The film will start at 7pm with discussions following, featuring director Min Sook Lee.

"A powerful feature documentary by multiple award-winning director Min Sook Lee (El Contrato, Hogtown, Tiger Spirit) and Emmy award-winning producer Lisa Valencia-Svensson (Herman’s House), tells the undertold story of migrant agricultural workers struggling against Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) that treats foreign workers as modern-day indentured labourers. Under the rules of Canada’s migrant labour program, low wage migrants are tied to one employer.”

Tuesday, October 25th

Perspectives on the House Museum

Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West

"We have invited artist and curator Sandra Brewster, writer, musician, and producer Greg Tate, and architect, artist, and cultural historian Mabel O. Wilson to respond to the exhibition Theaster Gates: How to Build a House Museum. Their short talks will be followed by conversation with the audience that will consider the questions raised by the exhibition.”

Steps/Mesures: Eric Mangion

Mercer Union
1286 Bloor Street West

Talk presented by French curator and critic, Eric Mangion.

"Mangion will speak about his upcoming web review: Switch On Paper, which aims to disclose connections between art and society through investigative texts, as well as consider how artists shed light on events located throughout the world and life.”

Wednesday, October 26th

Artist Talk: Duane Linklater

Mercer Union
1286 Bloor Street West

A conversation between exhibiting artist Duane Linklater, and the Director of Exhibitions Georgina Jackson.

"Working across installation, performance, film, and photography, Duane Linklater excavates histories to unearth folds and knots addressing cultural loss, recovery and sovereignty. Unearthing work hidden beneath gallery walls or re-inserting iconic Indigenous imagery inscribed within Canadian identity, he explores the migration and exchange of knowledge and ideas, and their consequences.”

Art Creates Change: Black Lives Matter Toronto

100 McCaul Street, Room 190

Part of the Kym Pruesse Speaker Series, featuring LeRoi Newbold (BLMTO) and Syrus Marcus Ware (AGO)

Keith Cole: #HashTagGallerySlut

Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West, Signy Eaton Gallery
Free with gallery admission

Second performance Saturday October 29th at 2pm.
Performance in conjunction with Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989

"The legendary Toronto performance artist presents a work that considers legacy and memory, collapsing time, space and identity in ways only Keith Cole can conceive.
In the words of the artist:
“What is more important – sustaining an old universe or creating a brand new one?”

Like Mother, Like Daughter

918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media & Education
$15 for students

"Koffler Centre of the Arts, Why Not Theatre and Complicite Creative Learning are bringing together mothers and daughters who were born outside of Canada (newcomer women, as well as those who may have immigrated many years ago) to create and perform in this participatory performance project."
This event is the opening night, with showings until October 30th.

Thursday, October 27th

Noon Time Collection Talk with Anne Cibola

Peter Higdon Research Centre
122 Bond Street Room 241

"André Kertész, 144 Views (1980) is an important example of Arnaud Maggs' early black-and-white sequential portraiture of artists and other cultural figures, and puts viewers face-to-face with a seminal figure of the twentieth-century. We recently acquired three sets of contact prints (one with working notes) of this seminal work. Join historian Anne Cibola for a Noon Time Collection Talk on October 27, 12 pm, as she explores these acquisitions and the role of the grid as a function in Maggs’ practice.”


1196 Queent Street West
$10 donation

Breast Cancer Awareness Art Gallery, all proceeds being sent to "RETHINK Breast Cancer”.
Entry donation includes a raffle ticket for a prize from Mary Young + Easy Period.

Friday, October 28th

Art Toronto 2016

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building
255 Front Street West
$15/day for students

Four day festival ending Monday October 31st at 6pm, see the website for specific events, artist talks, and more (all events require entry to the festival on the day of that specific event).

"Art Toronto presents important artwork from leading Canadian and international galleries combined with PLATFORM, our engaging series of lectures and panel discussions from prominent art world figures, curated projects, an extensive VIP Program, and top-tier cultural offerings throughout the city.”

1/Edition: Toronto’s Art Book Fair

Metro Toronto Convention Centre
255 Front Street West

Four day festival ending Monday October 31st at 6pm, see the website for specific events happening during festival hours.

"Running concurrently with Art Toronto, […] the Edition fair shares a focus on contemporary art practices. Edition will welcome book publishers, commercial galleries, artist-run centres, and independent artists, collectives, book-makers and dealers from around the world. Visitors will have their eyes and minds opened to alternative ways of looking at and collecting art as they browse a wide range of contemporary and historical editions, multiples, publications and collectible art-related ephemera.”

Fim Screening: Continental

Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West

"Join us for a screening of Toronto filmmaker Malcolm Ingram's documentary Continental (2013, 95 min.), which takes viewers back to sexually-charged 1968 New York, when the notorious Continental Baths opened its doors. The Continental brought high and low culture to its cabaret stage weekly, becoming instrumental in the careers of icons like Bette Midler, Barry Manilow, the late Frankie Knuckles. Frankie Knuckles developed what became known as house music at the Continental the largest and most celebrated gay bathhouse in New York.”

Lillian Allen:
Join the Revolutionary Tea Party
We are as Beautiful as our Poetry

Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West
Free with gallery admission

Featuring special guest January Rogers.
Presented as a part of AGO Friday Nights.

"Before spoken-word poetry, hip hop and rap emerged as dominant forces in Toronto’s cultural sphere, Lillian Allen was presenting her delicately fierce, rhythmic and roaring poetics. Bending boundaries, mixing and melding genres, Allen's flowing messages of personal and political transformation are as relevant as when she started out some decades ago.”

Metatron Fall Catalogue Launch Party

Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West, Reception Gallery
$5 or PWYC

Readings and performances by Alex Manley, Adam Zachary, Laura Theobald, and more.
All paid entry will be donated to BLMTO.

"Metatron is a Montreal-based press that is devoted to publishing new perspectives in literature that reflect the experiences & sensibilities of our time.”

Xpace Opening Reception: October/November Programming

Xpace Cultural Centre
2-303 Lansdowne Ave

Snacks and drinks will be served, Halloween costumes are encouraged.
Exhibits run until the first week of December.

New exhibitions featuring “Ghost Story”, exploring the roles of ghost stories within contemporary culture, and Luke Siemen’s PlyGuy, an ultimate condo companion. All artists and curators will be in attendance.

Saturday, October 29th

Syria’s Art and Architecture: A Multicultural History

Aga Khan Museum
77 Wynford Drive
$35 for students

"Hear international speakers explore the long history of Syria as a place of multicultural interaction and artistic production. Each of the 10 international scholars will present their recent research on a major site or monument, including the temple of the Storm God in Aleppo; the Decapolis city of Jerash/Gerasa of the Via Nova; and the historical cities of Palmyra, Damascus, and Aleppo.”

Collage Party

Workman Arts
651 Dufferin Street

"The Collage Party is a nomadic studio made open to the public where participants come together to make art in a social setting. Since 1997, The Collage Party has been staged throughout North America and Europe in museums, private residences, public schools, universities, hospitals, department stores, and community centres.”

Canzine Toronto

Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West

Festival of Zines and Underground Culture featuring vendors, workshops, story pitches, readings, interviews, and panels.
Free admissions includes free copy of the fall issue of Broken Pencil Magazine.


Y+ Contemporary
345 Morningside Avenue #15

Curated by Tak Pham
Featuring artists Rouzbeh Akhbari, Ash Moniz, Benny Hunter, and Mariam Magsi
Exhibition runs until November 19th, 2016

"Logs explores how personal identity affects our ways of moving through space and places, and how these movements form our perceptions of reality. Examining the theme of movement, migration, trade of both humans and nonhumans that are fueled by the demands of hyper-capitalism, Logs gestures at the Canadian history of logging (a practice that fueled capitalism and supported colonialism), the use of logs and rafts as a mode of transportation across water and land, and the material logs that archive various histories of movements.”

Sunday, October 30th

October Kensington Market Art Fair

Kensington Market
77 Nassau Street
$35 for students

Art festival runs concurrently with Pedestrian Sunday.

"The Kensington Market Art Fair (KMAF) is an annual curated outdoor art fair in Toronto’s historical neighbourhood, focusing on original art and craft. KMAF features artists working in painting, drawing, illustration, photography, ceramics, jewelry, and more.“

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