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April 21, 2014

Mary Pratt

Mary Pratt has become one of Canada’s most distinguished artists, celebrated for her work with familiar subject matter and domestic still lifes. The deceptively simple bliss of these scenes reveals a sophisticated approach to everyday life. Her works are skillfully executed and present nuances of tone, brushstroke, angle and choice of subject that leave viewers of Pratt’s images with a sense of wonder and occasional unease. These substantial artworks have multi-layered meanings for the artist, and for the viewers who encounter the range, subtlety and power of this remarkable painter. At once highly contemporary and deeply rooted in the traditions of art history, Pratt’s work reveals the breadth of emotion, skill and maturity that she brings to her practice.

The exhibition Mary Pratt is not a retrospective in the customary sense of the word. Concentrating on Pratt’s oils and mixed media paintings, the exhibition juxtaposes more than sixty works from different times in Pratt’s career. It mirrors the manner in which she approaches her subject—as an interwoven conversation of themes. Despite describing herself as “consistently inconsistent,” Pratt has enduring preoccupations. Her time is not dictated by clocks but rather numbered by daily rituals and the act of making ready. Pratt dwells on her surroundings, allowing a sideways autobiography through the objects and individuals that encompass her.

Touring nationally, the exhibition allows visitors across the country to view widely recognized as well as rarely seen works from the past five decades, gathered from private and public collections. It showcases Pratt’s “tougher” paintings (to use her own description of them) alongside allusive works, all embodying the intensity and compassion with which she views her world.

For more details: www.mcmichael.com/marypratt/

Location: McMichael Canadian Art Collection — 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, Ontario

 
Start: January 18, 2014
End: April 27, 2014
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Location: McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Hercules

Peter Sellars returns to direct a dream cast in his acclaimed production of Handel’s timeless and poignant tragedy.

The ancient Greek tragedian Sophocles was also a war general who knew first-hand the devastating psychological traumas that imperilled returning veterans. With Hercules – Handel’s take on Sophocles’ play – Sellars creates a healing work in which the untold horrors of war and the unspoken complications of reunion find their voice.

Performance time is approximately three hours, 15 minutes including one intermission.
Sung in English with English SURTITLES™.

For tickets: www.coc.ca

Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts — 145 Queen Street West

 
Start: April 5, 2014
End: April 30, 2014
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Location: Canadian Opera Company

Uptown Abbey & Speakeasy

Come and join the fun, and see if Lieutenant Carumbo can solve the case before everything is turned Upside Downton, in this classic Drawing Room Mystery!
A hilarious spoof of the popular British TV Drama.

Opening April 11th: Speakeasy! A roaring 20′s Murder Mystery:
Flappers and Gangsters and Guns… Oh, my!
Come and join the fun and participate in the solving of a hilarious whodunit?!

For more details: www.MysteriouslyYours.com or toll-free 1-800-NOT-DEAD.

Venue: Mysteriously Yours… Mystery Dinner Theatre — 2026 Yonge Street

 
Start: February 9, 2014
End: April 30, 2014
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Light My Fire: Some Propositions about Portraits and Photography

In 1977, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) purchased its first photograph: Arnold Newman’s collage portrait of Henry Moore, a fitting complement to the 1974 gift of Moore’s plasters to the gallery. This purchase marked the initial focus for collecting photography at the gallery: portraits of artists. The photography holdings have since grown to number more than 50,000 works. Though the collection now spans the wide reach and long history of the medium, portraits remain one of its strongest threads.

In Part II of Light My Fire: Some Propositions about Portraits and Photography – a show that Toronto Star art critic Murray Whyte called “utterly beguiling” – discover a fresh selection of more than 120 portraits from the AGO’s permanent collection, along with select loans from local private collections. Organized under two new propositions, these works showcase the descriptive power of the medium but also its malleability.

“We are Not Ourselves” highlights the ways artists have manipulated photographic materials to create or reveal strange states of being. Through collage, long exposure, darkroom doubling and retouching, among other techniques, each of these photographs lead us from the realm of the familiar and recognizable to other more mysterious planes of existence.

For more details: www.ago.net

Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

 
Start: October 26, 2013
End: May 1, 2014
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Location: Art Gallery of Ontario

What’s So Funny? Recent Acquisitions of Humorous Art

December 21, 2013 – May 2014.

In 1976 the Trier-Fodor Foundation gave the Art Gallery of Ontario more than 1100 works by the humorist and illustrator Walter Trier. The gift was accompanied by an endowment to support the acquisition and exhibition of humorous, satirical and illustrative graphic art. More than 500 prints and drawings, representing highlights in the history of caricature, have been purchased with this fund. This installation features works that have been acquired in the past five years, which date from the late 1700s to the early 1800s.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario.

For more details: www.ago.net

Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

 
Start: December 21, 2013
End: May 1, 2014
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Location: Art Gallery of Ontario

Belleville

A darkly truthful parable of a generation struggling under the pressures of success and entitlement.

A Company Theatre production in association with Canadian Stage.

Americans Zack and Abby appear to have it all: an apartment in a promising neighbourhood in Paris, an affectionate marriage, and Zack’s admirable mission to eradicate pediatric AIDS through his work with Doctors Without Borders. But when Abby finds Zack at home one day when he’s supposed to be at work, the revelations that follow rock their seemingly idyllic life.

The Company Theatre, our Berkeley Street Partners who presented 2012’s Speaking in Tongues and 2011’s The Test, return with a suspenseful, Hitchcockian play that shines a light on the darker side of our personal relationships.

“A perceptive drama… and a nail-biting psychological thriller.” – New York Times.

“When it comes to theatre, to be in the company of The Company Theatre is to be in good company indeed.” – Toronto Sun.

For more details: www.canadianstage.com

Venue: Berkeley Street Theatre — 26 Berkeley Street

 
Start: April 6, 2014
End: May 4, 2014
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Beatrice and Virgil

Horrific truths, buried in layers of history are unearthed through fact, art and imagination when Henry visits a taxidermist. An innovative stage adaptation of Martel’s controversial but critically acclaimed novel, this powerful and provocative piece will enthrall audiences with its fragile beauty and ugly truths.

For tickets: www.factorytheatre.ca

Venue: Factory Theatre — 125 Bathurst Street

 
Start: April 12, 2014
End: May 11, 2014
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Arrabal

ARRABAL, an exciting World Premiere, is an explosive story told entirely through dance and the music of multiple Academy Award® winner Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain, Babel) and his band Bajofondo.

Using a modern tango dance vocabulary never seen before, director Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis) and choreographer Julio Zurita create a dramatic vision that is emotional, sexual and powerful. With a book written by Tony Award® nominee John Weidman (Contact), follow Arrabal, our heroine, in this coming of age story as she enters the underground world of Buenos Aires’ tango clubs and discovers the violent history that took her father and disrupted a nation. ARRABAL is based on the true story of the political violence that threatened to destroy Argentina in the 1970’s. With a live band and performers direct from Buenos Aires, experience the sensual beauty and political intrigue that is ARRABAL.

For tickets: www.Mirvish.com

Venue: Panasonic Theatre — 651 Yonge Street

 
Start: February 4, 2014
End: May 11, 2014
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Location: Mirvish Productions

This Is Not A Toy: The Urban Vinyl Phenomenon

February 6 – May 18, 2014.

Location: DX Exhibit Hall, Design Exchange — 234 Bay Street

Curators: DX Associate Curator, Sara Nickleson; Guest Curators John Wee
Tom and music icon Pharrell Williams.

This Is Not A Toy takes its name from the disclaimer found on packaging for objects geared to adults
or which might be harmful to young children – they may be called toys, but they are not intended for
play. The title also references Rene Magritte’s Ceci N’est Pas Un Pipe, one of the seminal works of
art of the 20th century, which plays with the Duchampian notion of object, semantics and context in
determining a work’s meaning and significance. Each of these theoretical groundings establish the
exhibition’s framework: presenting the works as art and design objects and providing a platform for
conceptual discourse.

Lying at the intersection of fine art, marketing, pop culture, product and graphic design, designer
toys are highly collectible objects for a post-Pop world. Artists use the infrastructure of mass production
to create variation, personal expression and limited edition objects that range in price from just a
few dollars to many thousands more. With roots in late 1980s graffiti culture, urban vinyl is a subversive
art form that is as much rebellious as it is playful. These art toys reject and appropriate familiar
consumer imagery, manipulating household names and visual icons from Disney to Chanel thereby
shifting control from brand to artist, and ultimately, consumer. Some manipulate familiar visual tropes
while others create their own original forms, characters and worlds.

For more details: www.dx.org

 
Start: February 6, 2014
End: May 18, 2014
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Location: Design Exchange

Mike Nelson: Amnesiac Hide

The Power Plant is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in Toronto by the
renowned British artist Mike Nelson. Nelson is best known for his large-scale
installations, in which visitors move through immersive spaces of his invention.
The artist is creating new, site-specific work that is dramatically transforming the
gallery’s space to explore the ideas of travel, the road trip and the journey,
themes that are at the heart of Mike Nelson: Amnesiac Hide.

The Power Plant opens the exhibition with a FREE Opening Party for all on
Friday, 31 January, 2014 from 8– 11 PM. A cash bar will be available all
evening.

The exhibition curated by Julia Paoli features three new works, two of which are
part of the gallery’s Commissioning Program, which fosters, develops and
premieres major new works by Canadian and international artists.
The Power Plant boasts an impressive history of support for artists and the
production of new work through this program. Nelson’s projects are no
exception, reflecting international, national and local dialogues that reference
Toronto in global conversations of contemporary art.

For more details: www.theppowerplant.org

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery — 231 Queens Quay West

 
Start: January 31, 2014
End: May 19, 2014