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December 25, 2013

Category: Festivals and Events

Foodies on Foot Favourites Tour

Dates: March 3, March 17, April 14, May 12, May 26, June 09, July 28, August 11, September 1, September 15, September 29, October 13, October 17, October 27, November 10, November 24, December 14, December 28.

Start Time: 11:00 AM

Fresh off of an international food journalist press tour, we are taking you on the tour that the food writers experienced…the Foodies on Foot Insider Favourites Food Tour. Everyone loves having an insider. A person that can take them to the hidden gems that only a local industry insider knows. Come with us as we take you to some of our favourite gourmet and specialty food stores and discover many of the distinct neighbourhoods we frequent daily. We will be taking you to 5-7 food merchants and have you discover a few neighbourhoods while having the chance to ride the TTC. This tour is constantly changing, as, we have several favourites in different neighbourhoods, so, no two tours are exactly alike. We will send you the meeting point a few days before the tour begins. This is the tour equivalent of a secret supper club, you never know what to expect!

For more details: www.foodiesonfoot.ca/upcoming-food-events-food-tours-toronto

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Start: March 3, 2013
End: December 28, 2013
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501 Streetcar Food Tour

November 17 & 24, December 14, 22, & 29, 11:00 AM, 501 Streetcar Food Tour.

The 501 Queen Streetcar route is the longest surface route in North America AND one of the longest in the world! This line runs approximately 24.8 kilometres (15.4 miles) traversing Toronto from the east-west. You will go through countless distinct Toronto neighbourhoods and experience the many faces of Toronto. Our tour will visit 6 neighbourhoods & 6 stops! Ding ding….time to hop aboard!

Tickets: www.foodiesonfoot.ca/501-streetcar-culinary-toronto-food-tour/

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Start: November 17, 2013
End: December 29, 2013
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Location: Foodies on Foot

Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo

It’s pandamonium at the Toronto Zoo!

It was an exciting day for Torontonians on May 18th when the Zoo officially opened its giant panda exhibit, featuring VIPs (Very Important Pandas) Er Shun and Da Mao.

The two pandas are on loan from the Chinese government for a period of ten years, during which time it is hoped they will produce offspring. The pair will be splitting their stay in Canada between the Toronto Zoo and the Calgary Zoo, where they are set to relocate to in 2018.

Pandas have a tendency to draw crowds. In addition to being just plain adorable, their unusual eating and mating habits make them one of the most unique species in the animal kingdom.

Did You Know?

  • Although pandas have the digestive system of a carnivore, up to 99% their diet consists of bamboo. Due to bamboo’s low nutritional value, a panda needs to consume between 10 and 15 kilograms (22 to 33 pounds) of it each day to get all of its nutrients.
  • Pandas are notoriously reluctant to mate, which is one reason for their low population in the wild. Giant panda females are only receptive to mating for a period of 24 to 72 hours a year.
  • It is almost impossible to tell if a giant panda is a male or a female until it is four years old. Because of the difficulty of determining the sex of pandas, it was believed that Er Shun was a male until genetic testing was done shortly before she was set to arrive in Toronto!

Top 5 Reasons to See the Pandas at the Toronto Zoo

No question about it, the giant panda exhibit is one of Toronto’s must-see attractions. Here are the top five reasons why you should pay Er Shun and Da Mao a visit:

  1. It’ll put a smile on your face. Pandas might just be the cutest animals around. Their docile nature, clumsy gait, and adorable black-and-white faces make them a delight to watch. It’s no wonder that one of the most popular videos on YouTube, with over 160 million views, is of a baby panda sneezing.
  2. You can expand your knowledge. Prior to meeting Er Shun and Da Mao, you can learn all about giant pandas at the 8,000 square-foot Panda Interpretive Centre. With model displays, multimedia games, and audio-visual presentations, it’s a fun and interactive way to learn about these natural treasures.
  3. Your kids will love it. Pandas are always a huge hit with children. You can also use this as an opportunity to educate them about wildlife and conservation.
  4. You can see other animals too. Once you’re done seeing the pandas, you can make your way over to the Zoo’s many other exhibits. The Toronto Zoo boasts over 5,000 animals representing more than 460 species, including white lions, gorillas, and polar bears.
  5. It’s a rare opportunity. Although panda conservation efforts have proven successful, they’re still an endangered species. The vast majority of pandas live in China, and only a handful of Zoos around the world have been given the opportunity to host them. The last time there were pandas at the Toronto Zoo was for three months in 1985!

Fun, friendly, and fascinating, the giant pandas are sure to brighten your day. Take a trip to the Toronto Zoo to see one of nature’s most extraordinary creatures up close and personal.

For more details: www.torontozoo.com

Location: Toronto Zoo — 361A Old Finch Avenue

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Start: May 18, 2013
End: December 31, 2013
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Location: Toronto Zoo

Nataliya Petkova in collaboration with Naisa

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) is an non-profit organization, based in Toronto that produces performances and
installations spanning the entire spectrum of electroacoustic and experimental sound art. Join NAISA and the AGM with a
curated emerging artist project of sound, technology and new approaches to the medium. The objectives of NAISA are to
foster awareness and understanding locally, as well as nationally and internationally, in the cultural vitality of
experimental sound art in its myriad forms of expression.

For more information: www.artgalleryofmississauga.com

Venue: Art Gallery of Mississauga — 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, Ontario

 
Start: November 21, 2013
End: January 1, 2014
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Location: Art Gallery of Mississauga

Allegory of the Cave

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 21, 6pm. FREE bus from The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. West, Toronto)
at 6pm. Admission to the Gallery of FREE.

Curated by Erin Rutherford.

In 1994, the Art Gallery of Mississauga began collecting artworks for its Permanent Collection. In 1998, the collecting
process was placed under a moratorium. In 2013, the moratorium will be lifted.

This exhibition presents artworks from the current AGM Permanent Collection and envisions how the tone of collecting will be
modernized as the AGM moves into the future. The placement of artworks within the gallery harkens back to a traditional Salon.
Yet upon closer inspection, we notice it is punctuated with difference. A new image and lens-based practices. Paradigm shift:
the permanent collection puts the methods and madness of transformation, digitization and rejuvenation on full display: from
artwork pairings representative of our new direction to a professional team at work in the Robert Freeman Gallery. Herein we mirror
the notions of Thomas Kuhn, with our advancement occurring as a “series of peaceful interludes punctuated by intellectually
violent revolutions.” Come join our movement.

For more information: www.artgalleryofmississauga.com

Venue: Art Gallery of Mississauga — 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, Ontario

 
Start: November 21, 2013
End: January 1, 2014
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Location: Art Gallery of Mississauga

Faisal Anwar

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 21, 6pm. All are invited to attend the Opening Reception. There will be a
FREE bus from The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. West, Toronto) at 6pm. Admission to the Gallery is FREE.

Curated by Stuart Keeler.

Join Faisal Anwar with a new digital media work in the Main Gallery at the AGM. Currently in the progess of
research and secrecy…shhhhhhhh!!! Stay tuned!

Anwar is an artist with an interest in interactive production and technology. He is the founder of an interactive art
studio, DigitalDip, and co-founder of Me A Monster Inc. His project series, Odd Spaces, brings together art, culture
and technology in an odd configuration to explore our perceptions towards architectural space, private or public spaces
and social interactivity in modern urban cultures. He has shown at the Winter Olympics 2010, and had performed nationally
and internationally.

His project, Odd Spaces, was part of Vancouver Olympics – 2010 Code live exhibition, a real-time remote installation between
Bangladesh, Pakistan and Vancouver. In October 2011, Odd Spaces was also shown at Nuit-Blanche Toronto and created a real-time
installation between Karachi, New York and Toronto. Odd Spaces was presented at the exhibition Six Degrees of Separation: Chaos,
Congruence & Collaboration, 2008, curated by KHOJ, International Artists’ Association in Delhi, India and was presented in Pakistan,
India and Bangladesh in September 2008.

For more information: www.artgalleryofmississauga.com

Venue: Art Gallery of Mississauga — 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, Ontario

 
Start: November 21, 2013
End: January 1, 2014
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Location: Art Gallery of Mississauga

Playing Favourites Part II: Geometry (Textures)

Playing Favourites Part II: Geometry (Textures) features post war and contemporary work in Canada concerned with the exploration of shape, point, line, pattern, illusory and true tactility. Furniture and consumer products; projections and graphics examine how the use and manipulation of the basic elements of design can effect results both formulaic and chaotic.

Featuring works by Jerszy Seymour, Philippe Malouin, Michal Maciej Bartosik, Frank Gehry, Castor, Tobias Wong, Jonathan Sabine, Patty Johnson, Oueffice, Douglas Coupland, Robin Bush, Zoe Mowat, and Stefan Siwinski among others.

Costs: Adult $10 +hst and Senior/Student $8 (+hst). DX Members: Free

Website: www.dx.org

Venue: Design Exchange — 234 Bay Street

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Start: October 26, 2013
End: January 3, 2014
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Location: Design Exchange

One, and Two, and More Than Two

One, and Two, and More Than Two presents a survey of significant work by Toronto-based artist Micah Lexier. United by his interests in temporal and graphic systems of organization and measurement, this exhibition brings together an important selection of recent work that reflects the artist’s diverse and dynamic practice. Featuring four solo pieces, three collaborations, and one new, ambitious curatorial project, One, and Two, and More Than Two witnesses Lexier at all levels of his practice. Whether working individually (One), in a collaborative process (Two), or encompassing hundreds of different artists (More than Two), Lexier’s work evinces witty and playful reflections on the creative processes of making and presenting art.

For more details: www.ThePowerPlant.org

Location: The Power Plant — 231 Queens Quay West

 
Start: September 21, 2013
End: January 5, 2014
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Location: The Power Plant

You Are Here: Kim Dorland and The Return To Painting

Drawing inspiration from a century old tradition of landscape painting, initiated by Tom Thomson and the members of the Group of Seven, Toronto-based artist Kim Dorland will be showing his latest work as a culmination of his artist-in-residence project at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Curated by McMichael’s Chief Curator, Katerina Atanassova, the exhibition will explore Dorland’s painterly approach to nature and welcome the inclusion of works by Tom Thomson, David Milne, Frederick Varley and others from the McMichael Collection.

For more details: www.mcmichael.com/exhibitions/index.cfm

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

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Start: October 26, 2013
End: January 5, 2014
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Location: McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Carbon 14: Climate is Culture

ROM Contemporary Culture and the Cape Farewell Foundation present a visionary art exhibition, Carbon 14: Climate is Culture, curated by David
Buckland and Claire Sykes. A culmination of a two-year project, the exhibition opens in the Roloff
Beny Gallery and Thorsell Spirit House at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) on October 19, 2013 –
February 2, 2014, as part of the Carbon 14: Climate is Culture Exhibition + Festival.

Cape Farewell began the project in November 2011, when artists, including film makers, poets and
musicians, met with scientists, economists and other climate change professionals, to spark a creative
dialogue on issues related to climate change. The resulting Carbon 14: Climate is Culture exhibition
features 13 art installations, including seven new commissions by Canadian and international artists,
from various disciplines, all confronting the facts of climate change and responding in powerful and
creative ways.

For more details: www.rom.on.ca

Royal Ontario Museum — 100 Queen’s Park

 
Start: October 19, 2013
End: February 2, 2014
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Location: Royal Ontario Museum