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October 12, 2013 – September 1, 2014

Chester Brown and Louis Riel

October 12, 2013 – September 2014.

Max and Madeleine Clarkson Studio and Georgia Ridley Salon.

For more than two decades, Chester Brown has been one of Canada’s leading cartoonists. His innovative and influential Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography, which expanded the audience for Canadian cartooning, celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013. A selection of original drawings from the publication is now on view at the AGO. The works feature the Manitoba politician and Métis leader Louis David Riel fleeing from Fort Garry (now Winnipeg), and his subsequent hanging for treason. Brown’s work combines bold imagery, stark compositions and simple texts to convey a complex Canadian tragedy that remains, for many, controversial and unresolved.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario.

For more details: www.ago.net

Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

Start: October 12, 2013
End: September 1, 2014
Location: Art Gallery of Ontario

March 8, 2014 – September 1, 2014

The Forbidden City

For over 500 years, the gates of the world’s largest imperial palace were closed to all but the emperor, his family and servants. This stunning new 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.

Compelling characters, engaging stories, and family adventure frame these extraordinary objects as you journey from the gates of the outer court, through the inner court and into the emperor’s private spaces, revealing the everyday lives of all those who paid a price to live inside.

For tickets: www.rom.on.ca/en/forbidden-city

Royal Ontario Museum — 100 Queen’s Park

Start: March 8, 2014
End: September 1, 2014
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May 7, 2014 – September 1, 2014

Fashioning the Intangible: the conceptual clothing of Ying Gao

The expressive garments of Canadian designer Ying Gao appear to be made of air and light. Bridging art, science and technology, Gao’s clothing materializes the immaterial with interplay between matter and imagination, and between the tangible body and the infinite expression of its embellishment. Poetic effects are developed through computational systems, motors, sensors, embedded electronics, pneumatic and interactive technologies – and with a distinctive aesthetic grace. A focus on urban cultures and transformation is central to this exhibition, which presents six installations produced between 2008 and 2013.

For more details: www.textilemuseum.ca

Textile Museum of Canada — 55 Centre Avenue

Textile Museum of Canada
Start: May 7, 2014
End: September 1, 2014

June 20, 2014 – September 1, 2014

To See & Be Seen: T-shirts from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives

Presented on the occasion of WorldPride 2014 Toronto, To See & Be Seen features T-shirts from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives representing over four decades of the fight for visibility and recognition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities. From organizations such as ACT UP, Queer Nation and local LGBTQ Pride events in Toronto and beyond, together they demonstrate a range of messages from expressions of identity, political and social struggles, to the celebration of community, love and pride.

For more details: www.textilemuseum.ca

Textile Museum of Canada — 55 Centre Avenue

Textile Museum of Canada
Start: June 20, 2014
End: September 1, 2014

August 29, 2014 – September 1, 2014

Artfest Toronto

August 29 – September 1

Artfest Toronto, now in its 8th year, is emerging as one of Toronto’s favorite summer art shows. Celebrating painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music, and more from Canada’s top artists, set throughout the cobblestone lanes of the Historic Distillery District in downtown Toronto.

Free admission.

For more information, please visit: artfestontario.com

The Distillery District — 55 Mill Street

Start: August 29, 2014
End: September 1, 2014
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May 1, 2014 – September 7, 2014

Malcolmson Collection

To celebrate the recent acquisition of the Malcolmson Collection, a selection of the best works will go on view in two focused presentations, integrated in the European galleries – one dedicated to works from the 19th century and another to works from the 20th century. Highlighting key technical innovations, alongside new ways of seeing, these exhibitions will illuminate the ways the medium transformed our sense of the world.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario

Website: www.ago.net

Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

Start: May 1, 2014
End: September 7, 2014

September 4, 2014 – September 14, 2014

Toronto International Film Festival

September 4 – September 14, 2014. The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is the world’s largest public film festival, screening more than 300 films from around the world in venues across the city. Visit our new home at TIFF Bell Lightbox to get into the Festival spirit year-round.

Website: www.tiff.net

TIFF Bell Lightbox — 350 King St. West (and other venues)

Start: September 4, 2014
End: September 14, 2014

September 18, 2014


ScienceROCKS! will transform the Ontario Science Centre into a music playground, where adults 19+ can rock out to live performances, engage in innovative presentations, explore the new exhibition The Science of Rock ‘N’ Roll and enjoy ROLLING STONES AT THE MAX on the IMAX® screen. Each evening event rocks a different theme, and all are accompanied by great food, cocktails and rock-it science!

7 pm to midnight

Ages 19+ only. Valid Photo ID required at the door.

TICKETS: $15 in advance; $18 at the door; and $15 Members (anytime).

Website: www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/Calendar/220/

Ontario Science Centre — 770 Don Mills Road

Otario Science Centre
Date: September 18, 2014

September 18, 2014 – September 21, 2014

The Sketchbook Project

Trinity Square, 1 Trinity Street

September 18 – 21

The Sketchbook Project is an evolving library that features more than 18,000 artists’ books contributed by creative people from 130+ countries. The Sketchbook Project transports thousands of sketchbooks city-to-city in their custom Mobile Library. Join us for the only Toronto stop on the tour, and you’ll be able to make a free library card on-site and search our catalog by tag words, location, themes, and even find books by local artists.

Free admission.

For more information, please visit www.sketchbookproject.com

Start: September 18, 2014
End: September 21, 2014
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June 28, 2014 – September 21, 2014

Charles Edenshaw

This exhibition constitutes the first comprehensive survey of works by this ninetheenth century carver of wood, argillite and metal and affords a rare opportunity to consider Charles Edenshaw’s creative output as a totality. It is structured around four principal themes that expand on aspects of Edenshaw’s art and his legacy. The first section, Haida Traditions, features a number of objects the artist made for his family and for practical use that demonstrate the depth of cultural values imbedded in his work. The next section, featuring carved platters, is focused on Edenshaw’s representation of Haida stories and his development of Narrative structures. The section that follows is dedicated to Edenshaw’s celebrated Style and draws attention to defining characteristics of his aesthetic through a range of objects, including model poles and bracelets as well as the painted designs on hats and baskets. The final section centres on the artist’s incorporation of diverse cultural influences and the complex New Forms that resulted through increased contact with Europeans, such as walking sticks and silver spoons.

Charles Edenshaw is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Robin K. Wright, Professor of Art History, Curator and Director of the Bill Holm Center at the Burke Museum, University of Washington and Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator/Associate Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery, with Haida advisors James Hart and Robert Davidson. The exhibition is made possible with support from The Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Government of Canada through the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage, and Mr. David Aisenstat.

Website: www.mcmichael.com

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

Start: June 28, 2014
End: September 21, 2014