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April 24, 2012

Event Digest Vol. 8 No. 17


April 24, 2012


1. Toronto ICC AT THE ROM April 23 Social Media Party

2. Mississauga Blackwood Gallery April 23 Door to Door

3. Toronto Neilson Park Creative Centre April 23 East Central Art Association Juried Show

4. Toronto Gallery 44 April 26 Photopia

5. Kitchener Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery April 25 Lunchtime Lecture

6. Toronto Mercer Union April 26 Ian Carr-Harris & Yvonne Lammerich

7. Whitby Station Gallery April 26 Drawing for Art

8. Toronto Diaz Contemporary April 26 Elizabeth McIntosh: Pink Nude

9. Mississauga OAAG and AGM April 27-28 Creativ Festival

10. Grimsby Grimsby Public Art Gallery April 28 Wayzgoose

11. London Museum London April 28 Slow Art Day

12. Kleinburg McMichael Canadian Art Collection April 29 Modernity in Canada: the Forerunners of the Group of Seven

13. Mississauga Art Gallery of Mississauga to April 29 Lila Lewis Irving: Con Spirito | Retrospective

14. Toronto Harbourfront Centre May 2-5 World Stage

15. Hamilton Art Gallery of Hamilton May 3-6 Spring Art Sale

16. Kitchener Homer Watson House & Gallery May 5 Bringing Heritage Home

17. Guelph Macdonald Stewart Art Centre May 5 Summer Art Camp Registration 

18. Toronto AGO May 5 Max Dean: Album

19. Burlington Burlington Art Centre May 5 High and Low - Tony and Sheila Clennell

20. Kingston Agnes Etherington Art Centre May 12 Beyond the Battlefield: The World of 1812

21. Barrie MacLaren Art Centre to May 27 Jon Sasaki: Good Intentions

22. Oakville Oakville Galleries to June 10 Keren Cytter: Based on a True Story 


1. ICC AT THE ROM Social Media Party


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Culture + Cocktails - YES PLEASE!


A Social Media Party

Monday, April 23rd at 7 pm

1214 Queen Street West - The Gladstone Hotel

The ICC co-presents an exciting event at the Gladstone Hotel, where ICC fans can mix and mingle with each other, share their experiences via Twitter, and plot the future of art and culture in Toronto. We'll be giving away a free ROM membership! 

Come dressed inspired by the future!  

No RSVP required - Please note this event is 19+.

Friday Night Live @ ROM

Drinks. DJs. Dinosaurs. 

Fridays from April 20 to June 22. 

6 PM - 11 PM at the Royal Ontario Museum. 

Expect the unexpected. Be a part of history at the most unique social destination in the City. Drink and Dance among the ROM's dinosaurs, and explore events throughout the Museum.  

Pop-up Food/Drink by Fidel Gastro's, JK Frites, Waffle Bar and c5. DJs provided by ElectriCITY Events. Themed programming every Friday!

 $9 cover, $8 students, members free.* 

19+ (ID required at door)

Food/Drink tickets on-site starting at $5. 

* With the exception of the Friday, June 22 Culmination Party, which is specially ticketed. 


Larry Towell, Donovan Wylie: Afghanistan 

Opens to the public May 5th, 2012 

Preview Date: Friday, May 4th - 6-8 pm

This arresting exhibition brings together recent work by two acclaimed Magnum photographers exploring the ongoing armed conflict in Afghanistan.

Co-presented by the ICC and the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

More details on the exhibit preview and other Afghanistan inspired programs coming soon.


Royal Ontario Museum | 100 Queens Park | Toronto | ON | M5S 2C6 | Canada




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Blackwood Gallery presents the fourth edition of DOOR TO DOOR


April 23 to April 29, 2012


Curated by Christof Migone

With Gina Badger and Tazeen Qayyum


Door to Door is an exhibition home delivery service. A cumulation of instant sites. An exhibition of moments. We are dislocating the gallery through a spatial and temporal splintering process. It is here and there, and there, and there, ... The starting premise for this itinerant series is to present work that delivers itself to you. In other words, if you cannot come to the gallery, the gallery will come to you.


About the projects


Gina Badger - Temagami Crescent (2012)

Where are we? Centered on one residential suburban street in Mississauga, Ontario, this postcard series presents five possible answers to this question. Temagami Crescent's name, like that of so many other streets around it, maps one Indigenous reality—in this case, Temagami First Nation on Bear Island, Ontario—onto another—Mississauga First Nation—managing to obscure the Indigenous character of both in the process. Working against this naturalizing tendency, this project maps a series of five overlapping regions, defined by characteristics such as present-day First Nations communities, watersheds, treaties, correctional facilities, plant species and etymology. The maps are delivered as postcards, one a day for a week, to each household on Temagami Crescent, and are posted simultaneously on the artist's website, An illustrated practice of learning the land, this project has been developed for a largely non-Indigenous audience by an artist who is the descendent of settlers in Treaty 6 territory, in present-day Alberta.


The artist wishes to acknowledge and express thanks for access to the diverse histories and bodies of knowledge that inform this project, and would like to acknowledge in particular the territory of the Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation and the astute and generous folks at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto.



Tazeen Qayyum – Threading Encounters (2012)

An interactive performance project that delves into the significance of a simple act of shaping eyebrows, and the impact it has on the daily routine of Mississauga households. The women who participate in the project will take some time out from their regular chores, and I will observe how they experience the meaningful and productive results of such an encounter.


In Threading Encounters I offer randomly selected women to invite me to their house for the purpose of getting their eyebrows shaped and threaded by me. Upon meeting a complete stranger in the privacy of their home, I intend to examine the dynamics of 'engagement' and the quality of a spontaneous conversation between unknown individuals during an intimate and intrusive act.


Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1990), the founding co-director of Quality of Life Research Institute, called the concept of engagement 'Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience', which he defined as a state in which a subject becomes totally absorbed in an activity; a state of focused attention characterized by decreased self-consciousness and time awareness.


The Threading Encounter begins at the very moment when a willing participant receives my project flyer and makes a call to set an appointment, inviting me to their home. Once there, together we establish a suitable space, select a chair, improvise available lighting, and get to know each other. During the threading activity, which has its own set of distinct gestural and physical dynamics, I initiate a conversation that evokes curiosity, stimulates memory, and provides opportunities to hear personal stories and make friends, all the while both of us are completely engaged in the activity.


Since threading in the Greater Toronto Area is the preferred method of removing facial hair by the women of South Asian origin, the project also examines the relevance of minority identity politics, the multi-layered collective memories and expressions of communities within the diversity of Canada. Finding a salon offering this service is amongst the first things an immigrant South Asian woman looks for in any new land. I see this act as a subtle yet strong cultural expression of adhering to previous conditioning and the small pleasures found in familiarity.


Threading Encounters is documented through photographs taken at participating households as well as a log journal, documenting the flyer distribution, phone calls, appointments made, and the visit itself.



Call Tazeen at 416-309-0011or email to setup an appointment. Women of all ages and backgrounds are welcome.


Mon - Friday: 10am-6pm

Sat: 11am - 6pm

Sun: 11am - 6pm


About the artists

Gina Badger is an artist and writer working in the expanded field of sculpture and installation. Her favoured research methods include listening, walking, eating and drinking. She has presented work internationally at venues including The Kitchen (NYC); LACMA (Los Angeles); Issue Project Room (NYC); and the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), and has recently published in the journals No More Potlucks, Scapegoat and Public, and in the books Intellectual Birdhouse: Artistic Practice as Research (Walther Konig) and Byproduct: On the Excess of Embedded Art Practices (YYZ). Currently living and working in Toronto, Badger holds an M.S. in Visual Studies from MIT. A collaborator at heart, Gina is a member of the Montreal-based Artivistic Collective, and is currently the editorial director of FUSE Magazine.

Tazeen Qayyum is a contemporary miniature painter who received her BFA in Visual Arts from the National College of Arts Lahore, Pakistan in 1996. Her work has been shown internationally in both solo and group exhibitions, some of which include ' The Veiled' at the Textile Museum of Canada, 'The Rising Tide: New Directions in Art from Pakistan 1990 -2010', Mohatta Palace Museum, Pakistan, ‘Urban Myths & Modern Fables’, University of Sydney, Australia and UTSC, Toronto, ‘A Thousand and One Days: The Art of Pakistani Women Miniaturists’ at the Academy of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii, ‘JAALA Exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Japan,  ‘Homecoming’, at the National Gallery of Pakistan and 'CodeLive Metro' at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Her work has received several critical reviews including in The New York Times (2009) and The Globe and Mail (2011).


Generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

Blackwood Gallery

University of Toronto Mississauga

3359 Mississauga Rd. N.

Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6



3. NEILSON PARK CREATIVE CENTRE East Central Art Association Juried Show


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Neilson Park Creative Centre

56 Neilson Drive

Toronto, Ontario M9C 1V7

T: 416.622.5294

F: 416.622.0892

It’s not too late to register for Spring Course registration!



APRIL 23 - MAY 13 

The ECOAA returns to the Toronto area for this year’s greatly anticipated juried exhibition. Main Gallery. Reception: April 29, 1-4 pm.


APRIL 23 - MAY 13 

Join us for CAGT’s latest exhibition of original, calligraphic works. Hall Gallery



MAY 14 - JUNE 3

Colourflo features watercolour, acrylic, mixed media and silk works from Marie A. Prospero, Jeanette Labelle, Marjorie Francoz and Angela Lynch. Although unique in their ways, they all share a passion for their art and the pursuit of excellence. Main Gallery. Receptions: Tuesday, May 15; 7-9 pm & Sunday, June 3; 1-4 pm. 


MAY 14 - JUNE 3

Alice Berloni, Clare Chen Ralston and Gwen Tooth present abstract acrylic paintings, each with their own unique approach and style. Hall Gallery. Artists in attendance: May 17; 7-9 pm.


4. GALLERY 44 Photopia


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Supporters Preview

Wednesday April 25, 6 pm to 8 pm

Exclusive to friends of Gallery 44 who have contributed, or would like to contribute $50 or more to the gallery.

Opening party, sale and lottery draw with over $6,000 in prizes

Thursday April 26, 6 pm to 10 pm

Free Admission

Sales continues

Friday April 27 to Saturday April 28, 11 am to 5 pm


Add to your collection, or buy your first piece at PHOTOPIA! The gallery's walls will be adorned with a stunning selection of photographs created by talented local artists, both members and friends of Gallery 44. With many pieces priced below $500, there is artwork in every price range. PHOTOPIA raises funds for Gallery 44's education and exhibition programs and thus is a fabulous way to support a culture of art in Toronto, and in your own home.

The Supporters Preview is exclusive to friends of Gallery 44 who have contributed, or would like to contribute $50 or more to the gallery. It features a wine & cheese reception, director's exhibition tour, and advance sale. PHOTOPIA opens to the public on Thursday April 26 with our hottest party of the year, featuring an exciting lottery raffle, fantastic food, signature cocktails, special guest DJ, beautiful people and artwork for everyone. Come early to get the piece you have your eye on! Doors open at 6 PM.

PHOTOPIA is a great opportunity to acquire works by over 100 emerging and established contemporary artists, including: Misbah Ali • Tobi Asmoucha • Sally Ayre • James Blake • Dr. Roberta Bondar • Mary Bramley • Jason Brown • Edward Burtynsky • Marco Buonocore • Robert Burley • Jamie Campbell • Alex Coley • Molly Crealock • Chris Curreri • Robyn Cumming • Nathan Cyprys • Neil Fenton • Noah Gano • Colwyn Griffith • Jonathan Groeneweg • Toni Hafkenscheid • Osheen Harruthoonyan • Shelagh Howard • Ben Huang • Jim Hurtubise • Chris Ironside • Deborah Kanfer • Laurie Kang • Joan Kaufman • Brendan George Ko • Kelly Lamorie • Christine Lucy Latimer • Jennifer Long • Jesse Louttit • Peter Andrew Lusztyk • Margarita McDonald • Sandy Middleton • Andrew B. Myers• Michael O'Brien • Lindsay Page • Oliver Pauk • Mark Peckmezian • Catherine Polcz • Helena Raposo • Terence Reeves • Dale Reid • Eileen Reilly • Darren Rigo • Yari Sacco • Eugen Sakhnenko • Clare Samuel • Derek Shapton • Chris Shepherd • Laurence Siegel • Meera Margaret Singh • Peter Sramek • Maju Tavera • Sarah Thompson • Monica Vichar • Joan Lillian Wilson • Elise Windsor • Kirk Wynter and more!

View a selection of artwork online: PHOTOPIA PREVIEW GALLERY

PHOTOPIA also features a lottery draw for the following prizes:

Aeroplan (160,000 miles) • CONTACT Photography Festival Limited Edition Suzy Lake Print ($1,500.00) • Planet in Focus festival passes ($180.00) • Stephen Bulger Gallery art publications ($97.00) • Toronto Image Works gift certificate ($250.00) • Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival 2 passes ($160.00) • Dancap Productions - 2 tickets for Beauty and the Beast ($230.00), 2 tickets for West Side Story ($270.00) • Art Metropole prize pack with books and swag ($200.00) • gallerywest Portfolio Review ($150.00) • LIFT workshop voucher ($200.00) • Drake Hotel Gift card ($100.00) • Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre Arena family package ($150.00) • Canadian Opera Company Semele tickets ($140) • Luminato tickets ($175) • Leslieville Cheese Market gift certificate for Cheese Fan Event ($40) • Nicholas Hoare Bookstore gift certificate ($30.00) • PREFIX PHOTO magazine subscription ($28.00) • Theatre Passe Muraille - 2 tickets ($50.00) • Woolfitts Art Enterprises photo paper portfolio pack ($50.00) • Lomography Store publication ($50.00) • La Palette Gift certificate ($50.00) • Saman Design gift certificate for vinyl lettering ($100) • The Black Hoof Gift certificate ($100.00) • Tarragon Theatre tickets ($90.00) • Good Egg Workshop voucher ($75.00) • Canadian Stage Company tickets ($85.00) • DanceWorks tickets ($75.00) • Kindle e-Reader with Wi-Fi ($150) • Riverdale Mac gift certificate ($25) • Hopgood's Foodliner gift certificate ($100)

Buy a ticket today! $10 each at Gallery 44

Draw will be held during PHOTOPIA opening reception, Thurs. April 26, 6pm – 10pm

Lottery license #698274

Thank you to all of our supporting donors and participating artists!


For more information please contact:

Robyn York, Development and Communication Coordinator

Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography

401 Richmond Street West, Suite 120

Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8

(416) 979-3941

Gallery 44 is open Tuesday to Saturday 11 am to 5 pm

Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography is a non-profit artist-run centre committed to photography as a multi-faceted and ever-changing artform. Founded in 1979 to establish a supportive environment for the development of photography, Gallery 44's mandate is to provide a context for reflection and dialogue on contemporary photography and its related practices. Gallery 44 offers exhibition and publication opportunities to national and international artists, award-winning education programs, and affordable production facilities for artists. Through its programs, Gallery 44 is engaged in changing conceptions of the photographic image and its modes of production.




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Free Lunchtime Lectures @ KW|AG

Spend your lunch hour with the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery and discover the world of contemporary art. 

Join us on Wednesday, April 25 at 12:15 p.m. for a free lunchtime lecture. The lunchtime lectures are part of a series hosted by the Gallery as a light introduction to the concepts, themes and issues explored in the art of today.  

The lunchtime lectures run each Wednesday through to May 2, 2012. 

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (located in the Centre In The Square)

101 Queen Street North, Kitchener ON Canada

N2H 6P7


Connecting people and ideas through art


6. MERCER UNION Ian Carr-Harris & Yvonne Lammerich


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Ian Carr-Harris &

Yvonne Lammerich

Thursday 26 April

7 PM, Location TBC


Reading by

Jacob Wren

Thursday 31 May

7 PM, Mercer Union

IN STUDIO with Ian Carr-Harris & Yvonne Lammerich

Thursday 26 April, 7 PM

Location will be confirmed on RSVP

Join in this exclusive opportunity to meet over drinks with artists Ian Carr-Harris and Yvonne Lammerich at their private studio.

Free and guaranteed to Mercer Union Sustaining Members on RSVP

Space is extremely limited. Select tickets may be available to non-Sustaining Members for $25. For membership inquiries, contact York Lethbridge, Director of Operations & Development by email at or by calling 416.536.1519.    

Ian Carr-Harris is an artist based in Toronto whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 1971. Exhibitions include the Paris Biennale (1975), the Venice Biennale (1984), Documenta (1987), the Canadian Biennial at the National Gallery (1989), the Sydney Biennale (1990), the Montreal Biennale (1998) and Threshold at The Power Plant, Toronto (1998). He has been Director of Library Services and Chair of the Experimental Arts & the Sculpture/Installation programs, as well as Acting Chair of the Criticism and Curatorial program at OCADU, where he continues to teach full time as an instructor in studio and theory. Carr-Harris’s active publication schedule includes the writing of reviews and articles as well as catalogue essays. He was a founding board member of A Space (1971) and The Power Plant (1987), and has served on boards at Harbourfront and the Art Gallery of Ontario. He is represented by Susan Hobbs Gallery in Toronto.

Yvonne Lammerich has exhibited in Canada and Europe since the 1980s, including peinture peinture, Montreal (1997, 1999), Le Musée de Quebec (1998), and the Québec International Biennale, 2000. Since moving to Toronto she has contributed a major installation, Island, to the Nature in the Garage Project, Toronto (2006) and mounted a solo exhibition, Belief, at Diaz Contemporary in 2008. Also in 2008 she was invited as one of three artists to participate in Correspondence / Common Ground at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery as well as exhibiting Abitation 1608-2008 at the Trianon Gallery in Lethbridge. In 2010 she co-produced (with Ian Carr-Harris) the project Copy This to the exhibition Art School Dismissed, Toronto. In 2011 she initiated the TMCA project (Toronto Museum of Contemporary Art – a hybrid virtual Museum) through the exhibition It takes everyone to know no one at the Barnicke Gallery (2011). Upcoming in June, 2012, is the Ideal House Project, School of Architecture, Cambridge Art Gallery/University of Waterloo. Over her career she has curated several exhibitions and written for Parachute, Canadian Art, and Contemporary Magazine, London UK. She participated in the Banff residency “The Future of Idea Art” in 2006, and in 2010/11 she taught at Zayed University in Dubai. Her work is represented in a number of private and public collections, and articulates the simultaneity of experiencing the body's response as we navigate both real and projected space.

Image: Yvonne Lammerich and Ian Carr-Harris, Abitation (model after W.C. Jeffries' rendering, installation view).

Mercer Union acknowledges the support of its members and patrons, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.

Mercer Union

1286 Bloor Street West

Toronto ON M6H 1N9 Canada



7. STATION GALLERY Drawing for Art 


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What's on @ Station Gallery...




Thursday, April 26, 2012

7:00pm - 10:00pm

(Doors Open at 6:00pm)

An annual favourite that puts original artwork into your hands and home. Only 100 tickets are available. Each $200 ticket includes two admissions, food & beverages and one original artwork selection. Artwork images available online and in-gallery now, 2012 - visit for details.


Saturday May 5, 2012

10:00am - 4:00pm


Explore Whitby's heritage through a free one day self-guided tour. Learn local history and architecture through a selection of heritage sites and glimpse inside otherwise-closed or private buildings (including 42 year old Station Gallery). Learn more at


CURATOR ON THE GO presents “Sovfoto: Behind the Iron Curtain” *NEW*

Mon. May 7, 2012




Location: Brooklin Community Centre & Library

In 2003, the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie acquired a vast collection of black and white photographs showing life from behind the Iron Curtain. These vintage pictures gave a glimpse into a world quite different than our own. It showed a society mobilized for war and a superpower taking shape. On May 7th, join Olexander Wlasenko (Curator, Station Gallery) as he takes you on a journey through this compelling and controversial image bank known as the Sovfoto Collection. This presentation will open a window onto a parallel universe of the Soviet Union that was closed for the greater part of the last century.  

Youth Programs

We offer hands-on creative opportunities for young people that connect them directly with artists and their community. Visit to learn about 10+ initiatives developed for today's Youth.

Want to get involved?

Learn more about Station Gallery's Youth programs - contact our Education Manager by calling 905.668.4185.


Youth Summer Camp (Eco Art)

Mon. Aug. 20 – Thurs. Aug. 23 

9:00am - 4:00pm 

13 - 16 years 

$165 member / $180 non-member

Station Gallery's youth camp will focus on the idea of the natural environment. Participants will enjoy a variety of environmentally themed hands-on art projects. All activities are sure to inspire creative thought and make summer camp a memorable experience!


Thurs. May 24

5:30pm - 7:00pm

FREE for SG members/$15 Non Member

Learn all about presenting your work. We will be discussing displaying individual pieces of work as well as putting together exhibitions.

Station Gallery is free to the public and open seven days a week. 

Visit us at 1450 Henry Street, Whitby, ON L1N 0A8 (located at the corner of Victoria & Henry Streets, just south of the Whitby GO station). Open Monday - Friday 10am - 4:30pm, Open late Thursday's until 9pm and open weekends 12 - 4pm.


Twitter: @stationgallery

Facebook: Search "Station Gallery"


8. DIAZ CONTEMPORARY Elizabeth McIntosh: Pink Nude


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Elizabeth McIntosh

Pink Nude

26 April to 26 May 2012

Opening Thursday 26 April from 6 to 8

Diaz Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition by leading Canadian painter Elizabeth McIntosh, who has become well-known for her adventures in abstraction.  In this new body of characteristically diverse paintings, McIntosh is more direct in her references to the early modernist abstraction and still-life that have long inspired her.  Intersections are revealed between the approaches of these early modernists and McIntosh’s practice, such as an appreciation of trial and error, and of the playful development of autonomous works.  In dialogue with these early 20th century references, McIntosh expresses her commitment to an abstraction that involves a resistance to a pre-determined motif.

Pink Nude refers to the title of a Matisse painting completed in 1935. It is a painting that is well documented for the number of changes made to the composition and placement of the figure during the painting process.

In Pink Nude, McIntosh will introduce a group of small format paintings. This scale, new to McIntosh, has allowed her to work more quickly, thereby emphasizing the experimentation that marks her practice. She commences each painting with an excerpt or passage borrowed from a historical work. This starting point enters into dialogue with subsequent layers and over-painted forms, often becoming completely masked as newfound relationships are revealed. This process of improvisation harkens back to the adventurous and risky early days of abstraction.  She endeavors to paint in conversation with these moments in history, here making more perceptible her interest in mining this material and bringing it to new light in her own way.

Elizabeth McIntosh has exhibited widely across Canada. Recent solo exhibitions include Three Oranges at Exercise in Vancouver (2012) and Violet’s Hair at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver (2010-2011). Selected group exhibitions include Enacting Abstraction (2009) and PAINT (2006), both at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Her work is in major public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Vancouver Art Gallery. In 2010 ECU Press, in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts, published a monograph of her work entitled A Good Play. Elizabeth McIntosh lives in Vancouver where she is an Associate Professor at Emily Carr University. 

For more information please contact:

Colleen O'Reilly 

Diaz Contemporary

100 Niagara Street (at Tecumseth)

Toronto, ON  M5V 1C5


Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11 to 6, or by appointment


9. OAAG and AGM Creativ Festival


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OAAG and AGM at the Creativ Festival in Mississauga

Friday, April 27 & Saturday, April 28, 2012

International Centre, Halls 1 & 2, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON

Join OAAG and the Art Gallery of Mississauga at the Creativ Festival in Mississauga. The Creativ Festival is an expo that features workshops and booths on sewing, knitting, stitching, quilting, scrap booking, beadwork and more. It attracts 12,000 arts-interested people who make their own crafts at home from the Mississauga, Toronto and surrounding areas over two days. Parking is free.

OAAG is partnering with the Art Gallery of Mississauga on April 27!

Following an open invitation to all OAAG members to help animate the OAAG booth, the Art Gallery of Mississauga will present a free paper folding workshop led by artist Joe Vinski on Friday, April 27. Participants will learn unique ways that paper can be used to convey message and meaning. They will make origami wallets, envelopes and other simple forms.

The artist: Joe Vinski

Joe Vinski is a graduate of the University of Toronto & the Ontario College of Art & Design.  As an art instructor, consultant and independent curator he brings experience with professional teaching and art consultant practice.  Recent courses, workshops and affiliations include: Art Gallery of Mississauga, City of Mississauga, Living Arts Centre, Cambridge Galleries, Mississauga International Children’s Festival and various outreach programmes in the Peel Region.

Get in touch for free tickets to the Creativ Festival!

We have 25 complimentary tickets that we are giving away to interested members. If you would like a ticket, email Veronica Quach, the Communications and Events Coordinator, at

Or save $1 on online tickets.

Everybody can save $1 on online tickets with OAAG's promo code: 402OA. Feel free to pass this discount code along to interested parties or in email newsletters.




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Annual Book Arts Fair

Saturday April 28 from 9 am - 5 pm

In the Gallery, Library & Carnegie Building

Wayzgoose is our celebration of the handmade book. Each year on the last Saturday in April practitioners of book related crafts, including letterpress printers, printmakers, paper makers and hand bookbinders, gather at the gallery to present their work to the public, renew connections with colleagues and share their expertise with the next generation of artists and artisans. Wayzgoose started in 1979 as a small gathering of friends and colleagues that attracted about 300 visitors. Since then it has grown into an eagerly awaited annual event with an attendance of between 2000 and 2500 people. Participants and visitors come from across Ontario, Quebec and the North Eastern states. There are also often a few travelers from Europe, Japan and across the U.S. who find their way to Grimsby to enjoy and appreciate this fascinating craft.

The Wayzgoose Anthology has been part of the tradition since 1981. Sections, known as signatures, are hand bound into a volume that is sought after and cherished by many bibliophiles. Produced in an edition of 115, the Anthology is an original and lasting keepsake and also a means by which private presses that cannot come to Grimsby for the event are able to have a presence. Anthologies are $80 each; sales help to offset the costs associated with Wayzgoose. The 2012 Anthology will be available on the 28th; many back issues are also available.The impact that Wayzgoose has on culture and tourism in the Grimsby area is significant, both because of the number of people that come to town for the event and for the potential it has to generate repeat visitors. Wayzgoose provides a wonderful opportunity to experience first-hand the traditions that turned us into a literate society. We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones on Saturday, April 28th.


18 Carnegie Ln., Grimsby, ON., L3M 1Y1 

ph: 905-945-3246        fx: 905-945-1789





11. MUSEUM LONDON Slow Art Day


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Museum London is open:

Tuesday to Sunday 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm

Thursday until 9:00 pm

See more during Slow Art Day

Saturday, April 28, 12:00 noon

Cost: Free

Join us for Slow Art Day as we experience art in a new way. Instead of blurring past the art on this tour, we'll take our time to carefully examine five preselected works from the exhibitions for five minutes each. After the slow exercise, we'll meet for lunch to discuss the experience.


All-night Art-a-thon for teens

Friday, May 4, 7:00 pm 

Cost: Free

Our Youth Council is hosting an all-night art-making party and all teens are invited to participate. Teens will enjoy art-making workshops with great local artists until midnight. Then they'll stay up all night making their own art projects, which will be revealed to the public on Sunday, May 6.


Experience the Art of Eating

Saturday, May 12, 6:00 pm

Cost: $125, table of 8: $1000

Celebrate the majesty of the North with dinner, entertainment, a live and silent auction, and an exhibition experience. Proceeds support children's art and history programs at Museum London.

Buy tickets online Or call  519-661-0333      


Spend a Sunday at the Museum

There's no better place to spend a Sunday afternoon than at Museum London. Drop in for free art-making in Imagination Station at 1:00 pm. Join a free guided tour of the exhibitions at 2:00 pm, and catch a film as part of our monthly Family Films series. There's something happening each week.


421 Ridout Street North

London ON  N6A 5H4


12. MCMICHAEL CANADIAN ART COLLECTION Modernity in Canada: the Forerunners of the Group of Seven


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Sunday, April 29 at 11:30 a.m.

Modernity in Canada: the Forerunners of the Group of Seven Part of Art Chats. In a rapidly changing world, it is important to take the time to study what has come before. At the McMichael, we celebrate the innovation of a group of men who painted in the early part of the explosive twentieth century, but it is interesting to examine what went on in art before them. This Art Chat will look at the painters and influences that set the stage for the emergence of the Group of Seven. Space is limited to 17 people. Please register at the Admissions Desk.

(Registration required by April 27.)

Thursdays, May 3 to June 21, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (8 classes)

Art4Tots, Ages 3 to 5

This special program for pre-schoolers is back at the McMichael with a new attractive formula combining storytelling, creative play, and family style workshops. Created for youngsters from ages three to five, this program will offer an interactive exploration of the McMichael’s collection and grounds, as well as a studio component engaging both children and parents.

Cost: $170 general public; $136 McMichael members.

(Registration required by April 27.)

Saturday, May 5, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

ZENTANGLE Workshop with Susan Stortini

ZENTANGLE is a fun and easy way to learn a relaxing art form based on the analysis of intricate patterns and a simple-to-follow system for creating visually complex drawing compositions. Created by calligrapher Maria Thomas and musician Rick Roberts, the ZENTANGLE technique embraces both creativity and meditation in one enjoyable workshop. Susan Stortini is a certified

ZENTANGLE teacher who has had the privilege of learning the art and philosophy from the founders of this technique.

Cost: $45 general public; $36 McMichael members. Materials included.

Ongoing Exhibitions:

**Pluralities/Polarities 1950s–1990s: Selections from the McMichael Collection

**Legends: Norval Morrisseau and Anishinabek "Woodland School" Artists

**Inuit Traditions

McMichael Canadian Art Collection

10365 Islington Ave., Kleinburg, Ontario, L0J 1C0


Gallery Hours

Open daily 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Gallery Admission

Adult $15; Senior/Student (with ID) $12; Family $30; Children under 5 free


13. ART GALLERY OF MISSISSAUGA Lila Lewis Irving: Con Spirito | Retrospective


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Art Gallery of Mississauga

300 City Centre Drive

Mississauga, ON

L5B 3C1


M,T,W,F 10 am - 5 pm, Thurs 10 am - 8 pm, Sat & Sun Noon - 4 pm 

Free Admission




Lila Lewis Irving: Con Spirito | Retrospective


Con Spirito highlights a career spanning fifty years and igniting movement inspired by a contagious and enigmatic spirit. New York-born Irving has embraced abstraction as a pure and personal form. Her paintings, in her words, are a “response to a visual or emotional reality. The shapes are simplified and bold, the colours are saturated, the brushstrokes energetic.”


AGM Curator Stuart Keeler says, “If Lila were to paint air, she would depict for us what we intuitively feel around us every moment we breathe.” A true devotee of abstract expressionism and a former student of abstract expressionist artist Helen Frankenthaler, Irving is committed to the notion that the canvas is “an arena in which to act,” and the marks, moments and actions revealed are, in the artist’s words, “not a picture, but an event.” At 76, Irving’s spontaneity and intuition are paired with a spiritual need to record energetic compositions with colour, line and motion. Hallmarks of Irving’s work are unconventional painting materials: a broom, a mop, and a spoon, among others. These objects create and diffuse line; they have become active weapons of her signature mark making. The use of unconventional painting tools is arguably common in abstract painting work, however, Irving brings a remarkable scale and rigour to her work.


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Wednesdays in March and April | 11 am – 1 pm | Meditation in Motion: Tai Chi in the Gallery


All ages. FREE! Jill Heath – Tai Chi Instructor 

An Ancient Chinese meditational movement exercise will take place in the galleries. RSVP 905 896 5088


Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28, 10 – 8 pm

AGM at the OAAG Creativ Festival

Ontario Association of Art Galleries, International Centre (6900 Airport Road, Mississauga)


Friday, April 27, Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, 1 - 4 pm

Meet the Artist Afternoon Tea: Lila Lewis Irving

Final weekend of Con Spirito! Have Tea and conversation with the artist in the Gallery. All are welcome!


Saturday, April 28 , 3 pm

Appassionata | Lila Lewis Irving Book Signing & Reading

Come and meet the artist and writers that have contributed to the Retrospective exhibition publication project! RSVP 905 896 5088 /


May 3 | ART AUCTION | SILVER: 9th Annual Fine Art Auction

Tickets $75, includes $50 voucher for live auction

PREVIEW:  Wednesday, May 2, 5 pm – 8 pm and Thursday, May 3, 2 pm – 5 pm


Join us at the Art Gallery of Mississauga for ART AUCTION | SILVER! This annual major fundraising event will feature a variety of prestigious and noteworthy items, as well as an outstanding art selection produced by recognized and emerging talent.


ART AUCTION | SILVER  features works by celebrated contemporary Canadian artists, including Dean Baldwin, Walter Bachinski, Lise Beaudry, Lila Lewis Irving, Micah Lexier, Morris Lum, Kelly Mark and Jeannie Thib.


Thursday, May 3, 10 – 4 pm | TEDx (TED Talk) “REBEL” - Youth Presentation and Collaborative talk - National Youth Week.

Auditorium at The University of Toronto-Mississauga.


Friday, May 4 – Thursday, May 10 | CLOSED for Installation


Sunday, May 6, 2 - 3 pm | Shawn Micallef, A 60 minute Psychogeographic Walking Tour of Mississauga

Meet at the AGM

Discover Mississauga at the pace of a stroll. Wander the city with Shawn Micallef and feel free to suggest directions or stops along the way. Micallef is the author of Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto, an editor of Spacing Magazine and co-founder of [murmur], a location based mobile phone documentary project. RSVP 905 896 5088 /


See AGM website for details and other upcoming events!




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Hip Hop dance company Compagnie Käfig returns to Harbourfront Centre with Agwa/Correria as part of World Stage


Compagnie Käfig (France/Brazil) comes to Harbourfront Centre as part of World Stage with Agwa/Correria from May 2-5, 2012 at the Fleck Dance Theatre. This marks the company’s return to Harboufront since 2004 with their sell-out production of Corps est Graphique.


“Poetic and organic.” – Le Monde


“These young Brazilians brought the house down. Their Agwa is pure champagne.” – Le Progrés


"Absolutely irresistible!’’ - Le Figaro


Hip hop prodigy Mourad Merzouki brings France and Brazil together to create poetic urban dance with exuberant and explosive power. In 2006, Merzouki invited 11 young dancers from Rio de Janerio to the Lyon Dance Biennial to create Agwa/Correria. These dynamic Brazilian performers demonstrate a passion for dance, mixing complex hip-hop with capoeira, samba, electronic music and bossa nova.


In this inventive double-bill, Agwa takes place between tight corridors of little cups of water. This athletic and acrobatic piece examines the vital resource of water and it’s symbolism of renewal. Correria is a stylized endurance piece that lunges into a whirlwind of the frenzied modern world. Agwa/Correria is suitable for children ages six and up.


By avoiding all the social stereotypes, Compagnie Käfig has managed to assert a unique style all its own. While honouring its origins, the company has heralded the hip hop movement, winning over audiences as diverse as those of the dancers.  With hip hop dance, the members of the company have, each in their own way, progressively trained themselves and have enriched a vocabulary. Merzouki's endeavor to engage urban youth extends beyond choreographic creations, introducing hip-hop and contemporary dance culture to the public through their performances and in workshops and master classes.


Born in Lyon, France, Mourad Merzouki is the artistic director of Compagnie Käfig, which he founded in 1996. Merzouki started learning martial and circus arts when he was seven-years-old. As a teenager, his discovery of the hip hop culture led him towards the dance world. He soon decided to develop his hip hop movements with more professional goals. Merzouki blends his experience in circus and martial arts with hip hop dance and culture to create works that have earned him choreographic awards from the International Dance Festival in Wolfsburg, Germany, La Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques and Lyon’s Lumières de la Culture.


Performance details: 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012: 8pm

Thursday, May 3, 2012: 8pm

Friday, May 4, 2012: 8pm

Saturday, May 5, 2012: 8pm

Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West.

Tickets: $45, $36 (seniors and artsworkers), $15 (CultureBreak – children and youth 13 to 25 years-old) available at Harbourfront Centre’s Box Office. Call 416-973-4000, email or visit

May 3 performance will be followed by a free talkshow for ticket holders. Hosted by The Dance Current's Kathleen Smith, the talkshow is an opportunity for audience members to engage in conversation with Mourad Merzouki and dancers from the company.


*MEDIA NOTE: Media materials are available at World Stage 2012’s media site:

For complete event details and full schedule, the public may visit or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West, in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage 2012 gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and Westin Harbour Castle, the official host hotel of World Stage.


Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site it operates in the heart of Toronto’s downtown waterfront.

For more media information contact:

Amanda Lee



Harbourfront Centre Announces Summer Festival Season Highlights

Over 50 reasons to check out “The World in One Place”

Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce the first details of the 2012 Summer Festival season, in which over twenty festivals and events bring “The World in One Place.”

Between May and October, hundreds of artists of all stripes unite at more than twenty FREE festivals and events taking place at the heart of Toronto’s waterfront. Join us in celebrating local and international cultural communities through film screenings, art exhibitions, culinary events, live music, theatre and more!

Highlights from the 2012 summer season are below and include:

Zero Gravity Circus’s acrobatic hijinx

A Canada Day celebration with The Hidden Cameras, Airplane Boys and more

Afro-funk from Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonoul

Chefs from around the world battle at the International Iron Chef Competition

African string music from Masters of Mali featuring Sidi Touré

Susuriwka – Willow Bridge, a Canadian-Japanese dance and musical collaboration

Theatre Panik’s The Corpse Bride

Full festival programming and additional ticketed events will be announced shortly. For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit or call the Information Hotline at           416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

For high-resolution images and additional media resources, visit our summer media page:


Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront. Our 2012 Summer Festival Season explores the idea of “Crossroads,” which represent the junctures at which artists and members of various communities must make essential choices. For more information visit

Summer 2012 Festival Highlights

HarbourKIDS: The Toronto International Circus Festival, May 19-21

Our festival partner supplies acrobats, clowns and more for the Zero Gravity Circus Showcase

Physical Theatre Workshops with Wonderbolt Circus

Stand Up Dance’s Family Dance Parties for dancers of all ages

NXNE (North by Northeast), June 16-17

Live music from Russian crazed musical gypsies Jumple, one-man-band dynamo The People of Canada and more

Franco-Fête: Toronto's International Francophone Festival, co-produced by La Franco-Fête de Toronto, June 22-24

For its 30th anniversary, la Franco-Fête de Toronto offers a unique occasion to gather and celebrate the diversity of francophone culture.

Canada Day: Going Global presented by CIBC, June 29-July 2

Live music includes: A rare Toronto date from indie-pop stars The Hidden Cameras; the Western-pop-meets-Zulu-rhythms of Johnny Clegg; electro-hip-hop genre-mashers The Airplane Boys

The finalists in the “O Canada” Singing Competition

B-Boy and B-Girl dance competition The Call Out

Come Dance with Me Canada unleashes the power of the collective


Expressions of Brazil, co-produced by Southern Mirrors and Puente July 6-8

Live music includes: Brothers of Brazil, a duo mixing bossa nova, samba, rock, funk and more; and Maria Bonita and The Band, performing Forró music, a mix of European and African traditions

Flicks for all ages in the Brazilian Festival of Film & TV Family Film Series


SoundClash Festival July 13-15

Live music includes: Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou’s homemade voodoo funk all the way from Benin; closer to home, the SoundClash Music Award short-listed acts compete for cash and other prizes

Four dance/DJ crews face off in Bragging Rights: DJ Dance Battle

Hot & Spicy Food Festival: 15th Anniversary presented by CIBC, July 20-22

Chilean artist Ana Tijoux’s spicy blend of jazz, funk, hip hop and more

International chefs battle in the 9th annual International Iron Chef Competition

The Taco Takedown invites the public to determine Toronto’s best tacos

Classical IV: Strings, July 27-29

Masters of Mali featuring Sidi Touré introduce ancient African string music into the modern world

Calling all ukuleleists: The Ukulele Project invites the public to play along with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture

Island Soul presented by CIBC, Aug 3-6

Live music includes: Wailers’ frontman and rising Jamaican star Duane Stephenson; and a Tribute to the Grandmaster Calypsonian Lord Kitchener, one of Trinidad’s foremost musicians

Traditional dance, music and drama from Caribbean Folk Performers


Planet IndigenUS, co-produced by Woodland Cultural Centre, Aug 10-19

Wab Kinew and Sarah Podemski host the festival’s multi-disciplinary Opening Night Spectacle, “Celebrating the Crossroards”

Canadians Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (featuring Santee Smith) and Japan’s Yokohama Noh Theater combine efforts for Susuriwka – Willow Bridge (ticketed)

Live music includes: Robbie Robertson Tribute Show featuring Derek Miller and Guests and Australian dance-roots duo Oka’s tribal sounds for the digital age

Festival partner Woodland Cultural Centre hosts the group exhibition Earthly Connections, award-winning blues artist Joel Johnson and more

TELUS TAIWANfest, Aug 24-26

The O-Kai Singers’ brand of a capella invokes the group’s aboriginal roots

Dance Works combine traditional Taiwanese culture with tap dance for the performance of Daydreamers+

The delicious search is on for The King of Stewing

Ashkenaz Festival, Aug 28-Sept 3

Cutting-edge world music from Israel’s Yemen Blues, co-presented by the Jewish National Fund

Shadowland Theatre leads the signature Ashkenaz Parade, an awesome spectacle of music, dance, giant puppetry, stiltwalkers and community revelry

Theatre Panik’s The Corpse Bride brings the classic Yiddish folktale into the new millennium (ticketed)


Vietnamese Lantern Festival presented by CIBC, co-produced by the Vietnamese Women's Association of Toronto, Sept 15

The Ao Dai Competition showcases the best traditional dresses in an exhilarating fashion show

Enjoy a cup of tea and sample a variety of traditional treats at the Mooncake Tasting

Join in the magic of the celebration by making your own paper lanterns


Fortune Cooking presented by CIBC, Sept 16

Street Food Spotlight focuses on Pan-Asian local foods

Chefs battle in the Fortune Cooking Iron Chef Competition

Taiko drum ensemble Raging Asian Women pound out sounds of social justice

HarbourKIDS: Folk, Oct 6-8

Great family-friendly programming to end the summer with a bang


Season-Long Events at Harbourfront Centre

Dancing on the Pier, Thursdays, June 28-Aug. 30, 7-9 p.m.

Join the Dancing on the Pier house band for social interaction and learning that explores global dance trends.

Free Flicks, Wednesdays, July 4-Aug. 29, 9 p.m.

From classic film to cult comedy, we explore the journey of the underdog from zero to hero on the big screen, under the stars.

International Marketplace, weekends, June 1-Sept 3

Fridays, 7-11pm, Saturdays, 12-11pm, Sundays 12-8pm

Shop the world every weekend, all summer long – from Indonesian textiles and Indigenous crafts to African artefacts, South American jewellery and far beyond.

World Café, weekends, May 19-Sept 3

Fridays, 6pm-12am, Saturdays, 12pm-12am, Sundays 12-8pm

Our newly renovated World Café features a rotating selection of the best international cuisine at affordable prices.

Harbourfront Centre Street Stage, weekends from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving, 9 a.m.-11p.m.

Come and see some of the best street performers this city has to offer!

Canoe Rides on the Natrel® Pond (Daily, May-Oct)

Our famous canoe rides will be available at the Natrel®Pond all summer long! Take a break and enjoy a fun float beside our picturesque boardwalk.

For more media information contact:

Althea Linton | 416-973-4428 |

Jon Campbell | 416-973-4655 |




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Art Gallery of Hamilton Spring Art Sale

Thursday, May 3 to Sunday, May 6

Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King Street West, downtown Hamilton   FREE ADMISSION


Original works by more than 50 artists from the Hamilton area and across the country will be featured at the eagerly awaited Art Gallery of Hamilton’s annual Spring Art Sale –Thursday, May 3 to Sunday, May 6. The four-day sale showcases exciting new works – paintings, sculpture, glass, pottery and jewelry – by established and emerging artists, who are invited to participate in the Spring Art Sale through a selection process. Admission to the sale is free. The AGH Spring Art Sale is held at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King Street West, downtown Hamilton.  Funds raised from the sale are dedicated to programming activities at the AGH. 


“In preparation for our Spring Art Sale, we visited many local and province-wide art fairs and exhibitions,” said Alana Traficante, Manager, AGH Art Rental and Sales.  “Art lovers will definitely find the perfect piece of original art for their home, office or that special one-of-a-kind gift.” 


Featured artists include: Maria Lucia Amaral, Stephen Brookbank, Amanda Burk, Ian Busher, Pauline Conley, Peer Christensen, Alix Davis, Melissa Doherty (represented by Edward Day Gallery), Norma Dvorsky, Julie Fader, Roisin Fagan (Bespoke Uprising), Lana Filippone, Peter Fischer, Narelle Gibbs, Bailey Govier, Joanne Helman, Richard Herman, Julie Himel, Stewart Jones, Mary Karavos, Darcie Kennedy, Annette Kraft van Ermel, Patrick Lajoie, Magdalena Lesniak, Claire Madill (heyday design), Melanie Mena (Mena Dragonfly), Lesia Mokrycke, Julia Mori, Susan A. Oomen, John Pirker, David Rayfield, Mary Reardon, Anne Renouf, Mara Schiavetto, Stephanie Seagram, David Shepherd, Joanna Strong, Marsha Strycharz, Karen Taylor, Anna Torma, Mary McLorn Valle, Julia Vandepolder, John Visser, Frances Ward, Madeline Ward, Graham Ward, and Michael Zarowsky, among others.


On Thursday, May 3 at 7 pm, the Opening Night of the Spring Art Sale, prospective art sale buyers will be able to enjoy a live performance by local singer-songwriter Julie Fader.  On Friday, November 4 at 7 pm, they can listen to a vinyl-only set by DJ Devon Craig. A cash bar is available each night. 


On Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, the Art Gallery of Hamilton is a stop on Doors Open, the annual celebration of architectural and cultural sites.  Doors Open visitors to the AGH are invited to drop by the Spring Art Sale.


AGH Spring Art Sale Hours:


Thursday, May 3:  11 am to 9 pm

Friday, May 4:  11 am to 9 pm

Saturday, May 5: 12 noon to 5 pm

Sunday, May 6: 12 noon to 5 pm 


For more information about the Art Gallery of Hamilton Spring Art Sale and to view a selection of works available for purchase, please visit


For more information about the Art Gallery of Hamilton Spring Art Sale, please contact:

Alana Traficante, Manager, Art Rental and Sales

[T] 905-527-6610, ext. 224




For more information about the Art Gallery of Hamilton, its exhibitions and programming, please contact:

Steve Denyes, Manager, Communications

[T] 905-527-6610, ext. 255



16. HOMER WATSON HOUSE & GALLERY Bringing Heritage Home


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Bringing Heritage Home


“The Canadian Constable!” declared Oscar Wilde upon seeing a painting by Homer Watson, “Where is this artist?  I must know that man.”  After years of struggle, hard work and determination, Homer Watson had become Canada’s first native born internationally acclaimed and collected landscape painter. 


Homer Watson House & Gallery is thrilled to announce a very special exhibition, Bringing Heritage Home, from May 5 - September 30, 2012!  On loan from Windsor Castle’s Royal Collection are two historic Homer Watson paintings; The Pioneer Mill and The Last Day of the Drought.  These Homer Watson paintings are travelling for the first time since 1880 outside of the Queen’s private residence.  Bringing Heritage Home will also feature artwork from the National Gallery of Canada and additional prestigious public and private collections across Ontario.


Born to a pioneer saw mill owner in the village of Doon, Ontario in 1855 and entirely self-taught, Homer Watson made the sale of his lifetime in 1881.  The Pioneer Mill was bought by the Marquis of Lorne, the Governor General of Canada, as a gift for Queen Victoria.  Acquired into the Royal Collection in 1882, The Last Day of the Drought would further establish Watson’s reputation as an outstanding landscape artist. 

The opening reception for Bringing Heritage Home will be held on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at Homer Watson House & Gallery.  A free speaker series will be hosted throughout the summer and will feature Dennis Reid; Canadian Art Historian, Jennifer Scott; Curator at The Royal Collection and Brian Foss; Professor of Canadian Art at Carleton University. 


Also, join Bradley Barbour; Chairman, Waterloo-Wellington Branch, The Monarchist League of Canada and Recipient of the Diamond Jubilee Medal as he speaks at the Homer Watson House & Gallery Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm, 1754 Old Mill Road, Kitchener.


We are excited to celebrate the return of these historically significant art works in honour of our Canadian art and culture.


For more information about this exhibition and speaker series, please call the Gallery at 519-748-4377 or visit our website at


Homer Watson House & Gallery

1754 Old Mill Road 

Kitchener, ON N2P 1H7

519-748-4377 ext.233




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Summer Art Camps


9am - 4pm  |  Arrival by 8:45am and pick up no later than 4:15pm.

Ages: 7 - 10                                                         



Week 1                   July 03 - 06          

Week 2                   July 09 - 13

Week 3                   July 16 - 20

Week 4                   July 23 - 27



Begins (in person only) on Saturday, May 5 from 12pm to 5pm.



5-day camp fee $185 ($160 for members)


Camp Themes


Week 1: Creative Canucks

In honour of Canada Day, this week will be a celebration of Canadian art. The Art Centre has a comprehensive collection of Canadian historical paintings including works by the Group of Seven as well as an outstanding collection of Inuit sculpture, drawings, and wall hangings. During the week campers will experience these collections through projects based around landscape painting, sculpture, and textiles.


Week 2: Artin' the Sixties

The 1960’s were an important era in modern art with several significant movements occurring, including Conceptual art, Performance art, Pop art, Op art, and Minimalism. During the week campers will create pieces in a variety of media including painting, printmaking, performance art, and Minimalist sculpture.


Week 3: Kickin' it Old School

In the 20th Century there was a major shift in the way artists approached the process of painting. The French Impressionists of the late 1800s started exploring painting as a visual language capable of communicating more than the illusion of 3-dimensional space. After looking at examples from Cubism, Fauvism, and Expressionism, campers will create works by combining these styles along with their own approaches to painting.


Week 4: Kickin' it New School

Contemporary art has a strong affiliation with new media which incorporates video, audio, photography, and installation art. While making a series of individual and group projects, campers will have the opportunity to experiment with audio equipment and video/digital cameras.  They will also learn about sculpture and installation art.


Macdonald Stewart Art Centre 

358 Gordon Street, Guelph (ON), N1G 1Y1

519-837-0010 |


18. AGO Max Dean: Album


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Artist Max Dean Launches Public Project at the AGO in Tribute to the Family Photo Album 

Participatory project featuring the Foto Bug presented in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and the TDSB

After 10 years of collecting family photo albums from around the world, Canadian artist Max Dean is determined to pass them all onto new owners through a new public project developed by the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), in partnership with the 2012 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB).


Max Dean: Album features three engaging components: an exhibition comprising  approximately 40 original photo albums dating from the 1890s to the 1980s, on view in the AGO’s Isadore and Rosalie Sharp Gallery from May 5 to Sept. 9, 2012; Waiting Room, an installation in the Community Gallery of the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre from May 1 to May 31, 2012; and the Foto Bug, a specially configured 1966 Volkswagen Beetle, making its first appearance at the CONTACT launch on April 27, 2012, at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.


Dean explores the theme of the 2012 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, public, by using family albums that have become unmoored from their original, personal contexts and entered the public realm as collectible objects. The Festival, runnning throughout May, will feature 134 exhibitions, showcasing more than 1,000 artists across Toronto.


Dean describes photo albums as “the one, and possibly only, story many of us write.” Albums represent a collective moment when hand-held cameras and celluloid film allowed families to take their own photographs and arrange them in physical albums as they liked — a practice that has now largely fallen away. Dean’s collection of more than 600 albums was amassed through paper shows, auctions and flea markets in Israel, England, Germany, the U.S. and Canada. The AGO collection holds more than 200 of Dean’s albums, 40 of which will be showcased in the exhibition component of Max Dean: Album.


“By sharing his collection—essentially an album of albums—Max Dean invites us to think about the changing nature of photographic objects,” said Sophie Hackett, the AGO’s assistant curator of photography and curator of the project. “We are led to consider anew what these objects meant in the past and still mean today and to collectively assume responsibility for preserving our rich visual culture.”


The Community Gallery of the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre will be transformed into Waiting Room, where Dean’s remaining albums (more than 400), as well as 21 albums designed by elementary students from the SW1 Family of Schools in the Toronto District School Board, will be documented and displayed before they are offered to the public. Students and teachers will also experience a thematic guided gallery visit at the AGO and interact with Dean’s Foto Bug as it travels through their communities. Waiting Room will change dramatically over the course of the month of May as the albums find new homes.


Throughout May, Dean will also travel to various locations throughout the city in the Foto Bug to showcase his collection and pass albums on to new owners. The collection will live online, each album with its own page, along with portraits of their new custodians to create an entirely new virtual album hosted on Facebook, which is searchable under “Album: A Public Project.”


The schedule for the Foto Bug’s appearances will be available online at and starting April 20, 2012. The vehicle will be parked outside the AGO each Wednesday in May from 6 to 8:30 p.m. to welcome visitors enjoying the Gallery’s free admission hours.


Programming highlights for Max Dean: Album include:

Artists in Conversation: Max Dean and Hiraki Sawa

Friday, May 11, 2012 at 7 p.m.

The Weston Family Learning Centre at the AGO

Seminar Room 1

Members $17 / Public $20 / Students $12

How do collections and archives form part of contemporary photographic practice? As part of Scotiabank CONTACT Festival of Photography, artists Max Dean and Hiraki Sawa discuss the influence of historic and found photography on their respective practices. Dean will speak about Album, a piece involving a restored camper van that functions as a travelling museum through which he passes on custodianship of his collection of found family photo albums to the public. Sawa, AGO Artist-in-Residence from April to June 2012, will reflect on the use of historic photography in his video works, while referencing the research he will focus on while at the AGO.


The AGO acknowledges the generous support of its Signature Partners:

Aeroplan, Signature Partner of the Photography Collection Program

American Express, Signature Partner of the AGO’s Conservation Program


Contemporary programming at the AGO is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.



CONTACT is an annual month long festival of photography with over 1000 local, national and international artists at more than 200 venues across the Greater Toronto Area in May. Founded as a not-for-profit organization 16 years ago, CONTACT is devoted to celebrating, and fostering an appreciation of the art and profession of photography. As the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural event in Toronto, CONTACT stimulates excitement and discussion among a diverse audience that has grown to over 1.5 million and is focused on cultivating even greater interest and participation this year. 



With a collection of more than 80,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. From the vast body of Group of Seven and signature Canadian works to the African art gallery, from the cutting-edge contemporary art to Peter Paul Rubens’ masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, the AGO offers an incredible art experience with each visit. In 2002 Kenneth Thomson’s generous gift of 2,000 remarkable works of Canadian and European art inspired Transformation AGO, an innovative architectural expansion by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry that in 2008 resulted in one of the most critically acclaimed architectural achievements in North America. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block, and the often-photographed spiral staircase, beckoning visitors to explore. The AGO has an active membership program offering great value, and the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre offers engaging art and creative programs for children, families, youth and adults. Visit to find out more about upcoming special exhibitions, to learn about eating and shopping at the AGO, to register for programs and to buy tickets or memberships.

May 1, 2012: Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris

October 20, 2012: Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting


The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Additional operating support is received from the City of Toronto, the Canada Council for the Arts and generous contributions from AGO members, donors and private-sector partners.


For more images, interviews, and more information, please contact:


Andrea-Jo Wilson; News Officer, Communications 

416-979-6660, ext. 403,


Meagan Campbell; News Officer, Communications

416-979-6660, ext. 372,

Caitlin Coull; Manager, Communications

416-979-6660, ext. 364,

Musée des beaux-arts de l'Ontario

317 Dundas St. West, Toronto, Ontario

Canada M5T 1G4

Toll free: 1.877.225.4246      

Local: 416.979.6648


19. BURLINGTON ART CENTRE High and Low - Tony and Sheila Clennell


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Burlington Art Centre

To June 4: Immigrant: New Works by Rosemary Sloot. Reception: May 6, 2-4 pm; Artist’s talk:2:30 pm.

Rosemary Sloot examines the immigrant experience on a very personal level in this exhibition. While paying homage to her parents’ courage in immigrating to Canada from the Netherlands in 1952, she attempts to redefine her identity by examining what was lost in the transition. In the process, she also tells the story of every post-war Dutch immigrant and touches on every immigrant Canadian's story. Using the poignant realism and painting from family photographs, her work reflects the hybridized nature of the immigrant's psychology, the lonely marginalization of cultural and geographical displacement, and provides a bridge that transmits, translates and transforms her parents' experiences and elicits quiet empathy.


High and Low - Tony and Sheila Clennell

May 5 to July 29

Curator: Jonathan Smith

Collection Corridor

The work of Sheila and Tony Clennell has evolved from the time they lived on the Bruce Peninsula, to the vineyards in Grimsby on the Niagara Peninsula, to their latest move into downtown Hamilton. The landscape that they have surrounded themselves with has subtly changed not only their outlook but also their working methods. ‘High and Low’ looks at the way they fire their work – wood, gas and salt in high firing to their new adventures in electric low firing. Having changed their environments from rural to urban, these two senior artists have set out to redefine a new artistic path, taking from their past but setting out in a new direction for their future. Reception May 6, 2-4 pm


Colleen O’Reilly - Garden Spirits

June 9 - September 23

Curator: Jonathan Smith


Colleen O’Reilly (Hamilton, Ont), long known for her bright and colourful function ware has ventured into the realm of sculpture with her porcelain totems. These abstract sculptural interpretations take their influence from Brancusi to garden flowers. This installation references the effect of cubism on the modern world and recalls the abstract French gardens of the 1920s and 1930s where her abstracted forms relate to the architecture. Reception: June 24, 2-4 pm


Marla Panko’s recent paintings and collage works explore the notion of modernism and evoke the pure abstraction which developed in the first half of the twentieth century.

Reception: July 15, 2 pm; Artist’s talk: July 15, 2:30 pm



F.R. Perry Gallery

Coordinator: David Popplow

Latow Photographers Guild

April 5 to May 6

Reception: May 6, 2-4 pm

Juror: Susan Dobson, Photo-based Artist, Associate Professor, University of Guelph


Burlington Handweavers and Spinners guild

May 11 - June 4

Theme: Gems

Juror: Ixchel Suarez, Textile Artist



Free. To register, call 905-632-7796, ext. 307.

How to Approach Commercial Galleries and Dealers

April 29, 1:30 pm

Presentation by a member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada. Free. Call 905-632-7796, ext. 307, to register.


Portfolio Critique: June 3

Noon - 4 pm

45-minute sessions, groups of two artists.

Iga Janik, Curator at Cambridge Galleries, will discuss your portfolio in small groups.



Burlington Fine Arts Association:

April 25 to May 29: Meena Dhar

May 30 to June 26: Howard Rafuse



Fine Art and Craft Festival, June 9, 10 am to 6 pm; June 10, 11 am to 5 pm: Artist/Artisan Applications now being accepted.

This popular event features more than 100 artists and artisans selling their handcrafted, Canadian, juried fine art and craft creations from booths located in and around the Burlington Art Centre. More information and the Artists and Artisans Application Package and Application Form can be found on the BAC website at Jurying is ongoing until June 1.


20. AGNES ETHERINGTON ART CENTRE Beyond the Battlefield: The World of 1812


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Beyond the Battlefield: The World of 1812

Public Program 1 - 5 pm, May 12

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre features a free program of public talks for the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.


On Saturday 12 May 2012, from 1 to 5 pm, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre will present Beyond the Battlefield: The World of 1812. In conjunction with the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, we offer a stimulating multi-disciplinary program on cultural aspects of the era. Venturing beyond the battlefield, our four specialist presentations will offer engaging perspectives on silver, fashion, literature and the use of historical medical research in contemporary art practice. New and diverse scholarship will broaden and enrich our understanding of the historical context. 


Speakers and Topics:


René Villeneuve, Associate Curator of Early Canadian Art, National Gallery of Canada

“Shining Perspectives: Silver in Canada in 1812”


Alison Matthews David, Associate Professor, Faculty of Communication and Design, Ryerson University

“Death and the Lady: Fashion and the Perils of Vanity in the Early Nineteenth Century”


Shelley King, Professor, Department of English, Queen’s University

“‘Weep not, he died as heroes die’: Amelia Opie and the War with France 1793-1815”


Howie Tsui, Ottawa-based artist

“Derisive Amusements: Lifting the Veil on Lost Narratives”

How to Register:

The program is free but registration is required due to limited space.  Please call 613.533.2190 or email to register.


Beyond the Battlefield is presented in conjunction with two exhibitions: Art, Elegance and Hospitality: The War of 1812 (on view to 26 August) and Howie Tsui: Friendly Fire with a complementary component at the Museum of Health Care at Kingston (both 5 May to 3 September).


A celebratory public reception for the two exhibitions will be held on Saturday 12 May, from 5 to 7 pm. It will feature live period music from Kingston string ensemble Duetta and the Heritage Ambassadors of Kingston will greet visitors.  All are welcome.


For more information please call Pat Sullivan or Heather Saunders at 613.533.2190 or visit

Supported by the 1812 Commemoration Fund, Government of Canada; the David and Patti Bain Memorial Fund; the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Kingston and the Kingston Arts Council through the City of Kingston Arts Fund. Howie Tsui: Friendly Fire is presented in collaboration with the Museum of Health Care at Kingston.


Queen's University | Kingston ON | K7L 3N6

T: 613.533.2190 | F: 613.533.6765 |


Summer SmARTs

Registration now open


In this summer arts program for youth, teens can take a one-week Mixed Media course, and younger children can enjoy a one-week Art Day Camp. Both programs are based in our bright, well-equipped and air-conditioned André Biéler Studio. Instructors will use our exhibitions for discussion and inspiration, in age-appropriate ways. Our galleries always offer compelling historical and contemporary works of art that provoke dialogue and inspire creativity. The grounds surrounding the Art Centre provide opportunity for sketching, relaxing and play.


Registration is limited to 15 participants in each week, affording individual attention and responsible supervision. Instructors will be assisted by qualified and First Aid-certified post-secondary students working as summer employees. All instructors and assistants will have Police Record checks.


Mixed Media Course: Finding a Subject for 13 - 16 year-olds 

Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm, 9 - 13 July 

Instructor: Kingston artist Ben Darrah 

Our focus is on the artistic process and learning how to develop ideas. We'll discuss works in the Art Centre's exhibitions, using them as starting points for a range of projects that explore various media. Ben Darrah is a Kingston-based artist who mixes orphaned imagery and abstract grounds to tease out meaning from our relationship with nature. He attended the University of Alberta (BFA sculpture) and the University of Windsor (MFA painting) and Queen's University (B.Ed). Ben has worked as a curator, gallery manager, post-secondary instructor (including at Queen's and St. Lawrence College), freelance art writer, not-for-profit arts administrator, elementary teacher with the Limestone District School Board, and workshop instructor at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.


Fee: $200 per participant per week. Gallery Association members: $180 per participant per week. A limited number of bursaries are available, based on financial need. Application forms are part of the registration package.


Art Day Camp for 8 - 12 year-olds 

Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm, 16 - 20 July OR 23 - 27 July

Instructor: Kingston artist Aïda Sulcs 

Before-Camp care 8:30 - 9 am, After-Camp care 4 - 5 pm available for a small extra cost. Apply with registration. 

We'll look at art from near and far, and from past and present, sharing our thoughts about how it relates to us. We'll explore art through music, story-telling and movement, as well as through sculpting, drawing and printmaking. Each day focuses on a different exhibition and project.


Educated in Fine Arts at Queen's University and in Graphic Design at the Kootenay School of Art, BC, Aïda Sulcs has been an artist-educator for 20 years. She was an artist-in-residence at the Faculty of Education, Queen's University, in 2007 and has conducted many workshops at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Her exhibition practice includes drawing, painting, mixed media and performance art. She brings this cross section of disciplines to her workshops, encouraging collaboration and communication.


Fee: $200 per child per week. Gallery Association members: $180 per child per week. A limited number of bursaries are available, based on financial need. Application forms are part of the registration package.


For Further Information please call 613.533.2190 or visit


Queen's University | Kingston ON | K7L 3N6

T: 613.533.2190 | F: 613.533.6765 |


21. MACLAREN ART CENTRE Jon Sasaki: Good Intentions


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Spring 2012 Exhibitions

Jon Sasaki: Good Intentions

Gallery 3

March 3 to May 27

Jon Sasaki: Good Intentions has been rearticulated for each stop on its national tour since it originated in 2010 at the Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Scarborough. This presentation at the MacLaren features ten works dating from 2007 (Artist's First Painting Bronzed) to 2012 (Lucky Thinker, a site-specific artist's intervention involving two bronze casts of Auguste Rodin's The Thinker). These include six video loops ranging from room-scaled projections to set-piece "efforts" framed on television screens. Sasaki takes inspiration in the gag techniques of early slapstick film, personified by such silentcinema pioneers as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, casting himself as a modern Everyman. In these performative artworks, he enacts misplaced efforts in quests characterized by unrequited longing and futile hopes. His works are simultaneously comic and poignant. A collaborative eighty-page catalogue accompanies the exhibition with essays by Ann MacDonald, Crystal Mowry and MacLaren curator Ben Portis.

Jon Sasaki holds a BFA from Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB. From 2002 to 2007, he was a member of the Toronto-based artist collective Instant Coffee. He has had solo exhibitions in Toronto, St. John's, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and Galway, Ireland. Jon Sasaki lives and works in Toronto, where he is represented by Jessica Bradley Art + Projects.


Hourglass Continent

Curator: Ben Portis

Janice Laking Gallery

March 3 to June 3

Hourglass Continent reunites artists Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo, Oscar Camilo de las Flores, Nahúm 

Flores, Erik Jerezano and Ilyana Martínez, who formed the Latin Collective at Ontario College of Art + Design in 2000. They have remained allied by mutual purpose and awareness while their careers evolved in disparate locations. Each has developed an intensive, extended drawing practice that involves pronounced elements of Mexican and Central American iconography, mythology and history, combined with personal experience ranging from political expatriation to cosmopolitan opportunity.

This exhibition consists of colourful mixed media drawings by Montreal-based Castillo (born in El 

Salvador); dense ink drawings on rice paper by Toronto--based de las Flores (born in El Salvador); and collaborative drawings and a new mural created in situ by Toronto-based Z'otz* Collective: Nahúm Flores (born in Honduras), Erik Jerezano (born in Mexico) and Ilyana Martínez (born in Canada). Hourglass Continent connotes an active Americas cultural migration that retains a distinctive granular composition as it pours across boundaries and over time.

Alex Colville: Book of Hours, Labours of the Months

Curator: Jennifer Withrow

Joan Lehman Gallery

January 11 through May 31

During medieval times, pictorial calendars defined and evoked the tasks and pleasures ushered in by each month. One’s very existence was tied to the cycle of the seasons. For illiterate, agrarian societies, the recognizable depictions in such illuminated “books of hours” served to instruct and comfort those lives dependent on annual patterns. 

The internationally renowned Nova Scotia painter Alex Colville was fascinated by this ancient art form, yet felt himself alien to its presumption of a common lexicon of images. In 1974, he made twelve paintings of the months, each with a personal meaning. Some, such as a school bus for September, are readily understood. Others are more moody and ambiguous.

While these paintings were dispersed amongst collectors, Colville’s intention was that the images should be gathered in an album. This was accomplished in 1979. In the spirit of the books that inspired it, one of his edition of Book of Hours, Labours of the Months has been placed on view for quiet contemplation and enjoyment.


About the MacLarenArtCentre

The MacLarenArtCentre is the major public art gallery in central Ontario serving the residents of Barrie, the County of Simcoe and the surrounding area. The Gallery has a permanent collection of over 26,600 works of art and presents a year-round programme of innovative, world-class exhibitions, public art projects, art education activities and special events. The MacLaren is housed in a 24,000 square-foot award-winning building. This architectural landmark in downtown Barrie combines a renovated 1917 Carnegie library and a contemporary addition by Siamak Hariri of Hariri Pontarini Architects. The complex includes multiple galleries, an education centre, a sculpture courtyard, café, gift shop and framing department. As the cornerstone of culture for Barrie, the MacLaren is a central meeting place and a cultural hub of activities for residents in the city, a partner to many community organizations, a tourist destination for visitors from across the province, and an economic driver and catalyst for downtown revitalization. The MacLarenArtCentre engages over 56,000 people each year through its programmes at the gallery, in the schools and in the community, including 21,000 children and youth. The Gallery is committed to building a vibrant, healthy and creative community. Its award-winning education department offers art appreciation activities for all ages, interests and abilities, including lectures, panels, artist talks and gallery tours that illuminate the exhibitions, and seasonal art classes for children, youth, adults and families.


The MacLarenArtCentre gratefully acknowledges the support of its members, benefactors, partners, donors and sponsors, the City of Barrie, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of Ontario and exhibition sponsor Salter Pilon Architecture Inc.

Gallery Location

37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, Ontario, L4M 3M2, 705-721-9696 Directions: From highway 400 north, 90K north of Toronto, take the Dunlop Street East exit to Mulcaster Street and turn left. The Centre is one block north on the right hand at the intersection of Collier Street and Mulcaster Street

Gallery Tours

A free public tour is scheduled on Sunday, April 29 at 1:00 pm.

Guided tours for groups and schools are available by appointment

Gallery Admission

Suggested admission $5

Family Sunday Workshop $5 per child/Family Membership holders free

Gallery Hours and Gallery Shop Hours

Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Closed April 6, 8, May 21

The Radio Café

Monday to Friday 7:00 am to 4:30 pm

Saturday 7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Closed April 6, 8, May 21

Wheelchair accessible


22. OAKVILLE GALLERIES Keren Cytter: Based on a True Story 


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Keren Cytter: Based on a True Story 

14 April – 10 June 2012

Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens and at Centennial Square

Curated by Helena Reckitt

Please join Oakville Galleries for our spring exhibition opening on Sunday 15 April from 2:30 pm-3:30 pm at Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square, followed by a reception at Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens from 3:30 pm-5:00 pm.

Need a ride to Oakville? Get on the ARTbus (details below).

With their hand-held camerawork, abrupt edits and nonlinear narratives, Keren Cytter's short films evoke an uncertain, frenzied atmosphere. Wine at a birthday party turns into blood and cake spontaneously combusts. A traumatic childhood piano lesson is re-enacted in a Greek restaurant. Characters bark at one another in languages they seem not to understand, mimic each another and morph into the same person. At once DIY in feel and impeccably crafted, Cytter’s art borrows from sources such as avant-garde film, reality TV, musicals and novels to shed light on today’s mediated culture: how our subjectivities can seem cobbled together from fictional scenes and images, as well as our own—and other people's—experiences. 

Spanning both Oakville Galleries locations, this exhibition brings together nine films, as well as drawings, books and other printed matter, providing Cytter's most ambitious North American survey to date. 

Oakville Galleries has two locations:

Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens is located at 1306 Lakeshore Road East, 2 km east of downtown Oakville. Opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday 1 pm–5 pm.

Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square is located at 120 Navy Street in downtown Oakville. Opening hours are Tuesday to Thursday 12 pm–9 pm; Friday 12 pm–5 pm; Saturday 10 am–5 pm; Sunday 1 pm–5 pm.

Admission is by donation.

For more information about Oakville Galleries, our exhibitions or programs, please call 905.844.4402 or visit



K. Jennifer Bedford 

Communications Officer 

905.844.4402, ext. 28


2004 Ontario Association of Art Galleries