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Thompson Landry Gallery

Weekend Roundup: October 10 to 13


Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki, Patricia Racette as Cio-Cio San and Dwayne Croft as Sharpless in the Canadian Opera Company production of Madama Butterfly. Courtesy of Canadian Opera Company.

Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki, Patricia Racette as Cio-Cio San and Dwayne Croft as Sharpless in the Canadian Opera Company production of Madama Butterfly. Courtesy of Canadian Opera Company.

Friday, October 10

Opening tonight, the Canadian Opera Company’s staging of Madama Butterfly is a must-see for opera fans. This beloved tale—with a score by Puccini—follows Cio-Cio San, a young geisha, who falls in love with and marries an American man, only to face heartbreak when, after years apart, he returns with an American wife. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 to $339; visit coc.ca for more information and to purchase.

In his theatrical performance, Helen Lawrence, opening tonight, visual artist Stan Douglas blends theatre, visual art, live-action filming and computer-generated simulation to tell a story about the efforts to reorganize Vancouver following World War II. Bluma Appel Theatre, 7 p.m.; tickets are $30 to $99; visit canadianstage.com or 416-368-3110 to charge.

Not only is Esperanza Spalding a cellist, she also plays the upright bass. Check out the Grammy Award-winning jazz musician’s incredible talent Friday night at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at Exhibition Place. Tickets are $49.50; visit livenation.com or call 1-855-985-5000 to charge.

Find one-of-a-kind goods made by more than 50 Ontario artisans at Craft Ontario’s 2014 Craft Show. You’ll fine handmade jewellery, ceramics and textiles, as well as items made with glass, wood and more. Admission is by donation at the door. Friday 11 .m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. Visit craftontario.com/craftshow for a full list of exhibitors and other information.

Second City's Rebel Without a Cosmos.

Second City’s Rebel Without a Cosmos.

Saturday, October 11

Everyone can use a good laugh, and you can never go wrong with the pure comic genius of The Second City. The comedy troupe’s latest mainstage show, Rebel Without a Cosmos, combines sketch comedy, songs and improvisation in a performance that irreverently explores how humanity fits in the grand scheme of the universe. Bring tissues—you’ll probably laugh so hysterically you’ll cry. Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Sunday performances are at 7:30 p.m. Weekend ticket prices are $32 for general seating or $52 for premium seats. Visit secondcity.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

After a one-goal loss in their regular season opener, the Toronto Maple Leafs will hit the ice hungry as they take on Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburg Penguins this Saturday. The puck drops at 7 p.m. at the Air Canada Centre. Tickets are $40 - $900; visit ticketmaster.ca to purchase.

If classical music is more your tune, don’t miss the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Dvorak New World Symphony, featuring violinist Karen Gomyo, at Roy Thompson Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $33 to $105; visit tso.ca for more information and to purchase.

Louis Boudreault's "TK" is on display at Thompson Landry Gallery. Photo courtesy of Thompson Landry Gallery.

Louis Boudreault’s Steve McQueen is on display at Thompson Landry Gallery. Photo courtesy of Thompson Landry Gallery.

Sunday, October 12

Sunday is your last chance to see “Wanted,” an exhibition of Louis Boudreault’s paper and graphite mug shot portraits of legendary figures at Thompson Landry Gallery. Spanning such notable names as Steve McQueen, Janis Joplin, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Oscar Wilde, this showing of large-scale portraits is not to be missed. The gallery is open noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday; 32 Distillery Lane, 416-364-4955.

Toronto-based experimental turntablist SlowPitch (Cheldon Paterson) is bringing his unique blend of composition and improvisation—during which he often includes field recordings—to Musideum, a musical instrument shop. Beginning at 8 p.m., a demo performance will be followed by a Q&A. Cover is $15, or $10 for students and seniors. Musideum, 401 Richmond St. W., 416-599-7323.

If you’re longing for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, look no further than Casa Loma’s Thanksgiving Feast, with lunch and dinner seatings on Sunday. Reservations are required, and the meal will set you back $55 per person, or $45 for children under 12 (full payment, including added taxes and gratuity, are required upon booking); call 416-923-1171 to make a reservation. Visit casaloma.org for more information.

Betty Who is playing at TK.

Betty Who is playing at the Virgin Mobile Mod Club on Thanksgiving.

Monday, October 13

One more thing we can be thankful for this Thanksgiving Monday: Aussie pop star Betty Who (whose tune “Somebody Loves You” has been on our lips since a certain flash mob proposal video went viral) is gracing the stage at the Virgin Mobile Mod Club, with guests Joywave and Great Good Fine OK. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $19.50; visit livenation.com to purchase.

Beers from three local craft breweries—Beau’s All-Natural Brewing, Black Oak Brewery and Junction Craft Brewery—will be flowing at the Evergreen Brick Works from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Thanksgiving for Torontoberfest, the final Brewer’s Backyard event of the season. Admission is free to this family-friendly event. Visit brewersbackyard.com for more information.

Thompson Landry Gallery Artist Nicolas Ruel Prints Urban Icons on Steel

Thompson Landry Gallery Nicolas Ruel Photo Show Toronto

Nicolas Ruel’s Red Rocket is one of many photos capturing urban icons and the vitality of cities (including Toronto) at Thompson Landry Gallery

MARCH 21 TO APRIL 15   Familiar yet dreamlike, the photographs of Montreal-born artist Nicolas Ruel offer a fascinating look at the urban environments we sometimes take for granted. His intriguing juxtaposition of multiple prolonged exposures of iconic landmarks and city vistas is on full display in an eye-catching exhibition at Thompson Landry Gallery. Layers of metropolitan life grace Ruel’s signature large-scale stainless steel plates, where buildings, skies and streetcars intermingle in somehow ghostly, somehow futuristic, but always harmonious ways. In cities it’s easy to feel immersed in our surroundings. In his latest works, Ruel captures this feeling exceptionally well. —Anna Marszalek

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Weekend Roundup: August 3 to 5

Friday: the Nash Ensemble offers French classics as part of the Toronto Summer Music Festival

Friday, August 3
The Toronto Summer Music Festival continues to offer some of the best classical performances from around the world. Tonight, Britain’s Nash Ensemble takes the Walter Hall stage with a program of French fare by Debussy, Ravel and Franck.

See the earth from a different perspective at Thompson Landry Gallery, where Guy Laiberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil, presents Gaia, a new exhibition of photographs he took while on an 11-day voyage in outer space.

The Irie Music Festival returns for another year at Nathan Phillips Square with a showcase of reggae, salsa, soul and African music.  The weekend-long event’s opening night features soca sensation Fay-Ann Lyons, as well as an exhibition with the works of Caribbean artists. (more…)

Hot Art: Guy Laliberté Depicts Earth from Above

Guy Laliberté’s photograph Algérie, au sud de Alger, Sidi Bakhti

AUGUST 2 TO SEPTEMBER 3  See the world from a new perspective this month as Thompson Landry Gallery presents photographs of the earth from far, far above. In September 2009, Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté became Canada’s first private space tourist, spending 11 days in the International Space Station. The result of his trip is an indoor-outdoor exhibition, titled Gaia, featuring 90 arresting images of natural and man-made landscapes shot from orbit. Through Laliberté’s wide-angle viewpoint it’s easy to see how climate change has affected the environment, and to envision in particular how the decline in water resources will impact us in the future.

Hot Art: Amélie Desjardins’ Reclaimed Imagery

Amélie Desjardins' Close Your Eyes

SEPTEMBER 22 TO OCTOBER 10 There are many messages in Amélie Desjardins’ materials: an exploration of the products of nature and humankind’s industry in shaping them, the allure of adventure, and even its underlying risks. You see, the canvases of Desjardins’ works at Thompson Landry Gallery are pieces of wood salvaged from shipwrecks and collapsed bridges in Southeast Asia, Japan and Oceania. Upon these planks she places photographs of forests, seascapes and birds in flight that are seductive yet subtly foreboding, too. Harvested, returned to nature, then reclaimed by Desjardins, the wood has been on a journey equal to the artist’s own

Yours to Discover: Day Three

Winter’s on its way out; it’s time to get a head start on exploring. Guide yourself with our specialized itineraries, or contact one of Toronto’s many tour operators to delve deeper into this multifaceted metropolis. And don’t forget to check out previous Yours to Discover posts, here: Day One, Day Two.

Thompson Landry Gallery

Gallery-going made easy.

This city has a reputation as being staid and somewhat conservative, but when it comes to
the creative arts, it’s actually quite adventurous.
For proof, one need but stride down Queen Street—west of Trinity Bellwoods Park are numerous galleries operating on the leading edge
of the contemporary art scene. Among the area’s major denizens are Angell Gallery, conceptualist-leaning Clint Roenisch Gallery and photographic specialist Stephen Bulger Gallery. In recent years, the Museum
of Contemporary Canadian Art
has become a major creative locus, thanks to its consistently well-curated shows and a new partnership with the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Straight in the opposite direction, the Distillery Historic District hosts an equally varied mélange of artists and craftspeople. Within its restored industrial buildings you’ll be introduced to top Quebecois painters at Thompson Landry Gallery, internationally renowned contemporary works at Corkin Gallery and Clark and Faria, and even Israeli artists at Julie M Gallery. Local artisans sell their creative ceramics, jewellery and more at many other boutiques and studios here. You can even print your own images at photography hot spot Pikto.

Gallery Gevik and Feheley Fine Arts

Further north, posh Yorkville hosts many longstanding fine-art houses, the majority of which represent well-established painters and sculptors whose works have gained significant recognition. Keen to see recent pieces by Ed Bartram or Stephen Hutchings? Head to Mira Godard Gallery. Love the imagery crafted by Norval Morrisseau or Haida artist Robert Davidson? Kinsman Robinson Galleries has it in spades. Or find a new favourite at Loch Gallery, Feheley Fine Arts, Gallery Gevik and many more.

For an insider’s view of the West Queen West scene, look no further than an Art InSite tour with effervescent expert Betty Ann Jordan. And partaking in a Yorkville Art Walk offers a great primer of that district’s top galleries.

October Editor’s Picks: Art

A panel from Charles Pachter's <em>Hockey Knights in Canada</em> (photo by Carlton Parker).

A panel from Charles Pachter's Hockey Knights in Canada.

ON NOW To outsiders, the fanaticism with which Canadians embrace the game of hockey may be hard to understand; conversely, the sport is so ingrained in our collective identity that we rarely stop to question it. Attempting to find meaning in this fixation, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art presents ARENA: Road Game, a group show featuring Hockey Knights in Canada by Charles Pachter, plus related works by an artistic all-star team including Graeme Patterson and Tim Lee. No mere paean to a national pastime, the exhibition offers a deeper examination of hockey’s significance in contemporary culture, touching on everything from notions of hero worship to the controversial role of violence on the ice.

<em>Laterns, Singapore</em> by Nicolas Ruel (courtesy of Thompson Landry Gallery).

Laterns, Singapore by Nicolas Ruel.

TO OCTOBER 18 Quebec artists continue to gain an audience in Ontario courtesy of the Distillery Historic District’s beautiful Thompson Landry Gallery. Yet, in a sense, the gallery’s latest exhibition has an international flavour, as Montreal-based photographer Nicolas Ruel presents 8 Secondes, a new series of images that depict the world’s great cities through multiple eight-second exposures. Evoking a dreamlike dynamism, these photos are all the more impressive for being printed on stainless steel—the medium’s light-reflecting surface lends further animation to the already vital works.

Edward Burtynsky's <em>SOCAR Oil Fields #3, Baku, Azerbaijan</em>.

Edward Burtynsky's SOCAR Oil Fields #3, Baku, Azerbaijan.

OCTOBER 8 TO 31 Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky has long been renowned for capturing the almost unimaginable scale of heavy industry’s impact on the natural environment. His sweeping images of manufactured landscapes—at once striking and repulisive—are widely collected and have been the subject of essays, books and even a documentary film. At Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Burtynsky’s vision is distilled in an exhibition focusing on his decade-long study of oil fields and refineries from Alberta to Azerbaijan. Through these meticulously composed images, he depicts the visual duality—and implies the moral one—arising from our continuing exploitation of a resource that is equally valued and maligned.