• eat
  • shop
  • see
  • go
  • stay
  • daytrip
  • map
  • calendar
  • transport
  • weather
  • currency
  • tofrom

What to See Toronto

Things to Do in Toronto: Top Shows & Events for September 2015

THERE ARE ALWAYS SO MANY THINGS TO DO IN TORONTO. GET OUT AND ENJOY SOME OF THE MANY GREAT PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS TAKING PLACE THROUGHOUT THE CITY IN SEPTEMBER!

Things to do in toronto empire

Empire opens this month in Toronto (photo: Danielle Covin)

SEPTEMBER 1 TO 27 Some shows defy categorization. Such is the case with Empire, a travelling production that comes with its own theatre, a mammoth, 700-seat tent with upholstered booths, beveled mirrors and a speakeasy style bar. Part circus, part cabaret and part burlesque—parents be forewarned, some exposed skin and scantily clad performers are featured—the provocative, daring, seductive and graceful performance includes the likes of a Japanese wheelmaster named the Half Naked Asian Dude Wearing Pigtails, a contortionist trapped in an aerial sphere and gymnasts who form pyramids with their bodies.

(more…)

Culture, Commerce and Carpets at the Aga Khan Museum

THE AGA KHAN MUSEUM’S CANADIAN-EXCLUSIVE EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS AND TEXTILES EXAMINES CONNECTIONS BETWEEN EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Aga-Khan-Museum-Thirst-for-Riches-Carpets-Persian-Rugs

photo: Craig Moy

JUNE 6 TO OCTOBER 18  For centuries, rugs from Persia, Turkey and elsewhere in the Middle East have been prized for their vibrant colours, intricate patterns and masterful quality of their weaving. The Aga Khan Museum demonstrates just how desirable these textiles became—in their countries of manufacture, but also in the Western world—in its “A Thirst for Riches” exhibition. The compact but intriguing show juxtaposes exceptionally well-preserved carpets from the East with paintings by 17th-century Dutch and Flemish masters (as well as painted manuscripts from the museum’s own collection), recruiting each piece into a conversation about commerce, faith and cultural exchange.  —Craig Moy

• Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr., 416-646-4677; agakhanmuseum.org
Map and reviews

Discover the First Nations “Group of Seven” at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection

ABORIGINAL ARTISTS ARE IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS SUMMER AT THE MCMICHAEL CANADIAN ART COLLECTION

McMichael-Group-of-Seven-Aboriginal-Artists

Flock by Jackson Beardy is among the many contemporary works by Aboriginal artists now on display at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection

MAY 9 TO SEPTEMBER 7  A daytrip to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection is a must for anyone seeking a view of this country’s visual arts. Nestled in verdant woodland, the gallery presents our national narrative in historical and contemporary paintings, photographs, sculptures and more. Works by First Nations and Inuit artists—and those inspired by the Aboriginal experience—are particularly well represented in the McMichael’s collection and exhibitions: through September 7, it highlights the other Group of Seven, known as Professional Native Indian Artists Inc., with a survey of works that helped to bring Aboriginal art to prominence in the mid 20th century. Also on the gallery grounds (to October 18) is Thom Sokoloski’s Colour of the River Running Through Us, an installation of canoe-like structures influenced by our First Peoples’ relationship with water.  —Craig Moy

• McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10365 Islington Ave., Kleinburg, 905-893-1121; mcmichael.com
Map and reviews

Parapan Am Games: Panamania Brings in Janelle Monae, Tanya Tagaq and More!

THE TORONTO 2015 PARAPAN AM GAMES HAVE BROUGHT MORE THAN JUST SKILLED ATHLETES TO THE CITY. BIG-NAME MUSICIANS AND ARTISTS ARE IN TOWN FOR PANAMANIA FESTIVITIES, TOO!

Parapan-Am-Games-Toronto-Panamania-Janelle-Monae-Tanya-Tagaq

Tanya Tagaq (left) and Janelle Monáe are among the musicians slated to perform during Panamania at Nathan Phillips Square

AUGUST 7 TO 12  As more than 1,600 para-athletes demonstrate the amazing strength, resilience and grace of the human body through the 15 sports of the Parapan Am Games, a slate of performances and exhibitions adds a cultural component to the festivities. In conjunction with July’s Pan Am Games and this month’s Parapan Am competition, Panamania continues to feature daily free concerts plus nightly victory celebrations and fireworks at Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St. W.).

(more…)

Things to Do in Toronto: Shows & Events in August 2015

THERE ARE ALWAYS SO MANY THINGS TO DO IN TORONTO. GET OUT AND ENJOY SOME OF THE MANY GREAT PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS TAKING PLACE THROUGHOUT THE CITY IN AUGUST!

Things to do in Toronto August 2015

Among this month’s things to do in Toronto: An Evening in July is on stage at the SummerWorks Performance Festival; Drake brings back OVO Fest; and Buskerfest features Silver Elvis and many other street performers

AUGUST 1 & 2 Outspoken funnyman and film star Kevin Hart is slated to perform three stand-up sets over two nights at the Air Canada Centre.

AUGUST 2 & 3 Toronto-born hip-hop star Drake’s OVO Fest returns to the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre for another year. J. Cole is the announced special guest, but if history is any indication, there will no doubt be many other surprise appearances.

AUGUST 4 The Molson Amphitheatre presents a double-bill of 1990s rock heroes: The Smashing Pumpkins (well, Billy Corgan plus three other non-original band members) riff on their latest record, while Marilyn Manson promotes the new tunes of his The Pale Emperor album.

AUGUST 6 TO 16 What began in 1991 as a means for five friends to help smaller theatre companies mount their works is now a bona fide success story as the SummerWorks Performance Festival marks its 25th anniversary. Although the festival’s initial productions were chosen via lottery, today it’s the largest juried event of its kind in Canada, presenting works in four disciplines: theatre, dance, music and live art, plus a series of special showcases. The silver anniversary lineup includes MacArthur Park Suite: A Disco Ballet, a fusion dance hybrid set to music by Donna Summer; an interactive performance art experiment titled Speed-Dating for the Senses (and the Sensitive), in which blind-folded participants explore what they find attractive through sound, smell, taste and touch; and An Evening in July, which invites audiences to be the guests at a re-creation of Helene de Rothschild’s 1972 Surrealist Ball, based on the Grey Gardens documentary.

(more…)

Summer Sizzles at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival Grand Parade

THE SCOTIABANK TORONTO CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL AND ISLAND SOUL FESTIVAL ADD SOME SPIRIT TO SUMMER IN THE CITY

Toronto-Caribbean-Carnival-2015-Grand-Parade-Bahamanian-Junkanoo-band

The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival is always a lively affair (photo: Andrew Weir)

Dance in the Streets
The always colourful Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival—affectionately known as Caribana—is one of summer’s liveliest street parties. More than 15,000 people are expected to take part in the August 1 parade, which wends its westerly way along Lake Shore Boulevard from Exhibition Place. Donning extravagant, and yes, sometimes barely-there costumes, revelers march and dance to the sounds of steel drums and Calypso singers. This year, in the spirit of the Pan Am Games, a number of floats celebrate the cultural heritage of such nations as the Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica and Trinidad.

(more…)

Pan Am Games: Panamania’s Winning Culture

WHILE ATHLETES FLEX THEIR MUSCLES IN COMPETITIONS THROUGHOUT THE PAN AM GAMES, PANAMANIA SEES 1,300-PLUS ARTISTS SHOWCASING THEIR CREATIVE PROWESS AND CAPTURE THE IMAGINATION OF CANADA AND THE REST OF THE AMERICAS. HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF THIS MONTH’S CONCERTS AND EXHIBITIONS TO WATCH OUT FOR.

The Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra plays Panamania on July 11 and 12 (photo: Adelaida Pardo)

The Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra plays Panamania on July 11 and 12 (photo: Adelaida Pardo)

PANAMANIA LIVE @ NATHAN PHILLIPS SQUARE
JULY 11 TO 26 The hub of Panamania includes live music from such artists as Lila Downs and Marianas Trench, as well as nightly victory celebrations and fireworks. Best of all, everything’s free!

(more…)

Pan Am Games: Neighbourhoods to Explore During Your Downtime

EVEN MULTI-SPORT FANATICS NEED AN OCCASIONAL BREAK FROM THE NEAR-CONSTANT COMPETITION DURING THE PAN AM GAMES’ 17 DAYS. A FEW HOURS SPENT EXPLORING THE HOST CITY’S MYRIAD NEIGHBOURHOODS IS JUST THE TICKET!

Pan-Am-Games-Toronto-Neighbourhoods-West-Queen-West

La Cubana and Fonda Lola are among Toronto’s top Latin American restaurants (photos: Craig Moy)

Although they’re definitely the summer’s main event, the Pan American Games are hardly the only, well, game in town. Get the most out of your visit by setting aside some time—between checking out the basketball tournament, cheering on the triathletes and being wowed by wakeboarders’ stunts—to get to know Toronto’s compelling history, shopping hubs and cosmopolitan restaurant scene through these four downtown neighbourhoods.

(more…)

Vote for Your Fave Ceramicist at the RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award Exhibition

FIVE CANADIAN CLAY ARTISTS VIE FOR THIS YEAR’S RBC EMERGING ARTIST PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD IN AN EXHIBITION AT THE GARDINER MUSEUM

RBC Emerging Artist People's Choice Award Gardiner Museum David R. Harper

David R. Harper’s three-part Settlement… installation of ceramic objects (photo: Gardiner Museum)

JUNE 18 TO AUGUST 30 The possibilities of clay as a visual medium go far beyond bowls, plates and figurines. Ceramicists today use their material to craft strikingly unique pieces that tell stories and address contemporary issues. Five such Canadian practitioners—who’ve been working professionally for seven years or less—are acknowledged in the RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award exhibition at the Gardiner Museum. Examine, for example, David R. Harper’s natural history–influenced objects, or Veronika Horlik’s sculptural installation, which references deforested and burned woodlands, and then vote to help determine the artist most deserving of this year’s $10,000 prize. Voting ends on August 3, with the winner announced August 14.  —Craig Moy

 

• Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park, 416-586-8080; gardinermuseum.on.ca
Map and reviews

An L.A. Gallery Brings Andy Warhol to Toronto

ANDY WARHOL REVISITED, PRESENTED IN TORONTO BY LOS ANGELES’S REVOLVER GALLERY, ADDS EVEN MORE POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE TO BLOOR STREET WEST

Andy Warhol Toronto Elizabeth Taylor Campbell's Soup Can

photos © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society, New York

JULY 1 TO DECEMBER 31 His subjects were some of the 20th century’s most famous figures, brands, objects and landmarks; the artist himself became as illustrious as all of them. Such is the importance of Andy Warhol’s screen prints, paintings, films and myriad other creative endeavours that he remains arguably as influential today as he was during his 1960s prime. And so, naturally, a survey boasting many of his best-known works is big news for art lovers and the uninitiated alike. Curated by Los Angeles’s Revolver Gallery, Andy Warhol Revisted features more than 120 of the celebrated artist’s prints and canvases, including his iconic Campbell’s Soup Cans and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Mouse and more. Adding to the immersion, the exhibition is also expected to incorporate design elements reflecting Warhol’s Factory studio.  —Craig Moy

• Andy Warhol Revisted, 77 Bloor St. W.; warholrevisited.com

Discover the Americas at the Art Gallery of Ontario

THE ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO CRISS-CROSSES CONTINENTS IN A VISUAL EXPLORATION OF THE AMERICAS

Art Gallery of Ontario Picturing the Americas

Félix Emile Taunay’s Baia de Guanabrara Vista de Ilha das Cobras (photo: Instituto Ricardo Brennand)

JUNE 20 TO SEPTEMBER 20 It’s never been easier to travel the length (and breadth) of the Western hemisphere—from Alaska to Newfoundland to the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil and far beyond—but how closely do we really look at where we’re going? Just in time for July’s Pan Am Games, the Art Gallery of Ontario presents “Picturing the Americas,” an exhibition of landscapes that capture not only scenic vistas, but also the history, politics, culture and traditions associated with places like Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay, California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, Canada’s far north and the Tierra del Fuego in southern Chile and Argentina. The display boasts approximately 80 exquisite works in all—more than enough to inspire some serious wanderlust. —Craig Moy

• Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W., 416-979-6648; ago.net
• Map and reviews

New Works by Yoakim Bélanger at Thompson Landry Gallery

QUEBEC ARTIST YOAKIM BÉLANGER’S NEW PAINTINGS ON METAL, TO BE HUNG AT THOMPSON LANDRY GALLERY, COMBINE ABSTRACTION AND FIGURATION

Yoakim-Belanger-Thompson-Landry-Gallery-Toronto-Red

Yoakim Bélanger’s Red (photo: Thompson Landry Gallery)

JUNE 18 TO JULY 7 The word “convergence” springs to mind when contemplating the works of Yoakim Bélanger. The merging of colour and texture, of medium and subject, of figuration and abstraction are evident in his latest large-scale efforts to be shown at the Distillery District’s Thompson Landry Gallery. The Montreal-based artist uses found pieces of aluminum and oxidized steel for his canvases. His brushwork, sensitive to the scratches, chips and markings that have accumulated on the metal, brings forth images that highlight the expressive, evolving qualities of the human form. The works’ reflective surfaces mean that the viewer becomes part of the art, too, implicated in its creation—and interpretation—through the act of observing. —Craig Moy

• Thompson Landry Gallery, Distillery District, 416-364-4955; thompsonlandry.com
Map and reviews