Albert Gleizes’ Head in a Landscape at the AGO’s “Great Upheaval” exhibition (photo courtesy of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York)
NOVEMBER 30 TO MARCH 2 On the heels of its hugely popular Ai Weiwei and David Bowie exhibitions, the Art Gallery of Ontario invites you to take a stroll through eight tumultuous years in the creation of avant-garde art. “The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection 1910-1918” draws 66 major works from New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, including pieces by the likes of Cezanne, Gaugin, Picasso, Chagall, Matisse and Mondrian, as well as a wide range of lesser-known experimental artists who were active in the early 1900s. Described by AGO CEO Matthew Teitelbaum as “an exhibit that tells a story,” the show allows its contents to speak for itself, with the vivid colours and shapes of the selected works set against stark white walls. But a story is indeed told: arranged chronologically, each pocket of the exhibition is headed by an infographic that sheds historical light on the paintings and sculptures within.
The minimalist presentation offers visitors the chance to slip inside the experience of the artists, tracing their evolution through the years leading up to World War I as they reacted to—and interacted with—a world in the process of being turned upside down. The first room of the exhibit showcases early experiments such as Frantisek Kupka’s Planes by Colors (1910), a large-scale portrait that employed vibrant colour planes instead of traditional shading, inspired by the recent invention of x-rays. From there, patrons can meander through the lush dreamscapes of Marc Chagall and Vasily Kandinsky’s increasing abstractionism alongside other major pieces like Franz Marc’s Yellow Cow (1911) and Matisse’s Italian Woman (1916). The exhibition culminates in a final collection of works from WWI, which offers a fascinating observation of the effects of war on the artists’ psyches: darker colours, harsher lines and ominous symbolism lurk in pieces such as Max Ernst’s City With Animals (1919). Having borne witness to this artistic upheaval, AGO visitors are left with a final thought from Albert Einstein, projected on the gallery floor: “The world cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” —Sara Burnside Menuck
• Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W., 416-979-6648; ago.net
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BY STEPHANIE YOUNG
Toronto’s Pearson International Airport has long had a reputation as a notoriously dull place—a suburban checkpoint that must be endured on the way to more exciting destinations. But a recent spate of upgrades means you need no longer fear a delayed flight, drawn out stopover or the lengthy waits that can come with the holiday travel season. We’ve outlined some of the noteworthy new ways to pass the time at Canada’s busiest airport below. Know of any other fascinating corners or crevices? Leave your tips in the comments below!
BY SARA BURNSIDE-MENUCK
Until a few years ago, the phrase “gluten-free” typically applied a few sad- and stunted-looking loaves of bread and the odd flourless cookie—and even then, they were hard to find. But thanks to a host of new research and a few bestselling diet books, gluten-free cuisine has exploded onto the culinary scene. Restaurants, cafés and bakeries are increasingly expanding their menus to include celiac-friendly choices, or opting to go gluten-free altogether. Read on for a diverse selection of some of the best gluten-free eating Toronto has to offer.
There are always so many things to do in Toronto. Get out and enjoy some of the many great events and concerts taking place throughout the city this month!
BY STEPHANIE YOUNG
Casa Loma hosts a number of holiday happenings this month
DECEMBER 7 TO 23 It’s a childhood delight to rush downstairs on Christmas morning and see that St. Nick has enjoyed the milk and cookies you left him. But why wait until December 25 when you can enjoy breakfast with the jolly man himself at Casa Loma’s annual Breakfast with Santa. Families will also note that Peter Pan is scheduled to visit the historic manor this holiday season: the story of the boy who never grew up is dramatized in the conservatory and library. Casa Loma, breakfast $25, general admission $20.55; call 416-923-1171 or visit here for more information and a complete schedule of events.
By ANA TAVEIRA & STEPHANIE YOUNG
From our Toronto gift shop picks: Studio Brillantine, Blue Banana Market and Magic Pony (Photos: pamlau.com, Tsar Kasim)
What is a Toronto gift? In a city this diverse, it could be anything and there’s a Toronto gift shop to cater to any taste. Finding that perfect item can be a challenge, so we’ve compiled this list of Toronto gift shops that will take the guesswork out of your shopping experience. With their precisely curated stock of unique and amazing housewares, jewellery, toys, stationery and more, these Toronto gift shops will help you bring home the perfect present every time.
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BY CRAIG MOY
Pimlico Design Gallery is one of Toronto’s best gallery boutiques for artistic home products
You needn’t take home a $10,000 painting to prove your good taste. An art book, handcrafted home-decor item or even a unique piece of jewellery from one of these 10 gallery boutiques will do the trick.
The Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is one of Toronto’s most anticipated new attractions. Home to more than 15,000 underwater creatures including stingrays, sharks, octopus, green sea turtles, and jellyfish.
Check out the gallery below from our most recent visit to meet the city’s newest residents.
A trio of Where Toronto staffers—editor-in-chief Linda Luong, senior editor Craig Moy, and senior marketing associate Yen Tran—have teamed up to curate the top items for everyone on you gift-giving list.
Check out the gallery below for the season’s most chic and spiffy gifts for fashionistas, dapper gents, Torontophiles, cool kids and more.
Snow Moment by Jasper Doest, one of many images on display at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum
NOVEMBER 23 TO MARCH 23 It’s easy to feel like you’re roaming the African savanna with a lion, swimming the Arctic Ocean with a polar bear, and skittering about the prairies with a field mouse while viewing the stunning scenes of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum. Drawn from more than 43,000 submitted to an international competition organized by the BBC and London’s Natural History Museum, the show—now in its 49th year, but enjoying its North American debut—features 100 large-scale, back-lit prints that depict both the natural world’s inherent artistry and the skill of the photographers who capture it.
BY STEPHANIE YOUNG
Betty Hemmings Leathergoods
In a cosmopolitan city such as Toronto—home to millions of people who love to travel, and host to a similar number of incoming visitors each year—there can never be too many luggage stores. Whether you’re in the market for a new set of bags for a global adventure, an extra carry-on piece for transporting souvenirs, or just a chic sleeve for your iPad, you’ll find everything that you could possibly need at these top Toronto luggage and bag stores.
(photo: Ryan Emberley)
Updating your abode’s look need not break the bank thanks to Zara Home. The Spanish brand, best known for offering modestly priced, runway-inspired apparel, now brings the same approach to textiles, linens, tabletop accessories and servingware. Much like its clothing counterpart, Zara’s decor stores take trends from the fashion world and biannually apply them to new looks for living, dining and bathrooms. Currently in stock are graphic throws, striped bath towels, children’s bedding, decorative tea pots and juice glasses, and a small selection of lounge wear. Open daily. —Linda Luong
• Zara Home, Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 3401 Dufferin St., 416-646-2984; zarahome.com
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Chef Eric Wood has earned praise for his contemporary Canadian cooking at locally focused restaurants Fabarnak and Hawthorne; naturally you should expect the same high quality at Wood’s newest gig, The Beverley Hotel. The boutique property’s slender dining room takes a fairly direct approach to design—the front-of-house area and bar are rugged with timber and metal, while there’s more formal seating in the back—which matches well with Wood’s accessible menu. If you return to town in the warmer months, take advantage of the rooftop bar and its chic selection of drinks and nibbles. —Craig Moy
• The Beverley Hotel, 335 Queen St. W., 416-493-2786; thebeverleyhotel.ca
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