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Arts

The top 30 exhibits to check out at Nuit Blanche 2014

Posted by Aubrey Jax / October 1, 2014

Nuit Blanche 2014Nuit Blanche 2014 arrives in Toronto this Saturday for its 8th year, as the once-raging battle between supporters and nay-sayers fades out and we come to understand that the core of the all night festival's identity will, much like art itself, never mean the same thing to everyone. The waitress at the all night diner might see blood at 6am, but that doesn't make the stars in your eyes less real.

Most of us have made up our minds about the 7pm to 7am multi-zone art party by now, and the chatter about whether it's art or simply entertainment has given way to chatter about which bars and restaurants will be open late (yes, my thirsty adventurers, we'll have the scoop on that for you tomorrow), and who's tweeting the best finds and overheards (we'll try our best).

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An Enemy of the People hits the stage at Tarragon

Posted by Keith Bennie / September 29, 2014

enemy people tarragonThe works of the early modern playwrights--Henrik Ibsen, Anton Chekhov, and August Strindberg--continue to be produced because they model the qualities of the well-made play. Sometimes, albeit that rare sometimes, adaptations of these staples take flight with a slight shift in perspective, connecting the hundred year-old tale with themes that resonate today.

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The art truck is on its way to Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / September 26, 2014

art truck torontoAlong with transporting commodities for us to fetishize and food for us to consume, the humble truck has another purpose -- or at least it does now. Art. That's right, Toronto is about to get a dose of mobile art in the form of the (awkwardly named) Aimia/AGO Photography Prize Art Truck.

Here's the lowdown: in conjunction with the publicly voted Aimia Photography Prize, the AGO has commissioned a truck to travel across Toronto (and beyond) featuring the four artists shortlisted for the $50,000 award. It's a smart move on the part of organizers given the mandate of the prize. What better way to get the artists' work in the face of potential voters?

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Massive craft store moving into downtown Chapters

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / September 23, 2014

Michaels Chapters TorontoWhen the Chapters flagship at Richmond and John closed down in April, questions immediately began about what would take over that enormous, three-floor slab of prime downtown real estate. Rumours persisted that the space was being eyed by Michael's, a North American chain of craft supply and framing stores, for a downtown location. Looks like it's official; signs are now up in the window of 142 John St. announcing the craft shop's impending arrival.

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10 videos that'll make you fall in love with Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / September 23, 2014

toronto videosIf you had to go on official promotional videos for Toronto, you might not think a whole lot of this city. If, on the other hand, you broaden your reach and check out old music videos, art projects, timelapses and stop-motion sequences, it becomes immediately clear how spoiled we are for homages to this city. It's hard to watch any of these videos and not have at least some appreciation of Toronto, be it related to the city's beauty, its businesses, and its people. Hell, even the TTC looks fantastic in the sequences below. So if ever you're down on TO, here's a remedy.

These are 10 videos that'll make you fall in love with Toronto (all over again).

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The top 10 public art installations in Toronto

Posted by Jess Carroll / September 22, 2014

public art torontoThe top public art in Toronto is both highly visible and easy to miss all at once. We've got multitudinous Douglas Coupland pieces, from his red canoe sculpture at Fort York & Bathurst to the model home clocktower at the Shops at Don Mills; Henry Moore's famous Archer has boldly sat at Nathan Phillips Square for decades; Anish Kapoor's stone mountains in the courtyard of the CBC building have become a part of the institution's Toronto identity.

The list of installations is long and impressive, but we probably take them for granted at list a little while stuck in our everyday routine. But what constitutes good public art? Are the best pieces the ones that integrate so well with their environment that you barely notice them? Or are they contestable works that function by attracting attention to a particular part of the space in which they reside? Does public art have to be entirely given over to the public, or can it be housed private places with public access?

The following list includes pieces that fall into one or more of the above categories, but whose primary criteria for being "best" is in their contribution to the mythology of urbanity and humanity in Canada's biggest city. Here are the top 10 public art installations in Toronto.

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