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Guerrilla street art spotted in the Financial District

Posted by Derek Flack / December 17, 2014

street art financial districtA reader tipped us off to this subversive bit of street art spotted in the Financial District last night. Located at Commerce Court, the quirky intervention is appended to Derrick Stephan Hudson's bronze sculpture Temba, Mother of Elephants, which was installed in the courtyard in 2002.

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10 holiday gift ideas for the art lover in Toronto

Posted by Aubrey Jax / December 15, 2014

art gifts torontoGift ideas for art lovers in Toronto don't mean crawling at a snail's pace down the aisles at craft fairs and trying to decide which mini contemporary modern abstract canvas will offend the least (though some Toronto craft shows are a good bet for cute prints and bric a brac, no diss). Whether your dearest snob's tastes run for fine art prints, cheeky feminist shower curtains, or board games, may this guide help you avoid the look of disappointment you so often see on their troubled and under nourished face.

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New Aga Khan Museum hosts first major show

Posted by Derek Flack / December 15, 2014

aga khan museumThe Aga Khan museum has been drawing fascinated photographers to Don Mills and Eglinton for a few months now to shoot the stunning granite exterior of Toronto's newest architectural gem. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki, the new museum is a marvel of modern design that also incorporates classic Islamic architectural principles. That alone is reason to pay a visit, but the Saturday opening of its first major show should also prove a draw.

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The death of Descant spells worry for Toronto journals

Posted by Ryan Ayukawa / December 13, 2014

Descant torontoAfter 44 years, Toronto-based literary journal Descant Magazine has announced its latest issue will be its last. Editor-in-Chief Karen Mulhallen revealed that Descant has been in deficit for three years and can't continue in its current form.

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The top 10 books on Toronto history

Posted by Derek Flack / December 9, 2014

books toronto historyBooks on Toronto's history are anything but a boring affair. On the contrary, the insights they offer into the shape of the city today are perhaps more fascinating than ever as we blossom into a place that boasts more and more acclaimed architecture. It wasn't always the case that Toronto was proud of its architectural legacy and showed loyalty to its heritage properties. In fact, one of the things you'll find in almost all of the books below is an archive of lost structures that were demolished mostly on account of a lack of respect and foresight.

What you'll also find is enthusiasm. For many years, Toronto's history didn't seem to attract much public interest. That changed somewhere along the way, but at least partially because of these advocates of our heritage. Without these books, it would be difficult to understand the way we used to be, and, by extension, where we are going.

Here are my top picks for books on Toronto history.

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Younger than Beyonce Gallery opening in Toronto

Posted by Aubrey Jax / December 8, 2014

younger than beyonce torontoIt's Beyonce's 33rd year on earth, and the holy queen of pop's name is about to gain a little more prestige in Toronto. Younger than Beyonce's gallery will showcase work by emerging artists younger than 33 starting in 2015, with its name inspired by the New Museum's Younger Than Jesus show in New York City (Jesus died at 33, Beyonce... is 33 for the moment).

"We chose her because she is our personal Jesus. We admire her ambition, talent, and her ability to reach a wide audience," OCAD MFA grads Marjan Verstappen and Humboldt Magnussen, the programmers and artists behind the gallery, tell me. While Beyonce made her millions through song, the nomadic gallery will be entirely crowdfunded through fundraisers and a just-launched Indigogo campaign.

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