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Arts

New gallery rents out wall space by the yard

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 21, 2014

Art Yard TorontoToronto artists will be intrigued by the unique concept behind West Queen West's newest rental gallery: Art Yard is renting wall space by the yard, rather than per show like traditional rental galleries. In February of this year Natasza Cieplik took over the main floor of the Artscape Triangle Lofts, and by June she'll have exhibited the works of thirty-four emerging or mid-career artists.

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How to find a clown in Toronto

Posted by Amanda Cupido / April 20, 2014

clown in torontoLooking for a clown for your Toronto event or party? A simple web search might not be the best way to go.

"A lot of clowns are self-taught, and hiring someone who's under-trained is not a good idea," said Helen Donnelly, a professional therapeutic, theatrical and circus clown. "It takes years to fine-tune your instruments so you're appropriate for your audience."

Donnelly has been a clown for over 20 years, and teaches workshops in Toronto. She said that the clowning community believes in the philosophy that everyone has a clown inside. "But just because you have taken a few workshops, it doesn't mean you're ready to unleash it to the world," said Donnelly.

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Cardboard beach coming to King West for Luminato

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 8, 2014

Luminato 2014If you live or work downtown and fantasize about running away (but not too far away) to catch some rays, art will have your back this June. The 2014 Luminato Festival will install a fully licensed temporary beach at their hub at David Pecaut Square from June 6-15, where the world's largest disco ball hung last year.

The catch? Unlike Toronto's admittedly decent existing beaches, this "oasis" will be entirely made of cardboard. Cuban art collective Los Carpinteros are pulling our leg with their Cardboard Beach installation - but a beach party is still a beach party, even if it's smack between King West and the Financial District and the huts, chairs, cabanas, umbrellas are all made of cardboard. The real downside? Organizers want you to wear flip flops. Ew.

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Watch someone tap dance their way through Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / April 3, 2014

tap dance torontoTap dancing is something of a lost art, a throwback to the days of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. And yet there's a certain quirky charm to it that's hard to define. While it could come off as entirely goofy, when done well, there's a certain elegance to it that people with two left feet can only hopelessly admire. By way of proof, this recently released video of Stephanie Cadman tap dancing her way around Toronto to Lara St. John's rendition of Bach's G Minor Presto. While the locations tend toward the touristy side, the video is unabashedly fun and reveals an obvious pride in our city. Have a watch -- and if you're feeling inspired, there's always dance classes.

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Bacon & Moore a beautifully terrifying pair at the AGO

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 3, 2014

Bacon Moore AGO TorontoThe Francis Bacon / Henry Moore Terror and Beauty exhibition at the AGO opens this Saturday, and it will likely be the darkest major show you stumble your way through this year, one hand half covering your eyes.

The AGO has outdone itself in putting together a collection that portrays the harsh postwar attitudes of the two British artists: there are more huge, frightening Bacon paintings than I expected, and the layout of the exhibition space reveals a curator who understands the inherent relationship between these crucial artists' work. While Bacon steals the show in spite of the fact that his compositions are all behind glass (he "had no interest in the viewer"), Moore's work puts up a worthy fight, especially his 2D compositions and harsher looking sculptures. The exhibit runs until July 20th.

Get a sneak peek of the remarkable and disturbing show in this photo gallery.
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The top spoken word events in Toronto April 2014

Posted by Greg Frankson / April 3, 2014

spoken word toronto april 2014April is National Poetry Month (NPM) - a time to focus on all things poetry. Your humble columnist is in a celebratory mood. For the rest of the month, poets across the GTA will be out and about in the community sharing their work with colleagues, neighbours and friends, helping to enrich the social fabric of the region. If you get a chance to see anything poetic, be sure to take it in -- some of the best poetry to be found anywhere in this country is written right here in Toronto. The spoken word and poetry slam community, naturally, is putting on a month-long soirée in the midst of all the poetizing. Here's what is on tap for you all to drink in this April.

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