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Arts

Art show to paint a stunning picture of Toronto at night

Posted by Aubrey Jax / February 17, 2015

Peter Harris TorontoExtreme cold may have us feeling a little down on Toronto - or at least favouring Toronto, Australia - so this weekend it might help your sanity to plan on not the season's blockbuster art exhibits, but a smaller Toronto love-in in Yorkville.

This Saturday at Mira Godard Gallery, warm up to the frozen city again with local artist Peter Harris' "Night Watch - New Paintings" exhibit featuring nighttime scenes Toronto and of course, the TTC. (You might remember Peter Harris from our "15 iconic paintings of Toronto" post earlier this year.)

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The top 10 art galleries in Hamilton

Posted by Guest Contributor / February 16, 2015

hamilton art galleriesThe top art galleries in Hamilton speak to a city in the midst of a cultural renaissance. There are more galleries tucked into this relatively small urban centre than you'll find anywhere else in the country. While not all galleries stand the test of time (it was sad to see Manta close), the fact that so many have opened in a short span of time highlights the demand in the city for arts programming.

Part of the vibrancy of the arts scene can be chalked up to the bi-monthly art crawls, which brings masses of people out to the James St. North District. Less heavily invested in big commercial sales as Toronto's galleries, the art spaces here are open and inviting with a palpable sense of community.

Here are my picks for the top art galleries in Hamilton.

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Winter art shows at U of T all about signs and power

Posted by Guest Contributor / February 15, 2015

sign art exhibit u of tThis winter has turned out to be a robust season for art exhibitions with a conceptual slant, and the current offerings at the University of Toronto are no exception. At the Jackman Humanities Institute there is This Area is under 23 Hour Video and Audio Surveillance and between the U of T Art Centre and Justina M. Barnicke Gallery there is Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign.

Interrogative and engaging, the artworks examine the sign as a public utility device and as an object to be scrutinized regardless of its content.

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First ever Musical Improv Festival to launch in Toronto

Posted by Aubrey Jax / February 11, 2015

Musical Improv Festival TorontoWhat is musical improv? How does it work? How do people end up in that world? If you're curious about crossing over the line from whatever comparatively cool subculture you currently call home (ska?) to the uncharted awkwardness of improvised musical theatre (I'm philately-curious myself), the first ever* Toronto Musical Improv Festival might be opportunity you've been secretly, shamefully waiting for.

Launching on the Danforth at the The Social Capital Theatre February 25-28, the festival, run by two of Toronto's self proclaimed "biggest champions" of musical improv, Natasha Boomer of Comedy Bar's Wheel of Improv and Matty Burns of bi-weekly Second City show Let the Music Play, will be entirely devoted to the art of musical improv comedy, with four nights of shows, jams, and workshops.

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Toronto indie arts fest to feature live action laser maze

Posted by Aubrey Jax / February 11, 2015

Vector TorontoGeeks, gamers, circuit benders, and new media art-heads may not always find the spaces to overlap, which makes Vector Game Art & New Media Festival's third year in Toronto all the more exciting.

Running from February 18-22 at Interaccess, Bento Miso, and Videofag, the multi-venue fest will feature a huge game art centric exhibit, plus music performances, early computer animation screenings (hint: Star Wars tie-in), a new media panel, the return of workshop GlitchJam, and a live action laser maze.

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15 photos that prove Toronto is beautiful in the winter

Posted by Derek Flack / February 10, 2015

winter beautiful torontoThis hasn't exactly been an easy winter in Toronto. With day after day of extreme cold weather alerts, anyone hoping that Mother Nature would take pity on us after last year's polar vortex must surely be depressed right about now. If there's a saving grace to the Toronto winter, it's the fact that our city looks rather beautiful when covered in snow and ice (note that I didn't say slush, which has no redeeming qualities). In honour of all the talented Toronto photographers who've frozen their asses off to take nice pictures for us, here's an optimistic view of winter.

Check out these photos that prove winter in Toronto is a beautiful time of year.
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