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Arts

Massive public photo mural coming to Lower Bay St.

Posted by Derek Flack / August 27, 2014

photo mural lower bayThe drab section of Bay south of Harbour St. is set to get a major facelift thanks to Toronto's StART program. Home to the Conference Centre at the Westin Harbour Castle, the facade on the east side of Bay will serve as a giant canvas for photographer and former Grange Prize winner Sarah Anne Johnson. To be precise, the wall will offer the artist a 12-metre-tall by 44-metre-wide space to install a site-specific photo mural that will take inspiration from its location near the harbour.



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Toronto artist paints with blood at Jeff Koons exhibit

Posted by Aubrey Jax / August 22, 2014

Istvan KantorToronto artist Istvan Kantor aka Monty Cantsin, who will always be the eying you up and down and mentally declaring himself more punk than you, has struck again with his "Blood Campaign," this time leaving a giant bloody "X" and a "Monty Cantsin was here" at the Whitney Museum's Jeff Koons retrospective in New York. As always, he also left a manifesto declaring his blood a "supreme gift."

Kantor was captured posing between a Koons sculpture and his bloodied wall with childlike glee on Wednesday by photographer Antoine S Lutens before security dragged him out. Several shots are, naturally, blocked by people's smart phones. None of Koons' works were bloodied. According to the NY Post, Kantor was taken to a New York hospital for "psych evaluation" and later released with no charges.

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Massive book fair coming to Toronto this fall

Posted by Derek Flack / August 20, 2014

inspire book fair torontoBibliophiles rejoice -- a literary extravaganza is on its way to Toronto this fall. The inaugural Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair will take place November 13-16 at the Metro Convention Centre with over 400 authors will on hand, including such heavyweights as Margaret Atwood (but of course), William Gibson, Ann Rice, and Kathy Reichs. Coming just after the Harbourfront International Festival of Authors, the idea with Inspire! is to make the fair as diverse as possible.

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Toronto artists want to drive you out of town

Posted by Aubrey Jax / August 19, 2014

Sunday Drive artOne of Toronto's most intriguing art events of the summer will take place in a town I couldn't find on a map - until the presenters of Sunday Drive contacted me. Warkworth, ON is about 150km from Toronto - a quick Google image search of the 700 person community yields a photo of sheep. An art scene you'd imagine for Warkworth might revolve around wind-chimes and lawn ornaments crafted by retirees with sprawling yards, maybe a sleepy gift shop that goes all-out for the holidays. Not so from August 23rd through September 7th: contemporary art is taking a trip to Trent Hills.

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What's the worst thing you've lost on the TTC?

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 10, 2014

ttc lost foundThe creature that steals my socks out of the laundry has a cousin. It lives in the tunnels of the TTC, and it wants my gloves and mittens (but only one at a time). When a single matched pair survives a whole winter, I basically throw a party. If you're like me, and you've sacrificed countless personal treasures (keys, priceless artworks, true love, your sanity) to our city's transit system, a new project wants to make beautiful public art out of your sob story.

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The top 10 performances to catch at SummerWorks 2014

Posted by Keith Bennie / August 6, 2014

Summerworks torontoThis year the SummerWorks Performance Festival moves into the new digs at the Theatre Centre, firmly establishing itself as the west-end theatre jam of the year. On offer at the festival's Hub are a collection of arts conversations and parties that carry the energy from artists and audiences throughout the week. Those performances, on stage and at site-specific venues, include six shows in the Music Series, three Musical Works in Concert, thirteen Live Art interactions, and an immense collection of theatre examined below as part of the National and Juried series.

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