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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.

Sunday Drive presents Warkworth will span two weeks, as Toronto artists present satellite installations and performances via local art hubs Mercer Union, Gladstone Hotel, Huntclub, Art Spin, Interaccess, Akin Collective, and more. The project is reminiscent of last year's Land|Slide exhibit at Markham Museum, which saw pop up installations scattered throughout pioneer buildings.

The exhibit launches not on Sunday but on Saturday, August 23 with projections by Oliver Pauk, Michael Vickers, and Personnel (7:40pm) and a performance by Hazel Meyer (9pm). No ride? Take the art bus from 87 Wade Ave at 4pm for $25 - the trip includes free drinks, snacks, and surprises, and will return you at midnight. You can also plan your own route to Warkworth here. Find the schedule here - everything else runs Wednesdays - Sundays between 11am-5pm. Check out the full guide include artist bios on Sunday Drive's website here.

Photo by Brian Rome in the blogTO Flickr pool.



David Rollins / August 20, 2014 at 09:16 am
Audrey may not have heard of Warkworth, but perhaps her visit this weekend will enlighten her and bring her back many times in the future.

You will find a picturesque town with an amazingly creative and supportive community. Shopping from gourmet to vintage to best brewed coffee and lunch treats east of Toronto.

Yes fortunately Warkworth is surrounded by rolling hills and undulating farm fields with grazing cows and sheep and we support our farmers.

The town is fortunate to have the "Sunday Drive" event feature our creativity and warmth, Warkworth must offer something to be featured on the "Sunday Drive" circuit. Warkworth is already a destination for Toronto as many have chosen to relocate or set up a second home in and around Warkworth. Being just 90 east of Toronto is such a bonus. Come and discover the village and see art in a new Light thanks to Olive, Michael and Personnel on Saturday.

Do not miss this opportunity to visit "Sunday Drive" and Warkworth.
Boomergirl (@boomergirl50) / August 20, 2014 at 10:18 am
Warkworth is one of Ontario's coolest towns. It puts on some of the province's best annual events. Besides Sunday Drive, there's the Warkworth Long Lunch every August and one of my all-time faves, the Perfect Pie Contest in early November. Any of these are well worth the drive from TO.
Laura / August 20, 2014 at 02:16 pm
InterAccess was not linked in the article, but has a profile on BlogTO:

Water for Beer / August 20, 2014 at 08:10 pm
I have a gentlemans weekend farm nearby. This is a great little village...but the main source of income is the medium security prison outside of town, whose inmates are comprised of 30% sex offenders. They recently shut the facility down because of a rampant drug problem. Many of these men get weekend furloughs. I would strongly suggest that you watch your kids and any 'clown' who wants to do balloon tricks for your offspring should be closely monitored.
Beer for Water replying to a comment from Water for Beer / August 21, 2014 at 12:21 am
um, what is a gentlemans weekend farm? and why stay if you're so frightened?
jeeves / August 21, 2014 at 12:42 am
how many gentlemen can one grow in a good season?
btrtnevr replying to a comment from Water for Beer / August 21, 2014 at 01:14 am
how many gentlemen can one grow in a good season?
loraleen / August 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm
warkworth is an awesome place. I left Toronto 8 years ago and never looked back! So many talented and creative people and lots of shops to satisfy ones Retail therapy moments. As for the Pen, I've never had an anxious thought about it. And yes I am a mother. Su day drive is going to be fabulous! Come on out!
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