An hour with Miranda July is exhausting. On Friday, the filmmaker/artist/writer was an emotional roller-coaster while talking about her latest novel, The First Bad Man, at the Toronto Reference Library. She laughed, cried, and spoke about masturbating to her own novel while writing it. It was performance art for the crowded room of fans, and they loved it.
There’s a calculated rawness to July’s style. She effortlessly flows from twee to raunchy, and the dynamic shocks and delights her audience. Before speaking about sexual fantasies, a focal point of her book, she looks down and says, “I probably shouldn’t say this,” before launching into a well-rehearsed bit about how she created fantasies for her friend and interviewer Sheila Heti.
Union Station’s Great Hall renovation is not yet complete, but Torontonians will get a chance to see the space all dressed up this week as the centrepiece of Villa Toronto. The free art event opens this Friday, and includes work from 20 local and international galleries.
Launched by Raster in 2006, Villa is a collaborative, traveling contemporary art show. The project takes art out of galleries and into the streets, creating accessible, temporary art communities around the world. Toronto will be Villa’s fourth showing, following past events in Warsaw, Reykjavik, and Tokyo. Keep reading: Art Exhibit Pulls Into Union Station
Go totally futuristic and catch a screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey as we move forward in time. Image courtesy of MGM.
If you’re like us, you have a set of requirements when it comes to New Year’s Eve, which includes minimal douchebaggery, low cover charges, and short commutes. Since we’re feeling extra generous this holiday season, we’ve gone and compiled a list of the best spots to spend the last few hours of 2014.
Swash & Serif is the debut gallery show by Toronto typography fanatics Ligatures, presented in conjunction with the Toronto Design Directory. If the opening-night crowd is any indication, it seems both groups have tapped a deep well of pent-up artistic desires among the graphic design community.
“We only had a handful of submissions two weeks ago,” said Margot Trudell, one of the show’s curators and a member of both Ligatures and the Design Directory. “But then it exploded.” They received more than 60 submissions before whittling those down to 40 pieces by 36 artists.
Wayne Sorge. Photo by Trevor Abes. Photo pictured by Sheldon Dawe.
When former University of Toronto library technician Wayne Sorge died in 2008 due to complications from a series of strokes, he left behind objects and impressions that reveal an unrelenting curiosity. Music was Sorge’s life—he sang; taught himself to play guitar, bass, and harp; and combined his love of music with his interest in medieval history by taking up the lute. And he amassed an album collection that has been given new life through a series of public listening parties.
Sorge started collecting vinyl in the late 1960s. His crate-digging was determined by time and money rather than obsession. When he couldn’t buy a record straight away, his desire and appreciation for it would grow. “He managed to scrounge around in second-hand record stores in Toronto to find most of his music,” says his wife, Mary Lyons, a painter and social worker at CAMH, “though he stopped briefly in the 1970s when he said rock and roll died in its sleep and nobody noticed.”