Celebrating Beautiful (and Affordable) Art
The Love Art fair has arrived in Toronto. A branch of the international Affordable Art Fair, Love Art champions the philosophy that fine-art collecting and economic accessibility should not be mutually exclusive, and aims to create new art collectors while also providing a forum for emerging and established artists to showcase and sell their works. Definitions of affordability and accessibility are certainly subjective, but with prices starting at $60, Love Art is endeavouring to make the acquisition of art possible for a wider range of people.
Montreal-based photographer Katrina Lee was captivated by the otherworldly beauty of Iceland’s landscapes when she visited the country in 2009. Her photos, which also document how the rapidly warming island nation is shedding layers of ice from its glaciers at record-breaking rates, form the basis for her first solo photographic exhibition, “Panta Rhei“. After the opening party, where Lee will be in attendance, the exhibition will remain on display at the Oculus Arts QSQ Gallery until June 20.
Vitals: Immersive Theatre That’s Close to Home
Outside the March seems to be Toronto’s favourite indie theatre company. Director Mitchell Cushman built up quite a buzz after consecutive hits Mr. Marmalade and Terminus, both of which were praised for their unconventional use of space (the former was set in a kindergarten classroom, the latter placed both the actors and the audience on the stage of the Royal Alexandra Theatre), so his next project had been highly anticipated. Vitals, written by Rosamund Small, was the first script for Outside the March developed specifically for a site-specific space, and its original run had to be extended even before opening night. Then, only a few days into the run, it was extended again to June 1. And though Vitals isn’t the best show in Outside the March’s history, there’s a reason that tickets have been flying.
Raoul and the Big Time CD Release, with Curtis Salgado
It’s been five years since the last album released by Maple Blues award-winning outfit Raoul and the Big Time. The band has been playing on both coasts sporadically (band leader Raoul Bhaeja is a busy actor spending time in L.A. and T.O.), and now has a 12-track album in the can, recorded here in Toronto and in Burbank, California, featuring guest performances by members of Canned Heat and the Mavis Staples Band. The Hollywood Blvd. launch party will feature an expanded lineup of local blues artists, as well as a special guest, 2013 BB King Entertainer of the Year Curtis Salgado.