The AGO Expands Its Horizons With New First Nations Exhibit
Toronto has increasingly strived to honour the region’s First Nations—whether by acknowledging the historical presence of the Mississaugas of the New Credit on current City land or commemorating pre-European communities and trade routes. Now the Art Gallery of Ontario is following suit, staging an exhibition that highlights Anishinaabe artists from the Great Lakes region and making a greater effort to include indigenous art in its Canadian galleries.
“Before and After the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes“ is a collaborative effort of the AGO and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, in New York City, where the exhibition recently wrapped up after a one-year run. The displays are organized by themes relating to Anishinaabe concepts of place and spirituality, and how they interact with the outside world. One of the most intriguing themes is “cottager colonialism,” which suggests that the colonization of indigenous land continues by way of vacationing tourists. Political statements are scattered throughout the exhibition, from Nadia Myre’s bead-covered pages of the Indian Act to the use of historical indigenous status documents in Robert Houle’s “Premises” series. Floral beaded bags and leggings, meanwhile, provide inspiration for the contemporary paintings of Christi Belcourt, an Ontario Arts Council Aboriginal Arts Award recipient.
Women’s Parkour Jam
Those of you who have so much energy that you’re bouncing off the walls will want to pay attention to this very appropriate, albeit quite literal event suggestion. Women’s Parkour Jam is two days of activities geared towards those who enjoy the sport, or want to learn more about it. Discover a new way of traversing our city, with both indoor and outdoor demonstrations and workshops.
Lab Cab Festival
The arts are alive and well in Parkdale, and this weekend they’re spilling into the streets and taking over as many spaces as possible! Why? The Lab Cab Festival is on, bringing two full days of theatre, dance, music, film, crafts, comedy, and visual art to Queen West. Aiming to provide a safe creative space, the festival connects local experienced and amateur artists to their community, while encouraging them to experiment with their crafts.
Art Battle National Championships
If you think that watching an artist at work is a treat, imagine what it would be like to see Canada’s 20 best painters simultaneously creating masterpieces before your very eyes. That’s exactly what you’ll get at the Art Battle National Championships—one room, and 20 artists creating a new piece of work in hopes of securing the title of our country’s best live painter. All creations will be available for purchase via silent auction after the competition.