Crawl, Don't Run
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Crawl, Don’t Run

This weekend is the Canadian Art Foundation’s 11th Annual Canadian Art Gallery Hop Toronto. This weekend is also Artscape’s 4th Annual Queen West Art Crawl. Two big art events this weekend? Holy Jesus! What to do?
The kickoff for the Gallery Hop is tonight. But before you pick up the phone to reserve a last minute ticket beware the $250 admission price to the event at the Kool Haus (patron tables for 10 are a bargain at $3500). We don’t know what sort of “cocktails, great food, and contemporary art” will be served, but it better be damn good. There will also be an auction of 52 works by (mostly) Canadian artists and two art tours to Montreal and Vancouver. The absentee bid form is on the interweb for the folks who can’t make it to the blastoff event.
The Art Crawl has no expensive kickoff. Phew.

The FREE Gallery Hop takes place on Saturday. Events begin at OCAD with an 11am-12:30pm chat on the topic of GLOCAL (the theme of this year’s Gallery Hop) with Douglas Coupland, Bruce W. Ferguson (AGO’s Director of Exhibitions), and Richard Rhodes (editor of Canadian Art magazine). In the afternoon, “Canadian Art will have experts on hand to introduce the artists and dealers who make them tick” as FREE gallery talks will take place in gallery districts all over the city (not only along Queen W).
The FREE Art Crawl is happening from Friday until Sunday. There’ll be a HUGE amount of art stuff going on all along Queen West, including the Outdoor Art Show & Sale in Trinity Bellwoods Park and open studios all the way from 401 Richmond to Roncesvalles. If you’re lucky, an impromptu puppet show will plop in your path this weekend. At the Gladstone, The Beauty Salon (unrelated to Haircuts by Children) will giving free makeover transformations (cancel your spa appointment). For more performance art, head to Parkdale Public Library’s parking lot on Saturday at 8:00pm for the Red Light Project (Amsterdam-esque?). For full details on events and dates/times, pick up a copy of the Art Crawl guide or download a copy from Artscape’s website.
It’s entirely possible to make it to both the Hop talks and the Crawl. The Hop’s gala event sounds outrageous and the “Hop” should be really be called a “Fundraiser” BUT Canadian Art magazine is good stuff and folks with the cash should support the good stuff. Every gallery along Queen W. will have something goin’ this weekend on whether it be a Hop or a Crawl. If time constraints are involved, do the Crawl and skip the Hop. Or skip the skip and Hop the Crawl. Or skip the Crawl and Hop the skip. Or Crawl the Hop and skip the skip.