TRB Live: October


With TRB Live I’m going to be posting monthly roundups of literary events you might enjoy. Get in touch with me (@kathmcleod) or the TRB (@TorontoReview) on Twitter if you’d like to suggest an event to include next month. Toronto The Coach House Books Fall Launch ushers in autumn with the launch of six new books: Lisa Robertson’s 3 Summers, Jordan Scott’s Night & Ox...

Geoffrey Farmer Makes Moore Dangerous Again


The explanatory text at the entrance of Every day needs an urgent whistle blown into it at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) reminds us that British sculptor Henry Moore originally intended to bequeath his works to the Tate. When a letter writing campaign caused the London gallery to refuse to build a suitable space, he chose Toronto and the AGO instead. We can remember this as Toronto’s...

Santa’s Choice Zine Fair, Leslieville Gallery Crawl, and Long Winter Takeover: T.O. Events for Dec 20 – Jan 3


Storyteller Ariel Balevi will be performing stories by the 13th-century Sufi mystical poet Rumi at La Boheme Cafe. 7:30 PM. Dec 20. Free. Come by the 4th annual Santa’s Choice Zine Fair and check out zines, comics, small presses, prints, t-shirts and tote bags, jewellery, crafts, and other handmade goods by local artists and designers.12 PM. Dec 21. XPACE Cultural Centre. Free. Join the...

Chester Brown, Ann Patchett, and a Party in a Library: T.O. Events for Nov 7-21


Berlin videographer and media artist Nina Konnemann will be in conversation with curator Kim Simon about her art, culture, and international exchange. 5PM. November 8. Goethe-Institut Toronto. Free. Join innovators in contemporary art from Paris and Toronto including Isabelle Alfonsi, Barbara Fischer and David Liss in The Ecology of an Art Scene: a two-day symposium dedicated to creating and...

Hobo-inspired art, cartoons of the past, and the world’s prettiest libraries: Bookishness Jan. 28, 2013


Art in the time of the Hobo Code Inspired by the artwork left on train boxcars by rail riders of years past, Troy Lovegates, AKA Other, has been creating art in public spaces for over two decades. On Feb. 7, Other’s work will be on display at the AGO as part of the gallery’s First Thursdays series.   Peeking at old doodles Canada’s past, seen through historical editorial cartoons...

The AGO’s “Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting”: Something for everyone


Let’s face the obvious first. Surrealism isn’t everyone’s bag, especially in its more nightmarish forms. And if that’s true of you, if the darker Dalis make you cringe and the chilling Ernsts give you the sweats, taking in the work of Frida Kahlo may not be the optimal way to spend an afternoon. Kahlo’s art, while compelling, rates a Nine on Surrealism’s scale of grotesquerie, on which One is a...

Getting Into It Through The Guns: The Thomson Collection of Ship Models at the AGO


French prisoners of war held in Britain built some of the ship models in the Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Cream-white as if carved in ivory but made from bones in the prisoners’ rations and other humble materials like straw and human hair, the “Prisoner of War Models” are masterfully crafted and exquisitely beautiful, despite their genesis in misery and their deathly...

A monthly dose of culture: Reviewing the AGO’s First Thursdays


If a regular person ever wanted the chance to feel like a cultural blue blood, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)’s First Thursdays are the time to do it. The series, which began in October and will continue the first Thursday of each month, is an after-hours gallery party complete with music, special exhibits, talks with industry professionals and more. October’s installation featured art by...

Time for Another Rewrite: The AGO’s General Idea: Haute Culture, A Retrospective 1969-1994


A review of General Idea: Haute Culture, A Retrospective 1969-1994, Art Gallery of Ontario, July 29, 2011–January 1, 2012, curated by Frédéric Bonnet, organized by ARC/Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris and the Art Gallery of Ontario, catalogue published by JRP Ringier That a major survey of General Idea’s work is only now taking place in Toronto seems a serious art historical oversight...