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10 things to do at the Ontario Scene : May 10

10 things to do at the Ontario Scene : May 10

Published by Leonardo Calcagno

01. Gryphon Trio : Music for a Sunday Afternoon
Info: R. MURRAY SCHAFER Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano (Gryphon Trio’s 20th Anniversary Commission)

02. Jesse Cook : One World Tour 2015
Location: NAC Southam Hall   – Ticket : Ontario Scene Pass
Info: Something special happens when JESSE COOK takes the stage. Inspired by childhood summers spent in the gypsy barrio in Arles, France, and impromptu jam sessions with Nicolas Reyes, lead singer of the Gipsy Kings, Jesse comes by his love of rumba flamenco quite naturally. At the age of three, he picked up a guitar and tried to emulate the finesse of gypsy guitar legend Manitas de Plata, and has never looked back.

Jesse has been writing, recording, and performing internationally for nearly 20 years, and is a JUNO Award-winner and three-time recipient of the Canadian Smooth Jazz Award for Guitarist of the Year. His sizzling, precise playing and captivating compositions are equal parts epic and disarming. A truly generous performer, Jesse has rightly claimed his place on the international stage.

03. Human Nature

Info: Human Nature presents the work of 14 contemporary Ontario artists who look at the state of the natural world and our impact on it as innovators and exploiters, creators and destroyers. Exploring a range of such critical issues as food production, habitat loss, post-industrialization, and natural disaster, Human Nature is by turns humorous and hopeful, utopian and dystopian. The works investigate the history and consequences of colonization, consider decaying infrastructure, find new uses for industrial waste, propose sci-fi alternatives to everyday life, and even encourage the sharing of food and stories. Taken together, the works of these artists reflect on the complex interconnection of nature, culture, and technology.

04. Ontario in Âjagemô : Selections from the Canada Council Art Bank
Info: Ontario boasts a rich history of visual and media arts – due in large part to its size, diversity, and vibrant urban centres. But is Ontario art distinct? Do Ontario artists have a single, discernible viewpoint? A unique cultural psychology? Judge for yourself at this exhibition in the Canada Council’s Âjagemô exhibition hall*. Ontario in Âjagemô draws on a selection of five decades of works from the Canada Council Art Bank to reveal that the most interesting conversations emerge from viewpoints that are both unique and personal.

05. Works from the National Gallery of Canada’s National Collection
Info: During Ontario Scene, the Gallery will feature the work of AN TE LIU, SHARY BOYLE, and other artists living in Ontario whose works engage with current trends and resonate with the historical works in the Gallery’s collection, building relationships across time, media, and culture.

06. North of the 45th
Location: GALLERY 101
Info: North of the 45th looks at the diversity of artistic practices and voices from Northern Ontario. From drawing to ceramics to video to performance, these works dismantle stereotypical notions of regional identity by offering complex and thoughtful expressions of the relationships that connect land, memory, and history.

07. Ken Whiteley Gospel Show with The Levy Sisters, Sharon Riley, Mike Stevens and Samantha Martin
Location: NAC FOURTH STAGE – Ticket : Ontario Scene Pass  or $20 /TICKET
Info: Ken Whiteley is a Canadian roots music legend. With over 140 credits as producer, Ken’s myriad recording projects have sold over 8 million copies worldwide. For this glorious Ontario Scene show, KEN WHITELEY AND THE BEULAH BAND gather a group of the province’s top singers and instrumentalists for a joyful evening of uplifting gospel music that will get you on your feet. THE LEVY SISTERS are Toronto favourites who have appeared with the likes of Pete Seeger and Celine Dion. Gospel luminary SHARON RILEY will have you out of your seat and clapping your hands before you can shout Hallelujah!

Equal parts Mavis Staples and Sharon Jones, SAMANTHA MARTIN delivers goosebump-inducing vocals infused with soul and blues. And Sarnia native MIKE STEVENS has been burning down the house ever since he picked up a harmonica as a young boy.

08. BioART: Collaborating with Life
Info: A lawn that mows itself, human cells co-cultured with apple cores, a feminist re-interpretation of military camouflage, and the ultimate locavore culinary experience: what do they have in common? They’re all artworks in BioART: Collaborating with Life.

09. Michael DeForge: All Dogs Are Dogs
Info: SAW GALLERY presents Michael DeForge: All Dogs Are Dogs, an expansive presentation of MICHAEL DEFORGE’s work that marks the artist’s first major survey exhibition. Originally from Ottawa, DeForge has produced an idiosyncratic body of work that has established him as a generation-defining voice in alternative comics.

10. Jon Sasaki : Two Roads Diverged in a Wood
Location: Ottawa
Info: Three little-known works from the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art by the painter George Thomson (1868–1965) provide the foundation for a new body of work by JON SASAKI. The three paintings have been reinterpreted in ways that pay homage to an artist who was too often discussed only in connection with his more famous younger brother, Tom. Sasaki’s pieces in Two Roads Diverged in a Wood examine George Thomson’s ties to family, his community, and to the astoundingly eventful times in which he lived.

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