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10 things to do at the Ontario Scene : May 5th

10 things to do at the Ontario Scene : May 5th

Published by Leonardo Calcagno

01. The LabGestes 15 Project
Info: LabGestes 15 is a sensual, explosive, highly charged journey into the heart of Neuvaines, a collection of poems by young Franco-Ontarian writer DAVID MÉNARD. In this debut anthology, he writes about love in our age of hyperconsumerism, hypersexuality, and the cult of narcissism. As long-held values crumble and love and sex become public commodities, the notion of the couple as an ideal, exclusive relationship shatters. To interpret this superb literary work, ANNE‑MARIE WHITE has enlisted actors GABRIEL ROBICHAUD and GENEVIÈVE COUTURE, singer-songwriter GENEVIÈVE TOUPIN, and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Boivin. A happy-hour encounter that delivers a powerful combination of words and music.

Presented primarily in French.

02. Ontario Culinary Challenge
Info: Experience the innovative and mouth-watering creations of more than a dozen top chefs from across the province as they vie for the $10,000 top prize in the ONTARIO CULINARY CHALLENGE. Each chef will prepare uniquely Ontario small plates, using a selection of 100% local and regional meats, cheeses, fruits, and vegetables. With the support of Wine Country Ontario, chefs will be partnered with Ontario wineries to produce the perfect food-wine pairings, which attendees can sample throughout the night.

Rub elbows with chefs, sommeliers, and media, sample some of the province’s finest wines, and cast your vote to award the first-place prize for the very best of the best in Ontario’s culinary arts.

Immerse yourself in the excellence of Ontario cuisine!

03. Le Cercle SOCAN
Info: From blues to jazz to rap and folk, the CERCLE SOCAN has it all, as five Franco-Ontarian singer-songwriters are showcased in an evening of original music.

04. Representations of Time and Place Part 2: 1990-2014 : Selected works by Aboriginal artists in Ontario
Info: In the 1960s, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) became the first federal government institution to support the development of contemporary Canadian Aboriginal art. Significant acquisitions over its history have made AANDC’s Aboriginal Art Collection one of the most important and comprehensive collections of contemporary Canadian Aboriginal art in Canada and one that is particularly rich in artworks by Aboriginal artists from Ontario.

Part 1 of a two-part, collection-based exhibition will feature work by NORVAL MORRISSEAU, DAPHNE ODJIG, ROY THOMAS, and ARTHUR SHILLING. Part 2 will feature work created more recently by RON NOGANOSH, GLENNA MATOUSH, MARIA HUPFIELD, and MICHAEL BELMORE. A third exhibition in the National Art Centre’s Theatre Lobby will feature artists working in the Anishinabe and Woodlands style.

05. Jon Sasaki : Two Roads Diverged in a Wood
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.

06. 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.

07. Works from the National Gallery of Canada’s National Collection
Info: The NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA is a must-see destination, housing, as it does, the world’s most comprehensive collection of Canadian art and rich collections of European, Contemporary, Aboriginal, and Inuit art. The National Gallery highlights several of its most significant recent acquisitions, featuring some of the best and most innovative work being made in Canada today.

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.

08. 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.

09. Ontario in Âjagemô
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.

Since 1972, the CANADA COUNCIL ART BANK has been collecting works by the best Canadian artists of our times, amassing the world’s largest collection of contemporary Canadian art. Almost 4,000 of these works are by Ontario artists.

*Âjagemô is the Algonquin word for “crossroads.”

10. 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.

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