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Bats and Cats to Eat – IF YOU DARE

October 30th, 2009

© 2009 Art Gallery of Ontario

The AGO’s pastry chef, Christophe Measson, has gone all out this Halloween to make some very scary treats. Visit the AGO Café today and through the weekend – dare to try the spooky rice crispy jack-o-lanterns, gingerbread cats, bats and brooms, spiderweb cookies, or the witch finger shortbreads.

PS – What did the skeleton say while riding his Harley? I’m bone to be wild.

This Sunday’s RCM Concert at the AGO – Nicholas King on piano

October 27th, 2009

Nicholas King

Talented RCM students continue to present Sunday afternoon performances in the AGO’s Walker Court. The AGO has partnered with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) to host these concerts, which will continue through spring 2010.

This Sunday’s concert, November 1, features pianist Nicholas King.

Nicholas King, a 19-year-old pianist from Los Angeles, attends The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory under a musical scholarship, and is in the process of obtaining his Bachelor of Music degree and Performance Artist Diploma. He was recently awarded the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Award through the From the Top organization – along with a $10,000 scholarship, he gave a performance on NPR for over 750,000 listeners.

King has won several distinguished competitions, including the Glenn Gould School’s Concerto Competition, the Young Musicians Foundation Scholarship Competition, the Music Teachers Association of California Scholarship Competition, and the Young Musicians Foundation Chamber Music Competition, which resulted in his performance of the Brahms Trio No. 2 in a Los Angeles citywide concert series. He will be making his debut in the Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Southeast Symphony Orchestra in the summer of 2010.

Concerts at the AGO are held in Walker Court Sundays from 1:30 to 2:15 pm, and are free with admission.

Watch for these upcoming November concerts:

  • Sunday November 8: Emilie Lom, harp & Casey Granofsky, flute
  • Sunday November 15: Taylor Strande, voice-soprano
  • Sunday November 22: Sonya Nanos, cello & Todd Yaniw, piano

The Anubis Photo Challenge

October 27th, 2009


You might have noticed a visitor on the corner of Dundas Street and McCaul Street who is extremely hard to miss. He is 26 feet tall, weighs 7 tons, his name is Anubis and he’ll be in Toronto on business for the next several months welcoming all visitors to the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Canadian exclusive exhibition, King Tut: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs.

As with all visitors to Toronto, we want to make sure his stay with us is a great one and help him out in any way we can…and we’ve just found out he really needs help.  Before his arrival at the end of September, Anubis was extremely busy with work (guarding the underworld and weighing the hearts of dead royalty to see if the person deserves an eternal existence) and he forgot all about the climate change between Egypt and Toronto. This oversight has unfortunately resulted in his packing some improper wardrobe items. Currently all he has to wear is a golden mini skirt and it’s getting pretty chilly out. Also, when leaving Egypt, he grabbed his golden staff but forgot to bring his travel guide! Silly Anubis.

How can you help? It’s easy!
Anubis needs help deciding what to wear and where to visit during his stay. We need you to show him some fashionable outfits that would look good on him.  And like to the old saying goes….a picture is worth a 1000 words… so here is what we want you to do!

Download full sized images below

Download Instructions: Windows/PC: Right-click on the desired image and select ‘Save Image As…’ or ‘Save Picture As…’
Macintosh: Hold Ctrl while clicking on the desired image and select ‘Save Image As…’ or ‘Save Image to the Desktop’.

We’ve posted photos of Anubis on this page. Simply download one of the photos and save it to your computer. Then, while you’re at work, home, school or a friends place, using your favourite photo editing software and give Anubis some clothes appropriate for his visit…it can be anything you want!

Alternatively or at the same time, we want you to place Anubis in a typical Canadian setting….to give him an idea of where he should visit….maybe the CN Tower, or skiing on a mountain …it’s up to you! 

You can submit your picture three ways:
1) Post it to our FACEBOOK fan page
2) Post it in the AGO Anubis Flickr pool
3) Email it to AGOMOBILE@ago.net
When you submit your photo, please indicate how you’d like to be credited for your work. And remember by submitting you are giving the AGO permission to display your work on www.ago.net and all other promotional/PR vehicles.

Everyone who submits a photo will be entered into a draw to win two tickets to see King Tut!
Good luck and thanks for helping out Anubis.

Some ideas to get you started:

Sunday Concert: Mark Johnston

October 22nd, 2009

Mark Johnston

Talented RCM students continue to present Sunday afternoon performances in the AGO’s Walker Court. The AGO has partnered with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) to host these concerts, which will continue through spring 2010.

This Sunday’s concert, October 25, features Mark Johnston on violin. Johnston graduated in June 2008 from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor in Violin Performance and a minor in Composition. He is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma in violin at The Glenn Gould School, studying with Mayumi Seiler. Since 2000 he has played in or led orchestras including the Ottawa, North Bay, and Sudbury Symphony Orchestras; Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra; the National Youth Orchestra of Canada; the orchestras of the universities of Ottawa and Toronto; and the Ottawa Youth Orchestra.

Concerts at the AGO are held in Walker Court Sundays from 1:30 to 2:15 pm, and are free with admission.

Watch for November’s exciting lineup of concerts:

Sunday November 1: Nicholas King, piano
Sunday November 8: Emilie Lom, harp & Casey Granofsky, flute
Sunday November 15: Taylor Strande, voice-soprano
Sunday November 22: Sonya Nanos, cello & Todd Yaniw, piano

David Altmejd Wins Sobey Award

October 20th, 2009

The Index
Image: The Index © 2009 David Altmejd

David Altmejd, whose room-filling contemporary installation, The Index, is featured at the Art Gallery of Ontario, was named winner of the 2009 Sobey Award. Established in 2002 by the Sobey Art Foundation, the award is administered by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and is considered the art equivalent of an Oscar.

Winner of a $50,000 prize, Altmejd is a Montreal-born artist living in New York. He made international headlines in 2007 when he represented Canada at the Venice Biennale with The Index. The complex work features a number of connected wood and steel structures filled with flocks of stuffed birds and squirrels as well as half-human, half-bird bodies throughout. The installation is surrounded by mirrors to make the viewer a part of the experience.

The AGO acquired the work in 2007 thanks to a generous gift from George Hartman and Arlene Goldman.

William Ewing, Curator of Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, 1923-1937 (Audio)

October 19th, 2009

Why was it that Condé Nast, debonnaire millionaire and Francophile, turned to an American photographer of humble origins to create a vision of elegance and sophistication for his magazines Vogue and Vanity Fair? How was it that a photographer who was down on his luck and living on an isolated farm in the French countryside, a photographer who had shown no experience photographing fashion, was given the plum job of chief photographer for the highly influential Vogue?

This talk shows how, in fact, Edward Steichen was the perfect choice: many years earlier he had done some astonishingly creative fashion work, and his portraiture had earned him an international reputation.  Living and working in France had been an education in itself, and his career as a painter enabled him to draw upon a storehouse of ways in which clothing had been expertly and seductively depicted. At the moment Steichen was offered the job fashion photography was in its infancy, crying out for a brilliant image maker to take the helm. In short, Steichen was the right man in the right place at the right time.

William A. Ewing is a noted curator and author with hundreds of exhibitions and dozens of publications to his credit. He has organized shows for museums as diverse as the Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou, the International Center of Photography, the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Kunsthaus Zurich, the Serpentine Gallery, and the Musée de l’Elysée (Lausanne),of which he has been director for the past fourteen years. His books have featured many subjects notably the human body, the face/portrait, dance photography, scientific photography, and floral photography. His monographs have included books on Erwin Blumenfeld, George Hoyningen-Huene, and Dan Weiner. Most recently Ewing was a curator of the 2009 New York Photo Festival. For many years he has taught at the University of Geneva.

Recorded: Saturday, September 26 2009
Duration: 45:59

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Lucas Porter – Sunday Concerts at the AGO

October 15th, 2009

Lucas Porter

The AGO is partnering with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) to host Sunday afternoon concerts in the AGO’s Walker Court. Talented RCM students will present weekly performances right through spring 2010.

This Sunday’s concert, on October 18, features Lucas Porter on piano. A 17-year-old pianist from Port Williams, Nova Scotia, Porter was a first-place winner at the Canadian Music Competition National Finals in Rimouski, Quebec. He represented Canada at Expo 2005 in Japan, where he took part in a series of concerts, and at the invitation of the Honourable Peter McKay, he played for Condoleezza Rice at the Halifax 9/11 Ceremony in September 2006. Porter recently won The Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition, along with his piano duo partner Nicholas King, performing Poulenc’s Two Piano Concerto in D Minor. The duo will perform the piece with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra during the 2009/10 season. Porter is currently studying with Marc Durand at The Glenn Gould School in Toronto.
Concerts at the AGO are held in Walker Court Sundays from 1:30 to 2:15 pm, and are free with admission.

Next Sunday, watch for Mark Johnston on violin.

Special Wedding at AGO a Huge Success

October 14th, 2009

Wedding in Baillie Court

By Heather Arnott and the Food and Beverage Events Team

Edit: This article was revised on October 23 out of consideration for the family

The AGO is host to many corporate and social events every week. While Baillie Court provides a panoramic southward view of the city skyline and the CN Tower, Walker Court also offers a spectacular space for intimate wedding ceremonies.

On Saturday, September 12, the AGO was host to 300 guests for one of the city’s most prestigious weddings. The bride’s family, a prominent figure in the food industry, chose the AGO not only because of its sentimental value to the family, but also due to its incredible reputation as an outstanding food and beverage operation.

Baillie Court located on the third floor of the Gallery, was transformed to fit with the couple’s theme “Under the Stars”. Hanging from the ceiling grid were 2,500 crystals to create a blanket of stars under which guests dined, and the space was complete with beautiful linens and hundreds of flowers to create a spectacular dining experience. The Italian-influenced menu prepared by Chef Anne featured a seafood antipasto, handmade squash ravioli, Manhattan veal tenderloin and a peach crostata. After the fabulous meal, guests danced into the very early morning “under the stars.”

Meet the Artist: El Anatsui (Audio)

October 9th, 2009

El Anatsui

El Anatsui has gained widespread international acclaim in recent years for his dazzling metallic tapestries made from liquor bottle tops. His work is currently on view at the AGO, and his recent metal-cloth series and sculptures in wood, ceramic, and mixed media will be part of the world premiere of the artist’s first-ever career retrospective at the Royal Ontario Museum’s Institute for Contemporary Culture in 2010. The exhibition will then travel to New York for the reopening of the Museum for African Art in 2011.

Recorded: Wednesday, September 30 2009
Duration: 1:23:21

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The Annex Quartet – Sunday Concerts at the AGO

October 7th, 2009

Melissa Wilmot, violin; Teddy Wiggins, violin; Yunior Lopez, viola; and Peter Cosbey, cello

The AGO is partnering with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) to host Sunday afternoon concerts in the AGO’s Walker Court. Talented RCM students will present weekly performances right through spring 2010.

This Sunday’s concert, on October 11, features the Annex String Quartet, with Melissa Wilmot, violin; Teddy Wiggins, violin; Yunior Lopez, viola; and Peter Cosbey, cello. Recognized for their versatile and eclectic repertoire of music, members of quartet are current and former students of the Glenn Gould School at RCM.

Recent performances include recitals in RCM’s Mazzoleni Hall, live radio broadcasts on Classical 96.3, an all-Russian concert at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, and an invitation to perform at the Haydn 2009 Festival in Montreal.

The quartet’s repertoire includes works by Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Janacek, Mendelssohn, Piazzolla, and Shostakovich, and also performs new music and alternative, rock, and jazz. The Annex Quartet is currently under the guidance of violist Steven Dann, cellist Bryan Epperson, and pianist Andrew Burashko. 

All concerts are held in the AGO’s Walker Court from 1:30 to 2:15 pm, and are free with admission.

Upcoming October concerts:

  • October 18: Lucas Porter, piano
  • October 25: Mark Johnston, violin