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Honouring SuperDad

June 13th, 2017

Photo courtesy of the AGO.

Looking for last minute plans to treat your Dad (or Dads) like a King (or Kings)? Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 18 – and let’s be honest: sometimes it can get overlooked in everyone’s rush to take advantage of the nice weather (finally). But don’t worry; we have plenty of ideas to surprise your pop and make this Father’s Day an unforgettable one.

Find a Painting with a Father/Child story
The AGO always has guided tours and Pop-Up Talks to give visitors an insider’s look at the Gallery. But on Father’s Day, your tour guide might stop by certain artworks that have a particularly timely appeal. These might include Anthony Van Dyck’s Daedalus and Icarus, the famous craftsman who created the Labyrinth and his son (who’s famous for flying too close to the sun with his own invention) of Greek mythology, or Eugenio Dittborn’s 7th History of the Human Face, which is featured in the current exhibition As If Sand Were Stone on Level 4 of the Contemporary Tower. Dittborn’s work also includes the artistry of his seven-year-old daughter Margarita. Or, consider a different type of father – check out Maurice Cullen’s The End of Day, considered to be the father of Canadian Impressionism. For more tour information, go here.

Maurice Cullen. The End of Day (also known as The Last Loads), 1916. Oil on canvas, 115.6 x 172.1 cm. Gift of Reuben Wells Leonard Estate, 1954. Image © 2017 Art Gallery of Ontario.

Find the perfect gift at shopAGO
Even if the father figure in your life doesn’t need any more wall art or art books for the coffee table, shopAGO has plenty of options for the man who has everything, including:

  • Black and Tan Layering Tool & Glass Set, $15 retail/AGO Members $13.50
  • Canadianisms Glass Coaster Set (set of 4) – from local artisans Artech Studios, $40 retail/AGO Members $36
  • Tom Thomson’s The West Wind Grande Mug (boxed), $23.95 retail/AGO Members $21.55
  • Cuba Libre Gummies from Sugarfina, $11 retail/AGO Members $9.90

Final Touch Black and Tan Layering Tool & Glass Set.

Dine in style

Who doesn’t want to indulge when given an excuse? The brunch menu at our restaurant FRANK features items like a daily creation breakfast burger, a Reuben sandwich, beef cheek and eggs, and a cauliflower steak. Tell us your mouth isn’t watering (and don’t forget to check out the beer and cocktail menu while you’re there).

Photo courtesy of the AGO.

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