Looking for something to do this week in Toronto? I find myself asking the same question every week and yet I always end up outside of the city. I’m shopping in Burlington, hiking around Brantford or going for dinner in Port Dover. According to my Toronto dwellers, I’m crazy and there is a whole lot to discover in this city. And yet my calendar speaks otherwise.
I moved to Toronto from Ottawa about a year and a half ago (yes that makes me a Sens fan). In Ottawa, I used to fill my spare time with impromptu coffees with friends, strolls in the quaint market, or long runs along the canal. Aimless walks would uncover random street fairs and dozen of museums.
Toronto’s another story. Now my life consists of the TTC and my apartment’s gorgeous view (Kramer Kenny Roaster flashback anybody?) I work too late, my friends are too busy and the city is just intimidating! When I think “Toronto,” I don’t think of culture, adventure and discovery. I think concrete, crowds and chaos. This is my last valiant effort to find the “where to go” and the “places to be.”
Every week, I hope to explore something new in the city. To find out what this city is really about. I hope to pick a few things at the beginning of the week and commit to doing at least one by the end of that week. This blog will be my record. My own personal catalogue of what Toronto is really about: the life, the culture, the events and the adventure.
Okay…that was a lot of text. Next time there will be a lot less of that (all those words up above) and more of this (the stuff below).
What’s happening in Toronto this week ( 29 Sept- 5 Oct)
This week, I’ve decided to broaden my cultural horizons and focus on “the arts.” So drum roll please, I present to you the candidates (I feel like this is a set up for a blind date):
Suitor number one: “David Bowie Is…” at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
I have been pumped about this since I read about it on the Huffington Post last week. While the article includes a great interview with curator Victoria Broackes, it didn’t take much convincing to get me on board for this one. This is the perfect after work get together before a cocktail, especially on a Wednesday when the AGO is open until 8:30pm. This would make the perfect mid-week break for an easy “thing to do” in the city. The exhibit runs until the 27 November. The only downfall is the $30 admission fee.
Based on the pictures I’ve seen, this exhibit makes me think of the “Pop life: Art in the modern world” exhibit that was hosted at Ottawa’s National Art Gallery. I saw POP a few years ago and was absolutely blown away by the world I was brought into. The exhibit even had a t-shirt shop within it that was blaring pop music with a slightly entrancing music video featuring Kirsten Dunst. Please enjoy…or maybe not.
Suitor number two: Scotiabank’s Nuit-Blanche Toronto
Nuit Blanche is an amazing concept that brings the notion of “art gallery” to a whole new level. I heard about Nuit Blanche last year but unfortunately was out of town (shocker). From what I’ve read and been told, apparently the downtown core is taken over by independent art projects mixed in with renowned exhibits. This year there is an installation by Ai Weiwei (who is also headlining at the AGO) on top of over 100 other projects produced by Toronto’s art community and the City of Toronto. This is a one night only event happening on 5 October from 6:51pm to sunrise. The best part is it’s free! And the TTC is running extra late and even offering a special pass.
C’est tout for now 🙂
- Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2013 – planning ahead, getting there and getting around (newscanada-plus.com)
- In pictures: 9 amazing artists appearing at Nuit Blanche 2013 (theglobeandmail.com)