Exhibitions

from Jul 15 2017 to Jan 01 2018
Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood is a dynamic exhibition that aims to address the mistakes of the past, rewrite and reclaim history, and move into the future with new insight. The multimedia installation features 33 new and recent projects by artists from across Canada, including Gu Xiong and Yu Gu, Robert Houle, Meryl McMaster, Seth, Esmaa Mohamoud, Ed Pien and Shuvinai Ashoona, among many others.
from Sep 30 2017 to Jan 07 2018
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will present the only Canadian appearance of a new exhibition that offers a rare glimpse into the creative process of famed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. Organized by the AGO in partnership with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters makes its Canadian debut at the AGO on Sept. 30, 2017 and runs to Jan. 7, 2018. Co-curated by Britt Salvesen of LACMA, Jim Shedden of the AGO, and Matthew Welch of Mia, Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters brings together elements from del Toro’s films, objects from his vast personal collections and objects from the permanent collections of all three institutions. The diverse range of media featured in this exhibition—including sculpture, paintings, prints, photography, costumes, ancient artifacts, books, maquettes and film—totals approximately 500 objects and reflects the broad and alluring scope of del Toro’s inspirations.
from Nov 04 2017 to Jan 28 2018
Bloodthirsty plunderers. Pillaging warriors. Seafaring traders. What do we really know about Vikings? Explore the myths and stereotypes of this ancient culture, in Vikings: The Exhibition opening November 4, 2017. Offering a fresh and contemporary look into the Viking Age, Vikings is an extraordinary window into the lifestyle, religion, and daily lives of these legendary explorers, artisians, and craftsmen. Encounter objects rarely displayed outside of Scandinavia in this compelling exhibition that challenges the perceptions of the Viking Age through hundreds of objects, interactives, and immersive experiences.
from Jul 20 2017 to Jan 28 2018
The greatest crime ever committed by architects -- Dr. Robert Jan van Pelt, exhibition principal and University Professor, University of Waterloo School of Architecture An examination of the chilling role architecture played in constructing Auschwitz.The Evidence Room is a powerful installation which reconstructs key objects used in the forensic analysis of the architecture of Auschwitz. Historian Robert Jan van Pelt introduced the objects as evidence in a court case to demonstrate that Auschwitz was purposefully designed as a death camp. This ground-breaking research became a source for a new and emerging discipline—architectural forensics—encompassing architecture, technology, history, law and human rights.
Feb 16-18 2018
The Motorcycle Show–Toronto, Ontario’s foremost motorcycle manufacturers’ showcase, premiered at our new venue, The Direct Energy Centre on February 21–23, 2014. Nice weather, hot rides, and a jam-packed schedule of entertainment drew 29,539 enthusiasts out to the three-day event, up 5% from the previous show.
from Nov 25 2017 to Mar 18 2018
Explore the brilliance behind Christian Dior’s dramatic creations that revived the Paris haute couture industry after the devastation of the Second World War in ROM’s original exhibition, Christian Dior, presented by Holt Renfrew. Senior Curator, Dr. Alexandra Palmer, draws from the ROM’s extensive collection from the first ten years of Christian Dior haute couture, 1947 to 1957, to offer captivating insights into the creative process and mechanics of the fashion industry in Paris during a pivotal time. Celebrating the House of Christian Dior’s 70th anniversary, Christian Dior features a selection of breathtaking designs from daytime to evening wear for grand occasions, and explores how and why Christian Dior’s iconic lines, luxury textiles, and romantic embroideries laid the foundation for the global success of the fashion house.
Mar 08 - May 27 2018
Spanning over five decades, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors focuses on the evolution of the Japanese artist’s immersive, multi-reflective infinity mirror rooms. The exhibition provides visitors with the unique opportunity to experience six of Kusama’s most iconic kaleidoscopic environments at once, alongside large-scale, whimsical installations of over 60 key paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the early 1950s to the present. It also marks the North American debut of numerous new works by the 88-year-old artist, who is still actively creating in her Tokyo studio. These include large-scale, vibrantly coloured paintings and the recently realized infinity room, All the Eternal Love I have for Pumpkins (2016), featuring dozens of her signature bright yellow, dotted pumpkins.
Jul 20 - Aug 01 2018
We will visit Star City, just outside Moscow, the once secret site to train the pride of the Soviet Union, Russian cosmonauts. Canada’s Chris Hadfield trained in its full-sized Soyuz capsules. We will visit the great sites of Moscow too… Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, and the Kremlin. Then on to see the greatest treasures of the Old Russian Empire in St. Petersburg with its renowned palaces, canals and a jewel of the art world – the Hermitage. Your host for this unique trip will be Bob McDonald of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks.
Sep 28 - Dec 21 2017
From lavish textiles and intricately patterned carpets to colourful paintings, polychrome Iznik wares, and precious inlaid metalwork: the world premiere of Arts of the East: Highlights of Islamic Art from the Bruschettini Collection introduces Canadian and international audiences to a choice selection from one of the world’s most important private collections of Islamic art.
Jul 13 - Dec 21 2017, 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Relax and meet new friends while you improve your sewing skills. We invite members of all ages from North York's diverse communities to join us for informal evenings of learning and sharing. You'll explore both historic and contemporary quilting techniques in a comfortable, social setting. Work on a group project or pay a small fee for materials and make your own piece. Even if you have never picked up a needle and thread before you are welcome to join in.
Nov 19 - Dec 27 2017
This year Arta Gallery will be featuring an exquisite collection of Canadian and International artists, beginning November 15th to December 27th, 2017. This show is not to be missed as it will have something for almost everyone, including a stunning collection of small-scale works that are set to make the perfect gift for everyone on your list this holiday season. The exhibition will feature beautiful works by resident artists as well as introduce new and local talent to be discovered.
Feb 04 - Dec 31 2017
This collaborative project by Toronto artist Xenia Gonzalez acknowledges our presence on Indigenous land and enables you to discover the stories and artworks of several members of Canada’s First Nations communities, and also the members of Spadina’s Austin family. Share your stories and contribute to this collaborative art project that celebrates Canada’s rich multicultural society. This TO Canada with Love exhibit begins February 4 and runs until the end of the year.
May 25 - Dec 31 2017
The limited-time NHL Centennial Exhibit is a comprehensive tribute to the players and teams of the National Hockey League from 1917-2017 Opening March 10, 2017, this exhibition pays homage to 100 years of NHL hockey, highlighting the most memorable players and moments in league history. The NHL's 100 Greatest Players, as selected by an NHL-appointed panel are featured through treasured artifacts and video vignettes.
Nov 02 - Dec 31 2017
The nature of language, semiotic systems, metaphor, and the shaping of thought through communication has been an ongoing thread in Amalia Pica’s work. Antiquated and analog systems of technology are of interest to Pica due to their “physicality”—an ontological proximity to the user or the recorded object. Her work has previously addressed both verbal and nonverbal modes of communication and the translation that takes place between ideas and objects, artist and audience. She has also explored the role of communication in the public sphere, engaging with the material mechanisms and relations of power that allow one to speak.
Jul 22 - Dec 31 2017
At the top of the world, the Arctic seems harsh and inhospitable, yet over forty distinct culture groups have thrived there for centuries. Among the most beautiful and innovative is the diverse footwear and clothing created to meet environmental challenges and express culture meanings. Drawing from the BSM's extensive circumpolar holdings and building upon information gathered during the Museum-sponsored field research trips to all Arctic nations, Art and Innovation showcases a vast variety of footwear, garments and tools, highlighting the artistry and ingenuity of the makers, and revealing different cultural identities, crafting techniques and spiritual meanings.
Sep 21 - Dec 31 2017
The First World War transformed Canada. During that war, 3,327 Eaton's employees enlisted to fight. Each time one of them was shipped overseas, a photo was displayed prominently in the Toronto store just steps from Mackenzie House. 2,000 of these portraits survived and have become part of the T. Eaton Company records at the Archives of Ontario. In commemoration of Canada's 150th birthday, Mackenzie House staff have been actively searching out accounts of the lives of these men and urging the public to come forward to share their stories of the soldiers with us. Who were these men? Come to our exhibit and find out. This exhibit is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.
from Jun 22 2017 to Jan 01 2018
What can an ancient Roman carving from the Museum’s Collection, reused and repurposed throughout time, tell us about being Canadian? The answers lie HERE. Experience Museum-wide installations of video, textiles, painting, and sculpture that convey the diversity of more than 20 artists. Think differently about identity this summer, and join us in celebrating Canada’s 150 years as a nation.
from Nov 17 2017 to Jan 07 2018
A much-loved holiday tradition since 1990, the Gardiner Museum’s annual 12 Trees exhibition continues to be a wonderful event that brings family and friends together to celebrate the season. This year’s 12 Trees exhibition will focus on light as a potent symbol of hope that many cultures share during the season. Curated by famed Canadian writer and artist Douglas Coupland and Vice President of Public Art Management Ben Mills, this year’s exhibition will bring a dynamic, contemporary, and light-filled perspective to the 12 Trees tradition.
Jan 05-07 2018
Canada's Bridal Show is the most renowned Bridal Show, established in 1984 always prospering and showcasing all the latest trends in the Bridal Industry.
from Sep 28 2017 to Jan 07 2018
In 1862, two intrepid tourists, Viscount Milton and Dr. Walter Cheadle, undertook a two-year expedition across Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Travelling by ship, steamboat, stage coach, train, horse, canoe, and raft, they faced deep snow, swarms of mosquitoes, swollen rivers, starvation, and grizzly bears. Milton and Cheadle published an illustrated account of their epic trip, The North West Passage by Land. Two bone china dessert services were specially ordered from the Minton manufactory to commemorate their adventures: one made for Dr. Cheadle in 1865, and the other for Lord Milton in 1867. Twenty-two illustrations from the book, taken from Cheadle’s drawings or watercolours, served as inspiration for the hand-painted scenes on the services.
from Nov 18 2017 to Jan 07 2018
Trains are taking over at RBG this holiday season! Visit RBG Centre and Rock Garden to see these amazing displays in action, and learn a bit more about the history of local railways. - NEW Escarpment Train Exhibit - Botanical Train Display - RBG Express
from Nov 25 2017 to Jan 12 2018
The winter season in Niagara brings not just the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights, but also a calendar full of events including everything from music to magic shows, Falls fireworks to family fun. After you’ve been dazzled by the millions of lights along Festival’s 8km Illumination route, visit one of the many famous Niagara Falls attractions.
from Oct 14 2017 to Jan 14 2018
An exhibit featuring artifacts, reproductions and images highlighting new and emerging technologies and ideas circa 1867. Explore some of the technologies in an interactive space. This exhibit is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.
from Sep 23 2017 to Jan 21 2018
The Bruschettini Collection is world-renowned for its Islamic art. This special exhibition will showcase a fascinating selection of 13th- to 17th-century carpets, textiles, polychrome Iznik wares, paintings, and precious inlaid metalwork chosen from the collection, revealing the enduring appeal of Islamic masterpieces. Handpicked by Alessandro Bruschettini in conversation with Aga Khan Museum curator Filiz Çakır Phillip, this impressive array of works, each equally astonishing in vibrancy and technical perfection, has origins spanning the Islamic world, from China to Spain. Bruschettini’s ongoing love of seeking out exquisite examples of such art represents the epitome of the collecting spirit and the essence of the collection. Visitors will experience the extraordinary aesthetics of Islamic art and be introduced to one of its most perceptive collectors.
from Oct 19 2017 to Jan 21 2018
This timely retrospective exhibition examines Heinemann’s fascinating and evolving process to reveal how he exploits a limited series of gestures, textures, pigments, and images to achieve his wondrously tactile bowls, pods, and other vessel-shaped forms that embody the polarities between life and nature.
from Jul 23 2017 to Jan 21 2018
Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles presents over 50 textiles and garments from the Textile Museum of Canada’s collection of 19th and 20th century artifacts made in Japan for both everyday and occasional use. Luxurious silk and gold fabrics produced in Kyoto’s professional weaving workshops are juxtaposed with domestic indigo-dyed cotton, plant-fibre cloth, and silk kimonos crafted in an astonishing spectrum of time-honoured techniques – weaving, dyeing, hand painting, gold foil application and embroidery – that exemplify venerable social and cultural values. The exhibition focuses on the highly refined skills and materials by which textiles have been constructed and decorated over centuries, and on how diligence and ingenuity have shaped their timeless beauty. The persistence of traditions seen in such rigorously executed textiles has come to embody the heart of Japanese aesthetics. Every material, colour and technique has a story to tell.
from Nov 22 2017 to Feb 25 2018
Every quilt tells a story. This exhibition shares stories and traditions from the age old practice of quilt making. Quilting exists almost everywhere on the globe, each country, region, culture has its own quilting styles, traditions and techniques that have evolved from varied histories connected with storytelling from generation to generation. The Museums of Mississauga will be showcasing their Canadian Heritage Quilt Collection alongside quilts shared from residents, private and institutional collections and artists.
from Nov 22 2017 to Feb 25 2018
Every quilt tells a story. This exhibition shares stories and traditions from the age old practice of quilt making. Quilting exists almost everywhere on the globe, each country, region, culture has its own quilting styles, traditions and techniques that have evolved from varied histories connected with storytelling from generation to generation. The Museums of Mississauga will be showcasing their Canadian Heritage Quilt Collection alongside quilts shared from residents, private and institutional collections and artists.
from Dec 10 2017 to Mar 18 2018
J.E.H. MacDonald once noted that Lawren Harris was compelled to sing a tune when he sat nearby the natural rhythms of water to paint en plein air.During the summer of 2017 – Canada’s 150th year – the McMichael Canadian Art Collection will become a place to wander, celebrate and delight in acoustic space.
Mar 23-25 2018
Meet 600 exhibitors showing boats, docks, builders, contractors, innovative building products, green solutions, decor and style, arts and crafts, food and entertaining, water toys and more. It’s our 24th annual kick-off to summertime fun and we can’t wait to see you at our cottage!
from Nov 02 2017 to May 13 2018
Landy invites the public to collaborate in building a ‘wall of protest’ by submitting images, words, texts and slogans that represent their thoughts and feelings—of hope or of despair, on matters small or large, from high to low and across the cultural spectrum—to be transformed by the artist into drawings.
Jun 02 - Sep 16 2018
J.E.H MacDonald: Up Close will celebrate the art and science of J.E.H. MacDonald’s artistic practice through an examination of his works from the McMichael collection. McMichael Conservator, Alison Douglas, will share the research results from a Canadian Conservation Institute study that created a base line for ‘what makes a MacDonald painting?’ Complete with microscopic photographs, the materials and methods of the artist will be explored in depth, especially in relation to the artist’s fondness for small studies.
Mar 10 - Oct 21 2018
Amongst the algorithmic pulsations that remap informational networks at the whim of any giant tech company, hip hop culture in Canada produces ways of knowing (and being in) the world that continually disrupt the status quo. Self-styling, attitude, and linguistic ingenuity are but three ways in which the urgent spirit of hip hop culture exceeds the various mediums aimed at capturing and commodifying this highly innovative and often intangible culture.
from Sep 30 2014 to Nov 30 2018
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War, this exhibition examines the wartime experiences of St. Catharines residents at home and at the front. Looking through the eyes of the local men and women who contributed in their own ways to the war effort, this exhibit takes viewers from recruiting office to the trenches.