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Art in the city

We’ve rounded up some of the best arts and culture events and programs happening in the city this fall. Here's a few we think you should add to your calendar.

art in the city

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Each year, as  the weather starts to cool, Toronto art lovers get ready to catch a film at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) or spend the night at Nuit Blanche. And this year is no exception – only this time we’re doing it a little differently.

Some of the season’s staples

Film buffs, rejoice! TIFF returns this month with a mix of online and in-person events. Attendees can catch films and conversations with the stars at outdoor screenings, online, and in intimate showings at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

For contemporary art lovers, Toronto’s free all-night contemporary art event, Nuit Blanche, moves online for 2020. The curatorial theme, The Space Between Us, will focus on the connections across urban, polar and pacific landscapes with expanded digital content and special online events on October 3.

This year, Canada’s largest and most coveted art fair,  Art Toronto, will showcase virtual and in-person installations withprogramming online and in art galleries nationwide from October 28 to November 8. As always, the fair will kick off with a (virtual) preview on October 28 in support of the AGO.

Exhibitions worth checking out

The Nia Centre for the Arts presents We Have Done Enough, a 21-foot art installation designed by award-winning artist Anique Jordan that shines a light on ongoing calls for Black liberation.

Explore how shoes codified distinctions between men and women, children and adults, and Europeans and “others” in The Great Divide: Footwear in the Age of Enlightenment at the Bata Shoe Museum.

At the Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Edward Burtynsky’s latest exhibition, Natural Order, captures the unprecedented detail and density of the Grey County, Ontario forests he retreated to during the earlier months of the pandemic. 

On September 16, the Ryerson Imaging Centre welcomes you back with three new exhibitions including Scotiabank Photography Award: Stephen Waddell, Mohamed Bourouissa: Horse Day, and Ethan Murphy: Front & Back.

Each mummy has a story to tell in Egyptian Mummies: Ancient Lives. New Discoveries. coming to the ROM on September 19 and featuring unique insights into six mummies spanning 900 BCE to CE 180. 

And don’t forget to visit the AGO for Illusions: The Art of Magic and Diane Arbus: Photographs, 1956–1971, both open now until November 8. 

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