The Very First AGO First Thursdays

Evan Penny, Panagiota: Conversation #1, Variation of 2, 2008

Evan Penny, Panagiota: Conversation #1, Variation of 2, 2008 silicone, pigment, hair, aluminum 69 x 275 x 15 cm Courtesy of Sperone Westwater, New York © Evan Penny 2012

The Very First AGO First Thursdays

October 4, 2012, 6:30 - 11 pm
Walker Court, Art Gallery of Ontario

We're kicking off a new monthly late-night art event, including artists with their work, exhibition openings and tours, free art making, live music and DJs, great food and drinks.

On Oct. 4, join us in celebrating the exhibition Evan Penny: Re Figured with special musical guest Bahamas.

Internationally renowned Toronto-based artist Evan Penny will be present to speak about his larger-than-life sculptures, which straddle the line between object and image, presenting the human form both as we see it and as it can be imagined through the distorting lens of photography and digital media.

Bahamas (Afie Jurvanen) will play an intimate solo set in Walker Court, and the party continues with DJs spinning and free nude life-drawing classes offered throughout the Gallery. Cash bars will be set up in Walker Court, and visitors are invited to explore and wander the AGO throughout the night.

In shopAGO from 6:30 to 7:30 pm Trevor Kruse, an award-winning designer and principal of Hudson Kruse Design will help us launch DesignTALKS, a new series of lectures by leading local designers focused on small space design. FRANK restaurant at the AGO will provide a wine and champagne bar in shopAGO so visitors can enjoy a beverage while they browse.


Planning to attend? You can RSVP on the Facebook event page and invite friends.

About Bahamas


Afie Jurvanen isn't from the Bahamas. He's a Finnish-Canadian from Barrie—a working class town in rural Ontario.

But his chosen epithet is fitting. Since 2009 he's been making music under the name Bahamas—writing songs about sunsets, love affairs, and making out with crooked smiles. Through simple arrangements, he charts an escape route from the snow belt to the coral reefs.


His new album, Barchords, was released on February 7, 2012 to critical praise:

“Barchords is a gorgeous, full-bodied recording that revels in spare but intensely flavorful textures. It’s that delightfully rare kind of record that commands an instant replay.”
– Los Angeles Times

“A reserved yet melodically rewarding exploration of relationships and heartache.”
– The New Yorker

“A sublime, incomparable leading man, one with a soulful, sweet and stylish touch in his song-writing.”
– Globe and Mail 

“Barchords is a work of impeccably concise and considered songcraft.”
– Toronto Star

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