End your week on an art note as the AGO stays open until 9:00 p.m. with fun programming
TORONTO — Every Friday night is a creative night out at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) this winter, as the museum stays up late! Join us for an exciting line-up of musical performances, artist talks and artmaking parties – all inspired by the great art on view. A pop-up bar will be open in Walker Court on select Friday evenings and AGO Bistro offers dinner and drinks every Friday until 8:00 p.m.
The AGO Friday Nights program is included in General Admission, which is always free for Indigenous Peoples, AGO Members, Annual Pass holders and visitors aged 25 and under. Art talks in Jackman Hall require advance tickets. AGO Members receive a discount. For details on how to become a member and information on benefits, visit ago.ca/membership.
For a full list of Friday nights at the AGO, visit ago.ca/events.
2023 FRIDAY PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS
- On Friday, January 20 at 6 p.m. in Jackman Hall, join AGO’s Deputy Director and Chief Curator Julian Cox to explore the multidimensional artistry of Canadian artist Leonard Cohen. Presented as part of the exhibition Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows. Advanced tickets are required. Book your tickets now at ago.ca/events/curators-talk-leonard-cohen-everybody-knows.
- On Friday, January 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the AGO celebrates the opening of new exhibitions Radical Remembrances: Sculptures of David Ruben Piqtoukun and We Are Story: The Canada Now Photography Exhibition with a museum-wide celebration, featuring talks by artists Aaron Jones, Laurie Kang and David Ruben Piqtoukun and live music by Jesse Ryan in Denyse Thomasos: just beyond as well as DJ Vibrant Matter aka Kieran Adams in Walker Court. Cash bar will be available. All free with General Admission. Fpr more details, visit ago.ca/events/ago-friday-nights-celebrating-new-exhibitions.
- Celebrating Black excellence, the AGO welcomes performers from RISE Edutainment on February 3, 17, and 24 starting at 7 p.m. in Walker Court. Each week features a unique line up of performers and will feature dance, poetry, hip-hop and song. Free with General Admission. More details, visit ago.ca/events/ago-friday-nights-rise-edutainment.
- On Friday, February 10 at 7 p.m., famed Canadian singer Molly Johnson takes the stage in Walker Court for a special performance in celebration of Black History Month and the landmark AGO exhibition Denyse Thomasos: just beyond. This is a seated event, on a first come first serve basis. Cash bar will also be available. Free with General Admission. More details, visit ago.ca/events/ago-live-molly-johnson.
- On Friday, March 3 at 6 p.m. in Jackman Hall, join author, playwright and journalist Michael Posner for a talk about Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories, his three-volume biography chronicling the full breadth of Cohen’s extraordinary life. Before the talk, visit the AGO exhibition Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows. Advanced tickets are required. For more details, visit ago.ca/events/michael-posner-leonard-cohen.
- Beginning March 3 and continuing every Friday in March starting at 6 p.m., the creative team from Colour Code presents an interactive printing party in Walker Court. Visitors can try the art of Risography and spend evenings artmaking in their pop-up Copy Shop. Free with General Admission. For more information, visit ago.ca/events/ago-friday-nights-copy-shop.
ABOUT THE AGO
Located in Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario is one of the largest art museums in North America, attracting approximately one million visitors annually. The AGO Collection of more than 120,000 works of art ranges from cutting-edge contemporary art to significant works by Indigenous and Canadian artists and European masterpieces. The AGO presents wide-ranging exhibitions and programs, including solo exhibitions and acquisitions by diverse and underrepresented artists from around the world. In 2019, the AGO launched a bold new initiative designed to make the museum even more welcoming and accessible with the introduction of free admission for anyone 25 years and under and a $35 annual pass. Visit AGO.ca to learn more.
The AGO is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Additional operating support is received from the City of Toronto, the Canada Council for the Arts and generous contributions from AGO Members, donors and private-sector partners.
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