CHIHULY: spectacular glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly at the ROM

CHIHULY: spectacular glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly at the ROM

“I want people to be overwhelmed with light and color in a way that they’ve never experienced.” – Dale Chihuly Opening this weekend at the Royal Ontario Museum, the first major exhibition in Toronto of spectacular glass sculpture by American master Dale Chihuly. CHIHULY at the ROM features new and early works in eleven installations designed […]

26.06.2016 · Filled under: Art, Toronto · Tags: , , , · 5 Comments »
J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free at AGO

J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free at AGO

Romantic, innovator, traveler, genius. J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) was Britain’s greatest artist and the pilgrimage to see the collection of his work at Tate Britain is one I’ve made each time I’ve visited London. His luminous, vaporous paintings are mesmerizing, and surprisingly modern.  I’m incredibly excited that many of these masterworks have come to Toronto in […]

22.11.2015 · Filled under: Art, Review, Toronto · Tags: , , · 11 Comments »
The Lost Dhow exhibition, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

The Lost Dhow exhibition, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

“…for I was a merchant and a man of money and substance and had a ship of my own, laden with great stores of goods and merchandise; but it foundered at sea and all were drowned except me who saved myself on a piece of plank which Allah vouchsafed to me of His favour.” – […]

19.12.2014 · Filled under: Architecture, Art, Toronto · Tags: , , · 12 Comments »
MexFest 2014, Toronto

MexFest 2014, Toronto

It’s here! I’m excited about MexFest, a ten-day Toronto festival celebrating Mexican culture, music, art and cuisine. MexFest 2014 runs from August 7 to 17. Guests at the MexFest Gala, held August 7, enjoyed live music, tequila-based cocktails and a screening of Flight of the Butterflies 3D, the acclaimed documentary film by Director Mike Slee about […]

08.08.2014 · Filled under: Festivals & Events, Food, Mexico, Toronto · Tags: , , · 11 Comments »
David Bowie is at the Art Gallery of Ontario

David Bowie is at the Art Gallery of Ontario

A visit to an exhibition sparks a remarkable memory.  Once upon a time in Toronto… **** I first saw the blockbuster exhibition David Bowie is at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London this spring and couldn’t wait to see it here at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. The V&A show had much the […]

05.10.2013 · Filled under: Toronto · Tags: , , · 12 Comments »
High style at the Bata Shoe Museum

High style at the Bata Shoe Museum

Time for ArtSmart Roundtable, a group of travel bloggers sharing a passion for art and cultural destinations.  This month’s topic is the Best Museum You’ve Never Heard Of. For me that would be the delightful Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. I came of age in Bata shoes. Indigo suede ankle boots with rust stars on the ankles […]

Frida & Diego: Passion, politics and painting at the AGO

Frida & Diego: Passion, politics and painting at the AGO

On now at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting is a rare opportunity to see work by the 20th century’s most legendary artist couple exhibited side by side. The AGO show includes more than 80 works on paper and paintings by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera as well as more than 60 […]

02.12.2012 · Filled under: Art · Tags: , , · 5 Comments »
A ghostly tour of the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre, Toronto

A ghostly tour of the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre, Toronto

Step up to the birdcage, buy a ticket for a tour of the last operating double-decker Edwardian theatre in the world.  It’s cool and dark inside.  The Elgin below, all red velvet with leering gilt satyrs, the Winter Garden a fairylit birch forest above.  But if you think something beckoned from behind an old backdrop, […]

31.10.2012 · Filled under: Architecture, Canada, Myths & Legends · Tags: , , · 6 Comments »
Taking the 506 streetcar to little India

Taking the 506 streetcar to little India

Toronto’s 506 Carlton streetcar is one of the best sightseeing bargains in the city, rambling past many of Toronto’s most colourful neighborhoods – Cabbagetown, Kensington Market, the original Little Italy and two separate ‘Chinatowns’ – on its way to and from its western terminus at High Park. A few days ago I hopped on the […]

02.07.2012 · Filled under: Canada, Festivals & Events, Food · Tags: , · 6 Comments »
Cherry blossoms in Toronto

Cherry blossoms in Toronto

Of all the beautiful things that grow better with age, the magnificent Somei-Yoshino cherry trees in Toronto’s High Park are some of the best. The donation of blossoming cherry trees, or sakura, has been a project of the Japanese Consulate in Toronto for years. With the support of private donors, the consulate’s Sakura Project has planted […]

02.04.2012 · Filled under: Canada, Festivals & Events · Tags: , , · 9 Comments »
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