There’s no better way to take in some quality art than with a side of food, cocktails and a room full of interesting people who are staples on the Toronto art scene.
If you’re looking to infuse a bit of art into nights (and days) on the town, the city is home to some pretty notable art events this fall.
You’ll find no shortage of Toronto’s culture-craving set at these well-curated art events.
If you’re in the market for some of the country’s best contemporary art, to network with the city’s top artists, or to shake up date night, you should hit Art Toronto, happening October 28-31 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. As Canada’s largest international contemporary and modern art fair, Art Toronto presents important artwork from leading Canadian and international galleries, along with a series of lectures and panel discussions. If you’re looking for some creative inspiration and colourful social media material, you’ll find it here.
On Thursday, November 3, head to Division Gallery for an evening of cocktails, food, live art performances and ample networking opportunities for Partners in Art fundraiser, ARTrageous. Party perks include Clara Venice and her one-woman band, burlesque performances and the sounds of DJ Luis Jacobs.
At the Design Exchange’s annual fundraiser, DX Intersection, you’ll find no shortage of design inspiration or the city’s art world movers and shakers. With a theme of “Dispatch,” you can expect a dispatch or a view into what makes Canada cool through intersections of design, art and culture (in case you needed a few more reasons). Ticket sales directly support DX’s upcoming 2017 public and education programs including DX kids camps, talks, socials, workshops and the permanent DX collection. The best part? We’re giving away two tickets – check our Instagram feed for more details. DX goes down on Friday, November 4.
Art Battle Royal Invitational
The only thing that can make Toronto’s annual Royal Winter Agricultural Fair even better is an Art Battle event. For those not familiar with Art Battle, the concept is as such: artists are given 20 minutes to create works of art from blank canvases, using only acrylic paint, any non-mechanical implements they devise and their imaginations. In a race against the clock, artists work their magic at back-to-back easels in the centre of the space, in front of a live audience, who choose the winner in a democratic voting process. Though you can catch Art Battle monthly in Toronto, the art Battle Royal Invitational – held on Friday, November 11 – will feature Art Battle Champions and All-Stars. Admission to the Royal includes the Art Battle event.
The Arnold Party
Join in the celebration of young professionals in the arts on Wednesday, November 16 as Business for the Arts returns with their annual Arnold Party, hosting a regal throwback to New York City in the 1960s. With a Truman Capote-esque black and white ball theme, Canada’s National Ballet School will fill with monochromatically-dressed guests for an evening that’s worth getting home late on a Wednesday for (be warned: the event doesn’t begin until 10pm). Party perks include special activations like illustrated portraits by Danielle Meder and live music by Toronto’s Duane Forrest.
Etsy at the Evergreen Brickworks
On December 10, the Evergreen Brick Works returns with its Winter Village, running until March 31. Here, you’ll find 25 local Etsy sellers armed with one-of-a-kind gifts from Toronto’s best craftspeople and artists. In addition to your carefully crafted finds, you should also take advantage of the Street Food market, where you can explore a collection of 15 street-inspired eateries from across the GTA.