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Looking for something to do this weekend? Come down to Harbourfront Centre for a weekend of art openings, parties and creative shopping. The Centre Shop Newly renovated, our on-site gift and craft shop re-opens this Friday. Browse beautifully-designed and innovative artisan crafts made by local artists in our Craft & Design Studios, plus pieces by many Canadian artists and international designers. …
Last night we proudly launched NO FLAT CITY, the second installment of our two year partnership with the TRCA and Menkes Developments. The large-scale outdoor exhibition reveals the true evolution of the City of Toronto by focusing on its many undocumented and unexpected characteristics.
“We’re engaging visual artists to explore the greater Toronto region and focus on the distinctive land formations and landscapes they encounter. People and their stories will be a prime focus throughout each of the theme areas which include Historic Landforms, Reshaping the Land, Living in the Landscape, and People and the Land.”
Sometimes photographs can be a bit mysterious – what, exactly, are we looking at? What is the scene that you are peering into? These questions arise often when we look at the series of photographs by Vanessa Hussey in the Nine Rivers City exhibition.
Meghan Rennie has a particular way of looking at the environment around her; as a photographer, the images she creates reflect this unique perspective. For the exhibition, Nine Rivers City, Rennie created images which are carefully crafted compositions constructed to give focus to a centrally placed object or subject.
When daylight turns to dusk and darkness approaches, our response to our surroundings dramatically changes. This change is related to our ability to see and observe what is around us. For artist Jade Lee Portelli, it is this apex of time that she focuses on for her photographic exploration of some of the city’s rivers. Her images capture the mysterious time when darkness starts to envelope the landscape and nature is by itself, void of human presence except for the glow of distant light. The rivers and landscape she photographed at dusk bring an eeriness and foreboding quality that we can observe at a safe distance within her collection of images.
A city the size of Toronto is so large that at times you are surprised to find things that you never knew existed. For the exhibition Nine Rivers City, the artist, Aaron Vincent Elkaim set out to search for the unknown and hidden aspects of Toronto’s river system. Elkaim drove all over the city with a 4 X 5 field camera looking for how the rivers have been affected by the cities growth.
After months of hard work and planning, Nine Rivers City is officially open. On the night before public opening, June 20th, we celebrated with a private preview and reception. The evening included opening remarks by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority CEO, Brian Denney, Adam Menkes, who spoke on behalf of Menkes, exhibition curator Pat Macaulay and of course William Boyle, CEO of Harbourfront Centre.
We’re just days away from the opening of NINE RIVERS CITY and our team is working around the clock! The images are arriving from the printers and they look amazing. We have just three days to install everything, but no worries – those incredible portraits are in good hands. Come down on Friday, June 21 and help us celebrate this fantastic exhibition in our new location in the Exhibition Common.
For the exhibition NINE RIVERS CITY, Christopher Manson spent months traveling with a group of Toronto and Region Conservation archeologists, photographing them on their day-to-day activities. He photographed the landscape they were researching and documented the procedures they followed from their controlled digs to the cleaning and analyzing of found artifacts.
If you’re driving east out of Toronto, there’s a bridge over a river that you cross, which is for many the dividing line between the city and the country. This dividing line is the Rouge River, starting at the Oak Ridges Moraine and flowing down into Lake Ontario. It’s one of many rivers that bisect Toronto. For the exhibition, NINE RIVERS CITY, the artist, Surendra Lawoti, chose the Rouge River to research and explore.