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AGO First Thursdays returns with hot fall lineup

Alex Colville, Suzy Lake and Scotiabank Nuit Blanche inspire a season of art parties featuring music by Bry Webb, Tim Hecker and Majical Cloudz 

TORONTO — Bringing together an impressive list of artists, live music and interactive art projects, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) reimagines the usual Gallery experience with its popular First Thursdays series, including after-hour performances, food and drink, interactive activities and art talks. The 19+ event takes over the entire building on the first Thursday of each month from 7 to 11:30 p.m. The fall lineup from September to November celebrates two new AGO exhibitions, Alex Colville and Introducing Suzy Lake, and Toronto’s annunal Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. Musical headliners Bry Webb, Tim Hecker and Majical Cloudz will perform on the Walker Court main stage while local and international artists take over the Gallery for a season of unforgettable cultural mashups. 

Tickets for September’s First Thursday are on sale now at www.ago.net/FirstThursdays. Regular-priced tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Admission for AGO members is $10 in advance and $13 at the door.



FIRST THURSDAYS THIS FALL:

Sept. 4, 2014 – Alex Colville: Cinema and Swimming Caps
In celebration of Alex Colville, Canada’s beloved precisionist painter, Bry Webb (of The Constantines) takes the Walker Court main stage for a sublime musical performance. The Weather Station will open the show in a special presentation in partnership with Sappyfest, the annual festival in Alex Colville’s adopted home of Sackville, N.B. Guelph-based contemporary dancer Katie Ewald will animate Colville works appearing in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining with a series of interpretive tableaus inside the exhibition, while Alex Beriault and Shannon Lea Doyle present a Colville-inspired three-hour performance balancing on a double-sided diving board. Plus, interactive projects by Tor Lukasik-Foss and Garry Baldwin, a Colville-inspired balloon animal-making workshop; and a special edition of Grolsch Open House in Galleria Italia featuring a performance by River Tiber.

Oct. 2, 2014 – Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2014 Sneak Peek
In October the AGO gives partygoers a sneak peek at Toronto’s largest art spectacle of the year, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. Featuring a headlining performance by Tim Hecker, whose 2013 album Virgins made the 2014 Polaris Prize Long List, the event focuses on artists who push boundaries and experiment with exciting new ideas and approaches to art. Anadam Dance Theatre’s stunning work Cascade will extend to the ceiling in Walker Court as dancers repeatedly climb up and down ropes affixed to the trusses above. Legendary Canadian artists Fastwurms will park their Fortune Teller Machine outside the AGO, where visitors can exchange a coin and some information in exchange for a personal fortune message. Current AGO artist-in-residence Ame Henderson will preview Rehearsal/Performance, which will be performed at the AGO on Nuit Blanche. Plus, interactive installations by Shasti O’Leary Soudant and Chélanie Beaudin-Quintin.

Nov. 6, 2014 – Introducing Suzy Lake
November’s night of music, art and drinks will draw inspiration from the works of internationally acclaimed photographer Suzy Lake, in honour of her AGO exhibition Introducing Suzy Lake. The event will feature performances, installations and art talks that examine and critique ideals of the body, gender and identity, including the U.K.-based artists The Girls, who will present the Canadian premiere of their acclaimed performance Diamonds and Toads. And the unforgettable Majical Cloudz will headline the night with an intimate musical performance in Walker court.

For details about First Thursdays, visit www.ago.net/FirstThursdays and follow #AGO1st on Twitter and Instagram.


Supporting Sponsor: Joe Fresh

Official Beer Sponsor: Grolsch

Media Partner: NOW Magazine

The AGO acknowledges the generous support of its Signature Partners: American Express, Signature Partner of the Conservation Program; and Aimia, Signature Partner of the Photography Collection Program.

ABOUT THE AGO
With a collection of more than 80,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. From the vast body of Group of Seven and signature Canadian works to the African art gallery, from the cutting-edge contemporary art to Peter Paul Rubens’ masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, the AGO offers an incredible art experience with each visit. In 2002 Kenneth Thomson’s generous gift of 2,000 remarkable works of Canadian and European art inspired Transformation AGO, an innovative architectural expansion by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry that in 2008 resulted in one of the most critically acclaimed architectural achievements in North America. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block, and the often-photographed spiral staircase, beckoning visitors to explore. The AGO has an active membership program offering great value, and the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre offers engaging art and creative programs for children, families, youth and adults. Visit ago.net to find out more about upcoming special exhibitions, to learn about eating and shopping at the AGO and to register for programs and to buy tickets or memberships.

April 5, 2014 – July 20, 2014: Francis Bacon & Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty

Aug. 23, 2014 – January, 2015: Alex Colville

Oct. 18, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2014: Michelangelo

The Art Gallery of Ontario 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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For media inquiries about AGO First Thursdays, please contact:

Laura Banks; News Officer, AGO Communications
416-979-6660, ext. 504, laura_banks@ago.net

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