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AGO’s latest First Thursday explodes with art, sound and technology

Sound and technology combine with cutting-edge installations and performances by Absolutely Free, Doldrums and Jeremy Bailey

TORONTO—On July 4, 2013, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s First Thursday art party returns with an electric explosion of art, sound and technology. Taking inspiration from the critically acclaimed exhibition Lost in the Memory Palace: Janet Cardiff and George Bures-Miller, the evening features new-media art projects, sounds from the electro-indie underground and a fresh round of art talks that will fill the Gallery from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Advance tickets for the 19+ event are now on sale for $12 (general public) and $10 (AGO members) at

Party-goers are invited to lose themselves in the interactive visual and sound environments of the hit exhibition Lost in the Memory Palace: Janet Cardiff and George Bures-Miller. Described as “immediate and visceral” by the Toronto Star, the exhibition features seven installations, each one a separate physical space featuring a distinct work. The dream-like combination of complex soundtracks, videos, objects and images take audiences on a transformative journey.

Toronto alt-rockers Absolutely Free kick off a night of music in Walker Court with their blend of psychedelic krautrock at 9:30 p.m. Made up of members from former indie band DD/MM/YYYY, Absolutely Free delivers tunes featuring warm, synth-heavy compositions. At 10:30 p.m. musical co-headliner Doldrums lays down experimental electro. Pitchfork describes Doldrums’ sound as “cacophonous and polyrhythmic, continuously falling apart and putting itself back together. Just when it appears ready to implode, the song erupts into an unearthly refrain.” Toronto-based artist Petrina Ng will transport the audience into an alternate reality with mind-bending visuals of abstracted landscapes to accompany the music.

DJ collective Body Interface and DJ Humble Mike keep the dance party going all night long in Walker Court and Galleria Italia.

Playing with analog and digital media, three Toronto artists invite party-goers to lose themselves in artworks that use technology to transform their bodies, voices and the AGO’s galleries. Self-proclaimed “Famous New Media Artist” Jeremy Bailey performs alongside (and inside) his projections of manipulated images to create whimsical and ironic artworks in augmented realities. Performance artist Zoë Solomon records songs and texts backwards in real time and replays them in reverse on her four-track player. Art Spin member Layne Hinton presents an adaptation of her work Beyond the Shadow of a Form, which utilizes custom-created projectors with motorized lenses to project images of objects onto the Gallery’s walls.

Art-making returns with iPad drawing workshops led by AGO art instructor Lauren Renzetti in Galleria Italia. Upstairs in the contemporary tower, classical performances by students from the Royal Conservatory of Music will inspire guests to create works on paper in a multisensory art-making experience all night long.

Pop-up talks begin at 8 p.m. with Andrew Hunter, the AGO’s curator of Canadian art, speaking about Hinton’s intervention in the Canadian collection. At 9 p.m, acclaimed Canadian filmmaker and video artist John Greyson will perform an interactive fiction piece about a man who lived in the seven rooms of Janet Cardiff and George Bures-Miller’s Lost in the Memory Palace, referencing various elements of the exhibition. At 9:30 p.m. Toronto-based audio artist Andrew Zealley will share a personal response to Lost in the Memory Palace.

Tickets for July’s First Thursday are on sale now. 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. Book tickets online by visiting

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The Art Gallery of Ontario is pleased to acknowledge the Joe Fresh® brand as the Sponsor of
AGO First Thursdays.

AGO First Thursdays Media Partner: NOW Magazine

Contemporary programming at the AGO is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

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.


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 to find out more about upcoming special exhibitions, to learn about eating and shopping at the AGO, to register for programs and to buy tickets or memberships.

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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,
Andrea-Jo Wilson; News Officer, AGO Communications 
416-979-6660, ext. 403,

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