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Art Gallery of Ontario Puts the Art into Smart Holiday Shopping

shopAGO and shopAGOkids offer an effortless gift giving experience this season

(Toronto – Nov. 19, 2012) The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is the ideal place to find unique gifts this holiday season. Featuring interesting designer products from around the world, shopAGO and shopAGOkids make it easy to buy for everyone on your list with special promotions, extended store hours and a 16-page full-colour gift guide.

Housed on the main level of the Gallery, shopAGO is a one-stop shop for unique seasonal gifts, featuring contemporary home décor items, hard-to-find art prints, books, one-of-a-kind jewelry and more. shopAGOkids specializes in modern, creative toys for children up to the age of 12. The shop houses a large selection of award-winning, art-related products that aim to inspire imagination and develop young minds. Both shops may be accessed by the public without paying admission to the AGO.

“Our two shops at the AGO provide the perfect destination for design-savvy shoppers,” said Kirstin Mearns, general manager of retail. “We work hard to source the best local and international merchandise, ensuring that everything we sell is perfectly on-trend.”

On Dec. 19, 2012 shopAGO hosts a Men’s Holiday Shopping Day to provide men with easy gift-giving solutions. From 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. retail experts will be on site to offer advice and free gift wrapping to all shoppers. Guests are invited to celebrate the festive season with artisanal beer and tequila shots on offer at the shop’s pop-up bar.

Always a popular gift idea, AGO memberships delight art-loving friends and family year-round with unlimited, free access to the AGO’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. The AGO offers more viewing space than ever before, with 110 innovative galleries displaying thousands of artworks. There’s a type of membership for everyone, from individuals to families. For individuals under 40 who want to immerse themselves in art, AGO Next memberships offer the perfect and meaningful gift. Connecting members with Toronto's cultural life and vibrant art scene, AGO Next offers encounters with art and artists in lively social settings. Members at the Contributing level and above, including AGO Next members, also enjoy reciprocal admission at participating art museums across North America. All members enjoy special discounts at FRANK restaurant, shopAGO, AGO education programs and much more. For more information, please visit AGO members save 10 per cent on all purchases from shopAGO and shopAGOkids. Between November 20 and 25, all members receive 20 per cent (instead of their regular 10 per cent) off any purchases made in store.

shopAGO’s extended holiday operating hours are in effect from Dec. 17 to 24, 2012:

MON/TUES/SAT/SUN: 10 a.m. — 6 p.m.
WED: 10 a.m. — 9 p.m.
THURS/FRI: 10 a.m. — 8 p.m.
DEC. 24: 9 a.m. — 3 p.m.

Online orders, which may be made at, must be placed by Dec. 17, 2012 for residents of Ontario or Dec. 12, 2012 for residents residing outside of the province for delivery by Dec. 24, 2012.

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.

Oct. 20, 2012–Jan. 20, 2013: Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting

Mar. 16–Jun.16, 2013: Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art

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.


For images and more information on shopAGO and shopAGOkids, 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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