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Live large in a world of miniatures at AGO’s August First Thursday

Go big at Toronto’s hottest art party with drinks, food, pop-up shops and a musical performance by Cadence Weapon

TORONTO — The Art Gallery of Ontario’s (AGO) invites Toronto to party in a sea of miniatures at this month’s First Thursday art party. Celebrate the small things in life at the AGO with miniature art-making, curator talks, little artist creations and petite edibles. The party continues with Cadence Weapon as he flips the switch, delivering his blend of colossal hip hop as this month’s musical headliner.  Advance tickets are now on sale for $12 (general public) and $10 (AGO members) at The 19+ event runs from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

This month’s First Thursday will put two works by Canadian sculptor and installation artist Kim Adams under the magnifying glass. Travels through the Belly of the Whale features a meticulously constructed farming community made of miniature boxcars, tiny figures and model parts. Various windows and funnels in the repurposed silo allow visitors to catch a glimpse inside. Artist Colony (Gardens), shows a bustling imaginary landscape capturing everyday human activities with miniature wineries, school buses, scuba divers, pumpkins, beer gardens, cemeteries, car races and a giraffe escaping from a zoo.

Canadian hip hop pioneer Cadence Weapon drops his hypnotic verses and unorthodox beats in Walker Court at 10:30 p.m. The two-time Polaris Prize–nominated rapper has been dubbed "hip hop's saviour" and “a bona fide, trend-oblivious rap trailblazer.” Cadence’s most recent album, Hope In Dirt City, features groundbreaking hip hop that melds flavours of psychedelic soul, old school rap and intelligent dance music.

DJ Casey Mecija of Toronto band Ohbijou will spin beats all night long in Walker Court, while Toronto mixed-media artist Anni Spadafora, better known as DJ Mama Knows, spins mid-tempo jams in Galleria Italia.

Guests can take miniatures home thanks to the Northern Beaver Gallery and Art Metropole. The Northern Beaver Gallery offers unique artworks by Canadian artists via vending-machine-turned-miniature-art-gallery, dispensing creations that fit inside a two-by-two inch pod. The project has spurred local artists to create tiny original oil paintings, prints, wooden sculptures, interactive conceptual pieces and more. Toronto artist-run centre Art Metropole will present a special pop-up shop offering artist editions and publications inspired by the miniature theme. Founded by the legendary Canadian artist collective General Idea in 1974, Art Metropole is an internationally recognized hub for the production and distribution of artist publications and editions. 

In a unique art-making experience, tiny painting workshops will have guests creating masterpieces fit for a miniature museum. The art creation continues with tiny canvas painting in Galleria Italia.

In keeping with the miniature theme, the First Thursdays menu features mini fish and chips with tartar sauce, tiny hotdogs, beef sliders with cheese and caramelized onion and tequila gazpacho with optional poached shrimp. Bars serving mixed drinks, wine and beer will be dotted around the Gallery. Visitors looking for more than a taste can enjoy FRANK’s prix fixe dinner menu for $45. Call 416-979-6688 for reservations. 

Tickets for August’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

For details about First Thursdays, visit and follow #AGO1st on Twitter and Instagram.

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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