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Wednesday November 19, 2014
7 – 8:30pm
Baillie Court, Art Gallery of Ontario
Members $17 | Public $20 | Students $12
(with exhibition entry: Public $30 | Students $22)

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Join us in an evening of celebration and in depth conversation with artists, writers, musicians, and other creative thinkers as they respond to the work of Alex Colville. With Toronto Poet Laureate George Elliot Clarke, writer and playwright Erika Ritter, musician and novelist Chris Eaton, cartoonist and Canadian war artist David Collier, and Alex Colville’s daughter, Ann Kitz in conversation with curator Andrew Hunter. Follwing the series of presenters, guests are invited to stay for drinks, make new acquaintances while discussing Colville's influence and his legacy.


George Elliott Clarke hails from Windsor, Nova Scotia. His honours include the Portia White Prize for Artistic Achievement (1998), Governor-General's Award for Poetry (2001), National Magazine Gold Medal for Poetry (2001), Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award (2004), Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship Prize (2005-2008), Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction (2006), Poesis Premiul (2006, Romania), Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (2009), appointment to the Order of Nova Scotia (2006), appointment to the Order of Canada as an Officer (2008), and eight honorary doctorates. His thirteenth book of poetry is Traverse, published by Exile Editions of Toronto.

David Collier self portrait

As a teenage cartoonist in the 1980's, R.Crumb told me [David Collier] that he'd publish my work in Weirdo, the anthology magazine he was editing, once my words were mostly spelled right and my inking was tightened up. After my break in America, the bigger challenge of capturing Canada in cartoons was taken on, first by contributing to Canadian Armed Forces newspapers and then with The Globe and Mail, Saskatoon StarPhoenix & National Post. My books are currently published by Nova Scotia's Conundrum Press.

Photo of Chris Eaton

Chris Eaton is a novelist and songwriter/musician from Sackville, New Brunswick, currently living in Toronto, Ontario. He is the author of three novels and one retrospective book of short fiction, the most recent called Chris Eaton, a Biography. He has also recorded a half dozen CDs under the name Rock Plaza Central, including the critically acclaimed Are We Not Horses, a concept album about robotic horses who believe they are real horses.

Andrew Hunter

Andrew Hunter is an accomplished curator, artist, writer and educator. He is the Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Hunter has held curatorial positions at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Kamloops Art Gallery, the University of Waterloo, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and Charlottetown's Confederation Centre Art Gallery. With Lisa Hirmer, he co-founded DodoLab, an international program of community collaboration and interdisciplinary creative research. He has lectured on curatorial practice in Canada, the United States, England, China and Croatia. Hunter most recently curated the exhibition Alex Colville and oversaw the reinstallation of the Canadian galleries featuring major works by indigenous artists.

Photo of Erika Ritter

Erika Ritter is a novelist, playwright, essayist and creative non-fiction writer. Her published works include “Automatic Pilot,” a Chalmers Award-winning play, as well as three collections of essays called, respectively, Urban Scrawl, Ritter in Residence, and The Great Big Book of Guys: Alphabetical Encounters with Men. She is also the author of a novel, The Hidden Life of Humans, and a non-fiction book of journalistic and philosophical investigation, The Dog by the Cradle, The Serpent Beneath: Some Paradoxes of Human-Animal Relationships, shortlisted for the Writers Trust Non-Fiction prize in 2009. For more than three decades, beginning in the 1980s, she hosted and guest-hosted numerous current affairs, arts, drama and music programs on CBC Radio, including Dayshift, The Arts Tonight and Ontario Morning. Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, she now lives in Toronto, where her interests include drawing, animal advocacy, cycling and collecting Slinkies.

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