Programs at a Glance Letter, November/December 2019

Registration for these events is now open.
If you registered but find you are unable to attend, please let us know. By cancelling, you will enable a person on the event waitlist to attend.

Docent guided exhibition tour of Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa at the Aga Khan Museum

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Time: 10:00AM to 11:00AM
Place: Aga Khan Museum
77 Wynford Drive
Meet at ticket desk, main floor lobby
Price: $17 – Click here to register
The last day to register is Friday, November 15
Maximum Attendance: 20

Caravans of Gold is a ground breaking exhibition that transports you to medieval times when western Africa was at the heart of a global economy, stretching to Europe, the Middle East and beyond—a history largely left out of our Western textbooks.

You’ll encounter masterpieces set beside new archaeological discoveries, revealing how western Africa fuelled the world with ideas, luxuries and coveted commodities like ivory, salt and gold. You’ll also meet the legendary Mansa Musa—thought to be one of the wealthiest people of all time.

Featuring major loans from Mali, Morocco and Nigeria, and never before seen in Canada, you won’t want to miss this surprising look into medieval history. The Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, and it’s academic associates, took 8 years to assemble this collection for touring and it travels from here to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.

Organized by: Patty Fischer
Car pool assistance: email Patty Fischer who will try to accommodate you
Parking: $10 for underground and surface parking (use ticket machines)
TTC: from the Eglinton and Yonge TTC station, take the 34 “C” Eglinton East Bound bus. The bus will travel about 30-45 minutes. Exit at Garamond Court on Wynford Drive. Walk east 2 minutes or 91 metres to the entrance of the Aga Khan Museum on the south side of Wynford Drive. Please call TTC Customer Service, 416-393-4636 if you have further questions.
Accessibility: There are elevators available from the parking garage to the lobby, and by the restaurant to take you from the lobby to the exhibition on the 2nd floor
Restaurant: Diwan 416-646-4670

Curatorial tour of Among All These Tundrasan exploration of Arctic concerns, at the Onsite Gallery, OCAD-U, with curator Lisa Deanne Smith

Date: Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Time: 2:00PM to 3:00PM
Place: Onsite Gallery, OCAD-U
199 Richmond St. W between Duncan and Simcoe St.
Please meet inside the gallery.
Price: $10  Click here to register
Maximum attendance: 20

This exhibit, Among All These Tundras, is featuring contemporary art by twelve Indigenous artists from around the circumpolar world: Canada, Greenland, Copenhagen, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and northern Alaska. Their artistic practice includes film, video, photography, sculpture, text installation, performance and mixed media. This group of international artists expresses current Arctic concerns around land, language, sovereignty, and resurgence.

Organized by: Fern Daiter  and Judith Dickie
Parking: Richmond is one-way going westbound. There are 4 parking lots nearby: Parkade on Twilight Lane (behind Tim Hortons); Pro Park, 10 Nelson St; Pro Park, 4 Nelson St; World Auto Parking Services, 260 Richmond St. west.
TTC: Subway – Easy access by Yonge subway, Line 1, Osgoode station. Streetcar – Streetcar 501 Queen to John St stop, walk south on John to Richmond, and east to Duncan St.; 504 King to John St stop, walk north on John to Richmond and east to Duncan
Accessibility: The gallery is on the ground floor including washrooms. There are permanent seats in the gallery.

Guided tour of the exhibition Early Rubens, highlighting works from 1609-1621, at the Art Gallery of Ontario 

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Time: 1:00PM to 2:00PM
Place: Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas St.West
Meeting place: the front reception desk
Price: $12.50. Click here to register

AGO members, please bring your AGO membership cards so that you can share your guest privileges with those who are not members. Otherwise, non-AGO members will pay an additional, but discounted, entrance fee of $20 on-site. Last day to register is Friday, December 6.

Maximum Attendance: 20. We have put in a request for another tour if there is a high demand, so please join the waitlist if the tour is sold out when you try to register. We will contact members on the event waitlist with a registration link if a second tour goes ahead.

Rubens was born in 1577 and died in 1640. Early Rubens explores one of the most influential artists in Western art history from 1609-1621. The focus is on Ruben’s early work following his return from Italy to Antwerp, Belgium, his home town. This move fuelled his meteoric rise to international acclaim. The exhibition celebrates Rubens at his most exuberant, showing the bold and theatrical style for which he was renowned. The centrepiece of the exhibition is the AGO’s masterpiece Massacre of the Innocents (1611).

Early Rubens is organized by The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and The Art Gallery of Ontario.

Organized by: Fern Daiter, and Judith Dickie,
TTC: Subway, Yonge Line  to St. Patrick Station and a short walk west along Dundas St. to McCaul street and the AGO
Accessibility: There will be permanent seating available in the exhibition and extra chairs have been requested. There is easy elevator access to the exhibition and washrooms.

Save the date:

Our annual Holiday Lunch will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Watch for your invitation to arrive in your inbox.


A few spaces are still available for a Curated Tour of Undomesticated at the Koffler Gallery with curator Mona Filip and Patricia Ritacca featuring two of our past Artist Prize-winners.

Date: Monday, November 11, 2019
Time: 1:00PM
Place: Artscape Youngplace
180 Shaw St. Toronto.
Corner of Shaw and Argyle Streets
Price: $10. Click here to register.

Undomesticated showcases 24 Canadian artists working in a wide range of media. Humans constantly transform landscapes and ecosystems in search of shelter, security and nourishment to maintain ‘well-being’. We do the same in our homes in our endless pursuit of comfort. Here, the artists transform the ‘everyday’—furniture, objects and materials—to reveal its hidden strangeness and change its initial function.

Two of the artists, Sandra Brewster and Erika DeFreitas, are previous TFVA Artist Prize-winners and continue to have their work exhibited nationally and internationally. This fascinating exhibition is a ‘Canadian Art’ Editors’ Pick and ‘Now’ Magazine’s Critics’ Picks. Make it your pick!


Parking: There is street parking on Shaw St. Green P parking is available nearby at 18 Ossington Ave
TTC: Just north of Queen (or south of Dundas St. W.)  Accessible by 501 Queen or 505 Dundas streetcar.
Café: onsite offering refreshments.

November Gallery Walk
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019
Time: 1:00PM to 3:00PM
Place: TBA
Details to follow. If you would like to attend please contact:
Deenna Sigel at or 416 476-7003 or
Lynn Sigel at or 416 486-1166

There will be no Gallery Walk in December.

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