Skip to main content

The 14th Toronto International Art Fair, better known as Art Toronto, is the largest event of its kind in Canada – an opportunity for the public to see and, if the bank account or credit line permits, buy the wares on offer by more than 100 commercial galleries from Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Korea and elsewhere. Looking for a little (or big) something by Roy Lichtenstein or Picasso, a Roberta Bondar photograph, an Evan Penny bust? Art Toronto, as ever at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, is the place Friday (Oct. 25) through Oct. 28.

It's not all about spending and getting, booth-hopping, networking and schmoozing, though. Here are five events offering at least the promise of a bit of perspective.

RBC Canadian Painting Competition exhibition. Works by all of this year's 15 finalists, including winner Colleen Heslin of Vancouver, are on display throughout the fair and on Oct. 25 at 4:30 p.m. several finalists will participate in a panel discussion.

The Next Generation of Canadian Art. A panel discussion moderated by Canadian Art magazine online editor Leah Sandals featuring dealers, critics, consultants and curators Oct. 26 at 6 p.m.

Mark di Suvero in Toronto. The Ontario capital is home to two large steel sculptures created in 1967 by noted U.S. artist Mark di Suvero. No Shoes and Flower Power originally resided in High Park but now, after a restoration overseen by di Suvero, they've been relocated to, respectively, Corktown Common and Concord City Place. Toronto Cultural Services and Waterfront Toronto co-host a display about these important modernist masterpieces.

Collect Call. Globe and Mail contributor Sarah Milroy talks to three prominent Canadian collectors of contemporary art, Ottawa's Joe Friday, Torontonians Kenneth Montague and Samara Walbohm, about the whys, hows and what-was-I-thinking of their passion. 3 p.m., Oct. 25.

The Contemporary, the Common: Indispensable Links in a Global World. A talk in part about Canadian art's position within the international contemporary art world and its many practices, featuring curator/critic/editor Chantal Pontbriand, winner this of a Governor-General's Award in visual and media arts. Oct. 26, 3 p.m.

Art Toronto opens each day Oct. 25 through Oct. 28 at 12 noon at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, www.arttoronto.ca, 1-800-663-4173.