After documenting massive human incursions on the landscape worldwide, he's joined the Worldchanging.com team to begin a conversation about solutions to environmental problems. His working-class approach to the arts led him to found Toronto Image Works, providing work and exhibition space for emerging photographers, and to offer his own work in a variety of affordable formats.
Best young curator
WIL KUCEY at LE. GALLERY
In the anime-inspired draughtsmanship of Nicholas Di Genova, the serene sculptural whimsy of Julie Moon and the graffiti-inspired work of Elicser and James Kirkpatrick, Kucey continues to show an uncanny knack for ferreting out a diverse range of the best young up-and-coming artists in the Toronto area.
Whether you love or hate this brash, money-flush artist, you gotta admit he sets the bar high for self-promotion. With a self-titled studio/gallery, overt branding and media savvy, he turns the typically self-effacing, grant-loving, don't-rock-the-rhizome mode of Canadian arts promotion upside-down. Shillariffic!
From turning a car into a violence-unleashing piñata to transforming her handbag into a genteel gallery, Hamilton's touch for conceptual and aesthetic manipulation is tops. Better yet, Torontonians got to see it at several well-deserved gallery shows this year.
Best new gallery
G+ and LEE KA-SING
The multi-faceted Lee Ka-sing Gallery and G+ Gallery, just north of the Gladstone Hotel, deliver two floors of cutting-edge programming. Best of all, they're truly international. Go there if you want to see a local video installation alongside Mexican painting and the best new photographers from mainland China.
Best new arts fundraiser
GALLERY TPW D-LIST BALL
With tickets costing $150 and up, most T.O. arts funders celebrate "culture," not cultural workers. Many artists get in only by comp or catering job. But for just $20 - the price of a small canvas - no-name and sorta-someone creatives can dance, drink and deconstruct the D-List night away. Gallery TPW, merci.