Katherine L. Lannin’s Nuit Blanche installation, House Of Leaves.
Rock around the clock
Organizers of the third Nuit Blanche (scotiabanknuitblanche.ca) have grouped the curated events in the October 4 all-nighter closer together, avoiding congested Queen West. Zone B is now in the business district south of Queen and Yonge and Zone C in Liberty Village. Luis Jacob's installation on urban identity takes over Maple Leaf Gardens, Jon Sasaki populates Lamport Stadium with ironic mascots, and Yoko Ono asks us to Imagine Peace.
Come to the fair
Art-world trade show the Toronto International Art Fair (tiafair.com) happens the same weekend as Nuit Blanche, October 3-6, at the Convention Centre. A new feature is Invisible Cities, a video program curated by Micaela Giovannotti. Meanwhile, the Gladstone Hotel (gladstonehotel.com) offers alternative-y UpArt Contemporary Art Fair, with work from collectives and artist-run centres, October 2-5.
Go north (and east)
McMichael (mcmichael.com) presents a retrospective of Woodland School artist Daphne Odjig, who stands out for addressing Aboriginal women's and children's issues (from October 4). Another show there, Contemporary Canadian Inuit Drawings/Chinese Drawings From Huxian, Jinshan And Quijang, contrasts artists' experience of cultures in rapid flux (from October 11). Both run to January 4.
Stephen Bulger (bulgergallery.com) gathers photographs on Hunting, a topic that's always timely during U.S. elections, from William Notman's 19th-century documents of Canadian moose hunts to Vid Ingelevics's duck blinds, Terrence Koh's queer visions and Tina Clark's food-scrap trophies. September 27-October 25.
Score in Gehry's net
© Gehry International, Architects, Inc.
The Frank Gehry-designed Art Gallery of Ontario (ago.net) reopens November 14, and a highlight is David Altmejd's busy werewolf installation The Index, which generated buzz at the 2007 Venice Biennale's Canadian Pavilion.
Plumb Lake's depths
Photos at Paul Petro (paulpetro.com) from a 70s collaboration with Bill Jones show Suzy Lake, a U.S.-born Canadian feminist artist whose explorations of persona inspired Cindy Sherman, as Patty Hearst in the days when heiresses had to commit armed robbery to get press. November 21-December 20.
Catch deserving designs
OCAD's Professional Gallery (ocad.ca) brings in Design For The Other 90%, a touring show from New York's Cooper-Hewitt Museum on innovative solutions to improve life for the poor. October 4-January 25.