Rumours have been circulating for a while, but it's now confirmed that legendary musician/artist/writer Patti Smith will be appearing in person at the Art Gallery of Ontario, March 7, as part of the gallery's ongoing 1st Thursdays series. An Evening of Words and Song will feature Smith performing both music and poetry, with two shows that night to make up for the limited capacity (7:30 pm and 9:45 pm). She'll also be doing a book signing at the gallery earlier on during the day for her memoir Just Kids, and participating in a Q&A with filmmaker Steven Sebring March 8 at Jackman Hall, as part of the Patti Smith: Dream of Life screening.
All of this is framed around the AGO's Patti Smith: Camera Solo show, which will be the first showing of Smith's visual art in Canada. Opening February 9, the exhibition continues until May 19. Considering how high profile an artist she is, the tickets are pretty affordable: just $13 for AGO members, $15 for the general public. They go on sale February 8 at 10 am, and you can get them at ago.net or in-person at the AGO. They've restricted purchases to two tickets per order, which in theory should prevent scalpers from grabbing them all.
It's admittedly a bit surreal for a counter-culture icon like Smith to be playing an institution like the AGO, but it does make more sense than putting her in some giant corporate concert hall.