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Events in Art and Archaeology

Charles Edenshaw: Humanoid Mask, 1902
Charles Edenshaw: Humanoid Mask, 1902
Charles Edenshaw
OTTAWA  •  National Gallery of Canada  •  7 March - 25 May 2014

Charles Edenshaw was recognized in his time as an outstanding Haida artist and remains an iconic figure in Northwest Coast art. Working in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (1829-1920), he was an exceptional carver of wood, silver and argillite, combining traditional Haida design with an innovative and elegant personal style, and raising Northwest Coast art to new heights of sophistication. First seen at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the exhibition Charles Edenshaw at the National Gallery of Canada marks the first major survey of Edenshaw’s work, featuring over 200 pieces in all media from public and private collections from around the world, thus presenting the full range of objects that he created during his lifetime, from traditional objects that he made for family members to elaborately carved model poles, platters and other objects produced for trade with Europeans.

Examining his remarkable aesthetic achievements, the exhibition focuses on four predominant themes: his advancement of traditional formline design; his ability to animate Haida stories in his carving; his interest in new materials and visual ideas that led to innovative cultural hybrids; and, finally, his deep-seated belief in Haida traditions, which gave him the agility and fortitude to thrive as a Haida artist during oppressive colonial rule. 

National Gallery of Canada Website

Contact: National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 9N4
Tel: (1) 613 990 19

Peter Doig: No Foreign Lands
MONTREAL  •  Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal  •  7 February - 4 May 2014
First seen at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh, this important international exhibition surveys Peter Doig’s paintings and works on paper of the past 10 years. The show places particular emphasis on the artist's approach to serial motifs and recurring imagery.

Peter Doig (b. Edinburgh 1959) first came to prominence in the 1990s with his paintings of winter landscapes, highly atmospheric scenes of lakes (often with a lone canoe), and houses screened by trees and ski slopes. The rich and layered surfaces of his paintings showed that Doig was as much interested in abstract, formal qualities as he was in subject matter.

Peter Doig: 100 Years Ago (Carrera), 2001
Peter Doig: 100 Years Ago (Carrera), 2001
Oil on linen, 229 x 359 cm.
Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI
Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Over the period covered by this exhibition Doig has split his time between a house and studio in Trinidad, a studio in London and a professorship at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. His peripatetic life, memories of a childhood partly spent in Canada and his later life and studies in London have given him a particularly rich visual knowledge. Regardless of where Doig’s motifs originate, his experiences cross-fertilize and enhance his works. As fellow Scot Robert Louis Stevenson wrote in The Silverado Squatters: There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign.

Throughout a career of three decades, Doig has reinvigorated a medium considered by many to have fallen into irrelevance. His inventive style, uncommonly sensuous palette and suggestive imagery set him apart from the conceptualism dominating much of contemporary art.  Doig’s willingness to take up the challenges posed by the work of Gauguin, Matisse, Bonnard, Marsden Hartley and Edward Hopper places him in an ongoing dialogue with a long line of great artists.

Curated by Stéphane Aquin, the exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue featuring essays by Keith Hartley, Chief Curator at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art;  Stéphane Aquin, Curator of Contemporary Art in Montréal; and an interview with the artist conducted by Hilton Als, a New York-based critic, author and regular contributor to the New Yorker magazine.

Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal Website

Contact: Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
1380, rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montréal, Quebec

Tel: (1) 514 790 12 45

"78/46" works by Myron Zabol
TORONTO  •  Gallery House  •  3 - 31 May 2014

Myron Zabol exhibits a series of Platinum/Palladium print on the finest and purest papers in the world. This old process requires hand coating platinum/palladium metals onto paper. Zabol’s work includes: architecture, floral and a rare look into the Iroquois Six Nations Confederacy which was a travelling exhibition that included the McMichael Canadian Art Gallery and was permanently archived by Canada's National Gallery, The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and curated by the Iroquois Woodland Cultural Center.


Gallery House Website


Gallery House
2068 Dundas Street West
Toronto ON
M6R 1W9

Tel: (1) 416 58 7 00 57

Around 1914: Design in a New Age
TORONTO  •  Royal Ontario Museum  •  29 March 2014 - 21 March 2015

Around 1914: Design in a New Age is a display of the design and decorative arts created around the period of the 1914. 

This original exhibition includes over 100 objects from the ROM's European Decorative Art collection. Works of the era's key designers and critically and historically renowned craftsmen, including Christopher Dresser, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Archibald Knox, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Frank Lloyd Wright, Emile Gallé, Carlo Bugatti, Georg Jensen, Otto Wagner, and Josef Hoffmann are included in the exhibition.


Royal Ontario Museum Website

Contact: Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queen’s Park, Toronto,
ON  M5S 2C6
Tel: (1) 416 586 80 00

Events in Classical Music

Yuja Wang
Yuja Wang
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal: Yuja Wang, piano
MONTREAL  •  La Maison Symphonique de Montréal  •  26 - 27 April 2014

Shostakovich: Festive Overture
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique”

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Jean-Claude Casadesus, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano



La Maison Symphonique de Montréal Website

Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm

Contact: La Maison Symphonique de Montréal
175, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
Montréal, QC H2X 1Z8
Québec Canada

Tel: (1) 514 285 42 00

Events in Jazz

Brad Mehldau Trio
Brad Mehldau Trio
Brad Mehldau Trio
TORONTO  •  Massey Hall  •  26 April 2014

Brad Mehldau Trio

Brad Mehldau's current threesome—together since 2005 and featuring Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums. On March 13, 2012 Nonesuch Records released an album of original songs from the Brad Mehldau Trio—Ode—the first from the trio since 2008’s live Village Vanguard disc and the first studio trio recording since 2005’s Day is Done. Nonesuch released the Brad Mehldau Trio’s Where Do You Start, a companion disc to Ode, on 18 September 2012. Whereas Ode featured 11 songs composed by Mehldau, Where Do You Start comprises the Trio’s interpretations of 10 tunes by other composers, along with one Mehldau original.


Massey Hall Website

Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm

Contact: Massey Hall
178 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON
M5B 1T7

Tel: (1) 416 872 42 55

Mardi Gras: New Orleans Jazz
TORONTO  •  Roy Thomson Hall  •  22 - 23 April 2014

Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Jeff Tyzik, conductor
Byron Stripling, trumpet and vocalist
Bobby Floyd, organ
Bob Breithaupt, drum set


Roy Thomson Hall Website

Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm

Contact: Roy Thomson Hallv
Toronto, ON
M5B 1T7

Tel: (1) 416 872 42 55v

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin
TORONTO  •  Roy Thomson Hall  •  25 April 2014

Aretha Franklin is known the world over by her first name and as the undisputed, reigning "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin is peerless. She has received countless international and national awards and accolades and achieved global recognition on an unprecedented scale. She is a 2005 recipient of a Presidential Medal Of Freedom honor (the U.S.A.'s highest honor), winner of 18 Grammy® Awards (and counting), a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Grammy Living Legend Award and was named 2008 MusiCares® Person of the Year. In 2008, Franklin was named the #1 Female Vocalist of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine. Her ever-distinctive soulful, to-the-bone vocal style has graced the music charts for over four decades and while her 'live' performances have touched the hearts of literally millions since she began her musical journey as a gospel-singing child prodigy, it is her rich legacy of recordings that are a testament to the power, majesty and genius of this one-of-a-kind artist of the first order.

Roy Thomson Hall Website

Detailed schedule information:

8:00 pm

Contact: 178 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON
M5B 1T7

Tel: (1) 416 872 42 55

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
VANCOUVER, BC  •  various venues  •  3 - 28 April 2014
A celebration of Vancouver’s 40,000 cherry trees and Japanese culture, this collection of events around the city includes free concerts, walking and bike tours, dance performances and a photo contest. Don’t miss out on Sakura Days Japan Fair – a chance to try your hand at traditional Japanese arts and crafts like calligraphy.

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Website

Contact: Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
5251 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC
V6M 4H1 - Canada

Tel: (1) 604 257 81 20

Spring Okanagan Wine Festival
KELOWNA, BC  •  Kelowna and surrounding areas  •  1 - 11 May 2014
Make Kelowna your home base for this 10-day valley-wide festival. Choose from over 70 events celebrating the Okanagan’s regional cuisine and more than 100 wineries.


Spring Okanagan Wine Festival Website


Spring Okanagan Wine Festival
1527 Ellis Street
Kelowna, BC
V1Y 2A7


Tel: (1) 250 861 66 54

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