Toronto Biennial of Art highlights this week: Performance & Talk by CA Conrad | Beach(fire) Blanket Bingo Biennial | single-use salmon plogging


Berries and Toes, 2016 BUSH Gallery harvest, Image courtesy BUSH Gallery.

The fourth week of the Toronto Biennial of Art is underway, and in addition to more than 100+ artworks at 15+ sites, there are several unique programs and events taking place across the city. This week, enjoy the sunshine and the evening sky with outdoor programs, or join us for events within Biennial sites.

The Biennial’s programming connects issues, practices, and methodologies related to the Biennial’s first edition, The Shoreline Dilemma, which explores the implications of Toronto’s ever-changing waterfront in the context of a central question: What does it mean to be in relation?

Through storytelling, conversations, workshops, performances, and readings, Programs invites visitors to gather and learn together in responsive engaging formats along the water’s edge and beyond.

For a complete overview of exhibiting artists, programs, locations, and hours, please visit our website.

This week’s highlights include:


CAConrad, film still from The Book of Conrad (Delinquent Films). Courtesy the artist.

Isonomia in Toronto
Performance and Talk by CA Conrad
Program: Currents
Date: Fri, Oct 18
Time: 7–9pm
Location: 259 Lake Shore Blvd E

CA Conrad will discuss their new (Soma)tic Poetry Ritual “Resurrect Extinct Vibration” and read from the resulting poems.

Performance and Talk by CA Conrad
Program: Currents
Date: Sat, Oct 19
Time: 2–4pm
Location: Small Arms Inspection Building

CA Conrad will discuss their new (Soma)tic Poetry Ritual “Resurrect Extinct Vibration” and read from the resulting poems.

Conrad’s performances are a part of the Biennial’s weekly Performance and Reading Program: Isonomia in Toronto, a series which takes place within Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building. Upcoming guests include poet CAConrad, artists Lou Sheppard and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, Sister Co-Resister, and RISE Edutainment.

Beach(fire) Blanket Bingo Biennial*
Program: Co-Relations
Date: Sat, Oct 19
Time: 6–10pm
Location: Wards Island Beach, Toronto Island

Peter Morin and Tania Willard of BUSH Gallery, with guest artist Lisa Myers, invite the public to gather around a beach fire and engage in the methodologies of exchange embedded in gift economies and philosophies. This participatory program examines the circulation of materials within and outside of the art system and Indigenous communities. Over the course of the evening, we will play Indian Bingo, share food, ideas, gifts, and watch an outdoor screening (curated by imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival), as we gather around the fire on a brisk fall evening.

Co-presented in partnership with Graduate Studies OCAD University, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, and University of British Columbia Eminence Fund.

*Please note, this event is currently at capacity. Join the waitlist HERE.


Rinrigaku, 2016. Photo credit: Yuula Benivolski. Image courtesy of artist.

single use salmon plogging
Program: Co-Relations
Date: Sun, Oct 20
Time: 9am–3:30pm
Location: Begins and ends at the corner of Queen St W and Bay St

Ayumi Goto runs the Toronto Waterfront Marathon as the half-human/half-salmon geisha gyrl in a performance addressing labour, responsibility, and the impact of environmental disaster. The work is dedicated to the late Anishinaabe grandmother and Water Walker Josephine Mandamin, who circumnavigated the Great Lakes to raise awareness about water pollution, and David S. Buckel, a lawyer, environmental activist, and runner, who self-immolated to protest humanity’s addiction to fossil fuels.
For details regarding the marathon route, visit

Co-commissioned with and curated by FADO Performance Art Centre.

Listening Session with Raven Chacon, Allison Cameron, John Oswald
Program: Currents
Date: Wed, Oct 23
Time: 6–8pm
Location: Harbourfront Centre’s Studio Theatre, 235 Queens Quay W

A collaboration with Delf Maria Hohmann, Allison Cameron, Raven Chacon, John Oswald, and Marc Sabat culminated in a special edition of Harbour Symphony as part of the Toronto Biennial of Art Opening Week, activating boats docked along Toronto’s shoreline in a celebratory launch. For this evening, Chacon, Cameron, and Oswald reflect on this and previous editions of the symphony, inviting audience members to collectively listen to Harbour Symphony recordings and consider the possibilities of working with sound, composition and experimental instrumentation.

Harbour Symphony was co-presented by Harbourfront Centre and the Toronto Biennial of Art.

Future, Fire, Fiction—storytelling workshop for imagining future technologies through design justice and Indigenous philosophy
Program: Currents
Date: Thurs, Oct 24
Time: 4–6pm
Location: 259 Lake Shore Blvd E

Design practitioner and community organizer Una Lee and artist/composer Suzanne Kite (Kite) tell stories about the past, present, and future, and invite participants to do the same, asking: Which technologies will we need in the future? Which technologies do we want in the future? How can we design these technologies in a good way—a way that is just and equitable? Through collaborative exchange, participants are invited to improvise and reimagine material sustainability and reciprocity.

About the Toronto Biennial of Art
The Toronto Biennial of Art (the Biennial/TBA) is a new international contemporary visual arts event that is as culturally connected and diverse as Toronto itself. For 10 weeks every two years, the city will be transformed by exhibitions, talks, and performances that reflect the local context while engaging with the world’s most pressing issues of our time. In an effort to make contemporary art available to everyone, the Biennial’s free, citywide programming aims to inspire people, bridge communities, and contribute to global conversations from a variety of perspectives.

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