Toronto Biennial of Art highlights this week: Performance and Lecture by The New Red Order and Guests | Unsettling: Settlers of Catan | Read me, Love me, Leave me

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Unsettling: Settlers of Catan, 2018. Photo credit: Henry Chan

There is just one month left to experience the inaugural edition of the Toronto Biennial of Art! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore more than 100 artworks at 15+ locations across the city.

From November 1 to 7, Biennial visitors can enjoy performances, walks, talks and artist-led games—all for free!

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

For a complete overview of exhibiting artists, locations, and hours, plus, a comprehensive list of Programs and Events, please visit our website.


This week’s highlights include:

Isonomia in Toronto

Performance and Lecture by The New Red Order and Guests
Program: Currents
Date: Fri, Nov 1
Time: 7-9pm
Location: 259 Lake Shore Blvd E

The New Red Order presents Believable Impossibilities, a lecture performance and treaty orchestration featuring Christopher Bracken and Ange Loft, DJ’d by Yamantaka // Sonic Titan.

Talk by Christopher Bracken with The New Red Order
Program: Currents
Date: Sat, Nov 2
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Small Arms Inspection Building

Why Savage Philosophy Now? is a talk by Christopher Bracken, in discussion with The New Red Order members Adam Khalil and Jackson Polys.

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The New Red Order (NRO), Never Settle, 2019, mixed-media installation. Commissioned by the Toronto Biennial of Art. On view at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E as part of the Toronto Biennial of Art (2019). Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid. Courtesy Toronto Biennial of Art.

Talking Treaties – Text and Image
Program: Currents
Date: Sat, Nov 2
Time: 11am–1pm
Location: Small Arms Inspection Building

Open to adults and older youth of all experiences, backgrounds, and abilities, this workshop begins with a presentation and facilitated discussion of the key symbols of Toronto’s Indigenous presence and governance structures. Symbols found in the text of Treaty 13: The Toronto Purchase, further reveal another set of imagery to unpack, moving through the city’s changing coat of arms, to Indigenous names for local waterways. With a large version of the Toronto Purchase text, small teams collaborate to replace words with images, culminating in a site-specific visual installation to expand across the grounds of Small Arms.

Unsettling: Settlers of Catan
Program: Co-Relations
Date: Sat, Nov 2
Time: 2– 5pm
Location: 259 Lake Shore Blvd E

Unsettling: Settlers of Catan is a playful, discursive intervention into the popular board game, Settlers of Catan. Artist Golboo Amani disrupts its colonial narratives with methodologies of treaties, collaboration, and allyship, inserting new game pieces, cards, and rules. With these new tools, players develop strategies of building on and repatriation of the colonized landscape, offering the opportunity to play out strategies for radical, social, political, and industrial change.

Storytelling: Lost Rivers and Rivers Rising
Program: Storytelling
Date: Sun, Nov 3
Time: 12 – 1:30pm
Meeting Point: St. Matthews Clubhouse, 450 Broadview Ave.

A poetry walk in conjunction with artist Maria Thereza Alves’s project Phantom Pain at Riverdale Park West. Together with the initiatives Lost Rivers and Rivers Rising, poets and knowledge keepers investigate Toronto’s lost rivers, the forgotten network of water that runs beneath our feet.

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Drawing by Karie Liao, adapted image by Ashley Lennox, G’day Mate, 2019. Courtesy the artists.

Read me, Love me, Leave me: Toronto Art Book Fair
Program: Storytelling
Date: Sun, Nov 3
Time: 3– 5pm
Location: 259 Lake Shore Blvd E

Read me, Love me, Leave me explores different modes of reading through collaboration, humour, and storytelling. Invited guest artists, including Life of a Craphead, Katie Lyle & Shelby Wright, and Cotey Pope, respond to works that they have created, admire, find inspirational, or spark curiosity. In the spirit of open-mic, members of the public are also encouraged to participate by spontaneously signing up at the event to share their own readings. By activating a variety of printed matter through comedic prose and timing, readings illuminate the surrounding artwork and the multitude of ways in which we experience art.

The View from Here with Simon Vickers
Program: Currents
Date: Mon, Nov 4
Time: 2– 4pm
Location: 259 Lake Shore Blvd E

Simon Vickers researches intersections of public and urban history, focusing on activism across particular neighbourhoods in Toronto and Montreal since the 1960s. For this presentation, Vickers engages with Luis Jacob’s two-part installation The View from Here to initiate dialogues on historical social movements and how the city has been impacted by gentrification, affordability and the role of printed matter in tracing those processes.

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.

For more information, visit: torontobiennial.org, @torontobiennial, and #TObiennial19 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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