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VoCA Loves GG Michaëlle Jean: Connecting Citizens to the Arts!

VoCA loves our GG.  She understands the value of arts and culture.  Last week in Montreal, Governor General Michaëlle Jean gave this statement: “Culture must be able to express itself everywhere and always, and be accessible to as many people as possible, for it bears within it our choices, our hopes, our memory and our imagination.” I See What You
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Micah Lexier: The hardest-working person in the Canadian art world?

Toronto artist Micah Lexier is everywhere these days. A view of Micah Lexier’s installation I Am the Coin, at BMO in Toronto.  Image: iamthecoin.com Not only did he have new work in a recent show at his Toronto dealer, Birch Libralato, he has a just-opened year-long installation at the Bank of Montreal’s Project Room titled I am the Coin –
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The Royal Ontario Museum: Impressive?

We snuck in on the final day to see the Cut/Paste: Creative Reuse in Canadian Design show at the Royal Ontario Museum this past weekend, and, while the huge gallery spaces overwhelmed the design objects on display, there were a few things of particular interest, like objects that prison inmates had ingeniously cobbled together: water-boilers and crudely made toaster, to
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Canadian artists at the Vancouver Olympics

Some of the visual artists who will be exhibiting new works at the Vancouver 21010 Olympics: Eric Metcalfe, Insectarium, 2005. Image: winchestergalleriesltd.com 1. ERIC METCALFE AND GEORGE LEWIS: IKONS Ikons is a collaborative interactive art installation Vancouver performance and visual artist Eric Metcalfe and legendary American composer, trombonist and intellectual George Lewis. For the piece, Metcalfe has created seven vibrant
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Loved: Come Up To My Room for Alternative Design, Toronto

Last night, we went to the preview of the Gladstone Hotel’s alternative design event, Come Up To My Room (CUTMR). We’ve been in the past, and this year was by far the best. Each room on the hotel’s second floor was individually transformed, many with inspiring and conceptually tight installations. Thu, Jan 21, 2010 – Sun, Jan 24, 2010 12:00
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News: Ydessa Hendeles Donates to AGO, Toronto

Leading art collector and philanthropist Dr. Ydessa Hendeles is donating an extraordinary collection of 32 Canadian and international contemporary artworks to the Art Gallery of Ontario, representing the most significant single gift of contemporary art in the AGO’s 110-year history. A work, by Barbara Kruger, currently on view at Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation, Toronto. Image: akimbo.ca The gift includes works
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Artist Spotlight: Scott Treleaven

Scott Treleaven was born in Toronto, Canada and graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) in 1996. Scott Treleaven, My Ever Changing Moods, 2009, ink, photographs, watercolour. Image: kavigupta.com Now based in Paris, he has shown in Chicago at Kavi Gupta, in New York at John Connelly Presents and has had a limited edition book published by
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Herb and Dorothy’s Collection at the Albright Knox

You may remember, if you’re in Toronto, or Calgary, that the Canadian Art Foundation screened the excellent documentary, Herb and Dorothy, at last year’s Reel Artists Film Festival. Megumi Sasaki’s touching documentary, Herb and Dorothy. Image: now-movies.com The film tells the extraordinary story of Herbert Vogel, a postal clerk, and Dorothy Vogel, a librarian, who managed to build one of
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Ten in Ten: VoCA’s Cultural Wish List for 2010

Rather than a list of ‘best of’ from 2009, which has already been done by Sarah Milroy in the Globe and Mail and elsewhere, here is a list of things that we’d like to see happen in the Canadian cultural landscape in 2010. Brendan Flanagan, Tar Pit. Image: brendanflanagan.ca 1. More museum/gallery collaborations across the country – like the Art
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Explaining the Winnipeg Art Scene: Part Two

Here is part two of fascinating article written by former Winnipegger Edwin Janzen, an artist and writer currently based in Ottawa. The article was previously published in Drain magazine – you can read the full article ,HERE, (under Related Essays) or click HERE for previous posts on VoCA. Stay tuned as we publish it serially, every week. The City of
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