15th Annual Canadian Art Gallery Hop

Over one thrilling weekend, the Canadian Art Foundation presents two exciting events that celebrate the visual arts under the theme TRUE: Exploring Art, Ideas and Reality. On September 23, the Canadian Art Foundation Gallery Hop gala dinner and auction will take place at the Carlu. And on September 25, Gallery Hop Day features a panel, gallery tours and a magazine launch, all of which are free.


On Thursday, September 23, the Gallery Hop kicks off with the most anticipated art party of the season: the 15th annual Hop gala, Toronto’s unrivalled signature visual art event. Step into the chic atmosphere of the Carlu – Canada’s landmark for style and elegance – for an evening of unparalleled art experiences, featuring an auction of the latest contemporary art and a specially commissioned installation by Governor General’s Award-winning artist John Oswald. Oswald will transform the Carlu with images, sounds and performances to create an unforgettable experiential encounter as guests enter the world of TRUE.


New to the gala this year is our educational ambassadors program, a unique learning initiative that offers secondary school students the opportunity to develop expertise about contemporary art and to share that information with Gallery Hop guests. Throughout the evening, the student art ambassadors will provide information about artworks on view at the gala auction. The silent and live auctions will feature work by 52 of Canada’s leading creatives and most promising emerging artists including Ian Wallace, Kim Dorland, Elizabeth McIntosh and many more.


On Saturday, September 25, participate in a day of art, conversation and celebration on the theme of TRUE. The day begins with a morning panel with Canadian Art editor Richard Rhodes and three artists: Vancouver’s Myfanwy MacLeod, Montreal painter Pierre Dorion and Berlin- and Toronto-based documentary photographer Donald Weber, who will discuss art’s new realism – where a wholly mediated cultural world is set within an increasingly fragile natural one.


“True is a word keyed to the recognition of quality, to the idea of a work that is true to itself and true to the viewer,” says Canadian Art editor Richard Rhodes. “The trueness of art offers a resolving anchor that seems ever more relevant.”


In the afternoon at galleries across Toronto, take in free talks by art world experts as they explore and illuminate the best exhibitions on view. Tour different gallery areas with key critics, curators and collectors – insiders who will introduce you to the artists and dealers that make the art scene tick. Finally, art lovers can wrap up Hop day with a magazine launch for Canadian Art’s fall issue.


A fundraiser to benefit the Canadian Art Foundation, the Gallery Hop gala dinner and auction takes place from 6:30pm to 11:30pm on Thursday, September 23 at the Carlu in Toronto. Single tickets are $350, Gallery Hop collector tickets are $500, and patron tables are $5,000. To preview auction works or to place an absentee bid, visit www.canadianart.ca/galleryhop/auction. To purchase tables and tickets, please visit www.canadianart.ca/galleryhop/tickets or call the Gallery Hop hotline at 416.368-8854 ext. 101. A portion of each art sale goes directly to the participating artists.


Gallery Hop Day runs from 11:00am to 7:30pm on Saturday, September 25, and offers a free day of art, conversation and celebration. The morning panel with Canadian Art editor Richard Rhodes and artists Myfanwy MacLeod, Pierre Dorion and Donald Weber takes place from 11:00am to 12:30pm at the Ontario College of Art and Design, and is followed by an afternoon of guided gallery-district tours from 1:00pm to 5:00pm with significant critics, curators and collectors. An evening magazine launch at the Angell Gallery wraps up the event from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. All of Saturday’s events are free and open to the public.


For more information, please visit www.canadianart.ca/galleryhop.