Art Toronto

Since 2000, Art Toronto has grown to be one of Canada’s leading contemporary art fairs presenting works from Canadian and international galleries. Now in its second year, this year’s focus will be on Latin America offering a greater variety of galleries from across Mexico, Central and South America along with further representation by guest curator Isabela Villanueva.

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Galeria Leme: Luciano Figueirego Volare – Acrylic on Card [Photo by Vicente de Mello

Curator Isabela Villanueva

Curator Isabel Villanueva

The fair is one of the most important annual art event in Canada providing unique access to the country’s art market. Along with its engaging series of lectures, panel discussions from prominent art world figure as well as other special projects, there is something for every art aficionado whether they are new to this realm or an expert to the max.

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Art Toronto 2015

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Art Toronto 2015

Art Toronto 2016 will run from  October 28-31, 2016.

For more information and tickets please visit arttoronto.ca 

The pianist and the designer

Beijing-born pianist, Yuja Wang, has not only risen to fame as a talented virtuoso classical pianist but as a very fashion forward personality as well.  Last night the twenty-nine-year-old performed a brilliant program featuring the works of Grieg, Bartók and Dvořák, under the direction of Polish conductor Krzysztof Urbański, with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

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Photo Credit: Jag Photography

I was thrilled to find out, that once again, she was planning on wearing another exquisite piece by Toronto designer Rosemarie Umetsu. Highly known within the arts community and having worked with performers such as Isabel Bayrakdarian and Measha Brueggergosman, what I love most about her craft is the fact that the couturier truly turns her collaborations into a personal designing experience from beginning to end.

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A close of the material for Wang’s ‘Bartok Dress’ by Rosemarie Umetsu

Umetsu is a creative individual who focuses just as much on adding known details to her work but also values complimenting those who wear them. Her relationship with Yuja Wang is just another example where two artists have both influenced each other to create the ultimate experience both on and off stage.

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Yuja and Rosemarie

You can see Yuja perform one more concert tomorrow evening at Roy Thomson Hall.

For more information visit tso.ca 

Ariodante

Within the first decade of the eighteenth century, George Frederic Handel was already ‘wow-ing’ the London crowd with Italian opera seria. His famous Rinaldo was all the rage but by 1735, another performance took the stage achieving the utmost success.

Love, honour, and deception run back and forth throughout Ariodante with libretto based on the work by Antonio Salvi. The story revolved around the King of Scotland’s daughter, Ginevra, betrothed to Prince Ariodante. Polinesso, the Duke of Albany, is also madly in love with Ginevra who has convinced her father that she has been unfaithful to her betrothed. Of course, love conquers all in the opera world, and both Ginevra and Ariodante, fight their way back to one another defeating those who tried oh so hard to selfishly keep them apart.

On October 16th, the Canadian Opera Company will perform its first ever Toronto production of Ariodante featuring, as always, a stellar cast, including Canadian soprano Ambur Braid. Playing the role of Ginevra’s truest friend and confidant, Dalinda, we had the opportunity to ask the B.C. native, on returning to her first home, the COC, along with her preparations for another exciting opera season.

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MC: How would you explain Dalinda’s character?

AB: In this Richard Jones production of Ariodante, Dalinda is the maid, a passion-driven, yet tortured soul who just can’t quite attain what she thinks she deserves. There’s a lot of internal conflict and a fair amount of abuse, as she falls for the wrong man and ruins her life and the lives of the people around her. It’s a rough show for poor Dalinda.

MC: Many would say that “psychology is a fact of Handel’s work”. How do you interpret this when preparing for this role in particular or others that you have played by the composer?

AB: Psychology is a big part of opera in general. The plots are interesting because they tell the stories of humans in extreme situations. However, for Handel, one needs to dig a bit more into the psychology than you might for, say, Puccini as it’s not always transparent and one needs to find the motivation for all of those da capo arias. This makes Handel an intensely emotional experience and it is great when a director has a clear vision and concept. Personally, I always love the third act in Handel operas, when everyone is losing their mind and going completely bonkers. It’s fabulous music.

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A scene from Ariodante (Festival d’Aix en Provence, 2014), photo: Pascal Victor/ArtComArt

 

MC: You were quite busy this summer performing at various festivals – what do you love most about the beginning of a new opera season?

AB: This season is particularly delightful for me as it’s my return to my home company, the Canadian Opera Company. That means that I get to see the people that I love and sleep in my own bed.

For more information on upcoming performance please visit coc.ca

New Client Announcement: Niminimi

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Mima Publicity is pleased to announce Montréal-based brand, Niminimi, to its client roster.

Founded by Nimi Nanji-Simard in 2016, the namesake line began after her many years working as a buyer for luxury hotels in Nairobi, Mount Kenya and Maasai Mara. The debut collection comprises original designs informed by her past in Africa as well as the present in cosmopolitan Montréal.

While also incorporating European influences, designs echo an array of colours and motifs that are then sent into production by some of Italy’s finest artisans. Quality proves its worth as Nimi has made an effort to find the most beautiful silks on the market.

Niminimi scarves have presented and sold at boutiques and trunks across Canada including the Fairmont (Le Chateau Frontenac), The Four Seasons Hotel (Toronto), Shepherd’s Ottawa and Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal. Recent additions also include The Canadian Museum of History and War Museum (Ottawa).

Visit niminimi.ca for more information.