Fall’s Big Canadian Art Events

From all-night celebrations to festivals of fire, Canada’s art calendar is crammed this  fall.  Here are some of the major highlights (but by no means all) from The Art Market site.

Fahrenheit Festival –  September 24, LaSalle, Ontario.  Canada’s only festival of fire sculpture.

Nuit Blanche – October 1, Toronto.  For one sleepless night experience the city transformed by hundreds of artists for Toronto’s sixth annual sunset-to-sunrise celebration of contemporary art.

Kingston Prize Gala Preview – October 6, Gananoque, Ontario.  A pre-event for The Kingston Prize, a biennial national competition for contemporary portraits of Canadians by Canadian artists.  It’s awarded at a Gala at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, on Nov 10 at the beginning of a three-month exhibition there

Business for the Arts Awards – October 6, Toronto.  A celebration of this year’s award winners, previously announced.  Now in their 33rd year, these awards celebrate the investments of Canada’s business leaders in arts & culture.

The Québec Triennial – October 7 – January 3, Montréal.  This triennial exhibition, now in its second edition, is the largest event devoted to Québec contemporary art.

Sobey Art Award Announcement Gala – October 13, Halifax
This award is an annual prize given to an artist under. A total of $70,000 in prize money is awarded annually; $50,000 to the winner and $5,000 to the other four finalists.

Splash – October 15, Vancouver. Benefiting Arts Umbrella, Splash is one of Vancouver’s most established charitable art events featuring a stunning collection of works by some of Canada’s most prominent artists.

Nocturne – October 15, Halifax.   The 4th annual Nocturne: Art at Night event is a free visual art festival that brings exhibitions and energy to the streets of Halifax.

Art with Heart– October 18, Toronto.  The premier auction of Canadian contemporary art, benefiting Casey House.

Art Toronto– October 28 – 31, Toronto.  As Canada’s premier fair for modern and contemporary art, Art Toronto features some of the world’s best contemporary artists and introduces new artists for your discovery.

Eastside Culture Crawl – November 18 – 20, Vancouver.  The 15th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl is a free 3-day visual arts phenomenon. This event involves more than 10,000 people visiting artists in their studios on Vancouver’s eastside.

Art For Life – November 26, Vancouver.  The 18th annual fine art auction will showcase a collection of 90 artworks donated by Vancouver’s top artists and galleries, a 100%  benefit for the Vancouver Friends For Life Society.


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