Summer heat is slowly drifting away, and fall breeze is embracing us. September brings along exciting new exhibitions, and we chose a few which we personally can’t wait to see! Take a look at the list, and hope to see you at these events!

6-29  Far and Near: the Distance(s) between Us

As part of the fall programming at Art Museum at U of T, Far and Near invites Canadian artists of Chinese descent to share their stories and contribute to the ongoing process of narrating “the Chinese Canadian community’s historical and cultural evolutions and developments”. Curated by Henry Heng Lu, this exhibition also has an amazing list of accompanying programs, including a lecture by Ken Lum, a discussion on Chinese Canadian archives, and an artist talk with Karen Tam. Opening Reception will be on September 6th at Justina M. Barnicke Gallery.

14  Fermenting Feminism

To celebrate 5th year of programming, Critical Distance presents Fermenting Feminism which explores the intersection of fermentation, both as a physical process and an abstract idea, and intersectional feminism. This exhibitions marks the Canada launch of the multidisciplinary project - stop by the gallery located at Artscape Youngplace between the 14th to November 26th!

15 Migrating the Margins

Upcoming exhibition at Art Gallery of York University features artworks exploring themes of immigration, suburban life, Afro-Caribbean and Indian diasporas, and forgotten Black histories. The exhibition also promises a fun weekend of performative discourse on the 16th & 17th which will be filled with workshops, discussions, and dancing!💃🏽  Take a ride on their last-ever Performance Bus, and check out the exhibition, which runs until December 3rd!

16 Onsite Gallery’s Grand Opening and Street Party + Opening Exhibitions

OCADU’s Onsite Gallery welcomes everyone in the city to join them in their grand opening of their new location at 199 Richmond St. W! They’re inaugurating the space with two exhibitions: raise a flag which features First Nations, Inuit and Métis art from the national heritage collection, and For This Land: Inside Elemental, an immersive multimedia installation exploring questions of identity, territory, and “interiority of personal and collective experience”. Join the celebration of live performances by Indigenous artists, and stop by the exhibitions running until December.

23 Etsy: Made in Canada

One of the craft-est events is back! Drop by MaRS Discovery District on Saturday 23rd, and support the wonderful handmade crafts and goods created by local artists. Project 40 will be there, and maybe we’ll have another meet-up and hit up all the vendors - stay tuned!

28 Speakeasy Launch: The Unpublished City

Speakeasy is kicking off their new season with readings from The Unpublished City, a collection of works by Toronto’s emerging literary talents! Featuring some of our favourites, Doyali Islam, Laboni Islam, Sanchari Sur, and Phoebe Wang, the event will be held at The Steady Cafe & Bar on Bloor St W. Come and hear some amazing poems and prose!

28 Caterpillar Portraits Book Launch

Penrose Press is launching its first publication, Caterpillar Portraits by Joyce Jodie Kim. Celebrate the launch at Crimson Teas which will be decorated with her illustrations, and hear Joyce read excerpts from the book, and take your own copy of the beautifully hand-bound book as well!

30 A Living Mosaic: The Cartography of Origins and Settlement

Culture Days presents a two-day event of art exhibitions, interactive activities, live performances, and discussions surrounding Canada 150 and Toronto’s cultural heritage. Take a break at the end of the month to enjoy a weekend of fun at Riverdale Gallery!


This list was compiled by Mirae Lee and Jasmine Gui.

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