Massive city-wide arts festival from Berlin and Paris is coming to Toronto

Nothing says fall in the city quite like a day or more spent at an art show. From the AGO and Gardiner museums to the ROM and Vincent Van Gogh exhibitions, there’s no shortage of creativity in Toronto.

Creatives and art fans alike can look forward to Gallery Weekend Toronto, returning this weekend for its second edition. For four days, 26 of Toronto’s contemporary galleries come together to offer artist talks, nightly private viewings, special events and more.

This event brings together art lovers, curators and collectors from across the city for one exciting experience.

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Gallery Weekend Toronto has three curated itineraries that map all galleries into one easy-to-follow tour, making it easier to explore Toronto’s top galleries by public transit, bike, or your chosen mode of transportation.

Route Lower Toronto

The Lower Toronto Route stretches from Lansdowne to Parliament.

Galleries in these three areas feature exhibitions by major international artists and emerging talent.

A public events program is also offered and includes cocktail receptions, performances, educational tours and artist meet and greets.

Route Dupont / Junction

Head to the Dupont/Junction area and browse the galleries like a pro.

Gallery Weekend Toronto is an experiment by the Contemporary Arts Galleries Association as a way to help its members sell and gain visibility in the local art scene.

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Gallery Weekends take place in many of the world’s largest cities such as Berlin, Milan, Paris and more. Toronto instituted Gallery Weekend in hopes of bringing more people and new collectors into physical gallery spaces to encourage sales and display.

Route Wallace / Dundas

Each route takes you to a range of galleries, allowing you to explore the city while discovering outstanding exhibitions and artists.

Last year, the first edition of Gallery Weekend Toronto featured 22 galleries from the city’s Central, West and South neighborhoods.

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Approximately 200 visitors were counted per day per gallery, resulting in an average of approximately 5,000 visitors at the various venues over the four-day period. Most galleries reported sales to new and existing customers, along with above-average traffic.

Some of the highlights this year are the Native Art Department International Exhibition, Woodland Boogie Woogie, Shannon Bool Exhibition, Gaslight, Azadeh Elmizadeh Exhibition, Sister Seeds and many more.

Gallery Weekend Toronto takes place from September 22nd to 25th. Admission is free.

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