The powerful images of the World Press Photo contest return to Toronto where they can be viewed at the Allen Lambert Galleria, in Brookfield Place, every day from 9am to 9pm. An event which should not be missed, World Press Photo is an independent, non-profit organization based in Amsterdam, known for holding the world's largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest, as well as a separate annual contest for journalistic multimedia productions in association with Human Rights Watch and the annual Tim Hetherington Grant.
For over 55 years the World Press Photo contest has encouraged the highest standards in photojournalism. The contest creates a bridge linking the professionals with the general public. All the prize-winning photographs are assembled into an exhibition that travels to 45 countries over the course of a year. In addition to selecting the World Press Photo of the Year, the contest determines winners in categories such as Spot News, General News, Observed Portraits of people, Staged Portraits, Sports Action, Sports Features, Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, Portraits, Nature.
The Ryerson City Building Institute has released its analysis of the devastating impact that high property taxes are having on small and independent businesses in the downtown core. Sub-titled “Can Toronto Retail Main Streets Survive?” it shows how the downtown is being eviscerated from its small businesses and how jobs are lost.
The report is also a photo exposition at Urban Space Gallery at 401 Richmond Street West (at Spadina). What could be a dry statistical comparative analysis, is actually an engaging display of the challenges faced and asks the question about how lively do we want our streets to be.
Anthropocene dramatically illustrates how we, individually and collectively, are leaving a human signature on our world. World-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky and multiple award-winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier have created a powerful series of new photographs, including larg-scale murals augmented by film extensions, film installations and augmented reality (AR) installations, that take us to places we are deeply connected to – but normally never see.
The artists travelled to countries on every continent, save Antarctica, documenting irreversible marks of human activity. Informed by scientific research, powered by aesthetic vision, inspired by a desire to bear witness, they reveal the scale and gravity of our impact on the planet.
imagineNATIVE showcases, promotes, and celebrates Canadian and international Indigenous filmmakers and media artists. imagineNATIVE is committed to a greater understanding by audiences of Indigenous peoples, cultures, and artistic expressions. imagineNATIVE presents new and innovative film, video, audio, and digital media works. Programming includes annual retrospectives, curated programs, community screenings, and presentations of groundbreaking and legacy works to a wide audience.
imagineNATIVE plays an important role in the dissemination and export of Indigenous works by promoting and exhibiting artists’ films, videos, audio, and digital media artworks to Canadian and international festivals, markets, distributors, and broadcasters and by facilitating sales and acquisitions.
Each fall, the International Festival of Authors brings together the world’s best writers of contemporary literature for 11 days of readings, interviews, lectures, round table discussions, public book signings and a number of special events, including celebrations of the Governor General’s Literary Award and Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize finalists, as well as the awarding of the Harbourfront Festival Prize
The IFOA devotes a number of events to authors and books within a particular focus.
The ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is a flat and fast course where many participants achieve a personal best. It is a qualifier for Boston and is open to power walkers. The course because must be completed within a 6-hour time limit. The full and half marathon start on University Avenue just north of Queen Street and finish in the heart of downtown at City Hall, at Bay and Queen Street. Runners head out and back along the Lakeshore.
To view details of the course, click on the picture. There is also a 5K course. A post-race party is held at Nathan Phillips Square until 3:30pm on Sunday.
Founded in 2000, Art Toronto: Toronto International Art Fair is Canada’s only modern and contemporary fine art fair, providing unique access to the Canadian art market. An annual fall event, Art Toronto serves as the galvanizing vehicle for the nation’s art world. A popular event attended by art collectors and industry professionals, Art Toronto showcases galleries and is the place to network with a diverse and well connected group of collectors and dealers. Art Toronto presents more than 100 select galleries, complemented with special projects, exhibits, a full VIP program and dynamic cultural offerings.
According to the Tourism Office of Toronto, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the world’s largest indoor agricultural and equestrian event. Visitors can learn about local food, get up-close to renowned chefs, be informed about latest techniques, or watch the famous horse shows and competitions. One can see prized classics such as butter sculpting, birds of prey demonstrations, and the K9 Equine Relay featuring the President’s Choice SuperDogs.
The fair also offers plenty of opportunities to wine, dine and unwind. From the Craft Beer and Cider Awards to The Royal Wine Competition, there is more than one way to sip, sample and savour great local food and beverages.