Beers and Beasts

This week has proven to be another busy one, so in lieu of the written post, here are a few place savers. I’ve been doing this for a while now, and rarely miss a Thursday post.




Fall Art in Toronto

I’ve been a little behind in my art viewing these past few months. Here are two current Toronto exhibitions that I plan on visiting and reviewing in future blog posts.


ABOVE: Edward Burtynsky, Clearcut #1, Palm Oil Plantation, Borneo, Malaysia, 2016. Pigment inkjet print, 148.6 x 198.1 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto. © Edward Burtynsky, 2017.


September 28, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Art Gallery of Ontario

Photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier travelled the world to document the irreversible marks of human activity. More than Banksy, even more than Infinity Mirrors, this may be the exhibition everyone should see this year.


September 22, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Museum of Contemporary Art

The inaugural exhibition of the long delayed Museum of Contemporary Art, includes 16 artists and covers 3 floors. Through various materials and disciplines, each artist examines how we believe and perceive. If anything, it’s worth a visit just to check out the new space.


Saturday at the ROM

I recently visited the Royal Ontario Museum to check out two of its newish exhibitions, as well as it’s permanent collections. Here is a quick overview of what I saw.


If you can justify the high admissions charge, I suggest you go to the Royal Ontario Museum to see the following:

Spiders – Fear & Fascination (on until January 6, 2019)

This is a fairly well put together, kid friendly exhibition that tries putting spiders in a favorable light. I enjoyed it, and see the value of spiders to the ecosystem – still don’t want to hang out with them though.

Iris van Herpen – Transforming Fashion (on until October 8, 2018)

While the spiders exhibition may appeal more to kids, this one may appeal more to adults. Although not a fashionista, the designs – and the thought processes behind them – really impressed me as an artist. Iris van Herpen’s clothes are intricate, scientific and sometimes over the top. They’re also pretty cool.