***Sold Out*** Ago First Thursdays Sept. 3, 2015

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AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario says
****SOLD OUT****

FEATURING:

* Musical tribute to Rheostatics with performances by Thom Gill, Laura Barrett (The Hidden Cameras), Terra Lightfoot, Casey Mecija (Ohbijou), Mike O’Brien (Zeus), Sandro Perri, Marker Starling (formerly Mantler) and special guest Mary Margaret O’Hara.
*Georgina Uhlyarik
*Isla Craig
*Ben Oakley
*Felix Kalmenson
*Aisha Sasha John
*Keith Cole
*Cathy Gordan
*Chris Randle
*Andrew Hunter
*Bonnie Devine
*Maggie MacDonald
*Justin Peroff
*Vanessa Dunn
& more!
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19+ (ID required) / Cash Bar

GENERAL ADMISSION
Advance Tickets: $12 / $10 AGO Members
*At the Door: $15 / $13 AGO Members

Party-goers can purchase $22 advance combo-ticket packages to see Picturing the Americas. The exhibition will be open until 10 p.m., with the last entry at 9 p.m.

*Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. First Thursdays consistently sell out, and tickets are not held back for at-the-door purchase.

***Nostalgia Canadiana***
After a summer break, AGO First Thursdays are back with the launch event of the fall season. Our programming considers notions of landscape, nature and nationhood with the theme Nostalgia Canadiana. The event celebrates the final weeks of the exhibition Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic and landmark reunion performances by the Canadian indie legends Rheostatics with Kevin Hearn, which premiere the next night at the AGO.

Headlining the event is a supergroup of sorts, with a program called Music Inspired by Rheostatics. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Rheostatics’ Music Inspired by the Group of Seven, local musicians celebrate the band’s legacy by performing a Rheos song themselves. Vocalists include Laura Barrett (The Hidden Cameras), Terra Lightfoot, Casey Mecija (Ohbijou), Mike O’Brien (Zeus), Sandro Perri, Marker Starling (Mantler), plus a special performance by Canadian folk legend Mary Margaret O’Hara. Local guitarist and musical mastermind Thom Gill has put together a house band, and the tribute kicks off in Walker Court at 9 pm.

Throughout the evening, visitors are invited to see Toronto artist Ben Oakley’s ‘Scrap Heap’ installation and get their hands on a map of Canada to work with Toronto artist, activist and musician Maggie MacDonald, and address the environmental issues embedded within its boundaries. Local artist Felix Kalmenson presents a new video installation dealing with landscape through its migratory borders, and Bonnie Devine speaks about her own installation with AGO Fredrik S. Eaton curator Andrew Hunter. Plus, hear Isla Craig lead a roving choir singing songs pulled from the Canadian collective memory and inspired by works in the AGO’s Canadian collection. And listen to a series of writer and artists like Aisha Sasha John, Keith Cole, Chris Randle and Cathy Gordon reflect on the poetics of landscape and nationhood on a mini stage called ‘myspace’.
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By: AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario