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The World-Class Toronto Summer Guide: 14 things that are worth sticking around for

The World-Class Toronto Summer Guide: 14 things worth sticking around for

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What’s one of the best things to do in Toronto this summer? If you can, get out of Toronto. See the world. Find another city’s heat and construction and transit problems to keep you occupied—preferably a city that’s got a globally recognized art gallery or museum or horse race or something. Of course, if you find yourself stuck in the city all season, that’s okay: there’s a lot going on here that, if you squint your eyes and hold your nose (and sometimes, even if you don’t do either) could actually be comparable to all the world-class things you’d find elsewhere. You want art? We’ve got some! Ancient Chinese artifacts? You know it. Exotic fish? Sure, that too. We’re not suggesting you tear up your plane tickets or anything. But we do think that this summer, Toronto might just be able to compete with the big boys. Here, a brief guide to just some of what’s exceptional in this city—and how it stacks up against other big-ticket events around the world.

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Today in Toronto: The Self-Portrait Show

The Self-Portrait Show Portraiture never goes out of style. Mira Godard celebrates her 50th anniversary with a show consisting primarily of new work by a dream team of artists who were invited to submit self-portraits. Gallery-goers can spend a little face time with Christopher Pratt, Mary Pratt, Joe Fafard, Alex Colville, Lucian Freud and others. Artwork prices available upon request. Find out more »

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Toronto art auction makes $14 million in sales

Alex Colville's Man on Verandah sold for $1.29 million (Image: Heffel.com)

International lovers of Canadian art went a little paddle crazy last night, buying $14 million in fine art at Heffel’s fall auction in Toronto. The top seller was Man on Verandah, a tempura tempera painting by Nova Scotia artist Alex Colville that went for $1.29 million. It’s the most his work has ever fetched and is also the highest auction price ever recorded for a living Canadian artist (Colville is 90). An abstract knife painting by Jean-Paul Riopelle also broke the million-dollar mark, selling for $1,111,500, and 23 other pieces went for more than $100,000.

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