From the glories of ancient Greece and the sights and sounds of old Quebec to contemporary cool in Winnipeg, travellers can dive deep into culture across Canada.
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Canadian galleries, museums and stages will be full of artistic and cultural enrichment this year, from Basquiat to the Greeks. Here are 10 of the hottest tickets across the country.
1)The Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition in Toronto, ON: The Brooklyn-born artist may have died at age 27, but his legacy is splashed and scrawled across bold contemporary drawings and paintings, confronting racism, identity and social unrest.
Feb. 7 to March 10, Art Gallery of Ontario
2) The Audain Art Museum, Whistler, BC: This new museum will add to Whistler’s buzzing cultural scene. There will be no better place to get a feel for west-coast creations, including 19th-century northwest-coast masks, Emily Carr collections and a gallery devoted to BC artist Edward J. Hughes’ 70-year career.
Opening in fall/winter
3) PANAMANIA, Toronto, ON:This multi-disciplinary showcase of contemporary arts and cultural events is part of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am & Parapan Am Games.Take a break from the plethora of sporting action to look for some world première shows.
July to August
4) Rodin – Metamorphoses, Montréal, QC: Chance, accidents and metamorphosis are the theme of this powerful retrospective of sculptural masterpieces by 19th-century French sculptor August Rodin. Get a taste of man whose true genius and distinct style truly blossomed in his forties.
May 30 to Oct. 18, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts,
5) Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, Fredericton, NB: If you hear a drawling sax as you stroll the Fredericton riverfront, chances are the famous festival is in town. World-class musicians groove with up-and-coming Atlantic-Canadian artists, bouncing to jazz, driving blues, spicy cajun and world-beat music.
6) The Greeks – Agamemnon to Alexander the Great, Gatineau, QC: You’ve learned their history, language, and probably tasted their yogurt. Now it’s time to discover 5,000 years of Greek culture in this exhibition featuring 500 exquisite artifacts from 21 Greek museums. It’s the most comprehensive exhibition on ancient Greece to arrive in Canada for decades.
June 5 to Oct. 12, Canadian History Museum
7) Arctic Voices, Ottawa, ON: If you haven’t yet booked a flight to Canada’s North, this engaging exhibition may convince you to. Journey to the Arctic is a spellbinding experiential exhibit capturing indigenous peoples, as well as the survival story of polar bears, arctic whales and arctic plants.
Until April 30, Canadian Museum of Nature
8) The Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France, Québec City, QC: Go behind Québec City’s fortified walls for a taste of 17th- and 18th-century life. Don your bonnet and take in storytelling, dance and music showcasing over 1,000 artists during this cultural and historical spectacle in the heart of Old Quebec. Don’t miss the magnificent opening parade.
Aug. 5 to 9
9) The 2015 Cluster: New Music & Integrated Arts Festival, Winnipeg, MB: It doesn’t get much more cool and contemporary than this Winnipeg fest where music, dance and visual artists collide to create, experiment and collaborate. Imagine music sets drenched with video and a four-floor dance blitz. Look for Cluster events throughout the year as well.
March 25 to April 4
10) The Alianait festival, Iqaluit, NU: See a mash-up of traditional Inuit culture alongside national and international artists, linked to Inuit or aboriginal cultural traditions (think Swedish folk, and Yukon rock). Some of the North’s best known artists take the stage here.
June 26 to July 1
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