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December 2020

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Communal Table 2019

December 3, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Beginning June 13, 2019 The Bentway offered weekly communal dining opportunities for neighbours and community members. Featuring chefs, food offerings and conversation-starters as curated by Toronto restaurant and innovative “culinary talent showcase” The Depanneur. The weekly dinners explored Toronto’s diverse culinary traditions. Roots to Table, Indigenous Relationships with Food June 20, 2019 As part of the Indigenous Arts Festival, The Bentway and the Fort York partnered with Carolynne Crawley for Roots to Table, Indigenous Relationships with Food. The event gathered…

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May 2021

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Directions to Nowhere in Particular

May 25, 2021 - July 25, 2021

Digital and/as Public Space, Spring 2021

Directions to Nowhere in Particular is a game of chance that alters the ways you sense, make, and navigate public space. Anyone can play. Simply go outside, pick a random prompt, and follow the directions for interacting with your surroundings. Perhaps you’ll learn something new or create something special that you’ll want to share with others. At some level, this project investigates how we might conceive of publics in our contemporary cyber-physical world. In the disarray of digital-physical hybridity, many activities can…

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June 2021

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Play Public by Erik Kessels and Thomas Mailaender

June 8, 2021 - September 26, 2021

Playing in Public, Summer 2021

Location: The Bentway Studio (55 Fort York Blvd.) Open Now -- As insatiable and compulsive collectors of found photographs and keen observers of sociological patterns, both Dutch artist and designer Erik Kessels and French multimedia artist Thomas Mailaender take the absurd and ridiculous very seriously. Joining forces for this collaborative project, they draw from the photographic archives of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) to activate their constructed urban playscape. Play Public (2021)—a part of The Bentway’s Playing in Public season—integrates…

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Walk Walk Dance by Daily tous les jours

June 12, 2021 - July 24, 2021

Playing in Public, Summer 2021

Location: Fort York Visitor Centre (250 Fort York Blvd.) Open now -- You can engage with this piece. Step on a line. Now try to jump. Next, dance a jig. Try with a friend. What sort of music can you make together? If COVID-19 has proven anything, it’s that cities need to adapt and change. This past year cities across the world have moved quickly to prototype new ways to experience and explore the city during a global health crisis.…

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Big Red by Assemble

June 19, 2021 - September 26, 2021

Playing in Public, Summer 2021

Location: The Bentway (250 Fort York Blvd) Opens June 19 (approx) -- Check out this installation. Step up. Slide down. Whirl and twirl. Hang out in the spaces between. What feels possible when nothing is impossible? In 1968 the architect Lina Bo Bardi produced an evocative illustration of her design for the Museum of Art, São Paulo (MASP), depicting a number of play objects occupying the public space created by the structure of the building itself, which was elevated on…

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Nil:Nil by Studio F Minus

June 19, 2021 - September 26, 2021

Playing in Public, Summer 2021

Nil:Nil is a portrait of play in pandemic times. As our work and play move online, our human interactions become subject to a comprehensive enframing.

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Dream Street by The Street Society

June 19, 2021 - September 26, 2021

Playing in Public, Summer 2021

Dream Street is a vertical playground open to all, inviting visitors to experience the city from a child's perspective.

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Jax by Pierre Poussin

June 30, 2021 - September 26, 2021

Playing in Public, Summer 2021

Pierre Poussin’s Jax reimagines one of the world’s oldest and most widespread games by amplifying its scale and colour, inviting visitors to see the game anew.

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Midsummer Mix Vol.1 by Nelson Wu & biosphere

June 30, 2021 - September 26, 2021

Playing in Public, Summer 2021

Location: South side of Queens Quay West (Bathurst St to York St) Opens June 30 (approx) -- As you walk along the waterfront, imagine you are in a video game. How would you play it? Stroll to the soundtrack accessed via the QR code on the ground decals. Midsummer Mix Vol. 1 sees GTA pixel artist Nelson Wu playfully transform the everyday icons and landmarks of Toronto’s waterfront — from the CN Tower to the Toronto Island Ferry Terminal, Billy…

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July 2021

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Double Dribble by Esmaa Mohamoud

July 7, 2021 - September 26, 2021

Playing in Public, Summer 2021

Location: The Bentway (250 Fort York Blvd) Opens July 7 (approx) -- On this impossible basketball court, how will you write your own rules for play? Through the illogical use of basketball motifs, Toronto artist Esmaa Mohamoud transforms The Bentway into a surreal basketball court. Double Dribble is comprised of basketball nets of varying diameters — from half the size, to 3X the size of a standard net — and court lines running dysfunctionally throughout The Bentway site. Nets are…

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September 2021

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With One Beat by Bekah Brown

September 21, 2021 - October 18, 2021

Artist Residency

Artist in Residence Bekah Brown explores the Dish With One Spoon wampum by inviting Indigenous and settler communities alike to reflect on the sharing of space and resources in a collaboratively-created symbol of togetherness and healing: for the land and all its peoples.   Artist Statement My research has taken me from looking at the history of the land Toronto and The Bentway occupy to the Dish with One Spoon wampum and its relevance to our lives today. My work…

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October 2021

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Pulse Topology by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

October 2, 2021 - October 31, 2021

Fall 2021

Pulse Topology uses 3,000 lights to create a landscape that reacts in real-time to the pulse of visitors’ heartbeats in the interior of the space of the under-Gardiner area of Exhibition Place.

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December 2021

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Moving With Joy and Annivik by Maureen Gruben

December 17, 2021 - February 21, 2022

Moving With Joy - The Bentway Skate Trail Moving With Joy is an expansion of Maureen Gruben’s 2019 project Moving with joy across the ice while my face turns brown from the sun, which brought together fourteen hand-built sleds that were borrowed from local Inuvialuit families for a short-duration land art piece. Gruben’s installation for The Bentway Skate Trail features seven large-scale, richly coloured sculptural sleds. These display video footage and photographs captured spontaneously during time spent at her spring ice fishing…

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Moving with Joy by Maureen Gruben

December 22, 2021 - February 21, 2022

Winter 2021/2022

Moving with Joy features seven large-scale, richly coloured sculptural sleds that display video footage and photographs captured spontaneously during time spent at her spring ice fishing camp in Husky Lakes, part of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region of the Western Arctic.

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Annivik by Maureen Gruben

December 31, 2021 - March 7, 2022

Winter 2021/2022

Annivik presents large-scale photographs shot in the landfill of Maureen Gruben’s home community Tuktoyaktuk on the terrace and inside The Bentway Studio

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April 2022

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Reconstructions of Home – a wandering by SKETCH

April 14, 2022 - May 6, 2022

Reconstructions of Home - a wandering is a multimedia outdoor walking tour of seven art installations and audio soundscapes that reveals hidden stories and histories of people who’ve lived homeless. a wandering launches April 14 at 5:00pm at The Bentway, and runs until May 6, 2022. Co-presented by SKETCH and The Bentway, the Reconstructions of Home Curatorial Collective invites us to celebrate the creativity of homeless communities in Toronto and join them to end the stigmas regarding homelessness. About SKETCH…

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May 2022

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Bodies in Urban Spaces by Willi Dorner

May 26, 2022 - May 28, 2022

Bodies in Urban Spaces is a moving trail choreographed for a group of local dancers. The colourfully-clad performers use their bodies to explore, and respond to, the city’s architecture, leading audiences on a breathtaking tour through Toronto's streets.

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PARADE by Mimi Lien

May 26, 2022 - August 21, 2022

Award-winning designer and MacArthur Genius grantee Mimi Lien presents a kinetic installation that infuses The Bentway with the ever-shifting variables of the street.

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Weweni Bizindan (Listen Carefully) Ogimaa Mikana Project (Susan Blight and Hayden King)

May 26, 2022 - August 21, 2022

Ogimaa Mikana Project (Susan Blight and Hayden King) offers a new dialogue with the street. Amid the concrete, traffic, and winds of the Gardiner, King and Blight listen and respond to the sounds of Anishinaabe life. 

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Future Perfect: New By-laws for Civic Spaces by Mia + Eric & Action Hero

May 26, 2022 - August 21, 2022

Future Perfect: New Bylaws for Civic Spaces is a hopeful, positive act of re-configuration. By-laws that regulate behaviours in civic spaces - in this case Toronto's Streets and Sidewalks Municipal Code - are cut up word-by-word and meticulously rearranged into a new set of rules for a transitioning world. 

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June 2022

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WEEPING CONCRETE by Hazel Meyer

June 11, 2022 - June 12, 2022

In a growing city such as Toronto, scaffolds are a ubiquitous feature of the urban environment. WEEPING CONCRETE is a site-specific project for a trio of performers across two towering scaffolds; asking us to reflect on the streets as we know them and imagine what they might be. “Sistering” is a construction term for the act of placing supports on either side of a beam to add stability. In WEEPING CONCRETE, the three performers, including artist Hazel Meyer, animate this…

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Moko Jumbie Mas Camp by Michael Lee Poy

June 18, 2022 - July 17, 2022

Join Michael Lee Poy, the Moko Jumbie Mas Camp artists, camp participants, and their families for a jubilant community Carnival parade centering balance, regalia, joy and emancipation – travelling along the sidewalk around Canoe Landing Park.

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And With by Germaine Liu & Mark Zurawinski

June 25, 2022 - June 26, 2022

And With is a sound walk that invites audiences and passersby to hear the sounds and textures of The Bentway, the streets nearby, and the rumbling urban artery above like never before.

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July 2022

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Nightwalks with Teenagers by Mammalian Diving Reflex

July 14, 2022 - July 16, 2022

Nightwalks with Teenagers is a performance-in-motion created in collaboration with local young people who plan, design and lead public excursions through the city at night, sharing their favourite parts of the neighbourhood around The Bentway.

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October 2022

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Confluence by Striped Canary

October 1, 2022 - October 30, 2022

Fall 2022

The Bentway and Exhibition Place team up again to welcome Torontonians behind the concrete at a new large-scale art commission, set inside a massive storage chamber under the Gardiner Expressway.

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