Events in Toronto

Events in Toronto

Here’s our little page of concert and art show listings for the Toronto area. If you want only show music or art related events, filter using the categories at the top of the calendar. Dark grey is music and green is art.

If you want your live show, DJ, art show, book release, or film launch listed on Gig It, send us an email. Reminder: We only list Toronto based shows.

Project 31: Art auction supporting OCAD University students @ OCAD University
Mar 28 @ 18:00 – 21:30

Reception – 6:00 p.m.
Live auction – 7:30 p.m.

Project 31 is an auction event offering up stunning paintings, photography, multi-media work, sculptures, illustration and digital media by OCAD University’s talented faculty members and alumni. Participating artists choose an area of need they wish to support through the sale of their work, such as scholarships, bursaries for students in financial need or the purchase of specialized studio equipment. Through the auction, guests are able to access work by OCAD U’s award-winning faculty members and alumni — a pool of creative talent found nowhere else in Canada — while enriching the learning experience for the next generation of artists and designers.

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Yayoi Kusama: I Adore Myself screenings (6:00 pm or 8:30) @ AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario
Mar 30 @ 14:00 – 16:00

Jackman Hall,
Members $12 | Public $14 | Students $10
Dir. Takako Matsumoto, 1 h 42 min, 2008 Japanese with English subtitles

Who is Yayoi Kusama? This rarely shown candid observational documentary captures Yayoi Kusama’s daily activities and creative process over a period of several months in 2006 – 2007  as she diligently works to complete a series of 50 large monochrome drawings. Kusama is seen in her studio, meeting with visiting curators, and reflecting on her life and success. Born in 1929, Yayoi Kusama grew up near her family’s plant nursery in Matsumoto, Japan. At nineteen she went to Kyoto to study the traditional Japanese style of painting known as Nihonga. During this time, she began experimenting with abstraction, but it was not until she arrived in the United States, in 1957, that her career took off

Slow Art Day @ The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Apr 14 @ 13:00 – 16:00

Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission: Help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art.

Held each year on the second Saturday in April, Slow Art Day has more than 100 institutions participating around the world, each encouraging visitors to look at art slowly, and then meet to talk about their experiences. While we share personal associations with the art, we can also make interpersonal connections with other participants.

From 1:30 to 2 PM, we will look in silence at three artworks for 10 minutes each. Grab both a lightweight stool to sit comfortably as you look, and a handout with suggestions of what to look for and questions to ponder. From 2 to 2:30 PM, we will facilitate a group discussion about your observations and insights. In the end, participants should feel empowered to see and experience art without an expert (or expertise).

Gladstone Grow Op 2018 @ Gladstone Hotel
Apr 18 @ 19:00 – Apr 22 @ 17:00

The Gladstone Hotel’s 6th Annual
Urbanism, Landscape and Contemporary Art Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: April 18-22, 2018
Wed April 18: 7–9pm / Thurs April 19: 11am–8pm / Fri April 20: 11am–10pm (Opening Party 7-10pm) / Sat April 21: 10am–9pm / Sun April 22: 10am–5pm

Grow Op at Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel celebrates its sixth year in the spring of 2018 as an exhibition of art and design that cultivates ideas across a broad range of disciplines, examining how humans and other species live within and without natural systems of growth, change, abundance, scarcity, decay and life.

In 2018, we contemplate AFTER THE FLOOD. What lies beyond once the floodwaters recede? What emerges once the smoke clears? As cataclysmic climate events multiply in tandem with our species’ continuously expanding footprint, we are re-conceiving our relationships with the organic and inorganic world around us in unprecedented ways.

Grow Op 2018 seeks projects that explore the actions of humans in both collaborating, exploiting, nurturing, sowing, stripping and growing among our fellow species, our soil, our waters, our neighbourhoods, our cities.

Projects engage participants through sight, touch, sound, and taste to create a landscape of immersive experience. Interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged, combining creative practitioners such as: artists, biologists, historians, anthropologists, musicians, botanists, architects, poets, craftspeople, chefs, geographers, filmmakers, ecologists, performers, landscape architects, writers, planners, agriculturalists and more.

+AB (Allison Home-Douglas + Bohden Tymchuk), Ryan Phyper + Ernestine Aying, J. Damron, Dawn George, Emily Guo, Emily Jan, [R]ed[U]x Lab, Eureka League (Doug Donald, Claire Ironside + Ruth Spitzer), Teresa Mak, Annette Hegel + Deborah Margo, Jenny Odell, Hana Rotchild, Tammy Salzl, Lauren Schaffer, Adrienne Scott, Kathryn Bondy + Stacey Sproule, Adrien Stimson, Claire Kurtin + Sneha Sumanth, Sean Tamblyn, Ryan Van Der Hout

ADMISSION: Cash Only: General: $10 / Student: $5 (Friday only with valid student ID) / School Groups: $25 (Advance booking only) / Family of 4: $25

Banner Credit: Ryan Phyper + Ernestine Aying)

AGO Massive Illusion @ AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario
Apr 19 @ 21:00 – Apr 20 @ 01:00

#AGOMassive Illusion will be on April 19.
Tickets on sale NOW!

• General Admission $175
• Member Tickets $150 (limit 2 per member)
• 19+ id required
• Contemporary Artist Projects
• Entertainment + DJ
• Host Bar + Hors D’Oeuvres
• Includes access to Yayoi Kusama’s remarkable Narcissus Garden!
(Access to Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors not included)
• Co-Chairs Ali Azzopardi & Darcy Morris
• Limited tickets are available and have sold out for the past several years. Purchase your tickets today!


Look closer. Look again.

Can you believe everything you see? From smoke and mirrors to light and shadow, from colour and shape to depth and perspective, optical illusions have the power to fascinate, entertain, trick and astonish. They distort our realities and create impossible new worlds. They encourage us to look behind the surface and from new angles to discover the facts…or the fiction.

For centuries, we have come together around illusions—to be awed by them and to attempt to discover the mysteries of their making. At Massive Illusion, inspired by the engaging, wondrous art that has taken over the city with the blockbuster exhibition, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, guests are immersed in larger-than-life installations and performances that astound, mystify and hypnotize.

AGO Massive raises important funds that strengthen our collections and exhibitions, grow audiences and access to transformative experiences, and remove barriers to welcome more curious minds at the AGO.

Join us on April 19 at #AGOMassive Illusion

Power Ball XX: Carousal @ The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
May 31 @ 19:00

// Toronto’s most notorious art party is BACK and we’re celebrating our TWENTIETH XX //

On Thursday, 31 May 2018, we invite you to join us under BIG TOP of The Power Plant to revel in Power Ball’s decades’ old tradition of naughtiness, titillating discoveries and mischievous provocation.

Power Ball XX: Carousal will see the gallery transformed into a magical space of circusry fit for the annual major fundraiser’s big, bacchanalian birthday bash.

Don’t miss this carnivalesque mashup of art, edibles, waggishness and tomfoolery – all in support of the ambitious exhibitions and programming at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.



PRE-PARTY | 7 PM – 9 PM | $500


8 PRE-PARTY for price of 6
2 PRE- & donation for 10 artists to attend Power Ball
12 POWER BALL PARTY for price of 10