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ONE HOUR MIXER: Ray~Ray & Jessica Price-Eisner

3 February 2017 6pm - 7pm

Mercer Union Members-Only Cocktail Hour Please join us on Friday 3 February for a jewelry-focused one hour mix by Ray~Ray in collaboration with artist Jessica Price-Eisner. Members enjoy a drink on the house with good company and a chance to experience Astral Bodies after hours. Bold accessories encouraged! Not yet a member? To have access to this and future […]

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fORUM: Mediated Monologues

12 January 2017 6pm - 8pm

** Please note this event will start at 6:30, as well as taking place off-site at Lecture Hall 103, 230 College Street, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto Mercer Union is delighted to announce that Mason Leaver-Yap will give a lecture titled Mediated Monologues on Thursday 12 January […]

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Winter Break

21 December 2016 12am - 3 January 2017 6pm

Please be advised the gallery will be closed from Wednesday 21 December 2016 through Tuesday 3 January 2017. We will reopen in the new year on Wednesday 4 January with regular hours. Wishing everyone Happy Holidays!

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fORUM: Ancestral Inheritance, Queer Unbecoming

25 January 2017 7pm - 9pm

Mercer Union is delighted to announce that Fan Wu will be the next guest in our fORUM critical conversation series. Please join us on Wednesday 25 January at 7PM. Doors will open at 6:30. “I want us to have a conversation around a spectrum of self-conception that runs across two poles: becoming on one end, […]

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Artist Talk: Duane Linklater | Video Documentation

25 October 2016 7pm

Documentation from Duane Linklater’s artist talk and conversation with Director of Exhibitions and Programs Georgina Jackson. The talk was held in conjunction with Linklater’s exhibition From Our Hands, presented at the gallery from September 9 to November 5, 2016. From Our Hands Duane Linklater with Ethel Linklater and Tobias Linklater September 9 – November 5, […]

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Steps/Mesures: Patrick Bernier & Olive Martin

22 October 2016 2pm - 3pm

Steps/Mesures is a short-term residency program presented in partnership with the Institut Français and the Consulate General of France in Toronto.  This program invites artists and curators living in France to Toronto between Winter 2015 and Winter 2016 to forge conversation between cultural ecologies. The next guests of the series will be artists Patrick Bernier and Olive Martin. Artists […]

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Mercer Edition 2016: Abbas Akhavan

27 October 2016 6pm - 10pm

Mercer Editions is an initiative of Mercer Union to commission work from Canadian and international artists to benefit its activities as an artist-run centre. Projects under this banner may take different forms that reflect the diversity of artistic practice presented in its galleries and programs. For its inaugural edition, Mercer Union has collaborated with Abbas […]

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Steps/Mesures: Éric Mangion

25 October 2016 7pm

Curator and Critic’s Talk Éric Mangion |Art and Society Steps/Mesures is a short-term residency program presented in partnership with the Institut Français and the Consulate General of France in Toronto.  This program invites artists and curators living in France for a series of short-term residencies in Toronto between Winter 2015 and Winter 2016 to forge conversation between cultural […]

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ONE HOUR MIXER: AMY WONG

4 November 2016 6pm - 7pm

Mercer Union Members-Only Cocktail Hour Please join us on Friday 4 November for a one hour mix by Toronto artist Amy Wong. Members enjoy a drink on the house with good company and a chance to experience Duane Linklater’s exhibition after hours. Not yet a member? To have access to this and future cocktail mixers, become an Associate […]

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In Studio: Jenine Marsh

16 November 2016 6pm

Join Mercer Union for a studio visit with Jenine Marsh. Free for Sustaining Members and above; open to other members and select non-members for $15. Refreshments will be served. Meeting location will be announced to confirmed attendees closer to the date of the studio visit. RSVP to York Lethbridge by email or by calling 416.536.1519 […]

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Book Launch: The Curatorial Conundrum, What to Study? What to Research? What to Practice?

23 September 2016 6pm

Mercer Union is delighted to host a publication launch for The Curatorial Conundrum, What to Study? What to Research? What to Practice?, edited by Paul O’Neill, Mick Wilson and Lucy Steeds and published by The MIT Press, on Friday 23 September at 6:30PM with special guest Paul O’Neill. Overview Today curators are sometimes more famous than the artists whose work they curate, […]

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fORUM: Paul O’Neill

22 September 2016 6pm

** Please this event will start at 6:30, as well as taking place off-site at Lecture Hall 103, 230 College Street, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto Mercer Union is delighted to announce that Paul O’Neill will give a lecture on Thursday 22 September 2016 at 6:30PM. This is […]

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In Studio: Nicolas Fleming

15 September 2016 6pm

Join Mercer Union for a studio visit with Nicolas Fleming at 6:30PM Thursday 15 September. Free for Sustaining Members and above; open to other members and select non-members for $15. Refreshments will be served. Meeting location will be announced to confirmed attendees closer to the date of the studio visit. RSVP to York Lethbridge by email […]

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In Studio: Kent Monkman

5 October 2016 6pm

Join Mercer Union for a studio visit with Kent Monkman. Free for Sustaining Members and above; open to other members and select non-members for $15. Refreshments will be served. Meeting location will be announced to confirmed attendees closer to the date of the studio visit. RSVP to York Lethbridge by email or by calling 416.536.1519 […]

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Big On Bloor: Extended Opening Hours and Special Screening

23 July 2016 11am

Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art, will have special opening hours as part of JOUEZ @ Big On Bloor Festival. The gallery will be open from 11am until 10pm on Saturday 23rd July and from 11am until 4pm on Sunday 24th July. Special Screening: Saturday 23rd July 2016, 9.30PM In partnership with Trinity Square Video […]

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Steps/Mesures | Katinka Bock

28 June 2016 7pm

Steps/Mesures is a short-term residency program presented in partnership with the Institut Français and the Consulate General of France in Toronto.  This program invites artists and curators living in France for a series of short-term residencies in Toronto between Winter 2015 and Winter 2016 to forge conversation between cultural ecologies. The fourth guest of the series will be […]

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Steps/Mesures | Géraldine Gomez

16 June 2016 7pm

Steps/Mesures is a short-term residency program presented in partnership with the Institut Français and the Consulate General of France in Toronto.  This program invites artists and curators living in France for a series of short-term residencies in Toronto between Winter 2015 and Winter 2016 to forge conversation between cultural ecologies. The third guest of the series will be Paris-based […]

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Member Edition Launch: Jenine Marsh | TWO HOUR MIXER: Chris Curreri

28 June 2016 5pm - 7pm

Summertime is for Members! Cinq-à-sept Member Edition Launch & Two Hour Mixer Please join us for the launch of our 2016-17 member edition by Toronto-based artist Jenine Marsh entitled: The feeling’s mutual.  This edition is available in assorted colours – attend the launch to choose yours. Mailed editions will be selected randomly. Enjoy an after-hours […]

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Mercer Multiplier

11 May 2016 6pm - 9pm

A Benefit for Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art Doors open at 6 pm – Draw at 7 pm Mc’d by Robert Dayton Mercer Union has asked 25 artists to each contribute a work on paper produced in an edition of 5, less than or equal to 20″ x 30″. That means 125 chances […]

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In Studio: Kotama Bouabane

17 May 2016 6pm

Join Mercer Union for a studio visit with Kotama Bouabane. Free for Sustaining Members and above; open to other members and select non-members for $15. Refreshments will be served. Meeting location will be announced to confirmed attendees closer to the date of the studio visit. RSVP to York Lethbridge by email or by calling 416.536.1519 […]

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Film Screenings and Discussion with Pidgeon Pagonis and Arisleyda Dilone

24 May 2016 7pm

Join us for a screening of Pidgeon Pagonis’ The Son I Never Had: Growing up Intersex (2014), Arisleyda Dilone’s Mami y Yo y Mi Gallito (mom and me and My Little Rooster) (2015), Del LaGrace Volcano’s Gender Queer: Qu’est-ce c’est? (2005) and the documentary Intersexion (2012), written, directly and edited by Grant Lahood and produced by […]

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fORUM: Are you the real deal? Meditations on legitimacy with Liz Peterson and Vanessa Dunn

28 April 2016 7pm

Mercer Union is delighted to announce that Liz Peterson and Vanessa Dunn will be the next guests in our fORUM critical conversation series. Please join us on Thursday 28 April at 7PM. Doors will open at 6:30. Peterson and Dunn will present a lecture-performance that examines the experience of performing as a body in space. When does […]

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Steps/Mesures | Aymeric Vergnon-d’Alançon

20 April 2016 7pm

Mercer Union is delighted to partner with the Institut Français and the Consulate General of France in Toronto on a new platform entitled Steps/Mesures. This program will invite artists and curators living in France for a series of short-term residencies in Toronto between Winter 2015 and Summer 2016 to forge conversation between cultural ecologies. The […]

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Gallery Closed: Friday 25 April

25 March 2016 12am - 12am

The gallery will be close Friday 25 April. Returning to regular gallery hours on Saturday 26 April, open 11 to 6PM.

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ONE HOUR MIXER: Jérôme Havre

1 April 2016 6pm - 7pm

Mercer Union Members-Only Cocktail Hour Please join us on Friday 1 April for a one hour mix by Toronto artist Jérôme Havre. Members enjoy a drink on the house with good company and a chance to experience Isabel Nolan’s exhibition after hours. Not yet a member? To have access to this and future cocktail mixers, become an Associate Member […]

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In Studio: Jennifer Rose Sciarrino

22 March 2016 6pm

Join Mercer Union for a private visit to Jennifer Rose Sciarrino’s studio. Free for Sustaining Members and above; open to other members and select non-members for $15. Refreshments will be served. Meeting location will be announced to confirmed attendees closer to the date of the studio visit.  RSVP to York Lethbridge by email or by calling 416.536.1519 Jennifer Rose […]

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fORUM: Motion, Captured

31 March 2016 7pm

Mercer Union is delighted to partner with The Power Plant’s International Lecture Series and Images Festival to present a lecture by Sven Lütticken on Thursday 31 March at 7PM at the Studio Theatre in Harbourfront Centre. Taking in a range of practices from artistic and other contexts, Lütticken will analyze modern and contemporary forms of motion study, […]

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In Studio: Sandy Plotnikoff

5 April 2016 6pm

Join Mercer Union for a private visit to Sandy Plotnikoff’s studio. Free for Sustaining Members and above; open to other members and select non-members for $15. Refreshments will be served. Meeting location will be announced to confirmed attendees closer to the date of the studio visit.  RSVP to York Lethbridge by email or by calling 416.536.1519 Sandy Plotnikoff is […]

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fORUM: TIMELINES (1286 Bloor Street West)

27 January 2016 7pm

Mercer Union is delighted to announce that Maggie Groat will be the next guest in our fORUM critical conversation series. Please join us on Wednesday 27 January at 7PM. Doors will open at 6:30. TIMELINES (1286 Bloor Street West) reflects on the shifting territory of Mercer Union’s current location and surrounding area, through the presentation of […]

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fORUM: TIMELINES (1286 Bloor Street West)

27 January 2016 7pm

Mercer Union is delighted to announce that Maggie Groat will be the next guest in our fORUM critical conversation series. Please join us on Wednesday 27 January at 7PM. Doors will open at 6:30. TIMELINES (1286 Bloor Street West) reflects on the shifting territory of Mercer Union’s current location and surrounding area, through the presentation of […]

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ONE HOUR MIXER: Bridget Moser

22 January 2016 6pm - 7pm

Mercer Union Members-Only Cocktail Hour Please join us on Friday 22 January for a one hour mix by Toronto artist Bridget Moser. Members enjoy a drink on the house with good company and a chance to experience Liz Magic Laser’s exhibition after hours. Not yet a member? To have access to this and future cocktail mixers, become an Associate Member starting at […]

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In Studio: Laurie Kang

8 December 2015 6pm

Join Mercer Union for an private view of Laurie Kang’s studio and current practice. Free for Sustaining Members and above; open to other members and select non-members for $15. Refreshments will be served.  RSVP to York Lethbridge by email or by calling 416.536.1519 Laurie Kang (b.1985) works in photography, sculpture and installation. Recent exhibition sites include Raster Gallery […]

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Steps/Mesures | Caroline Hancock

3 December 2015 7pm

Mercer Union is delighted to partner with the Institut Français and the Consulate General of France in Toronto on a new platform entitled Steps/Mesures. This program will invite artists and curators living in France for a series of short-term residencies in Toronto between Winter 2015 and Summer 2016 to forge conversation between cultural ecologies. The […]

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In Studio: Jennifer Marman & Daniel Borins

24 November 2015 7pm

Join Mercer Union for a private visit to Jennifer Marman & Daniel Borins’ studio and current projects. Free for Sustaining Members and above; open to other members and select non-members for $15. Refreshments will be served. Meeting location will be announced to confirmed attendees closer to the date of the studio visit.  RSVP to York Lethbridge […]

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fORUM: Eileen Myles | A Reading and Conversation

8 November 2015 8pm

Mercer Union is delighted to partner with Toronto New School of Writing and BookThug to present a full length reading by poet and author Eileen Myles. Myles will be reading in celebration of the release of I Must Have Lived Twice: New and Selected Poems, and the rerelease of her novel Chelsea Girls. Poet Julie Joosten will join […]

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In Studio: Katie Bethune-Leamen

29 October 2015 7pm

Join Mercer Union for an intimate view of Katie Bethune-Leamen’s studio and current practice. Free for Sustaining Members and above; open to other members and select non-members for $15. Refreshments will be served.  RSVP to York Lethbridge by email or by calling 416.536.1519 Katie Bethune-Leamen works in sculpture, installation, and video, toward consideration of the […]

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ONE HOUR MIXER: Bojana Stancic

15 October 2015 6pm - 7pm

Mercer Union Members-Only Cocktail Hour Please join us on Thursday 15 October for a one hour mix by Toronto artist Bojana Stancic. Members enjoy a drink on the house with good company and a chance to experience Abbas Akhavan’s exhibition after hours. Not yet a member? To have access to this and future cocktail mixers, become an Associate Member starting at only […]

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Mythology, Gender and Cyber-virtual Identity in Pop Music Performance

15 September 2015 8pm

Mercer Union is delighted to announce that Lief Hall will be the eleventh guest of our fORUM critical conversation series. Please join us on Tuesday 15 September at 8PM. Doors will open at 7:30. Please note this event will be held at Propeller Coffee Co, 50 Wade Avenue (just around the corner from Mercer, just […]

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BIG on Bloor: Mantasha

23 August 2015 2pm - 4pm

Mercer Union presents Mantasha at BIG on Bloor 2015. Now in its 8th year, BIG on Bloor is a two-day, car-free summer street celebration of arts, culture and small business. The festival takes place in Bloordale (Dufferin to Lansdowne) and runs from Saturday 22 August  1 pm – 10 pm through Sunday 23 August noon […]

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How Lesbians Invented the Internet

10 June 2015 7pm

Mercer Union is delighted to announce that Cait McKinney will be the tenth guest of our fORUM critical conversation series. Please join us on Wednesday 10 June at 7PM. Doors will open at 6:30. Please note that this event will not be held at Mercer Union. Join us Wednesday evening at Scrap Metal, located a […]

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Member Edition Launch | Jon Sasaki

29 May 2015 6pm - 7pm

Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist Jon Sasaki has designed our 2015-16 member card edition entitled 1:1 replica of a key to Mercer Union. Please join us for the edition launch, followed by the opening reception for Mercer Union’s summer exhibitions. Artist in attendance. All new and existing members are invited to enjoy a drink on the house […]

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Stellar Living 2015

13 May 2015 6pm - 11pm

Join us for Stellar Living 2015, Mercer Union’s biannual fundraising auction. Canadian and international artists have generously contributed unique works of art to be sold in support of Mercer Union’s programming and exhibitions in 2015-2016. Works will be on view at Mercer Union starting Thursday 30 April leading up to the auction night Wednesday 13 […]

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fORUM: Lisa Robertson | Cinema of the Present

1 May 2015 7pm

Mercer Union is delighted to announce that our ninth fORUM of the season will be a performative reading by poet Lisa Robertson. Robertson and artist Hadley Howes will read the entire text of Cinema of the Present (Coach House Books, 2014), Robertson’s most recent publication. This reading is an experiment for two voices, in an uninterrupted two […]

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ONE HOUR MIXER: David Poolman

24 April 2015 6pm - 7pm

Mercer Union Members-Only Cocktail Hour Please join us on Friday 24 April for a one hour mix by Toronto artist David Poolman and a drink on the house with good company. If you haven’t had a chance to see the current exhibitions by Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen and Krista Belle Stewart, be sure to stop by early for a last look. Not a […]

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fORUM: Why Do We Do Things?

22 April 2015 7pm

Mercer Union is delighted to announce that our eighth fORUM of the season will be a conversation between Aisha Sasha John and Jacob Wren. In both art and in life, why do we do the things we do? As Aisha wrote to Jacob: what might it mean to be wholesomely, hungrily ambitious – ambitious for […]

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What Can Art Do for Post-Capitalism?

24 March 2015 7pm

*Please note that the talk will start at 7:30PM Mercer Union is delighted to announce that Suhail Malik and Nick Srnicek will be the seventh guests of our fORUM critical conversation series. Please join us on Tuesday March 24th at 7:30PM for their discussion on ‘What Can Art Do for Post-Capitalism?’ Left Accelerationism proposes that […]

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CHALLENGE FOR CHANGE AND A NEW SOCIETY

14 March 2015 2pm - 5pm

A discussion after Challenge for Change/Société nouvelle Between 1967 and 1980 the National Film Board of Canada spearheaded a social activist documentary initiative placing film skills into the hands of the people to tackle poverty, environmental, first nations and women’s issues. Government bureaucrats, documentary filmmakers, community activists and citizens defined a participatory model of filmmaking […]

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Artist Talk: Giles Round

23 February 2015 7pm

Please join us for an artist talk by British artist Giles Round on Monday 23 February at 7pm in the gallery. Round’s work Untitled, 1943/1944 (SORRY!) is currently installed on the corner of St. Clarens and Bloor Street West. Giles Round looks to the language of modernism to explore the history of ideological positions that proposed […]

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Death from Laughter, Female Hysteria, and Early Cinema

17 February 2015 7pm

Mercer Union is delighted to announce that Maggie Hennefeld will be the sixth guest of our fORUM critical conversation series. Please join us on Tuesday 17 February at 7PM for her lecture Death from Laughter, Female Hysteria, and Early Cinema, followed by a discussion period. Did early film audiences really find movies so funny that […]

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Platform: Miracle Fortress & Ken Park

5 February 2015 8pm

Ken Park | Performance at 9 pm  Miracle Fortress | Peformance at 9:40 pm Admission $10 | Members $5 (available at the door) A limited amount of regular admission tickets are on sale at Soundscapes* *in person / cash-only, small service fee applies   KEN PARK is a Toronto-based dance music producer. Favouring gear to software, Park makes dance music […]

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ONE HOUR MIXER: Iris Fraser-Gudrunas

30 January 2015 7pm - 8pm

Mercer Union Members-Only Cocktail Hour Happy New Year members! Join us on Friday 30 January for a last look at Tiziana La Melia‘s exhibition and Elisabeth Subrin‘s film, Shulie (1997). We’ve invited Toronto-based artist and filmaker Iris Fraser-Gudrunas to contribute a one-hour track made specifically for the occasion. Enjoy a drink on the house with good company.   Not a member? To have access […]

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Beyond Broadcast: Artists and the Future of Public Service TV

21 January 2015 7pm

Mercer Union is delighted to announce that Maeve Connolly will be the fifth guest of our fORUM series. Since at least the 1960s, artists have been drawn toward broadcasting, sometimes seeking access to new technologies and broader audiences or opportunities to interrogate television as a cultural form. In recent years, however, collaborations between artists and […]

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You And Me Right Here Right Now: Theatre In The Post-Cinema Age

9 December 2014 7pm

Mercer Union is delighted to announce that Jordan Tannahill will be the fourth guest of our fORUM critical conversation series, a monthly series of talks, lectures, interviews, screenings and performances at the gallery. Please join us on Tuesday December 9th for a performance lecture by Jordan Tannahill featuring Bridget Moser. Tracing through the histories of cinema […]

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CLOUD 35 ANNIVERSARY PARTY

7 November 2014 8pm - 8 November 2014 12am

MUSIC by New Horizzzons | Midnight Static: DJs Gabe Knox & Diana McNally $35 Cloud Pass includes complimentary artist cocktails + 1-year Associate Membership A lot has changed since 1979 but not our commitment to artist-run culture and cutting-edge contemporary art. After 35 years in Toronto —5 locations, 160 board members, countless volunteers, over 2,000 artists exhibited— we want to […]

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Through the Known and the Unknown We Will Find the New: Apocalypse and Alchemy on McLuhan and Frye, and on to Opening Time

21 October 2014 7pm

Mercer Union is delighted to announce that B.W. Powe will be the third guest of our fORUM critical conversation series. In his talk B.W. Powe will explore visionary traditions and technologies, focusing on the work of Marshall McLuhan and Northrup Frye and their interest in apocalypse and alchemy. Both looking backwards and forwards, Powe will […]

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In Studio: Public Studio

7 October 2014 7pm

Mercer Union is delighted to host a studio tour with Public Studio, the collective art practice of filmmaker Elle Flanders and architect Tamira Sawatzky. Open to Sustaining Members and above, other Mercer Union members and non-members may attend for $25 (can be pledged towards the purchase of a Sustaining Membership). Refreshments will be served. RSVP […]

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In Studio: Iris Häussler

23 September 2014 7pm

Join Mercer Union for a studio visit with artist Iris Häussler. Refreshments will be served. Free for Sustaining Members and above; open to other members and non-members for $25. Space is limited. To ensure your place RSVP to York Lethbridge at york@mercerunion.org or by calling 416.536.1519 Iris Häussler was born in Germany and moved to […]

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Tainted Goods: Contemporary Sculpture and the Critique of Display Cultures

16 September 2014 7pm

Mercer Union is delighted to announce that Dan Adler will be the second guest of our fORUM critical conversation series. This talk will address large-scale exhibitions by Rachel Harrison, Isa Genzken, and Geoffrey Farmer consisting of sprawling accumulations of objects: some found, some modified, some handcrafted. Adler will explore how these expansive shows incorporate assemblage-based […]

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fORUM: Monika Szewczyk

16 July 2014 7pm

We are delighted to announce that Monika Szewczyk is the inaugural guest of our fORUM critical conversation series, a monthly series of talks, lectures, interviews, screenings and performances at Mercer Union. Monika Szewczyk on “how to hold a conversation” Conversation is a somewhat fragile thing. It is something that we forge, but also something that is […]

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New Member Edition Launch | Sandy Plotnikoff

4 July 2014 6pm - 7pm

Join us for the launch of our first Mercer Member card edition. For the 2014-15 year, Mercer Union has invited Sandy Plotnikoff to design a portable artwork exclusively for members of the centre. All new and existing members are invited to enjoy a drink on the house, music on the patio (weather permitting) and good company. Artist in attendance. […]

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PLATFORM: Music at Mercer

30 May 2014 8pm

with Absolutely Free | Jason Doell | Swiss Dice Admission $10 | Members $5 (available at the door) Absolutely Free are a 3-piece band based in Toronto, comprised of former members of DD/MM/YYYY. The group formulates musical experiments based on instrumentation,  compositional structure and other formal qualities ubiquitous to popular rock music. Their music integrates […]

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ONE HOUR MIXER: Bunchoffuckinstoops

23 May 2014 7pm - 8pm

Mercer Union Members-Only Cocktail Hour Every month, we invite new and existing Mercer Union members to our One Hour Mixers. On Friday 23 May, we’ll be jamming to a recording of Bunchoffuckinstoops, live at the Bloor Ossington Folk Festival 2013. Enjoy a drink on the house, good company, and Sarah Pierce’s exhibition Lost Illusions/Illusions perdues […]

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ONE HOUR MIXER: Prince Innocence

25 April 2014 7pm - 8pm

Mercer Union Members-Only Cocktail Hour Every month, we invite new and existing Mercer Union members to our One Hour Mixers. On Friday 25 April, we’ve invited Toronto-based artist Prince Innocence to contribute a one-hour track made specifically for the occasion. Enjoy a drink on the house, good company, and Sarah Pierce’s exhibition Lost Illusions/Illusions perdues […]

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IN STUDIO: Nadia Belerique

24 April 2014 7pm

Join Mercer Union for a visit to Nadia Belerique’s studio in advance of her upcoming show Have You Seen This Man at Daniel Faria Gallery (opening 1 May 2014). Refreshments will be served. Free for Sustaining Members and above; open to other members and select non-members for $25. Space is extremely limited. RSVP to York Lethbridge, […]

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SPIKED TEA: Surrealist Derby

29 March 2014 2pm

Expect an elegantly strange atmosphere at Spiked Tea: Surrealist Derby. This afternoon event – now in its third year – features outlandish tables hosted by some of Toronto’s most exciting emerging artists. Specialty tea cocktails and finger sandwiches will give way to cheering and friendly competition. With the roll of a die, party goers can […]

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ONE HOUR MIXER: Digits

21 March 2014 7pm - 8pm

Mercer Union Members’ Only Cocktail Hour Every month, we invite new and existing Mercer Union members to our One Hour Cocktail Mixers. On Friday, March 21st, we’ve invited Toronto-based artist Digits to contribute a one-hour track made specifically for the occasion. Enjoy a drink on the house, good company, and good art: we’ll be socializing […]

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Push and Pull Artists’ Talk

15 March 2014 2pm

As part of the exhibition, there will be a discussion between Bridget Moser, Michael Vickers, Nikki Woolsey and Georgina Jackson. This event is free and all are welcome.

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All Handles Different: Bridget Moser

13 March 2014 7pm

Mercer Union is pleased to present All Handles Different, a 25 minute performance by Bridget Moser on Thursday, March 13th at 7pm. The long form performance is a site specific work created in response to the configuration of the gallery’s current exhibition Push and Pull. All Handles Different will make use of elements of performance […]

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In Studio: Jean-Paul Kelly

27 February 2014 7pm

Join Mercer Union for an intimate view of Kelly’s studio and current practice. Refreshments will be served. Free for Sustaining Members and above; open to other members and select non-members for $25. Space is extremely limited. RSVP to York Lethbridge, Director of Operations & Development, at york@mercerunion.org or by calling 416.536.1519 Jean-Paul Kelly (Canadian, b. […]

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ONE HOUR MIXER: Body Interface

21 February 2014 7pm - 8pm

Mercer Union Member’s Only Cocktail Hour ABOUT THE EVENT Every month, we invite new and existing Mercer Union members to our One Hour Cocktail Mixers. On Friday, February 21st, we’ve invited Body Interface to contribute a one-hour track made specifically for the occasion. Enjoy a drink on the house, good company, and good art: we’ll […]

Stan Vanderbeek - Science Friction

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Carte Blanche Film Screening

29 October 2013 8pm

Offsite at Cinecycle, 129 Spadina Avenue (alley off the east side of Spadina between Richmond and Adelaide) Presented in collaboration with York University’s Department of Film Join Mercer Union for an intimate screening of films selected for their affinities to Geoffrey Farmer’s own practice as an artist. This rare presentation will include the projection of […]

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PLATFORM: Princess Century / new fries / Bizzarh

15 October 2013 8pm

Tickets available at the door MUSIC AT MERCER 2013 Princess Century new fries Bizzarh For more information, please contact york@mercerunion.org

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Nuit Blanche Weekend

1 January 1970 12am

  ONE HOUR MIXER Saturday 5 October, 5-6PM   NUIT BLANCHE HANGOVER BRUNCH Sunday 6 October, 10AM-1PM       ONE HOUR MIXER: Mercer Union Member’s Only Cocktail Hour **PRE – NUIT BLANCHE SPECIAL** SATURDAY OCTOBER 5, 5-6PM Image from Maryanne Casasanta’s Instagram, October 2013 For Mercer members, Nuit Blanche starts early this year. On […]

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SMALL PRESS BOOK FAIR, CURIO + VINTAGE SALE

11 August 2013 10am - 5pm

Rain or shine! Admission PWYC (suggested donation $2) / free for Mercer Union members SMALL PRESS Anchorless Press Bywater Bros Editions Coach House Books Colour Code Printing Fake Injury Party Fuse Magazine Go Home Print Jesse Harris Koyama Press Little Brother Magazine Millions Magazine Nothing Else Press Paper Pusher Printworks Papirmasse Paul + Wendy Projects […]

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In Studio: Jeremy Laing & Vanessa Maltese

4 June 2013 7pm

Location will be confirmed on RSVP Refreshments will be served Join in this exclusive opportunity to visit Canadian designer Jeremy Laing and artist Vanessa Maltese, who collaborated on Laing’s 2013/14 fashion collection. Maltese and Laing will discuss their recent collaboration, in addition to current issues and interests in their practices. The In Studio series is […]

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Stellar Living 2013

16 May 2013 6pm

A Benefit for Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art at Scrap Metal | 11 Dublin Street, Unit E, Toronto Auction Tickets $85 click to purchase via PayPal or call 416.536.1519 Join us for Stellar Living 2013, the fifth installment of Mercer Union’s biannual auction series. Canadian and international artists and designers have generously contributed […]

Jeremy Bailey

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In Studio: Jeremy Bailey

6 May 2013 7pm

Join us for an exclusive studio visit with artist Jeremy Bailey. Refreshments will be served. Free and guaranteed to Sustaining Members on RSVP. Space is extremely limited. Select tickets may be available to non-Sustaining Members for $25. Please contact York Lethbridge, Director of Operations & Development at york@mercerunion.org or 416.536.1519 for more details.

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PLATFORM: I Am Robot And Proud / Alex Durlak / Cell Memory

26 April 2013 8pm

Tickets available at the door MUSIC AT MERCER 2013 I Am Robot And Proud Computer composer Shaw-Han Liem presents a new performance of live electronic melodies and procedurally generated, reactive projections. Alex Durlak Alex Durlak will present an original, immersive electronic composition utlizing a multi-speaker setup. Among other things, the piece will feature an indiscernible […]

PME-ART, The DJ Who Gave Too Much Information (Hospitality 5). Performance. Photo: David Jacques

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THE DJ WHO GAVE TOO MUCH INFORMATION

23 April 2013 7pm

FADO Performance Art Centre, Mercer Union Contemporary and PME-ART present The DJ Who Gave Too Much Information (Hospitality 5) By Caroline Dubois, Claudia Fancello & Jacob Wren Collaborators: Mathieu Chartrand, Sylvie Lachance & Radwan Ghazi Moumneh +++ A pile of records and a record player. For every record we have one story at the ready. […]

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RG*RG / What is Difference? Recognizing and Reassembling

3 April 2013 6pm - 8pm

A public conversation with Wanda Nanibush, Andrea Fatona and cheyanne turions What is difference? What constitutes difference? And what does difference mean? This series of questions has been at the forefront of Idle No More, post-colonialism, feminism, Marxism, and other cultural theory and still continues to influence much artmaking today. This conversation engages the public […]

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Ever Ending Kicks & Wyrd Visions

10 March 2013 8pm

Mercer Union is pleased to announce the revival of its music series in its new incarnation as Platform: Music at Mercer 2013. with Ever Ending Kicks Breezy pop music on a potential spring day. Solo project from the drummer of Mount Eerie. http://www.everendingkicks.com/ Wyrd Visions An old friend that you are constantly rediscovering, Colin Bergh […]

Resource Group for Recent Grads

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RG*RG / What / Where is Social Practice?

5 March 2013 6pm - 8pm

A public conversation with Linda Duvall, Kim Simon and Amish Morrell Where can we view social practice within the framing of art? Do Canadian institutions make space for these kinds of socially and community-engaged artworks? What is the role of the institution, curator and artist in making these works more visible? This conversation is takes […]

Marla Hlady

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In Studio: Marla Hlady

5 February 2013 7pm

Join us for an exclusive studio visit with artist Marla Hlady. Refreshments will be served. Free and guaranteed to Sustaining Members on RSVP. Space is extremely limited. Select tickets may be available to non-Sustaining Members for $25. Please contact York Lethbridge, Director of Operations & Development at york@mercerunion.org or 416.536.1519 for more details. Marla Hlady […]

Resource Group for Recent Grads

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RG*RG / What Does the Commercial Gallery Mean for the Artist Today?

5 February 2013 6pm - 8pm

A public conversation with Derek Liddington, Daniel Faria, Erin Stump and Pascal Paquette What role does the commercial gallery play in contemporary society? What does this mean for artists who arguable do not make saleable work? Where do artists and their ephemeral works fit in to the gallery’s catalogue? What does representation mean for an […]

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Ivory Tickler

8 December 2012 8pm

Not your average artist-run holiday party! Featuring Dean Baldwin VSVSVS DJs Bridgette Sullivan & Josh Voynovich Dean Baldwin‘s Bar Piano, first conceived for Nuit Blanche 2012 at Hart House, specially commissioned by the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto (2012). Recent projects include; Lime Eyes at Parisian Laundry in Montreal (2012); Oh Canada! at the MASS […]

Peter Kingstone

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RG*RG / Polycephaly: Art, Funding, and Mythology

8 November 2012 6pm - 7pm

with Peter Kingstone Bringing forward ideas central to his artistic practice, this talk will explore the intersections between art, funding and the myths involved that all artists should know about. Please RSVP to Ellyn Walker, RG*RG Program Coordinator, at ellyn@mercerunion.org Peter Kingstone holds a Philosophy/Cultural Studies Degree from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, and Masters […]

Resource Group for Recent Grads

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RG*RG / Graduate Students: Applying for OGS and SSHRC

25 September 2012 6pm

with Ellyn Walker The beginning of fall 2012 graduate programs also marks the time that Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grants are due to fund 2013-2014 graduate studies. By attending this workshop, you will gain hands-on knowledge about grant research, writing and editing including collective and individual […]

Roula Partheniou, Caution Yellow (2009)
polymer clay and acrylic paint

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In Studio: Roula Partheniou

25 September 2012 7pm

Join in this exclusive opportunity to meet over drinks with artist Roula Partheniou at her studio. Free and guaranteed to Mercer Union Sustaining Members on RSVP. Space is extremely limited. Select tickets may be available to non-Sustaining Members for $25. For membership inquiries, contact York Lethbridge, Director of Operations & Development by email at york@mercerunion.org […]

Resource Group for Recent Grads

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RG*RG / Cover Letters, Resumes and CVs

18 September 2012 6pm

with Ellyn Walker Due to the growing competition and precarity of employment within the arts, eloquent, effective cover letter, resume and CV writing are all invaluable assets to bring to any job. As the first introduction many employers will have, your professional writing and application practices could make the difference between gaining employment and not. […]

Resource Group for Recent Grads

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RG*RG / Zines & Self-Publishing

28 August 2012 6pm

with Maggie Groat & Jimmy Limit Visibility is a central form of self-marketing, and accessibility to artist writing, artwork and research is a valuable process. Learn about economic, DIY ways to disseminate your work to the public, while at the same time creating a personal archive to be sustained. For more information, contact Ellyn Walker, […]

Resource Group for Recent Grads

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RG*RG / D.I.Y. Documentation

7 August 2012 6pm

with Ryan Park Learn the basics of documenting your work using what you have, what your friends have, or how to make it look like you know what you’re doing. This workshop will consist of an overview of documentation practices and how to maintain consistent image-based records from an object-based perspective that incorporates D-I-Y practices. […]

Jacob Wren: The Fake Revolt

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The Fake Revolt: Readings by Tamara Faith Berger, Malcolm Sutton and Jacob Wren

31 May 2012 12am - 12am

Thursday 31 May, 8pm Free Tamara Faith Berger, Malcolm Sutton and Jacob Wren read from their recent work. An exploration of what literature might mean, and become, today. And how it may, or may not, connect with feelings of revolt. About the Authors Tamara Faith Berger was born in Toronto. She wrote pornography for a […]

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(model after W.C. Jeffries’ rendering, installation view)

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In Studio: Ian Carr-Harris & Yvonne Lammerich

26 April 2012 7pm

Free and guaranteed to Sustaining Members on RSVP. Refreshments will be served. Join in this exclusive opportunity for Mercer Union Sustaining Members to meet over drinks with artists Ian Carr-Harris and Yvonne Lammerich. Ian Carr-Harris is an artist based in Toronto whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 1971. Exhibitions include the Paris […]

BLAST COUNTERBLAST

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BOOK LAUNCH: BLAST COUNTERBLAST

20 March 2012 12am - 12am

Tuesday 20 March 2012, 7PM An evening of screenings and performances from artists featured in BLAST COUNTERBLAST Edited by Steve Reinke and Anthony Elms Published by Mercer Union Distributed by WhiteWalls / University of Chicago Press Bar will be open all evening. Special discount on all book purchases! BLAST COUNTERBLAST features contributions by Stuart Bailey, […]

SPIKED TEA

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SPIKED TEA 2012

17 March 2012 12am - 12am

SPIKED TEA 2012 A Mercer Union Afternoon Social Saturday 17 March, 2PM Tickets $75 | Members $65 click to purchase or call to confirm 416.536.1519 spiked.mercerunion.org Following the success of Spiked Tea 2011, Mercer Union once again hosts the time-honoured ritual of high tea… with a contemporary twist! Engage in lively conversation with prominent Toronto […]

Jennifer Murphy

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In Studio: Jennifer Murphy

8 March 2012 12am - 12am

In Studio with Jennifer Murphy NOTE NEW DATE: Thursday 8 March, 7 PM Exclusive visit for Sustaining Members of Mercer Union Refreshments will be served Mercer Union invites Sustaining Members to meet over drinks with artist Jennifer Murphy. Murphy is a Toronto-based artist. Working mainly in collage, she uses different materials ranging from cut and sewn […]

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Offsite Talk & Screening at the AGO!

17 January 2012 12am - 12am

Artists in Conversation: Pierre Leguillon and Annie MacDonell Preceded by a special screening of Nostalgia by Hollis Frampton Tuesday 17 January, 7 PM Jackman Hall (use McCaul Street entrance) Free Join us on Tuesday 17 January at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Jackman Hall, for a discussion with artists Pierre Leguillon and Annie MacDonell, moderated […]

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Artist Talk: Deborah Stratman

15 January 2012 12am - 12am

Join us on Sunday 15 January at 2PM for a talk by Chicago-based artist Deborah Stratman about the current installation “Tactical Uses of a Belief in the Unseen (2)” in relation to previous works and her current research.

Luis Jacob

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In Studio: Luis Jacob

23 November 2011 7pm

Wednesday 23 November 2011, 7 PM FREE to Sustaining Members on RSVP $25 single tickets for non-members (pending availability) Refreshments will be served We are pleased to present this exclusive opportunity for Mercer Union Sustaining Members to meet over drinks with Luis Jacob. The event will be hosted by Sarah Robayo Sheridan, Director of Exhibitions and […]

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PIN UP – posters by artists! Call for Submissions

31 October 2011 12am - 12am

On 15 December 2011, Mercer Union will be hosting a sale of limited edition posters by artists. The posters will be juried by former AGO Curator of Modern Art Michael Parke-Taylor. As a complement to the new works, Parke-Taylor will also be delving into his personal archives of Toronto gig posters to create a rare […]

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Changing Stakes: Artist Talk by Armin Linke

22 October 2011 12am - 12am

Saturday 22 October, 4 PM Armin Linke will be joining us via live stream from Berlin to discuss his work in the exhibition Changing Stakes: Contemporary Art Dialogues with Dubai (Sept 9 – Oct 29, 2011). A recently completed video work by the artist will also be premiered. Armin Linke’s participation has been made possible […]

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Creative Time Summit 2011 – live stream

23 September 2011 12am - 12am

Friday 23 September, 10am-6pm at Mercer Union A livestream broadcast of the NYC proceedings of the third edition of the Creative Time Summit. The Creative Time Summit is a conference that brings together cultural producers—including artists, critics, writers, and curators—to discuss how their work engages pressing issues affecting our world. Their international projects bring to […]

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Changing Stakes: Panel discussion

10 September 2011 12am - 12am

Saturday 10 September, 4PM Join us for a panel discussion with artists Haig Aivazian, Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen and Hajra Waheed lead by guest curator Srimoyee Mitra. Presented in conjunction with Changing Stakes: Contemporary Art Dialogues with Dubai (Sept 9 – Oct 29, 2011). Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen’s participation has been made possible by the […]

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ART FAG CITY PRESENTS: THE SOUND OF ART

11 August 2011 12am - 12am

A project by Paddy Johnson Live performance at Mercer Union Thursday, August 11th, 9pm Admission: FREE Find out what art sounds like in the hands of artists Paul Slocum and Lewis Kaye. Thursday 11 August, the musicians will remix Art Fag City’s limited edition LP, The Sound of Art, a record composed of sounds heard […]

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RG/RG – Introduction to Typography Workshop with Dan McCafferty

31 July 2011 12am - 12am

Introduction to Typography: A workshop offered with Mercer Union’s Resource Group for Recent Grads Sunday 31 July 2011, 11AM – 4PM at Mercer Union Limited to 12 participants, membership required $5 for current paid student members / $20 new membership + workshop Lunch will be provided Mercer Union is getting typographical! Dan McCafferty (M.Des) will […]

BIG on Bloor

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Mercer Union / C Magazine at BIG on Bloor

23 July 2011 12am - 12am

Visit the Mercer Union / C Magazine table at the BIG On Bloor Festival this Saturday July 23rd from 1 to 9 pm. The galleries at Mercer Union will also be open from 1 to 9pm, showing the commissioned project by Aleksandra Mir – The Seduction of Galileo Galilei. Pick up a free copy of […]

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On Location: The Seduction of Galileo Galilei

11 June 2011 12am - 12am

The Seduction of Galileo Galilei by Aleksandra Mir is an action that will consist of building a tower of automotive tires as high as possible until it topples over, only to start over again. Several attempts will be made over the course of the day on Saturday 11 June 2011 from 10am to 6pm at […]

Stellar Living 2011

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STELLAR LIVING 2011

3 May 2011 12am - 12 May 2011 12am

Mercer Union’s Stellar Living 2011 is the premiere contemporary art and design benefit auction in Canada. The preview exhibition features a variety of work by Canadian and international artists and designers that provides a cross-section of cutting-edge practices. Proceeds from the auction will directly support the innovative programming vision of Mercer Union, Toronto’s leading artist-run […]

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STELLAR LIVING 2011

18 March 2011 12am

Stellar Living 2011 is the fourth installment of Mercer Union’s Living exhibition and auction series. For this event, we have asked Canadian and international artists and designers – the brightest minds in their fields – to share their insights and provide new models for how we live. The unique works of art and design they […]

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No Reading After the Internet

1 January 1970 12am

Ulises Carrion’s The New Art of Making Books Thursday 17 February 2011, 7 PM Free Facilitated by Sarah Robayo Sheridan and cheyanne turions No Reading After the Internet is a free monthly series, in which a selected text is read aloud and discussed. Ulises Carrion’s text “The New Art of Making Books” has been selected as […]

Spiked Tea 2011

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SPIKED TEA

11 February 2011 12am

A Mercer Union Afternoon Social Saturday 12 March, 2 PM www.mercerunion.org/spikedtea MERCER UNION is pleased to announce SPIKED TEA, a new fundraising initiative presenting guests with a twist on the time-honoured ritual of afternoon tea. Toronto’s art lovers will be enchanted by the unique opportunity to be welcomed to Mercer by a select group of […]

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In Studio: Kristan Horton

3 February 2011 12am - 12am

Thursday 3 February 2011, 7 PM FREE to Sustaining Members on RSVP $25 single tickets for non-members (pending availability) Refreshments will be served Following the success of the first visit in the series—Abbas Akavan graciously hosted by Micah Lexier—we are pleased to present this exclusive opportunity for Mercer Union Sustaining Members to meet with 2010 Grange […]

Jayson Musson AKA Hennessy Youngman

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Mercer Union Off-Site: Jayson Musson (aka Hennessy Youngman) at The Drake

31 January 2011 12am - 12am

HENNESSY YOUNGMAN’S ART THOUGHTZ Artist talk and screening with Jayson Musson Tuesday 31 January 2012 7:30-9:30 PM, doors open at 7 PM Admission $8 / $5 Students The Drake Hotel, Underground 1150 Queen Street West New York-based artist Jayson Musson (aka Hennessy Youngman) will talk about why he started his wildly popular video series Art […]

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No Reading After the Internet

31 January 2011 12am - 12am

Featured Reading: Jorge Luis Borges, “August 25, 1983” Tuesday 31 January 2012, 7 PM Free Facilitated by cheyanne turions No Reading After the Internet is a free monthly series, in which a selected text is read aloud and discussed. The short story “August 25, 1983” by Jorge Luis Borges has been selected as a complement […]

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ALL INCLUSIVE

1 January 1970 12am

Members’ Exhibition & Sale 7-11 December 2010 Closing Party & Sale: Saturday 11 December 2010 at 5PM Mercer Union again delivers its big gift to artist members and small collectors in this year’s ALL INCLUSIVE rendition of our annual member’s show & sale – the perfect artist-run getaway from the holiday madness. Nothing but fun-in-the-sun […]

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ALL INCLUSIVE

7 December 2010 12am - 11 December 2010 12am

Mercer Union again delivers its big gift to artist members and small collectors in this year’s ALL INCLUSIVE rendition of our annual member’s show & sale – the perfect artist-run getaway from the holiday madness. Nothing but fun-in-the-sun quality works, all priced at $169.99. First-come, first-served sale begins at 5 PM, Saturday 11 December. The […]

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OMG SWAP 2

22 September 2010 12am

OMG SWAP 2 Sunday 10 October, 12-6 PM The original enormous swap project !!!OMG SWAP!!! is coming back this fall just in time for Halloween. Looking to spice up your costume with some retro threads? Don’t miss the BEST SWAP EVER! OMG!! The leftover clothing will be donated to Sistering – a resource supporting homeless, […]

BOY by SSION

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BOY by SSION

28 August 2010 12am - 12am

SATURDAY 28 AUGUST, 8PM Toronto premiere of the feature film BOY by SSION with live DJ set PWYC admission Co-presented with Pleasure Dome Combining nine separately shot but jointly conceived music videos, “BOY” is a semi-autobiographical rock-n-roll musical journey centred around the Kansas City music and performance group SSION. This tale of a small town […]

Anthony Sansotta

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SOL LEWITT: A MERCER UNION LEGACY PROJECT
OPENING & TALK BY ANTHONY SANSOTTA

10 July 2010 3pm - 12am

PUBLIC OPENING 2-5 PM ANTHONY SANSOTTA IN CONVERSATION WITH SARAH ROBAYO SHERIDAN at 3 PM Anthony Sansotta is an expert draughtsman who worked with Sol LeWitt for many years. Mercer Union has invited him to speak about Sol LeWitt’s various processes and his personal engagement with LeWitt’s legacy. Transcript of the interview  

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LEWITT PREVIEW PARTY

7 July 2010 12am - 12am

SOL LEWITT A MERCER UNION LEGACY PROJECT PRIVATE PREVIEW PARTY Wednesday 7 July, 6:30PM Tickets by donation starting at $125. On Wednesday 7 July, join us for an exclusive preview of Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing #349, a special project to mark the culmination of Mercer Union’s 30th anniversary celebrations. For information on purchasing tickets for […]

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Artist Talk: Erin Thurlow

29 May 2010 12am - 12am

Artist’s Talk by Erin Thurlow Saturday 29 May, 2PM Free Join us to hear Erin Thurlow discuss his current exhibition The Bermuda Triangle in relation to his current practice.

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ARTIST TALK: BRENDA GOLDSTEIN IN CONVERSATION WITH ULYSSES CASTELLANOS

3 April 2010 12am - 12am

Artist talk: Brenda Goldstein in conversation with Ulysses Castellanos Please join us Saturday 3 April at 2 PM for an afternoon talk in conjunction with the exhibition Hereafter by Brenda Goldstein. Goldstein will give an introduction to her work, followed by a discussion between herself and Ulysses Castellanos, which will draw on their parallel artistic investigations […]

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ARTIST TALK: DANIEL YOUNG AND CHRISTIAN GIROUX

6 March 2010 12am - 12am

Please join us Saturday 6 March at 2PM for a talk by Daniel Young and Christian Giroux. The talk is held on the occasion of the closing of their exhibition 50 Light Fixtures from Home Depot. Christian Giroux and Daniel Young have been making art together since 2002. They produce sculpture, public art and film […]

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Petting Zoo

21 February 2010 12am - 12am

It’s breeding season at Mercer Union… PETTING ZOO FRIDAY 12 MARCH Doors @ 8PM $5 cover / free for members! DJ PANDA, YOUNG BRAN, DJ PUPPIES ‘N’ KITTENS with inflatables, hay rolling and more farm fun…

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OMG SWAP!

21 February 2010 12am - 12am

BIGGEST CLOTHING SWAP EVER! SUNDAY 21 FEBRUARY, 12-6PM $5 Suggested donation and leave with ALL YOU CAN CARRY! Haul all your gently used clothing to Mercer Union to swap and trade with other thrifty sartorialists! All unclaimed clothing donations will be passed on to Sistering so this is a doubly good cause!

SOLID GOLD

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SOLID GOLD

17 December 2009 12am - 12am

Mercer Union again delivers its big gift to small collectors in this year’s SOLID GOLD rendition of the annual member’s show & sale. Nothing but SOLID GOLD quality works, all priced at $149.99. Watch the gold rush when the sale begins. Bar opens 6 PM. Sale begins 8 PM. The earlier you join the line, […]

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Offsite Screening: Identifications

28 November 2009 12am - 12am

Identifications, 1970 Saturday 28 November, 8PM Cinecycle, 129 Spadina Avenue Co-presented with Pleasure Dome in conjunction with the exhibition We Interrupt this Program The landmark TV project Identifications was initiated by the German gallerist Gerry Schum, who envisioned television as a new exhibition platform distinct from the art market. Schum announced the project’s aim thus: […]

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TERROR BINGO! TUESDAY 27 OCTOBER 2009, 7-11PM

27 October 2009 12am - 12am

TERROR BINGO TUESDAY 27 OCTOBER 7-11PM First Round: 7 – 8:30PM Second Round: 9 – 10:30PM Transylvania Twist dance party follows WANNA PLAY? $15 cover + free bingo kit (one round of bingo, bingo card booklet, dabber, lucky charm, and a beer) WANNA PLAY MORE? $5 extra rounds/booklets Play for spooktacular prizes! MERCER UNION a […]

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ARTIST TALK: TAKU DAZAI IN CONVERSATION WITH LISE HOSEIN

26 September 2009 12am - 12am

Saturday 26 September 2009 Artist Talk + Canadian Art Gallery Hop / Canadian Art 25th Anniversary Celebration and Launch Artist Talk 4:30PM Launch 5:30PM–7:30PM At 4:30 PM Mercer Union hosts a free conversation between exhibiting artist Taku Dazai and writer Lise Hosein as part of the Canadian Art Gallery Hop. Following the talk, join us together […]

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ARTIST TALK: TAKU DAZAI IN CONVERSATION WITH LISE HOSEIN

26 September 2009 12am - 12am

Saturday 26 September 2009 Artist Talk + Canadian Art Gallery Hop / Canadian Art 25th Anniversary Celebration and Launch Artist Talk 4:30PM Launch 5:30PM–7:30PM At 4:30 PM Mercer Union hosts a free conversation between exhibiting artist Taku Dazai and writer Lise Hosein as part of the Canadian Art Gallery Hop. Following the talk, join us together […]

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MERCER MULTIPLES: OFFICIAL IN-GALLERY LAUNCH

11 September 2009 12am - 12am

Friday 11 September 2009, 7PM Official Launch: MERCER MULTIPLES Mercer Union is pleased to announce the formal launch of our latest series of artist’s multiples by Johanna Billing, Jonathan Monk, Scott Rogers and the release of the audio art CD compilation Mercersound 09. Full listing of titles.

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MIAS Performance: Pony Da Look / Thursday 27 August 2009, 8PM

27 August 2009 12am - 12am

Music in Alternative Spaces: Pony Da Look Thursday 27 August 2009, 8PM Mercer Union FREE The Night: The sorcerer reclines in the tender grasses under the forlorn willow tree. It stands strong of heart, rooted deep within the layers of fermenting generations. Upon each lonesome leaf hangs a Magpie’s tear that reflects the moon in […]

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Music in Alternative Spaces: Eric Woodley and Anna Friz

30 July 2009 12am - 12am

Thursday 30 July, 7 PM Music in Alternative Spaces: Eric Woodley and Anna Friz In this collaboration, Woodley and Friz explore phenomenologies of recording, radio, and electricity, and the materiality of the transmission environment. Resonance becomes palpable in the meeting of historical recorded material and a multi-channel micro-watt radio intervention involving a broadcast to a number […]

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Free Screening 16 July, 7PM @ Mercer Union: Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell

16 July 2009 12am - 12am

Special screening in conjunction with the current exhibition This Is How We Walk on the Moon by Johanna Billing. Thursday 16 July, 7 PM Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell, 2008. Directed by Matt Wolf 71 minutes FREE! Wild Combination is director Matt Wolf’s visually absorbing portrait of the ground-breaking avant-garde composer, singer-songwriter, cellist, […]

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SATURN RETURN

10 July 2009 12am - 12am

SATURN RETURN: MERCER UNION’S 30th ANNIVERSARY BASH Friday 10 July 2009 Mercer Union celebrates 30 years in orbit On 10 July 2009, Mercer Union turns 30. In astrological terms, a 30-year interval equals the full orbit of Saturn around the sun. This phenomenon⎯known as “Saturn Return”⎯is associated with revising old patterns and moving forward with […]

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ALVIN LUCIFER

21 May 2009 12am - 12am

Thursday 21 May 6PM – 12:06AM Performance: Alvin Lucifer by Brian Joseph Davis and Steven Kado In 1977, the same year that punk rock crossed over from a presumed New York underground and gained horrid legitimacy through the medium of the British popular music press, Alvin Lucier created Music on a Long Thin Wire. The […]

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Music in Alternative Spaces: Matt Smith (Nifty)

14 May 2009 12am - 12am

Thursday 14 May, 8PM Music in Alternative Spaces: Matt Smith (Nifty) Known as one-third of Les Mouches, Matt Smith has made noise-folk songs that “teeter between cascading abrasion and soothing caress.” Smith’s solo work as Nifty is equally diverse but uses very different elements, pulling from the worlds of African percussion, grimy electro-soul, patchy big […]

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3D BINGO

22 April 2009 12am - 12am

3D BINGO WEDNESDAY 22 APRIL 2009 Take a chance at Mercer Union… 3D BINGO 7PM to 10PM Post-bingo fun ‘til late WANNA PLAY? $15 / includes cover + free bingo kit (1 marker, 1 beer, 1 lucky charm, 1 pair 3D glasses) JUST WANNA PARTY? $5 cover / enter at any time Celeb Callers Alison […]

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Curators Talk: Eugenio Valdés Figueroa and Marcio Botner

1 February 2009 2pm - 4pm

Working at the Intersection of Art and Pedagogy in South America: Reflections from Rio de Janeiro Part of the AGYU curatorial residency with Eugenio Valdés Figueroa and Marcio Botner Sunday 1 February 2009, 2–4PM Presented by The Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), Eugenio Valdés Figueroa, Director of Art Education and Research at Casa Daros […]

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Artist Talk: Kenneth Goldsmith

9 January 2009 12am - 12am

Please join us Friday 9 January at 7PM for a talk by UbuWeb founder Kenneth Goldsmith. His exhibition Street Poets & Visionaries: Selections from the UbuWeb Collection will be on view at Mercer Union from 9 January–14 February 2009. Kenneth Goldsmith is an American Poet who resides in New York City. He is the founding […]

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BAILOUT

9 December 2008 12am - 18 December 2008 12am

Closing party & Sale: Thursday December 18, 2008 Hosted by Misha Glouberman When there’s blood in the streets buy…art. Mercer Union does its part with a stimulus package to put the US bailout to shame. With drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures and multiples all priced at $149.99, the artworks in the 2008 Annual Mercer Member’s Exhibition […]

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Artist Talk: Christof Migone

22 November 2008 12am - 12am

Please join us Saturday 22 November at 3PM to hear Christof Migone discuss his exhibition Disco Sec, on view at Mercer Union until 29 November. Christof Migone is a multidisciplinary artist, curator and writer. He co-edited the book and CD Writing Aloud: The Sonics of Language (Los Angeles: Errant Bodies Press, 2001) and his writings […]

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Artist Talk: Gwen MacGregor & Sandra Rechico in conversation with Dan Adler

24 October 2008 12am - 12am

Friday 24 October 7 PM Gwen MacGregor and Sandra Rechico discuss their exhibition Maps in Doubt with curator Dan Adler.

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KNOCK ON WOODS: A Roving International Artist Residency arrives in Toronto!

23 August 2008 12am - 12am

Closing reception and video presentation: Saturday 23 August at 8:00PM Artist talk /w Yvette Poorter & former residents to follow at 8:30PM PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CLOSING PRESENTATION OF KNOCK ON WOODS IN TORONTO IS TAKING PLACE AT THE FOLLOWING OFF-SITE ADDRESS. POTLUCK / BYOB!: 571 College Street, but guests are advised to use the […]

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LISGAR LAST CALL

26 July 2008 12am - 12am

Mercer Union’s Summer Closing Party Saturday 26 July, 9PM til late This is your last time to get messy on Lisgar. You know all your friends will be here. Come. NO COVER CHARGE ‘n CHEAP DRINKS! FREE DREGS BAR! with DJs Nine ’til Ten Isabelle Noel Alex Wolfson Kevin Hegge

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Round 9: The Art Club vs. Mercer Union

21 June 2008 12am - 12am

Saturday 21 June, 1:30PM FREE The Parkdale Art Club students will offer their thoughts and perspectives on Anne Fauteaux’s and Ana Teixeira’s exhibitions, and lend their eyes and ears to the audience. MAMMALIAN DIVING REFLEX PRESENTS Parkdale Public School vs. Queen West 10 Rounds In this corner we have: the Kids, 647 of them. A […]

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Test Reading Series: LAYNIE BROWNE and SINA QUEYRAS

6 March 2008 12am - 12am

Please join us for the next edition of the Test Reading Series:

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PINK SLIP

22 February 2008 12am - 23 February 2008 12am

INTER-OFFICE MEMO: PINK SLIP A Naughty Office Party at Mercer Union Pleasure before Business… Friday, February 22nd Doors at 9PM $5 cover before 11 PM / $7 after On Friday, February 22nd Mercer will abound with naughty secretaries, salacious CEOs, water cooler gossip, office cubicle shennanigans, and other completely inappropriate workplace behavior. DJs K-Tel & […]

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Pollinator Series: Hive Study for room and solo performer

20 February 2008 12am - 12am

Sarah Peebles Wednesday February 20th, 2008, 9pm Pollinator Series: Hive Study for room and solo performer is a quasi-improvisational, quasi-chance performance piece/installation transforming the Mercer Union gallery space into a sonic honey bee hive featuring sounds of masses of bees recorded inside glass jugs and hives, cicada, and airplanes. Using material initially recorded over several […]

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Test Reading Series: Susan Holbrook and Camille Martin

14 February 2008 12am

Test Reading Series February 15, 2008 at 8pm Please join us on Friday February 15th at 8pm for the TEST READING Series featuring Susan Holbrook and Camille Martin. Biography Susan Holbrook teaches North American literatures and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor. She has just co-edited The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson: […]

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Test Reading Series

23 January 2008 12am - 12am

Please join us on Wednesday January 23rd at 8pm for the TEST READING Series featuring Phil Hall and Michael Maranda. PHIL HALL was born in 1953 and raised on farms in the Kawarthas region of Ontario. He attended the University of Windsor in the 70s, where he received an MA in English and Creative Writing. […]

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Wyrd Visions at Mercer Union

7 December 2007 12am - 12am

Wyrd Visions at Mercer Union Friday 7 December, 9PM FREE Colin Bergh’s Wyrd Visions will take you on a psychedelic journey through a dark forest filled with droning elven music. Using repetition as its base, Wyrd Visions is essentially stripped down trance music. Songs are composed of chanting and ostinato guitar melodies that reference Scandinavian […]

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Test Reading Series: OANA AVASILICHIOAEI and ANGELA CARR

29 November 2007 12am - 12am

Thursday November 29th, 2007, 8:00 p.m. OANA AVASILICHIOAEI is a poet and a translator from Romanian and French to English. Her first book of poetry, Abandon (Wolsak & Wynn), appeared in 2005. Her translation of a selected poems of the Romanian poet Nichita Stanescu, Occupational Sickness (BuschekBooks), appeared in 2006. Excerpts from a work just […]

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HALLOWEEN PARTY – Saturday October 27th, 9pm

27 October 2007 12am - 12am

Get on Board Mercer Union’s Spaced-Out Hallowe’en Bash MOTHERSHIP Saturday October 27th, 9pm Funk and new Wave Sounds by DJ Major Tom Colin Bergh DJ Noah’s Arkweld plus late-night iPod Djs Kelly Mark, Zin Taylor and Alex Snukal $5 Before 11:00pm, $8 After Mercer Union 37 Lisgar Street (one block SW of Queen and Dovercourt) […]

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Test Reading Series: Trevor Joyce and the Max Middle Sound

25 October 2007 12am - 12am

Thursday, October 25th, 8 pm: Trevor Joyce and the Max Middle Sound Project. Co-founder of the New Writers’ Press in Dublin, Trevor Joyce has published eleven volumes of poetry, including The Poems of Sweeny Peregrine (1976), his working of the middle-Irish Buile Suibhne, and stone floods (1995), which was nominated for the Irish Times Literature […]

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Terrible Noises for Beautiful People

27 September 2007 12am - 28 September 2007 12am

Terrible Noises for Beautiful People Presented by the Misha Glouberman School of Learning Visitors will be invited into a vacant commercial space next door to Mercer Union, where they will make sounds with each other. Terrible Noises is part of Nuit Blanche and runs from sunset Saturday night till sunrise Sunday morning. PLUS: From 1:00 […]

INSTANT COFFEE: SUNDAY NOOKS DINNER

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Instant Coffee: Sunday Nook Dinner

23 September 2007 12am - 12am

MERCER UNION presents Sunday Nook Dinner Sunday September 23, 7 pm Join Instant Coffee for Sunday dinner and conversation in the Nooks. Limited Seating – 24 only – please RSVP* to Mercer Union by Friday, end of day. Featuring delicious comfort food by Les Louises Catering, complimentary wine or beer with your meal, and a […]

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SEAN BONNEY and FRANCES KRUK

20 September 2007 12am - 12am

The Test Reading Series returns for the fall with readings by SEAN BONNEY and FRANCES KRUK Thursday, 20 September 2007, 8:00 p.m. SEAN BONNEY’s selected poems, Blade Pitch Control Unit, were published by Salt in 2005. Since then he has produced Document:Hexprogress, Black Water and an ongoing set of versions of Baudelaire. His work has […]

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Mercer Union Poster Project

9 September 2007 12am - 12am

This summer Mercer Union commissioned a series of four colour posters from artists Adam Chodzko (London), Janice Kerbel (Don Mills/London), John Lurie (New York City) and Euan Macdonald (Los Angeles/Toronto). The posters are not available for sale, but will be posted around the city in the coming weeks. Watch for them.

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Art-Book Fair and Sale

19 August 2007 12am - 12am

Art-Book Fair and Sale Sunday August 19th Noon to 5pm Mercer Union 37 Lisgar St (one block SW of Queen and Dovercourt) Free Admission Publishers, dealers, artists and authors including Art Metropole, Apollinaire’s Bookshop, The Art Gallery of York University, Bywater Brothers Editions, Coach House Books, Mercer Union, Parasitic Ventures Press, YYZ Books and many […]

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Brian Joseph Davis CD Release Party

3 August 2007 12am - 12am

Blocks Recording Club Summer Release Party! Featuring Brian Joseph Davis and Katie Stelmanis Friday, August 3, 9PM, FREE Please join the Blocks Recording Club to celebrate the release of Brian Joseph Davis’ “The Definitive Host.” The Definitive Host collects the work of sound artist Brian Joseph Davis into one, oversized package, including: Ten Banned Albums […]

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Dorit Chrysler – Theremin Performance and Workshop

29 July 2007 12am - 12am

Sunday July 29th, 8pm Invented 1919 by Russian electro physicist Lev Sergejewitch Termen, the Theremin generates sound without being touched. Notoriously hard to play, it is one of the first electronic instruments and inspired the creation of synthesizers in future generations. Dorit Chrysler made her musical debut at age 7 at the Graz Opera and […]

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Clothing Swap

1 January 1970 12am

MERCER UNION’S SECOND EVER CLOTHING SWAP: The Mind-Blowing Legacy of Extreme Awesomeness Continues… Sunday, July 15, 6pm Mercer Union 37 Lisgar Street FREE Sort of almost one year to the day after last year’s triumphant Clothing Swap, Mercer Union is pleased to once again present an exercise in the mutual appreciation of that which garbs […]

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Anitra Hamilton: Beater

27 June 2007 12am - 12am

WEDNESDAY JUNE 27th at the MOCCA (952 Queen Street W) at 8pm sharp. Anitra Hamilton’s Beater, is a defunct automobile covered in colourful tissue-paper pom-poms and converted into a festive piñata – complete with nacho chips, salsa and tequila- which blindfolded participants are invited to smash with sledgehammers. Part of the group show Seducing Down […]

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Stephen Parkinson

12 May 2007 12am - 12am

Saturday, May 12, 9pm Toronto-based musician, Stephen Parkinson studied composition with Rudolf Komorous, John Celona, Michael Longton, Owen Underhill and Roger Reynolds. He is a founding member of The Drystone Orchestra, an active member of the Toronto improvised music scene, and plays with the experimental salon orchestra Marmots. His piece Desires Are Already Memories is […]

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Test Reading Series: Sandra Alland and Kate Greenstreet

11 May 2007 12am - 12am

Friday May 11, 7:30 pm Sandra Alland is a writer, multimedia artist and activist. She has published and presented her work in Canada, the US, Mexico, Bermuda, the UK and Spain. Sandra has two full-length collections of poetry: Proof of a Tongue (McGilligan Books, 2004) and Blissful Times (BookThug, 2007). She is currently and perpetually […]

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ICE STORM PARTY

13 April 2007 12am - 12am

What Happens at Mercer Stays at Mercer Spring is here! Come out of hibernation and shake what your momma gave you at Mercer Union’s ICE STORM party on Friday, April 13th! The gallery will be transformed into a swingin’ 70s bachelor pad with bean bag chairs, mood lighting, disco balls and 70s cinema. Enjoy custom […]

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Terrible Noises for Beautiful People

28 March 2007 12am - 12am

Terrible Noises for Beautiful People: Misha Glouberman’s Birthday Party. Improvised sound event. Make noise with other people, then have cake. Latvian House 491 College Street Friday March 28th Doors 7:30, show 8:00 sharp. Tickets $12 at the door, $10 online and at Soudscapes. For more information visit www.schooloflearning.org/birthday/

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Cornelia Lauf Artists Books Lecture

25 March 2007 12am - 12am

Please join us on Tuesday March 25th, at 7pm, for an informal lecture by curator and Artists’ Books publisher Cornelia Lauf. Born in Germany and based in Rome, Italy, Cornelia Lauf is a curator and editor of Artists’ Books. She has curated exhibitions or published works by or about Maurizio Cattelan, Liam Gillick, Wim Delvoye, […]

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TEST READING SERIES: Stuart Ross and Rod Smith

16 March 2007 12am - 12am

Test Reading Series Friday March 16, 7:30 pm: Stuart Ross and Rod Smith Stuart Ross is a Toronto fiction writer, poet, editor, small-press publisher, and creative-writing instructor who has been active in the Toronto literary scene since the mid-1970s. He sold 7,000 copies of his self-published poetry and fiction chapbooks in the streets of Toronto […]

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Test Reading Series: M. NourbeSe Philip & Hugh Thomas

24 January 2007 12am - 12am

January 24, 7:30 p.m. M. NourbeSe Philip is a poet, novelist, and short story writer. Originally from Tobago, Philip completed a Master’s degree in Political Science as well as a degree in law, both at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario. She practised law for seven years in Toronto, before giving it up […]

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The Test Reading Series is pleased to present a bilingual reading

7 January 2007 12am - 12am

Nicole Brossard + Barbara Godard and Sharon Harris (biographical notes below) Wednesday 7 February, 7:30 p.m. Montreal-born NICOLE BROSSARD, poet, novelist and essayist, twice Governor General Award winner for her poetry (1974, 1984), member of l’Académie des lettres du Québec and of La société royale du Canada, is one of Quebec’s most celebrated authors. For […]

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TEST READING SERIES: Fiorentino and Pettet

12 December 2006 12am - 12am

The next installment of the Test Reading Series features the ever charming Jon Paul Fiorentino and a rare Toronto reading by British ex-pat New York Schooler Simon Pettet (it might even be the first!). Tuesday December 12, 7:30 p.m. JON PAUL FIORENTINO and SIMON PETTET Mercer Union, A Centre for Contemporary Art 37 Lisgar Street, […]

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FM3 and Polmo Polpo

8 October 2006 12am - 12am

Please join us at 9pm on Sunday October 8th for performances by FM3 (China) and Polmo Polpo (Toronto). This event is FREE. Founded in 1999 by Christiaan Virant and Zhang Jian, two active members of the Beijing music scene, FM3 are considered pioneers of electronic music in China. Known for dedicating prime space for “live” […]

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Test Reading Series: Diana Fitzgerald Bryden and Jason Christie

23 September 2006 12am - 12am

Mercer Union presents: Test Reading Series: Diana Fitzgerald Bryden and Jason Christie Saturday September 23, 7:30 p.m. Curated by Mark Truscott Admission: PWYC ($5 recommended, all of which benefits the readers) Each monthly installment of Test features two poets, each of whom reads for 30-40 minutes. The readings are followed by a brief question and […]

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Music In Alternative Spaces #10: Isabelle Noel

16 September 2006 12am - 12am

Please join us: Saturday, September 16, 2006, 9PM, at Mercer Union FREE For the tenth in our series of 10 Music In Alternative Spaces concerts, Isabelle Noel plans to develop a series of video murals with music, based on the theme of icons and notions of Canadian cultural identity, circa 70’s, and plans to compose […]

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Garage Sale

5 August 2006 12am - 12am

Mercer Union’s Third Annual Garage Sale Saturday, August 5, 8am-4pm Purge then Splurge: Mercer Union is preparing for our huge third annual Garage Sale. We are currently accepting donations of books that have been read, CDs that have been ripped, clothes tha have been out-grown, equipment that has been upgraded, furniture that no longer fits, […]

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Clothing Swap

30 July 2006 12am - 12am

MERCER UNION’S FIRST EVER CLOTHING SWAP Sunday, July 30, 2pm Mercer Union 37 Lisgar Street FREE Bring the good, the sad, the polyester. Here’s how it works: You come with clothing to swap – one item or thirty, whatever you want to exorcise from your closet. Come when the swap starts. Put your items into […]

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Music In Alternative Spaces #9: Friendly Rich Marsella and The Lollipop People

15 July 2006 12am - 12am

Please join us: Saturday, July 15, 2006, 9PM, at Mercer Union FREE For the nineth in our series of 10 Music In Alternative Spaces concerts, Friendly Rich Marsella will create, a unique orchestration, a truly distinctive and strange style of cabaret music with The Lollipop People, a blend of several talented musicians, each coming from […]

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monochrom lecture and performance

13 July 2006 12am - 12am

Press Release: The Blackwood Gallery and Mercer Union present: monochrom: “We’re great together, the liberal society and it’s enemies” A lecture/event at Mercer Union, 8pm, Thursday July 13th, 2006 Free Admission monochrom from Vienna is a collective, operating worldwide, that deals with technology, art, context hacking and philosophy and was founded in 1993. monochrom is […]

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Music in Alternative Spaces #6: Colin Clark

27 May 2006 12am - 12am

Please join us: Music in Alternative Spaces #6: Colin Clark Saturday, May 27, 9pm, at Mercer Union FREE The Lions band will play verbal, graphic, and indeterminate scores by John Cage, Colin Clark, Christopher May, Michael Parsons, and Christian Wolff in their own idiosyncratic way. This concert includes the premiere of Staggering Numbers by Colin […]

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Test Reading Series: Stephen Cain and Lisa Robertson Wednesday, May 24, 6pm

24 May 2006 12am - 12am

Mercer Union presents: Test Reading Series Stephen Cain and Lisa Robertson a launch for Lisa Robertson’s The Men: A Lyric Book (BookThug) Wednesday May 24, 6pm* (Please note early start.) Curated by Mark Truscott Admission: PWYC ($5 recommended, all of which benefits the readers) Each monthly installment of Test features two poets, each of whom […]

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Yesterduh CD launch and Closing Party

24 May 2006 12am - 12am

Mercer Union and Wavelength present a release party for: Brian Joseph Davis’ Yesterduh CD Wednesday, May 24th 8:30 PM at Mercer Union, 37 Lisgar St. Toronto, FREE   The CD For the month of April, artist Brian Joseph Davis ran a recording studio at the Mercer Union artist-run centre. Passersby were stopped and asked to […]

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STELLAR LIVING 2006

27 April 2006 12am - 10 May 2006 12am

April 27-May 10, 2006 Location: Givins/Shaw Public School 180 Shaw St., Toronto (North of Queen St. West) Web site and online preview: www.mercerunion.org/SL Stellar Livingis a unique exhibition and auction featuring over 50 designers’, artists’ and architects’ visions of contemporary urban style. More about Stellar LIving

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Music in Alternative Spaces #4 and #5: Josh Thorpe and John Mark Sherlock

18 March 2006 12am - 12am

Please join us: Saturday, March 18, 2006, 9pm, at Mercer Union FREE About his work for the fourth in our series of 10 Music In Alternative Spaces concerts, Josh Thorpe writes: “The Mercer show contains two half-hour pieces. The first, a solo, will involve music boxes, objects, recordings, amplification, and unintelligable text by Gertrude Stein. […]

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Performance: Awesome

24 February 2006 10pm - 12am

Performance by Awesome The opening reception of Infinity, Etc. begins at 8pm and is followed at 10pm by a performance by the decidedly druid Awesome, who will perform a feedback drenched set to “summon the malevolent and infinite cycle of Tinnitis on the day of the old Roman leap year. The usurper of Judas will […]

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Music in Alternative Spaces #3: Doug Tielli

18 February 2006 12am - 12am

Please join us: Saturday, February 18, 2006, 9PM, at Mercer Union FREE For the third in our series of 10 Music In Alternative Spaces concerts, No Man Band (Doug Tielli) will sing mostly British Isles folk songs through different objects that alter or filter the tone of the voice such as a tea pot, a […]

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Music in Alternative Spaces #2: Clemens Merkel

21 January 2006 12am - 12am

Please join us: Saturday, January 21, 2006, 9PM, at Mercer Union FREE For the second in our series of 10 Music In Alternative Spaces concerts, Montréal based violinist Clemens Merkel (Quatour Bozzini, Kore, Wandelweiser) will give a rare performance of l’hiver monastique – 70 consolations harmoniques pour violon, a 70-minute work for solo violin, written […]

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Dirtiest New Year’s Eve

31 December 2005 12am - 12am

2006…. The Dirtiest is yet to come…. Saturday, December 31st, 2005: Visit the Dirtiest New Year’s Eve Website: www.dirtynewyearseve.com The Dirtiest New Year’s Eve Party 2006… It’s back. @ Studio 99 (99 Sudbury Street, Toronto) 10PM ‘til daybreak Must be 19 years +

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Artist Talk: Kristan Horton and Candice Breitz

27 November 2005 12am - 12am

Sunday, November 27, 4pm (Free) Mercer Union presents artists’ talks by Kristan Horton and Candice Breitz: Kristan Horton was born in Canada in 1971. He studied at Guelph University and the Ontario College of Art and Design. He has had an international exhibition career since the late 1990’s including Glassbox, Paris (FR), ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany, […]

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Mercer Union Music Series, Programme #1: Linda Catlin Smith

19 November 2005 12am - 12am

Mercer Union presents: Music Series, Programme #1 Linda Catlin Smith plays Rudolf Komorous’ Anatomy of Melancholy Saturday 19 November, 2005, 9PM Mercer Union, A Centre for Contemporary Art 37 Lisgar Street, Toronto (west of Dovercourt, south of Queen) Free Toronto based composer, Linda Catlin Smith, will DJ her own 2-hour version of Rudolf Komorous’ Anatomy […]

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Test Reading Series: BILL KENNEDY + DARREN WERSHLER-HENRY and JESSICA SMITH

18 November 2005 12am - 12am

November 18, 7:30 p.m. BILL KENNEDY is the Artistic Director of The Scream Literary Festival and a poetry editor for Coach House Books. He organized the very-much-missed Lexiconjury Reading Series. He also runs Stop14, a new media development company. DARREN WERSHLER-HENRY teaches Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is the author of two books […]

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Mercer Union presents The Centre of Attention at the Toronto International Art Fair

4 November 2005 12am - 7 November 2005 12am

Mercer Union presents The Centre of Attention (UK) at the Toronto International Art Fair, INTERACTIVE 05. The Centre of Attention is curated by Pierre Coinde and Gary O’Dwyer. Its experimental approach stems from an ongoing enquiry into the phenomenon of art production, presentation, consumption and heritage-ization. www.thecentreofattention.org INTERACTIVE 05: Conceived by Thom Sokoloski and Clara […]

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Garage Sale: Purge then Binge!

20 August 2005 12am - 12am

Saturday Aug 20 2005 8AM to 12 Noon Location: Mercer Union 37 Lisgar Street Toronto, Ontario (Queen Street West & Dovercourt) Purge then Binge! The Mercer Union Garage Sale This Saturday (August 20th) at the ungodly hour of 8am. We are looking for donations of books you’ve already read, music you no longer listen to, […]

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Party Mercer Party in Venice

11 June 2005 12am - 12am

Party Mercer Party Saturday 11 June 2005 23:00 till dawn Università luav di Venezia Convento di San Nicolò da Tolentini Campo dei Tolentini, Santa Croce Vaporetto Piazzale Roma Music by DJ SuperPeakNick + DJ Nis + DJ Ravix First 500 guests will each receive a Rebecca Belmore button produced by C Magazine and Mercer Union’s […]

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Trip to the Venice Biennale

9 June 2005 12am - 12 June 2005 12am

Join Mercer Union on a trip to the Venice Biennale exclusive press opening from June 9th to June 12th, to support Canada’s presentation of Rebecca Belmore. Prices are per person (early-bird discount no longer available): 7 nights $2,200 CAD, 3 stars, DOUBLE accommodation $3,000 CAD, 3 stars, SINGLE accommodation Trip includes: 1. Airfare (direct flight […]

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THE EIGHT HOUR DRONE SHOW

29 May 2005 12am - 12am

MERCER UNION AND BLOCKS RECORDING CLUB (www.blocksblocksblocks.com) PRESENT THE EIGHT HOUR DRONE SHOW at MERCER UNION 37 LISGAR STREET (QUEEN AND DOVERCOURT) 12 NOON TO 8 PM SUNDAY MAY 29TH, 2005 Blocks Recording Club and Mercer Union present the EIGHT HOUR DRONE SHOW. A fundraiser for Blocks Recording Club, curated and organized by Alex Snukal […]

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Images Festival Off Screen Closing Party

15 April 2005 12am - 12am

Mercer Union presents: The 18th Annual Images Festival Off Screen Closing Party @ Mercer Union 37 Lisgar Street (one street west of Dovercourt, south of Queen) FRIDAY, 15 APRIL, 2005, 9:30PM Raffle! Raffle! Raffle! Prizes include: Nikon Coolpix 4100 digital camera Cinematheque Ontario dual membership Famous Players movie passes Black Dog Video gift certificates Prefix […]

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St. Patricks Day Party

17 March 2005 12am - 12am

Get Lucky @ Mercer Union’s St. Patrick’s Day Party Thursday March 17, Doors 9 PM+ DJ Luis Jacob The Lollipop People and the dueling fiddlers Door prizes! Green beer! $5 general $3 members (please show membership card) Mercer Union 37 Lisgar Street Toronto ON t. 416 536-1519 info@mercerunion.org

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Platform: Music in Alternative Spaces

24 February 2005 12am - 12am

Thursday, 24 February, 2005, 7:30PM at Mercer Union Anne Sulikowski and Jeff Sinibaldi A Mercer Union co-presentation with the Art Gallery of York University The AGYU’s experimental music series continues with a performance by Hamilton-based musicians Anne Sulikowski and Jeff Sinibalidi at Mercer Union. Using computers and sequencers Sulikowski blends and layers drone, ambient fragments, […]

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Lecture: BGL

13 January 2005 12am - 12am

Lecture Thursday, January 13, 7 PM Front Gallery: BGL Need to Believe “Junior lives in the city. He is 11 years old and goes to the neighbourhood school. Gilles, his father, is a computer programmer/analyst and his mother Gisèle is a telephone operator for a big company. Just like every Sunday afternoon, they go out […]

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Platform Performance: AWP, Friday 12 November, 8:30 PM

12 November 2004 12am - 12am

Join us at Mercer Union where Atelier Wundershön Peplum (AWP) and guest musicians Martin Arnold and Matthias Delplanque will perform live, followed by a discussion forum to launch their Spring 2005 TorontoTroll project at Mercer Union. AWP is a Paris-based interdisciplinary collective whose practice integrates visual arts, design, music, architecture, and landscape design. AWP has […]

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Trip to Havana Biennial, Cuba

30 October 2004 12am - 7 November 2004 12am

Thursday October 30 – Friday November 7, 2003 SOLD OUT! Join us at the opening of the Havana Biennial for an insiders look at contemporary Cuban culture through a special program of studio visits, gallery tours and events customized by MU. SOLD OUT! Airfare (Lacsa Air), entrance tourist card, accommodation at a local casa particular […]

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Platform: Lecture: Lise Nellemann (Director, Sparwasser HQ / Berlin)

7 October 2004 12am - 12am

Thursday, October 7, 7 PM (FREE) Lise Nellemann (Director, Sparwasser HQ / Berlin) Offensive für zeitgenössische Kunst und Kommunikation, Berlin and other artist curatorial projects. The Danish artist Lise Nellemann will give a presentation on Sparwasser HQ, a leading Berlin venue for emerging Nordic and International artists. Based on a collaborative process and linked to […]

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Platform: Video Screening curated by Lise Nellemann

5 October 2004 12am - 12am

Tuesday, October 5, 6:30 – 8:00 PM (FREE) “a complete guide to rewriting one’s own history” Curated by Lise Nellemann (Director, Sparwasser HQ / Berlin) It is uninteresting to think about art; we must instead think through it. Both the work itself and the common exhibition project are thinking machines. Through them, we reflect upon […]

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Curator Lecture: Dannys Montes de Oca Moreda (Havana, Cuba)

3 September 2004 12am - 12am

The Power Plant and Mercer Union Present >>CURATOR LECTURE: Dannys Montes de Oca Moreda (Havana, Cuba) Friday, September 3rd, 2004, 7PM [Free] Dannys Montes de Oca Moreda will discuss contemporary Cuban art, digitally-based art, as well as a recasting of Cuban art history as it is based in her recent exhibition in Havana. Dannys Montes […]

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The Young Man :Performance

23 July 2004 12am

October 27, 1981, 9pm Fred Gaysek

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Carnivale

23 July 2004 12am

Brad Brace OCTOBER 9 Screening: “Arrival”, 16 mm film at Funnel, Experimental Film Theatre. Painting, Sticks, Photography Canadian Artist, Halifax

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Beyond the Surface:Performance

9 July 2004 12am

September 16, 1980, 8pm. Il Gruppo Di Ricerca Materialistica PRESS RELEASE Extracted from notes by Giancarlo Pagliasso …” The performance deals with the connections between architecture and painting in the 18th century. The most important themes developed concern Neo-classicism, Romanticism and HegeIian dialectics, but there are references to many other cultural “subjects”. (For example, to […]

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Three on 23: Performance

9 July 2004 12am

March 23, 1980, 2pm Wendy Knox-Leet: How to Get to Heaven Ted Weir: #2,1980 Missing Associates (Peter Dudar, Lily Eng, Corinne Palmer): Resistance

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CURATORIAL DISCUSSION: Thursday, June 12th

12 June 2004 12am - 12am

An informal presentation by Kim Simon followed by a directed discussion with select panelists (tba).

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Platform Lecture by Xandra Eden

8 June 2004 12am - 12am

Tuesday, 8 June, 7PM @ Mercer Union [FREE] Xandra Eden will discuss her recent projects in relation to accepted conceptions of art history, mutations in popular culture, and the question of reciprocity between artistic and curatorial practice in exhibitions. Xandra Eden is assistant curator for The Power Plant, Toronto. Her recent exhibitions include The Cave […]

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Mercer Living 04….. Better Living

20 May 2004 12am - 12am

www.mercerunion.org/ml Exhibition: Wednesday, 12 May to Thursday, 20 May, Free Auction: Thursday, 20 May, $25 Location: 129 Spadina, 2nd Floor Better Living is an optimistic exhibition in which we ask artists, designers and architects to share their visions of contemporary urban style and their insights of new models for how we live. The responses will […]

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Reviews: Talk with Tom Folland and Natalie Olanick

16 April 2004 12am

February 24, 1996, 3pm

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Platform Artist Talk: Morten Goll and Tone Nielson (Copenhagen, Denmark)

13 April 2004 12am - 12am

Tuesday, 13 April, 2004, 7PM FREE Morten Goll and Tone Nielson will be participating in a residency at Mercer Union in December 2004, when they will present a community-based project. Goll and Nielson will be in Toronto April 7th to 18th for a preliminary research visit to establish contacts and conceptualize their project. For their […]

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A CURATORIAL DISCUSSION: Dave Dyment, Barbara Fischer, Ben Portis, Michael Meredith

27 March 2004 12am - 12am

Saturday, March 27th, 4pm @ Mercer Union [FREE] A short and informal presentation by Dave Dyment (board member and programme committee member, Mercer Union) followed by a directed discussion with select panelists, including: Barbara Fischer (director/curator, Blackwood Gallery), Ben Portis (associate curator of contemporary art, Art Gallery of Ontario), and Michael Meredith (board member, Mercer […]

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Cocktail/Catalogue Hour 5-8 pm Ghostwriter Launch

19 March 2004 12am

Come Savour the Phantasmagoric Tempo of A Sonic Marguerita Launch Thursday January 28, 1999 Ghostwriter essays by Andy Patton, Jamelie Hassan, Mary Anne Barkhouse, Gerald McMaster, Andy Fabo, Millie Chen. Edited by Lorraine Johnson Artists include: Shirin Neshat, John Abrams, Faye HeavyShield, Veronica Verkley, Don Hall, Robert Houle, Charline Boudrewau & Anne Golden, Brent Cehan, […]

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Book Launch- Accidental Audiance: Urban Interventions by Artists

12 March 2004 12am

April 27, 2000 Cameron House 408 Queen St. West, 7-10pm

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Mercer Union: ACTIVATING SOUNDSYSTEM: Open System

13 February 2004 12am - 12am

February 13th, 9PM (NOTE TIME CHANGE)–Open System Bring your vinyl, cds, dvds and video tapes to Mercer Union Friday Feb 13th to play on Mark Leckey’s custom-made “Soundsystem”. We’ll have two turntables, dual cd decks, video projector (dvd or vhs) and a mic open to deejays, video artists, mic chatterers and anyone who wants to […]

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Mercer Union: ACTIVATING SOUNDSYSTEM — Stephen Parkinson and Friends: Little-Sounds Systems

6 February 2004 12am - 12am

February 6th, 9PM (NOTE TIME CHANGE) [$2.00] — Stephen Parkinson: Little-Sounds Systems Stephen Parkinson’s subtly surreal compositions will be heard through Mark Leckey’s Soundsystem, but just barely. In the first of two resolutely quiet concerts programmed by Martin Arnold (the second will feature Eric Chenaux’s music on Feb. 20), the Soundsystem takes part as a […]

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ACTIVATING SOUNDSYSTEM: in conjunction with the Soundsystem exhibition is a weekly series of film & video screenings, live & recorded music, and sound-based performances.

15 January 2004 12am - 20 February 2004 12am

January 15, 8PM — Performance by Mark Leckey, London, UK: The Genius of the Church. January 16, 7PM — Screening of video works by Mark Leckey: Fiorucci, Made Me Hardcore, 1999; We are Untitled, 2001; Londonatella, 2002; Parade, 2003. January 22, 7PM — Performance by Mathieu Beauséjour, Montreal, Canada , programmed by Dave Dyment. January […]

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Lecture by ANNE ELLEGOOD Friday November 14, 7pm @ Mercer Union [Free]

14 November 2003 12am - 12am

Anne Ellegood received her MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in upstate New York and is currently the New York-based curator for Peter Norton’s collection. Prior to joining the Norton Family Office in April 2003, she was the associate curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art where she organized the […]

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Platform: Guest Lecture by Montreal artist Maria Sheriff

28 October 2003 12am - 12am

Tuesday, October 28, 2003, 7 pm @ Mercer Union [FREE] Presented by the Art Gallery of Ontario Montreal artist and filmmaker Maria Sheriff will give an artist talk on her project for the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Present Tense Contemporary Project Series, in which she combines sculptural form with the projected image in a new […]

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Davide Quadrio: Toward A Chinese New Technological Era

14 October 2003 12am - 12am

Platform: Video art in China, with a special focus on the Shanghai art scene, curated by Davide Quadrio. Lecture: Tues., October 14, 7pm (at Mercer Union) Screening: Sat., October 11, 8pm (Latvian House, 491 College Street, Toronto) video programme: Wu Ershan, Open Fire, 2002, 5 min, Beijing Zhao Liang, Untitled, 2002, Shanghai Chen Xianyun, Sorrow […]

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Platform: Guest Lecture: Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy: Collecting, Chanelling

15 July 2003 12am - 12am

Tuesday, July 15, 7pm @ Mercer Union [FREE] *As part of Platform Programming we have developed “Curatorial Initiatives from Elsewhere,” an international curator’s lecture series that focuses on curatorial perspectives from ‘elsewhere’ for 2003-2004.*

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If I had a Hi-Fi: 2002, A Palindrome show and sale.

12 December 2002 12am - 21 December 2002 12am

Like a snake biting its own tail, we swallow the end of the last palindromic year we’ll ever see. Works by Shinobu Akimoto, Lois Andison, Christine Baigent, Ryan Barrett, Andrea Battersby, Cecilia Berkovic, Christian Bok, Paula Braswell, Aaron Brwer, Adam Brown, Michael Buckland, Crystal Bueckert, Judy Cheung, Carrie Chisholm, Blayne Collins, Timothy Comeau, Tanya Cunnington, […]

C. Wells. Performance.

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Roadworks, performance festival and exhibition

13 July 2002 12am - 31 July 2002 12am

C. Wells start location: King St. W. at Sudbury St. End location: Kensington Market. Dusk to dawn Begun in 1996 as a component within a larger painting practice that asserts the socio-cultural contribution of the line marker; ‘the hand loves that which is hard’ is an ongoing photo-performance project that involves the re-painting of line […]

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MERCER LIVING

17 April 2002 4pm - 19 April 2002 11pm

Find your Urban Styles… Mercer Union presents Mercer Living, a fundraising auction to support its 2002/2003 programming year of the work of emerging Canadian and international artists. The fabulous Stephen Ranger of Ritchie’s Auctioneers will auction 51 exciting worked for the home and office. Artists participating include Kim Adams, James Carl, Massimo Guerrera, Spring Hurlbut, […]

Installation view. Photography by Brian Piitz.

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Platform: Sentiment Express

9 February 2002 12am - 12am

Shilpa Gupta Platform: Sentiment Express Co-sponsored by the South Asian Visual Arts Collective @ The Loftus Lloyd Café, 401 Richmond St. W. Lecture with Shilpa Gupta @ The Women’s Art Resource Centre, 401 Richmond St. W. suite 122 Lecture co-sponsored by SAVAC and WARC. …since you are too busy to send a handwritten letter nowadays, […]

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Stereotactic

1 August 2001 12am - 12am

1. Two performers 2. Live video mixing (montage, time and image displacement) 3. The projection 4. The screen 4.The dj           Michelle Kasprzak is an artist who processes all manner of moving and still images, often in a performative context. Michelle and collaborator Mike Steventon, as badpacket, regularly create […]

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Lecture: Matthew Higgs at the Rivoli

7 April 2001 3pm

Ontario College of Art and Design & Mercer Union present: Matthew Higgs Saturday, April 7, 3:00pm Location: The Rivoli, 334 Queen St West Admission is free Matthew Higgs will present an autobiographical lecture considering the flux and overlaps of his own practice, operating between education, curating, writing and art-making.

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Screening: British New Wave: Oliver Payne and Nick Relph

6 April 2001 8pm

PleasureDome and Mercer Union present: British New Wave: Oliver Payne and Nick Relph Friday, April 6, 2001, 8:00pm Location: Cinecycle, 129 Spadina Ave. (down the alley) Program curator, Matthew Higgs, will be present to introduce the work of these rising British filmmakers. Working collaboratively, Oliver Payne and Nick Relph make films that approximate the language […]

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No Mercy, Art World Wrestling Federation Championships, Friday April 6, 2001

6 April 2001 12am - 12am

  Have you noticed how often it seems to be Wrestling Night in Toronto lately? Things have been getting downright down and dirty as the denizens of the art world probe each other’s soft spots. There’s been trash talk and sweet talk, and now it’s time to make it official. It’s time to see […]

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Lecture: Matthew Higgs at Mercer Union

4 April 2001 7pm - 10pm

Lecture Matthew Higgs Wednesday, April 4, 2001, 7:00pm Location: Mercer Union Admission is free Matthew Higgs will give a lecture considering certain aspects of recent British Art, exploring the phenomena of the ‘yBa’ (‘young British artists’) and the development of independent artist initiated projects throughout the 1990s, including the work of the artist Jeremy Deller […]

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Platform: Music Series

23 September 2000 12am - 11 September 2000 12am

The Music Series is set to start this fall with four Saturday night concerts: September 23 Marmots play Martin Arnold, Townes van Zandt, and Sheath and Knife. Featuring: Martin Arnold, melodica and organ Sandy Baron, violin Allison Cameron, keyboards Eric Chenaux, guitars and electronics Ryan Driver, analog electronics Kurt Newman, lap steel and dobro Stephen […]

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PERFORMANCE: La Manga: Once Upon a Time

8 September 2000 12am - 12am

Performance: Once Upon A Time From August 8 to September 8, the Mexican performance group La Manga will be participating in the first residency program at Gibraltar Point through the support of Mercer Union. This program has been developed by Artscape and members of the Toronto art community to establish an ongoing artists residency on […]

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The Lonely Lisgar Performance Festival

30 July 2000 12am - 12am

Sunday July 30, 2000 3 – 7 pm Admission free Mercer Union is pleased to present a Platform event: The Lonely Lisgar Street Performance Festival: an outdoor, afternoon performance happening. Fifteen performance artists or groups will participate in an outdoor festival that will use the surrounding environment and Lisgar Street at our new location. The […]

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Lecture: Girl as Covergirl: Su-en Wong

7 June 2000 6pm - 9pm

  Lecture: Girl as Covergirl Art Gallery of Ontario Opening: Wednesday, June 7, 2000, 6 – 6:30 pm Lecture in the Ridley Member’s Lounge, 7:30 pm New York based artist Su-en Wong is featured in the fifteenth exhibition of Present Tense, an ongoing series of current work by Canadian and International artists. Su-en Wong’s paintings […]

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Performance: Elizabeth Cohen: Flesh +1

13 April 2000 8pm

Elizabeth Cohen: Flesh +1 Performance: Thursday April 13, 8:30 pm This performance explores the ways in which we live on a continuum with the world around us, with the animals and objects in our world. By extending the surface of the body so that we experience our body as “more than”, this work creates a […]

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Lecture: Francesco Conz.

10 February 1999 12am - 12am

February 10, 1999 Francesco Conz maintains an important archive and collection of contemporary art, located in Verona, Italy. He is also a publisher and photographer who worked with most members of FLUXUS since the 60’s. But his range of interest is very much wider than that from concreate sound and poetry to the Vienna Actionists […]

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Performance evening: Pousse Cafe

17 November 1998 8pm

Nov 7, 1998 8pm De Leon White Gallery 455 King Street West Featuring: Tanya Mars, Shannon Cochrane, Anne Marie Hood, Johanna Householder, Istvan Kanton, Robert Lee, Jusith Norris, Stephen Rife. Curated by: Louise Liliefeldt and Paul Couillard

Coco Fusco and Guillermo Gómez Peña. Ethnic Talents. Performance. Dufferin Mall. Photo: Peter MacCallum

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Performance: Ethnic Talent for Export

11 November 1994 12am - 13 November 1994 12am

Mexarcane International Ethnic Talent for Export Performance artists Coco Fusco and Guillermo Gómez-Peña. Live demonstrations of “Ethnic Talents” Lecture: Thursday November 10, 1994, 8pm Internationally acclaimed artists Coco Fusco and Guillermo Gómez-Peña have invented a fictional multinational, Mexarcane International, that markets and distributes ethnic talent world-wide. Clothed in costumes drawn from indigenous and popular cultures […]

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5 Solo Concerts

1 January 1970 12am

October 27: Transmythe- Glenn Hilke (percussion) Christiane Bertrand (vocalist) November 3: Joseph Petrie (accordian) November 7: Theodore Gentry (counter tenor) November 10: Salvador Ferreras (marimba) November 14: New World Music- Zulema Clas (vocalist), Ron Allen (saxaphone/wind synthesizer)

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5 Solo Concerts

2 November 1983 12am - 16 November 1983 12am

November 2: Gordon Monahan (piano/electronics) November 5: Dan Scheidt (digital synthesizer) November 9: Kathy Duncan (solo flute) November 12: Dick Armin (solo cello/electronics) November 16: Casey Sokol (solo piano)

MERCERAMA, performance by Raphael Bendahan with dancers Vincent Dostaler and Dena Davida, 1983. Photo: Raphael Bendahan.

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MERCERAMA

18 April 1983 12am - 7 May 1983 12am

Performance: Mercerama Mercer Union will be hosting three weeks of ‘Performance’ by artists, choreographers, musicians, and film-makers. Both the East and West galleries will be given over to interdisciplinary performers from Montreal, Toronto, and New York, providing the opportunity for them to rehearse, hold workshops, and give performances and screenings. These intensive three weeks will […]

Kathleen Solose. Performance. Photo: Peter MacCallum

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Five Solo Concerts

24 November 1982 12am - 8 December 1982 12am

November 24: Owen Underhill (composer plays composer) November 27: Kathleen Solose (piano) December 1: Catherine Lewis (soprano) accompanied by Phillip Tillotson (piano) December 4: Christopher Butterfield (composer/performer) December 8: Richard Sacks (percussion)

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If You Lived Here You’d Be Home Now

13 November 1982 12am - 14 November 1982 12am

(Image: Johanna Householder and Frances Leeming, “If You Lived Here You’d Be Home Now”, 1982). PRESS RELEASE Are your ambitions in tune with the ambitions of your environment? IF YOU LIVED HERE – YOU’D BE HOME NOW a performance by Johanna Householder and Frances Leeming will be presented November 13 and 14, 1982 at 9:00 […]

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The Drums of India

8 August 1982 12am - 12am

Musical performance on August 9th at 9:00pm.

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Circle Room

25 July 1982 12am - 12am

Performance July 25th at 8:00pm.

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Art/Music Series 1982: Peripheral Vision

2 May 1982 12am - 12am

An Open Space Concert of Spheric Music.

Tim Clark. Performance. Photo: Peter MacCallum

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PARCIVAL

25 April 1982 12am - 12am

Tim Clark Performance APRIL 25, 10:00 pm.