TOURS

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IRRESISTIBLE TORONTO (& Buffalo) TOURS

2012 ARLIS/NA Conference Tours Program

The early bird (a Blue Jay for baseball fans) is raising the curtain on tours to whet your appetite for Toronto 2012!

Tour fees are listed on the registration form. The cost to sponsor one of these tours is $750.

Anytime self-guided tours

Self-guided walking tours of the downtown area will give conference attendees the opportunity to explore the city on their own. A self-guided architectural walking tour of the University of Toronto is highly recommended. Toronto’s diverse character is best appreciated by visiting the world through its neighbourhoods. Information will be available at the Registration Desk.

THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2012

AFTERNOON

Toronto’s Biggest Hits in Less than Two Hours #1!

This popular trolley bus ride through downtown Toronto will introduce conference goers to the city, accompanied by a professional guide to highlight history, landmarks, architecture, things-to-do, etc. At this time of year, Arlisians can expect to have the bus to themselves! The tour ticket, valid for seven days, is for City Sightseeing Toronto’s “hop on, hop off” service. If you cannot make one of the two scheduled times (see also Friday morning), you can still purchase a ticket and go on your own.

www.torontocitysightseeing.com

AFTERNOON AND EVENING

Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives

A behind-the-scenes tour of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (including the archives, research library, rare books collection and art gallery) will be led by Alan Miller, a volunteer archivist at CLGA since 1977. This is followed by a visit to Glad Day Books, the first Canadian and the longest surviving lesbian and gay bookstore in the world. Wind up the afternoon with informal drinks on lively Church Street, or stay in the neighbourhood and enjoy dinner at one of the numerous restaurants.

Tour participants are requested to buy transit tokens at the Conference Registration Desk in advance of the tour, so that the group may depart on schedule.

Member alert: The LGBTQ - SIG meeting will take place at CLGA prior to the tour.

www.clga.ca

Distillery District – Victorian Architecture,  Restored and Repurposed

Look familiar?  The evocative Distillery District is a favourite backdrop for filmmakers, including the movies Chicago, Cinderella Man and X-Men. Catch the flavour of 19th century Toronto on this guided tour of the largest and best-preserved collection of Victorian-era industrial architecture in North America. Next, we stop at the Corkin Gallery to hear architect (Brigitte Shim) talk about its award-winning design by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects. Gallery premises are an adaptation of historic distillery infrastructure which re-purposes the building for contemporary use. The Corkin Gallery visit is the end our official tour, but you are free to stay on and wander the pedestrian-only, cultural village and sample its tempting boutiques, galleries, sculpture park, cafés, bakeries, art studios and distinctive “only-at-the-Distillery” shops. Plan to continue your visit into the evening with ARLIS friends – a group reservation will be made at the Mill Street Brew Pub based on demand – or try any of the other Distillery restaurants on your own.

Tour participants are requested to buy transit tokens at the Conference Registration Desk in advance of the tour, so that the group may depart on schedule.

www.thedistillerydistrict.com
www.corkingallery.com
www.millstreetbrewpub.ca

FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012

FULL DAY

Canadian Art – Picturing a Distinctive Land

Discover or visit anew the best of Canadian art on this day long extravaganza, landing for guided tours at two leading public art galleries, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Art Gallery of Ontario. First stop, the McMichael, located north of the city in picturesque Kleinburg, and a wooded setting inspired by the art of the Group of Seven. See its unparalleled Group of Seven collection, Inuit and First Nations art, and a new sculpture garden (weather permitting), followed by a Canadian-flavoured buffet lunch created especially for you by McMichael’s chef, Bradley Yip. Then back on the bus and headed downtown to the Art Gallery of Ontario, spectacularly transformed by architect Frank Gehry. A choice of small tours, led by AGO staff, will be offered including the Thomson Collection of Canadian art, and the Weston Family Learning Centre, the AGO’s revolutionary new home for art education. Free time for viewing and shopping is included at both locations: AGO galleries close at 5:30 pm and its retail shop at 6:00 pm.

Please register by March 7th.
Vegetarian meals are available on request. Please contact Tours Coordinator, Linda Morita at lmorita@mcmichael.com.

www.mcmichael.com
www.ago.net


Across the Border for American Architecture and Contemporary Art: Buffalo, NY

Board a comfortable motor coach and shuffle off to Buffalo, this time for art and architecture, not cross-border shopping except for two wonderful museum shops!  This all-day tour will include a tour and lunch at the Albright-Knox Gallery of Contemporary Art (Picasso, Matisse, Calder, Clyfford Still, David Smith, and more. Then off to a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s highly acclaimed and newly restored Darwin Martin House Complex, plus a guided overview from the bus of other Buffalo landmarks: City Beautiful avenues and squares, Frederic Law Olmsted’s first urban park system, and buildings by Sullivan, Upjohn, Saarinen, McKim, Mead and White, Yamazaki, and SOM/Bunshaft.

Buffalo is one of America's great designed cities. The interweaving of great architecture, landscape architecture and important historic sites makes Buffalo a must see destination for preservationists, designers, history buffs, and anyone wishing to see an inspiring example of American design.” - Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Member alert:  passports required.
www.darwinmartinhouse.org
www.albrightknox.org

HALF DAY

Toronto’s Biggest Hits in Less than Two Hours #2!

This popular trolley bus ride through downtown Toronto will introduce conference goers to the city, accompanied by a professional guide to highlight history, landmarks, architecture, things-to-do, etc. At this time of year, Arlisians can expect to have the bus to themselves! The tour ticket, valid for seven days, is for City Sightseeing Toronto’s “hop on, hop off” service. If you cannot make one of the two scheduled times (see also Thursday afternoon), you can still purchase a ticket and go on your own.

www.torontocitysightseeing.com

The Far East Just Around the Corner: Dim Sum in Downtown’s Chinatown

For full enjoyment, do NOT eat prior to this intimate foodie event with local culinary historian, Shirley Lum, of A Taste of the World Walks! We kick off with a walking tour of Toronto’s downtown Chinatown, the largest and one of many sprinkled throughout the greater Toronto area. Ms. Lum will guide us through an Asian grocery store, BBQ tasting, tea/herbalist shop, and bakery. Next, a hosted Dim Sum lunch, complete with chopsticks, tea pouring etiquette, and your Chinese horoscope for the Year of the Dragon. Ms. Lum will order dishes to tantalize all of your senses! This tour is intended to complement the afternoon tour to the Royal Ontario Museum’s world renowned East Asian collection and library.

Register by March 1st to avoid disappointment, as this tour is limited to 15 participants.
Food allergies and other dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advance notice. Please contact Tours Coordinator, Linda Morita at lmorita@mcmichael.com.
Tour participants are requested to buy transit tokens at the Conference Registration Desk in advance of the tour, so that the group may depart on schedule.

This tour is designed to complement the museum tour scheduled for the afternoon. Register separately for each one.

www.toronto.ca/bia/chinatown.htm

East Asian Treasures of the Royal Ontario Museum

Combine this tour with a morning in Chinatown, or go solo with the renowned East Asian collections of art and artifacts at the ROM, Canada’s leading encyclopaedic museum. A guided tour of the magnificent Asian galleries will introduce you to three of the world’s best-preserved Chinese temple wall paintings; a Ming Tomb complex; Korean ceramics, decorative art and furniture; and the largest collection of Japanese art in Canada. And that’s not all! You will also visit the H.H. Mu Far Eastern Library where longtime librarian, Jack Howard, will present the best of his rare book treasures.  Finally, you will have time following the scheduled program to view the rest of the museum on your own: ROM galleries close at 5:30pm and its shop at 6:30pm.

This tour is designed to complement the Chinatown walk scheduled for the morning. Register separately for each one.

www.rom.on.ca/collections/culture.php

Queen West Art Crawl

Get contemporary with the QW Art Crawl!  West Queen West is Toronto's official Art and Design District by virtue of the numerous commercial galleries, arts-and-design boutiques, and artist studios within fifteen short blocks along, of course, Queen Street West. Arts journalist, Betty Ann Jordan, will take you out and about on this walking tour, commencing with visits to both the Gladstone Hotel, an historic Victorian/turned art hotel (and cultural hub for the dynamic local arts community) and the Drake Hotel, originally opened in 1890 and today a boutique hotel cum exhibitions venue for Canadian and international artists. Toronto’s gritty west end is home to many artist studios; you will visit the studio of internationally exhibited Ian Carr-Harris and Yvonne Lamerich. The tour continues with stops at a handful of small and edgy galleries, plus the Stephen Bulger Gallery (photography; Stephen’s bookshelf of over 3,000 titles is a must to browse and buy). Step off the beaten-track and be amazed by Graffiti Alley. Your QW Art Crawl concludes at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, which has the goal of fostering a global context for the Canadian cultural voice.

Please register by March 7th
Tour participants are requested to buy transit tokens at the Conference Registration Desk in advance of the tour, so that the group may depart on schedule.

www.artinsite.ca
www.mocca.ca

MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012

FULL DAY

First Nations Art and Culture

This all-day excursion is a very special and unique opportunity to gain insight into  Aboriginal art and culture. You will travel by motor coach to the Woodland Cultural Centre on the Six Nations Reserve in Brantford, southern Ontario. During the trip, a film by a First Nations artist will be screened.

The Centre is a First Nations educational and cultural centre.  It was established in 1972 to protect, promote, interpret, and present the history, language, intellect and cultural heritage of the Anishinaabe and Onkwehon:we. The complex includes a museum housing 35,000 artifacts, and a library situated in a former residential school for Aboriginal children, the only such controversial building still standing in the province of Ontario.

Your visit begins with a welcome, a guided tour of current exhibitions and the library, followed by a catered lunch of traditional Native cuisine.  Following lunch, two prominent contemporary artists of First Nations ancestry, Shelley Niro and Tom Hill, will speak about their art and the issues facing First Nations artists today. Ms. Niro will then welcome you to her studio in downtown Brantford.

The day will end with a stop to indulge your shopping pleasure. Iroqrafts is known for traditional and ceremonial Iroquois arts and crafts.

Please register by March 7th.
Vegetarian meals are available on request. Please contact Tours Coordinator, Linda Morita at: lmorita@mcmichael.com.

Speakers are generously sponsored by the ARLIS/NA Alternative Speakers Fund.

www.woodland-centre.on.ca
www.iroqrafts.com

The Fashion, Textile and Costume Tour

Of particular appeal for the new Fashion/Costume/Textile Special Interest Group, this tour will also delight fashion history, theatre and dance buffs as well as fashionable home sewers. First stop, the famed National Ballet of Canada’s Walter Carsen Centre for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Archives and the Eric Bruhn Library, with its collection on dance, theatre, music, scenography and choreography, then continuing on to the costume archive, the workshop of the wardrobe specialists, and the shoe room. Onwards by bus to the unusual and unique Bata Shoe Museum, where changing exhibitions display shoes from world cultures and fashion history. The museum is housed in Raymond Moriyama’s award-winning “shoe box.” Following a quick brown bag lunch, you’re off to the Textile Department of the Royal Ontario Museum to be treated to privileged visits to the Textile Department workroom and conservation lab, plus a tour of the exhibition Riotous Colour, Daring Patterns: Fashions + Textiles 18th to 21st. Your day ends at the Textile Museum, with a guided tour of current exhibitions. Don’t forget to browse the museum’s marvellous shop before you depart.

Please register by March 7th
Vegetarian meals are available on request. Please contact Tours Coordinator, Linda Morita at: lmorita@mcmichael.com

www.batashoemuseum.ca
http://national.ballet.ca/education/Archives_and_Repertoire/
www.rom.on.ca/exhibitions/wculture/textiles.php
www.textilemuseum.ca