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Active Circuit
Robin Kang
September 12, 2017 - November 3, 2017
Grace Building, New York

Robin Kang’s vivid fiber art examines our relationship with technology, both traditional and new.  Active Circuit, commissioned by Arts Brookfield, presents nine weavings whose colorful patterns are inspired by vintage computer circuitry from the 1970’s and 80’s.  Kang describes these weavings as chips, or components of information hardware, that are activated by the energy of viewers passing through the exhibition. Activation in this instance however, becomes spiritual rather than physical.  Courage, Wisdom, Faith, Compassion, Ethics, Patience, Diligence, Justice, Love: each individual chip is matched to one of these virtues. Just as circuits require electric current to operate, electric current is inherent to the functions of our bodies. Kang deepens our relationship to the rapidly advancing technologies that surrounds us, drawing us closer to these parallels.

She writes that the installation will create “electromagnetic energy that will refresh, restore, reprogram, or simply recharge anyone who activates the current.”  By allowing ourselves to pass through and become part of the circuit of a virtue pattern, we will receive an energetic affirmation, a signal. In this way Kang explores technology as a potentially positive extension of ourselves.  Active Circuit presents a unique space to pause and contemplate how we as creators and users of technology can channel positive energy. As we walk through this labyrinth of weavings we are challenged to think of the ways our intentions can change the shape of our world.

– Tom Kotik, curator.



Grace Building Lobby

Thursday, September 14 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM



Inspired by her southwestern upbringing, Robin Kang reinterprets the tradition of weaving within a contemporary context.  Utilizing a digitally operated Jacquard hand loom, the contemporary version of the first binary operated machine and argued precursor to the invention of the computer, she hand weaves tapestries that combine ancient symbolism, computer related imagery, and digital mark making.  The juxtaposition of textiles with electronics opens an interesting conversation of reconciling the old with the new, traditions with new possibilities, as well as the relationship between textiles, symbols, language, and memory. Kang has exhibited throughout the US, Canada, Spain, Belgium, France, Austria, Indonesia, and Saudi Arabia.  Recent institutional shows include the Queens Museum, the Essl Museum, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, U.S Embassy in Saudi Arabia and Brooklyn Academy of Music, among others. She has participated in artist residencies in Texas, Michigan, Massachusetts, and Beijing.  Kang is the founder and director of Penelope, an artist-run project space in Ridgewood, Queens, and also an Adjunct Professor in the Fiber and Material Studies Department at Tyler School of Art, teaching courses in digital weaving and fabric dyeing.

50@150 Art Tours
June 20, 2017 - July 6, 2017
First Canadian Place, Toronto

Join artist and co-creator of 50@150, Alex Park for free guided tours of the exhibition. Alex will share hidden references and clues embedded in many of the art pieces.

Canada’s evolving history is filled with rich stories of heroes, heroines and heartbreakers. Join the 50 @ 150 exhibition tour and find out, first hand, about the hidden stories behind the creation of these unique visual treatments of Canada’s great leaders.

Alex will share hidden references and clues embedded in many of the pieces, the process of choosing the 50 personalities and the nature of the creative collaboration between Calgary artists Paul Scott Birnie and Alex Park.

And to challenge the viewer, we’ll discuss the unique curatorial approach of “dynamic pairings” used to generate discussion, insight and understanding of the nature of leadership and nation building.

You’ll come away with a greater appreciation of the strength, resiliency and creativity of our nation as seen through the inspiring lives of these 50 remarkable Canadians.

Throughout the exhibition join artist and co-creator Alex Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays for an art tour.

Après Wednesdays
June 14, 2017 - August 16, 2017
Brookfield Place New York, New York

Kick back and relax on the Terrace every Wednesday all summer long! With live music, film screenings, and more, Brookfield Place is where you’ll want to unwind this season.




Astrology Lounge | 5 – 8 PM | June 14, June 21, July 5, July 12, August 2 & August 9

Are your stars aligned? Step into our astrology lounge to gaze into your future with Samuel Reynolds and tarot reader Yoyin Alake.


DJ set by Natasha Diggs

One of the most versatile and well respected DJs in the world, Natasha Diggs will spin an eclectic sound featuring hip hop, soul, funk, latin, rock, house, reggae, afro-brazilian, disco, and beyond every Wednesday for this series.



June 14 | Roberto Poveda

Let the infectious and compelling Latin sound of Robert Poveda soothe your soul, with influences from bolero, salsa, rumba, samba, hip-hop, and jazz.


June 21 | Celebrate PRIDE Week!

The performance for this week’s Aprés Wednesdays has been changed! Don’t worry, you can still enjoy a FREE Live DJ set and Astrology Lounge on the Terrace at Brookfield Place. We’ll also be celebrating PRIDE Week from 6-9 pm with a Silent Auction Soiree and BPNY’s #LoveIs Letters Project Kick Off.

For more information on the Silent Auction Soiree, visit BrookfieldPlaceNY.com/events/LOVEIS19


June 28 | Animation Night!

Curated film screening & VR experiences. Click here for the film schedule!


July 5 | Miko de Leon

Experience Portland native, Miko de Leon’s soulful vocals with a hint of folk-style lyricism.


July 12  | Avalon Jazz Band

Take a trip back to 1930-40’s Hot Club de France, with this Parisian jazz band founded by Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli.


July 26 | Animation Night!

Curated film screening & VR experiences. Click here for the film schedule!


August 2 | Hot Hand Band

One stop party band inspired by Nola/jazz/funk/hip-hop trio, featuring Kevin Moehringer (trombone), Nick Gianni (bass), & TJ Robinson (washboard/percussion)


August 9 | Justina Maria Soto

Vocalist, songwriter, and session singer, Justina Soto, is set to perform a blend of pop, electronic, and jazz arrangements.


August 16 | Animation Night!

Curated film screening & VR experiences. Click here for the film schedule!

All-Day Breakfast Exhibition
June 12, 2017 - July 21, 2017
First Canadian Place, Toronto

We all love Breakfast! And at Katzman they love contemporary art. In light of all-day breakfast being the new norm, we thought, lets put together a millennial group exhibition that questions the paradigms of modern society and responds with art that is creating a new mythology. Why? Because time no longer has meaning!
Join us at the FCP Gallery to enjoy tasty selections from our new art menu of the top six millennial artists to collect – with selections from Broadbent Sisters, James Gardner, Meryl McMaster, Tian Xiaolei, Yi Xin Tong, and and VSVSVS.

Interwoven Exhibition
May 8, 2017 - June 9, 2017
First Canadian Place, Toronto

INTERWOVEN- A group show featuring Thomas Brasch, Johnnie Eisen, Florian Holzinger, and Sean Newman.

The Interwoven group exhibition delves into themes of natural and manufactured patterns and textures. Curator Sonja Scharf of akasha art projects brings together four photo-based artist’s, each having a unique and distinct technique exploring a narrative around this visual complexity.

Interwoven delves into themes of natural and manufactured patterns and textures. Curator Sonja Scharf of akasha art projects brings together four photo-based artist’s, each having a unique and distinct technique exploring a narrative around this visual complexity.
With compositions at times modest and meditative and at others, embellished and ornamental this exhibition culminates in a cohesive essay on this aesthetic theme.

Viewing Hours are 11- 3 when gallery is not in use for private rentals.
For wiewing by appointment Monday to Friday, please contact the Arts & Events Department at 416.862.6858.

NPAC: National Pictures of the Year 10th Anniversary
May 1, 2017 - May 12, 2017
First Canadian Place, Toronto

The News Photographers Association of Canada showcases its members’ most powerful and poignant images from 2016. Part of the city-wide 2017 Contact Photography Festival.

A wide-ranging exhibition of last year’s best Canadian photojournalism – organized by the News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) – will grace the First Canadian Place lobby for ten days as part of the city-wide 2017 Contact Photography Festival.

The National Pictures of the Year awards, which promote the best examples of high quality and ethical work captured by NPAC members, is the largest annual photojournalism competition in Canada. Those who visit FCP’s Main Lobby during the exhibition will see the finalists from the competition’s 14 categories, including Photojournalist of the Year.

The winners, announced at the non-profit organization’s gala awards dinner on May 6th, will then be revealed and highlighted on May 8th. Be sure to come back on that day to see who won.

Mind the Gap: Birch Contemporary Gallery Artists+
February 21, 2017 - March 3, 2017

Filling in memory gaps; this exhibition revisits important works by gallery artists and introduces never-before-seen works produced between exhibitions.

Birch Contemporary presents the group exhibition MIND THE GAP. The exhibition’s title references First Canadian Place’s location as part of the PATH network that links to the subway system, where the well-worn phrase ‘Mind The Gap’ draws public attention to the empty space between the train and the subway platform. The premise of this exhibition is to create awareness of a ‘gap’ of sorts, bringing attention to artworks produced between exhibitions or outside of more well-known bodies of work that have slipped into inventory without a formal public airing. MIND THE GAP brings these little-known works, many of which have never been officially exhibited, to the fore alongside significant works from gallery artists past and present.

Featured artists include Cathy Daley, Ed Pien, Howard Lonn, Louise Noguchi, Sean Stewart, Renée Van Halm, Kelly Richardson, Mitch Robertson, Martin Golland, Richard Storms, Janet Werner and Jaan Poldaas, amongst others.

Winter Lights 2017
30 Spectacular Light Installations
January 16, 2017 - January 27, 2017
Canary Wharf, London

The Winter Lights sculptures, structures and installations are the creations of some of the most innovative artists and designers around today, presenting work in different forms of light technology. Together the artists represent four continents across the world with installations that are interactive, performance art or visual spectacles to be admired from afar.

Appealing to art lovers, families, young and the old, there is something for everyone from dusk and all for free. Best seen after 4PM, all the installations and light affects come alive during the evening until 9PM, so join us on a dark January evening and experience a wealth of inventive and spectacular light effects and sculptures that will illuminate the Canary Wharf skyline.

Click here to see the full list of participants in the Winter Lights Festival.

Green Canary Wharf  – All the installations are made as energy efficient as possible using mains power instead of generators and using LED lighting. Transportation of artworks and equipment is combined to reduce the number of journeys, using electric vehicles around the estate and local contractors are used as much as possible.

Liliane Lijn: Poemdrums and Koans
January 16, 2017 - March 11, 2017
Canary Wharf, London

American-born artist Liliane Lijn has lived and worked in Britain for most of her career. Working across a range of media – kinetic sculpture, film, performance, collage – she investigates language, mythology, light and matter. The cone or ‘koan’ has been her focus since the 1960s, explored in differing scales and materials. Her work is in collections world-wide and has been shown internationally, with numerous public commissions. In 2005 Lijn was ACE NASA, Leonardo Network artist in residence at the Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California.

This exhibition focusses on her sculpture, both static and kinetic, including work using the medium of light, specially chosen to coincide with Winter Lights at Canary Wharf. www.lilianelijn.com

Exhibition Tour: Tuesday, February 7, 6:30-7:15PM
Curator Ann Elliott tours the exhibition with Liliane Lijn. E-mail visualart@canarywharf.com to reserve a place.

Meet the Artist: Gary Taxali
January 12, 2017
First Canadian Place, Toronto

One of Globe and Mail’s Hottest Tickets in Town: Five Things to do in Toronto, the Unfamous: The Works of Gary Taxali exhibition is on now until January 27, 2017.

But for one day only, join us in the FCP Gallery to meet Gary Taxali. Gary is a contemporary fine artist known for his retro vintage pop art style rooted from an award-winning illustration background. He is a fine artist, illustrator, toy designer, OCAD U Associate Professor, and a member of the Stamp Advisory Committee for Canada Post.

Gary Taxali has been trailblazing a path that intersects the paradoxes/anxieties of contemporary society through imagery of bygone eras. Reminiscent of 1930’s depression era signs, posters, packaging, vintage graphics and ephemera, Taxali confronts themes of human relationships, love, sex, isolation, frustrations and consumerism through our yearning for nostalgia.

Brad Wheeler of the Globe and Mail, notes that “A documentary on his work is titled The Art of Whimsy, he cashes cheques from The New Yorker regularly and he’s been commissioned by everyone from the rock band Pearl Jam to the Canadian Mint. The OCAD-educated illustrator’s zippy, vintage-styled pop art evokes an instant but vague nostalgia – perfect for this time of year”.

Window Galleries: Light Movements
Neil Shirreff
January 8, 2017 - February 3, 2017
Canary Wharf, London

The Window Galleries series at Canada Place showcases up-and-coming artists, designers and craftspeople.



Light Movements challenges the act of looking, our perception of color and our fidelity to our sense of sight. The work is comprised of color photo-grams (camera-less photographs) in box frames lit by color changing LED lights. As the lights change color our perception of the photo gram’s color and form is altered. The lights activate and give life to the still image.  What was fixed now appears to be in flux. These changes of color and form create the illusion of motion as they appear to advance and recede before our eyes.

Heartstreets in Concert
December 1, 2016
First Canadian Place, Toronto

Heartstreets – the Montreal duo whose sound blends hip hop, R&B, and soul – go way back. Meeting first at nine years old, Gab Godon and Emma Beko immediately bonded over music. “We used to do hip-hop choreography together for shows in elementary school,” Beko has said. “Then in high school, we would sing on the bus and stuff like that.”

Fast forward fifteen years and Godon and Beko have released their debut EP, You and I, to much acclaim. In “Crawling South,” the first single released from the EP, Godon’s sultry voice comes together perfectly with Beko’s rap-style storytelling to reflect on a relationship that came apart. The heartbreaker, which charted at number six on Spotify’s Viral 50 Chart, was released with a video showing the heartbroken sifting through a “break-up box” of memorabilia. Complex said of the song that it “mirrors that gut-wrenching feeling of blowing the dust off the top of that box, and digging into a trove of memories, good and bad, like some kind of wistful relationship archaeologist.”


Lucas DiPasquale in Concert
Lucas DiPasquale
November 17, 2016
First Canadian Place, Toronto

When Toronto’s Lucas DiPasquale recorded himself playing an acoustic mashup of Jamaican dancehall artist Popcaan in his Ryerson University dorm room, he had little idea how far it would take him. But when Popcaan himself endorsed the YouTube videos on social media, DiPasquale went viral and started down the path of becoming a name in his own right.

Late last year, the 21-year-old released his debut EP, appropriately titled Post-Secondary. The album landed him on Spotify Canada’s Spotlight Artists for 2016. To record the album, DiPasquale made the trip to the island that inspired him, recording his songs at Jamaica’s legendary Tuff Gong Studios. “It’s not shocking, given Toronto’s Caribbean – specifically Jamaican – population, that a native of ‘the 6′ can nail the patois,” wrote reggae critic Erin MacLeod in The Guardian. “But it is a nice surprise that Lucas’ music is darned good.”

Meet Artist Arnold Zageris
Arnold Zageris
November 16, 2016
First Canadian Place, Toronto

Join us as Arnold Zageris, award winning Canadian Artist, takes you on a special guided tour of his exhibition ‘Antarctica. ‘ You will be astonished by the colour, fantastical shapes and grandeur captured in Arnold’s photographs.

Arnold’s newest book ‘Antarctica’ will be available for purchase and he will personally autograph it for you.

Great gift idea! Chance to WIN copies of Arnold’s new book Antarctica!

Arnold Zageris’ Antarctica
Arnold Zageris
November 7, 2016 - December 9, 2016
First Canadian Place, Toronto

Be astonished by the color, fantastical shapes and grandeur of Antarctica as captured by award winning Canadian artist Arnold Zageris. With minimal manipulation of the images, the colors are as close to reality as possible and nature and the artist’s eye provides the rest.

Breathtaking in its superlatives, Antarctica mesmerizes visitors with its compelling beauty, awe-inspiring landscapes and imposing grandeur. No continent is its equal.
Canadian artist Arnold Zageris has traveled to Antarctica many times, always fascinated by the limitless but challenging opportunity to capture astonishing images. Balancing his tripod in a Zodiac boat buffeted by ocean currents, Zageris studies and plans his photography; slowing down to contemplate the scene and carefully selecting his subject and composition before taking only a few photographs. With minimal manipulation of the images, the colors are as close to reality as possible and nature provides the rest. Arnold Zageris conveys the majesty of the landscape and creatures of the region and allows the viewer an intimate experience of this unique continent.

Arnold Zageris has won many awards for his work and has exhibited in public and private galleries across Canada including The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, Ontario and The Rooms in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. He is the author of two books: ‘On the Labrador’ published in 2013 and the recently published ‘Antarctica’, both published by Fitzhenry Whiteside. His work is in private, corporate and public collections including that of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, the National Gallery of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts. The book ‘Antarctica’ will be available for sale during the exhibition.