Moments no. 7

The past six months have been busy, both professionally and personally. Yorkdale's East Expansion opened to the public in October, an exciting project that was an honour to be a part of - and as you can see below, a cause for celebration. In December I joined AGO Next, a unique membership program for art lovers under 40 organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario. I've had so much fun previewing new exhibits (so far, Mystical Landscapes, Tributes & Tributaries, Anthony Caro, and a special talk on art collecting), listening to talented curators discuss their theses, and socializing with young people who are also passionate about art. In January my partner and I moved to a new place, and we've spent almost every weekend since hunting for the perfect furniture. Despite the unbearably cold weather that typically engulfs Toronto from November to March, I find that the city has a thriving winter culture of exhibits, outdoor festivals, and exciting food and beverage offerings that help temper the winter blues affecting all of us.

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Moments no. 6

Summer in Toronto. A fleeting three months of sunshine, humidity, and endless things to do. This past summer was one of my favourites; the weather was near perfect and every weekend held a new adventure, whether it be a festival, a concert, a new restaurant, or an art exhibition. As is typical with Toronto summers, it ended way too soon, and here we are now on the cusp of December with a long and cold winter ahead.

Some of my favourite moments of summer '16: trying new craft beer at Bandit Brewery, Batch, and Shawn & Ed Brewing Co.; indulging in charcuterie boards and crusty bread while picnicking in Riverdale Park; tasting the infamous vegan Big Mac from Doomie's at the Toronto Vegan Food Festival; catching this year's Gladstone Grow-Op, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Lawren Harris, and Franz Erhard Walther exhibitions at the Gladstone Hotel, AGO, and Power Plant, respectively; road tripping to Dundas, Ontario and Niagara-on-the-Lake; and a long weekend getaway to Las Vegas with my family. 

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