For the month of May, the art community in Toronto is welcoming over 1500 Canadian and international artists to the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival at more that 175 venues, throughout the Greater Toronto Area. This leading photography festival is helping to foster the art and profession of photography while becoming one of the largest festivals in the world being viewed by over 1.8 millions attendees a year. From the city streets, to museum walls, these exceptional exhibitions will bring a renewed sense of vitality and culture to the city of Toronto as CONTACT 2015 celebrates photography as a medium without boundaries. Now in its 19th year, the Festival includes 15 Primary Exhibitions, 12 Public Installations and 31 Featured Exhibitions, with a diverse range of artists exhibiting their work at 116 Open Exhibitions across the city. So today, I’m brining you our Top 5 exhibitions that are not to be missed!
1. Women in Rock at Analogue Gallery (673 Queen St W)
Running from April 30 to June 14, this exhibit celebrates the various legendary female musicians across multi-genres who’ve transformed the music industry by making their mark in the vibrant landscape of the music industry. From rock n roll to jazz crooner, to disco and pop and more, this exhibit pays homage to some of the legendary female musicians of our time.
Photo Credit: Courtney Lee Yip
2. Mark Ruwedel – Ryerson Image Centre (33 Gould St)
Celebrating the work of Mark Ruwedel, a man who has become one of Canada’s most respected and well-known landscape photographer. Working for over three decades, Mark Ruwedel was selected as this year’s 2014 Scotiabank Photography Award and was recognized for his work with photographic media.
3. Expanding Cities Photo and Video Installation – Warden Subway Station
In collaboration with PATTISON Onestop and Art for Commuters, Mexican artist, Alejandro Cartagena’s images will appear on 55 advertising posters covering Warden subway station while a series of videos by Kingston, Ontario art duo, Julia Krolik and Owen Fernley will play for the month of May.
4.Best Beach – Mural Installation at Toronto’s Waterfront (11 Bay St)
In partnership with City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto (StART), Partners In Art (PIA) and the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, a giant photographic mural will be installed along the west wall of The Westin Harbour Castle Convention Centre by Sarah Anne Johnson to create her masterpiece that “echoes the natural landscape lying just beyond the edge of the city, nestled between towering buildings that hover next to nearby Lake Ontario.”
5. Part Picture – The Museum of Contemporary and Canadian Art (952 Queen St W)
During the month of May, MOCCA will be launching three exhibitions to explore the photographic work through Part Picture that celebrated the work of North American photographers by placing their work in conversation with other mediums to juxtapose and compare artists from various eras. The exhibition features works by Lucas Blalock, Ellen Carey, Ryan Foerster, Jan Groover, John Houck, Barbara Kasten, Owen Kydd, Elad Lassry, Mariah Robertson, Erin Shirreff, Josh Tonsfeldt, James Welling, and Chris Wiley.