Ladies’ nights

The Globe and Mail (Alberta Edition) - - PURSUITS - NOLAN BRYANT SO­CI­ETY RE­BECCA BEL­MORE: FAC­ING THE MON­U­MEN­TAL OPENING RE­CEP­TION AT THE ART GALLERY OF ON­TARIO, TORONTO

Indige­nous artist Re­becca Bel­more is hon­oured in Toronto, while Mar­garet At­wood is feted in London

Artist Re­becca Bel­more is a mem­ber of Lac Seul First Na­tion (Anishi­naabe) who for more than three decades has cre­ated mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary works that tackle dif­fi­cult sub­jects in beau­ti­ful ways. Re­becca Bel­more: Fac­ing the Mon­u­men­tal is the artist’s largest solo ex­hi­bi­tion, launched July 11 at the Art Gallery of On­tario in Toronto. In­de­pen­dent cu­ra­tor Peggy Gale spoke on be­half of the Ger­shon Iskowitz Foun­da­tion (Bel­more was the re­cip­i­ent of its name­sake award in 2016), and the artist, AGO di­rec­tor and CEO Stephan Jost and Wanda Nanibush, the AGO’s cu­ra­tor of Indige­nous art, also took turns at the mi­cro­phone. Artist Robert Houle, whose work Seven Grand­fa­thers is on dis­play in the gallery’s Walker Court, was on hand as well. He as­sisted with a mov­ing pre­sen­ta­tion to Bel­more of a star blan­ket, a tra­di­tional gift of many Indige­nous peo­ples given in hon­our of a ma­jor ac­com­plish­ment or sig­nif­i­cant life event. Juno Award-nom­i­nated Cree cel­list Cris Derk­sen then per­formed, be­fore guests got their first look at the won­der­ful new show, which runs through Oct. 21.

1. Re­becca Bel­more pre­sented with a tra­di­tional star blan­ket by cu­ra­tor Wanda Nanibush and artist Robert Houle THE CANADA CLUB LONDON SPRING DIN­NER HON­OUR­ING MAR­GARET AT­WOOD, LONDON

Founded by 26 fur traders in the fall of 1810, the Canada Club has ex­isted with few in­ter­rup­tions as a London so­cial club where mem­bers gather for splashy din­ners and lively talks that fo­cus on Canada and its role in the world. Re­cently, the club held its an­nual black-tie spring din­ner, this year in hon­our of Ot­tawa-born au­thor Mar­garet At­wood, for 200 or so guests at the London Zoo in Re­gent’s Park. The set­ting was a fit­ting one: Join­ing in were mem­bers of BirdLife In­ter­na­tional, an or­ga­ni­za­tion work­ing to con­serve birds and their habi­tats. At­wood and her part­ner, Graeme Gib­son, who was also in at­ten­dance, are for­mer co-pres­i­dents of Rare Bird Club. Af­ter din­ner, New Brunswick-born

Lyse Doucet, the BBC’s chief in­ter­na­tional correspondent, led a con­ver­sa­tion with At­wood on stage about her body of work, the re­cent page-to-small-screen suc­cesses The

Hand­maid’s Tale and Alias Grace and mat­ters of the en­vi­ron­ment. 2. Mar­garet At­wood and Lyse Doucet

3. Sharmine Pochkhanawala and Michael Kotrly

4. Nancy Miller (head of the UK Friends of the Na­tional Bal­let of Canada); Jen­nifer Maxwell (chair and hon­orary sec­re­tary of the Canada Club); Jan­ice Charette (Cana­dian high com­mis­sioner to Bri­tain); Glen Ire­land

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