The Art Lover's Guide to Col­lect­ing Fine Art in CANADA

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With a coast­line that touches three oceans, Canada’s 10 provinces and three ter­ri­to­ries en­com­pass for­est, tun­dra and moun­tain. Within those land­scapes are count­less des­ti­na­tions for art lovers to find in­spi­ra­tion. In the east, Toronto is just a quick trip from New York City, while in the west, Van­cou­ver sits just above the north­ern bor­der of Wash­ing­ton state. Be­tween the coasts, the cities and towns of Canada are plen­ti­ful with gal­leries, mu­se­ums and an­nual art events, and at­tract artists and pa­trons to­gether from across the globe.

Toronto’s Dis­tillery Dis­trict, founded in 2003, hosts many gal­leries and artists. In Septem­ber and May, Art­fest Toronto brings to­gether 75 artists for a ju­ried show of works in mul­ti­ple medi­ums. The En­ter­tain­ment Dis­trict, con­cen­trated around King Street West, hosts the­aters, per­form­ing arts cen­ters and gal­leries for tourists to im­merse them­self in the lo­cal arts scene.

In the French-speak­ing prov­ince of Que­bec, the Old Port dis­trict, Île d’Or­léans, Côte-de-Beaupré and Jacque-Cartier Na­tional Park all pro­vide com­pelling scenic views. In Que­bec City, La Nuit des Ga­leries oc­curs ev­ery Septem­ber, and com­bines art, cock­tails, mu­sic and more.

Cal­gary, in south-cen­tral Canada, is renowned for its an­nual Cal­gary Stam­pede, which in­cludes a West­ern art show. The 2019 edi­tion takes place July 5 through 14. For vis­i­tors with more mod­ern in­ter­ests is Con­tem­po­rary Cal­gary, which be­gan as a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween In­sti­tute of Mod­ern and Con­tem­po­rary Art, Art Gallery of Cal­gary and Mu­seum of Mod­ern and Con­tem­po­rary Art. Also in the city is Glen­bow Mu­seum, home to a col­lec­tion of more than 1.3 mil­lion ar­ti­facts and works of art.

For those seek­ing fresh air out­side the city, Banff Na­tional Park is Canada’s old­est na­tional park, nes­tled within the Al­berta stretch of the Rocky Moun­tains. Be­yond the scenic vis­tas, Banff is also home to the Whyte Mu­seum of the Cana­dian Rock­ies and the Wil­lock & Sax Gallery, which hold his­toric works from iconic Cana­dian artists.

Van­cou­ver and its suburbs en­com­pass many art des­ti­na­tions. Granville Is­land is a penin­sula and shop­ping dis­trict within Van­cou­ver where vis­i­tors can en­gage in artist demon­stra­tions as they tour stu­dios. South Granville has nearly 20 art-re­lated store­fronts, and in June, gal­leries host the South Granville Art­Walk. Van­cou­ver is also home to the an­nual ju­ried Art Van­cou­ver, next tak­ing place April 25 to 28, 2019, at the Van­cou­ver Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

In this des­ti­na­tion guide, read­ers will learn about artists and or­ga­ni­za­tions from across Canada, in­clud­ing Lisa J Levasseur, who runs the Ter­ra­cana Ranch Re­sort, Cindy Sor­ley-Ke­ichinger, Lynne Saun­ders and Rashmi Rekha.

McGill Col­lege Av­enue, Down­town Mon­treal ©Tourisme Mon­tréal, Stéphan Poulin.

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