Limited Edition Pop-Up Studio

Sunday May 6, 13, 20 + 27 Sunday June 3 + 10 10am-5pm Individuals: $40 / Pairs: $60 / Groups smaller than 5: $100 In conjunction with his exhibition “Limited Edition,” Yannick Anton will be hosting a Pop-Up Studio for portrait sessions at the Gladstone Hotel every… Read More

CANOES at Indigenous Arts Festival

7th Generation Image Makers is an Arts and Mural Program for Indigenous youth in downtown Toronto. Since 1995, this multidisciplinary arts program has been committed to proving accessible and professional quality workshops and opportunities in a culturally safe and supportive environment. On June 21 and 22 from 10am to 2pm,… Read More

Urban Matador Finnissage

Celebrate the final day of the Urban Matador exhibition with artist Angel Torres and dancer Brian Torner. Free cover, Latin music and dancing!… Read More

Jimmy Limit with Self Publish, Be Happy

Self Publish, Be Happy invites the public to partake in a performance by Jimmy Limit. Participants will be asked to create work instead of the artist, literally receiving a set of instructions on how to make a Jimmy Limit photograph. Such images will then be printed – first become an… Read More

ROM Big Weekend: Global Family

Artist Annu Palakunnathu Matthew will take photos of families for possible inclusion in her new project. All families will receive a free print and digital file. Free with museum admission. For more information, visit… Read More

ROM Friday Night Live: Photo Flash

Join us for the CONTACT-themed FNL, the city's most unique social destination for electic eats, drinks, DJs, dancing, live music, and unexpected experiences. For tickets visit… Read More

Whiskey Walk

Saturday, May 23, 2- 5 pm You are invited to join the Nikon Photowalk through Corktown, led by Vistek’s own in-house photographer and Product Manager, Gary Goldberg. It’s not just about meeting new and interesting people. It’s about discovering Toronto’s most fascinating district. Explore Corktown, taking in the new Canary… Read More

Stereographic Portrait Sessions

Get your portrait taken in 3D! Take home a stereocard, a digital image, as well as your very own stereoviewer, which will work with both formats, to show your friends and family. Remember to share your picture with us on Facebook! Registration required; Adults: $35, Students: $30. Saturday, May… Read More

Hands-On Session with Bob Wilson

Looking for a more intimate experience? Gather around and explore stereographic photographs and paraphernalia with Collector Robert Wilson. Each session will focus on a different theme within his wide-ranging collection, allowing participants to handle and view rare materials that are not on display. Registration required; Adults: $ 10, Students: $8. Read More

Photographic Historical Society of Canada 40th Anniversary Party

Join the Photographic Historical Society of Canada as they celebrate their 40th anniversary. The evening will open with a fascinating lecture and end with a party. All welcome!… Read More

Rebecca Belmore: Performance

Experience a new performance by Rebecca Belmore in conjunction with her exhibition KWE, which explores the complicated relationship between Indigeneity, art, and colonization.  … Read More

Digital Diaspora Family Reunion

DDFR invites audiences to participate in building the One World-One Family Album by publicly sharing their own family photos in a live performance at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. The interactive event will highlight the diversity of our communities and break down barriers between people of differing racial, ethnic, cultural, gender, and sexual orientations. We welcome the local Toronto… Read More

Pictures from Paradise: Panel Discussion

Exhibition artists will join co-curators Melanie Archer & Mariel Brown of Robert & Christopher Publishers, Trinidad and Kenneth Montague of Wedge Curatorial Projects, Toronto for a lively discussion around Caribbean identity in contemporary photography. The artists will make short presentations about their featured works within the broader context of their… Read More

Festival Launch Afterparty @ The Gladstone

Join Old School and New School DJs for a dance party in association with 40 Years – An Exhibition of Hip Hop Portraits at The Gladstone Hotel. With: Mel Boogie Mastermind DJ X Wristpect Nino Brown DJ Law Hosted by Wan Luv. $15 adv, visit… Read More

Knife and Tape

Join artist Becky Comber for an open workshop on the 4th floor of the Gladstone Hotel. Comber will be present to chat with viewers about her processes and to demonstrate her photographic techniques.  May 24 & 25, 12 – 5pm… Read More

The Bird and the Cup

Annie MacDonell's month-long self-directed residency at the Toronto Reference Library, Pictures Become Objects, Objects Become Events, culminates in a lecture-performance produced in collaboration with French artist Maïder Fortuné.  The Bird and The Cup mines the library’s Picture Collection to illustrate a shape-shifting narrative winding through two separate spaces: the Toronto Reference Library and Robarts Research Library. These two… Read More

Through The Body: Performance and Reception

During the opening reception of Through The Body: Lens-Based Works by Contemporary Chinese Women, artist Chun Hua Catherine Dong will pres- ent a performance based on her series Husbands and I, in which she presents herself as an Asian bride searching for a Western husband. Read More

Archiving Public Sex Panel Discussion

The event will bring together artists and invited guest speakers to explore the social, cultural, and political importance of the materials in the exhibition Archiving Public Sex. Reception to follow. Read More

Performance: Patent Pending

Additional performances beginning at 9:30pm and 11pm.   A closely woven collaboration of space, art, composition, and interaction. Step inside the dark and quirky brain of visual artist Karen Ostrom, where a seamstress sews disembodied heads into shirts, and a glovemaker blows new life into hand-gloves. “Patent Pending”… Read More

AGO 1st Thursdays
Jason Evans Roving DJ Performance

Jason Evans Roving DJ Performance Beginning at 8:30 pm FREE with admission to AGO 1st Thursdays Join the AGO's Photographer-in-Residence Jason Evans, a 2012 Grange Prize nominee, for special performance that will see the artist play records on a mobile DJ station for works in the AGO collection. Read More

The Tintype Studio Portrait Session

In conjunction with their exhibition Occupational Portraits, The Tintype Studio will host a series of open portrait sessions at the Campbell House Museum . $60… Read More

The Junction BIA Kickoff Event

Celebrate The Junction BIA's Festival exhibitions with a special opening reception at Dundas St W and Pacific Ave. Come and find out what the Festival is about, meet local photographers, and experience a special event celebrating the art of photography in The Junction. Visitors will get a chance to see… Read More


Silverline Studios in association with Sheridan's Bachelor of Photography program presents Shine 3, a benefit to fund the Gian Carlo Drueco Award for Excellence in Photography. In memory of Gian Carlo Drueco, a bright and promising photographer lost far too early to cancer in July 2012, Silverline Studios, Sheridan College and… Read More

Magnum Photos Workshop Screening & Wrap Party

Join us for an opportunity to review the work created by photographers who participated in the Magnum workshop.  Supported by Kronenbourg and 918 Bathurst Centre. Nikon Professional Services team will also be on hand for a technical Q&A and will provide a complimentary sensor cleaning service for… Read More

Artist Talk: Lise Beaudry

This event has been rescheduled from Saturday May 19 to Thursday May 31, 7pm. Artist, Lise Beaudry, will join curator, Stuart Keeler and Persilia Caton, Artistic Project Manager at CONTACT, for conversation and an informal walk through the exhibition, Sur la Glace | Standing on Ice. Read More

Artist Talk: Max Dean and Hiraki Sawa

Dean and Sawa discuss the influence of historic and found photography on their respective art practices. Dean speaks about Album (2012), his project to pass on custodianship of his collection of found family photo albums to the public via his configured VW Beetle —the Foto Bug. Artist-in-Residence Sawa, will… Read More

Max Dean: Album

See the first appearance of Max Dean’s Foto Bug. His specially configured Volkswagen Beetle will appear at various locations throughout the city to showcase photo albums and pass them on to willing new owners. For a complete schedule visit  … Read More

Artist Talk: Dan Dubowitz

Architect and artist Dan Dubowitz gives a talk about his exhibition, Fordlandia: The Lost City of Henry Ford (2012), the failed jungle enclave, within the wider context of his ongoing project, Megalomania. Read More

Scenes From Here: Meet the artists

Meet photographers Eamon Mac Mahon and Jim Verburg for an informal walk- through of their exhibition that explores our complex relationship to nature.  … Read More

Artists’ talk and reading

A discussion with artists Erin Brubacher and John Haney, and the launch of Private Commutes: writings on the project by Melissa Bennett (Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Hamilton), Amanda Jernigan (poet and essayist), and Jordan Tannahill (performance creator, playwright and Artistic Director of Suburban Beast). Also a… Read More

Closing gathering

Participants in Private Commute will be gathering for a meal at the gallery. Members of the public are welcome to join afterwards for a closing reception: stop by around 9 p.m. for good company, conversation, beverages and fun. Read More

In Conversation: Lynne Cohen and Ann Thomas

Lynne Cohen engages in a candid conversation about her body of work over the last four decades with Ann Thomas, Curator of Photographs at the National Gallery of Canada and a 2012 Scotiabank Photography Award Juror. Presented by the Design Exchange. For tickets, visit… Read More

Panel: Photo + Design

This panel brings together renowned Canadian photographers: Michael Awad, Peter MacCallum, Marc Cramer and Nic Lehoux. Sharing a focus on the built environment and urban landscape, the four will discuss their respective practices and thoughts about photography and design. Presented by the Design Exchange and Canadian Architect Magazine. For… Read More

Walk-Through with Barr Gilmore

Acclaimed Toronto-based artist and designer, Barr Gilmore, the creative director of the exhibition and book, Lynne Cohen: Nothing is Hidden (2012), gives a tour of the show. Presented by the Design Exchange.  … Read More

Exhibition Walk-Through with Olga Korper

Olga Korper, champion of Canadian and international contemporary art of all media, both locally and abroad, provides an insightful exhibition walk-through of Lynn Cohen: Nothing is Hidden. Cost: $10 (Free for DX Members)… Read More

Max Dean: Album

Max Dean’s specially configured Volkswagen Beetle will appear at various locations throughout the city to showcase photo albums and pass them on to willing new owners. For a complete schedule visit… Read More

Panel: Gender and Exposure in Contemporary Iranian Photography

Join curator, Andrea Fitzpatrick, in conversation with exhibiting artists Amirali Ghasemi and Samira Eskandarfar, about their work and contemporary art practice in Iran today.  … Read More

Fresh Perspective Tour of Larry Towell, Donovan Wylie: Afghanistan with Bonnie Rubenstein

Join Bonnie Rubenstein, Artistic Director of CONTACT, for a tour of the exhibition Larry Towell, Donovan Wylie: Afghanistan. Rubenstein has a long and rich relationship with both featured photographers, and was instrumental in bringing their work together for this exhibition. She will share her knowledge and photography expertise with… Read More

Fresh Perspective Tour of Larry Towell, Donovan Wylie: Afghanistan with soldiers of the Canadian Forces

Soldiers in the Canadian Forces will share stories of the front lines in response to the exhibition Larry Towell, Donovan Wylie: Afghanistan.  Master Corporal Adam Winnicki, Master Corporal Daniel Yun and Corporal Tom Jun served in Afghanistan for six to eight month long deployments in recent years.  Leading visitors… Read More

Curator Talk: Collective Identity

Join exhibition curators Matthew Brower, David Liss and Bonnie Rubenstein for an informal discussion about the works in Public: Collective Identity | Occupied Spaces. Read More

Bike Tour

Persilia Caton, Artistic Project Manager at CONTACT, leads a bicycle tour throughout the city to the sites of CONTACT’s public installations. Meeting in the MOCCA courtyard and ending with a visit to Max Dean’s Foto Bug in the Distillery District. Weather permitting.  … Read More

Artist Talk: Dr. Ariella Azoulay

Ariella Azoulay (b. Israel, based in Tel-Aviv) is an academic, author, curator and activist whose ongoing research explores the relations between photography and citizenship. Azoulay teaches visual culture and contemporary philosophy at the Program for Culture and Interpretation, Bar Ilan University, and is the author of Once Upon A… Read More

Artist Talk: Philippe Chancel

North Korea has created an environment of ubiquitous propaganda that surpasses all other communist regimes. Philippe Chancel's photographs explore how the political has been transfigured into an all-encompassing aesthetic. Philippe Chancel was born in Paris in 1959 where he continues to live and work. Over the last twenty… Read More

Artist Talk: Bill Sullivan

American artist, Bill Sullivan, discusses his work and the method he calls “situational photography”. Bill Sullivan was born in 1964 and lives and works in New York City. Following a 15-year career as an artist and portrait painter, he took up photography in 2002. Focusing on street photography,… Read More

Artist Talk: Jon Rafman

Jon Rafman examines new forms of virtually represented public spaces, specifically from Google Street View, by mining this publicly available archive for images that speak to modern social life. Rafman is an artist, filmmaker, and essayist whose work explores the impact of technology on consciousness. He holds a… Read More

Artist Talk: Michael Awad in conversation with David Macfarlane

A tour of the exhibition, Entire City Project and lively discussion between Michael Awad and acclaimed writer, editor and Toronto historian, David Macfarlane. Read More

Artist Talk: Aaron Vincent Elkaim

 Aaron Vincent Elkaim speaks about his exhibition, A Co-existence: Lost in the Wake of Zionism (2011). Elkaim is an Toronto based documentary photographer who found his way to the profession after pursuing an education in Film and Cultural Anthropology. After recognizing that photography would enable him to tell… Read More

Artist Talk: Melanie Manchot

Melanie Manchot (b. 1966; based in Berlin and London) will present an overview of her practice which investigates extended notions of portraiture through photography, video, and film. She will also discuss her use of the Distillery, it's location, and archive, for her newly created site specific installation commissioned by… Read More

Magnum Photos – Larry Towell

Photojournalist Larry Towell will present images and video, accompanied by live music, poetry and lyrics. As Larry takes us on a journey from El Salvador to Afghanistan and back again, he will be accompanied by harmonica aficionado Mike Stevens. Come hear a passionate photographer talk about his experience in… Read More

Magnum Photos – Constantine Manos

Constantine Manos was born in 1934 in South Carolina to Greek immigrant parents. His photographic career began when he was 13 in the school camera club, and within a few years he was a professional photographer. His book Portrait of a Symphony, on the Boston Symphony Orchestra, was published… Read More

Conference: Berenice Abbott: Photographs

To accompany the exhibition, this event addresses the work of Berenice Abbott. With special guests: Ron Kurtz Owner of Commerce Graphics; Dr. Gaëlle Morel, Curator at the Ryerson Image Centre; Dr. Sarah Miller, Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar in American Art at the University of Chicago; Dr. Terri Weissman, Assistant… Read More

Artist Talk: Isabelle Hayeur

Engaging with altered landscapes, suburban areas and tourist sites, Hayeur uses digital photomontage and compositing to investigate social issues, urban planning and environmental concerns. Isabelle Hayeur is an image-based artist, born in Montreal in 1969. She holds a Bachelor’s (1996) and a Master’s (2002) degrees in Fine Arts… Read More

Magnum Photos – Mark Power

Mark Power was born in Harpenden, England in 1959. He took up photography accidentally after studying painting. His interest in long-term, self-initiated projects is complemented by a number of large-scale commissions in the industrial sector. Power has published four books: The Shipping Forecast (1996), Superstructure (2000), the Treasury Project… Read More

Artist Talk: Adi Nes

In conjunction with his survey exhibition organized by the Koffler Gallery, Israeli photographer Adi Nes speaks about his artistic perspective on contemporary Israeli society and the politics of identity, introducing his newest body of work, The Village, which will be premiering in New York and Paris this month. Read More

Talk: Collecting Photographs 101

Please note this event is cancelled until further notice.  Directed at those who are in the early stages of building a photography collection, this talk will answer basic questions about collecting, print types and editions with reference to photographs from the gallery’s collection. RSVP 416.504.0575  … Read More

Book Launch: Hank O’Neal

Celebrate the launch of American photographer Hank O’Neal’s new publication, XCIA’s Street Art Project (2012). An exhibition of works from the publication will be presented. A former agent with the Domestic Operations Division of the Central Intelligence Agency, Hank O'Neal (aka XCIA), is an author, photographer, and music… Read More

Artist Talk: L.E. Glazer

L.E. Glazer and curator Rupert Young of artProfile, will discuss Glazer’s Deconstructionist approach to the art of the photograph and the works in the exhibition. Read More

The Tintype Studio @ The Drake Cafe

Portrait Session The Tintype Studio revisits a historical photographic tradition, creating a unique image on a metal surface. The Tintype Studio revives this process in its traditional context, the outdoor fair, by offering a fun, participatory, and retro take on the instant photograph. Its tintype portrait service and… Read More

CONTACT in The Junction

Celebrate CONTACT Photography Festival with the participating Junction photographers all under one roof. Please join us in celebrating a festival, which joins thousands of kindred spirits, who share a love and passion for photography. We will celebrate yet another successful year of CONTACT in the Junction, with an… Read More

Panel: Photography in Public

A discussion about photography’s complex relationship to the theme of “public”, focusing on the borderlines between public and private; the social and political role of photographs; and the lines between art, activism and propaganda. Moderator: Matthew Brower, University of Toronto. Panelists: Sarah Parsons, York University; Sharon Sliwinski, University of… Read More

Panel: Occupied Spaces

Exhibition curators are joined by artists Tarek Abouamin, Benjamin Lowy, Sanaz Mazinani and Richard Mosse for a discussion about photography's ability to capture and shape contemporary experience, and to stimulate and effect social change. Read More

Through the Lens of Psychoanalysis: The Photographic Portraiture of Robert Giard

Presented in conjunction with Just As You Are: Portraits by Robert Giard this panel is moderated by Hazel Ipp, Vice-President of The Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis with guest panelists Ken Corbett, Muriel Dimen, Virginia Gouldner, and Adrienne Harris. Opening reception to follow. Part of UTAC's Art with… Read More

Alternative Process Photography Symposium (A.P.P.S.)

In his keynote address, Sam Wang will offer insights into the revival of alternative process photography, as well as novel methods of integrating alternative processes into ones digital photography practice, helping artists best assert their unique creative voice. Wang is an accomplished photographer and retired Distinguished Professor of Art… Read More


A walk-through of Guy Tillim: Avenue Patrice Lumumba with Kenneth Montague of Wedge Curatorial Projects, followed by a screening of Raoul Peck’s powerful film Lumumba (2000), an emotional account of the leader’s rise to power. Admission $5 To RSVP e-mail Primary→… Read More

Magnum Photos Workshop Screening

A unique opportunity to view the visual stories created by photographers participating in the Magnum Photos Workshop. Magnum Workshop→ Magnum Photos→… Read More

Michael Galinsky: Malls Across America 1989

See images from Michael Galinsky's series entitled Malls Across America 1989. In 1989, Michael Galinsky drove across America photographing in malls as he travelled. Following in the visual footsteps of Robert Frank and Gary Winnogrand, Galinsky also thought about William Eggleston as he loaded color slide film into… Read More

CAPIC Speaker Series: HMAb Live! Party 2011

Following up on her super successful HMAb Live! Party of last May, CAPIC is pleased to bring Heather Morton out of blog retirement to present an evening of stimulating photo projects and a lively panel discussion on the state of commercial photography in Canada. Part of CAPIC’s national Speakers… Read More

DOC NOW – Raising the Lusitania: How to Render the Invisible

In conjunction with the upcoming multimedia DOC NOW Festival taking place from May 11-June 25, featuring graduating students from Ryerson University’s MFA program in Documentary Media. The panelists for Raising the Lusitania discuss the impulse to document in images, that which is inherently not visual. Paula John’s autobiographical work… Read More

Festival Wrap Party & BMW Exhibition Prize Announcement

Join CONTACT staff, photographers, artists and guests for one last night of celebration to wrap up CONTACT 2011. The recipient of the BMW Exhibition Prize will be announched. All are welcome to attend!… Read More