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Something Undeniable, Steve Driscoll

Fall art calendar kicks off with 21st-annual Canadian Art Gala

TORONTO, ON — Today, the Canadian Art Foundation announced the 50 artists featured at its annual fundraising Gala and auction. The Canadian Art Gala and auction takes place at Andrew Richard Designs (571 Adelaide St. E., Toronto) on Thursday, September 22, 2016.

This year’s Gala will attract more than 350 influential art, cultural, philanthropic and business leaders. In addition to bidding on exceptional contemporary Canadian art in one of the country’s largest live and silent auctions, guests will enjoy a cocktail dinner and a special choreographed performance by New York–based Canadian artist Brendan Fernandes.

“Canadian Art prides itself on identifying noteworthy artists and being a strong advocate for Canadian art here and abroad,” says David Balzer, editor-in-chief and co-publisher of Canadian Art magazine. “The artists selected for this year’s auction make work across a wide range of media—painting, sculpture, drawing, photography and collage. These are the artists shaping Canadian art today, and their work can be found in museum and private collections across Canada and around the world. We greatly appreciate the generosity of the artists and galleries who donated work to this year’s auction, and to the Gala attendees who support our mandate by adding works from the auction to their collections.”

This year’s live auction includes artwork by internationally renowned artist Michael Snow, who will also be honoured at the event. Gala attendees will discover thought-provoking and eye-catching artworks by emerging, mid-career and senior Canadian talent, including Chris Cran, Liz Magor, Suzy Lake, Steve Driscoll, Derek Sullivan, Chloe Wise, Shuvinai Ashoona and Meryl McMaster. Selected by a committee of national art critics, collectors and curators, the artworks in this year’s auction touch on several international art trends: the resurgence of figurative work, the reinvention of abstract and landscape painting, and the use of digital technology in photo- and collage-based work.

This year’s Gala performance, choreographed by Brendan Fernandes, is titled Reverence. Featuring ballet dancers—including Jenna Savella, a first soloist from the National Ballet of Canada—the work addresses the idea of power dynamics through the gesture of bowing. Guests are invited to become part of the work through their interactions with the dancers.

For a list of the artists and images of the artworks in the auction, or to purchase tickets, visit:


For more than 20 years, the Canadian Art Gala has raised significant funds in support of the Canadian Art Foundation’s key programming initiatives, such as publishing Canadian Art, Canada’s most widely read art magazine for more than three decades. The Canadian Art Foundation also produces a compelling series of talks, events and educational programs, creating a diverse and engaging platform for people to connect with the arts in Canada.

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