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Alumni Events 2020

Sep 27
SUBURBIA: An Exploration of Suburban Life

Location HMC - Harbourfront Centre - 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

John Armstrong & Paul Collins, Dodo Lab, Martha Eleen, Labspace Studio, Jesse Louttit
Curated by Patrick Macaulay

September 27 - December 28, 2014

Opening Party: Friday 26 September 6 -10 PM

Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

In the suburbs
I learned to drive
And you told me we’d never survive
Grab your mother’s keys we’re leaving

– Arcade Fire, “The Suburbs”

There are those who classify the suburbs as a place from which one escapes, downplaying the significant influence they have on many urban lives. For many artists, the suburbs carry the twofold designation of being outside the realm of artistic innovation, and the places that drove them to pursue their first creative endeavours. The suburbs have had and continue to have an indelible effect on Canadian art. The haste with which many flee the suburbs is referenced in these lyrics by Arcade Fire. However, the song also intimates that these are also the places where we become who we are meant to be and it is from the suburbs that we learn to maneuver in the world and “drive.”

– Patrick Macaulay, Director, Visual Arts 

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