Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Contact Toronto: Mark Your Calendar


MAY 1 – 31, 2006

TORONTO, ON, April 13, 2006 – CONTACT, North America’s largest photography event, will be launched on Friday April 28, 7:00 pm to midnight (remarks at 8:00 pm), at Brassaii Bistro and Courtyard, 461 King Street West, with a public celebration of its 10th Anniversary. Though the popular festival spreads across the GTA, much of the festival programming will be concentrated in Toronto’s Art and Design District on King Street West, giving it a destination focus.

With more than 187 venues in this year’s CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival, some of the program main attractions include:

CONTACT Partner Exhibitions, Public Openings:
“Imaging a Global Culture” - Friday April 28, 6-9pm, HP Gallery, 510 King St.W.
“Shattering Earth” – Friday May 5, 7-9pm, MOCCA, 952 Queen St. W.

CONTACT Free Public Tours:
Festival Highlights - Saturday May 13, 2-6pm, commencing from Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W., Space is limited.
“Shattering Earth” – Curator Tour, Saturday May 6, 1pm, MOCCA, 952 Queen St. W.
“Inconsolable Memories: Stan Douglas:” – Curator Tour, Sunday May 7, Bus from Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St.W, departs at 1pm to Art Gallery of York University

CONTACT Lectures: |
Rita Leistner/ Phillip Robertson on “Unembedded” – Monday May 8, 7:30pm, Ryerson University Jorgenson Hall L72, 350 Victoria Street
Gu Xiong/ Xing Danwen, public installation artists – Thursday May 11, 7:30pm, Ryerson University Engineering Lecture Theatre (Eng103), 245 Church St.
Stephen Gill/Stephen Waddell, public installation artists – Monday May 15, 7:30pm, Ryerson University Jorgenson Hall L72, 350 Victoria St.

CONTACT Panel Discussions:
“Who is Collecting Whom”- Saturday May 13, 11am, Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St.W.
“Imaging a Global Culture” – Sunday May 14, 11am, Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W.

CONTACT Portfolio Reviews – Friday May 11, 10am-5pm, Waddington’s, 111 Bathurst St. Space is limited. Register online at

CONTACT Public Installations/ on view May 1-31 at the following locations:

# Pearson International Airport, Terminal 1 – Michael Awad (Canada) “The Entire City Project, Airport Series 2006” four photographs
# St. Andrew Subway Station, King St. W. & University – Stephen Gill (UK) “Lost”; Stephen Waddell (Canada) “Pedestrian”. 17 photographs each
# St. Patrick Subway Station, Dundas St.W. – Xing Danwen (China) “disCONNEXION”; Gu Xiong (Canada) “I am who I am”. 13 photographs each
# 469 King St.W. – Carole Condé & Karl Beveridge (Canada) “Work in Progress”, six street banners
# Brassaii Courtyard, 461 King St.W. Ari Versluis & Ellie Uyttenbroek (The Netherlands) “Exactitudes”, 20 photographic panels
# Drake Hotel Front Windows, 1150 Queen St. W., Olivo Barbieri (Italy) “site specific LAS VEGAS 05”, four photographs
# Transit Shelters, Queen St. W (north side) from Gladstone to Ossington, Tania Kitchell (Canada) “Extended Spaces”, eight backlit photographs
# Transit Shelters, Queen West & Shaw St intersection, John Oswald (Canada) “Shelter”, six backlit photographs

CONTACT Films on Photography:
Six programs of films from around the world, May 12-14, at the National Film Board of Canada, 150 John Street. Featuring international photographers including Martin Parr, Helmut Newton, Joan Fontcuberta, Nemai Ghosh, Carol Jerrems, Pierre “Fatumbi” Verger, Ian Thullier, Vic Muniz and Sally Mann.

This year CONTACT is introducing a new pocket-sized passport as an essential guide to the festival. CONTACT’s 2006 Magazine, an expanded anniversary edition, features special essays and informative details on feature exhibitions, international lectures, film screenings, public installations, educational programs and details all festival exhibitions. It is available at participating venues as of April 19 and at Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounges across Canada and internationally.

CONTACT, a not-for-profit organization, is generously supported by Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co. (premier sponsor); media sponsors Fashion Television, enRoute Magazine and The Toronto Star; the Drake Hotel (official CONTACT hotel); and First Light Associated Photographers (official lecture series sponsor). CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the support of Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and Foreign Affairs Canada.

For information on programming and/or high-resolution digital images, please contact:

Festival Information:

For Media Information:

Janet Conover
Arts & Communications
416 966-3421, ext, 215

Stephanie Kerr

Credits: CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival

CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival
258 Wallace Avenue, Suite 204
Toronto, Canada M6P 3M9
T 416-539-9595 F 416-539-0829


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