VIP
Wednesday October 21, 2015. Please join us for this prestigious cocktail event. Feature’s VIP Opening & Benefit Evening offers an exclusive preview of a selection of works by more than 80 artists, presented by Canada’s leading contemporary art galleries.

VVIP Collectors Preview: 4 – 10 pm
VIP Benefit Evening: 6 – 10 pm
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Benefit Partner

Feature is very proud to partner with the Albright-Knox Contemporary and Modern Art Foundation Canada as part of the Benefit Evening on October 21st. This unprecedented alliance between two not-for-profit organizations will give international visibility for Canadian art, and advance its stature by providing enriching opportunities that will nurture ongoing cross–border collaborations.

Presenting Sponsor of the VIP Program

Baker & McKenzie defined the global law firm in the 20th century, and we are redefining it to meet the challenges of the global economy in the 21st. We bring to matters the instinctively global perspective and deep market knowledge and insights of more than 11,000 people in 77 offices worldwide.

VIP Activities
VIP activities are accessible to VIP guests only.
Online registration starts October 1st at noon.

RSVP at
universe.com/featurevipprogram
Thursday, October 22
Tour of the Mirvish Collection, with curator Eleanor Johnston
10 am - 11:15 am
David Mirvish Gallery opened in Mirvish Village on Markham Street in 1963. From beginning with an eclectic mix of artists including Louise Nevelson, Les Levine, William Ronald and Richard Diebenkorn, the gallery quickly evolved a focus which included Color Field artists showing Jack Bush, Anthony Caro, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, Robert Murray, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Larry Poons, Tim Scott and Frank Stella.

This visit to the collection storage will include viewing an installation of Jules Olistki paintings from 1964 – 1970 and a room of works by Frank Stella from 1963 –1998. Also present are works by Hans Hofmann, Larry Poons, Jack Bush, Kenneth Noland, Helen Frankenthaler and Robert Motherwell as well as sculptures by Tim Scott and Anthony Caro.

Access: VIP guests must RSVP
Friday, October 23
TD Bank Group Collection Tour with Senior Art Curator Pamela Meredith and Associate Art Curator Robyn McCallum
10 am - 11 am
Lobby of TD North Tower, 77 King St. W.

TD Bank Group has been collecting contemporary, Canadian art for fifty years. Visit the Art and Archives inventory, as well as see how the collection is deployed on a typical floor in TD Centre. Some highlights include artwork by: Ed Pien, Douglas Coupland, Shuvanai Ashoona, Vanessa Maltese, and Jennifer Murphy.

Access: VIP guests must RSVP
Studio visit with artist Marvin Luvualu Antonio
11 am - noon
A private studio visit with critically acclaimed emerging Toronto-based artist Marvin Luvualu Antonio. Luvualu Antonio was born in St Petersburg, Russia in 1986 and is of Angolan descent. He is completing his BFA in Photography at OCAD University, Toronto (2015) where he was awarded the AIMIA Photography Scholarship Prize (2014). His solo exhibition Pink Matter was held at JR Projects in 2014.

Access: VIP guests must RSVP
VIP Tour: Toronto Sculpture Garden, Scrap Metal Gallery, Gallery Division and more
5:45 pm - 8:15 pm
Join us on a special tour of Toronto’s newest west-end cultural hub, home to numerous contemporary galleries and soon-to-be MOCCA’s 2017 location.

Go to universe.com/featurevipprogram for a detailed schedule of the tour, which includes visits of the Toronto Sculpture Garden, a VIP Exhibition Preview at Scrap Metal Gallery and openings at Division Gallery, Clint Roenisch, Katzman Contemporary and Erin Stump Projects.

Access: VIP guests must RSVP for shuttle transportation
(additional room for guests with their own transportation)
Saturday, October 24
Tecumseth Street Art Fair Brunch
10 am - noon
In what has been firmly established as a beloved annual tradition, the Tecumseth Street galleries invite you to join them for an informal intra-gallery brunch. On view will be Sandra Meigs: All to All at Susan Hobbs (137 Tecumseth); Recent Acquisitions 1965-1995 at Caviar20 (135 Tecumseth, Unit 4); Jennifer Carvalho: As Above, So Below at Georgia Scherman Projects (133 Tecumseth); Mitch Robertson: Astronomy Degree and Ilona Szalay: Second Lesson at Birch Contemporary (129 Tecumseth); and Pascal Grandmaison: Recent Work at Diaz Contemporary (100 Niagara).

Access: All (no RSVP)
VSVSVS Studio Tour
11 am - noon
VSVSVS is a seven-person collective and artist-run centre based out of a 3000 square foot warehouse in the portlands of Toronto, Ontario. Formed in 2010, their activities encompass collective art making, a residency program, a formal exhibition space, and individual studio practices. Recent Exhibitions include; Not Together, But Alongside at Mercer Union, 2015; Cactus Jack or Mick Foley at Katzman Contemporary, 2015 and an upcoming exhibition at the University of Toronto Art Centre and Justina M. Barnicke Gallery. Members include: Anthony Cooper, James Gardner, Laura Simon, Miles Stemp, Ryan Clayton, Stephen McLeod and Wallis Cheung.

Presented by Katzman Contemporary and the University of Toronto Art Centre and Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Access: VIP guests must RSVP
Talk & Tour with Jeanne Parkin and Sara Angel
6 pm - 7:30 pm
Join Sara Angel, Founder and Executive Director of the Art Canada Institute in conversation with the renowned Canadian art advisor Jeanne Parkin about the forthcoming multimedia profile “Jeanne Parkin: Life & Work”. This groundbreaking work explores the history of Canadian art from the 1940s to the present through Parkin’s singular career as one of the country’s most significant pioneers in the contemporary Canadian art world. It addresses how she transformed public and private spaces with visual culture, challenged conventional understandings of art, and forged innovative relationships between Canadians and their cultural institutions.

Co-presented by the Art Canada Institute and hosted at the renowned collection of McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Toronto.

Access: VIP guests must RSVP
Sunday, October 25
VIP Breakfast at Creeds Coffee Bar
10 am – noon
Join us for this exclusive breakfast. In addition to the rich diversity of works presented at Feature, the fair is pleased to present a revamped video program that includes works by some of Canada’s most respected contemporary artists. Further, the video program will also be exhibited off-site at the newly opened Creeds Coffee Bar, allowing the reach of Feature’s programming to extend beyond the Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre and enliven other locales in the Toronto area.

Access: VIP guests must RSVP
Thursday - Sunday, Oct 22 - 25
VIP Seating for Feature Talks
daily at 2 pm
We are pleased to offer VIP front row seating for our series of Talks, presented by Esker Foundation, Feature's Lead Educational Partner. Please visit the Program section to view the Feature Talks.

Access: VIP guests must RSVP
TD VIP Lounge
Presenting Partner

VIP guests are invited to relax and recharge in the TD VIP Lounge, where a curated selection of works from TD's permanent collection will be exhibited alongside furniture from Klaus. The focus this year, is on artwork that provides visual references to existing works of art, whether made by the same artist (David Armstrong-Six or Steven Brekelmans) or responding to artworks and artists from art history (Arnaud Maggs, Jon Rafman, Paul Kjander). TD's curators look forward to sharing more information about the TD Collection to VIP visitors during Feature.

For more information: vip@featureartfair.com