Art Gallery of Ontario
by Gadjo Sevilla
This year, we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the JUNO awards, the annual acknowledgement of Canadian musical artists and bands. In honour of this anniversary, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) have prepared a very original project: the combination of amazing Canadian art with great Canadian music.
The JUNO Award-winning musicians recorded their audio responses to selected pieces of art, together with music that they feel complements the art. Alpha Yaya Diallo, Buck 65, Dan Hill, Gord Downie, Hawksley Workman, and Jane Bunnett are among the few that visited the Art Gallery and chose their favourite artwork.
There are a lot of masterpieces to be seen (especially the collection of Henry Moore’s sculptures) but what is more interesting is how they are interpreted by musical artists. It is very inspirational how some of them are instantly inspired to perform. The exhibition is up and running until August 31st in the Art Gallery of Ontario and it is definitely worth visiting, even if you are not a big art fan. It will definitely open your horizons and you won’t be disappointed!