Toronto's biggest monthly art party is coming to an end

Jan 18 2019, 3:43 pm

It’s the end of an era.

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is wrapping up its monthly late-night party, First Thursdays, after six epic years.

“After six years, over 800 artists and 130,000 party-goers, we are drawing First Thursdays to a close as we make way for something new,” said the AGO in a statement.

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“Come party with us as we honour the groundbreaking event that made the AGO into a destination Toronto Life described as “the city’s hippest hangout” and brought incredible art experiences to Toronto’s late night scene.”

Over the years, younger crowds flocked to First Thursdays, where they had the chance to check out local and international musicians and DJs, in addition to pop-up talks, food and drinks and interactive installations throughout the gallery’s other floors.

Fittingly, the final First Thursday is a nod to the future and will feature the next generation of curators from OCAD University for ‘We Are Each Other’s Muses.’

“The night’s program honours the muse in all of us and centres the perspectives and experiences of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and Person of Colour), queer and femme-forward artists.”

TiKa will perform with special guests James Bailey and TIYAL and there will also be an art sale, an advice column-style Q&A with artist Dayna Danger, a meme-making workshop by Fallon Simard, a performance by Kiera Boult and the work of The Original Smiths, who make “retro, vintage and up-cycled clothing.”

First Thursdays/AGO

Final First Thursdays: We Are Each Others Muse

When: Thursday, February 7
Time: 7 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West
Price: Advance tickets are $13, at the door are $16