AGO’s First Thursdays Series – Pick A Piper, video gaming & matchmaking (Feb 6th)

The Art Gallery of Ontario has an amazing event series called First Thursdays, which combine compelling art, underground music, and bootyshaking dancetimes all rolled into one fun weeknight. Did I mention there’s a cash bar too?

The first event took place on October 12th 2012 and featured the music of Bahamas. If you’re in for a little distracting treat, click here to visit Bahamas’s website for the fullscreen music video for Lost In The Light. Gorgeous and peaceful! You can stream his lovely folk music on CBC here.

Over the past year, AGO’s First Thursdays have featured Snowblink, DIANA, Austra’s Katie Stelmanis, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Zeus, Vag Halen, Patti Smith, Absolutely Free, Doldrums, Cadence Weapon, Fucked Up, Sandro Perri, and Zaki Ibrahim. First Thursdays consistently become a sold-out event, so it’s advisable to pre-purchase if your favourite band is playing.

On Thursday February 6th, Pick A Piper will be headlining. The event runs from 7pm – 11:30pm and is 19+ General Admission. Advanced tickets are $12 ($10 for AGO members) and $15 at the door ($13 for AGO members). February’s event focuses on competition and playfulness, featuring live table tennis demonstrations, sculpture, instant matchmaking, video-game culture talks, and the dreamy electropop of Pick A Piper.

Check out the details from AGO’s website:

The Duel: Competition at the Heart of Play

Guest-curated by OCAD U MFA Criticism and Curatorial Practice students

Pick A Piper

Get a chance to explore your competitive side at this February’s AGO First Thursday. The Duel will showcase playful installations by Nathalie Quagliotto, an interactive performance by Sarah Febbraro and a live table tennis performance by Geoffrey Pugen.

DJ duo Tape Deck Bros. will battle it out in Walker Court followed by Tasha The Amazon and trio Pick A Piper (featuring Caribou’s Brad Weber) a sound that NOW Magazine is calling “dreamy psych-pop that sounds as good on the dance floor as it does through a pair of headphones.”

Learn the ins and outs of Toronto’s video-gaming culture with AGO artist-in-residence Jim Munroe, and get the inside scoop on working collectively with Toronto-based artists VS VS VS in a series of pop-up talks scheduled throughout the Gallery.

Sculpt with friends and test your puzzlemaking skills to the tunes of DJ Kiki Leaks. Enjoy a delicious array of yummy food and drinks while trying your hand at art-making activities throughout the gallery. The Duel is your chance to eat, drink, dance and come face-to-face with the competition at the heart of play.


Nathalie Quagliotto: Fun, large-scale playground architecture like Maturity Correlation and Puzzling Relationships will be installed throughout the European galleries and in Galleria Italia. Swings, mini-golf and gumball machines will inspire nostalgia by bringing out the child in you while also raising questions about the ways we play.

Sarah Febbraro: Wondering when that person you’re checking out last had sex? If they want kids? Or if they even have a job? Sarah Febbraro wants to help you find your match even if it’s just for the next hour. Let’s Figure This Out Fast So We Can Just Be Together! is an alternative to generic online dating sites; Febbraro will speed up the process and get straight to the point, inviting the audience to be interviewed about what they are looking for in terms of love, relationships and sex. When a match is made, the artist will text participants and bring them together to meet and be sent on an instant date in the AGO.

For one hour only Walker Court will be transformed into a table tennis spectacle – with a spin! Geoffrey Pugen will go head-to-head with a professional table tennis player on a rotating circular table, modified by the artist for an added challenge.


Meet the artist-in-residence: Join video game designer and novelist Jim Munroe in conversation with curator and video game artist Christine Kim about competition and collaboration.

Meet the Artists: Seven-person artist collective VS VS VS take the idea of teamwork to a whole new level. Described as “an experiment in being together too much,” VS VS VS have lived and worked together in an open-concept space in the Portlands since 2010. The group follows a collaborative model in their creation of sculpture, video works, performance and installation. Members from the collective will discuss what it’s like to produce work in this kind of environment.


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Indie-licious Tues Sept 17th 2013

1. Honest – Heavenly Beat
2. Termina – Qurious
3. R U With Me – ASTR
4. Villages – Alpine
5. Cold Rush – Audacity
6. Cruel City – Augustines
7. Midnight On South Granville – Jay Arner
8. All Her Colours – Pick A Piper
9. Bicycle Theme – Simian Ghost
10. Paris (Extended Love Club Remix) – Petite Douceur
11. Lessons – Sohn
12. Candy Flip – Spires
13. Clear The Air – Jacco Gardner
14. San Francisco – Foxygen
15. If You Want Me To – Adam Green & Binki Shapiro