AGO Launches All New Art Experience with AGO All Hours

The next must-attend art event has arrived.

The AGO has announced an entirely new way to experience the museum with AGO All Hours, an all-ages, all-day event happening three times a year. Sponsored by RBC, AGO All Hours launches a new platform for up-and-coming local and international talent, offering everything from special art installations and art-making activities to artist projects, marquee performances and more. AGO All Hours channels the intergenerational vibe of a classic Toronto block party, with art and artists at its core.

AGO All Hours launches on May 25, 2019 and celebrates the first day of the AGO's new pricing model, which offers unlimited free admission to visitors 25 and under and a new $35 Annual Pass that includes access to the AGO for a year. Running from 10:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., AGO All Hours is the first durational event of its kind in the Gallery's history.

"This is a way to deepen your relationship with the AGO and experience the museum through artists' activations and audience participation," says Heidi Reitmaier, AGO Deputy Director, and Richard and Elizabeth Currie Chief of Education and Programs. "Whether you've never been here or if you come all the time, everyone is welcome. The day offers unique programming as we respond to the art in our Collection and work with a diverse array of artists."

The first edition of AGO All Hours is headlined by author and artist Hatecopy, singer-songwriter Zaki Ibrahim, house dance crew Warehouse Jacks, dance artist Danah Rosales, hip hop sensations Haviah Mighty and Dijah SB, craft artist Kalpna Patel (AKA Ghostfaceknitta), and DJs Gonnie Garko, Cam Lee, Dre Ngozi and Chippy Nonstop. Visitors of all ages can meet in Grange Park for an outdoor drop-in drawing studio, try Studio Sampler activities in the AGO Gallery School, take in talks with artists such as Diane Borsato and Winnie Truong and listen to intimate musical performances with the Royal Conservatory of Music throughout the day and into the evening. Food and drinks are on offer all around the museum with the AGO's special take on block party favourites like ice cream and hot dogs.

Adding to the exciting lineup is the highly anticipated public opening of Yayoi Kusama's INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM - LET'S SURVIVE FOREVER, the first contemporary artwork in Canada to be acquired through a major crowdfunding campaign. Same-day reservations to see the artwork can be made on site at the AGO.

Admission to AGO All Hours is free for visitors 25 and under, AGO Annual Pass holders and AGO Members, and $25 for single ticket purchasers, with in-and-out privileges throughout the duration of the event. Advance tickets are on sale now. More information can be found at or by following #AGOAllHours.

"AGO All Hours is a truly multigenerational and multidisciplinary event," says Devyani Saltzman, Director of Public Programming. "We're thrilled to build on the success of AGO First Thursdays in launching a new platform for Toronto artists, both established and emerging."

For further details about the May 25 event, click here.

AGO All Hours is proudly supported by Emerging Artist Partner, RBC.

Located in Toronto, Canada's largest city of 5.9 million, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is one of the largest art museums in North America. The AGO Collection of close to 95,000 works ranges from cutting-edge contemporary art to significant works by Indigenous and Canadian artists and European masterpieces. The AGO presents wide-ranging exhibitions and programs, taking special care to showcase diverse and underrepresented artists. Its 585,000 square foot building was most recently expanded in 2008 by Frank Gehry, and attracts approximately one million visits per year. A new pricing model, launching May 25, 2019, offers all visitors 25 and under free, unlimited admission; a $35 Annual Pass includes entry for an entire year. Visit to learn more.

Photo credit: AGO
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