Must-Attend November Events
1. The Makings V. Calgary’s Willock & Sax gallery holds its fifth annual ceramics group exhibition this month. See work by Robin DuPont, Sarah Pike and Barbara Tipton, among others. November 1 to 30. Willock & Sax Gallery, 210 Bear St., Banff, AB. More info: http://www.willockandsaxgallery.com.
2. reDesign Collection Launch Party & Sale. The Textile Museum of Canada has commissioned 14 boldface names in the Canadian design world — including Karl Lohnes, Cate and Levi and Lori Harrison Designs — to create a limited edition collection of everything from tech cases to messenger bags to home decor items (like the coasters pictured above, by Bookhou). Check out the goods and meet KnollTextiles designer Irma Boom at the collection’s launch party. November 4. $65. Knoll Showroom, 109 Atlantic Ave., Suite 200, Toronto. More info: http://www.textilemuseum.ca.
3. Rooms You May Have Missed. This exhibit, which compares and contrasts the work of architects Umberto Riva and Bijoy Jain, looks at how rooms are used as the building blocks of architecture. The architects’ approaches are anchored in their respective generations and cultures, but each is “deeply engaged with architectural processes, materials and craft.” November 4 to April 19, 2015. $10. Canadian Centre for Architecture, 1920, rue Baile, Montreal. More info: http://www.cca.qc.ca.
4. 12 Trees of Christmas: The Toronto Edition. Now in its 26th year, the Gardiner Museum’s annual exhibit of designer Christmas trees kicks off this month. Decorated by even more design stars, including Steven Sabados & Chris Hyndman of CBC’s Steven and Chris, Pink Tartan‘s Kimberley Newport-Mimran and Cobi Ladner of Cobistyle, each tree was inspired by a different Toronto neighbourhood. November 12 to December 14. $12. Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park, Toronto. More info: http://www.gardinermuseum.on.ca.
5. Kids Help Phone Homes for the Holidays. If you’re looking for a little holiday decorating inspiration and Pinterest just isn’t cutting it, check out this annual tour. Now in its 10th year, the self-guided tour throws open the doors to six homes in Vancouver’s West Side neighbourhood, all of which are decked out for the holidays thanks to local designers and retailers. This year’s tour features Casa Mia, the historic Spanish Revival mansion that saw performances by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie in its heyday. (And more recently, it served as Christian Grey’s imposing mansion in the 50 Shades of Grey movie.) Proceeds benefit Kids Help Phone. November 29-30. $50. Vancouver. More info: http://www.homesfortheholidays.ca.