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David Bowie is dressing up and staying out late during opening week at the AGO


Free admission for first 200 people dressed in costume on opening day Sept. 25; Tickets on sale now for epic late-night party on Sept. 27

TORONTO – The record-breaking exhibition David Bowie is makes its North American debut in Toronto on Wednesday, Sept. 25, and to celebrate the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is rolling out the glitter along Dundas Street West for an opening night spectacular.

From 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, the AGO will reverberate with live music and costumed Bowie impersonators. Public tickets for the evening of the 25th have already sold out. But the first 200 people to arrive in Bowie costumes will receive free admission to the exhibition that night.

Two nights later, on Friday, Sept. 27, the AGO will stay up late as it hosts an epic opening party entitled David Bowie is Here from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Advance tickets are on sale now and include admission to the exhibit, with timed entry. Downstairs in Walker Court, the party rages on with music by DJs Luis Jacob and Odessa Paloma Parker, video tributes to the artist himself by Toronto new media artist Lorna Mills and an exhibition of memorabilia collected by Toronto artist Andrew Zealley and others. Tickets prices are $45 for the general public and $40 for AGO members. For more information on becoming an AGO member, please visit

Find more details about the immersive multimedia exhibition David Bowie is — running to Nov. 27, 2013 — here.

The first block of single timed-entry tickets for David Bowie is are on sale now. Ticket prices are $21.50 for youth ages 17 and under, $26.50 for seniors and $30 for adults. Admission is FREE for AGO members and for children five and under. Tickets in the first block offer one-time admission to the exhibition from Sept. 25 to Oct. 20, 2013. The second block will go on sale at a later date, to be announced.

David Bowie is tickets are also available in a special combo package with the AGO’s critically acclaimed exhibition Ai Weiwei: According to What? Combo tickets offer timed-entry access to any time slot for Ai Weiwei: According to What? and the first block of David Bowie is. Combo prices are $31.50 for youth ages 17 and under, $36.50 for seniors and $40 for adults.

Single tickets for David Bowie is and combo tickets can be booked in person, by phone at
(416) 979-6655 or online by visiting

Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, co-curators for the David Bowie is exhibition, will give a public talk on Sept. 29 in Jackman Hall at the AGO. Beginning at 2 p.m., the V&A curators, both of who specialize in theatre and performance, will discuss the process of assembling the exhibition and working with archival materials. Tickets cost $12 for students, $20 for the public and $17 for members. Tickets are on sale now at

On Nov. 23, glam rock and philanthropy collide for the AGO’s Bowie Bash, a gala fundraiser in support of exhibitions. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. with an exclusive viewing of the exhibition, this glittering event will feature signature cocktails and food stations created by the AGO’s own Executive Chef, Jeff Dueck plus spectacular Bowie-inspired live entertainment and art installations. Tickets for this unforgettable event are on sale now at Tickets are $1,000 each or purchase a Bowie Bundle (10 tickets) for $10,000.

In conjunction with David Bowie is, the AGO is launching its first Family Sunday of the season on Oct. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. This Bowie-inspired Family Sunday will feature costume-making stations, an all-day dance party, family karaoke, a musical tour of the AGO’s collections and more. Families are encouraged to attend in Bowie-themed attire. Family Sundays are included with regular Gallery admission.

Families can also stop by the Margaret & Jim Fleck Gallery to relax and engage with art-making, books and ideas in the Family Creativity Lounge. The AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre provides families a dedicated area for art instruction and creative play. The Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre is open to the AGO’s youngest visitors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

A 320-page colour catalogue, entitled David Bowie is, edited by Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh and published by the V&A, accompanies the exhibition. It is available in softcover and hardcover editions for $45 and $62Visit shopAGO online at or call 416-979-6610 for more information.

David Bowie is was organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

In partnership with Holt Renfrew and RBC

Sound experience by Sennheiser

Leadership gifts in support of the Bowie Experience from La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso; The Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin Charitable Foundation; and Rob & Cheryl McEwen

Government Partner: Government of Ontario

Hotel Partner: Eaton Chelsea

Media Partners: Q107 and NOW Magazine

The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. It was established to make works of art available to all and to inspire British designers and manufacturers. Today, the V&A’s collections, which span over 2,000 years of human creativity in virtually every medium and from many parts of the world, continue to intrigue, inspire and inform.

To ensure the best audio experience for visitors, the AGO is working in partnership with audio specialist Sennheiser. “We are extremely pleased to work with the renowned Art Gallery of Ontario on this outstanding exhibition,” said Paul Whiting, President of Global Sales at Sennheiser. “We will not only bring equipment to this exhibition but also our audio expertise offering visitors an immersive 3DAudio experience.” The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. The family-owned company, which was established in 1945, employs more than 2,100 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the U.S. Sennheiser is represented by subsidiaries and partners worldwide. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

With a collection of more than 80,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. From the vast body of Group of Seven and signature Canadian works to the African art gallery, from the cutting-edge contemporary art to Peter Paul Rubens’ masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, the AGO offers an incredible art experience with each visit. In 2002 Kenneth Thomson’s generous gift of 2,000 remarkable works of Canadian and European art inspired Transformation AGO, an innovative architectural expansion by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry that in 2008 resulted in one of the most critically acclaimed architectural achievements in North America. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block, and the often-photographed spiral staircase, beckoning visitors to explore. The AGO has an active membership program offering great value, and the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre offers engaging art and creative programs for children, families, youth and adults. Visit to find out more about upcoming special exhibitions, to learn about eating and shopping at the AGO, to register for programs and to buy tickets or memberships.

Aug. 17, 2013 – Oct. 27, 2013: Ai Weiwei: According to What?

Sept. 25, 2013 – Nov. 27, 2013: David Bowie is

Nov. 30, 2013 – Mar. 2, 2014: The Great Upheaval: Modern Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection

Contemporary programming at the AGO is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Additional operating support is received from the City of Toronto, the Canada Council for the Arts and generous contributions from AGO members, donors and private-sector partners.


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