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Toronto art exhibition to bring new life to Ontario Place

Fall festival aims to help with revitalization while focusing on talent.

The Cinesphere, Ontario Place's original IMAX theatre, will be one of many focal points during a fall art festival.

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The Cinesphere, Ontario Place's original IMAX theatre, will be one of many focal points during a fall art festival.

Fun is returning to Ontario Place this fall.

For 11 days in September, more than 40 contemporary artists will take over the 14-acre waterfront park, transforming it into a multidisciplinary art installation — and opening up parts of the former amusement park that have been sitting idle.

A big goal of the exhibition, called In/Future, is revitalizing the site through cultural programming, said co-artistic director Rui Pimenta.

“It’s transformative,” he said. “People basically will experience the west island of Ontario Place in a way they never experienced it before.”

The project is a collaborative effort between Art Spin and Small World Music Festival, two local arts and culture organizations. The local flavour of the effort runs deep with a lot of emphasis placed on making sure the art included is a reflection of Toronto and Ontario, Pimenta said.

The side benefit of that, he said, is promoting artists who otherwise “wouldn’t have access to this type of exposure.”

People can expect to see everything from sculptures, paintings, photography and new media installations.

Plus, Cinesphere — the IMAX theatre on the property that dates back to 1971 — will screen original films along with those from the Ontario Place archives, some of which haven’t been seen by the public in 20 years.

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