Being based in Toronto is pretty fantastic (Polar Vortex winter weather and the mayor notwithstanding). There is a robust and growing local arts community with outstanding museums, gallery spaces to explore all over town, and our own international art fair.

Art Toronto 2013 was a great opportunity  to see work from across the country and around the world right here in town, and the perfect overture to the December fair circuit in Miami; if Art Basel Miami Beach and its satellite fairs are a full-throttle marathon sprint, Art Toronto was the ideal warm-up to get the blood flowing.

There were remarkable works by both established and emerging artists; some highlights below.

Luce Munier

 Montreal-based Luce Meunier’s drip works on paper

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 Celia Perrin-Sidarous’ photo Eight Cubes With Ceramics, 2013, purchased by the Art Gallery of Ontario

Elsewhere around town, concurrent exhibition openings kept the crowds sated once the fair’s doors were closed for the evening. Scrap Metal, a privately-owned art foundation, showed three powerhouse women together: Sarah Sze, Shary Boyle and Joana Vasconcelos.

Sarah Sze

 Sarah Sze’s laboriously constructed sculpture made from, among other materials, yarn, tassel and tile

Jim Joe

 Jim Joe on view at Cooper Cole Gallery

The fair also proved fertile ground for collaborations between American and Canadian galleries; Toronto space Cooper Cole teamed up New York City’s The Hole to show large scale graphic works by the so-elusive-he-may-not-exist artist Jim Joe. It was refreshing to see more events go off-site this year, as the fair gains momentum to become a Toronto-wide event. Just over a month to rest up for the next round