November 18, 2014

The Gardiner Museum Presents 12 Trees Exhibit: The Toronto Edition

Ok, it's officially winter (in my mind and according to the temperature) and that means the holidays are fast approaching! Eeek! #IAmNotReady Don't believe me? Walk into any store - I bet there is Christmas music playing and holiday decorations are stocking the shelves. So - time to just accept it and embrace the season! 


Bundle up, stay warm and enjoy all things festive!


The Gardiner Museum is doing just that! This years, 12 Trees exhibit is featuring trees that are bringing some of Toronto's favourite neighbourhoods to life! These one-of-a-kind trees, decorated by some of the city's top designers, will glitter and glisten throughout the museum between November 12 - December 14, 2014

I got a sneak peak at the trees as the designers were putting their finishing touches on them during a media preview - and I instantly got in the festive spirit! Not to mention - the hometown pride I felt walking around seeing some Toronto neighbourhoods such as Leslieville, Chinatown, Mirvish Village, Greektown, and more come to life on the trees!
“This year, extraordinary designers, new and returning, will bring their favourite Toronto neighbourhoods to life in fabulous, one-of-a-kind tree designs.” says Kelvin Browne, Executive Director & CEO. “Started by our co-founders George and Helen Gardiner 26 years ago to celebrate the holidays in Toronto and at the Gardiner, it has since become one of the beloved signature events that signal the beginning of the holiday season in the city. This year, 12 Trees gives a fresh, urban take on a festive tradition.” 
With designers such as Steven Sabados & Chris Hyndman of CBC’s Steven and Chris, Susanne Shaw of Holt RenfrewKimberley Newport-Mimran of Pink Tartan and so many more - I knew the trees would be beautiful. Check out the pics below for yourself! Or - better yet - head into the Gardiner Musuem before December 14th and see them in person! 

The Gardiner Museum Presents 12 Trees Exhibit: The Toronto Edition
Chinatown


The Gardiner Museum Presents 12 Trees Exhibit: The Toronto Edition
Distillery District


The Gardiner Museum Presents 12 Trees Exhibit: The Toronto Edition
Downtown


The Gardiner Museum Presents 12 Trees Exhibit: The Toronto Edition
Entertainment District


The Gardiner Museum Presents 12 Trees Exhibit: The Toronto Edition
Forest Hill


The Gardiner Museum Presents 12 Trees Exhibit: The Toronto Edition
Greektown


The Gardiner Museum Presents 12 Trees Exhibit: The Toronto Edition
Leslieville


The Gardiner Museum Presents 12 Trees Exhibit: The Toronto Edition
Mink Mile


The Gardiner Museum Presents 12 Trees Exhibit: The Toronto Edition
Mirvish Village


The Gardiner Museum Presents 12 Trees Exhibit: The Toronto Edition
Old Toronto - St. Lawrence Market


The Gardiner Museum Presents 12 Trees Exhibit: The Toronto Edition
Toronto Arts & Culture


The Gardiner Museum Presents 12 Trees Exhibit: The Toronto Edition
Yorkville


The G Party – November 27, 2014 from 6:30pm - 10pm


Set amongst the stunning 12 Trees exhibition, the Gardiner’s signature fundraiser, the 12 Trees G Party, promises to be the ultimate urban Christmas event. Taking place on Thursday, November 27, this blowout party will close the Museum’s 30th Anniversary year, featuring locally themed cuisine by à la Carte Kitchen, wine from Southbrook Vineyards, brews from Mill Street, a live DJ set, and the 30 Under 30 showcase – an exclusive auction of work from emerging ceramic artists.

Tickets are $150 each or $799 for a group package of six, and can be purchased online at HERE or by calling the Gardiner Museum at 416-586-8080.