The Art Gallery of Ontario is launching a new initiative on October 4th that we’re betting is going to become one of our favourite monthly activities. 1st Thursdays will combine art, music and drinks into an evening of cultural creativity.

On the first Thursday of each month, the AGO will host an art party from 6:30 pm-11. Artists will be on hand to discuss their work, DJs will keep the energy high, drinks will flow, and food will be a’cookin’. No event will be quite the same, incorporating everything from exhibition openings and tours to free art making to live performances.

On Thursday, Oct. 4th, join musical guest Bahamas and featured artist Evan Penny as the AGO celebrates his first solo exhibition at the gallery. There will be free nude life-drawing classes throughout the gallery, and designer Trevor Kruse will launch DesignTALKS in shopAGO from 6:30-7:30. FRANK will provide a wine and champagne bar to accompany his talk.

Pre-sale tickets for the event are, unsurprisingly, already sold out, but they’ll be selling a select number at the door for $12. We can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeves next month.

~ Haley Cullingham