Art Toronto 2009, the tenth installment of the annual art fair, featured 100 galleries from a dozen countries presenting their wares at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from October 22-26, 2009. In addition to educational seminars and talks led by seasoned collectors, gallery owners and curators, the fair also presented NEXT, a showcase of affordable artwork by emerging artists. Solo Spaces, interspersed throughout the booth map, offered seven artists a spotlight to share individual projects. The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, one of the fair's habitual exhibitors, celebrated the tenth anniversary with the publication of a limited edition print by Toronto-based artist Jason McLean. The 30 four-color silkscreen prints were sold on-site.
To celebrate its decade as the preeminent event in today's Canadian art scene, the 2009 fair paid a special tribute to Canada, highlighting both established and up-and-coming Canadian talents in a flagship exhibition entitled Heartland, curated by artist, educator and museum professional Jeffrey Spalding. The 20+ modern and contemporary works were exhibited thematically, around notions of wilderness, human nature and abstract worlds.
A custom edition Moleskine pocket notebook was used as an exclusive hand-out for participants in the fair's VIP program, as part of a package that included tours, access to special events and other privileges. The ruled notebook sports a custom belly-band; "Art Toronto 2009" is embossed on the cover, in red.