The question at the centre of Toronto’s first art Biennial—“What does it mean to be in relation?”—is a critical one for our times and our city. Immigrants or first-generation Canadians make up over half of the city’s population. What does the event mean to Toronto’s relative newcomers? What does it mean to those who have come to call this city home? How do we relate to one another? How do we all belong in this place together?
This question also resonates for our family because, through the ebbs and flows of life, we have come to Toronto, left the city, and come back again. We’ve gone our separate ways, but we always return. We have a relationship with this city. We belong here. Home is where we have family and friends. So Toronto is home.
Like music, the visual arts is an international language—one to which everyone can relate. The Biennial explores the theme of relations through the eyes of contemporary artists. As a family, it is our hope that millions of Torontonians and visitors will witness the remarkable art exhibited along the waterfront. Through installations and conversations, participants can explore what it means to be in relation within their own lives. This unique occasion allows us to celebrate our diversity as well as our unity.
Our family foundation is privileged to serve as the Founding Signature Patronof the inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art. It is our sincere hope that this event will make our incredible city an even more incredible place to live and visit.
Pierre Lassonde Family Foundation
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