By Lori Bosworth
If you’re a fan of David Bowie, you may be interested in the David Bowie is exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario, which is opening Wednesday, September 25, 2013 and offering free admission to the first 200 people who show up between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in a David-Bowie-inspired costume. [Unfortunately, I trashed my gold satin disco pants ages ago.]
Bowie emerged on the British glam rock scene in the late 60s via his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, had a huge hit with “Rebel Rebel” on Diamond Dogs, then transitioned to a pop sound with Hunky Dory and the track “Changes.” He later created a rock-funk-soul sound with the release of the Young Americans album featuring “Fame” in 1975 and a later release of “Golden Years” in 1975. Bowie saw great success with his post-disco album “Let’s Dance” which mixed dance with rock blues (and featured guitar virtuoso Stevie Ray Vaughan on lead guitar) and spawned “China Girl,” “Modern Love,” “Cat People (Putting Out the Fire).” In 1977, Bowie scored a hit with “Heroes” from the album of the same name. and the album title song.
If you make it to the opening day of David Bowie is, you’ll be treated to live music and Bowie-themed activities. Get your picture taken with models in Bowie-style costumes. Tickets for the opening day on September 25th have already sold out.
The David Bowie is exhibition arrives at the Art Gallery of Ontario directly from London where it was first introduced at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the first stop on its world tour at the AGO. You’ll see over 300 objects including Bowie’s costumes, sketches, diary entries, lyrics, handwritten set lists, instruments and music videos.
David Bowie is will be showing at the Art Gallery of Ontario until Nov. 27, 2013. Tickets are on sale online.