• Artist: Striped Canary
  • Medium: Installation
  • Project Type: Major Institutions
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown

The Bentway & Exhibition Place present a new artwork by Striped Canary (Stephen B. Nguyen & Wade Kavanaugh) (Maine, USA) with sound field by Anne Bourne (Toronto, Canada) below the Gardiner Expressway; October 1-30, 2022.


250 Fort York Blvd

  • Address: 250 Fort York
    Tours start at the west end of The Bentway’s Phase 1 site – under the Gardiner Expressway, just east of Strachan Avenue – and continues into Exhibition Place.
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible, uneven surface throughout the viewing area
  • Schedule: October 2 to 16. Viewable Wednesday to Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 9 p.m.

The Project

Experience a massive, immersive installation within a hidden chamber under the Gardiner Expressway, inspired by the water systems that have shaped Toronto. Artistic duo Striped Canary’s Confluence, featuring a sound field composed by Anne Bourne, invites us to reflect on how humans have shaped natural environments, how our urban landscape has changed over time, and how the built and natural worlds can meaningfully co-exist in the future.

The Artist

Stephen B. Nguyen (born Little Falls, MN, 1976) and Wade Kavanaugh (born Portland, ME, 1979) have collaborated since 2005. They have created dozens of site-specific installations using paper and wood as their primary media. Their work has been commissioned by international galleries and museums such as Mass MoCA in the US and the Museum Rijswijk in Holland. Their collaborations with dance companies have been featured at world-renowned venues including the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, NY among others. Over 15 years they have created a body of work that ranges from large sculptural objects to warehouse-sized immersive environments that suggest layers of earth, old growth forests, the flow of a glacier and the swell of the sea.