News & Events

Upcoming Book Launches

  • Chapters-Indigo, Polo Park, Winnipeg, June 9, 1-3 pm
  • Young Presidents Oranization Private Event, Winnipeg, June 10
  • Temiskaming Art Gallery, June 13
  • Kirkland Lake & Northern Ontario, June 14

Recent Book Launches

Sunday, March 3, 2024 – Arnprior Ontario

Saturday, February 24, 2024 – Donna Child Fine Art Gallery, Toronto

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 – Ancha de San Antonio, Mexico

Other Upcoming Events

  • Toller Cranston Individual Bridge Challenge, Arnprior Bridge Club, April 27, 10 am
  • Toller Cranston, Contemporary Masters Exhibition, d’Arenberg Cube, Australia
  • Arnprior & District Museum, The Toller Cranston Family Connection Keynote, April 13, 2-4 pm

Book Related News & Recent Media

Book Launch: June 9, 2024 – Chapters Indigo Polo Park, Winnipeg, MB.

Sutherland House: Summer Reading Suggestions

Article: [ICE TIME] Skating Great Toller Cranston’s Incredible Life Captured in New Book – May 29, 2024 by Jack Gallagher

Review: Lou Braibant reviews “Toller Cranston: Ice, Paint, Passion.”

theHumm Interview with Phillippa by Kris Riendeau. (download PDF)

ALBERTA MORNING: Phillippa Cranston Baran and her brother’s legacy.

Terrifying obsession: Cochrane gallery launches largest exhibit of Toller Cranston’s Artwork. (read Here)

How Toller Cranston redefined the artistry of men’s figure skating & became a queer icon.

Skateguard Blog Interview: Talking Toller with Phillippa Cranston Baran.

Oldies 107.7 – various links.

Toller Cranston book debuts in Arnprior
By Jake Davies – West Carleton Online.

Article in the International publication from Germany: Eissport Magazin.

Baran to speak on Cranston at Culture in Arnprior By Jake Davies – West Carleton Online.

8th Annual Memorial Tribute – Remembering Toller Cranston: 1949-2015

Thanks to you all for your love and support.

Phillippa

Watch the Ice Theatre of New York’s 2015 Benefit Gala honoring Toller Cranston!

Short-listed for the 2022 Sutherland House Book Prize

2022 Toller Cranston Award Winners

Canada’s Toller Cranston competes in the figure skating event at the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Olympics. (CP Photo/ COC) Toller Cranston du Canada participe au patinage artistique aux Jeux olympiques d’hiver d’Innsbruck de 1976. (Photo PC/AOC)

Congratulations to the 2022 Toller Cranston Award Winners!

The Canadian Olympic Foundation, along with Skate Canada has announced the 2022 Toller Cranston Memorial Fund Athlete Award winners!

“Artistry. Creativity. Passion. Those are three of the many characteristics that Toller Cranston held on and off the ice.”

“As an esteemed ice skater and passionate member of the community, Cranston urged those around him to celebrate life with the same amount of dedication. As the 1976 Olympic Bronze medallist, his legacy has continued through the creation of the Toller Cranston Memorial Fund, which provides financial support to young skaters who hold the same qualities as Cranston.”

The Canadian Olympic Foundation

rECENT bOOK PUBLICATION

With his death in 2015 at age 65, Figure skating lost a trailblazer. Canada lost an icon. The creative world lost a creative force. He became a legend. His name is Toller Cranston.

From the sister of a figure skating icon comes the stories of a creative genius who was funny, outspoken, and a fierce advocate for young talent. This book is a celebration of his life, a tribute to the values by which he lived, and a road map for living fearlessly.

TOLLER CRANSTON: ICE, PAINT, PASSION

Toller Cranston was a 6x Canadian figure skating champion who won World and Olympic medals. He was an artist who created more than 20,000 paintings. He holds an Order of Canada, was Athlete of the Year, and Skater of the Century. Lots of people won medals. Lots of people painted. Some people hold an Order of Canada. No one had a life like his. With his death in 2015 at age 65, Canada lost an icon. Figure Skating lost a trailblazer. The creative world lost a powerful force. He inspired generations. He became a legend. This is Toller.

NEW BOOKS IN THE WORKS

TOLLER CRANSTON: THE PAINTINGS, A TERRIFYING OBSESSION

Toller Cranston viewed painting and figure skating as inseparable artistic expressions. His skating was distinctive. He introduced artistry and theatricality to the sport and changed it forever. His artwork was distinctive. It is said that you can recognize a Toller Cranston painting if you drive past it at 100 miles an hour, just as you might a Picasso, or a Warhol. He created more than 20,000 original paintings that are sought by collectors worldwide. He was a fearless, creative force and truly authentic in everything he said and did. Toller Cranston died in 2015 in Mexico. His headstone in San Miguel de Allende reads Toller, Artist, 1949-2015. The book contains images of more than 400 paintings as well as quotes from the artist about life, death, skating, and art.

TOLLER CRANSTON: CASA TOLLER, THE PROPERTY IN MEXICO

In 1992, Toller Cranston acquired a rambling estate property in the World Heritage Spanish Colonial city of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Over the next 23 years, he created an extraordinarily magical, utterly dazzling property that was designed to surprise, enchant, and delight. It was indescribable by his design. Nothing was random or scattered. And too much was never enough. The property was not just his home. It was a studio, a gallery, a classroom, a showplace. Through stunning photographs and never-before told stories from Toller’s Mexican staff, the book reveals the full dimension of Toller Cranston’s creativity when he was gives a canvas that extended from one cobble-stone street to the next.

2025

2024

  • 2024 VIP Reception & Book Launch, Donna Child Fine Art Gallery, Toronto
  • 2024 Public Book Signing, Donna Child Fine Art Gallery, Toronto
  • 2024 Arnprior Book Launch at the Historic O’Brien Theatre, Arnprior
  • 2024 VIP Book Launch, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  • 2024 Public Book Launch, Hotel Aldea, San Miguel de Allende
  • 2024 Mexicanos Book Launch, San Miguel de Allende
  • 2024 World Figure Skating Championships, Montreal
  • 2024 The Toller Cranston Family Connection Keynote, Arnprior & District Museum, Arnprior
  • 2024 Toller Cranston Individual Challenge, Arnprior Duplicate Bridge Club
  • 2024 Toller Cranton, Contemporary Masters Exhibition, d’Arenberg Cube, Australia

2023

  • 2023 Galeria Intersección Arte Contemporaneo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  • 2023 Sub Solo Gallery, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 2023 A Terrifying Obsession Exhibition, Art Evolution Gallery, Cochrane, Alberta
  • 2023 Metamorphosis Exhibition of paintings and photographs, DCFA Gallery, Novotel, Toronto
  • 2023 Design TO Exhibition, Toller Cranston – The Painter: An Exhibition of Original Works, Cambria Gallery, Toronto

2022

  • 2022 Metamorphosis Photography Exhibition, Truth Gym Gallery, Victoria BC
  • 2022 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Donna Child Fine Art Gallery, Toronto
  • 2022 Donation in Support of Patronato Pro Ninos, San Miguel de Allende, Mx
  • 2022 Donation in Support of San Miguel Literary Sala, San Miguel de Allende, Mx
  • 2022 7th Annual Birthday, April 20, 1949
  • 2022 7th Annual Memorial, January 23, 2015
  • 2022 Donation in support of Arts Programming, Biblioteca Pública San Miguel de Allende, Mx
  • 2022 Podcast #3Turn3 with Pj Kwong and Haig Oundjian. Skate Ontario YouTube: https://youtu.be/NHubhRcsEW8
  • 2022 Canadian Olympic Foundation Toller Award Scholarships Presented

2021

  • 2021 Inauguration of the Toller Collection at Biblioteca Pública, San Miguel de Allende, Mx
  • 2021 Turkey With Toller, Thanksgiving Fundraiser, Biblioteca Pública, San Miguel de Allende, Mx
  • 2021 6th Annual Birthday, April 20, 1949
  • 2021 Launch of Yo Inc Entrepreneurship Program, San Miguel de Allende, Mx
  • 2021 Podcast, Whistler Rotary Club: Toller: Life and Times, Whistler, BC
  • 2021 6th Annual Memorial, January 23, 2015
  • 2021 Canadian Olympic Foundation Toller Award Scholarships Presented

2020

  • 2020 Donation in support of Children’s Art Foundation Art Auction, Rosewood Hotel, San Miguel de Allende, Mx
  • 2020 Canadian Olympic Foundation Toller Award Scholarships Presented
  • 2020 5th Annual Birthday, April 20, 1949
  • 2020 5th Annual Memorial, January 23, 2015

2019

  • 2019 Toller Exhibition, Museum of Northern History, Kirkland Lake, ON
  • 2019 Toller Exhibition, Temiskaming Gallery, Temiskaming, ON
  • 2019 Stories from the Notebooks: Life and Times, Temiskaming Gallery, Temiskaming, ON
  • 2019 Toller Exhibition, Fabulous Florals Exhibition, Artworld Fine Art Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • 2019 Canadian Olympic Foundation Toller Award Scholarships Presented
  • 2019 4th Annual Birthday, April 20, 1949
  • 2019 4th Annual Memorial, January 23, 2015

2018

  • 2018 Art Recognition Award, Contemporary Arts Committee, Northern Ontario
  • 2018 Toller Exhibition, Prints and Line Drawings, Artworld Fine Art, Toronto, ON
  • 2018 Toller Exhibition, Mario Oliva Gallery, Fabrica la Aurora, San Miguel de Allende, Mx
  • 2018 Canadian Olympic Foundation Toller Award Scholarships Presented
  • 2018 3rd Annual Birthday, April 20, 1949
  • 2018 3rd Annual Memorial, January 23, 2015

2017

  • 2017 Canadian Olympic Foundation Toller Award Scholarships Presented
  • 2017Donation in support of Manitoba Figure Skating Association
  • 2017 2nd Annual Birthday April 20, 1949
  • 2017 2nd Annual Memorial January 23, 2015

2016

  • 2016 World Figure Hall of Fame Inductee, Lake Placid, NY
  • 2016 1st Annual Memorial January 23, 2015
  • 2016 Toller Open House, Arnprior, ON
  • 2016 A Terrifying Obsession Exhibition, Art Evolution Gallery, Calgary, AB
  • 2016 1st Annual Birthday April 20, 1949
  • 2016 Toller Exhibition, Artworld Fine Art, Toronto, ON

2015

  • 2015 Celebration of Life, Art Gallery of Ontario
  • 2015 Ice Theatre of New York 30th Anniversary Gala Award, NYC, NY
  • 2015 Donation to Ice Theatre of New York, 30th Anniversary Gala
  • 2015 Donation to Lindt & Sprüngli (CA) Ltd., 30th Anniversary Gala
  • 2015 Children’s Art Foundation Award, San Miguel de Allende, Mx
  • 2015 Art Auction in support of Children’s Art Foundation, Rosewood Hotel, San Miguel de Allende, Mx

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