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Monopoly with Real Money, 1973/2009

Toronto Stock Exchange, King Street West

Money became a conceptual and tactile medium as Toronto celebrities played the iconic real estate board game throughout the night. This timely restaging of the artist's 1973 event drew an eerie connection between the 1970s era-defining recession and today's market meltdown. Monopoly, patented during the Great Depression, has gained new relevance with every boom-and-bust cycle. Does it provide an escape from the grim reality of stock-market crashes and factory layoffs, or offer a training ground for the next generation of would-be entrepreneurs? Here unlikely combinations of artists, musicians, journalists, authors, media personalities, and (yes!) financiers and developers vied for prize properties in an uncertain investment climate -- all played in cold, hard cash. Staged at the TSX, the Toronto Stock Exchange, which ironically no longer has a trading floor since all transactions are conducted virtually. Playing Monopoly "with real money," revived the tangibility of money in the digital age. Players included urban studies theorist Richard Florida, rapper K-OS, CityNews anchor Roger Peterson, radio host Jemeni, DJ Vaneska, comedian Trevor Boris, developer Brad J. Lamb and Toronto's Mayor, David Miller (see Players List for the full slate.)

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