Wednesday, 1 June 2016




Welcome to the second What’s Happening Wednesday of the summer, folks! Three Museum Studies students are in Ottawa for the summer, so this month I am featuring an event in our nation’s capital. If you want to know what our interns are up to this summer, don’t forget to check out Maya’s Internship Check-In column!  
Marie Antoinette by Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun. Source.
1. Opening of the National Gallery of Canada’s Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun Exhibit

This exhibit arrives in Ottawa after touring Paris and New York, and it explores the life and work of one of the most celebrated portraitists of the 18th century. She is most celebrated for her portraits of French aristocrats and royals, including Marie-Antoinette and her children. For more information on the exhibit and the Gallery's hours click here.

When: Exhibit Opening June 9, 2016 from 5 to 8 pm
Where: Scotiabank Great Hall, National Gallery of Canada
Cost: Free! 

2. Craigleith Heritage Depot Grand (Re)Opening

On Saturday June 18th, take a trip out to the small town of Blue Mountains to join recent MMSt alumna (and former Editor-in-Chief) Madeline as she helps to re-open and rejuvenate Craigleith Heritage Depot! For more information on the Depot, check out their website or search for ‘The Craigleith Heritage Depot’ on Facebook.

Where: 113 Lakeshore Road E., The Blue Mountains, ON
When: Saturday, June 18th, 2016
Cost: Free!
Craigleith Heritage Depot, in the town of the Blue Mountains. Source.
3. Gardiner Museum’s Salon 21

This event is included with half-price Friday admission, and it starts at 7 pm with a brief tour of the museum’s new European Porcelain Gallery. Then, at 7:30 pm, the Salon 21: Soundweavers event begins. Composer Emilie Lebel will be premiering her new work, with a discussion to follow. The Salon 21 event is free, but requires advanced registration here.

When: Friday June 17th, 7 pm
Where: The Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario
Cost: Admission to the museum on Friday nights is 4.50$ for students and 7.50$ for adults
RSVP: here

4. The Harbourfront Centre Presents: Mean Girls 

The Harbourfront Centre’s Free Flicks summer movie festival begins with a screening of Mean Girls at 9 pm on June 22nd. For more information on the festival, and to see what other movies are being screened throughout the summer, click here.

When: Wednesday June 22nd at 9 pm
Where: Concert Stage, 235 Queens Quay Wes, Toronto, ON
Cost: Free!
I'm crying with joy at the thought of a free outdoor screening of Mean Girls. Source.

5. Honourable mentions: The following events are taking place at institutions that are hosting MMSt interns, so be sure to check them out!
  1. The Ward Museum's "Dishing Up Toronto", a series of food tours co-developed and co-delivered by knowledgeable volunteer guides (intern: Anja Hamilton)
  2. Canada's National Ballet School's annual event "Sharing Dance Day" is taking place in cities across the country on Friday June 3, 2016. Click here for locations and more information (intern: Maya Donkers).
  3. Mackenzie House presents "10 Minute Talks: A Very Short History of LGBT Issues in Toronto" on June 29 from 7 to 9 pm (intern: Stephanie Read)
  4. Mackenzie House, with Stephanie's help, are also working to find out more about the Eaton's employees who served during WWI. To find out more about the project click here.
  5. The Koffler Centre's new exhibit 'PED.Toronto' opens with a free reception on June 23 from 6 to 9 pm (intern: Emma Hoffman)
I wish you all a wonderful month of June, and please leave me a comment below if you have any additional events happening at your institution in June!

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