28 March 2018




Hello friends! Welcome to the April edition of What’s Happening Wednesdays! With longer, brighter days and cherry blossoms officially in bloom, April is a month of transition and inspiration. This is especially true for us graduate students, as we embark on our summer internships or prepare for graduation and the career journey that lies ahead of us. This month’s column features events to help us celebrate our well deserved new chapter! I will also highlight MSL4000 exhibition projects taking place in April! For a full list of the openings this year, click here.

1. 4th Annual Corktown Egg Hunt

The first day of April is also Easter! Celebrate by attending the Corktown Egg Hunt; a massive Easter Egg hunt at the Corktown Common playground which will be fun for children all ages. Featuring a special appearance from the Easter Bunny, there will be free chocolate treats, Redline Coffee, live entertainment & more! Just be sure to BYOB (Bring your own Basket πŸ˜‰). For more information, contact Socrates@LivingToronto.ca

When: Sunday, April 1st, 2018, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Hunt Starts @ 10:30am. Rain or Shine.

Where: Corktown Common, 155 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON

Tickets: This is a free event! You can register here.

2. The Slow Approach: Looking, Drawing and Making Together at the Textile Museum

Symphony of Light: The Universe, U/ Deep Space (1999); tie-dyeing, ink painting, embroidery and gold leaf on silk crepe (chirimen) with gold wefts; 198x139 cm Source.
Enjoy this three-part workshop series which is intended to help you slow down and appreciate the intricacies of Itchiku Kubota’s stunning kimono work. Through activities led by Textile Museum educator Susan Fohr, learn how to observe, sketch, and stitch in the gallery and experience a new way of looking. The workshops are titled Workshop #1: Slow Looking, Workshop #2: Slow Drawing, and Workshop #3: Slow Making. For more information, click here.

When: Workshop #1: Slow Looking, Wednesday April 4, 6-7 PM, Workshop #2: Slow Drawing
Wednesday April 11, 6-7 PM, and Workshop #3: Slow Making Wednesday April 18, 6-7 PM

Where: Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2H5

Tickets: Free with admission, no advance booking required. All materials will be provided.

3. Toronto Silent Film Festival

Film still from Hamlet. Source.
The Toronto Silent Film Festival's goal is to bring contemporary audiences and silent screen experiences together again. The four day festival features a variety of films from the early days of cinema. This year’s programme aims to show the range of characters played by women in the silent film era. For instance, the first screening in the festival is a German 1921 rendition of Hamlet, where the lead role is played by a woman. This was one of the first times in film that Hamlet was re-imagined as female. For a full list of screenings and locations, click here. 

When: The festival takes place from April 6th – April 9th . Hamlet plays on April 6th, at 7PM

Where: Various locations. Hamlet airs at the Royal Cinema, 608 College St. Toronto

Tickets: Individual Tickets are $15, $11 for students & seniors. Festival packages are also available. Tickets can be purchased here.

4. Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day

Celebrate the warm weather with FREE ice cream! Since 1979, Ben & Jerry’s have made it an annual tradition to give free ice cream away to thank their customers all over the world. So, take a much-needed break from final projects and essays and enjoy a delightfully free sweet treat!

When: Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Where: Ryerson University, Gould Street

Tickets: Free!

5. Ontario Science Centre: Great Conversation Speaker SeriesCultural Collisions: Science Engagement Through the Arts

The Ontario Science Centre’s Great Conversation Speaker Series brings global experts to Toronto to foster dialogue on important issues within the scientific community. On April 11th, Michael Hoch, PhD, physicist, artist and founder of art@CMS will give a talk entitled Cultural Collisions: Science Engagement Through the Arts. The lecture discusses the unity between the seemingly disparate subjects of art and science, showcasing how art and creative thinking can make complex scientific issues understandable while maximizing human innovation. Hoch discusses his work with art@CMS, an educational outreach program of the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, where both artists and scientists examine particle physics research. For more information, click here.

Moderated by Molly Shoichet, award-winning researcher, science communicator and Ontario’s first Chief Scientist.

When: April 11th, Box office opens at 6 PM., Auditorium doors open at 7 PM., Presentation at 7:30 PM

Where: Imperial Oil Auditorium, Level , 770 Don Mills Rd, North York, ON M3C 1T3

Tickets: $20, $15 for Members, Purchase tickets here.

6. End of Year Museum Studies Celebration!

Come out and enjoy the End of Year Party hosted by the Exhibition Class! It’s been a whirlwind year, so be sure to celebrate by enjoying a night of food, drinks and fun with your fellow museum buddies! All MMSt and CRO students are welcome! If you have any photos you would like to share in the slideshow, please email them to Kathleen at kathleen.vahey@mail.utoronto.ca. Can’t wait to see everyone there!

When: Thursday, April 12th, 6:00 – 11:00 PM

Where: Hart House Debates Room

Tickets: Free! Please sign up through the Eventbrite page to give an estimate of numbers.

7. Art Gallery of Ontario Massive Illusion

AGO Massive is a huge annual contemporary art party which is now in its 14th year! This year’s ‘Massive’ is inspired by Yayoi Kusama’s: Infinity Mirrors, with the theme revolving around illusions and tricks of the eye. Guests will experience immersive, larger-than-life installations along with hypnotizing and mystifying performances and music from Toronto’s coolest DJ’s and creators. The event features a plethora of great food and drinks as well. With proceeds helping the gallery’s collection, future exhibitions and audience accessibility, this event is a total must-see! For more information, visit MassiveParty.ca

When: April 19, 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Where: Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West

Tickets: General Admission $175, AGO Members $150 / limit 2 per member: 19+ / ID required . You can purchase tickets here.

8. Earth Day at Toronto Botanical Garden

Earth Day is an important reminder to care for the planet we call home. Celebrate the occasion at the beautiful Toronto Botanical Garden .There will be a ton of fun events for the entire family! You can help plant in the Teaching Garden, ride the 'blender' bike, make nature crafts and more! Find out more information here.

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Where: Toronto Botanical Gardens. 777 Lawrence Ave E, North York, ONAll activities take place in the Teaching Garden.

Tickets: Free! Registration is recommended. Register here

~* πŸŒΈπŸŒŸApril Exhibition Projects πŸŒŸπŸŒΈ*~

MSL4000 Exhibition Project Openings in April – Check out the list of ALL the openings here !

Case Studies: A history of physics innovation at the University of Toronto
When: Opening: April 4, 4-6 PM
Where: University of Toronto McLennan Laboratory
Who: Erin Beaubien, Daniel Rose

Made-Up Toronto
When: April 12-May 5, Opening: April 12, 5 PM
Where: Downtown Yonge BIA, Pop-Up Gallery
Who: Jessica Svenningson, Sarah Rolko

Art & Mindfulness
When: April 2018-2019, Opening: April 13, 5-7 PM
Where: University of Toronto, Bissell Building
Who: Tabitha Chan, Kelly Manikoth, Julia Zungri

Temple of Fame: Staging Women's Roles​
When: April 25-June 10, Opening: April 25, 5:30 PM
Where: Aurora Museum & Archives
Who: Kara Isozaki, Maeghan Jerry, Sarah Kelly

Redefining Language in African Art Scholarship
When: April 30
Where: Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collection, York University Libraries, online exhibit
Who: Susan Jama

This is my last post for Musings ever! πŸ’” Writing this column truly connected me to Toronto and I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to experience grad school in such a vibrant and diverse city.
Congratulations MMSt family on completing another academic year, and I hope to see everyone at our Year End Party and the many exhibition openings taking place this month!

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