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Family Sunday Green Extravaganza

March 17

Green Extravaganza

While St. Patrick’s Day has its roots in Ireland, , this March festival has spread around the world as a green extravaganza of good times, art, music, and dancing. This Family Sunday, explore spring rites and traditions from around the world, with a particular focus on the energy and vitality of the colour green in recognition of St. Patrick’s Day.

Art Activities and Workshops

Spring Art: Drop-in Family Art Workshop:

Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Location: Education Space
Ages: 3 to 12

Inspired by diverse cultural traditions, this hands-on workshop will offer young artists an opportunity to celebrate spring with an artmaking activity based on traditional St. Patrick’s Day’s crafts.

Something About Green: A Storytelling Circle

Time: 11:15 am, 12:15 pm and 1:15 pm
Location: Starting in the Grand Hall
Ages: 3 to 12

While Canadians typically associate the colour green with the awakening spring, it is symbolic of different things across the world. In this interactive storytelling circle, participants will examine different shades of of green inspired by the artworks currently on view in the Gallery spaces.

March 17, 2024

Art activities and workshops from 11 am to 4 pm

Performance by:
Talamh an Eisc (Land of the Fish) and the Irish Music in Canada

at 12:30 and 2:30 pm

Special Family Sunday Kids Menu and Grab and Go options available at Cabin.

FREE ADMISSION on Family Sundays

Please note that parking fees ($7) are still in effect

Spotlight Tour: Bertram Brooker, When We Awake!

Time: 12:30 to 1:30 pm and 2 to 3 pm
Location: Starting in the Grand Hall
Ages: Adults

This docent-let tour of the retrospective exhibition will focus on Bertram Brooker’s artistic versatility and diverse styles, including lyrical abstractions, realistic nudes, geometric cubist still-lifes, and surreal graphic illustrations.
The tour of Bertram Brooker: When We Awake! will offer an opportunity to discuss the place and legacy of this pioneering abstract artist and thinker in Canadian cultural history.


Talamh an Eisc (Land of the Fish) and the Irish Music in Canada

Time: 2 to 3 pm
Location: Gallery 8
All Ages

Since early 1500s, the Irish have been sailing west, first to fish off the shores of Newfoundland, known as Talamh an Eisc, the Land of the Fish, and then to settle in every corner of the land that we know today as Canada. The kitchens, parlours, and dance halls of the new country have been ringing with the sounds of jigs and reels, ballads, and convivial songs of Irish derivation that eventually blended with older Indigenous, Scottish, and French traditional music. Discover the fascinating story behind the Irish musical journey in Canada and dance to the fiddle tunes to celebrate the country’s rich and diverse culture.

Fiddle leaning against accordion
Paul Gribbon – Uillean pipes, whistle.
Peter Jellard – guitar, fiddle, button accordion
Anne Lederman – narration, fiddle, voice, tenor guitar, accordion


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