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Family Sunday-Tell Me This Story Again

September 17

Tell Me This Story Again

For centuries, artists, writers and musicians have breathed new life into ancient stories through adaptation. Explore the McMichael’s exhibitions to discover some new takes on old tales, add a creative twist to your favourite story and enjoy the latest version of The Magic Flute presented by the acclaimed Shoestring Opera troupe.

Art Activities and Workshops

Crankie Story Box | Drop-in Family Art Workshop 

Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Location: Education Space
All Ages

Join instructor Sandra Tarantino’s art workshop to create a Crankie Story Box – an old-fashioned form of storytelling based on 19th century moving panoramas. Participants will design their own illustrated scrolls using drawing tools, stamps, and mixed materials that will be wound onto a spool and inserted into a viewing box. Scenes will come to life as creators hand-crank their scenes and have fun adding narration, song or music as their stories unfold.

A Good Story Never Gets Old | Storytelling Circle

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

Led by a seasoned educator, join a contemporary retelling of well-known Indigenous and Inuit stories, then exercise your imagination by reading and creating narratives around some of the most mysterious paintings currently on view at the McMichael.

Outdoor Tour

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

On this outdoor tour, enjoy a walk through the grounds, learn about the McMichael’s outdoor art and sculptures and discover the many plants and animals that call the Humber River Valley home. Visit the historic Tom Thomson Shack and Artists’ Cemetery, then participate in a discussion of how we can all be better stewards of the land.

September 17, 2023

Art activities and workshops from 11 am to 4 pm

Performance by The Shoestring Opera
at 2 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


The Shoestring Opera

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

Shoestring’s best-loved production, this whimsical adaptation of Mozart’s famous opera showcases some of the characters, themes and all the best music.

One day on her way home from school, Allegra finds a glimmering golden flute in a pile of  leaves. She blows on it, and suddenly her street turns into a dark forest. She blows again, and  out pops a strange, feathered bird catcher—with a padlock on his mouth! Why has Papageno  had a padlock put on his mouth? not once, but three times!! How can Allegra help Papageno learn his three lessons so they can leave the forest and she can get home for her piano lesson at four o’clock? Through the power of music and the magic of make-believe, they embark on an adventure of sharing and self-discovery involving a four-legged, two-winged, fire-breathing  dragon, the even scarier Queen of the Night, and other exotic creatures!


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