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Happy Holidays from the McMichael

December 17

December 17

Art activities and workshops from 11 am to 4 pm

Performance at 2 pm by Sultans of Strings

Hot chocolate and cookies will be available for purchase in the Grand Hall for take-out

FREE ADMISSION on Family Sundays

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

Happy Holidays from the McMichael

Enjoy the colours and sounds of the holiday season at the McMichael. Enjoy the Gallery’s splendid exhibitions, including Tom Thomson: North Star and Ghosts of Canoe Lake: New Work by Marcel Dzama and take part in family oriented programming, culminating with a concert by acclaimed musical group Sultans of Strings.

Art Activities and Workshops

Drop-in Family Art Workshop

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

Young artists will have the opportunity to create a stained-glass ornament inspired by shapes of the holiday season. Participants will explore complementary colours while creating a festive art piece to share with family and friends.

Complementary Colours, Storytelling Circle

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

Have you ever wondered why the colours green and red are associated with Christmas? Or why safety jackets are orange? Explore the world of complementary colours and learn how artists use their proprieties to guide our attention in an artwork.

Spotlight On: Conversations: Masterworks from the McMichael

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

This docent-led tour leads visitors through the Canadian art pantheon in Conversations Conversations, which features diverse works carefully curated from the Gallery’s extensive permanent collection. Designed to convey something of the collection’s current breadth and taking pleasure in placing disparate works in creative conversation with one another. Conversations will explore works from The Group of Seven, Emily Carr, David Milne, Pudlo Pudlat, Rebecca Belmore, Edward Burtynsky, Gershon Iskowitz, and many others.

Performance by

Christmas Caravan with 3x JUNO Award Nominees Sultans of String

Special guests: Rebecca Campbell, Shannon Thunderbird, Amanda Martinez and Saskia Tomkins!

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

Celebrate the holidays with an adventurous musical trip around the world! Three-time JUNO Award nominees Sultans of String deliver an exuberant performance featuring original compositions, world-music inspired classics, and seasonal favourites to warm your heart on a cold winter’s day.

From fiery fiddle tunes to a Caribbean sleigh ride, this surprising and delightful holiday fiesta heats up when Sultans of String bring their signature sound to well-known gems such as Jesu, Joy of Man s Desiring, Greensleeves, and Silent Night, as well as a Hot Club jazz inspired Django Christmas, and a Rumba-Flamenca fuelled Jingle Bells. Sultans of String are joined by shimmering guest vocalist Rebecca Campbell, Indigenous Elder Shannon Thunderbird, Latin songstress Amanda Martinez of JAZZ.FM fame, and Saskia Tomkins, the Nyckelharpa virtuoso who acted as musical advisor to the hit musical Come From Away!


December 17
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