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J.E.H. MacDonald: Up Close Gallery Talk

On Sunday, April 14 join Kate Helwig, Senior Conservation Scientist at the Canadian Conservation Institute, and Alison Douglas, Conservator at the McMichael, as they share findings from their research into the painting materials and techniques of J.E.H. MacDonald, a founding member of the Group of Seven, a tranche of whose recently 'rediscovered' works have sparked an authentication controversy. Helwig and Douglas's scientific research played a crucial role in unraveling the mystery behind the alleged MacDonald sketches currently on view at the Vancouver Art Gallery in the exhibition J.E.H. MacDonald? A Tangled Garden, and this talk will delve into the science and art of authentication within the context of their research.

McMichael Slow Art Day

McMichael Slow Art Day On April 13th the McMichael will observe Slow Art Day, a day that encourages people to “discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art.” On Slow Art Day the galleries will be as quiet as possible with lots of extra seating. [...]

Tafelmusik Chamber Series: Divertimento

Tafelmusik at the McMichael: CHAMBER 2 — Showcasing the three lowest members of the string family, the music presented in this concert is centred around the musical genre of the “divertimento,” from the Italian divertire “to amuse.” This often light-hearted music was frequently played at social functions, sometimes outdoors, bringing people together to delight and revel in the antics of the performers. Works of the late 18th and early 19th centuries by composers including Beethoven, Rossini, and Michael Haydn display humour and wit in this concert of duos and trios.

Family Storytelling Tours for March Break

Family Storytelling Tours for March break About the Tours From March 11 to 15 the whole family is invited to stop by the McMichael for a Storytelling Circle that explores a different exhibition and theme each day at 11:30 am and 1 pm. Our expert storytellers will [...]

Family Sunday African Rhythms

Family Sunday African Rhythms, Art and Music Festival To celebrate Topographies, which explores the work of Montreal-based Congolese artist Moridja Kitenge Banza, the McMichael is pleased to present two days of art, music and dance that will bring to life the vibrant culture of Africa to Kleinburg. Families can [...]

Family Sunday Fantasy Fair

Fantasy Fair Immerse your family in the fantastical and eclectic world of Marcel Dzama, Winnipeg-born, New York-based visual artist and explore the power of creativity in facing the shadows of the past and the challenges of today. Discover a new world of seeing, delight in dance and music of Motus O dance [...]

Tom Thomson Virtual Public Tour

Tom Thomson Virtual Public Tour About the tour Inspired by an astute reading of the artist’s oeuvre by Ian Dejardin, McMichael Executive Director, this virtual tour invites viewers to explore the groundbreaking painting technique of Tom Thomson, the ultimate Canadian modernist landscape painter. Based on exhibition stills, the tour will present several [...]

Family Storytelling Circles

Family Storytelling Circles About the Tours From December 27-29 the whole family is invited to stop by the McMichael for a Storytelling Circle that explores a different exhibition and theme each day at 11:30 am. Our expert storytellers will regale you with tales of creativity and [...]

Happy Holidays from the McMichael

Sunday, 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 BOOK TICKETS Please note that parking fees ($7) are still in effect (free [...]

From Drawing to Painting: Developing your Signature Style

IN-PERSON STUDIO PROGRAM From Drawing to Painting: Developing your Signature Style   Program Description This new studio program is designed for beginner and intermediate artists who wish to paint with greater freedom and become more expressive. Under the guidance of professional artist and instructor Dominik Modlinski, this two-day workshop is intended to [...]

The Landscapes of Robert Munsch

The Landscapes of Robert Munsch Stave off the impending gloom of winter with a Family Sunday exploring the whimsical world of Robert Munsch’s stories! If you’ve ever looked at the works in our exhibition spaces and imagined them as part of Munsch’s dreamscapes, you’re not alone! Indulge these possibilities in our Storytelling [...]

Artful Yoga

Artful Yoga Saturdays, ongoing 9 to 10 am EST Program Description Unwind with a restorative morning yoga session at the McMichael with views over the Humber River Vallery. Registered Yoga Teacher Rina Morra will lead gentle sessions of Vinyasa flow yoga to awaken the mind and body. Program Details Participants are asked to [...]

Halloween Tour

Join us – if you dare! For a spooky, arty, family-friendly Halloween tooooour of the McMichael gallery and grounds. Hear long-whispered tales of ghostly sightings and listen closely for mysterious sounds from the gallery’s dark corners while learning about the hidden stories behind many artworks. Then, head outdoors [...]

Art Toronto 2023

Art Toronto Collector’s First Look and Opening Night October 26, 2023 | 4 - 10 pm Presented by the McMichael The McMichael is pleased to be hosting this year's Opening Night celebration at ART TORONTO, Canada's preeminent art fair, as benefit the McMichael [...]

Celebrating our Animal Friends

Celebrating our Animal Friends Inspired by the work of the artist Bill Burns, this Family Sunday looks how animals help us in our daily lives, how climate change and industrialization puts them at risk and how we can help the animal kingdom adapt and thrive in our changing world. Explore the gallery [...]

Indigenous Perspectives on Algonquin Park and Tom Thomson

Curatorial Talk On the Land: Indigenous Perspectives on Algonquin Park and Tom Thomson Saturday, September 30 | 11:30 am at the McMichael  A conversation with Christine Luckasavitch, a culture worker, historian and author of Algonquin and mixed settler heritage, about the land now known as Algonquin Park. Luckasavitch will [...]

Family Sunday-Tell Me This Story Again

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 [...]

Be Here Now Workshop Expressive Arts Wellness Retreat

Be Here Now Workshop Expressive Arts Wellness Retreat  Program Description Be Here Now is a two-day painting workshop and introduction to the Expressive Arts (EXA). Whether you are a seasoned painter or complete beginner, this workshop will show you the therapeutic nature of the expressive arts and how [...]

Playing with Tom Thomson

Playing with Tom Thomson Did you know that iconic Canadian landscape painter Tom Thomson was also a skilled musician who sang and played the violin and mandolin? Later in his life he even signed up for guitar lessons! Drawing inspiration from Thomson’s musical inclinations, the McMichael has created a series of fun [...]

Thinking in Colour: Pastel Workshop with Clarence Porter

Thinking in Colour: Pastel Workshop Two-day In-Person Workshop with Clarence Porter Program Description If you have been looking for ways to expand your facility with pastels, this workshop will take you out of your comfort zone by challenging the way you think about colour and their value relationships – high key, low [...]