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McMichael Highlights In-Person Tours

McMichael Highlights In-Person Tours About the tours Join a McMichael Docent for this overview of the gallery's permanent collection and special exhibitions.  With a focus on key themes and artworks, this tour will introduce visitors to highlights of the art of Canada – both beloved favourites and new discoveries – including works [...]

Abstraction and Realism: The Versatile Genius of Bertram Brooker, Curatorial Talk

Join guest curator Michael Parke-Taylor as he discusses Bertram Brooker: a painter, graphic designer, art critic, writer, musician, and advertising executive. He gained notoriety on the Toronto cultural scene for his 1927 exhibition of his “world and spirit” paintings at the Arts and Letters Club. This exhibition is considered to be the first show of abstract art in Canada. After meeting Winnipeg artist Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald in 1929, Brooker underwent a period of transition during which he combined elements of abstraction and representation to achieve what he called a “plus quality over traditional realism.” Art historian Michael Parke-Taylor, who curated the exhibition, will take us through Brooker’s career as he toggled between abstract and figurative strategies to serve an overarching belief that the fusion of art and life, responding to mystical consciousness, would foster a global spiritual and cultural revolution.

Tafelmusik Chamber Series: Divertimento

Tafelmusik at the McMichael: CHAMBER 3 — 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.

Owning Yellow Virtual Artist’s Talk

Virtual Artist's Talk Owning Yellow Wednesday, March 20 | 7 pm Join McMichael Executive Director and Chief Curator Sarah Milroy for a virtual artist’s talk with Toronto-based visual artist Sandra Brewster about her work Owning Yellow (2023), which was recently acquired by the gallery. Milroy and Brewster [...]

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

Gallery Talk J.E.H. MacDonald: Up Close 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, [...]

People of the Watershed: Photographs by John Macfie, Curatorial Talk

Curatorial Talk People of the Watershed: Photographs by John Macfie Saturday, May 11 | 2 pm Join McMichael Associate Curator Emily Laurent Henderson for a curatorial talk featuring nîpisîhkopâwiyiniw (Willow Cree) exhibition guest curator, writer, cultural advocate, and Indigenous Archival Photo Project founder Paul Seesequasis. Seesequasis will discuss [...]

Tafelmusik Chamber Series: Midsummer Follies

Tafelmusik at the McMichael: CHAMBER 3 — The days are long and the nights short, and we welcome the summer solstice with musical follies. We look beyond the courtly music of the baroque to the dance music and songs that were popular in the cafés, taverns, and country fairs. Our midsummer celebration takes us from the British Isles to northern Europe—and from France to New France, featuring music that migrated across the Atlantic and remain part of the Québecois folk tradition today.