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Live from the McMichael: Bertram Brooker

Live from the McMichael Virtual Tour of Bertram Brooker: When We Awake! The McMichael is pleased to present the premiere livestreamed virtual tour of Bertram Brooker: When We Awake! Led by an experienced McMichael Educator, this hour-long tour will highlight Bertram Brooker’s artistic versatility, which allowed [...]

Abstract Imagination

Abstract Imagination Inspired by Canadian artist Bertram Brooker’s sensory explorations, this Family Sunday will explore how the artist skillfully used colour, line, shape, and texture to create compositions that evoke sounds, music and other sensory feelings. Plus don’t miss a delightful performance by Catch me In the Kitchen, reminding [...]

People of the Watershed, 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 [...]

Canadian Art Hop at the McMichael

Curatorial Talk Canadian Art Hop at the McMichael Coinciding with the inaugural Canadian Art Hop weekend organized by the Art Dealers Association of Canada, explore two of the McMichael’s current exhibitions with curators Emily Laurent Henderson and John Geoghegan. Date & Time Sunday, April 28 [...]

Earth Day Alert

Earth Day Alert In recognition of Earth Day on April 22, the McMichael invites visitors of all ages to reflect on the health of our planet, our families, and our communities. Enjoy eco-friendly drop-in art and music workshops, outdoor storytelling and a musical performance by Fana Soro, a talented [...]

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. [...]

In-Person Essential Watercolour Workshop with David McEown

This introduction to watercolour technique and colour perception will help participants develop the ability to paint directly from nature, from reference images or from the imagination. Participants will learn how to translate sketches and photo references into paintings with this spontaneous and travel-friendly medium. The theme for this two-day workshop is the water and shorelines of Lake Superior.

Watercolour Explorations: Discovering the Polar Regions and Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest with David McEown

Join award-winning artist David McEown as he guides visitors through the landscapes of the Arctic, Antarctica and Canada’s West Coast wilderness on his travels as a working artist. In this multimedia presentation David will share stories of wildlife encounters, observations of climate change, and the artistic challenges of working on location. After the presentation, enjoy an hour-long watercolour demonstration and technical talk as David discusses the evolution of a sketch into Spirit of the Forest, his new watercolour mural.

Saturday Art Classes

REGISTRATION COMING SOON Saturdays at the McMichael (SAM): Children's Art Classes In-person Ages: 5 to 12 Saturdays: 10 am to 12 pm, and 1 to 3 pm EST. Fee per 8-week session: Members Price: $256 Public Price: $320 AVAILABLE DATES Spring: March 23 to May 18, 2024 [...]

Owning Yellow Virtual Artist’s Talk

Wednesday, March 20 at 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 will discuss the artist’s unique photo-based practice and the importance of identity, cultural memory, and representation in contemporary art.

Family Sunday Green Extravaganza

Green Extravaganza While St. Patrick’s Day has its roots in Ireland, this March festival has spread around the world as a celebration of good cheer, art, music, and dance. This Family Sunday, explore spring rites and traditions from around the world, with a particular focus on the energy and vitality [...]

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 [...]

March Break Camps 2024

MARCH BREAK CAMPS Not a member yet? Join today for immediate savings on camps, classes and more! Mini Art Explorers | Ages 5 to 6 From 9 am to 5 pm | In-person 3-day camp: March 11 to 13, 2024 Fee: $250 McMichael Members; $312 General Public 2-day camp: March 14 [...]

Abstract Painting Workshop with Lydia Panart

Workshop offers artists the opportunity to explore and expand their artistic vocabulary into the abstract realm. Artist and instructor Lydia Panart will guide participants through the process of examining a provided image from different points of view to develop a personalized, abstract response. Through visual explanations, technique demonstrations, and one-on-one feedback, Lydia will help students discover the layering process that is crucial to bring their images to life. This program is suitable for those with previous painting experience looking to enhance their artistic voice.

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.

Family Day Monday: African Rhythms

Family Day Monday 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 live the vibrant culture of Africa to Kleinburg. [...]

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 [...]