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Event Category: Talks, Tours and Performances

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. [...]

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 [...]

Acoustic Conversation: The Tom Thomson Guitar

Acoustic Conversation: The Tom Thomson Guitar Celebrating the inter-generational dialogues of Canadian art. Friday, December 1 at 8 pm BUY TICKETS The Tom Thomson Guitar, the culmination of the McMichael’s 2017 Group of Seven Guitar Project, has finally entered the McMichael’s permanent collection. Created through an [...]

Teaching Artist Series with Dominik Modlinski

TEACHING ARTIST SERIES  Journey Through the Wilderness with Dominik Modlinski  Program Description Join artist Dominik Modlinski as he shares the stories behind his paintings and creative process. Following in the traditions of countless Canadian historical artists, Modlinski’s journeys through the wilderness help inspire his en plein air works through [...]

Tafelmusik Chamber Series: Making Herself Heard

Chamber Series at the McMichael By Tafelmusik Chamber Series at the McMichael Making Herself Heard: Music by baroque women Friday, November 24 at 8 pm BUY Tickets TICKETS COMING SOON CHAMBER 1 Making Herself Heard: Music by Baroque Women Celebrating [...]

McMichael Highlights In-Person Tours: Spotlight on Tom Thomson: North Star

McMICHAEL HIGHLIGHTS IN-PERSON TOURS  Spotlight on Tom Thomson: North Star  About the Tour Inspired by an astute reading of the artist’s oeuvre by Ian Dejardin, McMichael Executive Director, this tour invites viewers to explore the groundbreaking painting technique of Tom Thomson, the ultimate Canadian modernist landscape painter. Based on exhibition stills, the [...]

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 [...]

Unapologetic: Championing Canadian Art in the World

Unapologetic: Championing Canadian Art in the World Canadians are infamous for apologizing – for everything, it seems. But they should never apologize for their art. Join McMichael Executive Director and North Star curator Ian Dejardin as he examines a handpicked selection of Canadian masterpieces and shares how he was inspired by the comment, [...]

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 [...]

Some Scottish Roots in Canadian Art, Virtual Talk

Virtual Talk Some Scottish Roots in Canadian Art Tuesday, August 22 | 7 pm Did you know that Tom Thomson’s grandparents hailed from Aberdeenshire? Or that David Milne wore a kilt to school? Join our Edinburgh-born Executive Director Ian A.C. Dejardin as he explores the Scottish roots of some [...]

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra at the McMichael Shooting Stars

Shooting Stars Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra at the McMichael NEW DATE: Friday, November 24 at 8 pm TICKETS COMING SOON The history of the arts is liberally laced with the tales of practitioners whose lives and careers were cut unnaturally short. For today’s concert, we take [...]

Tom Thomson: North Star, Curatorial Talk

Curatorial Talk Tom Thomson: North Star Sunday, June 25 | 2 pm at the McMichael Join McMichael Executive Director and North Star curator Ian Dejardin as he delves into the history and technique of Tom Thomson’s astonishing oil sketches, untangling fact from fiction. Gain a better understanding of the [...]