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Planet IndigenUS at MIA

28 Jul

Planet-IndigenUS-posterAfter a blur of summer events at the museum, and the extravaganza that was the Pan Am games, it’s hard to believe that August is already on its way.

Over the last two months I’ve been lucky enough to participate in outreach events at the Toronto Public Library, Party on the Promenade and most recently, the Aboriginal Pavilion at Fort York; and yet, we still have more events planned for the rest of the summer at MIA!

Planet IndigenUS is a 10-day festival promoting aboriginal arts and culture, and MIA will be celebrating alongside (literally – their building is next door) the Harbourfront Centre! From July 31 to August 9, events will take place at locations such as museums, libraries and art centres both in and around the GTA. As part of Planet IndigenUS the museum will be offering three types of programming focusing on the theme of “Seven Generations” – how the actions we make in the present affect future generations.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better: both tour options are free with admission!

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better: both tour options are free with admission!

Guided Tours
Join me and other docents from the MIA Volunteer Team  for a guided tour of the museum’s permanent collection. Between August 4th and 9th we arehosting two tours a day, one beginning at at 11 AM and the second starting at 1PM. We love showing visitors around and sharing the stories behind some of our most popular pieces.

Self Guided Tours
Alternatively, if you prefer wandering at your own pace, we’ll also be offering a special self-guided tour for the duration of Planet IndigenUS. Simply follow the Planet IndigenUS feather icon found in our display cases to learn more about the pieces we have on view.

Throat Singing with Sylvia Cloutier
But that’s not all we’re doing for Planet IndigenUS this summer. If you’ve never had the chance to check out Inuit throat singing before, now’s your chance! MIA is thrilled to be hosting Sylvia Cloutier, a well-known Inuk throat singer from the Nunavik region, on August 8th at 6PM. Sylvia’s live performance will take place in the museum and will be followed by a Q&A session where guests can find out more about Sylvia and her work. Tickets can be purchased online, in person at the museum, or by calling (416) 640-1571.

I feel so fortunate to be involved in so many different events promoting aboriginal art and culture, and I’m excited for these upcoming activities. Planet IndigenUS is another great opportunity to celebrate the diversity and unique talent of aboriginal artists.

Planet IndigenUS is sure to be an amazing 10 days – come celebrate with us!


– Posted by Serena Y., MIA’s Community Engagement Officer

Construction Heads Up Part 1: The Revitalization Project

2 Jul

Some local Torontonians may have noticed that last month the Waterfront began to see an increase of large trucks and reflective orange work uniforms. These are the signs of change as the area undergoes an extensive site transformation.

As part of this revitalization project, a new underground parking facility has been created with a few public spaces at various stages of progress. The entire project should be completed in 2014, and will unfold in three parts. The first part, which began last month includes:

  • utility upgrades (Bell and Hydro)
  • the installation of a new storm, sanitary and watermain infrastructure
  • re-building the TTC right-of-way tracks with expanded platforms and amenities
  • new interim Martin Goodman Trail and sidewalk between Yonge Street and Lower Jarvis Street
  • preliminary roadwork including new taxi stands

To facilitate this revitalization project, there will eventually be some changes made to the transportation system. In order to accommodate visitors, the MIA will be posting updates to improve visitor access to the Queens Quay Terminal.

For the week of July 2-6 the following information from the Waterfront Toronto website may be beneficial:

All Bell construction activities are expected to be completed by end of day Friday, July 6, at which point Bell will begin planning cabling activities. Crews will finish their construction activities with the completion of all remaining tie-ins – the process by which crews attach newly installed conduit to Bell handwells. This work is considered “hand-work” and will not require heavy machinery although Aecon trucks will be parked at the worksite location.

Crews will revisit two areas where previous work occurred. They will be located on the south side of Queens Quay at Queens Quay Terminal on July 3 and 4 and at the south-east corner of Queens Quay and Lower Simcoe on July 5 and 6.

When crews are working, they will cordon off small sections of sidewalk and traffic lanes as necessary with access maintained at all times. Paid duty-police officers will be used if localized disruptions are required. Intermittent noise should be expected between the hours of 8am to 5pm each day.

For the remainder of the week, visitors will still be able to access the Queens Quay Terminal (and our museum) by taking the  Westound 509 (Harbourfront) and 510 (Spadina) shuttle buses from Union Station. Visitors can also choose to walk from Union Station by going South on Bay, and turning West on Queens Quay West, or walking East on Front and turning South on York.

Walking directions from Union Station, down Bay Street and towards the QQT.

Walking directions from Union Station, down York Street and towards the QQT.

We are really looking forward to seeing what fun new things are going to be a part of our neck of the woods, and hope our directions are as clear as possible. As things progress we will be sure to keep you informed, and additional information can be found on the Waterfront Toronto website.

– Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Educational Assistant