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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

Photo-shoots and Puppy Poses

5 Sep

Summer might be winding down, but the Harbourfront is still busy, busy, busy.
The latest event to hit the Queen’s Quay Terminal is Haute Dog -a three day event filled with puppies and free stuff!

This event is a new one for the area. Geared towards families and their dogs, Haute Dog will be hosting different activities and shows from September 7-9th. You’ll be able to ask Dr. Slav Debski, D.V.M about for tips and advice relating to your puppy’s health and wellness, get caricatures of you and your pet, and participate in a pet photo-op for FREE!

And thanks to Sobeys, when you buy a hot dog and drink, $1 of every purchase will be donated to the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides.

You can see the full schedule here.

We’re really excited to see everyone and their pets come by the Waterfront, and you’ll be able to enter to win your own MIA colouring book for free as part of the event. Just a gentle reminder, though: even though we love dogs, animals (with the exception of all service animals) will not be able to come into the museum for a visit.

-Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Visitor ServicesOfficer