#Quebec; #Museums, #Libraries; # CNESST
Montreal, May 24 (Canadian-Media): Amidst gradual easing of restrictions on gatherings, travel and other activities, Quebec Culture Minister Nathalie Roy announced May 22 at a news conference in Montreal that starting May 29, museums, libraries and drive-in cinemas will be permitted to reopen across the province, media reports said.
Nathalie Roy. Image credit: Twitter handle
ut Quebecers will not be allowed to hold guided tours nor would they be permitted to host vernissages or other events.
Keeping with the social distancing guidelines put out by Quebec's workplace health and safety board, CNESST, the number of people inside at the same time would be limited to enable them to keep a two metre distance from others.
Not all museums would reopen next week some museums take longer to adapt to those guidelines.
The McCord Museum in Montreal will reopen on June 23 and the Stewart Museum on June 25.
The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal will announce its reopening plans next week.
Although announcement of reopening date of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is held off, Nathalie Bondil, director of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts said the first exhibit to receive visitors would be the temporary Egyptian mummies installation.
In Quebec City, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) will reopen on June 29.
The MNBAQ's Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit, which was originally set to close this month, will continue to run until Sept. 7.
The extensive online offering by the Montreal Holocaust Museum's administration to enable people explore history from the comfort of home will continue even after the museum reopens, said spokesperson Sarah Fogg.
The museum, as well as the Montreal Botanical Gardens and planetarium, do not yet have a set date for reopening.
The operation of the libraries across the province, once open, would also be different.
Only a designated area around service counters would be accessible to the public.
The public will neither be able to browse the library's book aisles, nor will they will be able to use library computers.
The CNESST recommends not to touch the returned books for 24 hours.
Work at recording studios will be able to resume June 1 under specific conditions. Only five members of technical crew would be permitted and performers must stay two metres away from one another,.
As far as live performance, concerts or theatre productions are concerned, Public health has not yet given the go-ahead.
Realizing that many artists have lost their livelihood due to non functioning of concert halls, stages and film sets, Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault at the news conference said,
"Now is the time more than ever to support our artists, consume our culture."
Ottawa, Mar 13 (Canadian-Media): A message from the National Museums of Canada stated that due to the COVID-19 virus the national museums of Canada have made the decision to close the museums across Canada to visitors and all other groups, effective Saturday, March 14 and until further notice, media reports said.
Although National Museums of Canada regrets the impact of this decision on the users, however, it believes that this decision is in the best interests of all the communities being served.
This message is from the Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Canadian War Museum, Ingenium and the National Gallery of Canada.
#CanadianMuseumOfHistory; #HumanRights; #Equality; #2020BlackHistoryMonth
Gatineau (Quebec), Feb 6 (Canadian-Media): A special evening would be hosted by the Canadian Museum of History with the support of TD Bank Group on Feb 27 at 7 p.m. with the author and educator Wanda Robson, youngest sister of Viola Desmond, media reports said.
Canadian Museum of History. Image credit: Twitter
“TD has a long-standing commitment...contribute to a society where more people...reflected in the stories that are shaping Canada. Through the TD Ready Commitment, we are proud to recognize the work of Wanda Robson, as a champion and advocate for human rights, equality, and Viola Desmond’s legacy as part of our 2020 Black History Month Series,” said Naki Osutei, Associate Vice President, Social Impact, TD Bank Group.
Located on the shores of the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Quebec, the Canadian Museum of History's primary role is not only to enhance Canadians’ knowledge of understanding and appreciation of the events that have shaped Canada’s history and identity, but also to enhance Canadians’ awareness of world history and culture.
The museum is visited by over 1.2 million visitors each year.
Advancement of the Canadian Museum of History is made possible in part through financial support of the Government of Canada.
Robson's efforts to raise public awareness of the struggle for racial equality in Canada generated to grassroots support for Desmond across the country leading to the appearance of Viola Desmond’s image on Canada’s new $10 bill in 2018, representing for the first time Canadian woman' image on the $10 bill.
Viola Desmond, successful businesswoman in her day, refused to be treated differently, based on the colour of her skin and became well-known for refusing to sit in the back of a movie theatre in 1946.
After Desmond’s death in 1965, Robson has championed her sister’s legacy in public appearances and in print including the book Sister to Courage: Stories from the World of Viola Desmond, Canada’s Rosa Parks.
Museum of History would also be honouring Wanda Robson and Viola Desmond with plans to record an oral history interview with Robson.
Seats from the Roseland Theatre, in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, which refused Desmond the right to sit where she chose have been acquired by the museum to be displayed and a Heritage Minute featuring Desmond will be screened.
In addition, National Stamp Collection displays a stamp featuring Viola Desmond.
Museum’s Canadian History Hall displays the new Canadian $10 bill and celebrates the legacy of both Viola Desmond and Wanda Robson.
The evening will be moderated by Nova Scotia Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard, Robson's personal friend, who would be highlighting what it means to be women of colour in Canada today.
The evening would conclude by a question and answer session and a reception in the Theatre Lobby.
Tickets ($20) are available online or at 819-776-7000.
#Vancouver; #B.C., #Chinese-CanadianMuseum; #Vancouver'sChinatown
Vancouver (B.C.), Nov 8 (Canadian-Media: B.C. government is giving a $1 million boost to the City of Vancouver to support the establishment of a Chinese-Canadian museum, with the aim of creating branches in other communities across the province, media reports said.
Bill Yee, the first Chinese-Canadian elected to Vancouver city council and also a member of the working group for the proposed museum the so-called hub-and-spoke model would enable
partnerships with municipalities, such as Victoria, where Chinese immigrants first began to arrive in the late 1850s.
"We are hoping that the museum will touch all the areas in the province that in the past have (had) Chinese people," said Yee and added this approach could help unite Chinese-Canadians across the province.
"The reality is many Chinese-Canadians are not living around Chinatown anymore, they're all over the place," he said.
The museum's objective to explore the past through curated artifacts, stories, and educational resources would be complemented by current events and visions of the future for Chinese-Canadians.
It's an opportunity to celebrate the Chinese-Canadians who helped build B.C., Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart said on Friday.
"Chinese-Canadians have made an exceptional impact to the social, economic, and cultural lives of the province and the city, and we are committed to acting on the opportunities we have to conserve, commemorate, and enhance the living heritage and cultural assets of Vancouver's Chinatown for all Canadians," he said at the opening of the proposed museum's new project office.
The office is located at a Chinese cultural centre and features a small gallery of photos and stories, which offer a peek into what the museum could be like.
The centre is already home to the Chinese-Canadian Military Museum, so Yee said it's likely the provincial 'hub' museum would be established there too.
The museum is also part of a joint effort by the province and Vancouver to have the city's Chinatown designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Stewart called Chinatown an "incredibly important part of Vancouver's cultural identity," as well as being one of the oldest and largest Chinatowns outside Asia.
#RoyalOntarioMuseum; #TreasuresofaDesertKingdom; #SusanHorvath; #ROMBall; #TheRoyalArtsofJodhpur; #VictorDodig; #MehrangarhMuseumTrust, #Jodhpur, #India; #MuseumofFineArts, #Houston
Toronto, Mar 8 (Canadian-Media): Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) celebrates opening of Treasures of a Desert Kingdom: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India with Charity Gala, media reports said.
Treasures of a Desert Kingdom/Courtesy of ROM
On March 6, 2019, ROM welcomed more than 500 special guests at the ROM Ball, Ontario’s preeminent cultural charity gala and was able to raises over $500,000 net in support of the Museum.
The office of the ROM Governors, established in 1992 as the ROM Foundation, supported by an independent Board which provides leadership in a wide range of philanthropic activities supporting ROM programs, research, collections, galleries, exhibitions and outreach programs to better serve its diverse and ever-changing community both to the institution and its donors.
All proceeds from the ROM Ball will support the Museum’s highest priorities to help build and share global collections, create knowledge, inspire learning, encourage gathering and spark exchange within the intersecting worlds of art, culture and nature.
“We are immensely grateful to the many volunteers, donors and partners who helped make our signature fundraising event a terrific success for the ROM,” said Susan Horvath, President & CEO of the ROM Governors. “It was a wonderful night celebrating one of the largest and most important exhibitions of South Asian art and culture ever presented at the Museum.”
This exhibition opens to the public on March 9, 2019 in the ROM’s Garfield Weston Exhibition Hall. Treasures of a Desert Kingdom is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston with the collaboration of the Mehrangarh Museum Trust, Jodhpur, India.
“CIBC is proud of its century-long history with the ROM as both a client and community partner,” said Victor Dodig, President & CEO of CIBC and ROM Governor. “We are very pleased to support the ROM corporately through a variety of programs and special events like the ROM Ball, as well as through the volunteerism of our passionate and committed employees.”
The ROM was honoured to welcome His Highness Maharaja GajSingh II of Marwar-Jodhpur and his daughter, Baijilal Shivranjani Rajye, at the highly-anticipated event among several notable philanthropists, iconic Canadians and dignitaries in attendance.
Founded in 1914, ROM is among the top 10 cultural institutions in North America, and showcases art, culture, and nature from around the world and across the ages.
Royal Ontario Museum
It is also Canada's largest and most comprehensive museum and home to a world-class collection of 13 million artworks, cultural objects, and natural history specimens, featured in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces.
ROM is Canada's preeminent field research institute and an international leader in new discoveries and plays a vital role in advancing our understanding of the artistic, cultural and natural world and serves as a national landmark, and a dynamic cultural destination in the heart of Toronto for all to enjoy.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
TorontoPublicLibrary, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, FakeNews, MabelHo, Winona McMorrow, DigitalLiteracy, ReliableFact-checking, TimWu, CraigSilverman
Toronto Public Library recently had brought out a guide to facilitate online readers to detect fake news from legitimate news, media reports said.
Toronto Public Library/Facebook
Mabel Ho, librarian and online communications lead said the guide targeted Toronto residents and Toronto Library staff.
Ho had tweeted, “Our response to fake news - how to spot it, find reliable information and guide others.”
Every day people were bombarded with information, misinformation and even disinformation, said Librarian Winona McMorrow, who worked on compiling the resource.
McMorrow said the guide would enable online readers to find information based on fact and help them to think critically.
“The library has always been a place for people to get facts,” Ho said, CP24 News reports said.
The guide to fake news can be found at Toronto Public Library’s tpl.ca/spotfakenews.
“How to Spot Fake News,” defines fake news but gives directions to distinguish real news from fake.
Ho also said that the guide aims to fill the gap in digital literacy and provides useful links to trustworthy fact-checking sites and other library resources.
Toronto Reference Library is also planning to offer an event in June on digital literacy in coordination with media scholar Tim Wu and BuzzFeed Media Editor Craig Silverman.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
ROM celebrates Chinese New Year with an exhibition of rare ancestral portraits and more popular prints
TORONTO, October 15, 2018 — The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is pleased to announce the ROM-original exhibition
Gods in my Home: Chinese New Year with Ancestor Portraits and Deity Prints.
Drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition features a selection of ancestral portrait paintings and popular prints that traditionally were part of lunar New Year observances and celebrations in Chinese households. Opening on January 26, 2019 to coincide with the widely-celebrated holiday, Gods in My Home explores the connections between the domestic, material and spiritual life of Chinese society.
“Many of the unique pieces in this exhibition came to the Museum early in the 20th century and have never been on public display until now,” says Josh Basseches, ROM Director & CEO. “Gods in My Home invites visitors to experience the customs and spiritual beliefs of traditional Chinese culture through the compelling visual power of this extraordinary collection of art.”
Gods in My Home is comprised of over 100 objects spanning the late Imperial period to the early 20th century Republic era. With a focus on ancestral paintings and popular prints of deities, the exhibition explores the connection between these two seemingly separate genres. The Chinese believed that the presence of these images both blessed and protected the family lines.
In traditional Chinese culture, celebrating the New Year was not only a time to worship gods and divinities, it was also a time to commemorate family lineage. The exhibition includes nine large-size ancestor portraits, commissioned by prosperous families, as well as printed ancestral scrolls that were more affordable. The popular print pieces, created on ordinary paper and pasted on walls and doors, served as religious talisman to ward off evil spirits and bless the family home. Many of these prints were considered common objects when first collected by the ROM in the early 1900s, and are now considered important cultural objects that illuminate the domestic beliefs and family values inherent in Chinese life.
“Worshipping ancestors and gods at home is not unique to Chinese culture. Even today, people maintain certain visual forms for commemorating their ancestors and communicating with spiritual beings in private spaces,” says Dr. Wen-chien Cheng, ROM co-curator of the exhibit. “In addition to appreciating and understanding the cultural specifics and artistic qualities of these images, we hope that ROM visitors can relate to the ideas behind them in their own lives.”
The exhibition is accompanied by a full-colour illustrated catalogue published by the ROM. The publication is generously supported by the Louise Hawley Stone Trust.
Gods in my Home is on display on Level 4, Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costumes, and included with Museum admission. ROM Members can enjoy an exclusive exhibition preview, taking place on Friday, January 25, 2019. For more information on ROM Memberships visit www.rom.on.ca/members or call 416.586.5700.
#TheBataShoeMuseum; #ManoloBlahnik:TheArtofShoes; #Toronto; #BataShoeMuseumFoundation; #SonjaBata;
Toronto, Oct 12 (Canadian-Media): The Bata Shoe Museum (BSM) of Toronto, Ontario is excited to be the final and only North American venue to showcases the travelling exhibition Manolo Blahnik : The Art of Shoes running through Jan 9, 2019, media reports said.
Since the 1940’s, the creator of the collection, Sonja Bata's world business tours for shoes of every description, from the most ordinary to the most extraordinary have enabled her to build one of the world’s finest collections and North America’s foremost shoe museum with a wealth of fashion lore and historical information.
In 1979 Bata’s collection outgrew the available private storage space. The Bata family then decided to establish the Bata Shoe Museum Foundation with the main objective to operate an international centre for footwear research which houses the Bata Shoe Museum’s collection of over 13,000 shoes and related items.
Bata Museum Foundation
The underlying theme of the exhibition – that shoes are art – aligns perfectly with Blahnik’s own approach to creating footwear with inventiveness, artisanship, and elegance.
The style and function of over 4,500 years of history and a collection of 20th-century celebrity footwear in BSM is displayed in four galleries ranging from Chinese bound foot shoes and ancient Egyptian sandals to chestnut-crushing clogs and glamorous platforms.
Over the years, the Foundation has funded various field trips to collect and research footwear in areas with rapid changing traditions.. The studies have included North American indigenous cultures, circumpolar groups including Canadian Inuit, Siberia, Alaska and Greenland. Field studies have also taken place in Asia and Europe. These field studies have resulted in many academic publications for the Foundation, including but not limited to The Typology of Native Footwear, Our Boots: An Inuit Women’s Art, Feet and Footwear in Indian Culture, Our Boots: An Inuit Woman’s Art, Feet and Footwear in Indian Culture, and Spirit of Siberia: Traditional Native Life, Clothing and Footwear.
It was on May 6th, 1995 that the Bata Shoe Museum opened its doors at 327 Bloor Street West in downtown Toronto. The unique 39,000 square foot building, designed by Moriyama and Teshima Architects housing a world-class specialized museum, a major destination point for visitors and residents alike.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#IMAX; #Orion; #Olympus; #InternationalSpaceStation; #HubbleSpaceTelescope; #SpaceLaunchSystem
#JourneytoSpace; #NationalAeronauticsandSpaceAdministration, #MarkKrenzien, #GiantScreenFilms
Toronto, Oct 4 (Canadian-Media): The IMAX film Journey to Space, written, produced and directed by Mark Krenzien, screened yesterday in Ontario Science Centre's IMAX theatre, showcased the exciting plans of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s Orion's transition from the end of the Space Shuttle Era to the future of how we live and operate in space as a species, media reports said.
Mark Krenzien, the writer, director and producer of the film was also present there. The film would open On October 6 at the Ontario Science Centre.
The names of the new machines which would be responsible for carrying out these missions are: Orion, NASA’s first spacecraft designed to carry humans on long-duration deep space exploration missions throughout the solar system; Olympus, an inflatable transportation habitat that would provide astronauts the work area and living space for long duration missions; the Space Launch System (SLS), a new giant rocket, generating over nine million pounds of thrust with hardware equivalent to the weight of 22 elephants, to carry spacecraft and astronauts on the surface of Mars.
"The film captures the spirit of human exploration that is at the core of our DNA," said Maurice Bitran, PhD, CEO, and Chief Science officer, Ontario Science Centre and added that "Ontario Science Centre has always been a hub for astrophysics, outer space and space exploration."
Images/Courtesy of http://www.journeytospacefilm.com
For 60 years challenges faced by thousands of people working around the world and in space to carry out missions of landing astronauts on Mars and capturing asteroids.
The story of film is told in three parts. The first part is the historical chapter, through its visually stunning imagery of space footage of views of Earth and operations in space, giving a fitting tribute to the Shuttle Program and the 355 astronauts who flew on the 135 Shuttle missions describing many of the big steps taken by the shuttle and the lessons learned.
The second part is devoted to the launching of Shuttle and how it assembled the International Space Station (ISS) -- a joint collaboration of 15 nationsand operating 24/7 to provide a home and a science lab in space -- teaching to build and conduct science in space and build a foundation for the future leaps into space.
In the final part of the film, emphasis is laid on realistic scenario of how astronauts will actually get to Mars, and how they would survive in space.
As an environmental activist and with his outdoor enthusiasm, Krenzien had filmed in various challenging locations from war-torn Iraq and earthquake-ravaged Haiti and a giant NASA clean room etc.
Besides Journey to Space, Krenzien had received IMAX credits in: Aircraft Carrier (2016), Humpback Whales (2015), Journey to the South Pacific (2013), Arabia (2011) and many more.
With its magic of sight and sound technologies, Journey to Space, presented on a Giant Film Screen, challenges the imagination of children and adults and is a great source of inspiration to children and young adults to look forward to a career in astronomy.
Krenzien's personal experiences and challenges faced in the present film, Journey to Space, would be discussed in a separate story.
Ontario Science Centre, designed by celebrated Toronto architect Raymond Moriyama, officially opened in 1969 and is one the worlds' first interactive science museum. A home to technology and innovation, the Science Centre dedicated to community outreach, is not only a museum but an extended classroom. The Centre draws Grade 12 students from across Ontario to spend a full semester to learn hands-on science experience in the fields of technology and science communications.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#ROMtoronto; #rajasthanroyals; #JoshBasseches; #Mehrangarh; #DeepaliDewan; #DanMishra; #rajasthanroyals
Toronto, Sept 28 (Canadian-Media): Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) would showcase 'Treasures of a Desert Kingdom: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur', one of the largest former princely states in India, from Mar 9-Sept 2 2019, media reports said.
Royal Ontario Museum
This exhibition (Treasures of a Desert Kingdom), offering a deeper understanding of India’s artistic heritage, is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, with the collaboration of the Mehrangarh Museum Trust, India and will be the final North American destination and the exclusive Canadian venue.
“As a leading centre for scholarship and expertise in South Asian art and culture, we are delighted to give visitors the unprecedented opportunity to explore a part of India’s rich cultural history that has rarely been seen,” says Josh Basseches, ROM Director & CEO.
Nearly 250 artworks of ceremonial objects, opulent jewellery, textiles and tapestries, palace furnishings, architectural treasures, and a monumental 17th-century court tent of Marwar-Jodhpur, located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan would be showcased in this exhibition to trace the cross-cultural history of The kingdom of Marwar-Jodhpur and the Rathore dynasty that ruled the region for more than 700 years.
Most of these these collections, originally belonging to Mehrangarh Museum Trust and the private collections of the royal family of Jodhpur, have for the first time been outside the palace walls.
A special experience would be bestowed by this exhibition as most of the treasures would be from Jodhpur itself, said Dr. Deepali Dewan, the exhibition’s coordinating curator and ROM’s Dan Mishra Curator of South Asian Art & Culture and added,
"Treasures of a Desert Kingdom tells the story of an incredibly dynamic, cosmopolitan, and influential kingdom that saw art and culture as a critical aspect of rule. Jodhpur flourished, despite the odds of being in the middle of a desert, because they made strategic alliances, opened their borders, and allowed for a diverse culture. These are lessons still relevant today. This enthralling presentation demystifies our notions of life at the royal court, while highlighting India’s multifaceted past and its contemporary cultural landscape. There will be something familiar and something surprising for everyone.”
Held in Garfield Weston Exhibition Hall, this exhibition would explore numerous thought-provoking themes and new ideas through their powerful tools of diplomacy, art and culture; the strong influence women had in the royal court and the importance of royal patronage.
The ROM engagement of the exhibition would follow its run at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Seattle Arts Museum.
Founded in 1914, the ROM, among the top 10 cultural institutions in North America and Canada’s largest and most comprehensive museum, showcases world-class collection of 13 million artworks, cultural objects, and natural history specimens from all ages and featured in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces.
Situated in heart of Toronto, The ROM is the preeminent field research institute and an international leader in new discoveries to further our understanding of the artistic, cultural, and natural world.
Its original heritage architecture had been combined with the contemporary Daniel Libeskind-designed Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, the ROM serves as a national landmark, and a dynamic cultural destination.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)