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Welcome to the Myseum of Toronto

Myseum of Toronto offers residents and visitors to Toronto a new way to share our recollections of the past, understanding of the present, and our visions for the future.

Instead of asking people to come to one location to explore art, culture, and history, Myseum delivers programming to all corners of the city, presenting rich and relevant online and offline experiences.

Our focus on co-creation and collaboration allows all Torontonians to partake in curating our city’s social and historical narratives. Myseum celebrates the reality that our city is the exhibit – it’s all around us.

What’s On?

  • Cosmopolis Toronto: The World in One City

    Nov. 3, 2016 - Jan. 8, 2017

    A city-wide photo exhibit exploring the journeys of newcomers to Canada.

    Select branches of Toronto Public Library

  • BEING HEARD

    March 01, 2017

    Workman Arts and Raconteurs Storytelling co-present an evening of storytelling at the Gladstone Hotel. During the month of March, Workman Arts’ 17th annual Being Scene exhibition will be on display at the Gladstone Hotel. The evening’s stories will have a mental health focus and will be told by both Workman Arts members and participants from the Raconteurs network.

    BEING HEARD EVENT:
    MARCH 23 6 – 9PM

    BEING SCENE EXHIBIT:
    MARCH 1 – 27
    MONDAY – SUNDAY, 12 – 5PM

    OPENING RECEPTION:
    MARCH 2, 6 – 9PM

    Gladstone Hotel, 2nd Floor Gallery
    1214 Queen St W, Toronto

    Workman Arts
    Raconteurs Storytelling

  • BLOOD, MILK & TEARS

    February 23, 2017

    Muslim and Jewish women artists envision a Toronto where cultures consciously collide, di erences do not divide, creativity and community-building thrive. Facilitated by noted artist Rochelle Rubinstein, women’s experiences of menstruation, breastfeeding, and mourning in their traditions are central to the creation of Blood, Milk & Tears, a site- speci c collaborative installation for the FENTSTER window gallery.

    Presented by FENTSTER: A Window Onto Jewish
    Life Through Art and Shema & Iqra’: The Jewish-Muslim Text Project.

    EXHIBITION:
    FEBRUARY 23 – MAY 24
    ON VIEW 24/7

    OPENING RECEPTION:
    MARCH 8, 7 – 9PM
    Featuring a new collaboration from vocalist Aviva Chernick and poet Sheniz Janmohamed.

    www.fentster.org
    www.makomto.org
    www.noorculturalcentre.ca

  • PROTEST IN PRINT

    February 23, 2017

    In dialogue with the concurrent exhibitions Power to the People: Photography and Video of Repression and Black Protest (Ryerson Image Centre) and No Justice, No Peace: From Ferguson to Toronto (Gladstone Hotel), BAND artist in residence Andre Alexander presents a new body of Hip Pop Art works inspired by protest.

    EXHIBITION:
    FEBRUARY 23 – MARCH 26
    THURSDAY – SATURDAY, 12 – 6PM
    SUNDAY, 1 – 5PM

    Black Artist's Networks Dialogue
    Ryerson Image Centre
    Gladstone Hotel

  • FOCUS ON GERRARD

    March 01, 2017

    A collaborative photographic exhibit that looks at the section of Gerrard Street East commonly referred to as “Little India.” As a neighbourhood undergoing transition, this exhibit looks at the area’s past, present, and future through the portraits and words of those who live, work, and play there.

    EXHIBITION:
    MARCH 1 – MARCH 31
    MONDAY – FRIDAY, 9AM – 5PM SATURDAY, 11:30AM – 5:30PM

    OPENING RECEPTION:
    MARCH 9, 6 – 9PM

    HISTORICAL/PHOTOGRAPHIC WALKING TOURS:
    MARCH 11, 1:30PM, led by Leslieville Historical Society
    MARCH 18, 1:30PM, led by 6ix Clicks Collective
    MARCH 25, 1:30PM, led by SONY

    No registration required, meet at Riverdale Gallery.

    www.facebook.com/focusongerrard

  • LOOK BOTH WAYS

    March 01, 2017

    LIFE AT QUEEN & UNIVERSITY

    What do you see at the iconic intersection of Queen & University? This exhibit uncovers a vibrant past, and brings a contemporary perspective through Sam Javanrouh’s new photographs and the curators’ consideration of public space theory, and urban aesthetics. An interactive window station encourages mindfulness and curiosity.

    EXHIBITION:
    MARCH 1 – MARCH 31
    TUESDAY – FRIDAY, 9:30AM – 4:30PM
    SATURDAY, 12 – 4:30PM

    OPENING RECEPTION:
    MARCH 11, 1 – 4PM

    *Please note: unfortunately the second floor of Campbell House is not accessible, visitors are required to travel up one flight of stairs.

    Campbell House Museum
    iSchool - University of Toronto

  • AGO FIRST THURSDAYS

    March 02, 2017

    Still Nasty

    The March First Thursday at the AGO celebrates Toronto with a program that aims to explore, through a feminist lens, a non-deterministic future that imagines possibilities for a diversity of representation and experiences. Guest-curated by OCAD University Criticism and Curatorial Practice graduate students, the event is headlined by d’bi. young anitafrika and her band The 333, and includes artist projects by Hazel Mayer, Mariam Magsi, and Zahra Saleki amongst others.

    EVENT:
    MARCH 2, 7 – 11:30PM

  • IN THE SHADOW OF PARADISE

    March 04, 2017

    In the shadow of paradise is an exhibition bringing together three contemporary artists with roots in Scarborough, whose practices offer insight into the potential of Scarborough’s artistic community. Featuring projects by Annie Onyi Cheung, Anique J Jordan, and Deirdre Logue.

    EXHIBITION:
    MARCH 4 – MARCH 25
    WEDNESDAY – SATURDAY, 12 – 5PM

    OPENING RECEPTION:
    MARCH 11, 6 – 9PM

    PANEL DISCUSSION:
    MARCH 18, 2 – 3:15PM*

    *Please note: MyseumX Shuttle bus will be available on March 18, for more information and to register visit www.myseumxbus-scarborough.eventbrite.ca

    Y+ Contemporary

  • COSMOPOLIS TORONTO

    March 05, 2017

    THE WORLD IN ONE CITY

    In partnership with Toronto Public Library, Myseum presents Cosmopolis Toronto: The World in One City – a photography exhibition that explores the journeys of newcomers to Canada. This series by Colin Boyd Shafer captures the stories of someone born in every country of the world who now calls Toronto home.

    EXHIBITION:
    MARCH 5 – 8 & 13 – 19
    MONDAY – FRIDAY, 8:30AM – 4:30PM
    City Hall 100 Queen St W, Toronto

    MARCH 9 – 12
    MONDAY – FRIDAY, 7:30 AM – 9:30 PM
    SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 8AM – 6PM
    Metro Hall
    55 John St, Toronto

    MARCH 20 – APRIL 2
    MONDAY – FRIDAY, 7:30AM – 9:30PM
    SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 8AM – 6PM
    North York Civic Centre
    5100 Yonge St, Toronto

    www.cosmopolistoronto.com
    www.torontopubliclibrary.ca
    www.myseumoftoronto.com

  • PEOPLE IN PARKS

    March 06, 2017

    Many of Toronto’s residents live in precarious housing and shelters. In Toronto’s downtown east corridor there are several shelters housing hundreds of men, women, and children. Every day the residents are asked to leave so they can clean the dormitories. With limited places to go, many spend time in parks. This photo exhibit provides a glimpse into the stories of the lives of those living and relying on shelters in Toronto’s downtown east corridor.

    EXHIBITION:
    MARCH 6 – 31
    MONDAY – FRIDAY, 9AM – 5PM
    SATURDAY, 2 – 5PM
    SUNDAY, 9AM – 5PM

    People in Parks
    Evergreen Brickworks
    *Please call 416-596-1495 X 260 for March Break (March 13 – 17) hours.

  • MAPPING THE TERRITORY

    March 07, 2017

    How does the virtual space we inhabit relate to the physical, social, and economic reality of our community? mAPPing the Territory explores these questions from a youth perspective using mobile apps to tell stories through cartography about the community, public space, and local networks.

    EXHIBITION:
    MARCH 7 – MARCH 30
    MONDAY – SATURDAY, 10AM – 5PM

    OPENING RECEPTION:
    MARCH 7, 4 – 7PM

    YOUTH LED EXHIBITION TALK AND TOUR:
    MARCH 25, 12 – 1:30PM*

    *MyseumX Shuttle bus will be available on March 25, for more information and to register visit www.myseumxbus-scarborough.eventbrite.ca.

    Humber College, North Campus LRC 1st Floor - Main Concourse
    205 Humber College Blvd, Toronto

    Huber Galleries
    Department of Unusual Certainties
    Pathways to Education
    Rexdale Community Health Centre

  • TORONTO: TRIBUTES + TRIBUTARIES FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL

    March 09, 2017

    Join the AGO for a free lm and video festival, presented in partnership with the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC) and Vtape and featuring Toronto’s pioneering lmmakers and video artists from the 1970s and 1980s, including Dennis Day, Annette Mangaard, Duke Redbird, Michael Snow, Joyce Wieland, and more.

    VIDEO:
    MARCH 9 – MARCH 12
    THURSDAY – FRIDAY, 7 – 11PM
    SATURDAY, 1 – 11PM
    SUNDAY, 12 – 6PM

    See website for screening schedule

    Art Gallery of Ontario, Jackman Hall 317 Dundas St W, Toronto

    Tributes and Tributaries Film Festival
    VTape
    Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre

  • BLACK ‘SAUGA VOICES

    March 10, 2017

    A community based conversation led by youth exploring the Black experience of Mississauga. Artist Quentin Vercetty presents an innovative presentation on Afrofuturism, heritage, and gathering of stories of lived experience to represent this time. Community dialogue led by cultural producer Suelyn Knight.

    WORKSHOPS:
    MARCH 10, 6 – 9PM
    YOUTH VISUAL ART

    MARCH 11, 12 – 4PM
    ALL AGES VISUAL ART

    OPENING RECEPTION:
    MARCH 14, 6 – 9PM

    DIGITAL MCS SCREENS EXHIBITION:
    MARCH 10 – MARCH 26
    MONDAY – SUNDAY, 12 – 5PM

    Glass Pavillion, Celebration Square 300 City Centre Dr, Mississauga

    Culture Mississauga
    Black Artist's Networks Dialogue
    Black Speculative Arts Movement

  • NO VACANCY

    March 10, 2017

    No Vacancy explores the evolving use of the Kingston Road motel-strip. Dotted along what was once known as Canada’s gateway to Toronto, the motels are now often used as temporary housing for the City’s shelter over ow. This exhibition brings together diverse perspectives on migration, displacement, and homelessness. Curated by Alyssa Fearon for Scarborough Arts.

    EXHIBITION:
    MARCH 10 – MARCH 31
    MONDAY – FRIDAY, 10AM – 5PM

    OPENING RECEPTION:
    MARCH 10, 7 – 9PM

    GUIDED TOURS WITH CURATOR:
    MARCH 18, 12 – 4PM*

    *MyseumX Shuttle bus will be available on March 18, for more information and to register visit www.myseumxbus-scarborough.eventbrite.ca.

    PANEL DISCUSSION & PERFORMANCE:
    MARCH 30, 6 – 10PM Scarborough Arts

    www.scarborougharts.com
    www.scarboroughhistorical.com

  • CANADA ON SCREEN

    March 08, 2017

    TIFF’s free year-long program for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 is based on a list of 150 essential Canadian works — ranging from television, animation, features, and more — compiled through a national poll of industry professionals.

    EVENT:
    MARCH 8, 7PM

    VIDEODROME
    David Cronenberg’s surrealist take on a technocratic nightmare, Videodrome (1983), with an extended introduction by visual artist Catherine Richards, lm and media scholar Alanna Thain, and Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at York University Janine Marchessault, as part of the McLuhan Salon series.

    TIFF Bell Lightbox
    CIBC Canadian Film Gallery, 4th floor 350 King St W, Toronto

    TIFF
    Library and Archives Canada
    Cinémathèque Québécoise
    The Cinémathèque

Vintage photo of downtown toronto

Learn More

What is the Myseum of Toronto and why does it exist?

The Myseum of Toronto is a celebration of the evolution of our communities, cultures, and urban and natural spaces. It connects our recollections of the past with our visions of the future through the ideas, art and artifacts we share. Through the Myseum, we aim to bring about a deeper, more personal understanding and appreciation of all that is Toronto.

Where can I visit the Myseum of Toronto?

The Myseum of Toronto is not just one place, it’s every place. You can experience it online and at pop-up events around the GTA all year long.

Who takes care of it?

The Myseum of Toronto is a non-profit organization, managed by a group of private citizens, but will be co-created by present and former Torontonians from across the GTA and around the world.

Can I contribute?

Please do! You are the “my” in Myseum. Share your ideas, stories, art, music and artifacts by contacting us (below). Join us at events and exhibitions. Make a donation or volunteer. The more you get involved, the better the experience the Myseum of Toronto will be.

Meet the Team

The Myseum wouldn’t be possible without passionate Torontonians from across the GTA and around the world. Meet the current team who make up this non-profit organization.

The Honourable David Crombie, P.C., O.C., O. Ont.

The Honourable David Crombie, P.C., O.C., O. Ont.

Founding Director

David Crombie has served as mayor of Toronto, a member of parliament and a federal cabinet minister. He is the former president and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute, former chair of Ontario Place Corporation and founding chair of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust. He is president of David Crombie and Associates Inc. and currently serves as chair of the Advisory Council for the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO), a director of Mount Pleasant Cemeteries Group and chair of the Toronto Lands Corporation. David Crombie is Chancellor Emeritus of Ryerson University and an honorary fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo and Seneca College. He has been appointed to the Order of Ontario and is an officer to the Order of Canada.

Bev W. Tudhope

Bev W. Tudhope

Founding Director

Bev Tudhope, Founding Director of Myseum of Toronto, is a recognized veteran in brand strategy and management, providing thought leadership, strategic planning and creative counsel to major corporations for more than 25 years. A native Torontonian, he co-founded Tudhope Associates, one of Canada’s leading branding and design businesses, and successfully combined it with Interbrand, the world’s largest branding consultancy. Bev now consults on brand assets and communications, and contributes to Canadian innovation by investing and mentoring early-stage information and communication technology companies. He currently serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Marketing and Membership Committees of the Board of the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO), is a current director of the Gardiner Museum, and a past director of Sysomos Inc. and Opera Atelier.

Maureen Marshall

Maureen Marshall

Founding Director

Maureen Marshall, Founding Director of Myseum of Toronto, has had an extensive career as an entrepreneur and marketer, including roles at American Express and Citibank, as well as founding an online environmental products and services company. She has also held a number of leadership positions in not-for-profit and community organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Family Services Association of Toronto. Maureen is currently completing the Masters of Museum Studies program at the University of Toronto, having previously completed a BA (Hons.) in Psychology at the University of Western Ontario and an MBA at York University.

Diane Blake

Diane Blake

Founder and Lead Sponsor

Diane Blake, Founder and Lead Sponsor of Myseum of Toronto, has been a proud Torontonian since 1986. Prior to becoming an archivist, she worked in information technology, and studied at University College in London and the University of Toronto. Diane volunteers with grassroots social groups, and artistic and cultural organizations in Toronto. She is currently co-chairing the fundraising campaign to archive the historic media content of TVO. Along with her husband Stephen Smith, Diane believes the key to building a first-class city is in understanding its past.

Ian Bandeen

Ian Bandeen

Founding Director

Ian Bandeen, Founding Director of Myseum of Toronto, is one of Canada’s leading capital markets experts. He co-founded the Canadian Securitization markets as well as the Canadian Securities Exchange, where he served as CEO until 2011. Ian currently serves as a founding director and Vice-Chair (Finance) of the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO), a member of the Advisory Board for the Faculty of Law at McGill University and the Hot Docs Cinema Advisory Committee. He sits on the Ontario Securities Commission’s Small and Medium Enterprises Committee. He served as a director and chairman of the Business Development Committee at Robarts Research Institute, a director and member of the Finance Committee for the Toronto International Film Festival Group, and a member of the British-North American Committee. He serves as a director of the Art of Time Ensemble, is a long standing trustee of the S.M. Blair Family Foundation, and a proud member of Canada Company. He is a member of the Ontario Bar and holds two law degrees from McGill University. He lives in Toronto with his wife and four children.


Staff

Karen Carter

Karen Carter

Executive Director

Karen Carter is the Executive Director of the Myseum of Toronto, an innovative approach to the museum experience, and a new way to experience Toronto’s natural spaces, cultures, history, archaeology and architecture. She has over 20 years experience working and volunteering in a variety of cultural and educational settings in Toronto. She is the co-founder and Chair of Black Artists’ Networks Dialogue (BAND), an organization dedicated to the promotion of Black arts and culture in Canada and abroad. Karen is also a faculty member for the Culture and Heritage Site Management program at Centennial College’s Story Arts Centre.

Sarah Munro

Sarah Munro

Director of Public Programs

Sarah is an archivist, curator, cultural administrator and writer with a passion for promoting the artworks and artifacts of marginalized communities. She believes in the power of creativity, conversation, and collaboration to change and unite minds. Sarah has a background in the fine arts and museum collections management, and has worked with a wide range of arts and cultural heritage organizations, including the Genocide Archive of Rwanda, the UK’s National Holocaust Centre and Museum, the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, the Ontario Jewish Archives, the Koffler Centre of the Arts, the Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, and Ryerson Artspace. As Myseum’s Director of Public Programs, she distills big ideas into accessible opportunities for public engagement.

Josh Dyer

Josh Dyer

Marketing & Fundraising Manager

Josh is a talented, results-driven, communications professional who excels in strategy development, market research, and social media. Boasting a wealth of experience in addition to a keen eye for design, Josh’s career and expertise span both digital and traditional marketing. His peaceful presence has been a welcomed addition to our high-energy office, but behind the calm exterior lies a passion for narrative construction, and a mind continually plotting the next strategic marketing decision. No stranger to exploring new cities or discovering new perspectives of home, Josh is excited to share his favourite aspects of Toronto and learn about yours.

Courtney Boost

Courtney Boost

Public Programs Coordinator

Courtney is passionate about exploring innovative techniques to interpret history. Her experience with program development and event planning has taught her the value of an interdisciplinary approach to programming and shown her the need for participatory experiences. Her appreciation for the interests of others helps her to identify ways to engage diverse community groups to stimulate meaningful discussion and dialogue to improve visitor experiences. She has volunteered and worked with various cultural organizations, including Heritage Toronto, Black Artists Networks Dialogue (BAND), Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, and Cultivate Toronto. In her role as Public Programs Coordinator she is responsible for coordinating community programs and liaising with community partners.

Jessica Kropf

Jessica Kropf

Administrator

Program Advisory Committee

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