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Myseum: A Look Back at 2018

Thank You For Another Incredible Year!

Myseum of Toronto would like to thank you for all your support throughout another great year of programs and exhibits that infuse a sense of curiosity in our city’s past, present, and future. As 2018 comes to a close, we’d like to reflect on the past year’s experiences that your support has made possible.

2018 saw a number of memorable moments and achievements for Myseum, and we are extremely proud to have:

  • Welcomed over 11,000 attendees to Myseum Intersections and facilitated collaborations between 66 festival partners

  • Navigated the history of Toronto’s theatres, waterfront, and first immigrant neighborhood through walking, cycling, and boat tours at Myseum On The Move

  • Created space to discuss important issues and workshop relevant skills at Myseum Connects networking events for newcomers, youth, and arts & cultural workers

  • Presented our second feature exhibit, Discounted Histories, which explored Toronto’s retail history through a series of objects, artifacts, and programs that brought to light overlooked and untold histories

We hope we can count on your continued support and look forward to sharing more of these experiences with you in 2019. On behalf of the entire Myseum team, thanks for believing in our work.

A Look Back at 2018

Myseum Presents: Discounted Histories, an exhibition that explored the movement of goods, services, and ideas that form Toronto’s retail landscape. November 1-30.



Style & Substance with former Dragon’s Den Dragon Joe Mimran & Zoomer Editor-In-Chief, Suzanne Boyd. November 26, 2018 (left). Tkaron:to & Turtle Island: The Remarkable Indigenous Trade Networks with Anishinaabe artist Bonnie Devine. November 22, 2018 (right).


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Department Stories: An Evening with Iris Simpson. November 16, 2018 (left). Beyond the Rack: Discussing Toronto’s Garment Industry with Arlene Chan, Susan Fohr, and James Fowler November 08, 2018 (right)

Myseum Intersections: Arrivals + Departures, Our third annual festival of exhibits and events, explored multiple perspectives of the city’s natural, cultural, and historic diversity. March 1 – March 31, 2018

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CONVENIENCE, 187 Augusta. March 1-15, 2018 (left). DHEXE EE, Metro Hall. March 24-29 2018 (right).


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Life In Flight, Sur Gallery. March 8 – April 14, 2018 (left). Jeanne B ’93: A Gender-Troublemaker Arrives, The 519. March 24-29 2018 (right)

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June 15, 2018

For the North By North East music festival (NXNE) we joined forces with Internet radio station Istolethesoul FM for an exclusive 10-hour radio broadcast that featured the city’s greatest DJs and music legends, and a panel discussion with some of our music industry’s most important voices.

The night included a once-in-a-lifetime set by the legendary DJ Skratch Bastid and a special surprise performance by Juno award winning rapper and Peabody award recipient, Shad.

Myseum Connects: Borders & Barriers

June 6, 2018

In partnership with the Centre for Social Innovation, we organized a networking event called for newcomers to create cultural connections with some of Toronto’s key arts & culture representatives.

This event included a keynote address by Aboriginal poet, actor, and activist, Dr. Duke Redbird, free workshops by Ontario Arts Council, Paralia Newcomer Arts Network, and Work In Culture, as well as a networking lunch.

Find out more about this event here.


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Myseum on the Move: The Crombie Cruise, Women of the Ward, and Main Feature

We spent the summer navigating the city with our Myseum on the Move programs, a series of tours that encourage exploration and reflection of the city’s natural, cultural, and built history.

This year’s Myseum On The Move events included a cycling, clue-based scavenger hunt where participants searched for cinemas of our city’s past and present, a theatrical walking tour of The Ward; Toronto’s first immigrant neighbourhood, and a boat cruise led by former Mayor, the Hon. David Crombie that unveiled the many histories of Toronto’s waterfront.

If you missed any of these events don’t fret! We have added a tours feature to our website which allows you to experience some of these events interactively. Click here to find out more.


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Myseum’s ‘Toronto Stories’

In 2018 we unveiled our Toronto Stories series.

Toronto Stories is an on-going series that promotes diverse historical narratives in Toronto, and acknowledges the impact of the people and communities often under-represented in our city’s history. The Toronto Stories series continues Myseum’s objective to discover overlooked, unseen, or forgotten stories from Toronto’s past.

Thanks to the generosity of Pattison Outdoor, the creativity of Ove Brand Design, and a collaborative effort with several partner organizations including the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA), the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), author and historian Jon Lorinc, and the Spremo family, we were able to tell five of these Toronto Stories.

Click here to discover Toronto Stories about Jackie Shane, Edwin Baker and the CNIB, the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, The Ward, photographer Boris Spremo, and how Eaton’s changed retail.

Look out for more Toronto Stories in 2019!

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