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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Spend sophisticated Thursday evenings at the McMichael

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The McMichael presents Thursday Night Lates! The gallery will be open until 10 pm every Thursday from July 1 to October 31. There will be a variety of exciting programs, including drop-in painting workshops, wine sampling, artist talks, guided tours, hikes along the gallery's 100 acres of woodland, contemporary dance performances, yoga workshops, concerts, and more.
In addition to this special programming, the McMichael has four remarkable exhibitions currently on display for visitors to explore. As part of its special 50th anniversary exhibition program 50/50/50, the gallery celebrates historic, Modern, and contemporary Canadian art at its best. A.Y. Jackson & Tom Thomson: Wounds of War focuses on Jackson's and Thomson's First World War art; Jack Bush: In Studio features twenty select paintings by the Toronto-born artist Jack Bush, five of which have never been exhibited in Ontario until now; and Colleen Heslin: Needles and Pins showcases the contemporary art of Colleen Heslin, the national winner of the Annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2013. 
Now extended by popular demand until September 5, Field Trip: Sarah Anne Johnson is a must-see! This contemporary exhibition showcases the artist's latest project about outdoor music festivals. Johnson sees these festivals as a forum for a community of people coming together to create a modern-day Dionysian celebration through a connection to nature, music and dance, and the rejection of social norms. In addition to her photographs, the artist has installed three new incredible sculptures.

July 7, 7:30-9 pm: Thom Sokoloski, Colour of the River Running Through Us - the artist talks about his sculptural installation followed by a movement meditation and haiku workshop.
July 14, 7:30-8:30 pm: The NDN Way: New Dance Performance by Brian Solomon - the dance integrates elements of Cree philosophy into a collage of abstract imagery and movement, with a soundscape and visuals by Brian Solomon.
July 21, 7-9 pm: Drink Wine. Make Art. - grab a glass of wine and drop in to one of these juicy workshops - print, paint, cut and collage.
July 28, 7:30-8:30 pm: Arco Violini Performance - Arco Violini is a chamber orchestra of highly advanced students from Etobicoke Suzuki Music directed by Dr. Zachary Ebin.
August 4, 7:30-8:30 pm: Woodland Legends: Norval Morrisseau and iPad® Drawing Workshop for Adults - tradition meets technology with this special adult iPad® workshop and tour focusing on the work of Anishinaabe artist Norval Morrisseau.

August 11, 7:30-8:30 pm: Hoop Dance Performance and Workshop with Lisa Odjig - two-time world champion, Lisa Odjig performs an electric hoop dance-17 hoops, and all the hops. Join a free workshop after the performance.
August 18, 7-9 pm: Drink Wine. Make Art. - grab a glass of wine and drop in to one of these juicy workshops - print, paint, cut and collage.
August 25, 7:30-8:30 pm: Talk and Night Hike - night trails and spooky tales-the McMichael partners with the Kortright Centre to give you the best of the gallery, indoors and out.
September 1, 7:30-8:30 pm: McMichael Group of Seven Wine Collection Tasting
September 8, 7:30-8:30 pm: A Night with Tom Thomson - the doors to Tom Thomson's private studio are open for a rare glimpse into his mysterious life and death. Sketch while listening to this truly phenomenal and peculiar story.
September 15, 7:30-8:30 pm: Canadian Museum Association Cookbook Launch
September 22, 7-9 pm: Drink Wine. Make Art. - grab a glass of wine and drop in to one of these juicy workshops - print, paint, cut and collage.
September 29, 7:30-8:30 pm: Jack Bush: In Studio Exhibition Book Launch
October 6, 7:30-8:30 pm: Evening Yoga - try something new or deepen your practice with this all-level yoga class led by an experienced instructor.
October 13, 7:30-8:30 pm: Surprise Pop-up Program!
October 20, 7-9 pm: Drink Wine. Make Art. - grab a glass of wine and drop in to one of these juicy workshops - print, paint, cut and collage
October 27, 7:30-8:30 pm: Hidden Treasures and Haunted Talk - discover eerie artifacts and spooky stories! It's nearly Halloween and the gallery and grounds are full of ghoulish goodies.
McMichael Canadian Art Collection located at 10365 Islington Avenue, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in Vaughan. 
These late nights will provide the opportunity to experience art and culture to people who are unable to visit the gallery during the day. The McMichael offers visitors a unique experience that combines the visual and performing arts as part of its programming. Visitors can engage in hands-on activities and explore the McMichael grounds which feature sculptures and historic sites.
Visit 50years.mcmichael.com for more details on the programming slated for each Thursday night, and further information on the exhibitions. 
About the McMichael Canadian Art Collection
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Government of Ontario and acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation. It is the foremost venue in the country showcasing the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. In addition to touring exhibitions, its permanent collection consists of over 6,000 artworks by Canadian artists, including paintings by the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, as well as First Nations, MĂ©tis and Inuit artists. The gallery is located on 100 acres of northern landscape and hiking trails at 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in the City of Vaughan. For more information: mcmichael.com.

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