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October 26, 2013

Category: Multicultural Attractions

The Weirdest Wild – A Halloween Dinner and Show with a “Zoo” Twist!

Saturday, October 26th. 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

Join us for a truly unique, and chilling, Halloween event where we explore the mystery and symbolism of death. The evening not only includes a sit down dinner but also a special talk about the weird and wild ways that animals and plants associate with death. We will also dispel the myth on some of the world’s deadliest animals and plants, get to the bottom of how some animals can actually use death to their advantage and take you (if you dare) on a tour of our Wildlife Health Centre.

COST (per adult 18+ years of age):
$65 Zoo Member, $120 Zoo Members Couple and
$75 Non-Member, $140 Non-Members Couple.

The Program includes: A three course dinner; opportunity to view the Wildlife Health Centre; a special guest animal appearance; an interactive, themed presentation; and FREE parking.

Website: www.TorontoZoo.com

Location: Toronto Zoo — 361A Old Finch Avenue

Date: October 26, 2013
Location: Toronto Zoo

Make a Spooky Haunted Castle!

Get your little knights, princesses, ghosts and pirates signed up to this delicious workshop at the castle this Halloween weekend on October 26 or 27. Work with dessert decorators from Le Dolci and learn from top pastry chefs how to decorate a magical and haunted Halloween castle. Each child will have their own Castle to assemble and decorate using candy, sprinkles, icing and other yummy embellishments for the haunted Halloween house. We encourage everyone to come in costume. Sign up quick for this sweet and spooky session.

Please visit our website: www.casaloma.org

Location: Casa Loma – 1 Austin Terrace

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Becoming a Knight!

Long live family fun at Casa Loma! Celebrate Halloween – Medieval Style! Bring your royal family to a Castle for an opportunity to step into the past. Real Knights – in real armour- with real weapons! Our Knights will perform for you – educate you – fight for you and even train you! Bring the whole family to Toronto’s majestic castle to celebrate Halloween. This workshop will give you a behind the scenes look at: Medieval Martial Arts, Dagger Defense, Armour and the Art of Swordplay. Reserve your spot soon! This event is popular.

Please visit our website: www.casaloma.org

Location: Casa Loma – 1 Austin Terrace

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End: October 27, 2013
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The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) hosts Mesopotamia in its premiere North American engagement from June 22, 2013 to January 5, 2014. The internationally touring exhibition of the ancient civilization is presented in Toronto by the British Museum in collaboration with the ROM.

More than 3,000 years of accomplishments by the civilization are explored in the exhibition. Widely credited with the invention or development of writing, long-distance communication, law, trade networks, and the first empires, Mesopotamian society also launched and advanced literature and sophisticated art, concurrently with great intellectual, spiritual, and scientific advances. These achievements still influence us today.

Mesopotamia showcases more than 170 priceless objects from the eminent collections of the British Museum. These artifacts, most never before seen in Canada, are augmented by those from the ROM’s own renowned collections and other leading institutions, including the University of Chicago Oriental Institute Museum, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum, Philadelphia), and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Presented in a series of well-defined themes, the exhibition features an outstanding selection of artifacts: stunning jewellery, dramatic stone sculptures, and impressive wall reliefs.

For more details: www.rom.on.ca/en/exhibitions-galleries/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/mesopotamia

Location: Royal Ontario Museum — 100 Queen’s Park

No.143 Ishtar Gate
Start: June 22, 2013
End: January 5, 2014
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Location: Royal Ontario Museum

Chinese Portraits of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 – 1911)

The tradition of hosting highly visual exhibitions in the Herman Herzog Levy Gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) continues with Faces to Remember: Chinese Portraits of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 – 1911). On display at the ROM from May 18, 2013 to February 23, 2014, Faces to Remember features Chinese portraits created during the Ming and Qing dynasties, and comes from the renowned collections of the Museum’s Far Eastern section.

Showcasing a culturally important, but often-overlooked aspect of Chinese art and culture, the exhibition’s portraits are astonishing in their detail and embedded symbolism. The visual appeal of the exhibition’s 25 works – some remarkably large – is enhanced by a number of sartorial and personal accessories, objects carefully selected for their resemblance to those seen in the paintings.

Dr. Ka Bo Tsang, ROM Assistant Curator, Chinese Pictorial Arts, is the exhibition’s curator. She explains, “Portraits are a way to commemorate people, whether known or unknown to us. The portraits displayed in the exhibition, as well as the personal accessories, provide us with a better understanding of the Chinese people of the past, their aspirations and moral values.”

For more details: www.rom.on.ca

Location: Royal Ontario Museum — 100 Queen’s Park

Kenojuak Ashevak: In Memoriam

September 28, 2013 – June 2014.

Isadore and Rosalie Sharp gallery.

With the passing of senior Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak in 2013, the Canadian cultural landscape has been significantly diminished. Over a long and influential career, Kenojuak produced innovative work that inspired her peers as well as younger generations of artists. Her visionary imagery drew on personal experience and reflected deep connections to family, community and her surroundings. Kenojuak’s lyrical animal forms remain, for many, absolutely central to the Canadian story.

Organized by Art Gallery of Ontario.

For more details: www.ago.net

Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

Start: September 28, 2013
End: June 1, 2014
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Location: Art Gallery of Ontario