RMG Friday: Bubbles in the Backyard

Bubbles, Bubbles, BUBBLES! We’re celebrating the iridescence in all of us as Pride is here! The night will be filled with a cabaret of performances with all the wonderful people in our community. So, please join us for a night of frivolity, dance and letting your troubles float away into the twilight.

The Losing Art of Plating: Drag Aesthetics, Food Security, and Harm Reduction with Mikiki

7:30-9:30pm

In this hands-on workshop, participants will build extravagant plates of highly processed (“junk”) food. Performance Artist and Queer Community Activist Mikiki will lead the workshop, facilitating conversations about the politics of food as it intersects with concepts of beauty, gender representation, drag, food security, and harm reduction. Unpacking the language of “junk food” through creativity and play, this drop-in program is welcoming to people of all ages.

This workshop is offered alongside an installation by Hannah Jickling and Reed H. Reed in the exhibition Contemporary Kids, on view at the RMG from June 1 to October 6, 2024. Their installation After Wrappers, explores collaborative learning, the politics of food and of the potential of garbage.

Please note: Various food products will be available in the workshop space, so please take the necessary precautions if you have a food allergy.

If there is something we can do to support your participation, or if you have any questions about the program, please contact Hannah Keating at hkeating@rmg.on.ca.

Kali Kontour, the sensational drag persona hailing from Oshawa, has been captivating audiences for two fabulous years. With roots firmly planted in her hometown, Kali embodies elegance, sass, and unapologetic charisma. Beyond the spotlight, she champions charitable causes, using her platform to uplift and support her community in true diva fashion.

Dank Sinatra is a non-binary drag thing, librarian, and Dora-nominated theater artist who got their start performing on Coast Salish Territories in 2018. As part of the House of Faith, they took home second place in Absolut Empire’s Ball 2023. Boasting the same record collection as your Dad, Dank draws on influences from cabaret to classic rock, burlesque to big band, delivering thrills, chills, and live vocal skills with a heavy dose of stupidity and an old school sensibility.

A trans non binary drag king, thing, and everything in between. Born and raised in Southern Ontario, El Experimento has been gracing the stages of Toronto and the East Coast since winter of 2022. An amalgamation and reclamation of nostalgic heart throbs, heart breakers and hell raisers. His Latin flare and hunky charm transcend time and space, leaving you aching with desire. 

Vital! Contemporary Circus is a small, local circus company founded in 2022 by Oshawa resident Jackie Houghton. Jackie has spent close to 15 years in the circus community as a performer, producer and writer. After moving to Oshawa in 2020, she realized that there was an opportunity to develop a local circus community where there was none. Since then she has performed for local businesses, Canada Day at Lakeview Park, and the inaugural Convergence Festival. In addition to performing, Jackie also produces circus cabarets locally under the banner of Vital! Circus Cabaret. Jackie continues to work towards her goal of sharing her love of circus with Durham Region and she’s very excited to be working with the Robert McLaughlin Gallery!

In the studio, make D.I.Y. Pride themed pins using polymer clay! This project is simple and fun, no experience required. Ages 12+

This event has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.

RMG Friday: Emerging Visions

This month, we’re celebrating a brand new exhibition at the RMG! Please join us on the lower level in Gallery A at 7:15PM for opening remarks with Durham College students and staff to recognize the opening of Emerging Visions. Emerging Visions is an annual exhibition of thesis projects by the third-year Fine Arts class at Durham College.

Order of Events

7pm – Doors Open, Art Activity begins in Studio

7:15pm – DRIFF Screening in the Lookout

7:15-7:45 – Opening Remarks and Award Ceremony

8pm – Performance by BoluSings

8:15pm – DRIFF Screening in the Lookout

8:45pm – Performance by Simmone Mariah

Bolu Adefemi or “BoluSings” is a 16 year old girl from Oshawa, Ontario. Bolu uses songwriting to explore the issues that touch her world. Bolu’s mum likes to tell people “She’s been singing ever since she was in the womb”; and Bolu agrees she has always loved to sing. Bolu Adefemi has written, produced, and released three songs on important issues: including the “Corona-virus”, The importance of self care, and the “Black Lives Matter Movement”. Bolu has been featured in the following media: CityTV, CP24 News, AM960, 680 News, Clarington This Week, Orono Times, Durham.com, The RoundTable Talk show in Long Beach, California Toronto Caribbean Virtual Festival and Ticker TV, Australia etc. Bolu loves to follow her passion, while sharing messages that she finds crucial. 

Simmone Mariah is a Toronto-born and-raised singer/songwriter who has been captivating audiences with her powerful voice and emotive lyrics. Raised in church Simmone discovered her love for music at a young age and has been honing her craft ever since. Simmone’s music is both fresh and timeless exploring love, heartbreak and self-discovery. In 2018 Simmone released her debut single; Miles Between which showcased her signature sound and has set the tone for her future success. Since then she has continued to write and record music that speaks to the heart of her listeners. As she continues to pursue her passion for music, Simmone Mariah is poised to make a lasting impact on the North American music scene and beyond.

DRIFF Screening

Frida in the Sky | Directed by Dani Sadun | 6:14 minutes

Frida, an 8-year-old engineering prodigy, builds an airplane behind her mother’s back to follow in her Abuela’s legacy.

In the studio, create your very own D.I.Y. planter pot stake using polymer clay! No art experience required.

Ages 12+

RMG Friday: The Big Hat

We’re going back to the roaring 20’s! Come out to continue the celebration of Oshawa’s Centennial and travel back in time with us. Show off your hats inspired by a time when glitz, glamour, and the evolution of a new city was about to take place.

This month, we’re also celebrating a brand new exhibition at the RMG! Please join us in the RSM gallery at 7:15pm for opening remarks to recognize the opening of his solo exhibition, The Big Hat.

Order of Events

7:00pm: Doors Open

7:15pm-7:30pm: Opening Remarks

7:15pm: DRIFF screening in the Lookout

7:15pm: Art Activity with Farah in the Studio

7:30pm-8:30pm: Oshawa Music Week performances

8:15pm: DRIFF screening in the Lookout

Image in the artist’s studio, 2024. Courtesy of Tony Romano.

Tony Romano creates sculptures and videos that playfully reimagine found objects and rework raw and recycled materials. Rooted in a family tradition of carpentry and ironwork, he has long been interested in the endless recyclability of metal, the narrative possibilities it offers, and the memories it holds onto. In The Big Hat, Romano has created a new series of sculptures that tell a cautionary tale of an imagined whirligig community reckoning with the arrival of a greedy professor.

Oshawa Music Week, presented by Durham College, will be featuring music from Acoustic performers in the Isabel as part of their series of musical performances throughout the week.

Enjoy performances by Equal, Sam Bedard, J BOOM, Siddhant Shah, Donte, Simmone Mariah, and Brothers Wilde.

One of those Good Lives | 8 minutes

Directed by Joseph Carney

When the young, white and unencumbered Steve (Sean Depner – Riverdale, Deadly Class) is hit by a truck, he awakens in a cavernous and decaying opera house. There he meets The Ticket Taker, a shape shifting bureaucrat of death who explains that Steve must be sent back to perform one influential act before enjoying a life of guaranteed privilege and luxury. Steve must decide whether or not to uphold a status quo that benefits only him.

Join us in the studio to create your very own musical inspired magnet. No art experience required!

This polymer clay project is suitable for visitors 12+

RMG Fridays: International Women’s Day

We’re celebrating International Women’s Day at the RMG! This is the night to hear leading voices in Durham Region of women owned businesses and see performances of young and dedicated talent. Come to buy locally owned food prepared with passion and perseverance.

Order of Events

7:00pm: Doors open. Art Activity with Farah in the Art Studio and yoga class with Kimmel Alcide in Arthur’s

7:15pm: DRIFF screening in the Lookout

7:30pm: Wise Women with Liz Oke, Mathilda Irawan, and Georgia Fullerton

8:00pm: First session of Chair’ography Workshop with Inferno Pole Studio

8:15pm: DRIFF screening in the Lookout

8:30pm: Tour with Associate Curator, Public Programs, Hannah Keating. Learn more about our exhibitions that feature female and queer artists.

8:45pm: Let’s DANCE! DJ Lynz’s crew will be spinning tunes to raise your hands, sing along and feel the joy!

9:00pm: Second session of Chair’ography Workshop with Inferno Pole Studio

Upstairs in Arthur’s, Inferno Pole Studio will be hosting a Chairography Workshop! In a 45 minute session, learn a flow and have some fun dancing your way around a chair. Friendly for all levels! Bring knee pads if you have any! Wear leggings or something stretchy to move in. Tighter clothing is preferred. Wearing socks or shoes is recommended.

These sessions are free but registration is required. Sign up here.

As the Director of The Everyday Yogi Inc., Kimmel Alcide curates unique wellness experiences with the primary goal of cultivating peace.  She is deeply committed to guiding individuals, teams and communities toward self-discovery through yoga and mindfulness practices. Additionally, she serves as a lead Yoga Trainer for LifePower Yoga, offering 100hr and 200hr trainings in Durham region. With over 10 000 hours in the wellness industry, she has collaborated with notable brands such as lululemon, Team Canada, Hershey’s Chocolate, Canada Goose and Uber Canada integrating yoga and mindfulness into their work and professional environments.

Her core values are centered around personal responsibility, connection, inclusivity and contribution. Beyond her practice and profession, Kimmel enjoys connecting people, hiking in nature, and playing scrabble.

Georgia Fullerton is a Jamaican Canadian visual artist, expressive arts therapist, arts educator,
and public speaker. Educated in visual arts at Red Deer College in Red Deer, Alberta she
earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1991 at York University in Toronto, Ontario.

Building arts-based relationships with community partners such as The Royal Ontario Museum,
Station Gallery, Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and Durham District School Board
(DDSB)and others, Georgia has created 4 major public art pieces since 2012. One of her most
recent public artworks, titled: ‘For the Win and the Wonder’ was commissioned by the Toronto
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Corporation and launched in late 2023 as part of the new
Scotiabank Arena permanent Art Collection.

Engaging all sides of her creative prowess, Georgia deepens her understanding and practice of
arts in health as an expressive arts therapist with a small private practice and facilitates healing
arts workshops online. Georgia is the founder of the Durham Black Artists’ Collective (DBAC)
and is a faculty member of the School of Media, Art and Design at Durham College in Oshawa,
Ontario.

Liz Oke designs and implements marketing/sales plans and creative strategy for businesses that want to change direction, optimize their digital presence and brand, and align their marketing efforts with their revenue goals. She has over 20+ years of experience in delivering successful projects for clients in various industries, including e-commerce, financial services, food services, manufacturing, education, retail, music, insurance, law, consulting, banking, real estate, and cultural institutions. She is currently following the ever-changing opportunities with AI.

Mathilda Irawan is an Indonesian born Chinese woman who immigrated to Canada 22 years ago. Her education background is psychology, gerontology, hypnotherapy, finance, and yoga therapy. She is the chef and owner of Mathilda’s Restaurant in downtown Oshawa where we supply meals, desserts, and baking mixes to other retailers across the province. She also owns Mathilda’s Sauces Inc. with all sauces being vegan, gluten free, and oil free.

She is on a mission to get people moving their body, reprogram their subconscious mind, take control of their health and heal themselves, and unite body, mind, and spirit. This is possible by practicing compassion towards ourselves, the animals, and nature. When we align our actions with our beliefs and values, we will heal at a deeper level. 

The Fading | 15 mins

Directed by Rafaël Beauchamp

French, with English subtitles

In the heart of a foggy and rural Quebec winter, Luce, a grieving mother faced with the disappearance of her son, is taken aback when three local hunters track down the alleged killer, a seemingly harmless young man. When it is proposed to her to take revenge on the latter, the spirit of the masses slowly takes possession of her tragedy as the group sinks into the forest. “Les battues” (The Fading) blurs the line between victim and persecutor in a dreamlike and anxiety-inducing thriller.

Tour with Associate Curator, Public Programs, Hannah Keating, through the gallery and learn more about our exhibitions that feature female and queer artists such as World-builders, shapeshifters, Kenatentas, and Commonplace.

We will be making wearable art led by Farah! Make marbled polymer clay beads, strung together to make a necklace or keychain.

RMG Friday: Harvest

Join us in celebrating the harvest season! The night will feature music from Matthew Holtby and Darren Roy Clarke. We will also be hosting a breathwork mediation seminar will take place in Arthur’s by Julie Brar. In the lobby, Dine and Style will be presenting a small autumn bounty.

Order of Events

7 pm – Doors Open

7:10 pm – First film screening with DRIFF

7:30 pm – Opening remarks & first performance by Darren Clarke

8:15 pm – Intermission

8:30 pm – Second film screening with DRIFF

8:45 pm – Performance by Matthew Holtby

Join Farah in the Studio downstairs between sets to try out paper quilling. We will use designs inspired by the autumn season to created intricate artwork. No experience required!

In the Lookout, DRIFF will be screening a short film at 7:10pm and 8:30pm.

Engaged to be Engaged by Joseph Covello (13 mins)

On the brink of proposing, a hopeless romantic confronts her true fears and insecurities as she imagines all the ways it could backfire. Meanwhile, her boyfriend is facing a similar predicament.

Community, Breath and the Power of Cellular Nutrition

Come to this informative talk that brings together the community using the power of breath, meditation and regeneratively grown foods. Julie will be guiding you through powerful yet simple breathing exercises that will help you to calm your nervous system. She will also be sharing the power of high vibration regeneratively grown foods and how that help to lift your physical and spiritual practice. Transitioning from summer to fall is a powerful time to reflect and come together as a community. Please bring a journal, pen, yoga mat and a cushion to sit on.

Session is 90 minutes with time for Q & A. Registration is required.

Julie Brar is an award-winning Holistic Nutritionist and Regenerative Health Practitioner who is passionate about supporting others to better health. Julie also holds several yoga certifications and taught yoga for several years prior to moving into Regenerative Health.

Julie specializes in helping men and women who desire to create the best health possible through regenerative health practices. Julie has used nutrition, detoxification protocols and various holistic health practices to reverse her Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism diagnosis. She uses similar tools for clients whether they want to improve an autoimmune condition or simply release weight. She has multiple programs for individuals and groups online. 

Julie is also a published author in a collaborative book project, The Courage to Change, which hit the bestseller list on Amazon under Motivation in 2019.

Warkworth’s Matthew Holtby, has been honing his craft as a songwriter and performer for nearly two decades, producing original and emotive music that strikes a chord with audiences. Recently embarking on a new adventure as a solo artist, he has channeled his influences from the music he grew up with into his latest collection, featuring songs and stories that touch on themes of love, loss, and redemption. His music has been gaining recognition, including rotation on CBC Radio. A new album is set for release later this year.

Singer, songwriter, guitarist Darren Roy Clarke writes songs that map the highways of his heart. Blending delicate roots, confessional country, and heartbreak folk, his music reveals a road-worn journey of the soul. Darren spins introspective vignettes in his distinctive tenor voice, accompanying himself with expressive, exploratory guitar that is as integral to these tails as his lyrics.

Hailing from the cozy, artsy hamlet of Warkwarth, ON, Darren has been writing and performing for over 30 years, opening for the likes of Jason Collett, Craig Cardiff, and the Good Lovelies.

RMG Fridays: Late Summer Chill

We love our backyards. It can be the sanctuary to hang out, alone, or be with family and or friends. Listen to music, eat some good food, with a cold drink in hand. On these summer evenings, these are the moments that keep us warm and cozy in the winter months. Come over and make memories with us in the Backyard at the RMG!

Willy Nilly is an indie/folk rock band currently based in Kingston. Drawing from -and displaying- a wide variety of influences, lead singer/songwriter Owen Fullerton has always struggled to pinpoint the band’s sound. His vocals have drawn comparison to artists like Nick Drake, Passenger, and Paolo Nutini while the music surrounding the laid back vocal styling is typically more energetic with an often dreamy and sometimes beachy feel to it. The band’s music feels vaguely familiar while remaining unique, a testament to the mishmash of works that inspire Fullerton’s own writing. As a solo act, Fullertown showcases Willy Nilly songs exactly as they are displayed to his roommate’s or girlfriend’s dog upon first writing, although he will wear more than his pajamas.

For years, Matt Toppen has been a part of the underground music scene as an almost mythical figure. From his post-folk debut with Barry Lird, to his balkan nature-core album “nemi” (which led to full tour in Southern Europe) Matt has been at the forefront of experimental music. Working with collaborators Nathan and Jonah, Matt is finally releasing music under his own name. His much anticipated debut EP is slated for release later this summer.

Our Food Vendor

The Portobello Road will be on site serving their organic sourdough pizza using produce grown in Durham Region. They mill their own flour which is then fermented using traditional methods for 48 hours. It is much easier to digest and has been linked to a healthy gut. The lengthy fermentation process of making sourdough releases nutrients including iron, zinc, magnesium, antioxidants, folic acid and other B vitamins.

In the Studio

Summer Stamping

Give stamp making a try in the studio with eraser stamps. Soak in the summery vibes with fun designs available, no prior experience necessary!

RMG Fridays: The Backyard Opening

We’re excited to celebrate the opening of The Backyard at the RMG with our community!  Be one of the first to experience our reimagined greenspace that is community focused and rooted in creativity. There is limited seating so be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Throughout the evening we’ll have lots of activities on the go:

  • Meet the designers
  • Help us plant our raised beds with the Oshawa Garden Club
  • Paint a rock – yes, that pandemic tradition – with our L&E staff for our garden
  • Partake in refreshments from Masala Box and Town Brewery
  • Enjoy brilliant musical performances.

7:00 pm               Doors open

7:20 pm               Welcome, Introductions + Thank Yous

7:30 pm               Performance by Tania Joy

8:30 pm               Performance by the Professors of Funk

10:00 pm             Doors close

The Professors Of Funk is a powerhouse 9-piece band that plays the classic funk, R&B, soul, and Motown music of the 1960s and 70s – music meant to get people to move. This sizzling high-energy ensemble features elite professional musicians with a wide range of experience in groups large and small and backing up artists across a broad spectrum. The presence of a 3-piece horn section, added percussionist, and both male and female lead vocalists ensure that they deliver the authentic flavours found in that era’s timeless sound.

Folk-roots musician, Tania Joy has been using the last few years hone her songwriting, finally following up her 2013 EP, I’ll Be Around, with the release of her EP I Will Stand, produced by 2022 Juno Award winner Hill Kourkoutis (SATE, Digging Roots, Leela Gilday, Madison Violet), a multi-talented artist who played with Serena Ryder and was in The Weeknd’s original backing band.

This project is funded in part by: the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and the Enabling Accessibility Fund; the Ontario Trillium Foundation Community Building Fund; and The City of Oshawa.

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RMG Fridays: Put Your Best Heels Forward!

Come share Pride with us at the RMG! It takes courage to wear heels with confidence, imagine with a wig! Some of Durham’s best drag performers are going to show us how it’s done. Come see our divas and bring your hottest heels. Get ready to stomp down the runway at the end of the night!

Orlandra Bloom is your Filipina Goddess and dancing diva of Oshawa! This queen loves to hit the stage all over Ontario and can often be found dipping, spinning, and splitting to all her favourite hits. Orlandra is a natural born drag queen who has always admired the women in her life and how they’d get themselves put together.

Big D. Elle sashayed into the Toronto drag scene a year ago and has been delivering jaw-dropping performances across the GTA ever since. Bearded and beautiful, they are here, they are queer, and they are ready to turn the party.

Kali Kontour is a young drag artist from Oshawa. Kali was inspired to start drag after teaching herself how to sew and do makeup during the COVID-19 lockdowns. She began performing in March 2022 and has taken Durham Region by storm over the last year. Since beginning drag Kali has had the opportunity to teach children about Pride during story times, participate in her first ever drag pageant, and connect with so many inspirational people that she is honoured to have had the opportunity to meet. Kali’s favourite part of drag is the opportunity to connect with her inner femininity that she often felt ashamed of as a child. Now, she is fearless.

Audrey Gold Bloom is a new drag performer who first hit the stage earlier this year. Her inspirations are old school divas, dance hits, and contemporary power performers. Audrey is a sensational performer who knows how to command the stage. This young queen is a force to be reckon with and is set for the stars!

Playing in the Lookout

F^¢K ‘€M R!GHT B@¢K 

(12.5 mins)

Directed by Harris Doran

A queer Black Baltimore rapper must outwit his “out-to-get-him” day job boss, in order to avoid being fired after he accidentally takes drugs.

Edgy

(2.5 mins)

Student film from Germany

Directed by Kilian Armando Friedrich, Ann-Kathrin Jahn, Jonas Kleinalstede, Schnekenbühl Katharina, Paula Tschira

Edgy lives in a world of blocks, but somehow doesn’t seem to fit.

In the Studio

The vibes are immaculate in the studio with Farah. We will be painting mini magnet canvases that can be displayed proudly. Pride themed designs will be provided, no prior art experience necessary!

Special thanks to DRIFF in a Jiff, RBC and Tourism Relief Fund for their support with this event.

RMG Fridays: Renewal

May is here, just in time for a renewal!

Join us for Emerging Visions, the art exhibition of Durham College’s Fine Arts Advanced students. We are excited for this new Exhibition showcasing their thesis collection. Downstairs on the lower level, DRIFF in a Jiff in the Lookout, and an open art activity in the Art Studio with Farah. Starapples Restaurant is popping up in the lobby and will be dishing out delicious eats for sale. We will also be featuring performances by Delon Om and HADDIX.

Timeline of Events

7:00 – Doors Open

7:15 – Drop-in Studio Activity (Education Studio, Level 1)

7:15 – DRIFF in a Jiff Film Screening + Director Q&A (Lookout, Level 1)

7:25 – Opening Remarks and Welcome (Isabel Gallery, Level 3)

7:30 – Performance by Delon Om (Isabel Gallery, Level 3)

8:15 – Exhibition Opening Remarks with Sean McQuay (Durham College) and Hannah Keating (RMG) (Gallery A, Level 1)

8:20 – DRIFF in a Jiff Film Screening + Director Q&A (Lookout, Level 1)

8:40 – Performance by HADDIX (Isabel Gallery, Level 3)

Born and raised in Pickering, Ontario, Canadian singer/songwriter Delon Om is a former contestant on Canadian Idol. After co-writing one song with Juno award-winning producer Sheldon Moore, Om was catapulted to instant stardom when Virgin Radio 99.9 (CKFM Toronto, Canada) welcomed the single “Superstar” into rotation. “Superstar” hit the airwaves in 2016 and it didn’t take long for the record labels to take heed of this: he was courted by both Sony and Ultra Records. After signing with Ultra Records, Om collaborated with Alex Gaudino, a prolific DJ in the global community. In 2018, he was invited to perform at the 13th Annual Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards. His single “What We Guh Do Now?” (Featuring Juno-nominated artist Trinity Chris) held the #1 spot on various radio charts in Jamaica for 3 months. Another one of his singles, “Someone Special to Me”, was featured in the critically acclaimed documentary “This is for Toronto”. In 2021, Om teamed up with two-time Canadian Latin Award winner BenAnthony LaVoz and Latin Grammy winner Sensei Musica to release “The Gentleman & Scholar”, which was nominated for three Canadian Latin Awards. Om has recently worked with Juno-nominated producer T.J. Habibi on his critically acclaimed solo album “Theatre of Cruelty”, which won two OMAs in 2022 for “Best Emerging Artist” and “Best Music Video.” Om is currently signed to Sony Music and is working on new music for MTV, some of which will be featured in shows like Catfish, Teen Mom and the reboot of Jersey Shore.

HADDIX is a high energy pop-rock artist from Toronto Ontario. After releasing music written aside Grammy nominated songwriters in Nashville TN, HADDIX launched her first live shows in 2022, debuting at NXNE ’22! Since then she has taken her show on the road with her
incredible band, opening for Juno nominated talent and gaining attention in the Canadian
music scene. Her 6 singles released to date explore themes of love, empowerment and self confidence. Being apart of the 2+LGBTQ1A community, she hopes that her music resonates with all music lovers and that everyone can see a piece of themselves in her music. Simply put – be ready to see one hell of a show!

DRIFF in a Jiff will be downstairs in the lookout with film screenings at 7:30PM. The filmmakers will be on site to answer questions.

He Comes at Night (10 mins)
Directed by Joseph Covello
Produced by Krystle Ferdinand

On a stormy night, an anxious eight-year-old from a fractured home wakes up to the terrible realization that the monster under her bed may be real.

Join Farah in the studio to decorate a mini planter pot! Springtime designs and colour choices are available to get the creativity flowing. No prior arts experience necessary!


Special thanks to Starapples, RBC Foundation’s Emerging Artist Project, and DRIFF in a Jiff for their support with this event.

RMG Fridays: Piecework

On March 31st, join us for the opening of two new exhibitions alongside our regularly scheduled RMG Friday!

Timeline of Events

6:00 – Doors Open

6:15 – Opening Remarks and Welcome (R.S. McLaughlin Gallery, Level 3)

6:20 – Introduction to Piecework with Tour + Artist Talks (R.S. McLaughlin Gallery, Level 3)

6:50 – Introduction to Brigitte Sampogna: Nowhere. No, Where? Now here with Tour + Artist Talk (Gallery A, Level 1)

7:00-8:30 – Drop-in Studio Activity (Education Studio, Level 1)

7:30-8:15 – DRIFF in a Jiff Film Screening + Director Q&A (Lookout, Level 1)

8:30-9:30 – Musical Performance by Mimi O’Bonsawin (Isabel Gallery, Level 3)

We are so excited to present two new exhibitions at the RMG: Piecework and Brigitte Sampogna’s, Nowhere. No, Where? Now here. Join us at 6pm to help us celebrate the work of 11 incredible artists.

Hangama Amiri, Woman Before A Mirror, Muslin, cotton, polyester, dyed fabric, nylon tulle, velvet, chiffon, silk, sued, and found fabrics, 73” x 53.5”, 2022. Courtesy of the artist and T293 Gallery.

We are so excited to celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions at the RMG!

Using the materiality of quilt making as a metaphor for how the fabric of the world holds together, Piecework is an exhibition that brings together a group of contemporary artists who use textiles and assemblage as world-building tools. 

Nowhere. No, where? Now hereis an exhibition by RBC Emerging Artist in Residence Brigitte Sampogna, which uses a laundry line as a metaphor for the cyclical nature of self-discovery and was produced during her winter residency at the RMG.

Artists from both exhibitions will be with us on Friday to share their works and ideas with us.

The party continues with a guided studio activity, film screenings with DRIFF in a Jiff, and a spellbinding musical performance by Mimi O’Bonsawin.

Also new at the RMG: Painters Eleven: Ontario’s Abstract Collective and Mary Rawlyk: Domestic Disruptions

DRIFF in a Jiff will be downstairs in the lookout with film screenings at 7:30PM. The filmmakers will be on site to answer questions.

The Test (11 mins)

Directed by Martin Baena

Written/Produced by Noah R. Taylor

An eccentric driving examiner takes advantage of a young man trying to get his licence.                                                          

On the Fence  (6.5 mins)

Directed by Paula Ner Dormiendo

This short, thoughtful film presents several intertwined conversations with a group of multicultural individuals and their struggle with identity.

Drop in to the education studio between 7:00 and 8:30 to participate in a creative activity for all ages that asks: What does comfort mean to you? Inspired by our new exhibition, Piecework, this activity invites you to fill paper quilt pieces with patterns that express your own personal interpretation of comfort. All of the pieces will be added to a quilted mural on the studio wall as an expression of community and creativity.

Mimi O’Bonsawin is a contemporary roots singer-songwriter from Northeastern Ontario. Through her rhythm and story-driven songs, Mimi embraces the beauty of the land, all the while yielding to her Franco-Ontarian and Abenaki roots. In her music you will find sounds from the forest, uplifting melodies and introspective lyrics weaved with pop sensitivities and acoustic instruments. The layers of percussion and surprising harmonies make you feel the music rather than just hear it. Mimi will be performing from her new album: Willow.

Special thanks to DRIFF in a Jiff and RBC for their support with this event.