RMG Friday: Salsa Night!

It’s Salsa Night at Robert McLaughlin Gallery! Join us in the Backyard for free salsa lessons, good eats and a lively party under the night sky. RMG’s Salsa Night will start off with two 25 minute lessons led by Kurt and Maria from The Love of Salsa. Learn the basics and then bring your moves to the dance floor where the live band, Farrucas Duo, will serenade our steps into the night.

Participants can register for a maximum of 2 people. Lesson 1 will be from 7:30-7:55pm and Lesson 2 will be from 7:55-8:20pm. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of your lesson.

Order of Events:

7PM: Doors Open

7:30PM: Dance lessons begin

8:20PM: Dance lessons end + Short performance by Instructors 

8:40PM: Band starts 

9:40PM: Band ends

Farrucas Duo draws its unique repertoire from many classic songs written over the past century, but is also influenced by modern musical styles such as Salsa, Rumba Flamenco, Bolero, Cha Cha Cha, Cuban, South American, Arabic and more! Farrucas Duo combines entertainment, musicality, professionalism, creativity and tradition in every concert for almost 20 years; a must see!

Teaching & dancing Salsa in Durham Region since 2007, The Love of Salsa offers weekly group and private classes. Our Mission: To enhance dancing by helping Durham residents embrace their Latin side. Come join us on the floor.

Let the music and moves inspire you! In the lower level of the Backyard, we’ll be decorating wooden maracas using acrylic paint.

While supplies lasts.

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.

Yoga at the RMG: November

Breathe, stretch and flow at the RMG! We’re hosting Yoga with local instructors, Kimmel Alcide, The Everyday Yogi, and Jessi Hoey owner of Nirmana School of Yoga. They will guide you through 1 hour of a guided mindful experience.

$15/person. Ages 13 and up. Children aged 13 to 16 require parental supervision.

Rain or shine, experience our Isabel Gallery or Backyard on the 3rd Thursday of each month. We look forward to healing the mind and body through breath and stretch with you.

Limited spaces available. Bring your own mat. Water is not allowed inside gallery spaces during indoor events. All sales are final, no refunds. If event is cancelled, registrants will be contacted and refunds will be issued. Ticket sales close at 4PM the day before the event.

*We kindly request a minimum attendance threshold of 20 participants to ensure the successful execution of the session, otherwise the event will be cancelled

Yoga at the RMG: October

Breathe, stretch and flow at the RMG! We’re hosting Yoga with local instructors, Kimmel Alcide, The Everyday Yogi, and Jessi Hoey owner of Nirmana School of Yoga. They will guide you through 1 hour of a guided mindful experience.

$15/person. Ages 13 and up. Children aged 13 to 16 require parental supervision.

Rain or shine, experience our Isabel Gallery or Backyard on the 3rd Thursday of each month. We look forward to healing the mind and body through breath and stretch with you.

Limited spaces available. Bring your own mat. Water is not allowed inside gallery spaces during indoor events. All sales are final, no refunds. If event is cancelled, registrants will be contacted and refunds will be issued. Ticket sales close at 4PM the day before the event.

Upcoming class:

*We kindly request a minimum attendance threshold of 20 participants to ensure the successful execution of the session, otherwise the event will be cancelled

Yoga at the RMG: September

Breathe, stretch and flow at the RMG! We’re hosting Yoga with local instructors, Kimmel Alcide, The Everyday Yogi, and Jessi Hoey owner of Nirmana School of Yoga. They will guide you through 1 hour of a guided mindful experience.

$15/person. Ages 13 and up. Children aged 13 to 16 require parental supervision.

Rain or shine, experience our Isabel Gallery or Backyard on the 3rd Thursday of each month. We look forward to healing the mind and body through breath and stretch with you.

Limited spaces available. Bring your own mat. Water is not allowed inside gallery spaces during indoor events. All sales are final, no refunds. If event is cancelled, registrants will be contacted and refunds will be issued. Ticket sales close at 4PM the day before the event.

Upcoming classes:

*We kindly request a minimum attendance threshold of 20 participants to ensure the successful execution of the session, otherwise the event will be cancelled

Yoga at the RMG: August

Breathe, stretch and flow at the RMG! We’re hosting Yoga with local instructors, Kimmel Alcide, The Everyday Yogi, and Jessi Hoey owner of Nirmana School of Yoga. They will guide you through 1 hour of a guided mindful experience.

$15/person. Ages 13 and up. Children aged 13 to 16 require parental supervision.

Rain or shine, experience our Isabel Gallery or Backyard on the 3rd Thursday of each month. We look forward to healing the mind and body through breath and stretch with you.

Limited spaces available. Bring your own mat. Water is not allowed inside gallery spaces during indoor events. All sales are final, no refunds. If event is cancelled, registrants will be contacted and refunds will be issued. Ticket sales close at 4PM the day before the event.

Upcoming classes:

*We kindly request a minimum attendance threshold of 20 participants to ensure the successful execution of the session, otherwise the event will be cancelled

Yoga at the RMG: July

Breathe, stretch and flow at the RMG! We’re hosting Yoga with local instructors, Kimmel Alcide, The Everyday Yogi, and Jessi Hoey owner of Nirmana School of Yoga. They will guide you through 1 hour of a guided mindful experience.

$15/person. Ages 13 and up. Children aged 13 to 16 require parental supervision.

Rain or shine, experience our Isabel Gallery or Backyard on the 3rd Thursday of each month. We look forward to healing the mind and body through breath and stretch with you.

Limited spaces available. Bring your own mat. Water is not allowed inside gallery spaces during indoor events. All sales are final, no refunds. If event is cancelled, registrants will be contacted and refunds will be issued. Ticket sales close at 4PM the day before the event.

Upcoming classes:

*We kindly request a minimum attendance threshold of 20 participants to ensure the successful execution of the session, otherwise the event will be cancelled

Yoga at the RMG

Breathe, stretch and flow at the RMG! We’re hosting Yoga with local instructors, Kimmel Alcide, The Everyday Yogi, and Jessi Hoey owner of Nirmana School of Yoga. They will guide you through 1 hour of a guided mindful experience.

$15/person. Ages 13 and up. Children aged 13 to 16 require parental supervision.

Rain or shine, experience our Isabel Gallery or Backyard on the 3rd Thursday of each month. We look forward to healing the mind and body through breath and stretch with you.

Limited spaces available. Bring your own mat. Water is not allowed inside gallery spaces during indoor events. All sales are final, no refunds. If event is cancelled, registrants will be contacted and refunds will be issued. Ticket sales close at 4PM the day before the event.

Upcoming classes:

*We kindly request a minimum attendance threshold of 20 participants to ensure the successful execution of the session, otherwise the event will be cancelled. 

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.

Ioana Dragomir: Exhibition Opening Reception

Help us celebrate the opening of Ioana Dragomir’s solo exhibition! Produced during her residency at the RMG, this installation will feature drawings and textiles inspired by the gallery’s archives.

Learn more about the exhibition here.

This event is free and open to everyone. If there are ways we can support your participation, please contact Hannah at hkeating@rmg.on.ca.

The RBC Emerging Artist Residency Program is generously sponsored by the RBC Foundation’s Emerging Artist Project.

Backyard Story Time at the RMG: August

Experience the magic of outdoor story time at the art gallery! Through books, songs, games, and creative activities, storytellers from Oshawa Public Libraries will spark your imagination in The Backyard at the RMG! This event is free and no registration is required.

Offered alongside the exhibition Contemporary Kids, this year’s Backyard Story Time themes are inspired by the artists in that exhibition. Celebrating the unique perspectives and ingenuity of children, Contemporary Kids is an exhibition featuring a collection of collaborative artwork made by artists and kids and interactive installations that allow parents and children to explore and play together.

Backyard Story Time at the RMG is hosted by, and offered in partnership with, Oshawa Public Libraries.

Contemporary Kids 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.