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.

CAMP: Exhibition Opening and Fall Feast

Please note that this event has been cancelled. If you require further information, please reach out to info@rmg.on.ca.

Celebrate the first day of fall with us! The RMG invites you to attend the opening reception of Couzyn van Heuvelen’s solo exhibition, CAMP, with an artist talk, and fall feast in our newly re-opened Backyard.

Registration for the feast is now full, but everyone is welcome to join us for the opening reception from 3-5pm. We hope to see you there!

Remarks and an artist talk + tour with Couzyn will take place in the exhibition around 3:30pm. Dinner will be served around 5pm. 

While you’re here, we’re also happy to open and celebrate two new permanent collection exhibitions: About Time and Alexandra Luke: Push and Pull. Check them out!

We are pleased to offer this event during Oshawa’s CONVERGENCE festival, an exciting music and art experience in downtown Oshawa.

For information on our facilities, please click here. If you have questions about the event or other requests, please email Hannah at hkeating@rmg.on.ca.

Civic Conversations: Speculative Mapping for the Star Glyph Garden

With Karyn Recollet and Jon Johnson

This event is free and open to anyone, but registration is limitedto 12.

Please register to save your spot!

Speculative Mapping for the Star Glyph Garden is a gathering for setting intentions and asking questions about what is possible when we are led by an ethic of care. Designed for the RMG’s new backyard, the Star Glyph Garden will be a rock garden that welcomes visitors to consider the constellation of people and more-than-human beings that make up this community. The design itself is informed by Indigenous storytelling, as well as the future-oriented cosmology and landing practices of Karyn Recollet and Jon Johnson.

This event is the first in our new Civic Conversations series, which asks: What are we willing to risk to protect, strengthen, and nourish our world and each other? We invite artists and activists from various disciplines to guide us towards stirring questions that challenge us to converse honestly about what is at stake in the way we relate to ourselves, each other, and the places where we live.

Within the context of the RMG’s newly renovated backyard space, this event will provoke thinking and conversation around settler gardening practices and the distinct potential the Star Glyph Garden holds for radical relationality. As a group, participants will be led through a lightly curated mapping process. Karyn will offer prompts that invite reflections and will gather participants into relation. Ephemeral fragments will be left on the site as offerings of love and promise in preparation for the planting of the rock garden, which will take place at a later date.

Participants will be invited to join the artists and gallery staff in a picnic lunch.

Please come prepared to be outside with appropriate clothing, sun protection, and water. The RMG is delighted to provide all participants with a boxed lunch. We have seating and picnic tables, but if you wish, you may choose to bring a picnic blanket for lunch.

For information on our facilities, please click here. If you have any questions about the event or other requests, please email Hannah at hkeating@rmg.on.ca.

Karyn Recollet (Cree, born in Sturgeon Lake First Nation, SK, Canada; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada) is an Assistant Professor in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto. An urban Cree scholar/artist/writer, Recollet’s work focuses on urban Indigenous art-making practices as complex forms of urban glyphing- expressing an expansive understanding of land pedagogy that exceeds the terrestrial. Recollet is in conversation with dance choreographers, Black and Indigenous futurist thinkers, and Indigenous and Black geographers as ways to theorize and activate relationality through forms of land-ing in rupturous times.

Jon Johnson’s research is focused on urban land-based Indigenous Knowledge in Toronto and their representation through oral and digital forms of storytelling. He works actively within Toronto’s Indigenous community in his capacity as a lead organizer for First Story Toronto, an Indigenous-led community-based organization that researches and shares Toronto’s Indigenous presence through popular education initiatives such as storytelling tours of the city and its freely-available smartphone application.

This program is supported by TD Bank Group through the TD Ready Commitment, The City of Oshawa, and The Regional Municipality of Durham.

Beer Garden Party at Old Flame Brewery

Celebrate the end of summer with the RMG at Old Flame Brewery! The special event will feature a brewery tour, live music in Old Flame’s beautiful backyard patio, and of course, craft beer!

Old Flame’s Elevated Tour & Tasting Program will give you a comprehensive look inside the world of Old Flame, and encourage people to appreciate and learn about the hard work and passion that go into creating Canadian craft beer. There are two tours of the brewery available at 1pm and 3pm. Members will receive a free flight of beer after the brewery tours.

The RMG aims to provide welcoming and accessible experiences for a diversity of people, both inside and outside of the gallery. Please email Émeraude Domingos-Mbuku, Membership & Shop Lead at embuku@rmg.on.ca with any questions about venue accessibility. This is a 19+ event – all sales are final.

About Old Flame Brewery

Our flagship location and beloved hometown. If you have never been to Port Perry, we encourage you to visit our community and witness the small-town magic. Our building has a rich history with our township, and we work to preserve and pass on its stories. Whether you join us for a couple flights and live music, a tour to hear the history and process of Old Flame, or to pick up a few cans to go, we promise you will have an experience worth remembering.

Venue: Old Flame Brewery, 135 Perry St, Port Perry, ON L9L 1B8

Cost: Free for RMG members with valid membership card, $15 for the public

Frequently Asked Questions
Can I just walk in?
Reservations are required and can be made online. We will be checking membership ID at the door.

Can I bring my own alcohol?
No you cannot. The event will be taking place at a brewery, there will be plenty of drink options available.

Do I need to bring my membership card with me?
Yes you do. Otherwise you will need to pay the $15.00 non-member entry fee.

What if I’m a member but my friends/family aren’t?
Members get in for free. If you have a Dual/Family membership, you can bring an additional person with you for a total of 2 ‘members’ for this particular event. Otherwise, friends/family will have to pay the $15.00 entry fee.

What does the $15.00 entry fee get me?
Aside from entry to the event, you your entry fee will also cover your participation in the brewery tour, your beer taster flight, and food.

I need to get in touch with you!
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, you can contact Émeraude Domingos-Mbuku, the Membership & Shop Lead at embuku@rmg.on.ca or 905-576-3000.

OPG Sunday: Autumn Air

We will be inspired by the permanent collection exhibition, “About Time” by celebrating the changing of the seasons. As the weather gets cooler, and the leaves start changing, let’s create textural art using gelli-plate printing techniques.

Free admission, no registration required.

This event is generously sponsored by Ontario Power Generation.

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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Exhibitions Opening: Fountain of Dreams and Topographies

Join us on June 10, 2023 to celebrate two solo exhibitions at the RMG with brand new work by Aaron Jones and Anna Binta Diallo. Fountain of Dreams is an installation of audio, video, and photos by Aaron Jones that considers the spatial and multi-sensory qualities of haunting and remembrance. In Topographies, Anna Binta Diallo brings an assortment of image fragments into strata-like installations. Playing with physical and conceptual layers, these exhibitions share an interest in the interplay between permeable borders, whether geographical, geological, or generational.

Refreshments will be provided. Please join us for remarks at 2pm, followed by a tour of Topographies with artist Anna Binta Diallo.

Anna Binta Diallo, Those mountains of shadows and valleys of light, from the Topographies series, 2023. Digital collage. Courtesy of the artist.
Aaron Jones, Wandering, 2023. Film still. Courtesy of the artist.

This weekend is also the 19th Annual Peony Festival and The RMG Spring Artisan Market! Check out the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens at 155 Arena St. (just a 12 minute walk from the RMG) between 10 am to 4 pm on June 10th and 11th for family friendly activities and displays.Come back to the gallery on Sunday, June 11th from 11am to 4pm to shop for unique gifts and products by local artisans.

We’d like to thank TD Bank Group for their support of these exhibitions through the TD Ready Commitment.

Mother’s Day Tea


$28/ child under 12

Come join us for tea on Mother’s Day at The RMG!

Berry Hill Food Co. will be hosting seatings on May 13th and 14th. Bring all the moms for delicious prix fixe with tantalizing teas. Then tour our exhibitions and a visit to the RMG Shop. Treat the special people in your life, to local artisan treasures. Guests in for Tea will receive a 10% discount at the Shop.

All reservations are managed by Berry Hill Food Co.

The RMG Spring Artisan Market

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is very excited to host our first artisan market of the year in partnership with the City of Oshawa.

The RMG Spring Artisan Market will take place on Sunday, June 11th from 11-4PM. Our market will be conducted indoors, alongside the Oshawa Peony Festival.

Featuring high-quality artisans from across the GTA, we strive to provide a unique and local shopping experience.