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In conjunction with our exhibition "Souterraine Impressions," join us in commemorating the battle of Vimy Ridge. The evening begins with an address by Dr. Jonathan Vance followed by a free screening of three films Take a tour of the exhibition "Souterraine Impressions" and then join us for the screening of "Billy Bishop Goes to War" on Sunday, April 19

Drawing: Generation…Regeneration…Transformation Workshop with Artist Jane Buyers
Sunday, March 29, 12:00 to 4:00 pm
Learning Lounge
Cost: FREE

Starting with drawing from flowers and plants, explore the potential for arriving at new, unexpected imagery through a series of processes and procedures. The emphasis will be on the journey, not the destination, so be prepared to cut up your drawings! Basic drawing materials will be provided but participants are invited to bring their favourite drawing instruments or materials.

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Vimy Ridge Commemoration and Film Night
Thursday, April 9, 7:00 pm
Cost: FREE

In conjunction with our exhibition Souterraine Impressions, join us in commemorating the battle of Vimy Ridge. The evening begins with an address by Dr. Jonathan Vance followed by a free screening of three films:

Vimy-Ridge, Damien Hess, 2006, 2 min 52 s In this short animation, Hess attempts to connect with the tragedy of the First World War, a conflict that has defined Canada.

Battle of Arras 3, 1917, 8 min 23 s A classic World War I film, this short shows artillery fire, troop movements and explosions on the battlefield. German prisoners can also be seen in the trenches, as well as enemy bombs falling on the town of Arras.

The Battle of Vimy Ridge (John Bradshaw, 1997, 95 min 12 s Mixing archival footage with realistic re-enactments and letters by soldiers, this film dramatically reveals how Canadian soldiers combined innovative tactics with iron courage and heroic self-sacrifice on Vimy Ridge.

Exhibition Tour followed by Film Screening of Billy Bishop Goes to War
Sunday, April 19, 1:00 pm
Ivey North and Centre Galleries, followed by Theatre
Cost: FREE

Take a tour of the exhibition Souterraine Impressions at 1:00 and then join us for the screening of Billy Bishop Goes to War (Barbara Willis-Sweete, 2011, Canada, 86 min, 14A). Based on the 2010 revival by the Soulpepper Theatre, this most recent film version of the classic play features Eric Peterson majestically reprising the title role as the legendary World War I flying ace, who was deemed “a convicted liar, a cheat … the bottom of the barrel” by his instructors at the Royal Military College, but who went on to shoot down seventy-two German planes and become one of the most decorated of all Allied pilots.

Presentation on 3D Prints from Vimy Ridge Carvings
Sunday, April 26, 1:00 pm
Cost: FREE

Guest Curator Zenon Andrusyszyn presents an insider’s story behind the exhibition Souterraine Impressions. Mr. Andrusyszyn reveals the process of photographing and laser scanning the carvings at Vimy, and then shows how they were reproduced with a 3D printer. To date, his team has documented over 250 names and linked over 200 carvings and drawings to the service records at Archives Canada. This is a rare opportunity to ‘visit’ Vimy Ridge, view the cave through visuals, and learn about the underground warfare of the day.

Exhibition Tour of Reading the Talk and Wampum Belt Workshop
Sunday, May 24, 1:00 pm
Volunteer, Moore and Sculpture Galleries

Guest Curators Lisa Myers and Rachelle Dickenson lead us on a tour of Reading the Talk with exhibiting artists. After, Métis teacher Brenda Collins leads a wampum belt workshop and tells the story of the Dish with One Spoon Treaty.

Exhibition Tour and Piano Recital with Sing Along
Sunday, May 31, 1:00 pm
Forum Gallery and Theatre

After a tour of* London’s First World War* with our Curator of Regional History Amber Lloydlangston, join us in the Theatre for a piano recital and sing along of popular songs from the war years, played by mother-daughter duo Naina Jinga and Elisa Jinga.

Nuit Blanche
Saturday, June 13, 7:00 pm to 12:00 am
Community and Centre Galleries, Theatre

Doing spring cleaning? Wear old clothing over your outfit or bring clothes to be unstitched, sorted and mended by artists while listening to DJ sets. Or knit your own! Try your hand at knitting, netting and crocheting to create a collective piece. And speaking of clothes, our Centre Gallery converts to a drawing studio with clothed models posing throughout the night. Any film lovers out there? We will weave together Canada’s Top Ten Short Films of 2014 by TIFF, presented in our Theatre (rated 14A). DJ sets all night and two cash bars. There’s something for everyone!

Exhibition Tour of Ed Zelenak with Curator and Artist
Sunday, June 28, 1:00 pm
Ivey Galleries

Artist Ed Zelenak speaks to his exhibition Divining the Boundaries and is joined by Curator of Art, Cassie Getty.

Screening and Performance by Lary 7
Thursday, July 30, 7:00 pm

Lary 7, multimedia alchemist of New York’s underground music scene in the seventies, performs live following a screening of Not Junk Yet: The Art of Lary 7 (Danielle de Picciotto, 2014, 90 min, NR). After party to follow.

Cost: $12 advance, $15 at the door

9th Annual Corn Roast

Sunday, August 23, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Wolf Sculpture Garden

Artist Ron Benner roasts corn for all at his garden installation As the Crow Flies. Part sculpture, part installation and part performance, the event will feature Benner’s roving corn-roasting wagon Maiz Barbacoa. Musician Frank Ridsdale will entertain us with his resolute songs of political misdemeanours.

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