It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are just around the corner, and no matter what you’re celebrating, there are events and exhibits happening at venues across Canada to get you into the holiday spirit. Spend time with family and friends visiting an art gallery this December; take advantage of free family programming for the kids, as well as free tours and lectures for the adults. There’s even a Christmas Tree Lighting happening in Ottawa at the National Gallery of Canada.

Please note that the staff at the ICC will be celebrating the holidays from December 20, 2019 to January 7, 2020. During this time, we won’t be responding to Canoo Help Centre tickets nor emails. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Happy Holidays, Members!

Anja, Canoo’s Membership Officer

1.  Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, ON)
2. Esker Foundation (Calgary, AB)
3. Art Gallery of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)
4. Remai Modern (Saskatoon, SK)
5. Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art (Vancouver, BC)
6. Art Galley of Nova Scotia (Halifax, NS)

Christmas Tree Lighting
Join the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa for a little holiday magic as it lights up this year’s Christmas tree. There is lots of fun in store for visitors of all ages, including special treats, family art-making activities, and free access to current exhibitions. Learn more here

Rebellious: Alberta Women Artists in the 1980s
Visit the new exhibit at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton that focuses on Alberta women artists in the 1980s. This exhibition reveals the shifting mores of the most tumultuous era in Alberta’s history and includes work by the most influential Alberta artists of the 1980s who continue to shape Canadian art. Learn more here.

Column Conversations at MOCA
Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art in Toronto on Sunday, December 7 for one of their Column Conversations — a free, drop-in tour that shines a light on different parts of the museum. Topics may include a selection of favourite artworks on view, an exhibition overview, and/or historical and architectural details about MOCA’s home, the Tower Automotive Building. More details here.

Family Day: Material Explorations
On Saturday, December 28, explore the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver with your family. The CAG invites all ages to drop in for short exhibition tours and free art-making activities that respond to our current exhibitions. For full details, visit their website.

Sunday Scene: Rebecca Neel on Rashid Johnson’s exhibition Anxious Audience
On Sunday, December 15, visit the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto for a free lecture. Dr. Rebecca Neel will discuss Rashid Johnson’s exhibition Anxious Audience. Dr. Neel teaches psychology at the University of Toronto where her research seeks to understand how our beliefs and prejudices shape who we value, fear, or ignore. Learn more here.

A Victorian Christmas at the Cartier’s
Looking for a touch of class this Holiday season? Discover the styles and traditions dating back to 1867 with family and friends! Be charmed by the elegant Victorian decor featuring miniature fir trees, handmade cards and of course, champagne tasting! From November 30 to December 29 on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and, exceptionally, on December 26 and 27, at the Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site, located in Old Montreal. Learn more here.

Meet Canoo Member Christine Samonte. She believes that Canoo helps to play a role in building social inclusion as it allows her to “enjoy and witness the different cultures” in Canada. “What I love most about Canada is its diversity of people and culture,” she says. Learn more about Christine in this month’s Canoo Spotlight.

Attend a citizenship ceremony this month
The Institute for Canadian Citizenship invites you to attend a citizenship ceremony organized by us; Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; and other partners. Every month, we co-host ceremonies across the country in public spaces that you can attend as a guest for free. Celebrate with us at some of our upcoming ceremonies:
1. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.
2. Algonquin College in Ottawa on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.
3. Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

Eldritch Theatre partners with Canoo
Eldritch Theatre has partnered with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship to provide Canoo members with free tickets to the theatre. Eldritch Theatre is Toronto’s only theatre company specializing in wacky takes of horror and the uncanny, told with live actors, puppets, the magical arts, and an anarchic soul of giddy ghoulishnes. Canoo members in Toronto, be sure to check your email for offers!

6 Degrees Ciudad de México
On Monday, November 11, we launched the first 6 Degrees Ciudad de México 2019. This inaugural event brought over 300 participants to Mexico City to discuss the reality of diversity in Mexico, the role of identity and labels, how to be more empathetic, how to embrace inclusion, and more. Read the full summary in this blog post.


Double Your Impact for #GivingTuesdayCA
Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving back. Tomorrow, following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you have the chance to join people around the world and support a cause you care about. Your contribution to the Institute for Canadian Citizenship helps us connect Canadians to build inclusive communities. On December 3, every donation made up to $20,000 will be generously matched. Across Canada, let’s come together for good. Donate here.