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Although this September may look a little different than it has in the past, Canoo venues across the country have reopened and are welcoming members back into their space. There are a variety of new art exhibits to check out, including at Aga Khan Museum in Toronto and the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton, as well as exhibits that have been brought back or extended into the fall, such as at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. 

Venues also continue to offer virtual tours and events to keep you connected from home. Take this opportunity to view an art collection located in a city that you haven’t yet visited, such as the iconic collections at the National Gallery of Canada, located in Ottawa.

Please be sure to check the website of the venue before you visit and follow the safety recommendations and requirements set out by each venue, such as wearing a mask and maintaining a distance of 2 meters from staff and other guests. 

If you have any further questions about Canoo, you can always check the Canoo Help Centre.

Stay safe,
Anja, Canoo’s Membership Officer

PS: We are pleased to announce that extensions have been applied to the accounts of all Canoo members who had been affected by the COVID-19 temporary closures. You can learn more about membership extensions here.

  1. Esker Foundation (Calgary, AB)
  2. Foundation Phi (Montreal, QC)
  3. Artspace (Peterborough, ON)
  4. Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff, BC)
  5. National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa,ON)
  6. Polygon Gallery (Vancouver, BC)

Enjoy a Fresh Take on The Jack Pine
Get to know significant works at the National Gallery of Canada through the Collection Highlights series on YouTube. In this video, Christopher Davidson, Curatorial Assistant of Canadian Art, interprets Tom Thomson’s iconic work, The Jack Pine. Watch now on YouTube.

Sanctuary Exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum
What does sanctuary mean to you? Step inside an immersive and contemplative space dedicated to exploring the concept of safe haven. Woven rugs designed by 36 leading artists from around the world, including Mona Hatoum and Brendan Fernandes, reflect their personal responses to the word sanctuary — whether that means refuge, sacred space, place of beauty, or something entirely unique. Learn more here.

Winnie-the-Pooh returns to the ROM
A silly old bear and his friends are excited to welcome you back to the Royal Ontario Museum with the highly anticipated special exhibition Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic. Experience the timeless and universal appeal of Winnie-the-Pooh, one of the most adored fictional characters of all time, in this immersive and playful exhibition. Kids and grown ups of all ages are invited to discover and rediscover the magical world of this beloved bear and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood. Learn more here.

Building Your AGA with Photographs by Edward Burtynsky
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Art Gallery of Alberta’s “new” building, this exhibition looks back at the initial drawings, concepts and models for this now iconic Edmonton landmark. When architect Randall Stout was designing the building, he was inspired by the geography of the City itself, primarily the organic curves of the river winding its way through the urban grid of streets and avenues. Learn more here.

An Afternoon of Maud Lewis: Video
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection hosted  Afternoon of Maud Lewis on August 13, but if you missed the live webinar, you can find the full video, featuring Juno- and Gemini-nominated singer Sarah Slean’s enchanting performance of songs from her upcoming new musical Maudie, on their Facebook page. Watch the full recording of An Afternoon of Maud Lewis here.

Tafelmusik’s concert, Safe Haven, now on YouTube
The concert Safe Haven, featuring Maryem Tollar, Naghmeh Farahmand, and kora virtuoso Diely Mori Tounkara, explores the influence of refugee populations on the culture of their adopted countries, and taps into Alison Mackay’s uncanny ability to examine the parallels between 18th-century Europe and the issues currently facing our world. The concert features music by European baroque composers including Corelli, Lully, Bach, Telemann, and Vivaldi — composers whose interactions with migrant musicians, impresarios, and artisans had a major influence on their work. You can now watch the whole concert for free on YouTube! tafelmusik.org/safehaven/video

Meet Canoo member Amjad Baig, who is enthusiastic about Canoo:  “[Canoo] is so very thoughtful and such a beautiful gesture to give every new citizen to experience and learn a little more about the land, food, culture, nature and connect with people,” says Amjad, “[Canoo celebrates] the experience of being truly Canadian, not just to celebrate [a new citizen’s] journey from landing to becoming a citizen but recognizing & rewarding the hustle and the contribution during that period. Visiting the parks and Casa Loma was simply beautiful. Thank you Canoo for the memorable experience!” Read more here.

6 Degrees is moving online
These thought-provoking, digital events will allow for a truly unique, global exchange of ideas, perspectives, and tactics. Join us.
360: Revision will quench our appetites for both realism and revolution. We will hear from established and emerging leaders in a unique two-part LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture. Hear from dynamic change-makers and more over several days for our first digital-only forum, including the recipient of the 5th Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship, to be announced soon! Register now.

Nothing feels more Canadian then being in the great outdoors
As you know, Canoo gives you the chance to experience the beauty of Canada’s nature spaces! From Jasper National Park in Alberta to Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canoo gives the gift of the great outdoors to you as new citizens. Before you get outside this long weekend, would you help support giving Canoo to another new Canadian family? Like many other charities, COVID has made fundraising incredibly difficult. A monthly donation of even $10 goes a long way to help us offer free access. With support from generous new Canadians like yourself, we can continue to give the gift of the great outdoors to so many deserving other new citizens and their families and kids. Please donate now. [Photo: Parks Canada]

There will be no in-person citizenship ceremonies this month
Typically, we at the Institute for Canadian Citizenship invite you to attend community citizenship ceremonies organized by us; Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; and other partners all over Canada each month. However, at this time, all in-person citizenship ceremonies are on hold. Please keep an eye on our social media and website for updates as to when we will resume our in-person enhanced citizenship ceremonies.