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Culture Days

September 25, 2020 - October 25, 2020

Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture. At the end of each September, millions of people attend thousands of participatory arts and culture events across the country. Culture Days programs invite the public to get hands-on and behind-the-scenes to highlight the importance of arts and culture in our communities. This year the celebrations have been extended to a 4-week run, under the thematic lens of Unexpected Intersections—encouraging creative and outside-the-box thinking to reveal new avenues of discovery, learning, and expression.

The MacLaren is excited to host a series of virtual activities in celebration of Culture Days.

NFB Short Animations

Dinner for Two by Janet Perlman
1996 | 7 min
When it comes to conflict, even chameleons won’t change! Peace in the rain forest is disrupted when two chameleons literally get stuck in a conflict, with catastrophic results. Relationships are severed, opportunities are lost, innocent bystanders are harmed and violence seems imminent. Luckily for the lizards, a frog observing the fracas turns into exactly what they need – no, not a prince – a mediator.

Soup of the Day by Lynn Smith
2013 | 3 min
This animated short presents a dilemma faced by a couple every time they go out to eat. Will their culinary differences douse the flames of romance, or will love prevail? Set to a rollicking doo-wop song by Canadian songwriter Alexander (Zander) Ary, the film brings Lynn Smith’s gouache paintings to life as she animates directly under the camera. This short is a tasty comic narrative that skips along an array of tantalizing dishes. Vocalists Susie Arioli and Zander Ary each bring a unique interpretation to this funny, charming song.

Performance by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers

Simcoe Contemporary Dancers presents their first ever virtual Culture Days performance! Enjoy SCD’s presentation of pieces from their repertoire, a structured improvisation inspired by Sorel Etrog’s Anatomy of Tension and a brief interactive workshop where you will learn choreographic tools to create your very own dance!

Dactyl (2014)
Performers: Jaqui Brown, Chrissy Baxter, and Shelby Thoms
Choreographer: Sarah Lochhead

Threnody (2015)
Performer: Eliza Pinney
Choreographer: Sarah Lochhead

Virtual Family Sunday Workshop

Palimpsest Postcards
Instructed by Tyler Durbano

In this special video workshop, families will explore visual texture by using drawing and collage to create a multi-layered artwork on cardstock paper—that can be shared with friends and family. All Family Sundays Online workshops are free and can be completed with materials that are commonly found at home. Ideal for parents and caregivers with children ages 3 to 8 years.


September 25, 2020
October 25, 2020