Toronto’s history museums launch new outdoor learning projects


TORONTO, September 28, 2021 /CNW/ – In October, Toronto’s History Museums will launch new outdoor in-person content for the City of Toronto Awakenings program. This new content includes a meditative sound and light experience at Fort York National Historic Site, powerful art projections at the sites of the Toronto Museum of History, and a final chance to see luminary Mary Ann Shadd outside the Mackenzie House Museum until October 30.

Continuum by Torontobased artist Krista Kim will use light and sound to create a meditative experience at Fort York National Historic Site located at 250, boul. Fort York from Saturday October 2 for monday october 4.

The in-person Continuum experience takes place outdoors for just three days, on Saturday October 2 and Sunday October 3 from noon to 10 p.m.and on monday october 4 from 5 a.m. to noon. Continuum is free to the public. One-hour timestamped tours must be booked in advance online at

Continuum features a 100-foot-long standalone video wall paired with original music composed by Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schröder and immersive healing sound frequencies. It is the largest sound and light installation ever exhibited in Fort York.

For those unable to attend in person, the Friday, October 1 at 8 p.m.Continuum will be broadcast live on

the The Continuum experience was designed according to recommendations from Toronto Public Health. Guidelines include physical distancing, wearing a mask, reduced site capacity and medical screening.

We were always there
Continuing Awakenings’ We Were Always Here project, portions of these films will now be shown in a free in-person experience at Toronto History Museums Historic Sites. These Pinstallations based on public art projection will take place from Saturday October 9 for monday october 18bringing hidden truths from Toronto the story to life.

In 2020, world-renowned director Julien Christian Lutz pka Director X, mentored 10 black, indigenous and people of color Torontoemerging and mid-career filmmakers, to present short films aimed at disrupting, uncovering and showing colonial narratives of the past. This project was made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

The following We Were Always Here screenings will be available on Saturday, from October 9 to monday october 18from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.:

  • October 9 – Mission Sankofa Awakening at Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St.
  • October 10 – Mimie & the Garden at Colborne Lodge, 11 Colborne Lodge Dr.
  • October 11 – Recognition at Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd.
  • October 12 – approximately at the Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Rd.
  • October 13 – Reverence at St. Lawrence Market, 93 Front St. E.
  • October 14 – Lanes at Mackenzie House, 82 Bond St.
  • October 15 – The MIS(re)EDUCATION of The Invisible yet Furious Five at
    Zion School, 1091 Finch Ave. E.
  • October 16 – Fuyuzakura at the Gibson House Museum, 5172 Yonge St.
  • October 17 – A portrait in red at Todmorden Mills, 67 Pottery Rd.
  • October 18 – EMPIRE at the Scarborough Museum, 1007 Brimley Rd.

Visuals for We Were Still There, a program based on public art projection, were created by AVA Animations & Visual Arts Inc., a woman-led company Toronto based animation studio with award-winning expertise in projection mapping and interactive content for immersive spaces.

Star: Mary Ann Shadd
Toronto History Museums presents Luminary: Mary Ann Shadd outside the Mackenzie House Museum. This is a reimagined portrait of the first black woman in North America to publish a newspaper, in a contemporary light by Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist, Adeyemi Adegbesan.

Mary Ann Shadd published The Provincial Freeman newspaper. Her journal fought for the abolition of slavery and women’s rights and helped people fleeing slavery adjust to life in Ontario. This project is visible until Saturday October 30.

Details and content of the Awakenings program can be found at Additional Awakenings lineup will be available throughout 2021.

The City is grateful for the support of the Continuum Foundation, the continued support of community partner Toronto Raptors, technology sponsor Panasonic and media partner 106.5 ELMNT FM Toronto.

High resolution images are available on Flickr at the Toronto History Museums:

Launched in December 2020, Awakenings is a series of art projects by Black, Indigenous and artists of color, operating under the principles of anti-oppression, anti-colonialism and anti-racism. The series is part of the city’s efforts to combat anti-black racism.


“New Awakenings content offers Torontonians the opportunity to reconnect with their communities through Toronto’s history museums, which provide equitable and inclusive access to local history. I encourage people to experience Awakenings and rediscover our city.
– Mayor John Tory

“It’s exciting to see Awakenings incorporate a projection-based public art program that brings to light stories hidden within from Toronto the story. With over 80% of creators involved in these projects from Black, Indigenous, and communities of color, Awakenings adds fresh and authentic perspectives to from Toronto historical narrative.”
– Deputy mayor Michael Thompson (Scarborough Centre), chair of the city’s economic and community development committee

“I believe that art can heal us and that digital technology can be used as a tool for well-being and humanity around the world. Let’s come together, reconcile and create a better future.”
Krista Kimcontinuity, Torontocontemporary artist

“I am honored to work on this project which continues my work on Awakenings for Toronto History Museums where I presented my film Acknowledgment which shines a light on the truth about what we need to learn and unlearn. Continuum held in Fort York Park , is part of a path to reconciliation as it provides space for pain, acknowledges trauma, and also provides space to let go of emotions. Working with artist, Krista, we honored traditional wampum belts ( physical depictions of treaty agreements between local Indigenous nations and settlers) by incorporating their dominant colors into his artwork which will be laid on the fort’s original shoreline; an act of struggle against colonial cartography that erased the modes of navigation indigenous; changing the way we see our city.”
Jon Elliotmohawk nation

“As part of Panasonic’s commitment to supporting art, culture and our communities, we are very honored to be part of the of the city of Toronto Awakening program.

This program really resonates with our philosophy of contributing to society by providing cutting-edge technology. With our laser projectors for large venues, Panasonic wants to shine a light on the city’s rich and diverse culture, explore untold stories and awaken new perspectives. »
Stephane BerensHead of Multimedia Entertainment Business Division Panasonic Canada Inc.

“These works organized on the 10 historic sites will provoke, awaken and above all allow the erased voices from all walks of life to tell the stories of our past, our present and our future.”
Julien Christian Lutz director pka X

The Toronto History Museums are a group of 10 museums owned and operated by the City of Toronto who bring from Toronto history to life for residents and visitors. They include Colborne Lodge, Fort York National Historic Site, Gibson House Museum, Mackenzie House, Market Gallery, Montgomery’s Inn, Scarborough Museum, Spadina Museum, Todmorden Mills, and Zion School. More information is available at, or follow Toronto’s History Museums on Twitter at Instagram at Facebook at and on YouTube at

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