Paddling Together Art Show


St Anne’s Anglican Church presents
an exhibition of art by Indigenous artists

Merlin Homer
Kevin Lamure
Sage Paul
Mike Ormsby

Curated by Mike Ormsby

May 13th – May 28th, 12 – 6 pm, Saturdays and Sundays only.
Opening Reception: May 13th 12 pm

St. Anne’s Anglican Church, 270 Gladstone Ave. Toronto

St. Anne’s Anglican church presents Paddling Together, an event which includes an exhibition of contemporary works by Indigenous artists and a series of related events focusing on the theme of reconciliation. Our response to the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation is to focus our events and our discussion on the next 150 years. Where do we want to be by then, with regard to the relationship between First Nations people and the rest of us later arrivals. This event assumes that we are in it together. We are all treaty people and if we are not working together we are getting nowhere.

Paddling Together will present art works and installations in various media by four Indigenous artists. The exhibition is curated by Mike Ormsby, artist, canoe builder and educator from the Curved Lake First Nation.

The canoe, in all its uses, practical and metaphorical, is a key image for this exhibition and the related events. The canoe continues to teach us. It offers us an opportunity to understand and celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of First Nations peoples. These contributions have long been absent from our historical narratives. It invites authentic questions and encourages connected thinking in a variety of different ways. It can serve as a catalyst for a trans-disciplinary, holistic approach that can offer meaning and insight into the values and worldviews of the people who created it. It provides opportunities to learn about each other.

We need to re-float or right the canoe that is Canada, especially as we work towards reconciliation. This is both a hope and a challenge for us; what we strive towards as a real possibility for a shared future; to remind Canadians that we’re all in the same canoe and that to make this country work we should all be paddling together.

Schedule of Events:

History Lecture: Wednesday, May 10th, 7 pm
The Rev. Canon David Neelands, Dean of Divinity, Trinity College will discuss the history of the church in Canada and its effect on Indigenous cultures.

Paddling Together: Exhibition opens. Saturday, May 13th, 12 – 6 pm
Artists: Merlin Homer, Kevin Lamure, Sage Paul and Mike Ormsby. Curated by Mike Ormsby.

Blanket Exercise, Saturday, May 13th, 1:00 pm
Presented by Kairos Canada and Canadian Roots Exchange: This learning experience will lead us through the history of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Worship Service: Sunday, May 14th, 10:30 am
Guest preacher: The Rev. Chris Harper, Indigenous Native Priest of the Diocese of Toronto.

Reconciliation And The Canoe We Are All In, Wednesday, May 17th, 7 pm
Panel discussion with Susan Blight. Moderated by Mike Ormsby.

Historic Walk, Sunday, May 21st, 12:30 – 4 pm
A walk through our neigbourhood led by Mike Ormsby. The walk will focus on the history of Indigenous peoples in this area from pre-European settlement to the present.

Panel discussion on Paddling Together exhibition, Wednesday, May 24th, 7 pm
With Bonnie Devine and Kevin Lamure. Moderated by Mike Ormsby.

Worship Service Sunday, May 28th,10:30 am
Guest preacher: The Rev. Canon Andrew Wesley.

More information: | 416-536-3160


This event is generously supported by the Anglican Foundation of Canada.


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