Bring the family to Museum London for a fun afternoon of pop tours, free giveaways (crowd-favourite maple sugar leaves), Indigenous art-making, and our Crafty Canada Studio. Overlooking the river, we'll have a musical performance by JUNO nominated children’s duo Sonshine and Broccoli and screening short family-friendly films created by Mi’kmaq, Métis, Abenaki, and Inuit artists from across Canada.

Schedule

12:00 pm - Museum Open (Rhino Lounge closed)
12:00 pm - free giveaways at the door while supplies last
12:00 pm- 4:00 pm - Crafty Canada Studio drop-in activities
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm - drop-in Indigenous art-making in the Community Gallery
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Kindness Corner activity pages dealing with kindness, inclusion, and anti-bullying in our Difficult Terrain exhibition. This exhibition requires parental guidance.
1:00 pm - Sonshine and Broccoli musical performance in the Centre at the Forks
1:40 pm - Sonshine and Broccoli meet and greet with CD table in the Centre at the Forks
1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm - Pop exhibition tours: fun and interactive 15-minute tours of our exhibitions
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Indigenous short films in the Centre at the Forks (description below)
5:00 pm - Museum closes


Sonshine and Broccoli

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Best friends and musical partners Sonshine and Broccoli have been entertaining families for over a decade, engaging children and parents alike with their infectious enthusiasm and energetic pop-rock songs. Their live shows have had audiences singing and dancing along across Ontario and in Vancouver, with upcoming shows scheduled in Calgary and New Brunswick. They were just in London for the Junior JUNOS earlier this year where they were nominated for Children's Album of the Year!

​Film information

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Image: still from "Vistas - Dancers of the Grass / Vistas - Les danseurs de l'herbe", Directed by Melanie Jackson and Produced by Joe MacDonald, copyright 2009 National Film Board of Canada

Enjoy animated stories and legends that will take you into the worlds of Indigenous children, spirits, medicine men, hunters, and dancers in these six short films created by Mi’kmaq, Metis, Abenaki, and Inuit artists from across Canada.

The films are:

Vistas: Little Thunder
3 minutes

Inspired by the Mi'kmaq legend "The Stone Canoe" explores Indigenous humour. We follow Little Thunder as he reluctantly leaves his family and sets out on a cross-country canoe trip to become a man.

Vistas: Walk-in-the-Forest
3 minutes

Diane Obomsawin's whimsical animated short follows medicine man Walk-in-the-forest on a walk in the woods that leads to the discovery of an intriguing secret world.

Summer Legend
8 minutes

This film tells the tale of the great spirit Glooscap and how he battled with the giant Winter in order to bring Summer to the North and the Mi'kmaq people

Maq and the Spirit of the Woods
8 minutes

This is the story of Maq, a Mi'kmaq boy who realizes his potential with the help of inconspicuous mentors. When an elder in the community offers him a small piece of pipestone, Maq carves a little person out of it. Proud of his work, the boy wants to impress his grandfather and journeys through the woods to find him. Along the path Maq meets a curious traveller named Mi'gmwesu. Together they share stories, medicine, laughter, and song. Maq begins to care less about making a good impression and more about sharing the knowledge and spirit he's found through his creation.

Vistas: Dancers of the Grass
2 minutes

This short film presents a stunning display of a stop-motion animation as it vividly depicts the majesty of the hoop dance, a tradition symbolizing the unity of all nations

Nunavut Animation Lab: The Bear Facts
4 minutes

In this animated short, a self-important colonial explorer emerges from a sailing ship and plants a flag on the Arctic ice, as a bemused Inuit hunter looks on. Then the explorer plants another, and another, and another, while the hunter, clearly not impressed that his land has been “discovered,” quietly goes about his business. In this charming and humorous re-imagining of first contact between Inuit and European, Jonathan Wright brings us the story of a savvy hunter and the ill-equipped explorer he outwits.