Spiders: Fear & Fascination at the ROM


ROM Wolf Spider (rabidosa santrita). Photo by Sean McCann

Where: Royal Ontario Museum, Garfield Weston Exhibition Hall, 100 Queens Park
When: June 16, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Cost: A separately ticketed exhibition. To purchases visit www.rom.on.ca/en/exhibitions-galleries/exhibitions/spiders

Details: The ROM invites visitors to explore the hunting, burrowing, and weaving world of spiders at the North American debut of Spiders: Fear & Fascination. Featuring more than 400 live and preserved specimens, cutting-edge interactive experiences and new scientific discoveries, this awe-inspiring exhibition debunks myths about one of the most successful yet misunderstood animals on the planet.

The exhibition spins an immersive tale for visitors, revealing how this incredibly diverse group of animals has evolved and survived for over 300 million years, a time long before the dinosaurs. Real specimens, including 18 different types of live spiders and their relatives, plus interactive virtual elements let visitors get closer than ever to some of the over 48,000 known spider species, from the top ten local spiders to the world’s most venomous, like the Black Widow and Brown Recluse.

In the multi-faceted Spider Lab, trained ROM technicians – known as Spider Wranglers – will demonstrate live venom milking and engage visitors in hands-on learning activities with spider specimens. With the latest augmented reality and video projection technology, visitors of all ages will encounter virtual spiders as they explore the subterranean home of cave-dwelling spiders, compete in a mating dance ritual with a Peacock Spider and create their own animated arachnid. They will also witness live Tent-Web Weavers spinning webs above their heads in a dome spider sphere. The ROM’s presentation features inclusive design elements such as touchable models, video captioning and a described audio tour for an accessible exhibition experience.

Exclusive to the ROM’s presentation, the exhibition explores the significance of spiders in traditional and popular art and culture. From Indigenous crafts and textiles to the first edition Spider-Man comic book, visitors will learn more about why spiders are central to storytelling across cultures and time.

Associated Programming & Events
-Through a Web Darkly: Sex and Death in the World of Spiders with arachnid behaviourist Dr. Maydianne Andrade. ROM Speaks, June 19, 2018.
-#FNLROM: Arachnophile, a spectacular spider-themed party that includes complimentary exhibition access. Friday Night Live, June 29, 2018.
-Spider Silk: A Golden Opportunity with Simon Peers, designer of the rare spider silk cape. ROM Connects, July 6, 2018.

More Info: www.rom.on.ca #ROMSpiders @ROMtoronto

Maple Leaf – Food to Feel Good About for Summer Entertaining

Summer is the season of patios, simple meals and outdoor cooking. This season, Master Chef Canada’s Julie Miguel has partnered with Maple Leaf foods to create simple family-favourite recipes to inspire summer entertaining. From hot dogs to ham and everyone’s breakfast favourite, bacon, all of these recipes have been made with real simple ingredients you can feel good about feeding to the whole gang. Here’s our favourite recipe pick!

Big Batch Ham, Cheese and Vegetable Pancakes (Makes 25 pancakes)

3 cups Maple Leaf Smoked Black Forest Ham, chopped into 1⁄4-inch cubes
1 small cabbage, very thinly sliced (about 5-6 cups)
4 medium carrots, peeled and finely grated (about 2 cups)
1 bunch asparagus, sliced into thin rounds (about 4 cups)
4 scallions, thinly sliced
1 cup all-purpose flour
24 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups cheddar cheese, finely shredded
kosher salt and pepper, to taste
canola oil, for frying

In a large bowl, combine ham, cabbage, carrots, asparagus and scallions. Add in flour and toss to coat evenly the vegetables. In a separate bowl, add eggs, cheddar, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine. Pour the egg mixture over the cabbage mixture. Stir to combine and evenly coat the vegetables. Heat a large, heavy frying pan to high heat. Add canola oil and let the pan continue to warm up. Pour mixture, 1⁄2 cup at a time, into the pan, making sure they do not overlap in the pan. Using a spatula, slightly flatten pancakes so they spread out slightly. Cook until the edges turn golden brown, about 2 minutes. Flip pancakes and cook for another 2 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Continue cooking pancakes in batches, removing any stray crispy vegetable or egg pieces. Refresh the oil every few batches to avoid getting burnt bits in your pancakes. Remember to allow the oil to heat before adding in your next batch. Store in a sealed container, refrigerated, for up to 4 days. Serve pancakes hot, warm or even cold – they taste great any way you serve them!


-Because of the big batch, you might find it easiest to do the mixing with clean hands versus a wooden spoon or spatula.

-Depending on the size of your frying pan, you can make the pancakes in batches of 3 to 4 at a time.
-You can reheat the pancakes in a toaster oven, microwave or frying pan until warm.

Maple Leaf Foods is removing all artificial preservatives, flavours, colours and sweeteners from its products as the company advances its commitment to be a leader in sustainable protein. The change is grounded in Maple Leaf’s largest ever consumer research project which showed that Canadian consumers are increasingly interested in their food and its production, seeking responsible food options that they can feel good about.

For more info and recipes visit www.mapleleaf.ca  @MapleLeafFoods @Julie_Miguel_

Unbound – Nuit Rose Festival 2018


Toronto Neighbourhoods West Queen West, University & College, Church-Wellesley Village
When: June 13-16, 2018
Cost: Free

Details: Nuit Rose is back for its fifth annual festival of queer art and performance. Taking the theme Unbound, this year’s festival features art that crosses borders, both real and imagined. The 2018 festival takes place over five nights in June, with programming across Toronto neighbourhoods, including West Queen West, University & College, and the Church-Wellesley Village.

Festival attendees can expect transformational encounters with art that breaks barriers and challenges limitations. As always, Nuit Rose activates Toronto neighbourhoods with provocative, cutting-edge contemporary art by diverse artists, presented at indoor and outdoor venues across the city. Expect Unbound installations, painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video, and performances of music, poetry, theatre and dance by talented LGBTQ+ creators from Toronto and beyond.

To date, the festival has presented 250+ artists and projects from Canada, the US, Mexico, Jamaica, Italy and Spain. Nuit Rose highlights new and diverse queer voices in the arts, offering a space to emerging and established artists, and bringing these exceptional artists to the community. Nuit Rose Unbound promises to be the biggest showcase yet!

Key Dates:
June 13, 7pm to 10pm: Opening Reception
This year, Nuit Rose returns to Artscape Youngplace with a major group exhibition of painting, drawing, photography, video and sculpture. Musical and DJ performances will activate our FREE opening night.

June 16, 7pm to late: Festival & Art Crawl
Various venues across West Queen West, University & College, and the Church-Wellesley Village. Look for your free Festival Guide in the Village or visit www.nuitrose.ca for detailed program info.

June 16, 9pm to 11pm: Light Parade
The public  Light Parade begins at Alexander St. Parkette, adjacent to Buddies in Bad Times, and ends at Barbara Hall Park, with live entertainment and parade closing ceremonies. Everyone is encouraged to participate with a light-emitting costume or object. This year’s theme is Unbound and we will be offering prizes for Best Costume.

June 14-16: Pop Up Art Bar at 562 Church St (formerly Slack’s) featuring local DJs, art installations, entertainment, and Unbound dance parties:

-Tapette w/ DJ Phil Villeneuve – June 14 – 10pm to 2am
-FEMMETOPIA – June 15 – 10pm to 2am
-Nuit Rose Performers & Special Guest DJ – June 16 – 7pm – 2am

More Info: @NuitRoseTO  www.nuitrose.ca

15th Anniversary Block Party at Yonge-Dundas Square

The New Pornographers. Photo by Jenny Jimenez

Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
When: June 8 from 12 noon – 11pm
Cost: Free admission

Details: Come to the ‘Heart of the City’ on Friday, June 8, 2018 for an all-day celebration hosted by Much and E! Host Tyrone Edwards, and featuring a headline set from rock darlings The New Pornographers. Everyone is invited!

Since opening in 2003, Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS) has been a community hub where Torontonians and visitors to the city from all walks of life gather. Whether it’s enjoying the serenity of the fountains, a rocking night out, or participating in an exciting range of free public events, the people light up the Square.

The Block Party begins at noon on Friday, June 8 with Toronto’s House of Virtual Reality taking street art to the next level with live demonstrations of virtual painting, using the square’s new digital signs as a canvas. YDS partner OUTFRONT Media will present surprise performances throughout the day, and treats, sweets and drinks will be available from the onsite food trucks.

The night will be bright with the presence of Much and E! host Tyrone Edwards, beginning at 6pm. The party continues all evening with live performances to be capped with a performance by iconic Canadian rockers The New Pornographers. Opening acts include Toronto’s indie-rock gentlemen Secret Broadcast and dreamy synth pop duo Featurette.

The 15th anniversary of YDS comes with some exciting programming announcements for the summer. Fan favourites like free movies and indie concerts will make a comeback, with some fresh new activities being added to the slate. And as always, wifi at YDS is free.

More Info: www.ydsquare.ca  @ydsquare  #ydsquare

Province Apothecary: NEW Organic Cotton Face Cloths

What: Step into summer looking luminous and radiant thanks to Province Apothecary’s newest addition to their cult-followed line of all-natural skincare! Introducing the softest, most plush skincare accessory you never knew you needed – Province Apothecary’s Organic Cotton Facial Cloths.

About: Ideal for gently removing dirt and makeup; each reusable cloth has one smooth side and one that is lightly textured. *Not recommended for irritated, problem skin including rosacea, acne and eczema.*

Bonus: Perfect for all skin types; can be used to remove the Province Apothecary Moisturizing Cleanser + Make Up Remover (30ml – $20), (120ml – $44).

Cost: Made in Canada, each pack contains 2 cloths, 7″x8″ for $15. For more info and to order online visit www.ProvinceApothecary.com  @ProvApothecary

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