The Wait is Over: ROM Friday Night Live Returns

See and Be Seen at third season of #FNLROM with JUNOS Kick-off

(Toronto, Ontario – April 24, 2013) – The premier social event Torontonians have been waiting for all winter is back – the third season of ROM Friday Night Live returns Friday, May 3, 2013.  The city’s original and ultimate cultural social party for young adults is back and better than ever with more live entertainment and in-gallery experiences, more food and drink options, and more Museum spaces open to enjoy in unconventional ways every Friday night from May 3 to June 21, 2013.

#FNLROM kicks off eight weeks of curated culture with JUNOS After Dark, and wraps with an after-hours preview of the blockbuster exhibition Mesopotamia. This adult only event (19 +) shakes up the Museum experience from 7 p.m. to midnight. Advance tickets are available on-line, as well as at door. Admission is $12 and $10 for students. Online tickets are complimentary for ROM members and Young Patron Circle and Royal Patron Circle members. To avoid disappointment and guaranteed entry, purchase in advance at www.rom.on.fnl.

ROM Friday Night Live has joined forces with many of the city’s luminary festivals, including the JUNO Awards, Scotiabank CONTACT Festival, and the Toronto International Jewelry Festival to feature a unique theme each night - you won’t want to miss one of them.  2013 JUNO Award nominees including R&B singer Jully Black, jazz artists Dave Young and Terry Promane, and previous winner Eon Sinclair (The Soul Proprietor) from Bedouin Soundclash raise the Crystal’s roof for the May 3 launch.  

This season, #FNLROM’s movable feast offers an expanded gastronomic experience. With more of the ROM spaces available to explore, even more pop-up bars will be open featuring local and international wines, beer and FNL cocktails.  Enjoy a wide variety of international fare, including vegetarian options, from some of Toronto’s best pop-up food vendors, including: Curbside Bliss Cupcakes, HotBunzz Street Cuizine, Tiffinday Inc., Gourmet Gringos Catering, Kanto by Tita Flips, LaRivolta and Little Tomato Catering.

You tweeted, and we listened. #FNLROM is streamlining its currency with a new all-purpose $6 ROMBuck – good for purchasing any alcoholic drink or food item. 

ElectriCITY Events is back to set the scene with the sounds of the city’s hottest house DJs every week.  Mark your calendar for every Friday and don’t miss Toronto’s own Kid MK, Mix Choplin, Kwik Fiks and Simon Jain and more.

Discover interactive demonstration in the Museum galleries and public spaces, including:  How’d they DO that?; active demonstrations with museum curators; The Observant Eye, where visitors collaborate and share their observations with others; and What Stirs You?, giving visitors the opportunity to share their personal stories. Let your inner curator out with The Museum Becomes You, a unique opportunity for visitors  to create their own exhibition with photos, tweets and hand-written labels; while our resident ROM experts share what they know In Conversation.

#FNL Season 3 Line Up

May 3: JUNOS After Dark

Celebrate our distinct cultural landscape with 2013 JUNO-nominated artists, headlined by  Jully Black, the queen of R&B soul. Join jazz artists Dave Young and Terry Promane, as well as 2006 JUNO Award-winner Eon Sinclair (The Soul Proprietor) from Bedouin Soundclash as he spins tunes on the second floor. Rediscover an old school Canadian classic, as Forge Media gives a futuristic face lift to Air Hockey Turbo, and create your own exhibit with The Museum Becomes You.

May 10: Photography

Explore the photographic image with the Scotiabank CONTACT exhibitions GENESIS and Between Princely India & the British Raj: The Photography of Raja Deen Dayal. Join the conversation with Dr. Deepali Dewan, ROM Senior Curator, South Asian Art and CONTACT artists.

May 17: Rocks Rock

Get ready to dazzle! The ROM celebrates the Toronto International Jewelry Festival. Meet cutting edge jewelry designers in our famous mineralogy collections, walk on the moon in the Teck Gallery, mellow to jazz among the gems, or debate which rocks rock in What Stirs You ?

May 24: ROMic-con

Dust off your cape, channel your inner super hero and dress the part as we celebrate the superstars of nature and culture. Check out a retrospective of super heroes, take a lesson in designing your own comic in How’d they DO that?, and  laugh away your end of week stress with improv from The Second City , the world’s premiere improv and sketch comedy theatre.

May 31: Indo Pop

The ROM celebrates contemporary South Asian Arts and Heritage Month presented by international hip/hop dancer/choreographer, Chase Constantino and performed by Broken Dance Company, comedy from YouTube superstar, Superwoman, digital art by London-based Inkquisitive, South Asian fashion, and mendhi demonstrations.

June 7: Indigenous Arts

Celebrate Aboriginal History Month with DJ Bear Witness from A Tribe Called Red, Craig James and Duke Redbird. See fashion by designers Charm Logan and Sage Paul, experience visual/installation art by Amanda Strong and learn how to make a canoe (by hand) in How’d They DO that? In partnership with the Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts (ANDPVA),

June 14: Fashion

Be prepared to strut your stuff - we’re bringing big fashion direct from the runway with ROM’s BIG exhibition. Canadian fashion is on display, as well as music by Joseph and the Mercurials. In The Museum Becomes You, discover how animal prints inspire fashion.

June 21: Mesopotamia

Be the first to see the ROM’s blockbuster exhibition, Mesopotamia before it opens to the public. This night celebrates Middle Eastern culture with a yoga rave with Linda Malone from Iam Yoga, live performance by west coast composter/DJ Adham Shaikh and JUNO-nominee Jaffa Road.  Discuss which innovations are most important to modern life in What Stirs You?

Advance tickets are available in advance, as well as at the door. To guarantee entry and avoid disappointment, purchase in advance at  For more information, visit and join the conversation on twitter @ROMToronto #FNLROM 

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