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#FNLROM: Strictly Forbidden

ROM Friday Night Live, presented by Ford. Every Friday May 2 - June 27.  Expect the Unexpected.  Dance, Drink and Explore.

It's BACK! ROM Friday Night Live returns with a BANG!
We've got the best Eats, Beats, and Bigger, Bolder Experiences.

Friday May 30: Strictly Forbidden

The ROM throws open the doors to China's Forbidden City - this FNL only! (plus much more good stuff, below)

Tickets- Want'em? Get'em!

  • For Friday May 30, early-bird (online) tickets have flown, but lots of tickets will be sold at the door starting at 7 pm on the night. Arrive early - space is limited!
  • Please bring your photo ID as proof of age.

(ROM Members, you get free guaranteed entry before 8 pm - see below for details.)

Tickets are now available online for the FNL evenings after May 30 - Foil that FOMO and grab'em today. ROM Members book here.

Join the conversation: #FNLROM @ROMtoronto

FNL 2014 sponsors

* FNL is a specially ticketed event for adults 19+. ROM general admission tickets are not valid for FNL.

 Friday May 30: Strictly Forbidden


Explore hidden worlds as the ROM opens the doors to China's Forbidden City!

In Conversation: Engage with ROM experts in the galleries.
Have a Cuppa: Chinese Tea Ceremony. See this amazing tea service protocol.
Asian Arts Showcase: Chinese traditional music, dance, movement and art in ROM galleries.
AFCY Emerging Artists: Showcasing artistic practice and making lasting connections to the contemporary arts community.
Meet the Scopify Guy: The ROM superhero who can scopify objects at the touch of an ipad. Learn how from the man in tights.
And MORE! 


Level 1, Canada Court

Ford Lounge: Check out the Ford Lounge to experience innovative technology, creativity and culture. 7-11 pm

Level 1, Rotunda

NOW Lounge: Snap a selfie in the NOW Lounge. #FNLROM and see it stream on the FNL Photo Wall. 7-11 pm


Level 1, Mainstage
Helsynki: Toronto-based indie-rock trio. See their creativity unleashed on the FNL stage.
House DJ: DJ Mensa
FNL House Djs curated by ElectriCITY Events
Level 2, Bronfman Hall
Chloe Charles: See this singer sorceress whose musical magic defies classification.
House DJ: Michael Imperial 
FNL House Djs curated by ElectriCITY Events
Level 2, Teck Suite of Galleries: Earth’s Treasures
UofT Jazz Music Program: House Jazz 'rocks' the room in our gems gallery - pun intended.
Level 4, RBC Glass Room
THEY Lounge: Music styling combines classic and modern lounge culture to create a sophisticated social environment. Featuring music styling by Davidson Conceptualist with the sultry vocals of Deena The Artist, performing their new song THEY Count To Ten.


City Gourmet: Conscious cooking. Market-driven cuisine using local produce, supporting our local farmers.
Curbside Bliss: Curbside Bliss is Canada's 1st mobile gourmet bakery. We cruise around the GTA bringing supreme BLISS to those wanting a sweet fix!
Gourmet Gringos: Toronto’s first authentic Latin Food Truck and Pop-up.
HotBunzz Street Cuizine: Flavour adventures inspired by international cuisine and stuffed inside a bun!
Liko’s Hawaiian BBQ: We bring da islandz to you!
Little Tomato: Outstanding service, exciting edibles & a genuine passion for food!
JK Frites: Kennedy Brothers pushing local hand pressed french fries and sauces.
M.e.n.u Food: Traveling the world to discover food and bring it home to you!
Randy’s Roti: Toronto's first Caribbean Food Truck!
Saucy Pierogi: Traditional pierogies with a saucy twist!
Tita Flips: Showcasing Filipino cuisine at an elevated level.


Use ROMBucks to buy great food and drink from local providers - the finishing touch to the Friday festivities

Here's how to score your sumptuous snacks and dashing drinks:

  • You pay the vendors with ROMBucks, not with cash.
  • Before FNL, you can pre-purchase ROMBucks from the Admissions Desk from 10 am to 4 pm daily - the fastest way to nab your noms.
  • At FNL, you can buy ROMBucks at dedicated stations.
  • ROMBucks cost $6 each. (We can't refund unused ROMBucks, but they're good for the whole season.)

(May we at the ROM just add: calories schmalories. Life is short and food is good. If you eat it up, dance it off! Then come back 3 weeks later and do it again.)

SAY CHEESE! By entering the ROM Friday Night Live premises you consent to having your image recorded for promotional use.

 If you're a ROM Member, get free guaranteed entry to FNL for yourself and guests before 8 pm: Join the ticket holders' line and staff will print tickets for you at the Members Desk. Or, reserve and print early-bird online tickets at home. (Later entrance is based on capacity - but hey, we've got plenty of room!) You may bring as many guests as your membership level is entitled to. 

ROM Members who are part of the ROM's Young Patrons Circle (YPC) have free access to all FNL events for up to four adults (including cardholders) per YPC membership.

Don't forget your Membership card! 



  • Friday, May 30, 2014
    7:00 pm



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