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Monthly Archive: December

Discovering Hidden Treasures in the heart of Toronto

Posted: June 13, 2012 - 09:27 , by admin
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Getting to and from work and home can be hectic.  Most of us use TTC or drive, and in doing so we miss much of what cyclists or pedestrians see clearly every day.  Did you know, for example, that a herd of “bunny dogs” romp on the boulevard at Wellington and John?  Or that Glenn Gould is amongst us, and invites us to join him on a bench to watch the world go by?  Where is Toronto’s newest wonder, created in China from 22 tons of stainless steel, and what message does it convey??

Rouge Park Bioblitz

Posted: June 12, 2012 - 13:57 , by Dave Ireland

Submitted by Brennan Caverhill, Biodiversity Intern

Rouge BioBlitz, June 15 - 16, 2012

A rare ‘dragon’ found….

Posted: June 11, 2012 - 15:52 , by Antonia Guidotti

Sometimes, there are really extraordinary stories that are uncovered in our day to day studies; this particular one was submitted by Dr. Henry Frania, an Entomology research associate at the ROM.

Meet Kate Cooper. Ancient Greece and Rome Expert.

Posted: June 7, 2012 - 11:18 , by Robert Mason
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Woman holding a pottery artifact with shelves in the background.

We caught up with Kate Cooper examining Corinthianising pottery in the ROM store rooms.

Marla Mossman and her Peace Caravan Journey along the Silk Road: Afghanistan

Posted: June 7, 2012 - 09:19 , by admin

On a recent trip to New York City, ICC Managing Director Francisco Alvarez met with artist Marla Mossman. While gallery hopping and deep conversations over sushi, Marla shared the details of her very intriguing current art project

Canada – the 51st State?

Posted: June 6, 2012 - 11:04 , by Patti McCabe
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How would you describe the relationship between Canada and our closest ally and neighbour? Child/Mother? Sibling rivalry? Victim/Bully? Worshippers/Idol? Friends? Enemies? Frenemies?

Some would argue that in everything but name we are effectively the 51st State with a puppet Prime Minister whose strings are pulled by a puppet master President, while others would counter by saying that our countries share a very close and mutually respected bond that allows for tree trade, cross border shopping, and a wealth of partnerships.

Fact & Falsehood in Ancient Roman and Greek objects

Posted: June 6, 2012 - 09:08 , by Robert Mason

This coming weekend at the ROM (June 9-10) we will have Ancient Rome and Greece Weekend! There will be re-enactors demonstrating and displaying arms and armour, ROM experts and objects, an archery range with more re-enactors, and a myriad of activities including make a lucky “bulla”, creating your own mosaic masterpiece and learning the game of “knucklebones”.

Meteorite of the Month: Oriented Nose Cone

Posted: June 5, 2012 - 08:55 , by Ian Nicklin
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By Brendt C. Hyde and Ian Nicklin

A specimen featuring a textured and glassy rock surface.

Figure 1: Meteorite showing ‘thumbprint’ features referred to as regmaglypts.

SSSSsss… c-CAW! RrAWR! Animal Weekend is Here!

Posted: May 17, 2012 - 23:34 , by Kiron Mukherjee

I used to walk through the halls of my high school (yes, high school – I don’t know what was wrong with me either) making animal noises. Not the normal ones like “moo” and “oink”, but the more obscure ones (I guess it’s the hipster in me). For instance, my impression of the Komodo dragon had a sort of snake and bark sound, and the giraffe, since I had no idea what sound they make (do you?) was just, “giraffe, giraffe!”. I pretty much made the sounds up as I went along.

Let’s talk about this

Posted: May 16, 2012 - 16:16 , by Laura Comerford

The Friends of the Institute for Contemporary Culture are a group of ROM members with an affinity for the ICC and its activities. The ICC seeks to stimulate “diverse audiences to think creatively, understand and change the world,” and when the FICC committee first came together just under a year ago, we wanted to find new ways to support this intention.