Bryan Adams and the Royal Ontario Museum exclusively present Canadians, a special exhibition of iconic portraits to mark Canada’s 150th Anniversary

The Royal Ontario Museum is pleased to present Canadians, an exhibition by award-winning musician/photographer Bryan Adams, on display for a one night, exclusive engagement at the highly-anticipated ROM Ball on May 6, 2017. Paying homage to Canada’s 150th anniversary, the installation features portraits of noteworthy Canadians, all captured by the world-renowned rock musician who has been lauded for his multi-faceted talent as a photographer.

Canadians will spotlight national icons from a range of fields and generations, debuting new portraits, as well as powerful archival imagery from Adams’ photography career. The exhibition features 28 portraits of national icons, including: Margaret Atwood, Michael Bublé, The Weeknd, Joni Mitchell, Wayne Gretzky, Michael J. Fox, Linda Evangelista and Her Majesty the Queen, among many more. Most recently, Adams photographed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, backstage at the Juno Awards in Ottawa.

Bryan Adams will be in attendance at the ROM Ball for the official unveiling of Canadians during the event’s cocktail reception. Canadians– housed in the ROM’s Peter F. Bronfman Hall – will be open throughout the evening for both gala and after-party guests. A limited-edition, 60-page catalogue book titled Canadians will be exclusively available for purchase by attendees at the ROM Ball.

Set to be Ontario’s preeminent red carpet cultural gala in celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial, the ROM Ball will include an impressive cocktail reception, majestic dinner, and an after-party with live performances and dancing throughout the galleries – all in support of the Museum.

The ROM Ball recently announced Canadian singer Rufus Wainwright will headline the gala dinner set in the Samuel Hall Currelly Gallery. The celebratory event will also feature collaborations with three acclaimed artists – Barry Ace, Edward Burtynsky and Charles Pachter - whose works are symbolic, meaningful and uniquely Canadian.

ROM Ball after party tickets ($150 each) can be purchased now at A very limited number of tables for the ROM Ball cocktail reception and dinner are currently available at $25,000 and $50,000. Contact Keiko Okutsu at or 416.586.8064 to purchase tables.

Details on ROM Ball’s red carpet media call to be announced upcoming.


Opened in 1914, the ROM showcases art, culture, and nature across time and around the globe. Among North America’s most renowned museums, the ROM is Canada’s largest with the dual mandate of natural history and world cultures. The Renaissance ROM expansion project (2007) preserved the best of the Museum’s beautiful historic architecture while merging its iconic heritage building with the Studio Daniel Libeskind-designed Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. The ROM is the country’s largest field research institution and an international leader in areas encompassing the visual arts, material culture and archaeology, biodiversity, palaeontology, and earth sciences — originating new information towards a global understanding of historical and modern change in the natural and cultural worlds. For tickets and 24-hour information in English and French, visit or call 416.586.8000. For Membership enquiries, please call 416.586.5700.

ROM Ball Committee

Simona Shnaider (Chair), Suzanne Boyd, Bill Fulghum, Lisa Hudson, Jennifer Ivey Bannock, Natasha Koifman, Krystal Koo, Nicholas Mellamphy, Vicky Milner, Jessica Mulroney, Anjli Patel, Robin Turack

Press Contact

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Amanda Fruci | Royal Ontario Museum | 416.586.5558 |