Textile Museum of Canada, residing at 55 Centre Street, just SE of Dundas St and University Ave. Having obtained a free museum pass from the library, we went to check it out.
We had fortuitous timing to visit just as an exciting new exhibition was opening called "Dreamland - Textiles of the Canadian landscape". On display were weavings and embroideries reflecting different views of Canadian cultures including a winter scene reminiscient of Kriegoff paintings.
More related to Canadiana than textiles are the inclusion of three whimsical videos by Canadian artists. "Embrace" by Amalie Atkins is a delightful 3 minute film depicting two elderly Austrian sisters in the Saskatchewan prairies. To the song Edelweiss (from The Sound of Music) played on piano by a third sister, the two identically dressed women walk towards each other with outstretched arms and share a tender embrace. A more surrealistic film by Michael Snow focuses on a window blind blowing in the wind. The eery sounds of the whistling wind and its effect on the flapping drapes are the only audio of the film. Finally a stop-motion animation called "Monkey and Deer" is situated in Woodrow, Saskatchewan, artist Graeme Patterson's home town, now a ghost town. The film reflects on the "rapidly declining ways of Canadian life in rural settings".
The textile museum was quite a find and made for an entertaining couple of hours.