Welcome to the first Canoo member newsletter!

As you know, the Cultural Access Pass (CAP) has officially become Canoo, a mobile app that provides all the benefits of the program in a faster and easier way. If you previously registered for CAP but haven’t joined Canoo, download the app for free from the App Store or Google Play to start exploring and make the most of your membership. Check out our new Canoo Help Centre for any questions you may have.

This month, there’s an array of free events happening at museums and galleries across the country: you can participate in Doors Open Toronto on May 25–26; visit a new exhibit at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver; hear a free artist talk at the Art Gallery of Hamilton; and learn about a new program at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia to help address mental health challenges experienced by local youth.

Don’t forget that with the long weekend and warm weather also comes the opening of seasonal national parks across Canada, so be sure to visit Parks Canada’s website to find out which park or historic sites near you are opening on May 18.

Enjoy!

Anja
Membership Officer, Canoo

1. Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto, ON)
2. Remai Modern (Saskatoon, SK)
3. Aga Khan Museum (Toronto, ON)
4. National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, ON)
5. Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Winnipeg, MB)
6. Museum of Anthropology (Vancouver, BC)

Doors Open Day at the Aga Khan Museum
Visit the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto on Saturday, May 25 for free in celebration of Toronto’s Doors Open event. Take a free Architecture Tour of the museum, bring the kids for free art activities, see a live dance and music performance and visit the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival Installation. Learn more on their website

Afternoon Shift at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is helping to tackle mental health challenges for youth by transforming its studio into a gathering space for young adults and their families every Wednesday afternoon. Drop-in for art-making, self-care, and conversation. Visit its website for more information.

Artist Talk: Between the Two Rows at the Art Gallery of Hamilton
Join the AGH on Thursday, May 16 to celebrate its new exhibition: Navigating Progress: Hind vs. Hind. The evening will focus on stories from some of the many contributors to the exhibition’s central work: a collectively made mural-sized riveted collage of etched aluminum panels chronicling a contemporary examination of the Two Row Wampum. To learn more, check its website.

Free admission at Fort York for Doors Open Toronto
Fort York Historic Site will once again take part in this annual celebration of Toronto’s most architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings. Visit Fort York for free with your whole family on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. More details on its website.

Opening Celebrations for Shadows, Strings and Others Things: The Enchanting Theatre of Puppets at the MOA
The Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver invites you to the opening of the dramatic new exhibition that displays over 250 exquisite puppets, old and new, from 15 countries around the world. Attend this free event on Thursday, May 16. Learn more on its website.

National parks and historic sites re-open across the country
The May 24 weekend is the opening weekend for dozens of national parks and historic sites across the country! Parks such as Thousand Islands National Park and Terra Nova National Park, and national historic sites like Fort Wellington National Historic Site, Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site, and Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site open their doors on May 18 for the summer of 2019. Visit the Parks Canada website for more details.

Meet Richard Ojaldon
Previous member Richard Ojaldon came to Canada in 2012. “Becoming a Canadian is a milestone in my life. I can’t think of any place than this wonderful country to start the new chapter of my life which honours cultural differences, ethnic diversity and caters endless opportunities, “ he says. “Canadians are very friendly and nice — that makes this country a safe place to live and also, landscapes are spectacular. On a personal note, Canada embraces me of who I am without judgment and brings the best out of me.” Read more here.

Attend a citizenship ceremony and re-live the moment
The Institute for Canadian Citizenship invites you to attend a citizenship ceremony we organize together with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and other partners. Every month, we host ceremonies across the country in public spaces that you can attend as a guest for free. Often, ceremonies are held in participating Canoo venues. Celebrate with us at our upcoming ceremonies:
The Rooms in St. John’s (Newfoundland) on May 15, 2019, at 2:30 p.m.
2. McCord Museum in Montréal (Quebec) on May 16, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.
3. Museum First Nations in Wendake (Quebec) on May 30, 2019, at 4:30 p.m.

The Institute for Canadian Citizenship launches #CelebrateCitizenship challenge
The Institute for Canadian Citizenship is challenging Canadian companies to give their employees paid time off to attend their citizenship ceremonies. A recent poll found that 8 in 10 Canadians support giving the time off. Do you agree? Encourage businesses to sign up for the challenge and learn more on the campaign page.