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Oct 24 - Book launch & 'Coolie Hauntings' exhibition opening

Book launch & 'Coolie Hauntings' exhibition opening

Thursday October 24th, 2019, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

'Coolie Hauntings' on display October 24th-November 5th, 2019

Artist: Amar Wahab

Summary:
Despite an abundance of research on enslaved labour systems, there is an alarming paucity of research on indentured labour systems in the colonial Caribbean. The exhibition Coolie Hauntings, aims to address this resonating silence. It presents images and installations featured in the recently published monograph Disciplining Coolies: An Archival Footprint of Trinidad 1846, (2019, Peter Lang Publishers). The work critically investigates the violence of the British indentureship scheme - an experiment with contracted and trafficked Indian migrant labour in the immediate aftermath of the abolition of slavery - in the nineteenth-century colonial Caribbean. It critically and creatively engages with the transcripts of a British inquiry (in 1846; the very first year of the labour scheme) into the torture, misery and death of Indian indentured labourers or ‘coolies’ as they were referred to in official colonial discourse. The exhibition reflects on the question: how do we creatively re-imagine the productive presences and voices of ghosts in the coolie archive? It offers a creative ‘archival ethnography’ to think about questions around coolie transience (as ‘bonded migrant’) and the in/visibility of absented presences in the official record by offering a visual language of the dead. The exhibit appears the embodied ‘coolie’ as a ghostly figure who hovers over and under history from a certain disruptive positionality and therefore performs a strategic fetishism of (post)colonial power relations. In doing so, it contemplates the ‘ghostworld’ of indentureship as a counter-archive of labour migration that haunts official knowledge through a language of haunting.

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Oct 3 - gravity/grace/fall

October 3rd, 2019, 3:30 pm at the Canadian Language Museum 

We are thrilled that renowned choreographer and dancer Carol Anderson will be returning to the Canadian Language Museum to present her work gravity/grace/fall

This piece combines movement with Carol’s original poetry to dramatic effect.

She is joined by celebrated dancers Terrill Maguire and Claudia Moore in this exciting evening of spoken word and dance. 

Gravity: the force of attraction between all masses in the universe, especially the attraction of the earth’s mass for bodies near its surface.

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Sept 19 - Beyond Words: Dictionaries and Indigenous Languages

Beyond Words: Dictionaries and Indigenous Languages

Opening September 19th, 2019, 7pm-9pm

at the Canadian Language Museum

This exhibit highlights the complex relationship between Indigenous languages and dictionaries over several centuries, from word lists and dictionaries developed for exploration, colonization, conversion and assimilation purposes, to online language materials being developed by Indigenous communities to transmit the elders’ language knowledge to today’s youth.

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Sept 5: Meet the Curators Evening at Miles Nadal JCC

Meet the Curators evening at the Miles Nadal JCC

Thursday, September 5th, 2019, 7pm - 9pm

Come visit our Award Nominated exhibition Read Between the Signs at Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre in Toronto.

750 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 2J2

On display from September 5th to October 1st 2019

June 17 - Annual General Meeting

We are pleased to invite all museum members to join us for this year’s AGM. We will be discussing the accomplishments of the past year, and immediate and long-term plans for the future.

Monday June 17, 2019
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Canadian Language Museum
Glendon Gallery, Glendon College
2275 Bayview Avenue, Toronto

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What to expect? At the AGM you will be able to:

- share your thoughts on the museum
- vote on key issues
- view our most recent exhibit
- enjoy light refreshments

Please RSVP to info@languagemuseum.ca by June 13th to let us know if you will be attending so we can plan refreshments and seating.
We look forward to seeing you there.

Thank you!

Elaine Gold,
Director

Elaine Gold - Winner of the Canadian Linguistic Association’s National Achievement Award

We are very excited to announce that Elaine Gold, founder and director of the Canadian Language Museum, is the 2019 recipient of the Canadian Linguistic Association’s National Achievement Award!

“Dr. Gold has set a stellar example of what it means to be a “public scholar” in our discipline.  Her work on the CLM has reached non-academic audiences and it has engaged the general public around issues of language and linguistics in a manner that is accessible and informative."

Elaine Gold

 

National Achievement Award, Canadian Linguistic Association - 2019
The Canadian Linguistic Association is pleased to announce that the 2019 laureate of the National Achievement Award is Dr. Elaine Gold (U Toronto). The award will be presented on Sunday 2 June 2019 during the CLA's Annual Meeting at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. Dr Gold will give a plenary talk about her research.

Wladyslaw Cichocki
for the Award Selection Committee
Past President, Canadian Linguistic Association

Elaine Gold

"Dr. Elaine Gold has demonstrated exceptional effectiveness in communication and knowledge transfer about language and linguistics. Her work with the Canadian Language Museum has reached communities across Canada, both within and beyond the university context. Dr. Gold holds an MA in the History of Art and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Toronto. Until her retirement in 2017, she held teaching positions at Queen’s University and at the University of Toronto, where she served as Undergraduate Coordinator and Lecturer in Linguistics.

Her teaching covered a wide range of topics, and her scholarly output has contributed a distinctly Canadian focus in areas such as sociolinguistics, aspect and loan words in Yiddish, Indigenous Englishes, and Canadian English. She has made notable contributions to the now-flourishing research area of Canadian eh and to the study of aspect in Bungi, a Scots English/Cree creole that arose during the fur trade.

Dr. Gold’s most important contribution to linguistics in the public realm has been as founder, in 2011, and executive director of the Canadian Language Museum (CLM) (www.languagemuseum.ca). This unique institution has achieved a great deal for the outreach of linguistics into communities across Canada. In her work, Dr. Gold has been able to identify areas of research on languages in Canada that are of relevance to the wider public, to select researchers active in these areas, to oversee the development of itinerant museum exhibits on the relevant topics, and to manage their circulation across the country. Dr. Gold routinely recruits and mentors students from the University of Toronto’s Master of Museum Studies program, who

create and curate each exhibit as part of their graduating-year Exhibitions course. The CLM’s exhibits showcase and celebrate the diversity of Canadian English, of French in Canada as well as the many Indigenous and heritage languages spoken in Canada. The latest exhibit, Beyond Words: Dictionaries and Indigenous Languages, is occasioned by the United Nations’ proclamation of 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

The CLM travelling exhibits have had extensive geographic coverage, criss-crossing the country from Victoria to St. John’s. These exhibits have been displayed on nearly 100 occasions to date in diverse venues, including universities, schools, public libraries, community centres, government buildings, museums, historic sites, even hospitals. Museum exhibits have been featured at academic conferences and at large international events, for instance as part of the Aboriginal Pavilion at the 2015 Pan American Games and at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (Toronto, 2017).

In 2016, Dr. Gold’s vision and advocacy resulted in the establishment of a permanent home and exhibit space for the Museum at the Glendon Gallery (Glendon Campus of York University, Toronto). Beyond this permanent location, the CLM continues to function as a virtual museum with a substantive social media presence. In 2018, it launched its first digital (web-based) exhibit, Échos de la mosaïque/Messages from the Mosaic, and produced an original documentary, Two Row Wampum: Preserving Indigenous Languages in Toronto, that can be viewed on the CLM website.

In summary, Dr. Gold has set a stellar example of what it means to be a “public scholar” in our discipline. Her work on the CLM has reached non-academic audiences, and it has engaged the general public around issues of language and linguistics in a manner that is accessible and informative. The Canadian Linguistic Association is delighted to recognize this great service by awarding Dr. Gold our National Achievement Award for 2019."

Apr 8 - Pushing the Limits of Gender Roles through Performance

On April 8th at 6pm join us a the Canadian Language Museum for a special performance:

Pushing the Limits of Gender Roles through Performance

"In her play Three as in Tri-Angle, or the Aftertastes of Life the author explores how gender is a complex institutional and social function. (...) Catalina’s intimate knowledge of theatre and medical humanities are the best interdisciplinary approach to start a productive dialogue about the spectrums of masculine and feminine"

– Oana Chivoiu, PhD, Assistant Professor South Louisiana Community College

 

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May 7 - Beyond Words: Dictionaries and Indigenous Languages

Beyond Words: Dictionaries and Indigenous Languages

Opening May 7th 2019:

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS OPENING HAS BEEN CANCELLED

This exhibit highlights the complex relationship between Indigenous languages and dictionaries over several centuries, from word lists and dictionaries developed for exploration, colonization, conversion and assimilation purposes, to online language materials being developed by Indigenous communities to transmit the elders’ language knowledge to today’s youth.

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Mar 27-29 The Baltic Diaspora at Home in Canada

Sharing Our Stories: The Baltic Diaspora at Home in Canada

On display at the Canadian Language Museum March 27th-29th, 2019

Yiddish Spring at the Canadian Language Museum

Opening April 4th 2019 at the Canadian Language Museum, Glendon Gallery!

Yiddish Spring at the Canadian Language Museum will be on display from April 4th until June 27th - watch for special events during these months!

Berlin-based composer Paul Brody has created "The Music of Yiddish Curses and Blessings": an exciting sound installation for the CLM based on the voice-melodies of eight Toronto Yiddish speakers. Well-known European and Canadian klezmer musicians are contributing responses to the piece. Brody discovered that as the Yiddish speakers, young and old, invoked the traditional Yiddish sayings, the emotion in their voices revealed the musicality of speaking Yiddish.

"I became fascinated by how my interviewee’s voice-melody often shifted from conversational to a melodic, almost singing voice, through the uttering of a blessing or a curse."

Yiddish Saying

Drawing on his work with both contemporary Jewish music and radio documentaries, Brody has created a five-part suite for his sound installation. Well-known European and Canadian klezmer musicians are contributing responses to the piece.

For more information about Paul Brody’s work, go to:
http://paulbrody.net

Lessons

On the walls will be the exhibit "Komets-Alef-O! Back to School at the Yiddish Kheyder" (the Yiddish classroom): an introduction to the Yiddish language, created by Toronto Yiddish doctoral student Miriam Borden.

 

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In collaboration with Ashkenaz Foundation

Presented by Canadian Language Museum in partnership with Ashkenaz Foundation, in association with UJA Committee For Yiddish, and with the generous financial support of ShaRna Foundation, Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies at York University, Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at University of Toronto, and UJA Kultura Collective.

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Nov 22 7pm: gravity/grace/fall with Carol Anderson

Join us for an Evening of Poetry and Dance with Renowned Choreographer Carol Anderson

gravity/grace/fall

Thursday, November 22nd, 7 pm at Glendon Gallery

gravity/grace/fall

We are thrilled that renowned choreographer and dancer Carol Anderson will be returning to the Canadian Language Museum to present her newest work gravity/grace/fall

This piece combines movement with Carol’s original poetry to dramatic effect.

She is joined by celebrated dancers Terrill Maguire and Claudia Moore in this exciting evening of spoken word and dance. 

Gravity: the force of attraction between all masses in the universe, especially the attraction of the earth’s mass for bodies near its surface.

 

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Photo: Rick/Simon

May 1st Exhibit Launch!

May 1st Exhibit Launch!

Join us as we celebrate three incredible projects: an exhibit of photographs, a web exhibit, and a video!

~ Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 ~
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

At the Canadian Language Museum
Glendon Gallery, Glendon College | 2275 Bayview Avenue | Toronto

~ Remarks at 7:00 pm ~

The evening will mark the launch of our new web exhibit ‘Messages from the Mosaic’ curated by graduating students in the Master of Museum Studies program at the University of Toronto

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We will also be hosting the premiere of an original video, which explores maintaining Indigenous languages in Toronto.

The video project was created by students in Glendon’s "Histoire vivante" (Living History) course.

To top it all off, we will celebrate the opening of the photo exhibit Legacies: Our Heritage Through Our Grandmothers' Eyes in our gallery space, created by Glendon alumna Gina Valle. This exhibit consists of portraits of immigrant women from 24 different countries with their Canadian granddaughters’ reflections on their legacies. Their stories are in English, French and the language of their country of origin.

 

A Newfoundland Treasury of Terms for Ice and Snow

Please join us for the exhibit opening:
“A Newfoundland Treasury of Terms for Ice and Snow”

~ Thursday, February 1st, 2018 ~
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

At the Canadian Language Museum
Glendon Gallery, Glendon College | 2275 Bayview Avenue | Toronto

Join us for live music performed by F-Zero and special guest speakers!

Award-winning artist Marlene Creates found over 80 Newfoundland terms for ice and snow formations in preparing this outstanding photo and video exhibit. 

“I love the sound of the words in the ear and the feel of them on the tongue, and their sonic relationship with the terrain.
Many of them would have been in the mouths of my Newfoundland ancestors.”

www.marlenecreates.ca

Creates Photogrpahy

On display at the Canadian Language Museum
February & March 2018
Tuesday - Thursday 10:30am - 3:30pm at Glendon Gallery

To learn more, visit: fb.me/clm.mcl

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“From Smoke to Cyber Signals” – Grand Opening

Kwe aweti

Until January 26, the Canadian Language Museum, located in the Glendon Gallery in Glendon Hall, presents "From Smoke to Cyber Signal" paintings and sculptures by Abenaki artist Carmen Hathaway.

An opening event will take place on Thursday the 11th of January from 3:30-5pm at the Gallery.

Accompanying this exhibit, Nadine St-Louis, indigenous entrepreneur of Mi'kmaq and Acadian heritage, will give a presentation on January the 26th, from 1:30-3pm in room YH A100. Nadine St-Louis is the founder and Executive Director of Sacred Fire Productions, which promotes indigenous art and artists through the productions of cultural projects and events that raise public awareness, break stereotypes and foster cross-cultural dialogue for the inclusion and advancement of Indigenous artists in urban centres.

This presentation will be followed by a closing event at the Gallery from 4-6pm.

These events are part of the project “Indigenous Art as a Sign of Resilience and as Means for Reconciliation”, which is made possible by funding received from the Office of the Provost through the Indigeneity in Teaching & Learning Fund.

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Welcome to Hilel!

We are thrilled to welcome the newest member of our team - Hilel Essadi! Hilel is a student intern from Paris, France, and is studying Foreign Languages at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. This is her first time working abroad, and her first time in Canada! Along with her formal language studies, Hilel has also worked as an English tutor for children in France. Hilel is passionate about meeting people from new cultures and traditions, and learning what language and tradition means to people from different places. She is also interested in how language and culture can connect and transcend different generations.

She will be working with us throughout May and June, giving tours of the museum, helping us prepare for our next exhibits, and sharing her discoveries with us on social media. We are very happy to have her! If you're in the area, please be sure to come by and welcome her to Toronto - and Canada!

New Exhibit "Read Between the Signs" Opening on May 3rd at the Museum

Please join us for the opening of our newest exhibit:

Read Between the Signs: 150 Years of Language in Toronto
Toronto's diverse languages shape our city's streets. These languages are part of the landscape, visible in storefronts, building facades, and street signs. They can reflect, and sometimes even obscure, the communities that live and work in this city. In presenting a visual history of Toronto's languages, this exhibition makes use of historical and archival photos. 

When:
Wednesday May 3, 2017
6pm - 8pm

Where:
Canadian Language Museum
Glendon Gallery, Glendon College
2275 Bayview Avenue
Toronto M4N 3M6

This exhibit is part of the CONTACT Photography Festival

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September 19th 2016 Opening of the Canadian Language Museum's New Exhibit Space!

Save the date!

We’re celebrating the opening of the Canadian Language Museum’s new exhibit space!

When: September 19, 2016, 5-8 pm

Where: Glendon Gallery
Glendon College
2275 Bayview Avenue
Toronto M4N 3M6

More details to come in early September.

Exhibit Opening on March 31st 2016! 'A Tapestry of Voices: Celebrating Canada's Languages'

The Canadian Language Museum launches its newest travelling exhibit, 'A Tapestry of Voices: Celebrating Canada's Languages' on March 31st 2016 from 5 to 7pm at New College in Toronto. Please join us in celebrating this latest addition to the museum.

February 20, 2016: Museum celebrates International Mother Language Day

The Canadian Language Museum is once again celebrating International Mother Language Day with a day of free, family-friendly activities at the Maria A. Shchuka Library. Join us on February 20th from 10 to 4 for all-ages crafts, a language-themed scavenger hunt, and the opportunity to view our “Canadian English, Eh?” exhibition. Starting at 10am local children's authors will read from "The Best of All Worlds" - a multilingual children's storybook - in their mother language, English and French. 

Flyer for IMLD Celebrations 2016

February 9, 2016: CLM Co-sponsors Colloquium on Indigenous Language Policy at Glendon College

INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF THE TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION OF CANADA AND THE RELATED RESPONSIBILITIES OF POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS

Glendon Hall, Glendon College, York University 2275 Bayview Avenue

February 9, 2016 from 10:00am to 5:30pm

The Organizing Committee: Maya Chacaby, Amos Key, Jr., Ian Martin and Jean Michel Montsion (who teach or have taught the following topics at Glendon: Anishinaabemowin, Cayuga, comparative indigenous language policy in the Americas, and Canadian and comparative language policy), and our two principal Glendon sponsoring organizations, the Master’s Program in Public and International Affairs (MPIA) and the Centre for Research on Language and Culture Contact (CRLCC) invite you to participate in this Colloquium.

The TRC report provides an historic policy window in which those concerned with indigenous policy and language policy have a chance to have their thoughts considered by decision-makers, both indigenous and non-indigenous. More specifically, the TRC report calls to action on Aboriginal rights and Aboriginal language rights, Aboriginal Languages Act, the appointment of an Aboriginal Languages Commissioner, and the role of post-secondary institutions in creating degree and diploma programs in Aboriginal languages.

This event will include participants from Western Canada, Ontario, Québec, Atlantic Canada, and the North to discuss the TRC recommendations as they pertain to language policy and the role of post-secondary education institutions. It will involve a welcoming event, a plenary panel discussion, some break out discussions, and a plenary workshop on next steps and commitments.

It will serve as a catalyst to (1) disseminate the TRC recommendations and language policy implications to the Glendon and York communities, to (2) mobilize support within the Toronto region, to (3) create collaborations with partners from across Canada, and to (4) shape a path forward through the formulation of a Declaration.

The Canadian Language Museum's exhibit 'Speaking the Inuit Way' will be on display during the colloquium.

June 1 - George Brown House

The Canadian Language Museum moves to a new office in the historic George Brown House in Toronto. 

March 25th: Cree Exhibit Opening!

The Canadian Language Museum launches its newest travelling exhibit, "Cree: The People's Language" on March 25th from 5 to 7pm at New College in Toronto. Please join us in celebrating this latest addition to the museum.

February 21: Museum celebrates International Mother Language Day at Maria A. Shchuka Library in Toronto

The Canadian Language Museum is celebrating International Mother Language Day from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, February 21 with a day of free, family-friendly activities at the Maria A. Shchuka Library. Join us for all-ages crafts, a language-themed scavenger hunt, the opportunity to view our “Canadian English, Eh?” exhibition, and many opportunities to celebrate your own mother language!

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New Exhibit about Cree!

October 2014.  Work starts on the fourth travelling exhibit. It will be about the Cree language and will open in Spring 2015.   

New Blog

On September 25th 2014, Social Media Coordinator Michael Iannozzi starts the CLM Blog. 

Charitable Status

On April 1st 2014, the Canadian Language Museum receives Charitable Registration status. You can support the museum by visiting our donation page.

 

Opening of exhibit March 24!

The exhibit 'Le français au Canada' opens March 24 at New College.

September 2013

The distinguished playwright, novelist and musician, Tomson Highway agrees to be an Honorary Patron for the Canadian Language Museum.

July 2013

Planning begins for the Museum's next touring exhibit, which will be about Canadian French.

June 3, 2013

The Museum's first Annual General Meeting is held at the University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia.

June 1, 2013

The exhibit 'Speaking the Inuit Way' opens in the University Centre Lobby, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia.

April - May 2013

The exhibit 'Speaking the Inuit Way' is displayed at the Museum of Inuit Art, Toronto.

March 28, 2013

The Museum's second exhibit, about the Inuit language in Canada, opens in Wilson Lounge, New College, University of Toronto.

January 3-5, 2013

The exhibit 'Canadian English, Eh?' will be displayed at the Linguistic Society of America's Annual Meeting in Boston. Thank you to the LSA for generously donating the space for the exhibit.

October - November, 2012

The exhibit 'Canadian English, Eh?' tours to Kingston, Toronto, Halifax and St. John's. In St. Johns it is part of the celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the Dictionary of Newfoundland English from Nov. 5-10. The exhibit's opening at York University on Nov. 23 will be marked by a day-long workshop about Canadian English.

August - September, 2012

The exhibit 'Canadian English, Eh?' is displayed at the University of Toronto St. George and Mississauga campuses.

July 2012

Planning begins for the Museum's next touring exhibit which will be about the Inuit language.

June 26, 2012

The Canadian Language Museum joins the Canadian Museum Association.

May - June 2012

The exhibit 'Canadian English, Eh?' tours to Waterloo, Ontario and Montreal Quebec.

March 22 2012

The museum's inaugural exhibit 'Canadian English, Eh?' opens in Wilson Lounge, New College, University of Toronto

March 19 2012

The Canadian Language Museum is incorporated as a federal not-for-profit corporation.

Sept 2011

University of Toronto, Master of Museum Studies students Caylie Gnyra, Tamara Ivis and Heather Mawby begin work on the inaugural exhibit.

August 16, 2011

Lily Cheung Chow's design is selected as the winning logo.

June 22, 2011

The Logo competition is launched.

June 21, 2011

The museum's facebook page is created.

June 16, 2011

The Canadian Language Museum launches languagemuseum.ca and museedeslangues.ca.

May 29, 2011

The Organizing Committee for the Canadian Language Museum was formed at the annual meeting of the Canadian Linguistic Association. Please see our draft Mission Statement. You can contact us at langmuse@chass.utoronto.ca.