Awakenings: Toronto History Museums Feature BIPOC Artists in New Series

106.5 ELMNT FM Toronto is proud to be the media partner for a new program launched by the City of  Toronto called, Awakenings.

Toronto’s 10 history museums will feature the virtual series of projects by artists who are Black, Indigenous and people of colour.

Mayor John Tory describes Awakenings as, “a new program that will feature art projects that explore untold stories, awaken a new perspective and invite the public to join the conversation.”

The museums have been working in accordance with the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Calls to Action to embody Indigenous voices, stories and knowledge into programs, collections management and sites.

This month, Awakenings launches with three online art projects and behind the scenes discussions:

A Revolution of Love
A Revolution of Love is a digital short film that follows a young Black woman as she grapples with the histories of her ancestors and the present-day violence ravaging her community, and begins to imagine what her future looks like through dance.

Behind the Curtain
In conversation with award-winning hip-hop recording artist and broadcaster Shad and producer and multidisciplinary artist Byron Kent Wong, Food Network host, restaurateur, author and award-winning recording artist Roger Mooking reflects on the effects of racism on mental health and shares untold stories of his experiences growing up in the Canadian Prairies and working in the American South. The conversation explores how food, art and music formed his journey. Behind the Curtain was filmed at Toronto History Museums’ Montgomery’s Inn,

We Were Always Here
World-renowned director Julien Christian Lutz, pka Director X, mentors 10 emerging Toronto-based Black, Indigenous and people of colour filmmakers to present short films that aim to disrupt, discover and display colonial narratives. Each of the filmmakers focuses on one of the 10 Toronto History Museums to bring to light untold stories. Five of these films will launch this month.

Awakenings Task Force
The Awakenings Task Force was formed to develop art projects within Toronto History Museums, operating under the principles of anti-oppression, anti-colonialism, sustainability, advocacy and storytelling. The task force includes:

The Awakenings program information and lineup is available at  Additional Awakenings programming will be available in 2021.

In addition to the Awakenings program, Toronto History Museums has made its fine art and artifact collection available online and offers a new online retail shopping experience.

Fine Art and Artifact Collection
Toronto History Museums’ Fine Art and Artifact Collection is now available through an online virtual database, available at This collection consists of 150,000 artifacts, 1.1 million archaeological specimens and 3,000 works of art that reflect the 11,000-year span of human occupation of the Toronto area.

Toronto History Museums Shop
Residents can shop safely from home for the gift-giving season via a new online retail experience, the Museum Shop, available at, powered by Shopify and the City of Toronto’s Digital Mainstreet program created with the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA). The Museum Shop features unique items, inspired by the City’s artifact collection that support local and Indigenous artisans. Products include Indigenous crafts, artisan jewellery, clothing, accessories, home décor, gardening items, reproductions, stationery, toys, educational items and literature.


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