Upcoming Events - by Date

There's always something happening at the Museum! Our changing exhibitions and collections inspire talks, music, family activities, and much more with a unique flavour found nowhere else.

You can view upcoming events by TYPE OF EVENT (Especially for Families, Lectures, etc.) or by date (with event details, below).

Weekends at the BSM

Visit us on the weekend with your little ones and there is always a shoe-themed arts and crafts activity as well as funky shoes to try on and a game of iSpy to play in the gallery. All activities are drop-in until 4pm (unless pre-empted by other programming). This summer's crafts are inspired by our 19th century exhibition and include creating a Pinet boot-shaped magnet and creating your own jigsaw puzzle!

On Saturdays visitors can also have an enriched gallery experience by stopping by our All About Shoes gallery between 1pm and 3pm to chat with a museum docent, touch some hands on artefacts and learn more about the exhibition.


Thursday, September 18th
6pm

Included with pay-what-you-can admission. Seats are first come, first served.

 

Special Event

Nineteenth Century Literature in Classic Film

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To accompany Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century the Bata Shoe Museum is celebrating launching a new film series - Nineteenth Century Literature in Classic Film.

Comprised of classic Hollywood films made in the first half of the 20th century, the BSM is excited to present a film series based on some of the greatest works of literature of the 19th century. Join us on the third Thursday of each month as we celebrate the romance, mystery and adventure of 19th century literature in film!

Thursday, September 18th - Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Jane Austen's story of romance and frivolity deals with five sisters who are aided in their search for husbands by their scheming mother. With Laurence Olivier, Greer Garson and Maureen O’Sullivan.

Friday, September 26th - Sunday, September 28th
2pm - 3pm

Free

 

Special Event

Culture Days


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Pop into our lobby during Culture Days for a hands-on demonstration showcasing fascinating Museum artefacts interpreted by our knowledgeable docents. Museum admission not included.

Saturday, October 4th
7pm - 7am

Free

 

Special Event

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche


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An Interactive Installation by Ryerson University - Redux Lab.

Stomata
Stomata is named after the Greek word for "mouth" which is also used to describe pores found in the epidermis of botanical organisms that control gas exchange. A metaphor where changing apertures respond to the proximity of human interactions in a similar manner to how stomata pores respond to oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, Stomata is an interactive installation that responds to the engagement of the public through their proximity and senses.

[R]ed[U]x Lab is a collective of digital fabricators and designers from Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Science

Sunday, October 19th
12pm - 4pm

$100(members)/$110

Purchase online below or call 416-979-7799 x 228

Fascinator Workshop

Workshop

19th Century Pastimes with a 21st Century Twist


Many pastimes pursued by women in the 19th century are enjoying a resurgence in popularity today. Textile arts such as knitting, ribbon work, needlepoint, and embroidery as well as crafts like paper flower-making and even millinery marvels like fascinators are being explored by a new DIY generation. Indeed, peruse the crafts so meticulously detailed by the doyenne of DIY Martha Stewart and you’ll see regular reference to their roots in the 19th century.

In conjunction with Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century, the Museum is pleased to present a series of workshops celebrating those pastimes reflected in the exhibition, while reinventing them with a 21st century twist.

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Fascinator Workshop
Our first workshop will be on Sunday, October 19th. Homemade headdresses were all the rage in the nineteenth century. Learn how to make your own 21st century equivalent, the fabulous and fashionable fascinator with staff from Toronto’s The Make Den. Seats are very limited and must be pre-booked.

Wednesday, October 22nd
6pm

$20, $10 for BSM members

Tickets can be purchased online below or by calling 416-979-7799 x 228

Walk and Talk Tickets

Special Event

An Evening with the Curators: A Walk and Talk Through Fashion Victims

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Join Elizabeth Semmelhack and Alision Matthews David, the curators of Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Centuryas they take participants through the gallery, discussing the background, research and creation of this acclaimed exhibition. Afterwards, join them for a glass of wine and continue the conversation!

Thursday, October 16th
6pm

Included with pay-what-you-can admission. Seats are first come, first served.

 

Special Event

Nineteenth Century Literature in Classic Film

hands on

To accompany Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century the Bata Shoe Museum is celebrating launching a new film series - Nineteenth Century Literature in Classic Film.

Comprised of classic Hollywood films made in the first half of the 20th century, the BSM is excited to present a film series based on some of the greatest works of literature of the 19th century. Join us on the third Thursday of each month as we celebrate the romance, mystery and adventure of 19th century literature in film!

Thursday October 16, 2014; 6 pm - Les Misérables (1935)
Meticulous production of Victor Hugo's classic tale. In early 19th Century France an ex-convict who failed to report to parole is relentlessly pursued over a 20 year period by an obsessive policeman. Starring Fredric March and Charles Laughton.

Saturday, October 25th and Sunday, October 26th
Drop in until 4 pm

Included with Museum admission; kids in costume get into the Museum for free!

 

Especially for Families

Halloween Extravaganza!

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Say boo at the Bata Shoe Museum this Halloween and join us for a spooktacular weekend of family fun! Decorate a Halloween inspired cookie, make a special craft and play I Spy in the galleries. Kids who wear their costumes get in free!

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
7pm

Lecture - $25
Lecture and Reception - $40
Member's Rate - $25 for lecture and reception
To purchase tickets over the phone please call 416-979-7799 x 239

Please note - The lecture will be held at the George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place with the reception at the BSM (a five minute walk)

2014 Founder's Lecture

Special Event

The 2014 Founder's Lecture

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The Founder's Lecture is an annual, public event featuring an internationally recognized leading thinker engaged with the convergence of culture and society.

This year the BSM is excited to welcome Dr. Gloria Groom, Senior Curator , The Art Insistute of Chicago, as our Founder's Lecture speaker. Dr. Groom will be presenting a talk entitled "Manet: Fashion and Fetish". For more information on the 2014 Founder's Lecture or to purchase tickets please click here

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Sunday, November 9
12pm - 4pm

$55(members)/$60

Purchase online below or call 416-979-7799 x 228

Embroidery

Workshop

19th Century Pastimes with a 21st Century Twist


Many pastimes pursued by women in the 19th century are enjoying a resurgence in popularity today. Textile arts such as knitting, ribbon work, needlepoint, and embroidery as well as crafts like paper flower-making and even millinery marvels like fascinators are being explored by a new DIY generation. Indeed, peruse the crafts so meticulously detailed by the doyenne of DIY Martha Stewart and you’ll see regular reference to their roots in the 19th century.

In conjunction with Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century, the Museum is pleased to present a series of workshops celebrating those pastimes reflected in the exhibition, while reinventing them with a 21st century twist.

hands on

Embroidery Workshop
Some of the most beautiful shoes in the Fashion Victims are embellished with embroidery. Learn the basics of this intricate craft and with embroiders from Toronto’s The Make Den.

Thursday, November 20th
6pm

Included with pay-what-you-can admission. Seats are first come, first served.

 

Special Event

Nineteenth Century Literature in Classic Film

hands on

To accompany Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century the Bata Shoe Museum is celebrating launching a new film series - Nineteenth Century Literature in Classic Film.

Comprised of classic Hollywood films made in the first half of the 20th century, the BSM is excited to present a film series based on some of the greatest works of literature of the 19th century. Join us on the third Thursday of each month as we celebrate the romance, mystery and adventure of 19th century literature in film!

Thursday November 20th, 2014; 6 pm - David Copperfield (1935)
All the remarkable characters in Charles Dickens’ novel come alive in this adaptation chronicling David’s exploits from youth to young manhood. Starring W.C. Fields and Lionel Barrymore.

Saturday, December 13th
10am - 4 pm

Included with Museum admission

 

Especially for Families

Christmas Crafts at the BSM

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SSanta's dropped some early presents off at the BSM so kids can have some shoe-themed holiday family fun at Toronto's favourite shoe box! Kids are invited to create a one-of-a-kind reindeer sock puppet, decorate a mini stocking for the tree and make their very own elf shoe fridge magnet!

Thursday December 19th
6pm

Included with pay-what-you-can admission. Seats are first come, first served.

 

Special Event

Nineteenth Century Literature in Classic Film

hands on

To accompany Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century the Bata Shoe Museum is celebrating launching a new film series - Nineteenth Century Literature in Classic Film.

Comprised of classic Hollywood films made in the first half of the 20th century, the BSM is excited to present a film series based on some of the greatest works of literature of the 19th century. Join us on the third Thursday of each month as we celebrate the romance, mystery and adventure of 19th century literature in film!

Thursday December 19th, 2014; 6 pm - A Christmas Carol (1951)
This classic British adaptation of the Dickens novella stars Alastair Sim as Scrooge, whose misanthropic glare is reversed only after he has confronted the ghosts of the present, future, and past.

For more information about events listed on this page, or to pre-register
Please contact programs@batashoemuseum.ca or call 416.979.7799 x240.

How can you receive free or discounted admission to many of the paid events listed here? By becoming a MEMBER of the Bata Shoe Museum.

Media contact
Rosmarie Gadzovski, Marketing and Public Relations Manager
416.979.7799 x225


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