There’s more to the Gardiner than our collections. Take a clay class, learn about the art of ceramics with world-renowned guest speakers, or join us for one of our many special events.
The Gardiner Museum celebrates the art of ceramics and engages local and international audiences by promoting understanding of the long history of people crafting in clay.
Through the display of its permanent collections and special exhibitions, as well as through studio education, programs that engage diverse communities, and major contributions to scholarship, the Gardiner champions ceramics.
Support from the community is vital to the Gardiner’s ability to continue to provide
Reserve your table at CLAY Restaurant for January 31 - February 13 and enjoy a delicious $33 prix fixe menu featuring fresh, local fare. Choose from mushroom toast with burnt honey, Fogo Island cod fish and chips, our famous lamb burger, and more delectable dishes created by Chef Bianca Azupardo and her team.
The Gardiner Museum is always adding to our collection of both historical and contemporary ceramics. Our current lobby exhibition brings together a selection of modern and contemporary works acquired since the arrival of Chief Curator Sequoia Miller in April 2018 and on display for the first time.
Our popular March Break Camps give kids the opportunity to explore their creativity through clay, meet new friends, and learn hands-on skills under the guidance of a professional artist. Spots are filling up quickly. Register now!
The Gardiner Museum is among the few museums in the world focused on ceramics, and is one of the most important specialty museums internationally. It houses approximately 4,000 objects, including European porcelain, ceramics from the Ancient Americas, Chinese porcelain, Japanese porcelain, and contemporary ceramics. Search the collection online!
Support the Gardiner's mission to champion clay, build community, and promote arts education. All of our memberships include a full year of free admission to the Museum, as well as discounts at CLAY Restaurant and the Gardiner Shop, and start and at just $30!
SCENE ON THE PLAZA
Outdoor Summer Art Party Series
launches at the Gardiner Museum
for Five Friday Evenings Only
June 27 – July 25
Weekly-themed events feature live music & DJs, food & drink, and
access to the Gardiner galleries and special exhibition CAMP FIRES
This summer, Yorkville’s Gardiner Museum launches SCENE ON THE PLAZA, a series of five outdoor after-work socials with music, food, drink and art. Kicking off on Friday, June 27, the Gardiner’s street-facing patio will play host to the weekly-themed art parties featuring live music and DJs curated by Do Right! Music, wine by Southbrook Vineyards, beer by Steam Whistle Pilsner, and food by à la Carte Kitchen Inc. The series runs every Friday from June 27 until July 25, from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
“The Gardiner patio is a wonderful place to be on a summer evening, in the best place in midtown at Bloor and Avenue Road,” says Kelvin Browne, Executive Director and CEO, Gardiner Museum. “Scene on the Plaza combines art and a fantastic social experience in one of the most beautiful buildings in Toronto. People can enjoy great music, drinks and food, along with our world-renowned ceramics collection and the special exhibition Camp Fires. There’s no other place like this in Toronto.”
Scene on the Plaza will be 19+ events. Advance tickets are now on sale for $15, and will be $20 at the door. Cash bar will be available. Access to the galleries and the Gardiner’s current exhibition – Camp Fires: The Queer Baroque of Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette – are included.
For tickets, call 416.586.8080 or visit www.gardinermuseum.com/scene.
In the event of rain, Scene on the Plaza will take the party to the 3rd floor Terrace Room, where guests will enjoy outstanding views of downtown Toronto.
The Musical Line-Up
The Gardiner Museum has partnered with Do Right! Music to offer a line-up of exciting musical artists and DJs:
Friday, June 27
featuring Maylee Todd, live PA and DJ set
Celebrate summer and WorldPride with the series launch of Scene on the Plaza! Experience a downtown version of summer camp, featuring the soulful dance floor rhythms of Toronto songstress Maylee Todd in a live performance and DJ set. Guests will also enjoy barbeque and free access to the Gardiner’s feature exhibition, Camp Fires: The Queer Baroque of Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu & Richard Milette, a Major Partner event for WorldPride Toronto. Dress code: shades of pink are encouraged.
“True Patriot Soul”
Friday, July 4
featuring The Soul Motivators and DJ John King
We pay tribute to our neighbours to the south and celebrate American Independence Day! The Soul Motivators, Toronto’s 9-piece live funk unit meets Do Right! Music’s label boss, DJ John Kong. Groove with the sounds of soul, afrobeat, the roots of funk and classic hip-hop breaks.
Friday, July 11
featuring DJ Felix and Gani of MILK.
Join MILK.crew DJ’s Felix and Gani – best known for their Sunnyside Pavilion sets – for some Latin-flavoured house music, in honour of the Gardiner’s Mesoamericas collection from Central and South America.
Friday, July 18
featuring DJ Paul E. Lopes and Jason Palma
DJ Paul E. Lopes and DJ Jason Palma, the host of CIUT’s Higher Ground radio show, transform the Gardiner into a ‘70s disco scene straight from an episode of Love Boat.
Friday, July 25
featuring DJ Katie Lavoie and DJ John Kong
The series wraps with a British fete featuring DJ Katie Lavoie and DJ John Kong. The duo sets the stage for “Swinging London”, spinning an all-vinyl set of soul, garage, and Brit-pop.
For more details about Scene on the Plaza’s line-ups and parties, visit www.gardinermuseum.com/scene and follow @GardinerMuseum on Twitter and Instagram.
The Gardiner Museum gratefully acknowledges:
Event Partners: Do Right! Music, à la Carte Kitchen Inc.
Wine Sponsor: Southbrook Vineyards
Beer Sponsor: SteamWhistle Pilsner
Series Media Sponsor: The Grid
2014 Media Partner: The Globe & Mail
About the Gardiner Museum
Located in the heart of Toronto on Queen’s Park Crescent across the street from the Royal Ontario Museum, the Gardiner Museum is Canada’s national ceramics museum, and one of the world’s great specialty museums. The Gardiner is committed to making a contribution to the medium of ceramics, as well as the community it serves, and is an inviting destination that inspires and connects people, art and ideas through clay. The Gardiner’s permanent collection comprises several extraordinary collections from sophisticated, dedicated collectors, making it one of the most significant centres of ceramics in North America. The breadth of the Museum’s holdings include pottery from the Ancient Americas, rare examples of Meissen, Du Paquier and Chelsea porcelain, Chinese blue and white porcelain, Japanese and Japanese-inspired porcelain, to contemporary ceramics – including an exceptional donation from Raphael Yu. For more information, for details on exhibitions, events, workshop, clay classes, and more, please visit: www.gardinermuseum.com.
To attend the Gardiner Museum’s Scene on the Plaza Summer Series, for more information or to receive images, please contact:
416.366.7735 x 290
Antonio Tan, Marketing Manager
111 Queen's Park
Canada, M5S 2C7