Oakville Museum Programs and Events

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All Hands on Deck!

A rollicking evening of chanteys, ballads and traditional dance music from the Great Lakes and the Seven Seas

All Hands on Deck concert imageThursday, December 10 at 8 p.m.
Location: Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (Black Box Theatre), 2302 Bridge Rd.
Tickets: $20 available for purchase online or by phone at 905-815-2021.

Veteran Canadian folk musician Ian Bell joins forces with Toronto’s young acapella chantey sextet Pressgang Mutiny, for a multi-media presentation of traditional chanteys, songs, jigs and reels that will take you from the Isles of the South Pacific to the shores of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.

Ian Bell is a long-standing favourite of the Ontario folk scene and has been a regular performer on Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café. Pressgang Mutiny are a group of young musicians who started singing chanteys while on tour with the acclaimed Lemon Bucket Orkestra, but quickly evolved into a group in their own right.

The show will feature powerful unaccompanied harmony singing with lots of opportunities to join in on choruses. Ian and the mutineers also pack a small arsenal of instruments ranging from concertinas, and button accordions to banjos, fiddles and mandolins. Their repertoire includes little known songs of the Great Lakes, salt-water chanteys and lively tunes all accompanied by projections of Ian’s large collection of vintage photographs of Great Lakes schooners, sailors and ports.

Museum Christmas Tea & Tour

Sunday, December 13 from 1:30-3 and 3-4:30 p.m. Age: 3+. Fee: $6.95. Register online.
Enjoy a 1.5 hour visit to the beautifully decorated, historic Erchless Estate. Includes a feature exhibit, a guided tour through the elegant home, and tea and cookies. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All participants must be paid registrants. We cannot accommodate for allergies in this program.

Christmas Craft Workshop at the Museum

Monday, December 21 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Age: 4-7. Fee: 17.50. Iris code: 210101.
Parents, need a little time for Christmas shopping? Drop off the kids at the Oakville Museum for some traditional holiday fun! The afternoon will be filled with Christmas songs, winter games, and making creative holiday creations in the historic Erchless Estate, beautifully decorated for the season. Age: 4-7

Craft and Tour at the Museum

Four sessions available: December 29 and 30, 1:30-2:30 and 3-4 p.m. Age: 4-9. Fee: $5.00. Register online.
Join us for an hour in the afternoon to make a craft with your child and take a guided tour of the Oakville Museum. Fee applies to participating children only, but children must be accompanied and assisted by an adult. Each session will make the same craft and take the same tour.