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The Museum Welcomes Carmen Aguirre

Carmen Aguirre was a six-year-old refugee from Chile when she first came to Canada following Pinochet’s violent coup. She spent much of her teenage years fighting with the Chilean resistance, before settling in Vancouver and going on to become a celebrated actor, playwright and author. Her searing memoir Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter became a national bestseller.

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Refuge Canada Opens at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Opening March 10, Refuge Canada explores Canada’s place in the global refugee crisis. Through images, soundscapes, first person accounts and artifacts, this powerful exhibition begins “no one wants to be a refugee, anyone could become a refugee.” Moving through major waves of arrival from Second World War era up to present day, Refuge Canada does not shy away from opportunities to portray the darker chapters of history. Hopeful stories of optimism and success are balanced by moving accounts of shattered lives, fear, and examples of Canada’s mixed record in welcoming refugees.

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Glenn Gould Reimagined for Ideas of North

Award-winning violinist and composer Andrew Forde creates a modern interpretation of the work of Glenn Gould, breathing new life into a classical legacy. Following sold-out shows in Toronto, Forde now brings his intimate and compelling musical journey to the Museum on Saturday, March 3 at 2:00 p.m. Ideas of North will embrace Gould’s landmark documentary piece, The Idea of North, with what Forde calls “a modern quilt,” of voices and instrumentation. As part of Forde’s mission to present live music as it once was - performance art, Ideas of North aims to create an unexpected, improvisational environment and to challenge perceptions along the way.

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