The Bata Shoe Museum Celebrates Extraordinary Canadians in New Exhibition

TORONTO, May 18, 2017 /CNW/ - The Bata Shoe Museum is pleased to announce the opening of its newest exhibition, Shining Stars:  Celebrating Canada's Walk of Fame. Opening today, on International Museum Day, and on display until December 31, 2017 in the Star Turns Gallery, the exhibition is part of the BSM's Canada 150th celebrations.  Honouring the remarkable richness and diversity of Canadian talent, the exhibition features Canada's Walk of Fame Inductees who have excelled in the areas of film, music, science, art and athletics.  Shining Stars reveals inspiring stories, incredible accomplishments and the impact each Inductee featured has had on the world stage.  Footwear from notable Canadians on view include award-winning actress Catherine O'Hara, Paralympian and humanitarian Rick Hansen, literary icon Margaret Atwood, Olympic athlete Clara Hughes, folk-rock legend Gordon Lightfoot and fashion journalist Jeanne Beker.

Extending the celebration outside, the BSM is also excited to announce the July 1st Canada Day unveiling of a new window installation to commemorate Canada's 150th anniversary.  Commissioned to create an art piece that explores the beauty of Canada, students from Ryerson University's Architectural Science Program used the museum's vast collection as a catalyst and inspiration for the installation.  'In Full Bloom:  Celebrating Canada150' will be on view until 2018.  Additional activities for Canada Day will include crafts and activities for families, along with a special film screening of Thirty-Two Short Films about Glenn Gould

"As a new Canadian, I am especially proud of the activities the Bata Shoe Museum is organizing to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation," said Emanuele Lepri, Director of the Bata Shoe Museum. "Our local and international visitors will have the opportunity to appreciate how this country nurtures and celebrates home-grown talent. With the new exhibition and window installation, we are applauding both the wonderful diversity of our cultural mosaic and the resourcefulness and creativity of Canadian youth."

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About the Bata Shoe Museum
With an International collection of over 13,000 shoes and related artefacts, the Bata Shoe Museum celebrates 4,500 years of footwear history in four distinctive rotating galleries.  In addition to our popular semi-permanent exhibition, All About Shoes, the Museum has three galleries for changing exhibitions, ensuring that each visit offers a new experience. Currently on view:  Fashion Victims:  The Pleasure and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century; Art & Innovation: Traditional Arctic Footwear from the Bata Shoe Museum Collection; and Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels.  Through the creation of its innovative exhibitions, the BSM strives to enlighten and entertain visitors of all ages.  For every shoe there's a story.  Discover thousands at the Bata Shoe Museum.

SOURCE Bata Shoe Museum

For further information: interviews or visuals please contact: Rosmarie Gadzovski, Head of Communications, Bata Shoe Museum, or 416.979.7799 x225


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