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The city’s most unique social destination returns for another season of eclectic eats, drinks, DJs, dancing, live music and unexpected experiences. We switch it up so every week is a different theme and brings new surprises!

Friday, June 5, 2015 7pm

Join the ROM for a celebration of contemporary Canadian Indigenous art.

Adults $15 | Students & Seniors $13 | ROM Members FREE.


  • Use promo code FNLlove10 and receive 10% OFF admission to Friday Night Live. Offer available onsite and online
  • SPECIAL ONSITE OFFER: Come with 10 or more friends for 20% OFF admission o Friday Night Live. Offer only available for purchases of 10 or more tickets at the admission desk
  • Come hungry! For a limited time, buy 4 #FNLROM Bucks for food and get 1 FREE

Tickets available at the door. Doors open at 7 PM.
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Level 1

Currelly Gallery: Midnight Shine
Helping set Midnight Shine apart from other Canadian rock bands is Adrian Sutherland’s lyrical explorations of his First Nations identity and musical craftsmanship on an acoustic guitar

Feature DJ: Shub
Influenced by a variety of music including electro, dub-step, dance hall and hip-hop, their signature sound is derived from a personal and spiritual place – the music of their native tribes.

Level 2

Bronfman Hall Lounge: Iskwe
Noted as the ‘One to Watch’ by The Grid TO and one of ’10 Canadian Musicians You Need to Know’ by CBC Music, Iskwé’s cross-cultural aesthetic is as striking as her tripped-out blend of soul (think Esthero meets Alicia Keys).

Feature DJ: Classic Roots
Josh de Perry, Long Lake Red Cliff band member in Thunder Bay, credits hip-hop as a big stepping stone along his musical journey.

Teck Jazz Lounge: The Johnnys
In this acoustic set with traditional hand drum and song, Toronto’s The Johnnys, churn out frenetic, garage-type tunes that derive from 70s hard rock and pure 50s rock ‘n roll. Their first two releases were nominated for numerous awards at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards.

Level 3

European Gallery Coffee bar: Brendt Thomas Diabo
After taking on an interest in guitar early in life, Brendt’s music is an infusion of old time country, rockabilly and blues.

Level 4

Glass Room (FNL Lounge): Jace Martin
Jace Martin is a 6-time Aboriginal Award winning recording artist and has been as a singer, writer and producer with The Wolfpack, The Backroads Blues Band and TruRez Crew.

Roloff Beny Gallery: Feature Performance – ARTICLE 11
In this electrifying live performance ARTICLE 11 brings their talents to the ROM with DECLARATION: Repatriation; a celebration of Indigenous peoples’ right to engage in the creation and evolution of arts and culture. This program is made possible through a partnership between the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the Toronto Arts Council (TAC) as part of the TAC’s Animating Historic Sites and Museums Program.

House DJ: Fawn Big Canoe
This versitile DJ from Toronto plays house, bass, r&b, disco and everything in between.


Level 1

Canada Court: Ford Lounge (7-11 pm)
Check out the Ford Lounge to experience innovative technology, creativity and culture.

Rotunda: NOW Magazine Lounge (7-11 pm)
Come hang out in the NOW Lounge! Snap a selfie, tag it with #FNLROM and see it stream on the FNL Photo Wall.


Level 1

Gallery of Canada: First Peoples
In Conversation: With ROM expert Arni Brownstone (8-10pm)

Out of the Cupboards: Explore the ROM’s teaching collections with George Hewson (8-11pm)

Level 3

Gallery of Africa, The Americas, and Asia-Pacific
In Conversation: Discover bead work with Naomi Smith (7-11pm)

In Conversation: Artist Jay Bell (7-11pm)

How do we do it? Bark weaving with J’net Ayayqwayaksheelth (7-11pm)

For the Love of Water: Celebrating Water in Honour of World Environment Day

Level 1

Gallery of Canada
Storytelling (8:30 pm & 9:30 pm)

Gallery of Canada: First Peoples
Water Wishes: Leave your well wishes and thoughts on how water has impacted you! (7-10 pm)

Level 2

Earth Rangers Studio
In Conversation: At the Curator’s Café, meet water scientists Doug Currie, Hernan Lopez-Fernandez, and Sebastian Kvist, with live specimens. Tonight only! (8-11 pm)

Hands On Biodiversity
Experience what else? Water, hands-on! (7-11 pm)

Level 3

Gallery of Africa the Americas and Asia-Pacific
Sacred Water Journey: Water stories, with spoken word artist, Amy Desjarlais (8pm, 9pm)


Don’t get hungry reading this!

  • Curbside Bliss @curbsidebliss
  • Gushi Foods
  • Hot Bunzz @HotBunzzTO
  • Le Dolci
  • Liko’s BBQ @likosbbq
  • Little Tomato @LittleTomatoTO
  • Mnandi Pies
  • My Little Dumpling
  • Me.n.u Food @meNuFoodTruck
  • Randy’s Roti @RandsRoti
  • Sweet Sammies
  • Tita Flips @TitaFlips

Here’s how to score your sumptuous snacks and delectable drinks:

You pay the vendors with ROMBucks, not with cash
Before FNL, you can pre-purchase ROMBucks from the Admissions Desk from 10 am to 4 pm daily – the fastest way to nab your noms. Note – you can only buy a maximum of four (4) ROMBucks drink tickets per transaction
At FNL, you can buy ROMBucks at dedicated stations
ROMBucks cost $7 each (We can’t refund unused ROMBucks, but they’re good for the whole season)

(May we at the ROM just say: calories schmalories. Life is short and food is good. If you eat it up, dance it off! Then come back 3 weeks later and do it again.)

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MUSKRAT Magazine

MUSKRAT is an on-line Indigenous arts, culture magazine that honours the connection between humans and our traditional ecological knowledge by exhibiting original works and critical commentary. MUSKRAT embraces both rural and urban settings and uses media arts, the Internet, and wireless technology to investigate and disseminate traditional knowledges in ways that inspire their reclamation.

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