Student Museum Musings – Shwasome Adventures!

By Caitlan M., Summer Student

Have you ever been downtown Oshawa and had a few hours to kill but not sure what to do? Well the same thing happened to Lisa and I one afternoon before Cultured Squared* began. It seems people are not tourists in their own city. Here are some things Lisa and I did while we discovered our own city and had a Shwasome adventure!

Starting our Shwasome adventures at the RMG!
Starting our Shwasome adventures at the RMG!

Our first stop was with our friends at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG). The gallery does a fantastic job at telling the continuing story of Modern and Contemporary Canadian art. A couple of RMG’s latest exhibits feature a sports theme, Boxing: A Sweet Science (30 May – 13 September) and Spirit of Sport (9 May – 22 August) in concurrence with Pan Am and Parapan Am.

Taking a selfie with the reflective Reverb scuplture
Taking a selfie with the reflective Reverb sculpture

We then headed over to General Motors Centre to get our selfie with the sculpture Reverb by Noel Harding. Inside the GM Centre there is a microphone over centre ice to pick up the sound and the sound will be transmitted into a light show across the sculpture.

The Shwasome poutine!
The Shwasome poutine!

All this walking built up a bit of a hunger so we headed over to Smoke’s Poutinery over on King Street. Fun fact did you know that Smoke’s offers 2 locally named poutine’s. After all this we spent the evening at Culture Squared.

Other things in the downtown area: Hollywood Cone, Berry Hill Coffee, Spicy Affairs, check out some architecture on the churches and might as well go in and out of some of the stores, Canadian Automotive Museum, or check out a book at the McLaughlin Branch of the Library.

Why not get out and see what our downtown has to offer.  You’ll find out just how ‘Shwasome’ our city is!


*Cultured Squared occurs Thursday evenings from 5pm-8pm in Civic Square (right in front of City Hall)

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