Photo of FNL by Kati Bruch
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Patron News |December 2013 | Add to your address book | JOIN YPC

Young Patrons Circle (YPC) supports the ROM’s overall mission to build community by nurturing discovery and inspiring wonder. Through unique educational, social and cultural initiatives, YPC enhances the ROM experience while providing a philanthropic opportunity to those 45 and younger.

Giving Tuesday

Dear YPC Patrons,

Holiday excitement is in the air, and here at the ROM there’s more reason than ever to celebrate. The New Year marks the start of the Museum’s historic centennial year. As such, the Museum will have a full roster of ROM 100 programs, events, lectures and other special offerings. The Executive and I look forward to celebrating YPC’s legacy in the rich history of the ROM with you at a special Chairs’ Reception event in June, 2014.

The holidays are a time for generosity and tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, a North America-wide campaign to create a national day of philanthropy at the start of the festive season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profit organizations. In honour of Giving Tuesday, we will be sending you a special message tomorrow—don’t forget to check your inbox!

The holidays are also a great time to share the ROM with your friends and family. Don’t forget to visit Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World before it closes on January 5, 2014. For a full list of exhibitions and programs you can enjoy over December, visit the ROM’s website.

From all of us in the YPC Executive, I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season.

Anna-Maria Kaneff
Chair, YPC Executive

Anna-Maria Kaneff

Casey Antolak
Nancy Bertrand
Rosario Cartagena
Francisco de la Barrera
Koel Loyer
Mike Mallinos
Lindsay Maskell
Elisabeth Patrick
Claude Tambu


Kareem Bonner
Chris Charron
Hillary Connolly
Diane Donczyk
Gabriel Granatstein
Chris Issariotis
Fiona Lim Tung
Michael Lockhart
Adriana Morrison
Milan Panic
Kelsey Paterson
King Siu
Katelyn Veldman
Peter Zhou

Upcoming YPC Events    
Family Holiday Gathering

ROM Family Holiday Gathering
Sunday, December 8, 2013

Bring your with family and friends for a holiday celebration with crafts, treats and a visit from Santa.

Date: Sunday, December 8, 2013
Time: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Location: ROM, Peter F. Bronfman Hall
Entrance: Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, Bloor Street

Today (December 2nd) is the final day to register for the ROM Family Holiday Gathering.


Curator Janet Waddington on a vault tour with Patrons in the fall of 2012.


Save the Date
YPC Vault Tour
Tuesday, January 21, 2013

Join us as we explore the ROM's vaults and enjoy a preview of the ROM’s centennial special exhibition, The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors.

Look for your invitation soon.


YPC Tour of the National Club
YPC Patrons touring the National Club, 2010.

Save the Date
Collection Adventures: The Albany Club
Monday, February 10, 2013

YPC Patrons are invited to explore the history of the Albany Club with Club Historian Joe Martin as he brings the historic art and architecture of this Toronto landmark to life.

Featuring a wine and cheese reception with wine tasting courtesy of Courtney Henderson, Fine Wine Ambassador, Louis M. Martini Winery California.

Space is limited and spots will be awarded by lottery. Look for your invitation in January, 2014.


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Save the Date
Forbidden PROM
Saturday, March 29, 2014

Inspired by the ROM's upcoming blockbuster The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors, next year's PROM event will be masked in mystery and intrigue. Partygoers can expect an unforgettable night of live entertainment, alluring activities, gourmet fare and tempting lounge areas. Join 1,000 of your closest friends for a tantalizing taste of dim sum, oolong-infused cocktails and Chinese numerology. New this year, VIP experience packages will feature reserved seating and table-side service. For party tickets and information, visit

PROM is the annual YPC fundraising event for the ROM. Proceeds support the ROM's highest priorities that bring world-class exhibitions, stunning galleries, leading-edge research and educational programs to life.

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YPC Trip: Savannah, Georgia
Friday, April 11-Sunday, April 13, 2014

Join us to experience true southern culture and comfort on our 2014 YPC trip to Savannah, Georgia.

Savannah is one of the jewels of the South and was recently voted one of the top 10 cities in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveller. Founded in 1733, Savannah has a rich colonial past that is reflected in the unique architecture and evocative public squares that radiate from its picturesque waterfront. Immortalized in the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Savannah retains a unique flavour of southern hospitality combined with an eclectic culture. World-class museums, outstanding restaurants and a laid-back vibe make this the perfect destination for a weekend getaway.

Booking details will be sent to you by email this week.


Recent YPC Events    

YPC Patrons posing for a group shot in c5

YPC Patrons enjoying our FNL VIP in c5

Aaron Kylie speaking at YPC FNL VIP event in c5


Thanks for joining us.

On Friday, November 22,YPC hosted another popular Friday Night Live VIP event in c5, which over 130 people attended.

Patrons and their guests enjoyed access to a private bar, ROM bucks sales stations and delicious snacks before joining the crowds at FNL. On hand to help showcase their work in wildlife photography and promote the ROM’s new exhibition, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, were special guest speakers Aaron Kylie, Senior Editor at Canadian Geographic, and Yasmin Parodi, an Environmental Visual Communication Graduate from Fleming College.

We were also excited to have PROM Co-chair Koel Loyer share the early concept for PROM 2014—Forbidden PROM—inspired by the ROM’s upcoming blockbuster, The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors.

This year’s PROM event will be masked in mystery and intrigue. Party-goers will step into the inner court of a forbidden world dominated by emperors, empresses and concubines. Expect an unforgettable night of live entertainment, alluring activities, gourmet fare and tempting lounge areas.

We are recruiting PROM Ambassadors. If you are interested in getting involved with PROM and promoting it to your friends and colleagues, email Katie McMullen at

You can find more YPC event photos on our YPC Facebook page.

Girl dressed as a panda at FNL
Photos by Kati Bruch.

People dancing at FNL
YPC Patron Update    

The YPC would like to welcome and thank the following new Patrons for their support:

Waleed Alasadi & Amy Hamilton - Explorer Level - $1,000

Natalie Aziz - Voyager Level - $600

Regan Beckett - Voyager Level - $600

Fareshta Nazari - Voyager Level - $600

Bishum Solomon Girma - Voyager Level - $600

Ramsey Tabbara & Elaine Garces - Explorer Level - $1,000

Personalize your membership!

There’s a new way for Members to engage with the ROM. Personalizing your membership based on interest means that youll always be up-to-date with all of the breaking news, events and discoveries in one or more of these areas of focus: Ancient Cultures, Biodiversity, Contemporary Culture, Canada, Earth & Space, Fossils & Evolution, Textiles & Fashions and World Art & Culture.

Update your Member profile.

Let’s ROM    

Literature of the Self: Jian Gohmeshi and Sheila Heti in Conversation
Thursday, December 5, 2013
7:00 pm

PEN Canada, in association with the ROM, presents the next event in the Ideas in Dialogue series. Jian Ghomeshi and Sheila Heti discuss the interplay between traditional memoirs and writing that blends fictional facts and factual fictions. Moderated by Mark Medley.

Don’t miss the Season Finale of FNL!
Friday, December 6, 2013

Online early-bird tickets have flown, but if you show up before 8:00 pm with your membership card in hand you can join the ticket holders’ line and staff can print your ticket at the Member Desk.

This Friday, don't miss Indulge Like a Mesopotamian in c5 Restaurant, an exploration of fermented food and drink from Mesopotamia to Today!

Syria Today:  Humanitarian Crisis
and the Destruction of Cultural Heritage
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
7:00 pm

Join the conversation on the crisis in Syria, with Stephen Cornish, executive director of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Canada, and Clemens Reichel, assistant professor of Mesopotamian archaeology at U of T, associate curator of Near Eastern Archaeology at the ROM and curator of the exhibition Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World.  

Rock, Gem, Mineral, Fossil, and Meteorite Identification Clinic
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
4:30-5:30 pm

Visitors who bring rocks, minerals, gems, fossils, or suspected meteorites can have them identified at these special ID clinics, held six times a year.




Old Excavations and New Tricks Rediscovering the Royal Cemetery of Ur
Thursday, December 12, 2013
7:00 pm

No excavation in more than 150 years of archaeological work in Mesopotamia has excited as much public attention as Charles Leonard Woolley’s work at Tell al-Muqayyar, ancient Ur, known biblically as “Ur of the Chaldees,” in the 1920s and early 1930s.

ROM for the Holidays
December 26, 2013-January 5, 2014

How much fun can your family fit into one day?

This year, it’s all about Toys, Games & Gatherings, with games and activities from different cultures and 130 years of Canada’s favourite pastimes. After some serious playing, kids can find out what nature gets up to in the winter months with a Winter Wonderland Scavenger Hunt and Earth Rangers Wild Journey, featuring live Animal Ambassadors and much more.

Photography Workshop: Instagram 101
Saturday, January 11, 2014
1:00-3:00 pm

This workshop will take you through the basics of mobile phone photography and photo-sharing platforms like Instagram, and demonstrate more advanced tips and tricks. Participants are required to bring a mobile phone with camera capability.

Photography Workshop: Get To Know Your DSLR Camera
Saturday, January 18, 2014
1:00-4:00 pm

Bring your DSLR camera and learn your way around its buttons, menus and functions. This workshop will introduce the operation of the DSLR camera for still and video capture, guiding you through fundamental technical skills like aperture and shutter speed so you can photograph more confidently.

Small frog sitting on a camera
A Spotted tree frog (Scinax fuscomarginata) that can't wait to be photographed.

(Clockwise from top left) Discovery of parasites under the skin in the White-Eye treefrog; internal organs of a live Glass Frog; details of a snake's head-scales; a newly discovered species of Velvet worm; the skull anatomy of the Grey Tree Frog.

Collage of photos of wildlife
Photos by P. Bernardo


Wildlife Photography: When Science Meets Art

Highlight from the ROM Blog. By Guest Blogger Pedro Bernardo, PhD candidate and ROM Biodiversity researcher.

The diversity of colours, shapes and sizes of living things has always amazed me, so I have dedicated my life to studying this world of life. After graduating in Biology, I worked at the Museum of Zoology at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. There, I had the opportunity to be part of the biodiversity survey team and to travel to all kinds of environments across South America, ranging from the arid Brazilian Cerrado to the biodiversity hotspots of the Amazonian Rainforest and the Atlantic Forest.

Because we often couldn’t identify what species we were collecting, my job was to document everything with photographs. These photos would later be used as a record of important details for species identification, which was all the more critical when we discovered a new species. I felt (and still feel) that being the only person to have photographed that new species was a big responsibility, one I am proud to bear.

When we returned to the lab, our work continued and more photos were taken, as we tried to record any additional information we could about a given species or environment. These are photos of morphological features, organs and even skeletons! In the end, these photos will be used to produce the guides, scientific articles, conference presentations, etc. that will inform the rest of the world about these species and our work. More.

The ROM wants you to share your own wildlife photos using the hashtag #ROMwpy. Photos will be shared online and throughout the Museum.




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