Toronto’s Native Exhibition and Culinary Experience Thrusts CN Tower Beyond Proverbial Tourist Haunt
Titled Regalia – Native Pride, the exhibition is an ode to Aboriginal culture and showcases the work of photographer Roland Lorente and his partner Aline Saffore, who spent five years traveling around Eastern Canada (that’s about 6,200 miles) to attend over 20 powwows. The exhibition features 30 large format portraits of dancers, along with learnings from Roland and Aline’s encounters with 30 men, women and children from 14 different First Nations. A goal of the exhibition is to shift perceptions of the powwow tradition and probe contemporary dimensions of native identity and pride. It was previously on display at Musée acadien du Québec. Certainly, the Toronto showcase will bring this important exhibition to enhanced international audiences, many who know little about diversity in Toronto or Canada at large. Coinciding with the exhibition, the CN Tower’s restaurant, 360, is offering an Indigenous themed menu crafted by noted First Nation Chef David Wolfman, along with its own executive chef, John Morris. Wolfman is the recipient of seven gold awards from the Culinary Olympics and is also the executive producer and host of the popular Cooking with the Wolfman™ television program. Dishes include a variety of fruit and flora native to Canada, and meats such as bison and elk. The exhibition runs January 21 – March 31, 2019. Admission is included with any CN Tower observation ticket or for diners at the 360 Restaurant.