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Man standing in front of a massive wine barrel

Ontario’s wine history is defined by promise, failure, and perseverance. This new online exhibit, developed with York University, narrates the origins of Ontario’s wine industry from 1866 to 1940. It reveals Ontario at a juncture between the arrival of multi-ethnic wine traditions and souring domestic attitudes towards alcohol consumption.

Moses Brantford Jr. Leading an Emancipation Day parade down Dalhousie Street, Amherstburg, Ontario, [ca. 1894]

The Archives of Ontario is pleased to launch its new online exhibit “Slavery and Abolition in Upper Canada.” The exhibit is a refresh and a reframing of the Archives’ 2007 exhibit “Enslaved Africans in Upper Canada.” We hope that through this exhibit, we can encourage a greater understanding of the history of slavery and the lasting impact it has had on Black communities in the province.

A cardboard box with a mini-inflatable, light wand, iron-on patch, magnet, deck of playing cards, pin, customized ViewMaster, postcard book, air freshener, exhibition catalog and poster.

How do archives become art? Find out by visiting the exhibition Archives by Artists, on now in our Reading Room. Curated by the DisplayCult collaborative Jim Drobnick and Jennifer Fisher, the exhibition features the work of Canadian and international artists who have imaginatively rethought the archive from the 1960s to the present.

Image: Nick Cave and Bob Faust, Nick Cave: Soundsuits Boxfolio, 2006. Photo: James Prinz, courtesy of the artists.

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Indigenous communities, organizations or family members trying to locate death records, or registrations of deaths, for children who attended Indian Residential Schools can now request a search for death records at no cost through the new centralized one-window process. Learn more here.