Alisa McRonald

Fables in Yarn

Installation and Collaborative Art Creation
September 23-24,
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Queen West Art Crawl,
Trinity Bellwoods Park, 790 Queen St West
Toronto ON

September 26-October 15
Library Hours
(Monday to Friday, 9:00AM – 8:30PM Saturday, 9:00AM – 5:00PM Sunday, 1:30PM – 5:00PM)
Toronto Reference Library,
3rd Floor 789 Yonge St.,
Toronto, ON

September 26-October 15
Museum Hours
(Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00AM – 5:00PM)
Guelph Civic Museum, 1st Floor 52 Norfolk St.
Guelph, ON


About the Program

Alisa McRonald is a contemporary textile artist who experiments with themes of folklore, fables and the esoteric. For her residency, Alisa will create colourful, contemporary punch-needle wall-hangings and host an exhibition of these wall-hangings. She will facilitate a large-scale collective art piece during the 2023 Queen West Art Crawl that takes place during the Ontario Culture Days Festival. Here art lovers will be invited to learn the art of punch-needling on-site and to contribute to this collaborative art piece.

Alisa McRonald’s woven and needle-punched weirdos live in the ironic pop-culture paradise of a Queer GenX Feminist. As a contemporary textile artist, she has always straddled the line between art and craft. Alisa’s sustainable creative practice involves making her own tools and textiles through scavenging and recycling as a way to connect her current work to the past. Alisa maintains her art practice in Guelph where she is a mentor, teacher and facilitator. She has exhibited and performed both nationally and internationally, and has been featured in the publications, curatorial lists and shops of institutions like Ontario Craft Council and the Textile Museum of Canada.

The Queen West Art Crawl (QWAC) is a charitable corporation that drives a number of initiatives publicly benefiting artists and residents of Toronto through art, music, and multiculturalism, including a two-day multidisciplinary arts festival stretching along Queen Street West from Bathurst to Roncesvalles in Trinity Bellwoods Park in September of each year. With attendance at 65-85k, the Queen West Art Crawl has developed over the years into an inclusive arts and multicultural festival, while staying centered around its annual outdoor art exhibition.

Toronto Public Library is the busiest urban public library system in the world. Every year, they have millions of users visiting they branches and taking advantage of our online services. They empower Torontonians to thrive in the digital age and global knowledge economy. With expanded access to technology, lifelong learning and diverse cultural and leisure experiences, Torontonians have increased opportunities for growth and success, as well as stronger connections to each other and their communities.

The Guelph Civic Museum is a museum of culture and natural history located in Guelph, Ontario. Proposed by the Museum Board of Management, which formed in 1964, it was established to explore the culture and natural history of Guelph through exhibitions and public programs. The Museum began with temporary exhibits in different locations, and has moved to several locations since its operation. In 2012, it opened a new and current location at 52 Norfolk Street.

The Queen West Art Crawl:
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Washrooms Available
  • Free street parking and paid GreenP streets and lots.
  • Accessibility information for this venue
Toronto Reference Library:
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Gender Neutral Washrooms
  • Parking
  • Accessibility information for this venue.
Guelph Civic Museum:
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Gender Neutral Washrooms
  • Parking
  • Accessibility information for this venue.

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“Fables in Yarn” Zine

Alisa McRonald is a contemporary textile artist who experiments with themes of folklore, fables and the esoteric. Check out Alisa’s zine to learn about about her project!

Press Release: Creatives in Residence and Festival Hubs

Ontario Culture Days announce eight new Creatives in Residence and thirteen Festival Hubs ahead of the September 22nd to October 15th Ontario-wide Festival.

These programs would not be possible without the support of the Government of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of Ontario, the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and the Toronto Arts Council.
The Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund is a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.