Friday, June 20, 2014

The Science of Rock 'n Roll

My husband is a drummer. Boo has started electric guitar lessons. The Teen just generally loves music. This was the perfect exhibit for my boys.

If you are looking for something different to do in Toronto this weekend, or whenever (school's almost out - time to get a list of activities ready), why not head on over to the Ontario Science Centre to check out their new exhibit, The Science of Rock 'N' Roll. This exhibit features 7 distinct areas, including historical artifacts by the decade, interactive components, informational walls, documentary videos, and more. When you start thinking about it, the technology behind the production and recording of music is pretty amazing, and has evolved greatly over the last few decades.

"Science is everywhere. It is often found in unexpected places, which is why we're thrilled to have The Science of Rock 'N' Roll make its Canadian debut this summer at the Ontario Science Centre," said Lesley Lewis, CEO OSC. "The exhibition will allow visitors to discover how science and technology have impacted and influenced the evolution of rock 'n' roll and experience the music they know and love through a scientific lens."

Boo and I attended a media preview last week, just before the June 11 opening. I was thrilled with the artifacts and memorabilia, if feeling a little old seeing my 8 Tracks displayed in a museum case. Boo was thrilled to get jamming in the interactive area - playing the drums, guitar, and bass, and laying down some vocals in a recording studio. He was actually having so much fun that we only got to see about half of the exhibit, so we'll be back soon.
He's watching himself on the screen.  We used our backstage pass to record a video.
For the 19 and over crowd, the OSC is presenting a series of evening events called ScienceROCKS! There will be live performances, presentations, and opportunities to explore the Science of Rock 'N' Roll exhibit and take in Rolling Stones at the Max on the big screen. Each event has a different theme, and is licensed: July 24, August 21, September 18, 7pm-midnight. Advance tickets are $15 each and can be purchased online at

The Science of Rock 'N' Roll runs until October 26, 2014 and is included with general admission to the OSC. Visitors can capture video footage of their rock star moments to share with friends using a special VIP Backstage Pass, available onsite for an additional $2.

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