Chris Bundas –
Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love going to the Ontario Science Centre?!?!
We all remember those long, horrible days in school as a kid; with the exception of that one brown nose student, learning wasn’t all that fun for the rest of us. Yet we’d suck it up, throw on the backpack and march our sorry little asses in protest, off to school for another day.
I remember every morning, sitting in homeroom, hoping the first thing ‘teach’ was gonna do, hand out permission forms for a field trip… and when that field trip was to the Science Centre, the cheers would erupt across the room. You know what I’m talking about, you were there too, had that same feeling. All we former students who grew up in the GTA have fond memories of those trips to the Science Centre.
It just so happens, yesterday morning, I got an email from my boss asking me to attend and cover a media event for a brand new Rock N’ Roll exhibit. Guess where this exhibit is… yup, the Science Centre! I’m not gonna lie, I had that boyish, feeling of excitement run through me like back in those school days! Except this time it was more like, “Sweet! No work today! Getting paid to play at the Science Centre!” Same difference…
All those sweet, fond memories of a simpler time and the trips to the Science Centre; add a kick ass, brand new exhibition all about The Science of Rock N’ Roll… Who the hell wouldn’t want to go again?
So here are 5 reasons why you should go to the Ontario Science Centre… Again!
The Science Of Rock N` Roll Exhibition
First off, let me tell you rock n’ roll lovers a little about this new exhibition, The Science of Rock N’ Roll. We all know that the music itself is art, but science and technology play a big part in bringing that art to life. Have you ever actually stopped to think about how performers can continuously bring out thousands of screaming fans over and over? Or what sort of physiological effects rock music has on the listener? I, like you, have read many books and watched several documentaries on the history of rock music, but attending this exhibit was the first walk through of the timeline of music I’ve had in this perspective. There are tons of interactive components, like a drum kit and guitars set up for you to toy around with, and computers analyzing notes and different wave patterns. There`s lots of cool, historic rock n` roll artifacts, documentaries and videos that kept me entertained throughout my tour. The Science Of Rock N` Roll exhibit explores how the advances in technology and science impacted how we make, listen, experience and share the music we love. Even the casual music listener will love this, so if you`re like me – a rock fanatic – you`ll have a blast too!
The Science of Rock N’ Roll exhibit opens June 11th and runs to October 26th.
Here are some of the things I saw while on my tour of the exhibit:
Decades of Rock showcases the history and evolution of rock from the 50s to the present day.
Rock Composed features interactive displays that demonstrate how tone, pitch, key, rhythm etc. all come into play when composing rock music.
The Tools of Rock lets visitors use an array of five instruments in kiosks that teach you how to play and can record you as well.
Science of Sound provides visitors with a chance to discover the scientific elements of rock and roll and how listeners receive them.
In addition to all that cool stuff, 19+ crowds can take in live performances, engage presentations and enjoy Rolling Stones at the Max on the big screen. Each evening event rocks a different theme, and all are licensed: July 24, August 21 & September 18, 7pm to midnight.
The Mastermind Gift Shop
The gift shop has a lot of really cool and fun games and books. Things that will keep you busy when you’re bored and stimulate the mind at the same time!
The IMAX Theatre
The IMAX Dome shows documentaries and films on its mammoth screen (4,500 time bigger than a TV) with six-channel sound on 44 speakers… Need I say more?
Perfect For A Rainy Day Or Any Other Day
With more than 800 interactive exhibits to enjoy, along with events and demonstration, the hands-on museum will take an entire day to visit.
Because You Haven’t Been In Forever
Seriously! Go! Have fun like you`re a kid all over again!