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AGO invites families to embark on art-filled treasure hunt with new Time Tremors mobile app and game

App uses Augmented Reality to reveal clues hidden in artworks in the AGO collection

TORONTO—This fall, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) introduces Time Tremors AGO, a mobile app that transforms a trip to the Gallery into a real-time interactive treasure hunt. Geared toward families and children ages 7 to 12, this app sends players navigating through the Gallery in search of clues hidden in works of art. Four different missions customized for the AGO can be played all together in a single session or on subsequent visits to the Gallery by a single player or a group.

“The AGO is always finding new ways for families to engage with art,” said Kelly McKinley, the Gallery’s executive director of education and public programming. “Time Tremors AGO is a mobile, online and real-time treasure hunt that combines game play with a new approach to storytelling. This is a fantastic way for families to interact directly with the AGO’s collection and to reframe their typical visit as an exciting adventure!”

Time Tremors AGO follows siblings Max, 14, and Medie, 10, as they travel through time and space to hunt and collect Time Treasures. These fantastic objects from history are the only power capable of defeating the villainous high school teacher Miss Bugly. As players hunt for Time Treasures in the collection of the AGO, they’ll receive clues and information about the artworks they encounter.

Time Tremors AGO is available now for download from the iTunes store and Google Play at a cost of $2.99 and is supported for Android 4.1 + as well as iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and iPod Touch 4 and 5 generations. Visitors are encouraged to download the app from the iTunes store before they visit.

Produced by Emmy Award-winning Xenophile Media in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario, Time Tremors AGO marks the international debut of a game now being customized for museums around the world.

This fall on CBC’s Saturday mornings Time Tremors comes to life with the Canadian premier of the cross-platform, live action series Time Tremors and the Time Tremors Infinity App. Every Saturday, beginning on October 26 at 10:55 a.m. kids can tune-in and follow the adventures of siblings Max (Mitchell Kummen) and Medie (Ella Ballantine) as they travel through space to hunt and collect time treasures, while dodging the wily powers of Miss Bugly (Camilla Scott) and Dr. Spiller (Julian Richings).

To join the fun, download the Time Tremors Infinity app on October 26 and follow along each episode to collect treasures from the TV screen, trade and battle resources with other players and access exclusive video content at the end of each level. Time Tremors Infinity app is available on the web and for iOS, Android devices. For more information or to download the Time Tremors Infinity app please visit cbc.ca/kids/timetremors.

Time Tremors AGO joins the ranks of the Gallery’s app collection which includes AGO Express Yourself, a platform that allows users of all ages to transform their photos into a sculpture, a collage or an Impressionist and the official AGO app, which contains essential info about the gallery, its collection and special exhibitions. Both existing apps are available on the iTunes app store by searching “Art Gallery of Ontario”.

ABOUT XENOPHILE MEDIA INC.
Xenophile Media is a two‐time Emmy® Award‐winning production company building next generation media combining original narrative, proprietary technologies, interactive media and emerging genres to transport viewers across multiple platforms. Located in Toronto, Xenophile operates globally, with clients such as Disney, Cartoon Network and BBC. Recent releases include games for the CBS / CTV police series Flashpoint and the Space / SyFy series Sanctuary, Love Letters to the Future for Greenpeace International, and the Genie-nominated feature documentary The Guantanamo Trap, winner of the Jury Prize at Hot Docs, 2011. Xenophile has had particular success in kids cross media including two seasons of the M.I. High Game for BBC, the Inside Hana’s Suitcase online documentary for CBC and Total Drama Island - Totally Interactive! with more than ten million registered players in over thirty countries. Xenophile Media’s work has won the Rose d’Or for Cross Platform, two Banff Rocky Awards, a SXSW Interactive Award, one FITC, two Gemini Awards, three Canadian New Media Awards, two Webby Awards and three further Emmy Nominations.


KIDS' CBC
KIDS' CBC proves to be the #1 children's broadcaster for innovation online with the launch of their customizable site at KidsCBC.ca for preschoolers, the Kids' CBC Family Sandbox that provides communication tools for young families on the preschool site and Parent's site at cbc.ca/parents, and the highly anticipated digital content including Time Tremors at cbc.ca/kids for school-aged kids.

ABOUT THE AGO
With a collection of more than 80,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. From the vast body of Group of Seven and signature Canadian works to the African art gallery, from the cutting-edge contemporary art to Peter Paul Rubens’ masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, the AGO offers an incredible art experience with each visit. In 2002 Kenneth Thomson’s generous gift of 2,000 remarkable works of Canadian and European art inspired Transformation AGO, an innovative architectural expansion by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry that in 2008 resulted in one of the most critically acclaimed architectural achievements in North America. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block, and the often-photographed spiral staircase, beckoning visitors to explore. The AGO has an active membership program offering great value, and the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre offers engaging art and creative programs for children, families, youth and adults. Visit ago.net to find out more about upcoming special exhibitions, to learn about eating and shopping at the AGO and to register for programs and to buy tickets or memberships.

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Nov. 30, 2013 – March 2, 2014: The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910-1918

The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Additional operating support is received from the City of Toronto, the Canada Council for the Arts and generous contributions from AGO members, donors and private-sector partners.

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For more information, please contact:

Laura Banks; News Officer, AGO Communications
416-979-6660, ext. 504, laura_banks@ago.net

Andrea-Jo Wilson; News Officer, AGO Communications
416-979-6660, ext. 403, andrea-jo_wilson@ago.net

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