Centre for Art and Ideas
Discover McLuhan House located at 11342 64 Street in the beautiful historic Highlands neighbourhood. Restored with support from the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Arts Council, and the Social Enterprise Fund, the historic McLuhan House features interpretative displays celebrating Dr. McLuhan, his connection to Edmonton and his place in history and culture. This micro-museum is dedicated to Herbert Marshall McLuhan’s life, research, and relationship to Edmonton.
McLuhan House strives to engage in ideas and artworks that interpret McLuhan with an extensive network inclusive of residents and McLuhanatics throughout the global village.
Click on the video to learn more about McLuhan House and how it came to be a Historic House in Edmonton.
McLuhan House Events
McLuhan House is a dynamic community gathering place that draws the neighbourhood, academic researchers, artists, and cultural workers together. We host regular events and you are invited to join us.
Dr. Herbert Marshall McLuhan
(July 21, 1911—December 31, 1980)
Marshall McLuhan, was a leading and often controversial 20th century thinker. He lived in Edmonton as a child, over 100 years ago. His early years significantly influenced his long-term philosophical writings, including Understanding Media and the global impact of mass media. He played on his own famous saying, publishing The Medium is the Massage which went on to have a significant impact on international discourse about culture and technology.
Some of the interpretive features in McLuhan house include:
McLuhan Family Portrait Collection
Twenty family photographs were restored and enlarged by Michael McLuhan and donated on behalf of the McLuhan Estate. They are complemented by didactic panels composed by McLuhan Genealogist and historian Stuart MacKay, Marshall’s cousin.
The McLuhan TV Wall
This intermedia art installation was created by University of Alberta students and professors. It is made from 5 tube TVs, and displays documentary images and sounds of Marshall McLuhan’s many celebrity appearances on North American television from the early 1950s to the late 1970s.
McLuhan House Artist Studio Residency
Arts Habitat is proud to host an Artist Studio Residency Program at McLuhan House. We are pleased to introduce Lauren Crazybull, the 2018-19 Residency Artist. Lauren is an Edmonton-based Blackfoot, Dene visual artist whose deeply sensitive rendering of visual language testifies to the empathy, emotional intelligence, and passion of the artist herself.
Want to learn more? Explore some of our favourite links for more McLuhan.
- Official Website of the Marshall McLuhan Estate
- Marshall McLuhan Speaks Special Collection
- Video of Marshall McLuhan’s lectures, interviews and more
- The McLuhan Bookshop offers rare books and publications by Marshall
- McLuhan and his collaborators
- University of Toronto Coach House Institute, McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology offers a wide range of resources and research.
- Marshall McLuhan on Twitter
- McLuhan Galaxy Blog
- Web-based map and timeline of Marshall McLuhan–related events