Fantastic Fungi screening December 1st

The long-anticipated film Fantastic Fungi is finally here, and the MST will be onsite for the a special one-night screening at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema.

Sunday, December 1st
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 605 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Tickets are available from Hot Docs at

After the screening and Q&A, ArtSci Salon invites movie-goers to join them at Paupers Pub (across from the cinema) to continue the conversation.

And join the MST in partnership with ArtSci Salon for Fantastic Fungi Futures, an interdisciplinary discussion on November 29th. See for details.

Fantastic Fungi is a vivid journey into the mysterious subterranean world of mycelium and its fruit— the mushroom. A story that begins 3.5 billion years ago, fungi makes the soil that supports life, connecting vast systems of roots from plants and trees all over the planet, like an underground Internet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil and others, we experience the power, beauty and complexity of the fungi kingdom. The film is a blueprint for what connects all humanity and the natural world. There is much to learn from the mycelium network, and Fantastic Fungi is an inspiring place to begin the process of bringing us together as interconnected creators of our world.

Multi-species entanglements: Sculpting with Mycelium

This workshop is a continuation of ArtSci Salon's Fantastic Fungi Futures event taking place November, 29th 6pm-8pm at the Fields Institute in anticipation of the HotDocs screening of Fantastic Fungi, Sunday December 1st 6:30pm.

Multi-species entanglements: Sculpting with Mycelium
Wednesday, December 4th, 7PM-10PM
InterAccess, 950 Dupont Street #Unit 1, Toronto

This workshop is open to public to attend, however, pre-registration is required. Register at

During this workshop Tosca Teran introduces the amazing potential of Mycelium for collaboration at the intersection of art and science. Participants learn how to transform their kitchens and closets in to safe, mini-Mycelium biolabs and leave the workshop with a live Mycelium planter/bowl form, as well as a wide array of possibilities of how they might work with this sustainable bio-material.

Mycelium= Essentially, the term mycelium is used to refer to the thread-like structures of fungi. Mycelium (plural mycelia) develops from the fungal hyphae. While mycelia plays an important role in reproduction (vegetative parts of fungi), they are also involved in the decomposition of organic matter, which makes them very important in nature. -Microscope Master

Artist-instructor Tosca Teran works with Mycelium collaboratively – creating the Midnight Mushroom Music Podcast.

While in Australia Tosca was interviewed On ABC’s Statewide Drive with Fiona Wyllie concerning her work their with fungi.

Tosca Teran, aka Nanotopia, is an Multi-disciplinary artist. Her work has been featured at SOFA New York, Culture Canada, and The Toronto Design Exchange. Tosca has been awarded artist residencies with The Ayatana Research Program in Ottawa and The Icelandic Visual Artists Association through Sím, Reykjavik Iceland and Nes artist residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland. In 2019 she was one of the first Bio-Artists in residence at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto in partnership with the Ontario Science Centre as part of the Alien Agencies Collective. A recipient of the 2019 BigCi Environmental Award at Wollemi National Park within the UNESCO World Heritage site in the Greater Blue Mountains. Tosca started collaborating artistically with Algae, Physarum polycephalum, and Mycelium in 2016, translating biodata from non-human organisms into music.

@MothAntler @nanopodstudio

This event is an activity of the general mycological community, and is not organized by the MST.

2019 Fall Dinner November 25th

We are very pleased to announce that our Fall Mushroom Dinner will be held on Monday, November 25th at our favourite Piatto Restaurant.

Please join us for an evening of fun, friendship and fine dining!

The price is $65 per person. Please pay online at

For further information please contact Joanne Hamblin, MST President at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

October 7th Meeting Video Available

Robert Rogers' presentation The 22 Myths of Medicinal Mushrrooms is now available to MST members to watch on the meetings video page.

MST meeting video screenshot

The Twenty Myths of Medicinal Mushrooms explores the reality behind often-cited statements found in books, and online media.
In this presentation we will explore some of the common misconceptions associated with picking mushrooms in the wild, mycelium vs fruiting body benefits, wild vs cultivated, drug interactions (both positive and negative), and assorted other misnomers.

Robert Dale Rogers has been an herbalist for over forty-five years, and is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild. He earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, where he is presently an assistant clinical professor in Family Medicine. He is also an adjunct professor at York University. He presently teaches plant medicine, including plant and mushroom medicine, aromatherapy and flower essences in the Earth Spirit Medicine faculty at the Northern Star College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Robert is past chair of the Alberta Natural Health Agricultural Network and Community Health Council of Capital Health. He is a Fellow of the International College of Nutrition, past-chair of the medicinal mushroom committee of the North American Mycological Association and on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, Fungi magazine and Discovery Phytomedicine. He is the author of 52 books on medicinal plants and fungi of the boreal forest, including The Fungal Pharmacy: The Complete Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms and Lichens of North America.