|Toronto - The Bloor St. Culture Corridor, November 2022|
Estonian Museum Canada (VEMU)
On November 8, at 7pm at Tartu College, Estonian Investment Manager Roomer Tarajev will be giving a lecture titled “Smart City Tartu - How a city has built a co-creative innovation ecosystem for private-public partnership”, where you will learn about Tartu - the most sTARTUp minded city in the world. If you missed the premiere of the feature length documentary “My Tartu”, there will be another screening on November 13 where you can see the story of Bloor Street's multi-faceted building, Tartu College. On November 16 at Tartu College, there will be an Estonian language lecture by guests from the Estonian National Archives, Tõnis Türn and Peeter Väläs. For more information, visit their website.
The Music Gallery
On November 5 at 8pm, experience Departures: Oren Ambarchi & crys cole + Arulanandam / Cameron / Fisher / Salek at the Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Ave). Nothing is what it seems when experimental guitarist / sonic manipulator Oren Ambarchi and electro acoustic sound artist crys cole land in Toronto for two solo sets for the Music Gallery's second Departures series outing of the season. Kicking off the evening, cellist Amahl Arulanandam, electronic object whisperer Allison Cameron, saxophonist / guitarist Colin Fisher and tar player Araz Salek form an improvised quartet. They reprise their collaboration from Exquisite Departures (an exquisite corpse inspired recording project), but this time in the live realm. For more information, visit their website.
Bata Shoe Museum
OBSESSED: How Shoes Became Objects of Desire is now open! Guiding you through the story of how we have become a society obsessed with shoes, this exhibition features highly coveted shoes in their collection that represents how industrialization drove shoe consumption transforming footwear designers into celebrities and shoes into high value collectibles. Join the Bata Shoe Museum for PA Day on November 18 for clog painting and learn more about the history of clogs. Planning your visit soon? Don’t forget that they offer free admission every Sunday thanks to their sponsor KPMG! Try on some funky footwear, check out their hands-on collection and explore 4,500 years of footwear history. Kids also receive a craft bag on the weekends. If you can’t visit the museum in-person, keep up to date with their social media ~ get a glimpse of their vault by watching their Off the Shelf series, explore their online exhibitions and more! Visit their website or sign up for their e-newsletter for more.
Alliance Française de Toronto
Alliance Française Toronto is delighted to welcome Lisa Mandel's work in Toronto from October 3 to November 19. Lisa Mandel is a comic writer and her late work "Recovery" talks about mental health and our relationship with it. The slam artist Govrache is also back in Toronto for an electric concert November 5 at 8pm. From November 26 to December 12, AFT will present Laurianne Simon's exhibition "Enfant/Capuche" whose main topic is childhood and the memories we transform over time. Finally, Duo Perse Inca will present "Echoes of the mountains" November 26 at 8pm. The duo draws from different genres and traditional rhythms and allows modal music from the Middle East and pentatonic scales from the Andes to coexist, as well as Oriental melodies and Western harmonies. All event information can be found at their website.
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir
Contemplate the meaning of the Virgin Mary in Reflections of Mary, November 25-26 at Jeanne Lamon Hall. This luminous concert offers three composers’ takes on this sacred icon of motherhood and mercy. The lyricism and expressive power of Charpentier’s final mass, Missa Assumpta est Maria, is juxtaposed with lustrous a cappella works by the 20th-century composer Poulenc. Canadian composer Tawnie Olson, whose music is described as “especially glorious and ethereal” (The Wholenote), brings their musical reflection into the present day with a newly commissioned setting of a Marian text. Directed by Ivars Taurins, and featuring the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir. Tickets available at their website.
After two years apart, Tafelmusik are also thrilled to share Handel Messiah with you! They invite you to join them to welcome back this cherished Toronto holiday tradition. Don’t miss your chance to once again experience the wonder of Handel’s masterpiece in live performance. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, and they can promise you that they’ll pour their hearts and souls into every note of this much-awaited return! Get your tickets here.
The Royal Conservatory
Give the gift of live music with The Royal Conservatory's 2022.23 concerts! You can purchase gift certificates for the music lover in your life online, via phone, or by visiting the box office in person. November concerts at Koerner Hall include the sensational crowd-surfing tragi-comedienne Meow Meow on November 4, Grammy Award nominated jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn accompanied by an all-star Toronto big band on November 5, and legendary singer-songwriter Bruce Hornsby on November 11. World-renowned pianist Fazıl Say will perform works by Mozart, Debussy, and more on November 6. Saxophonist and composer Ravi Coltrane will explore the music of his legendary parents, saxophonist John Coltrane and jazz harpist Alice Coltrane on November 12. Additional performances this month include the versatile Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan's Koerner Hall debut, multiple Grammy Award-winning ensemble Soweto Gospel Choir, Tania Miller with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, the ARC Ensemble, and more. Head to their website to learn more.
Do you recognize Canadian design around you? Canada's modern design and craft movement has been a dynamic part of the country's narrative from the early 20th century right up to today. Whether it's fashion, furniture, jewellery, electronics, or ceramics, each object tells a story — some new, some nostalgic — and this exhibition invites visitors to take a fresh look at these everyday objects. Step into the latest ROM-original exhibition, Canadian Modern, and explore Canada's innovative and lasting contributions to modern design and craft. Open December 3 to July 30, 2023. Learn more.
Give the Gift of 4 Billion Years of Beauty and Wonder. This holiday season, give friends and family a ROM Membership - a year-long, all access pass to 4 billion years of beauty and wonder. Members enjoy unlimited free admission, exclusive previews, discounts, and much more.
Istituto Italiano di Cultura
The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs celebrates the 7th edition of Week of the Italian Cuisine in the World. To mark this yearly occasion, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura will be collaborating with Eataly on a series of events with renowned chef Cesare Battisti of Michelin-recommended restaurant Ratanà (Milan), including the presentation Sustainability and Innovation – The Ingredients of Italian Cuisine for Personal Health and Planet Earth Conservation on November 15 at the Istituto. For the complete calendar of events please visit their webpage. The European Union Film Festival takes place at the Alliance Française this year, and taly will be presenting the action-crime-mystery feature, Diabolik. For information on these and other events, check the IIC website.
The Japan Foundation, Toronto
Get out from the cold with a visit to the Japan Foundation, Toronto. In November, JFT will co-present a washi roundtable with The Japanese Paper Place, featuring experts on Japanese handmade papers all the way from Japan. You won’t want to miss this event happening on November 16. Don’t forget, JFT is open to the public every Tuesday, Thursday, and select Saturdays. Visit the centre to see their ongoing exhibition of woodblock prints, Hiroshige's "Edo Hyaku": With Originals from the ROM. If you’d rather stay home, there are plenty of online events happening every month, too, such as the Online Senpai Talk on November 18. If you are interested in or are already learning Japanese, sign up for this event to hear accomplished learners talk about their experiences. For more information about both in-person and virtual events, film screenings, classes, and gatherings at JFT, please visit their website.
Women's Art Association of Canada
The Dignam Gallery presents Double Gifted November 1-7; and WAAC Signature - Andrew Ross November 21-28. The Ruth Upjohn Gallery presents Scenes From Nature: Original Watercolours, featuring WAAC Member Artist Meral Altinbilek November 2-12. From November 28 until January 10, WAAC’s Annual Small Gems exhibition will take place in both Dignam Gallery and Ruth Upjohn Gallery. Simultaneously, The Holiday Boutique fundraiser will be open on December 17, from 2 to 4pm. Artist’s Voice - Zoom - Lecture Series presents Seeing Your City in the Park” with Robert Burley on November 17 at 1pm; Artist's Hand - In-Person - Workshop Series presents Pencil Drawing on November 25 at 1pm, with Antony MacGinnis, a WAAC Member Artist. For registration and more information, please visit their website.
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
Hot Docs Cinema's November lineup will feature theatrical premieres, special guests, awards-season contenders, and much more! Groove out to the new psychedelic Bowie doc Moonage Daydream. Follow the evolution of Mickey Mouse in Mickey: The Story of a Mouse. As awards season heats up, Hot Docs brings you The Hottest Docs, a selection of the most acclaimed and awarded documentaries of the year, followed by Q&As with the filmmakers. Special events include a family screening of Fantastic Beasts presented in partnership with the ROM, featuring real touchable specimens from the Museum’s collections before the screening, the season 2 premiere of the hit-show Sort Of, and CBC Pop Chat Live celebrating the 25th-anniversary of Titanic. Appearing on the Hot Docs stage this month to discuss their latest books are American-Canadian actor Matthew Perry; former Member of Parliament, lawyer and advocate Jody Wilson-Raybould; and award-winning author, activist and actress Amber Tamblyn. Memberships make great holiday gifts, so please visit the Hot Docs website to view membership options and a full programming schedule for the month.
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
Learn and connect at the Miles Nadal JCC this November! Attend a two-part series with Joseph Gilbert on the most successful anti-Semitic film the Nazis made - Jud Süss, Oppenheimer and the Film that Fueled the Holocaust, beginning November 3. For the Child – The Story of the Kindertransport, is their Gallery exhibit November 9–30, in partnership with Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, the Austrian Embassy, the British High Commission and the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship in Ottawa. On November 17, join Adam Nayman for a five-part series, Hollywood, Cold War Paranoia and the Blacklist. Take a beautiful family photo portrait with a neutral backdrop for a holiday card everyone will love at our December Delight Family Photo session, November 20. The whole family is welcome to celebrate the Ethiopian-Jewish renewal celebration of Sigd on November 23. This and many more community programs at their website.
University of Toronto, Faculty of Music
The University of Toronto Faculty of Music is delighted to welcome saxophonist, composer and conductor Vincent David, Distinguished Visitor in Music, for a master class on November 1 and in recital November 3 with pianist Wesley Shen. Both events take place in Walter Hall. Free lunchtime favourite Thursdays at Noon continues November 3 with trumpet duo Andrew McCandless and Karen Donnelly hosting an exciting brass-focused program and November 24 with soprano Lindsay McIntyre, 2022-23 Shalom Ben-Uri Graduate Recital Prize Winner. November 24-27, U of T Opera presents a delightful triple bill beginning with Paul Hindemith’s absurdist miniature, Hin und Zurück. Jacques Offenbach’s Monsieur Choufleuri, a spoof of a nineteenth century social climber and an operatic performance gone off the rails, is followed by Gallantry, Douglas Moore’s satire of television’s newly created art form, the soap opera. Ticket details at their website.
Housewarming is now open! Enter a world at once familiar and uncanny. Montreal-based artist Karine Giboulo invites visitors into an immersive reimagining of her home at the Gardiner Museum. Brought to life by over 500 miniature polymer clay figures, this is no ordinary house. With the pandemic as a constant presence, the colourful dioramas furnishing each room prompt reflection about the challenges we face as a society, from food insecurity to the climate crisis. On the kitchen countertop, a line of people, masked and socially distanced, await access to a food bank. In the bedroom, the drawer of a dresser opens to reveal rows of masked factory workers hunched over sewing machines. In the laundry room, a forgotten iron causes a forest fire, forcing animals to flee their habitat. Direct and incisive, Giboulo’s microcosms articulate unexpected juxtapositions—playful and sad, poetic and political—prompting a range of emotions from delight to profound empathy. More information can be found at their website.
From now until the end of the year, purchase or renew your Gardiner membership and get a free Get Acquainted pass ($30) to give to the art lover of your choice. It’s the perfect holiday gift!
Toronto Reference Library
Fall programs are in full swing online and in person in the Appel Salon at Toronto Reference Library. On November 2, attend a memoir launch and in-person panel conversation with journalists who reflect on working with the late John Honderich and his impact at the Toronto Star. On November 8, award-winning translator and author Arshia Sattar discusses how the epic Hindu poems and stories of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana live on today, in India and beyond. Writer and academic Yascha Mounk talks with Sanjay Ruparelia about how to bridge the bitter divides within diverse democracies on November 10. And on November 18, Pulitzer Prize winning author Andrew Sean Greer talks about Less Is Lost, a profound and joyous novel about the enigma of life in America, the riddle of love and the stories we tell along the way. Explore these and more programs at tpl.ca.
The Bloor St. Culture Corridor, Toronto's most diverse arts and culture district, is a true creative cluster, an arts and culture destination, and a collaboration between some of Toronto's most dynamic arts and culture organizations.
The Bloor St. Culture Corridor offers the public a wide variety of arts genres, from museum experiences to films, art exhibitions to music concerts, and opportunities to experience some of Toronto's cultural diversity, including Aboriginal, French, Jewish, Italian, Japanese, Estonian, African and Caribbean arts and culture.
All Bloor St. Culture Corridor organizations present arts and cultural events for the public year-round in destination venues located in a cluster along a vibrant stretch of Bloor Street West. Each year more than three million members of the public go to Bloor St. Culture Corridor arts and culture destinations, and attend exhibitions, performances, and events. Together, the Bloor St. Culture Corridor organizations employ more than 5,500 culture workers and generate more than $629,500,000 in economic impact each year. In 2016, The Bloor St. Culture Corridor was successful in working with the City of Toronto to have the Bloor St. Culture corridor section of Bloor St. West designated an official City of Toronto cultural corridor.
The Bloor St. Culture Corridor includes:
918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education: 918 Bathurst St. 918bathurst.com
Alliance Française de Toronto: 24 Spadina Road alliance-francaise.ca
Bata Shoe Museum: 327 Bloor Street West batashoemuseum.ca
A Different Booklist Cultural Centre: 777-779 Bathurst St. adbcc.org
Gardiner Museum: 111 Queen's Park gardinermuseum.com
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema: 506 Bloor Street West hotdocscinema.ca
Istituto Italiano di Cultura: 496 Huron Street iictoronto.esteri.it
The Japan Foundation, Toronto: 2 Bloor Street East, Suite 300 jftor.org
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre: 750 Spadina Ave. mnjcc.org
The Music Gallery: 918 Bathurst St. musicgallery.org
Native Canadian Centre of Toronto: 16 Spadina Road ncct.on.ca
The Randolph Centre for the Arts: 736 Bathurst St. randolphcentreforthearts.com
The Royal Conservatory of Music / Koerner Hall: 273 Bloor Street West rcmusic.com/performance
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM): 100 Queen's Park (Entrance on Bloor St. W.) rom.on.ca
Soundstreams: various venues on the Bloor St. Culture Corridor soundstreams.ca
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Choir: 427 Bloor Street West tafelmusik.org
The Toronto Consort: 427 Bloor Street West torontoconsort.org
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library: 120 St. George St. fisher.library.utoronto.ca
Toronto Reference Library: 789 Yonge Street torontopubliclibrary.ca
University of Toronto Faculty of Music: 80 Queen's Park music.utoronto.ca
VEMU Estonian Museum Canada: 310 Bloor Street West vemu.ca
Women's Art Association of Canada: 23 Prince Arthur Ave. womensartofcanada.ca
Sandra P. 11/1/2022