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December 2022 . Toronto - The Bloor St. Culture Corridor

BCC partners have plenty of events going on all month, not to mention plenty of gift options for your friends and family this holiday season. Check out gift offerings from Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, The Royal Conservatory, the ROM, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, the Gardiner Museum, and the Women's Art Association of Canada.

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The Music Gallery

Join the Music Gallery for a night of celebration as the modern Yiddish/Klezmer avant-folk group Black Ox Orkestar performs for the first time since 2005! Black Ox Orkestar formed from Montréal’s fertile post-punk scene of the early 2000s, featuring members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion and Sackville. After a 15 year hiatus, The Music Gallery is proud to present the kick-off of Black Ox Orkestar’s album release tour. Reunited during the pandemic, Everything Returns is an atmospheric, slightly melancholic album of uniquely modern Jewish folk music. With incisively atmospheric, uniquely modern Jewish diasporic folk music of brooding balladry filtered through the lens of an indie-rock sensibility, the album was exquisitely recorded by Greg Norman (Nina Nastasia, Jason Molina). Paired up with artist Xicada, a spacey, cerebral, droney solo act by artist Ilyse Krivel, this is the perfect place to be on a cozy December night. For more information, visit their website.

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Hallelujah, Messiah is back! Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir invite you to return to this cherished Toronto holiday tradition on December 16 and 17. They invite you to gather with them to rekindle this cherished annual holiday tradition—one that has been deeply missed over the past two years. Ivars Taurins once again leads the Orchestra, Chamber Choir, and a stellar cast of soloists in the resplendent acoustics of Koerner Hall. Come share in the wonder of Handel’s masterpiece live! Or, give the gift of music to your loved ones with a Digital Series Pass: Handel's Messiah will premiere on December 20, and along with exclusive concerts, lectures, and more, it makes the perfect holiday present. There are just two live performances so don’t delay: get your tickets (or your digital pass) here.

Estonian Museum Canada (VEMU)

In December, you can visit VEMU all month long to see "Our Tartu", a retrospective exhibition that looks back at the last 50 years of activities of Bloor Street's multifaceted building—Tartu College. You can also catch the latest episodes of VEMU and Estonian Life's podcast "EstoCast" whose latest guests include celebrated Estonian poet and author Leelo Tungal, the Estonian-Canadian author of Minu Kanada/My Canada Ene Timmusk, and acclaimed singer-songwriter Vaiko Eplik. More information can be found on their website.

Alliance Française de Toronto

For the last month of the year, Alliance Française Toronto will welcome Laurianne Simon's artwork in Toronto from November 26 to December 16. Her exhibition, "Enfant/Capuche," is the result of her artwork during her pregnancy and the memories of her childhood transforming over time. With "Perruche,” younger audiences will have their own show! Join Noah as he goes on a journey to find his friend, Cœur-Coquin. During his mystical journey, our hero faces strange, alarming, and inspiring characters that follow him on his quest. This magical play is suitable for children aged 6+. Two lectures and two movies are also on the program. All event information can be found at their website.

The Royal Conservatory

The Royal Conservatory's December concerts start with the return of superstar vocalist Lisa Fischer with funky quintet Ranky Tanky on December 1. Laila Biali invites you into the magic of the holiday season on December 3, accompanied by special guests Jane Bunnett, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Larnell Lewis, and more. The 21C Music Festival kicks off in December with 3 concerts featuring the Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet performing with Sam Green's A Thousand Thoughts, students from the Glenn Gould School, and special guest Tanya Tagaq. Legendary French-Canadian roots band, La Bottine Souriante celebrates Christmas on December 10. Do not miss SongBird North on December 17 featuring Jane Siberry, David Quinton Steinberg, and Lily Frost. Still looking for that last gift? The Royal Conservatory's gift certificates have no expiry date and can be purchased online, via phone, or by visiting the box office in person. Head to their website to learn more.

Toronto Reference Library

A new exhibition in the TD Gallery at Toronto Reference Library, Mischief & Mirth: The Wonderful World of Fairies, takes you on an enchanting journey of how fairies charm and bewilder us. See their myth and magic in rare books, illustrations and artwork in items from the library’s Special Collections. The exhibit showcases original artwork, framed reproductions of plates, books, ephemera, toys and much more. Exhibit runs from December 10 to February 26 and is for all ages. Admission is free. Plan your visit: tpl.ca/tdgallery.


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. Join today. Also on now is the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Each year, aspiring photographers of all ages and skill levels submit tens of thousands of images in this annual international competition. Organized by the Natural History Museum in London, UK, almost one hundred remarkable images from this year's competition — the best of the best — are on view at ROM. Buy tickets.

IMAGE CREDIT - Polar frame. Image © Dimitry Kokh, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2022.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Hot Docs Cinema's December lineup will feature music legends, free screenings of holiday classics, live podcasts, awards season's buzziest docs, and more! New docs featuring music icons include Neil Young: Harvest Time, an intimate journey into the making of the iconic 1972 album Harvest; REVIVAL 69: The Concert That Rocked the World, the behind-the-scenes story of how a little known, but life-altering Toronto music festival came together—against all odds; and If These Walls Could Sing, the untold story of the Abbey Road studio, featuring Paul, Ringo, Elton, and more. Popular podcasts will record LIVE on the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema stage, including award-winning podcast The Allusionist and Canadaland’s hit political podcast The Backbench. Holiday cheer will be spread at the Cinema’s Free Festive Favourites screenings, featuring Christmas classics like Gremlins, White Christmas,The Muppet Christmas Carol; A Christmas Story; Home Alone; It’s a Wonderful Life; and Die Hard. Memberships make great holiday gifts, so visit the Hot Docs website to view membership options and a full programming schedule for the month.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

The Miles Nadal JCC celebrates the season of light this December with a spectacular line up of Arts and Culture at Spadina and Bloor! Multimedia artist Jeff Mann returns in December to address our dependency on cars with his art exhibit Driven, December 3 – January 3. Grass Roots Jewish environmental organization Shoresh brings their Chanukah market with their famous honey and candles from their farm to their lobby, December 6. On December 11, cook-along on Zoom with “Building the Jewish& Cookbook” as food reporter Corey Mintz, prepares his Chanukah donuts! Come dance at their “Swingin’ with the Cool Cats” concert in honour of Chanukah on December 15 with The Jordan Klapman Quintet. They’re tickled to finally present an in-person community-wide “Families at the J Chanukah Fun-ukah” party at the J on December 18. Featuring activities for ages 0-10, including: Maccabee jungle gym, Chanukah Singalong, holiday crafts, games, face painting, photo booth, seasonal snacks, and so much more! Visit their website.

Bata Shoe Museum

There’s always something new to experience at the BSM! Come on down to their Arts & Crafts Zone on Friday December 2 (1-3pm) for drop-in clog painting. Learn about the history of their clog collection and get inspired to make your own! On Wednesday December 14 at 7pm EST, they will be hosting their next Salon Series with Dr. Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell who will explore the myths and realities of Marie-Antoinette’s shoe collection. For more family-fun, they will be having winter-themed shoe crafts and activities during the winter break ~ make your own ice skate craft, create a ski ornament, a puzzle and so much more! Visit their website to book your tickets.

Gardiner Museum

The Gardiner Museum is your destination for creativity and connection this season. Discover special exhibitions, get hands-on with clay, dine, shop, and more. Everyone is raving about Karine Giboulo: Housewarming, an immersive installation of more than 500 miniature clay figures. Inspired by the themes in the exhibition, visitors are invited to take make their own original creations and display them on the Museum’s lobby trees for everyone to enjoy. This community activity is open every day during Museum hours and included with admission. Plus, don’t forget to visit the Gardiner Shop before you leave. Find one-of-a-kind handmade gifts for everyone on your list, or give the gift of Gardiner Friendship. Right now, when you purchase or renew your membership, you’ll get a free Get Acquainted pass (valued at $30) to gift to the art lover of your choice. It’s the perfect holiday gift! Visit their website to learn more.

The Japan Foundation, Toronto

The Japan Foundation, Toronto invites guests back to their centre for their first in-person film screenings in two years with Art of the Game: Ukiyo-e Heroes on December 1 and Ainu: Indigenous People of Japan on December 8. An important reminder: December 17 is the last day of their ongoing exhibition of woodblock prints, Hiroshige's "Edo Hyaku": With Originals from the ROM. The centre is open on Tuesdays, Thursday, and select Saturdays if you want to catch the exhibition before it leaves. As the year draws to a close, join JFT for end-of-the-year festivities, such as Nengajo (New Years Cards) Making Workshops on December 3. Registration for the workshops is full, but there is a waitlist! 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

Dignam Gallery presents WAAC’s Annual Small Gems exhibition from December 2 to January 7, 2023; Opening Reception will take place on December 10, 1pm-3pm. The Holiday Boutique will be open on December 2, featuring a selection of gift options from $1 - $100 in Ruth Upjohn Gallery. There will be fundraising raffles for 12 items from The Holiday Boutique. On December 2, 5:30pm-8:30pm, WAAC's Fundraising Cocktail Party will take place in Dignam Gallery. Members and non-members are welcome. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For registration and more information, please visit their website.

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.    12/2/2022


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