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Arts and Culture - The Bloor St. Culture Corridor -Toronto

A Different Booklist Cultural Centre

A Different Booklist Cultural Centre is the place to be this Black History Month! They have a stellar line up of events that you do not want to miss. They're starting off the month strong with Surkhab Peerzada's Writing Workshop on February 3. "A Lady named..." arrives on February 7 - a must-see art exhibition by Natasha F. Subban. Don't worry all you entrepreneurs, they have not forgotten you. Join them on February 10 for Dinner with the Bank and get all your pressing questions answered about starting and running a business and taxation. Next up, the Literary Salon is back on February 20. In this edition, Roger McTair discuss his latest literary masterpiece, "My Trouble with Books". On February 25, we wrap-up with Caribbean Groundings, a monthly event series by the Caribbean Solidarity Network. Please visit adbcc.org for more information and the complete calendar of events.

Bata Shoe Museum

It may be winter but it's still the perfect time to walk on down to Toronto's coolest shoebox! Enjoy their 1930s cinema tunes featuring musicians from the University of Toronto - Faculty of Music and a tour of WANT: Desire, Design and Depression Era Footwear on February 2. Drop by after hours for Sketching Friday on February 7 for some quiet sketching, taking inspiration from their collection. You can spend a romantic evening on their Valentine's Day Tour on February 14 or have some family fun at their Winter Wonderland event on February 17. With exciting galleries and activities for kids, and a gift shop inspired by our shoes and collection, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Don't forget, PayWhatYouCan is every Thursday between 5-8pm. Explore batashoemuseum.ca to plan your visit!

918 Bathurst Centre

February is filled with programming that will break your heart from its beauty. The Music Gallery presents three events this month - a panel entitled When Did Transparency Become So Opaque on February 2, a co-production with Continuum Contemporary Music entitled Inside Us exploring technology and the human body on February 9, and a collaboration with the Freesound Series on February 28. Kyra Millan will present a piano recital on February 6, open to the public. On February 14, Trane Live Events present Chicago's incredible Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, featuring legendary jazz performers Kahil El Zabar, Corey Wilkes, and Alex Harding. And Ron Davis returns to 918 on February 15 with SymphRONica and The Music of Louis Simăo. And on February 22, GOOD BEAUTIFUL MORNING, an immersive multi-disciplinary performance and art exhibition takes over 918, spearheaded by performer Mello Ayo.To learn more and purchase tickets, visit their website at 918bathurst.com.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

The Miles Nadal JCC is thrilled to offer a selection of culturally diverse arts programs this February. On February 6, the Al Green Theatre welcomes author and storyteller Sue Robins for Evolving Stories: the importance of family stories. Also on February 6, Richard Ouzounian lectures on the history and enduring success of the musical Chicago. Enjoy a Valentine's Day Jazz Concert with the Ault Sisters on February 13. February 14-16, come see a riveting new theatrical drama written and directed by Culchahworks Artistic Director Andrew Craig: Fish and Rum, which examines how Newfoundland's famous "screech" liquor can only be made with Jamaican rum. Join Rivka Campbell for a discussion on Jews of Colour, focusing on Jews of Jamaica on February 20. At Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema on February 23, the Toronto Jewish Film Society screens a documentary that explores the heroic efforts to recover the stolen art in World War II, The Rape of Europa. Visit mnjcc.org.

The Gardiner Museum

Don't miss the art event of the year. On February 20, join us for the world premiere of Up To and Including Their Limits, a new performance by the internationally-acclaimed artist Cassils. Cassils is known for jaw-dropping feats that highlight non-binary and trans visibility and violence, like pummeling a 2,000 lb block of clay and being set on fire in front of a live audience. Only 100 tickets have been released, and they're going quickly! Up To and Including Their Limits will be documented for the special exhibition RAW, opening on March 5. New year, new skills! Tap into your creative brain in 2020 by signing up for a clay class at the Gardiner. Our spring season of adult and kids clay classes go on sale starting February 4. Taught by professional ceramic artists, they're the perfect way to unplug, get creative, and make something beautiful this year!

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

The Thomas Fisher Rare Library's first exhibition of the year continues on through the month of February. Strength in Numbers: The CanLit Community draws on the library's rich literary archival and print material to explore how Canadian literature and publishing have been shaped by a diverse community, from writers to illustrators to agents to publicists. Highlights include a focus on Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, including pages from the original handwritten first draft, along with some of Leonard Cohen's notebooks from the late 1950s and and early 1960s. It runs until May 1. Also on display in February is Just your type: Modern Canadian Typography. It highlights examples of the ways printers used, sold, and talked about type in modern Canadian history, and in doing so how the ways in which type was viewed and understood have evolved. For more information, please visit fisher.library.utoronto.ca.

The Japan Foundation

The Japan Foundation, Toronto is celebrating 30 years in Canada this year! Come by the gallery to see their new exhibition, Manga Hokusai Manga, which goes to April 23. Visit the library and enter the annual Book Tree initiative for a chance to win prizes! The Tokyo and Sports Film Series continues with a screening of Sapporo Winter Olympics on February 25, preceded by a short film on the Tokyo 1964 Paralympics. Join a special lecture by Professor Tristan Grunow on Tokyo and urban change since the Meiji era on February 19. Celebrate the 30 with JFT by sharing your design ideas for a Logo Contest before February 28. More details at jftor.org .

The Music Gallery

The Music Gallery presents a panel on transparency in music and arts programming in Tkarón:to entitled When Did Transparency Become So Opaque? Curated by Olivia Shortt and featuring panelists Ian Cusson, Menon Dwarka, Teiya Kasahara and Asad Raza, moderated by Cole Alvis and featuring a performance from Carly Gordon and ASL + Opera Project, February 2, 2020. For tickets and more information, see musicgallery.org.

Alliance Francaise de Toronto

February is a busy month at Alliance Française Toronto. Starting with an awesome night on February 1: the exhibition opening of African Art Show (on display until February 28), and the concert of Elage Diouf. Then, you can come and laugh during the play Scenario - Asterix and Obelix Mission Cléôpatre, on February 7! Another play on the 22: Congo Africa's Ailing Lung. On February 28, the pop/folk band Rosier will be on stage!
Populism, nationalism and progressivism: is Europe teetering on the edge? Come and find out during this talk on February 22. You can also get to know more about the history of urbanism and racism in Halifax during another talk on the 26.
Our Movie Thursdays? In Safe Hands on the 6, an Italian opera on the 13, Army of Shadows on the 20 and The Fall of the American Empire on the 27!
For more information please visit alliance-francaise.ca.

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

A musical conversation between viola da gamba and orchestra, featuring the colours and rhythms of the French baroque, is brought to life in Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra's Dreaming Jupiter from February 6-9, 2020 at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul's Centre. Guest Director Vittorio Ghielmi, a virtuoso on the viola da gamba, joins Tafelmusik performing orchestral dance suites by Lully and Rameau in dialogue with solo gamba music, as well as a brand new piece written by Ghielmi himself. From February 27-March 1, 2020 at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Tafelmusik tells the story of The Indigo Project, a compelling journey exploring the vast social, cultural, and political implications of a powerful blue dye. Creator Alison Mackay and collaborators Suba Sankaran (voice, percussion) & Trichy Sankaran (mridangam, kanjira, solkattu) with orchestra and choirs speak through music, visuals, narration, dance, and social commentary. For tickets and information, call (416) 964-6337 or visit tafelmusik.org.

Women's Art Association of Canada

The Women's Art Association of Canada has a number of events this February.

Jan. 20-Feb. 10, Brenda Brown, exhibition in Ruth Upjohn Gallery. Reception, Feb. 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Feb. 3- Mar. 2, Creative Spirit, member exhibition in Dignam Gallery. Opening reception, Feb. 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Feb. 6, 1-2:30 p.m. Feng Shui for Love and Abundance, with Malca Narrol
Feb. 10, 1-2:30 p.m. Philosophy of Good Life: What Makes a Life Worth Living, with Demet Reynolds
Feb. 10-Mar. 2, Karen Buck Mackintosh, exhibition in Ruth Upjohn Gallery. Reception, Feb. 22, 1-3:30 p.m.
Feb. 12, 12:30 p.m. WAAC Luncheon/Lecture, with speaker Julian Brown: The Story behind Major Art Prizes
Feb. 13, 6 p.m. A Valentine-Themed Jazz Musical Evening-Love Songs, Anti-Love Songs, & Comedic Songs About Love-with llana Waldston; includes dinner
Feb. 14, Artist Hand (workshop): Egg Tempura, with Valentina Hotz
Feb. 20, Artist Voice (lecture): The Creative Process, with Janne Reuss
Feb. 26, 12:30 p.m. WAAC Luncheon/Lecture, with speaker Joan Tadier: Albert Chiandini & Yorkville Hippies

For these events please register with Cal Lorimer: cal@womensartofcanada.ca or 416-922-2060 womensartofcanada.ca

Toronto Reference Library

Celebrate Black History Month at Toronto Reference Library with author talks, musical performances and thought-provoking events. Toronto Public Library showcases Black History all year with a collection of programs and special events that honour Black heritage and consider the historical significance and contemporary contributions of Black activists and artists from around the world. And beginning February 15, explore the beauty and artistry of books from cover to cover in Art of the Book, a new exhibit which showcases rare, fine press and artist-made books from Toronto Public Library's Special Collections Discover early printed books from the 1400s, richly decorated covers, whimsical miniatures, and contemporary forms that challenge our ideas about what a book can be.
A book-lovers delight! Visit tpl.ca.

Royal Ontario Museum

This month, quench a thirst you didn't know you had with Bloodsuckers: Legends to Leeches, on until March 22. Filled with family fun, amazing blood-feeding facts and live specimens, this special exhibition will answer all your biting questions. Dive deeper into Bloodsuckers on February 11, with our annual Darwin Day lecture, Bloodfeeding and Cannibalism in the Natural World. Zoologist and best-selling author Bill Schutt explores the evolution of nature's most bizarre and fascinating feeding strategies - and the curiously misunderstood lives of the organisms who use them. Explore some of the ROM's latest martian meteorite research and discoveries with curator Kim Tait, at the ROM Connects, Annual Vaughan Lecture: New Frontiers in Martian Meteorite Research and Exploration, on February 6. There have been some key new acquisitions and donations which have made the ROM's martian collection one of the largest in the world! Visit rom.on.ca.

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

The University of Toronto Faculty of Music presents the sixth annual Digital Media at the Crossroads (DM@X) conference Feb 7 and 8. This year's event covers topics such as big data, copyright policy, and the future of Canadian audiovisual production. Feb 11, Rob Kapilow returns with another edition of his What Makes It Great?® series, examining the Mendelssohn String Octet with the Rolston String Quartet and U of T Strings faculty. On Feb 25, the University of Toronto's Linda Hutcheon and husband Michael Hutcheon present this year's Herman Geiger-Torel Lecture 'We ... the sons of Palestrina': Verdi, Puccini, and Italian Cultural Nationalism. Thursdays at Noon continues with Bob Becker and Guests Feb 6, a lecture-recital on AI and music with the Interro Quartet Feb 13, and a special presentation on Feb 27 of the Amatis Piano Trio, the newest ensemble in the Faculty of Music's Irene R. Miller Piano Trio Residency Program. Visit music.utoronto.ca for details.

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

On Sunday, February 9 at 4pm Museum of Estonians Abroad/VEMU will be organising a film screening: TCFS presents: Best of EstDocs 2019: "Tőnu Kőrvits. Moorland Elegies". Tőnu Kőrvits is one of the most performed Estonian composers and his enchantingly powerful "Moorland Elegies" has been one of the most sold classical records on the Amazon charts. In everyday life, Tőnu prefers to remain in the shadows. His person and music carry a secret that only unravels for those who can see behind the words. This is a film about a composer, his music and the people who are deeply touched by his music (English subtitles. Entrance with voluntary contribution). On Wednesday, February 19 at 7pm VEMU will be opening a new exhibition: "ESTO- The Global Keeper of Estonianness," in Tartu College. The exhibition will present the ESTO festivals that regularly bring Estonians together from all over the world. During February, there will also be events in Estonian language: on Wednesday, February 5, lecture by Andres Kasekamp: "The Tartu Peace Treaty at 100" and on February 13 and 14 a play by Aleksander Eelmaa: "Symphony for one". More info at vemu.ca.

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

On February 13 is the opening of the photographic exhibition: "Facing the Camera". 50 Years of Italian Portraits. Through the works of twenty authors and their personal research, this exhibition explores portrait photography in Italy, with a great number of unpublished photographs and some renowned ones picturing subjects looking straight into the camera, silently aware of being portrayed. From this strong connection between the photographer and the subject, based on a shared homeland, social group and history, stem the direct portraits that seem to cross eyes with a future observer.
On February 11 is "Campari and Art, a Love Story". A presentation in celebration of the creativity which Campari has fostered since 1860 from the Belle Epoque Billboards to Futurist Typography, from the Pop Art Collage to Contemporary Architecture. Art Historian Serena Spinelli illustrates the beauty of Leonetto Cappiello, Bruno Munari, Fortunato Depero, Federico Fellini and many more Italian artistic innovators.
Please visit iictoronto.esteri.it.

Sandra P.    2/1/2020


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