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March 2020 What's Happening on the Bloor St. Culture Corridor Toronto

Our friends at the Toronto Storytelling Festival are also hosting events at many of our partner locations! Celebrating over 40 years, the Toronto Storytelling Festival is one of the world's largest and oldest urban celebrations of live storytelling. Taking place from March 7-29, in venues across downtown Toronto, including A Different Booklist Cultural Centre, Centre for Social Innovation - Annex, Alliance Française Toronto, Trinity-St. Paul's Church, the Toronto Reference Library and the Wychwood Barns. Their 2020 theme is Conviviality. International, national, and local tellers will spin bright threads of traditional and personal stories in performances rooted in radical hospitality and inclusivity to enrich our relationships with each other and the natural world. There is so much to experience including our Storytellers' Camp workshops, International Storytalks with visiting tellers, and the TD StoryJam family storytelling day. Visit their website: torontostorytellingfestival.ca/site.

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The Royal Conservatory

March concerts at The Royal Conservatory of Music's Koerner Hall start with legendary South Korean virtuoso, Kyung Wha Chung, whose dazzling and probing artistry has made her a much-acclaimed performer throughout her 50-year career. On March 6, she is joined by pianist Kevin Kenner, praised as "one of the finest American pianists to come along in years" by the Chicago Tribune, in works by Brahms, Franck, and Beethoven. On March 18 and March 20, artists of the Glenn Gould School vocal program and Royal Conservatory Orchestra perform a double-bill of Ravel's musical comedy about a clockmaker's unfaithful wife, L'heure espagnole, and Puccini's one-act opera set in a convent, Suor Angelica. Sung in French and Italian respectively, the productions are conducted by Nicolas Ellis and directed by Michael Cavanagh. For more information, tickets, and gift certificates, please call 418.408.0208 or visit rcmusic.com/performance.

Bata Shoe Museum

Spring into March by visiting Toronto's shoebox! On March 7, the Toronto Storytelling Festival will have a special presentation by storytellers Carol Ashton, Rita Cox and Sally Jaeger. Rebecca Tuite will be discussing "The Dramatic Shoe: Fashionable Footwear in American Vogue, 1952." and sign copies of her new book on March 8. For all things enchanting, the BSM will be having a Magical March Break from March 14-22 where the museum will be filled with different crafts and activities for kids. A March Break early morning program for children affected by autism will be offered on March 15 from 10am-12pm. With exciting galleries and activities for kids, and a gift shop inspired by their 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!

The Music Gallery

The Music Gallery presents the Toronto debut of Montreal-based soloists collective Bakarlari who present their latest project, pairing contemporary solo works for trumpet, tuba, and clarinet with new pieces developed with early-career and Toronto-based composers, Emergents II: Bakarlari, March 1. Also in March, adventurous new Montreal-based vocal collective Phth brings its mind-bending fusion of improvisation, co-composition and new music interpretation to The Music Gallery, presenting their daring interpretation of Claude Vivier's "Love Songs" and other works. For this performance, they invite local emerging pop-art duo xLq as a guest performer, March 14.For tickets and more information, see musicgallery.org.

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

On Sunday, March 1 at 4pm Museum of Estonians Abroad/VEMU together with TCFS will be showing the film The Eternal Road. It is an unbelievable story based on true events of the American Finns in 1930's Soviet Union. The film has won six Finnish Film Awards and was chosen as the Best Finnish Film in 2017 (English subtitles). Tickets at the door $10. The following Sunday, March 8 at 4pm TCFS will be screening two documentaries: Rodeo and Year of the Dragon which give insight into the big changes Estonia has gone through after regaining independence in the beginning of 90's (English subtitles). Tickets $10 On Wednesday, March 18 at 7pm the photographer Peeter Põldre will be showing photos from the Estonian Song and Dance Festival that took place in 2019 (in Estonian). On Wednesday, March 24 at 7pm VEMU is co-organising with SWEA and Finnish Studies at U o fT a free public lecture by Trond Ove Tøllefsen's on The Vormsi/Ormsö Estonian Swedes. In English. Tartu College is also co-organising with Chaordic Design two WILL-Women in Leadeship events: on March 3, 6-8pm, Panel discussion "Going Social" about social media strategy, and monetization of social media networks; and on March 31, 6-8pm: "Remember The Goddess" Circle to explore Feminine Power. Tickets for both events at Eventbrite. You can also visit the exhibition: "ESTO- The Global Keeper of Estonianness," in Tartu College More info at www.vemu.ca.

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

The University of Toronto Faculty of Music wraps up Thursdays at Noon with four exciting, free events: March 5 U of T Opera presents a preview of its spring main stage production of Jonathan Dove's Mansfield Park, which will run for four performances only March 12 to 15; Mar 12 the Calidore String Quartet celebrates its 10th anniversary with Beethoven and the Fugue; March 19 you won't want to miss annual favourite the Norcop Prize Winners' Recital; and March 26 pianist Dénes Várjon, this year's Lorand Fenyves Resident Artist, closes out the season with a solo recital. On March 5, Jarrett Martineau, a leading voice in Indigenous media and cultural production, presents the annual Peacock Lecture. Closing out the month, U of T Jazz welcomes visiting artists saxophonist Dick Oatts and vocalist Ayelet Rose Gottlieb for performances on March 19 and 25, respectively. Visit music.utoronto.ca for details.

Royal Ontario Museum

Enjoy every last drop of Bloodsuckers: Legends to Leeches before it closes March 22. From mosquitoes to vampires, Bloodsuckers will answer your biting questions about bloodfeeding creatures. There's fun for the whole family, with the Bloodsuckers Family Weekend Experiences with specimens, ROM experts, crafts, and more. Explore the powerful interdependence of people and water with one of the most influential conservation photographers in the world in The Water's Edge: Photography & Conservation with Cristina Mittermeier on March 3. Her remarkable photographs shed light on the concept of "enoughness" and only taking what you need. On March 10, join celebrated visual artist Alexis Rockman and contemporary photographer Deborah Samuel for an engaging ROM Speaks lecture, Art from Nature. From the beauty of Earth's bounty to the impact of humanity on the world around us, learn how artists use their chosen media to reflect and communicate the relationship between the natural world and society.
Visit rom.on.ca.

The Gardiner Museum

From sticky and wet to dry and powdery, raw clay has the power to transform. Opening March 5, RAW promises to push boundaries and challenge your expectations with cutting-edge new work by four leading artists working with unfired clay: Cassils, Magdolene Dykstra, Azza El Siddique, and Linda Swanson. On March 21, celebrate the arrival of spring with clay, cuisine, and community at RAW Clay, Raw Food, a playful mixer inspired by the exhibition RAW. Led by art therapist Suzanne Thomson, guests will get the chance to participate in a wellness activity that invites emotional and physical renewal, then enjoy a unique raw food tasting. Have a child with a big imagination? Sign them up for our hands-on, fun-filled summer clay camps. Their camps give kids ages 6 -14 a chance to unplug, learn new skills, and make fun ceramic artworks that they can take home and enjoy. Visit gardinermuseum.on.ca.

Alliance Francaise de Toronto

What's happening in March at Alliance Française Toronto? First, a magical kids show on March 1: Off The Beaten Path. Then, discover two exhibitions in a row: Women against Hunger with Action Against Hunger, on display March 2-12. And Artistes en Herbe by the children of our after-school program, March 13-28. Follow the journey of Alexandra in Nevada, during the play Jack on March 14. If you want more plays and stories, they will be hosting the Toronto Storytelling Festival March 22-25. Also, the singer Prince Yannick will be on their stage March 21! At the end of the month, come with your friends and children to the screening of Astérix: The Secret of the Magic Potion, on March 29. Their Movie Thursdays? Maryline on March 5, The Hunt on March 12, the famous Amélie on March 19 and Tomorrow on March 26. For more information please visit alliance-francaise.ca.

918 Bathurst Centre

The Music Gallery presents two performances at 918, including Emergents II with Montreal-based soloists collective Bakarlari on March 1 and an adventurous new Montreal-based vocal collective called Phth on March 14. R.I.S.E. Thursdays return to 918 in 2020 on March 5. BAM Collective presents a youth-oriented Climate Change and Art workshop on March 7. Women From Space Festival takes over 918 for International Women's Day on March 8. US-Greece curators meta.ksi present "Muted Blast (.2)", a piece 4 musicians and live electronics responding to austerity measures and post-crisis Greece on March 12. Artist Danielle Cole will host a collage workshop on March 26. And on March 29, the Dennis Kwok Jazz Orchestra will host their album release for Windward Bound as part of the TD Discovery Series Project. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit their website at 918bathurst.com.

The Toronto Consort

Fashionable harmonies from dissonant courts: The Toronto Consort presents Crossing the Channel March 6 & 7, 8pm at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre. An evening exploring the contenance angloise - a 15th-century musical style pioneered by John Dunstaple and other English composers in the rival courts of England, France, and Burgundy. They welcome one of North America's leading specialists in this style, Blue Heron's Scott Metcalfe, as he guest directs a program exploring the marvellous music of Dunstaple, Du Fay, Frye, and contemporaries, for voices, recorders, percussion, fiddle, and harp. Tickets start at only $20. For more information, visit TorontoConsort.org.

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

The Thomas Fisher Rare Library's current exhibition, Strength in Numbers: The CanLit Community, continues on through the month of March. It 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. Among the highlights are a letter written by Lucy Maud Montgomery in 1909, shortly after the publication of Anne of Avonlea, where she casts doubt on whether she will pen another book about Anne: "After thinking and writing Anne for over three years, I'm actually sick of her," writes the author. A first edition of Anne of Green Gables is displayed with it. Also on display in March is an exhibition that explores the artistry and diversity of the Qur'an and Qur'anic texts in the early modern Middle East and Europe. For more information, please visit fisher.library.utoronto.ca.

A Different Booklist Cultural Centre

You're seriously missing out if you don't find yourself at A Different Booklist Cultural Centre this March. They have a great line up of events that they're certain you'll love! In fact, attention all writers, their first event is just for you. The Writers Union will be stopping by on March 12. For all the storytellers, the 2020 Toronto Storytelling Festival will be in the house from March 23-27. You can catch the likes of Gail Nyoka, Moyo Mutamba, Chirine El Ansaryand many other storytelling pros. While you're in the space make sure to check out their latest art exhibition. "A Lady named..." will continue to be onsite until March 30 - a must-see art exhibition by Natasha F. Subban. Finally, they wrap-up the month with Mention, a monthly event series by the Caribbean Solidarity Network. Please visit adbcc.org for more information and the complete calendar of events.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

The Miles Nadal JCC celebrates the Jewish holiday of Purim in March, and International Womens' Day with three exciting events: In their Gallery, Empowering Women and Girls, photos by Dorothy Rusoff is on display to March 30. On March 5, enjoy a lecture with artist Laya Crust, who has scribed and illustrated the scroll of Esther based on 15th century Persian manuscript art. On March 15, see TJFF's audience favourite pick, The Gender Lady: The Fabulous Dr. May Cohen at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, and join a talk back with Dr. May Cohen. On March 8, get ready for Purim with Fay and Fluffy's Storytime, then party at the community-wide Purim Groove. On March 12, enjoy a Purim Cabaret, From Judy to Bette: The Stars of Old Hollywood with Rebecca Perry. Starting March 23, learn about the greatest operas created for Paris in Opera Appreciation with Iain Scott.
Visit mnjcc.org.

Toronto Reference Library

Visit Toronto Reference Library throughout March for engaging literary talks and cultural conversations in the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, and their literary series, The Other Shelf, where they present exceptional writers in a smaller space. On March 10, Niviaq Korneliussen talks about her highly acclaimed debut novel, Last Night in Nuuk, which follows the lives of five young Greenlanders exploring their identities On March 17, hear Yuval Taylor discuss his book about Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. Novuyo Rosa Tshuma appears on March 17 to discuss her debut work, House of Stone, about a Zimbabwean family wrestling with ghosts of the past and trying to find their way in a country charting a new future. Throughout March, explore the beauty and artistry of books in Art of the Book, a new exhibit in the TD Gallery which showcases rare, fine press and artist-made books from TPL's Special Collections. Visit tpl.ca.

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Turbulent, intense, and tender, a Passion for our times-Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir presents Bach St John Passion from March 26-29, 2020 at Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre. Ivars Taurins directs virtuosic soloists, orchestra, and choir, offering audiences one of Bach's choral masterpieces. The St John Passion is one of the touchstones of the baroque, a living monument against which the entire era can be measured, but a work with deep contemporary overtones as well. Also in March, Tafelmusik explores the contexts of the St John Passion in a discerning panel discussion titled Art, Religion, and Culture: Bach and St John Passion. This free event features Gordon Rixon S.J. and Katharine Lochnan, both from Regis College, Tafelmusik Chamber Choir Director Ivars Taurins, and Norman Tobias. Facilitated by Michelle Voss Roberts (Principal, Emmanuel College). Monday March 2, 7-8:30pm, Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul's Centre. For tickets and information, call (416) 964-6337 or visit tafelmusikorg.

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Running until March 27 "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. At the Japan Foundation on March 11, "The Italian Nobleman Urbano Monte's World Map of 1587: Sources, Development, and his Interest in Japan". In this talk Chet Van Duzer will discuss an Italian world map made in 1587 by the Milanese noble Urbano Monte, distinctive for its rich decorations, and Monte's intention that it be mounted so that it could be rotated about its center.
Please visit iictoronto.esteri.it.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

This March, Hot Docs' annual Curious Minds Festival of culture and ideas returns with an expanded program of inspiring conversations with CNN's Daniel Dale; National Geographic Editor Susan Goldberg; Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Jerry Saltz, and more! Join Toronto Star's Shinan Govani as he breaks down the modern history (and juiciest scandals) of the one and only House of Windsor at our new Saturday Curious Minds course, The Royal Family. On screen, step inside New York City's rare book world with The Booksellers, the impassioned documentary that celebrates the myriad ways our lives are enriched by books; and go behind the lens of iconic New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham in The Times of Bill Cunningham. The Royal Conservatory wraps up another season of Music on Film with the definitive account of the reclusive and prolific composer Arvo Pärt. For more information, please visit hotdocscinema.ca.

The Japan Foundation

There's lots of family fun during the March break at the Japan Foundation, Toronto! Fans of manga and ukiyoe prints will enjoy Manga Hokusai Manga in the gallery, and in the library, the annual Book Tree initiative for a chance to win prizes. JFT will host the 27th Annual Katari Japanese Storytelling Festival on March 14 at 3pm for an afternoon of Japanese folk tales, songs and mime performances. Together with fellow Bloor Cultural Corridor partners, JFT co-presents; The Italian Nobleman Urbano Monte's World Map of 1587: Sources, Development, and his Interest in Japan lecture by Prof. Chet Van Duzer on March 11 at 6:30 PM with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto; Then on March 18 at 2PM at the Alliance Francaise, the Japanese-French film The Night I Swam, a charming film full of life and spirit that follows the adventures of a 6 year old boy. More details at jftor.org.


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. adifferentbooklistculturalcentre.com
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
Museum of Estonians Abroad/VEMU: 310 Bloor Street West vemu.ca
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
Women's Art Association of Canada: 23 Prince Arthur Ave. womensartofcanada.ca

Sandra P.    3/1/2020


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