Here are a few of the many events in our city that reflect our multiculturalism. Tell your friends about them. Subscribe to our newsletter above so you won’t miss any in the future. Take part in them. Enjoy and learn about our world through them.
Balkan Folk Dance Party
Burkino Faso and Cameroon. Fundraiser. November 4. 7pm. $10-$25. N’Jacko Backo was born and brought up in Cameroon. He has been teaching African music in Toronto schools and performing in many of our festivals. For his bio, see: http://www.njackobacko.com/biography/
First Nations. Annual Saul Goldstein Memorial Lecture. Speaker: Isadore Day, Regional Chief, Chiefs of Ontario. November 4. 4:30pm. Free. Kruger Hall Commons, Woodsworth College, 119 St. George St. http://wdw.utoronto.ca/index.php/news/spotlight/2016_annual_saul_goldstein_memorial_lecture_chief_day
Jewish. Holocaust Education Week. November 2-9. Various venues. In addition to talks, opportunities to meet Holocaust survivors, and films about one of history’s worst example of man’s inhumanity to man, this special week includes a free concert by the ARX Ensemble. Music of Another World: Szymon Laks, 1901–1983. Sunday, November 6, 7:30pm. Beit Rayim Synagogue and School at The Richmond Hill. Page 20, Program Guide.
Did you know that Toronto has a Holocaust Museum? See: http://holocaustcentre.com/Museum. http://holocaustcentre.com/HEW.
Mexico. Day of the Dead. A Mexican Celebration of Life and Legacy. November 5-6. Free. Dances, poetry, puppets, altars. If you missed the two earlier Day of the Dead events, here’s another chance to honour loved ones who are no longer in this world. http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/festivals/dayofthedead/.
Multicultural. Ghana. Japan. U.S. Native American. Can you name the one institution in Toronto that consistently and abundantly brings the world to Toronto? I always look to the Royal Ontario Museum for its vast number of exhibits and festivals. You might be interested in its current shows, one on Ghanain flag art (until March, 2017), and one on “A Third Gender: Beautiful Youth in Japanese Prints,” (until November 27, 2016). These two are included in the general admission price of $14-$17. https://www.rom.on.ca/en/visit-us/buy-tickets.
Don’t forget that anyone who has a valid adult Toronto Public Library card is eligible to get a Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass for free at any Toronto Public Library branch. Quantities are limited and rules and conditions apply. This pass lets you and your family (2 adults & up to 5 children) to explore the best of Toronto’s arts and cultural treasures for free. See: http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/museum-arts-passes/
Ghana. Art, Honour, and Ridicule: Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana. http://www.rom.on.ca/en/exhibitions-galleries/exhibitions/art-honour-and-ridicule-asafo-flags-from-southern-ghana
Japan. A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints. While this exhibition focuses on young male prostitutes servicing older males in the Edo period (1603-1868), mention is made of the Hijras, a transwomen group (male to female), who are legally a third sex in India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Hijras were mentioned in literature in the 4-5th century.
Mention is also made of two-spirit people in North American native cultures. This exhibition ends November 27, 2016. http://www.rom.on.ca/en/exhibitions-galleries/exhibitions/a-third-gender-beautiful-youths-in-japanese. A third gender is not new.
Syria. Film Festival. These films should be especially helpful for those people who want to understand and appreciate their new Syrian friends.
Ukraine. Remembrance Day. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Toronto Branch cordially invites you to take part in a Remembrance Day ceremony at the Ukrainian Canadian Memorial Park on Sunday, November 6. 2pm. http://ucctoronto.ca/2016/10/10/remembrance-day-2/.
United States. Chihuly. Currently on also at the Royal Ontario Museum is this exhibition by the amazing U.S. glass artist. You will be stunned by its brilliance and how easy it is to get great pictures because of its abundance of light. Some of Chihuly’s works were inspired by Native Anerican basket art. This exhibition will finish January 8, 2017. It costs an additional $14 on top of general admission at the ROM or a total of $21-$29 and you can see the Ghanaian and Japanese exhibitions too. Our featured image is from this exhibition. https://www.rom.on.ca/en/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/chihuly-to-open-at-the-rom-in-june-2016.
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