Here are a few of the many stimulating events inspired by the world that we can find in Multicultural Toronto. Believe me, there are many more. Sorry I didn’t know about last week’s Persian Bridal Show and the Tamil Heritage Month launch until it was too late to mention them.
Argentina. Dance. Tango Soul presents Argentine Tango Classes & Social. Friday, January 13. 10pm-1am. $15 for Dance, Cash Bar and Cafe only. $25 for drop-in class and $30 for Class drop-in and social. Gallery, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street. Singles and couples. No experience necessary. Information: www.tangosoul.ca / firstname.lastname@example.org.
France. Multicultural. Dance. Opening Reception and Performance. What Shall We Do Next? Wednesday, January 18. 5–8pm. Free. Blackwood Gallery, Kaneff Center, University of Toronto Mississauga, 3359 Mississauga Road, Mississauga. FREE shuttle bus will depart from Jackman Humanities Institute (170 St. George Street) at 5:30pm and return for 8:30pm. For more about What Shall We Do Next? presented alongside the opening reception for Julien Prévieux’s exhibition, The Elements of Influence (and a Ghost) who looks into issues related to the economy, politics and technology, through criticism, humor and diversion: http://blackwoodgallery.ca/events/2017/WSWDN.html. Blackwood Gallery, Kaneff Center, University of Toronto Mississauga, 3359 Mississauga Road, Mississauga. www.blackwoodgallery.ca.
France. Laos. Hong Kong. Duo exhibition of Marie-Do Hyman-Boneu and W.W Hung. Opening reception: Wednesday, January 11. 6:30pm. Exhibition continues to February 4th 2017. Galerie Pierre Léon, 24 Spadina Road. Marie-Do Hyman-Boneu is a French artist specializing in vegetal lacquer. She has been living in Vientiane, Laos since 2010… W.W. Hung, who was born in Hong Kong, is a Canadian sculptor and installation artist based in Toronto. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo. For more information: www.alliance-francaise.ca
Meditation Courses. Multicultural.
Jewish with Michelle Katz. Wednesdays, January 11 – February 1. 7-8:30pm. $100 (2% CIF plus HST charges may apply). This might sound expensive but with four sessions, they might fit your budget and give you another perspective on meditation.
“Sitting together in a sacred community allows us to stretch ourselves towards higher spiritual awareness. Engage in Jewish techniques of mindful meditation, visualization, breath and prayer. Tap into your inner stillness and silence, start or deepen your daily practice, and intensify your relationship with the Infinite.” Info: 416-924-6211 x154; email@example.com. Register: 416-924-6211 x0.
Vietnam. Buddhist Meditation in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Monday and Friday evenings. Free. Donations welcome. http://truepeacetoronto.ca/.
Buddhist. Zen Meditation: Five-Tuesday Introductory Meditation Course: starting Tuesday January 17. $160. Zen Buddhist Temple, 86 Vaughan Road. 416-658-0137. http://zenbuddhisttemple.org/meditation.html.
Multicultural. Climate Change. Join Green 13 and guest speaker David Miller, President and CEO of WWF Canada, for a presentation and discussion on the lead role cities play in fighting climate change. Wednesday, January 11. 7-9:30pm. Free. “Just back from Mexico City, where he was Chair of the Jury selecting the winners of the C40 Cities Awards, David will share the latest news on the most innovative, creative and exciting projects tackling climate change in cities around the world.” Swansea Town Hall, Rousseau Room, 95 Lavinia Avenue.
Multicultural. Canada in a Trump World. January 18. 7:30-9pm. General seating $10.Students $5. Reserved Priority Seating $35. Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina Avenue. Tickets: https://goo.gl/Oxk762 or call 416-644-6000X680.
HOST: Warren Kinsella; Conversation Leaders: Desmond Cole, Activist, Author, and Journalist; Bernie M. Farber,
Executive Director, The Mosaic Institute; Ihsaan Gardee, Executive Director, National Council of Canadian Muslims; Dr Karen Mock, Human rights Consultant; President, JSpace Canada.
Russia. Nativity Yolka Celebration. Sunday January 15. 4pm. Entry tickets $10 each for adults. Lithuanian Hall, 1 Resurrection Rd. A present from Grandfather Frost is $20 (cash only, please pay before Saturday January 7th) for one child. Orders through Matushka Elizabeth Malchenko at 416-265-5651. http://holytrinity.ws/en.
South Asian. Must Be Kismet Bridal Showcase. January 15. 12-6pm. $10-$25. Register for complimentary tickets and magazine at http://mustbekismet.eventbrite.com using promo code: MBK. The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road. Entrance One, Hall One. Keep up with “the latest in South Asian decor, fashion, Confectionaries Cakes, DJs, Transportation, Venues and all the things that go into making every wedding unique.”
Tamil. Tamil Heritage Month. January. For updates not available at press time: https://www.facebook.com/ThamilHeritage/
U.S. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. January 16. Memorial day for the American Civil Rights leader in the U.S. Programs in some Toronto schools.
U.S. 18th Annual Martin Luther King Celebration. Saturday, January 14. 6:30pm. “We will be featuring some of Toronto’s top musicians and Dr Leslie Pollard, President of Oakwood University, as our keynote speaker. Come to attend the 18th Annual Celebration at the McVety Conference Centre located at 50 Gervais Drive in Toronto (Eglinton Avenue and Don Mills Road area).”
Admission is $10 in advance, $20 at the door; and children 12 years and under free. Black Business and Professional Association. http://bbpa.org/events-programsmartin-luther-king/
Ukraine. Singing workshop with Marichka and Mark Marczyk (of The Lemon Bucket Orkestra.) Malanka (Ukrainian New Year songs). Thursday, January 12. 7pm. All workshops are pay what you can. Suggested $10 – $20 per person. ***PLEASE NOTE: Limited number of spaces available. St. Vladimir Institute, 620 Spadina Avenue. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
Vietnam. Tet. Vietnamese New Year. January. 14. 10am-8pm. Adult tickets advance $20. $30 at door. Halls 2 and 3. International Centre, 6900 Airport Road. This huge festival makes you feel like you are in Vietnam. https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/15964dc0eecef8a3. List of ticket sellers for advance sales:
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