We’re putting Chinese New Year’s events in a separate blog because there are so many. In the meantime, here are a few affordable items for the last two weeks of January which express the wide wonderful diversity of cultures in our city.
European Union Film Festival. Classic Series. France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, and Slovakia. Last Sundays starting January 29, (February 26, March 26, April 30, May 28 and September 24.) Free. The Royal, 608 College Street. http://www.eutorontofilmfest.ca
Israel. Palestine. Heart to Heart invites you to: Temple Mount / Al-Haram Al-Sharif / Har HaBáyit: Contested Names and Claims. January 22. 3-5pm. Free. For young people (ages approx. 16-30). The Centre for Social Innovation, 4/fl. 215 Spadina Avenue. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/temple-mount-al-haram-al-sharif-har-habayit-contested-names-and-claims-tickets-30233392892.
Israel. France. Film: The Other Son. 2012, Lorraine Lévy director, 105 min. January 22, 4 and 7:30pm. $10 & $15. Presented by Toronto Jewish Film Society and Alliance Française with The New Israel Fund of Canada. Guest Speaker: Critic and Author Adam Nayman. A Palestinian and an Israeli teenager, each with French connections, discover they’ve been switched at birth. The revelation shakes their respective families and identities to the core, forcing them to confront their own prejudices while forming a bond that transcends borders. In French, English, Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles.
All single tickets are cash sale only and subject to availability. For more information and trailer; http://mnjcc.org/browse-by-interest/arts-culture/film/toronto-jewish-film-society/2017-films/712-the-other-son.
Japan. New Year’s Festival. January 22. 11am-3pm. $4-$7. Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court. While you are at the Japanese New Year’s Festival, you can also take in its Founders Show which is on display from Sunday, January 15 to March 30, 2017. A tribute exhibition of works by the founding generation of artists of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Gallery. “Without the vision of these founding artists, the many exhibits that have been shown would not have been possible. Featuring: Banri Nakamura, Michiko Nakamura, Aiko Suzuki, Ken Fukushima, Walter Sunahara and Yoshiko Sunahara” JCCC,
Ruth’s note: these are established artists, some of whose works have been bought by the National Gallery of Canada. Look them up on Google.
Jewish. International Holocaust Remembrance Day Lecture and Book Launch. The Evidence Room. Sunday, January 29. 11am. Free. Featuring The Evidence Room authors and project principals Anne Bordeleau, Donald McKay and Robert Jan van Pelt. Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School for Global Affairs, University of Toronto, 1 Devonshire Place (Closest subway stop: St. George or Museum. Street parking in vicinity.) http://holocaustcentre.com/IHRD.
Multicultural. Toronto Tea Festival. January 28 & 29. 10am-4:30pm. $12-$25. Includes tea tasting competition, and tea ceremonies from China, Korea, and Japan. Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street. http://teafestivaltoronto.com/festival-info/welcome/
Philippines. Pistahan Ng Santo Niño de Cebu. Holy Mass. January 21. 11am. Free. St. Patrick’s Church, 131 McCaul Street (at Dundas Street near AGO). Bring your Santo Niño. Long term readers of this blog might remember an account of this delightful event in 2015 at: https://www.torontomulticulturalcalendar.com/2015/01/27/439-pistahan-ng-sto-nino-de-cebu-and-gangnam-style-2015/
Scotland. Robbie Burns’ Tea. Sunday, January 29. 2pm. $18 + tax. Benares Historic House, 1507 Clarkson Road North, Mississauga. Come celebrate everything Scottish at Robbie Burns Tea. Enjoy Scottish tea and sweets, Robbie Burns and Scottish trivia and live music. Take part in a tour of the Benares Historic House with a focus on the Harris family Scottish connections. Come dressed in your best tartan! Reservation required (call 905-615-4860 ex 2110 to book): $18.00 + tax . https://culture.mississauga.ca/event/benares-historic-house/robbie-burns-tea.
Scotland. Robbie Burns’ Day. Saturday, January 22. 12-4pm. Adults: $7.08, Seniors/Youth: $4.42, Children: $3.76 (plus HST). Kids 4 and under are free. Celebrate the birthday of this infamous Scottish poet. Enjoy toe-tapping live music, shortbread and a taste of haggis! www.toronto.ca/mackenziehouse .
South Asian. Bridal Show. Suhaag Show. January 22. 11am-6:30pm. Toronto Congress Centre in Hall J, 650 Dixon Road, Mississauga. Tickets are $15 (available at the door) and parking is free! Early bird special: $12. http://suhaag.com/suhaagshow/toronto. This is another lavish, beautiful bridal event with fashion show for anyone interested in South Asian trends.
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P.S. I just heard about this interesting meeting: