You can experience aspects of four continents in Toronto this week, some for free.
Black History Month. Kuumba continues February 11 and 12. Free. Program includes Spirit of Calypso, Shak Shak, Jamaican Beef Patty, Viola Desmond, films, family story telling with Itah Sadu, Beyond Policing, etc. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W.
Black History Month. Nineteenth Century Photography and the Black Subject in Ontario. Lecture and exhibit. Thursday, February 9, 2017, 11am-1:15pm. Free with Museum admission $14-$20. Free for students. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Speaker: Julie Crooks. http://www.rom.on.ca/en/whats-on/rom-daytime-celebrate-black-history-month-at-the-rom.
Black History. Exhibition Black Enslavement in Upper Canada and the Black Community in Peel in the Late 19th Century. February 4 -September 4. $4-$5. “Most people don’t realize that Black enslavement existed HERE in Canada, but it did from the 1600’s until it was abolished in 1834. These exhibitions, presented in partnership with the Archives of Ontario, explores some untold stories that are important to our understanding of Canadian history.” Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives, 9 Wellington St. E., Brampton. Tel: 905-791-4055.
Britain. A Renaissance Valentine’s Day. February 12, 10:30am. Free. “Songs of Love to Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Sunday morning worship service. Choral selections of Renaissance compositions featuring the music of Dowland, Byrd, and Morley.” St. Anne’s Anglican Church: 270 Gladstone Avenue. http://www.saintanne.ca/events/arenaissancevalentinesday
Bulgaria. Romania. Multicultural. Dances of the Month. Friday, February 10. “Once each month, the International Folk Dance Club will focus on one or two favourite dances that have fallen by the wayside. We will teach these dances and follow with some light refreshments.
This teaching will occur after 9 pm, but everyone is welcome to come earlier at 8pm and join in with our regular programming.” 8pm-11pm. $8 drop-in fee. Bulgaria: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBMxMMcqUuQ (we do a slightly different version than shown in the video). Romania:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pEqJLgnsrk (we do a slightly different version than shown in the video).” University of Toronto Schools, 371 Bloor St. West, Room 122.
Canada. Africa-born and raised Toronto-based author MG Vassanji reads from his new book Nostalgia. Discussion. Copies available for sale and signing. Saturday, February 11. 2pm. $5. Auditorium, Noor Cultural Centre, 123 Wynford Drrive, North York.
Canada. Arctic Film Series – Queen of the Quest. February 9. 6pm-7pm. Pay What You Can. This documentary follows Denise Malliki, a young woman from Repulse Bay, as she experiences the Nunavut Quest ~ an eight day dog team race from Pond Inlet to Clyde River. Sharing her experiences as a woman musher, Denise also discusses the importance of this tradition to her culture.
Inuktitut with English Subtitles | Limited Seating. Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West. http://www.batashoemuseum.ca/event/arctic-film-series-queen-of-the-quest.
China. 5th Annual Toronto-Qinhuai Lantern Festival. Saturday, February 11. 5pm-10pm. $8-$10. Bond Education Group (Venue Sponsor), 1500 Birchmount Road, Scarborough. Tickets: http://www.2017qinhuaidenghui.eventbrite.ca
Note: In order to celebrate the Chinese New Year and Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation, the fifth annual Toronto-Qinhuai Lantern Festival will hold two celebration events in February and June in 2017!
Multicultural. 17th Annual Banjo Special. Sunday, February 12. 8pm. $20. Tranzac Club. 292 Brunswick Avenue. “A grand night of old-time, bluegrass, and Irish banjo styles played by 4 of the country’s top players” – Featuring Arnie Naiman, Chris Quinn, Brian Taheny and Chris Coole, and special guests with fiddles, guitars, ukuleles, mandolins, basses and voices.
Tickets: http://chriscoole.com/event/ 1771921/351653219/the-banjo- special-17th-annual. Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ events/1658315604461568.
Mali. Concert of Malian Music with Diely Mori Tounkara . February 11. 9pm. $10-$15. Alliance Francaise – Spadina Theatre, 24 Spadina Road. Born into a large family of Malian griots, Diely Mori Tounkara followed in the footsteps of his musician father by becoming an undisputed master of the kora. Co-presented with the Batuki Music Society.www.alliance-francaise.ca/en/culture/concerts/concert-of-malian-music-with-diely-mo
Muslim. RBC Welcome Weekend. Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12. 10am to 6pm. Free admission. Aga Khan Museum. “Visitors will have access to Syria: A Living History, Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians which will showcase contemporary Iranian art from the distinguished collection of Iranian-British collector Mohammed Afkhami… Pop-up performances by local musicians throughout the weekend.” and free screening from TIFF Best Picture winner Nadine Labaki. Where Do We Go Now? https://www.agakhanmuseum.org/content/rbc-welcome-weekend.
Japan. Japanese story telling “Rakugo-kai” with veteran Rakugo star Yanagiya Sankyo. February 12. 2-4pm. $12-$17. Co-presented by the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and the Japan Foundation, Toronto. Subtitled in English, but you only need to watch his face and body movements, and listen to his voice, to appreciate the humour. “In rakugo, a lone storyteller in traditional garb sits on stage. Using only a paper fan (sensu) and a small cloth (tenugui) as props, and without standing up from the seiza sitting position, the rakugo artist depicts a long and complicated comical story. The story always involves the dialogue of two or more characters, the difference between the characters depicted only through change in pitch, tone, and a slight turn of the head.
Tibet. China. Tibetan Independence Day. February 13. 3-5pm. Cultural performances, poetry readings, a giant jeopardy-style quiz about the Potala and Tibetan history and a surprise flashmob at the end. Parkdale Collegiate Institute, 209 Jameson Avenue. https://www.facebook.com/events/1762682697393004; https://www.studentsforafreetibet.org/celebrate-potala. (history of the Potala; https://www.studentsforafreetibet.org/event/tibetan-independence-day-toronto-celebratepotala.
Zororastian. Lecture series (which has already started but you can join any time).
“We are currently in the midst of an interesting seven-part lecture series titled ‘Asha Vahishta’. They are conducted in a thought-provoking manner by Dr. Neville Panthaki (not your typical style of lecturer).” 1187 Burnhamthorpe Rd. E. in Oakville. Everyone welcome.
Jan 14, 2017 – I’m Zarthoshti; Who am I?
Feb 11, 2017 – Is Zoroastrianism a Team Sport? My Spirituality vs. Your Religion
Mar 11, 2017 – Inheriting and Bequeathing Faith
Apr 8, 2017 – Performative Aspects of Faith
May 6, 2017 – Last Remains: Burial, Cremation, or Donation
June 3, 2017 – Inheritance vs. Conviction: The Future of Hereditary Male Mobedi
For our previous experience at a Zoroastrian lecture series, see: https://www.torontomulticulturalcalendar.com/2013/11/18/431-parsis-and-zoroastrianism-in-toronto/. Ruth.