787. October 10-19 Events in Multicultural Toronto – 2017

The world is indeed in Toronto: this week, a discourse on a contemporary Chinese-Canadian art exhibition, and a celebration of First Nations author, playwright and filmmaker, Maria Campbell. There’s the Indian Diwali Festival and a Japanese-Canadian church bazaar too. Coming up also is a literary award with finalists who are Jewish, and another event with a finalist who is of Jamaican heritage. He’s pitted against a doctor who works in both Ethiopia and Toronto.

You can celebrate 50 years of Japanese immigration to Canada with people of Japanese heritage. Electronic musician Hans-Joachim Roedelius  from Germany performs with a Filipino classical gong musician. You can mourn the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women at a moccasin exhibition or join a multi-faith Thanksgiving event.

You can show your support for multiculturalism at a rally in Queen’s Park. Or attend a presentation of a plaque commemorating the 1966 Muhammad Ali vs. George Chuvalo boxing match which took place in Toronto. You can also learn more about Syrian food, music and Syrians in Mississauga.

The choice is yours.

China. Chinese Canadian. History Through the Lens of Its Art. October 14. 2-4pm. Henry Lu, Curator of University of Toronto Art Museums… will speak about a collection of art works created by eleven artists of Chinese descent, as a way to view the past of Chinese Canadians. Toronto Reference Library, Hinton Learning Theatre, 789 Yonge Street. http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT308729&R=EVT308729

(The exhibition Far and Near: the Distance(s) between Us is on view until October 29 at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto.)

Image of old Chinese restaurant in Montreal with artist Karen Tam. Image copyright ©2017 Ruth Lor Malloy.


First Nations. Indigenous Elders Honouring the Elders. October 13. 7-9pm. Free. Celebrating excellence in Indigenous storytelling and literature, and the lifetime achievements of award-winning author, playwright and filmmaker Maria Campbell and award-winning poet, Louise Halfe. Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street.


Image of Maria Campbell from http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT304367&R=EVT304367

First Nations. Walking With Our Sisters. October 15-29. Monday – Friday 4:30–8:30pm; Saturday – Sunday 12–6pm. Free. Aboriginal Education Centre, 16 Phin Avenue (Donlands and Danforth).

A Commemorative Art Memorial to honour Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada and the United States. 1820+ pairs of moccasin tops have been created by 1400+ caring and concerned people to create one large collaborative memorial.

More information from: https://www.facebook.com/events/2022383087991922/?active_tab=about

Germany. Krautrock Legend on Stage with Jospeph Shabason, XAMBUCA & Kat Estacio. October 17. 8:30pm. $15-$18. The Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton Street. https://www.goethe.de/ins/ca/en/ver.cfm?fuseaction=events.detail&event_id=21058652

Image of Hans-Joachim Roedelius | Foto: Alex Gonzales, Design: NODE Berlin Oslo


India. Diwali. Deepavali. Hindu Festival of Lights. Like Christmas, this favourite festival is celebrated in many Toronto locations. Look in Hindu temples, stores, and Indian homes. Diwali marks the conquest of evil and ignorance. At least 16 events with various prices in Ontario (though some of the information is not up to date) are in: http://www.deepavali.net/canada.php

Among our favourites are the Gerrard India Bazaar (Coxwell and Gerrard) on October 14. Performances, food and shopping. Free entry. http://www.gerrardindiabazaar.

There’s also October 19-28. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple, 61 Claireville Drive, Etobicoke. (Highway 427 and Finch). This is an excellent time to visit this most beautiful of Toronto’s temples, as it is decorated with food offerings, and full of worshipers. Please send us your picture of fireworks  there at 8:30pm on October 19: http://www.baps.org/Global-Network/North-America/Toronto/Upcoming-Events.aspx

For more information: 416-798-2277.

Japan. Annual Bazaar Bayview United Church. October 14. 12-3pm. Free entry. Udon, baked goods, BBQ, Japanese food, silent auction, crafts, plants. 2609 Bayview Avenue. http://bayviewunitedchurch.ca/

Japan. Celebrating 50 Years of New Japanese Immigration (after WWII). October 12. 6:30pm. $20 including tax. Participants must be 18 years old and over. Cocktails from 6pm. JCCC Kobayashi Hall. Some presentations in Japanese. Kagami biraki ceremony. Launch of 50th Anniversary Commemorative Book. 6 Garamond Court. 416-441-2345. http://jccc.on.ca/event/shin-ijusha-50th-anniversary-celebration/

Jewish. Jewish Literary Awards. October 15. 2pm. Free. Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building – Main Floor, York University. “The public is invited and all are welcome.” Here’s an opportunity to meet some Jewish writers and poets. http://www.cjlawards.ca

Book jacket for Gary Barwin’s Yiddish for Pirates (Vintage Canada) from http://penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/249646/yiddish-pirates#9780345815521.

Multicultural. Unity Rally to End White Supremacy. October 15. 12-3pm. Free. Queen’s Park. Show your support for multiculturalism in Toronto just by being there, and talking with others who feel as you do, or don’t. https://www.facebook.com/events/1939091156346752/

Multicultural. Jamaica. Ethiopia.  2017 Toronto Book Awards Ceremony. October 12. 7-8pm. Free but registration is required. Toronto Reference Library’s Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, 789 Yonge Street. 416-395-5577. The Winner of the 2017 Toronto Book Award will be announced! Among the finalists are:

In The Black by Denham Jolly who was brought up in Jamaica and is now a Black rights activist and entrepreneur in Toronto. Excerpts from his book are on: https://www.amazon.ca/Black-Life-B-Denham-Jolly/dp/1770413782#reader_1770413782

Life on the Ground Floor, the memoir of Dr. James Maskalyk who works in emergency medicine in Toronto and Ethiopia. An excerpt from his book is at: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/108744/life-on-the-ground-floor-by-dr-james-maskalyk/9780385665971/

About the book awards: https://web.toronto.ca/city-government/awards-tributes/awards/toronto-book-awards/2017-toronto-book-awards/

Multi-Faith. York Centre Multi-faith Thanksgiving Celebration. October 10. 7-9pm. Free. Honouring Canada’s 150th Anniversary with Participation from the Three Abrahamic Traditions. Event will combine prayer, music and greetings, as well as a panel discussion.

york centre


Syria. Mississauga Syrian Festival. October 12. 7:30-8:30pm. $20 or pay what you can. The Great Hall of the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga, 84 South Service Road, Mississauga. 905-278-5622. All Ages. Free parking. Contact info: Email:johnrowell99@gmail.com.

For the full three conference days and prices for separate days: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mississauga-syrian-festival-tickets-36928891308

U.S. Toronto. Black History. Sports Protests: Muhammad Ali & His Relevance in 2017. Presentation of plaque commemorating the 1966 Muhammad Ali vs. George Chuvalo boxing match. Thursday, October 12. 5:30–8pm. Suggested donation $5-$10. Lower Ossington Theater, 100 Ossington Avenue, across the street from the gym where Muhammad Ali trained in March 1966. Casual refreshments to follow (cash bar). Please note that the venue is not fully accessible (20 stairs).

Tied to the 50th anniversary of this historic boxing match, we now find this plaque resonates with recent events in the US… Ali was in Toronto because he was effectively banned from competing in the United States due to his controversial support for the group Nation of Islam, and his opposition to the Vietnam War…

Before #TakeAKnee, Ali stood up. He risked his career, and also his freedom, facing prison time for his beliefs. His reasons echo those of the athletes peacefully protesting today – the experience faced by Black Americans at home.”  Sponsored by Heritage Toronto and the Ossington Community Association for the Presentation of a Plaque… http://heritage


xAli-Chuvalo-Credit-Boris-Spremo-slash-The-Canadian-Press-Images-241×300.jpg.pagespeed.ic.ezOUDYCDRC. Image from Heritage Toronto website.

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