788. October 18-24 Events in Multicultural Toronto – 2017

Belgium’s Antwerp will be in Toronto during this period. So will a First Nations Craft Fair. An Irish rebel who some consider a Canadian icon will be discussed and lauded in words and music. A Japanese paper-cutting artist will show you an ancient craft. And another Japanese artist will discuss indigo, the blue dye used thousands of years ago in many regions of the world.

Our International Festival of Authors starts on October 19 and will have over 100 participants from 20 countries. This one is relatively inexpensive but many of the other events are absolutely free.

Belgium. Antwerp. Business Mission to Canada. October 22 to 24. The city of Antwerp will be on a Business mission. A delegation of over 70 people from the private and public sector will be headed by Mayor Mr Bart De Wever. Belgium in Toronto indeed.

If you are interested in Business relations, register now for the Antwerp Breakfast Seminar via email: antwerp2017@fitagency.com . Tuesday, October 24. 7.15–9.30am. Registration is free of charge, but mandatory. The Omni King Edward Hotel, 37 King Street East. Program on: http://www.belgiumconnect.com/ai1ec_event/antwerp-breakfast-seminar/?instance_id=4401. RSVP before October 19th.

First Nations. Fall Craft Fair. Saturday, October 21. 10am. Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, 16 Spadina Avenue. 100% handmade Indigenous arts & crafts sale! 40+ local artisans including moccasins, paintings, beadwork, dream catchers, clothing, traditional and contemporary jewellery, and more!

Ireland. The Celtic Studies Program presents: Thomas D’Arcy McGee: Irish Rebel, Canadian Icon,  A Life in Words & Music – Featuring the McGee Band. Friday Oct 20, 8pm. Free. Geoge Ignatieff  Theatre, University of Toronto,  15 Devonshire Place.

Born in Ireland in 1825, McGee was a leader of the Irish Rising of 1848… In Canada, McGee stood for a tolerant, generous-spirited, open-minded and compassionate society in which minority rights were respected and protected… against the militants in his midst, whether they were extreme Orange Protestants or Irish Canadian Fenians who supported an American-based invasion of his adopted country…

 Thomas D’Arcy McGee: A Life in Words and Music,” captures the spirit and style of this remarkable man. Combining the original music of James Stephens and Frank Cassidy with the script of McGee biographer Dr. David A. Wilson, it has been performed at various venues in Canada and the United States. Tickets and more information from:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/thomas-darcy-mcgee-irish-rebel-canadian-icon-a-life-in-words-music-tickets-37945646450

Thanks to Maureen O’Leary for telling us about this event. If you want to hear about more Irish events in Toronto and area, subscribe to her mailing list at: “Maureen Oleary” <moleary2001@rogers.com>.

Image from the Eventbrite website.

Japan: Japanese Paper Cutting Performance by Hayashiya Imamaru. October 18. 6:30-7:30pm. Free but requires registration. Rush seating may be available on the day of the event.  Hudson's Bay Centre, 2 Bloor St E #300, http://jftor.org/event/kami-kiri/. If you are disappointed because you applied too late for such events in the future, do consider getting on the Japan Foundation mailing list. Sign up at: http://jftor.org/about-us/newsletters/ Other organizations with festivals and events also have mailing lists announcing events months in advance. 

Image from: http://jftor.org/event/kami-kiri/


Japan. Lecture on Indigo. October 21. 2-3:30pm. Free but requires registration. 416-966-1600 or email: info@jftor.org. Talk by indigo artist Rowland Ricketts. Japan Foundation, Hudson’s Bay Centre, 2 Bloor Street East, #300, Co-invitation with Textile Museum of Canada. http://jftor.org/event/talk-by-rowland-rickets-i-am-ai-we-are-ai/Indigo – lecture. Website: www.jftor.org.

Image from Japan Foundation website.


Muilticultural.  Ban This Series, Redux.  “It has been recently announced that, effective October 18, 2017, three more countries will be added to the U.S. travel ban. They’re at it again, so we’re at it again. Please join us in sharing and amplifying these stories.” http://hotdocscinema.ca/c/ban-this-series-redux?utm_source=eBulletin&utm_medium=HDC&utm_campaign=HDCFilms&utm_content=BanThisSeries. Tel. 416-637-3123. Email: cinemaboxoffice@hotdocs.ca
The Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema,  506 Bloor Street West. (at Bathurst).

   Chad. Hissein Habre, A Chadian Tragedy. Following his arrest, survivors of former Chadian dictator Hissein Habre’s eight-year regime open up about their harrowing experiences under his rule. Wednesday, October 25. 2:30pm. Free. 

   North Korea. Tiger Spirit. Beginning as a search for proof of tigers living near Korea’s DMZ, local filmmaker Min Sook Lee embarks on an emotional journey to understand the country her family left. Director Min Sook Lee will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion. Mon, Oct 23 5pm. Free.

   Venezuela. La Soledad. Filmmaker Jorge Thielen Armand returns to the dilapidated villa his great-grandparents used to live in, now occupied by a childhood friend who is searching for a treasure.Director Jorge Thielen Armand will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion. Tuesday, October 24. 8:45pm. Free.



Multicultural. International Folk Dancing Open House. October 20. 8-11pm. Free.  University of Toronto Schools. 371 Bloor Street West. Room 122.

Multicultural. France. International Festival of Authors. October 19-29. “Engage with the literature of our times, explore the world of books and get acquainted with the authors and their ideas. These 11 days are packed with readings, one-on-one interviews, thought-provoking panel discussions, special events and free book signings. From poetry readings, crime and thriller writing discussions to celebrations of authors’ literary achievements, the Festival offers a curated selection of events for every taste. The IFOA takes place at  Harbourfront Centre, where the city meets the lake.” http://ifoa.org/festival

The festival has authors from other countries such as France’s Marie Darrieussecq.She will be introducing her latest book translated into English, Being Here Is Everything: The Life Of Paula M. Becker (Semiotext(e), September 2017), a moving account of the ground-breaking German painter, Paula Modersohn-Becker, the first woman in Art History to paint a nude self-portrait. Marie Darrieussecq will be presenting as well her latest novel, published in France in August, Notre vie dans les forêts (“Our life in the forests”), a technological dystopia, taking up again the tropes of her debut novel, Pig Tales: http://francecanadaculture.org/en/node/13521.

Each year, the International Festival of Authors of Toronto brings together over 100 participants from 20 countries for readings, talks, interviews, round table discussions, and award presentations. For more than 37 years, over 8,500 authors – including 22 Nobel Laureates – have appeared on the IFOA stage. Marie Darrieussecq will participate in two panels at IFOA, on October 28th and October 29th. “ 

Tickets & Passes $18 General Admission (unless otherwise specified); $15 IFOA Supporters; Free for Students & Youth. Flex Passes: 6 tickets for $90 can be used in any combination for regularly priced events (subject to availability); Special Event Pricing; Some Free events. http://ifoa.org/festival. 

Image from International Festival of Authors website.


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