794. November 9-15 Events in Multicultural Toronto with Black Artists, Italian Plays, & Goya Exhibition – 2017

Canada-China relations, African and Persian-inspired music, a gallery dedicated to Black artists, and Indigenous arts are among this period’s events. The launch of a Hindu-Muslim book of stories set in India, and another book launch on the effect of racism on all of us, are opportunities to query authors and think about the causes and solutions to world problems. 

A talk about Spanish painter Francisco Goya and plays by Italian playwright-Nobel Laureate Luigi Pirandello are among the reasons why Toronto is a great place to experience world arts. And there are more events.

Some of the following events are free. Don’t forget that you can also visit all of Toronto’s Heritage Museums for free this month too.

AfroFusion and Persian. Polyphonic Ground Presents Sina Salimi + D’bi & The 333. November 9. 9pm. $15-$20. Revival Bar, 783 College Street. http://smallworldmusic.com/shows/polyphonic-ground-presents-sina-salimi-dbi/.

For tickets, visit https://www.picatic.com/PolyphonicGroundNov2017

Black Artist. Marie-Helene Cauvin: Tattooed Portraits. Exhibition to November 26. Free. Donations appreciated. 19 Brock Avenue. Gallery Hours: Thursday – Saturday from 12pm-6pm; Sunday 1pm to 5pm. More information: Tel. 647-701-4323; info@band-rand.com; facebook.com/blackartndialog. http://band-rand.com/site/current-exhibitions/ Information about Gallery.  http://band-rand.com/site/about-band/. Information about Gallery.  http://band-rand.com/site/about-band/.

China. Fifty Years of Relations with China: Myths and Realities.  Sunday, November 12, 2pm. Free. OISE, room 5150.  Talking about his forthcoming book on Canada-China relations will be Bernie Michael Frolic, Professor Emeritus, Political Science, York University and Senior Researcher at the Munk School for Global Affairs. Sponsored by the Canada-China Friendship Association. Website: http://federation.tripod.com/events.html.

Image of Prof. Frolic on left from: ttp://federation.tripod.com/events.html.


European Union. European Union Film Festival. Continues during this period. Free but you can reserve a seat for $10. Films from Malta, Spain, Belgium, U.K., Latvia, Netherlands, etc. All films subtitled in English unless otherwise noted. Main venue: The Royal, 608 College Street. http://www.eutorontofilmfest.ca/

Still from Maltese film Gozo.


First Nations. Annual Festival of Indigenous Work: Weesageechak Begins to Dance. November 15-25.7:30pm. Tickets $15. Festival Passes $60. Daniels Spectrum Aki Theatre, 585 Dundas Street East. Theatre, dance, spoken word, media art and film. http://www.nativeearth.ca/weesageechak30/

Hindu-Muslim. Book launch of Tales from Birehra: A Journey Through a World Within Us  by Dr. Rafi Mustafa. November 12. 2pm. $5. Noor Cultural Centre, 123 Wynford Drive, North York. Tales from Birehara: A Journey Through a World Within Us  are related stories of Hindu-Muslim relationships shared across the Indian sub-continent prior to the ending of the British Raj. http://www.noorculturalcentre.ca/?p=16298

Ireland. Ceiliuradh 150  –  A Celebration of Canada 150 with Irish Music. Thursday November 9. 7pm. $30. St. James Cathedral Centre, 65 Church Street. More information and tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ceiliuradh-150-a-celebration-of-canada-150-with-a-feast-of-irish-music-tickets-38545194715?aff=ehomecard

Image from Ireland Park Foundation Website.


Italy. Celebrating Canada150pirandello150. Three one-act plays by Luigi Pirandello (in English). Thursday, November 9. 2pm & 8pm; Friday, November 10. 12pm & 8pm; Saturday November 11 – 2pm & 8pm. Evening Shows $30, Matinee $15. Al Green Theatre, Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Avenue (at Bloor).

…famed Italian playwright Luigi Pirandello. Recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature (1934)… has entertained audiences with wit and humour for over a century. The three one-act plays bring themes of love, desire, compassion, and a transparent clash of ideological differences between family and friends of today’s society…” http://www.iictoronto.esteri.it/iic_toronto/en/gli_eventi/calendario/2017/11/pirandello150-festival.html.

For this and other Italy-related events in Toronto:  http://www.iictoronto.esteri.it/iic_toronto/en/gli_eventi/

Multicultural. Book Launch: “Boomerang Ethics: How Racism Affects Us All” by Joseph Mensah and Christopher J. Williams. Thursday November 9. 6:30-9pm. A Different Booklist, 779 Bathurst Street. “Join us for a night with Joseph Mensah and Christopher J. Williams discussing their timely publishing on racist discourse.” For this and other book launches with authors: https://www.adifferentbooklist.com/?q=h.calevents.

Multicultural. Toronto. Myseum Presents: Music From People City.

     Launch Event. November 9. 7:30 pm. Free. “Refreshments and a private musical performance by Tommy Ambrose and friends as we celebrate the launch of Music From People City.” Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/myseum-presents-music-from-people-city-launch-event-tickets-38980256998.

     Music From People City: Shining A Light On Massey Hall. November 12. 10am. Free. Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street. (Main entrance on Shuter Street). This is a city-wide celebration of exhibits, events, and experiences that showcase how Toronto got its groove… Music From People City explores Toronto’s musical legacy through the city’s many assets: from iconic venues and renowned record shops to celebrated city anthems and music-friendly neighbourhoods. https://www.masseyhall.com/tickets/myseum/.

Poland. Polish Independence Day Celebration Toronto. November 12. 11am. St. Maximilian Kolbe Polish Roman Catholic Church, Mississauga: https://allevents.in/mississauga/polish-independence-day-mississauga/125711828191585

Scotland. St. Andrew’s Annual Church Parade. November 12. 10am-12pm. Glenview Presbyterian Church, 1 Glenview Ave, Sponsored by the St. Andrew’s Society of Toronto. http://www.standrews-society.ca/event/2016-annual-church-parade/ .

About the St. Andrew’s Society. http://www.standrews-society.ca/  

Glenview Presbyterian Church from the St. Andrew’s Society website.


Spain. The Prints of Francisco Goya: Etching Enlightenment’s Demise. Wednesday, November 15. 7 pm. $10-$17. Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West. Francisco Goya produced some of the most compelling images of social unrest and personal anguish ever created. Join Janis Tomlinson for an illustrated talk that explores his life and work.


Image from AGO Website. Francisco de Goya, A way of flying (Modo de volar) Plate 13 from “Los Proverbios”, c. 1819 – 1824. Gift of The Robert Tanenbaum Family Trust, 1999.


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