A chance to tango the night away. A sacred relic of St. Francis Xavier here in town. First Nations and Anglicans getting together over the sacredness of water. An Inuk art historian talking about artistic Inuit values. University students raising money for charity and having fun. A South Asian bridal show displaying some extravagant culture. Tamils having a reception in Toronto’s City Hall that you can join. A celebration of the Prophet’s birthday. Music and inspirational speeches to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. And British-born and Venezuelan-born musicians offering free concerts.
Such are some of the intriguing events you can experience in multicultural Toronto for free or almost free.
Argentina. 7th Annual Toronto Tango Marathon. January 12-14. $20-$25 (for single milonga). DJs to keep you dancing to the wee hours. Lithuanian Hall, 1573 Bloor Street West. Contact: Elizabeth Sadowska, 416-240-0808. http://www.torontotangomarathon.com/schedule.php; See video: www.torontotangomarathon.com.
Christian. Roman Catholic. Relic of St. Francis Xavier. Archdiocese of Toronto, January 12-14. By donation. The forearm of the saint, permanently displayed at the Church of the Gesu in Rome, will be in Canada from December 29 – February 2… In Toronto’s archdiocese, the relic will be hosted by St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica (January 12), St. Francis Xavier Church, Mississauga (January 13), and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Toronto (January 14). More information about the visit and a full schedule of events at: www.cco.ca/relic.
Europe. Britain. Pianist Jana Luksts. Collective series of contemporary music recitals. January 10. 12:10pm. 50 minutes. Free. Music of James Erber, Georges Aperghis and Michael Finnissy. St. Andrews Church, 187 King St West. http://standrewstoronto.org/events event-details/?action=evrplusegister&event_id=29.
First Nations. Christian. Sixth Annual Keepers of the Water – Vigil of Lament & Thanksgiving. January 17. 7-9pm. By donation. Church of the Holy Trinity. 19 Trinity Square. All are welcome. Co-sponsored by Toronto Urban Native Ministry & The Anglican Diocese of Toronto. https://www.kairoscanada.org/event/keepers-of-the-water-vigil-of-lament-thanksgiving.
Inuit. McCready Lecture on Canadian Art. Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit in the Art Museum: Centering Inuit Knowledge and Community in Exhibition Practices. Wednesday January 17, 7 pm. Free but ticket required. Baillie Court, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West. “Dr. Heather Igloliorte, an Inuk curator and art historian from Nunatsiavut, the Inuit self-governing region of Labrador, will discuss the integration of… Inuit values and knowledge into contemporary exhibition practice through the development of her collaborative, community-led work in Nunatsiavut”: https://ago.ca/events/mccready-lecture-canadian-art-heather-igloliorte
Muslim. Multicultural. Unite the Ummah presented by UTM, Ryerson and McMaster MSAs. Friday, January 12. 6-9pm. $20. Symphony Banquet Hall & Event Center, 959 Derry Road East, Mississauga. Presented by the Muslim Students Associations at three universities. “…an unforgettable night complete with amazing food, entertainment, speeches, and the best of company. The best part is that this will be a charity event supporting UTM MSA’s Houses in Jannah initiative.
“We strongly encourage everyone to come in their cultural attire… Seats are limited! This event is open to EVERYONE, and not at all limited to the members of the 3 MSAs. Purchase tickets online here.”
For more information: https://muslimlink.ca/events/toronto/event/5843-unite-the-ummah-presented-by-utm-ryerson-and-mcmaster-msas.Muslim. The Prophet’s Birthday. January 14. 12:30pm. St. Luke’s United Church, 353 Sherbourne Avenue. www.saintlukesunitedchurch.org.
South Asian. Must be Kismet Wedding Show. South Asian Bridal Showcase. January 14. General Admission: $10; Fashion Show $15. All Access Pass $25. The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga. Note: this is not just for prospective brides. It’s for everyone interested in South Asian craftsmanship and customs. https://www.mustbekismet.com/mbk-january-2018/
Tamil. Tamil Heritage Month Reception. Monday, January 15. 6-9pm. Free but registration requested. Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/councillor-neethan-shan-invites-you-to-the-tamil-heritage-month-reception-tickets-39664224764
U.S. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. January 16. Memorial day for the American Civil Rights leader. Programs in some Toronto schools.
Black Business Network. Own Your Dream. January 13. 6:30pm. $20-$30. McVety Conference Centre, 50 Gervais Drive (Eglinton Avenue and Don Mills). http://bbpa.org/events-programsmartin-luther-king/.
Venezuela. Latin Jazz. Golpes y Flores Eliana Cuevas Quartet. January 10. 5:30pm. Free. “a beautiful musical love letter to her native land…”: https://jazzdelapena.com/new-music/singersongwriter-eliana-cuevas-releases-golpes-y-flores/
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