China, First Nations, Ireland, Italy, Punjab, and Ukraine are here but I have to stop adding any more to this blog or I’ll never get it posted. I keep finding more exciting events every day. There are so many cultures represented in Toronto it’s hard to keep up. In this grouping, I’ve also listed a new show by our Black Artists and our first bazaar of the gift-giving season organized by Japanese-Canadians, one of our culturally-diverse communities. And there’s a very significant happening at Nathan Phillips Square.
Names from Irish literature will be added to some lanes in the Beach, and the Irish Centre in Brampton has an Open House. Our Jewish friends will be honouring Jewish authors and Korean and English language lessons will be exchanged again. St. Andrew’s Church starts its noon-hour recitals. You can learn more about the AGO’s major exhibition Anthropocene from a new Podcast, the Netherlands is giving us an ethereal light show, and a Palestine human rights lawyer will speak about peace-making. And what’s best, most of these events are free or almost free.
Black Artists. Opening. Visceral – Gordon Shadrach. October 11. 6-8pm. Free. BAND, 19 Brock Avenue. Exhibition duration: October 11 – November 28. “Visceral is Gordon Shadrach’s follow-up to his first solo exhibition at BAND in the fall of 2017. In this most recent body of work, Shadrach focuses on portraits that explore the responses to racism or bias, capturing the responses of those on the receiving end or the audience bearing witness.” https://www.facebook.com/events/333624710525710.
Canada. Halloween Festivals and Events Calendar at Toronto’s Museums and Cultural Centres . Now to November 1. Check this out now for very affordable spooky events, some of which are already sold out. https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/history-art-culture/exhibits-events/?themes=Halloween.
China. Lily Cho and Morris Lum on Photographing the Chinatown. October 13. 2-3:30pm. Free. Hinton Learning Theatre, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street. “Toronto’s Chinatown is the richest place to discover early Chinese stories in the City. Lily Cho, Professor at York University and author of Eating Chinese: Culture on the Menu in Small Town Canada, talks to photographer Morris Lum about documenting the history of Chinatown through photography.” https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT367295&R=EVT367295
First Nations. IRSS Legacy Celebration. Tuesday, October 9 schedule: 7am-8:45pm (9:30-11am: Grand Entry, Introduction, Restoration of Identity Sculpture, etc.); October 10: 7am-9pm, and October 11: 7am-9pm. Free. Nathan Phillips Square. Indian Residential School Survivor program. See full schedule: https://irsslegacy.com/schedule/ Not to be missed. https://irsslegacy.com/
First Nations. Heart and Vision Awards Concert 2018. October 15. 7:30pm-11pm. Performance only, $25. Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen Street East. Jackie Richardson and The Young Creek Performers, First Nations Drummers and Dancers. Drew Hayden Taylor will host.
Proceeds from the concert and gifts to the Community Relief Fund support the Council’s partnership programs through which local congregations rebuild and equip their church facilities to enhance community social services. https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/the-toronto-united-church-council/events/heartandvision2018/
Ireland. Great Bloomsday Unveiling. Saturday, October 13. 11am. “Some of you may know, there’s been a campaign to have some lane ways in the Beach named in honour of BLOOMSDAY during the past year, and before Councillor Mary Mgt. McMahon retires from municipal politics.
“There will be music, singing, scenes, speeches and general merriment. The agenda hasn’t been formulated yet. However, I think it would be great to do the Pub Scene in Gastro Pub for all those guests who don’t usually participate in the Bloomsday Odyssey…” http://torontobloomsday.com/
For more information: Mary Durkan: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks to Maureen Oleary for this information. If you want to receive Irish notices earlier, join Maureen’s mailing list at: email@example.com. Bloomsday, an event inspired by Irish writer James Joyce’s novel Ulysses, is celebrated every year in The Beach in June. See: https://www.torontomulticulturalcalendar.com/2018/06/06/826-june-16-bloomsday-in-toronto-and-dublin-a-story-2018/
Ireland. Brampton Irish Centre Open House. Admission. Sunday October 14. 2pm-8pm. Free. 20 Strathearn Avenue, Unit 5, Brampton. Entertainment by Hugo Straney, The Doherty Irish Dancers and Tom McCormick and Garret Fox plus a BBQ with hamburgers and hot dogs. “We invite everyone to come out for an afternoon of music, song and dance with friends.” www.bramptonirishcenter.com or Facebook for more info.
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Italy. Girolamo Frescobaldi and Friends: A Musical Meet-and-Greet. October 12. 6:30pm-7:30pm. Free. IIC Gallery – Istituto Italiano di Cultura – 496 Huron Street.
“The Istituto Italiano di Cultura will host a presentation of the ‘season opener‘ concert: Frescobaldi & The Glories of Rome… an introduction to some of the brilliant music and musicians of early 17th-century Rome, including Girolamo Frescobaldi (organist at San Pietro for over thirty years!), Luigi Rossi, Stefano Landi and others. Arias and madrigals, dance music, variations, sacred music and early sonatas will be explored in this informal talk, which will also include live and recorded musical examples, projected images, and a Q&A.”
Speaker: Alison Melville of the Toronto Consort, Artistic Director of the group’s upcoming concerts Frescobaldi & the Glories of Rome.” http://iictoronto.esteri.it/iic_toronto/resource/doc/2018/10/frescobaldi_presentazione_e_concerto_2.pdf
Japan. Annual Fall Food and Craft Bazaar. Saturday October 13. 12-3pm. Free entry. Bayview United Church, 2609 Bayview Avenue. http://bayviewunitedchurch.ca/Jewish. Jewish Literary Awards. October 14. Free. Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building – Main Floor, York University, 4700 Keele Street. “The public is invited and all are welcome.” (Ruth’s note: Here’s an opportunity to meet some Jewish writers and poets.) http://www.cjlawards.caKorea. Korean-English Language Exchange. Fridays. Different segments start from 4:10pm. Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street, U. Of T. downtown campus. For information: https://www.facebook.com/TorontoKoreanEnglishLanguageExchange
Multicultural. Noontime Recitals at St. Andrews. Fridays. 12-1pm. Free. St. Andrew’s Church, 73 Simcoe Street.
October 12 – Cathy Yang, piano; October 19 – Lisa Tahara, piano, and Brenna Hardy-Kavanagh, violin; October 26 – Danielle Dudycha, soprano, John Holland, baritone, William Shookhoff, piano; November 2 – Christopher Slade, piano; November 9 – Julia Kim, cello; November 16 – Warren Nicholson, guitar; November 23 – Jean-Luc Therrien, piano, Jean-Samuel Bez, violin; November 30 – Tristan Savella, piano.
Multicultural. Introducing the new Anthropocene podcast. Free. http://artmatters.ca/wp/2018/10/introducing-our-new-anthropocene-podcast
Netherlands. Waterlicht. October 12, 7pm to October 14, 11pm. Free. The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd. “A Site-Wide Large-Scale Light Installation by Acclaimed Dutch Artist and Innovator Daan Roosegaarde... This large-scale light installation illustrates the universal power and poetry of water…Waterlicht is a dream landscape created through the imaginative use of LEDs, special software, and lenses. Larger-than-life, cascading waves of blue light will soar underneath the Gardiner Expressway, simulating a virtual flood and calling attention to rising water levels along Toronto’s shoreline…” http://www.thebentway.ca/event/waterlicht/
“Palestinian human rights lawyer, Jonathan Kuttab, examines the present configuration of forces and personalities leading to current outlook for justice and peace for Palestine and Israel. He is concerned by what he sees as the continued erosion of human rights for all Palestinians under Israel’s control and the rightward shift of Israeli society and state. Yet he is still hopeful that the present forces can be undone and situation reversed with our help.” https://www.facebook.com/events/224381155102788/?active_tab=about
Sikhism. Punjab. India. Exploring Faith Series: Interactive presentation on Sikhism. Wednesday, October 10. 11:45am-1:45pm. *Lunch will be served. Price unknown. “Discover the basics and unique concepts of Sikhism and how it can help you in your life. Speakers: Guru Fatha Singh Khalsa and Davinder Dhanoa. Multi-faith Centre, University of Toronto, Koffler Institute, 569 Spadina Avenue.” To learn more about the series and other events of IDI GTA, please visit www.toronto.interculturaldialog.com . For more information: https://toronto.interculturaldialog.com/?s=Sikh.
Ukraine. Opening. Picturesque Ukraine – Exhibition of Contemporary Art from Ukraine. October 14. 2:30pm. Wine and Cheese Reception. Shevchenko Museum, 1614 Bloor Street West. Gallery Hours: October 14-December 20. Mon-Wed, Friday 10am-4pm, Thursday 12-7pm. Free admission – donations appreciated. http://www.infoukes.com/shevchenkomuseum/
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