857. Affordable Events January 22-31 in Multicultural Toronto – 2019

Here’s your opportunity to experience Africa, Maroons, and a famous Muslim comic from the U.S. Do you know what Maroons are?

With Black History Month a few days away, you might be interested in some upcoming events or meeting the author of a children’s book on the subject. How about learning about French author Albert Camus in Algeria? Or start now to celebrate Chinese New Year’s with a group of Chinese-Canadian seniors.

The Irish Players are looking for volunteers and some Italians are exhibiting modern designs. From our Jewish community, we have Sephardic songs and storytelling, and a Yiddish dance party. A Jewish author talks about the global resurgence of antisemitism.

The Fleck Dance Theatre has a weekend of dance and the Power Plant throws a party to launch its winter season. Shab-e She’r has its monthly Poetry Night and there’s a dinner with Muslims in nearby Milton. Filipinos will be parading with their statues of Santo Niño, the baby Jesus. And people of Scottish descent will be ice skating in kilts. The Ukrainians will have a concert.

If you missed the Canadian doctor who was wounded recently in Gaza, you will have another chance to hear him speak. Most of the following events are free or almost free, and all are open to the general public. The world is indeed accessible in our city where it’s easy to  meet your neighbours from other cultures, and to get to know them better.

Africa. The African Brain Drain Conference by African Impact Initiative. January 26. 1:30-7pm. Free. The Meeting Place, 1265 Military Trail, University of Toronto Scarborough. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/african-impact-conference-the-african-brain-drain-tickets-53775819925

Africa. Maroons. Exhibition. Winsom: I Rise; Art and the Afterlife. December 22, 2018 – July 20, 2019. Exhibition included with general museum admission. For hours, entry fee and free admission opportunities: https://ago.ca/. Gallery 201 and Gallery 238, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West.

For information about I Rise: https://ago.ca/exhibitions/winsom-i-rise.

For images of Winsom’s work: https://artmatters.ca/wp/2019/01/i-rise-winsom/?utm_source=New+AGO+Master+List&utm_campaign=26fda009d2-AGOinsider_06-01-2017_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d4ab708299-26fda009d2-245866649

Note from Wikipedia: Maroons were Africans and their descendants in the Americas who formed settlements away from New World chattel slavery. 

Image from AGO website.

Arab. Muslim. U.S. Comedy from the Other Side of Fear. Mo Amer. January 25. 8:30pm. $30, $27 Friends, $22.50 students and seniors. Includes same-day Museum admission (redeem at Ticket Desk). Packages available. Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, North York.

Discover why Rolling Stone named Mo Amer one of the ‘10 Comedians You Need to Know’ and why legendary comedian Dave Chappelle calls him ‘hilarious, thought-provoking and inspiring.’ ...Mo Amer is an Arab-­American stand-up comic and writer of Palestinian descent, known for his work with the comedy troupe Allah Made Me FunnyContent may not be suitable for all audiences.” https://agakhanmuseum.org/programs/comedy-from-the-other-side-of-fear-mo-amer-jan-25-2019 ; for a recent video of Mo Amer, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QviPgC3Vmms

Image from Mo Amer website.

Black History. Black History Month Kick Off. January 27. 12-4pm. $95-$135. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West. Join us as the OBHS kicks off and recognizes the achievement of Black Canadians in community service and more. Enjoy a four-course meal, shoppers’ market and entertainment. Tickets are limited!”


Black History. Book Launch. Harriet Tubman Freedom Fighter. January 22. 7pm. Free to attend. A Different Book List, 779 Bathurst Street. Join author Nadia L. Hohn for the launch of her new book.

China. Chinese New Year 2019 Celebration Party (Mandarin). January 28. 10:30am-12pm. Free. Cornell Library, 3201 Bur Oak Avenue, Markham. “A fun program for newcomer seniors to get together and mingle with new friends! Let’s celebrate New Year 2019 together!” https://allevents.in/markham/chinese-new-year-2019-celebration-party-mandarin/1000051595154496#

Ruth’s note: This is the first of this year’s many Chinese New Year celebrations that I’ve heard of. Outsiders usually feel welcome at such senior events. The actual Lunar New Year day is Tuesday, February 5. It’s the Year of the Pig.

Image of Chinese New Year’s card rack at a Toronto postal store. Ruth Lor Malloy 2019.

France. Algeria. Lecture-Reading by Jean-Paul Schintu on Albert Camus, His Youth in Algeria: 1930–1940. January 23. 7pm. Free. In French. Alliance française Toronto – Galerie Pierre Léon, 24 Spadina Road. Camus was a French philosopher, author, and journalist: https://www.alliance-francaise.ca/en/culture/lectures/albert-camus-his-youth-in-algeria-1930-1940.

image from www.alliance-francaise.ca.


Ireland. Volunteers Needed. Toronto Irish Players will soon be presenting their Spring production of “The Land Grabber” at the Alumnae Theatre. They are looking for volunteers to help with set building and painting on Saturday, January 26. 10am-4pm. Downsview Storage Facility, 40 Carl Hall Road, Unit 21. Please contact: info@torontoirishplayers.com for the pleasure of being involved with Irish theatre. This information from the TIP newsletter: http://torontoirishplayers.com/wp/join-tip/

Italy. Opening night. Exhibition: From A to Zaven: Italian New Design. January 22. 6:30 pm. Free. Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 496 Huron Street. A project by Maria Cristina Didero and Francesca Molteni.  Exhibition. January 22-March 15. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday: 10am-1pm; 2:30-5pm. Infoline: 416-921-3802 ext. 221. Https://iictoronto.esteri.it/iic_toronto/en/gli_eventi/calendario/2019/01/from-a-to-zaven.html

Image from http://zaven.net/pipe-dream/

Jewish. Here and Now: International Holocaust Remembrance Day, with Deborah Lipstadt. Thursday, January 31. 7:30-9:30pm. $20-$45. Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library, 2/F, 789 Yonge Street. Join Professor Lipstadt for an illuminating discussion about the unsettling global resurgence of antisemitism and how it can be fought, as explored in her new book Antisemitism: Here and Now. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. A book signing follows the event.

Presented in honour of International Holocaust Remembrance Day


Image from: https://www.holocaustcentre.com/upcoming-events/ihrd


Jewish. Sepharic. The King Got Up One Monday Morning. January 26. 8-10pm. $20. CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst Street. Ethnomusicologist, and multi-instrumentalist, Judith Cohen, performs sung stories and tales from Sephardic and pan-European traditions.   

… A specialist in Sephardic songs, she has collected and studied these and many others, over years of travelling in Spain, Portugal, the Balkans, Morocco, Greece, Turkey, Israel and right here in Toronto and Montreal… She blends and mixes ballads, stories, languages, and anecdotes in unexpected ways, with a number of traditional instruments, and spontaneous communication drawing in the audience as if they were in her living room. Tickets purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-king-got-up-one-monday-morning-tickets-49912878764?aff=eac2.

More information: e-mail: admin@storytellingtoronto.org; tel. 416-656-2445. Ruth note: the art of storytelling is still alive in Toronto.

Image from: www.storytellingtoronto.org.

Jewish. Yiddish. Tantshaus! Yiddish Dance Workshop and Dance Party. January 27. 7-10pm. $10 at the door. Clinton’s Tavern, 693 Bloor Street West at Christie Station.

Feat. Eli Camilo – Trombone, Georgia Hathaway-Violin and Stephania Woloshyn- Dance Leader. “Dance Lesson from 7-8pm partaaaay 8pm on to 10 and then maybe some?” https://www.thehorahmachine.com/events

Multicultural. Dance Weekend ‘19. January 26-27. 1-7:30pm. $15 minimum donation daily. Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West. Schedule at: https://www.danceontario.ca/activity-detail/dance-ontario-dance-weekend

Multicultural. Inuit. Senegal. U.S. Winter 2019 Opening Party. January 25. 8-11pm. Free. Cash bar available all evening. The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, 231 Queens Quay West. “… Be amongst the first to experience exhibitions by Shuvinai Ashoona, Omar Ba and Alicia Henry. For more information about the exhibition, visit: http://bit.ly/TPPExhibitions.

“Please dress for the weather as the general entrance will be outdoors or you can skip the line if you’re a member! For information about the Launch:

Image from Power Point website.

Multicultural. Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXX. January 22. 6:30-10pm. 7-10pm. $5. Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue. Toronto’s most diverse & brave poetry reading and open mic series. Featured poets: Hana Shafi & Terry Trowbridge. Hosts: Bänoo Zan & Terese Pierre.” https://www.blogto.com/events/shab-e-sher-poetry-night-lxx-toronto/

Muslim. Dinner and Conversations with Canadian Muslims. January 23. 6-9pm. Free. Paramount Fine Foods Milton, 1149 Maple Avenue, Milton.

Understanding Islam is best done by conversing with Muslims and not extremists. It never hurts to do this while enjoying a delicious meal together…………and this one is on us!

Please join us for a free dinner as we continue our outreach programs engaging fellow Canadians and focusing on the many things that unite us. We have way more in common than differences.

This evening will feature a very special international initiative called ‘The Pathway To Peace”. The Pathway to Peace campaign presents fundamental solutions based on the teachings of Islam – as presented by the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at, the Caliph, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad. These fundamental solutions include 9 Fundamentals of Peace.”


Palestine. “What is it like to be at the Great March of Return in Gaza and shot by a sniper?” If you missed Dr. Tarek Loubani’s talk at Emmanuel College last year, you can hear it on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5PeHcZwP-o&f=

Dr. Louban is a Palestinian Canadian doctor who frequently enters Gaza to provide ER care and training in Gaza hospitals. He has created designs for 3D-printable stethoscopes and other medical instruments as well as fund-raised for solar panels for Gaza’s hospitals. He was supervising field tests of a 3D-printed tourniquet when he was shot in both legs last May by an Israeli sniper. He was one of 1700 wounded on that day alone.”

Philippines. The Celebration of Mass, Blessing of Statues and the Children. January 26. 11:30am-3pm. St. Patrick’s Parish, 141 McCaul Street. Lunch to follow in the Parish Hall and the Novena Prayer for the Infant Jesus.  Dance procession with Statue will conclude the day.”  For more information, contact Ben Estrella 416-618-1540.


Scotland. Great Canadian Kilt Skate. January 27. 1:30-3:30pm. Free. Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West. “We’re very excited about bringing the kiltskate phenomenon for it’s 3rd year in a row, again to Toronto. It is a uniquely Canadian and undeniably Scottish way to have fun during winter. This year in Toronto we have expanded the event to include Scottish Clan and Society information tents around Nathan Phillips Square.

Come join us to celebrate Scottish heritage in the heart of Toronto!

Free hot chocolate and short bread will be available!” https://toronto.carpe-diem.events/calendar/9042438-great-canadian-kilt-skate-toronto-at-nathan-phillips-square/#m

Image from https://www.kiltskate.com/blog/2019/1/16/pictures-from-winnipegs-kilt-skate

Ukraine. Ukrainian concert. January 27. 4pm. $25-$30. Plast Huculak Centre, 516 The Kingsway, Etobicoke.

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  1. All in one city! Unbelievable cultural treats and gifts in Toronto are revealed this week’s TMC. Thank you for this terrific digest. I’ve selected the inspiring teacher, Ms. Vern’s North Hill School children’s art work inspired by the AGO Kusama exhibit; stunning, adventurous works. Then Mo Amer, if I can get over to Scarborough. Next Prof Lipstadt (from Emory U) lecture, and the terrific design show at Italian Cultural Center of the works of Didero and Molteri.

    Really worth the trips even in freezing weather.

    Thanks so much Ruth.

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