I tried to focus on the free or nearly-free events of this blog, but couldn’t resist mentioning the cultural variety of some of the following too. No worry. Some of these are free also.
Arabic. Greece. Greek Arabic Concert. November 7. 7:30pm. $40-$45. Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive. https://agakhanmuseum.org/programs/festival-of-arabic-music-and-arts-greek-arabia.
Image from Aga Khan museum website.
Arabic. Iraq. Syria. Egypt. Flamenco Night. Naseer Shamma and Orontes. November 1. 7:30pm. $74-$112. Bluma Appel Theatre at St Lawrence Centre, 27 Front Street East. https://agakhanmuseum.org/programs/naseer-shamma-orontes-flamenco-night-at-the-bluma-appel-theatre.
“Shamma is one of the top 5 oud masters in the world… From amidst the rubble of war torn homes, four young men decided to rise from the ashes with their guitars to create beautiful music and speak to all mankind.
“Orontes, a quartet that has performed in small obscure churches in Syria and with the Syrian National Orchestra, now in BC with the Artist Protection Fund, will join oud master Naseer Shamma in a once in a lifetime performance…” They are part of the Festival of Arabic Music and Arts. October 25-November 10. For full schedule and prices for this festival: https://canadianarabicfestival.ca/.
Please let me know how you feel about this melding of Spanish and Arabic music, Ruth.
Canada. Remembrance Day. November 11. Free. Commemorates the sacrifice of those who served Canada in its armed forces in countries like France, Korea and Hong Kong. Celebrated in schools as a day of peace.
Solemn civic ceremonies are at the Scarborough Civic Centre, East York Civic Centre, Etobicoke Civic Centre, Meridian Centre for the Arts, Toronto Old City Hall, York Civic Centre, and Fort York National Historic Site. Most of these will be at 10:45am. except for Scarborough Civic Centre which will be on November 10 at 2pm. Some will have at least one Scottish piper and a bugler. Someone will probably read the WWI poem “In Flanders Field.” See: https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/awards-tributes/tributes/toronto-remembers/upcoming-commemorations/civic-remembrance-day-services/.
Among other ceremonies are those held at the Toronto Zoo. November 11. 9:30 am., and the University of Toronto: https://alumni.utoronto.ca/alumni-networks/shared-interests/soldiers-tower/service-of-remembrance. For some others: https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/awards-tributes/tributes/toronto-remembers/upcoming-commemorations/civic-remembrance-day-services/
During the weeks leading up to November 11, the Canadian Legion, the veterans’ organization, sells red “poppies” on the street to help the families of veterans. Some organizations are selling white poppies which symbolize non-violent rather than military means of ending conflicts.
World War I ended in 1918 “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.” It was supposed to be “the war to end all wars.” Alas, it was not.
Canada. Scotland. England. Holiday Events at Toronto History Museums.
“Revellers of all ages are invited to 56 days of holiday-themed programs and events at the 14 City-run museums, galleries and cultural centres. November 8 to January 6, 2019.” Find out more about all the celebrations, food events, workshops, and shopping opportunities at www.toronto.ca/holidays.
Fees are usually family-friendly. Some events are free.
Europe. European Union Film Festival. November 7-21. Films are free but line-ups are long. You might have to pay to make sure you get a seat. Royal Cinema, 608 College Street. https://euffto.com/.
Participating EU Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
Program at: https://euffto.com/index.php
Japan. Exhibition: Fans on Stage. Now to January 11. Free. Japan Foundation, 2 Bloor Street East.
“Japan’s association with fans can be traced back to the 8th century... Paper folded fans have been widely used in people’s daily lives in Japan, but also in the ceremonies of religions and politics, and particularly most effectively in the performing arts... all beautifully handcrafted. In both Noh and Kabuki theatre, fans are far beyond decoration or props. They are the handheld splendours which can conjure universal imagery in the theatrical experience.” https://jftor.org/fans-on-stage/. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jewish. Holocaust Education Week: The Holocaust and Now. November 3-10. Opening night $18-$36. Bluma Appel Theatre at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front Street East. Other events at various venues, dates and prices (some free).
“Opening night with Vanity Fair Contributing Editor Nina Munk, the evening explores how descendants – whether of a perpetrator, rescuer or survivor – grapple with their inherited legacy and how they have been compelled to help build a more compassionate and caring world. Rainer Hoess, grandson of Rudolf Hoess, commandant of Auschwitz, now educates people around the world about the dangers of hate and combats his grandfather’s infamous legacy. Nobuki Sugihara, son of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat posted to Lithuania who rescued thousands of Jewish refugees by securing them visas, honours his father’s legacy and works to correct the inaccuracies of his father’s narrative. Allison Nazarian, granddaughter of Holocaust survivors and author of Aftermath: A Granddaughter’s Story of Legacy, Healing & Hope, shares the impact of growing up in a Holocaust survivor family, and how she came to focus on healing and the future. Together, they will offer us new avenues…”
For the full schedule of Holocaust Education Week events : https://www.holocaustcentre.com/hew
Middle East. Tweets and Deals of the Century: Trump and Chaos in the Middle East. Speaker: Robert Fisk. November 8. 7pm. $12-$20. Bloor Street United Church, 300 Bloor Street West.
Since 1989, Robert Fist has been correspondent for the British newspaper The Independent, based in Beirut. About Canadian Friends of Sabeel: https://friendsofsabeel.ca/;
Tickets from: https://www.facebook.com/events/1156451001217309/
Multicultural. Holiday Fairs and Bazaars. From now into early December, many of our churches and community centres hold markets to help raise money for their own expenses or for people in need. Most of these bazaars include samples of their own heritage cuisine, baked goods, handicrafts, “white elephants” and art. Some of them offer bargains as members donate goods for sale. Entry is usually free. Look for a bazaar near your home, which could give you another opportunity to meet your neighbours.
Please mark your calendar now. Among these are:
Denmark. Fall and Christmas Bazaar. November 17. The Danish Lutheran Church of Toronto, 72 Finch Avenue West, North York. Tel. 416-222-2494. http://www.dlctoronto.on.ca/DLC-2018-Coming-Events.pdf. This church also has a St. Lucia pageant on December 2.
Japan. Toronto Buddhist Church Annual Bazaar. November 9. 1011 Sheppard Avenue West. Tel. 416- 534-4302. email: firstname.lastname@example.org. http://tbc.on.ca/tbc-annual-bazaar-saturday-november-10-2018/
Multicultural. Muslim. Vaughan Multicultural Market. Hosted by Muslim Womenpreneurs. Sunday, November 17. 12–6pm. Free. Pinecrest Event Centre, 17 Vinyl Court, Woodbridge.
Sweden. Christmas Fair. Saturday, December 7. 11am–5pm; Sunday, December 8. 11am–4pm. Free. Presented by SWEA Toronto which used to hold this event at Harbourfront Centre. It’s now at Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East.
“Get into the spirit at this expanded two-day holiday extravaganza! Warm up to the sounds of children singing carols at the Lucia Pageant, participate in folk dancing, craft making and more. It’s the perfect place to sample delicious Scandinavian food. Check off your gift list with imported handmade crafts, unique Christmas décor, textiles and tasty Swedish delicacies.”
Ukraine. Christmas Bazaar Sale. November 23. 10am-4pm. Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre, 60 Richview Road, Etobicoke. https://www.facebook.com/ukrainiancanadiancarecentre/
Ukraine. Christmas Bazaar. November 29/30. Church of Saint Demetrius the Great Martyr – Byzantine Ukrainian Catholic, 135 La Rose Avenue, Etobicoke.
South Africa. Winnipeg. MANDELA. Only until January 5. Exhibit Hours:
Tuesday and Wednesday 1pm–6pm; Thursday to Sunday 10am–6pm. $12. Meridian Arts Centre (formerly Toronto Centre for the Arts), 5040 Yonge Street.
“Created by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in collaboration with the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa, MANDELA explores Mandela’s renowned fight for justice and human dignity in South Africa. Among its many dramatic visual features and original artifacts, the exhibition replicates Mandela’s eight-foot by seven-foot prison cell… “
Toronto. Pumpkin Parades. We’re not through with Halloween yet. Look around for your neighbourhood Pumpkin Parade on November 1.
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