898. Affordable Events January 25 – February 9 in Multicultural Toronto – 2020.

Is Artificial Intelligence a culture? With a new language, a way of solving problems, of thinking? Is it a religion? Here are opportunities to learn more about it at bargain prices.

Want to know more about the popular Japanese ramen soup? Or take the opportunity to talk with activists about the Rohingya, Iran, or India? Or get a cheap price ticket at a Marlie’s hockey game? Here are samples of the interesting events in our culturally-diverse city. Most are free or almost free.

Asia.  Happy Lunar New Year.  January 25.  See previous Blog.


Black History. Jamaica. Not a Blood Klaat. Performance, Testimony, Ritual, and Disruption in Jamaica’s Social Justice Movement. January 28. 6:30-8:30pm. A Different Book List, 779 Bathurst Street. Tel. 416-901-7720

Keynote Speaker: Taitu Heron. University of the West Indies. https://adifferentbooklistculturalcentre.com/event/not-a-bloodklaat


China. Uighurs. Rally. “Come out and stand with the Uighur Muslim community and demand justice for the three million Uighurs suffering in the Chinese concentration camps.” Friday, January 31. 10:30am. Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West.

In partnership with East Turkistan Association of Canada, Justice for All Canada and Youth Gravity.


Francophone. Toronto Premiere of Lesson in Forgetting 
(Exercice de l’oubli).  February 5-9. $20-$49.  Berkeley
 Street Theatre-Upstairs, 26 Berkeley Street, Toronto.

Théâtre français de Toronto and Théâtre Populaire d’Acadie present The Written by Emma Haché (shortlisted for the 2017 Governor General’s Drama Award), this poignant love story sensitively unveils the tensions that arise because of memory loss. Some performances in French with surtitles. https://theatrefrancais.com/en/lesson-in-forgetting.

Image from Théâtre français de Toronto website.


India. Rally to Save Indian Constitution and Democracy. Sunday, January 26. 11 am. Queen’s Park, 111 Wellesley  Street West.

Millions of Indians in the sub-continent have shown us the way to peacefully and passionately protest against the discriminatory CAA, the ill-intended NRC/NPR, and the Kashmir lock-down.

Inspired by the young men and women of India, on January 26, the date to honour the constitution, we shall gather at the Queen’s Park and peacefully march to the Consulate General of India.”  https://www.facebook.com/events/850129792073503/


Inuit. Concert. Susan Aglukark and Lacey Hill. Friday, February 7. 8pm. Tickets start at only $35. Postlude Performance, Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West.

Three-time Juno Award winner Susan Aglukark blends Inuktitut and English in contemporary pop music to tell the stories of her people, the Inuit of Arctic Canada, with emotional depth and encouragement shining though her clear voice. Oneida singer and songwriter from Six Nations of the Grand River reserve, Lacey Hill’s music resonates with inspiring honesty, and she makes her guitar sing too.” https://www.rcmusic.com/events-and-performances/susan-aglukark-and-lacey-hill.

Image from Royal Conservatory website.


Iran. Rally. Don’t attack Iran. “No war on Iran!” January 25. 12pm. United States Consulate, 360 University Avenue (near St. Patrick or Osgoode subway stations).

“Speakers will include representatives of the Iranian-Canadian community, the labour movement, the student movement, faith communities, and a number of social justice campaigns. This is a family-friendly event.” https://www.answercoalition.org/iran-jan-25.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1089289328124766/. Hosted by Toronto Coalition to Stop the War and No War with Iran Action – Toronto.


Japan. Documentary Film Series. Ramen Headsラーメンヘッズ. January 31. 6:30-8:15pm. Free. RSVP required. Japan Foundation, 2 Bloor Street East, Suite 300.

Directed by Koki Shigeno 2017, this documentary gives an intimate look at enthusiastic fans of ramen and the chefs who make it. Over a 15-month long shoot, Chukasoba Tomita proprietor Tomita Osamu and his customers are interviewed revealing the history of ramen’s evolution while also painting a portrait of Japan’s ramen culture.

Another film in this series: February 7. Ramen Shop. 家族のレシピ: All films in Japanese with English subtitles. https://jftor.org/event/ramen-films-ramen-heads.

Image from Japan Foundation Website.

 Jewish. First Nations. A Temple Sinai program: A Tu B’Shvat Seder with an Indigenous Lens with Kim Wheatley, Cantor Sharon Brown-Levy and Ashley Berger. Sunday, February 2. 12:302:30pm. Members: $20; Non-Members: $30. Includes lunch. Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, 210 Wilson Avenue.

… The creative feast is a means to open our eyes to the natural wonders before us. Our own appreciation of the earth parallels that of our Aboriginal friends. We welcome Kim Wheatley who will teach us about indigenous traditions and infuse our ritual with song and poetry. Ms. Wheatley will be emphasizing our universal human principles, demonstrating what unites us, rather than what divides us. Caring for the earth and our environment are top priorities.” To reserve for lunch, register online at www.templesinai.net, call the Temple Office at 416-487-4161 or email programs@templesinai.net by Wednesday, January 29 at noon.” https://reformjudaism.org/calendar/temple-sinai-program-tu-bshvat-seder-indigenous-lens-kim-wheatley-cantor-sharon-brown-levy

Image of Kim Wheatley from her Facebook page.


Multicultural. Armenia. Bangladesh. Iran. Philippines. U.S. Human Rights Watch Film Festival. January 30-February 4; for example, I Am Not Alone. January 30. 7:30pm. Free but book your tickets. Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West.

Introduction by Atom Egoyan, filmmaker and Human Rights Watch Canada advisory committee member, and Arsinée Khanjian, artist and producer. In partnership with Hot Docs Cinema. https://ff.hrw.org/toronto

image from I Am Not Alone.


Scotland. Kilt Skate. February 8. Noon to 6pm. Attendees will skate on the ice at the Coca-Cola Coliseum and watch the Toronto Marlies play live. All tickets are $10 and include the skate (12:30-1:30pm) and the game (4pm). Coca-Cola Colliseum, 45 Manitoba Drive.

Tickets are on sale till Saturday, February 1. Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-canadian-kilt-skate-toronto-tickets-87432483913?aff=ebdssbeac poster.


Scotland. Robbie Burns Haggis Fest.  January 25. 12-4:30pm. $7-$10. Mackenzie House, 82 Bond Street. Tel. 416-392-6915.

It’s the 261st birthday of Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns! Celebrate with haggis in its many forms: classic haggis with oatcakes, haggis tarts, vegetarian haggis and even dessert haggis! Enjoy Scottish songs performed by The Interpreters and print a Robbie Burns poem to take home on the 1845 press!

This event is open to everyone and you do not need to pre-register. Get tickets at the door.” https://bit.ly/2TTz60u.

Addressing the Haggis. Copyright ©2017 Ruth Lor Malloy.

World. Climate Change: Taking the Earth’s Temperature Hosted
 by the University of Toronto Mississauga and the Mississauga
 Library System. Tuesday, February 4. 6:45pm. Doors open;
 7pm. Remarks and presentation. Q & A to follow. Free.
 Mississauga Central Library, Noel Ryan Auditorium,
 301 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Mississauga.

“Join fellow U of T alumni and members of the community for a lecture on how and why the Earth’s temperature is changing and what climate change means for all of us.

World. Fridays for Future. January 31. 12-1pm. Weekly Strike for Climate Justice. Queen’s Park, Toronto. https://www.facebook.com/events/855644904883126.


World. International Human Rights Law and Artificial Intelligence. Governance. Wednesday, February 12. 12:30-2:30pm. Free. University of Toronto, Larkin Building, Room 200, 15 Devonshire Place.

This is a talk and Q&A presented by the University of Toronto’s Centre for Ethics that is open to the public. https://www.meetup.com/The-Toronto-Philosophy-Meetup/events/268132050/.

Image from Meetup.com website.


World. Living and Working with AI by Artificial Intelligence Geeks.
 January 30. 6-9pm. $5. RBC WaterPark Place, 88 Queens Quay 

Join us for a conference about Artificial Intelligence and listen to interesting presentations about different use cases. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/living-and-working-with-ai-tickets-82820210479#map-target

Images from Eventbrite.


Ruth’s Note: TorontoMulticulturalCalendar.com chooses to promote events that encourage a feeling of community in our culturally-diverse city. Mention doesn’t mean endorsement as we try to include events we think readers will find stimulating in the cultures of other groups and an opportunity to meet people from other cultures. If you go to any of our mentioned events, please send us corrections or an account of your impressions. 

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