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Torornot - August 2021 The Bloor St. Culture Corridor

In-person events are returning! Several of our partners have now opened their doors to invite guests to experience what they have to offer. Throughout this pandemic arts and culture have been a lifeline of positivity, inspiration, and connection. Our incredible Bloor St. Culture Corridor organizations continue to work to bring more joy and creativity into your home in imaginative new ways with these activities and events.

• Explore Emancipation on Bloor from A Different Booklist Cultural Centre
• A vocal workshop from the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
• Estonian re-independence commemorations from the Museum of Estonians Abroad/VEMU
• A premiere of a quiet space for reflection in Quiet Time at Soundstreams
• Open registration from classes from the Randolph Centre for the Arts
• A spotlight on New York City from the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
• A workshop on light, form, and colour from the Women's Art Association of Canada
• Get tickets for in-person events at the Bata Shoe Museum
• Get up close and personal with Great Whales at the Royal Ontario Museum
• The Summer Book Series continues at the Toronto Reference Library
• Weekly new videos from Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir
• Doors are open again at The Japan Foundation, Toronto

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A Different Booklist Cultural Centre

Take part in Emancipation Day August 1 with Emancipation on Bloor. A Different Booklist Cultural Centre - The People's Residence, is planning a simple, extensive, meaningful 2-hour event all along the Bloor St. Culture Corridor (Yonge > Christie) to mark Emancipation Day on Sunday, August 1 from 1-3pm. Emancipation on Bloor takes passersby through a series of "statements" through artistic expression, with the sidewalks providing the stages. Find out more at their website.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

It’s never too early to plan your autumn Arts & Culture journey at the Miles Nadal JCC. Their popular fall virtual programs will be listed and available for registration on August 11. Don’t miss your opportunity to sign up for online Adult Hebrew and Yiddish classes, Access and Inclusion arts programs, music lessons, movie showings, fascinating cultural lectures, book talks, and great concerts! Sign up your kids for Tuesday Suzuki string music camp starting August 3. Choral and solo singers warm up their voices for fall at their one-week Vocal Workshop, August 23 - 27 with Asher Farber, Colin Frotten, Andrea Donais, Adi Braun, Gillian Steyck, and Alex Fiddes. All this and more can be found at their website.

Museum of Estonians Abroad/VEMU

August 20 marks the 30th anniversary of the re-independence of the Republic of Estonia. VEMU will be commemorating this historic day with a ticketed web event featuring a full program of interviews, music and archival recordings. The open calls for submissions to the VEMU collection campaigns of Estonian School Lore and the Baltic Canadian Imprints Collection Initiative: COVID-19 are also continuing through the month. All event info can be found at their website.


Premiering August 19 at 9pm, Soundstreams invites you to join them for a quiet space of reflection on the changing world around us, with Quiet Time. Songwriter, singer and musician Robin Dann, no stranger to creating this type of atmosphere, guest curates an audiovisual musical experience that calms, soothes, and inspires.
From past personal experiences, the beauty of the Arctic illuminates the music of both Dann and composer Allison Cameron, as they create a welcoming space inspired by some of the quietest sounds of the world – after all, silence is golden.
All event info can be found at their website.

Randolph Centre for the Arts

Registration is now open for all Year Long and 8-Week Sessions! Ages 3+ in Acro, Hip Hop, Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Pop Performance, Film and Television, Voice Over, Podcasting, YouTube Creation and more. Want to try Circus, Broadway Dance, Script writing? They have 8 week and full year programs starting at just $199. Come join their family to create, engage and connect in an inclusive environment. All event info can be found at their website.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

This August on Hot Docs at Home, delve into the life and legacy of legendary improv guru, Del Close. Search for rare, expensive and delicious white Alba truffles deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy with the Truffle Hunters. Join acclaimed hip-hop artist Topaz Jones as he reimagines the Black ABCs for 2020 in his timely and eye-popping visual album, Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma, the latest free screening of the For Viola series. Examine how getting back to the land is tied to other movements such as Black Lives Matter, Idle No More and Times Up in this month's member exclusive: Food for the Rest of Us. Hot Docs members can also enjoy a spotlight of New York City through the ages, featuring Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Wild Style, Los Sures and more. Find out more at their website.

Women's Art Association of Canada

WAAC's 2021 member exhibition, Summertime continues in Dignam Gallery until September 3.
WAAC Presents a workshop event with Catharine Somerville, Plein Air Painting: USE OF LIGHT, FORM AND COLOUR. In this workshop, artists will go beyond static composition and truly explore movement of lines to energize their design and composition and focus on the way light informs shapes. The workshop will be held on August 26, from 1 to 4 pm. Limited space to 12 participants with $25 fee. Call the WAAC office, read more at their website, or email waac@womensartofcanada.ca to register for all events.

Bata Shoe Museum

The Bata Shoe Museum is so excited to welcome everyone back to Toronto’s favourite shoebox! Be sure to get your tickets in advance and jump the line to explore their four exciting galleries, including their most recent exhibition The Great Divide: Footwear in the Age of Enlightenment. Can’t make it to the museum? Check out their fun virtual offerings this month! Experience the BSM in a new light by signing up for their virtual tours. Immerse yourself in a virtual sketching session where participants will get an in-depth look on some of the extraordinary artefacts to sketch. Entertain your kids with a fun Zoom session of Shoebox Bingo with the BSM. Their popular Reels and Tiktok series, Off the Shelf has new episodes every Wednesday where their Assistant Curator and Manager of Exhibitions Nishi Bassi goes into the vault to show us a new artefact. Colour the world at your feet as they release new colouring sheets every Friday on their website. Don’t forget to check out their website and social media for more #BSMFromHome content!

Royal Ontario Museum

Great Whales Up Close and Personal is on view through March 20, 2022. Showcasing the ROM’s commitment to Canada’s iconic North Atlantic whales, this exhibition features Blue, the ROM’s beloved blue whale, alongside two newly acquired skeletons: the critically endangered right whale and the deep diving sperm whale. With hands-on interactives and immersive experiences, Great Whales compares these three unique giants, from their size and diet to their intelligence and evolution, while highlighting the extensive ongoing research and conservation efforts being undertaken to save these highly at-risk mammals. Find out more.

Toronto Reference Library

Toronto Reference Library continues to offer high-quality programming you can enjoy at home with TPL’s Live & Online series, including TPL’s new Summer Books Series that presents conversations with authors of some of the hottest books around. On August 4, Anuk Arudpragasam talks about A Passage North, his searing novel of longing, loss and the legacy of war. On August 6, Jesse McCarthy discusses his debut book of essays, Who Will Pay Reparations on My Soul? On August 11, Michael LaPointe talks about his gripping debut novel, The Creep, which tells the story of an ambitious journalist with a history of bending the facts. And on August 13, TPL’s Big Data and Tech in Our Backyards series presents a conversation with Xiaowei Wang, author of Blockchain Chicken Farm. Explore all of TPL’s Live & Online programs at tpl.ca.

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

This summer, Tafelmusik invites you to enjoy their new weekly video series! Throughout the month of August, they will release two new videos each week: highlighting some of the greatest performances from their past digital concert season, as well as informative educational clips which explore baroque and beyond music history and artistry. Want to know how to watch? Visit their YouTube channel and click the subscribe button to be alerted each week about new videos. And, watch the first videos they’ve already shared by visiting here.

The Japan Foundation, Toronto

The Japan Foundation, Toronto public library and gallery have reopened! To book a visit, please check website for details. The current exhibition in the gallery is NINGYŌ: Art and Beauty of Japanese Dolls. After watching the Olympics, are you inspired to study Japanese but don't know where to begin? On August 5, join the Virtual Japanese Study Fair online, where Japanese language schools from around Ontario will be sharing information about their programs and answer any questions you might have. Registration for online Japanese courses for everyone from beginners to intermediate speakers offered by The Japan Foundation, Toronto also starts on August 5. For those of you interested in literature and translation, on August 26, you can join the online discussion, Parallel Worlds: Translating Genre from Japan, together with guests Takami Nieda, Emily Balistrieri and moderated by Rachel Cordasco. For more details, visit their website.

The Bloor St. Culture Corridor, Toronto's most diverse arts and culture district, is a true creative cluster, an arts and culture destination, and a collaboration between some of Toronto's most dynamic arts and culture organizations.

The Bloor St. Culture Corridor offers the public a wide variety of arts genres, from museum experiences to films, art exhibitions to music concerts, and opportunities to experience some of Toronto's cultural diversity, including Aboriginal, French, Jewish, Italian, Japanese, Estonian, African and Caribbean arts and culture.
All Bloor St. Culture Corridor organizations present arts and cultural events for the public year-round in destination venues located in a cluster along a vibrant stretch of Bloor Street West. Each year more than three million members of the public go to Bloor St. Culture Corridor arts and culture destinations, and attend exhibitions, performances, and events. Together, the Bloor St. Culture Corridor organizations employ more than 5,500 culture workers and generate more than $629,500,000 in economic impact each year. In 2016, The Bloor St. Culture Corridor was successful in working with the City of Toronto to have the Bloor St. Culture corridor section of Bloor St. West designated an official City of Toronto cultural corridor.

The Bloor St. Culture Corridor includes:
918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education: 918 Bathurst St. 918bathurst.com
Alliance Française de Toronto: 24 Spadina Road alliance-francaise.ca
Bata Shoe Museum: 327 Bloor Street West batashoemuseum.ca
A Different Booklist Cultural Centre: 777-779 Bathurst St. adbcc.org
Gardiner Museum: 111 Queen's Park gardinermuseum.com
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema: 506 Bloor Street West hotdocscinema.ca
Istituto Italiano di Cultura: 496 Huron Street iictoronto.esteri.it
The Japan Foundation, Toronto: 2 Bloor Street East, Suite 300 jftor.org
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre: 750 Spadina Ave. mnjcc.org
Museum of Estonians Abroad/VEMU: 310 Bloor Street West vemu.ca
The Music Gallery: 918 Bathurst St. musicgallery.org
Native Canadian Centre of Toronto: 16 Spadina Road ncct.on.ca
The Randolph Centre for the Arts: 736 Bathurst St. randolphcentreforthearts.com
The Royal Conservatory of Music / Koerner Hall: 273 Bloor Street West rcmusic.com/performance
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM): 100 Queen's Park (Entrance on Bloor St. W.) rom.on.ca
Soundstreams: various venues on the Bloor St. Culture Corridor soundstreams.ca
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Choir: 427 Bloor Street West tafelmusik.org
The Toronto Consort: 427 Bloor Street West torontoconsort.org
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library: 120 St. George St. fisher.library.utoronto.ca
Toronto Reference Library: 789 Yonge Street torontopubliclibrary.ca
University of Toronto Faculty of Music: 80 Queen's Park music.utoronto.ca
Women's Art Association of Canada: 23 Prince Arthur Ave. womensartofcanada.ca

Sandra P.    8/1/2021


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