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September 2021 - The Bloor St. Culture Corridor

Season announcements are in the air along the Bloor St. Culture Corridor! Many of our partners are launching their 2021/22 seasons, including The Royal Conservatory, Soundstreams, and Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. These, plus outstanding programming from all partners makes for a wonderful September of arts and culture exploration!

• Focusing on Baltic Heritage at the Museum of Estonians Abroad/VEMU
• Enter to win a trip to Newfoundland & Labrador through the Royal Ontario Museum
• Register your kids for classes at the Randolph Centre for the Arts
• Camp in a Shoebox craft series from the Bata Shoe Museum
• An operatic season opener from Soundstreams
• The beauty of the Art of the Book exhibit at Toronto Reference Library
• Supporting Italian films at TIFF from the Istituto Italiano di Cultura
• New work from Marjorie Moeser at the Women's Arts Association of Canada
• The launch of a brand new season from The Royal Conservatory
• Watch and listen to highlights of the past season from Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir
• The sixteenth edition of the X Avant Festival from The Music Gallery
• Outstanding arts and culture programming from the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
• Documentaries around Anthony Bourdain at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
• New online courses at The Japan Foundation, Toronto

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Museum of Estonians Abroad/VEMU

From September 15-16, the Baltic Heritage Network and VEMU will be holding a conference
focusing on the archives of Baltic people abroad. The online conference will be in English, with a
topical focus on the effects of the pandemic on archival work in memory institutions. On September 22 at 5pm, there will be an online lecture by Estonian historian Jaak Prozes about the current problems faced by Finno-Ugric peoples. This lecture will be the first of a series of events dedicated to Indigenous peoples in the autumn. 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.

Royal Ontario Museum

Enter to win a trip for two to Newfoundland & Labrador to see Whales, Birds and Bergs! Prize includes flights, an 8-day itinerary including accommodations, rental car, boat tours (in search of whales, birds and bergs), seaside picnics, historic sites, city tours, museums and an afternoon kitchen party. Contest generously supported by Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism. Also, don’t miss the ROM's newest exhibition Great Whales: Up Close and Personal, showcasing their beloved blue whale alongside two new iconic North Atlantic skeletons: the critically endangered right whale and the deep diving sperm whale. Find out more.

Randolph Centre for the Arts

Registration is now open for all Year Long In-Person programs - Bathurst and Bloor! Ages 3+ in Acro, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, and Tap, Musical Theatre, Pop Singing, Film and Television, Theatre Production, Mini Movie and more. They have full-year and half-year programs starting at just $199. Come join their family to create, engage and connect in a diverse, inclusive and accessible environment. All event info can be found at their website.

Bata Shoe Museum

It’s a new school year and the BSM has so much in store for everyone! Need some fun crafts to balance out the academics this month? Get your creativity flowing with their Camp in a Shoebox craft series exclusively on their YouTube channel. This month they’ll be bringing back their popular virtual offerings ~ the Salon Series and a new workshop series. Go inside the vault to learn more about various artefacts in their Off the Shelf series. Get a behind the scenes look at the curatorial team’s current projects, past conservation treatments and more on their blog, Step into the BSM. Want to see their footwear in person? Check out their website to book tickets and explore 4,500 years of footwear history. Don’t forget they are offering FREE admission every Sunday. Visit their website for more details.


Soundstreams is presenting their operatic season premiere with Crow’s Theatre this September! Garden of Vanished Pleasures is a discovery of hope, resilience, and solace, devised and directed by Tim Albery. Composer Cecilia Livingston writes deeply-felt songs of love and loss, and they chime perfectly with Donna McKevitt's heart-aching songs that use beautiful texts drawn from English artist, filmmaker, and queer right’s activist Derek Jarman’s journals. Tickets and all event info can be found at their website.

Toronto Reference Library

The library’s Art of the Book exhibit has reopened in the TD Gallery at Toronto Reference Library. Celebrate the beauty and artistry of books from cover to cover. This exhibit showcases rare, fine press and artist-made books from Toronto Public Library’s Special Collections. Discover early printed books from the 1400s, richly decorated covers, whimsical miniatures, and contemporary forms that challenge our ideas about what a book can be. A book-lovers delight! The exhibit is on display until September 19. Click here to find out more.

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura welcomes the autumn season proudly supporting the Italian films at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival. Check their website for updates as information becomes available. On September 7, they are pleased to present the novel “Tuscan Daughter” by Canadian author, cultural commentator and award-winning architecture critic, Lisa Rochon, with a reading by NY-based Actor & narrator of the audiobook, Carlotta Brentan. The presentation and book-signing will take place at the Alliance Française on Spadina Road. If you’ve ever wanted to learn Italian but were a little hesitant, European Day of Languages offers you the perfect opportunity to participate in a beginner-level Italian class on September 24th! Check their website for updates on times and registration links and for other upcoming events at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura. Don’t forget to check back regularly for newly posted events! Find out more at their website.

Women's Art Association of Canada

All exhibitions are exhibited in The Women’s Art galleries and online. Summertime member exhibition continues until September 3. From September 9-27, WAAC presents Connections: New members’ show, with a ZOOM Opening reception September 10. From September 8-30, WAAC Studio artist Marjorie Moeser exhibits new work Far and Away in the Ruth Upjohn Gallery. On September 16 at 1pm, WAAC presents Artist Voice ZOOM talk with Suzy Lake, 'Are You Talking to Me?' This artist talk shares her experience and exploration as a photographer, performance artist and video producer. Registration is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. There will be a luncheon lecture on September 22 (Speaker to be announced). SPLASH group will exhibit from September 29 to October 6, with an Opening reception September 30. Call the WAAC office, read more at their website, or email waac@womensartofcanada.ca to register for all events. Galleries are open to visitors with COVID safety protocols.

The Royal Conservatory

The Royal Conservatory of Music has announced their complete new 2021.22 concert season! More than 90 jazz, classical, world, and roots music concerts will take place at Koerner Hall, Mazzoleni Concert Hall, and the Temerty Theatre, starting October 2021. Subscriptions and concert streaming passes go on sale September 7 and all tickets go on sale September 10. In the meantime, you can also watch fantastic free online concerts on their digital on-demand platform, RoyalConservatory.Live, featuring extraordinary artists like Damien Sneed, the Breithaupt Brothers, Jane Bunnett, Heather Bambrick, Alexis Baro, Thompson Egbo-Egbo, Joanna Majoko, and many more. Head to their website to learn more.

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Tafelmusik is highlighting some of the greatest moments of their 2020/21 Digital Season as selected by their Music Director Elisa Citterio on YouTube, as well as sharing informative educational clips which explore baroque and beyond. Visit their YouTube channel and click the subscribe button to be alerted about new videos. And, watch the videos they have already shared by visiting tafelmusik.org/youtube. Plus, check out their Spotify account for more beautiful music. And, be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram too for more. Learn more at tafelmusik.org. Learn more at their website here.

The Music Gallery

The Music Gallery is proud to announce the sixteenth edition of the X Avant Festival, entitled X Avant XVI: You In Mind, with the theme of “You In Mind”, taking place both in person and online this October 13–17. They are designing a safe and accessible Festival where audiences and artists can come together to celebrate and discover new work, and each other. Mark your calendars: full festival lineup will be released September 14.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Register in September to outstanding arts & culture programs that begin after the Jewish High Holy Days, in October. Join a multi-faith, multi-cultural Rosh Hoshana hike with Jewish& and the Secular Synagogue on September 8. For more programming in arts, community, wellness and fitness, check out their website.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema will reopen on September 10! They can't wait to welcome you back to the cinema and into the world. Join them as they explore Anthony Bourdain’s career as a chef, writer and host, revered and renowned for his authentic approach to food, culture and travel. Revisit the legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival which celebrated African American music and culture, and promoted Black pride and unity with Summer of Soul. The world’s #1 cat video festival returns, just when we need it the most! Peek behind the curtain with Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along in the new season of Music on Film with the Royal Conservatory. Visit their website to view their health and safety guidelines, and programming schedule.

The Japan Foundation, Toronto

The Japan Foundation, Toronto public library and gallery are open for in-person visitors of the Bloor Cultural Corridor! Book your visit today to experience NINGYŌ: Art and Beauty of Japanese Dolls, the traveling exhibition that presents a comprehensive introduction to Japanese doll culture, from ancient traditions to contemporary anime figurines. To book a visit, got to their website for details. Are you interested in studying Japanese? Register now for the fall Online Japanese courses for everyone from beginners to intermediate speakers. Check out their newly added ebooks and audiobooks on JFT OverDrive! New titles include the modern classic Kiki's Delivery Service by KADONO Eiko, the critically-acclaimed manga A Silent Voice by OIMA Yoshitoki, and many more! Visit their website for more details.

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    9/1/2021


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