|Toronto - January 2022 , The Bloor St. Culture Corridor|
Happy New Year! We are delighted to ring in the new year with you all, as we celebrate a fresh start with lots of offerings on display from our partners. Even with recent restrictions, there are plenty of opportunities to experience arts and culture.
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Alliance Française de Toronto
Despite the new health restrictions, Alliance Française Toronto continues to offer online events and to promote all forms of arts by bringing French culture to your house. From January 13, and from the comfort of your sofa, you can discover the movie “Les traducteurs”, a closed door thriller that will keep you captivating until the end. On January 20, it’s time for the drama “Perfect Nanny” based on a true story, fascinating by the incredible acting and anxiety throughout the movie. Finally, if you love art, on January 14, you will be able to appreciate the online guided tour on Paul Cezanne work by our art expert Ophelie Delacour. It is the perfect occasion to exchange and learn privately and alongside an art lover. Whether you're a film buff, a painting addict, or a music lover, there's something for everyone! All event information can be found at their website.
The Royal Conservatory
The Royal Conservatory will livestream two 21C Music Festival concerts this month, featuring performances by two remarkable pianists. Royal Conservatory alumna, Morgan-Paige Melbourne, will perform works by Brian Current and Dawn Davi, as well as world premieres by Nauroz Tanya, Kathryn Knowles, and herself on January 16 in a free livestreamed concert. Internationally acclaimed artist, Eve Egoyan, will perform the world premieres of Works for Augmented Piano, which tease the edges of the piano’s natural sound, ultimately pushing it beyond the familiar, through the impossible, and into the extraordinary. Head to their website to learn more.
Royal Ontario Museum
The first gallery of its kind in North America brings the dawn of life to life. Take an epic journey back — about 4 billion years — to the origins of life on our planet. How old is life itself? When did we come from? Did all life begin the same? What evolutionary changes shaped the world we know today? Enter ROM's exciting new gallery and explore, through one of the world's most astounding fossil collections, the wondrous beginnings and devastating extinctions that have shaped our planet, from the dawn of life up to the age of dinosaurs. Almost 1,000 fossil specimens — more than 60% of them Canadian — represent the dawn of life on our planet across 4 billion years. Experience an unparalleled journey through wonders past, and explore what they tell us about our present, and future. Find out more.
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
Join the Miles Nadal JCC in January for refreshing Arts and Cultural programs. Photographer Kyle Adler captures the Bay Area dance scene and will be talking to Joe Landini of SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts on January 12 about his exhibit in our Virtual Gallery, Something Heroic and Distant: Dancers Creating in the Time of Covid 19. Let 2022 be the year you learn Hebrew! Hebrew for beginners has begun for evening classes, and registration for daytime classes started January 6. Starting on January 4, Asher Farber conducts their Daytime Choir as they sing through the Music of Film and Television. Film critic Adam Nayman lectures on The Greatest Movie Remakes & Reboots That Nobody Asked For starting January 7. Find all of their programs including fitness and wellness at their website.
VEMU Estonian Museum Canada
In 2022, VEMU will be launching its new brand and name: VEMU Estonian Museum Canada. They have been working closely with Estonian design agency Velvet to rebrand throughout 2021 and will be rolling out their new design in January. On January 26, at 6pm (EST) there will be a seminar on how branding can make a difference for organizations and businesses titled, “Looks Matter: Branding a New Museum” that will feature three branding experts. On January 12 at 7pm there will be an Estonian language lecture by visiting academics Katariina Johanna Päts and Joosep Heinsalu from the University of Tartu about current hot topics in higher education from a student’s perspective. On January 30 at 2pm (EST) there will be an online screening of the film, “Self Made Cameraman” (2019) a fictionalized adventure/comedy about photographer Johannes Pääsuke’s 1913 trip to Estonia’s Setumaa. More information can be found on their website.
Women's Art Association of Canada
January 13 to February 26, Dignam Gallery presents COLLAGE, a members' show featuring various forms of art beyond the genre and medium.
The Ruth Upjohn Gallery presents Barbara Feith: A Tribute, January 12-22, and a solo show by WAAC artist Heather Gentleman January 26 to February 5.
WAAC's Artist Voice presents “Night Journeys in Locked-Down Toronto”, a zoom lecture with Rita Leistner and Don McKellar on January 20, from 1-2 pm. Please check their website for the most up to date information on when galleries are open. Read more at their website.
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir
Just announced! A Tafelmusik Tribute to Jeanne Lamon, a special live performance on April 2, 2022. Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir present a special live tribute concert honouring Music Director Emerita Jeanne Lamon, C.M. O.Ont., who passed away in June. This deeply personal musical homage is curated by her partner and former Tafelmusik principal cellist Christina Mahler, together with friend and colleague Alison Mackay. Tickets will go on sale in mid-January 2022 for this live, multimedia concert at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. Digital Season Passholders receiving a two-day presale in advance of the public. The full program, along with special guests, will be announced in the new year. They invite you to savour their playlist of virtuoso performances featuring Jeanne Lamon and Tafelmusik, available now on Spotify at tafelmusik.org/jeanne-lamon-playlist. For more information and to buy tickets, visit their website.
Toronto Reference Library
Toronto Reference Library continues presenting virtual Live & Online programs that you can enjoy from the comfort of home. On January 14, Nita Prose discusses her debut novel, The Maid, about a charmingly eccentric hotel maid who is unexpectedly involved in a murder investigation. On January 17, Nathan Law reflects on the state of democracy in Hong Kong and discusses his new book Freedom, How We Lose It and How We Fight Back. Award-winning writer Lydia Davis talks about Essays Two, and the unique adventures of language-learning, literature and travel on January 19 (rescheduled). And, on January 21, Eva Jurczyk, a writer and librarian living in Toronto, joins us to talk about her debut novel, The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. Visit tpl.ca for more details.
Istituto Italiano di Cultura
On January 12, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura presents a unique online event that is as touching as it is informative: award-winning Canadian actor RH Thomson presents his project, The World Remembers, dedicated to those hundreds of thousands of young Italians who perished in WWI. Thomson will tell of his journey to build this commemoration and his search for the Italian soldiers' names that will appear eventually appear in a display in Ottawa's Canadian War Museum. We will hear of the breakthrough with Istoreco Reggio Emilia that is bringing 530,000 Italian names back into the public eye after a hundred years. On January 21, the Istituto, in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Milan (POLIMI), is pleased to participate in this year's edition of DesignTO with a webinar on Italian architect, industrial designer, furniture designer and artist Gio Ponti. For details and other upcoming events, visit their website.
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
Just because they're moving to smaller screens, doesn’t mean they don’t have big things planned. While Hot Docs Cinema is closed temporarily per government regulations, there’s plenty to keep you engaged and entertained on Hot Docs at Home! Live and online worldwide from January 25-28, Hot Docs Podcast Festival spotlights some of today's most acclaimed audio storytellers in conversation with top cultural thinkers. Dust off your butterfly clips and reminisce on the good, the bad, & the sparkly of the ‘90s and ‘00s with Back Issue Podcast and The New Yorker's Kelefa Sanneh. Get ready for the ultimate This American Life and The Big Short crossover: storytelling legends as Michael Lewis and Ira Glass come together for a conversation for the books. The hilarious Samantha Bee closes out the fest with the first ever LIVE episode of Full Release. Save with a membership or festival pass! Visit their website for more details.
The Japan Foundation, Toronto
Registration is now open for the Winter Online Japanese Classes at the Japan Foundation, Toronto! From beginners to intermediate speakers, you can learn Japanese online from anywhere across Canada this Winter. Catch up on fantastic Japanese stage performances over the winter break and into the new year with STAGE BEYOND BORDERS - Selection of Japanese Performances. Up to 70 new works will be released until March 2022 with multilingual subtitles! You can also enjoy books and audio books online about Japanese culture, art, language and more through the JF Toronto Digital Library. For more information please 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
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
VEMU Estonian Museum Canada: 310 Bloor Street West vemu.ca
Women's Art Association of Canada: 23 Prince Arthur Ave. womensartofcanada.ca
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