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Toronto - April 2022 The Bloor St. Culture Corridor

Happy Spring! We continue to share the most up-to-date information about arts and culture events from our Bloor St. Culture Corridor partners. There's certainly a sense of renewal with so many of our partners opening up for in-person events.

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Royal Ontario Museum

Swapnaa Tamhane: Mobile Palace is on through August 1, 2022. Contemporary artist Swapnaa Tamhane brings together layered fabric compositions that challenge traditional hierarchies between art and craft in the exhibition Swapnaa Tamhane: Mobile Palace, organized by ROM.
Bold and immersive, Tamhane's first solo museum exhibition features three large, cotton cloth installations created from long lengths of printed and embroidered fabric. Drawing on India's rich textile history and inspired by Mughal and Ottoman tents used as mobile palaces, these tent-like forms are re-imagined. The artist's materials invoke the legacy of cotton in India as a form of colonial resistance and visitors are encouraged to experience the rich, sweeping flows of fabric from different vantages, to better explore and appreciate the artistic vision. Beautiful and relevant, the exhibition's visual depth, contemporary narrative lens, and immersive environment provide a powerful experience for sight and mind. Find out more.

VEMU Estonian Museum Canada

On April 12, Estonian Music Week will be presenting a concert with Estonian jazz pianist Kristjan Randalu and special guest Mike Murley at 8pm at the Heliconian Club in Toronto. Tickets can be found at estonianmusicweek.ca for $20. Following this, on April 13, Prof. Andres Kasekamp, Chair of Estonian Studies at UofT will be holding a lecture about the illegal Russian invasion of Ukraine. The lecture will take place in-person at Tartu College at 7pm. Finally, on April 30 from 4-6:30pm, there will be an in-person knitting workshop hosted by Ene Timmusk in which she will be teaching how to knit patterned animals. More information can be found on their website.


A coming-together of two iconic Canadian artists; Michael Greyeyes adds his expressive choreography to Claude Vivier’s enigmatic music. Soundstreams' not-to-be missed event of the season, A Love Song to Toronto will be performed on April 28, 2022 at St. Andrew’s Church, Toronto. Choreographer, director, and actor Michael Greyeyes creates new dance works, inspired by two pieces of the late Québécois composer Claude Vivier. The choreography based on Vivier’s compositions ‘Shiraz’, and ‘Cinq Chansons pour percussion’ will be presented on screen accompanied by a live musical performance including percussion and piano. The performance also includes Christopher Mayo’s composition, Oceano Nox inspired by Claude Vivier’s music. A Love Song to Toronto is a celebration of Soundstreams’ longtime collaboration with Michael Greyeyes, an enduring investment in Vivier’s legacy presented to the beloved city of Toronto as we all recover from the ramifications of a global pandemic. Tickets and more information can be found on their website.

Alliance Française de Toronto

Alliance Française Toronto is thrilled to present you its cultural programs for April! Be prepared, there are many events to come. This month, 3 extraordinary women will help you discover their universe - Valérie Milot, Judith Cohen, Lorraine Klaasen: on April 2, 9 and 23. They will welcome Charles Pachter's exhibition from the April 8 until the end of the month. With this retrospective they will be celebrating the 60-year career of the painter. Finally, as they celebrate Moliere's 400th anniversary, the Company Caravage will perform in their theatre on April 30. A good way to rediscover (or discover) Moliere's legacy! All event information can be found at their website.

Randolph Centre for the Arts

Randolph Summer Camps Announced! August 2022. Join them for their new & exciting one-week camps IN PERSON: Movie Makers, Voice Over for Animation and Video Games, Superheroes, Musical Theatre, YouTube Creation, Music Video, and Dance Industry Intensive! Camp ranges Grades SK - 9 and from $375-$499. Come create, perform, connect and have fun with them - new students encouraged to join. Registration now open, and no fees until July 15. In person limit 12-13 campers per camp. Register here.

Women's Art Association of Canada

DIGNAM GALLERY Signature Presentation: Larger than Life. A Solo exhibition featuring the iconic paintings of internationally renowned artist Charles Pachter, April 2-9, 2022. Women’s Art features their studio artists in Unchartered Waters April 13-30. Ruth Upjohn Gallery presents Merike Lugus: Rhythm and Play April 1-16 and the Barbara Feith Memorial Exhibition April 20-30. On April 21 from 1-2pm, WAAC's Artist Voice Lecture Series presents Churchill Manitoba: More than A Polar Bear Expedition with Dixie Allen.
Peggy Guggenheim and her Impact on Twentieth Century Art is presented by the Miles Nadal JCC in partnership with WAAC on April 7. Please visit their website for event registration and more information.

The Royal Conservatory

April concerts at Koerner Hall start with Miles from India on April 2 - a celebration of the timeless music of Miles Davis by Trichy Sankaran (mridangam), Rez Abbasi (guitar), Vince Wilburn, Jr. (drummer), and others. Five-time Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves takes the stage on April 9. American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato explores the majesty and mystery of nature through evocative music and theatrical effects on April 19. Celebrated tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman reunites with Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade for an unforgettable night of jazz on April 22. Do not miss The Canadian Jazz Master Awards Presentation and Performance and Makoto Ozone Trio's performance alongside Youn Sun Nah and special guest Ulf Wakenius on April 23. Legendary pianist Ivo Pogorelić will perform an all-Fryderyk Chopin program on April 24. Additional performances this month include pianist Eve Egoyan on April 8, conductor Johannes Debus with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra on April 29, Sir Bryn Terfel with Annabel Thwaite, and many more. Head to their website to learn more.

The Japan Foundation, Toronto

The Japan Foundation, Toronto is delighted to welcome the arrival of Spring! On Tuesdays and Thursdays, come check out their Hiroshige’s “Edo Hyaku” ukiyo-e exhibition for timeless images of spring flowers and boats on water. Their library is also welcoming in-person visitors. Borrow a book for free, and then join their virtual Book Club on April 13 to share your insights with fellow book lovers. For 24/7 access, the JF OverDrive Library is constantly adding new Japan-related ebooks, audiobooks, and streaming videos covering a wide range of themes and topics. You can also sign up for their weekly newsletter or follow them on social media for the latest news on JFT events, both live and virtual. For more information about their ongoing events, please visit their website.

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura’s exhibition “3CODESIGN | 3Rs: Reduce Recycle Reuse” will open soon (stay tuned!) and will be available until April 20. The exposition proposes a selection of 56 objects, products and accessories that are either recycled or made of sustainable materials and with sustainable technologies, all designed by Italian designers and produced by Italian companies. The exhibition was commissioned by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and presented in Dubai, China and throughout Europe. Check the IIC website for more information on this exhibition and other events during April.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

The exciting Miles Nadal JCC’s April Arts and Culture lineup includes: Cycles in Time: Creative Shmita Explorations, a national group exhibit inspired by Shmita (the Jewish sabbatical year), from April 1 in their online Gallery. From Gilgamesh to Gucci: The What, Why and Wear Of Clothing Through History, a lecture series with theatre designer Phillip Silver starts April 4. On April 7 join official guide and lecturer at Tate galleries, Alexandra Epps for Peggy Guggenheim and her Impact on Twentieth Century Art. Sing-Along! It's Passover, is a songful evening on April 10 with musician Kobi Hass that you won’t want to pass over! Yiddish Through Folktales and Children’s Books (for adults) with Miriam Schwartz starts April 27. In honour of Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day, author Frank Flynn discusses his historical fiction novel Songs of the Sabbath on April 28. Visit their website for more culture, wellness, summer camp and accessible programming this spring.

Toronto Reference Library

The Toronto Reference Library is excited to welcome guests back again for in-person events in the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, a literary and cultural programming space on the second floor of Toronto Reference Library, where local and international authors, thinkers and artists appear in conversation about their new books and big ideas. On April 5, author and activist Maude Barlow discusses her new book, Still Hopeful: Lessons from a Lifetime of Activism. On April 6, author Heather O'Neill speaks about her new novel, When We Lost Our Heads. Pulitzer Prize winning author Jennifer Egan talks about her electrifying new novel The Candy House, on April 11. And, on April 25, author Sheila Heti speaks about her newest novel, Pure Colour. Advance registration is required to attend in-person events in the Appel Salon. Explore the lineup of upcoming virtual and in-person events at tpl.ca/appelsalon.

Bata Shoe Museum

In anticipation of the BSM’s upcoming May exhibition Future Now: Virtual Sneakers to Cutting-Edge Kicks, join them on April 20 at 7pm EST for their next Salon event with Jeff Staple - creative visionary, graphic/fashion/footwear designer & founder of iconic streetwear brand STAPLE. Missed their last Salon with Lauren Stowell, co-founder of American Duchess Historical Footwear? You can catch it now on their YouTube channel! Be sure to also check out a special edition of Off the Shelf TikTok/Reels series showcasing historical skates featured in their new online exhibition, Boots & Blades: The Story of Canadian Figure Skating. Discover 4,500 years of footwear history by visiting them any day of the week! They are now open on Mondays - reserve your tickets by visiting their website.

Gardiner Museum

Visitors are raving about the Gardiner Museum’s captivating special exhibition Shary Boyle: Outside the Palace of Me. Step into an immersive world of ceramic sculpture, drawings, life-size animatronics, and coin-operated sculpture, set to an interactive score. Throughout April, delve deeper into the exhibition’s themes with a series of in-person and digital programs, including a special film screening on April 12 at 6:30pm of “Children of Paradise” directed by Marcel Carne. Presented in partnership with Alliance Française Toronto, the film was one of the inspirations behind Shary Boyle’s exhibition. Tickets: $10 Gardiner Friends. $12 General. Visit their website for a full list of exhibition programs and to register.

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

A spirit of optimism infuses Tafelmusik’s upcoming digital concert, Classical Revolution: Bologne & Mozart, with music by the two masters composed during an era of profound transformation. While all of the music on this program is new to Tafelmusik, the cornerstone is the orchestra’s premiere performance of Symphony no. 39 in E-flat Major by Mozart—a clever, energetic work that is perfectly suited to the timbre and nimbleness of period instruments. Known for her “silvery-smooth tone and sure-handed virtuosity” (Gramophone), violinist and guest director Leila Schayegh takes centre stage in the thrilling Violin Concerto in D Major by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, while the “superb” flutist Marcello Gatti (Gramophone) is featured in Mozart’s lyrical Andante for flute and orchestra in C Major. Premiering online on April 7, 2022. Tickets available at their website.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Hot Docs Cinema's April lineup presents a variety of thrilling theatrical premieres and new doc series! Learn about the life of legendary blues guitarist Buddy Buy in The Torch. Join celebrated composer Gustavo Dudamel on a music-making journey in ¡Viva Maestro!. Take a behind-the-scenes look at a historic Florentine museum in Inside the Uffizi. Get to know Jane Birkin in Jane by Charlotte, a touching portrait of the Serge Gainsbourg muse by daughter Charlotte. Take a look back at docs from 2002 with the new series Nostalgia Trip: 2002, featuring films like Terry Gilliam's Lost in La Mancha and Jackass: The Movie. Hot Docs Festival returns to the Cinema April 28 to May 8, premiering films like Navalny, We Feed People, The Kids In The Hall: Comedy Punks, Working 9 to 5 and many more. Visit their website to view their health and safety guidelines and programming schedule.

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

Sandra P.    4/1/2022


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