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Toronto - The Bloor St. Culture Corridor - May 2022

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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Istituto Italiano di Cultura

This year marks the centenary of the birth of Pier Paolo Pasolini. As part of the schedule of events to mark the occasion, the Istituto presents a series of events during May to celebrate the iconic film director, author and poet: a lecture with Rhodes Scholar and author David Barth Schwartz on Pasolini’s life, a staged performance reading of Pasolini’s poetry with actors Nestor Saied and RH Thomson and, co-presented with TIFF, a screening of The Hawks and the Sparrows followed by a Q&A with actor Ninetto Davoli, who starred in several of Pasolini’s films. Other events in May include: Alberto Giuliani at the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival (Alberto Giuliani made international headlines with his essay San Salvatore featuring front-line workers in Italy at the start of the pandemic); and a concert with IDR (Italian Doc Remix), with vocal frontman, Toronto’s own Francesco Pellegrino of Vesuvius Ensemble fame. Check the IIC website for more.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

May at the Miles Nadal JCC brings accessible and inclusive films, music, literature and more! Songs From the Heart: The Story of Yiddish Music, a three-part series with musician and musicologist Jonno Lightstone starts May 2. For Israel’s birthday, join Photographer and TEDx speaker Erez Kaganovitz for a lecture illustrating his photography exhibit, Humans of Tel Aviv on May 6. On May 12 come to their Meet the Author event: Under The Radar - 30 Notable Canadian Jewish Musicians with David Eisenstadt. Building The Jewish& Cookbook, their inter-cultural cooking program presents Lox Galettes with Jennifer Bartoli on May 15. Their Book Club discussion this month is on Indians on Vacation by Thomas King on May 26. The ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto returns from May 26 - June 10 with virtual and in-person programming. Check out what else they have in store for you this May at the J in aquatics, wellness, early childhood education, Access and Inclusion and more 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.

Alliance Française de Toronto

Alliance Française Toronto is thrilled to present you its cultural program for May. Be prepared, there are many events to come! In May, AFT welcomes French photographer LO KEE for a three weeks creation residency. The exhibition "Paris-Toronto, regards croisés" will be visible from May 9 until May 29. On May 10, a concert by Stephane Wrembel, one of the most highly regarded guitarists in the world specializing in the style of legendary composer/guitarist Django Reinhardt. He will be accompanied by Debi Botos and her bassist for another concert on May 11. On May 20, AFT will welcome YAO for a unique concert : between slam, soul, funk and Afro sounds, YAO explores the topics of pain, resilience and hope in this personal and therapeutic show. He uses his talents as a lyricist and performer to transform his life's wounds into a sensory, poetic and musical immersion. Finally, they'll welcome Wood an atypical silent puppet show using only wood, on June 5. All event information can be found at their website.

Women's Art Association of Canada

Dignam Gallery presents Lifescapes: Through the Lens, 2022 Scotiabank CONTACT Exhibition May 4-29. Opening and Meet the Artists on May 10 from 5-8pm. Ruth Upjohn Gallery features Judith Davidson-Palmer's solo exhibition, The Art of Urban Life: Streets, People and Places May 4-14; Catharine Somerville's solo exhibition CAGED BIRD May 18-28. On May 19 from 1-2pm, WAAC's Artist Voice Lecture Series presents Getting to Know You Better with Linda Duvall. Please visit their website for event registration and more information.

The Royal Conservatory

The Royal Conservatory's May concerts feature the renowned ARC Ensemble performing composer Marc Neikrug's A Song by Mahler on May 5. Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason make their Toronto debuts with performances of works by Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Britten on May 6. French cellist Gautier Capuçon will perform works by Brahms, Debussy, and others on May 8 with French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Los Angeles based band Las Cafeteras perform their unique blend of roots music, hip-hop, and rock on May 13 with Peruvian-Canadian singer-songwriter Patricia Cano. Latin Grammy Award-winning jazz/world music superstar Ivan Lins teams up with percussionist Cyro Baptista and Toronto guitarist Kevin Breit on May 14. Additional concerts this month include pianist Marcus Roberts performing jazz interpretations of Beethoven on May 11, Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter on May 15, violinist Joshua Bell on May 24, and more. Head to their website to learn more.

VEMU Estonian Museum Canada

On May 6 at Tartu College, there will be an opening of the photo exhibit Ukrainian Frontline Photography, featuring images taken by Ukranian photographers. Following this, on the evening of May 14, VEMU is pleased to be hosting its 10th annual fundraising evening, once again in person at Tartu College. The evening will include a catered dinner of Ukrainian cuisine from Toronto’s Baby Point Lounge as well as music and keynote speaker creative director of Velvet design bureau, Kristian Kirsfeldt. On May 15, Estonian artist and printmaker Britta Benno will be holding an artists talk at VEMU, hosted in collaboration with the Society of Estonian Artists in Toronto. Finally, on May 26, at Jeanne Lamon Hall in Toronto, Estonian Music Week will be presenting a concert by the award-winning Estonian choir, Collegium Musicale (Tickets can be found at the EMW website). More information can be found on their website.

Bata Shoe Museum

Mark your calendar for the BSM’s upcoming exhibition FUTURE NOW: Virtual Sneakers to Cutting-Edge Kicks, opening May 26. Join them for their next Salon Series event on May 29 at 3pm EST with Cnstnt:Dvlpmnt LLC Chris Dixon, Founder + Creative Director and daughter Jade, Colour Specialist, to talk about the exciting world of sneaker design. Be sure to drop by for their free Community Weekend May 28-29 to see the exhibition, check out their new window, participate in family crafts and activities and so much more! If you can’t make it the museum, they’ve got you covered with #BSMFromHome content - keep up to date with Off the Shelf series, Step into the BSM blog posts, Storytime with the BSM and more. Did you know? A new online exhibition will also be going live on their website soon! Visit their website for more information or sign up for their weekly newsletter so you never miss out!

Toronto Reference Library

Toronto Public Library proudly celebrates Asian Heritage all year round, and offers special programming and reading lists for all ages during Asian Heritage Month in May. On May 30, join them in the Appel Salon at Toronto Reference Library for Chinatown: An Opera Performance, an exclusive free performance of excerpts from the new opera, Chinatown, which will be fully staged this fall in Vancouver. Audiences are invited to experience a sneak peek of this production through live musical performances and introductions from Giller-Prize-winning novelist and librettist Madeleine Thien, author and Hoisin translator Paul Yee, and composer Alice Ping Yee Ho. This new opera is a story of family and neighbourhood, racism and resistance, history and tomorrow. Learn more at tpl.ca.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Hot Docs Cinema kicks off May with an outstanding array of documentary films from around the globe, part of the 2022 Hot Docs Festival, on until May 8. The Cinema will premiere Jennifer Baichwal's Into The Weeds, Hot Docs 2022 Opening Night film, the David vs. Goliath story of a former groundskeeper who takes on a multinational agrochemical corporation after his terminal cancer diagnosis. Revisit the magic of the 1971 beloved movie musical Fiddler on the Roof, paired with the new Jeff Goldblum-narrated doc Fiddler's Journey to the Big Screen. A new series celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Godfather, and the Indie Sleaze Nights series takes a nostalgic look at all things aughts, launching with a screening of the Toronto-centred cult classic Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Registration for a new set of the popular Curious Minds Speaker Series is now open. Visit the Hot Docs website to view their health and safety guidelines and programming schedule.

The Japan Foundation, Toronto

The Japan Foundation, Toronto invites guests to a new exhibition, The Superlative Artistry of Japan, which will be held at their centre until June 28. Come see an exquisite collection that honours the techniques and dedication evident in Japanese cultural productions. Their online Japanese language classes are still open for enrollment, with a new Intermediate 2 class beginning on May 9. The JF OverDrive Library is constantly adding new Japan-related ebooks, audiobooks, and streaming videos covering a wide range of themes and topics. Check out their library’s e-material anywhere in Canada. If you are able to stop by their physical library, you can find an even larger collection of materials to borrow! For more information about their ongoing events, please visit their website.

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Join Tafelmusik for a live performance of Bach Brandenburg Concertos—one of the most recognized and popular works in baroque music, the Brandenburg Concertos encapsulate all of the qualities that affirm Bach’s brilliance as a composer. Creativity, originality, and boldness will be on display in these ground-breaking concertos that feature novel combinations of solo instruments and an unprecedented solo cadenza for harpsichord—unheard of at the time. Tafelmusik’s JUNO Award-winning 1995 recording of the Brandenburgs helped establish the orchestra’s international profile. A quarter century later, Tafelmusik invites you to revisit four of these seminal works with newfound curiosity. Live at Koerner Hall on May 28, 2022. Tickets available at their website.

Royal Ontario Museum

Due to popular demand, Great Whales: Up Close and Personal has been extended to run through July 3, 2022, allowing more visitors to enjoy the unique world of these majestic giants. The exhibition displays three real whale skeletons – the sperm whale, the blue whale and the North Atlantic right 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.

Gardiner Museum

See the captivating exhibition Shary Boyle: Outside the Palace of Me before it closes on May 15! Don’t miss your chance to experience this multi-sensory installation of ceramics, drawings, life-size animatronics, coin operated sculpture, two-way mirrors, and an interactive score. On May 14, the exhibition Sharif Bey: Colonial Ruptures opens in the lobby. Sharif Bey works figuratively, often repurposing fragments of his own earlier sculptures to create beings with a sense of wonder, ritual, and ambiguity. His works foreground African and Afro-diasporic aesthetic traditions. Plan your visit now at 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

Sandra Popescu    5/1/2022


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