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Toronto - August 2022 , The Bloor St. Culture Corridor

Happy August! With arts and culture back in a big way in the city, we hope you'll consider visiting us along Bloor Street for lots of hands-on activities to keep everyone busy while having fun. We continue to share the most up-to-date information about arts and culture events from our Bloor St. Culture Corridor partners.

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Royal Ontario Museum

Fantastic Beasts™: The Wonder of Nature* is on now at ROM. This exhibition explores the links between the magical creatures of the wizarding world and the remarkable animals in our natural world, encouraging a greater connection to our planet and empowering us all to be advocates for its care. You will be awed by the powerful combination of science, nature, and imagination as you explore fantastic beasts in all their forms and learn how these animals inspired some of the world's most incredible stories and folklore. Learn more here.

*A touring exhibition developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London, UK. WIZARDING WORLD and all related trademarks, characters, names, and indicia are & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights JKR. (s22)

The Royal Conservatory

The Royal Conservatory, in collaboration with Tapestry Opera and Toronto Summer Music, will present the world premiere of Gould's Wall this month. This re-imagining of the life of Canadian icon and classical pianist Glenn Gould features adventurous singers performing suspended from The Royal Conservatory’s atrium in this daring new opera. Award-winning theatre artist and librettist Liza Balkan evokes the young artist’s rigorous journey, weaving many of Gould’s own words into the libretto, and acclaimed Canadian composer Brian Current delivers a thrilling, kinetic score. Directed by multiple Dora Award-winning Philip Akin. Head to their website to learn more.

Women's Art Association of Canada

Dignam Gallery presents: OCAD University's scholarship exhibition August 3-13. The Opening Reception will take place on August 6.
Ruth Upjohn Gallery presents: Flora and Fauna July 27-August 7; Wendy Wallace August 10-20; Hortensia Reyes August 24-September 4. Jazz at WAAC: On the Terrace presents Laura Marks' concert on August 4 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be the first in a series of music nights while weather permits. Please visit their website for event registration and more information.

The Japan Foundation, Toronto

Summer may be half over but the parade of events at the Japan Foundation, Toronto is not slowing down! On August 4, registration officially opens for their Fall Japanese language classes. Sign up to learn Japanese online anywhere from Canada. On August 16, tune in for an online talk about the beautiful and illusive designs of renowned author IZUMI Kyōka’s ghostly books. In celebration of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, JFT will screen multiple online films about the culture and history of the Ainu (Indigenous peoples of Japan) throughout August. For more information about the film screenings as well as JFT's ongoing events, please visit their website.

Bata Shoe Museum

There’s something always happening at the Bata Shoe Museum! Discover 4,500 years of footwear history in their All About Shoes exhibition. Explore miniature marvels in All Dolled Up, or 18th century footwear in The Great Divide. Their new exhibition Future Now: Virtual Sneakers to Cutting-Edge Kicks showcases over fifty futuristic footwear designs and has an accompanying book that is available in their museum shop and online! Join them for their summer drop-in activities Tippy Toes Time Travelling where each week there will be a different theme for kids to learn about the history and future of shoes. Don’t forget to snap a photo in front of their art installation by Trevor Wheatley that will be on display all summer! PRESTO cardholders can save 20% on their Family level Friends of the BSM annual pass until August 31 and enjoy many exclusive benefits for the entire family. Check out their website and social media for all the latest updates!

VEMU Estonian Museum Canada

In August, look out for new interviews coming out on VEMU and Estonian Life Newspaper's new podcast EstoCast. The latest English language episode will feature young Estonian programmer, Adel Müürsepp in discussion about her experiences so far working in startups with tech and coding. Their current exhibition "Ukrainian Frontline Photography" will also remain on view for the month of August at Tartu College.
Neo-zombie folk duo Puuluup from Estonia will be playing two shows in August in Toronto at the Drom Taberna on August 17 at 6pm and the ROM on August 18 at 11am. Experimental musician Kristjan Kannukene will also be performing for one night in Toronto in August with details to be announced. Keep an eye on their facebook page and their website for more information.

Toronto Reference Library

Toronto Reference Library continues presenting virtual Live & Online programs that you can enjoy from anywhere. On August 10, acclaimed environmental journalist Oliver Milman discusses his new book, “The Insect Crisis: The Fall of the Tiny Empires That Run the World”, with journalist Anne Lagacé Dowson. Critically acclaimed, Booker Prize-nominated author Anuradha Roy talks about her new novel, “The Earthspinner”, with author Megha Majumdar on August 16. Afghan-Canadian activist, filmmaker, artist and author Nahid Shahalim talks about her new book which highlights the resiliency of Afghan women, “We Are Still Here”, in a panel discussion on August 22. And on August 31, veteran investigative journalist Paul Palango discusses his new book, "22 Murders: Investigating the Massacres, Cover-up and Obstacles to Justice in Nova Scotia", in conversation with journalist and author Justin Ling. Visit crowdcast.io/tplculture to register and watch upcoming and past TPL events.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

The Miles Nadal is gearing up for fall program registration this August. They’re so excited to welcome back pottery studio classes, continue with Beginner Hebrew classes, return to singing with their choirs, offer Suzuki string classes for all ages, celebrate diversity while cooking Jewish& recipes, and so many more in arts, culture and community! Fall registration opens on August 17! Their in-person Fun Intensive experiences for young adults 18-35 with ASD and/or developmental disabilities are open to all and include a pottery workshop on August 8 and a DJ session on August 15. Eleven is an online group exhibit August 1-31, showcasing the eleven artists and partners they displayed in the gallery 2021-22 season. All this and so much more for their communities at their website.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Hot Docs Cinema's August lineup will feature theatrical releases of Hot Docs Festival 2022 selections Returning Home, the story of residential school survivors; and Anonymous Club, a raw and deeply intimate study of Grammy-nominated Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett. Delight in the simple joys of summer-sensation Marcel the Shell with Shoes On and dive deeper into the creation of the iconic mollusk with a collection of films that inspired its cinematic universe, curated in partnership with director and Hot Docs Alum Dean Fleischer-Camp. Explore the life of a legendary Canadian singer-songwriter-poet-novelist in Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song. Rock out to Champagne Supernova at a special screening of Oasis: Supersonic, and dream of a better world at the 50th-anniversary screening of John Lennon's 1972 Imagine. Those looking for a sense of tranquillity will enjoy a Quiet Time screening of Mantras: Sounds Into Silence. Visit the Hot Docs website to view their health and safety guidelines and programming schedule.

Alliance Française de Toronto

The Alliance Française Award exhibition presents two exceptional projects selected from work made by fourth-year students in the Creative School’s BFA Photography program, at Toronto Metropolitan University. Shown in relation to one another, Anne-Marie Cloutier’s Teen Spirit and John Delante’s Finding Comfort Under the Sky each address the transitional period of adolescence, from differing but complementary perspectives. One centres the point of view of a mother looking in, using portraiture and still-life photography as a means of understanding and relating to her rapidly growing daughters. The other offers the unique, also intimate, perspective of a recently landed immigrant youth, coming of age in an unfamiliar place, looking out at his mother and his new surroundings, and using photography as a way to reconcile his past and present identities. All event information can be found at their website.

Gardiner Museum

Summer at the Gardiner Museum is in full swing with activities happening inside and out. Explore the art in the galleries before getting creative with clay on the plaza. From Wednesday to Sunday, the Gardiner is offering playful and collaborative clay activities for families, free with admission. From August 12-September 5, discover the work of Z’otz* Collective in their exhibition hall, including ceramics, drawings, a large-scale mural, and hands-on activities. On August 17, attend a free public event celebrating the project and featuring acclaimed musician Emma Schmiedecke. There are so many reasons to check out the Gardiner Museum this summer! Plan your visit at their website.

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Available until August 19, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura hosts the exhibition Borghi italiani (Italian Villages); a collection of photographs presenting the remarkable villages of Italy. The images were produced in 2017 by Italy's national tourism board (ENIT) as part of the campaign L'Italia che non ti aspetti (The Italy You're Not Expecting); an international effort to present a side of Italy that is rarely seen. The exhibition is available for viewing Monday to Friday, 9am-1pm and from 2-5pm (the Istituto is closed daily 1-2pm). Check the IIC website regularly for new events.

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.    8/1/2022


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