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Toronto - Bloor St. Culture Corridor is a celebration of diversity and love.

Three of our partner museums are opening new exhibitions: Ai Weiwei: Unbroken at the Gardiner Museum, Being Japanese Canadian: reflections on a broken world at the Royal Ontario Museum, and WANT: Desire, Design and Depression Era Footwear at the Bata Shoe Museum. On Valentine's Day, Alliance Française is partnering with Japan Foundation, Toronto for a screening of the romance film Kokoro, and presenting a jazz concert with the Miles Nadal JCC, Can't Give You Anything But Love. Fall in love with early music at The Toronto Consort's Love, Remixed over valentine's weekend. Whether you're looking for a new perspective, or appreciating the beauty around you, there something to mark the magic of winter on the Bloor St. Culture Corridor.

A Different Booklist Cultural Centre

February is known for its celebration of Black History and A Different Booklist Cultural Centre has some exciting events for you. The celebration begins with the Black and Caribbean Book Affair Chapter I from February 7 to 9. The fair will feature Cecil Foster's book They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada; school visits with presentation of Aunt Luce's Talking Paintings; conversation with dynamic emerging writers Simone Dalton and Téa Mutonjiand ends with Ndija Anderson-Yan, the author of What Are You Gonna Do with that Hair. On February 14, you don't want to miss a special presentation by visiting New York based author, director, and text-sound artist IONE. Visit ADBCC on February 15 for the launch of Dr. Hakim Adi's book Pan Africanism: A History and on February 16 for the launch of Akelah Newton and Tami Gabay's book Big Dreamers: a celebration of black Canadians. Please visit adbcc.org for more information and the complete calendar of events.

918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media + Education

Celebrate Black History Month at 918 Bathurst with Converging Passages, an exhibition of works from visual artists Curtia Wright and David Chinyama. This exhibit is presented in partnership with Muse Arts, and will be up in the 918 Gallery for the month of February. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Join for an artist talk on February 13. On Friday, February 1, Social Growl Dance will present an in-progress showing of their Winter Creation Lab. Every Monday night, join the Hogtown Clown Collective for a drop-in PWYC acting workshop. Unleash your inner clown! Sunday, February 17, visit the gallery for an intimate album release from jazz pianist and vocalist, Janet Whiteway at 3pm. Check out 918bathurst.com for full event listings and details.

Miles Nadal JCC

There are plenty of Arts and Culture in February at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre! Join the daytime lectures on the topics of The Starchitecture of Frank Gehry with Peter Harris on Thursday February 7, The Evolution of the Hollywood Musical on February 4 and 11 with Adam Nayman and Tony Curtis: Hollywood's Jewish Heartthrob Thursday February 28 with Shlomo Schwartzberg. Enjoy the song stylings of Jordan Klapman and The Tanya Wills Quartet at our Valentine's Jazz concert, Can't Give You Anything But Love on February 14 at the Spadina Theatre in the Alliance Française. Celebrate in community with our free Shabbat in Song commemoration on Friday February 22 with Rabbi Miriam Margles. On Sunday February 24 see Sidney Lumet's film comedy Garbo Talks with guest speaker Susan G. Cole on the big screen of the Al Green Theatre. See Small Abstractions, paintings by Judi Lederman in our Gallery until February 26. More information at www.mnjcc.org.

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

This month the University of Toronto Faculty of Music is thrilled to welcome visiting artists Rob Kapilow and Jessye Norman. February 7 Rob Kapilow presents the second of three What Makes It Great?® events during the Faculty's 100th anniversary season, highlighting the music of Duke Ellington with the U of T Jazz Orchestra. On February 15 Jessye Norman, one of the world's most celebrated performing artists, presents a public master class for the school's Voice and Opera students. Weekly free series Thursdays at Noon offers two lunchtime concerts in February: a solo piano recital by Younggun Kim February 7 and on February 14 a preview of Mozart's La finta giardiniera, U of T Opera's spring main stage production. To close out the month, on February 27 the Calidore String Quartet - hailed as "..the epitome of confidence and finesse" by Gramophone - performs a program of Haydn, Shaw and Beethoven. Visit music.utoronto.ca for complete listings.


Soundstreams presents Steve Reich's Different Trains with Rolston String Quartet. Different Trains won the Grammy for Best Classical Contemporary Composition in 1989, and is considered Reich's late career masterpiece. Perhaps the most personal of his works, Steve Reich calls "Different Trains" a "music documentary" bearing witness to his childhood train journeys across the US in the 1940s, and the realization that as a Jew, had he grown up in Europe, Reich's train journeys would have been very different. This performance will see the Toronto premiere of Spanish filmmaker Beatriz Caravaggio's hauntingly realized "Different Trains" video, with the Rolston String Quartet creating its live aural engine. February 2, 2019 at 8pm, Trinity-St. Paul's Centre. For tickets and information please visit soundstreams.ca.

The Royal Conservatory

The 10th anniversary concert season continues at Koerner Hall. The multi award-winning ensemble Lemon Bucket Orkestra has been heralded as a ground-breaking, genre-bending phenomenon which has performed on streets and stages around the world. "Toronto's most beloved global-folk party." (Exclaim Magazine) The group shares the evening on February 2 with Aline Morales, dynamic Juno Award nominated Brazilian singer, percussionist and bandleader. Quebec pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin, who won the Silver Medal in the 2015 Chopin Competition, appears as part of the Invesco Piano Concerts series on February 3. The pianist performs with "real sonority that comes from his entire body, a large palette of colours and a real poetic sense" (Le Devoir). His program includes Schumann's Arabesque in C Major, op. 18 and Fantasy in C Major, op. 17, as well as Chopin's Four Ballades. For more information and tickets, please visit rcmusic.com/performance.

The Toronto Consort

Early instruments, new music. For the first time in their history, The Toronto Consort presents an entire program of 20th- and 21st-century music written for early instruments and voice. Love, Remixed, features Juno-nominated James Rolfe's 'Breathe' with text by Hildegard of Bingen, David Fallis' Eurydice Variations, the story Monteverdi's Orfeo told from the point of view of Eurydice, as well as a collection of madrigals as arranged by early 20th century scholars. Join them for Valentine's Day weekend as we reinterpret, remix and rediscover our love of early music. Love, Remixed runs February 15 & 16 at 8pm. Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor St West. Tickets start at $26, buy online at TorontoConsort.org.

Royal Ontario Museum

Featuring works by eight Japanese Canadian artists from across the country, Being Japanese Canadian: reflections on a broken world opens at the Royal Ontario Museum on February 2. This installation explores multi-generational responses to the exile, dispossession, and internment of Canadian citizens of Japanese descent during the 1940s. The ROM celebrates International Darwin Day with the inspiring lecture Our Changing Oceans: The Past, Present & Future of Whales featuring Smithsonian researcher Nick Pyenson on February 12. On February 24, ROM Educator George Hewson leads the ROM U workshop All Under Heaven: Imperial China in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. This course covers the splendor of the final 500 years of Imperial China and includes a guided visit to the ROM original exhibition Gods in My Home: Chinese New Year with Ancestor Portraits and Deity Prints. The 2019 ROM Research Colloquium is a thought-provoking one-day event highlighting the Museum's ongoing research and recent discoveries. Taking place on February 26, this free program features ROM curators from diverse fields exploring the intersections of Art, Culture, and Nature, bringing audiences into the ROM's laboratory and collections, and out into the field. For details visit rom.on.ca.

The Japan Foundation, Toronto

This month The Japan Foundation, Toronto is partnering with Alliance Française to present the film Kokoro, a drama that unfolds in a rural Japanese village by Belgian director Vanja D' Alcantara on February 14. Visit the new print exhibition Landmarks From Before It Was Called Tokyo: Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo which runs January 18 - April 13, 2019. Saturday February 2 and 16 the gallery and library is open 11am - 4pm. February includes two lectures; Smithsonian Institute researcher Dr. Robert Pontsioen's Secrets of the Smithsonian Samurai: Rediscovering the Lost 'Living Dolls" of Japan on February 6, and then Cultural Dimensions of Packaging in Japan on February 27 by NSCAD design professor Dr. Rudi Meyer. Have some free time during lunch? Join the free Bring your own Bento - Drop-in Lunchtime Language Lesson on February 13, 12pm - 1pm. More details available at jftor.org.

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Two great concerts in two stunning venues from Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir! Tafelmusik presents The Tempestuous Violin from February 7-10, 2019 at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul's Centre. Enrico Onofri, the charismatic wizard of the baroque violin and close collaborator and teacher of Music Director Elisa Citterio, makes his Tafelmusik debut in this concert exploring music's role in inciting human passions and unleashing the power of Mother Nature. Then from February 21-24, Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House returns to the stage in Koerner Hall, celebrating the rich musical traditions of East and West, and the renewed dialogue between those traditions in contemporary, multicultural Toronto. It became one of the most talked-about projects in Tafelmusik's history when it was first seen in 2016. Now it returns for Tafelmusik's 40th anniversary season, reuniting musicians from Western and Arabic traditions in a magical, moving multimedia concert. For tickets, visit tafelmusik.org.

Alliance Française Toronto

February is a busy month at Alliance Française Toronto. It begins with a world music concert by multi-instrumentalists Brothers Cissoko Bannaya Family on February 2, then a jazzy Tribute to Claude Nougaro on February 9 and ends with the Perséides duo playing traditional Persian music with classical western music and vibrant jazz on February 22. On February 6, enjoy a talk in French by actress Nathalie Nadon, "The acting profession, a chameleon life". Drop by our new art gallery to discover the joint photography exhibition Breaking News and The Warriors (on display from February 3 to March 28). On screen you will get to see Oscar-winning movie The Artist on February 7, then Japanese movie Kokoro on February 14, August 32nd on Earth on February 21 and Passion Van Gogh on February 28. For young audiences, the show Mwana and the secret of the tortoise will play on February 24. For more information please visit alliance-francaise.ca.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

This February take a walk through the Big Apple in the charming travelogue The World Before Your Feet, scale one of the world's most epic peaks in The Dawn Wall or escape to 1970s Miami Beach in The Last Resort. Our popular matinee series Doc Soup Sundays digs into the mysterious world of Italian literary sensation Elena Ferrante in Ferrante Fever, while Game Changers returns to inspire with biographies of Nelson Mandela, Amy Winehouse, William S. Burroughs and more. Bloor Street Culture Corridor friends get the spotlight in Our Beautiful City: The Museum, a look at the ROM's ambitious 2001 renovation, and in Music On Film: Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds, a magnificent tribute to renowned maestro Zubin Mehta, presented in partnership with the Royal Conservatory of Music. Visit hotdocscinema.ca for more information.

Sandra P.    2/1/2019


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