|December 2020 - Toronto , The Bloor St. Culture Corridor|
In this December issue:
• The final Salon Series of the year at Bata Shoe Museum
• A guided tour of the Eiffel Tower at Alliance Française de Toronto
• A new film from Atom Egoyan at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura
• Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music
• The 38th Annual Japan Film Festival at Japan Foundation, Toronto
• Alan Doyle discusses his book through Toronto Reference Library
• The Jewish& Cookbook at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
• Christmas concert and Tafel Talks at Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Choir
• Livestream concert with Honeypaw at Museum of Estonians Abroad/VEMU
• Claire Saffitz talks about her new cookbook at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
• Beethoven 250 Festival at The Royal Conservatory
• Electric Messiah launches at Soundstreams
• The Emergents series begins at The Music Gallery
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Bata Shoe Museum
Join the BSM for their last Salon Series event of the year on December 9 with Romana Mirza, who will consider ideas of modesty in the 18th century in her talk Identity Performance and Privilege – Shifting Perceptions of Modesty and Disproving Stereotypes. Missed the Annual Founder’s Lecture with Hollywood costume designer, Marci Rodgers? Access it now on their YouTube channel. For more #BSMfromhome, follow their social platforms for behind the scenes content, storytime reads, blog articles and more. There's always something new each day at the #BSM! For more information or to register for programs, visit their website.
Alliance Française de Toronto
What's going on at Alliance Française Toronto in December? Their Sofa-Thursdays continue! On December 3 at 7:30pm, join them online for By the Grace of God. On both December 4 and 5 at 1pm, depending on your French language skills, discover the history and design of the Eiffel Tower through a guided tour with Ophélie! Don't stop learning there ... on December 9 at 6pm, Christian Bode, of the Société d'histoire de Toronto, will have you discover the fascinating jack-of-all-trades French aristocrat Louis-Antoine de Bougainville. The following day, December 10 at 6pm, join in on an online book club with the Théâtre Français de Toronto with Marcel Dubé's, Zone. Lastly on December 17 at 7:30pm, get in the winter spirit with the movie Snowtime! Visit their website for more information.
Istituto Italiano di Cultura
The Istituto Italiano di Cultura is honoured to present Atom Egoyan’s 8 1/2 Screens, commissioned by the Istituto to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of master filmmaker Federico Fellini. The short will also be presented at this year’s online edition of ICFF - The Italian Contemporary Film Festival (November 29 – December 8) before the screening of the documentary Fellinopolis. DopoLavoro Teatrale returns after a successful run at the Venice Biennale teaming with the Istituto to present Dionysus on the Rox, a one-to-one interactive theatrical piece that invites the audience to take a seat at the digital cocktail bar. The exhibition Emerging Ecologies will be available online, part of the Italy Under Construction Series We team up with Azure Magazine for the final webinar of the year, Cross-Cultural Collaboration with Italian designer Luca Nichetto and John Baker founder of Toronto-based design firm, Mjölk. Visit their website for more information.
University of Toronto Faculty of Music
The University of Toronto Faculty of Music is thrilled to welcome mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, 2020-21 John R. Stratton Visitor in Music, on Dec 1, 2 and 4. Hailed by USA Today as “an operatic superstar of the 21st century,” links to Denyce Graves's master classes in art song and opera will be available on the Faculty of Music website 24 hours before the scheduled classes. On Dec 2, join University of Toronto alumni and friends for an evening of holiday music at annual favourite U of T Where You Are: Songs of the Season. Hosted by Prof. Monica Whicher, Head of Voice Studies, and pianist David Eliakis, this year's virtual edition features a program of solos and carols by singers from the Faculty of Music’s Voice Studies Program. Registration details are available on the Faculty of Music website. All events are online only. Please visit their website for details.
The Japan Foundation, Toronto
Considering the current changing circumstances, with everyone’s safety in mind, The Japan Foundation, Toronto will continue to temporarily close their centre to the public. All of the online programs will continue as announced. From December 10-12, the Japan Foundation, Toronto is proud to present, together with the Embassy of Japan in Canada and the Canadian Film Institute, the free online version of the 38th Annual Japan Film Festival. This year the festival features two recent, critically acclaimed films: A Long Goodbye, a touching, and humorous depiction of seven years in the lives of a father diagnosed with dementia, directed by NAKANO Ryota and Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dreams, directed by YAMAZAKI Ema Ryan, a fascinating documentary about the die-hard competitors of Japan’s national high school baseball championship, whose alumni include baseball stars OHTANI Shohei and former Yankee MATSUI Hideki. More details at their website.
Toronto Reference Library
Toronto Reference Library continues to offer high-quality programming you can enjoy at home with TPL’s Live & Online series. TPL’s signature series, The Appel Salon, closes out its virtual season of local and international authors in conversation about their latest books and big ideas this month. Tune in on December 7 when Fredrick Kaufman talks about his book, The Money Plot, demystifying the concept of modern finance. On December 9, one of Canada’s most beloved musicians and authors, Alan Doyle, discusses his latest book, All Together Now, celebrating the resilience of Newfoundlanders in what he calls “a gathering in book form.” And until the launch of the new season in January 2021, catch up on replays of all of the virtual Appel Salon programs and follow the TPL Cultural channel on Crowdcast.
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
Join the MNJCC on December 6, as together they continue to build the Jewish& Cookbook – recipes from households blending traditions and cultures! This month’s Jewish& Cookbook’s session is Rassolnik (Russian Pickle Soup) with cultural journalist Lea Zeltserman. Starting December 14, see an online gallery exhibit of ceramics from celebrated artist Celia Zveibil Brandao’s recent creations, as well as several of her most striking designs created over her career. From December 10-18, join them on Facebook @milesnadaljcc every evening at sunset for their rotating menorah lighting events for Chanukah. On December 16, move and groove to holiday songs with Shoshana Fainsilber. For more outstanding Arts & Culture programs, visit mnjccondemand.com, and for more information, please visit their website.
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir
Tafelmusik’s Tafel Talks—online panel discussions—returns on December 2 with Music as Resistance. Moderated by Raha Javanfar, the conversation will explore how music has given voice to resistance over the centuries, whether political, religious, social, or economic. Joining Javanfar are panelists Torquil Campbell, member of the band Stars and co-host of Soft Revolution podcast; Kate Helsen, Assistant Professor, Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario and member of Tafelmusik Chamber Choir; and Reginald Mobley, countertenor, director, and Programming Consultant for Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society. Join Tafelmusik for A Tafelmusik Christmas on December 10 to find comfort and connection in traditions new and old. Co-curated by Ivars Taurins and Elisa Citterio, this festive program brings members of the choir and orchestra together for the first time in 2020. A joyous chorus and tender chorales from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio are paired with a radiant chorus from Charpentier’s Christmas Pastorale, and with richly harmonized baroque arrangements of Christmas carols. Visit their website for more information.
Museum of Estonians Abroad/VEMU
In December the Museum of Estonians Abroad/VEMU, together with the Estonian Music Week, will host livestream concert and a mini-lecture with Honeypaw (FIN), Professor of Finnish Studies at University of Toronto, Anu Muhonen, and Piret Noorhani, Chief Archivist of VEMU. The theme is Finnish, Estonian and Lithuanian folklore and traditions. Honeypaw's music is a mix of the ancestral traditions mixed with the urban landscapes of Toronto, performed with a Baltic psaltery, known as kantele in Finland, kannel in Estonia, Kokle in Latvia, and kanklės in Lithuania. Join this interesting event on Friday, December 4 at 7pm at the Estonian Music Week facebook page.
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
Spend the holidays with Hot Docs at Home! Sing along to the “Fairytale of New York” in Crock of Gold, acclaimed UK filmmaker Julien Temple’s punk-rock portrait of the Pogues’ Shane MacGowan. Let your imagination soar to the landscapes of Spain and most influential architectural landmarks in history in our latest round of Curious Minds online courses. Get a head start on your holiday baking with Claire Saffitz, former host of Bon Appetit’s Gourmet Makes, as she discusses her first-ever cookbook with Iron Chef Canada judge Tara O’Brady. In other Author Events, celebrated UK novelists Robert Harris and Ben Macintyre come together to discuss their common passion for history, and their anticipated new books: V2 and Agent Sonya. Hot Docs members get access to free exclusive screenings, this month including the seasonal documentary favourite Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas. For more information, visit their website.
The Royal Conservatory
The Royal Conservatory’s “Live from Koerner Hall” concert livestreams bring Beethoven 250 Festival performances to your home throughout December. The first live online concerts of the month include Adrianne Pieczonka and Michael König with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra conducted by Johannes Debus on Thursday, December 3 at 8pm; Gryphon Trio on Sunday, December 6 at 3pm; and New Orford String Quartet with James Ehnes and Charles Richard-Hamelin on Thursday, December 10 at 8pm. Each livestream will also include bonus features such as artist interviews and behind-the-scenes content. Livestreams are available for purchase individually, in a 6-concert Beethoven 250 Festival livestream package, or in a 3-concert package of all ten Beethoven Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-10 performed by James Ehnes and Stewart Goodyear in three concert performances: Beethoven Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-4 on Friday, December 11 at 8pm; Violin Sonatas Nos. 5-7 on Saturday, December 12 at 8pm; and Violin Sonatas Nos. 8-10 on Sunday, December 13 at 3pm live from Koerner Hall. Livestreams will be available online for seven days after the initial broadcast. Tickets and packages are available online at their website or by telephone at 416.408.0208.
Soundstreams presents a brand new version of Electric Messiah The music escapes the confines of in-person venues and transforms into a full-length music video, complete with a mix of on-location outdoor filming in the public spaces of Toronto, studio recordings, and a unique cinematic approach. Featuring a theatrically exciting cast, and a feast of musical styles ranging from jazz to soul/hip-hop, Electric Messiah brings the past to life in a fresh way that reflects the city we live in.
Among other reimaginings of Handel's classic music from the performers themselves, Electric Messiah includes a new work by Ian Cusson, O Death, O Grave. Please visit their website for more information.
The Music Gallery
At Emergents I: Reroots on December 4, artists reflect on imagined and speculative folklores. What are the community stories that we tell each other? What kinds of knowledge can we find in our pasts, and pasts that might have been? This online project presents new video releases from Montreal-based duo Tamayugé and queercore performance art project masc4masc, alongside a collection of poems and stories curated by Toronto-based writer ML Gamboa. The collection of poems, music, and storytelling will be available on the Music Gallery’s website starting Friday, December 4. And then December 10, Jennie Punter interviews Stuart Broomer as part of their History Series. Stuart Broomer is a writer, editor, critic, composer and multi-instrumentalist. The author of Time and Anthony Braxton (Mercury Press, 2009), he also served as editor of Toronto’s cutting-edge jazz publication, Coda; He currently composes film soundtracks and writes about music for several international publications. Please visit their website for more information.
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 adifferentbooklistculturalcentre.com
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 jftororg
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre: 750 Spadina Ave. mnjcc.org
Museum of Estonians Abroad/VEMU: 310 Bloor Street West vemu.ca
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
Women's Art Association of Canada: 23 Prince Arthur Ave. womensartofcanada.ca
Sandra P. 12/2/2020