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February 2021 - Toronto, The Bloor St. Culture Corridor

We believe that arts and culture can be a lifeline of positivity and inspiration. Despite heavier regulations, our incredible partners are working to bring you their offerings in imaginative new ways - bring more joy and creativity into your home with all of these activities and events.

• The ROMKids Show continues at the Royal Ontario Museum
• Exploring a new baroque style with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
• Celebrating Black History Month at the Toronto Reference Library
• Colouring books and behind the scenes at Bata Shoe Museum
• Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
• A member's online exhibition at the Women's Art Association of Canada
• A host of online concerts at University of Toronto Faculty of Music
• Estonian folklore and song events at VEMU/Museum of Estonians Abroad
• Between the Pillars episodes continue at Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library
• A selection of new documentaries to enjoy from home at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
• Registration for upcoming programs at the Randolph Centre for the Arts
• An all ages film screening at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura

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Royal Ontario Museum

Tuesdays at 2pm EST, the Royal Ontario Museum presents the ROMKids Show. Kiron Mukherjee, ROMKids Coordinator & Camp Director, shares at-home activities, stories, behind the scenes anecdotes and fun facts connected to the ROM collections, research, and history.
Tune-in to the ROMKids Show on Tuesdays at 2pm on the ROM's Instagram Live. Find out more.

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Experience innovative music by trendsetting Italian composers who ushered in the new baroque style during the 1600s in Tafelmusik’s Il Seicento on February 18, 2021 at 8pm EST. Join Tafelmusik as they explore the ambitious, experimental energy of the music scene in 17th-century Italy (Il Seicento), where the new baroque style was just starting to emerge. Curated entirely by Music Director Elisa Citterio, this program includes music by early innovators like Marini, Castello, Kapsperger, and Falconieri, who were at the vanguard of European musical trends. The music they composed was fresh, exhilarating, and daring in its use of free form and improvisation. Pieces composed for one to seven musicians and scored for various combinations of strings, lute, harpsichord, and organ are woven together by improvisatory threads. Discover these intimate dialogues by 17th-century composers whose musical language leaves plenty of room for experimentation and dazzling ornamentation. Learn more and buy your tickets at their website.

Toronto Reference Library

Celebrate Black History with virtual programs, authors and artist talks and collections that honour Black heritage and consider the historical significance and contemporary contributions of Black activists and artists from around the world. On February 9, explore The Black Prairie Archives with Karina Vernon and Kaie Kellough. Discover Toronto’s hip-hop history on February 10 with Kardinall Offishall for Before the 6ix, and on February 12, tune in to hear debut novelist Cherie Jones talking about her highly-anticipated novel, How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House. All of TPL’s Black History and Live & Online programs are listed at tpl.ca.

Bata Shoe Museum

The Bata Shoe Museum continues to offer up lots of great online content throughout February! If you’re a hands-on crafty type, join them for a virtual workshop on February 20 as Métis designer Justine Woods teaches participants all about embroidery beading techniques and the historical and contemporary use of Indigenous beadwork in Canada. If you're more into colouring, consider getting their newly released colouring book, Colour the BSM, from their online shop. With over 30 colouring sheets based on the collection, it's a perfect activity for adults and children! Keep up to date on their social media platforms where they always have something new and exciting in store! Whether it’s a behind the scenes look into the vault or reading children’s books for their weekly Storytime series, there’s something for everyone. Visit their website for all the latest information.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

The February focus at the Miles Nadal JCC is Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion. From February 1 – 28, visit their online gallery to see My Body’s Keeper, and on February 1, artist Sharoni Sibony will hold a Q & A discussion, in conjunction with the Jewish disabilities exhibit. On February 4 Liviya Mendelson, Tema Smith and Sharoni Sibony will speak on how invisible disabilities have impacted their Jewish communal life and work in a discussion panel: Making the Unseen, Seen. Starting on February 1, sign up for a three-part historical lecture series: The Shtetl: The Real, The Fictitious and the Nostalgic with Joseph Gilbert. On February 11 enjoy Music Was His Mistress: The Sophisticated Sounds of Duke Ellington with musician Jonno Lightstone. They close the month with a daytime Purim Cabaret: Maps of Home with Rebecca Perry and David Kingsmill of The Smile Company. Visit their website for more information.

Women's Art Association of Canada

From January 14 to February 6, WAAC photographer Ted Scott's solo exhibition is taking place in the online gallery, sharing experiences as a photographer, architect, graphic designer, lecturer, and a passionate traveller. Please visit their Exhibition page for more information.
WAAC's all-members show, Artist’s Choice, will be online From February 1 to March 15. The online gallery will present WAAC members' works with various mediums and dimensions. On February 18 at 1pm, WAAC presents the Artist Voice, a lecture with Molly Peacock, art historian and author. Taking a deep dive into the painting techniques of Mary Hiester Reid, Molly Peacock covers Tonalism and Impressionism and describes how MHR's landscapes, interiors, and still life paintings can be seen as self-portraits. Free early-bird registration available until February 11. Email them to register, and be sure to follow them on Instagram @womensartofcan for more news and inspiration!

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

This February the University of Toronto Faculty of Music shines a spotlight on the voice. Feb 8-11, the online celebration the Festival of Song includes Songs of Hope and Comfort (Feb 8), featuring pre-recorded performances by students coached by American accompanist and vocal coach Steven Blier, a 2020-21, John R. Stratton Visitor in Music; a livestreamed lecture and Q&A with Steven Blier (Feb 9); and Vocalini (Feb 11), with the Faculty's outstanding undergraduate singers. On Feb 28, the Opera Student Composer Collective takes a comedic turn with Escape Room. Thursdays at Noon continues with Fewer 360 (Feb 11) with violinist Mark Fewer and special guests, and Celebrating Our Diversity (Feb 25). All events are online only; please visit their website for details.

Museum of Estonians Abroad/VEMU

There are four events on at VEMU to keep you engaged this February. On February 3, photographer Dr. Peeter Põldre will be giving a lecture about his experience capturing the 150th Estonian Song and Dance Festival. This will be followed by a lecture from Estonian folklore researcher, Piret Voolaid on February 16, about the current School Lore Collection Competition as well as her past collection projects. On February 20, The Estonian film by Elmo Nüganen, 1944 (2015, with English subtitles) will be screened online, followed by a discussion with screenwriter Leo Kunnas. Finally, on February 25, Estonian Music Week will be premiering their Memories of Home concert series with a live-stream concert featuring accordionists Tiina Kiik and Tuulikki Bartosik. All event info can be found at their website.

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

To celebrate Black History Month in February, the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library will have a special Between the Pillars episode. On February 11 beginning at 6pm, award-winning author Lawrence Hill will appear on the video podcast to talk about his work and his archival papers, which are held at the Fisher. Examples from his archives will be shown, and there will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions of the author. This event will be held remotely on Zoom. Registration information can be found on the Fisher’s website or by e-mailing fisher.events@library.ca.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

This February, look to Hot Docs at Home for your winter documentary escape. Premiering this month, the Oscar-buzzed Collective follows a team of investigative journalists as they try to uncover a vast health-care fraud in the Romanian government; Hot Docs 2020 favourite Coded Bias examines the ethics of facial recognition software is in clandestine surveillance, and The Glitch in the Matrix invites you to question whether or not we are living in a simulation. In the latest round of Curious Minds online courses, travel to Scandinavia and go back in time to la Belle Époque. Exhibition on Screen returns with a unique and fascinating exploration of the life and times of impressionist painter Paul Cézanne, and Music on Film presents a foot-stomping celebration of Old-Time and Bluegrass in Fiddlin’. Members get access to free exclusive programming, including a Spotlight on Alberta and Smart Science, a new collection of science docs. For more information, visit their website.

Randolph Centre for the Arts

The Randolph Kids Program is offering exciting virtual workshops for March Break. They include Voice Over for Animation & Video Games, Broadway Musical Dance, Hip Hop Footwork and Animation, Descendants & Trolls Theme Dance Class, Superheroes and Fairytale Dance. There will also be a PWYC Beauty & The Beast Story/Singalong and Family Disney Dance Party! Ages 3 to 17. Details are available on their website. Also, the Randolph College Program is now accepting applications for September 2021. Click here to apply by February 22! And don’t forget about their Video Audition Workshops here.

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura will present the animated adventure feature, Trash. The environment is the star as Slim, a resigned cardboard box, embarks on an adventure with kid toy box Spark and his pals; an adventure that will change their lives forever. The film will be followed by the launch of the online exhibition of the same title, which includes games kids can play! Check the IIC website to register and for information on other upcoming events including the webinar “Dante’s Others” which kicks off a series of events throughout the year commemorating the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s passing.

The Music Gallery

The Music Gallery is pleased to present TURNONANDBENOTALONE. A multi-channel audio and visual installation, activated by a series of four solo instrumental performances. The event will unfold over two nights via the interactive website turnonandbenotalone.com from Febraury 3-4 beginning at 8pm. Their Artistic Director, Sanjeet Takhar , spoke with curator/ composer Jason Doell to provide context on his drifting kaleidoscopic art piece and musings on Mariah Carey, David Bowie and finding meaning in simple truths. Watch the interview and more information available here.

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.    2/1/2021


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