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Toronto - April 2021 The Bloor St. Culture Corridor

Arts and culture can be a lifeline of positivity, inspiration, and connection. Our incredible Bloor St Culture Corridor organizations are working to bring more joy and creativity into your home in imaginative new ways with these activities and events.

• The 9th annual fundraising event for VEMU
• Kobo Town and Wesli and other performances at The Royal Conservatory
• The popular Sofa-Thursdays continue at the Alliance Française de Toronto
• Registration for summer camps at the Randolph Centre for the Arts
• Online lectures and courses at the Women's Art Association of Canada
• Spring Into Shoes at the Bata Shoe Museum
• An exploration of an ancient Buddhist print at the Royal Ontario Museum
• A celebration of Broadway musicals at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music
• TPL's Live & Online series continues at the Toronto Reference Library
• Curious Mind courses through Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
• Celebrations of the 700th anniversary of Dante's passing continues at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura
• Yiddish and Hebrew lessons from the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
• Take a trip to Europe with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
• Emergents III at The Music Gallery
• The launch of a new digital library at The Japan Foundation, Toronto

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Museum of Estonians Abroad/VEMU





April events begin with an online film screening of Chasing Unicorns (in English) followed by a conversation with the director Rain Rannu on April 11. The film follows a young startup entrepreneur and her friend from small town Estonia to Silicon Valley and back. On April 15, Estonian Music Week's Memories of Home online concert series will continue with its third show featuring Roman Smirnov, a classical and flamenco guitarist and composer. On April 23 will be the 9th annual VEMU fundraising event, this year featuring a virtual program celebrating 30 years of Estonian independence with speaker Marju Lauristin, singer Ivo Linna and a catered take out dinner. Finally, on April 28, Cooking with Pastor Mart will return with its second instalment. All event info can be found at their website.






The Royal Conservatory





The Royal Conservatory continues to present remarkable performances online throughout April. Hear solo and chamber works performed by Rebanks Fellows from The Glenn Gould School at the free online Rebanks Family Fellowship Concert on Wednesday, April 7 at 7:30pm. The ARC Ensemble (Artists of The Royal Conservatory) will perform the music of two exceptional Jewish composers, the Sephardic works of Alberto Hemsi and the elegant classical compositions of Vittorio Rieti, on Sunday, April 11 at 1pm at a free online concert. Kobo Town and Wesli will perform an intoxicating blend of Latin and world music on Wednesday, April 14 at 8pm. Tickets for this livestream concert are available for $20 per household and the broadcast will be available to watch online up to seven days after the livestream. World-renowned DJ and producer Skratch Bastid will collaborate with special guests Andrew Forde and re.verse at a free online concert on Friday, April 30 at 8pm Tickets are available online at their website or at 416.408.0208.






Alliance Française de Toronto





What’s going on at Alliance Française in April? They start April 1 with the book club at 6pm, with Théâtre Français de Toronto. Cinema is in the spotlight this month with three Sofa-Thursdays! Starting on April 15 with the award-winning movie Alice and the Mayor at 7:30pm. On April 16 and 17 (depending on your level of French) at 1pm, the guided tours are back with the fascinating Ophélie Delacour who will take us to the heart of Notre-Dame de Paris after its tragic fire! Dive into Eric Canuel's detective world with his movie Bon Cop Bad Cop on April 22 at 7:30 pm. Change of tone on April 29 at 7:30pm with the four-time Oscar-winning movie Parasite, emotions guaranteed! All event info can be found at their website.

Randolph Centre for the Arts

Randolph Summer Camps Announced for August 2021! Join them for their new & exciting one-week camps. IN PERSON: Broadway Babies, SYTYC & Industry Dance, YouTube Stars, Music Video Creating, Film Creation and Acting. VIRTUAL: Puppetry, Broadway Babies, Musical Theatre Performance, 5-Minute Musical and Voice Over. Camp ranges Grades 1 - 8 and from $99 - $399. Come create, perform, connect and have fun with them - new students encouraged to join! Registration now open. In person limit 10 campers, online limit 15 campers. Strict COVID Policies and Procedures in place Visit their website for more information.

Women's Art Association of Canada

WAAC's current exhibition, Refractive Moments: Exploring Light and Life, continues until April 30. On April 15 at 1pm, WAAC presents Artist Voice ZOOM Lecture with Carolyn Jongeward, sharing stories of people, places, and ideas that have shaped her creativity as an abstract artist, tapestry weaver, researcher and writer/editor. WAAC Luncheon Program ZOOM lecture will be on April 28 at 1pm, with Jon Dellandrea's ‘The Great Canadian Art Fraud.’ Free early-bird until a week before. From March 27 to April 5, WAAC is proud to co-present Algorithm in Arts: Create Algorithmic Artworks using Javascript and Machine Learning with KCJ and CCA.
WAAC's Arts Education Committee introduces Artist’s Hand Workshops with Steve Rose: The Inside Out. The online studio course will be held on Wednesdays from 2-4 pm, April 7-28. Read more at their website.

Bata Shoe Museum

Spring Into Shoes with the Bata Shoe Museum! From April 12-16, join them for Spring Break for a fun week of online exhibitions, games and crafts, perfect for families and kids of all ages. Looking for a hobby? Get creative by registering for their next virtual workshop on April 17 and learn how to embroider an 18th century shoe bag. Keep up to date with all the #BSMFromHome content like their Off the Shelf Tiktok/Reels series, weekly #AskACurator IGTV videos, storytimes and more. There’s something for everyone! Visit their website for all the latest information.

Royal Ontario Museum

Register for the next ROM Curator Conversations on April 8 - "That the prefecture may be tranquil": A Thousand-Year-Old Buddhist Print from Dunhuang. The ROM's Wen-chien Cheng, Dr. Jessica Lockhart, and Dr. Amanda Goodman explore how modern research can shed light on this devotional print. On April 15 the ROM brings you Describing Our World: Conservation and Wildlife Photography for Everyone. Join conservation and wildlife photographer Andrew Wright as he shares some of his favourite photographs and experiences. This program will feature a descriptive presentation designed for blind and low-vision audiences. Both events are free, and require RSVP - please visit their site to register today!

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

The University of Toronto Faculty of Music kicks off the final month of the 2020-21 season with Now and Then, A Celebration of the Broadway Musical, featuring singers from the Faculty of Music under the guidance of guest coach Beau Dixon. This pre-recorded event is hosted by U of T Voice Studies and will be broadcast Monday, April 5 at 7:30 pm. And later in April, U of T Opera is pleased to present its season finale Opera in Miniature: A Festival of One Act Operas. Chosen from the extensive repertory of one act operas showcasing the poignancy and intimacy of the art form, these productions will be broadcast Thursday, April 22 through Sunday, April 25. All events are free and online only; please visit their website for details.


Toronto Reference Library

Your favourite Toronto Reference Library programs are virtual! Enjoy live broadcasts and replays of TPL’s Live & Online series featuring conversations with local and international authors. On April 6, Perdita and Catherine Felicien discuss Perdita’s memoir, My Mother's Daughter, and the power of a parent’s love to transform their child’s life. On April 14, award-winning author Imbolo Mbue discusses her powerful second novel, How Beautiful We Were, and Lauren McKeon talks about her new book, Women of the Pandemic: Stories from the Frontlines of COVID-19, on April 30. Explore all of TPL’s Live & Online programs at tpl.ca.


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

This April, Hot Docs at Home invites you to explore the life and work of world famous Dutch graphic artist MC Escher, through his own words and images. Explore the booming artificial intelligence industry, and what opportunities and challenges it brings in iHuman. From Colette and Hunger Ward to A Love Song for Latasha, don't miss this year's inspiring Oscar-nominated shorts on our platform. For a light at the end of a long winter, they're bringing you brand-new Curious Minds courses that transport you through the most vibrant streets of the world and tempt your taste buds with a culinary tour of Toronto. Members get access to free exclusive streaming programming, including the latest Music on Film: The Quest for Tonewood, and the Festival Audience Favourites series, a new collection of past Hot Docs Audience Award winners, including Angry Inuk, Muscle Shoals and more. For more information, visit their website.

Istituto Italiano di Cultura


The Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto welcomes spring with a number of special events during the month of April. The Istituto celebrates the 4th edition of “Day of Italian Research in the World” featuring a special conversation with cardiologist Prof. Gianluigi Bisleri (U of T) on “New Mini-Invasive Techniques in Aortic Surgery”. A special online event will be presented on Italy’s National Liberation Day, commemorating the end of the Fascist regime and the Nazi occupation of Italy and the victory of the country’s Resistance movement. IIC continues marking the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s passing with a special presentation by Prof. Elisa Brilli (UofT), world-renowned expert in all things Dante: “Biography and Self-Telling in Dante”. Go to the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto’s website for information on these and other events. A presto!

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre


Check out April arts and culture offerings at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community in April! On April 7, join critic, writer, curator, and lecturer Angelo Muredda as he takes a critical look at Disability on Film. On April 8, attend a Holocaust commemoration (Yom Hashoah) concert: Songs of the Ghettos, Camps and Resistance featuring Cantor Sidney Ezer and Asher Farber. “Classical DJ” Howard Mednick lectures on The Founding of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra on Thursday April 15. For Youth 18-30 who identify with the experience of disability, Disability/Visibility is a free 7-week community arts project led by photographer Effie Biliris, starting on April 18, in partnership with Gallery 44 Starting April 19, learn Hebrew and Yiddish in a warm and welcoming setting from wherever you are! 9 levels of Hebrew, from beginners to conversation and 2 levels of Yiddish conversation, with day or nighttime class times. Visit their website for more information.

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Join Tafelmusik for a guided tour of baroque Europe through a colourful array of chamber works in On the Road on April 8, 2021 at 8pm EDT. Tafelmusik missed touring so much in 2020 that they decided to create a program around the idea of a virtual road trip, European baroque style! The itinerary includes stops in 17th- and 18th-century England, Germany, France, and Italy courtesy of chamber music by some of Tafelmusik’s favourite composers, including Purcell, Biber, and Vivaldi. Members of the orchestra enhance this concert with their personal travel stories from past Tafelmusik tours. On the Road evokes a quintessentially European baroque soundscape, from the theatres of London and the courts of Germany, to the refined elegance of Paris, and the shimmering beauty of Venice. Pack your bags, book your tickets, and join Tafelmusik for this virtual voyage! Learn more and buy your tickets at their website.


The Music Gallery


The third Emergents project of the season welcomes the Women From Space festival as a presenting partner for a 4-set evening of online streams, featuring boundary-pushing improvisers and new collaborative ventures across disciplines. Featuring performances by Hannia, dancer Denise Solleza & trumpeter/composer Madeleine Ertel, poet/emcee Britta B & electronic producer Pursuit Grooves, and Montreal-based songwriter Thanya Iyer with flutist Anh Phung. The Music Gallery will also present Les Angles Mortes + Amahl Arulanandam, streamed for free by Suoni TV on April 1. In this pre-recorded performance, cellist Amahl Arulanandam he plays all ten cello parts of The Holy Presence of Joan D’Arc. Links to the shows are available here.


The Japan Foundation, Toronto


The Japan Foundation, Toronto has launched their new JF Toronto Digital Library, available 24/7! Browse for your next great read from a collection of ebooks in English or Japanese. The JFT Library is a public lending library for anyone interested in Japan and Japanese culture. It maintains a collection of over 20,000 Japan-related print, digital, and audiovisual materials in English, Japanese and French, emphasizing language study, art, literature, history and culture.
The Japan P.E.N. Club and The Japan Foundation, Toronto co-present The Impact of the Pandemic on Society and Creativity: Perspectives from Writers from Japan and Canada. Join this special literary exchange of online talks by iconic, award winning authors from Canada (Margaret Atwood, Katherine Govier, Vincent Lam) and Japan (ASADA Jiro, KIRINO Natsuo, HIRANO Keiichiro) in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Japan Foundation, Toronto. For more information, visit 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 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.    4/1/2021


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