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Toronto - May 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 popular Indigenous Voices program returns at the Royal Ontario Museum
• Registration is open for summer camp at the Randolph Centre for the Arts
• Learn about ballet shoes at the Bata Shoe Museum
• The impacts of art on our lives at the Alliance Francaise de Toronto
• The Memories from Home series continues at VEMU/Museum of Estonians Abroad
• Tikkun Leil Shavuot free festival at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
• High-quality talks at the Toronto Reference Library
• A conversation on human rights and migration at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura
• Spotlight on Diversity at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music
• The 2021 Photography exhibition at the Women's Art Association of Canada
• Hot Docs 2021 kicks off at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
• A new digital platform has launched at The Royal Conservatory
• The Japan-Canada Literary Exchange continues at The Japan Foundation, Toronto
• A brand new Musik in Motion video from Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

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Royal Ontario Museum

Tune in to the ROM’s popular Indigenous Voices program offered in a live webinar format twice a month. Designed for K-12 students and teachers, each episode features Indigenous ROM educators and guest speakers as they highlight distinct ancestral objects, share stories, and offer arts-based activities that celebrate living Indigenous cultures. May 10 at 11am features a Mother's Day Gift Making & Pow Wow Dance Lesson, and May 31 at 11am will have Two-Spirit Identities & Giveaway Gift Making. Both events are free, and require RSVP - please visit their site to register today!

Randolph Centre for the Arts

Join Randolph Kids this summer! Day Camps and Virtual Camps for ages 6 – 17 all August. Camps in dance, acting, music, media like YouTube and Music Videos, puppetry, and musicals to choose from! Virtual Camps $199 - Day Camps $399.
Registration now open at their website, where you can also find more information.

Bata Shoe Museum

Our friends at the Bata Shoe Museum have a new virtual exhibition available to explore - On Pointe: The Rise of the Ballet Shoe. Learn how the pointe shoe allowed dancers to perform greater feats of athleticism and inspired choreographers to push the boundaries of dance. In The Art of Singing workshop, join New York Vocal Coaching’s Associate Director David McCall on May 15 at 10am EST and explore your artistic side, while learning a variety of vocal techniques – registration required. Be sure to also register for their next Salon Series event on May 19 at 7pm EST when they welcome dollmaker extraordinaire Sonia Krause and get a sneak peek at an exciting new artefact that will be showcased in an upcoming fall exhibition. Have some kids to entertain? Visit their #BSMKids page for family-friendly crossword puzzles, shoe-themed crafts, colouring sheets and more! Visit their website and experience something new every day!

Alliance Française de Toronto

What’s going on at Alliance Française in May? It all begins with a talk on Le Théâtre Belvédère Company's play Mon corps livré pour vous, a theatre performance about prostitution (on May 5 at 7pm). Join them on May 6 for a book club on Molière's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme in partnership with Théâtre Français de Toronto. Looking for more art-related events? On May 12 at 6pm, French author and artist Marie Barguidjian will help you learn more about the impacts of art on our lives in her talk Une petite histoire de l'art. The Sofa-Thursdays are still on! Meet Omar Sy on May 13 at 7:30pm for the excellent movie The Intouchables! And finally, on May 27 at 7:30pm, (re)watch the shocking black and white film La Haine with Vincent Cassel! All event info can be found at their website.

Museum of Estonians Abroad/VEMU

May events begin with the VEMU Translation Competition result announcement event that will take place on Zoom on May 2. The results of the competition will be summarized by the chairman of the jury, Susan Harris. On May 5 there will be a screening of a short documentary film about food waste, “For Tomorrow Paradise Arrives” (Anna Hints, 2020, 30 min in Estonian) followed by a discussion about food sustainability. On May 13, Estonian Music Week's Memories of Home online concert series will conclude with its fourth show featuring Erik Kreem, a classical pianist and composer. On May 18, VEMU will be participating in International Museum Day with online games and activities. Finally on May 26, there will be an online conference co-hosted with the Estonian Literary Museum dedicated to poet and artist Arno Vihalemm in celebration of his 110th birthday. All event info can be found at their website.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

The Miles Nadal JCC is celebrating spring with an inspiring line up of Arts & Culture in May! Catch their Scotiabank CONTACT International Photography Festival Exhibit: Seniors on the Green Screen. From May 4-June 30 photography artist Martha Davis has helped hundreds of seniors fulfill their wildest dreams. (Opening reception May 4). Enjoy three virtual tours: posh Yorkville, affluent Forest Hill, and BCC's own Spadina Avenue in Architecture in our Own Backyard, with architectural historian Marta O'Brien, starting May 6. Tikkun Leil Shavuot on May 16 is a free, community-wide, virtual Jewish learning festival, where people from all backgrounds can come to engage with Jewish learning from all angles and consume cheesecake (from home, of course)). From May 18-31, RAFF.TO returns virtually to offer exciting films, panels, and workshops spotlighting Deaf and disability cultures and Deaf and/or disabled filmmakers. Find out more about more inspiring programs 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 proudly celebrates Asian Heritage all year round, and offers special programming and reading lists for all ages during Asian Heritage Month in May, including a conversation with author Kit Fan on May 7, a panel discussion “In My View: Resilience, Art and Migration” on May 17, and chef and Professor Leo Chan sharing local cultural stories on May 26. Jeff VanderMeer discusses his latest novel, Hummingbird Salamander on May 3. And tune in on May 10 for “Laughter and Resilience: Indigenous Comedy Panel”, featuring Ryan McMahnon, Candy Palmater, Tim Fontaine and Kliph Nesteroff discussing the deep connection between comedy and tragedy, and the power of humour to uplift and educate. Explore all of TPL’s Live & Online programs at tpl.ca.

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

The Italian Cultural Institute joins Soulpepper Theatre in the presentation of the audio performance of Luigi Pirandello’s “Six Characters in Search of an Author”, part of Soulpepper’s Around the World in 80 Plays series. On May 8, together with the Toronto Italian book festival Librissimi, the Institute presents a conversation with Italian-Nigerian writer and human rights, migration and international relations expert, Oiza Queensday Obasuyi. The Institute is also pleased to co-present the Italian series of films at this year’s Hot Docs Festival. The Italian titles include The Rossellinis, with director Alessandro Rossellini, the eldest grandson of Roberto Rossellini, one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, as he explores his family history; and Molecules by director Andrea Segre as he unearths the roots of his father’s, and his own, unease through old family films and an unanswered letter to his father decades earlier. Check the IIC website for more events.

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

The Faculty of Music closes out the 2020-21 season May 8 with Spotlight on Diversity, curated by U of T Opera Diversity Coach Korin Thomas-Smith. An initiative by U of T Opera, Spotlight on Diversity seeks to curate and detail the diverse and rich history that traditionally marginalized groups have in Classical music, and the contributions they have made and continue to make in the operatic world. The programme theme "Connection" is expressed in three ways. "Connection" as in the way we relate to others, to our space, and to the land we occupy. "Connection" that our diverse identities have with what is seen as a static and archaic art form, and "connection" of traditionally othered people to a musical future, but also to a developed past. Pre-registration is required for this free, pre-recorded concert. Spotlight on Diversity was originally scheduled for March 26, 2021. Visit their website for details.

Women's Art Association of Canada

From May 1 to June 16, WAAC's 2021 Photography exhibition, Unique Visions: A World of Difference is taking place in the online gallery. The images of sixteen photographers will be shown with subjects ranging from local scenes to the events and peoples of distant lands, to abstract and creative photography each with its own story of inspiration. On May 20 at 1pm, WAAC presents Artist's Voice ZOOM talk with Olex Wlasenko, 'Naughty Bits: controversial artworks in history.' Along with his experience as a curator, he shares stories of controversial artworks that were restricted or suppressed throughout history and in Canada. Read more at their website.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Available to stream nationwide from April 29-May 9, Hot Docs 2021 is your ticket to tour the world! With 200+ films from 66 countries, join them on a journey through the year's most outstanding docs. For those looking to stay engaged from home, dig into some of our most popular Curious Minds courses of the past year, including a deep dive into the treasures of South Asia, houses of cultural icons and the life of Beethoven. In the lead up to Hot Docs Festival and beyond, Hot Docs Members get free and exclusive access to special curated programming on Hot Docs at Home like the signature Game Changers series—featuring biographies of Nelson Mandela and Hannah Arendt—as well as virtual engagements of the scuba-diving thriller Dave’s Not Coming Back, and Michael Del Monte’s acclaimed look at homelessness in Toronto, His Name is Ray. For more information and to become a Member, visit their website.

The Royal Conservatory

The Royal Conservatory of Music has launched a new on-demand digital platform, RoyalConservatory.Live, which features hundreds of hours of performances filmed in the magnificent Koerner Hall, engaging talks, documentaries, and more. Their new series titled Music of My Life features conversations with stars of the stage and screen about the music that inspires them. Season One's guests include Eugene Levy, Daniel Barenboim, Steven Page, Cynthia Dale, and Paul Shaffer. You can also watch performances by talented young artists at the Glenn Gould School Piano Showcase and the Glenn Gould School Vocal Showcase on May 13 and 20, respectively. World-renowned DJ and producer, Skratch Bastid will perform at a free online concert on May 27 at 8pm with special guests Andrew Forde and re.verse. Pianist Marc-André Hamelin will perform works by Beethoven and Canadian composer John Oswald on May 30 at 3pm. Tickets are available online at their website or by telephone at 416.408.0208.

The Japan Foundation, Toronto

Celebrate Asian Heritage month with The Japan Foundation, Toronto! Interested in contemporary art? Take a look at 11 artists works in the online exhibition Distanced Relationships: Contemporary art from Japan. Ends May 5, so catch it while you can. May 15 is the last day to watch The Impact of the Pandemic on Society and Creativity: Perspectives from Writers from Japan and Canada, a special series 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 and co-presented with the Japan P.E.N. Club. Explore the best of performing arts from Japan, through 18 stage performances online in STAGE BEYOND BORDERS - Selection of Japanese Performances. You can also enjoy books online about Japanese culture, art, language and more through their new JF Toronto Digital Library. For more information, visit their website.

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Tafelmusik recently launched Musik in Motion: a free series of collaborative videos, featuring local artists of diverse art forms. Produced by Puncture Design, and in keeping with their commitment to exploring “baroque and beyond,” Tafelmusik invited five creative partners to interpret music that is an essential part of Tafelmusik’s signature repertoire. In their latest collaboration, visual artist Alex McLeod was drawn to Tafelmusik’s recording of Lacrimosa, from Mozart’s Requiem, K. 626: III. Sequenz, 6. Lacrimosa: a piece which, in his own words, is “shrouded in mystery, re-imagining, and death—which are all elements that fuel the inspiration for my visual practice”. His undulating, mesmerizing three-dimensional sculpture uses motifs of instruments, flowers, and linen, to communicate a transition between life and death, renewal and regrowth. To watch and learn more about the series, 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 jftor.org
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.    5/3/2021


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