What’s On With OCAF! Client Events Across Ontario: July 8 to 23

Summer is in full swing, and that means there’s all kinds of great events all across Ontario for you to get out there and enjoy – and of course, Pan Am 2015 is finally here! 

Read on to check out some of the incredible programming that’s part of the biggest Pan Am Games ever, as well as some other amazing events to help heat up your summer!

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THE HISTORY OF CULTURE in ONTARIO

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THE HISTORY of the PAN AMERICAN GAMES

The Pan American Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport Games; they are only surpassed in size and scope by the Olympic Summer Games and the Asian Games.

The first Pan American Games were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1951 and the inaugural Parapan American Games were held in Mexico City in 1999. Both the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games are held every four years for the athletes of the 41 PASO member nations, in the year preceding the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.

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It was a day to celebrate on November 6, 2009, when the Games were awarded to Toronto, giving the province its first international multi-sport event since the British Empire Games in 1930.

 

Close to 7,000 athletes from across Latin America, South America, the Caribbean and North America will put their years of intense training, perseverance and sacrifice to the test in world-class competition in 36 Pan Am sports and 15 Parapan Am sports at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

 

The TORONTO 2015 Games will involve municipalities stretching from Oshawa to Welland. Games of this magnitude cannot happen without the help of volunteers, some 20,000 of whom will help deliver the best Pan Am / Parapan Am Games ever.

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THE GAMES ARE HERE

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GET YOUR TICKETS NOW 

The wait is over, and one of the largest cultural events to ever hit Ontario is finally here. Grab your family and friends, buy your tickets and get in the Games!

Tickets start at just $20!
75% priced $45 and under.½ price tickets are available for those under 16 years of age, or 65 and over.

Includes FREE public transit to and from the event.

Click Here for tickets and more information.

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PANAMANIA: 

A CONTEMPORARY FESTIVAL OF THE AMERICAS

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PANAMANIA, presented by CIBC, is the 35-day arts and culture festival to enrich the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games experience. More than 250 unique performances and exhibitions, both free and ticketed, will take place across Toronto from July 10 to August 15. PANAMANIA will showcase the diverse cultures and artistic excellence of Ontario, Canada and the Americas through music, theatre, dance, visual arts and fashion.

FREE Events at Nathan Philips Square include:

Death From Above 1979 – July 12

Marianas Trench – July 15

Flaming Lips – July 19

Calle 13 – July 25

Chromeo – August 7

The Roots – August 8

Jann Arden- August 11

Austra – August 12

and much more!

For more listings of Free events at all the PANAMANIA stages, visit them online by clicking here.

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THIS WEEK ON the PAN AM PATH!4

SHIFT

July 11, 2015, 1-3pm

Taylor Creek Park parking lot off Don Mills Road,
near Cullen Bryant Park

Join East End Arts for a bike tour of Shift.

Featuring installations and murals by the STEPS Initiative, Z’otz* Collective, Project Gallery and Labspace Studio, Shift playfully explores diversity and emphasizes the potency of a simple change of perspective. Bike tour begins at 1 p.m. Rain or shine.

Register for tours and download the app at www.panampath.org

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Design Exchange – SMARTER. FASTER. TOUGHER.

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JUL 8 – OCT 12 

PRESENTED AND COMMISSIONED BY PANAMANIA, 
PRESENTED BY CIBC
39 PARLIAMENT STREET, THE DISTILLERY DISTRICT 

Hit the road – or take a trail – this summer to experience some of the most revolutionary fitness fashion and performance gear that’s helping competitive athletes and active lifestyle enthusiasts’ get healthy, train and win big!

Sport is ubiquitous. It touches almost every aspect of our lives from health, fashion and culture to technology, design and architecture. With a history that spans little more than a century, sportswear has evolved rapidly due to an interwoven association with technology.

Opening on July 8 and on until October 12 in The Distillery District,  Smarter. Faster. Tougher. dives into the evolution of sportswear and uncovers how technology, fashion, nature, and culture have contributed to the rapid innovative growth of athletic clothing, equipment, and wearables.

For more info about this and other Design Exchange events click here

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THE FLAVOURS of PAN AM

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A one of a kind gastronomic event is taking over the heart of Toronto, one that promises to reveal the flavours of the Americas, local artists and talent: The PAN AMERICAN FOOD FESTIVAL

From July 30th to the August 3rd,  the third annual PAN AMERICAN Food Festival will showcase the best of the best food products, celebrating the great cultural diversity of the 41 countries of North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. The Pan American Food Festival (PAFF) will showcase restaurants, food producers, chefs and the variety of national and regional cuisines of the Western Hemisphere, with a spotlight on one country each year – this year’s featured cuisine is Mexico!   Click here for more info (be warned, your mouth will water)

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THE BEACHES JAZZ FESTIVAL

Salute to Pan Am

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July 10 – 26 – Woodbine Park

They may not be affiliated with the games officially, but The Beaches International Jazz Festival is using the city-wide celebration of The Americas to inspire a great line-up of music.

The first weekend of the festival, July 10, 11, & 12 features two stages with music inspired by the spirit of Pan Am.  For full listings check out their website

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What’s On With OCAF! Client Events Across Ontario: June 18 – July 2

Longer days mean more time to enjoy the incredible events happening all across Ontario. This week we continue our summer reading project with another feature on the history of one of the institutions that has received funding through OCAF. 

Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more from OCAF including events listings, marketing advice, and more. 

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THE HISTORY OF CULTURE in ONTARIO

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OTTAWA JAZZ FESTIVAL – Thirty Five Years of Funk

What began as a weekend of outdoor jazz in Major’s Hill Park back in 1980 has evolved into one of the National Capital Region’s most highly anticipated musical events of the summer.

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The Ottawa Jazz Festival was founded in 1980 by local musicians Bob Misener and Tony Pope -subsequently joined by the late Bill Shuttleworth – who wanted to throw a summertime jazz festival to celebrate and develop the popular jazz scene in Ottawa. Jazz festivals were still a relatively new phenomenon in Canadian cities, and there really was no grand design behind Ottawa’s first edition.

The Festival grew quickly, attracting such international names as Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, Herb Ellis, Bob Brookmeyer, Wynton Marsalis and Milt Jackson. Larger and larger crowds came out each year, and the Festival began to stretch beyond traditional jazz and attract new supporters. Expanding beyond its outdoor venue the Festival ventured into indoor satellite events and the late night jam sessions that are so popular today.

Over the years, the Jazz Festival has presented some of the most dynamic jazz artists on the scene, from the traditional to the avant-garde, such as Herbie Hancock, Salif Keita, Dave Brubeck, Roy Haynes, Toots Thielemans, Branford Marsalis, Béla Fleck, Kenny Werner, Stanley Jordan, Sonny Rollins, Terence Blanchard, Diana Krall, D.D. Jackson, Maynard Ferguson, and John Mayall – to name only a few.

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EVENTS THIS WEEK

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THE OTTAWA JAZZ FEST 

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This weekend marks the beginning of the Ottawa Jazz Festival, and they’ve got a great line up to get your summer off to a smooth, star-studded start.

Check out this great video of some of the amazing acts you can expect to see this year.

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THE DORA AWARDS

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Monday June 22nd the brightest stars of the Toronto stage will gather for the Dora Mavor Moore Awards.  Several OCAF recipients are nominated this year, including Soulpepper, Ballet Jorgen, and The Canadian Opera Company.  And the whole thing will be held at The Harbourfront Centre on their outdoor stage.  A night full of stars, indeed.

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees.
See you on the red carpet!

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SUMMER SOLSTICE – Aboriginal Festival

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June 19, 20, 21 – Vincent Massey Park, Ottawa 

To mark National Aboriginal Day the Summer Solstice Festival offers a broad range of events, including performances, speakers a competitive pow-wow and fun for the whole family.  If you’re in the Ottawa Region, make sure to check out this fantastic event!

More info here

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FRINGE KIDS at Toronto Fringe

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The Toronto Fringe Festival is a cornerstone of summer festival season in Toronto, and this year will see an expansion of the incredible FRINGE KIDS programming that brings families back year after year.  This year not only will the programming be significantly expanded, but the Fringe Kids move into a new venue!

Learn more at the  Fringe Festival Website, or check out this great video to learn all about the festival!

The Toronto Fringe Festival from Toronto Fringe on Vimeo.

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THE GAMES ARE COMING

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THIS WEEK ON the PAN AM PATH!

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FIRST STORY TORONTO

Tours & App

June 20 to 26, 2015

250 Fort York Blvd., Toronto ON, M5V 3K9

Discover Toronto’s indigenous heritage through the First Story tours and app.

From June 20-26, First Story Toronto leads a series of walking, biking and bus tours along the lakeshore. On June 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., tours connect the Indigenous Arts Festival at Fort York to the Live Art Festival at Underpass Park. Register for tours and download the app at www.panampath.org

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PANAMANIA: 

A CONTEMPORARY FESTIVAL OF THE AMERICAS

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The Pan Am Games are sure to make a splash when they hit Ontario, but PANAMANIA  is the 35-day arts and culture festival featuring more than 250 unique performances and exhibitions, both free and ticketed.  Events will take place across Toronto from July 10 to August 15 and will showcase the diverse cultures and artistic excellence of Ontario, Canada and the Americas through music, theatre, dance, visual arts and fashion.

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THE COUNTDOWN IS ON – TORONTO 2015 IS IN 23 DAYS!

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GET YOUR TICKETS NOW 

Cheer on aspiring Olympians as they face off against the best athletes from 41 countries and territories. What are you waiting for? Grab your family and friends, buy your tickets and get in the Games! Tickets start at just $20!

75% priced $45 and under.½ price tickets are available for those under 16 years of age, or 65 and over.
Includes FREE public transit to and from the event.

Click Here for tickets and more information

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What’s On With OCAF! Client Events Across Ontario: June 4 – 18

The summer in Ontario is a great time to get out and enjoy live culture all across the province, but it’s also a great chance to take time to reflect on the amazing things that happen all year long.  Starting this week we will be featuring a brief history of one of the institutions that has received funding through OCAF. Join as as we explore our shared cultural history (and have fun seeing all the great events all summer too!)

Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more from OCAF including events listings, marketing advice, and more. 

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THE HISTORY OF CULTURE in ONTARIO

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BATA SHOW MUSEUM – Twenty Years and Counting

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We’ve been sharing the exciting programs happening as part of the Bata Show Museums’s 20th anniversary season, and there’s more to come as well, but let’s start our history lesson with a brief trip into the history of the BSM.

The current building that houses the BSM was completed in 1995. Designed by architect Raymond Moriyama, the structure is meant to be evocative of – you guessed it – a shoe-box.  Easily one of the most striking facades along the Bloor Street Cultural Corridor for decades, the BSM evokes the materials it was meant to showcase.

Those materials, by the way, are more than just any old collection of shoes. This collection from around the world creates a fascinating picture of global history, politics, and culture, all through the lens of footwear, and all because of the deep love for shoes, and passion for education, of museum founder, Sonja Bata.

To say that Sonja Bata is partial to shoes would be an understatement. Since the 1940’s, Mrs. Bata has scoured the world for shoes of every description, from the most ordinary to the most extraordinary.

Mrs. Bata’s involvement in the global shoe industry and frequent business travels has enabled her to build one of the world’s finest collections and North America’s foremost shoe museum. In it lies a wealth of fashion lore and historical information.

After twenty years, the Bata Shoe Museum continues to collect, research, preserve, and exhibit footwear from around the world. It offers four exhibitions, three of which are time-limited, lectures, performances and family events. The collection contains over 13,500 items from throughout history, as well as the present, and is the only museum in North America dedicated solely to the history of footwear.

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EVENTS THIS WEEK

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THIS WEEK AT THE BATA SHOE MUSEUM…

During their birthday year, the BSM will be displaying a series of atrium installations including works by Toronto artist Jim Hake and Parisian artist Pascale Peyret created specifically for the space, and starting this week, Anandam Dance Theatre presents Weather.

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Anandam Dancetheatre in Partnership with the Bata Shoe Museum presents an exciting interdisciplinary collaboration between Choreographer Brandy Leary, Video Artist Eamon Mac Mahon, Composer James Bunton and Interactive Developer/Designer Jacob Niedzwiecki.

Weather brings Anandam back to the Bata Shoe Museum for a pioneering new work integrating live performance with the technology of Augmented Reality to embody shrinking habitats, endangered landscapes, melting icecaps and shifting weather patterns.

Click here for more information.

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MYTHBUSTERS at THE SCIENCE CENTRE

Discovery Channel’s Emmy®-nominated showMythBusters specializes in testing wild hypotheses in wildly entertaining experiments as co-hosts, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman relentlessly test every myth within busting distance. The exhibition features real remnants from experiments on the show along with many interactive learning opportunities for visitors to engage in hands-on fun!

Learn more at the Ontario Science Centre website!

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD…

What a Wonderful World is a breathtaking, concert style celebration of uplifting and inspiring music playing June 9 – 28 at the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia.  Audiences will be moved by the spirit and emotional power of song with popular standards and Broadway classics.

Click here for more information.

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UPCOMING at AGA KHAN

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June 06, 2015, to October 18, 2015

In an exclusive Canadian showing, A Thirst for Riches: Carpets from the East in Paintings from the West points to the active history of trade between Europe and Muslim civilizations while exploring how beautiful objects acquire new meanings as they are exchanged.

Drawing from the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York – supplemented by loans from other institutions – the exhibition pairs mid-17th-century Dutch paintings featuring Eastern carpets with actual carpets produced in the Near and Far East during the same period. Did these carpets symbolize wealth and worldliness – or did they signify vanity and excess? A Thirst for Riches: Carpets from the East in Paintings from the West is a powerful reminder of the cultural impact of trade.

Visit the Aga Khan Museum soon for this and other fantastic exhibits.

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THE GAMES ARE COMING

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DID YOU KNOW?   

The Pan Am Flame has arrived!  The Pan Am flame represents the history and spirit of the Games; it is a symbol that unites the 41 Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) member nations.

The flame for the Pan Am Games is lit during a traditional ceremony at the Pyramid of the Sun, in Teotihuacan, Mexico. Following the lighting, the flame will be handed over to a representative from the Host City. The flame will then be flown back to Canada to begin its nationwide journey before arriving in Toronto to light the cauldron at Opening Ceremony, which signifies the start of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games.

  • 41 days
  • 3,000 torchbearers
  • 5,000+ kilometres on the road
  • 15,000+ kilometres in the air
  • 130 communities
  • 60+ alternative modes of transportation

Find out more fun facts about the games in the next newsletter!

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PANAMANIA: A CONTEMPORARY FESTIVAL OF THE AMERICAS

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Join in on the celebration at PANAMANIA – an arts and cultural festival with more than 250 unique performances and exhibitions across Toronto this summer! PANAMANIA showcases the diverse cultures and artistic excellence of Ontario, Canada and the Americas through music, theatre, dance, visual arts and fashion.

Client Events Across Ontario: May 21 – June 2

The sun is shining and the weather is warm – time to get outside and join in on the fun at dozens of cultural activities across Ontario!

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EVENTS THIS WEEK

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RCM’s Koerner Hall 21C Festival – opened May 20!!

Last night was the launch of the 21st Century Music Festival at beautiful Koerner Hall!  21C is thrilled to welcome Kaija Saariaho, one of the world’s great composers, alongside nights with Stewart Copeland (The Police), the Gryphon Trio, DJ Skratch Bastid, and other fresh, dazzling new voices.

For more information including tickets, schedules and hotel packages, visit http://performance.rcmusic.ca/21c

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INSIDE OUT Opens Tonight – For the 25th time! 

In 1991, Inside Out celebrated its first film and video festival with a small community of people who yearned to see film and video created by and about lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans (LGBT) people.

25 years later, Inside Out is the largest event of its kind in Canada; the Festival entertains film buffs of all stripes, showcasing the best and most diverse work of interest to LGBT communities.

For more information, including full programme details, click here

Happy Anniversary!  Here’s to another 25 years!

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Monster Rock Orchestra at YD2 on May 22!!

“The spectacular songs, live orchestra, awesome lasers and all the good vibes the Monster Rock Orchestra is known for are ready to rock Yonge-Dundas Square for the first time! This one of a kind, face-melting experience is the only show of its kind in Canada. Designed to entertain audiences of all ages, this monster of a show takes audiences on a pop and rock roller-coaster: from current chart-toppers like Bruno Mars and Lorde to classic favourites such as Elvis and Aretha Franklin.

– Vikas Kohli, Artistic Director

NOT TO BE MISSED!

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CONTACT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2015
Art Takes Over Toronto

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The CONTACT Photography Festival has taken over Toronto! With 116 exhibitions showcasing local and international artists, there’s something for everyone! Take a step outside and you might just spot exhibits like Sara Cwynar’s Flat Death, located at a billboard at Dundas and Lansdowne.

For more information on this and other exhibits at the festival, visit http://scotiabankcontactphoto.com – or check out our very own Facebook page to discuss art around the city. CONTACT Magazines are also available at all festival venues.

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THE GAMES ARE COMING

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THE COUNTDOWN IS ON – TORONTO 2015 IS COMING IN 50 DAYS!

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DID YOU KNOW?

The Pan American Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport Games; they are only surpassed in size and scope by the Olympic Summer Games and the Asian Games.

The first Pan American Games were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1951 and the inaugural Parapan American Games were held in Mexico City in 1999. Both the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games are held every four years for the athletes of the 41 PASO member nations, in the year preceding the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.

Find out more fun facts about the games in the next newsletter!

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PANAMANIA: A CONTEMPORARY FESTIVAL OF THE AMERICAS

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Join in on the celebration at PANAMANIA – an arts and cultural festival with more than 250 unique performances and exhibitions across Toronto this summer! PANAMANIA showcases the diverse cultures and artistic excellence of Ontario, Canada and the Americas through music, theatre, dance, visual arts and fashion.

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PAN AM PATH HAS LAUNCHED!

Friends of the Pan Am Path has officially launched and is gearing up for their Art Relay event on May 16 from 1-5pm. More details below.

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Up Next on the Path!

Freedom Fridayz Festival & Born This Way Mural  

See a new community artwork and celebrate the achievements of young Toronto artists with dance, music and food. Experience the unveiling of a new mural by Essencia Art Collective and the Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples, and join Freedom Fridayz for a party in Pine Point Park. Free food while quantities last. Rain or shine / indoor area.  May 23 1:00pm – 7:00pm

Pine Point Park, 4 Conan Rd

Don’t forget  –  the Pan Am Path has new events now featured online! Check out a few of the highlights below.

Activate! Weston-Mount Dennis

Join UrbanArts and Dan Bergeron as they explore the history of Weston-Mount Dennis. The result of their collaboration is a multi-part mural, created through engagement with local residents and youth. An unveiling will take place alongside a community-led event featuring dance, music and food in Cruickshank Park. May 30, 2015 from 1-4pm at 2196 Weston Road, Toronto.

Walking, Biking and Bus Tours

From June 20-26, First Story Toronto leads a series of walking, biking and bus tours along the Lakeshore. On June 20 from 10am-2pm, tours connect the Indigenous Arts Festival at Fort York to the Live Art Festival at Underpass Park. Register for tours and download the app at www.panampath.org. 

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20 is a big one to celebrate – so the Bata Shoe Museum has gone all out with special programs and events this month.  

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The Map Project

For the past two decades the BSM has strived to use shoes to tell stories – stories about cultures, history, society and people. Join the BSM in telling your stories to help create a map of the world that reflects what shoes look like and represent to the cultures, societies and people who wear them. What corners of the world have your shoes taken you to? What does footwear mean in your culture? What have you accomplished in your favourite pair of shoes? Use the interactive map o become part of the narrative of the story of shoes and share with us what has happened to you when you have taken the time to discover “the world at your feet”.

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UPCOMING at AGA KHAN

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June 06, 2015, to October 18, 2015

In an exclusive Canadian showing, A Thirst for Riches: Carpets from the East in Paintings from the West points to the active history of trade between Europe and Muslim civilizations while exploring how beautiful objects acquire new meanings as they are exchanged.

Drawing from the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York – supplemented by loans from other institutions – the exhibition pairs mid-17th-century Dutch paintings featuring Eastern carpets with actual carpets produced in the Near and Far East during the same period. Did these carpets symbolize wealth and worldliness – or did they signify vanity and excess? A Thirst for Riches: Carpets from the East in Paintings from the West is a powerful reminder of the cultural impact of trade.

Visit the Aga Khan Museum soon for this and other fantastic exhibits.

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ROM and CONTACT join forces for
Generations

June 6, 2015, to October 18, 2015

What is a family photo? How do they work to shape our memories?  What can they really tell us about history? 

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Generations features six evocative bodies of work created by contemporary artist Annu Palakunnathu Matthew between 1996 and 2015.

With a uniquely creative approach, Matthew not only studies the connection between the past and present, but also addresses the silences and absences in family photos; where histories do not get preserved, and memory and fabricated histories become blurred.

Click here for more info.

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IN THE COMMUNITY

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THE GRAND OPENING IS ON ITS WAY!

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Paint the Town RED at Party on the Promenade!

Celebrate the Grand Opening of Toronto’s Revitalized Waterfront

Summer’s almost here and Toronto’s ultimate outdoor weekend-long celebration is on its way! The 2015 Redpath Waterfront Festival  Party on the Promenade, gets the party started on Friday June 19 at 6:00 p.m. with the Official Opening of the revitalized Queens Quay, featuring a ribbon cutting ceremony like no other at the Simcoe WaveDeck.

Three days of free entertainment and events along the Queens Quay Boulevard from Spadina to Lower Sherbourne. That’s five events, four parks, three days, two kilometres, one giant party!

General admission to the festival is free –  For a weekend of dance, dogs, music, fun, food and more visit www.towaterfrontfest.com.

Want to volunteer? The Festival needs you! Email volunteers@towaterfrontfest.com for more information.

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BLOOR ST. CULTURE CORRIDOR CELEBRATES ITS ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

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New Members Welcomed to Culture Corridor

The Bloor St. Culture Corridor, Toronto’s most diverse arts and culture district, celebrated its one year anniversary in April 2015 and is pleased to announce the 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media + Education and the Toronto Reference Library as new Bloor St. Culture Corridor Associates.

The 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media + Education presents a variety of visual art exhibitions, music concerts and other performing arts programming, as well as educational programs. The Toronto Reference Library presents a wide array of literary and cultural experiences for Torontonians, including art and cultural exhibitions at its TD Gallery, showcasing the library’s vast special collections; and lectures, talks and readings from national and international authors, thinkers and newsmakers at its Appel Salon.

Uniquely Torontonian in cultural richness and diversity, the Bloor St. Culture Corridor proudly launched with 12 partnering organizations representing Bloor St. W.’s most celebrated arts and culture venues. To find out more, www.bloorstculturecorridor.com.

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Mark Ruwedel, Sally Mann, Berenice Abbott and more…

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Lots of great exhibits coming up at the RIC – click here for the full programme, and join them on Facebook for all the updates you need to keep in the loop.

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Mark Ruwedel, Splitting, 2013. 2 gold toned gelatin silver prints in handmade book. Courtesy of the artist, Gallery Luisotti and Art 45

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Don’t miss DX’s first-ever design auction!
May 29, 2015 

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Mark your calendars for May 29 for the first-ever Design Exchange Design Auction. Get in on this rare and exclusive opportunity to purchase a singular and spectacular item for your home or cottage. All proceeds benefit Design Exchange educational programs, curatorial initiatives, and permanent collection.

Auction items include unique furniture and decorative objects from world renowned brands and coveted pieces from the personal collections of international design stars and personalities.

Click here for a preview of items available at auction.

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Client Events Across Ontario: April 15-28

From learning about cultures around the world, to kids performances and films, there’s lots to see and do in Ontario – so get out and try something new!

PS One of these events has CUPCAKES! 

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UPCOMING EVENTS  

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The largest shoe museum in the world turns 20!

In celebration of this milestone, the Bata Shoe Museum is kicking off a year-long celebration of its history, along with special programs and events this month. Highlights include:

The World at Your Feet  
For the past two decades the BSM has strived to use shoes to tell stories – stories about cultures, stories about history, stories about society and stories about people. This year the BSM is asking you to tell your stories and help  create a map of the world that reflects what shoes look like and mean to the cultures, societies and people who wear them. The World at Your Feet: A Global Mapping Project is an interactive project that asks: what corners of the world have your shoes taken you to?

Birthday Open House
What’s a birthday without a party?! On May 9, the BSM is holding an birthday open house and  inviting everyone to come and celebrate this milestone. Join them for tons of shoe-inspired arts and crafts, get a glimpse into your future by having your shoes read, check out some special guests in our galleries, and make sure you don’t leave without having a birthday cupcake!

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OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL

Celebrating 30 Years!

Since 1985, the Ottawa International Children’s Festival  has hosted an annual celebration of the best in live performing arts for children. Creating programs for children aged four to 15, the Festival focuses on enriching school curriculum and promoting the arts as an integral part of children’s education. This year’s Festival features musical trio Bon Debarras, circus and musical performers Les Parfaits Inconnus, re-imagined classics like Alice in Wonderland and much more! Festival runs May 4-13 at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

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FINDING ART JUST GOT EASIER!

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Toronto Arts Foundation announces the launch of a free, searchable events map at www.torontoartsonline.org. Now you can:

  • Locate performances, activities and exhibitions on the map
  • See what’s happening today, next week, month or year
  • Narrow your search by type, location or date
  • Look for events in your neighbourhood
  • Find family-friendly or free events

Home to Canada’s largest community of artists, Toronto is host to over 20,000 arts activities and programs every year.   Toronto Arts Online makes it easy for all Toronto residents and visitors to select arts events suited to their interests, time and budget.

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CONTACT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL

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The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is the largest photography event in the world, and is devoted to celebrating and fostering an appreciation of the art and profession of photography. With over 1500 Canadian and international artists and photographers exhibiting at more than 175 venues throughout the Greater Toronto Area, the Festival offers something for everyone from May 1-31.

Coming up at the Festival:

Public Installations
Activating the urban landscape, 12 site-specific installations in Toronto and eight projects across Canada offer unexpected encounters with images in public space.

Primary Exhibitions
Within museums and galleries, 15 exhibitions of images gathered from around the world reflect the scope of photo-based practices from the past and present-day.

Featured Exhibitions
In galleries across the city, 31 selected exhibitions present a broad spectrum of photo-based works by Canadian and international artists.

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Over 210 documentaries from 44 countries featured in 2015 Hot Docs Festival 

Hot Docs is the largest documentary festival in North America, and is gearing up for one of its largest festivals to date. Featuring hundreds of films from countries around the world, Hot Docs has something for all film lovers!

Tickets, packages, and pass sales can be made in person at the Box Office at 2 Bloor Street West, online at www.hotdocs.ca, or on the phone at 416-637-5150.

Thinking of coming to Hot Docs 2015? Book your stay at the Park Hyatt Toronto and receive four tickets to Hot Docs screenings, a concessions package and more-all for only $250!

2015 Festival Highlights

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Missing People

An enigmatic New York curator investigates her brother’s long-unsolved murder while obsessing over the violent work and life of an outsider artist from New Orleans, but her quest for answers leads to mysteries long buried.

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Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

After serving 81 days in solitary confinement for “subversion of state power,” outspoken Chinese artist Ai Weiwei returns home to Kafkaesque police surveillance, house arrest and a pending lawsuit. Yet he finds novel ways to irritate the authorities despite the restrictions of his parole.

Want to see what else is on screen? Check out the full festival schedule.

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Join Inside Out in celebrating their 25th birthday and official launch of the 2015 Toronto LGBT Film Festival. Be the first to pick up a Program Guide. Mix and mingle with Toronto’s arts, film and LGBT community.

Very special guests The B-Girlz and DJs Craig Dominic, Sammy Royale and Regina the Gentlelady will be out and about to keep the party going!

New Venue for 2015:

St. James Cathedral Centre (65 Church St. at King St. E.)

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ONGOING EVENTS

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Did you know?

The Aga Khan Museum has officially joined the Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s Cultural Access Pass program. The Cultural Access Pass, a gift to each Canadian citizen during their first year of citizenship, provides complimentary admission to more than 1,000 of Canada’s museums, attractions, and parks from coast to coast.

Click here for more information! 

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The second half of the 16th century until the first half of the 19th century was a time of cultural merging that saw Persian themes, Indian colours, and Western influences find their way into Indian architecture and art.

Never before shown in North America, the exhibition Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin features exquisite paintings from this period produced in the Mughal court, the Deccani Sultanates, and the Rajput kingdoms. An outstanding group of elephant portraits, vivid evocations of daily life, royal portraits, and dramatic illustrations of epics and myths are among the highlights of the thematically organized exhibition. All works have been selected from the outstanding personal collection of British artist Howard Hodgkin (b. 1932), whose own paintings are displayed in the concurrent exhibition: Inspired by India: Paintings by Howard Hodgkin. 

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Client Events Across Ontario: March 18-31

Can you feel it? Spring is in the air! This week, we’re featuring art exhibits, film screenings, and musical concerts, along with a special preview of what’s coming up next month. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC  

Concert Series at Koerner Hall

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La belle Helene by Jacques Offenbach

March 18 & 20, 2015 | 7:30PM
In this parody of the story of Helen of Troy’s elopement with Paris, which set off the Trojan War, Offenbach’s witty political and cultural satire finds the perfect heroine to poke fun at many of the conventions of the past and present. The Royal Conservatory Orchestra and vocal students of the Glenn Gould School will be conducted by Uri Mayer and the production is directed by Joel Ivany.

Lisa Batiashvili & Paul Lewis
March 27, 2015 | 8PM

Praised by audiences and fellow musicians for her virtuosity and “profound sensitivity” (Financial Times), “Batiashvili somehow manages to find the perfect balance between the precision and technique displayed on her recordings, and the panache necessary to convey the solo part to the live audience.” (Bachtrack) Celebrated British pianist Paul Lewis’s inspired work at the piano has been lauded for its keen emotional sensitivity and profound interpretive finesse with a “fine balance of Olympian poise and emotional engagement.” (Chicago Tribune)

Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project
March 28, 2015 | 8PM

One of New York’s best new big bands is conducted by Ryan Truesdell. Voted the #1 Rising Star Big Band by the Downbeat Critics’ Poll, Truesdell’s new CD, Centennial Project, delves into the work of Toronto-born composer Gil Evans, who was Miles Davis’s collaborator on albums such as Birth of the Cool, Sketches of Spain, and Porgy & Bess. “The year’s most illuminating act of jazz repertory was this bright and meticulous album by Mr. Truesdell… The playing is impeccable, as is the ensemble blend, underscoring both the composer’s genius and the interpreter’s clear vision.” (The New York Times)

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INSIDE OUT: LGBT FILM FESTIVAL

Retro Film Screenings

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Sit back, relax and indulge in a reflection of what remains most important to Inside Out – telling our stories on screen. Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Inside Out with a series of retro films screenings – complete with the 1991 ticket price of $5.50. Upcoming screening:

The Wedding Banquet – March 25, 2015 | 7:30PM 

A young, gay professional living in New York plots to avoid coming out to his family by marrying a woman. His plan hilariously backfires when his parents insist on visiting from Taiwan to attend the wedding.

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THE TETT   

Cultural Workshops Educate from an Aboriginal Perspective

Programming from art groups and creativity studios isn’t the only thing going on at the Tett over the coming weeks. A series of workshops educate people about Kanienkahaka language and cultural traditions through craft, language, song dance and feast. Depending on the week, attendees can make things like beaded earrings, dream catchers, cornhusk dolls, rattles, moccassins and bone bead bracelets and learn skills like loomwork and flatstitch beading. Upcoming workshop:

Entsitewayen’tho: Rattles

March 21, 2015 | 10AM – 4PM

Entsitewayen’tho: Bone Bead Bracelets
March 28, 2015 | 10AM – 4PM

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ONGOING EVENTS

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THE POWER PLANT CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY 

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The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding/Decoding is a group exhibition of work that will examine the physical manifestations and the mind-set of specific visual dynamics of the post-WWII era. On now at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.

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THEMUSEUM

Getting Naked – ON NOW

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The Canadian Council Art Bank has been collecting work by the best Canadian artists of our time for over forty years, becoming the world’s largest collection of contemporary Canadian art. The Art Bank shares its collection through art rental and outreach programs which sees approximately 3,000 works on display at various locations each year. But rarely are the works that depict subjects who are naked, nude, or unclothed exhibited, pieces which make up a large percentage of the collection.

THEMUSEUM is displaying almost a hundred of these works that range in date, media, subject and styles. The exhibit encourages the audience to explore themes that will differentiate the pieces from those conventionally considered objectifying, pornographic or controversial. It is designed to educate, entertain and give viewers an engaging experience to explore contemporary Canadian art that the country has been so reluctant to publicly display. These unique works will challenge perceptions, create discussion and ultimately determine: do you GET Naked?

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The Lost Dhow: A Discovery from the Maritime Silk Route

In 1998, an Arab ship carrying goods from China was discovered at the bottom of the Indian Ocean off Belitung Island, Indonesia. Dating from the 9th century (China’s Tang Dynasty), the Belitung shipwreck is the earliest Arab vessel of this period to be found with a complete cargo, including silver ingots, bronze mirrors, spice-filled jars, intricately worked vessels of silver and gold, and thousands of ceramic bowls, ewers, and other vessels. Uncovering its mysterious origins reveals the interconnections between two great powers, the Tang and Abbasid Empires, whose influence collectively stretched from the East China Sea to North Africa.

Inspired by India: Paintings by Howard Hodgkin

British painter, printmaker, and collector Howard Hodgkin (b. 1932) has been passionate about Indian culture, geography, and history for most of his life. Given this passion and his frequent visits to the country over a period of some 50 years, it is not surprising that India has had a lasting influence on his own work. For viewers, tracing this inspiration through paintings spanning Hodgkin’s career is an exhilarating experience. The exhibition Inspired by India: Paintings by Howard Hodgkin celebrates Hodgkin’s signature style of highly physical, vibrantly coloured work that dares to stop viewers in their tracks.

Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin

The second half of the 16th century until the first half of the 19th century was a time of cultural merging that saw Persian themes, Indian colours, and Western influences find their way into Indian architecture and art. Never before shown in North America, the exhibition Visions Of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin features exquisite paintings from this period produced in the Mughal court, the Deccani Sultanates, and the Rajput kingdoms.

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SPRING PREVIEW 

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A special sneak preview of what’s coming up next month:  

LE BARBIER DE SEVILLE

Canadian Opera Company presents The Barber of Seville, Gioachino Rossini

In the perfectly paced frenzy of this riotous romp, barber Figaro helps a lovesick nobleman win the woman of his dreams. On stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, April 17 to May 22, 2015.

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Hot Docs 2015

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, and takes place in Toronto, Canada. Each year, the Festival presents a selection of more than 180 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe. Through its industry programs, Hot Docs also provides a full range of professional development, market and networking opportunities for documentary professionals.

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TIFF Kids Festival

TIFF Kids is one of the largest children’s film festivals in the world! Presented each April, the festival offers a diverse slate of programming from Canada and around the globe, using the power of film not just to entertain children and parents but also to foster new ideas about the complex issues facing young people today.

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IN THE COMMUNITY 

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2015 FEO AWARD WINNERS    

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Congratulations to this years FEO Award Program recipients! The 2015 FEO Awards were handed out on Friday, March 6 during FEO’s Annual Conference, Let the Inspiration Flow, in Niagara Falls, Ontario and were judged by an independent panel of judges late November 2014.

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BLOOR ST. CULTURE CORRIDOR

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Event Highlights: 

Special Events

The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto invites the public to attend a variety of classes and events offered in March and April. Unique opportunities include Mixed Hand Drumming every Monday, 6pm-7:45pm, Beading Class Tuesday evenings, 6pm-7:45pm, and the Big Drum Social, Thursdays 6:30pm-8:45pm.

Music

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Choir presents Bach St. John Passion, directed by Ivars Taurins, March 19-21 at 8pm and March 22 at 3:30pm, at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, featuring soprano Julia Doyle, countertenor Daniel Taylor, tenor Charles Daniels, and baritone Peter Harvey.

Film

Nineteenth Century Literature in Classic Film, the Bata Shoe Museum’s ongoing film series, continues on March 26 with Hound of the Baskervilles (1939), starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce; April 16 with Madame Bovary (1949), starring Jennifer Jones and Van Heflin. Screenings at 6pm, pay what you can admission. Seats are first come, first served.

Exhibitions

Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything, is on display at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), until April 26. Through diverse media ranging from Lego to found materials, painting to installation, Coupland examines the 21st-century condition, Canadian cultural identity, the power of language, and the pervasive presence of technology in modern life.

Storytelling

On March 21, The Japan Foundation, Toronto’s Katari Japanese Storytellers present All Aboard! On the Katari Story Time Machine. Enjoy an afternoon of storytelling, song, and dance. Programs from 3pm-5pm. Admission is free. English with some Japanese. Program reservations required.

Lectures

The Gardiner Museum’s Women, Art, & Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise Programming continues with lectures Justice for Women & Girls with Disabilities, by speaker Shantha Rau Barriga, Director of Disability Rights, Human Rights Watch, on March 11 and The Arts & Crafts of Newcomb Pottery, by speaker Martin Eidelberg, Professor Emeritus of Art History, Rutgers University, on April 16. Lectures are 6:30pm-8pm.

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Client Events Across Ontario Jan 29 – Feb 12

Don’t let the cold get you down, there’s plenty of hot cultural action to be had all across the province.  It’s a great time of year for music-lovers in particular, but all of you culture-vultures will be able to find something to keep you warm.

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THE WHOLE SHEBANG at The Tett

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City of Kingston and The Tett Centre for Creativity and learning present The Whole Shebang: The Tett Centre Grand Opening – a FREE event on Saturday, January 31, 2015.

The newly renovated Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning’s Grand Opening, The Whole Shebang, is an interactive, family-friendly experience. After more than 18 months of planning, local artists, under the guidance of Andrea Nann, Artistic Director of Dreamwalker Dance Company, have created The Whole Shebang – an event that brings to life the creative and collaborative nature of the Tett. Every corner of the Tett will be alive with a diverse array of performance pieces, installation art, and optional participation.

The Whole Shebang will run from 1-3:30 pm, doors open at noon.  Click here for more info.

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OPERA ATELIER at Versailles

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Congratulations to Opera Atelier, one of Ontario’s major cultural exports on being asked to move into the palace!  At the launch of their 30th anniversary season, Opera Atelier has announced that from now on, every other year they will perform as part of the season at the Opera Royal at the Palace of Versailles in France.  Read more about it in The Toronto Star or visit operaatelier.com

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PIANOS in the CITY

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The TSO’s RBC Piano Extravaganza kicks off with Steinway pianos across several downtown Toronto locations, where free interactive programmes will take place. Each venue will be hosted by a special guest artist. Festival curator, Grammy-award winning pianist Emanuel Ax, will also drop in at each location. Each pianist will perform short works, and encourage members of the public to play on the Steinway piano!

 

11:00am – 2:00pm

RBC Plaza Building, 200 Bay Street – Underground PATH

Union Station, 65 Front Street West – Main Hall

CBC Atrium, 250 Front Street West – On Stage

Hospital for Sick Children, 170 Elizabeth Street

12:30pm – 1:30pm
City Hall, 100 Queen Street West – Lobby

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY

Die Walkure – Opening this weekend!

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A warrior goddess risks all to preserve the future in Wagner’s matchless epic featuring some of the most powerful music ever conceived, including the iconic “Ride of the Valkyries.”
Directed by Atom Egoyan and conducted by Johannes DebusS

tarting January 31, 2015. More info here 

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ROYAL CONSERVATORY of MUSIC Concert Series

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Kicking off the first few months of programming at The Royal Conservatory of Music at Koerner Hall is Pavlo, featuring special guests Enrico Galante on saxophone, G. Pinto on violin, and a dance troupe!

Now living in Tampa Florida, Pavlo’s roots are from the little Greek village in Toronto called the Danforth. He has travelled the world several times over, performing his very distinct style of music he calls “Mediterranean Guitar Music.” With two gold albums, two Juno Award nominations, two decades of composing, performing, producing and recording to his credit, Pavlo is currently recording his 11th album, a collaboration with Remigio Pereira (The Tenors).

For more information, click here.

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Get Naked @ THEMUSEUM

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Visit Downtown Kitchener and Get Naked!  THEMUSEUM will present over 100 works by Canadian artists from the Canada Council Art Bank in a unique exhibition curated by Virginia Eichhorn, Director of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound. These works present subjects who are depicted or represented as nude, unclothed or naked. “Getting Naked” will explore what it is about the naked body that causes such powerful reactions in viewers, including the feeling that art depicting nudity shouldn’t be shown outside of gallery walls. 

 

Visit themuseum.ca to learn more about this and the other exciting programs that are heating up downtown Kitchener this winter! 

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WORLDSTAGE Returns to Harbourfront

Check out this trailer for the highly successful WORLDSTAGE festival, brought to you by our friends down at the Harbourfront Centre.  Tickets are on sale now!

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ONGOING EVENTS

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CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY

Don Giovanni

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In Mozart’s darkly witty masterpiece, an icon of seduction is brought to blistering life, his sexual magnetism undimmed as he faces his inevitable downtfall.

“Bravo to director Tcherniakov for stripping away the centuries of ornamentation to show us the true portrait underneath.

Miss this one at your peril.”-

Toronto Star(full review here.)

Featuring Russell Braun as Don Giovanni, conducted by Michael Hofstetter.  This production is presented in association with Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Bolshoi Theatre and Teatro Real Madrid.

More info here 

Fri. January 30, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Sun. February 1, 2015 at 2 p.m.

Tue. February 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Fri. February 6, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Thu. February 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Sat. February 14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Wed. February 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Sat. February 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

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Beauty, Identity, Pride:
Native North American Footwear 

Created by Indigenous peoples from diverse regions of North America, ninety pairs of shoes, boots and moccasins will showcase exquisite craftsmanship, regional patterns, and beautiful decoration. The exhibition features rarely seen artifacts chosen entirely from the Bata Shoe Museum’s foremost and comprehensive collection of Native footwear.

Click Here for more info.

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AGA KHAN presents THE LOST DHOW 

Dec 13 2014 to Apr 26 2015

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In 1998, an Arab ship carrying goods from China was discovered at the bottom of the Indian Ocean off Belitung Island, Indonesia. Dating from the 9th century (China’s Tang Dynasty), the Belitung shipwreck is the earliest Arab vessel of this period to be found with a complete cargo, including silver ingots, bronze mirrors, spice-filled jars, intricately worked vessels of silver and gold, and thousands of ceramic bowls.

Through the display of approximately 300 objects from its cargo, this exhibition tells compelling stories about the ship, its crew, and the treacherous movement by sea of domestic and luxury wares between continents 1,200 years ago.

Click here for tickets to the North American Premiere.

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Client Events Across Ontario Jan 15 – 29

It’s a new year, and there’s a new crop of amazing cultural events to get you excited for winter in Ontario!  2015 will be a great year, and it’s off to an incredible start – don’t take our word for it though, brave the cold and get out there to check it out yourself!

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OCAF Board Member Awarded Order of Canada

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Congratulations to OCAF board member John Barker Lawson on being awarded The Order of Canada for “his transformative contributions as a volunteer in support of many of Toronto’s most important music ensembles and arts organizations”. Established in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, the Order of Canada is the highest civilian award given by the government to Canadians. It recognizes “outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.” Click here to read Mr. Lawson’s full biography.

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NEXT STAGE THEATRE FESTIVAL

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ON STAGE ICYMI –    The Next Stage Theatre Festival (NSTF) is Toronto’s premiere winter theatre event. Presented by the Toronto Fringe, the mandate of NSTF is to offer Fringe Festival artists the opportunity to bring their work to the next stage. Despite the frigid temperatures, the beer tent and theatre on offer was HOT! 2015 Next Stage Theatre Festival ran from January 7 – 18, 2015.  See you in the tent next year!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY

Don Giovanni

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In Mozart’s darkly witty masterpiece, an icon of seduction is brought to blistering life, his sexual magnetism undimmed as he faces his inevitable downfall.

Featuring Russell Braun as Don Giovanni, conducted by Michael Hofstetter.  This production is presented in association with Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Bolshoi Theatre and Teatro Real Madrid.
More info here

Sat. January 24, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

Tue. January 27, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Fri. January 30, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Sun. February 1, 2015 at 2 p.m.

Tue. February 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Fri. February 6, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Thu. February 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Sat. February 14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Wed. February 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Sat. February 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

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AGA KHAN presents THE LOST DHOW 

Dec 13, 2014 to Apr 26, 2015

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In 1998, an Arab ship carrying goods from China was discovered at the bottom of the Indian Ocean off Belitung Island, Indonesia. Dating from the 9th century (China’s Tang Dynasty), the Belitung shipwreck is the earliest Arab vessel of this period to be found with a complete cargo, including silver ingots, bronze mirrors, spice-filled jars, intricately worked vessels of silver and gold, and thousands of ceramic bowls.

Through the display of approximately 300 objects from its cargo, this exhibition tells compelling stories about the ship, its crew, and the treacherous movement by sea of domestic and luxury wares between continents 1,200 years ago.

Click here for tickets to the North American Premiere.

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ONGOING EVENTS

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ALL ABOUT SHOES at the Bata Shoe Museum

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The Museum’s flagship exhibition, All About Shoes, is a voyage through 4500 years of footwear: its evolution, uses over time, methods and materials of manufacture, and its place in our lives and imaginations. Admire ancient funerary sandals, Chinese silk shoes, haute couture pumps and a display of celebrity shoes found in the “Star Turns” mini-theatre.

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Sabatons, part of a complete suit of armour.
German c. 1490’s

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KUBRICK at TIFF  – On until January 25

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Drawing on extensive archives from Kubrick’s home and workplace, the exhibition features rare photographs and letters, original props and costumes, screenplays, production materials, and cameras from his nearly 50-year career.

Priceless items such as the ‘Starchild’ from 2001: A Space Odyssey, the dresses of the ghostly sisters from The Shining, the ‘Born to Kill’ helmet of Private Joker from Full Metal Jacket, and the authentic model of the ‘War Room’ in Dr.Strangelove are just a few of the many pieces on display.

Click Here for tickets.

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MORE HAPPENINGS AT THE TETT

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January brings the opening of another show at Kingston’s newest cultural hubb.  Join the Tett Centre for the launch of two exhibits featuring brilliant Canadian Artists.

In the Main Gallery: The Old View From Nowhere by Jennifer Dorner and David Poolman. Taking social and political disruption as a departure point for imagined new worlds, Dorner and Poolman examine our relationships to objects, each other and future homes should we have to leave this earth.

In the State of Flux Gallery: Murphys in Griffintown by Nancy Douglas. Nancy Douglas’ photo and collage project Murphys in Griffintown questions our manipulation of history and memory.

Click here for more info.

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Client Events Across Ontario Nov 27 – Dec 11

It’s just about that time of year, and there’s nothing better for getting into the spirit of the season than taking in some culture.  There’s lots going on out there, so don’t let these windy days keep you from checking out some of Ontario’s amazing cultural events.  

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TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA –  Christmas Concerts

This Holiday Season join the TSO for a great line-up of concerts celebrating the holiday season.  Full listings available here.

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The Bear

Sun. Dec. 7, 2014 at 3:00 PM Roy Thomson Hall

Celtic Christmas: Donnell Leahy & Family

Tue. Dec. 9, 2014 at 8:00 PM Roy Thomson Hall

Wed. Dec. 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM Roy Thomson Hall

Wed. Dec. 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM Roy Thomson Hall

Barenaked Ladies: Hits & Holiday Songs!

Thu. Dec. 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM Roy Thomson Hall

Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 at 7:30 PM Roy Thomson Hall

Messiah

Tue. Dec. 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM Roy Thomson Hall

Wed. Dec. 17, 2014 at 8:00 PM Roy Thomson Hall

Fri. Dec. 19, 2014 at 8:00 PM Roy Thomson Hall

Sat. Dec. 20, 2014 at 8:00 PM Roy Thomson Hall

Sun. Dec. 21, 2014 at 3:00 PM Roy Thomson Hall

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GET READY FOR CAROLING SEASON KINGSTON.

JOE’s M.I.L.L at the TETT Centre can help!

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OCAF is one of the sponsors for the entire opening season at Kingston’s newest Art and Culture Hub, The Tett Centre, but alongside all of the fabulous events happening, there are also great organizations there year-round that Kingstonians can find all in one place.

One of those is The Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library (Joe’s M.I.L.L.) which has over 750 instruments and resources.

These include, but are not limited to, guitars, keyboards, drums, horns, violins, percussion, exotic instruments, amplifiers, sheet music, and much more – and they’re all available to borrow … free of charge!

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ONGOING EVENTS

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POWERPLANT IGNITES

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This year marks Harbourfront Centre’s 40th anniversary and will see Toronto hosting the Pan American Games in the summer. “The Power Plant Ignites Multi-Disciplinary Practices,” a year-long project with new and enhanced programming taking place from September 1, 2014 to September 1, 2015.

The first of these events, Color Me Badd, is on now through January 4th. Julia Dault’s rule-based painting process involves responding to mass-produced elements-vinyl, patterned silks, pleather, unmixed paint straight from the tube-with unconventional tools, such as squeegees and rubber combs. These tools create quasi-standardized gestures that allow Dault to skirt the line between expressive abstraction and cool, machine-like facture. Erasure, with its ability to allow viewers to “see into” the painting process, is as important as application.

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MICHAELANGELO: Quest for Genius  

 

Revealed through a selection of rare drawings, Michelangelo: Quest for Genius tells the story of Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti (b. 1475) and the frustrations of his creative process.  

 

The exhibition also examines the significant influence that Michelangelo had four centuries later on the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Ten sculptures from the AGO’s collection will be on display.

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Click Here for the Toronto Star’s review and video.
October 18, 2014 – January 11, 2015