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The Japan Foundation, Toronto

Legendary Loyalty: The 47 Ronin in Japanese Prints

November 15, 2016 11:30am to March 4, 2017 4:30pm

co-presented by Stuart Jackson Gallery and The Japan Foundation
Free Admission

The Japan Foundation, Toronto, with the Stuart Jackson Gallery, Toronto, is proud to co-present original 18th – 19th century woodblock print illustrations of theatrical performances of the story of Chushingura, and artistic depictions of the actual ronin (masterless samurai).

The Royal Conservatory

How Music Works: Part 2

January 13, 2017 10:00am to March 31, 2017 11:30am

10-week series

Fridays, January 13–March 31, 10–11:30am          

Instructor: Jamie Stager

Building on the basic elements presented in How Music Works, this series will explore a wide variety of musical genres spanning the centuries. The basic materials of music will be examined in a broad range of settings from symphonies to big band jazz, from opera to musical theatre, and from madrigal to popular song.

The Royal Conservatory

How Music Works: Part 1

January 13, 2017 12:00pm to March 31, 2017 1:30pm

10-week series

Fridays, January 13–March 31, 12–1:30pm

Instructor: Jamie Stager

If you've always wanted to understand how music "works," this practical series combining guided listening and active participation in basic musicianship exercises is for you. Explore the building blocks of music and how they create the magic of the music you love

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Curious Minds: THE BIG SHADOW: THE WORLD OF FILM NOIR

January 17, 2017 10:00am to February 21, 2017 10:00am

One of our favourite Curious Minds instructors Geoff Pevere returns to illuminate the incredible power of film noir: it may have been dark and dangerous, but it was also seductive and irresistible. It took the French to notice that something sinister was happening in American movies after World War II. A tone and style had emerged, creeping up on the cheery disposition of the Dream Factory like a nightmare. It was called film noir, and it featured protagonists who were damaged, desperate and trapped in a world from which there was no escape. The genre proved one of the most enduring and influential phenomena in movie history, and its shadow fell around the world and across the decades. This is its story.

This lecture series is presented by film writer Geoff Pevere, who has been writing, teaching and broadcasting about movies, media and popular culture for more than 30 years. A former movie critic with The Toronto Star and regular contributor to The Globe and Mail, he runs thebigshadow.com, a website devoted to the depiction of crime in pop culture.

Doors will open one hour before the first class. Registrants will receive supplementary materials in advance of their first class.

6-Week Course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free) - SUBSCRIBE NOW

Single Class: $20 (Members: $17, $14, Free)

TUE, JAN 17 – MAR 21, 10:00 AM

Details: http://ow.ly/Yxvd306UUiE

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Curious Minds: AROUND THE WORLD IN ART DECO

January 20, 2017 10:00am to February 24, 2017 10:00am

Capture the spirit and optimism of the 1920s with art historian Natalie Ribkoff as she guides you through the sparkling world of Art Deco. From the roaring '20s to the depths of the great depression, the luxury and decadence of the distinctive style will be fully experienced through a series of slide lectures and discussions illuminating the distinctive architecture, fashion, industrial design and decorative objects created during the Art Deco period.

Beginning in Paris in 1925, we will travel to the major centers that embraced the style including New York, Los Angeles and Mumbai. We will learn about the talented designers and artists responsible for remarkable creations and stare up at spectacular skyscrapers. Film fans in the audience will learn how Hollywood films helped to spread this irresistible style around the globe.

The course will be led by fine art advisor and art historian, Natalie Ribkoff. As a professional art advisor, Natalie has extensive experience providing art advice and collections management services to a number of Canadian corporations and private individuals. An energetic educator with a passion for the visual arts, Natalie teaches Art History at the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto.

Doors will open one hour before the first class. Registrants will receive supplementary materials in advance of their first class. 

6-Week Course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free) 

Single Class: $20 (Members: $17, $14, Free)

FRI, JAN 20 – FEB 24, 10:00 AM

Details: http://ow.ly/yfLl306WIAr

The Royal Conservatory

The Franco-Flemish Golden Age: The History and Art of Polyphony

February 7, 2017 10:00am to February 28, 2017 12:00pm

Tuesdays, February 7–28, 10am–12pm

Instructor: Katherine Hill

This four-week series will explore the origins and development of part-music, or polyphony, in Western Europe, allowing participants to gain deeper insight into the forms, functions and undeniable glories of the Franco-Flemish style. Class fee includes a ticket to The Toronto Consort's performance of Triptych by guest ensemble, Capella Pratensis. 

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

In the forest you may find...

February 8, 2017 9:00am to February 27, 2017 5:00pm

In the Gallery in the MNjcc:
Group photography inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
February 4-27, 2017, in conjunction with Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) and installation What Dream It Was in the Al Green Theatre.
Info: deannad@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x250

The Royal Conservatory

The Music of the Russian Ballet

February 8, 2017 10:00am to March 1, 2017 12:00pm

4-week series

Wednesdays, February 8 - March 1, 10am–12pm                                                                                   

Instructor: Rick Phillips

Without dealing with choreography, lights and costumes, this series will delve into some of the great ballet music written by the Russian composers: Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Stravinsky.

The Royal Conservatory

The Piano Sonatas by Beethoven

February 8, 2017 1:00pm to April 19, 2017 3:00pm

10-week series

Wednesdays, February 8–April 19, 1–3pm 

Instructor: Rick Phillips

The piano was Beethoven’s own instrument, and it was developing quickly during his lifetime. Throughout his career, Beethoven was constantly pushing the instrument’s capacities and limits. Join Rick Phillips and investigate the genius and beauty behind Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas.

The Royal Conservatory

"I Play As I Feel": The Music of Oscar Peterson

February 8, 2017 7:00pm to March 15, 2017 9:00pm

6-week series

Wednesdays, February 8 - March 15th, 7-9pm

Instructor: Mark Micklethwaite

This series is a guided tour through the world of internationally renowned Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson, one of the most celebrated jazz artists of all time.  Through lecture, discussion, and performance, you’ll gain a unique perspective on Dr. Peterson and come away with a greater appreciation of the music of this great Canadian treasure.

Toronto Reference Library

Vice & Virtue

February 11, 2017 9:00am to April 30, 2017 5:00pm

Booze, Broads & Sunday Laws – this free exhibit offers a look back at moral reform in “Toronto the Good” as it faced rapid growth and industrialization at the turn-of-the-century.

The nickname “Toronto the Good” dates back to moral crusader William Holmes Howland who was elected mayor in 1886. Howland vowed to rid the city of drinking and vice, and his campaign was perfectly timed. Journalists of the day capitalized on rising middle-class fears about the unsavory aspects of urban life, publishing salacious stories of bawdy houses, opium dens and drunken debauchery. Meanwhile, temperance, social purity and Sunday observance organizations lobbied for legal and social reforms to curb the “evils” of city life.

Vice & Virtue explores changing attitudes and increasing regulation of alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, gambling, homosexuality, juvenile delinquency, and prostitution in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Featuring tabloids, photographs, manuscripts, posters and pamphlets from the library'sBaldwin Collection of Canadiana, the exhibit reveals a seedier side of our strait-laced city.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE

February 17, 2017 1:00pm to February 23, 2017 9:00pm

Join mischievous journalist Louis Theroux as he probes—and provokes—The Church of Scientology in this hilarious exposé. The beguilingly unassuming Theroux won’t take no for an answer when his requests to enter the Church’s headquarters are turned down. Inspired by the Church’s use of aggressive filming, and aided by ex-members of the organization, Theroux uses actors to re-enact incidents people claim they experienced as Scientology members. In a bizarre twist, it becomes clear that the Church is also making a film about Theroux. Suffused with a good dose of humour and moments worthy of a Hollywood script, My Scientology Movie is stranger than fiction.

FRI, FEB 17-23, select times

Details: http://ow.ly/AMtg307Iwrp

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

KEDI

February 17, 2017 4:00pm to March 2, 2017 9:30pm

For thousands of years, cats have lived alongside humans in Istanbul—occasionally as pets, but more often as independent fellow denizens of the ancient port city. Part wildlife film and part urban ethnography, Kedi explores the lives of seven street cats with sumptuous cat’s-eye-view cinematography. The captivating felines provide much appreciated pest control for the city of course, but their connection to the city and the people who live there goes far deeper than that. Claiming no owners, they live between two worlds and bring joy and purpose to those humans they choose to adopt.

In Turkish, with English subtitles. 

FRI, FEB 17-MAR 2, select dates & times

Details: http://ow.ly/q7Fe307W9d2

The Japan Foundation, Toronto

Legendary Loyalty Ukiyo-e Talk Series: Part 3

February 22, 2017 6:30pm

A talk series by JFT Program Officer Toshi Aoyagi, held in conjunction with Legendary Loyalty: The 47 Ronin in Japanese Prints
See the characters in the prints played on stage by Kabuki actors!

Kabuki “Treasury of Legendary Loyalty”: Act 7 Video Talk

Okaru works as a courtesan in Kyoto, not knowing of the tragic death of her husband Kampei. Ōishi Kuranosuke, Chief retainer of the Enya clan, spends night after night at parties, hiding his secret mission of vendetta. Conspiracy and suspicion intersect in the radiant red light district. Act 7, Tea House I in Kyoto.

Alliance Française de Toronto

Art and energy: how culture changes

February 22, 2017 7:00pm

Barry Lord has edited and authored several books on culture, in addition to articles and exhibition catalogues. He is the co-founder and co-president of Lord Cultural Resources, the world’s first cultural planning firm.

Lecture in English.

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Concert by Estonian Musicians Monika Evelin Liiv (mezzo soprano) and Marje Lohuaru (piano)

February 22, 2017 7:30pm

On Wednesday, February 22nd at 7:30pm at Tartu College, Estonian musicians Monika Evelin Liiv (mezzo soprano) and Marje Lohuaru (piano) will be performing a concert. The concert provides a diverse overview of the world's best vocal music from opera arias to classical chamber music. Although the focus is on Estonian vocal music, the program also includes Western and Russian classics.

Tickets: $25 (adults) and $12 (students) on sale at the door before the concert.
Info: piret.noorhani@vemu.ca, t. 416 925 9405

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Visions & Voyages: Canada 1663-1763

February 22, 2017 8:00pm to February 26, 2017 3:30pm

“It’s no wonder Mackay’s creations have been performed for audiences around the world – there’s really nothing like them.” – The Globe and Mail

Inspired by the journey of the beaver pelts supplied by First Nations and European hunters to trade networks for European markets, this concert explores a fascinating century of Canadian history, weaving together projections of maps and works of art, diplomatic dispatches, and orchestral works by Purcell, Lully, Marais, and Handel. Visions & Voyages aims to shine a light on, and express gratitude for, the people whose labours and ingenuity helped make this music possible.

Presented on the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Tafelmusik presents a new multimedia program created by Alison Mackay (The Galileo Project, Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House), in collaboration with Ryan Cunningham (Native Earth Performing Arts).

New program by Alison Mackay
Featuring Ryan Cunningham, narrator

Feb 22-26 at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre
427 Bloor St. W

Tickets from $41
BUY NOW: http://www.tafelmusik.org/concert-calendar/concert/visions-voyages-canad...

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

The Life and Times Of Davy the Punk

February 23, 2017 1:00pm

A Tale of Toronto’s Gambling World
Guest speaker Ralph Wintrob
When The Ward and The Market were Jewish enclaves, a generation of greenies earned their living under the radar, in semi or totally illegal enterprises, such as Toronto’s off-track race betting world.
Drop in: $4
Info: lisar@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x155

Alliance Française de Toronto

Exceptional screening: "Three colors: red"

February 23, 2017 7:30pm

Exceptional screening of the movie Three Colors: Red by Krzysztof Kieślowski for the venue of Irène Jacob on February 23.

Irène Jacob will be performing at the Jazz Bistro at 9 pm.

http://jazzbistro.ca/wordpress/

From 6:30 to 7:00 pm: discussion between Irène Jacob and cinema journalist and filmaker Claudia Hébert. 

From 7:00 pm: screening of the movie

For more information about Irène Jacob: 

http://irene-jacob.com/
http://irene-jacob.com/biographie/

 

Three colors: Red by Krzysztof Kieślowski (1h39min).

With Irène Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Frédérique Feder.

Valentine is a young model living in Geneva. Because of a dog she ran over, she meets a retired judge who spies his neighbours' phone calls, not for money but to feed his cynicism. The film is the story of relationships between some human beings, Valentine and the judge, but also other people who may not be aware of the relationship they have with Valentine or/and the old judge. Redemption, forgiveness and compassion... 

*Q&A in French and English

*the movie will be in French with English subtitles 

The Royal Conservatory

“Jelly & George” featuring Aaron Diehl and Cécile McLorin Salvant

February 23, 2017 8:00pm

“Jelly & George” featuring Aaron Diehl and Cécile McLorin Salvant
Thursday, February 23, 2017 8pm

Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.  

Tickets start at only $45|
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

“Jelly & George” is a tribute to jazz pioneers Jelly Roll Morton and George Gershwin, featuring the fresh perspectives of American jazz pianist/composer Aaron Diehl. He is joined by the extraordinary 2016 Grammy-winning vocalist, Cécile McLorin Salvant.

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Celebratory Coffee for the Republic of Estonia's 99th Birthday!

February 24, 2017 12:00pm

Friday, February 24th The Estonian Central Council and VEMU invite all those participating in the Estonian flag raising at Nathan Phillips Square to continue celebrating at Tartu College. The event will begin when the flag raisers arrive (usually around noon).

We will have coffee and eat kringel together and watch the ETV live broadcast of the concert-ceremony and the President's reception in Estonia.

Info: piret.noorhani@vemu.ca, t. 416 925 9405

 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

SHADOWS OF PARADISE

February 24, 2017 6:30pm to February 26, 2017 1:30pm

How did David Lynch, the famous director of notoriously strange film and television including Mulholland Drive and Twin Peaks, become the unlikely spokesperson for Transcendental Meditation? In this deep and personal doc, filmmaker Sebastian Lange explores Lynch’s role in the movement, as well as his own complicated relationship to it. Lange was born and raised with Transcendental Meditation, but left at the age of 18. Meanwhile, Lynch has been a devoted practitioner for decades. Join them on a journey spanning high-profile New York galas and a remote cave in India as Lange seeks to find meaning and understand this evolving movement.

FRI, FEB 24-26, select times

Details: http://ow.ly/zuG0307WaGH

The Royal Conservatory

Art of Time Ensemble with Brent Carver: The Songbook

February 24, 2017 8:00pm

Art of Time Ensemble with Brent Carver: The Songbook
Friday, February 24, 2017 8pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.  

Tickets start at only $40
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

Brent Carver and the Art of Time Ensemble will perform classics from the American Songbook and Broadway, specially arranged by the best composers in Canada.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Ballet on Screen: WOOLF WORKS

February 25, 2017 12:30pm

After widespread and vigourous critical acclaim, The Royal Ballet’s three-act interpretation of Virginia Woolf’s work is back for its first revival. Director and choreographer Wayne McGregor’s bold and ambitious vision pays off in spades in this moving and spellbinding ballet. In McGregor’s exploration of the traditional story ballet, each act is inspired by a different piece of Woolf’s writing: Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves. Every element comes together beautifully, from the dancers’ expressive movement, to Lucy Carter’s exquisite lighting design, to composer Max Richter’s emotional and dynamic music.

Includes two 10-minute intermissions. 

SAT, FEB 25, 12:30 PM

Details: http://ow.ly/PVY2307We0A

The Royal Conservatory

Ashley MacIsaac

February 25, 2017 1:00pm

Ashley MacIsaac
Saturday, February 25, 2017 1pm (Family Concert)
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.  

Tickets start at only $25
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

Renowned Cape Breton fiddle player, piano player, and step dancer, Ashley MacIsaac has garnered international acclaim by playing the fiddle in traditional Cape Breton style, while adding his own spin, mixing genres, and updating Celtic music to appeal to a broad spectrum of fans.

The Royal Conservatory

Ashley MacIsaac and The Once

February 25, 2017 8:00pm

Ashley MacIsaac and The Once
Saturday, February 25, 2017 8pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.   

Tickets start at only $35
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

Renowned Cape Breton fiddle player, pianist, and step dancer, Ashley MacIsaac has garnered

international acclaim by playing the fiddle in Cape Breton style with his own spin. Newfoundland-based The Once has collected three Canadian Folk Music Awards and was named Newfoundland & Labrador Art Council’s Artist of the Year for their joyous, harmony-rich acoustic music.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

DONT LOOK BACK

February 25, 2017 9:30pm

This Film Should Be Played Loud: See new, classic and rare concert films on the big screen.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to see D.A. Pennebaker’s classic fly-on-the-wall documentary following Bob Dylan’s 1965 tour of England—screening at our cinema for the first time. Decades from now, musicians and the filmmakers who trail them will still be striving to achieve a fraction of the gritty iconic status that this film embodies. Dylan is exquisitely impenetrable here, always wary of how his persona, his art and his fame are framed. Yet paradoxically, Pennebaker’s film achieves a rare level of intimacy with its elusive subject. This film captures a pivotal time for both Dylan and the wider zeitgeist as he transformed from just another folk singer into defining figure of the 1960s for so many.

Arrive early as DJ Moe Berg spins for one hour prior to the start of the screening.

8:30 PM: Doors Open 
9:30 PM: Screening

SAT, FEB 25

Details: http://ow.ly/rTtX307Wfd3

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

The Great Photographers: WHAT REMAINS: THE LIFE AND WORK OF SALLY MANN

February 26, 2017 11:00am

The Great Photographers: Become acquainted with some of history's greatest photographers in this screening and discussion series.

Renowned and occasionally controversial photographer Sally Mann opens up in this moving portrait. More than just a film about a talented artist’s process, this film digs deep into issues of love, life and parenting. Her early work, a collection titled “Immediate Family” focused on the bodies of her young children and challenged many viewers at the time. The follow-up series “What Remains” extends her exploration of life by looking at death, decay and loss. Throughout her career, she finds inspiration near to home. “The things that are close to you are the things you can photograph the best,” Mann remarks. “And unless you photograph what you love, you aren’t going to make good art."

Paul Roth, Director of the Ryerson Image Centre, will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion and Q&A on the work of Sally Mann.

SUN, FEB 26, 11:00 AM

Details: http://ow.ly/4Mvj307Wexf

Alliance Française de Toronto

Kamba, the little girl of Kasaï

February 26, 2017 2:00pm

Through story and song, this show will take the whole family on a journey to the foreign lands of the Kasaï-Oriental province in the Congo, in the company of little Kamba, her two big brothers, Toto and Papi, and her grandmother Mamou. Presented by Adrienne Medjo of the Ekin Agency. For children aged 3 to 6.

*In french

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Toronto Jewish Film Society presents None Shall Escape

February 26, 2017 4:00pm

(USA, 1944, Andre De Toth director, 85 min)
Guest Speaker: Professor Ron Levi
Produced and released before the end of WWII, None Shall Escape prophetically foreshadowed the war crimes tribunals that would soon follow.Told through the lens of the trial of a Nazi officer and his impact on the life of a small Polish village,this film is daring, often powerful, and a definite.must-see.
Co-presented with the Toronto Film Society
2 screenings: 4:00 and 7:30 pm
Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal JCC
Individual rush tickets for 4:00 pm available in person only (sorry, no online or advance ticket sales for the 4:00 pm screening).
Advance 7:30 pm tickets on Eventbrite
(Online advance tickets available until 3:00 pm, day of event for the 7:30 pm screening only, charges apply).
$15 General Admission (including seniors)
$10 Young Adults (age 18-35)
Box Office opens one hour before the screening start time. All single tickets at the door are cash sale only and subject to availability. 
info; esthera@mnjcc.org (416) 924 -6211 x606

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Live Broadcast: 89th Academy Awards

February 26, 2017 7:00pm

Once again, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema will be rolling out the red carpet as we present a live feed of the Oscars on the big screen. Join us for a free night of fun and entertainment. Come casual or go glam and toast the stars from your seat!

Tickets: FREE. Members can redeem tickets online and at the box office; tickets available for non-members at the box office only from Sunday, February 12 at 2 p.m. Limit 2 per person.

SUN, FEB 26

6:30 PM: Doors Open
7:00 PM: Oscars Red Carpet Live!
8:30 PM: Oscars Awards Show

Details: http://ow.ly/U9Ao307WgrL

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Back to Basics: Opera 101

February 27, 2017 1:30pm

Opera Appreciation with Iain Scott
In this one-off primer on the fundamental foundations of the operatic art form, Iain will provide the essential framework for appreciating Opera. All you have to understand is "the circle", "the line"and "the square"!
Advance: $18 (+applicable taxes)
Drop-in: $22 (+applicable taxes)
To register, call (416) 924-6211 x0
info: lisar@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x155

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Auteur Directors in Nayman's Terms: Kelly Reichardt Part I

February 27, 2017 7:00pm

Critic and Author Adam Nayman explores the careers of outspoken auteur film directors: Catherine Breillat (Romance, Anatomy of Hell), Claire Denis (Beau Travail, White Material) and Kelly Reichardt (Night Moves, Wendy and Lucy). Directors were selected via media polling in Fall 2016.
Monday February 27 topic: Kelly Reichardt Part I
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Drop in: $12/$6 + HST/CIF* for students
*2% CIF (MNjcc Capital Improvement Fee) plus HST charges may apply
info: esthera@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x606 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Music on Film: WHAT WOULD BEETHOVEN DO?

February 28, 2017 6:30pm

Meet the renegades who are looking to disrupt classical music’s reputation as a stuffy genre for the high cultured elite. From composers flirting with modern mediums, to young musicians dedicated to changing the narrative, to a man who works with tabla players and turntablists, What Would Beethoven Do? brings audiences into the cutting edge of the genre. From an international choir connected by YouTube to a string quartet paired with a DJ, this doc brings a high-energy, optimistic look at the exciting revolution that looks to bring classical music to a 21st century audience.

Includes a post-screening Q&A with those on the forefront of the classical music revolution: Skratch Bastid, Dinuk Wijeratne and Afiara Quartet. Moderated by Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of The Royal Conservatory of Music's Performing Arts Division.

Tickets: $16 (Members: $12, $10, Free) or attend all six Music on Film screenings for $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free).

TUE, FEB 28, 6:30 PM

Details: http://ow.ly/1bVq307IxM0

Presented with The Royal Conservatory of Music.

Toronto Reference Library

10,000 Homos in Toronto!

March 1, 2017 6:30pm

Or so the headline read in 1951. Come join the Canadian Lesbian + Gay Archives as they uncover the LGBTQ+ truths of 1900s Toronto's Virtue and Vice.

Presented in conjunction with Vice & Virtue, a free exhibit at the Toronto Reference Library’s TD Gallery.

Free. No registration required. 

Alliance Française de Toronto

The vampire in literature and film: from terror to seduction

March 1, 2017 7:00pm

Alexandra Grenier is a Ph.D. Candidate in English Studies at Université de Montréal. She previously obtained a Master in English at Concordia University. Alexandra is a lecturer at Université de Montréal, where in particular, she taught vampires in film and literature. She is also coordinator at the Virtuoso research centre on digital uses, cultures, and documents.

This presentation explores the vampire’s myth as presented in literature and adapted to films. Through the simultaneously terrifying and seducing figure of the vampire, we can examine our relationship with the Other as well as our fears. From Bram Stoker to Stephenie Meyer, from Nosferatu to Underworld, literature and film are intertwined and redefine each time the myth of the vampire in order to scare us or seduce us one more time.

*Lecture in french

Alliance Française de Toronto

Etienne Brûlé in 1952 and today

March 2, 2017 7:00pm

Few historical Canadian figures have undergone such an image change as Étienne Brûlé. Come see for yourself!

Two films about this historical figure will be shown: Melburn E. Turner’s 1952 film The Immortal Scoundrel, the first Quebec film made in colour, and Fadel Saleh’s 2013 documentary À la recherche d’Étienne Brûlé.

The event will be hosted by Fadel Saleh and Danièle Caloz.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Among Israelis: Some Captured Moments

March 2, 2017 7:00pm to March 29, 2017 12:00pm

Photography by Jack Micay in the Gallery at the MNjcc
Opening Reception: March 2
Info: deannad@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211x250

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

IN CONVERSATION WITH NAOMI KLEIN | Curious Minds Weekend

March 3, 2017 6:30pm

Curious Minds Weekend: Remarkable speakers and engaging ideas, live on stage from March 3-5.

Award-winning journalist, columnist and author of groundbreaking books No Logo, The Shock Doctrine and most recently This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, Naomi Klein has helped expose the dangers of the climate crisis and make the case for the global grassroots movement to solve it. In conversation with a Globe and Mail contributor on what’s next for the environmental movement, Klein kicks off the Curious Minds Weekend with a candid chat on the new environmental order, discussing what it will take to build and sustain green policies in the age of Donald Trump and the lessons to be drawn from the successful protests at Standing Rock.

Passes and tickets on sale to the public on Thursday, February 2 at 10am.

Weekend pass (one ticket to each event): $179 
Cinema Members and discount code holders: $159 

Tickets: $39
Cinema Members and discount code holders: $34

VIP Tickets (includes reception and event): $79 
Cinema Members and discount code holders: $74

Reception: Naomi’s event is preceded by the Curious Minds Weekend opening reception (appetizers, drinks and early seating access) from 5–6 p.m.

Details: http://ow.ly/KIzk308jAuQ

The Royal Conservatory

Nicola Benedetti with Venice Baroque Orchestra

March 3, 2017 8:00pm

Nicola Benedetti with Venice Baroque Orchestra
Andrea Marcon, founder and leader
Friday, March 3, 2017  8pm
Pre-concert conversation 7:15pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.

Tickets start at only $40
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

“Thrilling to hear and watch,” (The Times) Benedetti and the Venice Baroque Orchestra perform Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and works by Galuppi, Avison, and Geminiani.

Alliance Française de Toronto

The work and ideas of Pierre Shaeffer

March 3, 2017 8:00pm

Pierre Schaeffer was an important figure in building the foundation for the development of electroacoustic music in Canada. This concert – curated by NAISA’s Artistic Director Darren Copeland – will profile the music of Pierre Schaeffer and trace his influence on the growth of Canadian electroacoustic music from the 1950s to the present day.

 

Co-presented with NAISA: New Adventures in Sound Art.

With GRM's authorization.

WHO YOU ARE IS GORGEOUS | Curious Minds Weekend

March 3, 2017 8:30pm

Featuring GIGI GORGEOUS, BARBARA KOPPLE, SCOTT FISHER and DAVID LAZZARATO with Globe Style Editor Odessa Paloma Parker.

Curious Minds Weekend: Remarkable speakers and engaging ideas, live on stage from March 3-5.

Known to her 2.4 million followers as Gigi Gorgeous, transgender YouTube star Gigi Lazzarato—hailing from Mississauga—has already had a lifetime’s worth of experience at the age of 24. After building an online following with makeup videos as a teenager, and weathering the loss of her beloved mother, she used her channel for another life-changing journey: coming out as a transgender female to an audience of millions. Following a screening of two-time Academy Award–winner Barbara Kopple's new YouTube Red documentary This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous, Gigi, Gigi's father David, Kopple and executive producer Scott Fisher take the stage for a candid discussion on gender, identity and the power of the camera.

Passes and tickets on sale to the public on Thursday, February 2 at 10am.

Weekend pass (one ticket to each event): $179 
Cinema Members and discount code holders: $159

Tickets: $29
Cinema Members and discount code holders: $24

Details: http://ow.ly/1tBK308jxfe

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

WRITING CANADIAN HISTORY | Curious Minds Weekend

March 4, 2017 11:45am

Featuring CECIL FOSTER, CHARLOTTE GRAY, JOSEPH BOYDEN and LEE MARACLE with columnist and editor for The Globe’s Life section Denise Balkissoon.

Curious Minds Weekend: Remarkable speakers and engaging ideas, live on stage from March 3–5.

How do we celebrate the great achievements in Canadian history while acknowledging—and learning from—the sins of our past? How can we ensure that our national imagination is inclusive to all experiences? Few Canadians have tackled these questions with more creativity than the writers Cecil Foster (Independence), Charlotte Gray (The Promise of Canada), Joseph Boyden (The Orenda) and Lee Maracle (Celia’s Song). As Canada enters its sesquicentennial year, join these four extraordinary storytellers for a thought-provoking conversation on the country’s evolving historical narrative, and their passion for bringing the past to life.

SAT, MAR 4, 11:45 AM

Passes and tickets on sale to the public on Thursday, February 2 at 10am.

Weekend pass (one ticket to each event): $179 

Cinema Members and discount code holders: $159 

Tickets: $29
Cinema Members and discount code holders: $24

Details: http://ow.ly/nCqP308jzPC

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Exhibition Opening: Sharing Our Stories: The Baltic Diaspora at Home in Canada

March 4, 2017 2:00pm to March 29, 2017 7:00pm

On Saturday, March 4th at 2pm at Tartu College, the Baltic Imprints Snapshot Stories collaborative project exhibit Sharing Our Stories: The Baltic Diaspora at Home in Canada will be opening. The Canadian Baltic Immigrant Aid Society, Lithuanian Museum-Archives, Lativian National Federation, and Estonian Studies Centre/VEMU are the collaborative team behind this project of sharing the common stories of the Baltic people.

The exhibit will be open from March 4th-29th, M, T, TH, and F from 10am-5pm, W from 10am-7pm, and Sundays from noon-4pm. In English. Info: piret.noorhani@vemu.ca, t. 416 925 9405

 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

AMERICAN POLITICS IN THE AGE OF TRUMP | Curious Minds Weekend

March 4, 2017 2:00pm

Featuring the New Yorker’s RYAN LIZZA.

Curious Minds Weekend: Remarkable speakers and engaging ideas, live on stage from March 3-5.

As chief political correspondent for The New Yorker, Ryan Lizza covers the corridors of power with insight and savvy. With sources at the highest levels of government and a keen eye for powerful human stories, Lizza is one of the most vital chroniclers of American politics and a stirring example of the media’s role in upholding democratic values. In this Canadian debut, he’ll break down the political machinations that are under way in Washington at the start of the Donald Trump era and forecast the ripple effects that may be felt by people around the world.

SAT, MAR 4, 2:00 PM

Passes and tickets on sale to the public on Thursday, February 2 at 10am.

Weekend pass (one ticket to each event): $179 
Cinema Members and discount code holders: $159

Tickets: $29 
Cinema Members and discount code holders: $24

Details: http://ow.ly/51ks308jzwu

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

THE NEXT SEXUAL REVOLUTION | Curious Minds Weekend

March 4, 2017 5:30pm

Featuring DAN SAVAGE.

Curious Minds Weekend: Remarkable speakers and engaging ideas, live on stage from March 3-5.

Best-selling author, syndicated sex-advice columnist, chart-topping podcaster and impassioned activist, Dan Savage has changed the way we think about sexuality today. His Emmy-winning It Gets Better Project brought a message of hope to LGBTQ kids around the world and his frank, humorous and insightful columns have redefined the language of sexual pleasure. Here, Savage surveys the evolving landscape of sexual politics and welcomes questions from the audience for a lively Q&A. With libidos plummeting since the U.S. election, there has never been a better time to join this trend-setter for an unfiltered dose of “Savage Love.”

SAT, MAR 4, 5:30 PM

Passes and tickets on sale to the public on Thursday, February 2 at 10am.

Weekend pass (one ticket to each event): $179 / Cinema Members and discount code holders: $159 

Tickets: $39 / Cinema Members and discount code holders: $34

VIP Tickets (includes reception and event): $79 / Cinema Members and discount code holders: $74

Reception (appetizers, drinks, early seating access and special appearance by Dan Savage): 4:00–5:00 PM
Event: 5:30 PM

Details: http://ow.ly/cfPP308jz92

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE | Curious Minds Weekend

March 5, 2017 1:00pm

Featuring CRAIG KIELBURGER with Globe and Mail video producer Hannah Sung.

Curious Minds Weekend: Remarkable speakers and engaging ideas, live on stage from March 3-5.

Since the age of 12, Craig Kielburger has been showing the world that anyone can make a difference. A leading social activist, New York Times best-selling author and co-founder of the WE charity, Craig has inspired millions to take action and make the world a better place. In a specially-crafted keynote addressing today’s social and political climate, Kielburger will reveal his practical tips for becoming a more active citizen of the world, and the important life lesson he learned at the hands of Mother Theresa and Nelson Mandela: real fulfillment starts with having the courage to reach out and help others.

SUN, MAR 5, 1:00 PM

Passes and tickets on sale to the public on Thursday, February 2 at 10am.

Weekend pass (one ticket to each event): $179 (Cinema Members and discount code holders: $159)

Tickets: $26 (Cinema Members and discount code holders: $21)

VIP Tickets (includes event and reception): $66 (Cinema Members and discount code holders: $61)

Reception (appetizers, drinks, early seating access and special appearance by Craig Kielburger): 11:30 AM–12:30 PM
Event: 1:00 PM

Details: http://ow.ly/rSPV308jyyo

The Royal Conservatory

Fern Lindzon

March 5, 2017 2:00pm

Fern Lindzon
Sunday, March 5, 2017 2pm

Mazzoleni Concert Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.  

Free (ticket required)
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

Juno nominated jazz vocalist and pianist Fern Lindzon moves assuredly and creatively through a highly-personalized repertoire of her own arrangements of jazz standards, pop, and world music. “Smart and smouldering” and “sublimely elegant.”(!earshot)

The Royal Conservatory

Sir András Schiff

March 5, 2017 3:00pm

Sunday, March 5, 2017 3pm
Pre-concert conversation 2:15pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.

Tickets start at only $40
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

"There are many things to marvel at in the playing of pianist András Schiff," says the San Francisco Chronicle, including his "uncanny combination of elegance and intensity." (The New York Times) For this concert, he will perform an all-Schubert program.

Generously supported by an anonymous donor.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

BUILDING BETTER CITIES | Curious Minds Weekend

March 5, 2017 3:00pm

Featuring JENNIFER KEESMAAT and MITCHELL SILVER.

Curious Minds Weekend: Remarkable speakers and engaging ideas, live on stage from March 3-5.

Jennifer Keesmaat and Mitchell Silver are not your average bureaucrats. Toronto’s Chief Planner since 2012, Keesmaat has become one of the city’s 10 most powerful people, according to Toronto Life, and one of Canada’s leading advocates for walkable, sustainable and liveable cities. As the Commissioner of Parks and Recreation for New York City, Silver has been called “a visionary” for his commitment to fairness in city planning. In this wide-ranging dialogue, two of North America’s leading urban thinkers join forces to discuss the future of cities and their tireless efforts to build vibrant, inclusive communities for the 21st century.

SUN, MAR 5, 3:00 PM

Passes and tickets on sale to the public on Thursday, February 2 at 10am.

Weekend pass (one ticket to each event): $179 (Cinema Members and discount code holders: $159)

Tickets: $29 (Cinema Members and discount code holders: $24)

Details: http://ow.ly/l6t7308jyQ2

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

THE SECRETS TO A MEANINGFUL LIFE Curious Minds Weekend

March 5, 2017 5:15pm

Featuring EMILY ESFAHANI SMITH with The Globe and Mail health reporter and columnist Carly Weeks.

Curious Minds Weekend: Remarkable speakers and engaging ideas, live on stage from March 3-5.

Emily Esfahani Smith writes wildly popular articles on the psychology of love and happiness for The Atlantic, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. At the Curious Minds Weekend, she joins us for a spirited discussion of her new book The Power of Meaning, a rich account of what science, philosophy and societies around the globe can teach us about the search for a more satisfying life. Bring your questions and curiosity as Esfahani Smith explores the life-changing idea she’s heard from the world’s most contented people: instead of pursuing happiness, why not pursue meaning?

SUN, MAR 5, 5:15 PM

Passes and tickets on sale to the public on Thursday, February 2 at 10am.

Weekend pass (one ticket to each event): $179 (Cinema Members and discount code holders: $159)

Tickets: $26 (Cinema Members and discount code holders: $21)

Details: http://ow.ly/USzk308jw7V

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

BREAKING MUSICAL BARRIERS | Curious Minds Weekend

March 5, 2017 7:30pm

Featuring TANYA TAGAQ.

Curious Minds Weekend: Remarkable speakers and engaging ideas, live on stage from March 3-5.

Since the release of her latest album, critics at The New York Times and Rolling Stone have been saying what Canada has known for years: Tanya Tagaq is one of the world’s most extraordinary, boundary-pushing artists. An Inuk throat singer from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, and newly appointed member of the Order of Canada, Tagaq is reimagining the role of the artist as activist while bending and stretching the human voice to its limits. Join this genre-defying musical powerhouse for an exclusive world premiere of the music video for 'Ajaaja' and a candid conversation on her creative process, sources of inspiration and political awakening.

SUN, MAR 5, 7:30 PM

Passes and tickets on sale to the public on Thursday, February 2 at 10am.

Weekend pass (one ticket to each event): $179 (Cinema Members and discount code holders: $159)

Tickets: $26 (Cinema Members and discount code holders: $21)

Details: http://ow.ly/Kvie308jvM5

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

JOIN THE CLONE CLUB | Curious Minds Weekend

March 5, 2017 9:30pm

Featuring the cast of ORPHAN BLACK with The Globe and Mail senior media writer Simon Houpt.

Curious Minds Weekend: Remarkable speakers and engaging ideas, live on stage from March 3-5.

In anticipation of its fifth and final season, join the cast of the multiple award-winning Space original series Orphan Black, produced by Temple Street Productions, for a one-of-a-kind live event. Shot and set in Toronto, the genre-bending series has captivated audiences around the world and stars the Emmy Award-winning Tatiana Maslany, who has been honoured for her transcending performances as multiple clones. At the Curious Minds Weekend, Maslany and other yet-to-be-announced cast members will perform the show’s first-ever live table read from one of their iconic episodes, before settling in for an intimate Q&A on the renowned television show. 

SUN, MAR 5, 9:30 PM

Passes and tickets on sale to the public on Thursday, February 2 at 10am.

Weekend pass (one ticket to each event): $179 (Cinema Members and discount code holders: $159) 

Tickets: $39 (Cinema Members and discount code holders: $34)

Details: http://ow.ly/QtlJ308jA6y

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Masters of Bel Canto Part I: Mozart and Handel

March 6, 2017 1:30pm

Opera Appreciation with Iain Scott
Bel Canto does not mean just "beautiful singing", but acrobatic, show-off, virtuoso singing.  It was the mainstay of 18th century Opera and of the composers who revived it in the early 19th century.
Part I: March 6          Mozart and Handel

Part II: March 20        Rossini in Italy and Paris

Part III: March 27        Bellini and Donizetti

Part IV: April 3            Verdi’s “Galley Years”

Series: $72 (+applicable taxes)
Drop-in: $22 (+applicable taxes)
To register, call (416) 924-6211 x0
info: lisar@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x155

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

LIBYA IN MOTION | Ban This Series

March 6, 2017 6:30pm

Ban This Series: Documentaries from the seven countries included in the travel ban enacted by executive order on January 27, 2017.

From Tripoli to Benghazi, meet a grandmother sowing the national flag with relish, a young woman determined to become a film director, a fisherman philosopher, illegal migrants caught in limbo in a detention centre, a group of young filmmakers trying to fund their fiction film and many more. Made up of 13 short docs, Libya in Motion is an on-the-ground peek into the day-to-day resilience of those living in post-revolution Libya. Shot over the course of several years, the filmmakers chart the immediate wake of the civil war up to 2015, revealing remarkable stories of courage, recovery and struggle.

MON, MAR 6, 6:30 PM

Tickets: FREE, opportunities to donate to CJFE and NCCM at the door.

Details: http://ow.ly/eknm308R7dD

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Auteur Directors in Nayman's Terms: Kelly Reichardt Part II

March 6, 2017 7:00pm
Critic and Author Adam Nayman explores the careers of outspoken auteur film directors: Catherine Breillat (Romance, Anatomy of Hell), Claire Denis (Beau Travail, White Material) and Kelly Reichardt (Night Moves, Wendy and Lucy). Directors were selected via media polling in Fall 2016.
Monday February 6 topic: Kelly Reichardt Part II
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Drop in: $12/$6 + HST/CIF* for students
*2% CIF (MNjcc Capital Improvement Fee) plus HST charges may apply
info: esthera@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x606 

Infamous: Sex Work in Nineteenth-Century Toronto, 1847-1900

March 6, 2017 7:00pm

Professor Laurie K. Bertram (Department of History, University of Toronto) discusses the real-life women and men behind one of Toronto's most secretive economies.

Presented in conjunction with Vice & Virtue, a free exhibit at the Toronto Reference Library’s TD Gallery.

Free. No registration required. 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

THE RELUCTANT REVOLUTIONARY | Ban This Series

March 6, 2017 8:30pm

Ban This Series: Documentaries from the seven countries included in the travel ban enacted by executive order on January 27, 2017.

Witness the Arab Spring in Yemen with startling immediacy through the eyes of a 35-year-old tour guide named Kais. A thoughtful family man who eagerly and endearingly shares his innermost concerns, Kais is doing his best to keep his business alive in the face of escalating unrest. Initially, he has mixed feelings about the revolution, but his position shifts as life grows tougher in the flailing economy. Kais gives filmmaker Sean McAllister unparalleled access, affording the viewer a direct encounter with protests at 'Change Square' in Sana’a and the growingly tense atmosphere as social unrest boils over in the city.

MON, MAR 6, 8:30 PM

Tickets: FREE, opportunities to donate to Canadian Journalist for Free Expression and National Council of Canadian Muslims at the door.

Details: http://ow.ly/XgKy308R9dp

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

STOLEN SEAS | Ban This Series

March 7, 2017 3:30pm

Ban This Series: Documentaries from the seven countries included in the travel ban enacted by executive order on January 27, 2017.

The compelling and frightening world of Somali pirates has become a fixation for the public consciousness in both fact and fiction. Stolen Seas demystifies this far-off phenomenon, presenting a balanced, meticulously researched perspective. You are thrown into the thick of a harrowing, 70-day negotiation between a Danish shipping vessel and its pirate hijackers—hearing not just from experts and hostages, but also the pirates themselves. Through the intense ransom negotiations, Somalia’s complex history leading to this new sea-bound industry is compellingly revealed. Thrilling and expansive, the award-winning Stolen Seas presents a rich exploration of how piracy has, for many, become a necessary way to survive.

TUE, MAR 7, 3:30 PM

Tickets: FREE, opportunities to donate to Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and National Council of Canadian Muslims at the door.

Details: http://ow.ly/Xu4D308RdLg

The Royal Conservatory

Score to Sound: The Brandenburg Concertos

March 7, 2017 7:00pm to April 11, 2017 9:00pm

6-week series

Tuesdays, March 7–April 11, 7–9pm

Instructor: Hannah French

Explore some of the most dynamic, sparkling music of the Baroque Era. At the end of the series, you will have knowledge of the historical sweep of the concertos from their origins to their re-discovery, and a springboard to developing your tastes in modern performances. Ultimately, you will have a deeper appreciation for their inner workings and what makes them so enduring.

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Kammerchor Stuttgart a cappella

March 7, 2017 7:30pm

FRIEDER BERNIUS and DANIEL TAYLOR conductors

The Kammerchor Stuttgart is regarded as one of the finest choirs in the world. The choir performs at festivals and in concert halls with repertoire ranging from the 17th to the 21st century. 

Trinity College Chapel, 6 Hoskin Avenue

Tickets: $40, $25 senior, $10 student
416-408-0208 | music.utoronto.ca

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY | Ban This Series

March 7, 2017 8:45pm

Ban This Series: Documentaries from the seven countries included in the travel ban enacted by executive order on January 27, 2017.

It has been years since this Academy Award–nominated doc from Laura Poitras (Citizenfour, The Oath) last screened in Toronto. Dr. Riyadh runs a free medical clinic in Baghdad, and is also running in an upcoming election. Tensions over the U.S. occupation are running high, but Riyadh tries to convince locals to believe in democracy, even as his waiting room fills with patients from the ever-increasing violence. With urgency and compassion, My Country, My Country follows the agonizing predicament of one man caught in the tragic contradictions of the U.S. occupation and its project to spread democracy in the Middle East.

TUE, MAR 7, 8:45 PM

Tickets: FREE, opportunities to donate to Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and National Council of Canadian Muslims at the door.

Details: http://ow.ly/9aHf308Rf3J

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

SONITA | Ban This Series

March 8, 2017 3:30pm

Ban This Series: Documentaries from the seven countries included in the travel ban enacted by executive order on January 27, 2017.

A teenaged Afghan refugee living in Tehran, the fiery and bright Sonita dreams of being a famous rapper—but women aren’t allowed to sing in Iran, and her parents have a different future in mind for their daughter: selling her into forced marriage. This Sundance prize-winner and Hot Docs audience favourite follows Sonita as she doggedly makes an impressive rap video against child marriage (now nearing one million views online) and fights the sexist institutional practices holding her back. Making things interesting, she does so with the help of the director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, stirring up provocative questions about the relationship between filmmaker and subject.

WED, MAR 8, 3:30 PM

Tickets: FREE, opportunities to donate to Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and National Council of Canadian Muslims at the door.

Details: http://ow.ly/lf18308Rh1c

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

THE WAR SHOW | Ban This Series

March 8, 2017 6:00pm

Ban This Series: Documentaries from the seven countries included in the travel ban enacted by executive order on January 27, 2017.

Replace the expert-led and distant views of the revolution in Syria with this deeply affecting doc—screening here in a sneak preview before its wide release—carved from 300 hours of amateur footage. In this personal account, Damascus-based radio host Obaidah Zytoon immerses us in the euphoria of protest and feeling on the verge of real change in 2011, through the emotional trauma and bloodshed of the following years. Less a political statement than a window into a world coming apart at the seams, this irresistible favourite from TIFF 2016 brings us face-to-face with the realities of revolution from an average citizen’s eye.

WED, MAR 8, 6:00 PM

Tickets: FREE, opportunities to donate to Canadian Journalist for Free Expression and National Council of Canadian Muslims at the door.

Details: http://ow.ly/P53D308Rnou

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

A 90th Celebration of John Beckwith

March 8, 2017 6:00pm

A 90th birthday celebration for composer and former dean John Beckwith. Following the concert, Mr. Beckwith will present his lecture CanMus Then and Now, a comparison between musical life in the centennial year, 1967, and 50 years later in the sesquicentennial year, 2017. 

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

Free and open to the public

Alliance Française de Toronto

Photographic memories of lost spaces: the children of cité Lesage-Bullourde and Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris 1950

March 8, 2017 6:30pm

This exhibition of the works of Marilyn Stafford, a friend of two of the greatest photographers of the time, henri CartierBresson and Robert Capa, will feature photos taken just after World War ll, in the workingclass neighbourhoods of the Bastille and Boulogne-Billancourt in France. Curator of the exhibit: Julia Winckler in partnership with Marilyn Stafford. With the support of the Social Sciences and humanities Research Council of the Government of Canada as part of the major project From street to playground: photographic representations of children. It is organized in conjunction with a large exhibit of the works of Marilyn Stafford, From street to playground, representations of children in early 20th century Toronto, opening September 29, 2016 at the City of Toronto Archives Gallery.

From March 8th to April 1st

The Royal Conservatory

Women Who Write

March 8, 2017 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Come celebrate International Women's Day by attending this unique Music Appreciation Event! Join Sara Constant, author and editor of Whole Note Magazine, as she interviews three Canadian women composers about their experiences and life journeys. Experience live music from Juno-nominated artist, Tara Kannangara! Reception to follow.

Featuring:

Tara Kannangara

Juliet Palmer

Norma Beecroft

Tickets: $15.00

 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

BEATS OF THE ANTONOV | Ban This Series

March 8, 2017 8:30pm

Ban This Series: Documentaries from the seven countries included in the travel ban enacted by executive order on January 27, 2017.

Along the war-torn border between North and South Sudan, there is music. Even as the North Sudanese government rains down bombs from their Ukrainian-made Antonov planes, diverse communities of refugees defiantly assert and celebrate their identities through traditional music and dance. With inspiring ingenuity, they come together to loudly and proudly demonstrate that the civil war has not broken their cultural fabric. From Sudanese native and grassroots activist Hajooj Kuka, this People’s Choice Award winner from TIFF 2014 is an inspiring portrait of human resilience and the unifying capabilities of culture in the face of a terrifying force from the north.

WED, MAR 8, 8:30 PM

Tickets: FREE, opportunities to donate to Canadian Journalist for Free Expression and National Council of Canadian Muslims at the door.

Details: http://ow.ly/digj308Rowi

Alliance Française de Toronto

Contempt

March 9, 2017 7:30pm

Screenwriter Paul Javal's marriage to his wife Camille disintegrates during movie production as she spends time with the producer. Layered conflicts between art and business ensue.

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard, 1963 (1h42)

Stars : Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

ANTARCTICA: ICE AND SKY

March 10, 2017 4:00pm to March 16, 2017 6:15pm

From the director of March of the Penguins comes this extraordinary encounter with the awe-inspiring and strange landscapes of Antarctica. With sweeping cinematography, we are introduced to the story of pioneering climate scientist Claude Lorius and his ground-breaking findings. Now 83, he reflects on his adventurous life and love of the natural world he has seen change before his very eyes. A bittersweet tribute to a life of passion, reflections on Lorius’s formidable career are set against delightful and breathtaking encounters with penguins, ice floes and shooting stars. Antarctica: Ice & Sky is both a beautifully personal biography and a provocative call to action.

FRI, MAR 10-16, select dates & times

Details: http://ow.ly/gzki308SRv0

THE LAST LAUGH

March 10, 2017 6:30pm to March 16, 2017 4:00pm

Showbiz heavyweights like Mel Brooks, Rob Reiner, Gilbert Gottfried, Sarah Silverman and more discuss how humour can force us to confront difficult subjects, in particular the Holocaust. “It’s awful...and hilarious,” Silverman quips. “It’s awful hilarious.” While there is no clear consensus anywhere in sight, this film’s exploration of the boundary between good and bad taste is nuanced and illuminating. Fresh interpretations of famous Nazi-themed comedy like The Producers and “The Soup Nazi” add further depth to this contentious cultural investigation. Star-studded, provocative and thoroughly entertaining, The Last Laugh dares to ask uncomfortable questions about just how free speech can really be, with unexpected and hilarious results.

FRI, MAR 10-16, select dates & times

Details: http://ow.ly/soNT308y36U

Alliance Française de Toronto

Goodbye Morocco

March 15, 2017 7:30pm

Dounia, a woman divorced with one child, lives in Tangier with a Serbian architect who is overseeing a luxury property development. This relationship is scandalous for her Moroccan family. When ancient Christian catacombs are discovered beneath the construction site, Dounia believes she can smuggle out and sell a tomb cover, thus coming up with the cash to leave the country with her son and her lover. But when one of the man working on the site suddenly disappears, her plans are completely changed. 

Directed by Nadir Moknèche, 2012, (1h42).

Stars : Lubna Azabal, Radivoje Bukvic

Alliance Française de Toronto

Concert of Gwana music with the group Marocouleurs

March 18, 2017 9:00pm

Directed by Fath Allah Laghrizmi, this group brings together talented musicians, including Khalil Abou Abdelmajid, who heads the group Bambara Trans. They’ll introduce you to this very special music of the Maghreb, which has often influenced other styles of music such as jazz fusion, blues and reggae.

Co-presented with the Batuki Music Society.

The Royal Conservatory

English Song Treasures

March 19, 2017 2:00pm

English Song Treasures
Sunday, March 19, 2017  2pm

Mazzoleni Concert Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.  

Tickets are $25
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

Baritone Jason Howard, whose voice has “a distinctive elegance and gravity,” (The Wagner Society News) joins Canada’s emerging tenor Andrew Haji in a program that celebrates musical heritage and English songs from the British Isles.

Alliance Française de Toronto

Tales, stories and film

March 19, 2017 2:00pm

Meet children’s author Andrée Poulin followed by Ernest and Célestine, the 2012 animated film by Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier (76 minutes).

*in french

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

A Tribute to Tormis with TCFS and ensemble Jaaniku

March 19, 2017 4:00pm

On Sunday, March 19th at 4pm at Tartu College, a tribute to the late Estonian composer Veljo Tormis will be taking place. TCFS will be presenting documentaries: Songs of the Ancient Sea (2011, 90 min) in Estonian with English subtitles and Curse Upon Iron (1986, 9 min) in Estonian. Ensemble Jaaniku will be performing. 

No admission fee. A small donation would be appreciated.
Info: piret.noorhani@vemu.ca, t. 416 925 9405

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Masters of Bel Canto Part II: Rossini in Italy and Paris

March 20, 2017 1:30pm

Opera Appreciation with Iain Scott
Bel Canto does not mean just "beautiful singing", but acrobatic, show-off, virtuoso singing.  It was the mainstay of 18th century Opera and of the composers who revived it in the early 19th century. Part II in a four-part series.

Part II: March 20        Rossini in Italy and Paris

Part III: March 27        Bellini and Donizetti

Part IV: April 3            Verdi’s “Galley Years”

Drop-in: $22 (+applicable taxes)
To register, call (416) 924-6211 x0
info: lisar@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x155

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

THIS I KNOW: AN EVENING WITH TERRY O'REILLY

March 20, 2017 6:30pm

Terry O'Reilly is Canada's most famous adman. As the leader of an award-winning advertising production company and the host of CBC Radio's wildly popular Under The Influence (which recently made its live debut at our Hot Docs Podcast Festival), he has become the voice of authority on marketing. At this special reading and conversation, Terry participates in a lively discussion on his new book This I Know: Marketing Lessons From Under The Influence and spills a career's worth of marketing secrets. You won’t want to miss the chance to listen to the expertise and quick wit that has made O’Reilly our country’s most trusted voice in the ad game.

MON, MAR 20, 6:30 PM

Tickets: $16 (Members: $12, $10, Free)

Details: http://ow.ly/8kZX308TmiL

The Royal Conservatory

The Ten Minute Musical

March 20, 2017 7:00pm to May 8, 2017 9:00pm

The Ten Minute Musical

Mondays, 7-9pm

March 20th - May 8th

Instructors: Kyra Millan & Cathy Nosaty

With the guidance and joyful musical support of Kyra Millan and Cathy Nosaty, participants will create, rehearse, and perform an original musical, approximately 10 minutes long with 3 -6 original songs. This series will contain all of the aspects of the creative process including drama exercises, improvisation exercises, vocal warm-ups, story creation, character development and music composition techniques.

The Royal Conservatory

"My Time Will Come": The Music of Gustav Mahler

March 21, 2017 1:00pm to April 25, 2017 3:00pm

Tuesdays, March 21–April 25, 1–3pm 

Instructor: Rick Phillips

The music of Gustav Mahler was not appreciated during his lifetime, causing him to remark “My time will come.” He was right – Mahler’s music and message have found an audience and continue to grow in popularity. Mahler was a philosopher/musician, struggling to understand the human soul and the meaning of life, death, and life after death. This series will serve as an introduction to Mahler’s musical world.

Alliance Française de Toronto

How to speak to French people and in French without getting tired

March 22, 2017 7:00pm

Can a person really understand the inhabitants of a country where two people who are arguing are “getting acquainted” and where the ultimate sin is to have nothing to say? The two authors use their observations of France’s special art of conversation as a starting point to further their insights into the French language and French-speaking communities. 
Jean-Benoît Nadeau and Julie Barlow met at McGill University, but Julie Barlow grew up in Ancaster, Ontario, while Jean-Benoît Nadeau spent his youth in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Together or individually, they have written 10 books and more than 1,000 articles and have received some thirty awards. Based in Montreal, they have also lived in Paris, Toronto and Phoenix.

*Lecture in english

The Royal Conservatory

The Great North American Songbook

March 23, 2017 10:00am to April 20, 2017 12:00pm

4-week series

Thursdays, March 23, 30 April 13, 20, 10am–12pm              

Instructor: Peteris Zarins

Explore the history of North America’s popular song culture with instructor, Pete Zarins. This series will look at the influences of the remarkable tunesmiths and witty lyricists of Tin Pan Alley and Broadway from the 1920s to the 1940s! Tuition includes a ticket to The Art of Time Ensemble with Brent Carver in Koerner Hall on Friday February 24th.

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Thursdays at Noon: Joseph Johnson

March 23, 2017 12:10pm to 1:00pm

Joseph Johnson, Principal Cello of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, performs Bach’s Suite No. 3 in C Major and Britten’s Suite No. 3.

All Thursdays at Noon concerts take place in Walter Hall, 80 Queens Park, and are free.

Alliance Française de Toronto

What you need before viewing the last of the Mohicans

March 23, 2017 6:30pm

With this film, we experience the reality of the war between the French and British empires in North America starting in 1755. Aboriginals played an important role in this conflict and the conquest of New France had significant consequences for both the Europeans and the Aboriginal peoples. 
Marcel Martel is a professor of Canadian history at york University. his research deals with identities, nation-building and the French presence on the North American continent. Following the lecture, Michael Mann’s film The Last of the Mohicans will be shown at 7:30 p.m.

*Lecture in french

The Royal Conservatory

Canadian Composers: Harry Somers' Louis Riel

March 23, 2017 6:30pm to April 13, 2017 8:30pm

Canadian Composers: Harry Somers' Louis Riel

Thursdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm

March 23 - April 13

Instructor: Dr. Rea Beaumont

Gain insight into Canada's most important opera Louis Riel, written by twentieth-century Canadian composer Harry Somers with libretto by Mavor Moore and Jacques Languirand. Discover the composer's unusual approach to the opera idiom, the structure and purpose of the work, its history, and the controversies surrounding it. Hear recordings and videos of the opera with a live commentary, participate in class with readings and discussions, and learn to follow along with a music score. Tuition includes a ticket ot see the Canadian Opera Company dress rehearsal of Louis Riel on Monday April 17th at 7:30pm.

Alliance Française de Toronto

The last of the Mohicans

March 23, 2017 7:30pm

Michael Mann’s 1992 film. Prior to the screening, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Marcel Martel will give a lecture on the history of French Canada.

Karina Gauvin, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

The Baroque Diva

March 23, 2017 8:00pm to March 26, 2017 3:30pm

“Over the last decade Karina Gauvin has proved herself one of the most delightful of Baroque sopranos.” - Gramophone

One of the world’s great interpreters of Handel, and long-time Tafelmusik collaborator, Karina Gauvin joins us for this concert showcasing the role of the baroque diva. She performs dramatic and compelling opera arias by Handel, including Alcina’s “Ah! Mio cor,” as well as a stunning motet by Vivaldi.

Guest director Rodolfo Richter returns to lead his second concert of the season. His “notably smooth, glowing tone” (Concerto.net) takes centre stage in Telemann’s humorous Concerto in A Major “The Frog.” The program also includes a world premiere by Canadian composer Colin Labadie, commissioned as part of this year’s Canada 150 celebrations.

Directed by Rodolfo Richter
Karina Gauvin, soprano

Mar 23-26 at Koerner Hall
273 Bloor St. W

Tickets from $39
BUY NOW: http://www.tafelmusik.org/concert-calendar/concert/baroque-diva

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Tallis Scholars: Miserere

March 25, 2017 7:30pm

PETER PHILLIPS and DANIEL TAYLOR conductors

Over four decades of performance and a catalogue of award-winning records for Gimell, Peter Phillips and the Tallis Scholars have done more than any other group to establish sacred vocal music of the Renaissance as one of the great repertoires of Western classical music. 

St. Paul's Basilica, 83 Power Street

Tickets: $40, $25 senior, $10 student
416-408-0208 | music.utoronto.ca

Alliance Française de Toronto

Mehdi Cayenne in concert

March 25, 2017 8:00pm

A highly talented and sensitive artist, Mehdi will captivate you with his eclectic mix of groove, funk, punk, and pop. An energetic evening in store! Mehdi Cayenne will be the opener of yann Perreau’s concert. As part of Francophone Week.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Toronto jewish Film Society presents Apples from the Desert

March 26, 2017 4:00pm

(Israel, 2014, Matti Harari & Arik Lubetzky directors, 96 min)
Guest Speakers: 4:00 pm: Journalist David Levine; 7:30 pm: Rabbi Elyse Goldstein
When Rebecca’s curiosity leads her beyond the traditionsof her Jerusalem home, she confronts questionsof faith, identity, and belonging in modern Israel—forcing her parents to do the same. From the story by Savyon Liebrecht and starring Moran Rosenblatt. In Hebrew with English subtitles.
Co-presented with City Shul and Spotlight on Israeli Culture

2 screenings: 4:00 and 7:30 pm
Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal JCC
 

Individual rush tickets for 4:00 pm available in person only (sorry, no online or advance ticket sales for the 4:00 pm screening).
Advance 7:30 pm tickets on Eventbrite
(Online advance tickets available until 3:00 pm, day of event for the 7:30 pm screening only, charges apply).
$15 General Admission (including seniors)
$10 Young Adults (age 18-35)
Box Office opens one hour before the screening start time. All single tickets at the door are cash sale only and subject to availability.
Info: esthera@mnjcc.org; (416) 924-6211 x606

Click HERE to watch a trailer of Apples from the Desert

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Masters of Bel Canto Part III: Bellini and Donizetti

March 27, 2017 1:30pm

Opera Appreciation with Iain Scott
Bel Canto does not mean just "beautiful singing", but acrobatic, show-off, virtuoso singing.  It was the mainstay of 18th century Opera and of the composers who revived it in the early 19th century. Part III in a four-part series.

Part III: March 27        Bellini and Donizetti

Part IV: April 3            Verdi’s “Galley Years”

Drop-in: $22 (+applicable taxes)
To register, call (416) 924-6211 x0
info: lisar@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x155

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Member Screening: ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL

March 27, 2017 6:30pm

Be one of the first to see Abacus in advance of its release! Followed by a Skype Q&A with director STEVE JAMES.

From award-winning filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Life Itself) comes this astonishing and endearing David-and-Goliath tale. Abacus, a family-owned bank in New York, is accused of mortgage fraud—making them the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The Sungs, an idiosyncratic and instantly lovable family with a longstanding reputation in the city’s Chinatown community, are forced to embark on a lengthy legal battle. This TIFF 2016 favourite brings a truly human face to a tale of banks and litigation, pitting an immigrant family against the American dream they believed in.

MON, MAR 27, 6:30 PM

Tickets: Members may reserve FREE tickets (one per Bronze member, two per Silver member, and three per Gold member) online or at the box office and can purchase one additional $8 ticket to bring a friend.

Details: http://ow.ly/adKS308TmAA

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Gryphon Trio

March 27, 2017 7:30pm

Now in its 23rd year, the Gryphon Trio has impressed international audiences and the press with its highly refined, dynamic performances and has firmly established itself as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios. 

BEETHOVEN Piano Trio in B Flat Major, Op. 11
WIJERATNE Love Triangle
BRAHMS Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

Tickets: $40, $25 senior, $10 student
416-408-0208 | music.utoronto.ca

The Royal Conservatory

How Music Works: The Beatles

March 28, 2017 7:30pm to May 16, 2017 9:00pm

How Music Works: The Beatles

Tuesdays, 7:30pm-9:00pm

March 28 - May 16

Instructor: James Stager

The Beatles were perhaps the most influential popular music group of the twentieth century, providing not only the soundtrack to the 1960s but producing an output that continued to reverberate long after their final work in 1970. From Please Please Me to Let It Be, this course will examine iconic songs from throughout the group's career from the standpoint of melody, harmony, arrangement, lyrical content and studio production.

The Royal Conservatory

Daniil Trifonov

March 28, 2017 8:00pm

Daniil Trifonov
Tuesday, March 28, 2017  8pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.

Tickets start at only $40
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

Mr. Trifonov has scintillating technique and a virtuosic flair.” (The New York Times) Cultural commentator Norman Lebrecht deftly described him as “a pianist for the rest of our lives.” He will perform works by Schumann, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky.

Talisker Players

Land of the Silver Birch - songs of Canada's first European settlers

March 28, 2017 8:00pm to March 29, 2017 8:00pm

The early explorers and settlers from France and the British Isles brought to Canada a rich treasury of folk songs – and wrote many more about their experiences in their new home. To celebrate the sesquicentennial of Confederation, we offer a selection, from Beethoven’s arrangements of Scottish folk songs, to a brand new set of Canadian songs from Canadian composer Alexander Rapoport.

Featuring Whitney O’Hearn, mezzo soprano; Joel Allison, baritone; and John Fraser, reader.

Music:

  • Ludwig von Beethoven: Scottish Folk Songs for two voices, violin, cello and piano.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: Three Old English Folk Songs for voice and violin.
  • Mieczyslaw Kolinski: Six French Folk Songs for voice, flute and piano.
  • Ernest MacMillan: Three French Canadian Sea Songs for voice and string quartet.
  • Gilbert Patenaude: Six Chansons du Détroit for two voices, flute and string quartet.
  • Alexander Rapoport: Four Canadian Folk Songs for flute, viola, cello and piano.

Spoken Word:

Selections from the letters and diaries of English immigrants Anna Jamieson and Catherine Parr Traill, missionary and linguist Fr. Paul LeJeune, and Marc Lescarbot of Champlain’s ‘Order of Good Cheer’.

Alliance Française de Toronto

Staging Charpentier's Médée for the 21st century

March 29, 2017 7:00pm

The staging of French baroque opera presents unique challenges for a 21st century director: it is an orchestral event, a singing event, a dancing, literary, and costume event. Mr. Pynkoski will examine how Opera Atelier combines these elements to create a production of Médée which pays homage to the 17th century while embracing today’s world. Médée will be presented from April 22–29, 2017. The lecture will be in English and will be accompanied by a song recital. Marshall Pynkoski is the founder of Opera Atelier and co-artistic director with Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg.

*Lecture in english

Alliance Française de Toronto

Godin

March 30, 2017 7:30pm

Godin, documentary of the National Film Board of Canada, presented by Sean Mills.

Directed by Simon Beaulieu, 2013 (1h15).

This documentary deals with the life and work of Gérald Godin, poet and Quebequois politician (1938-1994). He also was one of the mains actors of the important social and political changes during the last 50 years in Québec.

With Denys Arcand, Gaëtan Dostie...

Alliance Française de Toronto

Tango, music and dance show

March 31, 2017 8:00pm

Tango ! Music and dance show

Co-presented with the Spanish Centre.

The Royal Conservatory

Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien Duo

March 31, 2017 8:00pm

Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien Duo 
Friday, March 31, 2017 8pm

Koerner Hall

“The immediacy and honesty of Ibragimova’s playing has the curious ability to collapse any sense of distance between performer and listener.” (The Guardian) Her long-standing duo with pianist Cédric Tiberghien has featured a highly successful complete cycle of the Beethoven violin sonatas at the Wigmore Hall. In this concert they perform Bach, Brahms, Cage, and Schumann.

Tickets start at only $35
416.408.0208
www.performance.rcmusic.ca

The Royal Conservatory

Jason Moran and The Bandwagon & Alexander Brown Trio

April 1, 2017 8:00pm

Jason Moran and The Bandwagon & Alexander Brown Trio
Saturday, April 1, 2017  8pm
Koerner Hall

“When Jason Moran performs with his trio, Bandwagon, these days, he engages in a ritual that befits one of the most independent minds now working in jazz.” (The New York Times) “Moran is like no other pianist at work. His improvisations are dynamic, eruptive, keyed to the compositions at hand.” (Village Voice) “Although he has the facility to play with breathtaking fleetness, his uniqueness traces to his refusal to be locked into predictable, bebop-based patterns.” (The Los Angeles Times) Classical, rhythm & blues, hip-hop, Afro-Caribbean, and Brazilian styles all co-mingle – naturally and infectiously – in Alexander Brown’s music, reflecting his unique path. “Brown can play!” (DownBeat)

Tickets start at only $40
416.408.0208
www.performance.rcmusic.ca

The Royal Conservatory

Anton Nel

April 2, 2017 2:00pm

Anton Nel
Sunday, April 2, 2017  2pm

Mazzoleni Concert Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.  

Free (ticket required)
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

International pianist Nel, “a consummate artist ... [with] that rare ability to lift music off the page and into the hearts and minds of his listeners,”(La Scena Musicale) will perform works by Mozart and Schumann.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Masters of Bel Canto Part IV: Verdi’s “Galley Years”

April 3, 2017 1:30pm

Opera Appreciation with Iain Scott
Bel Canto does not mean just "beautiful singing", but acrobatic, show-off, virtuoso singing.  It was the mainstay of 18th century Opera and of the composers who revived it in the early 19th century. Final lecture in a four-part series.

Part IV: April 3            Verdi’s “Galley Years”

Drop-in: $22 (+applicable taxes)
To register, call (416) 924-6211 x0
info: lisar@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x155

The Girly Show: Burlesque Onscreen

April 4, 2017 6:30pm

Set in a burlesque house, the virtuous Judy (Maureen O'Hara) and the brazen Bubbles (Lucille Ball) strike up an intense rivalry after realizing they're after the same man in DANCE, GIRL, DANCE (1940), Dorothy Arzner's hilarious and revolutionary work about the politics of vice and virtue. Screening presented with an introduction by Alicia Fletcher, curator of Silent Revue (Revue Cinema) and Ladies of Burlesque (The Royal).

Presented in conjunction with Vice & Virtue, a free exhibit at the Toronto Reference Library’s TD Gallery.

Free. No registration required. 

Alliance Française de Toronto

Torontonians and their memory of the first world war

April 5, 2017 7:30pm

Exhibition of artifacts related to the First World War. Before the vernissage, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., there will be a screening of Toronto’s Great War Attic, a documentary consisting of 10 short films about familiar objects belonging to Toronto families during World War l. Partner: City of Toronto. Exhibit can be viewed on April 5th only.

Alliance Française de Toronto

Toronto's great war attics

April 5, 2017 7:30pm

Toronto’s Great War Attic is a documentary consisting of 10 short films about familiar objects belonging to Toronto families during World War l.

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Bach: Keeping it in the Family

April 5, 2017 8:00pm to April 9, 2017 3:30pm

“A sparkling and scintillating performance that was delivered in a comprehensively period style.” – The Herald (on Cecilia)

The father/daughter team of oboist Alfredo Bernardini and violinist Cecilia Bernardini co-lead this concert exploring the family genius of J.S. Bach and his eldest sons. Get to know the music of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, whose work is full of quirk and surprise, and Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach, whose music straddles both the baroque and classical eras, as well as C.P.E.’s godfather, Georg Philipp Telemann.

Both returning to Tafelmusik following acclaimed appearances in past seasons, daughter and father will take turns centre stage as soloist on J.S. Bach’s exuberant Concerto for violin in E Major, and C.P.E. Bach’s Concerto for oboe in E-flat Major, respectively.

Directed by:
Cecilia Bernardini, violin
Alfredo Bernardini, oboe

Apr 5-9 at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre
427 Bloor St. W

Tickets from $39
BUY NOW: http://www.tafelmusik.org/concert-calendar/concert/bach-keeping-it-family

Alliance Française de Toronto

The man on the shore

April 6, 2017 7:30pm

The man on the shore, Raoul Peck, 1993 (1h45 min)

In the 60's life in Haiti was not an easy thing unless you belonged to the ruling class or the dictator's family or friends of the family. Papa Doc's reign was very brytal and any deviation from the rule was punishable by death or torture. A young girl is exposed to the brutallity of the Tonton Macoute (the private secret police and milicia that Papa Doc used to terrorize Haitians for 29 years. She does not understand all the ramifications of what she sees, but through her aunt's agony and fears and ultimately arrest, she knows that life around her is not good and there is a lot os sadness and sorrow too. The pace of the movie also convey very well the fact that people are trapped in this world and it seems that it will last forever. The use of very somber colours add to the evil atmosphere that lingers on the town.

The Royal Conservatory

Bramwell Tovey conducts the Royal Conservatory Orchestra

April 7, 2017 8:00pm

Bramwell Tovey conducts
the Royal Conservatory Orchestra
Friday, April 7, 2017  8pm
Koerner Hall

"One of the most versatile and charismatic musicians in the world, Bramwell Tovey is a Grammy Award-winning conductor and a renowned composer." (Musical America) "He is the very model of a modern orchestral maestro ... Not only is he a supremely gifted conductor and music director, a much published composer, a pianist (classical and jazz) and a dreamer of big projects, he is also the bearer of a fantastic sense of humour." (Montecristo Magazine)

Tickets start at only $25
416.408.0208
www.performance.rcmusic.ca

The Royal Conservatory

Alex Cuba and Friends

April 8, 2017 8:00pm

Alex Cuba and Friends
Saturday, April 8, 2017 8pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.  

Tickets start at only $45
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

Latin Grammy and Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter Alex Cuba’s sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks, and powerful guitar riffs relinquish Latin music stereotypes in favour of his own Latin soul music. In a unique Canada 150 concert only at Koerner Hall, Alex is joined by his father and other special guests who will make you jump out of your seats to dance.

Alliance Française de Toronto

A few moons later

April 9, 2017 2:00pm

This show, staged by Sasha Dominique and Pier Rodier, recounts the incredible adventures of a realistic and bold 10-yearold girl named Marie-Lune, who decides to hide in a tree trunk while playing hide-andseek with her playmates. When she comes out, everything has changed.

For children aged 7 to 10.

By the Vox Théâtre Company. In partnership with Réseau Ontario.

*Play in french

The Royal Conservatory

Louis Lortie

April 9, 2017 3:00pm

Louis Lortie
Sunday, April 9, 2017 3pm
Koerner Hall

French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has extended his interpretative voice across a broad range of repertoire. The London Times, describing his playing as "ever immaculate, ever imaginative," has identified the artist's "combination of total spontaneity and meditated ripeness that only great pianists have." He will perform an all-Chopin program. 

Tickets start at only $40
416.408.0208
www.performance.rcmusic.ca

Alliance Française de Toronto

Beyond the devilish details: looking deeper into Hieronymus Bosch

April 12, 2017 7:00pm

Ron Spronk, a member of the BRCP research team and co-author of the new monograph, is a Professor of Art History at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and at Radboud University in Nijmegen. A specialist in the technical examination of easel paintings, he worked at the Harvard Art Museum between 1994 and 2007. From 2010-12, he coördinated the technical documentation campaign of the Ghent Altarpiece and the creation of the web application Closer to Van Eyck, Rediscovering the Ghent Altarpiece (http://closertovaneyck.kikirpa.be/). He is currently also co-curating an exhibition on Pieter Bruegel the Elder for the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. 

The Royal Conservatory

Keys Composers Choose: An Exploration

April 13, 2017 10:00am to May 11, 2017 12:00pm

Keys Composers Choose: An Exploration

Thursdays, 10am - 12pm

April 13 - May 11

Instructor: Clayton Scott

This lively presentation/performance series will guide you through the keys special to Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saens, Puccini and Ravel. Key passages will be demonstrated at the piano and discussed. This series will include active listening with "guided tour" commentary, interactive components related to understanding the musical characteristics of different keys, and opportunities for score study (no experience necessary!). Some sessions will feature live performances by students of the Glenn Gould School.

The Royal Conservatory

Mozart: The Mass in C Minor: Unfinished but not Incomplete

April 13, 2017 1:00pm to April 20, 2017 3:00pm

Mozart: The Mass in C Minor - Unfinished but not Incomplete

Thursdays, 1pm-3pm

April 13 - April 20

Instructor: Rick Phillips

There are unfinished works in all genres of art, such as the statue of "Venus de Milo" or the novel "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" by Charles Dickens. Although the Mass in C Minor by Mozart was left unfinished, it remains a frequently-performed choral work, containing a wide range, variety and depth of musical expression, and illustrating the skill and craft of Mozart at the peak of his creative powers. This 2-week series, uncovering this masterpiece, is linked with the concerts in May, 2017 at Koerner Hall when Tafelmusik will be presenting the Mozart Mass in C Minor conducted by Ivars Taurins.

The Royal Conservatory

Simply Brill': Great Songs of the 1960s

April 13, 2017 7:00pm to June 1, 2017 9:00pm

Simply Brill': Great Songs of the 1960s

Thursdays, 7-9pm

April 13 - June 1, 2017

Instructor: Jordan Klapman

Simply Brill' is an eight-week musical lecture series celebrating the popular hit songs created by young Jewish-American songwriters working in and around Manhattan's famous Brill building.

We will learn about the fascinating background of many of the great Brill songwriters of the Sixties: Carole King, Neil Sedaka, Burt Bacharach, Leiber and Stoller, Phil Spector, Doc Pomus, Barry Mann, Ellie Greenwich... and many others who also launched stellar careers from the cramped cubicles of the Brill Building.

Alliance Française de Toronto

Les dames du bois de Boulogne

April 13, 2017 7:30pm

Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne, Robert Bresson, 1945 (1h30)

A society lady engineers a marriage between her lover and a cabaret dancer who is essentially a prostitute.

The Royal Conservatory

Les Violons du Roy with Philippe Jaroussky

April 13, 2017 8:00pm

Les Violons du Roy with Philippe Jaroussky
Thursday, April 13, 2017  8pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.  

Tickets start at only $40
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

Québec City’s chamber orchestra and resident ensemble at the Palais Montcalm, will be conducted by Mathieu Lussier and joined by the ethereal, sensuously beautiful voice of extraordinary French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky for a program of Baroque works by Händel, Bach, Fux, and Graun.

The Royal Conservatory

Score to Sound: Discovering the BBC Proms

April 18, 2017 7:00pm to May 23, 2017 9:00pm

Score to Sound: Discovering the BBC Proms

Tuesdays, 7pm - 9pm

April 18 - May 23

Instructor: Dr. Hannah French 

Explore the colourful history of "The World's Greatest Classical Music Festival" with BBC Proms TV presenter Dr Hannah French. What exactly is "Promming" and who was Sir Henry Wood? How did the Proms start and why is it still going strong more than 120 years later? From the premieres of new works, to iconic conductors, and of course the famous Last Night of the Proms, this six-week series will delve into the social and musical history of the institution through objects photographs, eyewitness accounts, programmes, scores, and recordings.

Alliance Française de Toronto

There is no greater joy than that of feeling oneself a creator" Henri Bergson

April 19, 2017 6:30pm

Four talented artists from Toronto will share with you their passion for art, their Other self, through an exhibit where creating means beauty, happiness and sharing. Christophe de Carbonnières, alias “St Brice” (painter), Christelle Lasserre (ceramicist), Caroline and Bruno Roux (sculptor and painter). Exhibit from April 12th to May 6th.

The Royal Conservatory

Monsieur Periné and Patricia Cano

April 19, 2017 8:00pm

Monsieur Periné and Patricia Cano
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 8pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.  

Tickets start at only $35
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

Join us for a trip to South America as Colombian superstars Monsieur Periné make their Canadian debut, paired with the sweet sultry sounds of Patricia Cano’s Peruvian roots.

The Royal Conservatory

Canada's Music Mosaic

April 20, 2017 1:00pm to May 25, 2017 3:00pm

Canada's Music Mosaic

Thursdays, 1pm-3pm

April 20 - May 25

This six-week series will include an interview of two musicians from the ensemble each week, along with musical demonstrations. Expand your horizons beyond Western Art Music and learn about instruments from places such as China, Tibet, Greece and Peru. The first and last sessions will include introductions from Mervon Mehta the Executive Director, and David Buchbinder, the Artistic Director of the ensemble.
Tuition includes a ticket to the New Canadian Global Music Orchestra concert on June 2, 2017.

Photography Credit: Nicola Betts Photography
 

Alliance Française de Toronto

Poetry explosion

April 20, 2017 6:30pm

To mark World Book and Copyright Day, the Association des auteures et auteurs de l’Ontario français (AAOF/association of French authors of Ontario) invites you to a poetry evening, with improvisation and music provided by Arianne Matte, Daniel Groleau, Jude Delsoin, Jean Boisjoli, Nafée Faigou, Gabriel Osson and Paul Savoie. Emilyn Stam and John Williams will provide the musical accompaniment.

The Royal Conservatory

Joyful Noise: The Sacred Choral Works of Antonin Dvořák

April 21, 2017 10:00am to May 19, 2017 12:00pm

Joyful Noise: The Sacred Choral Works of Antonin Dvořák

Fridays, 10am-12pm

April 21 - May 19

The music of Antonín Dvorák contains some of the most beautiful melodies of all time within works such as the Slavonic Dances, New World Symphony, and Cello Concerto, but the melodies of his vocal, choral, and operatic works are virtually unknown to North American listeners. As a founding composer in the Czech Nationalist movement, Dvorák was instrumental in helping to establish music in the Czech language. As a man of immense faith, Dvorák devoted a fair amount of his vocal and choral music to the praised and glory of God, both in Latin and Czech. Join Dvorák scholar John Holland as you delve into the sacred music of Dvorák, including the Stabat Mater, Requiem, Te Deum, Biblical Songs, and some unknown gems! Journey through Dvorák's life, his travels, his spiritual influences, and his mastery of multiple musical idioms. Discover the sacred music of Antonín Dvorák through recordings, score examples, and live performances in class.

The Royal Conservatory

Dan Zanes (Family Concert)

April 22, 2017 1:00pm

Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.  

Tickets start at only $25
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

A former member of rock band the Del Fuegos, Dan Zanes’s music is where sea shanties, English music hall, North American and West Indian folk music, play party songs, the spirit of early rock-and-roll, and soulful originals collide. “Zanes’ kids music works because it is not kids music; it’s just music – music that’s unsanitized, unpasteurized, that’s organic even.”(The New York Times Magazine)

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Close Encounters... of the German kind

April 22, 2017 2:00pm to April 28, 2017 11:00am

This year Tafelmusik is excited to be introducing a brand new series of three chamber music performances. These intimate hour-long concerts, presented in an informal style with introductions from the musicians, will allow you to explore new aspects of our repertoire.

Music by Telemann, Zelenka, and Fasch

Ellen McAteer, soprano
John Abberger & Marco Cera, oboe
Dominic Teresi, bassoon
Charlotte Nediger, harpsichord

Apr 22 at Telus Centre
273 Bloor St. W

Apr 28 at Heliconian Hall
35 Hazelton Ave

Tickets from $35
BUY NOW: http://www.tafelmusik.org/concert-calendar/concert/close-encounters-germ...

The Royal Conservatory

Wayne Shorter Quartet

April 22, 2017 8:00pm

Wayne Shorter Quartet
Saturday, April 22, 2017  8pm
Pre-concert conversation 7:15pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.  

Tickets start at only $55
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

Wayne Shorter’s signature sound, sense of economy and expression on both tenor and soprano sax, his writing prowess, probing solos, and his enigmatic philosopher presence, have all made him a jazz immortal. His quartet includes Danilo Pérez (piano), John Patitucci (bass), and Brian Blade (drums).

Alliance Française de Toronto

Concert of South African music with Nhapitapi Mbira

April 22, 2017 9:00pm

An outstanding group of musicians, Nhapitapi specializes in the mbira (thumb piano), a traditional instrument of Zimbabwe. They’ll introduce you to the traditional South African music typical of their country. Co-presented with the Batuki Music Society.

Alliance Française de Toronto

Etienne Brûlé seen from France: an adventurer on a quest for notability

April 26, 2017 7:00pm

Lecture by historian Éric Brossard from Champigny-sur-Marne, France.

Étienne Brûlé, explorer, interpreter (b probably at Champigny-sur-Marne, France c 1592; d in Huronia c June 1633). Brûlé was the first Frenchman to live among the Indigenous people. Champlain wrote that Brûlé was sent among the Algonquin, likely in 1610, in exchange for a young Algonquin. He became a skilful interpreter and intermediary.

Travelling with his adopted people, Brûlé was likely the first European to see Lakes Ontario, Huron and Superior and on a mission to the Susquehannock he roamed as far as Chesapeake Bay. He was captured by the Iroquois and ritually tortured but was released, likely on a promise to promote an alliance with the French.

In 1621-22 he travelled northward and reported the rapids at Sault Ste Marie. Unfortunately Brûlé left no account of his career and reports of the missionaries were coloured by their contempt for his Indigenous lifestyle. The original coureur de bois, he was an independent, adventurous spirit.

In 1629 he deserted to the Kirke brothers when they attacked Québec. Accused of treason by Champlain, he returned to Huronia. Despite lurid speculations that he was tortured and eaten, Brûle was likely murdered for political reasons, possibly because of his dealings with the Seneca or another tribe feared by the Huron.

*Lecture in english

Alliance Française de Toronto

Day for night

April 27, 2017 7:30pm

Day for night by François Truffaut, 1973, (1h35min)
 
Stars: François Truffaut, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Léaud...

 

The shooting of "Je vous presente Pamela" (may I introduce Pamela) begins. This is the story of en English married wife falling in love and running away with the father of her French husband. Will be simultaneously shown the shooting, the behavior of the people (including the technical team) on the set, and a part of their private life (a factor of complication)...

The Royal Conservatory

Rosanne Cash

April 27, 2017 8:00pm

Rosanne Cash
Thursday, April 27, 2017  8pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.  

Tickets start at only $40
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

Cash has charted 21 Top 40 country singles with her long-time collaborator and husband, John Leventhal. Together, their unique sound draws from country, blues, gospel, and rock, and reflects the soulful mix of music that traces its history to the Arkansas siteof Johnny Cash’s (her father’s) boyhood home.

Alliance Française de Toronto

Lomax project

April 28, 2017 8:00pm

Alan Lomax tribute concert in honour of this great ethnomusicologist and famous for having one of the most extensive collections of music in the world. He helped many artists become known, including Woody Guthrie. With four renowned musicians: Jayme Stone (banjo), Moira Smiley (voice, accordion), Sumaia Jackson (violin) and Joe Phillips (double bass).

The Royal Conservatory

The Montrose Trio & Friends

April 28, 2017 8:00pm

The Montrose Trio & Friends
Friday, April 28, 2017  8pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.

Tickets start at only $40
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

A Canadian all-star evening of chamber music featuring pianist Jon Kimura Parker, violinist Martin Beaver, and cellist Clive Greensmith. The trio will play Brahms’s Piano Trio No. 1 and will be joined by Barry Shiffman, Allyson McHardy, Erika Raum, Desmond Hoebig, Teng Li, and Sharon Wei to perform Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence and Brahms’s Alto Songs. The concert opens with the winners of The Glenn Gould School Chamber Competition.

Alliance Française de Toronto

Etienne Brûlé: a rock opera

April 29, 2017 7:00pm

In 2013, the students of Paul Vaillant-Couturier College in France discovered Étienne Brûlé, born in their city. This misunderstood and courageous hero fascinated them. They wrote presentation letters to be accepted into the class dedicated to the project. Twenty-six of them were selected. For two years, they wrote texts, then learned to sing them and to move on stage. The show was a great success. For a week, these 26 budding actors will be in Ontario to walk in Étienne Brûlé’s Canadian footsteps. Come applaud their show! you won’t fail to be wowed by their energy, enthusiasm and conviction.

The Royal Conservatory

Raoul and The Big Time “Down in the Delta”

April 29, 2017 8:00pm

Raoul and The Big Time “Down in the Delta”
Saturday, April 29, 2016, 2017  8pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.  

Tickets start at only $35
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

“Raoul Bhajena brings just the right amount of vocal attitude and from-the-gut harp work … delivering tasty and distinctive results.”(Roots Music Report) This concert, specially created for Koerner Hall, goes deep into the soul of the Mississippi delta with special guests Super Chickan, Big Dave McLean, and Divine Brown.

The Royal Conservatory

The Roots of Venetian Opera

May 2, 2017 10:00am to May 23, 2017 12:00pm

The Roots of Venetian Opera

Tuesdays, 10am-12pm

May 2 - May 23

Our friends at the Toronto Consort return to present this course on the music surrounding the music of early Venetian opera! Registration for the course also includes a ticket to the Toronto Consort's production of Cavalli's Helen of Troy.

The Royal Conservatory

Natalie Dessay with Philippe Cassard

May 2, 2017 8:00pm

Natalie Dessay with Philippe Cassard
Tuesday May 2, 2017 8pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.

Tickets start at only $40
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

With French soprano Natalie Dessay “every vocal phrase is impelled by the emotion and dramatic intention of the moment.” (The New York Times) She and pianist Philippe Cassard will perform works by Schubert, Liszt, Fauré, Bizet, and Duparc

 

Alliance Française de Toronto

Islamism: genealogy and the excesses of a political ideology

May 3, 2017 7:00pm

Islamism is a political ideology that is wrongly confused with Islam, which is a religion. As we know it today, Islamism falls into the same category as the antimodernist movements that have emerged in all areas of culture and civilization. This lecture will offer a genealogy of this ideology.

Miloud Chennoufi, professor and director of the Department of Security and International Affairs at the Canadian Forces College, also teaches the geopolitical history of the Middle East at Glendon College (york University).

*Lecture in french

Alliance Française de Toronto

Staging Moliere's Don Juan in 2017

May 4, 2017 6:30pm

Dom Juan tells the joyful descent into hell of a being who very closely resembles us all! A world-weary smooth talker, he’s “our 
contemporary” — a paradoxical, endearing character who reminds us that Molière and the classic text still have much to say about today’s cosmopolitan, urban world, so obsessed with pleasure. 
Joël Beddows is a stage director and artistic director of the Théâtre français de Toronto (TFT). This lecture is a prelude to the TFT’s presentation of the play Dom Juan from May 10 to 28, 2017. Following the lecture, at 7:30 p.m., Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, the 1979 film by Joseph Losey, will be shown (185 min.). Partners: Théâtre français de Toronto and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

Alliance Française de Toronto

Don Giovanni

May 4, 2017 7:30pm

Mozart’s opera adapted to film and directed by Joseph Losey, 1979. Prior to the screening, Joël Beddows will give a lecture about Molière’s Dom Juan. Partners: Théâtre français de Toronto and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Mozart Mass in C Minor

May 4, 2017 8:00pm to May 7, 2017 3:30pm

“Mozart at his most inspired” – The New York Times

Mozart’s transcendent Mass in C Minor, considered to be one of his greatest choral works, closes our 2016/17 season. A celebration of the composer’s marriage that was left unfinished for reasons we may never know, this piece contains an extraordinary range of style and depth of expression. Acclaimed British sopranos Julia Doyle and Joanne Lunn are featured alongside the orchestra and Tafelmusik Chamber Choir in this fitting third and final concert celebrating the choir’s 35th anniversary.

The program opens with Tafelmusik’s debut performance of Haydn’s spirited Symphony no. 98, composed in London and thought by many to be a tribute to his compatriot and friend, Mozart. The “brilliant and refined” (Critica Classica) violinist Elisa Citterio returns for the second time this season to lead this piece.

Directed by Ivars Taurins and Elisa Citterio (violin)

May 4-7 at Koerner Hall
273 Bloor St. W

Tickets from $26
BUY NOW: http://www.tafelmusik.org/concert-calendar/concert/mozart-mass-c-minor

Alliance Française de Toronto

Portraits of Georgian Bay

May 5, 2017 8:00pm

A concert featuring original music by young composers of the province, evocative of Canada’s wide-open spaces, and in particular, the beauty of Ontario. With the Spectrum Ensemble: Anna Atkinson (violin), Lydia Munchinsky (cello), Tim Crouch (flute), Juan Olivares (clarinet), Chris Pruden (piano), and the group Georgian Bay, consisting of Kelly Lefaive and Joëlle Westman (vocals, violin and guitar). Concert in conjunction with the APCM’s Prix Trille Or Award Night.

 Concert in conjunction with the APCM’s Prix Trille Or Award Night

The Royal Conservatory

Bluebird North

May 6, 2017 8:00pm

Bluebird North
Saturday, May 6, 2017  8pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.  

Tickets start at only $35
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

Top Canadian songwriters come together with host Blair Packham to perform their music and tell us about the inspiration, the songwriting process, and the stories behind the songs.

The Royal Conservatory

CBC Music’s Under 30 Live

May 7, 2017 2:00pm

CBC Music’s Under 30 Live
Sunday, May 7, 2017  2pm
Mazzoleni Concert Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. 

Free (ticket required)
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

The RCM collaborates with CBC Music to showcase young Canadian classical music stars from CBC Music’s “30 Under 30” in mini recitals.

The Royal Conservatory

Frederic Chopin: Polish Patriot, Passionate Pianist

May 10, 2017 10:00am to May 24, 2017 12:00pm

Frederic Chopin: Polist Patriot, Passionate Pianist

Wednesdays, 10am- 12pm

May 10 - May 24

Instructor: Rick Phillips

It is the rare piano recital today that does not include a work by Frederic Chopin, and many are all-Chopin. Composing and performing just as the piano was coming of age, the piano music by Chopin clearly expressed the ideals of the burgeoning 19th century Romantic period - passionate, dramatic, emotional and virtuosic. And, at a time when nationalism and patriotism were rife, Chopin's Polish blood coursed thick through his veins with stylized Polish dances like the Mazurka and the Polonaise. As Robert Schumann claimed when he first heard the music of Chopin, "Hats off, gentlemen, a genius!".

This series will explore the historic, social and musical context behind Chopin's beloved piano music.

Alliance Française de Toronto

Italian fervour in London

May 12, 2017 8:00pm

Many were the foreign musicians who came to London at the end of the 17th century to try their luck. This capital, especially open to European influences, saw the flourishing of a virtuoso, passionate and flamboyant style, a blend of Italy’s sensuality and England’s harmonic originality. On the program, works of Corelli, Purcell, Geminiani and Finger.
A special concert by La Rêveuse, an ensemble specializing in the music of the 17th and 18th centuries that has enjoyed great success in France and throughout the world, having won awards such as the 5 Diapasons, 3 fff Télérama, etc.
Ensemble La rêveuse: Serge Saitta (transverse flute), Stéphan Dudermel (violin), Florence Bolton (viola da gamba), Benjamin Perrot, (theorbo) and Clément Geoffroy (harpsichord).

The Royal Conservatory

An Evening with Tomson Highway

May 12, 2017 8:00pm

An Evening with Tomson Highway
Friday, May 12, 2017  8pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.                                                                     

Tickets start at only $40
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

Cree storyteller, playwright, novelist, pianist, and Order of Canada recipient was named one of the 100 most important people in Canadian history by Macleans. Highway says, “I want to convey that our primary responsibility on planet Earth is to be joyful: to laugh, and to laugh, and to laugh.” The evening features songs from five Tomson works, including The Sage, the Dancer, and the Fool; Rose; The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito; The (Post) Mistress; and his new Songs in the Key of Cree, sung in Cree with English supertitles.

The Royal Conservatory

Christian McBride Trio & James Gelfand Trio

May 13, 2017 8:00pm

Christian McBride Trio
& James Gelfand Trio
Saturday, May 13, 2017  8pm
Koerner Hall

The Philadelphia-born bassist extraordinaire, composer, arranger, and educator, Christian McBride, has been one of the most important and most omnipresent figures in the jazz world for 20 years. James Gelfand has received critical acclaim in both the jazz world and the film and television industry, and performed on over 40 albums, eight under his own name. 

Tickets start at only $40
416.408.0208
www.performance.rcmusic.ca 

Talisker Players

A Mixture of Madness - the fine line between revelation and insanity

May 16, 2017 8:00pm to May 17, 2017 8:00pm

There is no wisdom without a mixture of madness.” Aristotle’s famous dictum captures both the madness that is part of wisdom, and the wisdom that is part of madness. Our exploration of this connection features Peter Maxwell Davies’ dramatic and gripping Eight Songs for a Mad King, along with some of Purcell’s Mad Songs, and a new commission from Canadian composer Alice Ho, with text from Phoebe Tsang.

Featuring Ilana Zarankin, soprano; Bruce Kelly, baritone; and Andrew Moodie, actor.

Music:

  • Henry Purcell: Mad Songs for soprano, strings and continuo. Texts by various writers.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: Songs of William Blake for soprano and oboe.
  • John Plant: Insomnia for soprano and saxophone. Text by Marina Tsvetaeva.
  • Mitch Leigh, arr. Laura Jones: ‘The Impossible Dream’ from Man of La Mancha for baritone, oboe, violin, viola and cello. Lyrics by Joe Darion.
  • Alice Ping Ye Ho: The Madness of Queen Charlotte for flute, viola, cello and piano. Text by Phoebe Tsang. *Commissioned work, world premiere*
  • Peter Maxwell Davies: Eight Songs for a Mad King for baritone, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, harpsichord and percussion. Words by Randolph Stow and George III.

Spoken Word:

Selections from the letters, diaries and memoirs of visionaries, seers and artists exploring the margins of reality.

Alliance Française de Toronto

Saint Laurent

May 18, 2017 7:30pm

Bertrand Bonello, 2014 (2h30min)

With Gaspard Ulliel, Jérémie Renier, Louis Garrel...

Yves Saint Laurent's life from 1967 to 1976, during which time the famed fashion designer was at the peak of his career. 

Presented by Iris Gardet-Hadengue, cinema-lover, professional of the image, Director of operations at Ubisoft Motion Pictures and previously at the Financial Service of UGC Images.

Alliance Française de Toronto

Cinquante ans de "ptit's bonheurs" au théâtre français de Toronto

May 24, 2017 7:00pm

Since 1967, more than 290 performances have been presented by "le Théâtre du P'tit Bonheur" which became "Le Théâtre français de Toronto" (TfT) in 1987.

Come and discover the favourites of the TfT, the four principle production sites and five artistic directors over the last 50 years.  

Admirer actors and actresses who gave a tribute to French, Quebequois, franco-ontarian, american and russian dramatists. You will be able to listen to the testimony of a founder, of an artistic director...

Paul-François Sylvestre, writer and literary critic

*Lecture in french

Alliance Française de Toronto

The betrayal

May 25, 2017 7:30pm

Philippe Faucon, 2005 (1h20min)

The setting is war-torn Algeria during the early 1970s. When he discovers evidence that would seem to indicate a close confidant’s treachery, a sympathetic French lieutenant in the occupying forces is compelled to make decisions likely to cause ethnic tensions to erupt into violence.

Alliance Française de Toronto

The blue room

June 1, 2017 7:30pm

The blue room, Mathieu Almaric, 2014 (1h16)

A man and a woman, secretly in love, alone in a room. They desire each other, want each other, and even bite each other. In the afterglow, they share a few sweet nothings. At least the man seemed to believe they were nothing. Now under investigation by the police and the courts, what is he accused of?

The Royal Conservatory

New Canadian Global Music Orchestra

June 2, 2017 8:00pm

New Canadian Global Music Orchestra
Friday, June 2, 2017  8pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.  

Tickets start at only $45
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

Top notch musicians from all over the world, all of whom now live in the GTA, perform together on the Koerner Hall stage, with instruments from every corner of the globe. We celebrate the cultural diversity of our city and of the music that exists in so many of our neighbourhoods by bringing together musicians to create new musical collaborations that can only happen in Toronto. Music connects and communicates in ways that words, politicians, and spiritual leaders cannot. Together, we all find a common language.

The Royal Conservatory

Bohemians in Brooklyn: A Chamber Musical by Tom Allen

June 4, 2017 2:00pm

Bohemians in Brooklyn
A Chamber Musical by Tom Allen
Sunday, June 4, 2017  2pm
Mazzoleni Concert Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. 

Free (ticket required)
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

The story of a Brooklyn brownstone where W.H. Auden, Carson McCullers, Benjamin Britten, Colin McPhee, and Gypsy Rose Lee lived under the same roof. Music by Britten, McPhee, Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Weill, Tom Allen, and Paul Bowles. Featuring Patricia O’Callaghan and Kevin Fox.

Alliance Française de Toronto

Exhibit opening: Lycée Français Toronto's photography competition

June 7, 2017 6:00pm

Exhibit of the photos from the Lycée Français Toronto’s photography competition open to students aged 10 to 18.

Alliance Française de Toronto

The discret charm of the bourgeoisie

June 8, 2017 7:30pm

The dicret charm of the bourgeoisie, Luis Bunuel, 1972 (1h45)

A surreal, virtually plotless series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together.

Alliance Française de Toronto

Belleville, les Petits Nouveaux from Paris to Toronto

June 10, 2017 8:00pm

The historic neighbourhood of Belleville, Paris intersects the boarders of the 19th and 20th arrondissements. Belleville has been a hotbed of French culture and has hosted the likes of Django Reinhard and Édith Piaf. Les Petits Nouveaux and vocalist Denielle Bassels will take you on a journey to Bellleville with original compositions and their interpretation of classics. Aline Homzy (violin), Andy Mac (guitar), Mikko hildén – Swedish musician (guitar), Tak Arikushi (guitar), special guests: (double bassist) TBC, and Deniell Bassels (guest vocalist).

Alliance Française de Toronto

Clouds of Sils Maria

June 15, 2017 7:30pm

Sils Maria, Olivier Assayas, 2014 (2h05 min)

A film star comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself while starring in a revival of the play that launched her career.

Alliance Française de Toronto

I remember: Vimy 100

June 20, 2017 7:00pm

This exhibit is the result of the reflections of photojournalist Racheal McCaig on the magnificence of a monument commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge: an affirmation of a young country that has now reached adulthood and a decisive moment in Canada’s history.
This series of photographs will also be the subject of a special exhibit in Givenchy-enGohelle, France, near Vimy, in April 2017 as part of the commemoration of this battle where so many Canadian soldiers distinguished themselves during the First World War.

Rachel McCaig have been interviewed notably by CHCH and TVO

Alliance Française de Toronto

Fête de la musique

June 21, 2017 8:00pm

Fête de la musique 

Alliance Française de Toronto

Wild reeds

June 29, 2017 7:30pm

Wild reeds, André Téchiné, 1994 (1h50)

In a village in the Southwest of France, 1962. Maite and Francois are 18 years old. They are friends, not lovers. In Francois's classroom, there are Serge, whose brother has just married to try to escape from the war in Algeria, and Henri, a pied-noir (Algerian-born Frenchman). Francois and Serge will have a homosexual relationship, but Serge wants to marry his brother's wife...

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