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Alter Ego: Comics and Canadian Identity

May 12, 2018 9:00am to July 29, 2018 5:00pm

Scott Pilgrim, Captain Canuck, Nelvana, and Kagagi are just a few of the thrilling Canadian comic book heroes you can explore at the free Alter Ego exhibit, on display at the Toronto Reference Library’s TD Gallery from May 12 to July 29. Check out some of Canada’s best biographical and realist comic creators, and learn about the talented Canadians behind many popular superheroes, like pioneering Superman artist Joe Shuster. The exhibit was created by Library and Archives Canada and is presented by Toronto Public Library.

Join us for weekly guided tours, a superhero film series, virtual reality in the gallery, and a special launch event on May 17 with comic creators Chester Brown, Willow Dawson and Jay Odjick. Find out more at

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Photo Exhibit by Tõnu Tormis "On Pärt"

May 25, 2018 12:00pm to September 10, 2018 5:00pm

This photo exhibit by Tõnu Tormis features photographs of the renowned Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. The exhibit was opened during Estonian Music Week in May 2018 and will be on display until September 2018.

The exhibit is open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, during events, and upon request.

Info:, t. 416 925 9405


Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Exhibit by the Estonian Theatre and Music Museum "Arvo Pärt - Renowned and Unknown"

May 30, 2018 12:00pm to September 10, 2018 5:00pm

Arvo Pärt is one of those composers in the world whose creative output has significantly changed the way we understand the nature of music. Since 1976, his unique tintinnabulicompositions have established a new musical paradigm and introduced an approach to composing that he is still using today. And, although there is no school that follows him, nor does he teach, a large part of the music of the second half of the 20th century has been strongly influenced by Pärt’s tintinnabulicompositions. 

The Estonian Theatre and Music Museum first put the exhibition together in 2005 to celebrate the 70th birthday of Arvo Pärt. The current exhibition is based on the updated version made in 2015.

The exhibition presents the most renowned Estonian composer and is a cultural cooperation project celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Estonian Republic in 2018.

The exhibit is on display Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, during events, and upon request.

Info:, t. 416 925 9405


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

The King

July 13, 2018 3:45pm to July 19, 2018 6:45pm

Hit the road in Elvis Presley’s 1963 Rolls-Royce and join award-winning filmmaker Eugene Jarecki (The House I Live In, Why We Fight) on a musical road trip across America. Much more than a simple tribute to the King, this ambitious documentary looks at his rise and fall as a metaphor for the changing country he left behind, and the transformation of the American Dream all the way up to the age of Trump. From Memphis to New York to Las Vegas, and featuring appearances from Rosanne Cash, Chuck D, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, Mike Myers and more, The King is a rich and moving portrait of America and one of its greatest icons.

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July 13, 2018 9:00pm to July 19, 2018 9:00pm

Stanley Kubrick, the most meticulous genius in film history, crafted ambitious masterpieces that pushed the boundaries of the medium—but he also pushed those around him in order to achieve his vision. Meet Leon Vitali, who played Lord Bullingdon in Barry Lyndon and then stepped out of the limelight to become Kubrick’s right-hand man. An unsung hero, Vitali worked tirelessly from the shadows to help make and maintain Kubrick's extraordinary legacy of work. Featuring previously-unseen photos, videos and letters, Filmworker is a portrait of a legend through the unique perspective of one of the people who knew him best.


On Saturday, July 14, see Filmworker back-to-back with a special screening of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining at 8:30 PM.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Something Borrowed

July 14, 2018 12:00pm to August 29, 2018 5:00pm

At the Gallery in the J
Celebrating Weddings at the Ontario Jewish Archives
Closes August 29

Life cycle events such as weddings figure quite prominently in the collections of the Ontario Jewish Archives (OJA). Photographs along with textual records such as invitations, rabbi registries and ketubot (Jewish marriage contracts) are incredibly rich evidence of the growing Jewish community, and how they established themselves in Canada during the first half of the twentieth century and into the post war period.
More info: 416 924 6211 x250

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Hitler's Hollywood

July 20, 2018 6:30pm to July 26, 2018 6:30pm

Director Rüdiger Suchsland takes a startling look at Hitler’s Germany through the lens of its greatest propaganda device, the cinema. Between 1933-1945, under the watchful eye of chief propagandist Joseph Goebells, the Third Reich produced over 1000 features—musicals, melodramas, costume dramas—that grew even more lavish as the horrors behind the camera escalated. Featuring extensive footage from key films of the period narrated by actor Udo Kier, Hitler’s Hollywood shows us how the Nazi regime spread their myths, illusions and ideologies through the movie screens and into the minds of millions.

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The National: Mistaken For Strangers

July 20, 2018 9:30pm

It’s 2010, and indie rockers The National have reached new heights of success. As the band sets out on their biggest tour to date, frontman Matt Berninger hires his younger brother Tom, a slacker and aspiring horror filmmaker, as a roadie. When Tom unexpectedly shows up camera in hand, he ignores his work, starts filming and creates “the funniest, most meta music movie since Spinal Tap." In anticipation of The National's August 4th concert at Fort York, join us for this endearingly original musical story about family, ambition, and creating something of your own.

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

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

July 21, 2018 10:00am to September 29, 2018 10:00am

Join in for some family friendly theatre at the J! The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since 1969, selling more than 43 million copies worldwide. Now, the timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage! Joseph Patrick Presents: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, which opens on July 21 in the Al Green Theatre and runs on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer.  Closed September 30.


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Letter from Masanjia

July 21, 2018 11:30am to July 26, 2018 9:00pm

When a woman in Oregon opens a box of Halloween decorations and finds an SOS letter penned by a political prisoner from inside a Chinese labour camp, her discovery makes waves across major news outlets worldwide. Meanwhile, the author of letter, Sun Yi, breaks through Internet firewalls to learn about the media attention and joins forces with an underground network of journalists and Chinese dissidents to reveal his entire story. From Peabody Award-winning director Leon Lee, Letter From Masanjiaexposes China's appaling human rights violations through the eyes of Sun Yi, who will stop at nothing to find justice.

Director Leon Lee will join us for a post-screening Q&A on July 22 and 23.

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Anote's Ark

July 25, 2018 6:30pm

The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly far-removed from the pressures of modern life. Yet it is one of the first countries that must confront the pressing dangers of rising sea levels. Against a backdrop of international climate and human rights negotiations, Kiribati’s President Anote Tong races to find a way to protect his nation from imminent disappearance- while on ground level, a young mother of six seeks to migrate her family to New Zealand. Intimately balancing the personal and the political, Anote’s Ark is a sweeping cautionary tale about the undeniable forces of climate change, and a poignant portrait of a people’s fight for survival.

Director Matthieu Rytz will join us for a Skype Q&A following the screening.

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Generation Wealth

July 27, 2018 6:30pm to August 2, 2018 6:30pm

Artist-photographer-filmmaker Lauren Greenfield (The Queen of Versailles_ has made a career chronicling the excesses of America’s image-obsessed culture. In her latest and most epic project to date, she holds up a mirror to the super-rich, brilliantly capturing the human consequences of the bust-or-boom economy. Follow Greenfield on a globe-spanning journey inside the lives of the international wealthy elite—from child beauty queens in Los Angeles to the nouveau riche in Moscow­. The resulting portrait is an entertaining and eye-opening look at the erosion of the American Dream and pervasive influences of materialism, greed and fame.

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Making Toronto Safe for Cyclists: Bikes vs. Cars - Screening & Panel

August 1, 2018 6:00pm

Join Globe and Mail staff writer Alex Bozikovic and special guests for this timely screening of the 2015 documentary Bikes vs. Cars, an urgent portrait of the bicycle as a tool for urban change. Travelling from São Paulo, Los Angeles and Toronto, where cyclists fight daily for their right to the road, to Copenhagen, where forty percent of the population commutes by bike, director Fredrik Gertten meets activists and thinkers who are working for revolutionary changes and more sustainable urban enviornments. Beautifully crafted and inspiring, Bikes vs Cars is a powerful look at how to move away from car-centric models and toward livable cities.

Stick around after the screening as Alex sits down with a panel of the city's leading urbanism thinkers to discuss what it will take to make Toronto a safer city for cyclists.   

In English, Portuguese, Spanish, with English subtitles.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


August 3, 2018 1:30pm to August 15, 2018 8:30pm

A job tailoring men's suits on Savile Row introduced a working-class lad from East London to the world of fashion. For Lee Alexander McQueen, a spark was struck, resulting in the rise of one of the most famous and provocative designers of the 21st century. McQueen took to fashion with a passion that burned bright and hot; his success was fueled by raw talent, enabled by money and drugs, before he inevitably, tragically burned out. The legendary couturier’s story is vividly brought to life via rare archival footage and revealing interviews with his inner circle in this lauded Hot Docs hit from directors Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui.

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Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

August 3, 2018 6:30pm to August 9, 2018 6:30pm

This sensational exposé gives you view into a secret chapter of Hollywood's Golden Age. Based on his bestselling tell-all memoir, legendary hustler Scotty Bowers chronicles his decades spent as a sexual procurer to the stars. From a gas station on the edge of the studio lots, the dashingly handsome ex-Marine ran a covert matchmaking service, connecting his band of friends to the movie industry's glitterati—many of them gay and closeted. Discover a different side of Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Lana Turner and more in this fascinating portrait of an unsung legend.

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Won't You Be My Neighbor?

August 10, 2018 11:00am to August 16, 2018 6:30pm

For over three decades the beloved series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood introduced generations of children to Fred Rogers, a gentle and warm man who addressed his young audience directly with respect and compassion. Dealing with social issues and challenges, Rogers’ unique approach was to be soft-spoken but honest. With clips from the landmark show and interviews with people who worked with and were influenced by Rogers, Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville has crafted a film that's both tribute and caution. We're reminded not only of the brilliance and beauty of Mr. Rogers's legacy, but of the dangers in closing ourselves off from his message of acceptance and love.

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Love, Marilyn - Game Changers

August 11, 2018 1:15pm

50 years after her death, boxes of Marilyn Monroe’s personal writings were discovered in the home of her acting coach. A star-studded cast including Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei, Paul Giamatti and Viola Davis bring her letters to life on screen, revealing never-before-told tales and insights into the life and career of the Hollywood icon. Get to know the human being inside the bombshell in this intimate and poignant portrait from Oscar-nominated director Liz Garbus (Bobby Fischer Against the World, The Fourth Estate).

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Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

August 11, 2018 9:30pm

Go on an electrifying journey through the life and art of glam-pop superstar Grace Jones. A larger-than-life entertainer, screen star and androgynous diva–Jones is all these things and more. Combining intimate personal footage and dazzling musical sequences with candid backstage moments and interviews with her closest collaborators Sly & Robbie, acclaimed director Sophie Fiennes goes beyond the traditional music biography, offering a portrait as stylish and definition-defying as its subject. Join us for one of the must-see concert docs of the summer and strut your stuff to the sultry club classics "Slave to the Rhythm," "Pull Up to the Bumper," "Love is the Drug," and more.

Arrive early as we kick off the night with the global sensation DJ Chris MaGee and drink specials.

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

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The Times of Harvey Milk - Game Changers

August 12, 2018 4:00pm

A true 20th century trailblazer, Harvey Milk was an outspoken human rights activist and one of the first openly gay U.S. politicians elected to public office; even after his assassination in 1978, his message of hope and equality continues to inspire people around the world. As groundbreaking as its subject, the Oscar-winning The Times of Harvey Milk was one of the first documentaries to address gay life in America, vividly capturing the emergence of queer culture in San Francisco. An exhilarating collage of archival material, Ropert Epstein’s classic film is as much a portrait of a time and place as a testament to the enduring legacy of a political visionary.

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This is Congo - Films Changing the World

August 13, 2018 6:30pm

Highly immersive and eye-opening, Daniel McCabe’s documentary takes a unique look at the world's longest continuing conflict and those who are surviving within it. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has seen more than five million conflict-related deaths, multiple regime changes and the impoverishment of its people over the past two decades. Following four compelling characters—a whistleblower, a patriotic military commander, a mineral dealer, and a displaced tailor—This is Congo offers an authentic on-the-ground perspective on the complex problems facing this lushly beautiful nation.

Stick around after the film for a Skype Q&A with director, Daniel McCabe.

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The Hottest Shorts of Hot Docs 2018 - Member Screening

August 14, 2018 6:30pm

One of our most perennially popular member events, join us for our annual screening featuring the best shorts from Hot Docs 2018. Short films are some of the finest docs we screen at the Festival each year and we've selected seven of our favourites for you in this special program featuring some unforgettable characters.

Post-screening Skype Q&A with Jamie Miller, director of A Prince's Tale, winner of the Best Canadian Short Film Award.

Lotte That Silhouette Girl
D: Elizabeth Beecherl, Carla Patullo | 2018 | USA | 10 mins | G
Before Walt Disney, there was Lotte Reiniger, a trailblazing woman at the vanguard of animation.

Smithy & Dickie
D: Hannah Quinn | 2017 | Ireland | 10 mins | GUntil quite recently, memories and precious moments were tangibly captured in photos, letters and notes. The beginning of Smithy and Dickie's courtship is forever memorialized in a series of sweet missives they wrote each other in the 1940s.

I Love Your Fucking Name 
D: Finn O'Hara | 2017 | Canada | 8 mins | PG
Meet Elizabeth Taylor, Sarah McLachlan and a real-life Peter Pan in this hilarious look at the way some names can't help but be a conversation starter at every single introduction.

D: Rishi Chandna | 2017 | India | 14 mins | PG
A middle-class Mumbai household is turned upside down by the arrival of a new family member—a cute chick who quickly grows into a hell-raising rooster.

I Am Bisha 
D: Roopa Gogineni | 2018 | USA, Kenya | 14 mins | PG
A long-standing civil war and a dearth of media outlets has left the people of Sudan without access to relevant news. Ganja, a young pacifist, finds a novel way to disseminate information.

Carlotta's Face 
D: Valentin Riedl, Friedrich Schuld | 2018 | Germany | 5 mins | G
When Carlotta looks in the mirror, she doesn't recognize the image reflected back at her. This beautifully animated portrait explores the confusion that face blindness causes for a young child trying to make sense of her world.

Prince's Tale 
D: Jamie Miller | 2017 | Canada | 16 min | PG
After surviving a fire that drastically changes his body, a young man makes the bold, life-affirming choice to express himself through his arrestingly beautiful performance art and love for acting.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Heart of a Dog - Game Changers

August 15, 2018 6:30pm

Multi-disciplinary artist Laurie Anderson has long been a creative pioneer in music, film and live performance. In her first feature film in thirty years, she takes us on an unforgettable cinematic journey through the nature of love, loss and absence. Centered on Anderson’s beloved dog Lolabelle, who died in 2011, and dedicated to her late husband Lou Reed, Heart of a Dogseamlessly weaves together childhood memories, video diaries, and philosophical musings on the meaning(s) of life. Narrated by the filmmaker with her characteristic wry wit, this sweeping and heartfelt personal essay continues Anderson’s trailblazing career of imbuing the everyday with a sense of dreamlike wonder.

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Ballet Now

August 17, 2018 4:30pm to August 23, 2018 6:45pm

Get an all-access glimpse inside the dazzling world of ballet through the lens of New York City Ballet’s Prima Ballerina Tiler Peck. The first woman to be asked to curate The Los Angeles Music Center’s famed BalletNOW series, a three-day dance extravaganza, Tiler brings together a diverse cast of dancers from around the globe to execute her one-of-a-kind vision. With mounting pressures and less than a week to showtime, will she pull it off? Produced by Emmy-winning actor Elisabeth Moss and directed by Steven Cantor (Dancer), this inspiring documentary follows the prodigy's many roles and tribulations as she singlehandedly prepares for one of the most high-profile events in the dance world.

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Three Identical Strangers

August 17, 2018 6:30pm to August 30, 2018 8:45pm

For three teenage boys living in New York in the 1980s, what starts as an uncanny resemblance quickly turns into an extraordinary stranger-than-fiction story. The discovery that Bobby, Eddy and David were triplets separated at birth and adopted by three different families catapults the former strangers to international fame. But their incredible reunion also unlocks a secret that gives this bizarre and charming tale a mysterious and troubling origin story. See one of the most talked-about films of Hot Docs 2018 on our screen after sold-out screenings.

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Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip - Game Changers

August 17, 2018 8:45pm

Arguably the greatest stand-up comedian of all-time, Richard Pryor is at his hilarious peak in the classic 1980s special, Live on the Sunset Strip. A fiery performer, Pryor delivers rapid laughs and provocation but most notably, he shares one of his most personal sets, musing on his roots, race in America, and his most notorious exploits—including frank discussion of that time he set himself on fire. His legacy speaks for himself but if there’s one surefire proof of Pryor’s genius, here it is.

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Frida Kahlo - Game Changers

August 18, 2018 2:15pm

Immerse yourself in the extraordinary world of celebrated Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Made during the height of the Mexican Revolution, Kahlo’s work was radical and deeply personal—reflecting the anguish she suffered following a brutal car accident, years of traumatic surgery, and endless heartache. Filmed at the Blue House in San Angel she called home and weaving together stunning archival images and soul-stirring music, this rarely-seen biopic offers an intimate portrait of one of the most astonishing artistic figures of the twentieth century.

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Bill Cunningham New York - Great Photographers

August 19, 2018 12:00pm

For over 50 years, the late great The New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham took candid pictures of people near his New York studio home above Carnegie Hall, documenting how they dress and assembling a unique portrait of fashion, society and changing times. Known for being private—even monk-like— this documentary shows us the man behind the photos, chronicling his incredible working life and career and acquainting you with the perspective of an artist perpetually in search of beauty.

Admission includes a post-screening discussion with Paul Roth, director of the Ryerson Image Centre.

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi - Game Changers

August 19, 2018 4:15pm

One of the most beloved documentaries in recent memory, Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a compelling portrait of renowned master sushi chef Jiro Ono, who at the age of 85 is as inspired and inspiring as ever in his pursuit of perfection. Jiro is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a three-star Michelin rated, 10-seat restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. From his unparalleled success in the culinary world to his complicated relationship with his sons, this delectable film chronicles all aspects of Jiro’s life and craft in tantalizing style and detail.

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Sex and the City and Us: 20th Anniversary Extravaganza

August 22, 2018 6:30pm

Join pop culture commentator and author of the upcoming book Nobody Cares, Anne T. Donahue (Vulture, The Globe and Mail, CBC's q) and bestselling writer Jennifer Keishin Armstrong (Seinfeldia), for a nostalgic, behind-the-scenes look at Sex and the City on its twentieth anniversary.

Enjoy cosmos and cupcakes with your friends while reliving legendary moments from the show on our big screen as Donahue and Armstrong explore exclusive new stories from the cast and writers in Armstrong's hotly anticipated new book, Sex and the City and Us: How Four Single Women Changed the Way We Think, Live and Love.

Learn how a columnist, two gay men, and a writers’ room full of women used their own poignant, hilarious, and humiliating stories to launch a cultural phenomenon—and how this iconic, if sometimes problematic, series endured slut-shaming and a slew of nasty reviews on its way to revolutionizing television for women. 

Doors Open: 5:30 PM - Arrive early for cocktail specials and more.

Presented in partnership with Simon & Schuster Canada. Book sale and signing to follow.

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August 24, 2018 11:00am to August 30, 2018 6:00pm

One of the greatest artists of her generation, Whitney Houston broke more music industry records than any other female singer in history. Her soaring voice gave life to some of the most popular power ballads of all time, while her star power shined bright in such unforgettable blockbusters as The Bodyguard. But behind the icon hid another woman with a tragic destiny, dehumanised by scandals gleefully raked over by the tabloids. Using never-before-seen archival footage and rare performances, this intimate and unflinching portrait from Oscar-winning director Kevin MacDonald goes beyond the familiar headlines to unravel the mystery behind “The Voice” who thrilled millions, even as she struggled to make peace with her own troubled past.

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RSC Live: Romeo & Juliet

August 25, 2018 12:00pm

We’re proud to present this special broadcast of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s critically acclaimed new revival of Romeo & Juliet. Set in a world very like our own, this Romeo and Juliet is about a generation of young people born into violence and ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents. The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change, but leads all too quickly to heart-breaking consequences. Featuring a cast of young student actors from across England, director Erica Whyman brilliantly injects the classic play with new blood and intensity.

Includes a 20 minute intermission

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Gray Matters - Game Changers

August 26, 2018 3:45pm

Eileen Gray’s uncompromising vision defined and defied the practice of modernism in decoration, design and architecture. Known for her lacquer work and tubular steel furniture, Gray became a sought after decorator before reinventing herself as an architect, a field in which she laboured largely in obscurity: her first building, the E-1027 villa on the French Riviera, was long credited to her mentor, Le Corbusier. But she lived long enough (98!) to be re-discovered and recognized for masterful work. Gray Matterssheds a light on her life, career and legacy, which remains as elusive and compelling as its creator.

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The Human Scale - Our Beautiful City

August 28, 2018 6:30pm

Our series on the future of Toronto returns with this stunning survey of the world's megacities and the efforts of revolutionary Danish city planner Jan Gehl to re-think and re-design them on a smaller scale: the human scale. Around 1950, Gehl argues, city planning took on a very specific direction: "bird shit architecture." Driven by the rapid influx of cars, cities were designed to look good from a plane, ignoring the needs of humans below. The Human Scale explores how Gehl’s vision of a human megacity—intimate, lively, safe, sustainable and healthy—is being implemented in places like New York, Chongqing, Copenhagen and Melbourne.

Join us for a special Q&A with Gil Penalosa, the chair of World Urban Parks, founder and chair of the non-profit, 8 80 Cities, and the former Commissioner of Parks and Recreation in Bogota, Colombia. One of the world's leading urbanists, Penalosa will help us relate the film back to the civic challenges and opportunities that face Toronto in the 21st century.

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Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

August 31, 2018 11:00am to September 6, 2018 8:15pm

Join us on a revelatory journey behind the scenes of Blue Note Records, the pioneering label that gave voice to some of the most ground-breaking jazz artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Legends Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter come together with next-generation musicians to record a new album and reflect on the legacy Blue Note is built on: Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Miles Davis and more. Tracing decades of history, Blue Note Records is a thrilling celebration of the core values that jazz embodies—freedom of expression, equality and dialogue—values that are just as relevant today as they were when the label was founded in 1939.

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The CanLit Boom: 1950s-1970s - Curious Minds

September 26, 2018 10:00am to November 7, 2018 10:00am

In the mid-twentieth century, Canada experienced a literary explosion unlike anything the country had experienced before. The CanLit Boom changed the literary and cultural face of the country, creating both a national literature and the infrastructure that still supports Canadian writing today. This illustrated course offers an introduction to—or a reminder of—the lives and early works of six of the most prominent writers to emerge in Canada in this period, between the late 1950s and the early 1970s. We’ll explore the streets of Montreal with Mordecai Richler and Leonard Cohen. We’ll relive the bohemian spirit of '60s Toronto with Margaret Atwood. We’ll experience the great writers, stories and characters of CanLit as we’ve never seen and heard them before.

Led by Nick Mount, a professor of Canadian literature at the University of Toronto, winner of the 3M National Fellowship, and author of Arrival: The Story of CanLit.

September 26: Mordecai Richler 
October 3: Marie-Claire Blais 
October 10: Al Purdy 
October 24: Margaret Atwood and key Toronto works of the 1960s October 31: Leonard Cohen
November 7: Alice Munro

Please note, there is no class on October 17

Six-week course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free) 
Single class: $21 (Members: $17, $14, Free)

Sponsored by Hollywood Suite

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Inventing Modern Paris - Curious Minds

October 12, 2018 10:00am to November 23, 2018 10:00am

Presenting new material that will delight both newcomers and past attendees of the hit Curious Minds series Learning from Paris, Hot Docs favourite Lisa Pasold examines how scientists, artists, planners, philosophers and performers transformed Paris in the 19th century. We'll brood in gas-lit arcades with moody poet Paul Verlaine. We’ll tour the great fashion houses of the period with the Empress Eugenie. And we’ll stride through the city of the future with best-selling author Jules Verne. Explore how, in the span of a single century, a medieval city became one of the world’s most dynamic metropolises, setting a standard for style and sophistication that continues today.

Led by Lisa Pasold, a Governor General’s Award–nominated writer, journalist (The Globe and Mail, Chicago Tribune) and television host of Discovery World’s Paris Next Stop.

October 12: Inventing architecture
October 19: Inventing science
October 26: Inventing fashion
November 9: Inventing the body 
November 16: Inventing the spectacle
November 23: Inventing the image

Please note, there is no class on November 2.

Six-week course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free)
Single class: $21 (Members: $17, $14, Free)

Sponsored by Hollywood Suite

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Joni Mitchell: Words and Music - Curious Minds

October 15, 2018 10:00am to November 26, 2018 10:00am

With a body of work that is original, incisively personal, technically polished, and conceptually deep, Joni Mitchell is one of Canada’s greatest musical artists and one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the last fifty years. Hot Docs favourite Dr. Mike Daley tells Mitchell’s story in detail, exploring her Alberta and Saskatchewan upbringing, her early years in Toronto's burgeoning folk scene, her musical partnerships, and the romantic affairs and marriages that inspired some of her unforgettable compositions. He’ll examine the fascinating life and career of a Canadian icon.

Led by Dr. Mike Daley (Leonard Cohen: Words and Music, The Beatles and their World, Bob Dylan: Words and Music), a music historian and professional musician who has taught at Guelph, McMaster, Waterloo and York Universities.

October 15: Early years in Canada
October 22: Joni's breakthrough
October 29: Rock stardom
November 12: Jazz explorations
November 19: Navigating the changing pop landscape
November 26: Final works and legacy projects

Please note, there is no class on November 5.

Six-week course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free)
Single class: $21 (Members: $17, $14, Free)

Sponsored by Hollywood Suite

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Around the World with Art Nouveau - Curious Minds

October 23, 2018 1:00pm to November 27, 2018 1:00pm

*New-Afternoon Course!*

Experience the luxury and decadence of Art Nouveau in this globe-trotting survey of the artistic movement’s most stunning architecture, jewels and decorative objects. Our journey will begin in Paris in 1900 with the Universal Exposition and go on to examine the unique architectural masterpieces of Art Nouveau capitals like Brussels, Paris, Barcelona, Glasgow, Vienna, Moscow and Prague. Learn how the movement’s artists and master craftsmen ushered European society into the modern age.

Led by art historian, fine art advisor and professor at the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies, Natalie Ribkoff, whose Around the World with Art Deco series wowed Curious Minds audiences in 2016.

October 23: The style and the age
October 30: Great beginnings in Brussels
November 6: Fabulous French talent from Paris and Nancy
November 13: For the love of Gaudi; Art Nouveau in Barcelona 
November 20: Glasgow and Vienna
November 27: Looking Eastward: Prague, Moscow and St. Petersburg

Six-week course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free) 
Single class: $21 (Members: $17, $14, Free)

Sponsored by Hollywood Suite

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