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Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

MÜ 50! Forest University 50! Exhibit

April 1, 2017 2:00pm to September 17, 2017 4:00pm

The Kotkajärve Metsaülikool (Forest University) 50! exhibition will be open at VEMU all summer from April 1, 2017 to September 15, 2017. 

People of Estonian heritage have been going to reconnect with their roots at this total immersion cultural camp in the deep woods of Muskoka, Canada every summer since 1967. Discover what happens at this Estonian camp in Canada.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


May 19, 2017 10:00am to June 23, 2017 10:00am

It is now 56 years since Bob Dylan recorded his first Columbia album. In that time, many imitators have come and gone, but Dylan remains one of our most fascinating and unpredictable cultural figures. His influence on the art and craft of songwriting is immeasurable, and the summer 1965 release of 'Like A Rolling Stone' transformed postwar popular music, and yet the notoriously private and evasive Dylan remains something of an enigma.

Over six lectures, musicologist, musician and lifelong Dylan fan Dr. Mike Daley (whose research on Bob Dylan's singing style won the 1998 York University Thesis Prize) will break down his career through the decades using rare video and recordings. Known as a great lyricist, Dylan will be shown to also be a brilliant if idiosyncratic performer. We'll survey the ways that Dylan's work has been interpreted over the years and suggest some new approaches to his art. The course will also situate Dylan firmly within his times, from his role in the generational schisms of the 1960s right up to his recent Nobel Prize for Literature. With fresh insights and a critical ear, this course will be an authoritative account of Bob Dylan's life and music.

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

Six-week course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free)
Single class: $20 (Members: $17, $14, Free)

Cunard to Canada: “A Welcome Awaits You,” Nottingham, England: Thos. Forman & Sons, Ltd., broadside, 1930.
Toronto Reference Library

Destination Canada

May 20, 2017 9:00am to July 30, 2017 5:00pm

Toronto Public Library and Passages Canada are pleased to present Destination Canada, a new exhibit that explores our diverse experiences of migration, arrival and finding a place of belonging from early settlement to present day. Discover the stories of newcomers throughout our history through posters, photographs, written accounts and other materials from Toronto Public Library's Baldwin Collection of Canadiana and Chinese Canadian Archive. The exhibit also features personal mementos from storytellers with Passages Canada.

Free. Guided tours every Tuesday at 2pm.
Find out more at

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


May 25, 2017 10:00am to July 6, 2017 10:00am

Experience the wonders of Modern Architecture and Design in this globe-trotting journey through the 19th and 20th centuries. Beginning in the mid-1800s, we'll study how brilliant artists, architects and designers responded to the technological innovations of the Machine Age, forging bold new aesthetics and influential cultural movements. From the Arts and Crafts movement of Victorian England to the European refinement of Art Nouveau and Bauhaus to the futuristic designs of postwar California, we'll trace the evolving relationship between Man and Machine through art, crafts, household furnishings, architecture and urban planning. 

This course will be led by Peter Harris, the former Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science of the University of Toronto. A former senior lecturer in the University's German Department, Dr. Harris has also served as a Special Lecturer in the new Vic One Program at Victoria College. In these different capacities, he has lectured on topics ranging from German Film to Expo '58, from the German Reichstag Building to Rosie the Riveter.

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

Six-week course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free) 
Single class: $20 (Members: $17, $14, Free)

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Bob Dylan on Screen: THE LAST WALTZ

June 16, 2017 1:00pm to June 23, 2017 8:30pm

Bob Dylan on Screen: A cinematic tribute to the iconic troubadour, in conjunction with our Curious Minds course on Bob Dylan running May 19–June 23.

Dylan's performances in this Martin Scorsese-directed classic helped cement its status as one of the greatest concert films of all time. Showing up, in Robbie Robertson's memorable description, like "a Christ in a white hat," Dylan unleashes killer renditions of 'Forever Young' and 'Baby, Let Me Follow You Down' and reminds us of his majestic bond with the Americana obsessives who revolutionized popular music in the 60s and 70s. Come for Dylan's spirited performance and stay for turns from Neil Young, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, The Band and kick off the summer in style with a rock n' roll classic!

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


June 17, 2017 9:30am to June 23, 2017 1:00pm

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

D.A. Pennebaker documents the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival at the height of the Summer of Love. Monterey launched the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Otis Redding and ushered in a new era of rock 'n' roll. Other performances by artists like Simon and Garfunkel, The Mamas and the Papas, The Who and Ravi Shankar are vividly captured by both Ricky Leacock and Albert Maysles, who were camera operators. Pennebaker approached the film with the same adventurous spirit as the organizers and the artists themselves, creating an unforgettably explosive concert film.

Arrive early for the screening on June 17 as we kick off the night with DJ Moe Berg and drink specials.

Saturday, June 17, 8:30 PM: Doors Open
Saturday, June 17, 9:30 PM: Screening

Sponsored by Mill Street Brewery.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


June 18, 2017 1:30pm to June 25, 2017 2:00pm

The towering statue of David, the deeply moving Pietà in the Papal Basilica of St. Peter and his tour-de-force, the Sistine Chapel ceiling—the work of very few artists in history is as well known and well regarded as Michelangelo’s, but the man himself is a mystery to most. Michelangelo: Love and Death looks beyond the masterpieces and delves into an intensely researched exploration of his storied life, daunting ambitions and monumental accomplishments. Through some of the man’s own words and insight from experts, deepen your knowledge and understanding of the enigmatic figure and his awe-inspiring art that defined the Renaissance.

man in tuxedo conducting with baton
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Opera for All

June 19, 2017 2:00pm to June 26, 2017 9:00pm

Visiting Artist, Maestro Alvaro Lozano Gutierrez, returns for this hit program. Whether you are an amateur singer or experienced chorister, this is for you. Learn popular Opera Choruses in Italian and French. Choose between Monday daytime or Wednesday evening rehearsals. All levels welcome. Learning materials provided.

Mondays, June 19 - July 24, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Wednesdays June 21 - July 26, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
(Combined concert July 31)
Info: (416) 924-6211 x250

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


June 23, 2017 4:00pm to June 29, 2017 6:30pm

Errol Morris Retrospective: In conjunction with The B-Side, we celebrate and screen the auteur's major works.

From legendary documentarian Errol Morris (whose extensive oeuvre is the subject of a retrospective, June 16–20) comes one of his warmest films, an endearing look at the life and work of portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman. A magician with the large-format Polaroid Land 20x24 camera, Dorfman has taken thousands of pictures over several decades—Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg among her subjects. Morris gets a personal tour through Dorfman’s archive as she reflects on the art of photography. What subtly emerges is a study of how we see ourselves and that strange meeting point of real and fake, encapsulated by the still image.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


June 24, 2017 12:30pm

One of the most influential musicians of the last 30 years, guitarist and composer Bill Frisell has 46 albums under his belt—as well as countless collaborations with artists including Paul Simon, Lucinda Williams, Mike Gibbs, Paul Motian, Jim Hall, Hal Willner, Joey Baron and Jason Moran (all featured in this doc). Having contributed his creative touch to jazz, country, folk, rock, pop, blues and more, Frisell has built a worldwide reputation as a versatile genius, with a handful of awards to prove it. This documentary features stunning live performances and revealing interviews with Frisell and fellow musicians.

Bill Frisell will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.


The Royal Conservatory

4th Annual Wide Open House

June 25, 2017 10:00am

Come to the 4th Annual Wide Open House at The Royal Conservatory of Music (273 Bloor Street West) on Sunday, June 25, 2017. Fun for the entire family (10 am – 4 pm): Smart StartTM class for babies and toddlers; Kids Zone; instrument petting zoo; courtyard party. Special programming for adults (2:30 – 6pm): Music Appreciation; open jam sessions; instrument demonstrations and classes. Koerner Hall concerts throughout the day for all ages!
Location: Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 Bloor Street West
No tickets needed, but an updated schedule of events may be found at

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


June 25, 2017 11:00am

Doc Soup Sundays: A Sunday morning Doc Soup spin-off featuring the world's best art, culture and design docs.

Best known for his Tales of the City series of novels, Armistead Maupin is a beloved literary figure and activist for LGBTQ rights, but first he had to shed his bigoted roots after growing up in North Carolina. From his conservative family, to enlisting as a naval officer during Vietnam, to working with Nixon, to settling in San Francisco, Maupin’s life journey is a fascinating story of self discovery and the evolution of sexual politics in America. He tells the tale in this heartening documentary along with a little help from his friends Neil Gaiman, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Ian McKellen and other familiar faces.

Director Jennifer Kroot will participate in a post-screening Skype Q&A.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

The Royal Canadian Legion Concert Band Annual Gala

June 25, 2017 7:30pm

In the Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal JCC
An enjoyable evening of spirited music performed by enthusiastic musicians, highlighted by the quintessential arrangement of Rossini’s William Tell Overture.
Adults - $15
Seniors / Students - $10
Children (6 and under) Free
Tickets must be purchased at the door - Cash only - Exact change is appreciated!

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Alternative Facts Survival Guide: VIDEOCRACY

June 27, 2017 6:30pm

Alternative Facts Survival Guide: Take heart! Today's best journalists arm you with the intellectual tools needed to decode a world of fake news.

A brutish egomaniac with a bad tan uses his television brand to vault himself into the country’s highest office. Sound familiar? In this darkly hilarious, award-winning examination of Silvio Berlusconi's media empire, director Erik Gandini shows how the autocratic billionaire has transformed Italian culture and politics, replacing democratic debate with empty-headed reality stars, mind-numbing variety shows and, as Gandini puts it, "the evilness of banality."

After the screening, we'll be joined by Craig Silverman, the top media editor at Buzzfeed, who has covered the Italian media industry and is arguably the world's leading reporter on the phenomenon of fake news.

The Royal Conservatory

Toronto Summer Music Festival Preview

June 28, 2017 1:00pm to July 12, 2017 3:00pm

The Blue Jays, Shakespeare in High Park, strolling on Harbourfront, the Toronto Islands, the CNE – these are all popular pastimes for Torontonians in the summer. For music lovers, theToronto Summer Music Festival, now in its 12th season, has become a regular highlight of every summer, featuring world-class musicians and ensembles in a spectacular array of concerts, lectures, and masterclasses in various venues throughout the downtown core.

This summer, in celebration of Canada 150, Artistic Director Jonathan Crow has designed a wonderful schedule of concerts featuring some of Canada’s top classical musicians and ensembles in a broad variety of great music, from various eras, created here in Canada and around the world.

This 3-week series will delve into some of the works to be heard, offering insight and background to further your enjoyment of TSMF 2017. Also featured will be an appearance by Jonathan Crow for an informal Q & A session.

Register now at, or call 416-408-2825.


June 28, 2017 6:30pm to July 6, 2017 1:00pm

Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms gets six fresh perspectives with In the Name of All Canadians, a compilation of short documentaries commissioned by Hot Docs. From Indigenous rights to the controversial 'notwithstanding clause,' participating filmmakers take the Charter's key tenets off the page and into the lived experiences of the country we call home.

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. World premiere media sponsor: Maclean's.

*Tickets to the premiere on Wednesday, June 28: Advance Tickets SOLD OUT. A limited number of Rush Tickets will be available on the day of the screening.


La Charte des droits et libertés du Canada sous six nouvelles perspectives dans le film In the Name of All Canadians , une compilation de documentaires courts-métrages commandés par Hot Docs. Des droits autochtones à la controversée « clause nonobstant », les cinéastes participants intègrent les principes clés de la Charte aux expériences vécues dans ce pays qui est le nôtre.

Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada et du gouvernement de l'Ontario. World premiere media sponsor: Maclean's.

*Les billets pour la première du mercredi 28 juin: GRATUITS, disponibles en ligne et à la billetterie

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...

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Bob Dylan on Screen: I'M NOT THERE

June 29, 2017 8:30pm

Bob Dylan on Screen: A cinematic tribute to the iconic troubadour, in conjunction with our Curious Minds course on Bob Dylan running May 19–June 23.

Hotly debated and lavishly praised upon its release in 2007, Todd Haynes's Academy Award–nominated portrait of the many faces of Bob Dylan depicts an artist whose continual reinvention of himself also transformed the world around him. I'm Not There shuffles between six characters in separate storylines that represent the different facets of Dylan's public persona (including poet, outlaw and rock n' roll martyr), each brought to life by a brilliant actor like Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw and Christian Bale. I'm Not There offers a mind-expanding tribute to the private history and public legend of an all-American icon.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

The Documentaries of Demme (+1): NEIL YOUNG: HEART OF GOLD

July 1, 2017 6:15pm

The Documentaries of Demme (+1): A Tribute - We’re playing seven of our favourite documentaries by the great Jonathan Demme (with one special bonus).

Join us on Canada Day for one of Neil Young's most memorable performances caught on film. Heart of Gold has a particular poignancy for having been made after Young had undergone surgery for a lie threatening brain aneurysm. Jonathan Demme captures a special full circle moment in which Young harkens back to the bittersweet country origins that made him famous. Culled from two emotionally charged concerts at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium where he played his Prairie Wind album in its entirety, Heart of Gold finds Young at a crossroads that became a new beginning. 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

The Documentaries of Demme (+1): JIMMY CARTER: MAN FROM PLAINS

July 2, 2017 8:00pm

The Documentaries of Demme (+1): A Tribute - We're playing seven of our favourite documentaries by the great Jonathan Demme (with one special bonus).

Since his tenure as President of the United States, Jimmy Carter dedicated his life to humanitarian work and advocacy. In Jonathan Demme's Man from Plains filmed during Carter's 2004 book tour for Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid we get a vivid impression of the man's unceasing energy and commitment to a life of service and creating change. Whether it's campaigning for peace between Israel and Palestine or bringing to light America?s own injustices to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, or speaking out against Trump at the age of 92, Carter is always putting his beliefs into action, much to Demme's admiration in this warm and thoughtful portrait.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

The Documentaries of Demme (+1): SWIMMING TO CAMBODIA

July 3, 2017 6:30pm

The Documentaries of Demme (+1): A Tribute - We’re playing seven of our favourite documentaries by the great Jonathan Demme (with one special bonus).

Master monologist Spalding Gray delivers one of his most entertaining pieces with Swimming to Cambodia. Expounding on his eccentric experiences working as a supporting actor in the film The Killing Fields which was largely shot in Thailand, Gray delves into Southeast Asian history, drug use, romance, the absurdity of Hollywood productions and life back in New York. Director Jonathan Demme ups the ante with brilliantly subtle cinematic effects that punch up Gray’s imagery and delivery, resulting in yet another example of the filmmaker’s uncanny ability to enhance and complement artist’s performances.

Actor, playwright and director Daniel MacIvor, who wrote and starred in Who Killed Spalding Gray? which ran in Toronto this past winter, will join us for a post-screening discussion.


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

The Documentaries of Demme (+1): STOREFRONT HITCHCOCK

July 4, 2017 8:45pm

The Documentaries of Demme (+1): A Tribute - We’re playing seven of our favourite documentaries by the great Jonathan Demme (with one special bonus).

Stop Making Sense may be rightfully cited as Jonathan Demme’s greatest achievement and as the best concert movie of all time, but Storefront Hitchcock, his inventive collaboration with British pop songwriter Robyn Hitchcock, ought to be mentioned in the same company. Playing his guitar with his back to an open storefront, the background playfully interacts with performance throughout this eccentric music experience, featuring Hitchcock at the top of his game, both when he’s playing songs and during the banter in between that puts his sardonic wit on full display along with his musical genius. 

Film subject Robyn Hitchcock joins us via Skype for a special introduction and post-screening discussion.


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

The Documentaries of Demme (+1): SOMETHING WILD

July 5, 2017 8:45pm

The Documentaries of Demme (+1): A Tribute - We’re playing seven of our favourite documentaries by the great Jonathan Demme (with one special bonus).

There simply might not be another movie like Something Wild, Jonathan Demme’s infectious and energetic 1986 cult hit. Playing like a screwball odyssey with equal credit due to classical Hollywood and Demme’s B-movie origins, the film follows a straight-edged New York trader named Charlie (Jeff Daniels) who falls under the spell of the feisty and mysterious Lulu (Melanie Griffith), ending up in a heated battle over her with Lulu’s psychotic ex-husband Ray (Ray Liotta, rounding out a pitch perfect cast). Supremely entertaining with Demme’s trademark warmth at the film’s core, Something Wild is like nothing else. 

This screening will be introduced by Calum Marsh, Arts & Culture Reporter for National Post.


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

The Documentaries of Demme (+1): THE AGRONOMIST

July 6, 2017 3:30pm

The Documentaries of Demme (+1): A Tribute - We're playing seven of our favourite documentaries by the great Jonathan Demme (with one special bonus).

Nothing short of a modern day folk hero, Jean Dominique was a lovable eccentric and brilliant thinker who inspired his fellow Haitians for decades. An agronomist turned filmmaker turned journalist turned rebel radio DJ, Dominique paved a path all his own. He founded Haiti's first independent radio station, Radio Haïti Inter, and was the first to broadcast in the native Haitian Creole of his people. Director Jonathan Demme, a student of Haitian culture and history, follows both the trials and triumphs of his storied life and creates a worthy testament to his work, singular spirit and his uncompromsing idealism which serves as heartening inspiration in our troubled present. Featuring original music by Wycleaf Jean.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Alternative Facts Survival Guide: OUR NIXON

July 6, 2017 6:30pm

Alternative Facts Survival Guide: Take heart! Today's best journalists arm you with the intellectual tools needed to decode a world of fake news.

Former George W. Bush speechwriter and senior editor at The Atlantic David Frum and former CBC Washington correspondent Alison Smith present this riveting documentary about the inner workings of the Nixon White House, featuring never-before-seen Super 8 home movie footage shot by Nixon's closest advisers.

After the film, Frum (joining us via Skype) and Smith will discuss what separates a successful White House from a dysfunctional one, what the press and Congress can do to halt government corruption, and what the Trump administration holds for the future of the conservative movement.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


July 7, 2017 3:30pm to July 13, 2017 3:30pm

Known as the Egyptian Jon Stewart and hailed as a hero by other faux-pundits John Oliver and Samantha Bee, cardiologist-turned-comedian Bassem Youssef hosts The Show, a satirical news program that skewers politicians and holds them accountable. However, hosting such a show in Egypt amidst turmoil is a little different from hosting a show in the U.S. and Youssef finds himself not just under fire but potentially in danger. Able to create his show during the revolution, the documentary follows as a new dictatorship takes rise and threatens Youssef's new role in society. Hilarious and endearing, he's every bit as likable as his North American counterparts—and with so much more at stake.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


July 7, 2017 6:15pm to July 13, 2017 9:00pm

Situated in Toronto’s Rosedale neighbourhood, the Integral House is one of the most remarkable homes in the world and this Hot Docs hit gives you the rare chance to take a tour behind its doors. This architectural marvel was commissioned by Jim Stewart, the most-published mathematician since Euclid. Having met with Frank Gehry and Rem Koolhaas, he ultimately chose two young architects. A stunning open concept space, the home was also used for performances—one musician claimed it was like playing inside of an instrument. Integral Man interrogates both this space, the man who dreamed it and the unexpected twist that came soon after.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

This Film Should Be Played Loud: THIS MOVIE IS BROKEN

July 8, 2017 9:30pm

Legendary Canadian director Bruce McDonald (Hard Core Logo) and screenwriter Don McKellar (Highway 61) create a one-of-a-kind experience with Canadian supergroup Broken Social Scene, whose members include Metric, Feist, Stars, Do Make Say Think, KC Accidental and Jason Collett. In this love story-meets-concert movie, Bruno finally gets together with his dream girl just as she’s about to take off for school in Paris. With one more night before her departure, he decides to take Caroline to see her favourite band—who else but Broken Social Scene at Harbourfront Centre!—with the hope he can sweep her off her feet for good.

Arrive early as we kick off the night with a DJ and drink specials.

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

Sponsored by Mill Street Brewery.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


July 9, 2017 12:00pm

Join us for not just one, not two, but three hypnotizing masterworks from the great British choreographer Frederick Ashton. The program opens with The Dream, a playful piece derived from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in which Ashton instills the work’s trademark wit and whimsy, accompanied by a charming score from Felix Mendelssohn. Among Ashton’s most revered ballets, Symphonic Variations experiments with tempo and movement in a graceful work of pure dance. Lastly, Marguerite and Armand is a powerful love story, set to Franz Liszt’s famous Piano Sonata in B Minor, about a Parisian courtesan recounting her greatest love affair from her deathbed.

Includes two 15 minute intermissions.

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


a group of women standing and singing with music in their hands
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

SICA Singers

July 10, 2017 9:30am to July 14, 2017 4:30pm

The Summer Institute for Creative Adults (SICA) is a hands-on summer vocal camp week. 

Refresh your voice, gain confidence and valuable skills. Work with Toronto’s top music faculty. New this year: World Music and Jazz Choir.

July 10-14, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Info: (416) 924-6211 x250

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Films Changing the World: CHASING CORAL

July 13, 2017 6:15pm

Films Changing the World: Must-see docs revealing staggering new perspectives and stories.

Join us for this special (and vital) discussion and one-off return of Chasing Coral, which made waves at this year's Hot Docs festival. In this high-stakes follow-up to the hit documentary Chasing Ice, director Jeff Orlowski joins up with a team of marine biologists to dive into the world of coral reefs, armed with state-of-the-art cameras. Mass bleaching events that leave populations of coral reef devastated and ecosystems completely disrupted are increasing with the rise of water temperatures—but it’s not too late to save them. Join Orlowski and his team on their globe-spanning adventure to help save our oceans.

Post-screening discussion guests TBA.

Co-presented by Planet in Focus.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


July 14, 2017 6:30pm to July 20, 2017 9:15pm

Who doesn’t have nostalgic memories of mermaids from their childhood, whether it be Ariel or Daryl Hannah? Well, this Hot Docs favourite takes an endearing look at people united by their love of mermaids. Or rather, their love of “mermaiding”, which is to say identifying as mermaids. It may sound like an eccentric lifestyle choice, but director Ali Weinstein takes their calling seriously, and examines the healing capabilities of fantasy to work through real world pain, whether it be abuse, discrimination, or struggles with identity. The result is a meditative work of art that has some healing power of its own.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


July 15, 2017 9:00am to July 16, 2017 9:00am

On July 15 and 16, we welcome you to join us for the suspense and drama of the world’s premiere tennis tournament on our giant screen. Enjoy every nail-biting rally, booming ace and hotly contested game point as the best tennis players duke it out for the most prestigious title of the season.

All of the hallowed Wimbledon traditions will be observed—The Royal Box, strawberries and cream, and tea sandwiches. Tennis whites not required!

Sat, July 15: Ladies' Singles Final 
8:00 AM: Doors Open, TSN's Breakfast at Wimbledon Pre-Show
9:00 AM: Match Begins

Sun, July 16: Gentlemen's Singles Final
8:00 AM: Doors Open, TSN's Breakfast at Wimbledon Pre-Show
9:00 AM: Match Begins

Tickets: FREE tickets (limit two per person) are available at the cinema box office. Members can access tickets online by signing in with their member number.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

The Documentaries of Demme (+1): STOP MAKING SENSE

July 19, 2017 8:45pm

The Documentaries of Demme (+1): A Tribute - We’re playing seven of our favourite documentaries by the great Jonathan Demme (with one special bonus).

Our tribute series to Jonathan Demme comes to a close with a very special event. Cinemas across the U.S. and Canada are screening Demme’s unforgettable collaboration with the Talking Heads on July 19 as a salute to the late filmmaker. The definition of capturing lightning in a bottle, Demme and the band are in perfect harmony in this inventive and exhilarating masterpiece that finds the group at the peak of their powers. Get ready for pure musical ecstasy with David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Jerry Harrison and the rest of the Talking Heads—and be prepared to sing and dance in the aisles!

This screening will be introduced by Chandler Levack, a Juno-nominated music video director, journalist and digital editor and staff writer for TIFF. 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


July 21, 2017 4:00pm to July 25, 2017 9:15pm

Replace the expert-led and distant views of the revolution in Syria with this deeply affecting doc carved from 300 hours of footage shot amidst conflict by everyday citizens. 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 moving documentary from TIFF 2016 brings us face-to-face with the realities of revolution from an average citizen's eye.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


July 21, 2017 6:30pm to July 27, 2017 6:30pm

It's the place where Charlie Chaplin became a movie legend, Donald Trump's family made its fortune and Jack London heard the 'call of the wild.' Dawson City, Yukon, is one of Canada's most storied communities—a place whose colourful history and stunning landscapes are shrouded in myth. Drawing from a collection of over 500 lost silent films made between the 1910s and 20s that were unearthed from a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory, Bill Morrison (Decasia) has created a singular movie experience. With a mesmerizing score from Sigur Ros collaborator Alex Somers, and delightful cameos from the likes of Calamity Jane, movie magnate Sid Grauman and the poet Robert Service, the film is a captivating time capsule and one of the most critically acclaimed docs of the year.

Co-presented by Toronto Silent Film Festival.


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


July 21, 2017 9:15pm to July 27, 2017 9:15pm

Called "America's greatest contemporary ballerina," Wendy Whelan is preparing to leave the New York City Ballet after a record-breaking three decades with the company. Having established herself as one of her generation's greatest dancers during her tenure at the NYCB, Whelan seeks out a new challenge with a new piece, Restless Creature. She enlists four young choreographers to each come up with a duet between them and herself. The documentary follows Whelan as she prepares to take her final bow. Restless Creature finds a seasoned master embracing the new with grace and style.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


July 26, 2017 6:15pm

Films Changing the World: Must-see docs revealing staggering new perspectives and stories.

As people around the world lose their faith in existing systems, this gripping deconstruction of how the powers that be are wielding media and culture to control us couldn't be more timely. Widely regarded as one of the most important thinkers alive, Noam Chomsky dissects our current condition with his signature cool and devastating intellectual power. Requiem for the American Dream takes a thought-provoking look at the decline of democracy, the disappearing middle class, the myth of social mobility, and whatever hope may exist to turn this ship around. Tracing a half-century of policies designed to favour the wealthy at the expense of the majority, Chomsky provides penetrating insight into what may well be the lasting legacy, and undoing, of our time.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


July 28, 2017 6:15pm to August 3, 2017 6:30pm

Winner of the Rogers Audience Award for Best Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs 2017, RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD reveals an essential and, until now, missing chapter in the history of popular music: the Indigenous influence. Lifting the veil on the enormous impact made by First Nations and Native American musicians including Robbie Robertson, Link Wray, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Charley Patton, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis and more, Rumble celebrates their genre-changing and undeniably catchy influence. Blending audio archives, concert footage and interviews with industry icons from Tony Bennett to Steven Tyler and Martin Scorsese, this Hot Docs hit and Sundance award-winner is an unforgettable and political exploration of a musical history that was silenced for too long.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Opera on Screen: OTELLO

July 30, 2017 12:00pm

Renowned German tenor Jonas Kaufmann gives the performance of a lifetime as Otello in Keith Warner’s new production of Verdi’s thrilling Shakespeare-inspired opera, conducted by Antonio Pappano. This riveting production focuses on the psychological turmoil of Otello’s mental collapse and the clash of light and dark, good and evil. French baritone Ludovic Tézier adds richness as the devastating traitor, Iago. This is an intense and dark realization of the tragic masterpiece that is beautifully and ambitiously staged, opening with a violent storm and featuring stunning duets between Otello and his doomed wife, Desdemona.


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


August 4, 2017 4:00pm to August 9, 2017 6:30pm

Step into one of the most eccentric and remarkable spaces in New York music history: W. Eugene Smith’s legendary jazz loft. In the heyday of jazz between 1957 and 1965, former LIFE photographer Smith lived in a chaotic mess of an apartment on Sixth Avenue. Musicians would play into the wee hours, including masters like Thelonious Monk, and unbeknownst to them, Smith had the whole joint set up with recording equipment. In his time in the building, he captured 4,000 hours of audio tape and took 40,000 photographs. This enthralling doc digs into his archives and tracks its eight-year saga—until it comes crumbling down.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


August 18, 2017 6:30pm to August 24, 2017 6:30pm

Ronald Reagan incomparably raised the level of staging and performance that go into being the leader of the free world, which we’re seeing today on a grander scale than could have been imagined at the time. Composed of archival footage and set against the backdrop of the Cold War, this remarkable documentary reconstructs the Reagan era almost as if it was a reality TV show. A gun-toting movie hero first and the 40th President of the United States second, Reagan was a born actor. Taking advantage of the wealth of video documentation that accompanied his presidency, The Reagan Show incisively digs into the made-for-TV approach to governing.

The Royal Conservatory

Beethoven: The String Quartets

September 13, 2017 1:00pm to October 4, 2017 3:00pm

Wednesdays, 1-3pm

September 13 - October 4

The string quartets by Beethoven (1770-1827) encompass his most personal and intimate thoughts and ideas, his purist writing, clearly tracing his evolution as a master composer. The early period quartets show Beethoven's grasp of the 18th century models of Haydn and Mozart, while establishing his own identity. In his middle period quartets, Beethoven expands the scope and range, providing music of more complexity and intensity. The late period quartets present a music of new spirituality and mysticism "otherworldly" as the composer strives for new methods of expression and creativity. It has often been said, that to only know the symphonies, concertos and sonatas by Beethoven is to have an incomplete picture of his musical genius.

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How Music Works: Part 1

September 15, 2017 10:00am to November 24, 2017 11:30am

If you've always wanted to understand how music "works," this practical session 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! We'll deconstruct selections from classical, folk, and popular repertoires---including Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," Pachelbel's "Canon," Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus," Bach's cello suites, and pieces by Bernstein, the Beatles, B.B. King, and Gershwin, among many others---and unlock the secrets of melody, rhythm, harmony, texture, form, genre, and more. Along the way, we'll cover topics such as basic staff notation, scales, intervals, time signatures, note and rest values, meters, chords, and cadences. In the final class, we'll put all the pieces together and apply our cumulative learning to an enlightening study of Beethoven's monumental Symphony No. 5. Participants will emerge from this course with a deeper understanding of the music they experience.

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How Music Works: Part 2

September 15, 2017 12:00pm to November 24, 2017 1:30pm

September 15 - November 24

Fridays, 12pm - 1:30pm

A continuation of 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. This series will draw connections between these diverse genres by looking at works by an eclectic list of composers and groups from Monteverdi, Bach and Mozart to Duke Ellington, Leonard Bernstein and Radiohead.

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How Jazz Works

September 15, 2017 2:00pm to November 24, 2017 3:30pm

September 15 - November 24

Fridays, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Jazz is a vibrant, exciting and vital art form that represents some of the most creative music-making from the early twentieth century through to the present day. This ten-week series will present a broad overview of the development of jazz styles including New Orleans traditional jazz, swing and big band music, bebop, the modern mainstream, and the avant-garde. Lectures will also cover musical features including melody, harmony, rhythm, form and the art of improvisation. Join us for an engaging exploration of the world of jazz!

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Strauss' Women, Their Families and Their Lovers

September 20, 2017 10:00am to October 25, 2017 12:00pm

Wednesdays, 10am - 12pm 

September 20 - October 25

Almost all of Richard Strauss's 15 operas are named for their principal female characters or focus on their heroines. Although he certainly created some vivid male characters, the composer clearly had a special fondness for the female voice, showcasing it in an astonishingly wide range of dramatic situations running the gamut from horrific abuse to high romance. From Salome and Elektra through Arabella, Ariadne and Aminta to the Empress, the Marschallin and the Countess Madeleine, this 6-week series surveys the dramatic and musical challenges Strauss set for his leading ladies through the artistry of the great interpreters who have brought them to life on stage.

Participants in this course will receive a ticket to the dress rehearsal of the Canadian Opera Company's Canadian premiere of Strauss's Arabella.

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History of the Orcehstra

September 21, 2017 1:00pm to October 26, 2017 3:00pm

Thursdays, 1pm-3pm

September 21 - October 26

The orchestra holds a prominent place in Western music. This series traces the growth and development of the orchestra from its beginnings in the seventeenth century to the present day. The central focus of the course will be the development of orchestras and orchestral repertoire. This course will begin with Les 24 Violons du Roy at the court of Louis XIV. Later in the baroque era, Venice's Ospedale della Pietà and Leipzig's Collegium Musicum will be examined. In the Classical period, orchestras in Vienna and Mannheim will be studied to illustrate the development of symphonic form. In the Romantic era, orchestras in Leipzig and London will exemplify the development of the modern orchestral ensemble and orchestral canon. Finally, the proliferation of orchestras in the 20th century, and the further expansion of the repertoire, will be illustrated with orchestras in Paris, Boston and Toronto. Cultural, socio-economic and political forces shaping the orchestra throughout history will also be discussed.

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Eight Great Composers

September 26, 2017 10:00am to November 14, 2017 12:00pm

Tuesdays, 10am - 12pm

September 26 - November 14

Back by popular demand, this is another series of surveys of another eight composers. You'll learn about their lives and loves, the influences on them, some of the social history of the time and how it affected them. You'll discover some of the basic forms and structures of music, and of course, hear lots of great music, uncovering new insights into what to listen for and why this music has been loved by millions. Composers to be covered this time are Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Haydn, Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn, Brahms, Elgar, Sibelius and Ravel.

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Operas and their Musical Contexts

September 28, 2017 10:00am to November 16, 2017 12:00pm

Thursdays, 10am - 12pm

September 28 - November 16

While operas offer a rich feast of soaring music, grand themes and exotic settings, they are also stories - about people, strong emotions and the human condition.In this series, four or five specific operas will be selected for study. One week will be a musical and dramatic presentation of an opera. The next week will be an exploration of other music " symphonic, piano or art songs" written at the same time in history as the opera just presented. In all weeks, you will be immersed in the sound and meaning of what makes each work - opera or instrumental - "tick".Operas may include those by Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Bizet, Puccini and Strauss. The glorious music of these operas will entice you to sit down and immerse yourself in the operatic listening experience!

This series is suitable for opera neophytes and aficionados alike. Some sessions will include live performances from students of the Glenn Gould School.

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Jazz Meets Classical: Points of Convergence

October 11, 2017 1:00pm to November 15, 2017 3:00pm

Wednesdays, 1-3pm

October 11 - November 15

Although the genres of jazz and classical music can be said to possess distinctive characteristics, both look to each other for inspiration and inevitably exert a subtle yet undeniable influence on one another. In this series, we?ll look at the similarities and differences between these musical styles, while exploring the intersections that have spawned new musical treasures.

We?ll look at classical composers who composed works inspired by jazz, such as Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Darius Milhaud, and Igor Stravinsky We?ll explore jazz icons like Duke Ellington, John Lewis, Gunther Schuller, all of whom interpreted classical music in interesting ways. And we?ll listen to innovative contemporary artists such as Uri Caine, Brad Mehldau, Wayne Shorter, and Patrick Zimmereli who combine the world of classical music and jazz improvisation to create new sounds and structures.

Through listening, lecture and discussion, you'll come away with a greater understanding of the jazz and classical genres and how their points of convergence come together to create a broad range of beautiful music.

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Franz Schubert: The Early Romantic Spirit

October 12, 2017 1:00pm to November 16, 2017 3:00pm

Thursdays, 1-3pm

October 12 - November 16

Although Franz Schubert (1797 -1828) lived a short life in Vienna of only 31 years, he left us a marvelous treasure chest of songs, piano music, chamber music and symphonies. With a natural gift for melody, Schubert brought a fresh, expressive and more emotional quality to his works, as the burgeoning 19th century Romantic trend in the arts developed into the full-fledged movement. Exhibiting innocence, passion, sorrow, joy and playfulness, the Viennese have long claimed that Schubert should be experienced with "one eye dry, the other wet." Using classic recordings from the past and present, Rick Phillips will present an informative and enlightening series, opening eyes and ears to Schubert's marvelous musical world.

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Get Happy: The Music of Hollywood's Golden Age

October 18, 2017 7:00pm to November 8, 2017 9:00pm

Wednesdays, 7-9pm

October 18 - November 8

Join Jordan Klapman on a joyful musical journey exploring many of the most beloved popular songs and musicals from Hollywood's Golden Age. We'll enjoy many of the most uplifting movie songs and musical scenes ever created by America's finest songwriters and directors-- performed by many of the biggest movie stars of the 20th century. From the early "all singing, all dancing" days of the first talkies, to the Oscar-winning magic of Singin' in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, My Fair Lady, Funny Girl, Hello Dolly, West Side Story, Oklahoma, The Music Man, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, and The Sound of Music-- this course will lift your spirits, get your toes tapping-- and have you humming and singing along!

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¡Hola España! : The Music of Renaissance Spain

November 1, 2017 10:00am to November 22, 2017 12:00pm

Wednesdays, 10am - 12pm

November 1 - 22

In collaboration with The Toronto Consort, this series is an investigation of the vibrant and inventive music, composers and instruments of 16th- and 17th-century Spain, including some of the music which made its way across the Atlantic to the ?New World.? Over four weeks, this series will explore popular songs (villancicos) and evocative sacred works, energetic instrumental dance music, intradas, fantasias and more, in a format which combines listening, lecture, imagery and class discussion.

Registrants will also receive a free ticket to Navidad, the Toronto Consort?s December celebration of Spanish music for the festive season.

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Chorus! Chorus! Chorus!

November 7, 2017 7:00pm to December 12, 2017 8:30pm

Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm

November 7 - December 12

This is an Opera Chorus for the uninitiated, NO singing experience necessary! Come for an evening of singing training, a crash course in learning a famous opera excerpt, and finish the evening by singing it together. Each week with feature a different selection, with a fun, informative introduction to that particular opera.

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F.J. Haydn: The Neglected Master

November 10, 2017 10:00am to December 8, 2017 12:00pm

Fridays , 10am - 12pm

November 10 - December 8

By the end of the 18th century, Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was the most popular and influential composer in Europe. Mozart revered Haydn, claiming, "He alone has the secret of making me smile and touching me to the bottom of my soul," and Beethoven dedicated his first three piano sonatas to Haydn. And yet today we tend to neglect the works of Haydn, viewing them as light and superficial, and preferring those by Mozart, Beethoven and other composers. Our loss! Known as "Papa" Haydn for his invaluable developments of the symphony, string quartet and sonata, on the surface, Haydn's music contains infectious degrees of humour, warmth, tunefulness, liveliness, even mischief. And yet, underneath these traits are a depth, sublimity, and nobility often associated with other "greater" composers.

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Women in Weimar

November 22, 2017 1:00pm to December 6, 2017 3:00pm

Wednesdays, 1-3pm

November 22 - December 6

Join cabarazz vocalist Adi Braun as she takes an in-depth look at the lives and artistry of key female cabaret performers of Weimar Berlin. This 3-week series explores the emergence of the Modern Woman in post-Wilhelmine German society.

Beginning in 1919 when given the right to vote, women began to play key roles in theatres and cabarets as club owners, managers, and performers with a new emancipated identity and artistic style. Breaking away from convention and the interpretive edicts of classical music, women found their voices in daring new material that addressed the socio-political realities of the day and their emerging sexual freedom.

Artists such as Margo Lion, Kate Kühl, Annemarie Hase, Claire Waldoff, and Blandine Ebinger put their signature stamp on the prostitute songs, murder ballads, and tales of everyday life in the music of Spoliansky, Hollaender, Eisler, and others. As the Nazis rose to power and World War II loomed, they risked their lives singing songs that eerily foreshadowed the horrors to come until the footlights went out forever in the cabarets of Berlin.

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The Nutcracker Ballet

December 7, 2017 1:00pm to December 14, 2017 3:00pm

Thursdays, December 7 & 14


Eggnog, mistletoe, turkey with cranberry sauce, quality time with family and friends, favourite carols, Handel's Messiah, these are just some of the wonders of the holiday season in Toronto. To that list must be added The Nutcracker ballet by Tchaikovsky, annually presented during the holidays by the National Ballet of Canada, and now a very popular event for Toronto children, parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. This series, with Rick Phillips and Toronto Star dance critic Michael Crabb, will uncover the history, music, choreography, wonders and lasting appeal of one of the most-loved ballets in the repertoire.

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