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Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Kristen Dobbin and Thomas Volkmann's Photo Exhibitions "Two Ends of a Lifespan"

February 28, 2018 6:00pm to May 20, 2018 5:00pm

Kristen Dobbin and Toomas Volkmann's photo exhibits Two Ends of a Lifespan presents the perspectives on Estonian identity in Toronto's tight-knit diaspora community from two ends of a lifespan. Kristen Dobbin's nostalgic series on Estonian summer camp, Jõekääru, documents young campers exploring their culture and identity, while highlighting a diaspora institution in transition. Toomas Volkmann's triptychs portray Estonian-Canadians born in Estonia in the early years of the Republic, between 1918 adn 1923, alongside personal reflections on their lives spent in two countries. The exhibit celebrates the Republic of Estonia's 100th birthday.

The exhibits are available to view Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm and during events at Tartu College.
The exhibits will be on display from February 28, 2018-May 20, 2018

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

The Gallery at the J: Safari

May 1, 2018 12:00pm to May 24, 2018 5:00pm

Photographs by Mark L. Freedman

Safari is a collection of intimate wildlife images captured during several photographic expeditions to East Africa. The images celebrate nature in all its glory. “I am constantly inspired by the innocence and raw beauty of wildlife and the harsh conditions in which they struggle to survive. Co-presented with Contact.

Info: deannad@mnjcc.org 

The Royal Conservatory

Opera Divas

May 8, 2018 10:00am to May 29, 2018 12:00pm

Fee: $195
4-week series

Classical singing and opera have reached a level of popularity never before seen. Younger generations are taking an interest more than ever thanks to both the burgeoning live and online performances available to them. Star-studded operatic productions featuring today's greatest singers can be viewed in your local movie theaters and living rooms in HD.
A career in opera today not only relies on great singing but a slew of other characteristics that have little to do with singing. One can't help but wonder if we are losing sight of what makes great singing great.
This course will take a look back at the lives and careers of some of the world's greatest singers, and the qualities that earned them the titles of "The Greatest", "Legendary", and "La Superba".

About the Instructor:
David Eliakis has collaborated with some of Canada's finest singers and has worked with world-renown artists such as Isabel Bayrakdarian, Warren Jones, Julius Rudel, and Sir Martin Isepp. After graduating from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music, David was awarded an Ontario Arts Council grant to study privately with Warren Jones in New York City, and since then has also worked with pianists Roger Vignoles, Rudolf Jansen, Dalton Baldwin, and Graham Johnson.
David works as a collaborative pianist, voice coach and lecturer at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music and The Royal Conservatory of Music. As a pianist his performances have taken him to the stages of Brazil, Switzerland, England (where he was a finalist in the Wigmore Hall Song Competition), Germany, Bermuda, and the Maritime Provinces. In 2006 David attended the Aspen Summer Music Festival in a production of Verdi's La Traviata conducted by Grammy winner Julius Rudel.
As of this year he has joined the team of Against The Grain Theatre as an Artistic Associate and host/pianist for their monthly Opera Pubs. Aside from David's performances he has also worked in Public Relations liaising with companies such as Deutsche Grammophon and IMG Artists.

The Royal Conservatory

Mozart Symphonies: from Childhood to Mastery

May 9, 2018 1:00pm to May 30, 2018 3:00pm

Fee: $235
4-week series

W. A. Mozart began composing symphonies as a boy. Although simple and immature, these early works already show an understanding and talent for form, structure, texture, emotion and expression. He continued to write symphonies throughout his life, honing and polishing his craft, culminating in the three masterpieces composed in the summer of 1788 at the age of 32, just 3 years before he died - the Symphonies Nos. 39, 40 and 41, "Jupiter." A study of his symphonies illustrates the development of Mozart, the man and the musician, but also reflects the social, political and cultural changes that were sweeping Europe during the second half of the 18th century.

About the Instructor:
Rick Phillips was affiliated with CBC Radio for 30 years, working in Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary, and Toronto in a career that spanned production to management to on-air. For 14 years, he was the Host and Producer of SOUND ADVICE, the weekly guide to classical music and recordings heard across Canada on CBC Radio One and CBC Radio Two every weekend. As well as broadcasting and webcasting, Rick is a busy freelance writer and reviewer, speaker, panel moderator, consultant, musical tour guide, and concert host. He's often a juror in the classical music categories for the Juno Awards, and is the author of "The Essential Classical Recordings--101 CDs," published by McClelland & Stewart. Rick delivers music history and appreciation courses at a range of institutions and organizations across the city. He holds a B. Mus. from McGill University and an M. Mus. from the University of Toronto.

Toronto Reference Library

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 www.tpl.ca/tdgallery

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Curious Minds: Starstruck: Fame and Celebrity in the Modern Age

May 15, 2018 10:00am to June 19, 2018 10:00am

Remove the forces of fame and celebrity from today’s culture and the world is unrecognizable. With the introduction of mass media—photography, radio, film and newspapers—stardom went from an incidental element in marketing, to the engine driving everything from politics and sexuality to fashion, art and even our dreams. Beginning with the dawn of the movies, Starstruck will offer a panoramic journey through the global dominion of celebrity over the past century—from the rise of the Hollywood star system, to the intermingling of celebrity and politics, and the role the internet plays in hard-wiring the idea of celebrity into our brains. From Bogart and Bergman, Mick and Marilyn, to Oprah and Obama, this series will show you fame like you’ve never seen or thought about it before.

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 film 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.

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

Sponsored by Hollywood Suite

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Curious Minds: Catherine the Great and the Hermitage Museum

May 18, 2018 10:00am to June 22, 2018 10:00am

An imperial residence, a museum, a monument to splendour and opulence—Russia’s Hermitage is more than just a building. In this lively survey of its 250-year history, we'll travel back in time and discuss how this international landmark has reflected St. Petersburg’s development from a swampy backwater into a dazzling imperial capital. Beginning with Peter the Great’s decision to establish a new imperial capital in St. Petersburg, the course will examine how Catherine the Great, a self-proclaimed art and architecture addict, continued Peter’s project of Europeanization and ultimately transformed St. Petersburg into one of the world’s cultural centers. We’ll explore how every subsequent tsar fashioned the Hermitage to suit his political agenda, and how the museum continues to bear witness to Russia’s fascinating and tumultuous history.

This course is led by Julia Zarankin, an award-winning lecturer who has taught on Russian and European culture at Stanford and Princeton, and locally at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. Recently awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award from U of T, she holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University.

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

Sponsored by Hollywood Suite

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

May 18, 2018 1:00pm to May 24, 2018 8:45pm

Oftentimes when we remember our great heroes, we can gloss over important chapters of their story in order to create mythological narratives. In Sara Driver’s remarkable documentary Boom for Real, she details the pivotal years that preceded legendary American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s fame. A dazzling record of New York City's art world during the late 70s and 80s, discover how the magnetic Basquiat developed into a cultural icon. Featuring gorgeous archival material and exclusive new interviews with his contemporaries and friends, including Nan Goldin, Jim Jarmusch, Fab Five Freddy and more.

Co-presented by A Different Booklist

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

RBG

May 18, 2018 2:45pm to May 24, 2018 6:30pm

The so-called “Notorious RBG,” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has developed a trailblazing legal legacy while becoming an unexpected internet icon. From filmmakers Betsy White and Julie Cohen, this Sundance hit chronicles Ginsburg’s extraordinary life and career—from her early legal battles for gender equality and her work with the ACLU, to her unlikely rise to the head of the Supreme Court. Featuring interviews with Gloria Steinem, Nina Totenberg, and more, RBG offers an unprecedented glimpse at what makes Ginsburg a cultural icon, feminist crusader and history maker.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Performance on Screen: Royal Opera's Macbeth

May 20, 2018 12:00pm

Performance on Screen: The best operas, ballets and plays performed by internationally renowned companies.

Verdi considered Shakespeare’s Macbeth to be “one of the greatest creations by man,” so when he set out to adapt it into an opera his aim was hugely ambitious. The pitch black tragedy of greed and betrayal is given a rich, haunting quality by Verdi’s theatrical score. When Macbeth is prophesized to be king by a coven of witches—rendered here as a chorus of strange, scarlet-turbaned creatures—his ruthless desire for power drives him and his wife to murder. Features a lush, shadowed colour palette of red, black and gold in director Phyllida Lloyd’s inspired claustrophobic staging.

Includes one 15 min intermission.

The Royal Conservatory

21C Music Festival 2018

May 23, 2018 7:59pm to May 27, 2018 6:00pm

TODAY’S MOST INNOVATIVE MUSICIANS BRING US FRESH NEW SOUNDS AND IDEAS.

8 CONCERTS. 5 DAYS. 21+ PREMIERES!

21C Music Festival 2018 marks the festival’s 5th anniversary. You will experience some of the most original music in the world, created by innovative composers and musicians from around the globe.

 

TICKETS AND FESTIVAL PASSES ON SALE NOW!

TICKETS START AT ONLY $21!
21C 2017 KOERNER HALL CONCERT PASS: $149
21C 2017 FULL FESTIVAL PASS: SOLD OUT

 

21C MUSIC FESTIVAL AT A GLANCE:

KRONOS QUARTET WITH JHEREK BISCHOFF
WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 8PM / POST-CONCERT TALK / KOERNER HALL

ANTHONY DE MARE'S LIAISONS:
RE-IMAGINING SONDHEIM FROM THE PIANO
PART 1: THURSDAY, MAY 24, 8PM / MAZZOLENI CONCERT HALL
PART 2: 21C AFTER HOURS FRIDAY, MAY 25, 10:30PM / TEMERTY THEATRE

A FAR CRY WITH SIMONE DINNERSTEIN
FRIDAY, MAY 25, 8PM / PRE-CONCERT TALK AT 7PM / KOERNER HALL

21C CINQ À SEPT: DINUK WIJERATNE WITH KINAN AZMEH  SOLD OUT!
SATURDAY, MAY 26, 5PM / TEMERTY THEATRE

VOX CLAMANTIS AND MAARJA NUUT & HH CELEBRATE ESTONIA’S CENTENNIAL
SATURDAY, MAY 26, 8PM / PRE-CONCERT TALK AT 7PM / KOERNER HALL

KATIA AND MARIELLE LABÈQUE
SUNDAY, MAY 27, 3PM / KOERNER HALL

NEW MUSIC CONCERTS PRESENTS ZIPANGU!
SUNDAY, MAY 27, 6PM / 5:15PM PRE-CONCERT TALK / MAZZOLENI CONCERT HALL

 

 “GUTSY.” - THE GLOBE AND MAIL

“ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ANNUAL FESTIVALS IN THE CITY.” - MUSICAL TORONTO

“INNOVATIVE COMPOSERS MAKING NEW WORKS ARE THE STARS.” - NOW

The Royal Conservatory

21C Music Festival: Kronos Quartet with Jherek Bischoff

May 23, 2018 8:00pm

The 21C Music Festival kicks off with a new work by Los Angeles-based Jherek Bischoff – composer, arranger, producer, and multi-instrumental performer hailed a “pop polymath” by The New York Times and a “phenom” by The New Yorker. Adventurous innovator Kronos Quartet combines a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagine the string quartet experience.

Stay after the performance for a fascinating post-concert chat with the artists.

 

Program:
Islam Chipsy: Zaghlala زغللةً        (arr. Jacob Garchik) ~
Nicole Lizée: Another Living Soul * ~
Yevgeniy Sharlat: pencil sketch * ~
George Gershwin: Summertime (arr. Jacob Garchik) +
John Coltrane: Alabama (arr. Jacob Garchik) +
Sigur Rós: Flugufrelsarinn (The Fly Freer) (arr. Stephen Prutsman) +
Pete Townshend: Baba O’Riley (arr. Jacob Garchik) +
Kronos Quartet and Jherek Bischoff, bass guitar
Konono No1: Kule Kule (arr. Jherek Bischoff) + (Canadian premiere)
Jherek Bischoff: A Semiperfect Number * (Canadian premiere)
Jherek Bischoff: Flying Rivers * (Canadian premiere)
Jherek Bischoff: Stranger (world premiere)

* Written for Kronos Quartet

~ Composed for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire

+ Arranged for Kronos

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Curious Minds: Trudeaumania - Pierre Trudeau and his Century

May 24, 2018 10:00am to June 28, 2018 10:00am

Fifty years ago this spring, Pierre Trudeau became Prime Minister of Canada and Trudeaumania swept the nation. Representing a sharp break with Canada’s political past, Trudeau reflected the unconventionality of the Sixties and the convergence of celebrity and politics. Trudeau’s record, however, reveals the political substance beneath his public persona. Over his remarkable fifteen and a half years in office, he led Canada through its greatest constitutional crisis, weathered a period of exceptional social and economic change and advocated strongly for government solutions to pressing national concerns.

Led by John English, an award-winning historian and former federal MP, this course will course will take you on an unforgettable journey through the life and times of a Canadian icon. We'll relive the political excitement of the 1960s and 70s while exploring how and why Trudeau’s image and legacy continue to endure.

The Director of the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History at Trinity College, John English is the author of the two-volume biography Just Watch Me: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, which was chosen as one of the ten best biographies of the decade in 2010 by Indigo and one of the twenty-five most influential Canadian books by the Literary Review of Canadain 2017.

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

Sponsored by Hollywood Suite

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

She Loves You: Confessions of a Lifelong Beatlemaniac

May 24, 2018 1:00pm

Doors open: 1:00 pm, Program 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Writer and actress Beth Kaplan first heard the Beatles in 1964 at age 13 and became an instant Paul girl. Enjoy the story of Beth’s lifelong devotion to the Fab Four from her memoir All My Loving: Coming of Age with Paul McCartney in Paris.
Drop-In: $5.00 (Includes refreshments)
Socialize over refreshments in a café-style setting before enjoying a stimulating lecture, cultural program or workshop – we offer something for everyone!
Info: (416) 924-6211 x155 or lisar@mnjcc.org

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Estonian Music Week

May 24, 2018 5:00pm to May 29, 2018 11:00pm

Estonian Music Week in Toronto is a week long music festival, which celebrates the Republic of Estonia's 100th birthday. The festival is one of the official Estonia 100 national program events and has received support from the Estonian government. The festival will take place May 24-29, 2018.

The festival performers include highly valued professional musicians from Estonia and Canada, including Canadian-Estonians. The festival offers concerts for all audiences with various musical tastes. Choir music, modern classical instrumental and vocal music, jazz, ethnomusic, indie and electronical music will all be represented. Works by Estonian, Canadian (including Canadian-Estonian), and world composers will be performed - pieces are both contemporary as well as from the past, including contemporary works inspired by Estonian folk music. Pieces commissioned for the festival will also be performed for the first time.

The Royal Conservatory

21C Music Festival: Anthony de Mare's Liaisons: Re-imagining Sondheim from the Piano Part 1

May 24, 2018 8:00pm

Anthony de Mare invited 36 of the world’s foremost contemporary composers to choose a song by Stephen Sondheim and reimagine it as a solo piano piece. Both an homage and a celebration, Liaisons makes the case for Sondheim as one of the 20th century's most influential composers.

Program:
William Bolcom: “A Little Night Fughetta” (after “Anyone Can Whistle” & “Send in the Clowns”) (Ontario premiere)
Ricky Ian Gordon: “Every Day a Little Death” (A Little Night Music) (Ontario premiere)
Gabriel Kahane: “Being Alive” (Company) (Canadian premiere)
Nico Muhly: “Color and Light” (Canadian premiere)
Steve Reich: “Finishing the Hat,” for two pianos (Sunday in the Park with George) (Ontario premiere)
Frederic Rzewski: “I’m Still Here” (Follies) (Canadian premiere)
David Shire: “Love is in the Air” (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) (Ontario premiere)
Wynton Marsalis: “That Old Piano Roll” (Follies) (Canadian premiere)
Kenji Bunch: “The Demon Barber” (A Fantasia on “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd”) (Ontario premiere)
Film interlude: onstage interview with Stephen Sondheim, conducted by Mark Eden Horowitz at Liaisons’ New York City premiere (Symphony Space 2012)
Andy Akiho: “Into the Woods” (Into the Woods) (Canadian premiere)
Rodney Sharman: Notes on “Beautiful” (after “Beautiful” from Sunday in the Park with George)
Paul Moravec: “I Think About You” (after “Losing My Mind” from Follies) (Ontario premiere)
Jake Heggie: “I’m Excited. No You’re Not” (after “A Weekend in the Country” from A Little Night Music) (Ontario premiere)
Anthony de Mare: “Sunday in the Park ~ Passages” (Sunday in the Park with George) (Ontario premiere)

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Docs in Bloom: Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf

May 25, 2018 1:00pm to May 31, 2018 1:00pm

Docs in Bloom: This spring, revel in the wonders of nature and meet the creative visionaries who make it blossom. 

Immerse yourself in some of the world’s most beautiful gardens in this documentary on revolutionary landscape designer Piet Oudolf. Best known for his work on New York’s High Line and Chicago’s Millennium Park, Five Seasons shows you Oudolf's finest achievements, guides you through his creative process and explores his radical impact on public spaces. Relaxing and inspiring, this is a film will redefine your conception of gardens as works of art in themselves.

The Royal Conservatory

21C Music Festival: A Far Cry with Simone Dinnerstein

May 25, 2018 8:00pm

Grammy Award nominated self-conducted chamber orchestra, A Far Cry, is joined by pianist Simone Dinnerstein to perform the Canadian premiere of Piano Concerto No. 3, a bold new work for piano and strings by celebrated composer Philip Glass. The work, commissioned for the composer’s 80th birthday, is paired with pieces by J.S. Bach and Glass’s Symphony No. 3. “Like a slowly-whirling centrifuge, Philip Glass’s beguiling new Piano Concerto No. 3 isolates and concentrates two aspects of the composer’s personality long in particularly intriguing tension: his romantic streak and his meditative austerity.” (Boston Globe)

Join us for a fascinating pre-concert talk at 7pm.

Program:
Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048
Philip Glass: Symphony No. 3   
Johann Sebastian Bach: Keyboard Concerto in G Minor, BWV 1058
Philip Glass: Piano Concerto No. 3 (Ontario premiere

The Toronto Consort

Toronto Consort ORFEO

May 25, 2018 8:00pm to May 27, 2018 3:30pm

We cap off this season of celebration with the world’s first great opera, and one of the most moving love stories of all time, Claudio Monteverdi’s masterpiece Orfeo in concert. For this grand finale we have assembled an international team of singers and players, starring the fabulous English tenor Charles Daniels in the title role, and the Montreal-based early brass ensemble La Rose des Vents.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

This Film Should Be Played Loud: Metric: Dreams So Real

May 25, 2018 9:00pm

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

With a view even better than the front row, Dreams So Real captures the epic final performance of Metric’s year-long sold-out world tour in 2016. Recorded in Vancouver with 26 cameras and sound mixed by Grammy-winner David Bottrill, this unforgettable experience sets a new standard for the concert documentary. Featuring hits from across Metric’s body of work such as hits "Breathing Underwater," "Gold Girls Guns" and "Help I'm Alive," see and hear your favourite songs like never before.

The Royal Conservatory

21C Music Festival: Anthony de Mare's Liaison: After Hours Part 2

May 25, 2018 10:30pm

Anthony de Mare invited 36 of the world’s foremost contemporary composers to choose a song by Stephen Sondheim and reimagine it as a solo piano piece. Both an homage and a celebration, Liaisons makes the case for Sondheim as one of the 20th century's most influential composers.

Program:
Nils Vigeland: “Merrily We Roll Along” (Merrily We Roll Along) (Ontario premiere)
David Rakowski: “The Ladies Who Lunch” (Company) (Ontario premiere)
Ethan Iverson: “Send in the Clowns” (A Little Night Music) (Canadian premiere)
Mason Bates: “Very Put Together” (after “Putting it Together” from Sunday in the Park with George) (Canadian premiere)
Marc Anthony Turnage: “Pretty Women” (Sweeney Todd) (Canadian premiere)
Fred Hersch: “No One is Alone” (Into the Woods) (Ontario premiere)
Eve Beglarian: “Perpetual Happiness” (after “Happiness” from Passion) (Canadian premiere)
Eric Rockwell: “You Could Drive a Person Crazy” (Company) (Canadian premiere)
Tania Leon: “going … gone” (after “Good Thing Going” from Merrily We Roll Along) (Canadian premiere)
Duncan Sheik: “Johanna in Space” (after “Johanna” from Sweeney Todd) (Canadian premiere)
Steve Reich: “Finishing the Hat” for two pianos (Sunday in the Park with George) (Ontario premiere)

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Doors Open Toronto: Citizen Jane (Free Screening)

May 26, 2018 2:30pm

Doors Open Toronto, presented by Great Gulf: Shining a spotlight on Toronto's film industry in 2018, Doors Open invites you to explore some of the most architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city on May 26 and 27.

Once our neighbour here in the Annex, Jane Jacobs played an integral role in making sure Toronto looks and feels the way it does today; her successful opposition to the Spadina expressway helped ensure the city was for people first, and cars second. But before she moved to Toronto, Jacobs stood up to the rapid urbanization in New York City. Her inspiring drive to fight for what is right against the rich and powerful, and her ideas on urban issues are even more relevant today.

Free tickets: Member tickets can be obtained at the Cinema box office and online. Ticket for non-members available in person at the box office only. A maximum of two tickets per person.

Explore our full Doors Open Toronto schedule: http://ow.ly/pkN930jNGdQ

The Royal Conservatory

21C Music Festival: Vox Clamantis and Maarja Nuut & HH Celebrate Estonia's Centennial

May 26, 2018 8:00pm

Grammy Award-winning Estonian vocal ensemble Vox Clamantis is “a rarity. The 15 singers sound is complete, comfortable possession of the music and its incantatory intentions.” (BBC Music) Ensemble members share a passion for Gregorian chant, early polyphony, and contemporary music. The duo of violinist and singer, Maarja Nuut, and Estonian electronic music composer, Hendrik Kaljujärv, are defined by a deep and intense quest to create complex moodscapes. Nuut uses her voice, violin, and loop station to create a quirky sound world that seems to be out of a Baltic fairy tale book. Together, their sound is firmly rooted in village traditions and yet completely contemporary. This concert’s program includes works by Arvo Pärt, Helena Tulve, Tõnis Kaumann, and others.

Join us for a fascinating pre-concert talk at 7pm.

Edward Johnson Building at 80 Queen's Park
University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Doors Open Toronto: Edward Johnson Building

May 27, 2018 10:00am to 5:00pm

The University of Toronto Faculty of Music is excited to participate in Doors Open Toronto for the first time! Visit the Edward Johnson Building at 80 Queen's Park Sunday, May 27 between 10 am to 5 pm (last entry 4:30 pm) for a behind the scenes look at the University of Toronto's home for music creation, performance, education and research. #DOT2018

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Doc Soup Sundays: The Beatles, Hippies and Hells Angels: Inside the Crazy World of Apple

May 27, 2018 11:00am

Doc Soup Sundays: This Sunday morning spin on our popular Doc Soup series features new, classic and rarely seen docs on art, culture and design docs with special guest Q&As. 

At the height of The Beatles’ fame and fortune in 1967 they decided to invest in a little-known company called Apple Corps (no, not that Apple) to avoid bankruptcy from tax bills. Complete with a record label, film production department, fashion shop and hair salon, the band hoped to use the company’s reach to spread their message of peace and love—but things didn’t go as planned. Hear the incredible unauthorized full story of what happened when the world’s most beloved band ran one of the most chaotic companies to ever exist, as told by those who witnessed it firsthand.

Mike Daley, host of Hot Docs popular Curious Minds lecture series: "The Beatles and their World" will participate in a post-screening Q&A.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Performance on Screen: Manon

May 27, 2018 1:45pm

Performance on Screen: The best operas, ballets and plays performed by internationally renowned companies.

Kenneth MacMillan’s acclaimed tragic ballet Manon makes a triumphant return to our Performance on Screen series. In this heartbreaking drama, Manon’s brother Lescaut is offering her to the highest bidder when she meets Des Grieux and falls in love. They elope to Paris, but when Monsieur G.M. offers Manon a life of luxury as his mistress, she cannot resist. Featuring astonishing choreography, and striking designs with its striking depiction of a world of lavish splendour, Manon is one of The Royal Ballet’s most celebrated productions.

Includes one 15-minute intermission.

The Royal Conservatory

21C Music Festival: Katia and Marielle Labèque

May 27, 2018 3:00pm

“The best piano duo in front of an audience today.” (The New York Times) Katia and Marielle Labèque are sibling pianists renowned for their ensemble of synchronicity and energy. “Whether Mozart or Stravinsky, their musical line always sounds as if it’s being woven for the very first time ... the illusion of improvisation is the genius of their performances … there is a deceptive sprezzatura that is born of throwing the preparation to the winds and hanging onto each other’s ears.” (The Times)

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Docs in Bloom: A Man Named Pearl

May 28, 2018 4:00pm

Docs in Bloom: This spring, revel in the wonders of nature and meet the creative visionaries who make it blossom. 

“I am a man named Pearl and this is my garden.” Meet Pearl Fryar, an unbelievably talented topiary artist whose magical work is all the more impressive because he taught himself. Follow Pearl's unlikely journey from a small-town sharecropper's son and factory worker to an international gardening star as he transforms his small, impoverished town of Bishopville, South Carolina into a horticultural wonderland. Profoundly inspiring, A Man Named Pearl offers a captivating window into the life of a man who turned obstacles into breathtakingly beautiful possibilities.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Docs in Bloom: The Gardener

May 29, 2018 1:00pm

Docs in Bloom: This spring, revel in the wonders of nature and meet the creative visionaries who make it blossom. 

The New York Times considers Francis Cabot's Les Quatre Vents "one of the most ambitious private gardens in North America, if not the world." Sprawled across 20 acres of land at the top of Mount Murray in Quebec, the garden aligns the transformative power of nature and the ingenuity of human design to reach unbelievable heights. Get a taste of springtime as beautiful cinematography takes you through this awe-inspiring garden and its extraordinary world of trees, hedges, flowers and bridges, alongside the genius who brought a dream to life.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Eatable Films Presents: Soufra (with Food & Drinks by Newcomer Kitchen)

May 29, 2018 6:30pm

We join forces with Eatable Films for a delicious celebration of Syrian culture.

Taste the food you see on screen! The event will include food and drink by Toronto's Newcomer Kitchen, a social enterprise employing Syrian women refugees.

Discover the inspiring story of Mariam Shar, a smart and tenacious entrepreneur who has spent her entire life in the Bourj el Baranjneh refugee camp south of Beirut, Lebanon. Together with a group of fellow refugee women from Syria, Palestine and Iraq, Mariam sets out to beat the odds and launch the world’s first refugee-owned food truck. A triumphant testament to the unifying power of food, Soufra shines a light on the people working from within the refugee crisis to break barriers and change their fates.

5:00 PM - Doors Open, VIP cocktail

6:30 PM - Screening  

Stick around for a Q&A with members of Newcomer Kitchen and New York Times writer David Sax.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

ReelAbilities Toronto Film Festival

May 29, 2018 7:00pm

RAFFTO showcases Canadian and International shorts, features, and docs about Deaf and disability cultures by filmmakers and actors with disabilities and/or who are Deaf.
Check website for venues and schedule.
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Docs in Bloom: Garden Lovers

May 30, 2018 2:30pm

Docs in Bloom: This spring, revel in the wonders of nature and meet the creative visionaries who make it blossom. 

With stunning imagery and a comedic touch, Garden Lovers looks at the lives of couples who share a passion for gardening. Using the garden as an entryway into the lives of a range of characters—from young to elderly, gay to straight, clothed to nudist—and a symbol for the growth of love, the film is a touching look at relationships and the trials and triumphs that give them life. 

In Finnish with English subtitles

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Docs in Bloom: A Year in an English Garden: Flicker + Pulse

May 31, 2018 3:00pm

Docs in Bloom: This spring, revel in the wonders of nature and meet the creative visionaries who make it blossom. 

Spring into the season and step inside a beautiful English walled garden in Sussex. A must-see for nature lovers and green-thumbs, BBC's Flicker + Pulse studies the changing seasons and the people tending the garden in a mesmerizing meditation on the passage of time and the delicate balance between the flora, the environment and the gardeners. Featuring state of the art time-lapse cinematography, this is a walk through a garden you won't soon forget.

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Sneak Preview: Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary

May 31, 2018 6:30pm

Of all the shows to unjustifiably be ripped from the air, Freaks & Geeks may be the most beloved. An honest portrayal of high school life with all its horrors and triumphs, the 80s-set teen dramedy launched the careers of James Franco, Linda Cardellini, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, John Francis Daley, Martin Starr, and more. Nearly 20 years after it first aired, this brand-new A&E doc reunites the show's original cast and catches up with the creative geniuses behind it—including Paul Feig and Judd Apatow—who reveal some of the untold stories and pivotal moments of making the cult classic. Whether you grew up a freak or a geek, you won't want to miss this special trip back to McKinley High.

Join us for a post-screening Q&A with director Brent Hodge and producer Aly Kelly.

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Curious Minds Further Viewing: Hermitage Revealed

June 1, 2018 1:00pm to June 3, 2018 2:15pm

Curious Minds - Further Viewing: Dive deeper into the fascinating subjects explored at our Curious Minds Morning Speaker Series.

As we study the storied history of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg in our ongoing Curious Minds Morning Speaker Series, join us for this marvelous companion piece. To celebrate its 250th anniversary, the museum opened its doors for the filming of its treasures and world-class masterpieces in stunning architectural settings. Taking audiences on a thrilling journey through the museum’s tumultuous history, and offering unprecedented access to its special collections, from works by Rembrandt, Michelangelo and Matisse, and the private gemstone collection of Catherine the Great.

Pair with... Curious Minds: Catherine the Great and the Hermitage Museum

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Kusama: Infinity

June 1, 2018 4:00pm to June 7, 2018 1:00pm

If you were lucky enough to catch Yayoi Kusama's mind-blowing Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the AGO, odds are you're craving more of her dazzling polka dotted visions—and if you missed out, here's a chance for you to experience the work of a singular artist. Emerging as a rival to Andy Warhol in the 1960s, the Japan-born Kusama battled with sexism, racism and mental health issues, voluntarily spending over three decades living and working in a Tokyo mental hospital. Now in her 80s, follow her triumphant journey through the art world and seemingly insurmountable personal struggles to become a star whose work inspires people all around the globe.

In English and Japanese with English subtitles

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This Jewish American Life: Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream

June 2, 2018 11:00am

This Jewish American Life: From touching family traditions to Hollywood legends, we shine a light on the cultural luminaries and stories of hope and resilience that have shaped the Jewish-American experience—one that reflects the history of an immigrant nation.

A delight for old-Hollywood buffs, this engaging documentary chronicles how the establishment of Hollywood began with the vision of Jewish immigrants feeing from persecution in Eastern Europe. Explore how now-legendary industry moguls like Harry Warner, Sam Goldwyn, William Fox and Louis B. Mayer went on to form the Golden Age of the Hollywood studio system, channeling their experiences as outsiders and underdogs into some of the most memorable films of the 20th century.

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Ferris's Room (Film + VR Experience)

June 2, 2018 8:00pm

Toronto artist Sarah Keenlyside's re-creation of Ferris Bueller's bedroom at the Gladstone Hotel was one of the most buzzed-about art events of 2016. This brand-new documentary follows Keenlyside as she travels to Chicago to mount Ferris Bueller's Bedroom as part of celebrations for the 30th anniversary of John Hughes’s classic comedy. Get a glimpse of her process as she tracks down replicas of Ferris’s prized possessions and works against the clock to get the installation ready in time for the big day. Along the way, she faces unexpected challenges, meets super fans who keep the spirit of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off alive, and reveals how art (whether it’s a nostalgic installation or a lighthearted film) brings us together.

Take a 360° virtual reality tour of Ferris’s Room after the screening! Toss around Ferris’s baseball (Go Cubs!), play his synthesizer and hear Sarah share details on how she found or made Ferris’s prized possessions.

Presented by Hollywood Suite

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Performance on Screen: RSC Live: Macbeth

June 3, 2018 11:00am

Performance on Screen: The best operas, ballets and plays performed by internationally renowned companies.

An immortal tale of man’s greed and the corruptive toxicity of power, Macbeth tells the tragic story of a general who, when told by three witches he is fated to become king, will do anything to make it come true. Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who) makes his debut with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Niamh Cusack makes a triumphant return in this contemporary production of Macbeth. A bold and visionary modern reimagining of the play, the RSC transforms the classic masterpiece into a dark psychological thriller—complete with blackouts, loud noises and strobe effects.

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Curious Minds Further Viewing: Rebel Without a Cause

June 5, 2018 1:00pm

Curious Minds - Further Viewing: Dive deeper into the fascinating subjects explored at our Curious Minds Morning Speaker Series.

The Hollywood classic that immortalized James Dean as an angsty teen in an existential crisis, Rebel Without a Cause redefined stardom forever. In his iconic red jacket and white t-shirt, Dean doesn’t act in the movie so much as live in it and his real struggles and premature death posthumously imbue the film with authenticity and poignancy.

Pair with... Curious Minds: Starstruck: Fame and Celebrity in the Modern Age

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Author Event: David Chariandy on I've Been Meaning To Tell You

June 6, 2018 6:30pm

Toronto Book Launch!

David Chariandy is one of Canada's most electrifying writers, a Governor General's Award-nominated novelist whose unforgettable stories have brought fresh urgency to questions of masculinity, family, race, and identity. In this non-fiction debut and follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Brother, he builds on the tradition of Ta-Nehisi Coates's Between the World and Me and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto. Written as a letter to his 13-year old daughter, I've Been Meaning to Tell You recounts Chariandy's experiences coming of age as a visible minority in Canada in an intimate and profoundly beautiful meditation on the politics of race today.

Join David Chariandy in conversation with writer and broadcaster Jael Richardson, Artistic Director of the Festival of Literary Diversity. Followed by book sale and signing.

Presented in partnership with Penguin Random House Canada. Books sold by Indigo.

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Films Changing the World: Metamorphosis

June 7, 2018 9:00pm to June 8, 2018 9:00pm

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

As human impact on the planet's environment reaches unprecedented scale, how will humanity, in turn, adapt to the crisis we’ve created? Taking us on a sweeping visual odyssey around the world, Metamorphosis weaves together sublime 4K images with surprising personal stories from the front lines of ecological transformation—inviting us to reflect on our place in the living system. Award-winning filmmakers Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper create a fresh narrative around climate change that carves a path from the present to the future. A must-see on the big screen.

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The Accountant of Auschwitz

June 8, 2018 1:00pm to June 14, 2018 8:30pm

Oskar Gröning, known as the "Accountant of Auschwitz," was charged with the murder of 300,000 Jews. When he took the stand in 2015, at the age of 94, his trial made headlines worldwide. For some, there is no grey area: Gröning was witness and therefore complicit. Others look at a frail man in the last years of his life and see no reason to pursue charges. Is the former SS guard an accomplice to history’s worst genocide, or a scapegoat for a country still desperate to atone for its crimes? On our screen after sold-out screenings at this year's Festival, The Accountant of Auschwitz is a stark reminder that those who forget justice are doomed to repeat it.

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Quest of Alain Ducasse

June 8, 2018 4:00pm to June 15, 2018 8:15pm

Embark on a world taste tour with superstar French chef Alain Ducasse. The owner of 23 restaurants and a record-breaking 18 Michelin stars, Ducasse has an insatiable appetite for discovery, continuously exploring the possibilities of food by building schools, advocating for sustainability, and launching major projects—including sending his haute cuisine up to the International Space Station! Delving into his roots and inspirations, this visually absorbing film follows the culinary master on a quest to find the ultimate dish as he visits gardens, markets, holes-in-the-wall and the greatest restaurants in Rio, Hong Kong, Manila, Tokyo and New York and more.

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Game Changers: Mankiller

June 9, 2018 1:00pm

Game Changers: Inspiring Women - From international icons to unsung heroes, we partner with Luminato Festival to celebrate revolutionary women who changed the rules in politics, art, civil rights and beyond.

A hero who bravely fought against injustice, Wilma Mankiller became the Cherokee Nation’s first female Principal Chief in 1985 despite widespread sexism. Uniting her community, Wilma’s leadership paved the way for many important initiatives—including improved living conditions and a groundbreaking agreement that gave her Nation control of its own funding and services. This powerful documentary pays tribute to her extraordinary legacy and shares how she overcame numerous challenges with unparalleled passion and strength. 

In partnership with Luminato Festival

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Game Changers: Anita: Speaking Truth to Power

June 9, 2018 6:30pm

Game Changers: Inspiring Women - From international icons to unsung heroes, we partner with Luminato Festival to celebrate revolutionary women who changed the rules in politics, art, civil rights and beyond.

Twenty years after delivering powerful testimony at the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, U.S. attorney Anita Hillrevisits her heroic stand against systemic sexism. Having endured repeated harassment from Thomas, Hill faced an all-white male jury in a grueling nine-hour experience that would become a turning point for gender equality in the United States. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock traces Hill's historic triumph, one that paved the way for women to speak their truth to power. 

In partnership with Luminato Festival

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This Jewish American Life: Yoo Hoo, Mrs Goldberg

June 10, 2018 11:00am

This Jewish American Life: From touching family traditions to Hollywood legends, we shine a light on the cultural luminaries and stories of hope and resilience that have shaped the Jewish-American experience—one that reflects the history of an immigrant nation.

One of America's most underrated creative forces, Gertrude Berg was a television pioneer who paved the way for women in the entertainment industry. She received the first Best Actress Emmy in history for her ground-breaking radio show turned sitcom, The Goldbergs, which she created, wrote and starred in. She played her beloved character Mrs. Goldberg for over 17 years. Featuring interviews with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ed Asner, Norman Lear and more, Aviva Kemper's documentary is a warm-hearted tribute to a trailblazing figure who singlehandedly revolutionized TV.

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Game Changers: Bhutto

June 10, 2018 4:00pm

Game Changers: Inspiring Women - From international icons to unsung heroes, we partner with Luminato Festival to celebrate revolutionary women who changed the rules in politics, art, civil rights and beyond.

After her father, former Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Bhutto, was assassinated, Benazir Bhutto parlayed her social activism into a remarkable political career. The first female leader of an Islamic nation, Bhutto led Pakistan towards democracy through tumultuous times. Eventually put under house arrest and imprisoned, her legacy is fraught with controversy. This compelling and insightful portrait explores her successes and failures within the Islamic world and her family, revealing the full story behind a brilliant woman who believed in freedom for her country. Among her greatest ambitions was to avenge her father, to which she said, “democracy is the greatest revenge.’’ 

In partnership with Luminato Festival

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Curious Minds Further Viewing: In the Name of All Canadians

June 14, 2018 1:00pm

Curious Minds - Further Viewing: Dive deeper into the fascinating subjects explored at our Curious Minds Morning Speaker Series.

Instituted by Pierre Elliot Trudeau in 1982, 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.

In English and French with English subtitles

Pair with... Curious Minds: Trudeaumania - Pierre Trudeau and his Century

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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Curious Minds Further Viewing: Russian Ark

June 15, 2018 1:00pm

Curious Minds - Further Viewing: Dive deeper into the fascinating subjects explored at our Curious Minds Morning Speaker Series.

Cited as one of the best films of the 2000s by numerous critics, Russian Ark is a singular cinematic experience that takes you through the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and Russian and European history along the way—all in a single dazzlingly orchestrated take. Master Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov brings masterpieces and historical (and imagined) characters to life as a nameless French diplomat leads us through the majestic museum. This vivid one-of-a-kind tour makes a great addition to our Curious Minds course on the Hermitage and is a must-see for any lover of art and cinema.

In Russian with English subtitles

Pair with... Curious Minds: Catherine the Great and the Hermitage Museum

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Becoming Who I Was

June 15, 2018 6:30pm to June 21, 2018 1:00pm

Born displaced in Northern India’s Ladakh region, a young boy is discovered to be the reincarnation of an esteemed, high-ranking Tibetan monk. Far from his original monastery, Padma Angdu and his elderly godfather embark on an epic, improbable journey across India to discover his past and take his rightful place in Tibet. An emotionally stirring award-winning documentary, Becoming Who I Was follows them for eight years as Padma prepares for his future as a religious leader. Featuring awe-inspiring, meditative landscapes, this is a moving tale of family bonds, sacrifice and spiritual calling.

In Hindi, Ladakhi and Tibetan with English subtitles

 

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Game Changers: Madonna: Truth or Dare

June 15, 2018 8:45pm

Game Changers: Inspiring Women - From international icons to unsung heroes, we partner with Luminato Festival to celebrate revolutionary women who changed the rules in politics, art, civil rights and beyond.

In an industry of assembly line products and cookie cutter celebrities,Madonna paved the way for female artists to speak their mind and push boundaries. Now a certified classic, Truth or Dare finds the Queen of Pop at her peak on the Blond Ambition World Tour with show-stopping performances of her greatest chart-topping hits—and an incident that almost had her arrested for lewd conduct right here in Toronto. A candid view into superstardom, this documentary is an essential piece of pop culture history and a tribute to the woman who changed the face of pop music. 

In partnership with Luminato Festival

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This Jewish American Life: Streit's: Matzo & the American Dream

June 16, 2018 11:00am

This Jewish American Life: From touching family traditions to Hollywood legends, we shine a light on the cultural luminaries and stories of hope and resilience that have shaped the Jewish-American experience—one that reflects the history of an immigrant nation.

Step inside the storied universe of the last family-owned Matzo bakery in America. When it first opened its doors in 1925, the Streit’s Matzo Factory sat at the heart of the nation's largest Jewish immigrant community in New York’s Lower East Side. In the face of rapid gentrification, the resilient Streit’s survived over five generations by sticking to tradition, churning unleavened bread for Passover until it finally closed shop in 2016. This celebratory doc delves into the history of the iconic institution, its people and their heritage, and the unlikely triumphant tale of a famous family business.

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Game Changers: !Women Art Revolution

June 16, 2018 1:00pm

Game Changers: Inspiring Women - From international icons to unsung heroes, we partner with Luminato Festival to celebrate revolutionary women who changed the rules in politics, art, civil rights and beyond.

Journey back to the revolutionary 1960s and 70s where a “secret history” of feminist art unfolded. From its origins in civil rights protests, !WOMEN ART REVOLUTION charts the explosive developments in women’s art and illuminates how the tenacity and courage of its pioneering artists made it one of the most significant creative movements of the late 20th century. Featuring a score by a Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein and appearances by Miranda July, Yoko Ono, Marina Abramovic and more.

In partnership with Luminato Festival

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Game Changers: Public Speaking

June 16, 2018 4:00pm

Game Changers: Inspiring Women - From international icons to unsung heroes, we partner with Luminato Festival to celebrate revolutionary women who changed the rules in politics, art, civil rights and beyond.

Legendary New York writer and cultural luminary Fran Lebowitz takes centre stage in this delightful doc from Oscar winner Martin Scorsese. Drawing on highlights from her career, Public Speaking weaves together Lebowitz’s hilarious monologues with footage of her speaking engagements from the 70s to today, shining a light on her trademark wit and singular observations of modern life. 

In partnership with Luminato Festival

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Doc Soup Sundays: Broadway: The Golden Age

June 17, 2018 11:00am

Doc Soup Sundays: This Sunday morning spin on our popular Doc Soup series features new, classic and rarely seen docs on art, culture and design docs with special guest Q&As. 

New York City’s Golden Age of theatre comes to vivid life in Rick McKay’s essential stage documentary. Offering personal portraits of the struggles and triumphs of over 100 legendary performers, composers and writers in 1940s and ‘50s New York, Broadway: The Golden Agereconstructs this bygone cultural era with rare archival footage, performances and interviews with Broadway’s biggest names—past and present—including Bea Arthur, Angela Lansbury, Charles Nelson Reilly and many more!

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This Jewish American Life: When Jews Were Funny

June 17, 2018 2:00pm

This Jewish American Life: From touching family traditions to Hollywood legends, we shine a light on the cultural luminaries and stories of hope and resilience that have shaped the Jewish-American experience—one that reflects the history of an immigrant nation.

Born out of director Allan Zweig’s curiosity for the prevalence of Jewish comedians in the 1950s and 60s—a surprising trend since the Jewish community was largely marginalized and encouraged to assimilate during these decades—this doc investigates America’s fascination with Jewish comics. Through interviews with some of the industry’s greats, including Shelly Berman, Shecky Greene, David Steinberg and Bob Einstein (a.k.a. Super Dave Osbourne), When Jews Were Funny examines how they succeeded against odds in a homogenized market, illuminating not only the roots of Jewish humour, but ultimately what it means to be Jewish. 

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Curious Minds Further Viewing: Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words

June 19, 2018 1:00pm to June 23, 2018 1:30pm

Curious Minds - Further Viewing: Dive deeper into the fascinating subjects explored at our Curious Minds Morning Speaker Series.

The luminous Ingrid Bergman had a storied career, starring in classics including Casablanca, Gaslight and Notorious with such renowned directors as Alfred Hitchcock, Ingmar Bergman, George Cukor and Roberto Rossellini. But there was more to Bergman than her impressive resume. Coming from a childhood fraught with loss, the Swedish-born star was famous for a gentleness of spirit and hardworking ethos off-screen. Scandal followed her marriage to Roberto Rossellini, with whom she had Isabella (whose inspiration brought this film to fruition), Isotta Ingrid, and Renato—but the enduring theme of the film is Bergman’s pure and distinctive charm. Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words is made of stunning home videos, personal letters and family interviews.

Pair with... Curious Minds: Starstruck: Fame and Celebrity in the Modern Age

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Design Canada

June 22, 2018 1:00pm to June 28, 2018 6:00pm

Get transported to the Golden Age of Canadian iconography and meet the innovative artists behind some of our most enduring symbols, from the CBC icon and the CN Railway, to the Roots logo. Charting the transformation of the country from a colonial outpost to a multicultural society, Design Canada shows how graphic design plays a pivotal role in shaping our national identity. Featuring design by Burton Kramer, Rolf Harder, Stuart Ash, Heather Cooper, and interviews with George Stroumboulopoulos, Douglas Coupland, Hannah Sung and more.

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The Cleaners

June 22, 2018 3:00pm to June 28, 2018 8:00pm

Who is behind what is considered “inappropriate” on social media? Silicon Valley outsources hundreds of anonymous “digital janitors” in Manila who screen tens of thousands of posts to determine what we can and cannot see. From war zone photography to pornography, these ghostly content controllers make often personal decisions about what could have societal psychological impacts, what could cause political destabilization and what could incite terrorism. An eerie story of control and censorship that will ring especially true in the Age of Trump and Facebook, this powerful Hot Docs 2018 film explores the lives of the cleaners and those who have been negatively impacted by their questionable decisions to delete.

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This Jewish American Life: Famous Nathan

June 23, 2018 11:00am

This Jewish American Life: From touching family traditions to Hollywood legends, we shine a light on the cultural luminaries and stories of hope and resilience that have shaped the Jewish-American experience—one that reflects the history of an immigrant nation.

Nathan’s Famous has been a Coney Island institution since it was opened in 1916 by Nathan Handwerker. A Polish immigrant who unexpectedly ended up in the spotlight, Handwerker created a hot dog food joint with love and care that became the heart of its neighbourhood. In Famous Nathan, his grandson Lloyd Handwerker documents the remarkable rags to riches story behind the business and its subsequent impact on the community and extended family of Nathan’s Famous. Composed of invaluable archive material, decades of research and insider anecdotes, this infectious documentary gives you a palpable sense of the spirit Handwerker brought to Coney Island. 

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This Jewish American Life: Hava Nagila

June 24, 2018 11:00am

This Jewish American Life: From touching family traditions to Hollywood legends, we shine a light on the cultural luminaries and stories of hope and resilience that have shaped the Jewish-American experience—one that reflects the history of an immigrant nation.

We’ve all heard the infectious Jewish party tune “Hava Nagila” (Let Us Rejoice), a standard at weddings, bar mitzvahs and even baseball games. But how did a song born out of Eastern European folk tradition become such a huge cultural phenomenon? Charting over 150 years of Jewish history, director Roberta Grossman delves into the origins, mystery and significance of this classic song and playfully examines its journey from religious folklore to universal popularity.

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Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

June 29, 2018 6:00pm to July 5, 2018 8:45pm

With a legacy that only continues to grow, designer Vivienne Westwood has gone from igniting the punk movement to redefining British fashion to becoming an outspoken activist. This documentary brings you as close as possible to the fearless icon—although she's characteristically not always on her best behaviour. As Westwood continues to expand her bold vision and battles to maintain the integrity of her brand, she looks back on her journey and greatest accomplishments throughout her groundbreaking career.

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Rock Rubber 45s - Special Guest Bobbito García

June 29, 2018 8:30pm

**Canadian Premiere!**

Join trailblazing DJ, streetballer and Rock Steady Crew member Bobbito Garcia a.k.a. Kool Bob Love on an autobiographical odyssey through the connectivity of basketball, sneaker lifestyle and music. An authentic NYC culture orchestrater, García emerged from a hard-knock childhood to a self-determined life of passion that has inspired millions and influenced the footwear, hip-hop, and sports industries in the process. Written and directed by García himself, this star-studded doc features interviews with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stevie Wonder, Questlove, Patti Labelle, Spike Lee and more.

Screening followed by live Q&A with Bobbito García, moderated by veteran sports broadcaster Will Strickland.

Presented in partnership with the Bata Shoe Museum and The Broadview Hotel. 

Tickets: $13 (Members: $8, $6, Free)
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Official After Party | DJ sets by Bobbito + La Rumba Buena
Yauca's Lounge | 10:00 PM - 3:00 AM | $10

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The Oslo Diaries

July 6, 2018 6:30pm to July 11, 2018 8:45pm

In 1992, just as Israeli-Palestinian relations were at an all-time low, the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Israeli government took an unprecedented step: They set up secret peace talks in Oslo, Norway. Using extensive archival footage and interviews, this Sundance and Hot Docs favourite takes a rare behind-the-scenes look at the process that resulted in the Oslo Accords, offering a much-needed narrative about the possibility for hope and fair negotiations in the face of present-day tensions in the Middle East.

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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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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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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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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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