Monday, April 23, 2018

Hot Docs: Outstanding Storytelling from Around the World: April 26 - May 6

Festival Highlights: April 26 - May 6, 2018, Toronto Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Festival, screenshot
Screenshot: Festival Highlights: April 26 - May 6, 2018, Toronto
Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Festival
Credit: hotdocs.ca

Hot Docs Film Festival
April 26 - May 6, 2018

Please mark your calendars and get ready for the best showcase of documentary films in Toronto this year: April 26 - May 6, 2018. Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Festival and North America's largest documentary festival, conference, and market, celebrating its 25th annual edition and presenting over 247 documentaries from Canada and around the world, which will be screened at 13 venues around the city.

Braguino
Director: Clément Cogitore
France, Finland

Program: The Changing Face of Europe
Toronto Premiere

In this eerie, hazy fairy tale, two self-reliant families, isolated in the Siberian boreal forest, are locked in a perpetual feud that distracts them from the real threat looming: rapacious foreigners bent on profiting from the unspoiled landscape. Film recommended by EFP member UniFrance.

Fri, Apr 27 3:30 pm (with Q&A), TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
Sat, Apr 28 10:00 am (with Q&A), TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

The Strange Sound of Happiness
Director: Diego Pascal Panarello
Italy, Germany

Program: The Changing Face of Europe
North American Premiere
A dumped, jobless musician returns home to Sicily looking for purpose. After a melodic vision of the mouth harp—one of the world’s oldest instruments—he scours the Siberian wilderness to study under its master in this funny, fantastical midlife crisis. Film recommended by EFP member Istituto Luce Cinecittà.

Mon, Apr 30 5:30 PM, Scotiabank Theatre 7
Wed, May 2 3:00 PM, TIFF Bell Lightbox 4

The Distant Barking of Dogs
Director: Simon Lereng Wilmont
Denmark, Finland, Sweden

Program: The Changing Face of Europe
Canadian Premiere

Tue, May 1 3:15 PM, Hart House Theatre
Thu, May 3 9:30 PM, TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

The Russian Job
Director: Petr Horký
Czech Republic
Program: The Changing Face of Europe
North American Premiere

When an ambitious Swedish manager is dispatched to revive a failing car manufacturing plant, he steps into an absurdist microcosm of modern Russia. His earnest but strict managerial style soon clashes with sleepy Soviet standards in this witty workplace satire. Film recommended by EFP member Czech Film Center.

Mon, Apr 30 8:45 PM, TIFF Bell Lightbox 4
Wed, May 2 2:45 PM, Innis Town Hall

Dreaming Murakami
Director: Nitesh Anjaan
Denmark
Program: Artscapes
North American Premiere

Enchanted by Haruki Murakami's spellbinding novels, a devoted Danish translator has spent decades pursuing the perfect words to transcribe the renowned Japanese writer's enigmatic universe, in this dreamy love letter to the art of translation.

Fri, Apr 27 9:15 PM, Scotiabank Theatre 4
Sun, Apr 29 10:00 AM, TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
Fri, May 4 4:15 PM, TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Rezo
Director:  Leo Gabriadze
Russia
Program: Artscapes
North American Premiere

The surreal inner world of Georgian artist and puppeteer Rezo Gabriadze magically comes to life in this delicate and profound animated film, where post-WWII politics and totalitarianism are the backdrop of a humorous, heartfelt autobiographical tale.

Thu, Apr 26 9:00 PM TIFF Bell Lightbox 4
Fri, Apr 27 3:45 PM Scotiabank Theatre 7
Sun, May 6 4:30 PM Innis Town Hall

King Lear
Director: Denis Klebleev
Russia
Program: Artscapes
International Premiere

Playing the iconic Shakespearean monarch is an enduring obsession for a retired Russian actor—but his longing takes on a darkly comic life of its own after his own drama-filled story brings him closer to the character than he ever imagined.

Thu, Apr 26 9:00 PM, TIFF Bell Lightbox 4
Fri, Apr 27 3:45 PM, Scotiabank Theatre 7
Sun, May 6 4:30 PM, Innis Town Hall

Kolyma - Road of Bones
Director: Stanislaw Mucha
Russia, Germany
Program: World Showcase
North American Premiere

Black comedy meets dark history along a 2,000-km Siberian road literally built on the bones of Stalin's prisoners. Survivors live alongside those who've never heard the word "Gulag" in this sweeping trip into a not-so-distant past.

Wed, May 2 6:30 PM, TIFF Bell Lightbox 3
Thu, May 3 2:45 PM, Innis Town Hall
Sat, May 5 8:30 PM, Innis Town Hall

Victory Day
Director: Sergei Loznitsa
Germany
Program: World Showcase
Canadian Premiere

Acclaimed director Sergei Loznitsa's acute eye dissects the strange choreography of one of Germany's most culturally fascinating events: the annual commemoration of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazism, celebrated for the last 72 years in Berlin.

Fri, Apr 27 2:45 PM, TIFF Bell Lightbox 3
Sat, Apr 28 3:15 PM, Scotiabank Theatre 7
Sat, May 5 8:15 PM, Scotiabank Theatre 3

For more information, please check hotdocs.ca.

Friday, April 20, 2018

CONTACT Photography in the Junction: Venues + Exhibitions

Photography Festival CONTACT 2018 in Junction, illustration map
Photography Festival CONTACT 2018 in the West Toronto Junction Neighbourhood
Illustration of the CONTACT in Junction Map
Credit: http://scotiabankcontactphoto.com

Each May, The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival provides a month-long celebration of the art and profession of photography in Toronto. Year 2018 is another year of Photography in the Junction - part of CONTACT Photography Festival.

CONTACT 2018 Photography in the Junction: 
Exhibitions + Venues

1. Zalucky Contemporary
3044 Dundas St. West

Featured Exhibition: Day for Night
Sam Cotter
April 28–June 2

Reception
Saturday, April 28, 4pm–6pm

2. UB Social Cafe & General Store
3015 Dundas St. West

Open Exhibition: Visionary Mammals
Astara, Kalista, Moana, Arthur, Giovanni, Myles, Henry, Kaiya, Raz, Theo B., Theo P., Cassidy, Xavier, Roberto, Mathus, Monty, Jude
May 1–31

3. ARTiculations | Earl Selkirk Gallery
2928 Dundas St. West

Open Exhibition: The Trees Amongst Us
Nicola Woods
May 3–27

Reception
Saturday, May 5, 4pm–7pm
Artist Talk + presentation by LEAF
Sunday, May 27, 2pm

4. Latitude 44 Framing & Decor
2900 Dundas St. West

Open Exhibition: Triumvirate Observations
Brian Anderson, Michael Lindon, Delfina Mehes
May 1–31

Reception
Saturday, May 5, 7pm–10pm

5. NODO Restaurant
2885 Dundas St. West

Open Exhibition: C41: The Road So Far
Victor Torok
May 1–31

6. Billboards at Dundas St W and Glenlake Ave

Public Installation: United in Love
Kent Monkman in collaboration with Chris Chapman
April 30–June 3

More Info: https://scotiabankcontactphoto.com/

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Gallery SHA: Landscape As an Inspiration Art Exhibition, April 20 to 29

Poster: Art Exhibition Landscape As an Inspiration
at Gallery of Serbian Heritage Academy
2381 Dundas Street W., Toronto ON M6P 1X2

Gallery of Serbian Heritage Academy presents
Art Exhibition

Landscape As an Inspiration

Venue: Art Gallery of The Serbian Heritage Academy of Canada
Address: 2381 Dundas Street W., Toronto ON M6P 1X2
(One block north of Dundas subway station)

Exhibition is open from April 20 to 29, 2018
Gallery is open: 4 pm - 8 pm


A group painting exhibition showcasing the works of 10 artists:


More info: 

SHA: Serbian Heritage Academy Of Canada

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Junction Digital Photography Club

Junction Digital Camera and Media Club
Have fun, share and learn:
DSLR cameras, photos, videos and media publishing

Digital Camera and Media Club
for Beginners and Amateurs


Have fun, share and learn:

DSLR cameras, photos, videos and media publishing

When: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

on recurring dates listed below

Upcoming Dates:

Tue May 15 - Topic: transport photography - sharing photos of transportation related stuff
Tue Jun 19
Tue Jul 17


Where: Annette Street : Toronto Public Library
Address: 145 Annette Street, Toronto, ON M6P 1P3

Program Description 

Q and A, and tutorials:
How to take photos and 4K videos
Hands on workshops, outings and photography
Show and Tell on the Library 72-inch TV
Bring you camera, pictures and videos (USB drive or SD card)
How to publish your work on the Internet, YouTube and websites

Questions? Call 416-604-3359.


More Info:

torontopubliclibrary.ca: Digital Camera Club for beginners and amateurs

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Jane’s Walk: Junction, Swansea, High Park, and Lambton House

Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of free, citizen-led walking conversations inspired by Jane Jacobs.
Screenshot: Jane's Walk: Let's Get Walking...
Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of free, citizen-led walking conversations inspired by Jane Jacobs.
Credit: janeswalk.org

Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of free, citizen-led walking conversations inspired by Jane Jacobs.

Jane’s Walks encourage people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours.

Walks take place on May 4th, 5th, and 6th, 2018.

Here are some walks that take place in the West End of Toronto!

Jane's Walk: Literary Swansea
Literary Swansea
Led by Swansea Historical Society

SATURDAY, MAY 5
10:00am – 12:00pm
Alex Ling Fountain, NW corner of Bloor and Jane across from Jane subway station

A variety of authors and poets have called Swansea home. We’ll pass sites of significance to their lives or their writings and pause to read from the works of Lucy Maud Montgomery, Bernice Thurman Hunter, Raymond Souster, and more. This Walk will end at Swansea Town Hall.

More info: facebook.com: events: Jane's Walk: Literary Swansea

Jane's Walk: The Pulse of the Junction; Our Stories

The Pulse of the Junction; Our Stories
Led by Eugenia Evans & Tuli Parubets

SATURDAY, MAY 5
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Meet at the northwest corner of Dundas and Pacific in front of the mural

We will showcase the various murals, architecture, diverse cultures, breweries and businesses while talking about the history of the railroad and its role in the development of the Junction. We will highlight the past, talk about the present and explore its future. We will end on the north side of Dundas in front of Malta Park.

More info: facebook.com: events: Jane's Walk: The Pulse of the Junction; Our Stories

Walk as Workout
Led by Lee Scott/WoW Power Walking

SATURDAY, MAY 5 3:30 PM
SUNDAY, MAY 6 9:45 AM
Meet at the first parking lot on the left after entering Humber Bay Park west via Humber Bay Park Road West. Look for Lee by the public washrooms. She’ll be wearing a brightly coloured vest.

Join international fitness presenter, power walker and Toronto citizen, Lee Scott, as she takes you on a fun and informative walk. Research shows that cardiovascular, bone, and brain health improve when we exercise. Learn how rethinking your daily walk can improve posture, strength, heart health, and happiness. Let’s talk about how you can make that happen outside in our beautiful city. We’ll take our walk along the shores of Lake Ontario for a real mood boost and appreciation of Toronto’s waterfront trail. The Walk will end at our start position in the parking lot.

More info: facebook.com: events: Jane's Walk: Walk as Workout

Jane's Walk: Sculpture Hill – High Park in 1967

Sculpture Hill – High Park in 1967
Led by Bianca Lakoseljac, Swansea Historical Society
  
SUNDAY, MAY 6  2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
SE corner, Bloor Street and High Park Avenue

Few places provide as much personal inspiration in Toronto as High Park. Did you know that in 1967 an Art Symposium was held within the park as a Centennial Project and added ten sculptures to Sculpture Hill? We’ll explore the artistic and literary significance of High Park including Sculpture Hill with author Bianca Lakoseljac, who has featured High Park prominently in her work, and the Swansea Historical Society. This Walk will end at Sculpture Hill in High Park.

More info: facebook.com: events: Jane's Walk: Sculpture Hill – High Park in 1967

Jane's Walk: Aggie’s Wildflower Walk


Aggie’s Wildflower Walk
Led by Madeleine McDowell

SUNDAY, MAY 13 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas Street

Explore the woods and river flats of Lambton Mills through the eyes of the 19th century. The area was a favourite spot of artist Agnes Dunbar Moodie, daughter of pioneer writer Susanna Moodie. Perhaps Agnes used the flowers here as models for her paintings, published in an 1867 book called Canadian Wild Flowers. Hear stories of ‘Aggie’ and the history of this area while we look for the wildflowers that inspired her. Return to the Lambton House for refreshments.

More info: facebook.com: events: Jane's Walk: Aggie’s Wildflower Walk

Here is Jane's Walk Toronto Walk Listings

Mark your calendars for May 4-6, and 13!

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Charity Concert in Memory of Alexander Sevastian: April 11

Credit: showoneproductions.ca

Charity Concert in Memory of Alexander Sevastian

When: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Time: 8pm

Venue: Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts
Address: 10268 Yonge St., Richmond Hill, Ontario L4C 3B7

Tickets:

russiantix.com: Концерт памяти Александра Севастьяна
parter.ca: Благотворительный концерт памяти АЛЕКСАНДРА СЕВАСТЬЯНА

Info:
showoneproduction.com
canadian-courier.ca
rcchf.ca
416-732-8562
416-727-5300

Performers include:
  • Peter De Sotto and Liza McLellan Quartetto Gelato,
  • Julian Milkis,
  • Sophie Milman,
  • Alexander Luminsky,
  • Gennady Grebenchuk,
  • Victor Khomenko and Alexei Severinets,
  • Inga Filippova-Williams and Yevgeniya Yasmanovich,
  • Children’s choir “Ladushki.”

All proceeds from the concert will go to Alexander Sevastian’s family.

Please, find more information on Show One Productions website:

Charity Concert in Memory of Alexander Sevastian, screenshot of Show One Productions
Screenshot: Show One Productions: Alexander SEVASTIAN’s Memory Concert

YouTube video: Russian Sounds of Canada 
Music by Giya Kancheli, World Famous Composer 
Concert in St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Cobourg, Canada, and excerpts from interviews. 
Published by Sounds of Canada on Dec 18, 2017

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Art Exhibition Short Tales in Colour by Ozrenko Mrkic

"Short Tales in Color" Art Exhibition by Ozrenko Mrkic, March 2-18, 2018, Serbian Heritage Academy, Toronto
Poster: Art Exhibition of New works by Ozrenko Mrkic
"Short Tales in Colour", March 2-18, 2018
at Gallery of Serbian Heritage Academy
2381 Dundas Street W., Toronto ON M6P 1X2

Gallery of Serbian Heritage Academy presents
Art Exhibition of new works by Ozrenko Mrkic

Short Tales in Colour

Venue: Art Gallery of The Serbian Heritage Academy of Canada
Address: 2381 Dundas Street W., Toronto ON M6P 1X2
(One block north of Dundas subway station)

Exhibition is open from March 2 to March 18, 2018

Gallery is open: Tuesday - Sunday
Time: 12am - 7pm

The artist will be present in gallery every day
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 3, 7pm-10pm

More info: 
Short Tales in Color

About Artist: Ozrenko Mrkic

Art Salon 2013: Ozrenko Mrkic
Credit: artisticway.ca: ArtSalon 2013
My work is personal; each piece represents an individual thought and experience I have drawn from my own sense of spirituality and culture. It is a subconscious journey between my body, my soul and surrounding energy.

My approach can be understood by the old adage: “Paint from nature, but do not paint nature as it is.” This is essentially what I try to do. If I were to make myself strictly paint from reality I would be undermining my own sense of reason with every move I make.

To me, paintings clothe the processes of the human soul in a plastic form and function to enrich our lives. Unlike science, art requires one to explore new territory often without any controls in place. I enjoy the fact that art is not definitive and offers such a broad field to make bold statements.

FOR DREAMS IS THE MOST DIFFICULT - THEY ALWAYS  HAVE TO  STAY AWAKE
Links:
SHA Art Gallery
Part of Ozrenkov's works can be viewed on artist's website: Fine Art by Ozrenko
novine.ca: Novine Toronto: Intervju sa povodom
OZRENKO MRKIĆ - SLIKAR. "Slikarstvo je opsesija - čarobno stanje koje čoveka dovodi u stanje da zaboravi na stvarnost i svijet oko sebe" (O.M.)
by Ivana Đorđević
28. Februar 2018.

novine.ca: Newspapers Toronto: Interview with the occasion (Google Translation)
OZRENKO MRKIĆ - SLIKAR. "Painting is an obsession - a magical state that makes man forget about reality and the world around him" (O.M.)
by Ivana Djordjevic
February 28, 2018
novine.ca: Ozrenko Mrkic Izlozba

Monday, December 11, 2017

La Llorona: Tribute Concert Celebrating Lhasa de Sela

Lhasa De Sela Tribute Concerts for the 20th Anniversary of La LLorona, screenshot
Screenshot: Lhasa Tribute Concerts for the 20th Anniversary of La LLorona
With the album's original band: Y. Desrosiers , M. Légaré, F. Lalonde, D. Dumontier. In december 2017, Paris and Montreal.

A tribute concert for Lhasa de Sela to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the album La Llorona one night only!

Hommage à Lhasa

La Route Chante - 20 ans de La Llorona @ MTELUS, Montreal 16 décembre

Directed by Émilie Laforest

A tribute concert celebrating Lhasa and the 20th anniversary of her album La Llorona will be presented on December the 16th, 2017 in Montreal at the MTELUS.

1st act:
La Llorona
La Llorona's 11 songs will be played in order, in its entirety with the original band who played on the album: Yves Desrosiers, Mario Légaré, François Lalonde and Dider Dumoutier, with Joe Grass on the pedal steel

2nd act:
A variety of selections from the rest of Lhasa's discography

Invited artists: Ana Moura, Patrick Watson, Marie-Pierre Arthur, Betty Bonifassi, Martha Wainwright, Ariel Engle, Fred Fortin, Plants and Animals, Camélia Jordana, Katie Moore and Amparo Sánchez

Where: MTELUS, formerly known as Montreal Métropolis
Address: Sainte-Catherine Street E. Montréal (Québec) H2X 1K5

Tickets: Hommage à Lhasa: La Route Chante - Les 20 ans de La Llorona

More info:
audiogram.com: La Route Chante - A tribute concert to celebrate Lhasa de Sela and the 20th anniversary of La Llorona
facebook.com: events: Hommage à Lhasa: La Route Chante - 20 ans de La Llorona

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Call for Submissions – Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Participate in CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto 2018, photo by @artjunctionto
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival: Participate in CONTACT

Participate in CONTACT 2018

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival invites participation from photographic artists for May 2018, either as a Featured Exhibition or an Open Exhibition.


The Featured Exhibitions program showcases high-calibre exhibitions and recognizes exceptional photo-based projects. Featured Exhibitions are subject to a juried submission process, and are eligible for The Gattuso Prize, a $5,000 award that acknowledges an outstanding exhibition in the Festival.

The Open Exhibitions program provides a valuable opportunity to have photographic work exhibited in conjunction with other emerging and established artists, and to inspire and engage with the city through photography. Open Exhibitions are non-juried and are therefore accessible to all interested participants and exhibition spaces.

All artists/organizers must have a confirmed exhibition space in order to participate in CONTACT.

A participation fee applies:

Early bird fee (available until November 6, 2017)
$275 + HST

Regular registration fee (after November 7, 2017)
$350 + HST

Important Deadlines:
November 13, 2017 - Featured Exhibition submissions due
December 4, 2017 - Open Exhibitions registration closes

Submissions are not sought for CONTACT's curated programming, including Primary Exhibitions, Public Installations and Special Events.

Visit Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival: Participate in CONTACT for details on how to show your photographic work in CONTACT.

About Scotiabank CONTACT Photography FestivalCONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural experience in Canada, with over 1500 artists in 200 exhibitions and happenings throughout the month of May in the Greater Toronto Area.
Founded in 1997, CONTACT is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and fostering the art and profession of photography.
All exhibitions and events are free to attend unless otherwise noted.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Concert: From Russia with Love: December 3

Concert: From Russia, With Love: December 3, 2017 at Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren, Toronto, poster
Poster: From Russia, With Love: Concert
December 3, 2017 at Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren, Toronto
Credit: Decus Duo + Photo by Bo Huang

Decus Duo presents
From Russia, with Love
works by A. Arensky, S. Rachmaninov and R. Shchedrin

When: December 3, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Where: Gallery 345
Address: 345 Sorauren Avenue #3, Toronto, Ontario M6R 2G5


From Russia, with Love
This is Romanticism that grabs hold of your heartstrings and seduces you with the spectrum of human emotion.
Arensky and Rachmaninov will take you on a rollercoaster ride through loss and tragedy while Shchedrin reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously.
Three Russian master composers, three approaches to memory and mourning, redeemed by hope.

Program:
A. Arensky, Piano Trio No.1 Op.32 in D minor (1894)     
S. Rachmaninov, Trio Elegiaque No.1 in G minor (1892)
R. Shchedrin, Three Funny Pieces (1997)

Performers:
Decus Duo:
Katya Khatsko - piano,
Lucia Barcari - violin
with guest artist
Olga Laktionova - cello

Tickets:
General $25 Senior/Student $15 Children under 12 free
Cash only at door

Get Tickets Online:
brownpapertickets: From Russia, with Love, at Gallery 345
eventbrite: Dec 03, From Russia, with Love by Decus Duo

About Decus Duo
Violinist Lucia Barcari and pianist Katya Khatsko are a new and dynamic ensemble based in Toronto,  performing a wide range of classical music with an emphasis on Romantic and Contemporary  music. Duo presents distinctive programs build on Theme, Concept, Conventional Program with a Twist, and a balanced selection of popular classics as well as newer works.
They are reaching into the lives of people who are thrilled to discover the wonderful world of classical music and to the most seasoned music lovers who wouldn't miss an inspiring concert for the world.

Find more on:
Decus Duo website
facebook: From Russia, with Love · Hosted by Decus Duo · Dec. 3, 2017 at 3pm in Roncy Village

Music From Russia, with Love by Decus Duo, Toronto, Screenshot
Screenshot: Things to do in Toronto: Performance: Music
eventbrite: From Russia, with Love by Decus Duo, Dec 3, 2017 at Gallery 345