Saturday, June 23, 2018

Toronto Maltese Festival Imnarja: June 24

Poster: Imnarja Festival Sunday, June 24, 2018
Credit: Malta Bake Shop and Café
416-769-2174
3256 Dundas W Toronto, ON M6P 2A3

Imnarja Festival

Organized by The Maltese Canadian Federation

When: Sunday, June 24, 2018

Where: West Toronto Runnymede Park, north of Toronto Malta Village.

The park is located on 221 Ryding Ave, east of Runnymede Rd, and south of St Clair Ave West.

The festival starts at 1:00 pm

Imnarja Festival at Runnymede Park Featuring:

The talented Maltese singer Karen Zahra;
Folklore Dancing and Singing;
The Malta Band;
And other entertainment.

Come and meet your friends!
Enjoy delicious Maltese food
And a day full of entertainment and family fun!


Art in the Junction:






The Junction Summer Solstice Festival 2018

Rain or Shine

Duration: 23 June 2018 - 23 June 2018

Download Event Program Guide [PDF]

Friday, May 25, 2018

Born Believers: Photo Exhibition: SHA Gallery: June 1-9

Born Believers: Photo Exhibition: Serbian Heritage Academy Gallery, poster
Photo Exhibition: Born Believers: Siberia. People. Traditions.
The Serbian Heritage Academy Gallery, June 1 – June 9, 2018
2381 Dundas Street W., Toronto ON M6P 1X2

Gallery of Serbian Heritage Academy presents
Photo Exhibition

Born Believers: Siberia. People. Traditions.

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 June 1 to June 9, 2018

Gallery is open: 4pm - 7pm

Opening Reception: Friday, June 1, 7pm - 9pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, June 9, 5pm-6pm

Curated by Vladimir Stjepanovic

Born Believers: Old Believers in Buryatia

Natalia went to the International Festival of Old Believers "The Avvakum's Path" in Buryatia as a guest from Canada.

All photographs were taken by a long-gone HP digital camera and they are not an artistic statement but an attempt to show an ordinary and still exotic in everyday life of Southern Siberia.

The Republic of Buryatia has a big population of descendants of the Old Believers who moved there in XVIII century seeking religious freedom. Another name of this people — Semeyskie or Family People — was given because they moved to Siberia with their big families.

The Semeyskie still practised ancient Orthodox rituals and perpetuate everyday activities. They are also characterized by their traditional dress, handicrafts, dwellings, paintings, ornaments and food as well as their music. Also noteworthy are their polyphonic choirs, which perform traditional songs at family celebrations and popular festivals.

Many visitors come to Buryatia only for the tour to the Old Believers, to see their way of life, as if leapt from the pages of a history book. The old schism is waned but the culture still lives.

See you at the gallery.


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