Thursday, May 31, 2007

What's on TV Tonight? Eugene Onegin and Hermitage-niks

The Hermitage Museum & Pushkin's Eugene OneginGoogle Search: Hermitage & Eugene Onegin
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Is it a coincidence what's on tv tonight?
Eugene Onegin and the Hermitage.
Sounds like Russian Ark?
Sokuroviana, the Metropolitan Opera?
It is the best treat for me
In Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
It's Русский Ковчег, Russkiy Kovcheg

channel tvo: 10:00pm
Hermitage-niks: A Passion for the Hermitage
Episode: Empty Frames
Olga (76) is head of museum maintenance. This unofficial czarina of the Hermitage runs her department with a firm hand and is forever marked by the Second World War when she and the Hermitage-niks saved the artworks from the mortality of war. But art was also their savior in times of hunger and cold.

channel wned: 8:00pm
Great Performances at the Met: Eugene Onegin
Tchaikovsky's “Eugene Onegin,” starring Renée Fleming as Tatiana, a young Russian who's rebuffed by the object of her affection, Eugene Onegin (Dmitri Hvorostovsky). Years later, after she has married a prince (Sergei Aleksashkin), the two meet again.

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Megobrebi Means Friends: Torontonian Georgian Singing Groups Performance

Megobrebi Poster
Come celebrate Georgian Independence Day with
a Toronto Women’s Georgian Singing Ensemble
in a Concert of Beautiful Georgian Vocal Harmonies
Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 3 pm
Christ the Saviour Russian Orthodox Cathedral
823 Manning Avenue (at Follis)
The Church is located between Bloor and Dupont and Christie and Bathurst;
close to the Christie Subway Station
Tickets: $10
For further information, contact or
Other Torontonian Georgian Singing Groups Performing:
Credit: Megobrebi

Megobrebi - Toronto Women's Georgian Singing Ensemble
Bie Engelen, chunir

Visiting the Republic of Georgia – in downtown Toronto

This was my first experience attending a concert of a choir singing Georgian folk songs. The extraordinary thing about the event was the choir singers were all Canadians! It was there too that I learned there were four different Georgian choral groups in Toronto, and all of their singers are Canadian!
So many Georgian folklore enthusiasts in Canada! The question that begs to be asked: Why isn’t there any Georgian involved? Hmm…
The concert, interestingly enough, was held in a Russian Orthodox Church, and the MC turned out to be Father Oleg Kirilov of that Church.
Quite an unusual afternoon, worth repeating one day. Hopefully in the near future.

Trio Kundzuli

Georgia’s Independence Day in Toronto
Toronto is indeed a multicultural city. Where else can we find ourselves in a Russian Orthodox Church listening to Georgian songs performed by a Canadian choir? To commemorate Georgia’s Independence Day? And not just any Georgian songs, but Georgian folk songs ranging from lullabies to wedding cheers that are being enthusiastically preserved by world music lovers in Toronto.
Appreciation of different cultures is what brings us together, through songs, music and other arts. Perhaps the most direct, efficient, and certainly, most pleasant way.
Toronto is a great place to be to learn about the world…

Megobrebi in a concert of beautiful Georgian vocal harmonies May 26, 2007

ucxoelebi mgerian qartulad
26 maiss torontoshi gaimarta qalta ansambli "MEGOBREBI"-s koncerti.
by kggj
Credit: georgian blog

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Friday, May 25, 2007

West Toronto Junction Arts Festival: Call for Local Artists

West Toronto Junction Arts Festival: Call for Local ArtistsWest Toronto Junction Arts Festival: Call for Local Artists
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The Junction Arts Festival (JAF), Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Event dates: September 6-9, 2007
Location: Dundas Street West (Between Keele Street and Quebec Avenue - West Toronto)

The 15th annual Junction Arts Festival proudly continues to promote the arts and artists in one of Toronto's most unique districts: the West Toronto Junction community. The Festival presents visual, performing, literary and new media arts to over 100, 000 people transforming Dundas Street West into a pedestrian-only cultural destination, hosting juried and curated visual art exhibits, performing arts, children’s activities, handmade arts and crafts vendors and much more more!
The festival offers something for everyone!
To find out more details about this event and the artists involved please visit the festival website


PERFORMING ARTISTS: Deadline May 31, 2007
Call to Performing Artists (pdf) >>>
Application Form for Performing Artists (pdf)>>>

VISUAL ARTISTS: Deadline May 31, 2007
Call to Visual Artists (pdf)>>>
Application Form for Visual Artists (pdf)>>>

Kidzone Open Call (pdf)>>>

If you are interested in volunteering for the festival, please contact us at

Call for Performing Artists
Application Deadline May 31, 2007. Confirmation by June 15. 2007

We are looking for a wide range of indoor and outdoor Site Specific work, Main Stage performances and street performers to participate in the 2007 Junction Arts Festival.

Site Specific
The Junction has an historical and architectural uniqueness yet to be discovered. Stores, alleys, studios and more uncover a history that few no about; spaces that are ideal for live performance and installations. Performances will be encouraged to run for 2 days/nights prior to the street closure making 4 days/nights in total. Historical background on the Junction is available. Financial assistance is available up to $1000.

Main Stage

A large main stage will host work that requires a more traditional setting. These shows will run from 12noon to 11pm on Saturday and 12noon to 6pm on Sunday. All lighting, sound and stage management will be supplied. Fees are paid on a per artist basis.

Street Performers
We are also looking for performers to participate in off the curb performance art attacks. Dancers, musicians, actors, poets, and more will be contracted to work the street in impromptu art attacks that spontaneously spring upon an unsuspecting audience. Individuals and or groups are welcome to apply. Individuals please send C.V. and photo. Groups please send info package. Artist will be paid a $100 honorarium.

The Junction Arts Festival is the largest and most eclectic “art-meets-street” festival in Canada. The festival emphasizes a celebration of all arts, with a multi-disciplinary stance, using site-specific installations in unconventional spaces. This artist run festival welcomes both established and emerging artists. We make a concerted effort to appeal to both artists and potential audiences who may not have a clear understanding of the arts but are interested in learning and appreciating art no matter what form it takes. The Junction Arts Festival traditionally attracts over 100,000 people when the festival has been only two days.

Please send info C/O Michael Menegon
Junction Forum for Arts and Culture
3042 Dundas Street West Toronto, Ontario M6P 1Z3
For direct contact please phone: (416) 767-5036.

Michael Menegon, the Event Producer
tel: (416) 767-9068
direct:(416) 767-5036
mail: Junction Arts Festival
3042 Dundas Street West,
Toronto, ON M6P 1Z3
The Junction Forum for Art & Culture (JFAC) is pleased to present the 15th annual Junction Arts Festival.
Founded in January 2004 the JFAC is an incorporated not-for-profit organization that aims to position The Junction as a cultural hub where art meets street, creating a bridge – a junction – between art and the public that incites participation, enriches our community and advances the culture of Toronto and Canada.
The 2007 Junction Arts Festival is generously supported by The Junction Business Improvement Area (BIA)
The Junction Business Improvement Area (BIA)

Established in 1973, The Junction is located in historic west Toronto and offers a unique mix of small town hospitality and big city edge. Best known for its colorful history and commitment to the arts, The Junction boasts an impressive selection of ethnically diverse restaurants, a thriving home décor/antiques sector and numerous specialty shops that carry those items you simply can't find anywhere else.

The Junction Business Improvement Area is located on Dundas Street West between Indian Grove and Quebec Avenue. Be sure to stop in at The Junction BIA's street level office located at 3042 Dundas St West to get the latest Junction news.

Easily accessible by public transit, The Junction can be reached by bus from the Dundas Street West, Keele Street and High Park Avenue subway stations.

The Junction has plenty of street parking plus municipal lots located on Keele Street north and south of Dundas and off Pacific Avenue south of Dundas Street West.

The Junction hosts a wide variety of events during the year. Be sure to visit during:
  • The Contact Photography Festival (May)
  • The Junction Sidewalk Sale (June)
  • The Junction Arts Festival (September)
  • The Home & Style Studio Tour (October); and
  • The Cavalcade of Lights/Christmas in The Junction (November/December)
For event dates and locations, please visit the Junction BIA website:


Win a 1-Year Scholarship! Academy of Realist Art and the Junction Arts Festival >>>
May 10, 2007
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Monday, May 21, 2007

Odessa: City-Museum of Italian Culture: Lecture by Anna Makolkin

Invitation: Odessa: City-Museum of Italian Culture: Lecture by Anna Makolkin
Credit: The Italian Cultural Institute inToronto

Lecture by Anna Makolkin

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura presents the lecture

by Anna Makolkin

Wednesday, May 23, 2007
6:30 pm
Istituto Italiano di Cultura - 496 Huron Street, Toronto
Free admission
Infoline: 416.921.3802

The lecture will be in English

Slides will illustrate the presentation

The author of A HISTORY OF ODESSA, THE LAST ITALIAN BLACK SEA COLONY (2004) and of THE ITALIAN CULTURAL COMPASS OF ODESSA (forthcoming) will speak about the permanent cultural contributions of Italian 18th century immigrants in the spheres of visual arts, music, opera and the urban cultural zeitgeist of this unusual port, founded in 1794 by the Italian settlers at the invitation of Catherine the Great and as part of her Europeanization project. The lecture will inform about a unique phenomenon in history when a host society willingly absorbed the culture of her invited immigrants.

Anna Makolkin, (Ph.D. in Comparative Literature) is a well-known Canadian interdisciplinary scholar, whose numerous publications have appeared in Europe and North America. A chapter from her Book The Genealogy of Our Present Moral Disarray dealing with ethics in Montesquieu was featured on TV Ontario in May, 2006. Her books and articles cover a wide range of topics, cultures, languages and times- from universal in Aristotle, Plato,Confucius, Kant, the religious in Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, to the laws of Hammurabi and ethics in Machiavelli, and transmission of Italianness in Russia.

(Posted on April 12, 2007 - Updated on April 26, 2007 - Updated on April 27, 2007)

Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Times: 6:30 pm
Venue: Istituto Italiano di Cultura - 496 Huron Street, Toronto
Presented by: Istituto Italiano di Cultura
Free admission

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Monday, May 14, 2007

Toronto Poetry Readings: Notes For A Rescue Narrative by J. Mark Smith

Posters: Oolichan Books Invitation to a Reading by J. Mark Smith from his new collection of poems, Notes For a Rescue Narrative
Credit: Oolichan Books

J. Mark Smith reads from his new collection of poetry, Notes For a Rescue Narrative, at the following locations:

Tuesday, May 15, 8 p.m.

Merle Nudelman (We, the Women, poems)
Mark Smith (Notes for a Rescue Narrative, poems)
Glen Downie (Loyalty Management, poems)

Art Bar Poetry Series
The Victory Cafe
581 Markham St., Toronto
Nearest Major Intersection: Bloor St. / Bathurst St.
By Subway: go 1 Block West of Bathurst


Friday, May 18, 8 p.m.

Christopher Taylor (Shedding Knowledge, poems)
Mark Smith (Notes for a Rescue Narrative, poems)
Michael V. Smith (What you can't have, poems)

I.V. Lounge Reading Series
The I.V. Lounge
326 Dundas St. W., Toronto
Nearest Major Intersection: Dundas St. / Beverley St.
By Subway: go 3 Blocks West of St Patrick
across from the Art Gallery of Ontario


Notes For A Rescue Narrative / J. Mark Smith
Publisher: Oolichan Books

Notes For A Rescue Narrative / J. Mark Smith

Publisher: Oolichan Books
0-88982-233-6 • 80 pp • $16.95 • pb• April 2007 • Poetry
Story rescues no one from death, but out of the seams and lacunae of narrative a certain kind of lyric can emerge. In Notes for a Rescue Narrative, J. Mark Smith charts the oxbow turnings of diverse human voices through scepticism and belief, hope and despair, pride and humility. Inspired by the elegiac plainness of Wordsworth as much as by the many-mindedness of Pound, Smith’s poems probe into regions of experience where meaning falls away, and “the names hardly stick.”

A middle-aged British sailor remembers, decades afterwards, a strange “human-and-not-human” incident in the colonial port of Bombay. A man walking his dog near the Katyn monument in Toronto wonders at signs, and at the “mother-deep” ocean of human suffering. In a moment “out of an airport,” the speakers and story-tellers of the Mackenzie River regroup and ready themselves, not for a rescue, but for the future. Blue jays in the pine forests of the Great Basin turn through a death-dance of forgetfulness and fecundity. A traveller on a snow-bound plane straightens his spine to bear the difficult reality of an unstoried present. A man buries his long-dead father’s alpine equipment beneath a mountain in California, and finds a new welcome in the familiar “noise of chaos.”

Notes for a Rescue Narrative moves deftly between metrical and free verse forms, and includes homages to Horace, Eugenio Montale, and Antonio Machado.

J. Mark Smith was born in Eugene, Oregon and grew up in Edmonton. After twenty-five years of living in other places, including southern California and Toronto, Smith recently returned to his home-town of Edmonton to teach in the English department at Grant MacEwan College. Smith’s poems and creative non-fiction pieces have been published in literary journals and magazines. Notes For A Rescue Narrative is his first book of poems. He holds a doctorate in English from UC Irvine, and has published scholarly articles on nineteenth and twentieth century poetry and poetics. He lives with his wife, Jennifer Stewart, and their dog, Jasper, near the North Saskatchewan river valley.
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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

May 9: We Remember Victory Day

"Victory 1945 Победа"
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Today is the 62nd Anniversary Celebrations of Victory in the Great Patriotic War.

Victory Day is our celebration of the end of the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War.
On 9-th of May we honour our veterans: our parents and grandparents who have passed all burdens of this war, and we recollect their main dream of the future: World peace and that any war has never repeated.

Поздравляем с Днем Святой Победы!

День Победы - наше празднование конца Великой Отечественной войны.
9-ого мая мы чтим наших ветеранов, наших родителей, дедушек и бабушек, которые прошли все тяготы этой войны, и вспоминаем их главную мечту о будущем - мир во всем мире и чтобы война никогда не повторилась.

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival in the Junction

Poster Photography in The Junction
Credit: The Junction BIA

CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival in The Junction Opening Night Events

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2007
Time: 6 pm - 10 pm
Place: 12 venues + outdoor projection in the West Toronto Junction
Cost: Free
Info: (416)767-9068,,

You are cordially invited to a photography night for celebration the launch of CONTACT 2007 Photography in the Junction.

Join the Junction for 12 opening night receptions at all Junction locations from 6 pm to 9 pm on May 5. Then from 9 pm to 10 pm enjoy an outdoor display of photography at the corner of Dundas Street West and Pacific Avenue under the night sky on the large projection showcase, highlight works from the Junction and the world.

Everyone is welcome!

The Junction Venues:

3048 Dundas Street West
Urban Surroundings
Marco Buonocore, Alice Dixon >>

3010 Dundas Street West
West Toronto Junction in 3D
Felix Russo >>

2886 Dundas Street West
Nature through the Constructed Image
Cece Scott >>

3042 Dundas Street West
Melinda Hughes

2990 Dundas Street West
Bon Cat, Bad Cat
Janis Rees >>

2900 Dundas Street West
Alignment Three
Joso Spralja, Leo Spralja, Elena Spralja-Saldani >>

2862 Dundas Street West
Money Talk
Brenna Fava >>

3047 Dundas Street West
Mixed Media: fusing technology and feelings
MJ McElhinney >>

2869 Dundas Street West
Alleys of Rome
Pasquale Marco Veltri >>

2940 Dundas Street West
Journey to Hong Kong
Owen Wong >>

3026 Dundas Street West
The Travel Guy
Nancy Ceneviva, Frank Greco, Lauren Sally >>

2975 Dundas Street West
Brian Anderson >>

Photography in the Junction >>

MAY 5 - 5

Join the Junction for a night of photography as all Junction locations host their openings for Contact 2007 on May 5. Following the retail openings that run from 6 to 9pm, everyone is welcome at the corner of Dundas St. W. and Pacific Ave. for the annual large screen projection showcase, highlight works from the Junction and the world.

Dundas Street W, at Pacific Avenue
Public Venue, Junction
Wheelchair access
T 416 767 9068

"Photography in The Junction" is sponsored by the Junction BIA
The Junction: 150 businesses ready to serve you!
One Month Long Photo Exhibit
12 Venues/17 Photographers are displaying amazing photos
In Partnership with CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival

About the CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival
CONTACT, a not-for-profit organization, founded in 1997, is generously supported by Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co. (premier sponsor), Scotiabank Group (official exhibition sponsor), media sponsors Fashion Television, enRoute Magazine and The Toronto Star; Concord Adex Developments Corp., The Drake Hotel and Beyond Digital Imaging. CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the support of Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, the Toronto Arts Council, Foreign Affairs Canada, The British Council, The Royal Netherlands Embassy and the Consulate of France. As the largest photography festival in North America, with over 500 local, national and international artists participating at more than 200 venues across the GTA, CONTACT attracts close to one million people. CONTACT is devoted to celebrating and fostering an appreciation of the art and profession of photography. For more information, visit

MAY 4, 7PM - 12AM
Entertainment by
Brassaii Bistro
461 King St. W, Toronto M5V 1K7
T 416 598 4730
F 416 598 8943


CONTACT Toronto:Outdoor Projection in The Junction
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