Sunday, September 30, 2007

Word on the Street with Russian Gypsy Show

Toronto WOS 2007 Gypsy Flame PerformanceThe Word on the Street: CityTV Main Stage

The Nuit Blanche contemporary art thing has smoothly passed in a day when the Queen's Park Circle was transformed into The Word on the Street multidimensional celebration of the written culture. It will be The Gypsy Flame Band performance there. Enjoy.

Toronto's Annual Book and Magazine Festival
WHEN: Sunday, September 30, 2007, 11am to 6pm
WHERE: Queen’s Park Circle (Museum subway stop)

The Gypsy (ROMA) Flame Show Band
A Vibrant Collection of Russian, Hungarian, Romanian and Klezmer Folk Music
With a repertoire that includes fiery gypsy (ROMA) songs, lyrical romances, instrumental music and Russian gypsy (ROMA) dances, The Gypsy (ROMA) Flame Show Band produces a high-energy show. Their performances are complete with traditional Roma costuming, highlighting Roma folk music and music from eastern European countries such as Russia, Hungary and Romania.
Band members include: Lesya Alexander, a violinist who graduated from the Tchaikovsky State Music Academy in Kiev, is a qualified orchestra soloist and also teaches for chamber music; Yan Loren, a singer/guitarist, is engaging as a house-band musician all over the city; Flori Tigau, Roma singer, performs in five languages; and Paul Mathew, leader/keyboardist/accordionist, studied classical music at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Credit: The Word On The Street Festival Program

The Arts Junction: Russian House of Toronto: Gypsy Flame Show

The Gypsy (ROMA) Flame Show Band

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Art and Culture Night in Russian Banya: Nuit Blanche Toronto 2007

nuit blanche toronto: Steam UP in the Steam BanyaIndependent Project: Steam UP in the Steam Banya Screenshot Image
Credit: scotiabank nuit blanche toronto + art into life

Go out and experience Toronto art and culture nuit.
All free, all night, all over Toronto - the second Nuit Blanche Saturday night (September 29, 2007 - September 30, 2007) with over 190 exhibitions of contemporary art.
Make it an unforgettable white night.
Check Zone B, event #21 a kickoff of the KINO Art Festival (KAF) - first Festival of Russian Film and Art in Toronto.

Russian videos, music and a sauna in a tent.

The Steam Whistle Brewing Co.
The Roundhouse, 225 Bremner Blvd.
Art into Life

Steam up and relax to Russian art videos, shorts, animation + Music + Refreshments = Cool Russian Culture throughout this end-of-summer night. Bring swimsuit, towel and sandals to enjoy the Steam Banya (Sauna) tents stationed on the patio. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Steam UP in the Stem Banya

As a KAF pre event Art into Life will be at Nuit Blanche 2007 with "Steam UP in the Steam Banya": Banya (a Russian steam bath) Tents on the patio, showcasing contemporary Russian art films and a local DJ as part of the program. Something extraordinary to explore at Nuit Blanche.

Art Program
- Art Videos Program- best art videos of Russian bands and artists 2006-2007
- Shorts from Russian films Festivals 2006-2007
- Animation - best from Russian Animation Film Festival

Come to visit:
Join us at our Banya and Club tent: enjoy the steam and art program. Russian cuisine and refreshments available, including tea from a Samovar.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Toronto Music Event: Spiritual Sounds of Central Asia

Spiritual Sounds of Central Asia: Nomads, Mystics and Troubadours, Roy Thomson Hall, October 2007Spiritual Sounds of Central Asia:
Nomads, Mystics and Troubadours
Credit: Roy Thomson Hall

October 14, 2007 update to the concert announcement:
Spiritual Sounds of Central Asia has been postponed.

Ticket holders will be notified as soon as a new date has been confirmed.
Tickets held for Oct. 12 will be honored on the new date.

For More Information:
World Music Institute
Share the Music Program

Roy Thomson Hall presents

Spiritual Sounds of Central Asia: Nomads, Mystics and Troubadours

Friday, October 12, 2007
Time: 8:00 pm
Riveting, virtuosic, gifted — 18 musicians from six countries present a cultural tapestry of the rich musical and poetic traditions of Central Asia. It’s a sophisticated multi-media event: brief documentary films give the music context, live camera feeds provide close-ups of the artists, and super-titled lyrics present the texts of Rumi, Hafez and more.

Program features: Alim Qasimov Ensemble, Bardic Divas & Badakhshan Ensemble

This is a Share the Music event.

Roy Thomson Hall
Location & Directions: 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2H5
(at the corner of King and Simcoe Streets)
Google Map

Tickets: $59.50 - $39.50
Box Office: (416) 872-4255

Sponsored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture-Music Initiative and World Music Institute.
Spiritual Sounds of Central Asia: Nomads, Mystics and Troubadours - World Music InstituteWMI Tours 2007/8: Spiritual Sounds of Central Asia: Nomads, Mystics and Troubadours
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Alim Qasimov Ensemble

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Songs, Music and Dance of Badakhshan

Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia (AKMICA)

The “Music of Central Asia” series is a co-production of the Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia and the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The aim of the series, released worldwide by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, is to present leading exponents of Central Asia’s rich and diverse musical heritage to listeners outside the region. As a new generation of talented performers reinterprets this heritage — much of it ruptured or lost during the Soviet era — older traditions are reanimated and transformed. Music of Central Asia documents the work of musicians who represent both a mastery of their own tradition and a contemporary spirit of innovation expressed through new approaches to performance style, repertory, and technique. Each release includes a DVD with a documentary film on the featured performers as well as a map, musical instrument glossary, and short introduction to Music of Central Asia and the Aga Khan Music Initiative. These intimate, often poignant, musical portraits bring to life a group of remarkable artists whose creative achievements proclaim Central Asia’s prominence on any musical map of the world.
Spiritual Sounds of Central Asia
Alim & Fargana Qasimov, Badakhshan Ensemble, Bardic Divas

Saturday, October 27, 2007 8:30 pm
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
West 57th St and 7th Avenue
New York

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Welcome You to the West Toronto Junction Arts Festival

Welcome to the Junction Arts Festival
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Junction Arts Festival 2007

Starts: September 6, 2007
Ends: September 9, 2007
At: Junction Arts Festival, Pacific Ave. , [view map]

Neighborhood: Central West Toronto
Playing: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Times: Thurs 6-9 pm, Fri 12-7 pm, Sat 12 - 9 pm, Sun 11 am - 6 pm
Cost: Free

The 2007 Junction Arts Festival will take place along the one kilometre footprint on Dundas Street West between Keele Street and Quebec Avenue.

The celebrations will entice creativity in every member of the family with four days and nights of free activities featuring the Visual Arts Exhibitions, September 6 through 9, and The Live Stages, the Hands-On KIDZONE and the Green Village, which will take place during the weekend street closure on Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9.

For more information contact: Michael Menegon, Festival Producer
Phone: 416-767-5036
Web site:

Фестиваль Искусств в West Toronto Junction

Место: Dundas Street West. From Keele to Quebec.
День: 6 - 9 Сентября 2007 года

Art-Meets-Street on Dundas West
Вдоль улицы Dundas West - от Keele до Quebec вы сможете увидеть множество представлений, произведений живописи, представляющих многокультурное сообщество Торонто. Больше 150 художников и артистов, работы которых были отобраны специальной комиссией, покажут вам свои работы. На фестивале будут представлены три основных зоны: The Live Stages, The Hands-On KIDZONE и The Green Village.
Вы прекрасно проведете время вместе со своими детьми.


Art Meets Street on Dundas West
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Junction Arts Festival

This festival is pulling in major talent with performers ranging from musician Justin Rutledge to dance company The Chimera Project. With a large juried art exhibition and area shops acting as venues for multimedia, music, video and performance art installations, we may be looking at the next West Queen West. Dundas Street West (between Keele Street and Quebec Avenue).

Beginning Thursday, September 6, the Junction Arts Festival will present the 2007 Juried Art Exhibition. Four Junction area galleries will exhibit work from over 50 visual artists, as selected by the 2007 Juried Art Exhibition Committee. The pieces will be exhibited in traditional settings at Latitude 44 Gallery (2900 Dundas St. W.), Urbanscape Gallery (2959 Dundas St. W.), the Academy of Realist Art (2968 Dundas St. W.) and Gallery One Zed Two (2975 Dundas St. W.).

The presentations cover a wide range of influences, forms and styles such as still life paintings, figurative paintings, animation, graphic design, portraiture, photography, film and video, drawings, caricatures, landscapes, architecture, mixed media sculpture, illustrations and digital imagery.

The artists have studied in a number of disciplines at respected institutions the world over, and are self-taught and classically trained. Their work has been exhibited internationally in esteemed galleries all over Canada, India, Italy, Mexico, England, Spain, Germany, Japan and throughout the United States.

“This year’s Junction Art Festival will be the best ever! For the first time, the 2007 Juried Art Exhibition artists will be exhibiting in true gallery settings in the heart of the Junction. We are extremely excited about exhibiting more than 500 pieces for the juried show. The number of participating artists has more than doubled this year, no doubt due to the lovely venues,” states Juried Art Committee and Junction Forum for Art and Culture board member Colleen Johnston.

Each gallery will host an opening night public reception on Thursday, September 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., where the Juried Art Exhibition award winners will be announced.

The galleries will be open throughout the four-day festival, Thursday to Sunday, various hours.

Gallery Hours
Thursday: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. opening night – public is invited.
Friday: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

In addition to the Juried Art Exhibition and throughout the four-day festival, a number of Junction area shops and restaurants along Dundas will act as impromptu galleries for multimedia, music, video and performance art installations (impromptu gallery venues are listed in street address order).

Impromptu Galleries:

Celts Pub, 2872 Dundas St. W.

Triple Z West Indian Roti Shop, 2910 Dundas St. W.

2916 Dundas St. W.

Taylor’s Shoes, 2934 Dundas St. W.

The Hair Lounge, 2940 Dundas St. W.

The Beet Organic Market, 2945 Dundas St. W.

Vesuvio Pizzeria & Spaghetti House, 3010 Dundas St. W.

Bending Spoons Gallery, 3010 Dundas St. W.

Agora Mediterranean Café, 3015 Dundas St. W.

Hole in the Wall, 3015 Dundas St. W.

High Park Spicy House, 3020 Dundas St. W.

Relax Shack, 3026 Dundas St. W.

Delight Chocolate, 3040 Dundas St. W.

Pictured it Framed, 3047 Dundas St. W.

Axis Gallery & Grill, 3048 Dundas St. W.

Eclectic Revival, 3075 Dundas St. W.

Impromptu Gallery Hours
Thursday: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. opening night – public is invited.
Friday: Work will be open for public viewing, various times
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., hours may vary
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., hours may vary

PLEASE NOTE: For specific and detailed artist/venue placements and artist biographies please contact festival publicist Laurie Lockhart at 416-988-2530 or


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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

TIFF07: My Russian Film List

Crystal Night - Movie Night, artjunction 2007Crystal Night - Movie Night
Toronto International Film Festival
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The Banishment
Andrey Zvyagintsev
Contemporary World Cinema
TIFF Tags: Families, Russia

Rebellion: The Litvinenko Case
Bunt. Delo Litvinenko
Andrei Nekrasov
Real To Reel
TIFF Tags: Documentary/Non-fiction, Politics, Russia

Chacun son cinéma
To Each His Own Cinema
Theo Angelopoulos, Olivier Assayas, Bille August, Jane Campion, Youssef Chahine, Chen Kaige, David Cronenberg, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Manoel de Oliveira, Raymond Depardon, Atom Egoyan, Amos Gitai, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Alejandro González Iñárritu, , Aki Kaurismäki, Abbas Kiarostami, Takeshi Kitano, Andrei Konchalovsky, Claude Lelouch, Ken Loach, David Lynch, Nanni Moretti, Roman Polanski, Raúl Ruiz, Walter Salles, Elia Suleiman, Tsai Ming-liang, Gus Van Sant, Lars von Trier, Wim Wenders, Wong Kar-wai , Zhang Yimou
Special Presentations
TIFF Tags: Cinema/Movies/Television, Drama, French/Quebec, Short Film

Sergei Bodrov
Special Presentations
Country: Germany/Kazakhstan/Russia/Mongolia
Language: Mongolian
Special Presentations
TIFF Tags:

Into the Wild
Sean Penn
Special Presentations
TIFF Tags: Coming of Age, Environment, Identity, Literary Adaptations/Interest

No Country for Old Men
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Special Presentations
TIFF Tags: Crime/Thriller, Death/Dying/Illness, Violence

In Bloom
Vadim Perelman
Special Presentations
TIFF Tags: Death/Dying/Illness, Friendship, Identity, Mental Health, Violence

Import Export
Ulrich Seidl
Country: Austria
Language: German, Russian, Slovak
TIFF Tags: Austria, Families, Immigration

Nick Fraser
Doc Talks
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Alexander Sokurov
Country: Russia
Language: Russian
TIFF Tags: Families, Russia

Volker Schlöndorff
Country: Germany/France/Kazakhstan
TIFF Tags: Death/Dying/Illness, French/Quebec, German, Immigration, Kazakhstan, Religion/Spiritual/Afterlife, Romance, War

Lou Reed's Berlin
Julian Schnabel
Real To Reel
TIFF Tags: Documentary/Non-fiction, Music

The Mourning Forest
Mogari No Mori
Naomi Kawase
Country: France/Japan
Contemporary World Cinema
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RELIGULOUS: A Conversation with Bill Maher and Larry Charles
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Encounters at the End of the World
Werner Herzog
Real To Reel
TIFF Tags: Documentary/Non-fiction, Environment

tiff07 blogs:

TIFF Tasks: Globe and Mail blogger Jen Gerson
Girish Shambu's Blog TIFF07
1stthursday: Darren Hughes' First-Timer's Guide to TIFF


TIFF05: Pics From The Back End
TIFF06: My Russian Film List

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