Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Fatima's Bistro: Warm and Cosy Mediterranean Spot in The Junction

Photos: Fatima's Cafe and Bistro, Warm and Cosy Mediterranean Restaurant at the West Toronto Junction neighbourhood, by artjunctionCollage: Fatima's Cafe & Bistro
2009 @ artjunction.blogspot.com

Fatima's Cafe & Bistro
3108 Dundas St W (at Clendenan Ave.)
Toronto, ON M6P 2A1
Tel (647) 727-4550
website: fatimasbistro.com
facebook: fatima's cafe and bistro
twitter: fatimasbistro
free WiFi

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! Fatima's Bistro and Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so stop by! #junctionto #toronto
Fatima's Cafe Bistro
Dec 26th 2009
A Nice Dinner at Fatima's Bistro
By Eleanor Batchelder

We had a nice dinner at Fatima's Bistro the other night. The cuisine here is French, Italian, and Portuguese in creative combinations by owner and chef Maria Fatima Dos Santos, a vivacious woman from Portugal who previously ran the cafe Free Time just down the street.

She wanted to serve a greater variety of dishes so, with the help of her husband, a contractor, she renovated this larger space. It has an unusual layout, with the chef's kitchen open to the view of passersby in the street, and a serving counter with stools for customers between the front window and the kitchen. Fatima likes the airy feel of working where she can see both the street outside and the customers inside. The main room is both spacious and cosy, with brick walls and serene photographs by Christopher Drost (simplequiet.com).

The varied and reasonably priced menu includes quiche, crepes, and pasta, among other dishes (see sample menus at www.fatimasbistro.com). Fatima enjoys creating food, and is happy to accommodate requests. She believes that a bistro is a place for food, drink, and sociability, and hopes that people will feel free to come by for a cup of coffee and some free WiFi on occasion, or to sit at the kitchen counter and have an appetizer. Or, of course, to enjoy a full meal, as we did, complete with flan for dessert.

The restaurant is fairly new, having opened in June of 2009 (http://artjunction.blogspot.com/2009/06/three-secrets-of-fatimas-bistro-food.html). In the past few months, the cafe has hosted a number of events, including live jazz, a wine and food celebration night, and a children's party. There is a full bar, as well as a select wine list.

When you're in the Junction, look for the Ali Baba arches -- there's no reason for these, actually, Fatima just likes them!

2009 © Eleanor Batchelder

mytowncrier.ca: New Junction café flying high
Portuguese ex-pat loves resto's new home
By Christopher Reynolds
Originally published in our Bloor West print edition(s).
November 23, 2009

To much information: Much talk about Toronto, Clothes, Food and the Weather: The Junction
"FATIMA’S CAFE BISTRO - You can actually have a healthy, tasty brunch here. The food has an european/french delicacy to it. Sometimes there is live music at night."
by nurmisur
November 11, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

24th Annual Performance of Nutcracker Presented by Pia Bouman School in The Junction

Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement Presents Nutcracker at The Lismer Hall at Humberside Collegiate Institute in The West Toronto Junction area, December 17-20, 2009Poster: Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement and Scotiabank Present Nutcracker 2009
The Lismer Hall at Humberside C.I. December 17 - 20
Photography: Jackson Huang
Design and Art Direction: Odette Ziezold

"For 24 years we've shared this seasonal classic and played a part in Toronto's holiday cheer," says Pia Bouman, artistic director and founder of Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement. "My Nutcracker production has never been the same twice, so each year we give our audience a little something different to enjoy in addition to the enchanting story they already know and love."
Holiday Magic Returns: West-End Nutcracker Performance Celebrates 24 Years
Press-Release by Marketwire - Nov. 16, 2009

Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement invites Toronto to be a part of its 24th annual performance of Nutcracker.


Thursday, Dec 17, 7:30 pm
Friday, Dec 18, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Dec 19, 1:30 & 7:30 pm
Sunday, Dec 20, 1:30 pm

Lismer Hall, Humberside Collegiate Institute
280 Quebec Avenue, Toronto, ON

Premiered: 1985
Choreography by: Pia Bouman
Special attraction: Using over 1,000 props and costumes, this staging of Nutcracker takes community theatre to a must-see level of complexity and professionalism.
With over 100 dancers, a massive effort from performers and volunteers is undertaken to mount this unique production, where dancers often share the stage with siblings, parents and grandparents – and your entrance actually becomes part of the opening scene.
Bouman’s Nutcracker has never been the same twice. Each year brings new variations and embellishments to choreography, costuming, characters and sets, while staying true to the timeless story audiences have come to enjoy at this special time of year.
A community-based Nutcracker, a local politician is often enlisted to make a cameo appearance. Mayor David Miller was a popular guest artist but hasn't been back since the year he and Toronto Star feature writer Kenneth Kidd, recruited as stretcher-bearers, dropped the Mouse King on the stage.
Venue: Humberside Collegiate Institute was established in 1892 as one of the original collegiates of the old townships of Toronto. It is a secondary school of approximately 1050 students with students attending grades 9 to 12. Humberside is a neighbourhood school which draws its student body from the population of the immediate area.

This production by students of the Pia Bouman School is a must-see performance for lovers of the traditional story of the Nutcracker.

Bolshoi Ballet [The State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia]:
The Nutcracker: Snowflakes; Clara - Natalia Arkhipova; Prince - Irek Mukhamedov

by dancie October 19, 2006

Backstage Pass: National Ballet of Canada: Karen Kain and Washington Post Critic Sarah Kaufman discuss The Nutcracker on CBC Radio’s Q
nutcrackerballet.net: Humberside Collegiate - The Nutcracker produced by Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement.
This annual production has been embraced by the Parkdale and High Park communities for the last 20 years! Although the story remains the same it is re-choreographed each year by Artistic Director Pia Bouman and is performed by the school's students aged 8-18 years with special adult guests. It is a real example of what can be accomplished with a youth company and with the support of parent volunteers to organize the costumes, sets, and props. For information online: www.piaboumanschool.org
blogto.com: Nutcracker
academic.ru: The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker Ballet is based on the book called "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" written by E.T.A. Hoffman. In 1891, the legendary choreographer Marius Petipa commissioned Tchaikovsky to write the music for the Nutcracker Ballet. In 1892, the first showing of the Nutcracker took place at the Mariinsky Theatre of Russia, home of the Kirov Ballet. The Nutcracker made its way to Western Europe in the 1930's and to America by 1940, performed by Ballet Russe. The first American full length Nutcracker was performed by the San Francisco Ballet, choreographed by W. Christensen. The Nutcracker has since become an annual Holiday tradition.
Christmas Stories: 'The Nutcracker'
by Eta Hoffmann

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Are You Ready to Meet Santa Claus? Meet Santa in the Junction at the Train Station this Saturday

Poster: Santa in the Junction Event December 12, 2009 at Train Platform, Dundas Street West and Pacific Avenue, West Toronto Junction BIAPoster: Santa in the Junction Event
December 12th from 11 - 1 pm at the Train Platform
Dundas Street West and Pacific Avenue
Credit: The Junction BIA: Shop the Junction Where Old Meets New!

The Junction BIA invites you and your family to the

Santa in the Junction Event

Saturday, December 12th from 11 - 1 pm

at the Train Platform
2960 Dundas Street West
Dundas Street West and Pacific Avenue

The Junction has become one of West Toronto’s most child friendly neighbourhoods. Joining Santa Claus at the "Santa in the Junction Event", we will have The Baker Street Victorian Carollers, directed by Richard Crossman, The Creative Children’s Dance Centre, the Junction Fire Department, and hot chocolate. Please bring a donation for the Firefighter’s Toy Drive and join us to celebrate this holiday season with your friendly neighbourhood businesses of the Junction. Stroll the area and vote for the best decorated Christmas window. Don’t forget your cameras!

This community event is brought to you by the Junction Business Improvement Area (BIA). The Junction BIA consists of over 150 businesses serving The Junction and High Park communities. Before or after visiting Santa we encourage you to do some Holiday shopping for gifts or for your home.

Our unique businesses offer many products and services for children including comic books, games, clothing, dance classes, music classes, daycare, and child friendly restaurants/cafes: everything to meet their needs to enjoy a full and active lifestyle.

With an impressive selection of ethnically diverse dining combined with early morning eateries, organic cafes and markets, the junction offers a variety of choices. Our thriving selection of home decor stores, offer you antiques, reclamation, as well as new furnishings, lighting, framing, and art.

Pamper yourself at one of our many health and beauty businesses by getting your nails done, hair cut, holistic treatments, attend Pilates, and dance classes. You can treat yourself or give a gift certificate to someone you care about.

Everything you need is at your doorstep in the Junction: Where Old Meets New.

The Junction BIA
3042 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario
M6P 1Z3
Tel: 416-767-9068
Email: info@thejunctionbia.com

junctionparents.ca: Santa in the Junction! Saturday, December 12, 11-1
Organized by the Junction BIA

toronto.com: Where to See Santa in Toronto

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Celebrating Christmas Around the World Festival at Toronto's City Hall Today and Tomorrow

Celebrating Christmas Around the World Festival at Toronto's City Hall Rotunda, December 5 - 6, 2009Poster: Christmas Around the World festival
at Toronto's City Hall Rotunda, December 5 - 6, 2009
Credit: The Community Folk Art Council of Toronto (CFAC)

Community Folk Art Council of Toronto presents

Christmas Around the World
annual festival held at Toronto's City Hall Rotunda

Starts: December 5, 2009 12:00 PM
Ends: December 6, 2009 05:00 PM

The Community Folk Art Council of Toronto (CFAC) and its member groups will be bringing together over 15 different ethnic community Christmas displays at the 45th Annual Christmas Around the World Festival at City Hall Rotunda

Admission is free.

Toronto City Hall - Rotunda
100 Queen Street West
Bay and Queen

TTC: Exit Queen or Osgoode subway station.

MAIN STAGE PROGRAM - Saturday, December 5, 2009

12:00 – 12:30 Lithuanian - Atzalynas Cultural Arts and Folk dance Group
12:30 – 1:00 Swedish – Toronto Swedish Folkdances and singer
1:00 – 1:30 Polish –Biedronka polish dance ensemble
1:30 - 2:00 Slovenian-Mladi Glas Slovenian Dance ensemble
2:00 – 2:30 Scottish- Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
2:30 – 3:00 Scottish - Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
3:00 - 3:30 Serbian –Oplenac Serbian Cultural Association
3:30 - 4:00 Polish –Cracovia Polish Dance ensemble
4:00 – 4:30 Serbian- Academy of Serbian Dance
4:30 - 5:00 Croatian – Jadran Croatian Dance Ens.

MAIN STAGE PROGRAM - Sunday, December 6, 2009

12:00 – 12:30 Scottish - Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
12:30 – 1:00 Scottish - Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
1:00 – 1:30 Slovenian - Mladi Glas Slovenian Dance ensemble
1:30 - 2:00 Hawaiian - Hawaiian Pacific Polynesian Music and Dance Assoc.
2:00 - 2:30 Ukrainian - Yavir Ukrainian Dance Ensemble
2:30 - 3:00 Filipino -Fiesta Filipina
3:00 - 3:30 Polish - Radosc Joy Polish Ensemble
3:30 - 4:00 Hungarian _ Kodaly Hungarian Dance Ensemble
4:00 - 4:30 Columbian - Casa Culture di Colombia
4:30 - 5:00 Serbian – The Bohemians

For more information please call or visit CFAC's website:
phone: 416-368-8743
email: cfac.toronto@sympatico.ca

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Annette Street Public Library Is Wireless Now! Bring Your Latte and Laptop

Poster: The Annette Street Branch Is Now Wireless
Credit: Annette Street Branch

Last Saturday, Toronto's chief librarian, Jane Pyper, was at the Annette St. Public Library celebrating its 100th anniversary.

"I'm completely confident," she says, "that 100 years from now, they'll be celebrating their 200th birthday."
A tale of two countries' libraries
In recession-wracked U.S. cities they are being targeted for closure. Not so here

By Lynda Hurst

Published On Sun Sep 20, 2009

Hello friends of Annette Street Public Library,

Annette Street Library is now fully wireless - enabled!

On Dec 10 Annette Street Library will host an Amnesty International Write-a-thon in honour of International Human Rights Day. Drop in anytime between 12:30 - 8pm and write one or more letters. All materials will be provided. Please help promote this event by posting this flyer.
Flyer: Amnesty International Annual Write-a-thon "Write for Rights"
Annette Street Library, Dec 10, 2009, 12:30 - 8:00 pm
credit: writeathon.ca

On Saturday December 12 artist and illustrator Loris Lesynski will be here 2-3pm to help us celebrate the season with stories and a card-making workshop.
All kids welcome! (Younger children will need adult supervision)


Pam Mountain
Branch Head
Annette Street Public Library
145 Annette Street
Toronto, ON, M6P 1P3
Phone: 416-393-7521
Fax: 416-393-7412

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Craft for Charity: Help Make the Holidays Merry + Bright in Our Community!

Collage: WANTED: handmade hats, mittens and scarves
for women living at the Redwood Shelter.
Wise Daughters is collecting handmade winter wear for women
living at the Redwood Shelter in our community this holiday season.

Credit: wisedaughters.com

"It means a lot because it's a gift that a person took their time and effort to make. And, it's brand new," said Majic. "That's what we aim for, items that are brand new and made with care."
Spin some yarn for shelter
by LISA Rainford
Credit: insidetoronto.com
At this time of year, there is a lot of attention given to kids in need, but women who have fled violence and find themselves in a shelter also need practical gifts... and deserve something beautiful to help make the holidays a little cheerier. Wise Daughters has supported the Redwood Shelter before, with two successful clothing swaps.

Now we are inviting knitters and other crafters to donate handmade hats, mittens and scarves for women.
  • You are welcome to come make an item to donate any Thursday 7 - 9 pm during Sit 'n' Stitch at the shop.
  • Or you can drop off handmade items at Wise Daughters by Tuesday, Decemver 15.
  • If you're not really a hand-maker, but want to help, you are welcome to buy one of the sought-after items available for sale at Wise Daughters and leave it behind to be given to the Redwood.
The shelter will distribute these lovely woollies as part of the gift baskets they assemble for current and past residents every December.

For more information, please visit www.wisedaughters.com or call 416-761-1555.

To learn more about the Redwood's services, visit www.theredwood.com

Thanks for your support!


Wise Daughters Craft Market
Local handicrafts and do-it-yourself workshops
3079B Dundas St. West, Toronto, M6P 1Z9
(facing Quebec Ave, just south of Dundas, behind Crema Coffee,
in the Junction)

junctionparents.ca: Message from Wise Daughters Craft Market
junctionra.ca: WANTED: Handmade hats, mitts, scarves
Wise Daughters is collecting handmade winter wear for women living at the Redwood Shelter in our community this holiday season. Please a) come make something any Thursday evening during Sit 'n' Stitch or b) buy something handmade at the shop to donate or c) bring your donation by Dec. 15. Give the gift of warmth and beauty. Thanks for your support.
by Mary Breen

artjunction.blogspot.com: Mother’s Day Clothing Swap at Wise Daughters: Update your wardrobe, recycle and support the Redwood Shelter!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Russian Rock — "Not in Vain"

Photo: We'll never get older ...: Alexander Lipnitsky in conversation with Boris Bolero Roginsky at Toronto KinoArt Festival, November 12, 2009 @ Margret: documentary about history of russian rockPhoto: "We'll never get older ..." Alexander Lipnitsky
in conversation with Boris "Bolero" Roginsky
at Toronto Kino Art Festival, November 12, 2009 @ Margret
2009 @ artjunction.blogspot.com

Russian Rock — Not in Vain
By Boris "Bolero" Roginsky

Alexander Lipnitsky brought magic to Toronto last week. The Kino Art Festival featured several of his TV documentaries on the rock movement in the USSR in the 1970s and 80s. Those who came out to three screenings in the Samovar Room, the Regent Theatre and Margret Bar were in for a rare treat.

The ex-bass player with the Moscow band "Zvuki Moo" ("Moo Sounds"), Lipnitsky is currently the host of the Russian rock TV show "Yelovaya Submarina" (word play on the famous song by The Beatles, literally meaning the "Fir Tree Submarine") on the NOSTALGIA channel. Alas, it’s extremely difficult to get a hold of the show’s episodes in Toronto. Hence his arrival was an opportunity not to be missed by all those interested in the subject.

Back in the early 1960s (just like it was happening all over the world then), when the new wave of such Russian poets as Bulat Okudzhava, Vladimir Vysotsky, Evgeny Kliachkin, Andrei Voznesensky, Bella Akhmadulina, Robert Rozhdestvensky were awakening the social consciousness of the country, their "brother in arms", Evgeny Yevtushenko, wrote: "a poet in Russia is more than a poet".

Of course Yevtushenko was not talking only about his generation. Undoubtedly that line primarily served as a tribute to his "teachers" — Alexander Pushkin, Alexander Blok, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelshtam, Boris Pasternak. And yet, most likely hoping for their appearance, he was probably dedicating his words to the future "young punks" as well, sending them a message. Quite possibly, those who wanted to see it that way might have received it. In all fairness however, the English term "young punks" ("molodaya shpana") should be perceived as a rather approximate translation of what Boris Grebenschikov would later use as a song title on Aquarium’s "Blue Album" (the 1981 release frequently considered to be the first conceptual rock album in the USSR).

And so 15-20 years down the road the new wave, brought up on the eclectic mix of their Russian predecessors’ poetry and songs, Western jazz and rock’n’roll as well as Eastern philosophy, rose and caught the souls of literally millions in what used to be the largest country in the world.

Lipnitsky’s documentaries are priceless because they are largely the only existing video testimonials of those incredible times when so much sublime energy found its receivers who transmitted it in the form of songs, works of art and theatre happenings. They contain performance footage, shot with hand-held home movie cameras, avant-garde experiments of young rebellious film makers and artists, contemporary interviews with some of those who witnessed those events, made them happen and continue to create today. Many others, however, have already passed away.

Now, a week later, I vividly recall as mesmerized spectators watch Alexander Bashlachev singing "Vanusha" (hypocorism for "Ivan") on the wall of the Dundas St. West bar. They listen to his fierce, tender, honest voice and guitar. The song ends. Many of those present burst into applause. I realize — that performance took place in a St. Petersburg apartment in front of several people almost a quarter of a century ago. Bashlachev took his own life just a short while later in 1988. And yet his songs still affect listeners on the other side of the world after so many years.

Nowadays there are disillusioned voices, expressing apprehension that a lot of things were a waste of time. That nobody needed them then and surely nobody needs them now. That we were, as Viktor Tsoi sang, "waiting for changes", but the current changes in Russia are a far cry from the hopes of that Russian rock generation of 20-30 years ago. That, rather amateur and unprofessional but nonetheless very honest and pure, rock movement, raised on the shoulders of self-sacrificing enthusiasts and idealists, succumbed to the machine of commercialism in contemporary Russia.

While the latter statement may be true, it is still not the reason to discard everything positive and wonderful that was born in that largely underground environment. What is given to all sorts of creators around the world comes to them from eternity, where our political systems, social orders and all sorts of mundane everyday passions are nothing but grains of sand. It is up to those creators to decode what they receive and to present it to the world, hopefully enriching the latter. Their ideals and the information they are trying to convey are bigger than all the political systems put together.

But those, who see in artists, musicians, actors nothing but a bunch of screwed up alcoholics, drug addicts and psychopaths, please try to realize that we are all human beings, each with our own sins to repent of. However it is up to us, as spectators, viewers and listeners, to see the light in what is presented to us, to be inspired by it and to make the world better.

Everything passes and that period, snippets of which Lipnitsky brought to Toronto, passed as well. The important thing is not to lament our broken dreams and the "good old days". As Grebenschikov sang on that very "Blue Album" in the "Railroad Water":

"I was writing these songs at the end of December
Naked, in the snow, under the light of the full moon.
But if you hear me now
It was not in vain."

Indeed it was not and it will never be.

2009 © Boris "Bolero" Roginsky
Nov. 19, 2009. Toronto

Photo: Toronto KinoArt Festival screening of Alexander Lipnitsky's documentary about history of russian rock at margret, november 12, 2009Photo: Toronto KinoArt Festival screening of Alexander Lipnitsky's
documentary "The History of Russian Rock" at Margret Bar, November 12, 2009
2009 @ artjunction.blogspot.com

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival 2010: Junction BIA Call for Submissions

Contact Toronto Photography Festival 2010: Junction BIA Call for SubmissionsThe Junction Business Improvement Area
Contact 2010: Call for Submissions to Photographers
Deadline: Midnight December 16, 2009
Credit: thejunctionbia.com

CONTACT 2010 Thematic Focus: Pervasive Influence

From within the midst of the
Still Revolution in photography, we witness the transformation of the medium alongside the shifting social, political and cultural events of our times. In this era of instant information the image is stimulating sweeping, unprecedented change in the way we communicate...

The 14th annual Toronto Photography Festival will consider the ways in which photography informs and transforms human behavior.
CONTACT 2010: Pervasive Influence will explore the personal and social consequences of the medium of photography, in a society devoted to the image.


The Junction BIA
Call for Submissions to Photographers

The Junction Business Improvement Area will be hosting over 20 photographic exhibitions
at select venues throughout the area.

Deadline for Submissions: Midnight December 16, 2009
Artists will be notified of the results by December 24, 2009

*If you are selected to show by the Junction BIA a $75 entrance fee is applied.

How to apply:

Please submit the following as digital files on a CD clearly labeled with your name and email address or by email.
  1. A maximum of ten digital images of works proposed for the exhibition. Digital images should be: RGB, jpeg format no larger than 1024 x 768 pixels at 300 dpi. They should be numbered 01 to 10 (01_tree, 02_house, 03_car etc.). Do not submit original artwork. Image list indicating title, year, medium and dimensions. (Include this in digital form on CD)
  2. A 75 word written description of your work (Include this in digital form on CD)
  3. A curriculum vitae, resume or biography. (Include this in digital form on CD)
  4. A self-addressed envelope (SASE) with sufficient return postage. Without an SASE we will not return submission packages and will dispose of submission materials appropriately.
  5. The Junction BIA will take reasonable care with submission materials; however, we cannot accept responsibility for damage or loss to original photographic prints.

The artist is responsible for printing, framing, and hanging their work.

The exhibitions will take place from May 1 – May 31, 2010. Opening celebrations are May 2, 2010

Submit Applications to:
Anna-Louise Richardson
Executive Director
The Junction BIA
3042 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON M6P 1Z3
Or CONTACT2010@thejunctionbia.com
For more information visit www.contactphoto.com

: contact + photography + toronto + junction

Black and White Show Fundraiser for Donald Dawson Project: Saturday, November 21

Black and White Show Fundraiser for Donald Dawson Project: Saturday, November 21, 2009 in the Toronto Art JunctionLa Compania de Danza Aeria de la Ciudad de Mexico
Fundraiser for Donald Dawson Project
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 9pm
2968 Dundas Street West @ Pacific Ave, The Junction, Toronto
Ismailova Theatre of Dance, Esie Mensah, A.I.M Dance Company, Travis Knights and others
raise funds for art schools in remote areas of Mexico and Central America.
Donation: $10
We would like to invite you to our fundraising show this Saturday, November 21st at 9 pm at 2968 Dundas Street West and Pacific Ave at the Junction area.

La Compania de Danza Aeria de la Ciudad de Mexico

"Black and White" Show

Fundraiser for Donald Dawson Project to raise funds for art schools in the south of Mexico
When: Saturday, November 21, 2009
Time: Doors open at 8 pm: Show starts at 9pm
Where: 2968 Dundas Street West @ Pacific Ave, The Junction, Toronto

Donation: $10.

The goal of this fundraising show is to introduce the aerial dance arts in remote areas of Mexico and Central America where children have no access to artistic education.

We would like to dedicate this project to our friend, wonderful dancer and talented choreographer Donald Dawson who passed away this year.

Donald graduated The American Ballet Theatre School and choreographed and danced with Ballet Jorgen and The National Ballet of Canada.

This fundraising event aims to collect $4000 for transporting 1200 pounds of our aerial dance equipment to donate it to the art schools in the South of Mexico. In 2007 and 2008 the Toronto Aerial Dance Company provided free aerial dance classes to more than 600 children in Toronto.

This Saturday, November 21, we would like to present "Black and White" show, combining visual arts, aerial dance, dance, music and opera performances.

Ismailova Theatre of Dance
Choreographer - Merey Ismailova
Rock-n-roll, contemporary dance, East-European folk
Dancers: Lukas Press, Isneida Morales, Merey Ismailova

Special guests - the percussionists Michael Menegon and Hudson Menegon

Artists In Motion (A.I.M) Dance Company

Shameka Blake - Director/Founder/Choreographer
hip pop dance perform by Esie Mensah, Gigi Semajuste, Tasha "Tazz" Ricketts, Amy Taylor, Alex Spence, Jordan Washington, Justin David, Jade "Hollywood" Anderson, Lauren Lyn, Allison Bradley, Lius Camplin, Amadeus Marquez

Ryan Rader (visual artist / painter)
Surrealism / creative anatomy

Melanie Berett Ophelia
Modern Dance, multimedia and wather
choreographer Melanie Bennet
Yves Beretta mother Earth
Electronic music / dance / multimedia
Dancer: Melanie Berett

Travis Knights - tap dancer from Montreal

Flautist Full-of-Soul
Jef Kearns - the flute

Film "Lights Edge", choreographer Donald Dawson
Film by Ballet Expresivo
part of the film competition (National Film Board of Canada)

Madeleine Seignoret - Aerial dance and pole dance

Henry Vivel - Latin pop, folklore and romantic singer

Adrianna Prosser - actor

Lukas Press, choreography Veronica Kvon
contemporany mix with jazz

and more ...

Please come and support the Donald Dawson project of teaching aerial arts and dance to children in Latin America.

For more information please contact us at danza.aerea@yahoo.com.mx

Citytv, Toronto Star and Globe and Mail are willing to cover the event. We also appreciate the kind support of the Toronto City Councilor Bill Saundercook and the Junction Forum for Art & Culture.

Fernando Escoto
Artistic Director of the Toronto Aerial Dance Theatre

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Free Screening of Documentary on History of Soviet / Russian Underground Music at Margret

ArtJunction Poster: Alexander Lipnitsky's film History of Soviet / Russian underground rock music Margret Bar / Lounge West Toronto Junction , November 12, 2009Poster: Alexander Lipnitsky's film on the history of Soviet / Russian underground music
at Margret Bar /Lounge, November 12, 2009 @ 6 - 9 pm
Credit: www.kinoartfestival.com

KinoArt Festival "For the Love of Russian Film, Music and Art"
Invites You to a FREE Screening of

Alexander Lipnitsky's Documentary Film
The History of Russian Rock
Q&A follows, director in attendance

Journalist and musician Alexander Lipnitsky will introduce his series of television programs about the main heroes of Russian rock music in the 80's:

When: Thursday, November 12, 2009
Time: 6 pm - 9 pm

Where: Margret bar / lounge for the Junction
2952 Dundas Street West, Toronto ON
(just East of Pacific Avenue)
There is ample street parking on Dundas St. West
Green P parking info

Via TTC:
from Dundas West Stn: Junction bus #40 at Pacific Ave.,
from Keele Stn: Keele bus #41 & Weston bus #89 at Dundas St. West
from High Park Stn: Lambton bus #30 at Dundas St. West

416 762 3373

View Larger Map

Hope to see you there!


kinoartfestival.com: Alert – Screening of Documentary
Screening of Alexander Lipnitskiy’s documentary on the history of Soviet/Russian rock music will take place on Thursday, Nov.12th, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, at Margret Bar.
KinoArt Festival: Russian Rock Music Retrospectives with Alexander Lipnitsky

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Wild in The Junction: WTJHS Historical Mystery Tour

Photo: Wild Junction, Historical Mystery Tour: West Toronto Junction Historical Society Fundraiser and Pub Crawl, October 25, 2009Photo-Collage: Wild, Wild Junction, a Historical Mystery Tour:
West Toronto Junction Historical Society Fall Fundraiser and Pub Crawl
Sunday, October 25, 2009 @ artjunction.blogspot.com

WTJHS Historical Mystery Tour
asks the question:

"How wild do you have to get to shut down your own bars?"

By David Wencer

For nearly a hundred years, you couldn’t buy a drink in the Junction. In January of 1904, the citizens of the town voted to enforce local option, which enabled Ontario communities to voluntarily “go dry.” What caused the Junction to take such drastic measures?

On Sunday, the Legends of the Junction, a troupe of real figures from Junction history, recruited and lead by Junction historical society Vice-President/Boom Times Cabaret director Neil Ross, took some fifty people on a pub crawl, re-enacting events on the road to Local Option.


Samantha Martin belted out the Junction’s "national anthem", Junction Bound, then the historical characters and the audience considered the mysterious death of Joseph Curley in 1897. Curley had been drinking at the Subway Hotel (west side of Keele and Vine) with unsavoury characters. Later his body was found with his head crushed in under the Subway underpass. Did he fall or was he attacked?

Coroner George W. Clendenan (Gib Goodfellow) convened a coroner’s inquest and swore the audience in as jurors. Testimony was given by Junction Police Chief Josiah Royce (Ron Clark) who found a blood stained boulder near the body and Junction librarian Elizabeth McCallum who provided evidence of local footpads. Both Dr. Clendenan and Chief Royce were strongly inclined toward accidental death.

A.B. Rice was appointed chairman of the jury and then performed the Shooting of Dan McGrew with pianist Alice Deardon. (Rice was in fact the foreman of the jury, although his quoting Service may be apocryphal.)

The tour hit the street in search of more evidence, passing numerous historic sites, including the Avenue Hotel (Domino’s Pizza) which like all Junction hotels served its last drink on June 30, 1904.


The audience filed in to the sounds of When the Saints Come Marchin’ In to witness Annette Street Methodist Church’s Rev. T. E. E. Shore (Cheri DiNovo, MPP) resurrect the famous Harlotry, Iniquity and Vice sermon which galvanized the town in 1903. Rev. Shore attacked big business, liquor and the Liberals, not necessarily in that order.

REV SHORE: Many a poor fallen girl has told me down in yonder mission how she fell into sin and continued in her degradation in Junction hotels!


Soon outside again, the next stop was the corner of Keele and Dundas, from where the jury could see the underpass where Curley’s body was found that fateful December.


Foreman Rice turned the floor over to the jury and they peppered the historical characters with questions about Curley’s death. How far was the second bloodstain from the body? Had it been snowing that night? Was it a light snow? What exactly is a footpad? In the questioning, new evidence emerged about the suspects: the violent robber sought by the police and the mysterious motorman witnesses claimed was last seen with Curley.

Rice gave the jury the choice between "death by misadventure" or "murder by person or persons unknown" and called the vote. Twenty two to twenty two! Like the Junction a hundred years ago, the town could not make up his mind. As foreman, Rice himself cast the deciding vote for murder, citing footpads and Curley's pub companion as chief suspects.

Rice then provided some insights into cockfighting in the Junction, recounted the night ten thousand men surged into the Junction for one last drink; he then went; on to praise the Junction theatre district.

Mrs. Mary Brown (Eileen Jensen) recalled the Junction during the dry years and Anne Leung, "the Junction’s Rosa Parks". And finally, the landlord Gus Koutoumanos explained the historic story of how alcohol was eventually brought back to the Junction in the late 1990s.

The real cause of Josephs Curley’s death may never be known. Was it murder? The available records of the time suggest a great number of viable suspects. The case made a riveting background for a different kind of historical walking tour: with interactive historical characters, a coroner’s jury, gospel songs, an old time temperance sermon, a view of the scene of a crime and a spirited discussion of a hundred year old cold case by a modern audience in a pub.

Only in the Junction.

2009 © David Wencer

KinoArt Festival: Russian Rock Music Retrospectives with Alexander Lipnitsky

Second KinoArt Festival in Toronto, November 5-8, 2009

KinoArt Festival Alert – Screening of Documentary

Screening of Alexander Lipnitskiy’s documentary on the history of Soviet/Russian rock music will take place on Thursday, Nov.12th, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, at Margret Bar.

Alexander Lipnitsky @ the Toronto's Kino Art Festival
"For the Love of Russian Film, Music and Art"

[ V ] Friday, November 6, 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Panel discussion on the past, present, and future of Russian cinema

Munk Centre for International Studies
1 Devonshire Place, Toronto - 416-946-8900

[ V ] Saturday, November 7, 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Documentaries about AQUARIUM and ZVUKI MU

Club Samovar
51 Winchester St, Toronto - 416 925 4555

[ V ] Sunday, November 8, 8:30 – 9:30 pm

Documentary about legendary Russian rock group KINO
Kino had a major role in the film ASSA

Regent Theatre
551 Mt. Pleasant Road, Toronto 416 489 8484

Club Samovar
51 Winchester St, Toronto - 416 925 4555

Alexander Lipnitsky in His Own Words

From 1983 to 1990, I was a bass guitarist with the "Moo Sounds". Among the band’s biggest achievements was our album, produced by Bryan Imo and recorded at London’s OPAL RECORDS STUDIO. The album sold 3500 copies in Europe and USA in 1989. I also played at Serious Fun Festival. Together with a California band The Residents we performed at NY Lincoln Center. I participated in several documentary films screened in France, Italy, Germany, USA, and USSR.

During 1990-2009, I was a producer of the following bands: ATAS, BIOSINTEZ, SHATEN KINGS, and Upstairs.

As a journalist of SOVETSKAYA KULTURA (Soviet Culture), I covered USSR jazz festivals during the 70’s. In the 80’s, I published in the following underground magazines: SMORCHOK, SELF, SDVIG, etc. During 1994-2009, some of my articles were published in the Playboy and Rolling Stones.

My TV career was launched in 1991 with an hour film VICTOR TSOY: SUNNY DAYS.

I worked with Joanna Stingray on her TV project RED WAVE 21 and created a number of TV programs about famous rock musicians from Russia and the West, including stories about The Doors and Boris Grebenshchikov. The latter featured in a documentary titled “40:0 in Grebenshchikov’s Favor,” produced in 1993.

In 2006, my own TV show, Yellow Submarine, premiered on NOSTALGIA cable channel. The show is dedicated to the history of Russian rock music.

To the audience of Toronto KinoArtFestival I will offer a program consisting of my TV documentaries on the key figures of Russian rock-music, such as Alexandr Bashlachev, Sergei Kurekhin, Alexei Khvostenko, AUKTSYON band, Moo Sounds, KINO, AQUARIUM and ZOO, with introductory remarks in English.

My motto is to play a fair game and show the truth, without using special computer effects. For my projects, I use newsreels and find people who, in my opinion, are well worth mentioning as part of the Russian rock music history.

Google Books: Noise of the world: non-western musicians in their own words
"ALEXANDER (SASHA) LIPNITSKY | ZVUKI MU Zvuki Mu is one of the few rock bands qua rock band featured in this book, for similar reasons to Tribe After Tribe. ..."
by Hank Bordowitz - 2004 - Music - 381 pages

Free Screening of Documentary on History of Soviet / Russian Underground Music at Margret

mp3.com: Zvuki Mu

wikipedia.org: Russian rock

wikipedia.org: Legends of Russian Rock

digitaljournal.com: KinoArt Russian Festival Opens in Toronto Thursday
"In recent years, he created a series of television programs on the main heroes of Russian rock in the 80's. Itself in many ways a symbol of the era, Lipnitsky is now considered one of the most competent of Russian rock historians."
by Lenny Stoute

kuryokhin.letov.ru: SERGEY KURYOKHIN: uncivil engineering
Sergey Kuryokhin and his popular mechanics give performance art soviet twist
by Michael R. Benson

80sretromusic.com: Zvuki Mu
"Led by singer, songwriter, poet, actor, and all-around artistic troublemaker Pyotr Mamonov, Zvuki Mu was one of the few bands of the so-called "Russian Revolution" in late-'80s pop music that merited more than a casual glance from Western audiences. (As opposed to bands like the remarkably dull hard rockers Gorky Park.) Formed in 1981 by Mamonov, who was already a published author in his early 30s, Zvuki Mu (literally "sounds of moo," an absurdist name that suits Mamonov's playful lyrical style) performed increasingly above-ground gigs in Russia and Eastern Europe throughout the '80s ..."
Curtis Zimmermann, All Music Guide

yakutiatoday.com: Stepanida Borisova: World-famous but still unknown
"I remember Sasha Lipnitsky gave a concert in Moscow suburb, on Nicolina Gora. One of the life's brightest musical impressions! And not only musical – do you remember Zhanna Aguzarova came into your dressing room and said: Stesha, you are a great singer; I can tell you that as another great singer".
Interviewed by Irina Efimova, Vecherka.Ykt.Ru
Translated by Alexandra Markova, a Yakutsk State University student

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The Second Kino Art Festival Launched Today at Toronto's Samovar Room

Media Conference: KinoArt Festival:
For The Love of Russian Film, Music and Art

Introducing Russian Director Sergey Solovyev
and Lead Actress Tatiana Drubich,

and announcing the North American premiere of Anna Karenina
other film and documentary highlights.
November 4, 2009 at Samovar Room
Credit: www.kinoartfestival.com

The Second Toronto Russian Film Festival is happy to inform you that today the 1st press conference took place at the club "SAMOVAR"!

The conference was dedicated to the main festival's film Anna Karenina. The director of the film Sergey Solovyev and the leading actress Tatiana Drubich took part in the event. Press conference was opened with speech of the festival's director Alla-Ani Poliakova.
Welcome to KinoArt Festival 2009, the 2nd Russian Film Festival in Toronto, which starts on Thursday, November 5th, and runs until Sunday November 8th. My name is Alla-Ani Poliakova and I’m the Director of KinoArt Festival. Sitting next to me is Russian director Sergei Solovyev, Russian lead-actress Tatiana Drubich, Project Coordinator of KinoaArt Festival, Luba Shmygol and publicist for the festival, Vitaly Gurevich.

We are very excited to bring Toronto this event, with our goal always being to chronicle the evolution of Russian cinematography of past and present. This year we are thrilled to be offering the most impressive feature films, documentaries, animations and shorts, some never before seen.

Our program this year includes a new and groundbreaking North American premier of Anna Karenina, a documentary on the Moscow underground called Metro, a 2008 Russian box-office hit We are From the Future, as well as other amazing selections such as Taras Bulba, Morphine, and Yuri's Day.

New to this years’ lineup, we will have a panel discussion with Thomas Lahusen, Professor of Eurasian Cultural History at the University of Toronto and documentary filmmaker, together with Sergei Kapterev, senior researcher at the Institute of Film Art in Moscow, discussing the present, past, and future of Russian cinema.

The KinoArt Festival 2009 would like to thank our Sponsors, whose help and generosity has made this years’ lineup one to remember. Canada Heritage, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Steam Whistle, United Stars, Torontovka, The West East Newspaper, Brunello Imports, Finn-Tastic, University of Toronto’s Slavic Languages & Literatures Department, The Ethnic Channels Group, NexTV, Russian Waves, Express Gazeta, Mix TV, Torontovka.com, Nasha Gazeta, and of course the Samovar Room, who have provided us with this exquisite room for the Media Conference.

I would like to introduce to you prolific Russian writer and director Sergey Solovyev, who is bringing not just one, but three great films to Toronto for KinoArt. Along with one of the most recognized Russian actresses, Tatiana Drubich, Mr. Solovyev has brought to life one of the best Russian novels of all time, Anna Karenina, which was also filmed in Leo Tolstoy’s birth-place. Along with Anna Karenina, Mr. Solovyev is bringing Toronto his 80’s cult-classic film Assa, and the long-awaited sequel Assa 2.

It is my privilege to introduce you to Russia’s most distinguished and sought-after leading actress Tatiana Drubich, who plays the lead role in the North Premier of Anna Karenina.

Once again, thank you for joining us today for the launch of the 2nd KinoArt Festival and if you require further information about the Festival, please visit us online at www.kinoartfestival.com

Alla Ani Poliakiva,
Director of The KinoArt Festival

Press-Release: The Second KinoArt Festival in Toronto November 5 – 8 for The Love of Russian Film, Music and Art
KinoArt Festival: Media Alert!! Conference November 4 at Samovar Room
picture.belga.be: KINOART
[Check a great photo coverage of the media conference taken by Dominic Chan/WENN.com]

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

KinoArt Festival: Media Alert!! Conference November 4 at Samovar Room

Poster: Media Conference: KinoArt Festival: For The Love of Russian Film, Music and Art, Toronto, Canada, November 4, 2009 Poster: Media Conference: KinoArt Festival:
For The Love of Russian Film, Music and Art

November 4, 2009 11:00 am at Samovar Room
Credit: www.kinoartfestival.com

KinoArt Festival – Media Alert!! – Conference November 4

***** MEDIA ALERT *****

October 30, 2009 – Toronto, ON

All media are invited

KinoArt Festival
For The Love of Russian Film, Music and Art


Media Conference Introducing Russian Director Sergey Solovyev and Lead Actress Tatiana Drubich, and announcing the North American premiere of Anna Karenina and other film and documentary highlights.

WHO: Director Sergey Solovyev and Lead Actress Tatiana Drubich.

WHAT: Introducing them to Toronto Media and hearing stories on the making of the film. The Conference will also serve as a platform to announce other films, documentaries, animations and shorts showcased at the 2nd KinoArt Festival.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 4, 2009. Informal greetings at 10:30, conference begins promptly at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Samovar Room51A Winchester Street, Toronto ON http://j.mp/3JUfKZ

WHY: This Media Conference is a rare and intimate opportunity to meet first-hand, face-to-face one of Russia’s most prolific director and writer Sergey Solovyev and one of Russia’s most distinguished and sought-after leading actress Tatiana Drubich.


All media are invited.
For more information, get GAT:
Vitaly Gurevich | 416.888.3744 | vitaly@gat.ca
Ingrid Hamilton | 416‐731‐3034 | ingrid@gat.ca

Press-Release: The Second KinoArt Festival in Toronto November 5 – 8 for The Love of Russian Film, Music and Art

Kino Art Festival Toronto, November 5 - 8, 2009, poster, artjunction.blogspot.comPoster: Second Kino Art Festival Toronto
November 5 - 8, 2009

Sunday, November 01, 2009

The Fabulous Tales from Robert Lepage: The Nightingale

Screenshot: The Nightingale and Other Short Fables, Canadian Opera Company, Igor Stravinsky, Robert LepageScreenshot: The Nightingale and Other Short Fables
"This has to be the most enchanting work for the musical stage to hit Toronto in years." (Toronto Star)
NEW Mon., Nov. 2, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. performance just added. Order today!
Credit: Canadian Opera Company

The Nightingale & Other Short Fables by Igor Stravinsky

On Stage Oct. 17 to Nov. 5, 2009
NEW Mon., Nov. 2, 2009 at 7:30 p.m
At the Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.

Director: Robert Lepage
Conductor: Jonathan Darlington
Nightingale: Olga Peretyatko
Fisherman: Lothar Odinius
Emperor: Ilya Bannik
Death: Maria Radner
The world premiere of a new co-production with Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and Opéra national de Lyon, in collaboration with Ex Machina.
Notes & Impressions:

Igor Stravinsky was known for his innovative use of rhythm and harmony, but not for melody. But melody is "Our All" for Russian musical forms. Most of the Russian folk songs are very melodic, which influences on many Russian composers. No need to say here … Tchaikovsky.

The end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twenties century brought up a new composer’s breed like Scriabin, Stravinsky and others, who broke the rules. But what Stravinsky did was based on the different kind of Russian folklore and folk music. That was kind a Bakhtin's carnival, for the inner use only with violent rhythms and rough wordings. So, when Stravinsky was hanging out with Harlem’s musicians, he was pretty much inoculated with our own folk-jazz syncopes that might gave a life to his avant-garde music.

This is a preface to the today’s performance of The Nightingale and Other Short Fables by Igor Stravinsky at the Four Seasons Centre. And the feast we had today couldn’t be more synthetic than the performance: opera, ballet, puppet theatre, water show, theatre of shadows, circus, and, of course, the orchestra!

I might forgot a thing or two, or might missed something from the Ring #5 but, nevertheless, it was a feast for my eyes, my ears, and my Russian soul.

2009 © Natalia Silver
thestar.com: Review: Nightingale and Other Short Fables are awash in magic
By John Terauds
bbc.co.uk: Discovering Music: WORK IN FOCUS: Petrushka: Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
The Arts Junction:
Three Robbin’s Ballet Pieces: Brilliant Canadian Tribute
National Ballet of Canada: The Life of a Ballet Dancer
National Ballet of Canada: Class on Stage and We Mean It

Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Second KinoArt Festival in Toronto November 5 – 8 for The Love of Russian Film, Music and Art

Screenshot: KinoArt Festival in Toronto, November 5 – 8, 2009
Credit: kinoartfestival.com

KinoArt Festival
For The Love of Russian Film, Music and Art

Russian Directors Restake Claim to Their Classic Literature

with North American Premieres of

Anna Karenina and Taras Bulba

at the 2nd KinoArt Festival

running November 5 – 8 in Toronto


For Immediate Release

(October 30, 2009 – Toronto, ON) – Western filmmakers have had their turns. Now new, groundbreaking, culturally-authentic versions of Anna Karenina and Taras Bulba will be on offer at the second KinoArt Festival.

The Russian Film Festival, which runs in Toronto from Thursday, November 5th, until Sunday, November 8th, 2009, will also offer Russophiles a long-awaited sequel to Assa, the film that galvanized the underground Russian rock scene back in 1987. Also featured is the North American premiere of Metro, a stunning and unique documentary on the monumental Moscow subway, the first film of its kind to cover this subject. As well, there’s the 2008 Russian box-office hit We are From the Future, Andrei Maliukov’s time-traveling adventure that takes place in St. Petersburg during the fierce defense of the city in 1942.

After a successful launch in 2007, KinoArt Festival is back and this year brings with it the massive premiere of Anna Karenina along with legendary Russian director Sergey Solovyev and actress Tatyana Drubich. Solovyev’s version of the Leo Tolstoy’s epic love story will turn heads and provoke cinematic debate.

"We are very excited to bring Toronto our second KinoArt Festival," says Alla-Ani Poliakova, Founder and Executive Director of the Festival. "Our goal has always been to chronicle the evolution of Russian films, past and present through our film event, and this year we are really thrilled to be offering the most impressive feature films, documentaries, and shorts, some never before seen, and bring that to North America, specifically Toronto."

Other highlights at KinoArt include director Kirill Serebrennikov’s Yuriev Den, about a famous opera singer, which won the Grand Prix at Warsaw International Film Festival in 2008.

Making its debut in Toronto is Taras Bulba, directed by renowned director Vladimir Bortko it is based on the book by Nikolai Gogol (called "one of the 10 greatest books of all time" by Ernest Hemingway). Famously embraced by Hollywood as a starring vehicle for the late Yul Brynner, it’s an enduringly controversial story about Ukraine's Cossack warriors and their campaign to defend their lands from the advancing Polish armies.

From the notorious Russian director Alexei Balabanov, comes Morphine, his interpretation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s A Country Doctor's Notebook. The film’s screenplay was written by another famous Russian director, Sergei Bodrov, Jr. This joint effort recounts the events of 1917, the turbulent year of the Russian Revolution.

Shultes takes the audience on an existential voyage to Moscow, into the heart of Russia’s capital. The film is shown through the eyes of an ordinary Muscovite, who lives in an ordinary apartment building somewhere on the outskirts of the city, alone. His only connection to reality: his notepad.

The Festival closes with a searing documentary, Process directed by Alexander Zeldovich and devoted to the anniversary of the 1952 execution of the Jewish anti-fascist committee of the former U.S.S.R. Process, co-presented by the Jewish Film Festival, will be followed by a Q&A.

The same evening, visiting director Sergey Solovyev (Anna Karenina) will screen Assa – a Russian cult favourite from the late 80’s. His original film gave voice to the underground rock music scene, with the lead played by the charismatic rocker Victor Tsoy (the film’s soundtrack features a number of songs performed by a variety of Russian rock singers). Following the screening of Assa, after a wait of 22 years, will be the North American premiere of the sequel Assa 2. Solovyev’s sequel portrays the new generation in contemporary Russia, within a complex structure that references Solovyev’s own Anna Karenina.

Of note, Thomas Lahusen, Professor of Eurasian Cultural History at the University of Toronto and documentary filmmaker, together with Sergei Kapterev, senior researcher at the Institute of Film Art in Moscow, will participate in a panel on the present, past, and future of Russian cinema on November 6. Some of the questions raised will be the politics of documentary film, the problem of film exhibition and preservation, and the relevance of the Soviet cinematic experience to contemporary Russian and world cinema.

Following the panel discussion, a stunning debut will occur - the world premiere of Their Kingdom, a 1928 documentary from Soviet Georgia presented by Sergei Kapterev, with a post-screening Q&A. The film, by Mikhail Kalatozishvili, had been considered lost until its first two reels were discovered at Russia’s State Film Archive. Sergei Kapterev holds a Doctorate in Cinema Studies from New York University and is the author of the book Post-Stalinist Cinema and the Russian Intelligentsia, 1953-1960.

Also, Lahusen will present his own two short films; The Province of Lost Film and The Photographer at KinoArt on November 7.

Tickets can be purchased at the Venues night of screening
And www.torontovka.com (in Russian)

Gala Opening: $20 Adults, $12 Students and Seniors - includes Gala Post Reception
Main Program: $12 Adults, $10 Students and Seniors

Isabel Bader Theatre
93 Charles Street West
Tel: 416.585.4523

Regent Theatre
551 Mt. Pleasant Road

Slavic Department at University of Toronto
121 St. Joseph Street
Tel: 416.926.2075

The following list outlines KinoArt Festival 2009’s sponsorship line-up:
Ministry of Tourism; Canada Heritage; U of T Slavic Department; United Stars; Brunella; Steam Whistle; Finn-Tastic; Ethnic Channel Group; Next TV; Tokmakov TV; Torontovka.com; West East Newspaper; Express Gazeta; Mix TV; Nasha Gazeta


For more info, to request screeners, to set up interviews, get GAT:
Ingrid Hamilton ingrid@gat.ca h/o: 416-482-6142 c: 416-731-3034
Vitaly Gurevich vitaly@gat.ca c: 416-888-3744

3rd Russian Film Festival, 30 October — 8 November 2009
Apollo Cinema. London, Tel. 0871 220 6000
More information on http://academia-rossica.org

russianfilmweeknyc.com: 9th Annual Russian Film Week NYC November 2009
kinoglaz.fr: 17th Honfleur Russian Film Festival (France) - 25 - 29 November 2009
wikipedia.org: Cinema of Russia
ng.ru: "Анна Каренина" без Анны Карениной
Екатерина Барабаш, Санкт-Петербург-Москва
kp.ru: Татьяна ДРУБИЧ: Сегодня самоубийство Анны Карениной сочли бы глупостью
eg.ru: Промо-ролик нового фильма Сергея Соловьёва «Анна Каренина»