Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Junction Residents Association Meeting May 13: Junction Arts Festival New Direction Model

The Junction Residents Association
Community Meeting

Junction Forum for Art and Culture
Will Present Their
New Direction Model for the 2010 Junction Arts Festival

Thursday, May 13, 2010
Time: 7 pm to 9 pm

Location: West Toronto Baptist Church
3049 Dundas Street West Toronto
(between High Park and Quebec)

Other items on Thursday's agenda include : vote on the JRA bylaws; updates on The Function in the Junction; Toronto Police Service 11 Division site; and discussion on the Junction Historical Conservation District.

link: Junction Arts Festival overview at the Junction Residents Association meeting

Friday, April 23, 2010

Toronto Junction: Community Clean-up Day - Saturday, April 24, 8:30 am

City's poster promoting Community Clean-up Day (PDF)
Get together on Saturday, April 24 with family, friends and neighbours and spend a few hours cleaning up a public area important to you – a local street, park or even a riverbank.


Community Clean-Up Day
Time: April 24, 2010 from 8:30am to 12pm
Location: Green P parking lot across from No Frills on Pacific

Your Junction Residents Association is holding a Community Clean-up Day this Saturday morning at 8:30 AM, Green P parking lot across from No Frills on Pacific.

Please come join us and help keep our neighbourhood clean.

Bags and gloves will be provided.

It’s your Junction, It’s our Junction!
Next JRA Members Meeting - Thursday, May 13th

Thursday, April 15, 2010

#CONTACT2010 Photography in the #JunctionTO : Pervasive Influence

Poster: CONTACT - Photography in the Junction - May 1 - 31, 2010 Photo: Tonia Zappia, Torr Designs, Credit: Junction BIAPoster: CONTACT- Photography in the Junction - May 1 - 31, 2010
Photo: Tonia Zappia, Saw you First, 2010
Design : Torr Designs

CONTACT Photography in the Junction: May 1 - 31, 2010

Opening Night Receptions: All Venues

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Time: 6 - 9 pm

Location: Dundas Street West
[between Keele Street & Quebec Avenue]

Open Air Screening
The True Meaning of Pictures:
Shelby Lee Adams' Appalachia
Courtesy Mercury Films Inc. Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier
Presented by Real to Reel Productions Inc.
Opening Remarks by Darcy Killeen, Executive Director of CONTACT

Time: 9 pm

Location: The Historic Junction Train Platform
The Junction City Square
2954 - 2960 Dundas Street West at Pacific Ave.

The Junction BIA
Moe McGuinty
CONTACT Calendar Saturday, May 8

CONTACT Photography Festival in the Junction
28 Artists & 21 Venues

CONTACT Photography is the world’s largest festival of its kind, designed to engage the public in celebration of the art of photography. For yet another year, The Junction will continue to distinguish itself as hosting the largest concentration of venues with photographic art in the Toronto area. Twenty one businesses will showcase the work of twenty eight local, Canadian and international artists.

All exhibits will be open to the public on May 1st through to the 31st. Our formal Opening Night reception will be held on Saturday May 8th, from 6 to 9 p.m., at all 21 venues. At 9 p.m., we will present the screening of an internationally acclaimed short film "The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams’ Appalachia", at The Historic Junction Train Platform (2954 Dundas Street West at Pacific Ave.).

Join us this May and stroll from venue to venue. Check out our wonderfully eclectic selection of shops and highly regarded restaurants. Come celebrate CONTACT Photography in the Junction.

For more information, please visit
The Junction BIA on Facebook or
Or email us at
Or call us at 416 767 9068

The Junction BIA

The CONTACT 2010 Exhibits + Photographers + Venues in the Junction

The Human Figure: Dynamic Opposites
Penelope Edgar, Joseph Michael Howarth, Erika Jacobs, Don Michie, Lindsay Murrell
[64] Academy of Realist Art
2968 Dundas St W, Ste 200, Toronto, M6P 1Y8

Haiti: Redux
Stephen J. Edgar
[70] Delight Organic Fair Trade Chocolate
3040 Dundas St West Toronto, M6P 1Z3

The Junction: A Study Through Portraits
Vanessa Phillips
[67] Bending Spoons Gallery at Vesuvio
3010 Dundas St W Toronto, M6P 1Z3

Coexisting in a Half Second (With Music Notes)
Bobbie Fumiko Inoue
[85]The Troubadour Bar
New Location
The Hole In The Wall Bar
2867A Dundas St W Toronto, M6P 1Y9 @ Keele Street
NOTE: The venue has changed to 'The Hole In The Wall'
[Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Troubadour will be closing down on May 9.
If you have any questions, please email or call 416.979.5773]

Colours of the World
Yeshwanth Babu
[66] AXIS Gallery and Grill
3048 Dundas St W Toronto, M6P 1Z3

Kaleidoscope Eyes
Janis Rees
[73] Kaleidoscope Photography
2990 Dundas St W Toronto, M6P 1Z3

This is Our Farmhouse
Emma Davidson
[72] Forever Interiors
2903 Dundas St W Toronto, M6P 1Z1

Collating the Junction
Patrick Cummins
[71] Eclectic Revival
3075 Dundas St W Toronto, M6P 1Z3

Beaujolais Villages
Jim Blomfield
[86] West Toronto Paint
2975 Dundas St W Toronto, M6P 1Z2

Chiara Caprese
[68] Code Revolt
3067 Dundas St W Toronto, M6P 1Z5

Barns of Wellington County
Jim Roche
[65] Agora Cafe
3015 Dundas St W Toronto, M6P 1Z4

Parallel Adaptations
Brian Anderson, Gary Carr, Tammy Hoy, Steve Jacobs
[74] Latitude 44 Gallery Framing Decor
2900 Dundas St W Toronto, M6P 1Y8

The Justice League of Gawkamerica
Jes Sachse
[76] Pandemonium New & Used Books & Discs
2862 Dundas St W Toronto, M6P 1Y9

The Apothecary's Assistant
Olena Sullivan
[78]Post and Beam Reclamation
2869 Dundas St W Toronto, M6P 1Y9

Latimer + Caines
Cliff Caines, Christine Lucy Latimer
[80] SMASH
2880 Dundas St W Toronto, M6P 1Y8

At Rest
Chris Hutcheson
[84] The Sweet Potato
2995 Dundas St W Toronto, M6P 1Z4

paper and light
Phillipa C.
[77] Phillipa C. Photography
3063 Dundas St W Toronto, M6P 1Z5

Pervasive Influence
Fabienne Good
[83] The Hair Lounge
2940 Dundas St W Toronto, M6P 1Y8

Bedlam: Beauty and The Beast
Rob Doda
[81] Studio Cycle Group
2923 Dundas St W Toronto, M6P 1Z1

Saw you First
Tonia Zappia
[82] The Beet
2945 Dundas St W Toronto, M6P 1Z2

Per Kristiansen
[75] Mjölk
2959 Dundas St W Toronto, M6P 1Z2

+ 3 more venues will be open on May 8 as part of the Junction’s evening of CONTACT open houses:

Coffee Colour
Michael Mahovlich
[69] Crema Coffee Company
3079 Dundas St W Toronto, M6P 1Z9
[opening reception May 6, 6-9 pm]

Two Artists' Truth
E.Terri J. Dixon, Gail Pahwa
[79] Rebas Cafe and Gallery
3289 Dundas St W Toronto, M6P 2A5
[opening reception May 14, 5–8 pm]

Extraordinarily Extra
Dave Pijuan-Nomura
[87] Wise Daughters Craft Market
3079B Dundas St W Toronto, M6P 1Z9
[opening reception May 6, 6–10 pm]

Follow #Contact2010, #JunctionTO and @ContactPhoto on Twitter to get the updates and news about the CONTACT festival.

Screenshot Collage: CONTACT - Photography in the Junction: May 1 - 31, 2010 Credit: Junction BIA, scotiabankcontactphotoScreenshots' Collage: CONTACT 2010 - Photography in the Junction & Malta Village
Image Credits: + +

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Canadian Premiere of "My Perestroika" at Hot Docs 2010

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and KinoArt Festival presents My Perestroika documentary Canadian premiere screenings on Monday, May 3 and May 8, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, CanadaPoster: Canadian Premiere of My Perestroika, Directed and Filmed by Robin Hessman
Photo from the documentary: Lyuba, taking a break during a long day of teaching
Courtesy of Red Square Productions
Credit: hot docs: April 29 - May 9, 2010

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
KinoArt Festival
invite you to attend
the Canadian premiere of

"My Perestroika"
(UK, USA),

a documentary follows five ordinary Russians living in extraordinary times, from their sheltered Soviet childhood, to the collapse of the Soviet Union during their teenage years, to the constantly shifting political landscape of post-Soviet Russia.

My Perestroika
Director: Robin Hessman
Language: Russian with English subtitles
Program: World Showcase
Exploring the dreams and disillusionments of people who were raised behind the Iron Curtain, My Perestroika is an intimate and compelling portrait of the challenges faced by the last generation of Soviet children.


Monday, May 3, 2010
Time: 9:30 PM

Saturday, May 8, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM

Where: Cumberland Cinemas
Location: 159 Cumberland Street, Toronto ON, M5R 1A2
Nearest intersection: Bloor Street & Avenue Road
Phone: 416-964-9359

For more information and tickets, click here.

Official website:

You Tube: HotDocsFest — March 31, 2010 — Interweaving the contemporary world with fascinating home movie footage from the 1970s and 80s, My Perestroika offers an intimate and compelling portrait of the myriad challenges faced by the last of generation of Soviet children.
My Perestroika is a co-production of Red Square Productions, Bungalow Town Productions, and ITVS International, in association with American Documentary | POV and YLE Finland
Directed and Filmed by Robin Hessman

links: Robin Hessman, IFP Alum, and her MY PERESTROIKA poster
Taken on January 14, 2010
Uploaded on January 28, 2010
by My Perestroika: New Direstors / New Films

Sundancing: Sundance Film Festival coverage from our writers and editors.
Sundance Film Review: My Perestroika

"Robin Hessman's My Perestroika — a glimpse into the lives of five classmates who came of age during Communism, Perestroika, Glasnost and ...finally... a free market — on the surface may sound pedantic..."
By Andrew Pridgen

Ljova & My Perestroika at Sundance Film Festival 2010
Ljova is presently attending the Sundance Film Festival, in support of Robin Hessman's wonderful documentary My Perestroika. Enjoy three of Ljova's tracks in the film's score. My Perestroika’s long road
Posted by Mike Jones

"... What is most remarkable about My Perestroika are not the poignant and surprising revelations about life in Russia, but the extreme level of intimacy that Hessman maintains in each interview. Though the majority of these are sit-down, single camera interviews, they have the candor and spontaneity of verite footage. Her insight into the subject (and fluent Russian) stemmed from a fascination with the Soviet Union since grade school and almost ten years living in the country. Hessman set out to make the film in three months and ended up filming for five years, but one thing she knew from the beginning is that no history has a single truth, and even a million voices couldn’t tell the whole story..."
By Alicia Van Couvering
Posted by Scott Macaulay

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival: NEW DOCS: My Perestroika
"What happens when propaganda falls apart and the ideals you’ve been taught to uphold come crumbling down? A fresh perspective on the collapse of the Soviet Union, My Perestroika takes a familiar historical narrative and makes it personal, following five classmates who came of age during this time of enormous transition..."
SB Drinking With Divas – Robin Hessman
"My Perestroika tells the story of five forty-year-old Russians – a married couple teaching history, a single mother, an aging punk rocker, and a successful businessman – tracing their paths from childhoods behind the Iron Curtain to comings-of-age during the collapse of Communism to their disparate fortunes in modern Russia. This beautiful film has the lingering finish of a top-shelf vodka. Highly recommended!"
By Sarah Deming Documentaries with a point of view: Sundance Video: Q&A With Filmmaker Robin Hessman and the Subjects of "My Perestroika"

Friday, April 09, 2010

Kira Callahan Quartet Plays at Junction Jazz on April 10

Collage: Aquila Restaurants Presents Junction Jazz
Kira at the Grand Opening of the new Junction Jazz Venue at Aquila on March 6
2010 @

Aquilla Restaurant presents:

Junction Jazz Night
Kira Callahan Quartet

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Toronto jazz singer Kira Callahan is heating up the clubs and cafes. There is a soul and style in this woman's swing. Kira delivers the great jazz songs with a pure sound and a rough-edged passion all her own.

Show stars at 9:00 pm

Aquila Restaurant
347 Keele Street,
Toronto, ON M6P 2K6


For reservations, catering and take-out call 416 - 761 - 7474

More Info: Upcoming Performances: Saturday April 10th, 2010
"The KIRA CALLAHAN QUARTET plays the new Junction Jazz venue, Upstairs at AQUILA.
You can dine on the excellent food downstairs and then head upstairs for the show, or just take in the music in the restoBar upstairs.
Jazz from 8:30 - 12:30.
PWYC cover - suggested $12.
Aquila is at 347 Keele St. in the Junction, between Dundas and Annette Sts.
Parking available, easily accessible by TTC.
Aquila doesn't yet have a website, but for more info, call 416-761-1956. " Jazz artist hits the junction
"One-time High Park area resident Kira Callahan is an audience favourite of the Toronto Jazz scene.
She'll be hitting the stage at the newly launched Junction Jazz Room at Aquila Restaurant, on Keele Street, just south of Dundas Street West, Saturday, April 10. ..."