Saturday, December 03, 2011

Japanese Film Screenings in Toronto @ The Royal Cinema December 8-10

Japanese film screenings in Toronto at the Royal Cinema, December 8 - 10, 2011, screenshot
Screenshot: Japanese Film Screenings in Toronto
The Royal Cinema, December 8 - 10, 2011
Images from films: Shindo, Linda Linda Linda,
The Summit: A Chronicle of Stones, Always Sunset on 3rd St. 2

Presented by The Japan Foundation & The Consulate-General of Japan

Japanese Film Screenings in Toronto

Thursday, December 8, 7 pm
Shindo (Genius) (2007)
Dir: Koji Hagiuda, PG, 120 min
Starring: Riko Narumi, Ken'ichi Matsuyama and Satomi Tezuka

Friday, December 9, 7 pm
Linda Linda Linda (2005)
Dir. Nobuhiro Yamashita, PG,114 min
Starring: Doona Bae, Aki Maeda, Yu Kashii, Shiori Sekine, Takayo Mimura, Masahiro Komoto

Saturday, December 10, 2:45 pm
The Summit: A Chronicle of Stones (2009)
Dir. Daisaku Kimura, PG, 140 min
Starring: Tadanobu Asano, Teruyuki Kagawa, Toru Nakamura, Ryuhei Matsuda, Aoi Miyazaki, Koji Yakusho

Saturday, December 10, 6 pm
Always Sunset on 3rd St. 2 (2007)
Dir. Takashi Yamazaki, PG, 146 min
Starring: Shin'ichi Hatori,Maki Horikita and Kazuki Koshimizu

Language: All films shown in Japanese with English subtitles

Location: The Royal Cinema
Address: 608 College St., Toronto, ON M6G 1A1

*Please note that the screenings will NOT be at the Bloor Cinema this year*

Admission: Free

Inquiries: or (416) 966-1600

For more information, please read: Japan Foundation Toronto Events: What's On: Japanese Film Screenings in Toronto

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The 10 Films That Made The Biggest Impact At The 2011 Film Festivals | Special-feature | "Faust" Trailer
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Faust is an upcoming Russian film directed by Alexander Sokurov.
read more at :
link to Sokurov reminds Venice about the deal with the devil
by Galina Masterova

I am so glad that Faust is on the list of 10 movies making the biggest impact at 2011 film festivals.
Faust (Russia)

Based on the Faust legend and its literary adaptations, Aleksandr Sokurov’s latest version of the man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for his knowledge has received much acclaim worldwide.

This Russian production (although the dialogue is in German) was nominated for Best Film at the London Film Festival. However, it was in Venice where this picture was most well-received.

Considered to be one of the top three most important and revered film festivals alongside Berlin and Cannes, the jury at Venice awarded Sokurov’s feature with its grandest prize – the Golden Lion for best film.
Stefan Pape

Here is the whole list:
  • Once Upon A Time In Anatolia (Turkey)
  • We Have A Pope (Italy)
  • Michael (Austria)
  • The Artist (France)
  • This Must Be The Place (Italy)
  • A Separation (Iran)
  • Faust (Russia)
  • Las Acacias (Argentina)
  • Snowtown (Australia)
  • The Kid With A Bike (Belgium)

Please read the article:
The 10 Films That Made The Biggest Impact At The 2011 Film Festivals | Special-feature |

Saturday, November 26, 2011

My Perestroika Opens in Toronto at the Royal December 2

My Perestroika by Robin Hessman Opens in Toronto at the Royal Cinema on December 2, 2011, screenshot
Screenshot: My Perestroika by Robin Hessman
88 min. 2010 Russian Federation / United Kingdom / United States

Coming Soon @ The Royal Cinema
608 College St. West, Toronto

My Perestroika Showtimes:
Friday, December 2 at 7 pm
Sunday, December 4 at 9:30 pm
Monday, December 5 at 7 pm
Tuesday, December 6 at 7 pm
Thursday, December 8 at 9:30 pm
The Royal @ 608 College St. West

KINOSMITH presents

My Perestroika

A feature documentary by
Robin Hessman

Opens in Toronto on Friday, December 2, 2011

After winning awards and critical acclaim at festivals and theatrical engagements in over 80 U.S. markets, Robin Hessman’s “My Perestroika” opens in Canada beginning in Toronto on Friday, December 2, 2011.

When the USSR broke apart in 1991, a generation of young people faced a new realm of possibilities. An intimate epic about the extraordinary lives of this last Soviet generation, Robin Hessman’s feature documentary debut tells the stories of five Moscow schoolmates who were brought up behind the Iron Curtain, witnessed the joy and confusion of glasnost, and reached adulthood right as the world changed around them. Through candid first-person testimony, revealing verité footage, and vintage home movies, Hessman, who spent many years living in Moscow, reveals a Russia rarely ever seen on film, where people are frank about their lives and forthcoming about their country. Engaging, funny, and positively inspiring, in My Perestroika politics is personal, honesty overshadows ideology, and history progresses one day, one life at a time.

At the center of the film is the Meyerson family.

Borya and Lyuba are married and have a son, Mark. They are both history teachers at Moscow’s School #57. As we are drawn into the fabric of their everyday lives, we hear stories of two very different Soviet childhoods: Lyuba was a conformist who would salute the TV when the Soviet hymn played, while Borya preferred to subvert the system whenever possible.

Their childhood classmates provide their own perspectives.

For more information:

Media Contact:
V Kelly & Associates
Virginia Kelly, Meghan Parnell

My Perestroika - 2011 Trailer My Perestroika - 2011 Trailer
by newdayfilms on Feb 28, 2011 / Stats: 41,802

links: The Canadian Premiere of "My Perestroika" at Hot Docs 2010 RUSSIAN TORONTO PARTIES: The Royal ~ MY PERESTROIKA
Hello Russian Canadians, the fascinating and critically acclaimed documentary film "My Perestroika" is coming to Toronto!! It will be playing at the Royal from Dec 2- 9th!
by Anya Talis Award Winning documentary MY PERESTROIKA opens Friday, December 2
by Eamonn Hessman’s My Perestroika in Canada
Award-winning documentary tells story of five Moscow schoolmates brought up behind the Iron Curtain
Toronto independent film: Film review: My Perestroika -
by David Voigt, Toronto Independent Film Examiner

My Perestroika Opens in Toronto at the Royal December 2: Screenshot: My Perestroika by Robin Hessman88 min. 2010...

From generation Nyet to Net Generation: My Perestroika opens @TheRoyalCinema #tonight Dec 2 for a short run in #Toronto

Four Seasons Centre: Chamber Music Concerts: Postcards from Paris & Creative Explorations

Canadian Opera Company: Concerts: Chamber Music Series: Postcards from Paris, screenshot
Screenshot: Canadian Opera Company: Concerts & Events
Postcards from Paris, Nov. 29, 2011 12 p.m.
Creative Explorations, Dec. 1, 2011 12 p.m.
Chamber Music Series
Image credit:

Free concerts in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Canadian Opera Company
Week of December 1, 2011
Concert Listings
Chamber Music Series
Postcards from Paris

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
12 – 1 p.m.

Nathaniel Anderson-Frank, violin
Carson Becke, piano

Young Canadian violinist Nathaniel Anderson-Frank teams up with German pianist Carson Becke in a program of works evoking the end of La Belle Époque: violin sonatas by Debussy and Ravel, Satie’s Choses vues a droit et à gauche (sans lunettes), and Messiaen’s Thème et variations. The concert also features a work by award-winning Canadian composer Elizabeth Raum (Les ombres).

View the Program

Creative Explorations

Thurs. December 1, 2011
12 – 1 p.m.

Artists of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Join the TSO Adopt-A-Player musicians as they premiere a jointly composed work based on their experiences of being artist-educators. Blurring the lines between music and theatre, this original composition will introduce you to the techniques that the musicians use during the creative music-making process. This performance does not necessarily represent a finished product; rather, it is a snapshot of the process that the musicians underwent in exploring creative composition.

View the Program – Youth & Education

Chamber Music Series featuring 19 concerts, the chamber series explores a vast repertoire of music, showcasing the excellent musicianship of some of the most notable local and international artists.

Classica International Artist Management
is a full service artist management agency that specializes in developing, managing and promoting classical musicians, opera singers and stage directors in North America.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra offers a variety of programmes intended to supplement and enhance a young person's music education. In addition to the many programmes designed for students and their teachers, both the Young People's Concerts series and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra offer opportunities for musical development outside school hours.

Map & Directions to the Four Seasons Centre

The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
145 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5H 4G1
The main entrance is at the southeast corner of Queen and University.
Subway: Osgoode Station - Southbound Platform

Monday, November 21, 2011

Toyland Premiere: Experience the Magic of Christmas!

Toyland by Ismailova Theatre of Dance premiere Toronto, Pia Bouman Studio Theatre, December 3, 2011, by
Poster: Toyland - The Magic of Christmas

Ismailova Theatre of Dance
Pia Bouman Studio Theatre
December 03, 2011 @ 8 pm
Image credit:

Ismailova Theatre of Dance Presents


Date: Saturday, December 3, 2011
Time: 8:00 pm

Venue: Pia Bouman's Studio Theater
Location: 6 Noble Street, Toronto ON M6K 2C6
In the heart of Parkdale! West of Dufferin Street & North of Queens Street West

Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
For tickets:

Experience the magic of Christmas as you journey to a mystical place in TOYLAND. Escape reality with our heroine, Sophie. On this enchanted adventure, she meets a mysterious friend, who takes her to a secret world filled with forgotten treasures.

Impersonations of our whimsical daydreams are brought to life by the unique physical art Ismailova Theatre of Dance is fast becoming known for. Through contemporary dance, jazz, minuet, Viennese waltz and live singing you will be introduced to mythical creatures and primal characters that hold a key to Sophie's past. But are things as they seem?

Sophie must unravel the true intentions of her new friends and examine all that she holds dear. Does this new reality contain all that she desires or is it a phantom shadow taking her away from her rightful place?

Toyland by Ismailova Theatre of Dance will premiere at Pia Bouman Studio Theatre on Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 at 8 pm.

For more information, please contact:
phone: 647-829-4839
twitter: @IsmTheatre
fb event: Toyland by Ismailova Theatre of Dance
fb company: Ismailova Theatre of Dance
web: Ismailova Theatre of Dance

Ismailova Theatre of Dance is fresh and exciting physical theatre company in Toronto. It has already proven to be one of the most entertaining and promising new theatres in Toronto. In past 2 years Ismailova Theatre of Dance produced My Last Teacher and Behind The Door with both being sold out shows. Ismailova Theatre of Dance is known for its expressive physicality, variety of dance styles and genres and unique way of approaching theatre stage.

Toyland by Ismailova Theatre of Dance Trailer Toyland by Ismailova Theatre of Dance
Premiere at Pia Bowman Studio Theatre
Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 8 pm.
Uploaded by IsmailovaM on Nov 1, 2011, 222 views

The show will feature opening number by the RSA Dance Ensemble and is supported by Russian Student Association at the University of Toronto.


TOYLAND Physical Theatre Play by Ismailova Theatre of Dance, photos by Alexei Malakhov
TOYLAND: Physical Theatre Play
By Ismailova Theatre of Dance
December 3, 2011, Toronto
Photos by Alexei Malakhov

Thank you for attending the premiere of Toyland a week ago!

Your support is very valuable for us and we sincerely thank you for supporting local art! The night was magical and we were honored and humbled to have a sold out show!

If you missed the premiere, you will have one more chance to see Toyland on January 22nd, 2012, Sunday at 7 pm at the Pia Bouman Theatre, 6 Noble Street. We will present it right after New Year holidays and will go back to the magic of Christmas for one more night.

We hope to see you at the theatre!

links: Toronto Charity Events Guide: Christmas: TOYLAND physical theatre play Dance Umbrella of Ontario: Ismailova Theatre of Dance: TOYLAND (Dec 3)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Romeo and Juliet – the Ballet of Timeless Love

Romeo and Juliet, National Ballet of Canada, world premier, Jiří Jelinek as Tybalt and artists of the ballet, credit:
Jiří Jelinek as Tybalt and artists of the ballet in Romeo and Juliet
Image credit: -

Romeo and Juliet World Premiere
National Ballet of Canada
November 16-27, 2011
Four Seasons Centre for the Perfoming Arts
145 Queen Street West, Toronto

A historic event took place on November 16, 2011 in Toronto - The world premiere of the new "Romeo and Juliet" ballet was greatly anticipated by the full house audience at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. When the curtain lifted on an entirely original choreography by the renowned artist, Alexei Ratmansky, a timeless tale of undying love unfolded.

The National Ballet of Canada’s Guillaume Cote and Elena Lobsanova were unforgettable as the famous star-crossed lovers. Their performance moves the heart to tears, and reminds us of the enduring love that triumphs over death. The young dancers reached sublime perfection in their portrayal of the tragic couple. Guillaume Cote is a high-energy, romantic Romeo, who emits vitality and valour with every move. Elena Lobsanova is breathtaking as the exuberant Juliet; she conveys deep emotions and intricate steps through brilliant lightness and purity.

The William Shakespeare's classic love story is vibrantly expressed by the masterful interplay of characters whose roles are integral to the plot. Alexei Ratmansky’s choreography is rich with complicated lifts, jumps and turns, every moment of the ballet is active and emotive, filled with complex dance sequences, clever humour and powerful drama. Piotr Stanczyk dances a witty and charismatic Mercutio and Jiri Jelinek portrays an ominous Tybalt, their actions together with the rivalry of the two houses are pivotal to the fate of Romeo and Juliet.

The ballet builds in dramatic intensity and reaches its apex in the last act with the fateful end of the lovers’ lives. But their love lives on as Romeo and Juliet, husband and wife, follow each other into eternity. Their love unites rivalling families and transcends death, as Romeo and Juliet live on forever in spirit, saved by each others’ love. It is this vital message that the ballet conveys, as the audience sees its beloved characters dying in each others’ arms.

The new ballet is an epic undertaking to resurrect a story which is based on true events - a story which tends to repeat itself at various times in history, showing that its message is not understood. It takes great masterpieces such as the one born on the stage of the National Ballet of Canada, to transmit the moral of the story anew. This phenomenal new choreography, set to legendary music by Sergei Prokofiev, is created by great masters and artists, including set and costumes design by Richard Hudson. It is a production which unlike the previous version of the ballet involves the full corps de ballet of the Company and is a full-length classical ballet attuned to the contemporary life.

On stage until November 27, 2011, the groundbreaking ballet is an inspiring and exhilarating experience which will be cherished for generations. To see this beautiful ballet, with its exceptional dancers, superlative choreography and outstanding performance, is to participate in history and to realise the constant moral of life, that love never fails and endures everything.

2011 @ Anya

The National Ballet of Canada
Romeo and Juliet: The Trailer Romeo and Juliet: The Trailer
credit: nationalballetcanada | Nov 18, 2011 | 91 views

links: nationalballet
Thank you to our amazing opening night audience for your 10 minute ovation and raptuous response to the world premiere of Romeo and Juliet.
17 Nov A Fresh Take on Romeo and Juliet
by Karen Kain, Artistic Director November 19, 2011 > News > TV Shows > The National > Ballet's gutsy gamble
Featured Analysis: National Ballet celebrates 60 years in style
The National Ballet takes a great leap of faith with a top choreographer's new production of the classic love story Romeo and Juliet: There aren't too many people who dare to re-work a Shakespeare classic, but the National Ballet of Canada has done just that to mark its 60th anniversary. It's a gamble costing almost 2-million dollars, but with the help of an acclaimed choreographer - one that's paying dividends.
Arisa Cox has the story tonight

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

CONTACT 2012 Toronto Photography Festival: Call for Submissions: Exhibit in the Junction

Call for Submissions:

Exhibit in the Junction for CONTACT 2012

Submission Deadline: December 16, 2011

Artists will be notified by December 23, 2011

Inquiries: 416-767-9068

The Junction Business Improvement Area (BIA) will be hosting a minimum of 20 photographic exhibitions during CONTACT 2012. Submit your photographs for the chance to exhibit in one of the selected venues throughout the area.

How to apply:

Please submit the following by email with your name, phone number and email address:
  • A minimum of 10 digital files of works proposed for the exhibition (RBG, jpeg format, no larger than 1024 x 768 at 300dpi). Images should be numbered 01 - 10 (01_tree, 02_house, etc.)
  • Image list indicating title, year, medium and dimensions
  • 75 word description of your work
  • Curriculum vitae, resume or biography
If your work is selected by the Junction BIA, a $75 participation fee will apply. CONTACT's registration fee is covered by the Junction BIA. The artist is responsible for corresponding with their venue and for printing, framing, and installing their photographs.

Exhibitions will take place from May 1 - 31, 2012

Submit applications to:

Moe McGuinty
Executive Director

Looking for a venue for CONTACT 2012? Exhibit with @JunctionBIA & @QueenStWestBIA

Make this CONTACT Photo Fest the best ever!! Exhibit in the Junction in 2012. Submit by: Dec 16. #JunctionTO Call For Submissions CONTACT 2012 Featured Exhibitions
The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is now accepting Featured Exhibition proposals for the 2012 edition of the festival. The call is open to all photo-based practices and to shows of any subject matter. Individual or group exhibitions will be selected to showcase the most dynamic range of artists and highest caliber of exhibitions throughout the greater Toronto area in May.
Submission Deadline: November 15, 2011 by 5PM
Send submissions to:
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
80 Spadina Ave, Suite 310
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2J4


Photography in the Junction
May 1 - 31, 2012

Opening Night Gala & Receptions: 18 Venues / 21 Artists
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Time: 6 - 9 pm
Location: Dundas Street West
[between Keele Street & Quebec Avenue]

For more information, CONTACT 2012 Photography in the Junction: Public

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Santa Clause is coming to the Junction on Saturday November 26, 2011

Santa in the Toronto Junction with live performance windows, November 26, 2011Poster: Santa in the Junction
14 Live Performance Windows!
Saturday, November 26, 2011 @ 10 am - 4 pm
Storefronts along Dundas Street West,
from Keele Street to Quebec Avenue

Santa had such a good time and was received so warmly in the Junction last year that he is coming back for more and bringing more of his dancing friends.

Santa in the Junction!

Saturday November 26, 2011 10:00a.m - 4:00p.m.
  • 14 Live Performance Windows featuring
  • 100 young dancers from the Creative Children's Dance Centre;
  • Wonderful Window Displays;
  • Wendall Ferguson's Country Guitar Carolls;
  • Visits with Santa;
  • Hot Roasted Chestnuts - new this year;
  • Strolling Carollers - new this year;
  • The Junction Children's Choir;
  • The Acts of Sweetness Cookie Truck;
  • A 30'x80' ball hockey rink - new this year;
  • Santa's Workshop;
  • Mrs Claus Story Time
  • and a whole lot more.
Ball Hockey Rink 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Santa Visits 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mrs Santa Stories 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Creative Children's Dancers: 7 locations 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Santa's Workshop 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wendell Ferguson's Guitar Christmas 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Junction Children's Choir 2:15 pm
Strolling Carollers 12:00 p.m.- 3:00 pm
Garry & Renees's Jazzed up Christmas 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Roasted Chestnuts 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

For more information please call 416-767-9068
The Junction BIA

Please check out the great video from last year's event: Santa in The Junction 2010
Christmas event organized by Junction BIA, The Junction, Toronto, Ontario.
This years event will take place on Saturday, 26th November, 2011.

Uploaded by 180indian

It really will be a magical day for The Junction to visit. This is the only community in the G.T.A. offering this “Live Window Performance” experience.  

Come and get the feeling that Christmas is in the air!

links: Santa in the Junction Childhood memories inspire Junction holiday window displays
For the second year, The Junction Business Improvement Area will present a Santa in The Junction event.
by Lisa Rainford Home Buyer Resources: Childhood Memories Inspire Christmas Window Displays in The Junction
by Dave Proulx and Ingrid Smith

Monday, November 07, 2011

Espresso Mi Vida Presents an Art Display by Orlando Pantoja: November 12

Pantoja Paintings Sound Gallery Exhibition, November 12, 2011Poster: Pantoja Paintings Sound Gallery Exhibition
Saturday, November 12 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Espresso Mi Vida, 392 Pacific Ave @ Dundas St W
Credit: @espressomivida

Latin American Cafe and Gallery
Espresso Mi Vida Presents

Art Display by Orlando Pantoja

Saturday, November 12, 2011 @ 6-7 PM
392 Pacific Ave @ Dundas St W, Toronto M6P 2R1

Orlando Antonio Pantoja Rodriguez
Cuban Painter · Toronto, Ontario

Pantoja was born in Havana, Cuba where he started painting at the age of 5 with watercolors at The Palace of Art, A Museum where he attended Art classes.
Pantoja moved to Ontario, Canada in 1995. He continues to paint with oil and acrylic using spatula and brush, representing a variety of styles such as impressionism, cubism and abstract.


More information:
Pantoja Paintings Sound Gallery Exhibition

Sunday, November 06, 2011

World Premiere of Romeo and Juliet: National Ballet of Canada: November 16-27

Romeo and Juliet: world premiere: National Ballet of Canada: Guillaume Côté and Elena Lobsanova, photograph Christopher Wahl
National Ballet of Canada: Alexei Ratmansky's Romeo & Juliet
Four Seasons Centre for the Perfoming Arts, November 16-27, 2011
Photo credits: Guillaume Côté and Elena Lobsanova in Romeo and Juliet

Photograph : Christopher Wahl +

The National Ballet of Canada

World Premiere

Romeo & Juliet

New production
choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky

November 16-27, 2011

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
Map & Directions: 145 Queen Street West, Toronto

World premiere of Romeo and Juliet by Alexei Ratmanksy opens 60th anniversary season of The National Ballet of Canada. And even more: November 14 – 20, 2011 proclaimed as "National Ballet of Canada Week" in the City of Toronto.

Shakespeare's tender, tragic and enduring evocation of youthful passion undone by familial and societal discord, Romeo and Juliet has exerted its incomparable emotional power over generations of ballet audiences throughout the world.

Created by the internationally celebrated choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, this world premiere is a totally fresh, brilliantly imagined interpretation of Shakespeare's play. Building on and finding wonderfully inventive possibilities in Prokofiev's inimitable and touching score, Ratmansky blends the elegance and stateliness of a classical vocabulary with the intense emotional edge of the modern to create an unforgettable version of one of the greatest dance dramas ever.

More info:

Romeo and Juliet: The Photo Shoot Romeo and Juliet: The Photo Shoot
Video by James Cooper.
Uploaded by nationalballetcanada on Sep 20, 2011

links: Guillaume Côté and Elena Lobsanova will dance the Opening Night of the World Premiere of Romeo & Juliet on November 16th 2011 National Ballet of Canada | Romeo and Juliet Principal Casting Announced Romeo and Juliet-themed Menu at Tundra
Tundra Restaurant, located in the Hilton Toronto Hotel (the National Ballet’s Official Hospitality Partner) on Richmond Street, is offering a special Romeo and Juliet menu. Le Ballet est Ballets Russes
by khvostik Best of Fall #5: How the National Ballet’s Elena Lobsanova is preparing for her big debut in Romeo and Juliet
by Emily Landau BWW Interviews: Elena Lobsanova talks the World Premiere of Romeo and Juliet
by Kelly Cameron A fresh take on Romeo and Juliet
by Michael Crabb Alexei Ratmansky
"Alexei Ratmansky is the most in-demand ballet choreographer in the world, known for his musicality, wit and physical inventiveness."
The New York Times

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Cultural Heritage Festival Yurta Mira: November 25 - 27

International Festival of the Peoples' Friendship by Yurta Mira (World Yurt of Peace) Metro Hall, November 25 - 27, 2011, invitationInvitation: International Festival of the Peoples' Friendship
by Yurta Mira (World Yurt of Peace)
at Metro Hall, November 25 - 27, 2011

Yurta Mira (World Yurt of Peace) Invites to

International Festival of the Peoples' Friendship

When: November 25 - 27, 2011

Where: Metro Hall

Location: 55 John Street, Toronto, ON M5V 3C6
(South-east corner of King and John, two blocks east of Spadina)

Public transit: subway to St. Andrew, then walk through "PATH" to Metro Hall or walk above ground 2 blocks west.

Yurta Mira (World Yurt of Peace) is holding the first International Festival of the Peoples' Friendship and invites all cultural communities to Toronto's Metro Hall, November 25th -- 27th, 2011.

Join Yurta Mira for:

• Sacred throat singing by famous folk ensembles from Siberia's Khakassia and other folk and modern music from different cultures

• Exhibits of traditional costumes, photographs, paintings and books on indigenous nations' histories

• National dances

For more information, please contact:
Alexandra Grigorieva, President of Yurta Mira
phone: 416-530-7436

Yurta Mira. Part 1. Yurta Mira. Part 1.
Uploaded by guarktika·4 videos on Jun 25, 2009, 66 views

links: Sakha Diaspora: Announcement: Yurta Mira (World Yurt of Peace) First International Festival of the Peoples' Friendship Events: 11/25-11/27: International Festival of the Peoples Friendship (Metro Hall)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Art of Window Dressing: Show Off @ the Junction: October 18 - 30

Show Off @ the Junction: window display installations by designers & artists, Toronto, October 18 - 30, 2011, hosted by MASONPoster: Show Off @ the Junction @Dundas & Keele;
Designers & artists are being paired up with Junction shop owners
to create show-stopping window display installations
On display from October 18 - 30, 2011
Street party on October 21, 2011, 7pm - 11pm, hosted by MASON

Show Off @ the Junction

Street Party Friday, October 21, 2011 @ 7 - 11 pm

On Display from October 18th-30th

Dundas St W. West of Keele St.

Designers and artists let loose on the Junction shop windows.

Two designers found themselves wandering about Dundas West in the Junction. On that particular day, many of the retail shops were closed which left them clutching the glass of their spacious shop windows gawking at the merchandise from the sidewalks.

This turn of events led Toronto-based design firm Mason to host Show Off @ the Junction; an event where local designers and artists are let loose on these awe-inspiring glass boxes to create jaw-dropping installations which showcase the amazing retailers and product the community has to offer.

The event, which includes 12 retail shops and art galleries on the strip of Dundas St. W, west of Keele, unites over 20 design-professionals providing an opportunity to create conceptual spaces all the while supporting independent business owners and their unique product.

The art galleries, eclectic home furnishing and fashion retail shops that have cropped-up in this neighbourhood are not the only unique feature of this area; the sense of community and pride that residents and shop owners have for their neighbourhood is what makes the Junction the perfect location for Mason to host the first, of what is expected to become an annual event which will take place in different neighbourhoods around town.

Along with the parade of window installations which will be on display from October 18th - 30th the city can look forward to a Street Party on October 21st. Shops and galleries will keep their doors open until 11 pm with unique offerings in support of the event. Owners will be on hand to chat about their unique goods alongside the artists and designers who will reveal the secrets and stories behind their installations.

Show Off @ the Junction Team
Stanley Sun & Ashley Rumsey, Mason Design Studio

Participating Designers & Artists
Jeff Palmeter, Joanna Ferraro & Julie Chapman
Christine Kim
Diana Watters, Bradley Marks & Jennifer Nicevski
Diane Paz & Warren Gyulay, 1point0 Interior Design Consultants
Nivek Remas, Kevin Chan & Samer Shaath
Kira Varvanina & Edward Lin
Sherry Lin, Zahra Ebrahim, Sonja Millermaier & Jackie Beale, archiTEXT
Julie McNicol
Amanda McCavour & Micah Adams
Julia Vandepolder & Brian Harvey
Jenn Hannotte & Micah Lenahan, Russet and Empire

Participating Retailers
Metropolis Living
Post + Beam
Mrs. Huizenga
Eclectic Revival
Telephone Booth Gallery
IZ Adaptive
Russet & Empire
Radar Media Company

Show Off @ the Junction Map

For more information, please visit:
Or contact:
+1 (416) 453-5536 Show Off @ the Junction - Street Party

Come and enjoy some of the best window shopping ever!!! And it's even better with friends.

Follow Show Off @ #JunctionTO #showoffatthejunction @MASONintoronto Show Off @ the Junction

Show Off Map
Map of Show Off @ the Junction @Dundas & Keele, Toronto, October 18 - 30, 2011, hosted by MASONCollage: Map of Show Off @ the Junction @Dundas & Keele
October 18 - 30, 2011, hosted by MASON
Street party October 21, 2011, 7-11pm
Image credit: Mason Studio, and the logos' respectful owners

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

October Is Heintzman Month in the Historic Junction

Screenshot: West Toronto Junction Historical Society
Our Next Meeting ... Thursday October 13, 2011
Legends of the Junction Salute Heintzman
WTJHS Upcoming Events

Historical Talk Show: Legends of the Junction Salute Heintzman

Thursday, October 13, 2011

7:30 PM
Refreshments and Business Meeting

8:30 PM
Kicking off Heintzman Month with our renowned historical talk show, with special guests George Heintzman and members of the Heintzman family

Where: Annette Street Public Library
Lower Level, Committee Room 1
145 Annette Street, Toronto, ON M6P 1P3
(One and a half blocks west of Keele)

West Toronto Junction Historical Society
Deluxe Walking Tour: Tickling the Keys:
the Heintzman Piano Company …

Sunday, October 23, 2011, 2 PM

Deluxe Walking Tour: Tickling the Keys: The Heintzman Piano Company

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Time: 2 PM

Start: Annette Street Public Library
Lower Level, Committee Room 1
145 Annette Street, Toronto, ON M6P 1P3
(One and a half blocks west of Keele)

One of the world’s most famous piano manufacturers was based in the Junction. Follow in the footsteps of the Heintzman family and company employees during this 2 hour guided walking tour lead by members of the West Toronto Junction Historical Society.
Starts at Annette Street Public Library at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets $20, available at the local Junction sources below or by calling 416-763-3161.

Tour Tickets are available from:
Annette Street Public Library, 145 Annette Street
Ice Cream Junction, 3103 Dundas Street West
Pandemonium, 2862 Dundas Street West
Wise Daughters Craft Market, 3079B Dundas Street West

For more information:

links: The Canadian Encyclopedia: Heintzman & Co. Ltd.
Heintzman & Co. Limited ... Makers of Canada's Greatest Piano
by Helmut Kallmann, Patricia Wardrop Heintzman & Co.
Heintzman & Co. Ltd was a celebrated Canadian piano manufacturer, based in the Toronto area, whose instruments retain a reputation for quality of workmanship and fineness of tone. Theodor August Heintzman
Theodor August Heintzman (birth name Theodore August Heintzmann) (19 May 1817 – 25 July 1899) was a German-born Canadian piano manufacturer (Heintzman & Co.) and inventor, best known for founding the piano company which still bears his name. Heintzman Pianos Ltd.: A tradition for five generations Mr. Theodor August Heintzman formerly Heintzmann
Profile manager: Douglas Heintzman Heritage Toronto - Telling Toronto's Stories: The Heintzman & Co. Ltd
Toronto's piano company

For over one hundred years, Heintzman & Co., Ltd. was a Toronto-based company which produced some of the highest-quality pianos ever manufactured in Canada.
By David Wencer The Congregation Knesseth Israel: Early History
"...a large number of Jewish residents with a background in carpentry and cabinetry found work at the Heintzman Piano factory, which was located on Keele Street. Several of these cabinet-makers were the same men who carved much of the Synagogue’s interior wooden architectural details." JRA e-newsletter – Fire Safety, Walking tour plus more West Toronto Junction Historical Society WTJHS meeting Historical Walking Tour: Sunday, October 23 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Bard Concert: Veronika Dolina in Toronto

Concert of Veronika Dolina in Toronto, October 28, 2011, poster by artjunction.blogspot.comConcert of Veronika Dolina in Toronto
An Evening of Bard Songs Dolce - Doloroso
KSP Toronto, October 28, 2011
Image Credits: + +

...Концерт, хоть маленький, надо петь еженедельно. Тогда сохраняются какие-то мышцы.
15 октября я в Питере, у Финлядского. Привезу туда "Дудочку" и переводы, и двухтомник наш там еще не был.
27 ноября я в Доме музыки в Москве, это теперь, похоже, концерт года.
А вот между тем да этим – следы мои найдутся в Канаде и США...

Ваша Вероника.
Новости, концерты

The Concert of Veronika Dolina in Toronto

When: Friday, October 28, 2011 at 7 PM

Where: York Woods Library Theatre
Location: 1785 Finch Ave. West, Toronto, ON M3N 1M6
Directions: TTC Finch Ave. West bus #36 from Finch subway station,
stops at Tobermory Dr.

Tickets and information:
(905) 821-9875
(416) 590-0256

Ticket prices: $30 and $25

For more information please visit:
KSP's web site
and Afisha

links: Новости, концерты Concert of Veronika Dolina in Toronto Концертный зал у Финляндского: Поэт, автор песен Вероника Долина
с новой программой «Ночная дудочка»

15 Октября, Суббота 19-00
Поклонникам авторской песни Веронику Долину представлять не нужно – её песни известны многим...
Концертный зал у Финляндского Авторская Песня: Вероника Долина
28 октября 2011 – 19:00

York Woods Library
1785 Finch Ave. W , Toronto Вечера авторской песни в Торонто - Вероника Долина с программой Дольче Долорозо

Концерт состоится в пятницу, 28 октября 2011 года, в 7 часов вечера
в зале York Woods Library Theatre по адресу: 1785 Finch Ave. West, Toronto

Информация о билетах:
(905) 821-9875 (416)590-0256

Цена билетов $30 и $25

Более подробная информация на нашем сайте: Brooklyn Public Library: Culture & The Arts Events
Russian Literary Series: Veronika Dolina

Saturday, November 12, 4:00PM Вероника Долина "Дольче-Долорозо"
Location: Russian Bookstore
No.21174-176 Fifth Ave /22/23/Streets, Manhattan
Sunday, November 13, 2011 Вероника Аркадьевна Долина: Veronika Arkadevna Dolina
In 1971 a young girl began writing her own songs. She was 15 years old. Her guitar was young and so were her poems. Three years later, her friends knew her as an 18- poetess with a guitar, a miniature “bard”. On the way to a birthday party, she got off at a Moscow metro to write a song and give it as a present for her friend. She did not know that 25 years later she would be singing that song to thousands of people.... Азбука шансона. Персоны: Вероника Долина
биография, дискография, песни, фотографии, видео Veronika Dolina
Veronika Dolina (Russian: Вероника Аркадьевна Долина) is a Soviet and Russian poet, bard, and songwriter. Вероника Долина против "Культурной революции"
"Я давно хотела написать текст в поддержку авторской песни в сегодняшнем ее разобщенном состоянии. Текст в защиту... В защиту от дремучих стереотипов нового времени и повсеместной дикости сверстников, склонных отрицать все случившееся до 90 года. В итоге меня опередила мама, Вероника Долина, поэт, автор и исполнитель песен. "...
Ася Долина

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

2011 World Press Photo Exhibition Is Coming to Toronto, October 5 - 26

2011 World Press Photo 11, Brookfield Place, Toronto, October 6-26, screenshotScreenshot: World Press Photo 11
October 5 - 26, 2011
Allen Lambert Galleria • Brookfield Place
181 Bay Street, Toronto

World Press Photo 11

October 5 - 26, 2011
Allen Lambert Galleria • Brookfield Place
181 Bay Street, Toronto

Open 9 am – 9 pm daily
(including Sundays and Thanksgiving Monday)
Closes 6 pm October 26

Free Admission, Wheelchair Accessible

2011 World Press Photo Exhibition in Toronto

The World Press Photo Exhibition will be on display from October 5 to 26, 2011 in the Allen Lambert Galleria at Brookfield Place in Toronto. This traveling exhibition, unique in its kind, is the result of a worldwide annual contest on press photography and is brought to Toronto with the support of Brookfield Place. 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the exhibition at Brookfield Place.

TORONTO, Oct. 4, 2011 /CNW/ - Each year, an independent international jury, consisting of nineteen members, judges the entries in nine different categories, submitted by photojournalists, agencies, newspapers and magazines from all corners of the world. This year's competition attracted 5,691 photographers from 125 countries. In total 108,059 images were entered in the contest. The exhibition is comprised of 177 photographs and is free and open to the public.

World Press Photo is a nonprofit organization based in Amsterdam founded in 1955. Its main aim is to support and promote internationally the work of professional press photographers. The annual exhibition will be shown at over 100 venues all over the world. Over the years, World Press Photo has evolved into an independent platform for photojournalism and the free exchange of information.

Brookfield Place is a landmark address deeply rooted in the commercial, cultural and social fabric of Toronto. Home to some of the world's most prestigious financial and legal firms, and the corporate head quarters of many preeminent Canadian corporations, the 2.6 million square foot complex fosters business and commerce of global significance. Conceived by Spanish designer/architect/engineer Santiago Calatrava, the Allen Lambert Galleria is an award-winning six-storey pedestrian avenue resplendent in light and glass. It measures 85 feet high, 45 feet wide and 360 feet long and is the main venue for World Press Photo 11.

A representative from World Press Photo in Amsterdam will be in Toronto through to Thursday, October 6 for media requests.

World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon and TNT.

Credit: CNW -

Toronto Exhibition Contact:

Visit the iTunes store to buy and download the 2011 World Press Photo Contest iPad App.

Days of Sakha-Yakutia Culture in Toronto: Visual, Musical, Vocal and Culinary Art

Days of Sakha-Yakutia Culture: from Siberia, Russia to Toronto, Canada, posterPoster: Days of Sakha-Yakutiya Culture
September 30 - October 9; October 15 - 30;
Bezpala Brown Gallery, BBG
17 Church Street (@ Front) Toronto, ON M5E 1M2

Days of Sakha-Yakutiya Culture

September 30 - October 9, Days of Sakha-Yakutiya Culture in Toronto. Part I. The first three days: Sept30 - Oct2 will be featured within Culture Days events programming. Public Reception: October 1st, 5 - 8pm.

October 15 - 30, Days of Sakha-Yakutia Culture in Toronto. Part II. Reception: Sat Oct 22, 12-3pm (admission fee: $25).

Location: Bezpala Brown Gallery
Address: 17 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario
Directions: Church and Front, near Flatiron building in the area of St Lawrence Market.
Closest subway stations are Union and King.

The provenance of Sakha (Yakut) people of Siberia, Russia is still much of a mystery. Their language belongs to the Turkic group. Their origin is still a much debated subject among historians and archeologists. Yet, much of Sakha cultural background is referred to Olonkho, the oldest epic arts of the Turkic-Mongolian peoples, proclaimed by UNESCO a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

This event will consist of two parts.
First part (Sept 30-Oct 9) will feature original artwork of Mikhail Starostin, Andrey Chikachev, Tujara Markova, Valeriy Bessonov, O.A. Rakhleeva, A.G. Petrov. As well, a burgeoning photographic talent, Evgenia Arbugaeva, will present her newest collection - vivid depictions of Siberian life - showing why she has received awards in Moscow, Paris and New York.
Reception: Oct 1st, 5-8pm. Wine and cheese. Free Admission.

During the second part (October 15 – 30) Torontonians will also be able to take a bigger glimpse of the unique culture and ancient philosophy of Sakha people through contemporary pieces of visual, musical, vocal and culinary art. For the very first time in Canada, the audience will be able to listen to improvisations of Claudia and Herman Khatylaevs performing on more than 15 traditional musical instruments, enjoy one-of-a-kind fashion show of custom made beadwork dresses by designer Avgustina Filippova, - each dress takes up to 2 months of work if sewn by 20 seamstresses, savor traditional Sakha delicacies created by chef Innokentyj Tarbakhov.
Reception: October 22nd, 12-3pm. Admission Fee: $25 per person

Organizers: Bezpala Brown Gallery and the Trade Commissioner of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) of Russian Federation in Canada

Official Sponsors: Silver Bear Resources Inc. (Leading Sponsor), CERBA (Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association), Журфикс.

For more information, please contact:
Fariz Kovalchuk

links: Sakha Republic
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Scott Polar Research Institute: University of Cambridge: Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
compiled by Tatiana Argounova

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Georgian Polyphonic Choir Darbazi in a Concert Entitled "Gideli" Celebrating the Grape Harvest, September 23

poster: Gideli - Darbazi in Concert, September 23, 2011, Toronto ON CanadaPoster: 'Gideli' - Darbazi in Concert
Friday, September 23, 2011

“stunning harmony”
Chris Kennedy, Musicworks

“vocal polyphony at its finest”
Karen Ages, Wholenote

Clay and Paper Theatre Presents

'Gideli' - Darbazi in Concert

Friday, September 23, 2011 at 8:00 pm
Venue: York Woods Library Theatre
Location: 1785 Finch Avenue West, Toronto

Darbazi, Kakheti & Nikolasvili Wines
Celebrating the vine harvest with Georgian songs,
Georgian dancers and wonderful Georgian wine.

(Gideli is a basket traditionally used for carrying grapes during the harvest.)

Georgian polyphonic choir DARBAZI will be working again with the traditional dancers of the KAKHETI dance group. And to enhance the performance even more, NIKOLASHVILI WINES will be joining them with a selection from their vineyards.


So come and enjoy the wine, the dance, and the song

in this beautiful hall at York Woods public library

at York Woods Library Theatre

(1785 Finch Avenue West,
south side of Finch Ave. West and Tobermory Drive)

cover $20 / kids $10

click for the poster
Nikolashvili Wines at

Details: Clay & Paper Theatre presents: 'Gideli' - Darbazi in Concert

e-mail: darbazi.choir @

links: WORLDS OF MUSIC IN TORONTO: The Georgian vocal ensemble Darbazi
by Karen Ages ZARI: Music: All Songs
Arti Vardi, Gandagana, Maglonia, Adila Ali Pasha

artjunction/blog: Machari: Celebrate Spring with a Concert of Georgian Folk Song

artjunction/blog: Music from Caucasus and Balkans: Friendship and Wine

artjunction/blog: Megobrebi Means Friends: Torontonian Georgian Singing Groups Performance Visualized

The Arts Junction blog Visualized by Web Empires, screenshotScreenshot: Web Empires: Visualise the Web:
Credit: Visualized

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Junction Shul Centennial Community Celebration: Open House, Street Fair, Walking Tour September 18

Toronto Junction Shul - Congregation Knesseth Israel - Centennial Celebration, September 2011, posterPoster: The Junction Shul @ 100
Congregation Knesseth Israel
Celebration a Century of Tradition
Upcoming Events (Save the date!)
September 2011

The Junction Shul's 100th Anniversary Street Fair

The Junction Shul is marking its 100th anniversary, and as part of its celebrations, the Junction Shul is hosting a community celebration and street party at The Shul (Congregation Knesseth Israel). The festival will run from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on September 18th on neighbouring streets adjacent to the synagogue (located at 56 Maria Street in the Runnymede and Dundas area) and will be the final event in a series of Centennial festivities running from September 7th to the 18th. Neighbourhood residents and the public are invited to significant event with music, entertainment, activities for both adults and children and food and beverages. There will also be tours of the synagogue and historical tours of the adjacent neighbourhood, led by local historians, and talks by past residents of the community.

Sunday, September 18, 2011
11 am - 3 pm
Community Celebration and Street Party
The Junction Shul @ 100

56 Maria Street & Shipman Street, around St. John's Place, Toronto ON
(north of Dundas, east of Runnymede)

Sunday, September 18, 2011
11:30 am and 1:00 pm
Junction Shul Centennial: A Hundred Years on Maria Street, a Walking Tour
Start Point: Maria Street and Runnymede Road, North East corner
Led by Neil Ross with Special Guests

More info at

links: Junction Shul marks 100th year with street party
As part of its centennial celebrations, the Junction Shul is hosting a street party from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18. The Maria Street synagogue's celebration will feature music, entertainment, children's activities, guided tours, food and more. The Shul is located at 56 Maria St. in the Junction. Connecting Jewish Communities Across Canada: $28,000 OTF Grant Helps Junction Shul Mark its 100th Anniversary
By theshtetl The Canadian Jewish News: Junction Shul celebrates 100th anniversary
By JARED LINDZON, Special to The CJN

Maria spelling/pronunciation: Back in the 1800s, the English pronounced Maria the way we would pronounce Mariah: "ma-RYE-ah".

Ontario Heritage Foundation: Knesseth Israel Synagogue

"Jews began to settle in West Toronto in the late 19th Century, attracted, as were others, by the industrial and commercial opportunities generated by the nearby railway junction. Although some undoubtedly found employment at the Heintzman piano factory, most were artisans or proprietors of small shops. Some engaged in peddling and junk collecting, while others worked at construction. The majority were immigrants from Poland and Russia. ...
Maria Street seems to have had the densest concentration of Jewish residences and family names appear which still have a connection to the Knesseth Israel Congregation, “The Junction Shul”: Alexandroff, Goldstein, Greenblatt, Kronis, Tanenbaum, Usprich, to name just a few. "