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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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