Thursday, March 29, 2012

Double Entendre, an Art Exhibition at Latitude 44 Gallery: March 29 - April 4

Double Entendre: The Fine Arts Show at Latitude 44 Gallery in the Junction Toronto, by artjunction.blogspot
Original: Double Entendre: Original Flavor
Centennial College Fine Arts Studio Program Annual Show

Double Entendre

The next generation of Toronto's art stars lights up the Junction gallery district.

An exhibition by twenty-five of Centennial College's brightest and best. Guaranteed to challenge, provoke and entertain.

Catch the celebration at Latitude 44 Gallery, 2900 Keele St., on Thursday March 29, from 6 to 9. Show runs until Wednesday April 4,2012.

Like all shooting stars, this event is appearing only for a short time. If you wait, you miss it.

Latitude 44 Gallery Framing Decor

2900 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON M6P 1Y8

About The Fine Arts Studio Program

The Fine Arts Studio Program at Centennial College (Pape and Danforth) is an intensive, two year studio based course. It is well known for its hands-on, one on one approach to the creative process. Small classes, dedicated faculty and passionate students from across Ontario. Ask any of the students, and they will tell you It has earned its well deserved slogan as a place where you happily: "Get Your Hands Dirty".

Media about the Exhibition: College students get first taste of art life in real life
"... Janet DiBernardo sits on the Fine Arts Studio Program Advisory Committee and said she didn't hesitate when its professor and co-ordinator David McClyment, also a local artist, asked if Latitude 44 would host the show. Last year, she spoke to Centennial College students in the program about how to get involved with professional galleries. ..."
by Lisa Rainford, Mar 28, 2012

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Award-Winning Film, The Tundra Book at Toronto's Hot Docs

Screenshot: The Tundra Book. A Tale of Vukvukai, the Little Rock. by Aleksei Vakhrushev, High Latitudes ltd., 2011
A co-presentation of KinoArt Festival and Hot Docs
Canadian International Documentary Festival, April 26 - May 6, 2012, Toronto
Credit: + +

Please mark your calendars and get ready for the best showcase of documentary films in Toronto this year! Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, returns for its 19th annual edition from April 26 to May 6, 2012. Showcasing the best in Canadian and international documentary, Hot Docs will welcome filmmakers, industry delegates and audiences to Toronto for the 11-day event. This year’s Festival will screen 189 amazing docs from 51 countries.

World Showcase: Canadian Premiere

The Tundra Book: A Tale of Vukvukai, the Little Rock
A stunning documentary about the lives of the seldom-seen Chukchi people.

Director: Aleksei Vakhrushev
Producers: Aleksei Vakhrushev, Olga Savelyeva
Cinematographer: Vyacheslav Makaryev
Editor: Julia Trofimenko
Official Website: Film Studio "High Latitudes Ltd"
Russia, 2011, 105 min
Language: Chukchi Russian with English subtitles

Stunning photography and sensitive direction captures the fascinating culture of Indigenous reindeer herders and their struggle for survival in Russia's Arctic Circle, one of the harshest, and most beautiful, environments in the world.

Director's Biography
Alexey Vakhrushev was born in 1969 in Anadyr' (Chukotka). In 1996 graduated from VGIK (Institute of Cinematography). Since 2000 is a director and scriptwright at the TV Company "Ethno-Online". Member of the Russian Cinematographers' Union.
Selected filmography: 1996 Birds of Naukan, 2001 Island, 2003 Treasure of Semen Dezhnev, 2004 Walrus Fang Chronicle, 2005 Hunters of Freezing Coasts, 2005–2007 People of the Bering Strait; Chuvan Treasure; Bone Coast of the North; Mist Travellers; Heirs of Taymyr Shamans; Images of Time, 2005–2008 Miracle Factory; Welcome to Enurmino!

Sunday, Apr 29, 6:00 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 4

Tuesday, May 1, 1:00 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 4

It’s noon and -37C on Chukotka peninsula. A blistering wind slices across the tundra. In the magnificent landscape of Russia’s Arctic Circle, just across the Bering Strait from Alaska, 72-year-old patriarch Vukvukai leads his Indigenous Chukchi family in caring for their herd of 14,000 reindeer. Living in isolation except for their wind-up two-way radio and occasional visits from traders in tank-like snow vehicles, the family depends on their reindeer for food, shelter and clothing. Through the seasons, unflagging Vukvukai alternates between chuckling and barking orders at his sons and grandchildren, instilling in them the practical knowledge and spiritual traditions that have allowed the Chuckchi to survive for thousands of years in one of the harshest environments in the world. Subtly directed by Aleksei Vakrushev, an award-winning Inuk filmmaker from Chukotka, The Tundra Book provides a rare and stunning glimpse into a world still intertwined with the oldest rhythms of life.
Gisèle Gordon
Subjects : Eastern European & Russian Cultures Issues, Indigenous Cultures & Issues, Animals
Co-presented with KinoArt Festival.

2012 Hot Docs Tickets
Individual tickets to Hot Docs 2012 are $14.50. Tickets to all Late-night screenings (screenings after 11 pm) are $5.
Tickets can be purchased online here.

Courtesy of Scotiabank Students (with valid ID) and seniors (60+) can attend daytime screenings (screenings before 6 pm) for free. Same-day tickets are available at the participating venue one hour before the first screening of the day, subject to availability.

To view the full 2012 Hot Docs schedule and list of films, click here.


Enjoy and mark your calendar now for Hot Docs' showcase of global stories. See you there! "The Tundra Book" Trailer
Uploaded by HighLatitudesLTD on Jan 16, 2012

"The Tundra Book. A Tale of Vukvukai, the Little Rock"
Feature Length Documentary by Aleksei Vakhrushev (2011, Russia, 105 min)

72 years have passed as deer herder Vukvukai lives in the depths of Chukotka. He is an old man full of energy and wisdom -- The Real Man of Tundra whose life can not be seen apart from the deer.
His people take care of a huge herd -- over 14,000 deer. Their life is a non-stop struggle for survival and well-being in the most harsh weather conditions of Chaun-Chukotka. They deeply believe in the strength of tradition and so succeed in their struggle. The ancient culture of Nomadic Chukchi takes care of them, so they preserve and follow it. As far as it is now -- their realm remains stable. This is the Truth of Vukvukai.

Produced by High Latitudes ltd. (2011) with financial support of
Nonprofit organization "Social development foundation "KUPOL"
The Russian Ministry of Culture
All Roads Film Project (National Geographic Society)
Credit: HighLatitudesLTD

hotdocs e-bulletin: Box Office Update: More Films Going Rush

Hot Docs Box Office Update: More Films Going Rush: MARLEY, CHASING ICE and THE TUNDRA BOOK. A TALE OF VUKVUKAI, THE LITTLE ROCK., Screenshot
Screenshot: hotdocs e-bulletin:
Box Office Update: Three More Films Go Rush
Credit: Hot Docs | Daily : E-bulletin

Tickets are going fast, and many screenings have already gone rush, including MARLEY, CHASING ICE and THE TUNDRA BOOK. A TALE OF VUKVUKAI, THE LITTLE ROCK.

Don't wait to get your tickets and passes.

Purchases can be made online, by phone at 416.637.5150, or in person at the documentary Box Office located at 783 Bathurst Street, Toronto.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The ... Musician, An Etude, A New Play at Robert Gill Theatre: March 29-April 1

Poster: The ... Musician, An Etude by Art Babayants, based on the novella by V. Korolenko, Toronto Laboratory Theatre and Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies University of Toronto, March 2012Poster: The ... Musician, An Etude
A New Play, Conceived and directed by Art Babayants
Based on the novella by V. Korolenko
March 29-April 1, 2012 at Robert Gill Theatre

Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
University of Toronto &
Toronto Laboratory Theatre

p r e s e n t

The ... Musician
An Etude

Conceived and directed by Art Babayants
Based on the novella by V. Korolenko
Scenography and lighting design by Paul Stoesser
Co-conceived by the collective
Featuring Kevin Kashani, Shelley Liebembuk, Didier Morelli and Art Babayants

March 29, 30*, 31* (Thu-Sat) at 8 pm – $ 10
April 1 (Sun) at 2 pm - PWYC

Robert Gill Theatre, 214 College St
(St. George St. Entrance, 3rd floor)

Reservations: 416-978-7986

Based on a famous novella written by a 19th century Russian/Ukrainian writer, The ... Musician tells a powerful story of struggle, suffering and sacrifice as faced by one who is eternally robbed of an essential element of human experience.

Through a complex interplay of lighting, spoken text, physical gestures and live music, the show aims to challenge the audience’s perception by inviting the spectators to dive into a world where the most common signs of communication are perpetually concealed.

* On March 30, 31 a talkback with the creators of the show will follow the performance.

Details: The ... Musician. An Étude

Phoenix Theatre New Production: Couldn't We Be

First Impression: Couldn't We Be, Phoenix Theatre, Toronto
A Play by Vladimir Milman; Directed by Art Babayants; Phoenix Cultural Diversity Theatre
July 26-27, 2008; Palmerston Library Theatre; Toronto, ON, Canada
by Anya

Friday, March 02, 2012

Vasyl Popadiuk Improvisation from the Heart Charity Concert, March 24, Tickets Online

Poster: Improvisation from the Heart by violin virtuoso Vasyl Popadiuk, with The Art of Life Community Health Centre, March 24, 2012
Poster: The Art of Life Community Health Centre
together with Vasyl Popadiuk, violin virtuoso
Present charity concert "Improvisation from the Heart"
Saturday, March 24, 2012, 7:30 pm

World Music Fusion
Improvisation from the Heart
Charity Concert Supporting Gifted Children with Special Needs

by violin virtuoso Vasyl Popadiuk

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Time: 7:30 pm

Where: Cringan Hall
Location: 100 Princess Avenue
Toronto, M2N 3R7

For information & tickets call:
416-449-6747 or buy tickets online
The Art of Life Community Health Centre
885 Don Mills Road, Suite # 121, Toronto Ontario

Vasyl Popadiuk, extraordinary violinist admired throughout the world and known as "The Golden Violin", will partner with the Art of Life Community Health Center, a non-profit organization, to delight our hearts with beautiful music, raising funds for programs for gifted children with health issues.

Please join us and support this wonderful initiative and may the music of love always resonate in our world like the laughter of children. Charity Concert of Vasyl Popadiuk at the National Cancer Institute, Kyiv, Ukraine
Uploaded by AkhmetovFund on Nov 30, 2011

"The voices of Nature filled his playing — the breath of the wind and the rustle of the forest, the plash of the river, and the vague murmurings that quiver and die in the distance; and, behind it all, that deep, heart-swelling emotion, so elusive of definition, that Nature's discourse arouses in the soul. "
- V. Korolenko, The Blind Musician, An Etude
Translated from the Russian by Helen Altschuler
Progress Publishers, Moscow 1978 The best Speech - Severn Suzuki
The original speech with music and visuals - Severn Cullis Suzuki
- 1992 UN Earth Summit in Brazil
Uploaded by be2212 on Aug 17, 2009

Official Website of Violin Virtuoso Vasyl Popadiuk and the PAPADUKE Band Vasyl Popadiuk Papa Duke Vasyl Popadiuk

Junction Residents Association's Fundraiser Function in the Junction: April 28

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

― W.B. Yeats

The Junction Residents Association

proudly presents

Annual Fundraiser


All proceeds go to the Junction community awards, bursaries for local students
When: Saturday, April 28, 2012

Where: West Toronto Masonic Temple

Location: 151 Annette Street, Toronto, ON M6P 1P3
(next to the Library)

Tickets: $45

Sold in advance only from our sponsors:
Agora Café (3015 Dundas St.W) & Latitude 44 (2900 Dundas St.W)

featuring a 3-course dinner
Cuisine from 4 local restaurants
served from 6 pm till 8 pm
Silent Auction


$5 Admission
after 8 pm
Live Auction
Cash Bar
Local Live Music
at 9 pm

The McDales
The Groovies

A message from the Junction Residents' Association:

The Junction Residents Association is gearing up for our 3rd annual Function in the Junction, to be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012.

Once again, our event will be held at the Masonic Temple located on Annette Street, beside the Library.

Last year's sold-out event was a tremendous success in raising funds and bringing our community together for a good cause.

The goal of the Function in the Junction this year is to raise money to provide assistance to students for post-secondary education. All funds raised will be distributed among students from six local schools. Recipients will not necessarily be chosen on academic merit but on community involvement, volunteering and personal circumstances.

We will provide a three-course meal. Appetizer, main course and dessert for $45 a ticket. The menu will offer four choices for appetizer and main ( beef, chicken or vegetarian), and three dessert choices. Dinner will be served between 6 and 8 p.m .

There will be a silent auction for the dinner crowd and a live auction from 8 to 9 p.m. After 9, local musicians have offered to entertain us, and we'll wrap up at midnight.

Tickets are now on sale at our sponsors: Agora Cafe, 3015 Dundas St.W and Latitude 44, 2900 Dundas St.W. When purchasing tickets, customers will have the opportunity to choose their menu.

For more information, please visit or contact

It’s your Junction, It’s our Junction
JRA Members Meeting - Thursday, March 8, 2012
Junction Residents Association: Function in the Junction 2012 – Tickets on sale now
Victoria Lodge - Masonic Lodge in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Agora: The best teas, coffees and food that The Junction has to offer. Free Wi-Fi to all our customers.

Latitude 44 Gallery Framing Décor: Dedicated to art in all its traditional disciplines as well as its current edge slicing mediums and are mandated to showcasing, supporting and preserving the work of Canadian artists.