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Curious Minds: BOB DYLAN: WORDS AND MUSIC

It is now 56 years since Bob Dylan recorded his first Columbia album. In that time, many imitators have come and gone, but Dylan remains one of our most fascinating and unpredictable cultural figures. His influence on the art and craft of songwriting is immeasurable, and the summer 1965 release of 'Like A Rolling Stone' transformed postwar popular music, and yet the notoriously private and evasive Dylan remains something of an enigma.

Curious Minds: POP CANADA: A POP CULTURAL HISTORY OF THE GREAT WHITE NORTH

From Mary Pickford to Tatiana Maslany, Joni Mitchell to Celine Dion, Doug Mackenzie to David Cronenberg, Leonard Cohen to The Tragically Hip: In its first 150 years, Canada has generated a unique, revealing and often just plain strange history of pop cultural distractions. And no matter how much official energy has gone into defining Canada through its geography, history and state policies, nothing reveals quite as much about a country as the things it creates to entertain itself.

Toronto Summer Music Festival Preview

The Blue Jays, Shakespeare in High Park, strolling on Harbourfront, the Toronto Islands, the CNE – these are all popular pastimes for Torontonians in the summer. For music lovers, theToronto Summer Music Festival, now in its 12th season, has become a regular highlight of every summer, featuring world-class musicians and ensembles in a spectacular array of concerts, lectures, and masterclasses in various venues throughout the downtown core.

From Bespoke to Branded: Shoemaking in the 19th Century

Curious to learn about the beginnings of the modern shoe industry? Don't miss your chance to spend an afternoon at the BSM with Senior Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack as she presents "Bespoke to Branded: Shoemaking in the 19th Century". During this illustrated lecture and tour, Semmelhack will discuss the move from traditional shoemaking to factory-made footwear in the 19th century and the impact of the industrial revolution on the shoe industry. Sharing her thoughts on today’s ever-changing shoe industry, Semmelhack will also address how we think about and buy our own footwear.

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