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The Royal Conservatory

How Music Works: Part 2

January 13, 2017 10:00am to March 31, 2017 11:30am

10-week series

Fridays, January 13–March 31, 10–11:30am          

Instructor: Jamie Stager

Building on the basic elements presented in How Music Works, this series will explore a wide variety of musical genres spanning the centuries. The basic materials of music will be examined in a broad range of settings from symphonies to big band jazz, from opera to musical theatre, and from madrigal to popular song.

The Royal Conservatory

How Music Works: Part 1

January 13, 2017 12:00pm to March 31, 2017 1:30pm

10-week series

Fridays, January 13–March 31, 12–1:30pm

Instructor: Jamie Stager

If you've always wanted to understand how music "works," this practical series combining guided listening and active participation in basic musicianship exercises is for you. Explore the building blocks of music and how they create the magic of the music you love

The Royal Conservatory

The Piano Sonatas by Beethoven

February 8, 2017 1:00pm to April 19, 2017 3:00pm

10-week series

Wednesdays, February 8–April 19, 1–3pm 

Instructor: Rick Phillips

The piano was Beethoven’s own instrument, and it was developing quickly during his lifetime. Throughout his career, Beethoven was constantly pushing the instrument’s capacities and limits. Join Rick Phillips and investigate the genius and beauty behind Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas.

Toronto Reference Library

Vice & Virtue

February 11, 2017 9:00am to April 30, 2017 5:00pm

Booze, Broads & Sunday Laws – this free exhibit offers a look back at moral reform in “Toronto the Good” as it faced rapid growth and industrialization at the turn-of-the-century.

The nickname “Toronto the Good” dates back to moral crusader William Holmes Howland who was elected mayor in 1886. Howland vowed to rid the city of drinking and vice, and his campaign was perfectly timed. Journalists of the day capitalized on rising middle-class fears about the unsavory aspects of urban life, publishing salacious stories of bawdy houses, opium dens and drunken debauchery. Meanwhile, temperance, social purity and Sunday observance organizations lobbied for legal and social reforms to curb the “evils” of city life.

Vice & Virtue explores changing attitudes and increasing regulation of alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, gambling, homosexuality, juvenile delinquency, and prostitution in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Featuring tabloids, photographs, manuscripts, posters and pamphlets from the library'sBaldwin Collection of Canadiana, the exhibit reveals a seedier side of our strait-laced city.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Among Israelis: Some Captured Moments

March 2, 2017 7:00pm to March 29, 2017 12:00pm

Photography by Jack Micay in the Gallery at the MNjcc
Opening Reception: March 2
Info: deannad@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211x250

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Exhibition Opening: Sharing Our Stories: The Baltic Diaspora at Home in Canada

March 4, 2017 2:00pm to March 29, 2017 7:00pm

On Saturday, March 4th at 2pm at Tartu College, the Baltic Imprints Snapshot Stories collaborative project exhibit Sharing Our Stories: The Baltic Diaspora at Home in Canada will be opening. The Canadian Baltic Immigrant Aid Society, Lithuanian Museum-Archives, Lativian National Federation, and Estonian Studies Centre/VEMU are the collaborative team behind this project of sharing the common stories of the Baltic people.

The exhibit will be open from March 4th-29th, M, T, TH, and F from 10am-5pm, W from 10am-7pm, and Sundays from noon-4pm. In English. Info: piret.noorhani@vemu.ca, t. 416 925 9405

 

The Royal Conservatory

Score to Sound: The Brandenburg Concertos

March 7, 2017 7:00pm to April 11, 2017 9:00pm

6-week series

Tuesdays, March 7–April 11, 7–9pm

Instructor: Hannah French

Explore some of the most dynamic, sparkling music of the Baroque Era. At the end of the series, you will have knowledge of the historical sweep of the concertos from their origins to their re-discovery, and a springboard to developing your tastes in modern performances. Ultimately, you will have a deeper appreciation for their inner workings and what makes them so enduring.

The Royal Conservatory

"My Time Will Come": The Music of Gustav Mahler

March 21, 2017 1:00pm to April 25, 2017 3:00pm

Tuesdays, March 21–April 25, 1–3pm 

Instructor: Rick Phillips

The music of Gustav Mahler was not appreciated during his lifetime, causing him to remark “My time will come.” He was right – Mahler’s music and message have found an audience and continue to grow in popularity. Mahler was a philosopher/musician, struggling to understand the human soul and the meaning of life, death, and life after death. This series will serve as an introduction to Mahler’s musical world.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Canadian Improv Games

March 28, 2017 7:30pm to April 1, 2017 7:30pm

Come watch the best of Toronto’s high school improv teams play in a loving competition for a spot in Canadian Improv Games National Tournament in Ottawa! The Canadian Improv Games has brought high school improvisers together in a fun and supportive environment since 1977.
Over thirty teams in the Toronto region have competed to earn a spot in the Regional Tournament. Come see the brightest in high school improv talent!
Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal JCC

Talisker Players

Land of the Silver Birch - songs of Canada's first European settlers

March 28, 2017 8:00pm to March 29, 2017 8:00pm

The early explorers and settlers from France and the British Isles brought to Canada a rich treasury of folk songs – and wrote many more about their experiences in their new home. To celebrate the sesquicentennial of Confederation, we offer a selection, from Beethoven’s arrangements of Scottish folk songs, to a brand new set of Canadian songs from Canadian composer Alexander Rapoport.

Featuring Whitney O’Hearn, mezzo soprano; Joel Allison, baritone; and John Fraser, reader.

Music:

  • Ludwig von Beethoven: Scottish Folk Songs for two voices, violin, cello and piano.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: Three Old English Folk Songs for voice and violin.
  • Mieczyslaw Kolinski: Six French Folk Songs for voice, flute and piano.
  • Ernest MacMillan: Three French Canadian Sea Songs for voice and string quartet.
  • Gilbert Patenaude: Six Chansons du Détroit for two voices, flute and string quartet.
  • Alexander Rapoport: Four Canadian Folk Songs for flute, viola, cello and piano.

Spoken Word:

Selections from the letters and diaries of English immigrants Anna Jamieson and Catherine Parr Traill, missionary and linguist Fr. Paul LeJeune, and Marc Lescarbot of Champlain’s ‘Order of Good Cheer’.

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Dr. Eve Lukk: "Contemporary Trends in Music Therapy in Estonia"

March 29, 2017 7:00pm

On Wednesday, March 29th at 7pm at Tartu College, Dr. Eve Lukk from Tallinn, Estonia will be giving a lecture on the topic Contemporary Trends in Music Therapy in Estonia. The presentation will introduce domains in contemporary music therapy including possibilities for professional status in Estonia.

In Estonian. No admission fee. A small donation would be appreciated.

Info: piret.noorhani@vemu.ca, t. 416 925 9405

Alliance Française de Toronto

Staging Charpentier's Médée for the 21st century

March 29, 2017 7:00pm

The staging of French baroque opera presents unique challenges for a 21st century director: it is an orchestral event, a singing event, a dancing, literary, and costume event. Mr. Pynkoski will examine how Opera Atelier combines these elements to create a production of Médée which pays homage to the 17th century while embracing today’s world. Médée will be presented from April 22–29, 2017. The lecture will be in English and will be accompanied by a song recital. Marshall Pynkoski is the founder of Opera Atelier and co-artistic director with Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg.

*Lecture in english

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

The Dead Man - A Meet the Author Event

March 30, 2017 1:00pm

With award-winning author Nora Gold
A composer of Jewish sacred music travels to Israel to recover from a relationship, and comes to terms with her lost love.
Refreshments: 1:00 pm; Program: 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Drop in: $4
Info: lisar@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x155

Alliance Française de Toronto

Godin

March 30, 2017 7:30pm

Godin, documentary of the National Film Board of Canada, presented by Sean Mills.

Directed by Simon Beaulieu, 2013 (1h15).

This documentary deals with the life and work of Gérald Godin, poet and Quebequois politician (1938-1994). He also was one of the mains actors of the important social and political changes during the last 50 years in Québec.

With Denys Arcand, Gaëtan Dostie...

The Royal Conservatory

Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien Duo

March 31, 2017 8:00pm

Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien Duo 
Friday, March 31, 2017 8pm

Koerner Hall

“The immediacy and honesty of Ibragimova’s playing has the curious ability to collapse any sense of distance between performer and listener.” (The Guardian) Her long-standing duo with pianist Cédric Tiberghien has featured a highly successful complete cycle of the Beethoven violin sonatas at the Wigmore Hall. In this concert they perform Bach, Brahms, Cage, and Schumann.

Tickets start at only $35
416.408.0208
www.performance.rcmusic.ca

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Mr. Gaga

March 31, 2017 9:00pm to April 11, 2017 6:00pm

The foremost artistic genius of modern dance, Ohad Naharin is one of the most visionary and provocative choreographers working today. Mr. Gaga is an enthralling all access look at his work, process and life story. As artistic director of the renowned Batsheva Dance Company, Naharin has pushed the boundaries of the form’s language. Known for his demanding and uncompromising style, witness the behind-the-scenes as well as extraordinary dance performances captured over eight years of filming. Virtually exploding off the screen, the dances in this Hot Docs favourite are edgy, exciting and will thrill aficionados and newcomers alike.

Details: http://ow.ly/IADI309i8Th

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Paul Peregal: Land and Cityscapes

April 1, 2017 5:00pm

In the Gallery
Paintings by Paul Peregal
April 1-26
Meet the Artist on Thursday April 6, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Info: deannad@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x250

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Opening of Kotkajärve Metsaülikool (Forest University) 50th Anniversary Exhibit

April 1, 2017 5:00pm

On Saturday, April 1st at 5pm at Tartu College, the Estonian immersion camp located in Muskoka, Canada will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with an exhibition opening. People of Estonian heritage have been going to this camp to reconnect with their cultural roots every summer since 1967. The exhibit will be on display at Tartu College all summer.

Dress code for the opening: wild.
Appetizers and bar.
Info: Maimu Mölder: maimu@molder.ca

The Royal Conservatory

Jason Moran and The Bandwagon & Alexander Brown Trio

April 1, 2017 8:00pm

Jason Moran and The Bandwagon & Alexander Brown Trio
Saturday, April 1, 2017  8pm
Koerner Hall

“When Jason Moran performs with his trio, Bandwagon, these days, he engages in a ritual that befits one of the most independent minds now working in jazz.” (The New York Times) “Moran is like no other pianist at work. His improvisations are dynamic, eruptive, keyed to the compositions at hand.” (Village Voice) “Although he has the facility to play with breathtaking fleetness, his uniqueness traces to his refusal to be locked into predictable, bebop-based patterns.” (The Los Angeles Times) Classical, rhythm & blues, hip-hop, Afro-Caribbean, and Brazilian styles all co-mingle – naturally and infectiously – in Alexander Brown’s music, reflecting his unique path. “Brown can play!” (DownBeat)

Tickets start at only $40
416.408.0208
www.performance.rcmusic.ca

The Royal Conservatory

Anton Nel

April 2, 2017 2:00pm

Anton Nel
Sunday, April 2, 2017  2pm

Mazzoleni Concert Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.  

Free (ticket required)
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

International pianist Nel, “a consummate artist ... [with] that rare ability to lift music off the page and into the hearts and minds of his listeners,”(La Scena Musicale) will perform works by Mozart and Schumann.

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

TCFS Film Evening: "The Spy and the Poet"

April 2, 2017 4:00pm

On Sunday, April 2nd at 4pm at Tartu College, TCFS will be screening the new Estonian film The Spy and the Poet (Luuraja ja luuletaja, 2016, 95 min).

In Estonian with English subtitles.
Admission fee: $10

Info: piret.noorhani@vemu.ca

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Masters of Bel Canto Part IV: Verdi’s “Galley Years”

April 3, 2017 1:30pm

Opera Appreciation with Iain Scott
Bel Canto does not mean just "beautiful singing", but acrobatic, show-off, virtuoso singing.  It was the mainstay of 18th century Opera and of the composers who revived it in the early 19th century. Final lecture in a four-part series.

Part IV: April 3            Verdi’s “Galley Years”

Drop-in: $22 (+applicable taxes)
To register, call (416) 924-6211 x0
info: lisar@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x155

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

PARADISE LOST: THE CHILD MURDERS AT ROBIN HOOD HILLS | True Crime Tuesdays

April 4, 2017 6:00pm

True Crime Tuesdays: All is not what it seems in this six-part doc series, all accompanied by special guest discussions.

Thanks to this landmark doc from Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, few criminal trials have left a mark in the public consciousness more than that of the West Memphis Three. This harrowing and seminal courtroom documentary presents the trials of three teenagers (dubbed the West Memphis Three) in a small Arkansas town. Upon the discovery of three eight-year-old boys’ terribly mutilated bodies, the town desperately and hastily seized upon the three heavy metal fans as culprits. Berlinger and Sinofsky were able to document the entire trial process with unparalleled access. Were the boys satanic killers, or was this a witch hunt gone out of control?

Director Joe Berlinger will participate in a Skype Q&A following the screening moderated by film critic and author Geoff Pevere. 

Details: http://ow.ly/xgtC30a9wnS

The Girly Show: Burlesque Onscreen

April 4, 2017 6:30pm

Set in a burlesque house, the virtuous Judy (Maureen O'Hara) and the brazen Bubbles (Lucille Ball) strike up an intense rivalry after realizing they're after the same man in DANCE, GIRL, DANCE (1940), Dorothy Arzner's hilarious and revolutionary work about the politics of vice and virtue. Screening presented with an introduction by Alicia Fletcher, curator of Silent Revue (Revue Cinema) and Ladies of Burlesque (The Royal).

Presented in conjunction with Vice & Virtue, a free exhibit at the Toronto Reference Library’s TD Gallery.

Free. No registration required. 

The Royal Conservatory

Harmony Yoga - Free Session

April 5, 2017 7:30am

Join us for Harmony Yoga – hatha yoga with classical music at the Royal Conservatory of Music! Yoga instructor and pianist, Mark-Anthony Del Brocco, will guide you through a session set to live or recorded classical music that focuses on breath awareness and gentle asanas (poses).

Special Offer! 1st Wed of every month - free yoga for the first five registrants. More information and registration at rcmusic.ca/yoga.  

Class Schedule: Wed and Friday, 7:30am - 8:30am; Tuesday, 12:00 –12:45pm

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Doc Soup: IT'S NOT YET DARK

April 5, 2017 6:30pm to April 6, 2017 6:45pm

Doc Soup: Hot Docs' monthly screening series that presents Festival hits and award-winning docs.

Shortly after premiering his short film The Sound of People at Sundance 2008, Irish filmmaker Simon Fitzmaurice was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (ALS). He was only 34 and his wife was pregnant with their third child. Recovering from the shock, Simon refused to give up, starting work on the script for his first feature film, My Name is Emily. Seven years later, Simon has completed the film, directing it only using of his eyes and eye gaze technology. Narrated by Colin Farrell, using extracts from Simon’s best-selling memoir, this inspiring and emotional journey takes us into Simon’s creative world where every trial is answered with a desire to fulfill a dream.

Ruth Fitzmaurice, spouse of film subject Simon Fitzmaurice, in attendance for post-screening Q&As.

Single Ticket: $16
Cinema Member Ticket: $12, $10, $8
Student Same-Day Ticket: $8 (with valid student ID, Wednesday 9:15 p.m. screening only) 

Details: http://ow.ly/JyLA30a9zR5

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Kalev Ruberg "Artificial Intelligence: Utopia, Dystopia, Reality"

April 5, 2017 7:00pm

On Wednesday, April 5th at 7pm at Tartu College, Chief Information Officer for Teck Resources Limited, Kalev Ruberg will be giving a lecture on the topic: Artificial Intelligence: Utopia, Dystopia, Reality.

In English. No admission fee. A small donation would be appreciated.
Info: piret.noorhani@vemu.ca, t. 416 925 9405
www.vemu.ca

Alliance Française de Toronto

Toronto's great war attics

April 5, 2017 7:30pm

Toronto’s Great War Attic is a documentary consisting of 10 short films about familiar objects belonging to Toronto families during World War l.

Alliance Française de Toronto

Torontonians and their memory of the first world war

April 5, 2017 7:30pm

Exhibition of artifacts related to the First World War. Before the vernissage, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., there will be a screening of Toronto’s Great War Attic, a documentary consisting of 10 short films about familiar objects belonging to Toronto families during World War l. Partner: City of Toronto. Exhibit can be viewed on April 5th only.

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Bach: Keeping it in the Family

April 5, 2017 8:00pm to April 9, 2017 3:30pm

“A sparkling and scintillating performance that was delivered in a comprehensively period style.” – The Herald (on Cecilia)

The father/daughter team of oboist Alfredo Bernardini and violinist Cecilia Bernardini co-lead this concert exploring the family genius of J.S. Bach and his eldest sons. Get to know the music of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, whose work is full of quirk and surprise, and Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach, whose music straddles both the baroque and classical eras, as well as C.P.E.’s godfather, Georg Philipp Telemann.

Both returning to Tafelmusik following acclaimed appearances in past seasons, daughter and father will take turns centre stage as soloist on J.S. Bach’s exuberant Concerto for violin in E Major, and C.P.E. Bach’s Concerto for oboe in E-flat Major, respectively.

Directed by:
Cecilia Bernardini, violin
Alfredo Bernardini, oboe

Apr 5-9 at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre
427 Bloor St. W

Tickets from $39
BUY NOW: http://www.tafelmusik.org/concert-calendar/concert/bach-keeping-it-family

Alliance Française de Toronto

The man on the shore

April 6, 2017 7:30pm

The man on the shore, Raoul Peck, 1993 (1h45 min)

In the 60's life in Haiti was not an easy thing unless you belonged to the ruling class or the dictator's family or friends of the family. Papa Doc's reign was very brytal and any deviation from the rule was punishable by death or torture. A young girl is exposed to the brutallity of the Tonton Macoute (the private secret police and milicia that Papa Doc used to terrorize Haitians for 29 years. She does not understand all the ramifications of what she sees, but through her aunt's agony and fears and ultimately arrest, she knows that life around her is not good and there is a lot os sadness and sorrow too. The pace of the movie also convey very well the fact that people are trapped in this world and it seems that it will last forever. The use of very somber colours add to the evil atmosphere that lingers on the town.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

I CALLED HIM MORGAN

April 7, 2017 6:30pm to April 11, 2017 8:30pm

Recruited by Dizzy Gillespie at the age of 18, jazz musician Lee Morgan had all the promise of a legend—until he was shot dead by his wife Helen. A hybrid between a music doc and a true crime story, I Called Him Morgan immerses you in the jazz scene of the 1960s and the story of Morgan’s rise through the ranks, before delving into his mysterious relationship and its fatal climax. Stunning archival images and Bradford Young’s (known for his work with Oscar nominee Ava DuVernay) 16mm cinematography evoke both the cool and the cold of this true-life tale of jazz and murder.

Details: http://ow.ly/hVbf309dhg9

The Royal Conservatory

Bramwell Tovey conducts the Royal Conservatory Orchestra

April 7, 2017 8:00pm

Bramwell Tovey conducts
the Royal Conservatory Orchestra
Friday, April 7, 2017  8pm
Koerner Hall

"One of the most versatile and charismatic musicians in the world, Bramwell Tovey is a Grammy Award-winning conductor and a renowned composer." (Musical America) "He is the very model of a modern orchestral maestro ... Not only is he a supremely gifted conductor and music director, a much published composer, a pianist (classical and jazz) and a dreamer of big projects, he is also the bearer of a fantastic sense of humour." (Montecristo Magazine)

Tickets start at only $25
416.408.0208
www.performance.rcmusic.ca

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

The Animal Kingdom: WINGED MIGRATION

April 8, 2017 3:30pm

In our new series The Animal Kingdom, we invite the whole family to be inspired by the wonders of nature. Join us to marvel at some of the greatest images of wildlife ever committed to film followed by fascinating conversations with animal experts and enthusiasts. We are kicking off the series with Oscar nominee Winged Migration, a film that allows the viewer an opportunity to soar with migratory birds through an assortment of beautiful countries and locales over various seasons and climates. Using a state of the art aerial camera, the filmmakers offer us a stunning view as a variety of birds make their journey from one hemisphere to another.

Before the screening, we will be visited by Sparky the Shrike (one of the rarest birds in Canada) from the Toronto Zoo, who will meet and greet with the audience.

3:00 PM: Meet Sparky the Shrike
3:30 PM: Film Screening

Stay for a post-screening discussion on how we can help migratory birds like Sparky in an era where rare species of birds are disappearing from the planet with Dr. Bridget Stutchbury, Canada Research Chair in Ecology and Conservation Biology at York University and Vice President of Wildlife Preservation Canada.

This event is presented with Wildlife Preservation Canada, which has been leading the shrike's recovery effort.

Tickets for under-16s: $6

Details: http://ow.ly/zVae309WowR

The Royal Conservatory

Alex Cuba and Friends

April 8, 2017 8:00pm

Alex Cuba and Friends
Saturday, April 8, 2017 8pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.  

Tickets start at only $45
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

Latin Grammy and Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter Alex Cuba’s sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks, and powerful guitar riffs relinquish Latin music stereotypes in favour of his own Latin soul music. In a unique Canada 150 concert only at Koerner Hall, Alex is joined by his father and other special guests who will make you jump out of your seats to dance.

Alliance Française de Toronto

A few moons later

April 9, 2017 2:00pm

This show, staged by Sasha Dominique and Pier Rodier, recounts the incredible adventures of a realistic and bold 10-yearold girl named Marie-Lune, who decides to hide in a tree trunk while playing hide-andseek with her playmates. When she comes out, everything has changed.

For children aged 7 to 10.

By the Vox Théâtre Company. In partnership with Réseau Ontario.

*Play in french

The Royal Conservatory

Louis Lortie

April 9, 2017 3:00pm

Louis Lortie
Sunday, April 9, 2017 3pm
Koerner Hall

French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has extended his interpretative voice across a broad range of repertoire. The London Times, describing his playing as "ever immaculate, ever imaginative," has identified the artist's "combination of total spontaneity and meditated ripeness that only great pianists have." He will perform an all-Chopin program. 

Tickets start at only $40
416.408.0208
www.performance.rcmusic.ca

FORGOTTEN

April 12, 2017 6:30pm

Between 1869 and 1939, over 100,000 'British Home Children' were sent to Canada from the UK and Ireland as part of a child migration scheme and put to work as indentured farm labourers and domestics. When a fire at 295 George St., Toronto, in 2011 took what used to be a 'Distribution Home' that assigned the children to new families and jobs, filmmaker M. Eleanor McGrath set off on a journey to uncover the real story that had largely gone unrecognized. Today, descendants of 'British Home Children' make up 12% of the country?s population. Forgotten is an essential act of excavation that exposes this suppressed chapter in Canada?s history through intimate interviews with participants and ancestors, bridging the gap between the past, and the present, while restoring our cultural memory with great poignancy.

The only surviving Fegan British Home Child in Canada Pat Maloney (arrival in Canada: 1937), British Home Child descendent Allan Thompson and filmmaker M. Eleanor McGrath will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion with Hot Docs president Chris McDonald.

Details: http://ow.ly/gmVk309KQ5U

Alliance Française de Toronto

Beyond the devilish details: looking deeper into Hieronymus Bosch

April 12, 2017 7:00pm

Ron Spronk, a member of the BRCP research team and co-author of the new monograph, is a Professor of Art History at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and at Radboud University in Nijmegen. A specialist in the technical examination of easel paintings, he worked at the Harvard Art Museum between 1994 and 2007. From 2010-12, he coördinated the technical documentation campaign of the Ghent Altarpiece and the creation of the web application Closer to Van Eyck, Rediscovering the Ghent Altarpiece (http://closertovaneyck.kikirpa.be/). He is currently also co-curating an exhibition on Pieter Bruegel the Elder for the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. 

A Performance by Quartetto Gelato

April 12, 2017 7:30pm to 9:00pm

In celebration of Canada’s Sesquicentennial, join us for a special performance by popular eclectic ensemble Quartetto Gelato  featuring works written specifically for them by Canadian composers.

7:30 pm – 9 pm; doors open at 7 pm; first-come, first-served seating |  $40 per person | Friends of the BSM $30  | Limited Space | Tickets can be purchased online at www.batashoemuseum.ca/tickets or by calling 416.979.7799 x445

The Royal Conservatory

Keys Composers Choose: An Exploration

April 13, 2017 10:00am to May 11, 2017 12:00pm

Keys Composers Choose: An Exploration

Thursdays, 10am - 12pm

April 13 - May 11

Instructor: Clayton Scott

This lively presentation/performance series will guide you through the keys special to Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saens, Puccini and Ravel. Key passages will be demonstrated at the piano and discussed. This series will include active listening with "guided tour" commentary, interactive components related to understanding the musical characteristics of different keys, and opportunities for score study (no experience necessary!). Some sessions will feature live performances by students of the Glenn Gould School.

The Royal Conservatory

Mozart: The Mass in C Minor: Unfinished but not Incomplete

April 13, 2017 1:00pm to April 20, 2017 3:00pm

Mozart: The Mass in C Minor - Unfinished but not Incomplete

Thursdays, 1pm-3pm

April 13 - April 20

Instructor: Rick Phillips

There are unfinished works in all genres of art, such as the statue of "Venus de Milo" or the novel "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" by Charles Dickens. Although the Mass in C Minor by Mozart was left unfinished, it remains a frequently-performed choral work, containing a wide range, variety and depth of musical expression, and illustrating the skill and craft of Mozart at the peak of his creative powers. This 2-week series, uncovering this masterpiece, is linked with the concerts in May, 2017 at Koerner Hall when Tafelmusik will be presenting the Mozart Mass in C Minor conducted by Ivars Taurins.

The Royal Conservatory

Simply Brill': Great Songs of the 1960s

April 13, 2017 7:00pm to June 1, 2017 9:00pm

Simply Brill': Great Songs of the 1960s

Thursdays, 7-9pm

April 13 - June 1, 2017

Instructor: Jordan Klapman

Simply Brill' is an eight-week musical lecture series celebrating the popular hit songs created by young Jewish-American songwriters working in and around Manhattan's famous Brill building.

We will learn about the fascinating background of many of the great Brill songwriters of the Sixties: Carole King, Neil Sedaka, Burt Bacharach, Leiber and Stoller, Phil Spector, Doc Pomus, Barry Mann, Ellie Greenwich... and many others who also launched stellar careers from the cramped cubicles of the Brill Building.

Alliance Française de Toronto

Les dames du bois de Boulogne

April 13, 2017 7:30pm

Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne, Robert Bresson, 1945 (1h30)

A society lady engineers a marriage between her lover and a cabaret dancer who is essentially a prostitute.

The Royal Conservatory

Les Violons du Roy with Philippe Jaroussky

April 13, 2017 8:00pm

Les Violons du Roy with Philippe Jaroussky
Thursday, April 13, 2017  8pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.  

Tickets start at only $40
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

Québec City’s chamber orchestra and resident ensemble at the Palais Montcalm, will be conducted by Mathieu Lussier and joined by the ethereal, sensuously beautiful voice of extraordinary French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky for a program of Baroque works by Händel, Bach, Fux, and Graun.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Opera on Screen: MADAMA BUTTERFLY

April 15, 2017 12:00pm

Opera on Screen: Featuring the world's most celebrated operas.

Perhaps the most celebrated opera of all time, Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is an unforgettable tale of shattered romance between Cio-Cio-San, a young geisha, and her American husband. Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier's staggering production breathes new life into this masterpiece with a gorgeous rendering of its Nagasaki setting, inspired by 19th century Western art. Conductor Antonio Pappano, renowned for his work with Italian operas, and lead soprano Ermonela Jaho, new to the role, inject this emotionally powerful experience with aching humanity and soaring beauty.

In Italian, with English subtitles. Includes one 10-minute intermission.

Tickets: $16 (Members: $12, $10, Free)

Details: http://ow.ly/x5Ge309Y2FD

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

BLACK CODE

April 15, 2017 6:15pm to April 19, 2017 4:00pm

The internet has transformed how political activists can resist, mobilize and create change in our increasingly polarized and paranoid world. Black Code takes you around the globe—to Brazil, Pakistan, Sweden, Syria, Tibet and an innovative research centre at the University of Toronto—where people are developing new ways to fight oppression with technology. But with increased surveillance capabilities, governments are in turn harnessing this power to monitor citizens and keep them in line. In this thrilling TIFF 2016 favourite, Toronto-based filmmaker Nicholas de Pencier (Four Wings and a Prayer, Watermark) takes an unflinching look at this ongoing high stakes battle, revealing the internet’s complex impact on freedom, privacy and activism.

Director Nicholas de Pencier will be in attendance for Q&As following the Friday and Saturday evening screenings.

Details: http://ow.ly/YyFs309dhHU

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Doc Soup Sundays: ELLA BRENNAN: COMMANDING THE TABLE

April 16, 2017 11:00am

Doc Soup Sundays: A Sunday morning Doc Soup spin-off featuring the world's best art, culture and design docs.

Take a trip to sunny New Orleans and gorge yourself on delicious southern cooking with the legendary restaurateur Ella Brennan, a true visionary in the world of American fine dining. Brennan revolutionized creole cuisine and put the Big Easy on the map, launching the careers of celebrity chefs like Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse in the process. A pioneer for women in the industry, she entered a business dominated by men and turned it on its head, masterminding world-famous dishes and establishing two iconic restaurants: Brennan's and Commander's Place. Learn more about this inspirational woman and feast your eyes on the most celebrated food New Orleans has to offer.

Director Leslie Iwerks will participate in a post-screening Skype Q&A.

Tickets: $16 (Members: $12, $10, Free)

Details: http://ow.ly/N3aa309WoVp

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Exhibition on Screen: I, CLAUDE MONET

April 16, 2017 2:00pm

Exhibition on Screen: The work of masters in exhibitions around the world.

Join us for this fresh and revealing biography on one of the most beloved painters in history. The pioneer who gave birth to Impressionism, Claude Monet’s sensual and sensitive en plein air approach to painting captured nature in newly evocative ways. Narrated in Monet’s own words by Henry Goodman—with soul-baring passages culled from over 2,500 letters—hear one of the world’s most influential artists express his crippling doubts, unceasing ambitions and frustrations from a lifelong struggle with depression. Featuring scenes shot in Europe where he painted some of his greatest masterpieces, I, Claude Monet brings his extraordinary art to life.

Details: http://ow.ly/Nc3C309Wq81

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Cracked: New Light on Dementia

April 18, 2017 2:00pm to April 20, 2017 7:00pm

Presented by: Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-UHN
Tuesday, April 18th – 2-3:30pm
Wednesday, April 19th – 7-8:30pm
Thursday, April 20th – 7-8:30pm
Cracked is an innovative research-based play that follows persons with dementia and their families on their unique journeys with dementia, from diagnosis to their new lives in long-term care. The families struggle to see beyond the disease as they come to accept that each of us has cracks as part of being human.
Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal JCC

 

The Royal Conservatory

Score to Sound: Discovering the BBC Proms

April 18, 2017 7:00pm to May 23, 2017 9:00pm

Score to Sound: Discovering the BBC Proms

Tuesdays, 7pm - 9pm

April 18 - May 23

Instructor: Dr. Hannah French 

Explore the colourful history of "The World's Greatest Classical Music Festival" with BBC Proms TV presenter Dr Hannah French. What exactly is "Promming" and who was Sir Henry Wood? How did the Proms start and why is it still going strong more than 120 years later? From the premieres of new works, to iconic conductors, and of course the famous Last Night of the Proms, this six-week series will delve into the social and musical history of the institution through objects photographs, eyewitness accounts, programmes, scores, and recordings.

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

World Book Day Journal Making Workshop "Giving Books a New Life"

April 19, 2017 6:00pm

On Wednesday, April 19th at 6pm at Tartu College, we will be celebrating World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day (April 23) with a workshop on how to give old books a new life by making journals. Artist Laani Heinar will be leading the workshop.

Tickets: $10 (students) and $20 (adults). The workshop will be led in English.
All materials with be provided by VEMU.
Please R.S.V.P. to marika.mayfield@vemu.ca by April 12th.
Info: piret.noorhani@vemu.ca

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

A Celebration of Canadian Documentary: presented by Hot Docs and POV Magazine

April 19, 2017 6:30pm

Join Hot Docs and POV Magazine to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation by saluting our national art form: documentary! In the upcoming special issue 'Stories We Tell: Canada's Documentaries,' POV Magazine unveils a list of 10 must-see short and feature-length docs to note some of the many titles that have shaped the history of the form in our country. This special National Canadian Film Day event invites doc fans to join some of the country's leading filmmakers and journalists to discuss some of the best Canadian documentaries of all time and different approaches to what make the medium great. Join the debate: what is Canada's hottest doc?

Join the conversation with a panel of documentary experts:

Oscar-nominated director (Giants of Africa) and film programmer Hubert Davis
Director (Waterlife) and writer Kevin McMahon
POV Magazine editor Marc Glassman
NFB producer Anita Lee (Stories We Tell, The Apology)

Please note there is no film screening at this event.

Tickets: Free, available to members online and at the box office. Tickets available to the public at the box office only from April 8.

Presented with POV Magazine for National Canadian Film Day.

Details: http://ow.ly/CTkD309Wra2

Alliance Française de Toronto

There is no greater joy than that of feeling oneself a creator" Henri Bergson

April 19, 2017 6:30pm

Four talented artists from Toronto will share with you their passion for art, their Other self, through an exhibit where creating means beauty, happiness and sharing. Christophe de Carbonnières, alias “St Brice” (painter), Christelle Lasserre (ceramicist), Caroline and Bruno Roux (sculptor and painter). Exhibit from April 12th to May 6th.

The Royal Conservatory

Monsieur Periné and Patricia Cano

April 19, 2017 8:00pm

Monsieur Periné and Patricia Cano
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 8pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.  

Tickets start at only $35
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

Join us for a trip to South America as Colombian superstars Monsieur Periné make their Canadian debut, paired with the sweet sultry sounds of Patricia Cano’s Peruvian roots.

The Royal Conservatory

Canada's Music Mosaic

April 20, 2017 1:00pm to May 25, 2017 3:00pm

Canada's Music Mosaic

Thursdays, 1pm-3pm

April 20 - May 25

This six-week series will include an interview of two musicians from the ensemble each week, along with musical demonstrations. Expand your horizons beyond Western Art Music and learn about instruments from places such as China, Tibet, Greece and Peru. The first and last sessions will include introductions from Mervon Mehta the Executive Director, and David Buchbinder, the Artistic Director of the ensemble.
Tuition includes a ticket to the New Canadian Global Music Orchestra concert on June 2, 2017.

Photography Credit: Nicola Betts Photography
 

Alliance Française de Toronto

Poetry explosion

April 20, 2017 6:30pm

To mark World Book and Copyright Day, the Association des auteures et auteurs de l’Ontario français (AAOF/association of French authors of Ontario) invites you to a poetry evening, with improvisation and music provided by Arianne Matte, Daniel Groleau, Jude Delsoin, Jean Boisjoli, Nafée Faigou, Gabriel Osson and Paul Savoie. Emilyn Stam and John Williams will provide the musical accompaniment.

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Hearing Riel

April 21, 2017 9:00am

Hearing Riel is a day-long symposium presented in connection with the Canadian Opera Company’s new production of Harry Somers' opera Louis Riel. Distinguished guests will investigate the work, its fraught historical subject matter, and its political implications for today. Reserve FREE tickets beginning April 4 by visiting coc.ca/HearingRiel.

The Royal Conservatory

Joyful Noise: The Sacred Choral Works of Antonin Dvořák

April 21, 2017 10:00am to May 19, 2017 12:00pm

Joyful Noise: The Sacred Choral Works of Antonin Dvořák

Fridays, 10am-12pm

April 21 - May 19

The music of Antonín Dvorák contains some of the most beautiful melodies of all time within works such as the Slavonic Dances, New World Symphony, and Cello Concerto, but the melodies of his vocal, choral, and operatic works are virtually unknown to North American listeners. As a founding composer in the Czech Nationalist movement, Dvorák was instrumental in helping to establish music in the Czech language. As a man of immense faith, Dvorák devoted a fair amount of his vocal and choral music to the praised and glory of God, both in Latin and Czech. Join Dvorák scholar John Holland as you delve into the sacred music of Dvorák, including the Stabat Mater, Requiem, Te Deum, Biblical Songs, and some unknown gems! Journey through Dvorák's life, his travels, his spiritual influences, and his mastery of multiple musical idioms. Discover the sacred music of Antonín Dvorák through recordings, score examples, and live performances in class.

The Royal Conservatory

Dan Zanes (Family Concert)

April 22, 2017 1:00pm

Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.  

Tickets start at only $25
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

A former member of rock band the Del Fuegos, Dan Zanes’s music is where sea shanties, English music hall, North American and West Indian folk music, play party songs, the spirit of early rock-and-roll, and soulful originals collide. “Zanes’ kids music works because it is not kids music; it’s just music – music that’s unsanitized, unpasteurized, that’s organic even.”(The New York Times Magazine)

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Close Encounters... of the German kind

April 22, 2017 2:00pm to April 28, 2017 11:00am

This year Tafelmusik is excited to be introducing a brand new series of three chamber music performances. These intimate hour-long concerts, presented in an informal style with introductions from the musicians, will allow you to explore new aspects of our repertoire.

Music by Telemann, Zelenka, and Fasch

Ellen McAteer, soprano
John Abberger & Marco Cera, oboe
Dominic Teresi, bassoon
Charlotte Nediger, harpsichord

Apr 22 at Telus Centre
273 Bloor St. W

Apr 28 at Heliconian Hall
35 Hazelton Ave

Tickets from $35
BUY NOW: http://www.tafelmusik.org/concert-calendar/concert/close-encounters-germ...

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

STRANGERS ON THE EARTH

April 22, 2017 6:15pm to April 26, 2017 6:30pm

Like many before him, Dane Johansen sets out to walk the Camino de Santiago, Europe’s most famous pilgrimage. However, this American musician sets himself apart on the 600-mile trek by doing so with a cello on his back. A poignant exploration of the epic human journey, Dane performs for his fellow pilgrims along the way. Set against the awe-inspiring landscapes of Northern Spain, and scored by Johansen’s soloist interpretations of J.S. Bach, Strangers on the Earth is a sensory experience that takes you to a far-off place and compels you to look within.

Details: http://ow.ly/rihD309id6s

The Royal Conservatory

Wayne Shorter Quartet

April 22, 2017 8:00pm

Wayne Shorter Quartet
Saturday, April 22, 2017  8pm
Pre-concert conversation 7:15pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.  

Tickets start at only $55
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

Wayne Shorter’s signature sound, sense of economy and expression on both tenor and soprano sax, his writing prowess, probing solos, and his enigmatic philosopher presence, have all made him a jazz immortal. His quartet includes Danilo Pérez (piano), John Patitucci (bass), and Brian Blade (drums).

Alliance Française de Toronto

Concert of South African music with Nhapitapi Mbira

April 22, 2017 9:00pm

An outstanding group of musicians, Nhapitapi specializes in the mbira (thumb piano), a traditional instrument of Zimbabwe. They’ll introduce you to the traditional South African music typical of their country. Co-presented with the Batuki Music Society.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

PURPLE RAIN

April 22, 2017 9:30pm

This Film Should Be Played Loud: See new, classic and rare concert films on the big screen.

Join us as we commemorate the life of Prince on the anniversary of his passing with the singular classic, Purple Rain. Now in its fourth annual screening, last year we had a packed audience singing along to favourites like “Let’s Go Crazy,” “When Doves Cry,” and of course the titular hit “Purple Rain.” Set against the subculture of the thriving Minneapolis music scene, Prince plays a struggling musician who tries to deal with his hatred for his father as he falls in love with a beautiful aspiring singer. This 80s Oscar award-winning cult hit features one of the greatest musical performances ever by an international superstar.

Arrive early as we kick off the night with DJ Chris MaGee.

8:30 PM: Doors Open
9:30 PM: Screening

Sponsored by Mill Street Brewery.

Co-presented by Sonic Boom.

Details: http://ow.ly/xUgK309dijj

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Exhibition on Screen: THE ARTIST'S GARDEN: AMERICAN IMPRESSIONISM

April 23, 2017 1:30pm

Exhibition on Screen: The work of masters in exhibitions around the world.

Transport yourself to a pivotal moment in art history when Impressionist painters immersed themselves in natural environments surrounded by beauty just as the world around them was moving further into an industrial age. The American Impressionists took their lead from French masters like Renoir and Monet and applied it to the rapidly developing United States. Meet the artists who captured these radical changes over the course of four decades, telling the story of an era, the rise of gardening and public parks as a modern spiritual gateway, and see the locations that inspired the extraordinary masterpieces that vividly bring it all to life.

Details: http://ow.ly/XVYw309Wqxe

Alliance Française de Toronto

Etienne Brûlé seen from France: an adventurer on a quest for notability

April 26, 2017 7:00pm

Lecture by historian Éric Brossard from Champigny-sur-Marne, France.

Étienne Brûlé, explorer, interpreter (b probably at Champigny-sur-Marne, France c 1592; d in Huronia c June 1633). Brûlé was the first Frenchman to live among the Indigenous people. Champlain wrote that Brûlé was sent among the Algonquin, likely in 1610, in exchange for a young Algonquin. He became a skilful interpreter and intermediary.

Travelling with his adopted people, Brûlé was likely the first European to see Lakes Ontario, Huron and Superior and on a mission to the Susquehannock he roamed as far as Chesapeake Bay. He was captured by the Iroquois and ritually tortured but was released, likely on a promise to promote an alliance with the French.

In 1621-22 he travelled northward and reported the rapids at Sault Ste Marie. Unfortunately Brûlé left no account of his career and reports of the missionaries were coloured by their contempt for his Indigenous lifestyle. The original coureur de bois, he was an independent, adventurous spirit.

In 1629 he deserted to the Kirke brothers when they attacked Québec. Accused of treason by Champlain, he returned to Huronia. Despite lurid speculations that he was tortured and eaten, Brûle was likely murdered for political reasons, possibly because of his dealings with the Seneca or another tribe feared by the Huron.

*Lecture in english

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

ONEFIFTY

April 26, 2017 8:00pm to April 29, 2017 8:00pm

Presented by Momentum Dance Toronto
Wednesday April 26 - 8 pm
Thursday April 27 - 8 pm
Friday April 28 - 8 pm
Saturday April 29 - 2 pm & 8 pm
Momentum Dance Toronto (MDT) celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary in our seventh annual production: ONEFIFTY. Through the exclusive use of Canadian music, our dancers have choreographed movement pieces that explore and celebrate all that it means to be a part of this great country.
Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal JCC
 

Alliance Française de Toronto

Day for night

April 27, 2017 7:30pm

Day for night by François Truffaut, 1973, (1h35min)
 
Stars: François Truffaut, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Léaud...

 

The shooting of "Je vous presente Pamela" (may I introduce Pamela) begins. This is the story of en English married wife falling in love and running away with the father of her French husband. Will be simultaneously shown the shooting, the behavior of the people (including the technical team) on the set, and a part of their private life (a factor of complication)...

The Royal Conservatory

Rosanne Cash

April 27, 2017 8:00pm

Rosanne Cash
Thursday, April 27, 2017  8pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.  

Tickets start at only $40
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

Cash has charted 21 Top 40 country singles with her long-time collaborator and husband, John Leventhal. Together, their unique sound draws from country, blues, gospel, and rock, and reflects the soulful mix of music that traces its history to the Arkansas siteof Johnny Cash’s (her father’s) boyhood home.

Alliance Française de Toronto

Lomax project

April 28, 2017 8:00pm

Alan Lomax tribute concert in honour of this great ethnomusicologist and famous for having one of the most extensive collections of music in the world. He helped many artists become known, including Woody Guthrie. With four renowned musicians: Jayme Stone (banjo), Moira Smiley (voice, accordion), Sumaia Jackson (violin) and Joe Phillips (double bass).

The Royal Conservatory

The Montrose Trio & Friends

April 28, 2017 8:00pm

The Montrose Trio & Friends
Friday, April 28, 2017  8pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.

Tickets start at only $40
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

A Canadian all-star evening of chamber music featuring pianist Jon Kimura Parker, violinist Martin Beaver, and cellist Clive Greensmith. The trio will play Brahms’s Piano Trio No. 1 and will be joined by Barry Shiffman, Allyson McHardy, Erika Raum, Desmond Hoebig, Teng Li, and Sharon Wei to perform Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence and Brahms’s Alto Songs. The concert opens with the winners of The Glenn Gould School Chamber Competition.

Alliance Française de Toronto

Etienne Brûlé: a rock opera

April 29, 2017 7:00pm

In 2013, the students of Paul Vaillant-Couturier College in France discovered Étienne Brûlé, born in their city. This misunderstood and courageous hero fascinated them. They wrote presentation letters to be accepted into the class dedicated to the project. Twenty-six of them were selected. For two years, they wrote texts, then learned to sing them and to move on stage. The show was a great success. For a week, these 26 budding actors will be in Ontario to walk in Étienne Brûlé’s Canadian footsteps. Come applaud their show! you won’t fail to be wowed by their energy, enthusiasm and conviction.

The Royal Conservatory

Raoul and The Big Time “Down in the Delta”

April 29, 2017 8:00pm

Raoul and The Big Time “Down in the Delta”
Saturday, April 29, 2016, 2017  8pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.  

Tickets start at only $35
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

“Raoul Bhajena brings just the right amount of vocal attitude and from-the-gut harp work … delivering tasty and distinctive results.”(Roots Music Report) This concert, specially created for Koerner Hall, goes deep into the soul of the Mississippi delta with special guests Super Chickan, Big Dave McLean, and Divine Brown.

From Bespoke to Branded: Shoemaking in the 19th Century

April 30, 2017 1:00pm

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. The talk will be followed by a guided tour of "Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century".  

The Royal Conservatory

The Roots of Venetian Opera

May 2, 2017 10:00am to May 23, 2017 12:00pm

The Roots of Venetian Opera

Tuesdays, 10am-12pm

May 2 - May 23

Our friends at the Toronto Consort return to present this course on the music surrounding the music of early Venetian opera! Registration for the course also includes a ticket to the Toronto Consort's production of Cavalli's Helen of Troy.

The Royal Conservatory

Natalie Dessay with Philippe Cassard

May 2, 2017 8:00pm

Natalie Dessay with Philippe Cassard
Tuesday May 2, 2017 8pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.

Tickets start at only $40
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

With French soprano Natalie Dessay “every vocal phrase is impelled by the emotion and dramatic intention of the moment.” (The New York Times) She and pianist Philippe Cassard will perform works by Schubert, Liszt, Fauré, Bizet, and Duparc

 

Alliance Française de Toronto

Islamism: genealogy and the excesses of a political ideology

May 3, 2017 7:00pm

Islamism is a political ideology that is wrongly confused with Islam, which is a religion. As we know it today, Islamism falls into the same category as the antimodernist movements that have emerged in all areas of culture and civilization. This lecture will offer a genealogy of this ideology.

Miloud Chennoufi, professor and director of the Department of Security and International Affairs at the Canadian Forces College, also teaches the geopolitical history of the Middle East at Glendon College (york University).

*Lecture in french

Alliance Française de Toronto

Staging Moliere's Don Juan in 2017

May 4, 2017 6:30pm

Dom Juan tells the joyful descent into hell of a being who very closely resembles us all! A world-weary smooth talker, he’s “our 
contemporary” — a paradoxical, endearing character who reminds us that Molière and the classic text still have much to say about today’s cosmopolitan, urban world, so obsessed with pleasure. 
Joël Beddows is a stage director and artistic director of the Théâtre français de Toronto (TFT). This lecture is a prelude to the TFT’s presentation of the play Dom Juan from May 10 to 28, 2017. Following the lecture, at 7:30 p.m., Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, the 1979 film by Joseph Losey, will be shown (185 min.). Partners: Théâtre français de Toronto and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

Alliance Française de Toronto

Don Giovanni

May 4, 2017 7:30pm

Mozart’s opera adapted to film and directed by Joseph Losey, 1979. Prior to the screening, Joël Beddows will give a lecture about Molière’s Dom Juan. Partners: Théâtre français de Toronto and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Mozart Mass in C Minor

May 4, 2017 8:00pm to May 7, 2017 3:30pm

“Mozart at his most inspired” – The New York Times

Mozart’s transcendent Mass in C Minor, considered to be one of his greatest choral works, closes our 2016/17 season. A celebration of the composer’s marriage that was left unfinished for reasons we may never know, this piece contains an extraordinary range of style and depth of expression. Acclaimed British sopranos Julia Doyle and Joanne Lunn are featured alongside the orchestra and Tafelmusik Chamber Choir in this fitting third and final concert celebrating the choir’s 35th anniversary.

The program opens with Tafelmusik’s debut performance of Haydn’s spirited Symphony no. 98, composed in London and thought by many to be a tribute to his compatriot and friend, Mozart. The “brilliant and refined” (Critica Classica) violinist Elisa Citterio returns for the second time this season to lead this piece.

Directed by Ivars Taurins and Elisa Citterio (violin)

May 4-7 at Koerner Hall
273 Bloor St. W

Tickets from $26
BUY NOW: http://www.tafelmusik.org/concert-calendar/concert/mozart-mass-c-minor

Alliance Française de Toronto

Portraits of Georgian Bay

May 5, 2017 8:00pm

A concert featuring original music by young composers of the province, evocative of Canada’s wide-open spaces, and in particular, the beauty of Ontario. With the Spectrum Ensemble: Anna Atkinson (violin), Lydia Munchinsky (cello), Tim Crouch (flute), Juan Olivares (clarinet), Chris Pruden (piano), and the group Georgian Bay, consisting of Kelly Lefaive and Joëlle Westman (vocals, violin and guitar). Concert in conjunction with the APCM’s Prix Trille Or Award Night.

 Concert in conjunction with the APCM’s Prix Trille Or Award Night

The Royal Conservatory

Bluebird North

May 6, 2017 8:00pm

Bluebird North
Saturday, May 6, 2017  8pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.  

Tickets start at only $35
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

Top Canadian songwriters come together with host Blair Packham to perform their music and tell us about the inspiration, the songwriting process, and the stories behind the songs.

The Royal Conservatory

CBC Music’s Under 30 Live

May 7, 2017 2:00pm

CBC Music’s Under 30 Live
Sunday, May 7, 2017  2pm
Mazzoleni Concert Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. 

Free (ticket required)
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

The RCM collaborates with CBC Music to showcase young Canadian classical music stars from CBC Music’s “30 Under 30” in mini recitals.

The Royal Conservatory

Frederic Chopin: Polish Patriot, Passionate Pianist

May 10, 2017 10:00am to May 24, 2017 12:00pm

Frederic Chopin: Polist Patriot, Passionate Pianist

Wednesdays, 10am- 12pm

May 10 - May 24

Instructor: Rick Phillips

It is the rare piano recital today that does not include a work by Frederic Chopin, and many are all-Chopin. Composing and performing just as the piano was coming of age, the piano music by Chopin clearly expressed the ideals of the burgeoning 19th century Romantic period - passionate, dramatic, emotional and virtuosic. And, at a time when nationalism and patriotism were rife, Chopin's Polish blood coursed thick through his veins with stylized Polish dances like the Mazurka and the Polonaise. As Robert Schumann claimed when he first heard the music of Chopin, "Hats off, gentlemen, a genius!".

This series will explore the historic, social and musical context behind Chopin's beloved piano music.

The Royal Conservatory

An Evening with Tomson Highway

May 12, 2017 8:00pm

An Evening with Tomson Highway
Friday, May 12, 2017  8pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.                                                                     

Tickets start at only $40
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

Cree storyteller, playwright, novelist, pianist, and Order of Canada recipient was named one of the 100 most important people in Canadian history by Macleans. Highway says, “I want to convey that our primary responsibility on planet Earth is to be joyful: to laugh, and to laugh, and to laugh.” The evening features songs from five Tomson works, including The Sage, the Dancer, and the Fool; Rose; The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito; The (Post) Mistress; and his new Songs in the Key of Cree, sung in Cree with English supertitles.

Alliance Française de Toronto

Italian fervour in London

May 12, 2017 8:00pm

Many were the foreign musicians who came to London at the end of the 17th century to try their luck. This capital, especially open to European influences, saw the flourishing of a virtuoso, passionate and flamboyant style, a blend of Italy’s sensuality and England’s harmonic originality. On the program, works of Corelli, Purcell, Geminiani and Finger.
A special concert by La Rêveuse, an ensemble specializing in the music of the 17th and 18th centuries that has enjoyed great success in France and throughout the world, having won awards such as the 5 Diapasons, 3 fff Télérama, etc.
Ensemble La rêveuse: Serge Saitta (transverse flute), Stéphan Dudermel (violin), Florence Bolton (viola da gamba), Benjamin Perrot, (theorbo) and Clément Geoffroy (harpsichord).

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

CONTEMPORARY COLOR

May 12, 2017 9:30pm

This Film Should Be Played Loud: See new, classic and rare concert films on the big screen.

In 2015, legendary musician David Byrne (Talking Heads) masterminded a mesmerizing spectacle as an ode to Color Guard, an art form of synchronized dance with rifles, sabers and flags. Contemporary Color puts you in a front row seat at this once-in-a-lifetime event of music, movement and visual splendour. Featuring artists such as St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado, Ad-Rock, How To Dress Well and Ira Glass paired with Color Guard teams from across North America, the performances are captured with dazzling award-winning cinematography that feels like choreography in its own right. Contemporary Color is a powerful celebration of talent and creativity at its highest level. 

8:30 PM: Doors Open 
9:30 PM: Screening

Sponsored by Mill Street Brewery.

Details: http://ow.ly/4avN309WsjQ

The Royal Conservatory

Christian McBride Trio & James Gelfand Trio

May 13, 2017 8:00pm

Christian McBride Trio
& James Gelfand Trio
Saturday, May 13, 2017  8pm
Koerner Hall

The Philadelphia-born bassist extraordinaire, composer, arranger, and educator, Christian McBride, has been one of the most important and most omnipresent figures in the jazz world for 20 years. James Gelfand has received critical acclaim in both the jazz world and the film and television industry, and performed on over 40 albums, eight under his own name. 

Tickets start at only $40
416.408.0208
www.performance.rcmusic.ca 

Talisker Players

A Mixture of Madness - the fine line between revelation and insanity

May 16, 2017 8:00pm to May 17, 2017 8:00pm

There is no wisdom without a mixture of madness.” Aristotle’s famous dictum captures both the madness that is part of wisdom, and the wisdom that is part of madness. Our exploration of this connection features Peter Maxwell Davies’ dramatic and gripping Eight Songs for a Mad King, along with some of Purcell’s Mad Songs, and a new commission from Canadian composer Alice Ho, with text from Phoebe Tsang.

Featuring Ilana Zarankin, soprano; Bruce Kelly, baritone; and Andrew Moodie, actor.

Music:

  • Henry Purcell: Mad Songs for soprano, strings and continuo. Texts by various writers.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: Songs of William Blake for soprano and oboe.
  • John Plant: Insomnia for soprano and saxophone. Text by Marina Tsvetaeva.
  • Mitch Leigh, arr. Laura Jones: ‘The Impossible Dream’ from Man of La Mancha for baritone, oboe, violin, viola and cello. Lyrics by Joe Darion.
  • Alice Ping Ye Ho: The Madness of Queen Charlotte for flute, viola, cello and piano. Text by Phoebe Tsang. *Commissioned work, world premiere*
  • Peter Maxwell Davies: Eight Songs for a Mad King for baritone, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, harpsichord and percussion. Words by Randolph Stow and George III.

Spoken Word:

Selections from the letters, diaries and memoirs of visionaries, seers and artists exploring the margins of reality.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

THE GARDENER

May 18, 2017 1:00pm to May 25, 2017 1:00pm

The New York Times considers Frank Cabot's Les Quatre Vents "one of the most ambitious private gardens in North America, if not the world." Sprawled across 20 acres of land at the top of Mount Murray in Quebec, the garden aligns the transformative power of nature and the ingenuity of human design to reach unbelievable heights. Lovers of gardening and topiary will be awe-inspired by Cabot's vision, captured on film for the very first time. Get a taste of Springtime as beautiful cinematography takes you through this magnificent garden and its extraordinary world of trees, hedges, flowers and bridges, alongside the genius who brought a dream to life.

Details: http://ow.ly/CwjB309WnTL

Alliance Française de Toronto

Saint Laurent

May 18, 2017 7:30pm

Bertrand Bonello, 2014 (2h30min)

With Gaspard Ulliel, Jérémie Renier, Louis Garrel...

Yves Saint Laurent's life from 1967 to 1976, during which time the famed fashion designer was at the peak of his career. 

Presented by Iris Gardet-Hadengue, cinema-lover, professional of the image, Director of operations at Ubisoft Motion Pictures and previously at the Financial Service of UGC Images.

Alliance Française de Toronto

Cinquante ans de "ptit's bonheurs" au théâtre français de Toronto

May 24, 2017 7:00pm

Since 1967, more than 290 performances have been presented by "le Théâtre du P'tit Bonheur" which became "Le Théâtre français de Toronto" (TfT) in 1987.

Come and discover the favourites of the TfT, the four principle production sites and five artistic directors over the last 50 years.  

Admirer actors and actresses who gave a tribute to French, Quebequois, franco-ontarian, american and russian dramatists. You will be able to listen to the testimony of a founder, of an artistic director...

Paul-François Sylvestre, writer and literary critic

*Lecture in french

Alliance Française de Toronto

The betrayal

May 25, 2017 7:30pm

Philippe Faucon, 2005 (1h20min)

The setting is war-torn Algeria during the early 1970s. When he discovers evidence that would seem to indicate a close confidant’s treachery, a sympathetic French lieutenant in the occupying forces is compelled to make decisions likely to cause ethnic tensions to erupt into violence.

Alliance Française de Toronto

The blue room

June 1, 2017 7:30pm

The blue room, Mathieu Almaric, 2014 (1h16)

A man and a woman, secretly in love, alone in a room. They desire each other, want each other, and even bite each other. In the afterglow, they share a few sweet nothings. At least the man seemed to believe they were nothing. Now under investigation by the police and the courts, what is he accused of?

The Royal Conservatory

New Canadian Global Music Orchestra

June 2, 2017 8:00pm

New Canadian Global Music Orchestra
Friday, June 2, 2017  8pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.  

Tickets start at only $45
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

Top notch musicians from all over the world, all of whom now live in the GTA, perform together on the Koerner Hall stage, with instruments from every corner of the globe. We celebrate the cultural diversity of our city and of the music that exists in so many of our neighbourhoods by bringing together musicians to create new musical collaborations that can only happen in Toronto. Music connects and communicates in ways that words, politicians, and spiritual leaders cannot. Together, we all find a common language.

The Royal Conservatory

Bohemians in Brooklyn: A Chamber Musical by Tom Allen

June 4, 2017 2:00pm

Bohemians in Brooklyn
A Chamber Musical by Tom Allen
Sunday, June 4, 2017  2pm
Mazzoleni Concert Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. 

Free (ticket required)
Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca

The story of a Brooklyn brownstone where W.H. Auden, Carson McCullers, Benjamin Britten, Colin McPhee, and Gypsy Rose Lee lived under the same roof. Music by Britten, McPhee, Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Weill, Tom Allen, and Paul Bowles. Featuring Patricia O’Callaghan and Kevin Fox.

Alliance Française de Toronto

Exhibit opening: Lycée Français Toronto's photography competition

June 7, 2017 6:00pm

Exhibit of the photos from the Lycée Français Toronto’s photography competition open to students aged 10 to 18.

Alliance Française de Toronto

The discret charm of the bourgeoisie

June 8, 2017 7:30pm

The dicret charm of the bourgeoisie, Luis Bunuel, 1972 (1h45)

A surreal, virtually plotless series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together.

Alliance Française de Toronto

Belleville, les Petits Nouveaux from Paris to Toronto

June 10, 2017 8:00pm

The historic neighbourhood of Belleville, Paris intersects the boarders of the 19th and 20th arrondissements. Belleville has been a hotbed of French culture and has hosted the likes of Django Reinhard and Édith Piaf. Les Petits Nouveaux and vocalist Denielle Bassels will take you on a journey to Bellleville with original compositions and their interpretation of classics. Aline Homzy (violin), Andy Mac (guitar), Mikko hildén – Swedish musician (guitar), Tak Arikushi (guitar), special guests: (double bassist) TBC, and Deniell Bassels (guest vocalist).

Alliance Française de Toronto

Clouds of Sils Maria

June 15, 2017 7:30pm

Sils Maria, Olivier Assayas, 2014 (2h05 min)

A film star comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself while starring in a revival of the play that launched her career.

Alliance Française de Toronto

I remember: Vimy 100

June 20, 2017 7:00pm

This exhibit is the result of the reflections of photojournalist Racheal McCaig on the magnificence of a monument commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge: an affirmation of a young country that has now reached adulthood and a decisive moment in Canada’s history.
This series of photographs will also be the subject of a special exhibit in Givenchy-enGohelle, France, near Vimy, in April 2017 as part of the commemoration of this battle where so many Canadian soldiers distinguished themselves during the First World War.

Rachel McCaig have been interviewed notably by CHCH and TVO

Alliance Française de Toronto

Fête de la musique

June 21, 2017 8:00pm

Fête de la musique 

Alliance Française de Toronto

Wild reeds

June 29, 2017 7:30pm

Wild reeds, André Téchiné, 1994 (1h50)

In a village in the Southwest of France, 1962. Maite and Francois are 18 years old. They are friends, not lovers. In Francois's classroom, there are Serge, whose brother has just married to try to escape from the war in Algeria, and Henri, a pied-noir (Algerian-born Frenchman). Francois and Serge will have a homosexual relationship, but Serge wants to marry his brother's wife...

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