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Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

MÜ 50! Forest University 50! Exhibit

April 1, 2017 2:00pm to August 31, 2017 4:00pm

The Kotkajärve Metsaülikool (Forest University) 50! exhibition will be open at VEMU all summer from April 1, 2017 to August 31, 2017. 

People of Estonian heritage have been going to reconnect with their roots at this total immersion cultural camp in the deep woods of Muskoka, Canada every summer since 1967. Discover what happens at this Estonian camp in Canada.

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.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


May 16, 2017 10:00am to June 20, 2017 10:00am

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. Here is Canada according to SCTV and the Murdoch Mysteries, Neil Young and Denis Villeneuve: a look at the TV shows, pop songs, movies, comics and pulp fiction that make us feel like we belong here. Wherever here is.

This course is lead by Curious Minds favourite Geoff Pevere, co-author of the national bestseller Mondo Canuck: A Canadian Pop Cultural Odyssey, a breakthrough study of Canada through its pop cultural products. Currently at work on a 21st century follow-up volume, Pevere is an expert on Canadian pop culture and its reflection of a country in a state of constant re-definition both to itself and the world. You can talk about what Canada ought to be, and you can talk about what Canada shouldn't be. But to see what it really is, look no further. 

Doors will open one hour before the first class. Registrants will receive supplementary materials in advance of their first class.

Six-week course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free) 
Single class: $20 (Members: $17, $14, Free)

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


May 19, 2017 10:00am to June 23, 2017 10:00am

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.

Over six lectures, musicologist, musician and lifelong Dylan fan Dr. Mike Daley (whose research on Bob Dylan's singing style won the 1998 York University Thesis Prize) will break down his career through the decades using rare video and recordings. Known as a great lyricist, Dylan will be shown to also be a brilliant if idiosyncratic performer. We'll survey the ways that Dylan's work has been interpreted over the years and suggest some new approaches to his art. The course will also situate Dylan firmly within his times, from his role in the generational schisms of the 1960s right up to his recent Nobel Prize for Literature. With fresh insights and a critical ear, this course will be an authoritative account of Bob Dylan's life and music.

Doors will open one hour before the first class. Registrants will receive supplementary materials in advance of their first class.

Six-week course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free)
Single class: $20 (Members: $17, $14, Free)

Cunard to Canada: “A Welcome Awaits You,” Nottingham, England: Thos. Forman & Sons, Ltd., broadside, 1930.
Toronto Reference Library

Destination Canada

May 20, 2017 9:00am to July 30, 2017 5:00pm

Toronto Public Library and Passages Canada are pleased to present Destination Canada, a new exhibit that explores our diverse experiences of migration, arrival and finding a place of belonging from early settlement to present day. Discover the stories of newcomers throughout our history through posters, photographs, written accounts and other materials from Toronto Public Library's Baldwin Collection of Canadiana and Chinese Canadian Archive. The exhibit also features personal mementos from storytellers with Passages Canada.

Free. Guided tours every Tuesday at 2pm.
Find out more at

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


May 25, 2017 10:00am to July 6, 2017 10:00am

Experience the wonders of Modern Architecture and Design in this globe-trotting journey through the 19th and 20th centuries. Beginning in the mid-1800s, we'll study how brilliant artists, architects and designers responded to the technological innovations of the Machine Age, forging bold new aesthetics and influential cultural movements. From the Arts and Crafts movement of Victorian England to the European refinement of Art Nouveau and Bauhaus to the futuristic designs of postwar California, we'll trace the evolving relationship between Man and Machine through art, crafts, household furnishings, architecture and urban planning. 

This course will be led by Peter Harris, the former Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science of the University of Toronto. A former senior lecturer in the University's German Department, Dr. Harris has also served as a Special Lecturer in the new Vic One Program at Victoria College. In these different capacities, he has lectured on topics ranging from German Film to Expo '58, from the German Reichstag Building to Rosie the Riveter.

Doors will open one hour before the first class. Registrants will receive supplementary materials in advance of their first class.

Six-week course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free) 
Single class: $20 (Members: $17, $14, Free)

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


May 26, 2017 4:00pm to May 31, 2017 4:00pm

Once our neighbour here in the Annex, Jane Jacobs played an integral role in making sure Toronto looks and feels the way it does today; her successful opposition to the Spadina expressway helped ensure the city was for people first, and cars second. But before she moved to Toronto, Jacobs stood up to the rapid urbanization in New York City. Her 1960 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities criticized modern planners reconfiguration of cities. In particular, Jacobs went head-to-head with power broker Robert Moses who was planning destroy the city's neighbourhoods in order to create expressways. Citizen Jane follows the battle between Jacobs and Moses, her inspiring drive to fight for what is right against the rich and powerful, and her ideas on urban issues which are even more relevant today. 

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Downtown Tikkun Leil Shavuot: All-Night Jewish Learning Festival

May 30, 2017 8:00pm

Where Sinai meets Spadina: a full night of community, study, singing, snacking and more! Over 50 sessions reinterpret and reimagine traditional Jewish texts and open up new community conversations.
Special programs for kids and teens. Choose from over 50 sessions that reinterpret and reimagine traditional Jewish texts and open up new community conversations. All are welcome! Come for the cheesecake. Stay for the learning.

8:00 PM – 8:30 AM | Doors open at 7:30 PM | FREE AND ALL ARE WELCOME

The Royal Conservatory

Songs from the 1960s: Lecture + Sing-Along

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

Thursday, June 1, 7-9pm


Simply Brill' is a musical lecture series celebrating the popular hit songs created by young Jewish-American songwriters working in and around Manhattan's famous Brill building. Join instructor, Jordan Klapman for an open lecture and a sing-a-long concert in Mazzoleni Hall! Sing the classics with Jordan Klapman on the keys!

No experience required. Open to all!

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?

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Bob Dylan on Screen: DONT LOOK BACK

June 2, 2017 1:00pm to June 5, 2017 8:45pm

Bob Dylan on Screen: A cinematic tribute to the iconic troubadour, in conjunction with our Curious Minds course on Bob Dylan running May 19–June 23.

From Bob Dylan's sardonic and instantly quotable anti-social one-liners, to flashing cue cards for Subterranean Homesick Blues in an alley, Dont Look Back is an endlessly iconic tribute to the enigmatic musician. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see D.A. Pennebaker’s classic fly-on-the-wall documentary following Dylan’s 1965 tour of England. Dylan is exquisitely impenetrable here, always wary of how his persona, his art and his fame are framed. Pennebaker’s film achieves a level of intimacy with its elusive subject, capturing a pivotal time for Dylan and the wider zeitgeist as he transformed from just another folk singer into the defining figure of the 1960s.

The Royal Conservatory

New Canadian Global Music Orchestra

June 2, 2017 8:00pm

What is Canadian music in 2017? How will we define it? Who are the musicians who will create and perform it? Where else but in Canada today, at this moment, can artists from different traditions come together to create a new body of work or, even, a new tradition?

The Royal Conservatory is bringing together professional musicians from all over the world, all of whom now live in Canada, to create the New Canadian Global Music Orchestra:

Padideh Ahrarnejad (Iran) on tar
Sasha Boychouk (Ukraine) on woodwinds and ethnic Ukrainian flutes
Alyssa Delbaere-Sawchuk (Canada – Métis) on violin, viola, jaw harp, spoons, and vocals
Luis Deniz (Cuba) on saxophone
Anwar Khurshid (Pakistan) on sitar, flute, esraj, tabla, vocals, and harmonium
Lasso (Salif Sanou) (Burkina Faso) on Fulani flute, kambélé n’goni, tamanin (talking drum), balafon, djembe, doum-doum, and vocals
Paco Luviano (Mexico) on bass
Aline Morales (Brazil) on Brazilian percussion and vocals
Demetrios Petsalakis (Greece) on oud, guitar, lyra, bouzouki, riq, and Greek baglama
Matias Recharte (Peru) on drums, percussion, cajón, conga, and timbales
Dorjee Tsering (Tibet) on dranyen, flute, piwang, yang chin (dulcimer), and traditional Tibetan vocals
Dora Wang (China) on bamboo flute, flute, hulusi, xiao, panpipe, and ocarina
David Buchbinder (United States), Artistic Director

For more information about the New Canadian Global Music Orchestra and individual musician biographies, click here.

The ensemble is sharing each other’s culture and music traditions as they rehearse, compose, and give workshops and community concerts throughout spring 2017. The extended residency will allow the ensemble to form a cohesive unit and to create music that is, arguably, only possible in Toronto. All of this culminates with a celebratory concert at Koerner Hall on June 2, 2017. Together, we find a common language.

The New Canadian Global Music Orchestra is presented by The Royal Conservatory of Music in partnership with:
Aga Khan Museum
Batuki Music Society
Diasporic Genius
Lula Music and Arts Centre
Small World Music
York University Department of Music
918 Bathurst Centre

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


June 2, 2017 8:45pm to June 8, 2017 9:00pm

From the dun-nun of Jaws and the triumphant trumpets of Rocky, to the harrowing strings of Psycho and the slow build of Star Wars—there is an undeniable art and power to the film score that lingers long after the credits roll. For decades now, film composers have been responsible for some of the greatest music being produced. The virtuosos of our time are scoring some of the largest scale productions in Hollywood, be it Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Trent Reznor or Alexandre Desplat—all of whom appear on screen here, discuss their craft, the intangible qualities of the form and the role it plays in elevating films into something embedded in our consciousness.

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

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.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Toronto Jewish Film Society presents Sam and Me

June 4, 2017 4:00pm

Co-presented with 918 Bathurst, celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday
Guest Speaker: Paul Saltzman, Executive Producer of Sam and Me
(Canada, 1991, Deepa Mehta director, 94 min)
A quirky comedy that follows the adventures of a Jewish senior and his minder, a young East Indian immigrant. Sam and Me looks at Toronto’s recent past and portrays the similar dreams of different cultures and generations.
2 screenings: 4:00 and 7:30 pm
Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal JCC
Box office is open on site at 3:30 pm for the 4:00 pm screening for rush ticket sales only. Advance Tickets are available online for the 7:30 pm screening only.
Advance 7:30 pm tickets on Eventbrite. Box office is open on site at 6:30 pm for the 7:30 pm screening.
(There are no online advance tickets available for the 4:00 pm screening).
$15 General Admission (including seniors)
$10 Young Adults (age 18-35)
info: (416) 924-6211 x606

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

The Surprising Side of Ballet: Part 1

June 5, 2017 1:30pm

With Katherine Barber, Canada’s Word Lady
Did you know that some ballets were inspired by popular music like ragtime, The Andrews Sisters or The Rolling Stones? Or that some ballets have comedic moments? Ballet is not always what we think.
Mondays: June 5, 12 & 19
Part I: June 5: Ballet Laughs: Romance, escapism, beauty, athleticism -- those are ballet's acknowledged fortes. But comedy? Surprisingly, there are more hilarious moments in ballet than you might expect.
Series: $40, Drop-in: $16
To register call (416) 924-6211 x0
Info: (416) 924-6211 x155

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Alternative Facts Survival Guide: ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN

June 6, 2017 6:00pm

Alternative Facts Survival Guide: Take heart! Today's best journalists arm you with the intellectual tools needed to decode a world of fake news.

How do you cover a President who has declared a war on the press? In this classic drama, Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) break the Watergate scandal and face increasingly perilous threats from the Nixon administration.

After the screening we'll check in with the Toronto Star's Washington bureau chief, Daniel Dale, whose Trump Lie Tracker is holding another press-bashing White House accountable for its deceptions. We'll hear Dale's advice for separating facts from "alternative facts" in Trump's Washington and the lessons he has put to use after covering Rob Ford's falsehoods here in Toronto.

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

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.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

MNjcc Community Choir Annual Spring Concerts

June 7, 2017 8:00pm to June 8, 2017 8:00pm

With founding conductor Harriet Wichin, guest conductors Mark Ramsay & Briony Glassco and pianist Asher Farber.
Come hear a great line-up of choral favourites from Leonard Cohen to Eric Whitacre. Experience high energy repertoire with HEART!
In the Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal JCC.
Tickets: $10 in person at the MNjcc or Eventbrite, tickets are limited!
Box office opens on site one hour prior to the performance.
Choir CDs on sale at the concert: $20
info: (416) 924-6211x 0

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

In Discussion with Steve Paikin

June 8, 2017 1:00pm

TV host Steve Paikin discusses his new book about Bill Davis, the longest serving Premier of Ontario in the 20th century.
Refreshments: 1:00 pm; Program: 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Drop-in: $4
info: (416) 924-6211 x155

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.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Bob Dylan on Screen: PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID

June 9, 2017 1:00pm

Bob Dylan on Screen: A cinematic tribute to the iconic troubadour, in conjunction with our Curious Minds course on Bob Dylan running May 19–June 23.

A must-see for Bob Dylan aficionados, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid features a soundtrack composed by Dylan (including the international mega-hit 'Knockin on Heaven's Door') and his film acting debut in the role of Alias—a nearly wordless performance that affirms his image as one of our most riveting and elusive icons. Directed by the legendary Sam Peckinpah, the film tells the story of the aging lawman Pat Garrett (James Coburn) hired by a group of cattle barons to bring down his friend Billy the Kid (Kristofferson) in this quintessential work of 70s American cinema.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


June 9, 2017 6:30pm to June 15, 2017 9:00pm

We bring back one of hottest tickets at this year's Hot Docs festival to give Toronto a chance to catch this early favourite. Over 20 years ago, Toronto-based Attiya Khan was in a physically abusive relationship with her then-boyfriend, Steve. Today, she’s a prominent feminist who has worked for women’s shelters across the U.S. and Canada. Khan has teamed with local filmmaker Lawrence Jackman to create a unique documentary that aims to evolve the conversation around domestic abuse. Steve agrees to appear on camera to explicitly discuss the violence he inflicted on Attiya and their troubled relationship. Among this year's Hot Docs Festival's most emotionally stunning films, A Better Man takes a brave and open-minded approach to processing trauma and healing.

Director Attiya Khan will be in attendance for post-screening Q&As on Friday, June 9 (6:30pm), Saturday, June 10 (6:30pm) and Sunday, June 11 (8:45pm).

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


June 9, 2017 9:00pm to June 13, 2017 6:30pm

Exultant and mind-expanding, Sacred takes you around the world and immerses you in spiritual practices in more than 25 countries. Shot by over 40 filmmaking teams, Academy Award–winner Thomas Lennon orchestrates this immersive and revelatory look at religion in its various forms with a celebratory undertone, offering a refreshingly positive tribute to the universality of faith and belief, whether it’s Buddhist monks in Japan or a woman watering her garden in Vancouver. Visually dazzling, emotionally stirring and gigantic in scope—you’ve never seen anything quite like it. http://o

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).

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Nagata Shachu & DRUMHAND collaboration

June 10, 2017 8:00pm

In the Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal JCC
Cultures and genres clash as the rhythms of taiko, New Orleans parade bands and roots music come together in a unique collaboration between Nagata Shachu and the acclaimed ensemble DRUMHAND.
Click here to buy tickets

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

21st Annual Annex Family Festival

June 11, 2017 10:00am to 6:00pm

Enjoy musicians, food vendors, buskers, health and fitness demos, children's activities, theatre and more! 
Bloor Street between Bathurst and Spadina
10 am - 6 pm
Now in its 21st year, the Annex Family Festival (AFF) is a fun, one-day street festival that attracts over 20,000 people, making it one of Toronto's premier summer events. The event offers local businesses, Torontonians and sponsors an opportunity to celebrate our unique local heritage through a variety of activities suited for families of all shapes and sizes.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

The Surprising Side of Ballet: Part 2

June 12, 2017 1:30pm

With Katherine Barber, Canada’s Word Lady
Did you know that some ballets were inspired by popular music like ragtime, The Andrews Sisters or The Rolling Stones? Or that some ballets have comedic moments? Ballet is not always what we think.
Mondays: June 12 & 19
Part 2: June 12: Ballet Goes Pop: Ballet isn't always performed to classical music. From ragtime to the Rolling Stones, from the Andrews Sisters to Sinatra, some of ballet's most enjoyable repertoire has been inspired by popular music.
Drop-in: $16Info: (416) 924-6211 x155

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

CBC's Podcast Playlist Live!

June 15, 2017 6:30pm

Podcast all-stars hit the stage for Matt Galloway and Lindsay Michael's exciting live edition of Podcast Playlist! Watch Sleepover host Sook-Yin Lee help a special guest solve a problem, debunk Our Fake History with host Sebastian Major, hear live storytelling from The Spoke and watch the heroes from the sci-fi improv podcast Illusionoid save the world. And, of course, be ready for some surprises and special guests.

CBC Radio's Podcast Playlist curates the best stories from the podcast world. Each week, your audio DJs Matt Galloway and Lindsay Michael bring you some of the most intriguing content. 

Sleepover is an unusual social encounter, where three complete strangers meet for 24 hours to help with each other's problems. It's a compelling social experiment guided by adventurous host Sook-Yin Lee, who creates space for vulnerability, play and risk-taking. 

Our Fake History is a podcast about the myths people think are history and the history that might be hidden in myths. The show explores those tall tales and tries to figure out what’s fact, what’s fiction, and what is such a good story that it simply must be told. 

The Spoke is Outside the March’s monthly storytelling event. Since 2012, The Spoke has featured a cross-section of people telling true stories from their lives, based around a common theme. 

Illusionoid is a bi-weekly improvised comedy podcast performed by Paul Bates (CTV’s Dan For Mayor, Second City), Lee Smart (Comedy Network’s 5th Quadrant, Second City) and Nug Nahrgang (Dark Rising: Summer Strikes Back, SyFy’s Scare Tactics). 

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

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

Concert Frànçois and the Atlas Mountains

June 15, 2017 8:00pm

In the time since 2014’s Piano Ombre, Frànçois Marry rediscovered his adolescent passion for the power of grunge. This energy he “lost on the way”, in his own words, resurfaced on two occasions. A collaboration with Hedi Slimane, who allowed him to immerse himself in the punk and grunge scene of L.A. - with bands like Wand and Sunflower Bean in particular - revived his passion for this electricity. Secondly, and especially, as the band performed live dates in the Middle East, they found themselves playing to a youth still feverish after its Arab Spring. “We played in Istanbul, Lebanon, Alexandria and Cairo in 2015”, explains Frànçois. “We discovered a youth eager for music, in particular the Egyptian youth, who had made the revolution two years earlier.”

As a man and as an artist, it felt necessary to have that grunge-ful spite, that healthy anger, to survive the horrors of 2015 and the chaos of the world, referred to in “Grand Dérèglement”, the introduction of Solide Mirage. Attacks, wars, the migrant crisis, generalised fear, the pre-apocalyptic atmosphere: a dark year for all and one which incited profound questions in Frànçois Marry. “We questioned ourselves a lot. It’s delicate to speak about politics in songs, but inevitable when you write in moments like these. I have a natural attraction to abstract poetry but I realised that it had become a head-in-the-sand technique. I do not understand why musicians do not ask themselves more questions about the responsibility of their words. And considering the realities of life in the year 2015, I had to think about what we wanted to say”

Solide Mirage - like an imperceptible dream, a fantasy where reality shifts as one approaches it – is a perfect definition for this protean, changeable-yet-direct album which reveals new facets and new territories in every listen. Sometimes soft (on 1982, Apocalypse à Ipsos, Pepétuel été, 100.000.000), sometimes tough (Bête Morcelée and its rush of pure grunge, Grand Dérèglement and the roughness and splinters of Jamais Deux Pareils), sometimes crazy (the digitized trance of Âpres Après), but always highly political, whether direct or reading between the lines.

The album was recorded in Jet Studios in Brussels and produced by Ash Workman, who also worked on Piano Ombre and who has worked with Metronomy and Christine & The Queens, with strings performed by Owen Pallett.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Bob Dylan on Screen: THE LAST WALTZ

June 16, 2017 1:00pm to June 23, 2017 8:30pm

Bob Dylan on Screen: A cinematic tribute to the iconic troubadour, in conjunction with our Curious Minds course on Bob Dylan running May 19–June 23.

Dylan's performances in this Martin Scorsese-directed classic helped cement its status as one of the greatest concert films of all time. Showing up, in Robbie Robertson's memorable description, like "a Christ in a white hat," Dylan unleashes killer renditions of 'Forever Young' and 'Baby, Let Me Follow You Down' and reminds us of his majestic bond with the Americana obsessives who revolutionized popular music in the 60s and 70s. Come for Dylan's spirited performance and stay for turns from Neil Young, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, The Band and kick off the summer in style with a rock n' roll classic!

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Errol Morris Retrospective: THE FOG OF WAR

June 16, 2017 6:30pm

Errol Morris Retrospective: In conjunction with The B-Side, we celebrate and screen the auteur's major works.

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara reflects on a life intertwined with some of the 20th century’s largest conflicts in this Academy Award–winning doc, one of Errol Morris's finest achievements. In fact, the film is structured around 11 of those lessons, from "empathize with your enemy," to "you can’t change human nature." With Morris’s ingenious 'Interrotron,' McNamara is able to look into Morris’s eyes and the lens at the same time, locking the audience into a stare with the man largely responsible for Vietnam and firebombing Japan. The results are both insightful and chilling.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


June 17, 2017 9:30am to June 23, 2017 1:00pm

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

D.A. Pennebaker documents the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival at the height of the Summer of Love. Monterey launched the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Otis Redding and ushered in a new era of rock 'n' roll. Other performances by artists like Simon and Garfunkel, The Mamas and the Papas, The Who and Ravi Shankar are vividly captured by both Ricky Leacock and Albert Maysles, who were camera operators. Pennebaker approached the film with the same adventurous spirit as the organizers and the artists themselves, creating an unforgettably explosive concert film.

Arrive early for the screening on June 17 as we kick off the night with DJ Moe Berg and drink specials.

Saturday, June 17, 8:30 PM: Doors Open
Saturday, June 17, 9:30 PM: Screening

Sponsored by Mill Street Brewery.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Errol Morris Retrospective: GATES OF HEAVEN

June 17, 2017 4:00pm

Errol Morris Retrospective: In conjunction with The B-Side, we celebrate and screen the auteur's major works.

Errol Morris’s debut documentary has endured as one of the most acclaimed of all time, and for good reason. An unforgettable and altogether bizarre spin on the American dream, Gates of Heaven follows the story of two pet cemeteries in California—one successful and one failure—that take different approaches to the profession. After Floyd McClure’s business fails, the buried animals are unearthed and transported to the Harberts’ flourishing cemetery. Morris gets to know the people behind this unusual line of work and unexpectedly creates a poignant and deep human story about longing, loneliness and mortality along the way.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


June 18, 2017 1:30pm to June 25, 2017 2:00pm

The towering statue of David, the deeply moving Pietà in the Papal Basilica of St. Peter and his tour-de-force, the Sistine Chapel ceiling—the work of very few artists in history is as well known and well regarded as Michelangelo’s, but the man himself is a mystery to most. Michelangelo: Love and Death looks beyond the masterpieces and delves into an intensely researched exploration of his storied life, daunting ambitions and monumental accomplishments. Through some of the man’s own words and insight from experts, deepen your knowledge and understanding of the enigmatic figure and his awe-inspiring art that defined the Renaissance.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Errol Morris Retrospective: VERNON, FLORIDA

June 18, 2017 6:30pm

Errol Morris Retrospective: In conjunction with The B-Side, we celebrate and screen the auteur's major works.

After his breakthrough hit Gates of Heaven, Errol Morris continued to explore Americana through his unique perspective, this time focusing his attention on the inhabitants of a remote swamp town in the Florida panhandle. With a droll tone and a distinct undercurrent of optimism, Morris toes the line between irony and sincerity. The charmingly oddball residents of Vernon open up about their way of life, their pastimes and their beliefs in this entertaining docu-comedy.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

The Surprising Side of Ballet: Part 3

June 19, 2017 1:30pm

With Katherine Barber, Canada’s Word Lady
Did you know that some ballets were inspired by popular music like ragtime, The Andrews Sisters or The Rolling Stones? Or that some ballets have comedic moments? Ballet is not always what we think.
Part 3: June 19: The Joy of Dance: The most joyful moments in the ballet repertoire, which will make you feel as elated as the performers.
Drop-in: $16
Info: (416) 924-6211 x155

man in tuxedo conducting with baton
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Opera for All

June 19, 2017 2:00pm to June 26, 2017 9:00pm

Visiting Artist, Maestro Alvaro Lozano Gutierrez, returns for this hit program. Whether you are an amateur singer or experienced chorister, this is for you. Learn popular Opera Choruses in Italian and French. Choose between Monday daytime or Wednesday evening rehearsals. All levels welcome. Learning materials provided.

Mondays, June 19 - July 24, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Wednesdays June 21 - July 26, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
(Combined concert July 31)
Info: (416) 924-6211 x250

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Alternative Facts Survival Guide: HOT TYPE: 150 YEARS OF THE NATION

June 19, 2017 6:30pm

Alternative Facts Survival Guide: Take heart! Today's best journalists arm you with the intellectual tools needed to decode a world of fake news.

In this riveting documentary, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple examines the history of The Nation, the oldest weekly publication in the United States. Under the inspirational leadership of editor Katrina vanden Heuvel, the magazine remains a hotbed for progressive ideas and hard-hitting investigative reporting, offering an innovative model for speaking truth to power in an age of "fake news".

Stick around after the screening for a special Skype Q&A with Katrina vanden Heuvel herself, who will discuss how The Nation's mission has evolved with the rise of Trump and the role the press can play in resisting threats to democracy.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Children’s Musical Theatre Project Presents: Into the Woods

June 19, 2017 7:00pm to June 20, 2017 7:00pm

In the Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal JCC
Our not-for-profit, community initiative that gives kids an opportunity to build confidence and develop interpersonal skills through the creative process of mounting a full-scale junior musical. A fun, respectful and inclusive environment where kids can be themselves.
Tickets: $15 on eventbrite.
All ticket sales are final. No refunds, no exchanges. Box Office opens on site beginning one (1) hour prior to the performance. Door sales are cash only.

Alliance Française de Toronto

Concert Fishbach

June 19, 2017 8:00pm

It had been a while since we’d witnessed so astounding a take off for an artist: Fishbach, age 25, has her name on everyone’s lips, fascinating and troubling all who come across her. Revealed in France only just a year ago, the young singer’s voice is one of surprise and sensuality which instantly sets itself apart from the norm.

Fishbach is from Charleville-Mézières (a small town in East of France, home of poète noir Arthur Rimbaud) and her voice goes from a soft and almost gentle whisper to a rugged and loud chant, deep and incantatory.

Flora left school when she was still a teenager and did all kind of small jobs before turning to music. After playing in several band, she started writing her own material. She soon recorded her 1st demos, using only a laptop, a cheap microphone and a battered telecaster. On stage, she adopts a charismatic and androgyne figure, a pop character between Kate Bush and Ian Curtis.

Her first two singles demonstrate the range of her talent. Y crois-tu (Do You Believe It), both intimate and powerful, is a song carried by deeply personal subjects and emotions - nature and her elements are omnipresent throughout the song’s lyrics.

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

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Errol Morris Retrospective: THE THIN BLUE LINE

June 20, 2017 8:45pm

Errol Morris Retrospective: In conjunction with The B-Side, we celebrate and screen the auteur's major works.

Errol Morris’s 1988 masterpiece created something beautiful out of a horrific real-life event—and even went on to effect real change. Billed as "the first movie mystery to actually solve a murder," The Thin Blue Line is credited with overturning the death sentence conviction of Randall Dale Adams for the murder of a Dallas police officer. With a mix of artful re-enactments and captivating interviews, Morris explores the circumstances that led to this wrongful conviction. Combining a superb score composed by Philip Glass and mesmerizing editing, the audience is pulled into a maze of unreliable witnesses and fuzzy evidence.

Alliance Française de Toronto

Fête de la musique

June 21, 2017 8:00pm

Fête de la musique 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


June 23, 2017 4:00pm to June 29, 2017 6:30pm

Errol Morris Retrospective: In conjunction with The B-Side, we celebrate and screen the auteur's major works.

From legendary documentarian Errol Morris (whose extensive oeuvre is the subject of a retrospective, June 16–20) comes one of his warmest films, an endearing look at the life and work of portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman. A magician with the large-format Polaroid Land 20x24 camera, Dorfman has taken thousands of pictures over several decades—Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg among her subjects. Morris gets a personal tour through Dorfman’s archive as she reflects on the art of photography. What subtly emerges is a study of how we see ourselves and that strange meeting point of real and fake, encapsulated by the still image.

The Royal Conservatory

4th Annual Wide Open House

June 25, 2017 10:00am

Come to the 4th Annual Wide Open House at The Royal Conservatory of Music (273 Bloor Street West) on Sunday, June 25, 2017. Fun for the entire family (10 am – 4 pm): Smart StartTM class for babies and toddlers; Kids Zone; instrument petting zoo; courtyard party. Special programming for adults (2:30 – 6pm): Music Appreciation; open jam sessions; instrument demonstrations and classes. Koerner Hall concerts throughout the day for all ages!
Location: Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 Bloor Street West
No tickets needed, but an updated schedule of events may be found at

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


June 25, 2017 11:00am

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

Best known for his Tales of the City series of novels, Armistead Maupin is a beloved literary figure and activist for LGBTQ rights, but first he had to shed his bigoted roots after growing up in North Carolina. From his conservative family, to enlisting as a naval officer during Vietnam, to working with Nixon, to settling in San Francisco, Maupin’s life journey is a fascinating story of self discovery and the evolution of sexual politics in America. He tells the tale in this heartening documentary along with a little help from his friends Neil Gaiman, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Ian McKellen and other familiar faces.

Director Jennifer Kroot will participate in a post-screening Skype Q&A.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

The Royal Canadian Legion Concert Band Annual Gala

June 25, 2017 7:30pm

In the Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal JCC
An enjoyable evening of spirited music performed by enthusiastic musicians, highlighted by the quintessential arrangement of Rossini’s William Tell Overture.
Adults - $15
Seniors / Students - $10
Children (6 and under) Free
Tickets must be purchased at the door - Cash only - Exact change is appreciated!

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Alternative Facts Survival Guide: VIDEOCRACY

June 27, 2017 6:30pm

Alternative Facts Survival Guide: Take heart! Today's best journalists arm you with the intellectual tools needed to decode a world of fake news.

A brutish egomaniac with a bad tan uses his television brand to vault himself into the country’s highest office. Sound familiar? In this darkly hilarious, award-winning examination of Silvio Berlusconi's media empire, director Erik Gandini shows how the autocratic billionaire has transformed Italian culture and politics, replacing democratic debate with empty-headed reality stars, mind-numbing variety shows and, as Gandini puts it, "the evilness of banality."

After the screening, we'll be joined by Craig Silverman, the top media editor at Buzzfeed, who has covered the Italian media industry and is arguably the world's leading reporter on the phenomenon of fake news.

The Royal Conservatory

Toronto Summer Music Festival Preview

June 28, 2017 1:00pm to July 12, 2017 3:00pm

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.

This summer, in celebration of Canada 150, Artistic Director Jonathan Crow has designed a wonderful schedule of concerts featuring some of Canada’s top classical musicians and ensembles in a broad variety of great music, from various eras, created here in Canada and around the world.

This 3-week series will delve into some of the works to be heard, offering insight and background to further your enjoyment of TSMF 2017. Also featured will be an appearance by Jonathan Crow for an informal Q & A session.

Register now at, or call 416-408-2825.

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...

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Bob Dylan on Screen: I'M NOT THERE

June 29, 2017 8:30pm

Bob Dylan on Screen: A cinematic tribute to the iconic troubadour, in conjunction with our Curious Minds course on Bob Dylan running May 19–June 23.

Hotly debated and lavishly praised upon its release in 2007, Todd Haynes's Academy Award–nominated portrait of the many faces of Bob Dylan depicts an artist whose continual reinvention of himself also transformed the world around him. I'm Not There shuffles between six characters in separate storylines that represent the different facets of Dylan's public persona (including poet, outlaw and rock n' roll martyr), each brought to life by a brilliant actor like Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw and Christian Bale. I'm Not There offers a mind-expanding tribute to the private history and public legend of an all-American icon.

a group of women standing and singing with music in their hands
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

SICA Singers

July 10, 2017 9:30am to July 14, 2017 4:30pm

The Summer Institute for Creative Adults (SICA) is a hands-on summer vocal camp week. 

Refresh your voice, gain confidence and valuable skills. Work with Toronto’s top music faculty. New this year: World Music and Jazz Choir.

July 10-14, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Info: (416) 924-6211 x250

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


July 21, 2017 6:30pm to July 27, 2017 6:30pm

It's the place where Charlie Chaplin became a movie legend, Donald Trump's family made its fortune and Jack London heard the 'call of the wild.' Dawson City, Yukon, is one of Canada's most storied communities—a place whose colourful history and stunning landscapes are shrouded in myth. Drawing from a collection of over 500 lost silent films made between the 1910s and 20s that were unearthed from a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory, Bill Morrison (Decasia) has created a singular movie experience. With a mesmerizing score from Sigur Ros collaborator Alex Somers, and delightful cameos from the likes of Calamity Jane, movie magnate Sid Grauman and the poet Robert Service, the film is a captivating time capsule and one of the most critically acclaimed docs of the year.

Co-presented by Toronto Silent Film Festival.


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


July 28, 2017 6:15pm to August 3, 2017 6:30pm

Winner of the Rogers Audience Award for Best Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs 2017, RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD reveals an essential and, until now, missing chapter in the history of popular music: the Indigenous influence. Lifting the veil on the enormous impact made by First Nations and Native American musicians including Robbie Robertson, Link Wray, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Charley Patton, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis and more, Rumble celebrates their genre-changing and undeniably catchy influence. Blending audio archives, concert footage and interviews with industry icons from Tony Bennett to Steven Tyler and Martin Scorsese, this Hot Docs hit and Sundance award-winner is an unforgettable and political exploration of a musical history that was silenced for too long.

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