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Pop Sherlock

August 19, 2017 9:00am to October 22, 2017 5:00pm

Sherlock Holmes is the ultimate pop culture icon. His influence is seen in every kind of popular media – from print, to stage and screen. Along the way, he has met and mixed with many of the most famous characters, brands, and stars of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Holmes first appeared in in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1887 novella A Study in Scarlet. Conan Doyle went on to write 59 more stories about Holmes, but the legend of the Great Detective continued to grow as many other writers took a turn at developing the character.

Pop Sherlock documents Holmes' role as an icon that has lasted generations and spanned the globe, showcasing a wide variety of his appearances in films, television, comic books and advertising.

The exhibit features an eclectic array of items from the library's Arthur Conan Doyle Collection including books, manuscripts, music, graphic arts, TV stills, movie scripts, ephemera and more.

Guided tours every Tuesday at 2 pm.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

A Colourful Life: The Art and Drawing of Josh Silburt

September 7, 2017 12:00pm to October 1, 2017 12:00pm

An exhibition of the political cartoons and landscape paintings of the Canadian artist Josh Silburt (1914-1991)

Silburt began his artistic training under Group of Seven member L.L. Fitzgerald at the Winnipeg School of Art in the 1930’s. His political cartoons appeared in all major Toronto newspapers in the early 1940’s. Silburt’s artistic ambition collided head on with his politics and Jewish identity throughout the upheavals of the Great Depression and WWII. After 1947, he gave up cartooning and became a prolific painter, developing his own unique style of palette knife application, capturing the beauty and ruggedness of his beloved Canada.

Ralph Wintrob will be presenting a tie-in lecture about the history of political cartooning in Canada for on Thursday September 28 at 1:30pm for an Active 55+ Culture program on that day. $5 Admission for this lecture only.

The Gallery at the J
Miles Nadal JCC
Sept 7-Oct 1, 2017
Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Free Admission
Gallery Coordinator Deanna Di Lello
deannad@mnjcc.org
416-924-6211 x250

The Royal Conservatory

Beethoven: The String Quartets

September 13, 2017 1:00pm to October 4, 2017 3:00pm

Wednesdays, 1-3pm

September 13 - October 4

The string quartets by Beethoven (1770-1827) encompass his most personal and intimate thoughts and ideas, his purist writing, clearly tracing his evolution as a master composer. The early period quartets show Beethoven's grasp of the 18th century models of Haydn and Mozart, while establishing his own identity. In his middle period quartets, Beethoven expands the scope and range, providing music of more complexity and intensity. The late period quartets present a music of new spirituality and mysticism "otherworldly" as the composer strives for new methods of expression and creativity. It has often been said, that to only know the symphonies, concertos and sonatas by Beethoven is to have an incomplete picture of his musical genius.

The Royal Conservatory

How Music Works: Part 1

September 15, 2017 10:00am to November 24, 2017 11:30am

If you've always wanted to understand how music "works," this practical session 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! We'll deconstruct selections from classical, folk, and popular repertoires---including Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," Pachelbel's "Canon," Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus," Bach's cello suites, and pieces by Bernstein, the Beatles, B.B. King, and Gershwin, among many others---and unlock the secrets of melody, rhythm, harmony, texture, form, genre, and more. Along the way, we'll cover topics such as basic staff notation, scales, intervals, time signatures, note and rest values, meters, chords, and cadences. In the final class, we'll put all the pieces together and apply our cumulative learning to an enlightening study of Beethoven's monumental Symphony No. 5. Participants will emerge from this course with a deeper understanding of the music they experience.

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/how-music-works-part-1/3570

The Royal Conservatory

How Music Works: Part 2

September 15, 2017 12:00pm to November 24, 2017 1:30pm

September 15 - November 24

Fridays, 12pm - 1:30pm

A continuation of 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. This series will draw connections between these diverse genres by looking at works by an eclectic list of composers and groups from Monteverdi, Bach and Mozart to Duke Ellington, Leonard Bernstein and Radiohead.

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/how-music-works-part-2/3571

The Royal Conservatory

How Jazz Works

September 15, 2017 2:00pm to November 24, 2017 3:30pm

September 15 - November 24

Fridays, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Jazz is a vibrant, exciting and vital art form that represents some of the most creative music-making from the early twentieth century through to the present day. This ten-week series will present a broad overview of the development of jazz styles including New Orleans traditional jazz, swing and big band music, bebop, the modern mainstream, and the avant-garde. Lectures will also cover musical features including melody, harmony, rhythm, form and the art of improvisation. Join us for an engaging exploration of the world of jazz!

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/how-jazz-works/3572

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

BLURRED LINES: INSIDE THE ART WORLD

September 15, 2017 4:00pm to September 20, 2017 8:45pm

This Hot Docs hit is an all-access pass into the contemporary art world. Modern art pieces from established names can go for what seems like absurd amounts of money, accessible only to the elite. Assessing the value of a work of art in both cultural and monetary terms is tricky territory that calls into question what we view and accept as art to begin with and how we commodify said value in our capitalist society. Filmmaker Barry Avrich takes you around the globe to auctions, museums, art openings and talks to experts and the artists themselves including Marina Abramovic and Julian Schnabel about this unregulated economic system and what it reveals. http://ow.ly/Gyhn30dy37O

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

THE FARTHEST

September 17, 2017 6:30pm to September 19, 2017 6:30pm

In this rousing testament to the desire to explore the unknown, The Farthest tells the story of the Twin Voyager probes launched into space in 1977, which have now visited Jupiter, Neptune and beyond. Carrying recordings and images of life on earth, if there are sentient beings out there, the Voyager will reach them—though long after we are gone. In present day they are entering deep space and exiting our solar system with their journey set to continue for millions of years, as possibly the only evidence of our existence. Featuring stunning imagery from the Voyager feeds, this cinematic experience celebrates a spectacular human achievement. http://ow.ly/5tNk30ehPwD

Curious Minds: LEARNING FROM PARIS: WHAT 1,000 YEARS OF PARISIAN ART, FOOD AND REVOLUTION HAVE GIVEN US.

September 18, 2017 10:00am to October 30, 2017 10:00am

Mondays, September 18–October 30, 10:00 a.m. to noon
*Please note there is no class October 9.

Governor General’s Award–nominated writer, journalist and host and co-writer of Discovery World’s travel show, Paris Next Stop, Lisa Pasold guides us through Paris’s incredible history.

From the muddy beginnings of Paris to today’s sparkling cosmopolitan centre, the City of Light has helped define Western ideas about city life. We’ll discuss historical turning points—including how Parisians invented the restaurant—and talk about literary Paris with celebrities like George Sand, Gertrude Stein and Hemingway. From revolutions that have torn up the city’s streets, to how the city was destroyed and rebuilt for modern living, this an unmissable and unmistakably impactful chronicle.

 Single Class: $20 (Members: $17, $14, Free)
6-Week Course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free)

Register: http://ow.ly/aM6v30dmUqo

The Royal Conservatory

Strauss' Women, Their Families and Their Lovers

September 20, 2017 10:00am to October 25, 2017 12:00pm

Wednesdays, 10am - 12pm 

September 20 - October 25

Almost all of Richard Strauss's 15 operas are named for their principal female characters or focus on their heroines. Although he certainly created some vivid male characters, the composer clearly had a special fondness for the female voice, showcasing it in an astonishingly wide range of dramatic situations running the gamut from horrific abuse to high romance. From Salome and Elektra through Arabella, Ariadne and Aminta to the Empress, the Marschallin and the Countess Madeleine, this 6-week series surveys the dramatic and musical challenges Strauss set for his leading ladies through the artistry of the great interpreters who have brought them to life on stage.

Participants in this course will receive a ticket to the dress rehearsal of the Canadian Opera Company's Canadian premiere of Strauss's Arabella.

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/strauss-women-their-families-and-their-lovers/3573

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

GLEN CAMPBELL: I'LL BE ME

September 20, 2017 6:15pm

On August 8, the world lost “sweet-voiced, guitar-picking son of a sharecropper” (The New York Times) Glen Campbell (Official). We pay tribute to country music legend with this special, one-off screening of the acclaimed documentary that tracked his final tour. What he thought would last for five weeks turned into 151 spectacular sold-out shows over a year and a half. What makes the tour truly extraordinary is that Glen had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and had been told to hang up his guitar and prepare for the inevitable. Special appearances include Bruce Springsteen, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban and many more. http://ow.ly/lc0u30euR36

cellist Winona Zelenka and pianist James Parker
University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Thursdays at Noon: Winona Zelenka and James Parker

September 21, 2017 12:10pm to 1:00pm

Winona Zelenka, Assistant Principal Cello with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Gryphon Trio’s James Parker perform Bach’s Three Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord.

All Thursdays at Noon concerts start at 12:10 pm in Walter Hall at 80 Queen's Park and are free.

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

L'Estonie au Cinema

September 21, 2017 7:30pm

On Thursday, September 21st at 7:30pm, Estonian Studies Centre and Alliance Francaise in collaboration present: L'Estonie au CInema.

The first film in the series Une Estonienne a Paris (Eestlanna Pariisis) will be screened at Alliance Francaise (24 Spadina Rd. At the corner of Lowther Ave. and Spadina Rd.).

In French with English subtitles. No admission fee.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Curious Minds: EATING ITALY: A DELICIOUS JOURNEY THROUGH ITALIAN CUISINE

September 22, 2017 10:00am to November 3, 2017 10:00am

Fridays, September 22–November 3, 10 a.m. to noon
*Please note there is no class on October 13

It is said that most people eat to live, while in Italy people live to eat. In this course, Hot Docs favourite Dr. Franco Gallippi returns to explore the history and cultural significance of some of the most famous dishes from his native land.

From a simple plate of “pasta e ceci” (pasta with chickpeas) to an elaborate “timballo di maccheroni” (Macaroni Timbale), Franco will use famous scenes in Italian cinema and literature to examine the ingredients and regional differences that have shaped these mouthwatering delicacies, and the identity and history of a people that never stops talking about food.

Single Class: $20 (Members: $17, $14, Free)
6-Week Course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free)

Register: http://ow.ly/FC9n30dmUDa 

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Opening of the "Building a Community: Estonian Architects in Post-War Toronto" Exhibit and Symposium

September 22, 2017 11:00am

On Friday, September 22nd at 11am, a symposium will be held at Tartu College dedicated to the opening of the exhibit Building a Community: Estonian Architects in Post-War Toronto. Architectural historians and publicists from both Canada and Estonia will be speaking. VEMU has been working in collaboration with the Museum of Estonian Architecture in Tallinn since 2015 to prepare an exhibit about architects in Toronto with Estonian backgrounds. The exhibit will celebrate both Canada's 150th and Estonia's 100th birthdays. The exhibit will be on display in Tallinn at the Museum of Estonian Architecture Museum in 2018.

The symposium will be in English. No admission fee. A small donation would be appreciated.

For more information: piret.noorhani@vemu.ca, t. 416 925 9405

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

LET THERE BE LIGHT

September 22, 2017 1:00pm to September 28, 2017 8:45pm

Surely the most ambitious ongoing project on the planet, scientists from the wealthiest countries have gathered in the French countryside to create an artificial sun. The end goal? Energy for the whole world. With time and money poured into the experiment, its failure would be a huge blow against the quest for alternative energy sources. Meanwhile, independent engineers are working on their own towards the same results, to harness nuclear fusion as a sustainable solution. Let There Be Light gives you insider access to this epic science experiment as some of the world's greatest minds strive to make a monumental breakthrough. http://ow.ly/CR0x30ehyzA

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

THE LAST DALAI LAMA?

September 22, 2017 3:30pm to September 28, 2017 3:30pm

Now in his 80s, the Dalai Lama is dealing with mortality but it doesn’t seem to concern him much. This inspiring documentary looks at the life of the Dalai Lama and focuses on his thoughts and reflections looking back and forward. The big question everyone is asking: will the Dalai Lama be reincarnated again? He isn’t so sure. The Last Dalai Lama? also features interviews with those who admire him, including Philip Glass, who composes the film’s score with Tenzin Choegyal. Scenes of the Dalai Lama visiting young students demonstrate he’s still youthful himself and not done spreading the word of peace. http://ow.ly/cDuM30eqIVR

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

RAT FILM

September 22, 2017 8:45pm

Baltimore is so full of rats that its garbage cans are designed according to how high a rat can jump. Home to the Black Lives Matter movement, the city is one of the most segregated in the U.S. With a sly and cutting approach, Rat Film examines the dismaying divide by turning its lens on to the rampant rodent population. Baltimore’s failure to control its "rat problem" reflects a systemic neglect that fosters desperate communities. Set to eerie deadpan narration, this documentary incisively deconstructs the problematic fabric of an American city. http://ow.ly/TD8m30eETO8

Director Theo Anthony will participate in a post-screening Skype Q&A.

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Tartu College 47!

September 23, 2017 3:00pm

On Saturday, September 23rd at 3pm, the Rector of the Estonian Academy of Arts, Professor Mart Kalm will be giving the Dr. Vello Soots Memorial Lecture on the topic: Constructed Estonia. Houses as the Shapers of Identity. The lecture will be followed by a reception to celebrate Tartu College'is 47th anniversary.

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

For more information: piret.noorhani@vemu.ca, t. 416 925 9405

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Author Event: The New Yorker's Daniel Mendelsohn presents An Odyssey

September 25, 2017 6:30pm

An award-winning memoirist, critic and New Yorker contributor, Daniel Mendelsohn has been called "the best writer and critic at work today" by The New York Review of Books. In this Toronto debut, he joins award-winning critic and University of Toronto English professor Nick Mount to discuss his new memoir An Odyssey, a deeply moving tale of a father and son's transformative journey in reading Homer's epic masterpiece. When Mendelsohn's mathematician father signs up for his son's Homer seminar at Bard College, the older man sets in motion an odyssey both hilarious and heartfelt in what is destined to be the memoir hit of the year.  http://ow.ly/ebut30ehyf1 

An Odyssey will be on sale and Daniel Mendelsohn will be signing copies after the event.

Presented with Penguin Random House Canada.

 

The Royal Conservatory

Eight Great Composers

September 26, 2017 10:00am to November 14, 2017 12:00pm

Tuesdays, 10am - 12pm

September 26 - November 14

Back by popular demand, this is another series of surveys of another eight composers. You'll learn about their lives and loves, the influences on them, some of the social history of the time and how it affected them. You'll discover some of the basic forms and structures of music, and of course, hear lots of great music, uncovering new insights into what to listen for and why this music has been loved by millions. Composers to be covered this time are Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Haydn, Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn, Brahms, Elgar, Sibelius and Ravel.

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/eight-great-composers/3575

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Author Event: Adam Gopnik presents At the Stranger's Gate: Arrivals in NYC

September 26, 2017 6:30pm

A beloved New Yorker writer and Canadian expat, Adam Gopnik has won legions of fans with his bestselling memoirs Paris to the Moon and Through the Children’s Gate. Hot Docs is proud to present the first Canadian event to celebrate the launch of At the Stranger's Gate: Arrivals in New York. Be the first to hear Adam Gopnik tell some of the best moments from his new memoir about moving to New York in the 1980s: a pilgrimage site for the young and the arty and ambitious.  http://ow.ly/5x6j30ehxjj

At the Stranger's Gate will be on sale and Gopnik will be signing copies after the event.

Presented with Penguin Random House Canada.

The Royal Conservatory

Operas and their Musical Contexts

September 28, 2017 10:00am to November 16, 2017 12:00pm

Thursdays, 10am - 12pm

September 28 - November 16

While operas offer a rich feast of soaring music, grand themes and exotic settings, they are also stories - about people, strong emotions and the human condition.In this series, four or five specific operas will be selected for study. One week will be a musical and dramatic presentation of an opera. The next week will be an exploration of other music " symphonic, piano or art songs" written at the same time in history as the opera just presented. In all weeks, you will be immersed in the sound and meaning of what makes each work - opera or instrumental - "tick".Operas may include those by Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Bizet, Puccini and Strauss. The glorious music of these operas will entice you to sit down and immerse yourself in the operatic listening experience!

This series is suitable for opera neophytes and aficionados alike. Some sessions will include live performances from students of the Glenn Gould School.

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/operas-and-their-musical-contexts/3771

UofT Jazz Studies logo
University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Thursdays at Noon: Dave Young, Dave Restivo and Gordon Foote

September 28, 2017 12:10pm to 1:00pm

Juno Award-winning bassist Dave Young joins pianist Dave Restivo and saxophonist Gordon Foote in an all-UofT Jazz faculty trio with special guests.

All Thursdays at Noon concerts start at 12:10 pm in Walter Hall at 80 Queen's Park and are free.
 

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

The Power of Political Cartoons

September 28, 2017 1:00pm

A daytime lecture with guest speaker Ralph Wintrob
Learn about Canadian Jewish cartoonists Josh Silburt and Gary Clement, and what it takes to create editorial illustrations that influence public perceptions.
$5 (includes refreshments)
info: lisar@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x155

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Author Event: Juliet's Answer and the magic of Verona

September 28, 2017 6:30pm

Glenn Dixon joins us to discuss and present his new memoir. In Juliet's Answer, the acclaimed author, journalist and documentary filmmaker travels to Verona to mend a broken heart. As he settles into the charming, picturesque city, he learns the traditions of the locals and volunteers to answer the thousands of letters addressed to Shakespeare's fictional Juliet, sent from lovelorn people all over the world. In this special "Night in Italy," Dixon joins Quill and Quire editor Sue Carter to recount his adventures in Verona and present photos and clips from his search for the real-life Romeo and Juliet. Hear a heartwarming tale of modern day love while exploring one of the world's most enthralling countries. http://ow.ly/hbtn30ehwY9

Co-presented with Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

Juliet's Answer will be on sale and Glenn Dixon will be signing copies after the event.

Presented with Simon and Schuster.

 

Bata Shoe Museum

Sketching in the Galleries

September 29, 2017 5:30pm

Come and be inspired by the collection of the Bata Shoe Museum! From delicate 19th century slippers to the artistry and workmanship of Arctic kamiks, the artefacts on display at the BSM provide endless opportunities to be creative. Participants of any skill level are invited to spend a quiet hour in the museum after we close to the general public. Supplies not provided, dry mediums only please.
5:30-7:30pm | $5 per person | Tickets available online or at the door.  For more information call 416-979-7799 or visit www.batashoemuseum.ca

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Black Ribbon Day Lecture: Sofi Oksanen

September 30, 2017 4:30pm

On Satuday, September 30th at 4:30pm, the Estonian Central Council in Canada, UpNorth.eu, University of Toronto Finnish Studies Program, House of Anansi Press, and ESC/VEMU present a Black Ribbon Day lecture at the University of Toronto Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Ave, Toronto). The guest speaker is the international bestselling author, Sofi Oksanen, who will speak about the politicization and falsification of history.

The lecture is in English. Register here.

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

 

Jazz Meets Classical - Free Lecture
The Royal Conservatory

Jazz Meets Classical - Free Lecture

September 30, 2017 5:00pm to 6:00pm

As part of the Ontario Culture Days festival, join Music Appreciation instructor and percussionist, Mark Micklethwaite for an exciting 1 hour presentation about the points of convergence between Jazz and Classical Music! This interactive presentation will feature live music from pianist, Qiao Yi Miao Mu. Free admission. 

Bata Shoe Museum

Nuit Blanche Toronto at the BSM

September 30, 2017 7:00pm

Join us at the BSM for this exciting all night contemporary art event and see talented artists transform our indoor and outdoor spaces. Details on the installations available on our website .
7pm-7am | Free | Includes access to all BSM exhibitions

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Silvia Ilves in Concert

September 30, 2017 7:30pm

On Saturday, September 30th at 7:30pm, the Estonian Arts Centre presents Silvia Ilves in Concert at Trinity St. Paul United Church (427 Bloor St. W.), accompanied by Charles Kipper (piano) and Viljar Weimann (conductor). Silvia Ilves is an accomplished cellist from Estonia. Silvia won the International Competition of Young Musicians in 2002 at just ten years old. She currently performs solo, but also plays as a part of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ERSO), and Klaaspärlimäng Sinfonietta.

Tickets: $20 adults/$15 students avaliable at the door.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Spadina Synagogue Walk

October 1, 2017 12:00pm
With Suzanne Keppler
Take an outdoor stroll through old Jewish Spadina and visit sukkot at historic Kensington synagogues, stopping at the sites of shmatah stores, kosher butchers, the original Shopsy's, Yiddish theatre, and union headquarters along the way. Meet at the MNjcc and bring TTC fare. Free. Presented by the Downtown Jewish Community School Adult Education program with the MNjcc.
info: principal@djcs.org
Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

EERO, ESC/VEMU and EFBA present Northern Spirit: Estonian Fashion & Design Experience

October 1, 2017 1:00pm

On Sunday, October 1st, 2017, EERO, ESC/VEMU and EFBA (Estonian Fashion Brands Association) will be hosting a charity fundraising event at Tartu College: Northern Spirit: Estonian Fashion & Design Experience. 10 fashion brands and designers from Estonia will be presenting their creations in two fashion shows beginning at 2pm and 7pm (doors open at 1pm and 6pm). A pop-up store will be open, where preorders for fashion designers' work and online orders can be made. The products will be sent to buyers at a later date. Drinks and appetizers will be available at the cash bar. This event celebrates both Canada' 150th and Estonia's 100th birthdays, and is also a part of the program for Canada's national event, Culture Days, taking place from September 29th to October 1st, 2017. From September 28th-October 2nd, a showroom introducing the brands will be open at Tartu College. Times to be announced.

Tickets $40/$20 (students) will be on sale beginning September 5th at vemu.ca, Tartu College, and the Toronto Estonian Credit Union (for the bank's open hours visit www.estoniancu.com). The event will be in English.

For more information: piret.noorhani@vemu.ca, t. 416 925 9405

Bata Shoe Museum

Culture Days at the BSM

October 1, 2017 1:00pm

Culture Days is an annual event which invites everyone to explore, discover and participate in arts and culture activities across the country. As part of this year’s Culture Days celebration, the BSM will be welcoming a musician from Tafelmusik who will perform in our atrium.  Drop by our lobby and enjoy the performance!

 

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Splash’N Boots Big Yellow Tunes Tour!

October 1, 2017 1:00pm

Presented by Treehouse
1:00 and and 4:00 pm in the Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal JCC

Recently nominated for their 4th Juno award for Children's Album Of The Year, Splash and Boots "Big Yellow Tunes Tour" includes the entire Big Yellow Boot family! Dance along with Charlie and Keys, get ready to shake it with Jumping Jack Granny...and stay tuned for a premiere appearance from Chef Brock Lee!

The Royal Conservatory

Ensemble Made In Canada with Scott St. John

October 1, 2017 2:00pm

This piano quartet is known for their “dramatic, nuanced, and, where appropriate, playful performances.” (The WholeNote) Angela Park (piano), Elissa Lee (violin), Sharon Wei (viola), and Rachel Mercer (cello) are joined by violin/violist Scott St. John in quintets by Mahler, Suk, and Dvorák.

 

Sunday Interludes concert series generously supported by Dorothy Cohen Shoichet

Bata Shoe Museum

Culture Days at the BSM

October 1, 2017 3:00pm

Culture Days is an annual event which invites everyone to explore, discover and participate in arts and culture activities across the country. As part of this year’s Culture Days celebration, the BSM will be welcoming a musician from Tafelmusik who will perform in our atrium. 

3-4pm | Free | Limited seating - First come, first seated

U of T Bass Day 2017
University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Culture Days: Bass Day World Record & Bass Petting Zoo

October 1, 2017 4:00pm to 5:00pm

As part of Culture Days, our Bass Day participants will attempt a world record for the most bassists ever to play “The Elephant” from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns! Following that, check out the Bass Petting Zoo.

Philosopher’s Walk, at back entrance of 80 Queen’s Park

Free and open to the public

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

From Public Stage to Private Parlour - a lecture-recital with Enrico Elisi

October 2, 2017 7:30pm

Join pianist Enrico Elisi for a lecture-recital highlighting the keyboard compositions of Gioachino Rossini. The lecture portion will be interspersed with several played examples and will end with a performance of selections from Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age).

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

$40, $25 senior, $10 student | Tickets available online or by phone @ www.music.utoronto.ca or 416-408-0208  

Enrico Elisi is a Steinway Concert Artist. Visit www.enricoelisi.com for more information.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Doc Soup: BENDING THE ARC

October 4, 2017 6:30pm to October 5, 2017 6:45pm

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

Thirty years ago, a group of improbable heroes came together on a mission that was both medical and moral, and, by everyone’s estimation other than their own, highly unlikely to succeed. Their goal was simple but daring: to make high quality healthcare available to everyone, even in the world’s poorest countries. Fighting entrenched diseases, political and bureaucratic machinery, and the charity-industrial complex itself, these crusaders forced the international community to embrace the idea that health care must be a basic human right in every society, and went ahead to provide it. In doing so, they have changed the lives of millions of people across the globe. Told through interviews, rare archival material and on-the-ground contemporary footage featuring Dr. Paul Farmer (legendary founder of Partners In Health), Dr. Jim Yong Kim (maverick President of the World Bank), and Dr. Agnes Binagwaho (controversial Health Minister of Rwanda), the film is an emotionally charged, dramatic and inspiring journey with these brilliant and headstrong heroes. http://ow.ly/ZnVA30eCPAi

Co-director Pedro Kos will participate in post-screening Q&As on October 4 (in person) and October 5 (via Skype). 

Single Ticket: $17
Cinema Member Ticket: $12, $10, $8
Student Same-Day Ticket: $8.50 (with valid student ID, Wednesday 9:15 p.m. screening only)

Jonathan Crow, violin, Andrew Wan, violin, Eric Nowlin, viola, Brian Manker, cello
University of Toronto Faculty of Music

New Orford String Quartet

October 5, 2017 7:30pm

GELLMAN Musica Aeterna
RAVEL String Quartet in F major
TCHAIKOVSKY String Quartet No. 3 in E flat minor, Op. 30

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

$40, $25 senior, $10 student | Tickets available online or by phone @ www.music.utoronto.ca or 416-408-0208  

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

UNARMED VERSES

October 6, 2017 6:30pm to October 11, 2017 8:15pm

The acclaimed winner of the Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award at Hot Docs 2017, Unarmed Verses follows Francine Valentine, a 12-year-old Black girl who is just one of many people facing eviction from a low-income housing block in Toronto's north-east end due to the impending demolition of their home. With a creative spirit, love for art and perceptive point of view beyond her years, Francine and other neighbourhood children turn to creative expression, as they prepare to record music and poetry at a local studio. Director Charles Officer crafts a moving local coming-of-age story about community, adversity, economic disparity and identity that celebrates our bonds and ability to persevere. http://ow.ly/5EWo30erYuz

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

SCHOOL LIFE

October 6, 2017 6:30pm to October 11, 2017 1:00pm

This isn't Dead Poets Society, but it will fill you with the same zest for the power of education—and an excellent teacher. For John and Amanda Leyden, work as instructors at Headfort School over the past 46 years has been more than just any vocation. Within the walls of the school, they are caregivers and coaches, music managers and theatre directors. No matter if you’re an introverted recluse or an easily distracted troublemaker, in the eyes of John and Amanda, you belong. Observe the comings and goings of this school in the charming hamlet of Kells, tucked in the rolling hills of County Meath, and celebrate not only the singularly special bond between teacher and student—but the importance of inspiring a new generation. http://ow.ly/vxbC30eZHMp

The Royal Conservatory

Gábor Takács-Nagy conducts the Royal Conservatory Orchestra

October 6, 2017 8:00pm

Founder of the legendary Takács Quartet, Hungarian Maestro Gábor Takács-Nagy has been the music director of the Weinberger Kammerorchestra, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, MAV Symphony Orchestra Budapest, and Principal Artistic Partner of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

The Royal Conservatory Orchestra (RCO), part of the Temerty Orchestral Program, is widely regarded as an outstanding ensemble and one of the best training orchestras in North America. It consists of instrumental students in the Performance Diploma Program and Artist Diploma Program of The Glenn Gould School. Graduates of the RCO have joined the ranks of the greatest orchestras in the world. 

 

Please join us for a prelude performance in Koerner Hall at 6:45pm.

 

Program:

Felix Mendelssohn: The Hebrides Overture in B Minor, op. 26

Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, S. 124 (León Bernsdorf, piano)

Pyotr Il′yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, op. 36

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

JERRY LEWIS: THE MAN BEHIND THE CLOWN

October 8, 2017 2:00pm

Pay tribute to the weird and wonderful Jerry Lewis, who died in August of this year. At one point, Lewis was the most famous funny-man in America, having risen quickly to the top of Hollywood through his hit act with Dean Martin. Then he took over the silver screen, starring in a number of comedies before stepping behind the camera himself to craft classics like The Bellboy and The Nutty Professor. A clown, an innovator and a visionary artist, Lewis hasn’t always gotten his due—though famously the French have always adored him—and this lovingly made documentary featuring interviews with Martin Scorsese, Pierre Étaix, Jonathan Rosenbaum, and the man himself candidly recalling his career, is a fitting tribute to the legend. http://ow.ly/mNrT30f1mH9

Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown (61 min) will be preceded by a short film:

The Man Who Shot Hollywood
D: Barry Avrich | USA | 2015 | 12 min

Jack Pashkovsky worked anonymously as a photographer, quietly amassing one of the greatest celebrity photo collections.

The Royal Conservatory

Jazz Meets Classical: Points of Convergence

October 11, 2017 1:00pm to November 15, 2017 3:00pm

Wednesdays, 1-3pm

October 11 - November 15

Although the genres of jazz and classical music can be said to possess distinctive characteristics, both look to each other for inspiration and inevitably exert a subtle yet undeniable influence on one another. In this series, we?ll look at the similarities and differences between these musical styles, while exploring the intersections that have spawned new musical treasures.

We?ll look at classical composers who composed works inspired by jazz, such as Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Darius Milhaud, and Igor Stravinsky We?ll explore jazz icons like Duke Ellington, John Lewis, Gunther Schuller, all of whom interpreted classical music in interesting ways. And we?ll listen to innovative contemporary artists such as Uri Caine, Brad Mehldau, Wayne Shorter, and Patrick Zimmereli who combine the world of classical music and jazz improvisation to create new sounds and structures.

Through listening, lecture and discussion, you'll come away with a greater understanding of the jazz and classical genres and how their points of convergence come together to create a broad range of beautiful music.

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/jazz-meets-classical-points-of-convergence/3772

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Panel: Beyond the Blood - Hot Docs Podcast Festival

October 12, 2017 9:30am

Hot Docs Podcast Festival: See your favourite podcasts live on stage.

Panel: Beyond the Blood: Turning True Crime Stories Into Artful Podcasts

From Serial and Criminal: A Podcast to Crimetown and My Favorite Murder, the true crime genre has produced some of the most popular and provocative podcasts of the last few years. Join Hot Docs senior programmer Myrocia Watamaniuk for a conversation with three talented podcasters who have taken the genre beyond schlocky thrills, using crime stories to explore unforgettable characters and important social issues. http://ow.ly/ocaK30ewbvL

The panel includes:

David Ridgen 
Producer, writer and host of Someone Knows Something, and an award-winning filmmaker.

Connie Walker 
Host of Missing and Murdered.

Tally Abecassis 
Host and creator of First Day Back Podcast and documentary filmmaker.

Moderator: Myrocia Watamaniuk, Hot Docs senior international programmer.

Half-hour networking session to follow.

All-Access Pass: $199 
Member price: $169 

Conference Pass (one ticket to each panel): $64 
Member price: $44 

Tickets: $19
Member price: $15

Lead Sponsor: Rakuten Kobo

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Panel: Finding Your Voice - Hot Docs Podcast Festival

October 12, 2017 11:30am

Hot Docs Podcast Festival: See your favourite podcasts live on stage.

Panel: Finding Your Voice: The Art and Craft of Hosting a Podcast

The Globe and Mail's Hannah Sung (co-host of the award-winning Colour Code podcast) sits down with three popular podcast hosts for a candid chat about their craft. How did they cultivate their talents as on-air storytellers and interviewers? What sort of relationship do they hope to build with their audiences? And how do they tailor their approach to each new story and podcast they work on? http://ow.ly/GvKr30ewc3b

The panel includes:

Sook-Yin Lee
Host of CBC’s Sleepover

Ryan McMahon 
Host of Red Man Laughing and Canadaland Commons.

Dan Misener 
Host of Grownups Read Things - Hot Docs Podcast Festival.

Moderator: Hannah Sung, co-host of the Globe and Mail's award-winning Colour Code podcast.

Half-hour networking session to follow.

All-Access Pass: $199 
Member price: $169 

Conference Pass (one ticket to each panel): $64 
Member price: $44 

Tickets: $19
Member price: $15

Lead Sponsor: Rakuten Kobo

The Royal Conservatory

Franz Schubert: The Early Romantic Spirit

October 12, 2017 1:00pm to November 16, 2017 3:00pm

Thursdays, 1-3pm

October 12 - November 16

Although Franz Schubert (1797 -1828) lived a short life in Vienna of only 31 years, he left us a marvelous treasure chest of songs, piano music, chamber music and symphonies. With a natural gift for melody, Schubert brought a fresh, expressive and more emotional quality to his works, as the burgeoning 19th century Romantic trend in the arts developed into the full-fledged movement. Exhibiting innocence, passion, sorrow, joy and playfulness, the Viennese have long claimed that Schubert should be experienced with "one eye dry, the other wet." Using classic recordings from the past and present, Rick Phillips will present an informative and enlightening series, opening eyes and ears to Schubert's marvelous musical world.

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/franz-schubert-the-early-romantic-spirit/3582

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Missing Richard Simmons - Hot Docs Podcast Festival

October 12, 2017 6:30pm

Hot Docs Podcast Festival: See your favourite podcasts live on stage.

The show that launched a thousand think pieces and ruled the iTunes charts for months, Missing Richard Simmons was a riveting—and hotly debated—exploration of the life and cultural impact of the reclusive fitness guru. In this Canadian premiere, host Dan Taberski sits down with Lindsay Michael, host of CBC Podcast Playlist, for a deep dive into the story behind the story, and the surprising discoveries he made along the way. Revisit excerpts with Dan's commentary and explore the tough editorial choices he had to make, including last minute changes to the final episode. Hear the untold story of the year’s most buzzworthy podcast. http://ow.ly/3Mfx30ew32u

All-Access Pass: $199 
Member price: $169 

Tickets: $34 
Member price: $29

Lead Sponsor: Rakuten Kobo

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids - Hot Docs Podcast Festival

October 12, 2017 9:30pm

 

Hot Docs Podcast Festival: See your favourite podcasts live on stage.

Since 2007, brave adults across Canada have shared their weird and wonderful childhood and teenage writing at these live, onstage storytelling events. Back by popular demand after a raucous, sold-out show at last year’s festival, Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids is one of the country’s most popular podcasts, inviting listeners to connect with the strange, sincere and outlandish people they used to be. Open the festival with a bang as creators Dan and Jenna Misener present new readers and fan favourites in one of their most diverse and exciting lineups to date. Book your tickets fast to hear these embarrassing, moving and hilarious stories. http://ow.ly/hFHT30ew3Ru

All-Access Pass: $199 
Member price: $169 

Tickets: $29
Member price: $23

Lead Sponsor: Rakuten Kobo

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Panel: Podcasting Essentials - Hot Docs Podcast Festival

October 13, 2017 9:00am

Hot Docs Podcast Festival: See your favourite podcasts live on stage.

Panel: Podcasting Essentials: The Skills You Need to Make and Market Your Show

Podcasting experts relay the practical nitty-gritty on recording, editing and distributing your show. Bring your notepad and hear about: the best equipment and software; studio rental options; contracting out editing and other post-recording tasks; setting realistic expectations for listenership numbers; and how to monetize once you’ve hit the ground running. http://ow.ly/2xZA30ewj2c

The panel includes:

JP Davidson
Independent podcast producer, instructor of Camp Tech's Intro to Podcasting workshop and creator of Ottawa's PopUp Podcasting Studio.

Suzanne Hancock 
Host of Sunday Night Dinner.

Nana aba Duncan 
Host of Fresh Air and the independent Media Girlfriends.

Sebastian Major 
Host of Our Fake History.

Moderator: Avery Swartz, founder and CEO of Camp Tech. Swartz is the resident tech expert on CTV’s Your Morning and hosts the Camp Tech podcast.

Half-hour networking session to follow.
All-Access Pass: $199 
Member price: $169 

Conference Pass (one ticket to each panel): $64 
Member price: $44 

Tickets: $19
Member price: $15

Lead Sponsor: Rakuten Kobo

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Panel: Ready for Takeoff - Hot Docs Podcast Festival

October 13, 2017 11:00am

Hot Docs Podcast Festival: See your favourite podcasts live on stage.

Panel: Ready for Takeoff: What It Takes to Launch a Successful New Podcast

Join three veteran podcasters as they discuss their experiences launching some of the most acclaimed podcasts in recent memory. What creative, business and editorial adjustments did they make as they developed their shows? How did they staff and finance their projects, and work to grow their audiences? Go behind the scenes with some of the most talented podcasters working today. http://ow.ly/5R4T30ewfE2

The panel includes:

First Look Media’s Leital Molad, 
Executive producer of Missing Richard Simmons and Intercepted.

Gimlet Media’s Eric Eddings 
Co-host of The Nod and producer of Mogul.

CANADALAND’s Jesse Brown 
Host/producer who has overseen the launch of Canadaland, The Imposterand Canadaland Commons.

Moderator: Stephanie McArthur, Hot Docs industry programs manager.

Half-hour networking session to follow.

All-Access Pass: $199 
Member price: $169 

Conference Pass (one ticket to each panel): $64 
Member price: $44 

Tickets: $19
Member price: $15

Lead Sponsor: Rakuten Kobo

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Panel: The Decision Makers - Hot Docs Podcast Festival

October 13, 2017 1:00pm

Hot Docs Podcast Festival: See your favourite podcasts live on stage.

Panel: The Decision Makers: Podcast Executives in Conversation

How does a major podcasting network build its roster of shows? What are the attributes their executives look for when scouting talent? And what are the creative and commercial trends that shape how these decisions get made? Explore these questions in depth with three of North America’s most influential podcast executives. http://ow.ly/76XW30ewik6

The panel includes:

Julie Shapiro 
Executive Producer of the Radiotopia podcast network.

Caitlin Kenney 
VP for New Show Development at Gimlet Media

Arif Noorani 
Executive Producer of CBC Original Podcasts.

Moderator: Stephanie McArthur, Hot Docs industry programs manager.

Half-hour networking session to follow.

All-Access Pass: $199 
Member price: $169 

Conference Pass (one ticket to each panel): $64 
Member price: $44 

Tickets: $19
Member price: $15

Lead Sponsor: Rakuten Kobo

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Intercepted - Hot Docs Podcast Festival

October 13, 2017 6:30pm

Hot Docs Podcast Festival: See your favourite podcasts live on stage.

Founded by Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras in 2013,The Intercept has become a bastion of fearless and provocative independent journalism. With Donald Trump and his cronies consolidating power, Scahill’s new podcast could not be more timely and essential. One of America’s most acclaimed investigative reporters, Scahill has made Intercepted a platform for urgent political stories and probing interviews with thought leaders including Edward Snowden, Naomi Klein and Chris Hayes. Join Scahill for his first live recording outside the U.S. as he checks in with expert guests to assess the most pressing stories of the week—and speak truth to power. http://ow.ly/U0Da30ew4Lb

All-Access Pass: $199 
Member price: $169 

Tickets: $34 
Member price: $29

Lead Sponsor: Rakuten Kobo 

The Royal Conservatory

SEASON GALA: Bill Murray, Jan Vogler, and Friends – New Worlds SOLD OUT

October 13, 2017 8:00pm

The one-and-only Bill Murray will read Hemingway, Whitman, and Mark Twain, dance a tango, and sing on the Koerner Hall stage. An ensemble led by his friend, cellist Jan Vogler, will perform works by Bach, Piazzolla, Ravel, and Bernstein, in this evening where music and literature meet.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

The Nod - Hot Docs Podcast Festival

October 13, 2017 9:30pm

Hot Docs Podcast Festival: See your favourite podcasts live on stage.

This highly anticipated new podcast from Gimlet Media, home of hit shows including Reply all and StartUp Podcast, gleefully explores all the beautiful and complicated dimensions of Black life. Whether they’re fact-checking conspiracy theories about Beyoncé and the Illuminati or profiling a YouTube sex empress, hosts Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings (the duo behind celebrated podcast For Colored Nerds, as well as the Gimlet shows Sampler and Mogul, respectively) bring infectious humour and curiosity to the intersection of race and pop culture. Expect fun, games and razor-sharp insights when Brittany and Eric hit the Hot Docs stage in this Canadian premiere of the show The A.V. Club calls "a gem." http://ow.ly/TyiR30ew553

Just Announced!
In Toronto, they are joined by two of our city's funniest and boldest women: Sarah Hagi and Vicky Mochama

All-Access Pass: $199 
Member price: $169 

Tickets: $29
Member price: $23 

Lead Sponsor: Rakuten Kobo

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

The Fridge Light - Hot Docs Podcast Festival

October 14, 2017 12:30pm

Hot Docs Podcast Festival: See your favourite podcasts live on stage.

Chris Nuttall-Smith is Canada’s food-writer-in-chief: the former The Globe and Mail restaurant critic has been called a “colossal” figure in the culinary landscape by The Guardian. In his delicious new CBC original podcast, Chris explores the ways that science, economics and culture combine to shape the things we love to eat. Make sure to grab some popcorn for this live debut, as Chris brings on leading food experts to reveal the hidden story of snacking, a surprisingly personal—and political—food category. Hear why our favourite snacks, from chips to Sriracha beef jerky, say a lot about the way people eat around the world. http://ow.ly/RrrB30ew6Hk

All-Access Pass: $199 
Member price: $169 

Tickets: $29
Member price: $23

Lead Sponsor: Rakuten Kobo 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Ear Hustle - Hot Docs Podcast Festival

October 14, 2017 4:30pm

Hot Docs Podcast Festival: See your favourite podcasts live on stage.

The world’s first podcast made from prison by inmates, Ear Hustle Podcastis a riveting, chart-topping new show from Radiotopia and PRX. The product of a remarkable creative partnership between Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and Nigel Poor, a Bay Area artist, the show presents compelling, stark and sometimes funny stories of daily life behind bars—from having pets to finding a "cellie" who doesn't drive you mad. In this one-of-a-kind live event, Nigel will present newly crafted recordings made in collaboration with Earlonne at San Quentin and take us behind the scenes of one of the year’s most groundbreaking shows. http://ow.ly/OKzL30ew6Wc

All-Access Pass: $199 
Member price: $169 

Tickets: $34 
Member price: $29

Lead Sponsor: Rakuten Kobo

The Royal Conservatory

Miles Electric Band

October 14, 2017 8:00pm

The Miles Electric Band has powered onto the jazz scene, breathing new life into the music of Davis’s electric period with an all-star attitude. The Miles Electric Band brings together contemporaries of Davis’s with a whole new generation of musicians to perform music from the ground-breaking 1969-75 era. Artists in the band played with Davis during this seminal period when he released the albums Bitches Brew, On The Corner and Jack Johnson. Like Davis, they continue to push the cultural envelope forward, with an eclectic fusion of jazz, rock, hip hop and world music, proving that the music of Miles will always transcend space and time.

Led by Grammy Award-winning drummer, former bandmate and nephew of Miles Davis, Vincent Wilburn, Jr., principal band members include two-time Grammy nominee Robert Irving on piano, legendary P-funk guitarist Blackbyrd McKnight, acclaimed percussionist Munyungo Jackson, saxophonist Antoine Roney (Lenny Kravitz, Elvin Jones), The Rolling Stones bassist Darryl Jones, programmer/re-mixer DJ Logic, and sitting in for Miles on trumpet is the Grammy nominated Christian Scott. 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Another Round - Hot Docs Podcast Festival

October 14, 2017 9:15pm

Hot Docs Podcast Festival: See your favourite podcasts live on stage.

On their wildly popular, award-winning Buzzfeed podcast, hosts Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton have brought their canny, irreverent and laugh-out-loud funny commentary to interviews with cultural heavyweights including Hillary Clinton, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda. Their hilarious, thought-provoking segments touch on everything from race, gender and pop culture to squirrels, mangoes and bad jokes. As Heben and Tracy put it, the show is “basically happy hour with friends you haven’t met yet,” and you’ll find out why when Another Round brings its delightful, bourbon-based sound to Toronto for the first time. Raise a glass—or three—with the show The Atlantic calls a “cultural sensation.“ http://ow.ly/SM8530ew7sU

All-Access Pass: $199 
Member price: $169 

Tickets: $34 
Member price: $29

Lead Sponsor: Rakuten Kobo

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Modern Love - Hot Docs Podcast Festival

October 15, 2017 12:30pm

Hot Docs Podcast Festival: See your favourite podcasts live on stage. 

Every Sunday, the New York Times Modern Love column presents a beautifully-crafted first-person story about the joys and tribulations of love. In this podcast based on the beloved feature, notable personalities from Judd Apatow to Laura Dern and Issa Rae read their favourite columns before getting a life update from the essayists themselves. Join executive producer Iris Adler, sound designer John Perotti, Modern Love column editor Daniel Jones and a cast of brilliant actors as they bring their favourite stories of the heart on the Hot Docs stage. Experience the intimate and moving show that everyone from The Atlantic to Vogue agrees is one of the year’s best podcasts. http://ow.ly/w6Me30ew8EL

All-Access Pass: $199 
Member price: $169 

Tickets: $34 
Member price: $29

Lead Sponsor: Rakuten Kobo

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Toronto Jewish Film Society:The Human Resources Manager

October 15, 2017 4:00pm

Co-presented with  Schwartz/Reisman Centre 
Guest Speaker: Critic Adam Nayman
(Israel, Germany, France, Romania, 2010, Eran Riklis director, 103 min)
A suicide bombing in Israel takes the life of a Romanian worker, leaving her reluctant HR manager to escort her body home. An adaptation of A.B. Yehoshua’s novel from the director of The Syrian Bride, The Human Resources Manager is a darkly comic yet poignant film. 
In Hebrew , English, Romanian and French with English Subtitles.

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. Box office is open on site at 6:30 pm for the 7:30 pm screening.
Advance Tickets are available online for the 7:30 pm screening only – no phone or in person sales.
Advance 7:30 pm tickets on Eventbrite
There are no online or other advance tickets available for the 4:00 pm screenings.
Day-of single tickets for each screening are subject to availability and are processed on a rush-only basis.
All single ticket door sales are cash only.
$15 General Admission (including seniors)
$10 Young Adults (age 18-35)
Info: esthera@mnjcc.org (416) 924 6211 x606

 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

The Memory Palace - Hot Docs Podcast Festival

October 15, 2017 4:30pm

Hot Docs Podcast Festival: See your favourite podcasts live on stage.

Telling short, surprising and hugely entertaining stories from America’s past, The Memory Palace breathes thrilling new life into forgotten moments. After a long career in public radio, and a recent stint as the artist-in-residence at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, host Nate DiMeo has become one of the most acclaimed storytellers in international podcasting. In his skilful hands, The Guardian writes, "every aspect of history becomes a fascinating exploration of human nature, ambition, fortitude and, occasionally, goats.” Don’t miss this dazzling staging of his Peabody Award-nominated show, in what is widely considered one of the best live performances on the podcast circuit. http://ow.ly/VaaV30ew9Fy

All-Access Pass: $199 
Member price: $169 

Tickets: $29
Member price: $23

Lead Sponsor: Rakuten Kobo

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Canadaland - Hot Docs Podcast Festival

October 15, 2017 8:00pm

Hot Docs Podcast Festival: See your favourite podcasts live on stage.

When Jesse Brown grabs the mic, the media establishment ducks for cover. Since 2013, CANADALAND has been the scalding epicentre of media criticism in Canada—breaking important stories and establishing an exciting new model for independent, crowd-funded journalism. After wowing Hot Docs audiences at a sold-out show with actor Jay Baruchel in 2015, Jesse brings CANADALAND back to our stage for one of his most original and inspired live shows to date. Watch the hot takes sizzle as he serves up the juiciest stories from the world of media and entertainment—and checks in with a very special, soon-to-be-announced guest. http://ow.ly/iMWt30ewaiO

All-Access Pass: $199 
Member price: $169 

Tickets: $29 
Member price: $23

Lead Sponsor: Rakuten Kobo

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

SIDEMEN: LONG ROAD TO GLORY

October 16, 2017 1:00pm to October 19, 2017 9:30pm

Blues musicians Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin may not be household names—but they played pivotal roles in shaping rock and roll as we know it, influencing legendary bands like The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin. As the “sidemen” behind Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, their sound is unmistakable. Director Scott D. Rosenbaum pays tribute to their musical genius in this doc narrated by comedian Marc Maron, bringing them together for their final live performances. Don't miss this music celebration featuring Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Shemekia Copeland, Robby Krieger, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and more. http://ow.ly/u1uy30f1ieR

Judith Forst, mezzo-soprano
University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Master Class with Judith Forst

October 16, 2017 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Master class with Judith Forst, John R. Stratton Visitor in Music

Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park | Free Admission

Biography:
Canadian mezzo-soprano Judith Forst has sung with major opera companies throughout North America and Europe, including over 250 performances in 20 years with the New York Metropolitan Opera. European engagements have included performances in Italy, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. She made her debut at Italy’s La Scala in 2006 singing Kabanichka in Katya Kabanova. In 2010, Forst scored a personal and critical triumph with her world premiere performance as Lilian Alling with the Vancouver Opera Association. A year later she performed another world premiere with the Calgary Opera, singing in Bramwell Tovey’s The Inventor. Forst is a member of the Order of Canada and of the Order of British Columbia, and is a recipient of Canada’s prestigious Ruby Award marking her distinguished worldwide career.

The Royal Conservatory

Get Happy: The Music of Hollywood's Golden Age

October 18, 2017 7:00pm to November 8, 2017 9:00pm

Wednesdays, 7-9pm

October 18 - November 8

Join Jordan Klapman on a joyful musical journey exploring many of the most beloved popular songs and musicals from Hollywood's Golden Age. We'll enjoy many of the most uplifting movie songs and musical scenes ever created by America's finest songwriters and directors-- performed by many of the biggest movie stars of the 20th century. From the early "all singing, all dancing" days of the first talkies, to the Oscar-winning magic of Singin' in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, My Fair Lady, Funny Girl, Hello Dolly, West Side Story, Oklahoma, The Music Man, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, and The Sound of Music-- this course will lift your spirits, get your toes tapping-- and have you humming and singing along!

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Lecture with Imant Raminsh

October 18, 2017 7:30pm

Lecture with Imant Raminsh, Wilma and Clifford Smith Visitor In Music

Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park | Free Admission

Biography:
Born in 1943 in Ventspils, Latvia, Imant Raminsh arrived in Canada with his family in 1948. He pursued musical studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music, the University of Toronto, the Akademie “Mozarteum” in Salzburg, Austria, and the University of British Columbia. Raminsh has written in most musical genres including solo voice, chamber music, choral, symphonic, concerto and opera. His works have been performed on six continents in such renowned halls as Carnegie Hall and the Forbidden City. Raminsh has received numerous awards including the Outstanding Choral Composition Award from the Association of Canadian Choral Communities, and in 2007 he was made an Officer in the Order of the Three Stars of the Republic of Latvia. He is the founding conductor of the Prince George Symphony, the Youth Symphony of the Okanagan, NOVA Children’s Choir and AURA Chamber Choir.

The Royal Conservatory

Johnny Clegg: The Final Journey World Tour

October 18, 2017 8:00pm

Nearly forty years after he began one of music’s most remarkable careers, Johnny Clegg is embarking on his final world tour. Johnny Clegg: The Final Journey World Tour represents the peak of a career that has combined near matchless music success with sustained - and significant - social, political and cultural impact.

Clegg was diagnosed with cancer in 2015. He is currently finishing a new album and his autobiography. As he is in remission, Johnny has decided to use this opportunity to perform a final set of concerts to thank his fans for their support over the 35 year long journey that spans his career.

Through his bands Juluka and Savuka, Clegg pioneered a uniquely South African hybrid music during a time of cultural and racial segregation. His music always offered a vision of how South Africans could find each other and the possibilities of a non-racial future. Clegg’s recorded output as part of Juluka, Savuka, and solo, has earned him millions of record sales, countless awards and nominations (including a Grammy nomination) and multiple international releases, all eagerly consumed by a truly global audience. The concert is built around Clegg’s unparalleled repertoire of songs, from the release of Juluka’s Universal Men in 1979 through the Savuka years and his more recent solo work.

“Johnny Clegg is more than just one of this country’s finest musicians and entertainers. He is a national treasure who has brought together all South Africans and reminded us of what makes us great as a country.” - Cyril Ramaphosa.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Curious Minds: CITY LIFE: TORONTO FROM 1945 TO 2020

October 19, 2017 10:00am to November 30, 2017 10:00am

Thursdays, October 19–November 30, 10 a.m. to noon
*Please note there is no class on November 9

In this exciting survey of Toronto’s modern history, the city’s former mayor, David Crombie, investigates the powerful ideas, institutions and events that have transformed “Toronto the Good” into one of the world’s most dynamic and culturally diverse metropolises.

Still passionately engaged in Toronto’s civic affairs, Mr. Crombie will draw on years of public service to explore the city’s history, assess its current challenges and opportunities, and look ahead at the issues that will define Toronto in the 21st century. Crombie is also a former Member of Parliament, federal cabinet minister, president of the Canadian Urban Institute and founding chair of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust.

Single Class: $20 (Members: $17, $14, Free)
6-Week Course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free)

Register: http://ow.ly/6zn430dmV5q

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Thursdays at Noon: Jonathan Crow and Joseph Johnson

October 19, 2017 12:10pm to 1:00pm

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra's Concertmaster Jonathan Crow and Principal Cellist Joseph Johnson present a recital of works by Ravel and Kodály.

All Thursdays at Noon concerts start at 12:10 pm in Walter Hall at 80 Queen's Park and are free.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Jewish Folk Tales that Have Become Operas

October 19, 2017 1:30pm

Doors open: 1:00 pm, Program 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Yiddish writers such as S.A. Ansky and Sholem Aleichem are famous for their folk tales. As these legends were passed down through the generations, some like The Dybbuk and The Golem were transformed into extraordinary operas. Guest Speaker: Dr. Joseph Gilbert. info: lisar@mnjcc.org 
Drop-In: $5.00 (Includes refreshments)

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

EX LIBRIS: NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

October 20, 2017 1:00pm to October 26, 2017 1:00pm

Step inside the world renowned New York Public Library and explore its many facets, from newspaper archives to photo collections to after school classes to excerpts from talks featuring Elvis Costello and Patti Smith. Ex Libris also follows the high level staff as they try to balance public and private funding and face the challenges of bringing the library into the 21st century. Legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman has made a career of studious dissections of institutions but this feels closer to a love letter. Exemplifying democratic ideals, this is a truly empathetic and heartfelt tribute to the library and the advancement of knowledge. http://ow.ly/XGBG30euReL

The Royal Conservatory

Khachaturian Trio

October 20, 2017 7:00pm

Critics have praised this Armenian ensemble’s virtuoso performances, subtle sense of style, warm sound, and deep musicality.  Named after Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian, the trio, comprised of Armine Grigoryan (piano), Karen Shahgaldyan (violin), and Karen Kocharyan (cello),makes its Canadian debut. In this concert, they will perform works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Khachaturian, and Arno Babadjanian

Program:

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A Minor, op. 50, “In Memory of a Great Artist”
Sergei Rachmaninov: Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G Minor
Aram Khachaturian: “Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia” from Spartacus Suite No. 2, op. 82b
Arno Babadjanian: Trio in F-sharp Minor

The Royal Conservatory

Flamenco Legends by Javier Limón: The Paco de Lucía Project

October 21, 2017 8:00pm

Created by 10-time Latin Grammy winner Javier Limón, The Paco de Lucía Project reassembles original band members that toured with the legendary flamenco guitarist for the last 10 years of his career, with de Lucía’s nephew on guitar and dancer Farucco.

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Lecture by Newly Appointed Professor of the University of Toronto E. Tampõld Chair of Estonian Studies Dr. Andres Kasekamp

October 22, 2017 2:00pm

On Sunday, October 22nd at 2pm at Tartu College, the newly appointed professor of the University of Toronto E. Tampõld Chair of Estonian Studies Dr. Andres Kasekamp will be giving a lecture on the topic of How Estonia Leads Europe. The Opportunities and Challenges of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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

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

 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Music on Film: FLIGHT OF THE GUITAR: DREAMING OF PACO DE LUCIA

October 24, 2017 6:30pm

Music on Film: Showcasing inspiring music docs from around the world and special guest speakers selected by The Royal Conservatory of Music.

Following the death of Spanish musical legend Paco de Lucía in 2014, his famous guitar of his own design, "La Maestro," goes on a journey across nine countries. Flight of the Guitar follows as this instrument, as revered as the master who wielded it, travels from one famous Latin guitarist to the next, taking you on a tour of the world of Flamenco and beyond from Spain to New York to Brazil to Cuba to Mexico to Argentina. Featuring musicians Tomatito, Caetano Veloso, Carlinhos Brown, Mariza, Alejandro Sanz and Luis Salinas, this is an inspiring spiritual odyssey through the Latin music world. http://ow.ly/cMhq30es1D1

Musician Kevin Laliberte will participate in a post-screening discussion and acoustic guitar performance. Moderated by Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of The Royal Conservatory of Music's Performing Arts Division.

Tickets: $17 (Members: $12, $10, Free)

Presented with The Royal Conservatory.

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Thursdays at Noon: Musical Chairs II

October 26, 2017 12:10pm to 1:00pm

Soprano Elizabeth McDonald, bass-baritone Giles Tomkins, trombonist Achilles Liarmakopoulos and pianist Kathryn Tremills perform Vaughan Williams, Bach, Piazzola, Strauss and Mahler.

All Thursdays at Noon concerts start at 12:10 pm in Walter Hall at 80 Queen's Park and are free.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

The Legacy of Honest Ed

October 26, 2017 1:30pm

Doors open: 1:00 pm, Program 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Guest Speaker: Bill Gladstone
Toronto treasure "Honest Ed" Mirvish was a shrewd businessman and theatrical impresario who gave birth to the Entertainment District and transformed the Annex. As the curtain falls on his retail emporium, learn how his legacy is being preserved and transformed. info: lisar@mnjcc.org

$5 Drop-in

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Films Changing the World: ON PUTIN'S BLACKLIST

October 26, 2017 6:30pm

Films Changing the World: Must-see docs revealing staggering new perspectives and stories.

Russia’s relationship to the West has reached a strange and tense point that is growing increasingly uneasy under Donald Trump’s presidency. On Putin’s Blacklist traces this new Cold War from the ban on American citizens adopting Russian children to the Kremlin’s anti-LGBTQ campaign, which positions the international marriage equality movement as a national threat. President Vladimir Putin’s ‘Russia-versus-everybody’ tactics aim to control his country, while creating a long enemy blacklist list that includes NGOs and human rights groups. Filmmaker Boris Ivanov gets at the disconcerting core of Russia’s institutionalized xenophobia and looks ahead at an uncertain future. http://ow.ly/h6Em30f1oWl

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

CALIFORNIA TYPEWRITER

October 27, 2017 1:00pm to November 2, 2017 9:30pm

Is there a more romantic image of a writer than that of someone hunched over their typewriter passionately working away, the clicks and dings sounding off as they go? Discover extensive collections of trusty typewriters, all carefully selected by brand and generation, curated by those who are not so quick to shrug off old technology. Many artists and writers who still swear by the machine—among them Tom Hanks, John Mayer and the late Sam Shepard—share their thoughts on its value as a tool and source of inspiration. California Typewriter also looks at one of the last surviving typewriter repair shops, run by a man determined to keep the tradition alive. http://ow.ly/xcBV30f1jt6

Film subject and antique typewriter aficionado Martin Howard will be in attendance for post-screening Q&As following the screenings on Friday, October 27 at 6:15 p.m. and Saturday, October 28 at 6:00 p.m.

The Royal Conservatory

Inti-Illimani 50th Anniversary and Nano Stern

October 27, 2017 8:00pm

Legendary Chilean band Inti-Illimani recorded a new album in Havana to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Their songs, performed on more than 30 wind, string, and percussion instruments, are a treasure for the human spirit, weaving sacred places, people’s carnivals, daily lives, loves, and pains together.

Chilean singersongwriter, poet, and multi-instrumentalist, Nano Stern’s songs are outspoken, passionate, and experimental. Championed by the legendary Joan Baez, his love of traditional and revolutionary music is brilliantly layered with Indigenous, African, and European elements.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Performance on Screen: THE MAGIC FLUTE

October 29, 2017 12:00pm

Premiered just two months before his death, this fantastical masterpiece is among Mozart’s finest achievements. The Queen of the Night enlists Prince Tamino to rescue her daughter Pamina from the enchanter Sarastro with the help of the endearingly tactless bird-catcher Papageno but when they arrive, his priorities shift and he endures a series of trials to join Sarastro’s community. A supremely entertaining comedy featuring lively duets and arias, Mozart’s score runs the gamut from grandiose to poignant to playfully silly. David McVicar’s production brings this vibrant and inventive opera to life with stunning sets by John Macfarlane. http://ow.ly/DbYX30ehICZ

Includes one 15 minute intermission.

 

Joe Johnson, cello, Jamie Parker, piano
University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Joseph Johnson and James Parker

October 30, 2017 7:30pm

Joseph Johnson, Principal Cello with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and James Parker, Gryphon Trio pianist, team up for an unforgettable evening.

DEBUSSY Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor
BEETHOVEN Sonata for Cello and Piano, No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5
BRAHMS Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in F major, Op. 99

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

$40, $25 senior, $10 student | Tickets available online or by phone @ www.music.utoronto.ca or 416-408-0208

The Royal Conservatory

¡Hola España! : The Music of Renaissance Spain

November 1, 2017 10:00am to November 22, 2017 12:00pm

Wednesdays, 10am - 12pm

November 1 - 22

In collaboration with The Toronto Consort, this series is an investigation of the vibrant and inventive music, composers and instruments of 16th- and 17th-century Spain, including some of the music which made its way across the Atlantic to the ?New World.? Over four weeks, this series will explore popular songs (villancicos) and evocative sacred works, energetic instrumental dance music, intradas, fantasias and more, in a format which combines listening, lecture, imagery and class discussion.

Registrants will also receive a free ticket to Navidad, the Toronto Consort?s December celebration of Spanish music for the festive season.

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/hola-espa%C3%B1a-the-music-of-renaissance-spain/3816

The Royal Conservatory

Yasmin Levy and The Klezmatics

November 1, 2017 8:00pm

“Controlled passion.” (The Guardian) Yasmin Levy’s “Judeo-Spanish ballads and prayers blend with fullblooded songs of love and loss; Moorish melodies suddenly detour into flamenco rhythms.” (Sunday Times) Inimitable NYC band, The Klezmatics, take one of the wildest approaches to klezmer, blending the traditional dance music and socially conscious lyrics with contemporary rock, funk, and jazz.

“The Klezmatics aren’t just the best band in the klezmer vanguard; on a good night, they can rank among the greatest bands on the planet.” (Time Out New York)

The Royal Conservatory

Joshua Bell with Alessio Bax

November 4, 2017 8:00pm

“Consistently dazzling,” (New Yorker) Joshua Bell “does nothing less than tell human beings why they bother to live.”(Interview Magazine) One of the world’s most beloved virtuosos and a classical music superstar, Bell transfixes audiences with his superb mastery, passionate readings and warm, richly nuanced tone. Alternating engagements as the Music Director of Academy of St Martin in the Fields with recitals in recent years, the Grammy Award-winning violinist makes his Koerner Hall debut in an intimate evening with “formidable” (The New Yorker) pianist Alessio Bax, who also creates a “ravishing listening experience.” (The Independent) Their program will include selections by Stravinsky, Grieg, and Brahms. 

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Toronto Jewish Film Society: Bogdan's Journey

November 5, 2017 4:00pm

Co-presented with Holocaust Education Week and the Polish Jewish Heritage Foundation
Guest Speaker: Professor Piotr J. Wróbel
(Poland, USA, 2016, Michal Jaskulski & Lawrence Loewinger directors, 83 min)
In 1946, forty Holocaust survivors seeking shelter in Kielce, Poland, were murdered by townspeople. For decades, Polish authorities suppressed the story. Bogdan’s Journey documents the Kielce Pogrom
and one man’s attempts to persuade people to face their past. In Polish with English Subtitles.
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. Box office is open on site at 6:30 pm for the 7:30 pm screening.
Advance Tickets are available online for the 7:30 pm screening only – no phone or in person sales.
Advance 7:30 pm tickets on Eventbrite
There are no online or other advance tickets available for the 4:00 pm screenings.
Day-of single tickets for each screening are subject to availability and are processed on a rush-only basis.
All single ticket door sales are cash only.
$15 General Admission (including seniors)
$10 Young Adults (age 18-35)
Info: esthera@mnjcc.org

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

GRINGO: THE DANGEROUS LIFE OF JOHN MCAFEE - True Crime Tuesdays

November 7, 2017 6:30pm

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

It’s a case of stranger than fiction when it comes to the life of tech millionaire John McAfee who made his fortune from his anti-virus software only to use it to surround himself by armed men in a compound in the jungle of Belize where he lived a libertine lifestyle. When one of his neighbours turns up dead, McAfee is wanted for questioning and flees to Guatemala. He turns up again in the U.S. in 2016 as the Libertarian Party’s potential nomination for president. In Gringo, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Nanette Burstein is hot on the pursuit of the truth about the renegade mogul. http://ow.ly/3TxF30erZbY

Director Nanette Burstein will participate in a post-screening Skype Q&A with film critic and author Geoff Pevere. 

The Royal Conservatory

Chorus! Chorus! Chorus!

November 7, 2017 7:00pm to December 12, 2017 8:30pm

Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm

November 7 - December 12

This is an Opera Chorus for the uninitiated, NO singing experience necessary! Come for an evening of singing training, a crash course in learning a famous opera excerpt, and finish the evening by singing it together. Each week with feature a different selection, with a fun, informative introduction to that particular opera.

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/chorus-chorus-chorus/3580

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Our Beautiful City: SKETCHES OF FRANK GEHRY

November 8, 2017 6:30pm

Our Beautiful City: A doc-and-discussion series on the future of Toronto.

Our series on the future of Toronto returns with this portrait of the legendary "starchitect" and Toronto native Frank Gehry, directed by his dear friend, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sydney Pollack. Explore an artist's creative process and the impact his buildings have had on communities around the world. Watch as Gehry turns abstract drawings into boundary-pushing buildings. Learn how Gehry’s formative years in Toronto impacted his architecture, from his earliest building, a hay barn in California, to the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Take a globe-trotting journey as two artists explore how a great building can redefine a city's identity. http://ow.ly/grGF30ehvGj

After the screening, we'll be joined for a special Q&A with Alex Bozikovic, the architecture critic for The Globe and Mail, who will help us relate the film back to civic and architectural issues in Toronto. We'll discuss Gehry's high-profile Toronto projects, the state of "starchitecture" in the city and whether Toronto will ever experience its own "Bilbao Effect", attracting architecture enthusiasts from around the world.

 

The Royal Conservatory

F.J. Haydn: The Neglected Master

November 10, 2017 10:00am to December 8, 2017 12:00pm

Fridays , 10am - 12pm

November 10 - December 8

By the end of the 18th century, Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was the most popular and influential composer in Europe. Mozart revered Haydn, claiming, "He alone has the secret of making me smile and touching me to the bottom of my soul," and Beethoven dedicated his first three piano sonatas to Haydn. And yet today we tend to neglect the works of Haydn, viewing them as light and superficial, and preferring those by Mozart, Beethoven and other composers. Our loss! Known as "Papa" Haydn for his invaluable developments of the symphony, string quartet and sonata, on the surface, Haydn's music contains infectious degrees of humour, warmth, tunefulness, liveliness, even mischief. And yet, underneath these traits are a depth, sublimity, and nobility often associated with other "greater" composers.

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/f-j-haydn-the-neglected-master/3792

The Royal Conservatory

Barbara Hannigan with Reinbert de Leeuw

November 10, 2017 8:00pm

Barbara Hannigan, who received the Order of Canada in June 2016, is known worldwide as a soprano of vital expressive force directed by exceptional technique. Blessed with a voice at once pure and hot, she also possesses an exciting stage presence, whether in opera or on the concert platform. In her Koerner Hall debut with pianist Reinbert de Leeuw, she will perform an artfully curated look at the Second Viennese School, where new musical language was developed through the extraordinary collaboration between composers, painters, writers, and other artists in the salons and cafes of Vienna at the turn of the century. The program features works by Alban Berg, Anton Webern, Alma Mahler, and Hugo Wolf.

The Royal Conservatory

Angela Hewitt

November 12, 2017 2:00pm

“The Canadian pianist is one of the reliably mesmerizing musicians of the day. You sit entranced … She seems to me the complete performer … with the ability to convey a spiritual seriousness that nonetheless does not exclude an utter charm.” (The Sunday Times) “Ms. Hewitt is one of those rare musicians who seem to get something into their heads and hearts and find it at their fingertips instantaneously.” (The New York Times) An alumna of The Royal Conservatory, Angela Hewitt returns to Koerner Hall to perform an all Johann Sebastian Bach program, part of a three-year exploration of the composer.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY

November 17, 2017 6:30pm to November 23, 2017 6:30pm

The 1990s TV phenomenon Bill Nye the Science Guy educated and entertained a generation with a mix of facts and zany fun that made learning exciting. Today, the bow-tied Bill Nye has returned to the public eye—but his mission has evolved as the stakes have risen. There’s a dangerous wave of people in power whose fundamental lack of scientific reasoning is causing destruction to the planet we all inhabit. As a public figure, Bill is now taking every opportunity he can to openly call out and debate those who are twisting facts or outright denying them. The Science Guy is back and more vital than ever. http://ow.ly/4McI30eJU0n

The Royal Conservatory

Holly Cole

November 17, 2017 8:00pm

There is intelligence and sophistication to Holly Cole’s singing. She takes tunes everybody thinks they know and discovers new undercurrents in the venerable anthems of contemporary composers, wrapping her honesty, compassion, and sardonic wit around their sometimes fragile creations. The results are sexy, provocative, and spellbinding.

The Royal Conservatory

PARIS! Le Spectacle

November 18, 2017 8:00pm

The charm of Paris returns to Koerner Hall. After the success of Piaf! The Show, which sold out Koerner Hall in 2015, we present a brand new program highlighting the greatest French songs of the post-war years. As Françoise, a young girl who dreams of becoming a famous artist in Paris arrives in Montmartre, we are transported to the stages of the great Parisian cabarets of the time. The evening features the songs of Édith Piaf, Maurice Chevalier, Lucienne Boyer, Charles Trenet, Josephine Baker, Jacques Brel, and many more.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Music on Film: CONDUCT! EVERY MOVE COUNTS

November 21, 2017 6:30pm

Music on Film: Showcasing inspiring music docs from around the world and special guest speakers selected by The Royal Conservatory of Music.

Every two years in Frankfurt, 24 young conductors from around the world are invited to take part in the prestigious Sir Georg Solti Conductors' Competition. They only have 20 minutes to work with an orchestra they’ve never met before and to impress an intimidating panel of judges. This documentary Follows five conductors, the 20-year-old Aziz Shokhakimov from Uzbekistan, star New Yorker Alondra de la Parra, Englishman James Lowe, Andreas Hotz from Germany and Japan’s Shizuo Z Kuwahara who conducts with his bare hands. Conduct! is a rich with drama and fascinating insight into the dynamic between conductors and orchestras. http://ow.ly/3tZ130es1VO

Conductor Tania Miller will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion, moderated by Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of The Royal Conservatory of Music's Performing Arts Division.

Tickets: $17 (Members: $12, $10, Free)

Presented with The Royal Conservatory.

The Royal Conservatory

Women in Weimar

November 22, 2017 1:00pm to December 6, 2017 3:00pm

Wednesdays, 1-3pm

November 22 - December 6

Join cabarazz vocalist Adi Braun as she takes an in-depth look at the lives and artistry of key female cabaret performers of Weimar Berlin. This 3-week series explores the emergence of the Modern Woman in post-Wilhelmine German society.

Beginning in 1919 when given the right to vote, women began to play key roles in theatres and cabarets as club owners, managers, and performers with a new emancipated identity and artistic style. Breaking away from convention and the interpretive edicts of classical music, women found their voices in daring new material that addressed the socio-political realities of the day and their emerging sexual freedom.

Artists such as Margo Lion, Kate Kühl, Annemarie Hase, Claire Waldoff, and Blandine Ebinger put their signature stamp on the prostitute songs, murder ballads, and tales of everyday life in the music of Spoliansky, Hollaender, Eisler, and others. As the Nazis rose to power and World War II loomed, they risked their lives singing songs that eerily foreshadowed the horrors to come until the footlights went out forever in the cabarets of Berlin.

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/women-in-weimar/3774

The Royal Conservatory

Tania Miller conducts the Royal Conservatory Orchestra

November 24, 2017 8:00pm

Maestra Tania Miller is on the cutting edge of classical music. Her “experience and charisma are audible.” (Hartford Courant)  As Music Director of the Victoria Symphony, and the first Canadian woman ever to be Music Director of a major symphony orchestra, she is used to blazing new paths and being on the cutting edge in the world of classical music. 

The Royal Conservatory Orchestra (RCO), part of the Temerty Orchestral Program, is widely regarded as an outstanding ensemble and one of the best training orchestras in North America. It consists of instrumental students in the Performance Diploma Program and Artist Diploma Program of The Glenn Gould School. Graduates of the RCO have joined the ranks of the greatest orchestras in the world. 

The Royal Conservatory

Danilo Pérez with Ben Street & Terri Lyne Carrington and Alfredo Rodríguez Trio

November 25, 2017 8:00pm

Two of the best Latin jazz pianists and band leaders in the world bring their trios to Koerner Hall for an unforgettable double bill celebrating the 100th birthday of Thelonious Monk and the 20th anniversary of Pérez’s album, Panamonk.

Extravagantly gifted Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodríguez has enjoyed a precipitous rise to international prominence, championed and produced by Quincy Jones. The Grammy nominated phenom released Tocororo in 2016, musical representation of the exuberance and colours of the world, through Rodriguez's Cuban lens.

“Effortlessly hip," (Guardian) Danilo Pérez’s trio consists of Ben Street on bass and Terri Lyne Carrington on drums. “Danilo Pérez is a man with some serious jazz cred. The Panamanian pianist got his start playing with Dizzy Gillespie and continued with Wayne Shorter. As a composer and bandleader himself, he’s practically peerless.” (NPR)

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Performance on Screen: ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND

November 26, 2017 12:00pm

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and her strange, delightfully confusing encounters in Wonderland with the instantly recognizable characters the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts in this exuberant and entertaining adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic from director Christopher Wheeldon. Marvelously staged, this modern production premiered in 2011 and explodes with imagination and feeling. With bursts of colour, elaborate dance choreography, and an appropriately dazzling visual design that keeps up with Carroll’s mad genius, this is a ballet for all ages that taps into wonderment and the nightmarish in equal measure. http://ow.ly/dm9a30ehHj3

Including two 15 min intermissions.

 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Walter Isaacson and Heather Reisman Discuss Leonardo Da Vinci

November 30, 2017 6:30pm

Leonardo Da Vinci was history’s most creative genius—and now he has a biographer worthy of his talents. In this Canadian premiere, Walter Isaacson, the author of acclaimed bestsellers on Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, sits down with Indigo CEO Heather Reisman to discuss his ground-breaking new biography of the Italian master. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks, Isaacson's well-researched text was the focus of a competitive bidding war and is now being developed into a feature film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Discover how Da Vinci’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation and imagination. http://ow.ly/c04o30eJTIz

Tickets: $17

Member tickets:
Bronze: $12
Silver: $10
Gold: Free

Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Indigo. Book signing to follow.

Presented by Simon and Schuster and Indigo.

The Royal Conservatory

Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton

December 1, 2017 8:00pm

Lisa Fischer’s voice is described by Keith Richards as “powerful as the rest of the guys put together.” The powerhouse vocalist has performed at every Rolling Stones concert since 1989, graced shows by artists that include Luther Vandross, Tina Turner, and Nine Inch Nails, and was featured in the Oscar winning documentary film, 20 Feet From Stardom.

The Royal Conservatory

SongBird North

December 2, 2017 8:00pm

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. Each concert in this series, formerly known as Bluebird North, will feature a different lineup of distinguished musicians.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

IN GOD WE TRUST - True Crime Tuesdays

December 5, 2017 6:30pm

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

Filmmakers Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek craft an in-depth look at the crimes of Bernie Madoff in this incisive documentary bolstered by an unlikely protagonist: Madoff’s personal secretary of 25 years. Eleanor Squillari worked closely with Madoff with no idea he was pulling off the biggest financial scam in U.S. history. Devastated by the discovery she had been helping a criminal, she decides to help the FBI and digs into every record and document from over the years. In God We Trust is an effective overview of how Madoff made off with billions of dollars and how one woman helped take him down. http://ow.ly/iZn630erZqS

A special guest will be in attendance for a Q&A with film critic and author Geoff Pevere. 

The Royal Conservatory

Janine Jansen, Martin Fröst, Torleif Thedéen, and Lucas Debargue

December 5, 2017 8:00pm

Janine Jansen’s violin playing has been described as “so golden, so delicate, almost ethereal” (The Times), “a tantalizing dance of colours and textures” (New York Times), and “a stunning display of sustained intensity” (The Guardian).

 

Swedish clarinetist Martin Fröst is known for pushing musical boundaries. "Until you’ve heard Martin Fröst, you really haven’t heard the clarinet” (The Times). The New York Times describes his playing as having “a virtuosity and a musicianship unsurpassed by any clarinettist — perhaps any instrumentalist — in my memory.”

 

Swedish cellist Torleif Thedéen, described by the Irish Times as “musically arresting and technically commanding,”  has been honoured with a Cannes Classical Award and Editor’s Choice in BBC Music Magazine. 

In 2015, French pianist Lucas Debargue became the most talked-about artist of the International Tchaikovsky Competition where, despite placing fourth, his muscular and intellectual playing combined with an intensely poetic and lyrical gift for phrasing earned him the coveted Moscow Music Critics’ Award as “the pianist whose incredible gift, artistic vision and creative freedom have impressed the critics as well as the audience.” 

The Royal Conservatory

The Nutcracker Ballet

December 7, 2017 1:00pm to December 14, 2017 3:00pm

Thursdays, December 7 & 14

1-3pm

Eggnog, mistletoe, turkey with cranberry sauce, quality time with family and friends, favourite carols, Handel's Messiah, these are just some of the wonders of the holiday season in Toronto. To that list must be added The Nutcracker ballet by Tchaikovsky, annually presented during the holidays by the National Ballet of Canada, and now a very popular event for Toronto children, parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. This series, with Rick Phillips and Toronto Star dance critic Michael Crabb, will uncover the history, music, choreography, wonders and lasting appeal of one of the most-loved ballets in the repertoire.

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/the-nutcracker-ballet/3775

The Royal Conservatory

Dianne Reeves Quintet

December 9, 2017 8:00pm

Dianne Reeves’s powerful, expressive voice has made her one of the pre-eminent jazz vocalists in the world. Heard live, the effect is that of a force of nature. An artist who embodies jazz’s enduring values of elegance, class and improvisational poise, she has won a string of Grammy Awards, including an unprecedented three consecutive Best Jazz Vocal Performance awards plus another for her contribution to the soundtrack of George Clooney’s film, Good Night and Good Luck. Her recording, Beautiful Life, won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album, melding jazz with elements of R&B, pop, and Latin music. Reeves is a performer with a gift for imbuing any performance space with the intimacy of a living room, who always gets to the heart of a song. She returns to Koerner Hall for an evening of vocal jazz classics and Christmas favourites. 

The Royal Conservatory

Khatia Buniatishvili

December 10, 2017 3:00pm

Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili’s extraordinary talent has been recognized by London's Evening Standard for her “jaw-dropping virtuoso technique.” She has been a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and collaborated with Coldplay, violin virtuoso Renaud Capuçon, and renowned orchestras under the batons of conductors Zubin Mehta and Charles Dutoit. The Financial Times of London has described her Liszt as “magisterial,” and in this solo recital she will perform works by Liszt and Mussorgsky. “A distinct and ever-present characteristic of Buniatishvili’s playing is that it is so full of imagination.” (Epoch Times)

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Toronto Jewish Film Society: The Concert

December 10, 2017 4:00pm

Co-presented with The Royal Conservatory of Music
Guest speaker: Musicologist Jordan Klapman
(France, 2009, Radu Mihaileanu director, 119 min)
Former Bolshoi conductor Andrei Simoniovich Filipov was fi red for engaging Jewish musicans. Now he works at the Bolshoi as a cleaner. Learning that the orchestra has been invited to play in Paris, he conspires to conduct the concert. Witness his triumph over his disastrous past in this delightful comedic drama. In French and Russian with English Subtitles.

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. Box office is open on site at 6:30 pm for the 7:30 pm screening.
Advance Tickets are available online for the 7:30 pm screening only – no phone or in person sales.
Advance 7:30 pm tickets on Eventbrite
There are no online or other advance tickets available for the 4:00 pm screenings.
Day-of single tickets for each screening are subject to availability and are processed on a rush-only basis.
All single ticket door sales are cash only.
$15 General Admission (including seniors)
$10 Young Adults (age 18-35)
Info: esthera@mnjcc.org (416) 924 6211 x606
 

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Emilie-Claire Barlow

December 17, 2017 7:00pm

Two-time Juno Award winning vocalist Emilie-Claire Barlow celebrates her newest recording Lumières d’hiver, featuring original takes on an eclectic mix of Christmas and wintry tunes. Classics like River, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Noël Blanc, will be performed alongside Quebec favourites, As-Tu Vu le Père Noël, Marie Noël, and surprises such as a French version of the Wilson Sisters pop tune Hey Santa, and Tricot Machine’s Combien de Noel. An engaging performer, imaginative arranger Emilie-Claire and her incredible band bring fresh interpretations of holiday favourites, classics from her popular repertoire, and of course, Winter Wonderland.

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Performance on Screen: THE NUTCRACKER

December 23, 2017 12:00pm to December 26, 2017 12:00pm

The young girl Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, the magician Drosselmeyer, the Mouse King and the Sugar Plum Fairy — the most beloved and recognizable ballet in history is the ultimate nostalgia for some and always a revelation for newcomers. Peter Wright’s production of The Nutcracker has become the definitive version of this beloved staple with Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score bolstered by dazzling stage magic and featuring the most familiar composition in all of ballet, The Nutcracker Suite with the sublime Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. There’s no better way to celebrate the holiday season than with this enchanting classic. http://ow.ly/gmcn30ehHG1

Includes one 15 min intermission.

 

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BUS 174 - True Crime Tuesdays

January 9, 2018 6:30pm

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

In Rio de Janeiro in the year 2000, an armed man hijacked a bus and held the passengers hostage while the incompetent and under-trained police force struggled to contain the situation. Quickly, it became a televised event on national Brazilian networks, reaching over 35 million people. The armed man is named Sandro do Nascimento, and he's one of Brazil’s countless homeless who has already endured his own share of tragedy. In Bus 174, filmmakers José Padilha and Felipe Lacerda look beyond this terrible incident and at the systemic neglect that has prisons overrun in inhumane conditions and the streets filled with forgotten people like do Nascimento. http://ow.ly/4A4i30erZWw

A special guest will be in attendance for a Q&A with film critic and author Geoff Pevere.

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Maple Blues Awards

January 15, 2018 7:00pm

Join us for the annual all-star concert, awards event, and after party! This celebration of Canada’s blues music features the finest musicians from across Canada representing the most current blues music on the scene, all backed by the renowned Maple Blues Band.

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Calypso Rose with Kobo Town

January 26, 2018 8:00pm

Together, calypso and soca living legend, Calypso Rose, and nu-calypso pioneers, Kobo Town, create a lively Caribbean party. Calypso Rose is a true people’s diva who has been giving rousing performances since the 1950s, while Toronto’s Kobo Town takes a fresh approach to the old school calypso of Trinidad and Tobago.

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DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Playlist & Skratch Bastid

January 27, 2018 8:00pm

Over the past 15 years, Canada’s own turntable champion and crowd favourite, Skratch Bastid, has been steadily taking his craft to new heights and pushing the boundaries of live DJing. His phenomenally successful collaboration with the Afiara String Quartet, Spin Cycle, premiered at Koerner Hall. Skratch returns with a new stereotype-busting, genre-defying show that features west Philadelphia’s DMC Champion and multiple Grammy and American Music Award winner, DJ Jazzy Jeff, known for his wildly successful hip hop duo, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, with Will Smith.

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Music on Film: STRAD STYLE

January 30, 2018 6:30pm

Music on Film: Showcasing inspiring music docs from around the world and special guest speakers selected by The Royal Conservatory of Music.

The ancient art of violin-making requires a life’s dedication to the craft. Or does it? Danny Houck, a self-described “nobody” in rural Ohio becomes obsessed with famous violin makers Stradivari and Guarneri and wants to follow in their footsteps. With no formal training, just the internet and the “summoning” of help from the old masters, Danny vows to replicate Guarneri’s Il Cannone, a world famous violin, for virtuoso Razvan Stoica to play at his next concert. With the clock ticking, and Danny improvising his way through the process, Strad Style is a portrait of an eccentric dreamer with an unlikely ambition. http://ow.ly/DyX330es3TQ

Jonathan Crow, Toronto Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster (who plays a Guarneri similar to the one in the film), and one of his students will participate in a post-screening discussion with Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of The Royal Conservatory of Music's Performing Arts Division.

Tickets: $17 (Members: $12, $10, Free)

Presented with The Royal Conservatory.

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Daniil Trifonov

February 1, 2018 8:00pm

“Mr. Trifonov has scintillating technique and a virtuosic flair.” (The New York Times) A sensation before he was 20, Trifonov has proven that he is more than just a young phenomenon and has become one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation. Cultural commentator Norman Lebrecht described him as a pianist for the rest of our lives.”

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Gerald Clayton and Friends

February 3, 2018 8:00pm

Gerald Clayton’s music is steeped in the blues. He searches for honest expression in every note he plays. With harmonic curiosity and critical awareness, he develops musical narratives that unfold as a result of both deliberate searching and chance uncovering. His music is a celebration of the inherent differences in musical perspectives that promote true artistic synergy. Inclusive sensibilities have allowed him to perform and record with such distinctive artists as Diana Krall, Roy Hargrove, Dianne Reeves, and Ambrose Akinmusire.

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AILEEN: LIFE AND DEATH OF A SERIAL KILLER - True Crime Tuesdays

February 13, 2018 6:30pm

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

Serial killer Aileen Wuornos murdered seven men between 1989 and 1990 and was sentenced to death. Nick Broomfield's second documentary on Wuornos focuses on her last days leading up to her 2002 execution featuring an exclusive final interview. What's apparent is that she's not of sound mind. She contradicts herself, makes bizarre statements and is clearly unwell and yet she's cleared as sane and executed. Broomfield pays special attention to her difficult childhood that led to her running away when she was 13, creating a challenging portrait of the making and unmaking of a serial killer in the American justice system. http://ow.ly/Lar930es0aa

A special guest will be in attendance for a Q&A with film critic and author Geoff Pevere. 

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Ian Bostridge with Julius Drake

February 14, 2018 8:00pm

“Voices just don’t get much more distinctive than that of Ian Bostridge.” (The Baltimore Sun) The acclaimed English tenor is well known for his performances as an opera singer and as a song recitalist. His international recital career has taken him to stages around the world, and his recordings have won all the major international record prizes and been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards. He is also an award-winning author, Guardian columnist, and humanitas professor of classical music and music education at the University of Oxford. Bostridge returns to Koerner Hall on Valentine’s Day with “the peerless Julius Drake at the piano” (The Times) to perform an all Franz Schubert program.

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Leon Fleisher conducts the Royal Conservatory Orchestra

February 16, 2018 8:00pm

Legendary pianist and conductor, Leon Fleisher, represents the highest standard of musicianship. He is the Ihnatowycz Chair in Piano at The Royal Conservatory and will be celebrating his 90th birthday in 2018.

The Royal Conservatory Orchestra (RCO), part of the Temerty Orchestral Program, is widely regarded as an outstanding ensemble and one of the best training orchestras in North America. It consists of instrumental students in the Performance Diploma Program and Artist Diploma Program of The Glenn Gould School. Graduates of the RCO have joined the ranks of the greatest orchestras in the world. 

Please join us for a prelude performance in Koerner Hall at 6:45pm.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Music on Film: MAMA AFRICA

February 27, 2018 6:30pm

Music on Film: Showcasing inspiring music docs from around the world and special guest speakers selected by The Royal Conservatory of Music.

Africa’s first international music star Miriam Makeba was a brilliant musician as well as an outspoken activist. Mama Africa is a comprehensive biography that pays tribute to her incredible legacy. Forced into exile after starring in the anti-apartheid film Come Back Africa in 1959, Mekeba performed with the likes of Harry Belafonte, Nina Simone and Dizzie Gillespie and married to musician Hugh Masekela and Stokely Carmichael, a radical Black Panther. Director Mika Kaurismaki draws from rare archive footage of over 50 years of performances and candid scenes as well as new interviews with friends and family in this inspiring portrait. http://ow.ly/xtM630es2FD

Tickets: $17 (Members: $12, $10, Free)

Presented with The Royal Conservatory.

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Nicolas Altstaedt with Fazil Say

March 2, 2018 8:00pm

A combination of two brilliant soloists. “Nicolas Altstaedt is as an artist a category on its own.” (Hamburger Abendblatt) The German-French cellist is renowned worldwide for his creativity and versatility in captivating performances on both gut and modern strings. "Compelling.” (The New York Times) Born and raised in Turkey, Fazıl Say has been inspiring audiences and critics for more than 25 years with his extraordinary pianistic talents. His concerts are unique:  they are direct, open, exciting; in short, they go straight to the heart. “To put it mildly, Fazil Say is one of a kind … Say is a formidable and curious composer and performer, wholly capable of bringing freshness and a new light to music that we have heard many times before.” (Bachtrack)

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Angélique Kidjo

March 3, 2018 8:00pm

“Africa’s premier diva.” (TIME) Grammy Award-winning singer, dancer, and songwriter Kidjo roves across boundaries, genres, and ethnicities. Her songs embrace rhythm & blues, soul music, jazz, and Beninese melodies, as well her own original works with “irresistible energy and joie de vivre.” (Los Angeles Times)

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THE PROMISE - True Crime Tuesdays

March 6, 2018 6:30pm

Young lovers Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom were arrested in London in 1986 for cheque fraud—only to arouse suspicion when their love letters linked them to the gruesome murder of Elizabeth’s parents a year prior in Bedford County, Virginia. Extradited to the U.S., both have been in jail ever since, but Jens now maintains he committed the murders out of love for Elizabeth, who manipulated him. The Promise reveals all the bizarre twists and turns of this dark love story, featuring actors Daniel Brühl and Imogen Poots reading the chilling letters. http://ow.ly/t7Oo30es0L7

A special guest will be in attendance for a Q&A with film critic and author Geoff Pevere. 

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SongBird North

March 17, 2018 8:00pm

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. Each concert in this series, formerly known as Bluebird North, will feature a different lineup of distinguished musicians.

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Clemens Hagen with Kirill Gerstein

March 18, 2018 3:00pm

Austrian cellist Clemens Hagen is a versatile recording artist, collaborator, member of the Hagen Quartet, and soloist with major orchestras worldwide. Russian-born pianist Kirill Gerstein has been described as “brilliant, perceptive and stunningly fresh” by The New York Times. Hagen and Gerstein will perform an all Ludwig van Beethoven program. 

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Black Arm Band: “Dirtsong”

March 23, 2018 8:00pm

Black Arm Band is celebrating the past and revolutionizing the future of indigenous Australia through music, as the collective’s multimedia performances are performed in 11 Indigenous languages. Their music speaks of endurance, challenge, unity, and the triumph of the spirit when faced with overwhelming adversity.

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Diego El Cigala

March 24, 2018 8:00pm

“A conjurer of impulsiveness and abandon.” (The New York Times)

The late Paco de Lucía once said, “Diego has one of the most beautiful flamenco voices of our time, a voice of sweetness that flows over everything.” This multiple Grammy Award winning flamenco guitarist has captivated audiences all over the world with his gravelly voice and passionate interpretations, and now returns to Koerner Hall for the third time.

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Takács Quartet

March 25, 2018 3:00pm

The Takács Quartet is renowned for the vitality of its interpretations. The New York Times lauded the ensemble for “revealing the familiar as unfamiliar, making the most traditional of works feel radical once more,” and the Financial Times has written “even in the most fiendish repertoire these players show no fear, injecting the music with a heady sense of freedom. At the same time, though, there is an uncompromising attention to detail: neither a note nor a bow-hair is out of place.” The Quartet is known for innovative programming, such as their performance of Philip Roth’s Everyman with Meryl Streep at Koerner Hall in 2015. We welcome them back for a program that includes works by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Beethoven. 

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Music on Film: THE ORCHESTRA OF PIAZZA VITTORIO

March 27, 2018 6:30pm

Music on Film: Showcasing inspiring music docs from around the world and special guest speakers selected by The Royal Conservatory of Music.

In a bid to save their beloved Apollo Theatre, musician-conductor Mario Tranco and documentarian Agostino Ferrente come up with a plan to put together an orchestra entirely made up of immigrants. With escalating tension around immigration in Italy, where foreigners are not easily welcomed, Tranco and Ferrente make a political statement. We follow their five-year journey to assemble a group in Rome until it comes together in beautiful harmony. The Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio has gone on to record several albums and go on major tours. See how this unlikely group got started in this rousing documentary. http://ow.ly/8JnZ30es3Fn

Members of the New Canadian Global Music Orchestra will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion, moderated by Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of The Royal Conservatory of Music's Performing Arts Division.

Tickets: $17 (Members: $12, $10, Free)

Presented with The Royal Conservatory.

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THE IMPOSTER - True Crime Tuesdays

April 3, 2018 6:30pm

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

In 1994, a young boy named Nicholas Barclay went missing in San Antonio, Texas. Three years later his family is overjoyed to hear he has turned up in Spain, claiming he was kidnapped. When he returns, he seems quite different, both in personality and physically, but his desperate family accept him, apparently not realizing that he is in fact another person, Frédéric Bourdin, a serial imposter. One of the strangest characters you’ll encounter in non-fiction, Bourdin claims to have assumed 500 false identities. This chilling documentary follows all the twists and turns of this bizarre true story. http://ow.ly/hYhH30es141

A special guest will be in attendance for a Q&A with film critic and author Geoff Pevere.

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Bernstein @ 100 featuring Jamie Bernstein, Wallis Giunta, Sebastian Knauer, and the ARC Ensemble

April 6, 2018 8:00pm

This concert will be a joyful celebration of Leonard Bernstein, conductor of the New York Philharmonic, lecturer, and composer of scores for West Side Story, On the Town, and other popular musicals, on the occasion of his centenary.

German pianist Sebastian Knauer “manages to give such an impression of spontaneity that he never seems to cover the same ground twice.” (The Times)

Jamie Bernstein, daughter of Leonard Bernstein, is a narrator, writer, and broadcaster who has transformed a lifetime of loving music into a career of sharing her knowledge and excitement with others.

Canadian Wallis Giunta, alumna of The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, has been praised by Opera News for her “delectably rich, silver-toned mezzo-soprano, with a beautiful sense of line and effortless, rapid runs.” 

The ARC Ensemble (Artists of The Royal Conservatory), whose members are all senior faculty of The Glenn Gould School, has become one of Canada's pre-eminent cultural ambassadors. The Ensemble “sets the skin rippling at every turn, with its ear-tingling corporate intonation and magical phrasing.” (The Strad

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New Canadian Global Music Orchestra and Odessa/Havana

April 7, 2018 8:00pm

The Royal Conservatory’s New Canadian Global Music Orchestra features top notch musicians from all over the world who now live in Canada. Played on instruments from every corner of the globe, they perform original music which they wrote together and that can, arguably, only be created in Toronto.

They are joined by award-winning trumpeter and composer, David Buchbinder, and Grammy Award nominated Cuban piano master, Hilario Durán, with their band, Odessa/Havana, renowned for textured and tuneful music with powerful, swinging, and lyrical playing.

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Beatrice Rana

April 8, 2018 3:00pm

Italian pianist Beatrice Rana came to public attention in 2011 after winning First Prize and all special jury prizes at the Montreal International Competition. Her very promising career was brought to an even higher level in 2013 when she won the Silver Medal and the Audience Award at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. In September 2015, she was named a BBC New Generation Artist and, in April 2016, she was awarded a fellowship from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. She will perform works by Schumann, Ravel, and Stravinsky.

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Fatoumata Diawara and Okavango

April 12, 2018 8:00pm

Fatoumata Diawara draws elements of jazz and funk into an exquisitely contemporary folk sound – refracting the rocking rhythms and plaintive melodies of her ancestral Wassoulou tradition through an instinctive pop sensibility. Fatou’s warm voice and rhythmical guitar playing is centre stage following a set by 2017 Juno Award-winning group Okavango.

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DakhaBrakha

April 13, 2018 8:00pm

Ukrainian “ethnic chaos” band DakhaBrakha’s concerts are truly a one of a kind experience, blending Ukrainian harmonies, surprising instrumentation, and theatrical flourishes. “The creative quartet from Kiev, Ukraine, makes music that sounds like nothing I’ve ever heard, with strands of everything I’ve ever heard... they play tight-knit tunes featuring accordion, drums, reeds and shakers while wearing tall, Marge Simpson looking wool hats that made me jealous.” (NPR)

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The Hot Sardines and Flávia Nascimento

April 14, 2018 8:00pm

Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a Fats Waller-style stride-piano virtuoso, and tie the whole thing together with singer “Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol, a magnetic, one-of-the-boys frontwoman whose voice recalls another era, and you have the Hot Sardines. This NYC outfit, complete with a tap dancer, has been called “consistently electrifying live.” (Popmatters) Hot Sardine’s sound – wartime Paris via New Orleans, or the other way around – is steeped in the kind of music Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt, and Waller used to make: straight-up, foot-stomping jazz. And, by the way, Miz Elizabeth’s grandfather wrote the Centennial Song for Canada’s 100th birthday in 1967.

Since establishing herself in Québec City in 2001, Brazilian-born Flávia Nascimento criss-crosses the City in all its popular events and shows, as the leader of the musical bands Pé na Rua and Forrossanova.

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Max Raabe and Palast Orchester

April 18, 2018 8:00pm

Dashing, dapper, and debonair, Max Raabe might have walked straight out of the Golden Age of Berlin in the 1920s. With his elegant poise, suave sophistication, and silky-smooth baritone voice, he brings to life the songs and style of a bygone age. “The appeal is the timeless quality in the music, but also the humour,” he says. He meticulously recreates standards as they used to be sung – in formal evening wear, with an orchestra, giving proper credits to the composers – and his deadpan jokes show that Raabe is not only a unique talent but also a very funny man.

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Jazz Epistles featuring Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya and Hugh Masekela

April 21, 2018 8:00pm

Iconic South African jazz instrumentalists reunite and perform on the same stage after almost 60 years – they last appeared together in 1960 at the State Theatre in Pretoria during the country’s first Freedom Day celebrations. The bohemian bebop ensemble was “a group of musicians who were obviously in love with the American modern jazz of artists such as Thelonious Monk, Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker and John Coltrane, but also beginning to forge a more distinctively South African sound which they would develop as individual artists over the coming decades.” (AllMusic) With Hugh Masekela on trumpet, Abdullah Ibrahim on piano, and his band Ekaya, the evening will feature music from their seminal Jazz Epistles recording - the first album recorded by a black South African band - Jazz Epistle, Verse 1, alongside music from each of the artist’s illustrious careers in the following years. 

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Gerald Finley with Julius Drake

April 22, 2018 3:00pm

Grammy Award-winning Canadian baritone “[Gerald] Finley possesses a warm, glowing baritone with a generous low range and silken top notes, as well as a knack for spinning out long and smooth legato lines. But just as important, he is an intelligent and committed actor.” (The New York Times)

Having received multiple Gramophone Awards with British pianist Julius Drake for their recordings, the artists return to Koerner Hall to perform works by Schubert, Rachmaninov, Beethoven, as well as American and English folk songs.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Music on Film: SONG OF LAHORE

April 24, 2018 6:30pm

Music on Film: Showcasing inspiring music docs from around the world and special guest speakers selected by The Royal Conservatory of Music.

Once a beacon of musical culture in Pakistan, Lahore was a city that brought together the best in artists and musicians. Now divided by social and religious upheaval, it is a place tragically disconnected from its musical roots. In 2004, Izzat Majeed founded Sachal Studios to create a new space for traditional music. An experimental album fusing jazz and South Asian instruments all of a sudden garners international acclaim and Wynton Marsalis invites the group to perform at the Lincoln Center in New York. Song of Lahore is a testament to the human ability to create under oppression. http://ow.ly/Spcl30es31N

Sitar master Anwar Kurshid, saxophonist Luiz Deniz, and percussionist Matias Recharte will participate in a post-screening discussion with Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of The Royal Conservatory of Music's Performing Arts Division.

Tickets: $17 (Members: $12, $10, Free)

Presented with The Royal Conservatory.

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Amici Chamber Ensemble 30th Anniversary with Isabel Bayrakdarian and Friends

April 27, 2018 8:00pm

The Amici Chamber Ensemble celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special concert featuring exquisite soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian and Friends. Joaquin Valdepeñas, one of the most distinguished clarinetists of his generation, cellist "[of] rare delicacy and clarity” David Hetherington, and "keyboard acrobat" pianist Serouj Kradjian have invited some of the finest musicians to join the celebration. Isabel Bayrakdarian, possessing “a soprano voice that combines lyricism with remarkable dramatic instincts,” (Time) Royal Conservatory faculty members, and principals from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra join Amici in a celebratory concert that features some of their favourite repertoire, including works by Brahms, Beethoven, and Bernstein. 

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Gautier Capuçon with Jérôme Ducros

April 28, 2018 8:00pm

French cellist Gautier Capuçon is a true 21st century ambassador for the cello. He is acclaimed internationally for his deeply expressive musicianship and exuberant virtuosity, as well as for the glorious sonority of his 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello, which showcases his phenomenal technical skills. “It’s the rare performer who can bring such ease and refinement to this music, while still giving everything he plays a sense of dramatic urgency.” (San Francisco Chronicle) An artist with a remarkable flair for chamber playing and a composer himself, Jérôme Ducros is “a brilliant and very gifted and sensitive pianist.” (The Subterranean Review) Together, they will perform sonatas by Brahms and Rachmaninov, and some of their favourite French and Russian pieces. 

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Crosscurrents: Zakir Hussain and Dave Holland

April 29, 2018 7:00pm

American and Indian jazz meet as legendary tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain and jazz bassist Dave Holland are joined by saxophonist Chris Potter, Bollywood playback vocalist Shankar Mahadevan, one of India’s finest pianists Louis Banks, and renowned guitarist Sanjay Divecha.“[Hussain’s] virtuosity is barely to be believed.” (The Washington Post) “Holland is a master bassist and bandleader, one of the most sophisticated composers and arrangers in the jazz world.” (The Boston Globe)

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SongBird North

May 5, 2018 8:00pm

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. Each concert in this series, formerly known as Bluebird North, will feature a different lineup of distinguished musicians.

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Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI with Carlos Núñez

May 10, 2018 8:00pm

One of early music’s living legends, Spanish viol master Jordi Savall, leads his ensemble Hespèrion XXI and Carlos Núñez in a special program titled “Celtic Universe.” The evening will be a musical dialogue between ancient, historical, and modern traditions of north and south Europe: Ireland, Scotland, the French Brittany, Galicia, and the Basque Country.

Jordi Savall has had a truly exceptional life and career that has produced over 120 records, most released on his own label, and combined with a “never-ending tour” that takes him to the four corners of the world every year. His ensemble Hespèrion XXI is a Grammy Award winner for Best Small Ensemble Performance.

When the Los Angeles Times suggested that “if it’s possible to become a pop star playing traditional music on bagpipes and recorder, Núñez could be the man,” it may have been an understatement. Few pop stars pack the energy, virtuosity, imagination, daring, and charisma into their concerts and recordings as Galician multi-instrumentalist Carlos Núñez. He is the world’s most famous player of the gaita, the bagpipes of Galicia, Spain’s northwest, Atlantic Ocean-abutting region rich in vibrant, uniquely expressive Celtic traditional music. 

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Yuja Wang

May 13, 2018 3:00pm

“Quite simply, the most dazzlingly, uncannily gifted pianist in the concert world today, and there’s nothing left to do but sit back, listen and marvel at her artistry.” (San Francisco Chronicle) Returning for her fourth Koerner Hall appearance, Chinese pianist Yuja Wang is widely recognized for playing that combines the spontaneity and fearless imagination of youth with the discipline and precision of a mature artist. “One of the most gifted pianists of her generation … A passionate performer, Ms. Wang meshes an impeccable technique and insightful artistry.” (The New York Times) 

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Katia and Marielle Labèque

May 27, 2018 3:00pm

“The best piano duo in front of an audience today.” (The New York Times) Katia and Marielle Labèque are sibling pianists renowned for their ensemble of synchronicity and energy. “Whether Mozart or Stravinsky, their musical line always sounds as if it’s being woven for the very first time ... the illusion of improvisation is the genius of their performances … there is a deceptive sprezzatura that is born of throwing the preparation to the winds and hanging onto each other’s ears.” (The Times)

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