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Saturday, December 3, 2016

What's happening on the Bloor St. Culture Corridor - December 2016

It's the season for sharing the joy of arts and culture on the Bloor St. Culture Corridor! It is also the season for gift-giving, and the Bloor St. Culture Corridor is where you'll find unique gifts from the shops at the Gardiner Museum, Royal Ontario MuseumBata Shoe Museum and the Native Canadian Centre. Treat a loved one to gift certificates or tickets to concerts at Koerner HallTafelmusik, The Toronto Consort, the U of T Faculty of MusicSoundstreams, and Talisker Players. Memberships are great gifts, too -  the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema and our museums offer various memberships. Spend quality time with friends and family exploring different cultures with events and exhibitions at Alliance FrançaiseMiles Nadal Jewish Community Centre,  Istituto Italiano di CulturaJapan Foundation Toronto, and the Museum of Estonians Abroador many of our other cultural destinations! There is a special gift for everyone who loves arts, culture, beautiful things and wonderful experiences. 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema invites you to view the world through the lens of acclaimed cinematographer Kirsten Johnson in Cameraperson (December 13 - 22). Enjoy all the splendor of opera on screen with Norma (December 3), Cosi Fan Tutte (December 10) and Les Contes D'Hoffman (December 30). Shakespeare's Globe on Screen returns with an electrifying production of Richard II (December 17). And get ready to dance the night away with the beloved classic ballet The Nutcracker (December 23 & 26) and Reset (December 23 - 30). Celebrate the festive spirit with seven FREE holiday films, in addition to raucous quote-alongs to Home Alone and Die Hard and a holiday bash with Jingle Bell Rocks!. Plus, ring in 2017 with our annual party: The Dude's New Years: The Big Lebowski. For more information, please visit hotdocscinema.ca.

Royal Ontario Museum (The ROM)

Visit the ROM in December to enjoy the new Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) exhibition. WPY features 100 striking landscape and biodiversity images from the world's most prestigious nature photography competition. Also on display are the spectacular CHIHULY exhibition, closing January 8, and Art, Honour, and Ridicule: Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana.  Celebrate the festive season with ROM for the Holidays. On from December 26, 2016 to January 8, 2017, the Museum comes alive with tons of family-friendly, drop-in activities for kids of all ages. On December 31, join #ROMNYE to ring in 2017 with an evening that includes access to CHIHULY, live bands, DJs, a special midnight toast, and more. Early bird tickets are available here until November 30. On December 13, ROMSpeaks will feature Dr. Marc Laflamme, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, and a talk, The Ediacara Biota and the First Mass Extinction of Complex Life, which gives a Canadian perspective on the dawn of life on Earth. Tickets are available here. Also this month, enjoy the Rotunda Coffee Bar, open from 9am to 4pm on weekdays and 10am to 4pm on weekends. Visit  rom.on.ca for details and tickets.

The Royal Conservatory of Music

December concerts at The Royal Conservatory's Koerner Hall feature Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca performing two evening concerts on December 2 and 3, plus a third show on the afternoon of December 3 as part of the Family Concerts series.  Pianist  Stewart  Goodyear performs a concert on December 4 that will also be livestreamed so people around the globe can watch from rcmusic.ca/livestream. The TD Jazz: The Art of the Trio series on December 10  with the Joey DeFrancesco Trio &  Jensen / Restivo / Vivian TrioOn December 11, The King's Singers perform a special Christmas concert. On December 18, a holiday-inspired concert unites two of the finest party bands from Québec, Le Vent du Nord and De Temps Antan capture the energy and merriment of a Saturday night kitchen party with deep history and playful innovation in their traditional Québécois music and fresh original compositions. More information tickets are at performance.rcmusic.ca or by calling 416.408.0208. 
Native Canadian Centre of Toronto

If you are looking for unique gifts for friends and family this Christmas season you are in luck. Look no further than the Sunday Indigenous Marketplace at the Native Canadian Centre, on Sundays from 11am-4pm.  Authentic items such as clothing; moccasins; leather and fur crafts; beaded art; carvings; jewelry; hand-drums; preserves; honey; breads and sweets are all at very reasonable and affordable prices.  The Marketplace is in the auditorium of the Native Canadian Centre on three consecutive Sundays,  Dec. 4, Dec. 11, and Dec. 18. For more information please contact Paul McLeod at paul.mcleod@ncct.on.ca or 416.964.9087 ext. 245.
Bata Shoe Museum 

The Bata Shoe Museum continues with the Inuit Film Series this month.  On December 8 at 6pm, PayWhatYouCan to enjoy the screening of QuAGGIQ (Gathering Place), a film about a young Inuit man seeking spiritual guidance when his love for a local woman is forbidden by her father.  Families can enjoy a special weekend December 10 and 11 to Celebrate the Holidays. Shoe-themed holiday fun includes decorating cookies, making a special holiday craft, playing ISpy in the galleries and trying on the funkiest footwear around!  Wondering what to do with the kids during the Winter Break?  The fun continues December 26 - January 8 with daily drop in activities until 4pm.  And don't forget to visit the BSM Museum Shop for unique gift ideas - open during regular hours.  For more details, please visit batashoemuseum.ca.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

December brings fun cultural events at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, a.k.a. "The J".  Menopause Out Loud, a comedic musical parody staged to 25 classic hits of the '60s, '70s and '80s, plays until December 4 in the Al Green Theatre. On December 11, The Toronto Jewish Film Society screens The Infidel at 4pm & 7pm in the Al Green Theatre. The Infidel is a hilarious take on contemporary Jewish and Muslim cultures in the U.K. Enjoy cabaret and jazz classics of the 1920's and 30's and dance the afternoon away with the 11-piece Wintergarten Orchestra at Puttin' on the Ritz: A Concert in Celebration of Chanukah on December 15. For more information, visit mnjcc.org.

The Toronto Consort
The Toronto Consort presents A Medieval Christmas. The Middle Ages produced some of the most serene and heartfelt music of all time. Breaking from our traditional concert format, The Toronto Consort will provide patrons with a well-deserved opportunity to pause, reflect, and reenergize by not only highlighting music, written from 1100 to 1500 AD in England, Cyprus, Italy and Poland and in Middle English, Latin, German, and Italian, but also by projecting above the stage a treasure trove of images including stain glass, illuminations and medieval paintings in a darkened Jeanne Lamon Hall. A Medieval Christmas will be a feast for the eyes, as well as the ears! Running December 9 & 10 (8pm) and 11 (3:30pm) at Trinity-St Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor St West.  Visit TorontoConsort.org for more details or call 416.964.6337.
Alliance Française Toronto

In December, Alliance Française presents amazing concerts, interesting lectures and beautiful movies for all tastes. Three lectures will take place in the Spadina Theatre. On December 2, Alliance Française hosts Québéc novelist Yves Beauchemin, and on December 7 Michel Raymond, research director at CNRS, will talk about natural selection. To end 2016 on a high note, Alliance Française is offering two exceptional concerts. On December 3, singer Lorraine Klaasen will perform a tribute to Miriam Makeba. On December 4, in time for the festive season, soprano Christina Tannous and pianist Dominic Boulianne will perform a classical music concert. Movie Thursdays in December will include screenings of 1990 Cyrano de Bergerac by Jean-Paul Rappeneau; 1988 movie Mapantsula by Oliver Schmitz; and 1966 movie, A man and a woman, by Claude Lelouche. More details can be found at alliance-francaise.ca.  
Japan Foundation, Toronto
At the Japan Foundation, the exhibition Legendary Loyalty: The 47 Ronin in Japanese Prints, an exhibition of original ukiyo-e prints co-presented with Stuart Jackson Gallery, will be on view through March 4, 2017. Please visit jftor.org for more information. 

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra takes you on A Grand Tour of Italy to devour the new "baroque" style of 17th -century Italy, with music that was fresh, exhilarating, and even shocking in its use of free form and improvisation. This tour explores the music by the early Italian innovators - Castello, Uccellini, and Marini - and the later masters they inspired, Corelli and Vivaldi. Journey with Tafelmusik from December 1 - 4, 2016 at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul's Centre. Call the Tafelmusik Box Office at 416.964.6337 for tickets. Tafelmusik's original Messiah returns for four uplifting performances in the stunning surroundings of Koerner Hall from December 14 - 17, directed by Ivars Taurins. Rejoice and revel in Handel's original orchestration, the glory of the Hallelujah chorus, and the brilliant singing of the renowned Tafelmusik Chamber Choir. This season's soloists include Amanda Forsythe, soprano; Krisztina Szabó, mezzo-soprano; Colin Balzer, tenor; and Tyler Duncan, baritone. Tickets available at Tafelmusik.org or 416.408.0208.
Museum of Estonians Abroad/VEMU
In December at the Museum of Estonians Abroad/VEMU, the exhibition Free Lines. Portraits from the Restored Republic of Estonia by Andrus Peegelis available to view. This exhibition marks 25 years since the restoration of the Republic of Estonia's independence highlighting current important Estonian cultural and political figures. On December 7 at 7pm, Estonian filmmaker Marko Raat will be giving a lecture, From the Supermarket Conveyor Belt to a Hole Made by a Stone Axe. The Estonian National Museum's 100 Film Screens. How can one show yesterday's and today's invisible everyday life through film in a modern museum? Marko Raat will tell us how, by describing the process of creating exhibition material for the new Estonian National Museum building. The new Estonian National Museum building was opened at the end of September. It was designed by the Dorell, Ghotmeh, Tane architecture firm in Paris. The lecture will be in Estonian. PWYC. For more information please visit vemu.ca
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The Bloor St. Culture Corridor, Toronto's most diverse arts and culture district, is a true creative cluster, an arts and culture destination, and a collaboration between some of Toronto's most dynamic arts and culture organizations. 

All 19 of the Bloor St. Culture Corridor organizations present arts and cultural events for the public year-round in destination venues - all located in a cluster along a vibrant stretch of Bloor Street West. The Bloor St. Culture Corridor offers the public a wide variety of arts genres, from museum experiences to films, art exhibitions to music concerts, and opportunities to experience some of Toronto's cultural diversity, including French, Jewish, Italian, Japanese, Estonian, and Aboriginal arts and culture. 
Each year more than three million members of the public go to Bloor St. Culture Corridor arts and culture destinations, and attend exhibitions, performances, and events. Together, the Bloor St. Culture Corridor organizations generate more than $629,500,000 in economic impact each year. In October 2016, The Bloor St. Culture Corridor was successful in working with the City of Toronto to have Bloor St. West, between Bathurst and Bay streets, designated an official City of Toronto cultural corridor.
Bloor St. Culture Corridor partner destinations include:
Alliance Française de Toronto: 24 Spadina Road www.alliance-francaise.ca
Bata Shoe Museum: 327 Bloor Street West www.batashoemuseum.ca
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema: 506 Bloor Street West www.hotdocscinema.ca
Gardiner Museum: 111 Queen's Park www.gardinermuseum.com
Istituto Italiano di Cultura: 496 Huron Street www.iictoronto.esteri.it
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre: 750 Spadina Ave. www.mnjcc.org
Native Canadian Centre of Toronto: 16 Spadina Road www.ncct.on.ca
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM): 100 Queen's Park (Entrance on Bloor Street W.) www.rom.on.ca
The Royal Conservatory of Music / Koerner Hall: 273 Bloor Street West www.performance.rcmusic.ca 
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Choir: 427 Bloor Street West www.tafelmusik.org
Talisker Players: 427 Bloor Street West www.taliskerplayers.ca
The Toronto Consort: 427 Bloor Street West www.torontoconsort.org
University of Toronto Faculty of Music: 80 Queen's Park www.music.utoronto.ca
Bloor St. Culture Corridor associates include:
918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media + Education: 918 Bathurst St. www.918bathurst.com 
The Japan Foundation, Toronto: 2 Bloor Street East www.jftor.org
Museum of Estonians Abroad/VEMU:  310 Bloor Street West www.vemu.ca
The Randolph Centre for the Arts:  736 Bathurst St. www.randolphcentreforthearts.com
Soundstreams: various venues on the Bloor St. Culture Corridor www.soundstreams.ca
Toronto Reference Library:  789 Yonge Street www.torontopubliclibrary.ca

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