Hit the road for a "One-Tank Trip" around Southern Ontario.
Adventures worth the drive from the syndicated newspaper/web column by Jim Fox
Greetings to the many thousands of readers over the past month from across Canada and the United States, as well as countries including the United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, France, India, Australia, Japan, the Ukraine, Mexico, Romania and the Netherlands.
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Arts and Culture Events on Toronto's Bloor St. Culture Corridor, November 2018
The air is now
crisp in Toronto, but you will feel the warmth at arts and culture
events this month, with Italian-themed art exhibitions and concerts at
Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 918 Bathurst,
and Tafelmusik. There will be Cuban and other Latin American music at
The Royal Conservatory of Music, and Caribbean cultural events at A
Different Booklist. Escape into fantasy worlds by diving into Alice in
Wonderland at the Toronto Reference Library, see a groundbreaking opera
with lyrics by Langston Hughes at U of T Faculty of Music, or a timely
musical with lyrics by Dolly Parton at the Randolph Theatre. There are
so many wonderful worlds to discover on the Bloor St. Culture Corridor!
A Different Booklist Cultural Centre
There are some great events happening at A Different Booklist Cultural
Centre this month. R.I.S.E continues with the Spoken word on November 1.
A tribute to steel pan pioneer Ellie Mannette is on November 2. Randell
Adjei launches ‘I Am Not My Struggles’ on November 3, an entrance fee
of $20 is inclusive of a copy of the book. The Socialist Project launch
will the book Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life: A Reading and Conversation
with Matt Hern and Shiri Pasternak on November 7. November 10 is the
launch of Habiba Cooper Diallo ‘Yeshailem Learns About Fistula’ and
Inanna Publications’ launch of Madeline Coopsammy's new YA novel, ‘The
Old Songs’, and Glynis Guevara's new YA novel, ‘Black Beach’. On.
November 14, see the Award-winning Author, Educator, Speaker and Poet
Sharon Draper for the release of her new book ‘Blended’. Please visit adbcc.org for more information and the complete calendar of events.
The Royal Conservatory
The 10th anniversary concert season continues at Koerner Hall. Juno Award winner Quique Escamilla celebrates the Day of the Dead
on November 2 with a joyful and high-energy El Día de los Muertos party
with theatre, dance, storytelling, décor, and Latin American-infused
roots music. Daniel Hope and Friends AIR – A Baroque Journey
takes audiences an outrageous romp through the baroque with a dazzling
ensemble of virtuosi minstrels on November 3. Pianist Gabriela Montero
makes her Koerner Hall debut on November 25 with a special program
called Innocence and Experience.
She performs Schumann, Shostakovich, and Chick Corea, as well as her
own Memories from Childhood and renowned improvisations. On November 30,
Canadian saxophone and flute master Jane Bunnett & Maqueque All-Stars brings the soul of Cuba to Koerner Hall, including vocalist Daymé Arocena. For more information and tickets, please visit rcmusic.com/performance.
Istituto Italiano di Cultura
Continuing this month the exhibition Guido Guidi - A New Map of Italy gathers
more than 50 works from the collection of the CCA - Canadian Centre for
Architecture of Montréal. Guidi focuses on the spontaneous suburban
architecture, on harsh secondary roads, on spray-painted walls,
abandoned depots and construction sites to form a complex and stratified
portrait of the contemporary landscape. On November 2 the lecture The Art and Science of Leonardo
explores the necessity of the interaction of art and science in
Leonardo’s work. What can this Renaissance genius teach people today in
the search for the best of sustainable worlds? On November 9 the lecture
Galileo’s Book of Nature
looks at Galileo’s famous passage about the book of nature being
written in the language of mathematics. Both lectures are by Franco
Gallippi. For more information visit iictoronto.esteri.it.
918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education
November kicks off at 918 Bathurst with a co-presentation of Dala Abu Amneh as part of the Canadian Arabic Orchestra’s Festival of Arabic Music and Arts on Thursday, November 1. Then, Horror Rama
returns to 918 for a 2-day festival of all things horror, November 3
and 4. Monday, November 12, 918 Bathurst partners with the Istituto
Italiano di Cultura for a presentation of Italian songs from
concentration camps. November 15-24, Koffler Centre for the Arts returns
to 918 Bathurst for Like Mother Like Daughter, a live experiential theatre creation. Finally, Thursday November 29, TorQ Percussion Quartet returns to 918 Bathurst for a performance featuring their thunderous sound. For more info please visit 918bathurst.com.
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema brings your favourite audio storytellers from the studio to the stage at Hot Docs Podcast Festival
from November 1-5. Featuring over 10 chart-topping podcasts performed
live, including Levar Burton Reads, Criminal, Startup, and The
Allusionist—plus, a new Creators Forum conference for podcast makers and
industry pros. After a buzzed-about premiere at Hot Docs 2018, the
drop-dead funny doc The Bill Murray Stories
returns starting November 9 with a fascinating look at Hollywood’s most
elusive star. Discover an intimate portrait of one of the greatest
sopranos of the twentieth century in Maria Callas; explore the life of
Grammy Award–winning composer and piano virtuoso Chilly Gonzales in Shut Up And Play The Piano; and embark on a journey to post-embargo Cuba with New Orleans’ famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band in A Tuba To Cuba, the latest installment of Music on Film presented with The Royal Conservatory. More information at hotdocscinema.ca.
The Gardiner Museum
November brings exciting new exhibitions and programs to the Gardiner. The Maker Breakseries showcasing influential Toronto makers and artisans continues throughout the month: on November 3, Secret Teatime will introduce us to the Way of Tea through a ceremony using their own handmade vessels, while Tokyo Smoke will delve into the latest in ceramic cannabis accessories on November 24. On November 7, Power and Possession—a
panel hosted by CBC’s Sean O’Neill and featuring Candice Hopkins, Marc
Engstrom, and Adrian Stimson—will explore the topic of private
collections and issues of appropriation and repatriation inspired by the
exhibition Obsession: Sir William Van Horne’s Japanese Ceramics. On November 15, we’re launching the New + Now Gala,
a new fundraiser featuring an exciting International Ceramic Art
Exposition and an exclusive first look at a museum-wide installation by
Canadian ceramist David R. Harper. Learn more at gardinermuseum.on.ca.
Bata Shoe Museum
Give the gift of warmth at the Bata Shoe Museum this November. The Warm the Sole Sock Drive runs all month long, with free admission with a donation on the weekends! On November 4, join the Art and Sole Academy for a Shoe Design Workshop to learn creative shoe-design drawing techniques. Celebrate World Origami Day with a Shoe Origami Workshop, where all ages and skill levels can create origami shoes. Explore Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes through Exclusively Manolo programming. On November 15 the museum welcomes Lisa Immordino Vreeland to present her film Love, Cecil, a documentary exploring the costume design of Cecil Beaton, followed by a Q&A. On November 27, enjoy a tour of Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes with
Senior Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack and raise a glass of bubbly to
celebrate the birthday of the man behind the shoes. Visit batashoemuseum.ca for more information.
Museum of Estonians Abroad/VEMU
In November at the Museum of Estonians Abroad/VEMU the photography exhibit Estonia Through 100 Pairs of Eyes is available to view. November 8 at 7pm, hear with the artist-in-residence at the Hamilton Cotton Factory at A Meeting With Peeter Laurits from Estonia.
In Estonian. Admission by donation. On November 28 at 7pm, artist Laani
Heinar will be leading a handicraft workshop on how to make reed
traditional Estonian Christmas ornaments. In English. For more
information please visit: vemu.ca.
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir welcomes star Canadian
mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó to Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s
Centre from November 8–11, 2018 in Steffani: Drama & Devotion.
Discover sacred and secular works by this forgotten composer of the
baroque era with Ms. Szabó, Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and Choir Director
Ivars Taurins. From November 21–25, renowned British trumpeter David
Blackadder makes his Tafelmusik debut in Sound The Trumpet!,
a festive musical journey through baroque Europe full of gleaming
instrumental gems by Lully, Telemann, Bach, and more. Both concerts
feature a free pre-concert chat one hour before each performance with
special guest speakers. Then delve a little deeper into baroque music
with The Listening Club,
a special series, moderated by BBC Radio host and musicologist Dr.
Hannah French with oboist John Abberger. Join the discussion on November
12 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. For tickets, call 416.964.6337 or
The Japan Foundation of Toronto
Drop by the Japan Foundation of Toronto gallery this month to see the new exhibition, Noriko Maeda: Foundations, which continues until January 11, 2019. On November 14, between 12pm and 1pm, join the free Bring your own Bento
– Drop-in Lunchtime Language Lesson. For those who didn’t get spooked
enough last month, the Japan Foundation, Toronto is screening some films
from Japan exploring the Dark & Occult including Shinya Tsukamoto’s
cyberpunk Tetsuo The Iron Man, Nobuhiko Obayashi’s bizarre Hausu and Shiro Moritani’s epic Tidal Wave.
The Saturday special opening days for our library and gallery this
month are November 3 and November 17. More details available at jftor.org.
University of Toronto Faculty of Music
The University of Toronto Faculty of Music kicks off November with a preview of U of T Opera’s production of Street Scene at Thursdays at Noon. The free, lunchtime concerts resume November 15 with Women on the Verge (Elizabeth McDonald, soprano, Emily Martin, soprano, and Kathryn Tremills, piano); November 29 with Steinway Concert Artist Enrico Elisi performing
works by Mozart, Rihm, Beethoven, and Chihara (world premiere). On
November 12, Adjunct Professor Stephen Clarke presents a free lecture on
Opera and Song 100 Years Ago to mark the Faculty of Music’s centenary. November 16 the Chamber Music series presents the New Orford String Quartet and special guests in a program of Brahms and Mendelssohn. U of T Opera’s fall mainstage production is Street Scene,
Kurt Weill’s groundbreaking synthesis of traditional opera and American
musical theatre, with lyrics by Langston Hughes. Four performances only
November 22-25. More information at music.utoronto.ca.
The Music Gallery
Dastagh, created by Adam Rudolph and Araz Salek is sequel of sorts to
American percussionist-conductor Rudolph’s Music Gallery encounter in
2016, in which his Go:Organic
musical system has been adapted to accommodate Iranian scales by Salek.
A stellar 16-piece ensemble of local players with classical, jazz, and
modal music training brings this new language to life on November 17.
Another edition of Anne Bourne’s Pauline Oliveros-inspired Listening Choir
is on November 25. Co-presentations include New Music Concerts’
presentation of the biannual Generation tour showcasing four emerging
composers from across Canada performed by Montreal’s ECM+ Ensemble,
November 11. Speculation is a multi-disciplinary concert that weaves
together monologue and projections with live performances of Beethoven
and John Cage to tell a mother-daughter story about loss and listening.
The two-night run on November 30 and December 1 features a live taping
of Laurie Brown’s Pondercast. For more info, visit musicgallery.org.
The Toronto Reference Library
TD Gallery’s Alice Opens the Door
exhibition opens on November 17, follow Alice into the mixed-up world
of Wonderland! Enjoy this lively exhibit of early editions, artwork,
toys, games and memorabilia from the library's Osborne Collection of
Early Children's Books. The Appel Salon season continues with Lindsay Wong
discussing her debut book, The Woo Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug
Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family, on November 12 and Susan Orlean, the bestselling author of The Orchid Thief, on November 20. As part of the On Civil Society series, Rebecca Traister
stops by on November 14 to discuss her latest book, Good and Mad: The
Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger. For more information please visit
Randolph Centre for the Arts
In Randolph College’s presentation of 9 to 5: The Musical,
three female coworkers are pushed to the boiling point by the sexist,
egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss, and concoct
a plan to get even with him, eventually learning there is nothing they
can't do, even in a “man's world”. With music and lyrics by Dolly
Parton, 9 to 5 The Musical runs Randolph Centre for the Arts’ Annex
Theatre, 730 Bathurst, November 27 – December 1. Tickets available at ticketweb.ca.
Friends of the Bloor St. Culture Corridor
On Saturday, November 17 from 5pm to 7pm, the Bloor-Yorkville Business
Improvement Area (BYBIA) will kick off the holiday season in the vibrant
heart of the city by presenting Holiday Magic,
the spectacular annual community concert event in support of the
Canadian Foundation for Aids Research (CANFAR). Friends, families and
music lovers are invited to the Village of Yorkville Park (Cumberland
St. & Bellair St.) for the Official Flick the Switch Lighting
Ceremony and to enjoy a special performance by musical guest, Canadian
pop star Shawn Hook. The Village of Yorkville Park will remain
illuminated throughout December. More information available at bloor-yorkville.com/holidaymagic.