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Yamaska National Park, Quebec

To have a complete travel experience in Montreal area we decided to visit the Yamaska National Park, well known as a wonderful family escape whether you are camping, just came to enjoy the beach, like to hike or bike.
That morning weather outlook promised some rain and cloudy, so the beach option was not on the list, so we opted for a bike ride.

We did not bring our bikes, so had to rent – you know that feeling when you take someone’s else bike – I hope it’s good… – well, the bikes were not just good, they were great – all in perfect condition, had all the proper gear installed and ready to roll!

Parc National de la Yamaska,Granby, Quebec

The Yamaska National Park is located on the Choiniere Reservoir, is represented by great variety of trees, small animals and birds. The park was created in 1983 and is a perfect for all kinds of activities combined in one great location – boating, paddling, fishing for those who prefers to be on the water and hiking, biking, camping as an addition and for those staying on land. The water is very clear, we saw a lot of small fishes close to the shore.

Parc National de la Yamaska,Granby, Quebec

The beach is well equipped with water bikes, kayaks and paddle boards… we would be very happy to try them all, however at that time decided to go for a bike ride to explore the trail which is about 19 km and runs through he forest for some distance along the shore and later through the woods.

As navigation help we also got i-pods with map, detailed information about the location and some interesting facts about where we were in real time!

Parc National de la Yamaska,Granby, Quebec

Yamaska National Park
Address: 1780 boulevard David-Bouchard, Roxton Pond, QC J0E 1Z0
Phone: (450) 776-7182

Bombardier Museum of ingenuity, Valcourt, Quebec

We arrived in Valcourt QC to see the place where the man known as the  pride of Valcourt created his company that would be renowned by the  world. The visit begins with the simple garage where  Joseph Armand  Bombardier decides to overcome the challenges of driving in the deep  snow.

Museum of Ingenuity, Valcourt, Quebec

By adapting the tractor wheels into treads and skis to become parts of  the vehicle he was able to make the first snowmobile- the B7 – that  within a very short period of time became in great demand not just in Quebec but all over Canada. In the garage there is still his officefilled with tools and papers, as if he just stepped out for a moment.
And you can see the first original snowmobile that looks quite bulky, since it was made of wood and various parts from other machines, stands in the middle of the garage.

Museum of Ingenuity, Valcourt, Quebec

The new creation became so popular that the company moved to the new larger building and was supported by the whole community of Valcourt. The larger sized vehicles followed and the business was prospering until… after World War II, the Quebec government passed a law that required cities to  remove the snow from highways and streets and the need for the snowmobile as a transportation quickly faded. The creativity of Joseph Armand Bombardier never stopped and he
brought new ideas into growing the business… a few months later the “Ski-Doo” comes out of his production and quickly gives raise to the new sport and gives all new outlook for winter fun.

Museum of Ingenuity, Valcourt, Quebec
Museum of Ingenuity, Valcourt, Quebec

From section to section we could see the machines created in different times for the variety of purposes – snowmobiles of all sizes, all terrain vehicles, the rail transport – here you can get on the actual streetcar and image being on the streets of the busy downtown.
In the next hall we were impressed by the original subway wheels that are used in Montreal Metro – and these are produced by Bombardier Inc. as well.

Museum of Ingenuity, Valcourt, Quebec

One of the expositions is dedicated to the aircraft industry, here the imagination will take you up to the skies – yes, you can fly! And feel like a pilot of the commercial aircraft, which destination is any place of your choice!

Museum of Ingenuity, Valcourt, Quebec

And not just the destinations you can reach here, you can build the totally new vehicle of your own creation. In the room filled with I-pads there is big screen with the images of all sorts of surrealistic machines moving, floating, flying, zooming… it’s a wonderful world of imagination; and no matter the age – it is a great fun for all!

FabLab, Museum of Ingenuity, Valcourt, Quebec

One more surprise at the end of our tour – so called ‘’ FabLabs’’. Anyone who likes to create, is in need of tools and good technical advice can come here and for a very reasonable fee get it all including materials, software and a helping hand! Really impressive and well done! And so encouraging!

Bombardier Original Garage, Museum of Ingenuity, Valcourt, Quebec

150 YEARS OF JOIE DE VIVRE IN GATINEAU!

MOSAÏCANADA 150 / GATINEAU 2017
From June 30 to October 15, 2017, discover MOSAÏCANADA 150 / Gatineau 2017, a major international horticultural exhibition that combines various art forms with horticulture. The theme of the exhibit will reflect 150 years of history, values, arts and culture in Canada, represented by some 100 different arrangements. The free exhibit will be in the form of a route extending over almost one kilometre. Each visit will last approximately 90 minutes.
THE CANADIAN HISTORY HALL
On July 1, explore the Canadian Museum of History’s brand new 40,000-square-foot gallery, the Canadian History Hall! This signature gallery will trace Canada’s history from the dawn of human habitation to the present day. It is the largest and most ambitious exhibition project ever undertaken by the Museum. Authentic artifacts and stories are explored through various lenses, as visitors encounter the events, movements and personalities that have shaped our nation, and whose influence on our lives can still be felt today.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL – VOLTA
From August 3 to 27, experience Cirque du Soleil’s new show, VOLTA. It tells a spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail. Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of action sports, the show weaves the adrenaline rush of acrobatics into a visually striking world driven by a stirring musical score. VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and the power of the group to make that possible.

AS FAR AS EYES CAN SEE (EXHIBITION)
From June 28 to August 30, view the exhibition À perte de vue, a major exhibition of large-scale works by 10 Canadian visual artists. The historic La Fonderie building, a remnant of Gatineau’s industrial heritage measuring nearly 58,000 square feet, will be the site of this unique exhibition organized by AXENÉO7 in partnership with the Centre de production DAÏMÔN and Galerie UQO, as part of the National Arts Centre’s Canada Scene festival. Admission is free!

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‘Green light’ for St Patrick’s celebrations around the world!

16 March 2017:  Over 250 iconic landmarks and sites around the world will be illuminated green over the coming days – as part of Tourism Ireland’s 2017 Global Greening initiative to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

The annual initiative, now in its eighth year, which sees a host of major landmarks around the world turn green for St Patrick’s Day, has grown from strength to strength, with many new landmarks signing up to take part this year.

Stadiums, statues, castles and towers will go green to celebrate our national day (17 March) with exciting additions for 2017 including the One World Trade Center in New York – the main building of the re-built World Trade Center in New York and the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

Canadian landmarks going green this year include the Toronto Sign, Casa Loma, Whistler Ski Resort, Calgary Tower, Cabot Tower, The Big Fiddle, the Museum of Nature, the Big Nickel, the Distillery District, the Sails of Lights, the Futalognkosaurus (dinosaur) in the Royal Ontario Museum, Montreal City Hall, Complexe Desjardins, and La Tour McGill.
Click Tourism Ireland’s Global Greenings for footage of the world turning green.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “This is the eighth year of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative and each year I am delighted to see even more well-known attractions and landmark sites wishing to get involved. The eagerness of cities and countries everywhere to take part underlines the strength of the deep connection that people all over the world feel to Ireland. More than 70 million people around the world claim links to the island of Ireland and St Patrick’s Day is a truly unique opportunity to reconnect them with their heritage.”

Of course, the ‘greenings’ are just one part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations. The place to be on 17th March is Ireland where there are two festivals which shouldn’t be missed.

In Dublin, Ireland’s capital city, the ‘St Patrick’s Festival’ will last for four great days, taking in the weekend and running from 16-19 March.  The city will be alive with music, film, arts, dance, culture, fun and even international rugby.

Each year the festival has a different theme with this year’s ‘Ireland We Are’ giving the city a chance to showcase all that Ireland stands for today.  Festival favourites include the world’s largest outdoor céilí, world-class museums hosting free workshops and guided historic walks including famous sites such as the Guinness Storehouse. The main event, the St Patrick’s Festival parade, is held on Friday 17 March in Dublin’s city centre.

In Northern Ireland, the newly curated ‘Home of St Patrick Festival’ celebrates St Patrick, the man and the saint, as one of the world’s most inspiring and loved saints of all time. Taking place in the beautiful landscape of Counties Armagh and Down, which was once Patrick’s home, the festival will culminate on Sunday 19 March with ‘The Voice of the Irish’ closing concert in spectacular Newry Cathedral.

Road trip to Perth for 200th anniversary celebrations. Summer 2016

Adventures during our Perth-Ottawa Road Trip. Summer 2016

 

We left Toronto early in morning and after about an hour on 401 as usually stopped over at Big Apple. The place is well known for cute cafeteria, large giftshop, children`s outdoor pet zoo, and clean washrooms.

After arriving to Perth, we first stopped over at the Fairgrounds where the place was already prepared for the 200th years celebrations. One could see the rib grillers’ stands from all over Lanark county and the vendors offering foods and drinks to all tastes. There was a mini amusement park for young children with bouncy castles and a climbing tower. The stage was ready for musicians and singers; close by the stone carvers were competing in their art – the winners’ sculptures will become part of the new stone bridge being constructed in Perth and funded mainly by donations.

Perth lanark County
Building a New Bridge in Perth, Lanark County, Canada

 

Late afternoon we headed to the McReary’s beach resort. The resort has beautiful and spacious cottages and we stayed in one of them for the next 3 days. The resort is located on the beach and at the same time not far from the main road; that made it convenient for our local day trips exploring the area. Our cottage had fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, two bedrooms, living room and the deck with BBQ. The environment is really family friendly and kids were allowed to go around by themselves.

McReary Beach Resort
Paddling in McReary Beach resort

Once settled we all headed for a boat tour that was so much fun!

Water Fun on the lake near McReary Resort
Fun time at McReary Beach resort

We swam in warm lake water, did spectacular jumps from the boat and raced each other. On the way back to the cottage we saw two eagles high up on a pine tree.

Eagle nest near McReary Beach resort
Eagle nest near McReary Beach resort

Next to the beach there one can find a boat house with many canoes and kayaks to borrow, but we were too tempted to relax in the indoor pool; under same roof there is a sauna and hot tub. After dinner we played for a while and later enjoyed a beautiful sunset and the marshmallows roasted on the campfire right behind the cottage.

Family Nights at McReary Beach Resort
Marshmallow Party at the Cottage in McReary Beach resort

The next morning we went to Perth to see the 200th year anniversary parade, which was very well organized and included a lot of various performances. After the parade   we stopped by the ice-cream shop before heading to the park.

Not far from the park there was a farmers market where we bought local maple syrup and some homemade jams; the stands were also filled with crafts and flowers. It was a fine place to browse…

Perth Farmers Market
Farmers Market in Perth

 

200th Perth Maple Syrup
Special edition “200th anniversary of Perth” Maple Syrup at farmers market

In the park the speeches were already underway and we could see the Mayor and other city officials on the stage. At the end of the ceremony the Mayor handed the special capsule with the money collected for the construction of the new stone bridge to the builders.

After the official part everyone headed across the park to the spacious lawn where the dressed up musicians and dancers were getting ready to perform. The Scottish kilts in different colours, traditional musical instruments and actors were all mixed with the arriving public.
For the next hour we all could watch the scenes from the past brought by the musicians and actors to show the history of Perth from 19th century. The show ended by the guns’ salute and marching of the bands.

Perth 200th
200th anniversary of Perth Celebration

On the way back to the cottage we stopped again at Fairgrounds to have some ribs, check out the stone carving competition and listen to some music.

The day was almost done, we only had enough time to get back to the cottage for some swim in a pool and dinner.

The next morning we left early for the Blue Heron Golf club. The club house was already busy with the arriving golfers, so we quickly got ready and headed out to the course.

Blue Heron Golf Club
Playing Golf in Blue Heron Golf Club, lanark County, Ontario, Canada

The course has nine holes which makes it suitable for those new to the game or seasoned golfers. The beautiful landscaping adds to the natural surroundings creating pleasant environment – mix of water, forest and green lawns… after golf we all were ready to have good lunch, and decided to go towards Perth.

Perth, Lanark County
Beautiful Perth

On the way we stopped by the General store to buy sandwiches. Forget the sandwiches – in the middle of the store there was a small table where a lady was painting the large egg… The painting reminded us some fine antique porcelains, Easter eggs and may be Christmas… the paintings were filled with very fine details such as flowers, birds, butterflies, little bunnies and colourful ornaments. Hard to resist – we bought two beautifully painted eggs and then turned to sandwiches – we were hungry!

Tatlock Quarry
Observation Deck in Tatlock Quarry in Lanark County

After Perth our destination was Ottawa. Instead of staying in the city hotel we stopped at the Generations Inn., which is about thirty minutes away. Even before we open our bags right away kids went to swim in a lake… The Inn has three rooms with private bathrooms located in the old estate. The place is quite well known for the fact that the chief for the Ottawa Senators sometimes cooks his famous dishes for the guests, but you have to call in advance to find out when; we didn’t and so had to visit nearby restaurants.

Generations Inn
Funtime at “Generations Inn”

Next morning we were in Ottawa. First we visited The Museum of History, Children’s Museum and Parliament Hill, later the Airspace Museum and we finished the day watching the amazing Light Show that is projected right on the Parliament building.

In the Museum of History “Napoleon” and “Gold Rush” special exhibits were well worth to visit. Going back in times of Napoleon and learning about his personality and various projects was really like visiting France and Europe of that time. In the halls of “Gold Rush” we were able to wash some golden nuggets and learn about gold mining history. At the exit the special scale displayed the value of your weight as gold equivivalent in $$ – so we all got on! Worth millions!!

Children’s Museum is always full of kids and their parents. It’s a wonderful world of real things scaled to toy size. One can be a banker, another a salesman of Turkish rugs or spices, be a sailor or mechanic or dress up and go on stage!

After lunch on the French side in a small lovely café and some rest we headed to the Airspace museum. And that is where we spent a lot of time learning about airplanes, history of aviation and space exploration.

Ottawa Aerospace Museum
Aircraft tourbine in Ottawa Aerospace Museum
Fighter jet Simulator
Fighter jet Simulator in Ottawa Aerospace Museum

A bit tired we went back to the city to have dinner. And again we went to the Airspace Museum this time for the conference to meet the real astronauts Jeremy Hansen and Robert Thirsk.

Canadian Astronaut Robert Thrisk
Precious moments! Robert Thrisk autographed a book!
Jeremy Hansen and Jonathan
Canadian Astronaut Jeremy Hansen autographed my book

They were presenting the launch of the new recruitment campaign and there were various officials and a lot of fans. We even got a chance to chat with them and get autographs.

Jeremy hansen and Robert Thirsk
Children and Canadian Astronauts Jeremy Hansen and Robert Thirsk in Ottawa Aerospace Museum, July 2016

After such an exciting evening we were back to the Parliament Hill for the Light Show that presented the history of Canada in projected images accompanied by narration and music.

Parliament Hill Light Show in Ottawa
Parliament Hill light show, Ottawa, Canada

Tired after such a long day full of events we were ready to go back to Generations Inn for a good night sleep…

Next morning we were on our way back home. We decided to stop over in Peterborough and visit the unique lift locks. Dated back to 1900 the locks operate based on the natural powers created by the weight of the water in the tubs – this is the largest hydraulic lift lock in the world that raises boats up to about 65 feet high! It was a lot of fun to watch the boats go up and down – they looked so small compare to locks’ structure!

Before getting back on the road we stopped over for pizza lunch and then drove all the way home talking about places we liked most…

Let’s Go to Perth celebrating 200 anniversary together! July 22-24 weekend

Suggested itinerary:

Day One: Friday, July 22

  • Arrive in Perth between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for the BBQ Block Party http://bbqblockparty.com/ at the Perth Fairgrounds (50 Arthur Street)

Directions from Toronto (3hrs 46 mins):

https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/Toronto,+ON/Perth+Fair,+50+Arthur+Street,+Perth,+ON+K7H+3E3/@44.2698707,-78.9357309,8z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x89d4cb90d7c63ba5:0x323555502ab4c477!2m2!1d-79.3831843!2d43.653226!1m5!1m1!1s0x4cd27a443bbdbc8b:0x63becdf201c85aee!2m2!1d-76.2464385!2d44.892452

  • Lunch at festival food stations
  • Canadian Stone Carving Festival http://canadianstonecarvingfestival.com/
  • Dinner
  • Drive 17 minutes to McCreary’s Beach Resort to check in anytime after 4:00 p.m.

Directions: https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/Perth+Fair,+50+Arthur+St,+Perth,+ON+K7H+3E3/McCreary’s+Beach+Resort,+McCrearys+Beach,+Perth,+ON/@44.9570316,-76.3101839,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x4cd27a443bbdbc8b:0x63becdf201c85aee!2m2!1d-76.2464385!2d44.8924522!1m5!1m1!1s0x4cd2725b1659098f:0x32b0fe57cb669651!2m2!1d-76.2192498!2d45.0213694

  • Relax and enjoy the beach!

Day Two: Saturday, July 23

  • Breakfast
  • Travel for 14 minutes to Perth for Blast from the Past (Opening Ceremonies are at 11:30 a.m.) Full Event Schedule: https://perth200.ca/signature-events/homecoming-weekend/homecoming-weekend-schedule/
  • I suggest parking at Café Bean, 1 Sherbrooke Street East, Perth

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g499284-d8067083-Reviews-Cafe_Bean-Perth_Ontario.html

Directions: https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/McCreary’s+Beach+Resort,+McCrearys+Beach,+Perth,+ON/Cafe+Bean,+Sherbrooke+Street+East,+Perth,+ON/@44.9621085,-76.3101839,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x4cd2725b1659098f:0x32b0fe57cb669651!2m2!1d-76.2192498!2d45.0213694!1m5!1m1!1s0x4cd27a68a8055c4f:0xffaacf4efb660bd6!2m2!1d-76.246822!2d44.903985

  • Walk about 4 blocks for 8 minutes to Stewart Park (80 Gore Street East) to see the parade. Map: https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Stewart+Park+Festival/@44.8988287,-76.250517,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x41185e3fc910fbd2!8m2!3d44.8988287!4d-76.250517

Directions: https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/Cafe+Bean,+Sherbrooke+Street+East,+Perth,+ON/Stewart+Park+Festival,+Gore+Street+East,+Perth,+ON/@44.9014106,-76.2506273,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x4cd27a68a8055c4f:0xffaacf4efb660bd6!2m2!1d-76.246822!2d44.903985!1m5!1m1!1s0x4cd27a5d1804a2d3:0x41185e3fc910fbd2!2m2!1d-76.250517!2d44.8988287

  • In the afternoon, you may wish to return to the Perth Fairgrounds. Enjoy the Festival!

Day Three: Sunday, July 24

  • Check out
  • Travel home

Recharge time in Northhumberland!

With Brian, our first destination was “Victoria Inn” at Gores Landing on Rice lake (about 120km drive on 401 East from Toronto)Victoria Inn on Rice LakeOn thLobby Area of Victoria Inn on Rice Lakee front lawn of Victoria Inn we met Mike McNaught, instructor and local fishing guide. First he taught us how to make the fly, then tying fly and casting. Mike with sophisticated tools explained to us sourcing and tools for good fly fishing all step by step.

After hearty lunch at Victoria Inn we drove to  Port Hope Area  and meet our new friends who joined us for the short 2km hike in Ganaraska Hiking Trail. A bit about this trail… The Ganaraska Hiking Trail begins in Port Hope along the Ganaraska River and eventually connects to the Bruce Trail near Glen Huron, after expansion to Midland and Wasaga Beach trail becomes about 500km long. We didn’t hike all the route, just a small portion, about 2km…actually, the rainy weather shortened our hike.

Hiking along the Ganaraska Hiking Trail
Even on a rainy day hiking was great pleasure.
Ganaraska Hiking Trail, crossing the river
Crossing Ganaraska River

My favorite part of  the hike was the  crossing of Ganaraska River.  Although the river is shallow there, the thrill of adventure busted my adrenalin levels. The hiking trail is maintained by volunteers from the local “Ganaraska Hiking trail Association” , who provided detailed information, and assistance during the hike.

Entrance to "Primitive Designs"
Primitive Designs Canada www.primitivedesignscanada.ca

After the hike our thoughts were to get to nearest hotel, get a warm shower , relax and chat while having dinner with good company of friends. On the way to Port Hope we stopped at “Primitive Designs”. Yes it is cool place to visit. There are lots of unusual and funky stuff, and there are lots of it..hard to describe…best to visit on your own. They claimed to have the Canada’s Tallest Transformer, 7-m-tall called “Optimus Prime”, aPrimitive Designsnd 6mhigh T-Rex dinosaur made from recycled car and bike parts.

Then we booked into The Waddell  located on the banks of the Ganaraska river in down town Port Hope.

The Waddell
The Waddell downtown Port Hope Hotel www.thewaddell.ca
The Waddell
The Waddell

 

After warm bath we decided to meet downstairs for dinner at  “Trattoria Gusto”. I liked the food and design of the restaurant, so I took some photos.

Trattoria Gusto
Trattoria Gusto www.trattoriagusto.ca

 

 

 

 

Trattoria GUSTO Three hours flew  while having good company in good restaurant.

Next morning we planned to drive to Ganaraska Treetop Trekking, another place to boost our adrenaline levels.

Treetop Trekking at Ganaraska Forest Centre
Ganaraska Treetop Trekking www.treetoptrekking.com
Treetop Trekking at Ganaraska Forest Centre
Ganaraska Treetop Trekking www.treetoptrekking.com

First levels of trekking were easyfor me, so I decided to skip few, on the last trek I shed some sweat…

My friends prepared surprise, we had lunch near Ganaraska Forest Centre at neighbouring “Moonlight and Pines” B&B, where hosts Helen and Colin prepared a fancy lunch with a nice panoramic view and good conversation. It was a good idea to look at the premises, the room at the B&B is large enough to accomodate an entire family of four. For the next trip to Treetop Trekking it would be a good idea to rent a room in this B&B, especially since it is walking distance to Ganaraska Forest Centre and Treetop Trekking .

 

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January-February 2015 activities on the Bloor Str., Toronto

ON THE BLOOR ST. CULTURE CORRIDOR

JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2015
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TORONTO, Canada (January 7, 2015): The 14 arts and culture destinations of the Bloor
St. Culture Corridor – Toronto’s most diverse arts and culture district – offer
a wide variety of events in January and February, 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 and Aboriginal arts
and culture.
The Bloor St. Culture Corridor free mobile app provides access to special offers
exclusive to app users, and a convenient way to easily see the richness of cultural
destinations and events on offer in the Bloor St. area of central Toronto, within
an easily-walkable 1.5kms between Bathurst and Bay, from The Annex through to Yorkville.
More information about the Bloor St. Culture Corridor and upcoming events can be
found at: www.bloorstculturecorridor.com
The Bloor St. Culture Corridor is on Twitter @bloorstculture and on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/bloorstculturecorridor
Highlights of arts and culture events on the Bloor St Culture Corridor in January
and February include:
Special Events:
The public is invited to attend the Big Drum Social at the Native Canadian Centre
of Toronto every Thursday evening at 6:30pm.
Friday Night Live Encore: on February 6, the Royal Ontario Museum thaws the winter
freeze with a special Carnival-themed FNL, with more of the unique mix of live music,
dancing, eclectic eats and drinks, gallery activities and unexpected experiences
which have made FNL one of Toronto’s most unique social destinations.
Film:
Movie Thursday at Alliance Française Toronto features Versailles rive gauche on
January 8; La Haine on January 15; The Triplets of Belleville on January 22; Rosetta
on January 29; Age of Panic on February 5; Under the Starry Sky on February 12;
Tanguy on February 19; and Hélène Berr, une jeune fille dans Paris occupé on February
26. A special NFB Short Movies Selection for kids (2 to 4 years old), will be on
screen January 10.
The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema starts 2015 with a fantastic selection of documentary
films. Highlights include Monk with a Camera, the story of Buddhist monk Nicholas
Vreeland, grandson of legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, opening January 9.
Award-winning director Rory Kennedy takes a stunning look at the chaotic final days
of the Vietnam War in Last Days in Vietnam, opening on January 16. And two new series
launch in January, Composers on Screen with In Search of Mozart, co-presented with
The Royal Conservatory of Music, and Ballet on Screen with The Royal Ballet’s production
of Manon. The Music on Film series continues on January 27 with Let’s Get Lost,
the life story of legendary jazz artist Chet Baker, presented in partnership with
The Royal Conservatory.
Jewish film events on the big screen of the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre’s
Al Green Theatre includes Cupcakes with guest speaker Jamie Levin, co-presented
with Kulanu Toronto and Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival on January 18; and
The Matchmaker with guest speaker Professor Kalman Weiser, part of Spotlight on
Israeli Culture, on February 15. Both films screen at 4pm and 7:30pm each day.
Tickets: 416.924.6211 x606
Music:
Alliance Française Toronto presents Paris 1900 on January 9 at 8pm, where Jacques
Israelievitch (violin), Benjamin Smith (piano) and Jihyun Ahn (cello) explore the
music of Paris at the time of the Belle Époque; at Europe et Opéra on January 23
at 8pm, singers from the COC Ensemble Studio offer extracts from operas in four
Europeans languages; on January 16 at 8pm jazz singer Samantha Clayton will offer
her vision of Paris and sing her fondness for the City of lights; Japanese/Canadian
jazz trio The Japan Project: Memoires et improvisations offers a new vision of traditional
Japanese music on February 20 at 8pm; and at L’Europe au diapason on February 27
at 8pm French virtuoso pianist Olivier Chauzu will perform works by Listz, Shuman,
Debussy. Also part of Opera/Ballet series broadcast from the Paris National Opera
House, Celebrate Dance with the Paris Opera Ballet featuring the Étoiles, Premiers
danseurs, Corps de Ballet and pupils of the School of Dance in an important ritual,
the Défilé that brings together 154 dancers and Nutcracker experts on January 30
at 1:30pm; The Abduction from the Seraglio – Mozart, a new production from Zabou
Breitman with Philippe Jordan conducting takes place on February 21 at 1:30pm. Tickets:
416.922.2014 ext. 37.
The Talisker Players kick off 2015 with Puttin’ On The Ritz, a celebration of Irving
Berlin’s music, from “Top Hat” to “Anything You Can Do,” at Trinity St. Paul’s Centre,
Jeanne Lamon Hall, January 11, 3:30pm and January 13, 8pm. There will be pre-concert
talks at 3pm Sunday and 7:15pm Tuesday. Tickets: 416.978.8849
The University of Toronto Faculty of Music presents Canadian string stars New Orford
String Quartet on January 6, at 7pm. The Monday Evening Concerts series continues
January 19, 2015 with Susan Hoeppner (flute), Teng Li (viola), Shauna Rolston (cello),
and Lydia Wong (piano), perform works by George Crumb, Eduardo Angelo, and Christos
Hatzis, on January 19, at 7pm; and Russell Braun (baritone), Monica Whicher (soprano),
and Carolyn Maule & Steven Philcox (pianists) performing Wolf: Italienisches Liederbuch
on February 9. February concerts continue with Lorand Fenyves Resident Artist, Atar
Arad, performing a recital of original compositions for viola on February 12. All
concerts take place at Walter Hall. Tickets: 416.408.0208
The Royal Conservatory of Music presents eleven different concerts, ranging from
classical to blues, on the Koerner Hall stage in January and February. Swedish
mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter with pianist Angela Hewitt on January 9; Danny
Marks hosts the 18th Maple Blues Awards on January 19; and powerhouse duo violinist
Gidon Kremer and pianist Daniil Trifonov perform on January 20. In February, Pavlo
returns home to Toronto for an evening of Mediterranean guitar music on February
6; Afrobeat band Antibalas joins forces with Zap Mama on February 7; the Koerner
Hall stage will become a Pianopalooza on February 8, a free afternoon of mini performances
from classical through jazz and pop, by Emanuel Ax, Robi Botos, Anagnoson & Kinton,
and many more. Violinist Sarah Chang and pianist Julio Elizalde make their Koerner
Hall debuts on February 20; February 26 marks the return of German baritone Christian
Gerhaher, accompanied by pianist Gerold Huber; and Hugh Masekala and Vusi Mahlasela
come together to honour 20 years of democracy in South Africa and the official end
of apartheid on February 28. Tickets: 416.408.0208
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Choir presents Beethoven Symphony no. 5 with
Guest Conductor Kent Nagano January 22 – 25 at Koerner Hall. Tickets: 416.408.0208
Then, in February, don’t miss House of Dreams directed by Jeanne Lamon, a magical
journey to the meeting places of baroque art and music where exquisite works by
Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and Marais are played against a backdrop of paintings by
Vermeer, Canaletto, and Watteau. House of Dreams takes place at Trinity-St. Paul’s
Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, February 11-15. Tickets: 416.964.6337.
The Toronto Consort will present Splendours of the Emperor’s Chapel, a lavish concert
of rarely-heard music from the Viennese court and chapel of Holy Roman Emperor Leopold
I, February 6 and 7 at 8pm, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall. Tickets:
416-964-6337
Exhibitions:
Ryoji Ikeda and Walter Jule: Threshold, an exhibition featuring the artwork of two
pioneers in the field of printmaking and photography, co-presented by University
of Alberta and The Japan Foundation, continues at The Japan Foundation, Toronto,
until January 29. Admission is free.
Alliance Française de Toronto presents Peter Sramek : Piercing Time Paris after
Marville and Atget – 1865 – 2012, in the gallery January 7 – January 31. By juxtaposing
Peter Sramek’s contemporary photographs to those made by Charles Marville or Eugène
Atget, this exhibition tells Paris’ urban change from the 19th century to now. An
opening reception will take place January 7 at 7pm. Admission is free. In Toronto
versus New York, two North American cities become the playing field of French photographer
Antoine Bruneau, disciple of street photography. An opening reception will take
place on February 4 at 6:30pm.
The Gallery at the J at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre is showing the work
of Aba Bayefsky, including pieces from his Tattoo Series, Legends, and Kensington
Market, until January 26. An exhibition reception takes place on January 6, 7-9
pm. The Second Floor Exhibit at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre is Toronto’s
First Synagogues, Photographs by Robert Burley; and the Third Floor Exhibit on view
currently is The Ontario Jewish Archives at 40: Four Decades of Collecting and Sharing
our Community’s History. Admission is free.
Five exhibitions are on display at the Bata Shoe Museum, including Fashion Victims:
The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century; Collected in the Field: Shoemaking
Traditions From Around the World; Beauty, Identity, Pride: Native North American
Footwear; and All About Shoes with Footprints on the World Stage, a special feature
exhibition of extraordinary footwear worn in moments of triumph on the world’s stage,
worn by icons like Pierre Trudeau, Madonna, Roger Federer, Napoleon and Marilyn
Monroe.
At the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything
is everything opens on January 31, wherein one of Canada’s most provocative artists
and cultural thinkers questions what our future holds. Through diverse media ranging
from Lego to found materials, painting to installation, he explores issues which
affect us all: the 21st-century condition, Canadian cultural identity, the power
of language and the pervasive presence of technology in modern life. Organized and
circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery, the 6-part exhibition is presented in Toronto
concurrently across two venues; the Royal Ontario Museum and the Museum of Contemporary
Canadian Art .Continuing exhibitions also on view at the ROM include Wildlife Photographer
of the Year, an internationally renowned photography competition from Natural History
Museum in London celebrating nature and wildlife through 100 breathtaking photos
by photographers of all ages around the world. Other exhibits include Maps, Borders
& Mobility in Africa, Cairo Under Wraps: Early Islamic Textiles, Genizot: Repositories
of Memory as well as Toronto Underfoot and many more fascinating thematic exhibitions!
The Istituto Italiano di Cultura presents Milan, a Place to Read, an exhibition
revealing the wonders of Milan. The undisputed capital of publishing in Italy, an
undiscovered Milan, made up of authors, publishers and above all readers, a city
to be read and for the reader. The exhibition, presented in collaboration with
Fondazione Arnoldo e Alberto Mondadori, will be on view February 5 through April
23, 2015. Opening reception: February 5, 2015, 6:30-8:30pm.
The Gardiner Museum presents the Smithsonian exhibition Women, Art, & Social Change:
The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise, opening February 5 and running through May 18. The
exhibition tells the story of how the arts and crafts movement empowered the lives
of a group of women in the Deep South, and how they created one of America’s premiere
art pottery enterprises of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Set against a
backdrop of social change and women’s rights, the show features the largest, most
comprehensive Newcomb Pottery collection to tour North America in nearly three decades.
Theatre/Storytelling:
Alliance Française de Toronto presents Kabaret Karaibe on February 6 at 8pm where
Franck Sylvestre, French Canadian storyteller of Caribbean tradition, conveys his
passion for arts and culture through his adventure tales; Fear and Trembling (English
Subtitles) on February 11 at 8pm is the superb theatrical adaptation of the eponymous
novel by Amelie Nothomb, 1999 Grand Prix du Roman from Académie Française. For kids,
Le Retour d’Etienne Brûlé takes a fantastical journey from 17th century Wendake
in Huronia to 21st century Toronto on January 17 at 4pm; on February 7 at 4pm, Pirates
des Caraibes is a journey among pirates; and on February 28 at 4pm L’Apprenti Sorcier
– Paul Dukas features Olivier Chauzu playing and providing commentary on the masterwork
adapted for film in famous Walt Disney’s Fantasia. Tickets: 416.922.2014 ext. 37.
Culture Talks/Lectures:
The Istituto Italiano di Cultura presents Greek Inspiration in Roman Naples, a talk
by writer Jordan Lancaster, on February 11 at 6:30pm. This talk will examine the
Greek way of life in Naples and Pompei in order to understand the fascination it
exerted in Roman times. Free admission.
ROM 100 Speaks, the Royal Ontario Museum’s Centennial Lecture Series, continues
on February 24 with Cocktails & Helvetica with Douglas Coupland. Join writer, designer
and artist, Douglas Coupland in a studio setting and create your own slogan posters
using the Helevtica font. Lounge reception adjacent to and during event.
The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre presents two fascinating film lecture series.
The Film Studies series includes 2 Winter Pop-Up Film Lectures in Nayman’s Terms
featuring Adam Nayman in discussion of movies, illustrated with film clips: on
January 19 Nayman discusses David Fincher’s Zodiac, and on January 26 the focus
is on Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. Registration: 416.924.6211 ext. 0. Forbidden
Desires: The Films of Alfred Hitchcock, a 5-part lecture series with popular film
critic Kevin Courrier examines how master filmmaker Hitchcock took the taboo subject
of voyeurism and made it into an acceptable dramatic strategy. Includes film clips
from such classics as Shadow of a Doubt, Rear Window and Psycho. Mondays: January
26, February 2, and February 9, 1-3pm. Drop-in.
Alliance Française de Toronto presents Les perspectives littéraires de la Grande
Guerre on January 14 at 7pm where Pierre Schoentjes revisits WWI through French
and international novels written about the conflict; Discussion avec Champlain
sur l’Ontario d’aujourd’hui on January 21 at 7pm with lecturer François Boileau,
French Language Services Commissioner; and at Akhénaton et le culte du dieu solaire
Aton on January 28 at 7pm, Egyptologist Jean Révez tells the story of Akhenaten’s
reign, a one-of-a-kind Pharaoh who revolutionized religious beliefs and art during
his time.
The Bloor St. Culture Corridor arts and culture destinations include:
Alliance Française de Toronto: 24 Spadina Road www.alliance-francaise.ca
Bata Shoe Museum: 327 Bloor Street West www.batashoemuseum.ca
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema: 506 Bloor Street West www.bloorcinema.com
Gardiner Museum: 111 Queen’s Park www.gardinermuseum.on.ca
Istituto Italiano di Cultura: 496 Huron Street www.iictoronto.esteri.it/IIC_Toronto
The Japan Foundation, Toronto: 131 Bloor Street West www.jftor.org
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre: 750 Spadina Ave. www.mnjcc.org
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: Arts and culture organizations along Bloor St. West
have come together in partnership to create the Bloor St. Culture Corridor, a uniquely
Torontonian arts and culture district. The Bloor St. Culture Corridor’s 14 partnering
arts and culture destinations are all located in almost exactly one mile (1.6 kms),
along a vibrant stretch of Bloor Street, from Bathurst to Bay, connecting three
major Toronto neighbourhoods: the Annex, University of Toronto, and Bloor-Yorkville.
The Bloor St. Culture Corridor offers a wide variety of arts genres, from museum
experiences to films, art exhibitions to music concerts, and it offers opportunities
to experience some of Toronto’s cultural diversity, including French, Jewish, Italian,
Japanese and Aboriginal arts and culture. Torontonians and visitors to the City
can easily take public transit to get to the Bloor St. Culture Corridor – there
are 5 major subway stations along the Corridor – and walk from a museum to an afternoon
art talk or exhibition, shop, have lunch or dinner, and enjoy an inspiring concert
or film — all within just a few blocks along Toronto’s most diverse arts and culture
corridor.