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Toronto: What’s happening on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor in October

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

October on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor brings a number of concerts, exhibits - and this month in Canada, an election! Get informed with Canada Votes, an election primer at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, including a special election night broadcast. The Royal Ontario Museum brings back their incredibly popular Friday Night Live series, the Music Gallery presents a forward-thinking X Avant New Music Festival, and Nuit Blanche is back! Scroll below to see what partners like the Bata Shoe Museum and Toronto Reference Library are up to during Toronto's all-night arts and culture party.

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

The University of Toronto Faculty of Music welcomes the Calidore String Quartet on October 2. Heralded by the Ottawa Citizen as "...a harmonious meeting of young and gifted musical minds," the Calidore will perform three of Beethoven's string quartets. An exciting Thursdays at Noon season continues with the Bedford Trio October 10, Basso Profundo: The Lyrical Bass Clarinet October 17, violinist Timothy Ying and pianist Lydia Wong October 24 and a preview of U of T Opera's fall production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro October 31. The Faculty is thrilled to present the TSO's Jonathan Crow and Joseph Johnson in an unforgettable evening including Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Cello and Kodály's Duo for Violin and Cello on October 21. Two free master classes round out the month with visiting artists bass-baritone Eric Owens October 23 and renowned tuba soloist Dr. James Gourlay October 24. 

918 Bathurst Centre

October is filled with incredible programming at 918 Bathurst. Juno-nominated performer Emmanuel Jal arrives for an intimate speaking engagement October 2. RISE Thursdays, a monthly open mic for musicians, poets and MCs, co-presented with 918 Bathurst and RISE Edutainment happens October 3. On October 5, Michelle Willis will take the stage alongside special guest David Crosby at 918 Bathurst for two filmed performances. Pianist Adam Sherkin presents Aaron Copland's Piano Fantasy alongside two original pieces on October 10. From October 18 to 20, their partners the Music Gallery present X AVANT XIV, including a debut for Lido Pimienta's Miss Colombia. Akin Collective will host a workshop on Anti Black Racism and Anti Oppression Skills for Artists and Cultural Producers on October 23. And comedy ends this month with the TalkativeX on October 26 and Comedy Brawl on November 2. 


Don't miss Top Brass, a fanfare celebration to open the Soundstreams season, October 3 at 8pm at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul's Centre! Three virtuoso trumpeters together for the first time, complete with full string orchestra, performing works ranging in style from baroque to jazz to established new music and world premieres. Immerse yourself as the entire concert hall becomes their stage with spellbinding spatial and theatrical elements. Performers include Order of Canada Recipient Jens Lindemann, Juno-nominee Ingrid Jensen and Norway's trumpet god Ole Edvard Antonsen. Top Brass - October 3at 8pm at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul's Centre. Tickets start at just $25.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Feed your mind at the Miles Nadal JCC all throughout October. Join Toronto Star columnist Rick Salutin on October 3 for Corruption in Canadian Politics. Bernie Farber speaks at a documentary about a priest's Jewish journey, in Torn on October 6 in the Al Green Theatre. On October 10 enjoy a musical lecture, The Sophisticated Songs of Cole Porter with Jordan Klapman. Liam Sharp's powerful black and white portraits, Sephardic Voices - A Canadian Refuge will hang in the Gallery at the J from October 3 - 29. An accompanying lecture by Professor Henry Green, Sephardi Voices: The Forgotten Exodus will take place on October 17. Learn about Jewish Symbolism and Hidden Messages in Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel with educator Rouhama Danto on the 24. On October 29, don't miss Pieces of Music That Changed The World with celebrated music critic Robert Harris. They close the month with The Bauhaus: 100 Years of Architecture, Art and Design on the 31, led by Peter Harris.

Royal Ontario Museum

On October 4, Friday Night Live returns for a new fall season! Experience art, culture, and nature remixed, while dancing the night away through their galleries. Tickets are on sale now. Explore the career of TIME Person of the Year 2018, photographer, writer, curator and activist Shahidul Alam on October 7 at the ROM Speaks lecture Creating Spaces for Dissent. Recipient of the 2018 Lucie Humanitarian Award, Shahidul discusses the strategies he's developed to promote social justice in South Asia. On October 10, the free ROM Daytime program Remains to be seen: Conservation of Egyptian Mummies at the ROM goes behind-the-scenes with conservator Jean Dendy and the ROM's collection of Egyptian mummies and coffins. On Hallowe'en, experience the chills and thrills of Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett's one-of-a-kind horror and sci-fi art collection with ROM curator Arlene Gehmacher at ROM Daytime: It's Alive.

Alliance Francaise de Toronto

Alliance Francaise Toronto has a lot of events coming up in October! (Re)discover Montreal with their exhibit The Montrealer, visible from September 18 to December 11. Keep on travelling on October 5 for a musical journey with Ravel Transatlantique, a classical-music concert performed by Hélène Tysman and les Percussions Claviers de Lyon. They also organize their weekly cinema rendez-vous, with the movies Un prophète on October 3, Le Guépard on October 10, Delicatessen on October 17, Le Grand bain on October 24 and their Halloween-special Sleepy Hollow on October 31. Do you fancy a different experience of movies? The theatre play Scenariosreinterprets your favourite movies on stage on October 18.For the youngest audience, have a laugh with the screening of The Big Bad Fox and other tales on October 20. And finally, meet the author Wilfried N'Sondé for a talk on October 30.

Bata Shoe Museum

Drop by the BSM in October for some culture, games and more!  On October 5, experience art all night long for Nuit Blanche. See unique installations and enjoy four exciting exhibitions - all for free! On October 18, it's Games Night in the Museum!  From board games and scavenger hunts to an escape room and games from around the world, this 18+ event will also feature a live DJ, 1930s inspired cocktails and nibbles. For kids there's Halloween Spooktacular!  Visit on October 26 and 27 and decorate a Halloween-inspired cookie, make a special craft and play games in the galleries. Kids in costumes get in free - perfect for kids 3-12.  For every shoes there's a story - discover thousands at the BSM!

Toronto Reference Library

Experience architect Raymond Moriyama's iconic Toronto Reference Library's Atrium space as it's transformed into an artistic laboratory, workshop and stage, telling the story of the building through movement, textiles, original soundscape and dance. Moriyama's Continuum is an Independent Project for Nuit Blanche 2019, presented by Lo Fi Dance Theory and Toronto Public Library. Artists Avery Plewes, Wynn Holmes and Marie-Hélène Delorme create an immersive sound, video and performance installation and invite you to become part of a collaborative creation in the soaring spaces of Toronto Reference Library on October 5 from dusk until dawn.

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

The Spider's Web: Tarantellas from the Ancient and Modern Worlds takes place October 6, 8pm at Heliconian Hall. With Elisa Citterio, violin; Romina Di Gasbarro, voice & guitar; Ben Grossman, percussion. The tarantella is more than a musical genre - it is the musical expression of tarantism, which some describe more as a medical philosophy or even a world view. Joined by special guests including Tafelmusik director Elisa Citterio, Vesuvius spins a fascinating tale about the dance's past, present, and future that will leave you feeling thoroughly detoxified.The Life of Plants by Emanuele Coccia is a book presentation at Toronto Reference Library at 6 pm. As the very creator of atmosphere, plants occupy the fundamental position from which we should analyze all elements of life. We can no longer perceive the world as a simple collection of objects or as a universal space containing all things, but as the site of a veritable metaphysical mixture.

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

In October at the Museum of Estonians Abroad/VEMU, the exhibit Estonian Sports in Canada will be on display until February 2020. Wednesday, October 9 at 7 pm, professor Andres Kasekamp from UofT will give a lecture on authoritarianism in Estonia (in Estonian). On Wednesday, October 23 at 7 pm, Andres Raudsepp will talk about the Estonian Song Festival tradition (in Estonian). VEMU is sponsoring two Estonian authors at this year's Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA). October 26 at 6 pm, professor of Japanese culture and language and well-known Estonian novelist Rein Raud will participate in Reading & Conversation at TIFA. October 27 at 7pm, Rein Raud and novelist and translator Kai Aareleid will jointly give a talk on "Europe on Tour: Reading & Reception," and October 30 at 8pm Kai Aareleid will participate in Reading & Conversation at TIFA. All TIFA events will take place at Harbourfront Centre. Both authors are also meeting with readers at VEMU on Sunday, November 3 at 3 pm.

The Japan Foundation

The Japan Foundation Toronto is excited to announce that the Japanese author, Kyoko Nakajima, will be visiting as part of the Toronto International Festival of Authors in October 2019. This visit coincides with the Canadian release of the English translation of her novel, The Little House, for which she won a Naoki award in 2010. Please see their website for further details.The next meeting of the JFT Library Book Club will be a Mystery Book Club on October 10, please join to talk about favourite mystery, crime fiction, thrillers, or suspense novels written by Japanese writers! Borrow a mystery, crime fiction, thrillers, or suspense book or manga from our collection. Read it and share your thoughts and opinion about the book of your choice with other JFT library users.

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir perform the rich and soulful sounds of Vienna's "new" baroque music, 1600s style, in Baroque Roots, October 16-20, 2019 at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul's Centre. This concert sends you and the orchestra back to Vienna's baroque roots, recovering a time when Austrian composers rubbed shoulders with their Italian counterparts. Experience a time when the sound of the baroque was breaking like a wave over Europe, its rich and soulful sounds reaching deep into human emotions, revealing a world, now familiar, then novel and radical. Arrive one hour early before each concert for a free pre-concert chat with Tafelmusik violist Patrick Jordan before each concert. For tickets and information, call (416) 964-6337.

The Music Gallery

The Music Gallery presents the fourteenth edition of the X Avant New Music Festival October 17-20. Through the theme of "Forward" the festival centres on artists taking, or attempting to take, the next step in their work, career or practice. There is no single way forward: twists, turns and dead ends await. They explore this theme with four headliners who present new work, plus two panel discussions. Featuring a world premiere from Toronto composer/percussionist Germaine Liu;Intergenerational collaboration between reggae legend Willi Williams and Toronto Electronic adventurer New Chance; Lido Pimienta presents songs from the follow-up album to 2017's Polaris Prize-winning La Papessa, a sneak peak into new works in their rawest form; And the Canadian debut of composer/percussionist Sarah Hennies' The Reinvention of Romance (2018) an epic 90-minute work for cello (Nick Storring) and percussion.

Women's Art Association of Canada

Fine Art Auction in support of Women's Art Association of Canada, Arts & Letters Club, and Arts & Letters Foundation takes place on Sunday October 20, at 23 Prince Arthur Ave., Toronto. Doors open at 11:30am; live auction starts at 2pm. Preview cocktail party: Friday, October 18, 6-8:30pm, with silent bidding. Tickets $20. Viewing and silent bidding: Saturday, October 29, 11:30am - 4:30pm. Open to public, members and guests. Free admission. In the Dignam Gallery, the member exhibition Artist's Choice continues until October 15. From October 21 to 27, Susan Farquhar - first Women's Art Association of Canada artist in residence - presents Where Is Wild, an exhibit of layered paper collages. Opening reception, October 22, 5:30-8pm. In the Ruth Upjohn Gallery, Carolyn Jongeward presents the exhibition Listening to Birch, October 1-31. Reception, October 22, 5:30-8pm.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

This October, get the information you need to make your vote count at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema's Canada Votes series, featuring an election primer with TVO's Steve Paikin and a free Election Night broadcast. On the big screen, explore the life and career of Toronto rock legend Robbie Robertson, from his childhood to the formation of The Band and beyond; fall in love all over again with the reigning rock queen of the 1970s Linda Ronstadt;  join an incredible array of musicians in paying tribute to national treasure Joni Mitchell on her 75th birthday; and celebrate vocal legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples at the new season of Music on Film, presented with The Royal Conservatory. A new round of Curious Minds launches with fascinating courses on the 1960s, treasures of the ancient Silk Road, Chicago architecture and more.

The Royal Conservatory of Music

While most of the October concerts at Koerner Hall are already sold out, few tickets still remain for Komitas: A Canadian Tribute, and Lizz Wright and Catherine Russell. The Amici Chamber Ensemble has a legacy of innovative, evocative concerts and for their multi-faceted celebration of the 150th birthday of the "soul of Armenian music," Father Komitas Vartabed, they have invited Canadian baritone Russell Braunand Armenian-Canadian soprano Lynn Isnar as well as the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Canadian Children's Opera Company, Young Voices Toronto, and the Hamazkayin Toronto "Erepuni" Dance Ensemble, on Friday, October 25. Jazz and blues singer Catherine Russell's stalwart, soulful, powerful voice can be heard on more than 200 recordings with artists from David Bowie to Paul Simon to Joan Osborne. Lizz Wright has a voice that The New York Times touts as "a smooth, dark alto possessed of qualities you might associate with barrel-aged bourbon or butter-soft leather." They will be at Koerner Hall on Wednesday, October 30.

The Toronto Consort

Join The Toronto Consort for its grand season opener: Countryside and Court, running for two shows only (October 25 & 26). Whether enjoyed in refined 16th-century courts or in today's traditional music scene, the undeniable appeal of French music has endured through the centuries! They kick off the season whirling and twirling through the popular "voix de ville" songs and exquisite courtly music of Claude Le Jeune and his contemporaries, combined with the magic of guest traditional fiddler and dancer Emilyn Stam. Grab a hand, step onto the floor-don't miss these toe-tapping delights! Tickets start as low as $29, and can be purchased online or by calling 416-964-6337.

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

Continuing at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library in October is the exhibit The Lumiere Press Archives: Photography and the Fine Press. Founded by photographer Michael Torosian in his west end Toronto studio in 1986, Lumiere Press is the only fine press in the world devoted exclusively to photography and photographers, and has featured some of the most important photo artists of the last century, including Edward Weston, Lewis Hine, Dave Heath, Edward Burtynsky and Saul Leiter. The show, which features material from the Lumiere Press archives held at the library, runs until December 20. A downloadable audio guide for the exhibition is available on SoundCloud and iTunes. Also on display this month is The Dance of Death, an exhibition showcasing material about the Dance macabre, an allegorical concept of death deeply rooted in late medieval traditions.
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