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Toronto: What’s happening (virtually) on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor in June

Monday, June 1, 2020

Enjoy these wonderful arts and culture offerings from the comfort of your home.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

June brings Pride month and more to the Miles Nadal JCC! On June 1 LGBTQ artists Cee Lavery and Saul Feedman-Lawson will be featured in our Virtual Gallery. On June 2 they co-present Israeli documentary Transkids with Toronto Jewish Film Festival. Enjoy a music lecture with Joseph Gibert on Salamone Rossi and Jewish Music in the Italian Renaissance. Adam Nayman discusses the next chapter of Films Shot and Set in Toronto on June 15. Join Jordan Klapman in a virtual concert: You've Got A Friend: The Hits of Carol King on June 18. Also on June 18 Hannah Rittner and Jenna Harris are featured in our LGBTQ+ Jewish Playwrights' panel. Back by popular demand on June 21: Toronto Jewish Film Society presents The Gender Lady: The Fabulous Dr. May Cohen; co-presented with Toronto Jewish Film Festival and Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. Learn more and register for many of their programs here.

Bata Shoe Museum

Experience the #BSMFromHome every day! In celebration of their 25th anniversary, the Bata Shoe Museum recently published a new book, The World At Your Feet. Organized by colour and ranging from the ancient to the contemporary, The World at Your Feet features over 100 of the most beautiful and fascinating shoes in the collection, reflecting its incredible depth and diversity. They are also celebrating by releasing new online resources on their website and social media ~ they launched a new Youtube series, Unboxing the Bata Shoe Museum, their blog, Step Into the Bata Shoe Museum and more! Keep up to date with their social media, they are always up to something like their virtual tours, footwear trivia, and Ask a Curator IGTV series. Please visit their website for more information.

Toronto Reference Library

Until your favourite programs and events return to Toronto Reference Library and library branches across Toronto, now you can experience free high-quality programming from home with the launch of TPL's Live & Online programs. Programs are free to everyone and are delivered daily (Monday to Saturday) with programs for all ages. TPL's signature literary series, The Appel Salon, hosts live broadcasts with local and international authors in conversation about their new books and big ideas. Looking to develop new skills? Learn digital skills at home with TPL's online innovation classes with courses ranging from web design and coding, to collaborative podcast workshops. Connect with other readers and discuss books together virtually through interactive live chats and virtual book clubs. Your library is here for you as a resource and source of inspiration and learning during this challenging time. Please visit their website for more information.

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Tafelmusik at Home is a new online concert series from Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, featuring solo and duo performances. If you can't come to them, they will bring the concert experience to you! Hosted by Tafelmusik musicians from their homes, each program lasts about an hour and combines works that may be new to your ears with music you know and love. Be sure to stay until the end for live Q&A sessions with featured musicians. These concerts are Choose-What-You-Pay, allowing you to pay what you feel is the value of the concert. Join them for this new way to experience the beauty of Tafelmusik. Click here to learn more.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

The same engaging programming, reimagined for life at home-experience new documentaries, Curious Minds lectures, and the one and only Hot Docs Festival on the brand-new Hot Docs at Home platform. As of May 28, Ontario audiences will be able to stream over 135 official 2020 as part of the inaugural Hot Docs Festival Online, featuring documentary premieres, enjoy pre-recorded filmmaker Q&As, and partake in virtual live events. Throughout the month of May, support your neighborhood cinema by streaming such anticipated new releases as the Sundance 2020 hit, SPACESHIP EARTH, a riveting look inside the controversial 1991 "Biosphere 2" experiment; BEYOND MOVING, a portrait of rising South African ballet star Siphe November; and CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, a timely and lively adaptation of rock star economist Thomas Piketty's global bestseller. For more information, visit here.

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

In June the Museum of Estonians Abroad/VEMU will remain closed, but they'll offer online activities. Since April they have been uploading recordings and past lectures and workshops to their YouTube channel, and will continue to do so in the month of June with lectures on historical or contemporary issues regarding Estonia posted every Tuesday. On Fridays, they'll share entertainment such as cooking classes and music. Together with different Baltic partners, VEMU recently launched the Baltic Canadian Imprints Collection Initiative: COVID-19, We Are All in This Together. They are collecting stories, pictures, videos, and more about life in the times of the pandemic. The deadline to submit is June 30, with more information here.

And stay tuned to VEMU's Facebook page - in May they have been running online quizzes to celebrate Tartu College's 50th anniversary, which will finish June 4, at which point the winners will be announced and receive their prizes!
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