North Toronto celebrates ArtsWeek 2001|
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Culture Division --- More than 120 ArtsWeek events are happening in
Toronto neighbourhoods during ArtsWeek 2001, September 22 to 30.
ArtsWeek is a multi-disciplinary arts festival taking place throughout the
Toronto. The festival is co-ordinated by Arts Toronto, a not-for-profit
organization serving the Toronto arts community, in partnership with A&E. The
festival highlights the beginning of the arts season and encourages the
exploration of local arts communities. Approximately 120 events are held and
all events are free or have a $5 maximum admission charge.
Here is a sample of events in the north district (North York community):
Art at the Heart runs Monday, September 24 to Thursday, September 27 at the
North American Centre, 5700 Yonge St. (northeast corner of Yonge Street and
Finch Avenue), daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Art at the Heart is a juried
show celebrating local artists. The show offers a cross section of Toronto's
artistic community and encourages artists of all backgrounds and levels of
experience to showcase works on a variety of subjects with different media.
Underground parking is available off Hendon Avenue, and the subway stop is
Finch. Call 416-395-6193 for more information.
North American Centre Celebrates the Arts on Tuesday, September 25 and
Wednesday, September 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 5650 Yonge Street at
Finch, concourse level. Local artists featuring their works of art, along with
a cross section of various art venues, will be in attendance for two days. If
you are looking for that perfect piece to adorn your walls, this is the event
for you. Call 416-218-4224 for information about workshops.
Free Bus Tour to North York Art Galleries, on Sunday, September 30. Meet at the
main entrance to OCAD, 100 McCaul Street (Dundas and University). The bus
departs at 1:00 p.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m. Destinations include the Koffler
Gallery/Koffler Centre of the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, and
the Art Gallery of York University. Reservations are required at 416-636-1800,
Talchum Workshop, on Monday, September 24 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the
Korean Culture Centre, 1133 Leslie Street (Leslie and Eglinton). A traditional
Korean mask dance workshop, originally performed by farmers who danced to
express their anger, sadness and vexation at the realities of life. Admission
is $5 and free for children. Reservations required at 416-443-9329.
North York Visual Artists, on Saturday, September 22 to Saturday, September 29
(Monday and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to
4:30 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) at
the Gallery at the World of Picture Frames, 133 Cartwright Avenue (Hwy. 401 and
Dufferin). This is an opportunity to preview a variety of members' art on
display. Artists are in attendance on Sunday, September 23 from 2:00 p.m. to
4:00 p.m., with an opening reception on Tuesday, September 25 from 6:00 p.m. to
9:00 p.m. For information, call 416-638-2502.
Sing with the Toronto Children's Chorus, Saturday, September 29, 2:00 p.m. to
4:00 p.m., Lawrence Park Community Church, 2180 Bayview Avenue (Bayview and
Lawrence). Find out what the "TCC" is all about. Hear this world-renowned
chorus perform. Learn songs with Founder/Music Director Jean Ashworth Bartle
and enjoy your own performance with this celebrated choir. Members of the
chorus will be on hand to talk about their experiences, and there will be video
and photo experience stations. Refreshments are provided. Children and families
are especially welcome. Reservations preferred, 416-932-8666, ext. 111.
Toronto Accolades Barbershop Singers, Thursday, September 27 at 7:15 p.m., Earl
Bales Park Community Centre, 4169 Bathurst Street (Bathurst and Sheppard). A
performance of barbershop-style harmony by the acapella women's chorus, the
Toronto Accolades. Come out for a fun evening or to become a member.
Prospective members do not require formal musical training and are particularly
"Come Part Mental" Exhibition, Saturday, September 22 to Sunday, September 30,
noon to 5:00 p.m. (closed Monday), Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, 5040
Yonge Street (Yonge and North York Boulevard). Toronto/New York-based artist
Floria Sigismondi is internationally recognized in the world of pop culture for
her gothic sensibility, which infuses the music videos she has created for
performers such as David Bowie, Marilyn Manson and Bjork. Her exhibition
explores the troublesome relationship between humans, science and technology.
Using large-scale photography, installation and video, she creates other
worldly, surrealist/sci-fi influenced images and environments beyond rational,
linear comprehension. Reservations are required for guided tours only, at
York University Outdoor Sculpture Tour, Saturday, September 22 to Sunday,
September 30, Art Gallery of York University, 4700 Keele Street, N201 Ross
Building (Keele and Steeles). Join a group for a walking tour featuring
principal sculptures in the York University collection, which along with an
accompanying publication, is part of the program to foster understanding of
contemporary art and its relevance in a broader cultural context. Reservations
required at 416-736-5169.
Sukkot Event, Sunday, September 30, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Jewish Discovery
Children's Museum, Bathurst Jewish Community Centre, 4588 Bathurst Street
(Bathurst and Sheppard). Sukkot, the Festival of Booths, is one of the Jewish
High Holidays, also known as the Harvest Festival. There will be a variety of
activities celebrating this holiday of harvest and joy. Activities include
"four kind" crafts, building mini sukkah, tasting traditional Israeli food and
acting out a story about rain. Pay what you can. For information, call
416-636-1880, extension 486.
Rafael Goldchain: Familial Ground, Sunday, September 23 to Sunday, September
30, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Sundays 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., closed Thursday
and Saturday), Koffler Gallery, Bathurst Jewish Community Centre, 4588 Bathurst
Street (Bathurst and Sheppard). Familial Ground is an autobiographical
installation by Rafael Goldchain, in which the artist explores his Latin
American Jewish identity. Several bodies of work contribute to his
investigations: a series of digitally altered self-portraits; pages from his
sketchbook; sound installations; and videos incorporating new and archival
footage. Goldchain acknowledges that the reconstructive process unavoidably
involves elements of memory, artifice and invention. Curated by Carolyn Bell
Farrell. For information, call 416-636-1880, ext. 268.
Renanim Children's Chorus and Youth Ensemble, Sunday, September 30, Koffler
School of Music, Bathurst Jewish Community Centre, 4588 Bathurst Street
(Bathurst and Sheppard). Enthusiastically received wherever it performs, the
Renanim Children's Chorus has developed a reputation for excellence. These
children aged 7 to 14 must audition for acceptance and placement. They have an
eclectic repertoire: spiritual and secular, classical, popular, Broadway and
jazz. Conducted by the award-winning Susan Michaels. The Renanim Youth Ensemble
has performed at the Ford Centre and is made up of serious vocal students 15 to
21 years old with musical career interests. For information, call 416-636-1880.
A Cappella Showcase, Monday, September 24, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Oriole/York
Mills United Church, 2609 Bayview Avenue (at York Mills). An evening of a
cappella music featuring the award winning MegaCity Chorus and other affiliated
groups. For information, call 416-703-6999,
Prelude to H.Y.P.E.: A Celebration of Hip Hop Culture, Sunday, September 30,
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Mel Lastman Square, 5180 Yonge Street (Yonge and North
York Boulevard). If you missed the event at the AGO, this your chance. Prelude
to HYPE (Helping Young People Excel the Art of Hip Hop) showcases up-and-coming
emcees, deejays, dancers, graffiti artists and spoken word poets. See
Infinitif with Tadelvesua and Jahsoul Jahz Tribe. Experience one of music's
most prolific forms in its development years. Voice your thoughts at the
"Speakers Corner" concerning the controversy of violent messages in music. For
information about 4UNITY and HYPE, call 416-392-6686.
Heather Stewart, Program Officer,