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November 29, 2007
Edwardian Christmas splendour meets Japanese holiday traditions 2007 Sharing our Traditions: Cultural Celebrations at Spadina Museum
  
Japanese holiday traditions meet Edwardian Christmas splendour December 2, 9 and 16 at Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens. The 6th annual Sharing our Traditions program features a variety of activities that compare Edwardian Christmas traditions of 1900 Toronto with the Japanese seasonal celebration, O-Shogatsu, or New Year.

Each Sunday at Spadina Museum, both cultures are featured during kitchen demonstrations offering a variety of holiday foods. Also highlighted are Origami (paper folding craft) workshops, Ikebana (flower arrangement) demonstrations and Christmas decoration craft workshops. Storytelling beneath the museum’s magnificent 12-foot Christmas tree is a perennial holiday favourite, complemented this year with Japanese tales from the Katari Storytellers. A colourful display of Japanese kites and tops, and posters will also be exhibited.

Live music performances showcase both cultural traditions with the Trillium Japanese Choir (Dec. 2), and renowned Shakuhachi master Debbie Danbrook (Dec. 9), as well as the Taffanel Wind Ensemble (Dec. 9 and 16).

“We are pleased to welcome The Japan Foundation, Toronto, our guest co-host for this year’s Sharing our Traditions inter-cultural festivities,” said Karen Edwards, Museum Administrator. “Our annual holiday program, which features a different community partner each year, is an example of Spadina Museum’s commitment to expanding the interpretation of the site. Sharing our Traditions enables the diverse stories of Toronto to be told in a unique and historic environment.”

Spadina Museum, one of 10 historic museums operated by the City of Toronto, evolved from a Victorian country estate into an Edwardian city mansion and chronicles four generations of the Austin family. Spadina Museum is located at 285 Spadina Rd. (next to Casa Loma). Sharing our Traditions admission rates are: adults: $8; seniors: $7; children $6. For more information, call 416-392-6910.

Festive activities at Toronto’s historic houses run throughout the month of December. For a complete listing of hours of operation and holiday admission fees, visit http://www.toronto.ca/museums.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.


Media contact:
Christopher Jones, Museums and Heritage Services, 416-392-6832, cjones2@toronto.ca


 

 

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