In the Spotlight, February 11
In The Air, Tonight
Ryerson School of Image Arts and Ryerson Image Centre
February 4 - March 4, 2016
For the third year running Public Visualization Studio present In The Air, Tonight, a month-long interactive architecture installation aimed at encouraging a larger discussion on the topic of homelessness in Toronto.
Here’s how it works:
- Every time someone tweets using the hashtag #homelessness a red pulse appears on the Ryerson Image Centre.
- New for this year: every time someone donates to the STAR Learning Centre, a program that helps people transition from homelessness to housing, a bright white pulse appears on the building.
- In between tweets and donations a blue wave-like animation appears changing with the wind speed and direction.
- Participants can watch the building change colours through a live feed at: http://intheairtonight.org/
The installation launched on February 4 at the Ryerson School of Image Arts and Ryerson Image Centre and will take place every evening for a month. If you are interested in speaking with someone from Public Visualization Studio about In The Air, Tonight please feel free to reach out to schedule an interview.
Video available here: https://youtu.be/DAgmfGVU4E8
To Do in Downtown Yonge
Toronto Black Film Festival
The 4th annual Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF), presented by Global News, will run from February 10 to 14, 2016.
TBFF is about DISCOVERY and DIVERSITY! It showcases the most outstanding and amazing Black films while creating a space to debate major cultural, social and socio-economic issues. The festival offers screenings, concerts, panel discussions, exhibits, workshops, conferences and opportunities to meet creators and speakers from Canada and around the world.
Founded by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, the Toronto Black Film Festival is Toronto’s biggest celebration of Black History Month through film! Our mandate is to fill a void by providing the opportunity for filmmakers from all ethnic groups, to share and promote authentic stories, which reflect the true reality of Black people throughout the world.
The 4th Toronto Black Film Festival will definitely be even more exciting with more films, special events and celebrity guests. Most of the festival's films will be screening at the Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5B 2H5).
For tickets & line-up: www.torontoblackfilm.com
Live From City Hall
Live from City Hall funks up the rotunda on Thursday, February 11 with a performance from Toronto's New Orleans inspired group, Turbo Street Funk, at 5 p.m. They will be followed at 6 p.m. by the soulful R&B, Funk and Jazz stylings of award-winning singer/songwriter/pianist Kristin Fung. Live from City Hall, presented by TD Bank, is a new music series featuring local artists across multiple genres performing in one of Toronto’s most iconic buildings.
These free admission performances take place twice per month on Thursday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. at City Hall (100 Queen St. W., main floor rotunda).
Doors Open Toronto
The 17th annual Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf returns on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, offering FREE and rare access to more than 120 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. The Doors Open Toronto 2016 theme of Re-used, Re-visited and Revised will explore the adaptive re-use of buildings throughout Toronto's architectural history.
Doors Open is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the broader community.
Mackenzie House Celebrates Black History Month - Weekends in February
Weekends in February, 12 to 5 p.m.
Toronto has a rich legacy in the literature and the newspapers of the early Black community in Ontario. Visit Mackenzie House on weekends in February, and learn more about some of the Black Victorians of Toronto, featuring those who published newspapers during that era. Visitors can take a piece of this important history home when they print a souvenir copy of Mary Ann Shadd Cary's newspaper, The Provincial Freeman, in the re-created 1850's printshop. Included with regular admission.
Wish You Were Here - Storytelling, Postcard crafts & Special edition launch
Thursday, February 11, 7 to 9 p.m.
Gravenfeather Studio, Love Letters to a Friend and Mackenzie House partner to present an evening to launch a new, limited edition postcard series printed by Gravenfeather using historic images from the Mackenzie House print shop. This intimate evening will feature true stories of Love, Longing and Place, post card writing with historic pen and ink, an opportunity to try your hand at illumination with watercolour, music and light refreshments. Ticket includes a complimentary copy of the postcard booklet and must be purchased in advance as spots are limited. $15 plus tax per person.
Family Day - February 15
On Family Day, visit us and celebrate Black History Month. Learn about the Black Victorians and their publishers and newspaper journalists. Take home an important piece of journalism history by printing a copy of Mary Ann Shadd Cary's newspaper, The Provincial Freeman. Children can try illumination - colouring previously drawn and printed pictures - which was a popular practice in the 19th century. Enjoy a cookie and some warm cider in our historic kitchen. Included with regular admission.
Mackenzie House - 82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915, www.toronto.ca/mackenziehouse
Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events
Celebrate Heritage Week with FREE tours of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre
The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre is offering two free public tours this February during Heritage Week. This National Historic Site is also home to the last operating double-decker theatre in the world. Tours are approximately 90 minutes and no reservation is required. Arrive 10 minutes before the tours and meet in the lobby of the theatres.
Heritage Week (February 15-21) is a province wide celebration that provides opportunities to heighten awareness of what heritage means and to encourage activities that promote it.
Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 8 p.m.
From Goth girls to survivalists, bovines to bibles, antique pistols to vintage motorcycles – Alberta-born honky-tonker Corb Lund's songcraft covers it all. From a rustic retreat deep in the Rocky Mountain forest, Cabin Fever – Lund’s enthralling new album – has evolved from a period of introspection and hard travelling.
Tickets: $29.50 to $49.50
globalFest On The Road: Creole Carnival
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Celebrate Carnival with the Creole Carnival Tour. Hosted by Jay Douglas and featuring Emeline Michel, Casuarina and Kobo Town, this show honours the roots of African musical currents crossed with a fusion of sounds from the Americas, and revolving around Carnival – the pre-Lent festival celebrated globally that’s everyone's favourite excuse for a party.
Tickets: $29.50 to $49.50
An Intimate Evening with Jonathan Goldstein
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Jonathan Goldstein, who The Atlantic called "the Wes Anderson of podcasting," hosted and produced CBC Radio's WireTap. An evening with Jonathan Goldstein offers a rare opportunity to hear his storytelling in person with visual accompaniment, taking the experience beyond the limitations of radio and print. Goldstein’s signature brand of wry, self-deprecating humour is a staple of Canadian media, and he is presently at work on a new podcast for Gimlet Media.
Tickets: $29.50 to $49.50
Lucio Silla, presented by Opera Atelier
Thursday, April 7 to Saturday, April 16, 2016
Love proves to be more powerful than the tyrant Lucio Silla – ancient Rome’s most infamous dictator. Passion, intrigue and redemption take centre stage in Mozart’s first masterpiece. Opera Atelier’s staging created a sensation at the Salzburg Festival and Milan’s La Scala.
Tickets: $38 to $191
Public Tours - Every Thursday and Saturday
Guided tours of this National Historic Site and the last operating double-decker theatre in the world, recount the history and restoration of the complex. Visit the original and new lobbies, the elegant Elgin Theatre, the unique and resplendent Winter Garden Theatre and samples from the world’s largest collection of vaudeville scenery. As well, a backstage exhibit housing the Winter Garden’s original Simplex Silent Film Projector and a dressing room containing artifacts from the time period are on view.
When: Thursdays at 5 p.m. (90-minutes); Saturdays at 11 a.m. (90-minutes)
Dates: February 11, 13, 25, 27.
Cost: Adults: $12, Students and Seniors: $10 (includes HST) Cash only | No reservations required.
Location: Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, 189 Yonge Street (just north of Queen Street, meet in the lobby)
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