In the Spotlight, February 25
#LiftHerUp this International Women’s Day
Plan International Canada to launch an interactive 3D installation for girls’ rights awareness
In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, Plan International Canada is launching the “Lift Her Up” campaign to create a conversation about the very real impact that words can have on girls’ power and potential as they become confident women who will stand up for their rights and the rights of others. Members of the public are invited to join Plan International Canada to discover the impact of how words can lift girls up.
The one-day “Lift Her Up” installation, located at the Toronto Eaton Centre, involves 3D technology and a collective social voice to lift up a holographic image of a girl. We are asking everyone – men, women, boys and girls – to use #LiftHerUp to send messages of empowerment, and each of those messages will affect the holographic girl in some way – just as words and voices have an impact in the real world.
WHAT: 3D hologram #LiftHerUp installation
WHEN: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 between 10am – 9:30pm
WHERE: Toronto Eaton Centre, Level 1, outside The Gap (north end of mall, near Dundas Station),
220 Yonge Street
Join our International Women’s Day conversations online:
- Plan Canada
- Join Plan’s #LiftHerUp movement to support girls’ and women’s rights
About Plan International Canada and the Because I am a Girl initiative
Founded in 1937, Plan International is one of the world’s oldest and largest international development agencies, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not for profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, Plan has only one agenda: to improve the lives of children. Because I am a Girl is Plan’s global initiative to end gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift millions of girls – and everyone around them – out of poverty. Visit plancanada.ca and becauseiamagirl.ca for more information.
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
Live From City Hall
As part of the City of Toronto's continuing commitment to create more live music opportunities for our city's vibrant and varied talent, the Economic Development and Culture and Facilities Management divisions - with support from TD Bank - have launched Live from City Hall, a new evening concert series held in the first-floor rotunda of one of Toronto's most iconic buildings.
Each Live from City Hall performance will showcase sets by two different local artists, celebrating the original sounds of Toronto's diverse neighbourhoods. 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).
February 25th 2016
Donné Roberts - 5 pm
Born in Madagascar and raised in Moscow, Donné Roberts performs traditional Malagasy music with modern arrangement. He sings in French, Russian, English and mainly in Malagasy, yet this never proves to be a barrier to the audience - proof that music truly does transcend language. He was the first black VJ on MTV Russia and as a member of the African Guitar Summit project he won a 2005 Juno Award for the album Internation.
Dijah SB - 6 pm
Dijah SB is a 22-year-old rapper born and raised in Toronto. She's released several albums and mixtapes to date, which have received national and international attention - including most recently Screwface Chapter 1 with producer Chavos. As with the best emcees, Dijah transcends spitting clever bars to telling lyrical stories – often about her love for Toronto. In her own words, "I love repping Toronto and hope to one day bring a piece of the city with me through music, worldwide."
moSpeaker Masterclass: Story Development
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
NOTE: All mospeaker masterclasses are limited to 12 participants and they really do regularly sell out. Find more information and tickets at: http://www.momondays.com/mospeaker-academy
STORY DEVELOPMENT: How to identify the key ‘story’ elements of your journey and structure them in a way that takes the audience along for the ride.
In this masterclass, you will focus on story – your story. If you already ‘know’ what your story is, you’ll have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of it – and hopefully, you’ll discover the ‘story behind the story’. If you have a topic but are not quite sure what your story is yet, well, fasten your seatbelt, because this is where it all begins. Then, you’ll map out all the elements of your story in a way that takes the audience along for the ride!
You will work on and develop:
- The five layers of differentiation – what makes YOUR story different!
- The core of your story – the story behind your story.
- The classic story structure since ancient Greek times
- The two struggles your story must embody
- The moral/lesson/key insight of your story
- The moSpeaker 3x3+2 memory grid, and a complete map of your story using the Index Card ‘Trick’ so you could lose the notes.
In addition, we will borrow key bits from the rest of the moSpeaker Academy curriculum as needed to help your story come alive.
Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM EST - 5:30 PM EST
Venue: Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1B4
Facilitator: Michel Neray
Website and Tickets: http://www.momondays.com/mospeaker-academy/story-development-masterclass/
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1672020083051571/
momondays Toronto - 4th moAnniversary moGala moParty
March 7, 2016
COME CELEBRATE 4 YEARS OF MO WITH US!
What started 4 years ago on the second floor of a little tea room in Toronto has now grown to 14 cities. Wow! Who would have thunk it? This deserves a party. A big, BIG party!
Get ready for the most incredible speakers, storytellers, musicians, and performers that you'd find anywhere! Plus you’ll be with the nicest people on the planet, and yes, that includes YOU!
So grab a friend or two, or grab enough friends to reserve a branded table or two. We have special plans for groups that you won't want to miss out on! See the ticketing options for details.
Save your seat (and a few bucks) by getting advance online tickets for just $15 including hst — available online until the Friday before the show. Tickets at the door are $25. Doors open for advance ticket holders this month 30 minutes earlier, at 5:00 pm for socializing, networking and merry-making. General admission at 6 pm. Show starts at 7 pm sharp.
Come early to grab a great seat and give yourself time to eat, drink and socialize! You really do meet the nicest people at momondays!
Date: March 7, 2016
Time: 05:00 PM EST - 9:30 PM EST
Venue: Hard Rock Cafe Toronto, 279 Yonge St., Toronto ON M5B 1N8, Canada
Price: $15 online (available until March 4) / $25 at the door
Host: Michel Neray
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.
Mackenzie House - 82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915, www.toronto.ca/mackenziehouse
Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events
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
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Author and spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan’s 2013 anti-bullying video “To This Day” has nearly 18 million views, and his latest album – Debris – features a guest appearance from songwriter Ani DiFranco. A winner of the American Poetry Slam championship and the Canadian Spoken Word Olympics, Koyczan’s solo performances – including two sold-out Harbourfront Centre Theatre shows in 2015 – have been celebrated for their “furious honesty” and “tender humanity.”
Tickets: $19.50 to $49.50
Journey to Happiness
In support of the Toronto Wildlife Centre
International best-selling author J.L. Witterick presents this feel-good, inspirational show about the search for what makes us happy, told through narrative, music, photography and cinematography. Witterick and a live band will perform hits from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and today. This uplifting show – in support of the Toronto Wildlife Centre – will be sure to leave a smile on everyone’s face.
Tickets: $35, $45, $60, $75, $150
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 25, 27. March 3, 5.
Cost: Adults: $12, Students and Seniors: $10 (includes HST) Cash only | No reservations required.
Please note: Guided tours of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre are cancelled on March 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 and 26, 2016 due to activities in the building. We are sorry for any inconvenience these cancellations may have caused you.
Location: Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, 189 Yonge Street (just north of Queen Street, meet in the lobby)
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