In the Spotlight, January 29
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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
Free evening of learning
Join the Toronto Business Networking Club on Tuesday, February 9, 2015 at Rex’s Bar & Kitchen (635 Bay St) for a free evening of learning about “communication: a key towards successful entrepreneurship”. From leading expert advice to networking with other professionals and entrepreneurs, this event is one you won’t want to miss!
Check out the event page for details: http://www.meetup.com/Toronto-Business-Networking-Club/events/226931087/
Toronto's winter culinary celebration offers the perfect opportunity to discover delicious cuisine at more than 200 restaurants and experience unique culinary events.
Winterlicious guides are sent to all participating restaurants and are available at Toronto City Hall (100 Queen St W at Bay St).
Please visit the official event page for further details.
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
Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs
Four-time Emmy nominee and Tony Award-winning actor and activist Alan Cumming brings Emmy-winning musical director Lance Horne and cellist Eleanor Norton to Toronto to showcase what the New York Times calls an "emotional firestorm," with songs by artists as diverse as Billy Joel, Stephen Sondheim and Miley Cyrus … “delivered passionately and with tremendous theatrical authority."
Tickets: $49.50 to $139.50
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
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: January 28, 30. February 11, 13, 18, 20, 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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