The Bloor St. Culture Corridor, Toronto’s most diverse arts and culture district, kicks off September with the launch of performance seasons, spectacular museum and visual art exhibitions, films, Open Streets TO activities, and more!
This September the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) presents Art, Honour, and Ridicule: Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana, a new exhibition that features handcrafted flags, brilliant costumes, and artifacts that bring to life the rich heritage of the Fante militias of Ghana. Also on display are CHIHULY, featuring colourful works by internationally acclaimed artist Dale Chihuly, and A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints, a ground-breaking examination of gender structure in Edo Japan (1603-1868).
On September 13, learn about the quest to study the asteroid Bennu, and how Canada is involved ($18 for Members, $20 General Public). On September 16, join the ROM’s Dr. Alexandra Palmer for Indecent Exposure: Raymond Duncan and the Male Body, 1900-1966 which highlights Raymond Duncan, the brother of dancer Isadora Duncan, and the new masculinity he declared in 1903 by permanently discarding his western style fashion for a classical Greek attire (Free event with ROM General Admission, RSVP here). Visit rom.on.ca for details and tickets.
The University of Toronto Faculty of Music kicks off its 16-17 season on Saturday, September 10 with participation in Mysterious Barricades. In honour of World Suicide Prevention Day, for 18 hours across Canada, live streamed on the internet, Mysterious Barricades will feature a mixture of classical, jazz and aboriginal content in venues across Canada.
The free Thursdays at Noon concert series starts on Thursday, September 15 with Steven Woomert, Associate Principal Trumpet with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, his father Barton Woomert (formerly in that position) and pianist wife Rachael Kerr performing two commissioned works from their new album. Visit www.music.utoronto.ca for details.
The Bata Shoe Museum welcomes September with a series of themed events. On September 18, The Bata Shoe Museum will participate in Open Streets TO, where from 10am to 2pm, people can esperience the galleries, paint a clog, and play hopscotch. Regular admission applies after 2pm. On September 25, The Bata Shoe Museum is pleased to present In Conversation with Quiltmaker Veronica Puskas. Puskas, an award-winning quiltmaker originally from Nunavut, will share the story behind her quilt Pillars of Strength that honours her mother and grandmother. Followed by a tour of our Arctic exhibition Art and Innovation: Traditional Arctic Footwear from the BSM Collection. $15 per person. For more details and tickets, visit www.batashoemuseum.ca.
At the Museum of Estonians Abroad/VEMU, the exhibition Roman Toi 100 is on view until September 19. The exhibition is dedicated to the Grand Old Man of Estonian Music in Canada and was created in cooperation with the Estonian Theatre and Music Museum. Visit www.vemu.ca for more information.
Every Thursday evening, the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto presents the Big Drum Social, 6:30pm-8:45pm. Everyone is welcome. For more information, visit www.ncct.on.ca.
A complete calendar of events and programs, including links to each presenting organization and admission and ticket information, are at www.bloorstculturecorridor.
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