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You’re Invited: ‘Culture Days 2015: Bloor St. Culture Corridor’ in Toronto at No Cost Sept.25-27, 2015

The following video presents Culture Days 2015:

“Tell us how you support arts and culture and you could win a 3 night get-away for 2 to a Fairmont Hotel or Resort in Canada, and Sun Life Financial will donate $5,000 to a Canadian artist or cultural organization of your choice. Enter now at culturedays.ca/contest! Contest closes 27/09/2015. Subject to official Rules.

Don’t forget to plan your Culture Days weekend on culturedays.ca using the Bright Spots Schedule.

Canada’s Ontario Culture Days has teamed up with Craft Ontario to encourage craft makers to offer FREE hands-on craft activities to the public during the Culture Days weekend that launches on September 25-27, 2015. More than 150 FREE craft activities are offered across the province.

“The public will be invited into the workshops of these makers, and in many cases they will be encouraged to roll up their sleeves and try a variety of craft techniques for themselves, learning directly from accomplished artisans for FREE. Come find out why making crafts is the most popular creative activity engaged in by the general public and possibly fall in love with a new past time.”

http://on.culturedays.ca/assets/provinces/on/Craft%20release%20Sept%203-%20ONCD%20FINAL.pdf?1441283869 pdf

Here are just a few examples of Culture Days activities with a craft-focus:

It’s easy to find other craft-related activities in your communities by selecting “craft” as a search category on the Culture Days website.

Bloor St. Culture Corridor Hub

Also, the Bloor St. Culture Corridor – Toronto’s most diverse arts and culture district – celebrates the sixth annual Culture Days weekend taking place Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27, 2015 with the Culture Days Bloor St. Culture Corridor Hub.

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  • More than 15 free events and activities will be offered at leading arts and culture destinations on Bloor St. West.

The Bloor St. Culture Corridor invites everyone to create, participate, share, and celebrate culture in the heart of Toronto.

Enjoy! / Amusez vous bien!

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THE BLOOR ST. CULTURE CORRIDOR HUB

TORONTO, Canada (September 4, 2015): The Bloor St. Culture Corridor – Toronto’s most diverse arts and culture district – celebrates the sixth annual Culture Days weekend taking place Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27, 2015 with the Culture Days Bloor St. Culture Corridor Hub. More than 15 free events and activities will be offered at leading arts and culture destinations on Bloor St. West. The Bloor St. Culture Corridor invites everyone to create, participate, share, and celebrate culture in the heart of Toronto.

The Culture Days Bloor St. Culture Corridor Hub features a variety of free activities being presented by Bloor St. Culture Corridor partners The Royal Conservatory of Music, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, the Gardiner Museum, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, The Toronto Consort, Alliance Française de Toronto, the Bata Shoe Museum, and The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.

Free events and programming include musical performances, museum tours, film screenings, art exhibitions, hands-on demonstrations, arts and crafts, and more. A complete list of Culture Days Bloor St. Culture Corridor Hub activity is below, and available online here.

Alliance Française de Toronto presents European Day of Languages with mini language courses in Italian, German, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Hungarian, and more on Friday, September 25, 5pm-8:30pm. Appropriate for all ages.

The Bata Shoe Museum presents the Culture Days Weekend in celebration of arts and culture with free Museum admission, hands-on demonstrations, and arts and crafts on Saturday September 26, 10am-4pm, and Sunday, September 27, 12pm-4pm.

The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema presents a free screening of Watermark on Sunday, September 27 at 1pm, featuring a post-screening Q&A with filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, as well as a free screening of The World Before Her at 4pm, presented with English subtitles and featuring a post-screening Q&A with producer Cornelia Principe. Free tickets required, limited to two per person.

The Gardiner Museum will unveil the transformed European Porcelain Gallery, housing one of the world’s most significant collections of European ceramics. Free admission and guided tours at 11am, 2pm, and 3pm, will be offered throughout the weekend. On Saturday, September 26 from 1:30pm-2:15pm, a performance by Talisker Players will evoke the atmosphere of the 18th century, and on Sunday, September 27 from 11am-4pm, families are invited to take part in a hands-on clay painting workshop led by an experienced arts educator.

The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre presents Shmita/Seven Generations, a group mixed media exhibition exploring the Jewish concept of Shmita and the Indigenous concept of Seven Generations, on view Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27, 9am-7pm. On Sunday, September 27, exhibiting artists will be on site at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 1pm-4pm. Also, the MNJCC Ukulele Circle Open House with Jodi Pape, Chief Connector of The Uke Connection takes place on Sunday, September 27, 2pm-4pm.

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) offers ROMwalk – About the ROM, a walking tour including architecture, anecdotes and archival photographs, on Sunday, September 27 at 2pm.

The Royal Conservatory presents The ARC Ensemble (Artists of The Royal Conservatory) at Koerner Hall for a free performance on Saturday, September 26 at 3pm. Free tickets required. Then, The Conservatory presents Brazilian Samba with Alan Hetherington, samba class instructor and Director of the Escola de Samba, for a public class where everyone is invited to drum, dance, and enjoy on Sunday, September 27, 1pm-3pm. Also, The Royal Conservatory Red Piano will be situated in the street for the public to play on Sunday, September 27, 12pm-4pm.

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, in partnership with Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre and The Toronto Consort, are part of The WholeNote’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, hosted by Mary Lou Fallis and David Perlman. Performers include members of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, The Toronto Consort and many others, as well as a post-performance reception at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre on Friday, September 25 at 7pm. Free tickets required.

The Toronto Reference Library presents author Richard Scrimger in conversation with John Miller on Friday, September 25, 6:30pm-8pm, in the Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium.

ABOUT CULTURE DAYS
Culture Days invites everyone to create, participate and share in arts and culture in every community across the country. The 6th annual Culture Days weekend will take place on September 25, 26 and 27, 2015. Once again, the event will feature free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes”-and to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community. As a leading national voice for the active and engaged cultural life of all Canadians, Culture Days provides support, tools and resources to a wide variety of artists and cultural organizations to help them unite the country through engagement in culture. For more details about Culture Days in Ontario please visit: http://www.on.culturedays.ca. Connect to Culture Days on Facebook, Flickr and YouTube and join the conversation @ONCultureDays.

More information about the Bloor St. Culture Corridor, upcoming events, and the district’s arts and culture destinations, can be found at:

www.bloorstculturecorridor.com
Twitter: @bloorstculture
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bloorstculturecorridor

Bloor St. Culture Corridor free mobile app,
available at www.bloorstculturecorridor.com, the iTunes App Store, or Google Play.

The Bloor St. Culture Corridor partner destinations include:

Alliance Française de Toronto: 24 Spadina Road www.alliance-francaise.ca
Bata Shoe Museum: 327 Bloor Street West www.batashoemuseum.ca
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema: 506 Bloor Street West www.bloorcinema.com
Gardiner Museum: 111 Queen’s Park www.gardinermuseum.on.ca
Istituto Italiano di Cultura: 496 Huron Street www.iictoronto.esteri.it/IIC_Toronto
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre: 750 Spadina Ave. www.mnjcc.org
Native Canadian Centre of Toronto: 16 Spadina Road www.ncct.on.ca
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM): 100 Queen’s Park (Entrance on Bloor St. W.) www.rom.on.ca
The Royal Conservatory / Koerner Hall: 273 Bloor Street West www.performance.rcmusic.ca
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Choir: 427 Bloor Street West www.tafelmusik.org
Talisker Players: 427 Bloor Street West www.taliskerplayers.ca
The Toronto Consort: 427 Bloor Street West www.torontoconsort.org
University of Toronto Faculty of Music: 80 Queen’s Park www.music.utoronto.ca

Bloor St. Culture Corridor associates include:
918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media + Education: 918 Bathurst St. www.918bathurst.com
The Japan Foundation, Toronto (Re-opening October 2015): 2 Bloor Street E., Suite 300 www.jftor.org
Toronto Reference Library: 789 Yonge Street www.torontopubliclibrary.ca
VEMU/Museum of Estonians Abroad: 310 Bloor Street West vemu.ca/index.php/en


The following video presents What’s Your Story?:

“From the perspective of artists, organizations, economists and cultural leaders from across Canada, this video explores why arts and culture is relevant in Canada. Featuring CTV’s Canada AM Co-host Marci Ien, BC Culture Days Ambassador Amanda Shatzco, Multidisciplinary artists Eric Moschopedis, Mia Rushton, ATB Chief Economist Todd Hirsch and Alberta Ballet Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître.
Inspire and Share: What’s Your Story? #CultureofStories @CultureDays”

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