You’re Invited: Celebrating International Women’s Day March 8, 2012

Kronos and Xplane created this great video in honor of International Women’s Day (8 March). “The purpose of this video is to provide viewers with a look at several interesting facts and statistics about the changes and developments that have impacted women in the workforce”:

Each year around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.

Organisations, governments, charities and women’s groups around the world choose different themes each year that reflect global and local gender issues.

Themes for International Women’s Day 2012:

Celebrating International Women's Day 8 March 2012
Celebrating International Women's Day 8 March 2012
  • Canada, Status of Women (Federal Gov): Strong Leadership. Strong Women. Strong World: Equality

“Each year 1,000+ International Women’s Day events are uploaded by corporations, women’s groups, schools, governments, charities and individuals from around the world.

No matter where you are there is bound to be a range of exciting International Women’s Day events near you.

International Women’s Day events honour and celebrate the achievements of women all around the world, ranging from small random informal gatherings to large highly organised events.”

Here are some FREE International Women’s Day events in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

Can’t Sit Still and Animate This!

NFB Mediatheque‘s Animation Workshop: Inspiring Women

To mark International Women’s Day, children can make a short film (involving 3-D Clay) about a woman or girl who inspires them  as well as enjoy some films:

  • Can’t Sit Still | Saturday, March 3 at 10:30 AM for children aged 3 to 5
  • Screening Program | Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4 at 12 PM for all ages
  • Animate This! | Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4 at 12:30 PM for children aged 6 to 13

Please note that for the first weekend of every month, there are NFB Mediatheque’s animation workshops for children aged 3 to 13:

  • Each month offers a new animation technique and theme.
  • For registration for all workshops, please call 416-973-3012.
  • $5/child, free admission for accompanying adults.


150 John Street
Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3C3



07 March 2012 7:00PM

FREE Opening Night Party: Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 from 7-11pm at Steam Whistle Gallery

Steam Whistle Brewing – The Roundhouse
255 Bremner Blvd. Toronto (south of the CN Tower),
phone 416-362-2337 x 246

Women’s Words Give ‘Voice’ to International Women’s Day Art Exhibition

The March art exhibit is a collaboration of two groups of artists exploring women’s issues in theme with the International Women’s Day (held annually in March).

  • Literature for Life’s exhibit entitled, “Voices”
    • explores the complicated journey towards women finding their voice in modern times
    • poetry created by The Young Mothers who participate in Literature for Life programming is Fused with Art
    • to celebrate the International Women’s Day Theme of Strong Women, Strong Canada featuring the works of Amber King, Marni Wolfe, and the words of Roots Kizzy, Whitney French, Miss Cola and more
    • this mixed media presentation is a fusion of art, photography and poetry, speaking to the journey of women, as they move from uncertain and questioning tones of voice, to a war cry in the fight for justice; and all of the voices in between

The Opening Night Party on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 from 7-11pm at Steam Whistle Gallery will feature:

  • spoken word poetry readings from Literature for Life program participants
  • AND a screening of “Women’s Words” a documentary by Anna Piszczkiewicz about charity Literature for Life, and the unique reading circles they facilitate with teenage mothers in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area), empowering them to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty
  • Admission: FREE with complimentary hors d’oeuvres

*All exhibitions are open FREE to the public all of March at Steam Whistle Brewing – The Roundhouse – 255 Bremner Blvd.  Toronto. (south of the CN Tower), phone 416-362-2337 x 246:

  • Monday to Thursday from 12 noon to 6 pm,
  • Friday and Saturday from 11 am -6pm,
  • Sunday from 11am to 5 pm


08 March 2012, 19:30 to 22:00

The TRANZAC (an abbreviation of Toronto Australia New Zealand Club) Main Hall at 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto

Cover: $10 (Pay What You Can)

This is a fundraising event for the children of Colombian political prisoner Liliany Obando.

“In celebration of International Women’s Day, many fiercely talented artists located in the Greater Toronto Area are getting together to share their stories, songs and poems. An eclectic and entertaining evening is guaranteed with such varied acts as:

  • Evalyn Parry, an award-winning songwriter, poet and social commentator;
  • Amanda Mabro, a jazz and cabaret-influenced vocalist who is a force to be reckoned with;
  • and Michelle Rumball, a gifted singer and songwriter and former front person of the critically acclaimed band The Grievous Angels;
  • other performances will include folk, americana, blues, rock, dance and opera.

Performers are donating their time and talent to a worthy cause as all proceeds of this concert are going to the children of Liliany Obando – a political prisoner who has been detained in a Colombian prison for over three years without a trial.”

Cover: $10 (Pay What You Can)

This is a fundraising event for the children of Colombian political prisoner Liliany Obando.

Contact Info:

The TRANZAC (Toronto Australia New Zealand Club)
please call: (416) 923-8137 or email

“Women at the Crossroads:  Gender and Culture at the Centre of a Changing Southeast Asia”


Thursday, March 8, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (ET)

Art Square Gallery
334 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1G5

The East Gallery’s ‘Half the Sky’ exhibition, which features five leading female artists from Southeast Asia, is the venue for a special lecture on International Women’s Day:

  • The leading female contemporary artists are from Vietnam, Cambodia and Burma
  • The title of the show was inspired by the ancient Chinese proverb ‘Women hold up half the sky’, later used by Mao Zedong during the Chinese revolution to promote the status of women
  • The talk by Nhung Tuyet Tran, associate professor and Canada Research Chair in Southeast Asian History at the University of Toronto, will focus on shifts in gendered roles in connection with cultural, economic and social change in Southeast Asia, the “crossroads  of the world”

For more International Women’s Day events in Toronto, please click here.

Happy International Women’s Day!


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