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(ARTS JULY 2017) Canada 150, camps for kids, and plenty of film

August 1st, 2017 · No Comments

August is alive along the Bloor St. Corridor

PHOTO COURTESY THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM: Saul Williams of North Caribou Lake First Nation, Weagamo, infuses his first exposure to the homes of non-Indigenous women in the city with humour in White Women and Their Plants, 1978. The painting is part of Anishinaabeg: Art & Power, a Royal Ontario Museum exhibition that explores the life, traditions, and sacred stories of the Anishinaabeg.

By Heather Kelly


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema invites you to step into one of the most eccentric and remarkable spaces in New York hipster history: The Jazz Loft: According to W. Eugene Smith which opens August 4. Then enjoy a spirited look at the life and career of renowned artist Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait, opening August 11. You can explore the performative aspects of Ronald Reagan’s time in the Oval Office with The Reagan Show starting August 18, celebrate the life and work of controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the latest in The Great Photographers series, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures on August 20, and discover stories of remarkable individuals such as Patti Smith, Joan Rivers, and Muhammad Ali with Game Changers on screen August 2 to 13. If you’ve been wanting to break out your shoulder pads and big hair, here’s your chance: Like Totally 80s! will feature New Wave legends and the Brat Pack on screen, dirty dancing in the aisles, a videogame tournament, and 80s candy at concessions, at the cinema from August 11 to 17.


Camps for kids

The Royal Conservatory of Music’s many camps for children, teens, and adults continue throughout August at the Royal Conservatory School. In August, the final session features a high-energy, interactive camp for teen and adult voice enthusiasts at any level of experience, with Juno-nominated vocal group Cadence. Students will partake in performances, learn about vocal percussion, instrumental imitation, song arranging, stage presence, circle songs, small group singing, and more, August 21 to 26.


Art exhibitions

Visit the Gallery at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre to enter into a world of empowerment and storytelling with I See: Difference in Perspective, a photography exhibition that explores identity and disability. The Istituto Italiano di Cultura continues to present a solo exhibition of artist Rino Noto’s Wave, where we catch a brief, truncated glimpse of life’s cycles: joy, resilience, purposeful absurdity, on view through September 7. At the Museum of Estonians Abroad/VEMU, the Forest University 50! anniversary exhibition is on display until the middle of September.

PHOTO COURTESY ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA: Rino Noto’s Wave showcases a brief, truncated glimpse of life’s cycles: joy, resilience, and purposeful absurdity.


During the Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) Summer Fridays until September 22, visitors receive discounted admission to explore the museum’s galleries and exhibitions, live music, and a spectacular view of the Toronto skyline in c5 Lounge, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Canada’s Table, a delectable tour of regional cuisines prepared by Canada’s top chefs, takes place at the ROM on August 15. Guest chefs include Jamie Kennedy, Ted Corrado, Ned Bell, and more. Continuing exhibitions include Anishinaabeg: Art & Power, The Family Camera, The Evidence Room, and the specially-priced, feature exhibition, Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story.

The Gardiner Museum’s Community Arts Space is now in full swing. The month of August brings free programming by Feminist Art Museum, August Fröhls, and artist SoJin Chun in collaboration with The Truth & Dare Project. They’ll be presenting film screenings, exhibitions, workshops, artist talks, and more running until the end of August. All programming is free with registration.

While strolling along the Bloor St. Culture Corridor, take a photo with the Bata Shoe Museum’s (BSM) new window installation. Created by students from Ryerson University, In Full Bloom: Celebrating Canada 150 is an interpretation of the provincial and territorial flowers of Canada using — what else — shoes! Now on display in the Canada 150 x Power exhibition, Toronto-based sneaker designers reflect on what it means to be Canadian. There’s always something for kids to do at the BSM in the summer. This year during Summer Family Fun at the Bata Shoe Museum, kids visiting the museum receive an activity bag that includes a sneaker key chain for decorating, an ISpy game to play in each gallery, and a colourful temporary tattoo. There is also funky footwear to try on, and great opportunities to get a family selfie capturing #BSMfamilyfun.

Heather Kelly is the founder and director of the Bloor St. Culture Corridor. Her column focuses on arts and culture events from the district.


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