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December 11, 2013

Category: Multicultural Attractions

Festival of Carols

On Wednesday, December 11th at 7:30pm the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, led by Noel Edison, will ring in the season with its annual holiday tradition, Festival of Carols, at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. This year the Choir welcomes special guest, tenor superstar Ben Heppner. Ben will sing some fireside favourites and join with the Choir for O Holy Night and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Pie Jesu, among others.

The concert will include a wide range of choral music fit for the season, from the contemplative to the traditional, along with some rousing favourites. Stories for the season, told by Noel Edison and Ben Heppner, add to the festive mood and a carol sing-along will encourage the audience to add their voices to this welcome to the holiday season.

Visit the concert webpage: www.tmchoir.org/tmcPerformances/festival-of-carols.cfm

Venue: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church — 1585 Yonge Street

 
Date: December 11, 2013
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Toronto Christmas Market 2013

This holiday season Toronto will once again celebrate the romance and magic of a traditional Christmas at the Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market. Inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, this free annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products. Non-stop entertainment includes musicians, carolers and choirs, traditional European dancers, and of course… Santa and his roaming elves! There is great shopping, specialty beer and mulled wine gardens, and sweets and treats. Christmas comes but once a year and the Toronto Christmas Market at The Distillery is the perfect opportunity to put the magic back in your holiday time.

Friday November 29th to Sunday December 15th at the Distillery Historic District.

For more details: www.torontochristmasmarket.com

Mesopotamia

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) hosts Mesopotamia in its premiere North American engagement from June 22, 2013 to January 5, 2014. The internationally touring exhibition of the ancient civilization is presented in Toronto by the British Museum in collaboration with the ROM.

More than 3,000 years of accomplishments by the civilization are explored in the exhibition. Widely credited with the invention or development of writing, long-distance communication, law, trade networks, and the first empires, Mesopotamian society also launched and advanced literature and sophisticated art, concurrently with great intellectual, spiritual, and scientific advances. These achievements still influence us today.

Mesopotamia showcases more than 170 priceless objects from the eminent collections of the British Museum. These artifacts, most never before seen in Canada, are augmented by those from the ROM’s own renowned collections and other leading institutions, including the University of Chicago Oriental Institute Museum, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum, Philadelphia), and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Presented in a series of well-defined themes, the exhibition features an outstanding selection of artifacts: stunning jewellery, dramatic stone sculptures, and impressive wall reliefs.

For more details: www.rom.on.ca/en/exhibitions-galleries/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/mesopotamia

Location: Royal Ontario Museum — 100 Queen’s Park

No.143 Ishtar Gate
Start: June 22, 2013
End: January 5, 2014
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Location: Royal Ontario Museum

Chinese Portraits of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 – 1911)

The tradition of hosting highly visual exhibitions in the Herman Herzog Levy Gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) continues with Faces to Remember: Chinese Portraits of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 – 1911). On display at the ROM from May 18, 2013 to February 23, 2014, Faces to Remember features Chinese portraits created during the Ming and Qing dynasties, and comes from the renowned collections of the Museum’s Far Eastern section.

Showcasing a culturally important, but often-overlooked aspect of Chinese art and culture, the exhibition’s portraits are astonishing in their detail and embedded symbolism. The visual appeal of the exhibition’s 25 works – some remarkably large – is enhanced by a number of sartorial and personal accessories, objects carefully selected for their resemblance to those seen in the paintings.

Dr. Ka Bo Tsang, ROM Assistant Curator, Chinese Pictorial Arts, is the exhibition’s curator. She explains, “Portraits are a way to commemorate people, whether known or unknown to us. The portraits displayed in the exhibition, as well as the personal accessories, provide us with a better understanding of the Chinese people of the past, their aspirations and moral values.”

For more details: www.rom.on.ca

Location: Royal Ontario Museum — 100 Queen’s Park

The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910-1918

The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910-1918 showcases the dynamism, creativity, and innovation of art produced in Europe in the years leading up to and during the First World War. Featuring paintings from the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum by artists such as Constantin Brancusi, Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, Vasily Kandinsky, Fernand Leger, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Piet Mondrian and Pablo Picasso, among others, the exhibition chronologically traces the achievements of these tumultuous years as artists experimented with new ways to create art while launching such movements as expressionism, futurism and cubism.

The exhibition’s focus on the years 1910 to 1918 represents an intense chapter in European and world history, marked by sweeping social change, technological developments and scientific advances. During this time of tremendous creativity and innovation, European cities were evolving, and artists, who were founding groups, staging exhibitions and issuing manifestoes, likewise adapted and responded to 20th-century modernity.

The Great Upheaval spotlights the dynamism of this fertile period — as artists hurtled toward abstraction and the ultimate “great upheaval” of a catastrophic war — while presenting some of the foundational modern masterpieces that shaped the art of future generations.

Organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York.

For more details: www.ago.net/the-great-upheaval-modern-masterpieces-from-the-guggenheim-collection/

Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

Kenojuak Ashevak: In Memoriam

September 28, 2013 – June 2014.

Isadore and Rosalie Sharp gallery.

With the passing of senior Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak in 2013, the Canadian cultural landscape has been significantly diminished. Over a long and influential career, Kenojuak produced innovative work that inspired her peers as well as younger generations of artists. Her visionary imagery drew on personal experience and reflected deep connections to family, community and her surroundings. Kenojuak’s lyrical animal forms remain, for many, absolutely central to the Canadian story.

Organized by Art Gallery of Ontario.

For more details: www.ago.net

Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

 
Start: September 28, 2013
End: June 1, 2014
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Location: Art Gallery of Ontario