Oh Canada!

June 29, 2011 | Muriel

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Canadian royal-watchers are happy that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, (William and Kate to most of us), have chosen Canada for their first royal tour. They will be arriving on June 30 in Ottawa, and there will be a youth barbecue and reception that night in the garden of...

Free Summer Films / Movies in Toronto

June 26, 2011 | Bill V.

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Growing up, my family summer vacation meant small rented wooden cottages at Wasaga Beach. The highlight of any visit was the summertime drive-in theatre in Elmvale - the excitement as it got dark - the speaker attached to the inside of the car window - straining to see the view...

Kandinsky and Abstraction

June 22, 2011 | Robyn

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Born in Russia, Wassily Kandinsky became a painter, teacher, organizer, writer and theorist. One of the founders of abstract art, his contribution spanned two world wars and the Russian Revolution, with explorations in painting, printmaking, stage design, and the decorative arts. He was profoundly influenced by colour and geometry, this...

Gamelan music of Java - Kinds of flowers - Puspawarna -in Space (Yoyager Golden Record)

June 11, 2011 | Bill V.

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I find the Gamelan music of Java and Bali Indonesia intoxicating. Imagine something like a Western orchestra composed of numerous instruments - but ones that only play together as a complete entity. So, while the instruments stay constant over the generations, the various musicians change. Gamelan music can also be...

Bollywood Art

June 8, 2011 | Alyson

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You've surely heard by now that the International Indian Film Academy is holding its awards ceremony here in Toronto from June 23rd to 25th. This is a very big deal. The IIFA holds its awards ceremony in a different city each year. Upwards of 700,000 million people world-wide watch the...

Culture Days 2011 @ Toronto Public Library or Artists, there's FREE exhibition space at Library branches

June 4, 2011 | Bill V.

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Toronto based artists and arts organizations lend me your ears! If you have an interactive artistic or cultural event, and want to be part of Culture Days 2011, the Toronto Public Library has 45 branches available to you free of charge. Do you have a huge number of twitter followers?...

Toronto Reference Library Costume and Set Design Collection and the Prague Quadrennial

June 1, 2011 | Irene G.

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Toronto Public Library owns more than 4500 stage designs including both costumes and sets. It is the largest collection of its kind in Canada. These drawings are important for research and they are also beautiful works of art. Are you interested in stage design? Then read about our collection and...