My, There's Some Interesting Arts Programming Going on at the Toronto Reference Library
It's June, and while the weather is lovely outside, so are allergies, mosquitoes, ticks, poison ivy and stinging nettle, so why not come into the library where it's air conditioned and enjoy some interesting arts programming?
The Hip: More than a Band
Acclaimed musical journalist Michael Barclay on the first print biography of The Tragically Hip, The Never-Ending Present, the band's impact on Canadian culture and Gord Downie's role in reconciliation with Indigenous people. Q&A and book signing to follow. Books available for purchase courtesy of Glad Day Bookshop.
In Jesus' Name: Shattering the Silence of St. Anne's Residential School
A film screening and Q+A with director Sue Enberg and St. Anne's Residential School survivor Louis Knapaysweet. In Jesus' Name: Shattering the Silence of St. Anne's Residential School is a poignant all-Indigenous English and Cree-English collaborative documentary film (42 mins) that breaks long-held silences imposed upon Indigenous children who were interned at the notoriously violent St. Anne's Residential School in Fort Albany First Nation, Ontario. Suitable for audiences 16+.
Tuesday, June 12, from 6:30-8 pm in Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library. There are also other showings of the documentary and chances to hear the speakers at multiple TPL locations from June to September.
There are many other items (books and DVDs) on the horrors of the residential school system that you may also be interested in including:
- Day at Indian Residential Schools in Canada
- Last Call Indian: Searching for Mohawk identity
- Residential Schools: The Devastating Impact on Canada's Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Findings and Calls for Action
- A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System 1879 to 1986
Toronto Jazz Treasures: 100 Portraits of Toronto's Great Jazz Musicians
Award winning photographer Pat LaCroix and jazz broadcaster/writer Ted O'Reilly present their 2017 book in celebration of our talented local jazz musicians.
Mavis! A Music Documentary
A spirited celebration of the legendary singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples and her family gospel/soul group, The Staple Singers. Through her remarkable 66 year old career, she has crossed musical genre lines in her repertoire of soul, folk, pop, R&B, jazz, rock and hip hop. Directed by Jessica Edwards. 2015. 82 minutes.
Friday June 22, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Hinton Learning Theatre (3rd floor), Toronto Reference Library.
If you're interested in Mavis Staples there's lots more material available including:
Are you a singer, musician, poet, comic, or storyteller?
If so, then you are invited to share your talents at the Toronto Reference Library open mic!
Acoustic guitar and digital piano are provided. Please be mindful of the volume.
Teens and Adults. No registration required. Sign-up at 5:30pm.
Tuesday June 26th, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library.
Join the Arts Department on the 5th floor of the Toronto Reference Library for a 30 minute drop in introduction to various Arts resources. All welcome from 2:30-3 pm. Also TRL's Special Collections does their own Discover Talks on Saturdays from 2-2:30 pm (so you could come and enjoy both back to back!)
- June 9 Canadian Artist Files
- June 16 Film Music
- June 23 Architecture and Pictures
- June 30 Fashion Designers
Short Films for Youth from Inside Out LGBTQ+ Film Festival
Drop-in screenings for LGBTQ+ youths and allies.
Friday, June 15, from 2- 3 pm and also Monday June 25, from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Hinton Learning Theatre (3rd floor), Toronto Reference Library. There are also other showings of the movies at several other TPL branches.
Passing. Canada. 2015. 22 min. (Directors Lucah Rosenberg & J. Mitchel Reed). Profiles three trans men of colour, exploring what life feels like for a black man when no one knows he is transgender.
An Afternoon. Denmark. 2014. 9 min. (Director Soren Green)
Mathias is in love with his friend Frederik but is too afraid to make a move. Frederik, however, has a secret of his own.
First Clue. USA. 2014. 7 min. (Director Susan Sullivan).
Poses the question - what was your first clue you were a lesbian?
The answers reveal that, before you knew, you had a clue.
Old Dogs, New Tricks. Canada. 2016. 14 min. (Director Michael Agnew). When an older gay couple hosts a younger couple for coffee, an unexpected visitor causes some intergenerational friction. The only way to resolve their differences is in that tried-and-true gay way - with a musical number!
See here for a complete list of toronto Public Library LGBTQ+ programs.