Toronto Public Library Celebrates Culture Days in Every Corner of the City

August 30, 2016 | Media Relations

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Culture Days @ Toronto Public Library presents free arts and culture activities across the city with 40+ FREE activities at more than 30 branches

Toronto Public Library, in partnership with the Neighbourhood Arts Network (NAN), celebrates the return of Culture Days @ Toronto Public Library for its sixth year. Taking place on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 during the Culture Days weekend, Toronto Public Library branches across the city will host more than 40 activities in a wide range of disciplines. Whether you’re interested in Middle-Eastern music and dance lessons in the Junction, or Bollywood and Hip-Hop fusion in Scarborough, there are family-friendly activities to discover in neighbourhoods across Toronto.

“Toronto Public Library is a world leader in providing access to knowledge and resources to the public, but we also provide access to amazing cultural experiences from around the globe,” said Pam Mountain, Branch Head at the Annette Street Branch. “One such example is the workshop and performance by Ensemble Topaz, which our branch is hosting for Culture Days @ the Toronto Public Library. They are going to take the public on an exhilarating tour through the Middle-East without ever leaving the Annette Street Branch!”
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Returning for their fifth year of Culture Days, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir offers Torontonians the opportunity to sing and learn about choral music with their popular program, Singsation Saturday.

“The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir believes in the power of singing to bring people together. That is why each year we offer Singsation Saturday choral workshops throughout the year and during Culture Days,” says Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Director of Marketing Anne Longmore, continuing “This will be our first year offering our Culture Days Singsation at the Toronto Public Library –- and we are thrilled. Libraries are a hub of approachable and welcoming cultural activities. Palmerston Branch is a lively neighbourhood spot in The Annex and we are looking forward to working with the library team to welcome new people to our Singsation community.”

The following are a small sample of the activities taking place during this year’s Culture Days @ the Toronto Public Library:

  • Afro Fusion Dance Workshop at Oakwood Village Library and Arts Centre. Join Nadine Brown as she introduces dancers of all ages to a fusion of dance forms that includes African Technique, Urban African and African Diaspora dance styles.
  • Singsation Saturday Choral Workshop with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir returns for another year at Palmerston Branch. Join guest conductor Jenny Crober as she leads singers of all abilities through an eclectic mix of choral repertoire.
  • Eastern music and dance company, Ensemble Topaz will take Torontonians on a cultural tour through Turkish, Jewish, Central Asian, Indian and Middle-Eastern songs and dances at the Annette Street Branch.
  • The popular activity Quintessential Bellydance, hosted by Evyenia Karmi, returns for its sixth year at Jane-Dundas Branch and Woodside Square Branch. Evyenia and her troupe will perform a short choreographed dance, followed by an instructional session of basic dance movements from this ancient dance form.
  • Culture Shock Toronto brings Bolly-Hop Dance, a fusion of dance styles from Bollywood and Hip-Hop, to York Woods Branch and Highland Creek Branch. Accessible, fun and lively, this all-ages event will leave dancers with the fundamentals of both styles.


Belly Hop
Bolly-Hop Dance with Culture Shock Toronto

To find out what activities are happening in your community, including Culture Days @ Toronto Public Library activities, visit and plan your Culture Days weekend using the Bright Spots Schedule, presented by Sun Life Financial.

About Toronto Public Library

Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library system. Last year, we had 18 million visits to our branches and 31 million virtual visits. Torontonians borrowed 32 million items that they accessed in the library, at home or on a device.To learn more, visit or call Answerline at 416-393-7131.  

About Neighbourhood Arts Network
Neighbourhood Arts Network is dedicated to celebrating and supporting community engaged artists and organizations across Toronto. Our free membership which currently includes 1700 people, offers professional development, community events, online resources, strategic community partnerships and signature awards. Neighbourhood Arts Network's online resources, strategic partnerships and professional development events support community-engaged artists and organizations to enrich Toronto and transform it into a more vibrant and liveable city. We strongly believe in the power of the arts to empower communities to thrive and express themselves.
About Ontario Culture Days

The vision of Ontario Culture Days is to foster awareness, participation, engagement, and support of a diverse artistic and cultural community that is lived, created, and expressed by all Ontarians. Ontario Culture Days is part of the national Culture Days celebration, the largest-ever public participation campaign undertaken by the Canadian arts and cultural community. Since 2010, more than 10 million Canadians have participated in over 40,000 Culture Days activities hosted by over 5,000 Canadian artists, cultural organizations and groups. For more details about Ontario Culture Days please visit: Connect to Culture Days on Facebook and join the conversation @ONCultureDays.



For more information about Culture Days in Ontario:

Toronto Public Library

Ana-Maria Critchley
Stakeholder Relations
Communications, Programming and Customer Engagement
(416) 393-7212

Touchwood PR

Daniel French
(416) 591-0777 ext. 205

Susan Smythe-Bishop
(416) 591-0777 ext. 203