Month: April 2017

Doors Open Toronto unveils exciting program for May 27 and 28

The 18th annual Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf announced its roster of buildings, talks and special programs for May 27 and 28. The weekend celebration of architecture includes 50 new building participants, a speaker series and new music program, city-wide walking tours and more. Details are now available at

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, this year’s event features more than 150 buildings representing each decade since the 1860s, as well as a collection of buildings from the pre-Confederation era.

Doors Open Toronto is part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto’s year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions marking Canada’s 150th birthday. It is presented by Great Gulf and produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the Province of Ontario and the broader community.
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The Royal Ontario Museum Receives Landmark $5 Million Gift from Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Dan Mishra

Dan Mishra South Asian Initiative will fund ROM research, exhibitions, public engagement, learning activities, and an endowed curatorship.

TORONTO, April 27, 2017The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is pleased to announce it has received a gift of $5 million from entrepreneur and philanthropist Dan Mishra, which represents the largest donation to the Museum’s South Asian section. With this landmark gift, the Dan Mishra South Asian Initiative establishes a newly endowed curatorial position and sustainable funding for exhibitions, public engagement, research, and learning activities that will support and enhance the Museum’s commitment to South Asian art and culture.

Dan Mishra, who came to Canada from India as a student in 1969, has chosen to make the full donation this year. He sees the donation as “an opportunity to give back” to his adopted home. “Throughout its long history, South Asian art and culture has had an important influence on shaping our modern world,” says Mr. Mishra. “I am thrilled to support the ROM’s commitment to bringing a greater public understanding and appreciation of South Asian culture, and broadening the institution’s stewardship and expertise in this area.” Continue reading “The Royal Ontario Museum Receives Landmark $5 Million Gift from Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Dan Mishra”

Budding Carnatic Artist Blooms at Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival

The Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival is the largest Indian classical music festival outside of India. It was first celebrated in 1978 and has now grown to be a 12-day festival with more than 8,000 attendees with 2,000 appearing for the opening weekend.

The amazing  feature of this year’s Cleveland Aradhana Festival was the overwhelming presence of children as competitors, performers and avid listeners.

Several young artists performed over the 12 days of the festival — in groups, as soloists and as accompanists to senior artists.

All these youngsters are brilliant and shine in their respective areas. Kudos to each and every participant, for their enthusiastic and effortless performances. That goes to the parents as well, for their dedication and encouragement provided to the new generation in their pursuit of this fine art.

A special mention goes to  Ananth Mysore who won in several categories-Kirthi, Alapana, Kalpana Swaras and Virutham. He also got the  RK Srikantan award for winning in many categories at the senior level.

Admission to most parts of the festival was free, with the exception of  a couple of ticketed programs. Throughout the festival, the  atmosphere was like a big family celebration, where everyone enjoyed some wonderful music and great dance performances; not to mention the excellent food that was available during breaks!

Great show Cleveland! Keep up the good work of keeping the tradition alive!

Mississauga Youth Participate in Rebel17

From May 1 to 7 the City of Mississauga is hosting Rebel17. This annual campaign empowers youth ages 13 to 30 to make a difference within their community through music, film, the arts, culture and sport. Rebel17 features free drop-ins, workshops, events and activities all created by youth for youth.

Rebel17 Event Highlights

• Sauga celebrates Canada 150! Get a Neighbourhood Celebration Kit to help put the “150” into your event! Kits are available for eligible groups hosting outdoor events.

• All City libraries are offering a free Magnetic Poetry station.

• It’s National Youth Week and National Youth Arts Week! #REBELHUB will be celebrating with free workshops in urban arts, an art exhibition and a showcase finale, hosted by Meadowvale Theatre.

• Sauga at Play celebrates 10 years –  come out for a free drop-in session at any community centre during after-school hours.

For a full list of all Rebel17 events and activities, please visit To get involved in Rebel17 week, email Also, follow @SaugaYouth on Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #Rebel17.

Stars of Screen and Magic Shine in 17♦18 Season

Flato Markham Theatre announces two highlights of the upcoming season

Discovery Gala featuring Kiefer Sutherland – Saturday November 4, 2017**Masters of Illusion – Thursday February 1 – Sunday February 4, 2018

 MARKHAM – The 17♦18 Season at the Flato Markham Theatre promises to be one not to be missed! The annual Discovery Gala on November 4, 2017 will feature Kiefer Sutherland, star of CTV’s Designated Survivor, and his band.  The TV and screen legend will entertain the audience with his music as money is raised for the Theatre’s outreach and education program.  Patrons will have the option to purchase a Gala Reception ticket that includes preferred seating for the performance and a gourmet pre-show reception. Continue reading “Stars of Screen and Magic Shine in 17♦18 Season”

“Freedom is not a product, it’s a daily practice” -Afshin Ghaffarian

In the volatile political and social climate of 2009 Tehran, Iran, Afshin Ghaffarian and a group of dancers risked everything to start a secret dance company, far from the prying eyes of the government police. His powerful true story was made into a 2014 British biographical drama film, Desert Dancer(April 26th, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto) starring Reece Ritchie and Frieda Pinto.

Afshin Ghaffarian will visit the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto in the days following the screening to present his solo dance piece Too Loud A Solitude (April 29).  Presenting an exclusive interview of the IRANIAN DANCER, CHOREOGRAPHER AND DIRECTOR REFORMANCES COMPANY IS BASED IN PARIS.

  • Please tell us your experiences as a dancer and who were your influences initially?

Afshin: My career as a performer began back in 1999, as a short film actor. I then went to the university to study theater. As a theatre student at University in Tehran, my friends and I were interested in and inspired by Grotowski’s theatre in Poland, Antonin Artaud in France, Julian Beck and Judith Malina in America , Eugenio Barba in Denmark, Tadashi Suzuki in Japan, etc. Through email, I was in contact with some great theatre figures, like Richard Schechner at NYU, and Eugenio Barba and Julia Varley  from the Odin Theatre in Denmark, among others. My  experiences have always been linked to other artists from around the world, and I am eternally grateful to be connected to these artists. In my company, I work also with French sociologist Baptiste Pizzinat, and we wrote a book together in 2013 titled “ Café des Réformances,” which is available in French. It’s a reflection on dance and society in general, an attempt to put words on our experiences. Sometimes we have to dance out our thoughts and vice versa! Continue reading ““Freedom is not a product, it’s a daily practice” -Afshin Ghaffarian”

Too Loud A Solitude!

On April 29,  Afshin Ghaffarian will make his debut at the Aga Khan Museum with a highly anticipated 70-minute solo performance, Too Loud a Solitude.  Inspired by Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal’s Too Loud a Solitude, a story about censorship and the destruction of books, Ghaffarian describes the arrangement as a “murderous dance” of chaotic passion.

To complement the performance, the Aga Khan Museum will screen Desert Dancer on April 26 (International Dance Day) which depicts the life of Ghaffarian and how he started an underground dance crew and had to flee Iran after finding himself in trouble with the Basij — Iran’s parliamentary volunteer militia — during the 2009 election protests. Continue reading “Too Loud A Solitude!”