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Toronto, Sep 22 (Canadian-Media): As part of Toronto City's honour to Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions, Mackenzie House with the help of public submissions, is presenting Eaton's Goes to War: Family, Memory & Meaning from Sept 21, 2017 to Jan 31, 2018 revealing the lives of Eaton's employees who served in the First World War, according to Ontario News release of Sep 22.
MacKenzie House. Image credit: Wikipedia
Mackenzie House -- reportedly a historic building and museum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada that was the last home of the city's first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie -- is one of 10 historic sites owned and operated by the City of Toronto that aim to engage the public in telling Toronto's story.
Eaton's Goes to War: Family, Memory & Meaning is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the Province of Ontario’s Ontario150 Program and the Archives of Ontario.
“Thanks to the public, we are now able to tell the stories of some of the peoplebehind these anonymous photos,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory. "This exhibit helps us to honour the sacrifices of those who helped Canada during the First World War."
The exhibit also records how the T. Eaton Company supported Canada's war efforts. During the war, 3,327 Eaton's employees enlisted to fight.
Each time one of Eaton's employees was sent overseas, the Toronto store prominently displayed a photo in just steps from Mackenzie House.
“As the daughter of a veteran, I understand the sacrifices military personnel and their families have made to secure our hard fought freedoms," said Eleanor McMahon, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Our government, through the Ontario150 program, is privileged to support Eaton’s Goes to War, along with the Invictus Games and The World Remembers – initiatives that remind us of the selfless contributions of these heroes.”
Image: Eleanor McMahon. Image credit: Facebook page
In 2014, the of Ontario reportedly created an online gallery of more than 2000 of these portraits which survived and invited the public last year to visit the online collection of photographs to share the personal histories of the soldiers and their families.
Toronto, a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture is reportedly Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America with a diverse population of about 2.8 million people and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, Sep 20 (Canadian Media): The City of Toronto-produced Nuit Blanche Toronto, as one of North America's premier cultural events this year -- supported by the Government of Ontario and Tourism Toronto, program sponsors H&M and Shiplake Properties, on-site sponsors Hendrick's Gin, Netflix and Subaru Canada as well as arts patron sponsor, Toronto Real Estate Board -- returns on Saturday, September 30 and is expected to attract more than one million local enthusiasts and out-of-town visitors, media reports said.
Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017. Image credit: Pinterest
City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community and funded by the Government of Ontario and Tourism produces Toronto Nuit Blanche Toronto, the city's annual all-night celebration of contemporary art.
Since 2006, this award-winning event has featured almost 1,400 art installations by approximately 4,900 artists and has generated over $311 million in economic impact for Toronto.
In 2016, the event generated $43 million for Toronto.
"For the past 11 years as we have experienced the magic of Nuit Blanche Toronto, the production of this unique event and its continued success has been achieved thanks to many private and public partnerships," said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City's Economic Development Committee was reported by media as saying. "The commitment of returning sponsors such as H&M and Shiplake Properties allows talented artists to showcase their work during this year's event to Toronto residents and visitors alike."
Although the lineup of art projects, artists and curators is reportedly the focus of Nuit Blanche Toronto each year, the network of funders, partners and collaborators plays an important factor that makes the event possible.
“The success of Nuit Blanche Toronto is one of the reasons why our government continues to support major cultural events in the province,” said Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Festivals and events play a vital role in Ontario’s economic and cultural prosperity, which is especially important as we celebrate Ontario’s 150th anniversary year.”
Eleanor McMahon: Facebook page
"Many Possible Futures" is the theme of this year's all-night celebration of contemporary art, which is made up of four distinct City-produced exhibitions. The event would showcase ninety art projects, including 39 Exhibition Projects, 39 partner-produced Independent Projects, 10 Major Institutions Projects and two sponsor-produced Special Projects from H&M and Shiplake Properties.
H&M presents "TRUTH," a project from contemporary graffiti artist, Brian Leitch aka "KWEST." TRUTH reinterprets discarded garments, recycled clothing and textiles from H&M’s garment collecting initiative and transforms them into a work of art.
“We are thrilled to support Nuit Blanche Toronto for the fifth year and are so excited to be able to highlight H&M’s garment collecting initiative in such a cool way. TRUTH reimagines unwanted textiles, explores ideas of truth and consciousness, and invites viewers to reflect," said Samara D’Auria, Communications and Press, H&M Canada. "As a brand, H&M promotes diversity and inclusiveness and we are proud to be part of an event that provides public access to contemporary art on such a large scale.”
Shiplake Properties, a third-year Program Sponsor of the event offers "Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #1 (A Domestic Scene)" from artist Mike Kelley.
A photo found in a high school yearbook, a still from a school play depicting two young men in a shabby apartment, inspires the re-staged 'Domestic Scene', the protagonists' unnerving, histrionic, relationship.
The self-funded, partner-produced Independent Projects, which celebrate the diversity of Toronto's art communities, support the City-produced commissioned projects. For the second year, Nuit Blanche Toronto continues its successful Major Institutions program in association with 401 Richmond, Aga Khan Museum, Aga Khan Park, Ismaili Centre Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Artscape Youngplace, Bata Shoe Museum, EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology, The Gladstone Hotel, OCAD University, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and Ryerson Image Centre.
Pride Toronto, in collaboration with Nuit Blanche Toronto, is hosting a "DRAG + PARTY!" event kicking-off the Nuit Blanche Toronto weekend on September 29. The ticketed event celebrates the intersection of art and queer culture and features cutting-edge contemporary culture from Nuit Blanche Toronto.
The City of Toronto acknowledges its transportation partner Toronto Transit Commission for accommodating the Nuit Blanche Toronto audiences with all-night and increased service to and from the event.
The city also extends its thanks to the event's media sponsors City, OMNI, Toronto Star and Boom 97.3 for their ongoing promotion of the event and to efforts of more than 1,000 volunteers who donate their time each year to make Nuit Blanche a success
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Living Arts Centre's New Logo
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Mississauga, Sept 20 (Canadian-Media): During a press conference held at Living Arts Centre (LAC), in Mississauga, Ontario on September 18, 2017 Natalie Lue, CEO of LAC unveiled its new branding to celebrate LAC’S 20th anniversary.
Lue said, “As we celebrate the Living Arts Centre’s 20th Anniversary season…Thanks to the tireless efforts and unwavering support of so many dedicated Board members, staff, volunteers, City officials, sponsors, patrons, and audiences…here we are 20 years later, stronger than ever before, and on the verge of a new chapter-in-the-making of this prominent facility.”
The press conference was attended by approximately between 40 to 50 people including board members, media partners, media and the staff of LAC.
Lue said that it was not simply the LAC’s image that had changed, the Centre itself had succeeded in partnering with a number or arts communities and organizations in the GTA (city of Toronto and its adjoining cities), such as the Canadian Arabic Orchestra, Mississauga Music, Aga Khan Museum and many more and has brought in a variety of new programmes to the 2017-2018 season.
Lue than introduced to the audience the various programs and presentations that would be showcased by LAC. Some of these are: ‘The Basically Basie Big Band: Basie’s Ladies’ directed by Jim Davey that would play in RBC Theatre at 7:30 pm on 30th of September. On the same day in Hammerson Hall there will be the concert: ‘Looking Back Retro Music Concert’.
A Psychological Thriller Live On Stage “Broken Images” would be presented in LAC by ARRA Arts in partnership with the LAC on October 1, 2017 at 4:30 PM & 8:00PM. The play depicts the 21st century as an era of electronic images. From every corner of our daily life we are bombarded with different kinds of images until our private existence seems threatened. World renowned Indian actress, Shabana Azmi, in one of the most challenging roles of her career, plays two sisters and their many images, as they morph into one another.
Shabana Azmi in 'Broken Images'. Image credit: Twitter handle of Living Arts Centre
‘2nd Annual Best of Open Mic Live’ in partnership with Mississauga Arts Council, hosted by Tom Taylor would be held at 7”30 pm at RBC theatre on October 12; 2017.
Mystic India: The World Tour, an internationally-acclaimed Bollywood dance spectacular based on the concept of ancient India’s transition into modern India featuring renowned musicians, brilliant dancers and over 1000 wealthy costumes would be showcased on October 19 & 20, 2017 at Hammerson Hall.
Created by Director Amit Shah and AATMA Performing Arts, Mystic India: The World Tour is an internationally-acclaimed Bollywood dance spectacular based on the concept of ancient India’s transition into modern India.
The show features renowned musicians, brilliant dancers and over 1000 wealthy costumes.
he colorful costumes and elaborate sets have been custom designed by Amit Shah and hand-made in India’s film capital by a team of 40 designers and workers over 4 years.
The team of diverse, trained dancers from the AATMA Performing Arts dance company combines authentic Indian and modern techniques bringing the streets of Mumbai and New York into perfect harmony.
Lue also mentioned about many more concerts and programs to be showcased in 2017 and 2018.
Then followed a small video presentation of Shabana Azmi who introduced her performance in 'Broken Image.'
This was followed by snacks and light refreshments.
The audience then mingled together and the media had a chance to know each other.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, Sep 3 (Canadian-Media): Ontario Science Centre (OSC) is weaving its way into history by creating a Canada 150 coverlet on our 19th-Century Jacquard Loom to celebrate Canada’s 150th Sesquicentennial, said Hans Baer, a volunteer weaver at the OSC and the driving force behind this project working at the Jacquard Loom.
Displaying the coverlet that was last woven in about 1880 by professional weaver John Campbell, reportedly the former owner of the Jacquard Loom back in the 1800s, Baer said he felt proud to weave it again in celebration of Canada’s Sesquicentennial.
John Campbell's Jacquard Looms is using perforated cards fastened together to control the movements of the machine. The early example of the binary coding fascinated Baer – a retired IBM Computer Engineer -- to undertake the weaving project on the loom.
The loom, which is working with punch cards, has been in the OSC ever since the opening of OSC in 1969.
Out of the 4 patterns used by John Campbell in the 1800s only card decks for two of the patterns came with the loom. These two patterns -- Stars & Roses, and the Garland -- have been woven at the OSC for the past 50 years.
After learning that John Campbell coverlet collection stored in Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) included the two missing patterns, Baer along with Elizabeth Evans, the fellow weaver and Shauna Cook, the Science Centre’s Volunteer Coordinator got special access in January 2016 to see these two coverlets, with patterns called Single Rose and Tulip.
With a dream to recreate these patterns, Baer took hundreds of detailed photos of the ROM’s Single Rose pattern coverlet and was able to determine where each point went and began to punch the cards.
He explained that each card on an average has 150 holes, the total pattern approximately 28, 000 holes in 192 unique cards.. Punching holes into the cards was both time consuming and labour intensive and Baer said he could just work on it for an hour a day and was able to get 5 cards punched in a day. From March to October of 2016 Baer and the small team of volunteers were able to punch all the cards.
In June of 2017 the volunteer team started to weave the single rose pattern on the Jacquard Loom for the first time since more than 130 years.
The final measurements of a coverlet are approximately 3x3 meters, twice the width of but the loom. So a total of 6 meteres of the Single Rose pattern had to be woven. This was then cut into two halves and will now have to be stitched together at the centre to make it wide enough.
To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary special cards were designed by Baer to weave Canada 150 in the border of the coverlet to to honour Canada’s Sesquicentennial.