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Community Classes

We invite you to join us for an exciting season of community classes where you’ll have the opportunity to engage with the arts through education, creation, and movement. Explore our classes taught by both local and visiting artists and instructors! 

  • Location
    The Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East (at Front & Yonge)
  • Entrance
    Yonge Street Entrance (located along Yonge Street on the west side of the building halfway between Front St. and Esplanade). Community classes are accessible via the Yonge Street Entrance and not the main Front Street Entrance, unless otherwise specified on the Eventbrite page.
  • TO Live Community Class Waiver Form
    As a participant, you only need to complete and return this form once.  After that, you are eligible to participate in all community classes. Copies of this form are available upon arrival at each class.  Alternatively, you may print and complete this form in advance and bring it with you to your first class.
  • TO Live Community Class Rules & Regulations
  • Accessibility: The Yonge Street Entrance has no steps and a button to open the doors.
    To get from the Yonge Street Entrance to the O’Keefe Lounge there are 9 steps or 1 elevator. To get from the Yonge Street Entrance to the Rehearsal Hall, there are 29 steps or 2 elevators. Washrooms are located at the Rehearsal Hall level.
  • Questions: Contact us by email at education@tolive.com or call us at 416-368-6161 ext. 8242
Lunchtime Yoga Classes January - May 2019
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Yoga Class

Spend your lunch hour stretching, twisting, and breathing and add some calm to your day. Special thanks to Modo Yoga Danforth!

• No previous yoga experience required.
• Please wear comfortable clothing.
• Washrooms are available for changing.
• Please bring your own yoga mat & water bottle.

TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 12:05PM - 1:00PM

Tuesdays - April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
Thursdays - April 4, 11, 18 & 25        

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Upcoming Dates

May 2, 7, 9, 14 & 16 (Registration will open April 18th at 4:00pm)

Class capacity is 40 participants. 15 spots are being reserved for drop-in participants. Please arrive early to sign-in. Latecomers will not be allowed entrance.

Moksha Yoga Infographic

Class Location & Arrival Information

  • Location: The Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, Rehearsal Hall
  • Entrance: Yonge Street Entrance (located along Yonge Street on the west side of the building halfway between Front St. and Esplanade - SEE PHOTO BELOW).
  • Doors will open at 11:30AM
  • TO Live Community Class Waiver Form As a participant, you only need to complete and return this form once.  After that, you are eligible to participate in all community classes.  Copies of this form are available upon arrival at each class.  Alternatively, you may print and complete this form in advance and bring it with you to your first class.
  • TO Live Community Class Rules & Regulations
  • Accessibility: The Yonge Street Entrance has no steps and a button to open the doors. To get from the Yonge Street Entrance to the O’Keefe Lounge there are 9 steps or 1 elevator. To get from the Yonge Street Entrance to the Rehearsal Hall, there are 29 steps or 2 elevators. Washrooms are located at the Rehearsal Hall level.
  • Questions:  Contact us by email education@tolive.com or call us at 416-368-6161 ext. 8242.

 
Waitlist & Drop-In Information

  • Waitlist: If the Eventbrite Registration is full, we encourage you to join the waitlist! We will contact the waitlist with any class updates and if you are not contacted by Eventbrite to join the class, you are welcome to attend as a drop-in participant (first come, first served).
  • Drop-ins: Regardless of being on the waitlist, anyone is welcome to arrive as a drop-in participant. We will reserve 15 spots per class for drop-ins and will allow additional drop-ins up to the capacity of the class in case there are cancellations or no-shows.

Eventbrite Registration Policy

  • Registered Participants are guaranteed a spot until 12:00pm. If registered participants have not arrived by this time, their spot may be given to drop-in participants.

  • Cancellation Deadline - 24 hours prior to the class. If you discover you are no longer able to attend, we kindly ask that you cancel your order or email education@tolive.com to notify us a minimum of 24 hours prior to the class.
  • After three “no-show” instances or three cancellations received with less than 24 hours' notice, Sony Centre reserves the right to cancel any future Eventbrite orders you may have for Sony Centre Community Classes. If your Eventbrite Registration is cancelled, please note you are still welcome to attend as a drop-in participant if space is available!


YONGE STREET ENTRANCE
Yonge Street Entrance

Spoken Word Poetry Classes - April 3, 10 & 17, 2019
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Toronto Poetry Project Instructors

Join us for Spoken Word Poetry Classes with the Toronto Poetry Project, producers of the Toronto Poetry Slam!

• No previous experience required.
• Please bring your water bottle.

WEDNESDAYS 6:00PM - 7:00PM

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Class capacity is 30 participants. 15 spots are being reserved for drop-in participants. Please arrive early to sign-in. Late comers will not be allowed entrance.

April 3 - Start Writing Spoken Word Poetry
Facilitated by Tanya Neumeyer
Work with the basic elements of writing to start confidently and thoughtfully crafting your poetry. Bring something to write on and a willingness to stretch your comfort zone in a supportive setting.

Tanya Neumeyer is a queer poet and arts educator committed to access and equity. As member of the League of Canadian Poets and the Toronto Poetry Slam Board, Tanya has facilitated poetry workshops for 1000s of people. Tanya's patient and supportive facilitation style empowers people to express themselves boldly, with Weekstyle and confidence.

April 10 – Be Brave Onstage
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acilitated by Charlie Petch
Learn ways to love your embarrassment and get valuable performance feedback from theatre director and slam coach, Charlie Petch. We will warm up with a fun icebreaker and write some new work that will embrace our comedic selves. Part 2 will be performance feedback. Bring a poem or use the freewrite and he will give you kind feedback to ensure you have the tools to capture the attention of any audience.

Charlie C Petch is an award winning playwright, spoken word artist, haiku deathmaster, host and musical saw player. Petch is touring two spoken word theatre pieces, their multimedia piece "Daughter Of Geppetto and their vaudeville play "Mel Malarkey Gets the Bum's Rush" which got "Best of 2017" from Electric City Magazine for the radio play accompanying album "Odes & Acts". They have published books with Wordpress and LyricalMyrical and poems with Descant, The Toronto Quarterly, Matrix and Oratorealis journals.  Petch is the creative director of "Hot Damn It's A Queer Slam" a multi-city touring poetry slam series.

April 17 - Writing Within Your Boundaries.
Facilitated by Cassandra Myers
In this workshop, you'll learn how to set boundaries for yourself in your writing with emotional sensitivity and self-care practises when approaching hard topics.

Cassandra Myers is a poet with an emerging career in performance poetry. She was the 2015 Femme Youth Poet of the World, awarded the Best Poet at the 2018 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational and a Canadian National Poetry Slam team champion with the 2018 Toronto Poetry Slam team. Cassandra is a momentus force behind the Toronto slam poetry community. She works with Leave Out Violence (LOVE) as the Project Manager for Toronto’s Louder Than A Bomb poetry festival.

Class Location & Arrival Information

  • Location: The Sony Centre For The Performing Arts – O'Keefe Lounge
  • Entrance: Yonge Street Entrance (located along Yonge Street on the west side of the building halfway between Front St. and Esplanade - SEE PHOTO BELOW).
  • Doors will open at 5:00PM
  • TO Live Community Class Waiver Form. As a participant, you only need to complete and return this form once.  After that, you are eligible to participate in all community classes.  Copies of this form are available upon arrival at each class.  Alternatively, you may print and complete this form in advance and bring it with you to your first class.
  • To Live Community Class Rules & Regulations
  • Accessibility: The Yonge Street Entrance has no steps and a button to open the doors. To get from the Yonge Street Entrance to the O’Keefe Lounge there are 9 steps or 1 elevator. Washrooms are located at the O'Keefe Lounge level.
  • Questions: Contact us by email at education@tolive.com or call us at 416-368-6161 ext. 8242

Waitlist & Drop-In Information

  • Waitlist: If the Eventbrite Registration is full, we encourage you to join the waitlist! We will contact the waitlist with any class updates and if you are not contacted by Eventbrite to join the class, you are welcome to attend as a drop-in participant (first come, first served).
  • Drop-ins: Regardless of being on the waitlist, anyone is welcome to arrive as a drop-in participant. We will reserve 15 spots per class for drop-ins and will allow additional drop-ins up to the capacity of the class in case there are cancellations or no-shows.

Eventbrite Registration Policy

  • Cancellation Deadline - 24 hours prior to the class. If you discover you are no longer able to attend, we kindly ask that you cancel your order or email education@tolive.com to notify us a minimum of 24 hours prior to the class.
  • After three “no-show” instances or three cancellations received with less than 24 hours' notice, Sony Centre reserves the right to cancel any future Eventbrite orders you may have for Sony Centre Community Classes. If your Eventbrite Registration is cancelled, please note you are still welcome to attend as a drop-in participant if space is available!

YONGE STREET ENTRANCE
Yonge Street Entrance

 

Sony Centre Poetry Slam - April 24, 2019
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Charlie Petch

Join us for the the Sony Centre Poetry Slam with Toronto Poetry Project, producers of the Toronto Poetry Slam!

Sony Centre Poetry Slam hosted by Charlie Petch!

  • Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
  • Doors: 5:00PM
  • Performer Sign-up: 5:30pm
  • Slam: 6:00PM - 8:00PM
  • Location: The Sony Centre For The Performing Arts – Lower Lobby
  • Entrance: Yonge Street Entrance (located along Yonge Street on the west side of the building halfway between Front St. and Esplanade).
  • Accessibility: The Yonge Street Entrance has no steps and a button to open the doors. To get from the Yonge Street Entrance to the Lower Lobby there are 9 steps or 1 elevator. Washrooms are located at the Lower Lobby level.
  • To Live Community Class Rules & Regulations
  • Questions: Contact us by email at education@tolive.com or call us at 416-368-6161 ext. 8242

This event is free and open to the public! All ages welcome. Come out and participate as a performer or as an audience member! Cash bar will be open. 19+ must show ID. Performer sign-up will open at 5:30pm and there will be 15 spots available.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP


WHAT IS A POETRY SLAM?
A poetry slam is a high energy competition of spoken word poetry. Poetry slams were invented by a construction worker from Chicago named Marc Smith in the 1980s as a way to bring life back into poetry readings and make the audience engaged in the show!

HOW DOES IT WORK?
There are rules to the slam!

The time limit for each performer is 3 minutes. Each 10 seconds someone goes over the time, there is a 0.5 point deduction. The times starts as soon as you engage the audience, verbally or otherwise. There are no props, costumes, or musical accompaniment allowed and all work must be original material (samples of your larger works are allowed).

Poets are permitted to read from pieces of paper or a device, memorizing the poem isn’t necessary. Judges are selected from the audience to score the poets based on what they say and how they say it (essentially content and performance). Each poet performs their work and has it scored by the judges, the highest scoring poet wins the slam!

While most slams have 2 or 3 rounds with each round featuring the same performers, the Sony Centre Poetry Slam will be one long round with an intermission. This will allow us to give as many people as possible the opportunity to perform.

HOW DO I SIGN UP TO PERFORM?
Performer sign-up will open at 5:30pm and there will be 15 spots available. Feel free to bring two poems! If not enough performers sign up, we will have a lottery for those who brought two poems. You may be able to perform twice! The winner of the slam wins two tickets to a very awesome TO Live event!

ABOUT YOUR HOST
Charlie C Petch is an award winning playwright, spoken word artist, haiku deathmaster, host and musical saw player. Petch is touring two spoken word theatre pieces, their multimedia piece "Daughter Of Geppetto and their vaudeville play "Mel Malarkey Gets the Bum's Rush" which got "Best of 2017" from Electric City Magazine for the radio play accompanying album "Odes & Acts". They have published books with Wordpress and LyricalMyrical and poems with Descant, The Toronto Quarterly, Matrix and Oratorealis journals.  Petch is the creative director of "Hot Damn It's A Queer Slam" a multi-city touring poetry slam series.

YONGE STREET ENTRANCE
Yonge Street Entrance

 

Whacking Classes with Ashley 'Colours' Perez - April 30, May 7 & 14, 2019
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Ashley 'Colours' Perez

WHACK, BAM, POSE

Learn how to be absolutely fabulous, while dancing on that beat with Ashley ‘Colours’ Perez.

“Whack”: strike forcefully with a sharp blow

Whacking also known as waacking is rooted from punking. Whacking started in the 1970’s in Los Angeles’ gay clubs by Black, Latino and Asian gay men as a form of self expression. It was influenced by Hollywood silent films and cartoons such as Looney Toons and the original Batman series. The dance faded in 1980’s and 1990’s. Whacking started to resurge in the mid 2000’s, when Brian Green began to teach the dance to provoke the whacking elders to share with the new generation.

Striking, arms rolls, arm pathways and posing are some of the movement associated with Whacking.

TUESDAYS 6:00PM - 7:00PM
April 30, May 7 & 14, 2019

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Class capacity is 35 participants. 15 spots are being reserved for drop-in participants. Please arrive early to sign-in. Late comers will not be allowed entrance.

• No previous experience required.
• Washrooms are available for changing.
• Please bring your water bottle.

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN APRIL 18 AT 4:00PM

Ashley Perez is a dancer, choreographer and entrepreneur making waves in the Canadian dance scene. Training in funk styles and hip-hop, she later specialized in voguing, whacking and house with mentors Jose Xtravaganza (New York), Archie Burnett (New York), Caleaf Sellers (New York), Jojo Zolina (Vancouver) and Kaiti Dangerkat (Calgary/New York).

Ashley is Co-artistic director or Mix Mix Dance Collective with whom she has co-created two full-length works and recently represented Canada at the 2017 Jeux de la Francophonie in Abidjan. Mix Mix has completed an artist residency at York Woods Library and presented new work at Fall For Dance North in 2017. Mix Mix is currently developing a new work for Contemporaneity 3.0 (Toronto, Ontario) for April 2019. Ashley was awarded the 2018 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance, Ensemble in the Dance Division for Floor’d presented by Holla Jazz in 2018. Ashley was a resident choreographer and performer with the artist collective House of Dangerkat. Developing works that allowed her to travel and perform in places such as New York, London & Paris. Her most recent teaching enterprise has been Class with Colours, to share the essence of Whacking - the glam, sass, and punk - with people of all backgrounds. These workshops have popped up at spaces such as Sketch Studio (Artscape Youngplace), Lululemon Attic, and Parks N’ Wreck 2016/17. © photo Emily Law

Class Location & Arrival Information

  • Location: The Sony Centre For The Performing Arts – Rehearsal Hall
  • Entrance: Yonge Street Entrance (located along Yonge Street on the west side of the building halfway between Front St. and Esplanade - SEE PHOTO BELOW).
  • Doors will open at 5:00PM
  • TO Live Community Class Waiver Form. As a participant, you only need to complete and return this form once.  After that, you are eligible to participate in all community classes.  Copies of this form are available upon arrival at each class.  Alternatively, you may print and complete this form in advance and bring it with you to your first class.
  • To Live Community Class Rules & Regulations
  • Accessibility: To get from the Yonge Street Entrance to the Rehearsal Hall, there are 29 steps or 2 elevators. Bathrooms are located at the Rehearsal Hall level.
  • Questions: Contact us by email at education@tolive.com or call us at 416-368-6161 ext. 8242

Waitlist & Drop-In Information

  • Waitlist: If the Eventbrite Registration is full, we encourage you to join the waitlist! We will contact the waitlist with any class updates and if you are not contacted by Eventbrite to join the class, you are welcome to attend as a drop-in participant (first come, first served).
  • Drop-ins: Regardless of being on the waitlist, anyone is welcome to arrive as a drop-in participant. We will reserve 15 spots per class for drop-ins and will allow additional drop-ins up to the capacity of the class in case there are cancellations or no-shows.

Eventbrite Registration Policy

  • Cancellation Deadline - 24 hours prior to the class. If you discover you are no longer able to attend, we kindly ask that you cancel your order or email education@tolive.com to notify us a minimum of 24 hours prior to the class.
  • After three “no-show” instances or three cancellations received with less than 24 hours' notice, Sony Centre reserves the right to cancel any future Eventbrite orders you may have for Sony Centre Community Classes. If your Eventbrite Registration is cancelled, please note you are still welcome to attend as a drop-in participant if space is available!

YONGE STREET ENTRANCE
Yonge Street Entrance

 

Uptown Moves Contemporary Dance Workshop with Bora Kim - May 9th, 2019
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Tail Language - Photo by Elise Scheider

Uptown Moves Workshop - Contemporary Dance with Bora Kim
For Intermediate/Advanced Dancers
Visiting from South Korea, Bora Kim leads her first contemporary dance workshop in Canada. This class is suited to those aged 16 and up with significant dance experience in any movement style. Watch a sample of Bora Kim's choreography here.

Thursday, May 9, 2019
Time: 7:30PM - 9:00PM
Location: Upper Gallery, Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge Street)
Capacity: 20 people, Ages 16+
Cost: $15.00 registration fee. Registration is required.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Class Location & Arrival Information

  • Location: Toronto Centre for the Arts, Upper Gallery
  • Entrance: Main Entrance on 5040 Yonge Street
  • Doors will open at 7:00PM.
  • TO Live Class Waiver Form. As a participant, you only need to complete and return this form once. After that, you are eligible to participate in all classes. Copies of this form are available upon arrival at each class. Alternatively, you may print and complete this form in advance and bring it with you to your first class.
  • TO Live Class Class Rules & Regulations
  • Washrooms are available for changing and please bring your own water bottle.
  • Questions: Contact us at education@tolive.com

Registration Cancellation and Refund Policy: Refunds will be given up to 7 days before the start of class. Any cancellations that happen after the cancellation deadline, including class no-shows, will not be refunded.

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