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Culture Days Workshops - September 29, 2018

Join us for Culture Days at the Toronto Centre for the Arts!

Every year, on the Culture Days weekend, thousands of artists, individuals, organizations and communities offer free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes,” to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work.

Workshop #1 – Steelpan Suzette

1:00pm - 2:30pm Upper Gallery (All Ages)
Join Suzette Vidale as she speaks about the instrument’s origins, evolution and current innovations. A demonstration will be given. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and play a few notes on the steelpan. Pre-register here!

Suzette Vidale
© photo Dewitt Lee

Workshop #2 – Rhythm of the Mind: Aesthetic Self Revelation
1:00PM - 3:00PM Lower Gallery (All Ages)
Chinese Calligraphy is a highly skilled visual art form. By the simple stroke of the brush with black ink on white paper, the calligrapher expresses his or her inner self. The importance of Calligraphy in Chinese culture is unmatched, calligraphy is considered not just a form of decorative art; rather, a visual art form valued as a means of self-expression and cultivation; an artistic expression of human language. Join us for Rhythm of the Mind art exhibition and meet artist Katherine Kwan, learn about the art of Chinese Calligraphy and even try your hand at it yourself.

Kat Kwan

Workshop #3 – Steelpan Suzette: Hands On Fun!
2:45PM – 3:45PM Upper Gallery (Youth Only, Ages 8-18yrs)
Have fun while learning the proper technique of holding the sticks, stance and playing a steelpan. Expect to learn a simple song, no musical knowledge required. Pre-register here!

Suzette Vidale
© photo Dewitt Lee
Workshop #4 – Holla Jazz
4:15PM – 5:15PM Upper Gallery (All Ages)
Join Holla Jazz and learn the soulful steps of Vernacular Jazz Dancing. Vernacular Jazz is a collection of dances created in the African-American communities during the late 1800’s through mid 1900’s, to jazz and swing music. From the Charleston to the shimmy, to Snake Hips, to the Suzy Q, we’ll dance to some snazzy rhythms while learning the moves and grooves of original jazz dancing, and the tricks that bring this dance to life. Pre-register here!

Holla Jazz Photo
© photo David Hou, Dancers: Raoul Wilke & Natasha Powell

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Xenia Concerts

TO Live proudly hosts the Xenia Concert series. The mission of Xenia Concerts Inc. is to offer high quality music and arts performances, presentations, and educational programs, in an environment that welcomes those who might not have access to such events and activities due to physical, mental, or financial barriers. The first ongoing offering of the organization is a series of accessible concerts that are designed to appeal to, and be welcoming of, children on the autism spectrum and their families.

Visit Xenia Concerts for more information!

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May 12, 2019 at 11:00AM - 12:00PM

Ensemble Made In Canada at the Sony Centre
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Doors Open

Doors Open Backstage

TO Live participates annually in Doors Open Toronto! Over 7,000 community members have visited TO Live venues during this 2-day festival. Visitors can experience backstage tours, family friendly activities, screenings & talk-backs, and can learn more about Toronto’s film community.

Each year Doors Open Toronto provides an opportunity to see inside more than 150 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. Doors Open is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the broader community.

Doors Open is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the broader community.