What’s On With OCAF! Client Events Across Ontario: Nov 4 – 18

LEST WE FORGET 

For almost one hundred years, Remembrance Day has been a day of commemorating those men and women who have dedicated and lost their lives in service to our country.  

On November 11, we honour our Canadian veterans and thank them for their service. 

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IN FLANDERS FIELDS at 100: COMMEMORATION CONTINUES

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The City of Guelph continues with the retrospective on “In Flanders Fields”, the iconic poem written in World War I, and its author Major John McCrae. Throughout the year, McCrae and his poem has been honoured and celebrated in his hometown of Guelph, with a new statue of the physician soldier unveiled in the summer, and a powerful visual re-imagining of the poem at the Guelph Civic Museum. Now, visitors and Guelphites alike can experience a historical tour of the city, all from the comfort of their own homes.

A Map Journal has been released in honour of the 100th anniversary of “In Flanders Fields”. The Journal, available here for free, creates a digital walking tour featuring highlights of John McCrae’s life in Guelph, and places that influenced the young man prior to WWI.

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CULTURE TALKS: WE NEED YOUR VOICE

The province is continuing its public consultation for the inaugural Ontario Cultural Strategy. Town hall meetings continue to take place across Ontario, asking simple but important questions of participants:

  • What does culture mean to you?
  • How do you participate in culture in Ontario?
  • How should we invest Ontario’s culture?
  • How can Ontario engage people, young and old, in culture?

Upcoming town hall locations include Ottawa, Markham, Toronto and London. Click here for more information about town halls, and how you can share your ideas about what Ontario’s Culture Strategy should be!

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AT THE ISABEL: LEMON BUCKET ORKESTRA 

The Isabel continues its musical world tour with a performance from Lemon Bucket Orkestra on November 6. Started as band of four musicians playing what they call
“balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk”, LBO’s ranks have swelled to include 16 performers, playing everything from violins to accordions to sousaphones. Their electric and energetic performances have often incorporated dancers and other street performers, and New Canadian Music has called their music “a riotous party-hearty sound” (check out the video above for a taste of LBO’s performance style)!

For tickets and more information about this eclectic and fun performance, visit the Isabel’s website.

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IFOA ONTARIO TOUR CONTINUES

The International Festival of Authors concluded on November 1, but the celebration continues in Ontario! The province-wide tour celebrating Canadian and international authors of all kinds runs until November 9, and features readings and discussions from such great literary minds as Dionne Brand, Elizabeth Hay, and up-and-comers like Jeff Latosik. All events are open to the public: see locations and ticket information here.

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BATA SHOE MUSEUM PRESENTS: MOCCASIN-MAKING WORKSHOP

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The Bata Shoe Museum is continuing its 20th anniversary season with Native artist Naomi Smith. Smith (of Black Tulip Designs) will lead a two-day Moccasin-making and Beading workshop on November 14 and 15, instructing participants in creation of a unique pair of moccasins. About her work, Smith says “Honouring our traditions is my voice within and beyond my Culture and Community. Traditionally there is no word for “art” in Native languages yet artistry and visual expression are critical in defining who we are as First Nations people.” 

Visit the Bata Shoe Museum website to purchase your ticket!

This workshop is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Beauty, Pride & Power: Native North American Footwear (on until January 6th). More than 90 pairs of shoes, boots and moccasins are on display, showcasing the designs, meticulous methods of creation, culturally distinctive patterns and beautiful decoration of Aboriginal peoples of the Subarctic, Northeast, Southeast, the Plains, the Great Basin, and the Southwest regions of North America.

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SOUNDSTREAMS PRESENTS JULIE:

COMING SOON

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Soundstreams Canada is teaming up with Canadian Stage  November 17 to present the North American première of Julie. There are only eight performances of this chamber-opera adaptation of Strindberg’s classic naturalist play, so don’t miss your opportunity: you can buy tickets here!

In addition to the performances, Soundstreams will hold a special session of their Salon21 series exploring the operatic form and featuring an exclusive rehearsal of Julie. The event, produced in conjunction with Canadian Stage, takes place on November 12 and is free for general admission. Click here to reserve!

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WARHOL@TIFF: DISCUSSION SERIES

TIFF continues to delve into the curiosity and mythology of Andy Warhol’s work with several events and screenings this week on November 6.

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Higher Learning; Uncovering Warhol (free to the public and moderated by Canadian writer/curator Jon Davies) focuses on the Andy Warhol Film Project’s long-running project dedicated to cataloguing and conserving Warhol’s cinema and the Andy Warhol Museum‘s ongoing archiving of Warhol’s life’s work. See the TIFF website for more information.

Additionally, Eric Shiner (curator for the Andy Warhol Museum) will present on the film Harlot and its treatment of the Hollywood icons and Warhol’s personal interest in creating stars. For screening information and tickets, click here.

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