Last week saw Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall abuzz with acclaimed Canadian artists, business leaders and community supporters, including acclaimed filmmaker Atom Egoyan, Shakespearean actor Graham Abbey, and Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts Director Jacoba Knaapen. Their mission? To demand inclusion in the Toronto City government's planning process and speak out against City Manager Joe Pennachetti's proposed budget cuts, which was presented to the Executive Committee of the Toronto City Council on Monday, Sept. 19.
Elle Flanders and Tamira Sawatzky's powerful new installation offers a unique chronicle of lives rarely seen and voices seldom heard. Comprised of a series of individual journeys, and shot using stop-motion animation that captures the landscape frame by frame, the work is presented on three large double-sided walls. Road Movie is the result of year-long travels-with passage through segregated West Bank roads, during which the artists met a cross-section of people living in the region. An episodic odyssey through haunting landscapes, Road Movie also features an evocative soundscape created by acclaimed audio artist Anna Friz.
Opening reception: Sat. Sept 10 6-9pm
Artisis' talks: Sun. Sept 11 & Sun Sept 18 at 2-4pm
A great way to start writing, jump start your stalled writing, or push your writing to a new level.
Join a new session of an ongoing creative writing workshop, which evolved out of a University of Toronto Creative Writing course.
I miss school, now that it's out, mostly because I spent a lot of time this year thinking and writing about it for a Star series on public education. Luckily, there's the summer movie, Bad Teacher. People like me, who are on the left or, as Alexander Cockburn wickedly says, "pwogwessives," are supposed to hate it because it portrays teachers negatively at a time when they're under right-wing attack for being the chief cause of U.S. education failure. But I adored the film.
Terrence Malick's film, The Tree of Life, opens today. It won the Palme d'or at Cannes, a big prestigious deal. Like his others, it inspires something nearer reverence than mere respect: for its "audacity and vision" in "excavating primal, eternal meanings" and for its "sheer beauty."
These abstractions are like the solemn voice-overs in his films, which scatter words like evil, wicked, "the spark." There are always gorgeous shots of nature that you tend to be aware of as gorgeous. I don't mean there's anything phony in his obsessions; he's a Christian seeker who makes lush films he agonizes over. For critics they may come as relief after too many movies about hangovers and superheroes.
Celebrate May Day poetically!
Join local, published, first-time and established poets,
reading 5 minutes each, non-stop for five hours. Featuring Amai Kuda, Belladonna, Vivek Shraya, Dainty Smith, Zoe Whittall and many many more!
Wheelchair accessible (washrooms have limited access),
all are welcome to attend.
$10 to $25 Nobody turned away for lack of funds.
Vegetarian-friendly refreshments available for purchase.