Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is an annual event in May with well over 1500 Canadian and international artists and photographers exhibiting at more than 175 venues throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Founded as a not-for-profit organization in 1997 and now a charitable organization, the Festival is devoted to celebrating, and fostering the art and profession of photography, through a diverse range of programmes.
As a leading proponent of photography, the Festival increases exposure and recognition for local, Canadian and international artists and is committed to advancing knowledge, creativity and innovation in photography. It stimulates excitement and discussion among a diverse audience that has grown to over 1.8 million. CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural event in Canada.
Each year Hot Docs, the Canadian International Documentary Festival, presents a selection of more than 200 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe to an audience of 180,000. Through its industry programs, Hot Docs also provides a full range of professional development, market and networking opportunities for documentary professionals. Over the years, Hot Docs’ education programs have grown exponentially, positively impacting over 78,000 of youth across Ontario each year.
Jean-Michel Basquiat took the New York City art world by storm in the early 1980s and gained international recognition by creating powerful and expressive works that confronted issues of racism, identity and social tension. Although his career was cut short by his untimely death at age 27, his groundbreaking drawings and paintings continue to challenge perceptions, provoke vital dialogues and empower us to think critically about the world around us.
Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now's the Time marks the first major retrospective of the artist's work in Canada and will feature close to 85 large-scale paintings and drawings from private collections and public museums across Europe and North America.
Performance time is approximately two hours and 55 minutes including one intermission. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
Memory Unearthed features the photographs of Polish Jewish photographer Henryk Ross (1910-1991), one of the official Lodz ghetto photographers. From 1940 to 1944, Ross took work-permit identification card photos for the ghetto's ever increasing Jewish population consolidated into Lodz ghetto by the Nazi regime. He also took “official” images, promoting the ghetto's work efficiency , and at the same time he documented the grim daily life in the ghetto: suffering and despair, starvation and diseases, the exploitation of the workers, the deportation of thousands to death camps at Chelmno and Auschwitz.
Returning to World Stage following their 2012 triple Dora-nominated Paris 1994/ Gallery, The Dietrich Group confirms its position as an internationally active platform for dance-powered works that blur the edges of the performance disciplines.
The Dietrich Group’s new production binds together a dizzying array of historical, pop, scientific and religious iconography, characters and situations. It forms a knot of influences and references that refuses to be untied. Elaborating artistic director DA Hoskins’ work as a sculptor who uses the material of dance, This Is a Costume Drama reveals how we transform, how we put on masks and how we celebrate – all as it turns the theatre into a landscape built for graphic spectacle. It’s a sexy, quirkily adult game of adornment, where the transformation of the exterior exposes a flash of inner life.
The 2015 CanAsian International Dance Festival will feature exceptional dance inspired by Asian ideas and expressions, with works by outstanding Canadian and international artists from Japan, Cambodia, Vancouver and Toronto.
This annual festival presents feature films, documentaries and shorts on themes of Jewish culture and identity. It also hosts filmmakers and guests from around the globe. Screenings take place at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, the Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Cinemas, Innis Town Hall, and the ROM Eaton Theatre.
CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK is recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. The Canadian Music Week festival spans 5 nights of performances, with 1,000 showcasing bands at more than 60 live music venues in downtown Toronto. All convention functions take place at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre.
The Marathon draws upwards of 2,500 participants in a downhill course that is fast and scenic, starting from Mel Lastman Square in North York and finishing at Ontario Place. The course is fast and is a good springboard to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
There is also a half-marathon, a 5K run and a 5K walk.
North American Premiere. From Australia/ Belgium. In Broome, Western Australia, where Asian, Australian-Indigenous and Western-settler cultures collide, a remarkable new intercultural expression is emerging – and Marrugeku is at the forefront of this emergence. The dance theatre company documents and shares the memories and experiences of indigenous culture through visually spectacular performances that imagine remote communities and international art festivals to be their simultaneous context.
Mystery. Murder. Madness. A bride unlocks the rooms of her mysterious husband’s castle. A woman, lost in the woods, descends into madness. Robert Lepage’s ground-breaking production established the Canadian Opera Company universally as a visionary and compelling company
Performance time is approximately two hours including one intermission. Sung in Hungarian and German with English surtitles.
Circus Sessions is a co-production between Femmes du Feu and CCAFT in partnership with Harbourfront Centre. We invite you to delve into the creative minds of 20 contemporary circus artists in the two-night performance of Circus Sessions. Artists will share the exciting new ideas discovered and developed in a week-long creative process workshop, and each performance is followed by an artist/ audience discussion.
Sampradaya Dance Creations celebrates its 25th anniversary year with nirantara – beyond space and time. Visually and aurally compelling, choreographer Lata Pada’s Bharatanatyam-based work explores worlds known and unknown, where space and time are interwoven into a continuum, perpetual and elusive. Featuring a stunning dance ensemble performing to live music by India’s acclaimed versatile pianist composer Anil Srinivasan and the superbly talented Carnatic vocalist, Sikkil Gurucharan
The annual Doors Open offers residents and visitors an opportunity to take a peek behind the doors of nearly 150 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.
Since its inception in 2000, Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than two million visits in nearly 600 unique locations across the city. It is Canada's largest Doors Open event and one of the three largest Doors Open events in the world.