- Yang Fudong & Christopher Doyle art exhibitions at TIFF
- What is a campaign?
- How do you get started?
- How do you build capacity?
- Building a political network
Date: Fri. June 7, 2013 - Sun. August 11, 2013.
Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox (Reitman Square, 350 King St W) - Toronto, Canada
Internationally acclaimed visual artist Yang Fudong and legendary cinematographer Christopher Doyle present two new installations specially commissioned for TIFF’s A Century of Chinese Cinema. For more information, visit tiff.net/century
June 7 – August 11, 2013
TIFF Bell Lightbox (HSBC Gallery)
Admission: FREE to public
Tuesday – Saturday: Noon-8:00pm
Tours offered weekly starting June 9. More information
1) Yang Fudong – New Women《新女性》
“Celebrated Chinese visual artist and filmmaker Yang Fudong draws inspiration from the decadent aura of Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s. As immortalized in the racier films and literature of the era, Shanghai was an uneasy mixture of Chinese and foreign influence, of corruption and religious rectitude, of poets and policemen, and of the numerous types of “women of the night,” from streetwalkers to “sing-song” girls. All of this came to an end with the Japanese occupation of the city, but it left an indelible mark on succeeding generations of Chinese artists, and Chinese filmmakers especially. Shanghai’s creative energy, sexual charge and political ferment were a crucible of change for a society tentatively emerging from the stagnation and humiliations of the imperial era.” Continue reading…
2) Christopher Doyle – Away With Words《離言萬語》
“Christopher Doyle Du Ke Feng is best known as one of the world’s great cinematographers for his work on such films as The Peach Blossom Land, Chungking Express, Comrades: Almost a Love Story, In the Mood for Love and Hero. Doyle’s new project at TIFF is comprised of two multi-channel installations in complex dialogue with one another. According to Doyle, this new work seeks “to get away with and from words to explore the elemental nature of image-making and the personal nature of films and the film experience.” It also functions as a fragmentary and succinct history of Chinese (especially Hong Kong) cinema, and his own role within it. Continue reading…
Toronto Japanese Film Festival
Date: Thu. June 13, 2013 - Fri. June 28, 2013.
Location: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (6 Garamond Ct.) (6 Garamond Ct.) - Toronto
The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and Shiseido presents the Toronto Japanese Film Festival. This year the festival will take place from June 13-28, 2013 at the JCCC.
The Toronto Japanese Film Festival is dedicated to showing the finest Japanese films that have been recognized by Japanese audiences and film critics, international film festival audiences and the Japanese Film Academy. The 2013 programme features a solid presentation of the most recent notable box office hits, breakthrough performances and highly-anticipated films. View full film programme here.
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets: $10 (JCCC member). $12 (non-members). Buy tickets
The Opening Night reception kicks off on Thursday June 13 at 6:30pm, followed by a screening of Tenchi – The Samurai Astronomer at 7:30pm.
Reel Asian Co-Presentation:
Fly With The Gold
Wednesday June 25, 2013 | Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
SYNOPSIS: Based on Kaoru Takamura’s best-selling novel, Kazuyuki Izutsu’s popular 2012 thriller finds a pair of former college mates embarking on a daring 1.5 billion yen gold bar heist from the HQ of Sumita Bank. Their 6 man team also includes an explosives expert, the bank security guard, a former elevator engineer and a North Korean spy (played by Korean pop superstar Chang-min of TVXQ!).
Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads
Date: Tue. June 18, 2013 - Sun. September 22, 2013.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall (Queen Street & Bay Street) - Toronto
Ai Weiwei has reinterpreted the 12 bronze animal heads representing the Chinese zodiac that once stood in the gardens of the Yuanming Yuan (Garden of Perfect Brightness, Old Summer Palace), an imperial retreat in Beijing. In accordance with the conventions of the traditional Chinese zodiac, the works are installed in an oval in the following order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Each of the works is one solid piece of bronze and stands roughly 10 feet high on a marble base. Their weight ranges from 1,500 to 2,100 pounds. The sculptures are on display for free at Nathan Phillips Square until September 22nd.
“Feng Yi Ting” at Luminato
Date: Thu. June 20, 2013 - Sat. June 22, 2013.
Location: MacMillan Theatre (80 Queen's Park) - Toronto, Canada
Chinese opera, Feng Yi Ting will have its Canadian premiere at Luminato Festival as part of Luminato’s 2013 Premiere Series. Dates for Luminato Festival are Fri June 14 – Sun June 23.
The performance takes place at MacMillan Theatre every evening from June 20, 2013 – June 22, 2013 from 8:00pm – 8:55pm
More details and ticket information here
As interpreted by Guo Wenjing, one of China’s most respected contemporary composers, and critically-acclaimed stage director/filmmaker Atom Egoyan, the gem-like opera Feng Yi Tang explores the epic tale of Diao Chan (soprano Shen Tiemei), one of the fabled Four Beauties of ancient China whose seductive charms ignite an empire-threatening rivalry between ruthless warlord Dong Zhuo and the brave General Lu Bu (countertenor Jiang Qihu).
(Sung in Chinese with English and Chinese surtitles)
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TimesTalks Luminato – Atom Egoyan – Interviewed by Daniel J. Wakin
Sunday June 16 | 2:00pm-3:30pm | Isabel Bader Theatre
Beyond his lauded film career, Oscar nominated director Atom Egoyan has lent equal passion to an array of theatre, opera and visual arts projects. Among these works is Feng Yi Ting, an opera based on the ancient Chinese tale of Diao Chan, whose beauty and seductive grace nearly toppled an empire. In discussion with New York Times culture reporter Daniel J. Wakin, Egoyan will touch on his diverse experiences in directing opera, compare and contrast Feng Yi Ting‘s evolution with his masterful staging of Salome for the Canadian Opera Company, and speak about his broader career.
Pinoy Fiesta & Tradeshow sa Toronto
Date: Sat. June 22, 2013 - Sat. June 22, 2013.
Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front Street West) - Toronto
Celebrate Filipino culture at the Pinoy Fiesta with stunning dance performances, music entertainment and the biggest indoor Pinoy cuisine extravaganza. Many special guests and stars will be in attendance including award-winning dancer and singer Dennis Trillo, Glaiza de Castro, Rafael Rossell and more. The line-up will also have an appearance from Mikey Bustos, who played Christian Escodero in Prison Dancer (screened at Reel Asian 2012).
$15 for an ALL-DAY pass. Kids under 10 years old can attend for free.
More information on event here
School4Civics 2013 Boot Camp
Date: Sat. June 22, 2013 - Sat. June 22, 2013.
Location: Maytree (81 St. Mary Street) - Toronto, Canada
School4Civics is back!
Boot Camp #1:
Saturday June 22 | 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
The upcoming 2014 municipal elections across Ontario provide an applied learning opportunity for emerging leaders from under-represented communities to organize political campaigns or run for office. School4Civics will be running a series of Boot Camps, workshops and networking events to help get these leaders into election shape.
How we do it
We identify, recruit, train and connect diverse leaders. We offer a non-partisan training program delivered by campaign experts from across the political spectrum. Our goal is to help emerging leaders build political power beyond one single election campaign. We want to make “lifers” out of program participants.
Participants work and learn together, networking, attending sessions and workshops with knowledgeable people from across the political spectrum. They also receive 1-on-1 coaching along the way.
How to participate
We’ve scheduled our first Bootcamp for June. Registering for Bootcamp 1 or 2 indicates your interest and commitment to participating in the 2013 School4Civics project (June 2013 – February 2014).
Bootcamp 1 will focus on:
Click here for more information!