The Toronto Heliconian Club, a non-profit organization, is the oldest association of its kind in Canada, founded in 1909 to give women in the arts and letters an opportunity to meet socially and intellectually. Members range from women who have earned great distinction to those in the early stages of their careers.
In addition the Club offers many activities for members and the public, including a Concert Series and a weekly Sketch Group. Heliconian Hall serves as an art gallery with Exhibits by Club members changing monthly. The Club also hosts a popular Literary Lecture Series featuring Canadian writers talking about their latest work.
Part of rural Toronto when it was built in 1875, Heliconian Hall–designated a National Historic Site in 2011–is situated among leading art galleries in today’s Yorkville. Original elements of the Carpenter’s Gothic board-and-batten church and its rose window have been restored to their former glory. The air-conditioned hall with vaulted ceiling provides stellar acoustics, making the club ideal for musical and dramatic presentations. For information on renting and availability, contact the General Manager.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 1 for our “All That Jazz” art show, coinciding with a jazz and blues music concert by the same name on April 21.
Think rhythm, repetition and music. On display will be diptychs, triptychs, multiples and singles, as well as rhythmic pieces that call music to mind – perhaps something reminiscent of the Jazz age, rich with colour and energy, or moody Blues.
The show runs from March 30 – May 3. The opening reception takes place on Saturday, April 1, from 1 – 4 pm. Admission is free.
See the Concert Series on the right side of this page for “All That Jazz” music concert details and to purchase concert tickets.
Jean Edwards will present a fund raising concert for the Heliconian Hall Foundation in honour of her late husband Stan Edwards who helped establish the foundation. The gala takes place on Sunday, April 2 at 3 pm in the Heliconian Hall, celebrating life, music, laughter and love! Among Jean’s friends appearing will be Maria Soulis, Meredith Hall, Penelope Cookson, Peggy Mahon. Pianists Nataliya Lepeshkina and Brahm Goldhamer will also show their talents.
The Heliconian Hall Foundation:
In 1990 the Heliconian Hall Foundation was established as a charitable organization to accept funds to restore and improve the historic hall. Heliconian Club members and friends have been generous donors to the fund over the past 27 years.
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John M. Lyle was an influential Canadian architect in the early 20th century. His granddaughter, Lorna Harris, will give a talk about his work focusing on his Toronto designs, including Union Station and the Royal Alexandra Theatre, and his leadership in architecture and urban planning in the city. She will also talk about his role as a passionate Cultural Nationalist.
The evening will include an opportunity to enjoy a curated historical display of Lyle’s work including family materials, archival photos and blueprints, documents and books. Lorna has been presenting at Doors Open events at John Lyle buildings across Eastern Canada since 2010. You can hear more about Lyle’s work and life in Lorna’s audio talk at Portrait Sonore at the following links: http://portraitsonore.org/en/interviews , http://portraitsonore.org/en/playlists/toronto
The event is Tuesday, April 4 at 6:00 pm with refreshments and a cash bar, cost is $25. The talk starts at 7:00 pm. Tickets available by CLICKING HERE.
The Literature Section of the Heliconian Club seeks to appoint a writer-in-residence for a one-year period for the 2017-2018 season. Eligible candidates are female authors of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama as well as professional editors and journalists.
The successful candidate will have complimentary membership in the Club for the year and should she wish to join the following year, the one-time initiation fee would be waived. The non-paying position provides an opportunity for a writer to connect with members of the Literature Section on a regular basis and to interact occasionally with members in the Music, Drama, Dance, Art and Humanities sections.
The writer-in-residence is expected to attend several events over the year, and to present her work to an audience at one or more readings and/or workshops. The position lasts from September 2017 to September 2018.
An application package should include a letter of intent, a résumé, a list of published works and a writing sample. Short excerpts of longer works should not exceed 2000 words. In the letter of intent the applicant should explain why she is interested in the position, of what benefit the post would be to her and how she, in turn, could benefit the Heliconian Club.
The deadline for applying is Friday, April 28th, 2017 to be sent to the Heliconian Club office: email@example.com. Alternatively, mail it to The Literature Section, Toronto Heliconian Club, 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto, M5R 2E3. Finalists will be interviewed on May 30th.
The Visual Art Section of the Heliconian Club is seeking an Artist-in-Residence for the upcoming season, 2017 – 2018. The Artist-in-Residence will have complimentary membership in the Club and in addition be able to attend Life Drawing sessions, free-of-charge, every Monday in the Club’s heritage building in the heart of Yorkville in downtown Toronto. The Artist-in-Residence will be able to show her work in Heliconian Hall in a solo show in June 2018 (no charge for exhibition space but 20% commission applies to sales made during the show).
We seek an emerging female artist. Applicants will submit five images (digital files) of original work, with an artistic statement describing their work (one page maximum) and a CV. Candidates will prepare a brief biography and a letter of intent concerning the creation of new work during the coming year (one page maximum). A short list of applicants will be invited for interviews to make the final selection.
Heliconian Art Section members look forward to observing progress midway through the year (February) as well as at the formal show in June. It is expected that the candidate will share her artistic vision with members by means of a tutorial, demonstration or workshop. Interactions with members from other sections are encouraged and will arise with access to Club concerts, workshops and events, as full membership privileges are included for the season. If the candidate chooses to become a Club member in the following year, the one-time initiation fee will be waived.
Deadline for email applications is Monday May 1, 2017 to be sent to the Heliconian Club office: firstname.lastname@example.org; an announcement of the newly appointed Artist-in-Residence will be made by May 30.
On Tuesday, March 21, beginning at 7 pm, the Visual Arts Section is hosting its salon featuring the Women of Beaver Hall.
“A very simple group of a few people with no means and big ideas.” That modest yet romantic summation was made in 1966 by Montreal painter Anne Savage, about a group of young women and men who shared studio space on Beaver Hall Hill in Montreal in the early 1920s. They showed work together as the Beaver Hall Group. Savage and the other Beaver Hall painters were celebrated in their time, and were sufficiently modernist to rile a few prominent critics. The Beaver Hall group exhibited together with the Group of Seven and even shared members, including A.Y. Jackson and Edwin Holgate.
The acclaimed exhibition, “1920s Modernism in Montreal: The Beaver Hall Group” has been shown at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Art Gallery of Windsor and the Glenbow Museum in Calgary. If you missed it, you now have the unique chance to enjoy a taste at Heliconian Hall.
On March 21, we are privileged to host a talk and slideshow by exhibition co-curator, Brian Foss, who will discuss why the Beaver Hall Group existed within the Montreal art scene, who its members were, and what its art looked like and why. The relationship with the Group of Seven will be described. Half of the group’s members were women: an unprecedented fact amongst Canadian artist groups up to that point in time.
There will be a cash bar with light refreshments. Tickets are $20 for members and the public, and are available at the link below. Order your tickets early to avoid disappointment!
Women of Beaver Hall Tickets
Coinciding with the Visual Arts Salon on March 21: “Women of Beaver Hall”, Heliconian Club artists honour and respond to the works of the women of the Beaver Hall Group and their contemporaries in the 1920s Montreal arts scene. Enjoy tributes from our own artists as we celebrate landscape, portraiture, still life and abstraction in paintings and photography. Please note that all artwork on display is by Heliconian Club artists.The reception takes place on Saturday, March 4 from 1 – 4 pm. The show runs until March 29. Admission is free.
For information on the March 21 Visual Arts Salon and to order tickets for that event, please refer to the previous post.